Appleton Estate Jamaica Independence Reserve Rum
The Appleton Estate Jamaica Independence Reserve Rum was officially launched in August 2012, with all the pomp and circumstance befitting one of the oldest rums in the world. Sold by only a handful of specialist retailers, it is presented in a crystal decanter, produced by Glencairn Crystal of the United Kingdom and designed after the curvaceous shape of other Appleton vessels.
The brass and cork stopper is finished in gold, and gold screen printing on the bottle reflects a host of national symbols of Jamaica. The rum is presented in a black lacquered gift box with gold-ﬁnished brass hinges. It contains a commemorative booklet that outlines Jamaica’s march to Independence and the journey of the 50-year-old rum. There are only 800 bottles worldwide, and Cayman has a handful of them for sale. This would be quite the addition to the liquor cabinet, but if you can’t splash out on the full monty, you’ll find the sublime amber liquid at fine bars on the island.
If you feel like treating yourself, or you just happen to have extra thousands of dollars burning a hole in your pocket, you might want to consider a little luxury. Whether it is a possession or experience, these items certainly fall into that category.
Ulysse Nardin Marine Mega Yacht
When it comes to collectors’ watches, Ulysse Nardin is a name well recognised among aficionados. Designs start in the mid-four figure range … and then there is the Marine Mega Yacht. This new addition to the family was revealed in Miami on the same weekend as the International Boat Show and Watches & Wonders Miami, which makes sense when one witnesses the propeller, anchor and tide marker on the face. If that all sounds a little nuts by description, you’ll probably change your mind when you see it. Designed with the mega yacht owner in mind (which makes sense, considering its $310,000 price tag), this timepiece has all the features necessary to get you out of a nautical jam while keeping you effortlessly stylish. The boggling 504 components and unique functions will only be enjoyed by 30 owners around the world, thanks to ‘Limited Edition’ being taken to a whole new level. But then, that’s what Ulysse Nardin does best.
2020 Mercedes GLE 450/GLC 300 Coupe
There is nothing like that new car smell, particularly when it is Eau de Mercedes-Benz. It is already that time of year when the latest, shiny new models are ready to hit the market, and these two are doozies.
The GLE 450 SUV will make you eager to be carpool designated driver with its ability to seat seven, giving you the chance to show off the high-tech, luxury interior built for comfort. Its digital instrument cluster, coupled with an LED high performance lighting system and the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) are just a few of the features that make this a very desirable vehicle. Prepare to relish being stuck in traffic.
The GLC 300 Coupe has gone through a redesign, boasting an updated exterior and new infotainment features. This model, too, has the MBUX interface with a voice control system that springs to life when drivers hail it with “Hey Mercedes.” This is an altogether more tactile machine, with its inviting touchscreen panel and upholstery options; it just begs to be bought in fire engine red.
Loving Louis Vuitton
Here’s a tip: If you love your Louis, wait until you are next in London to shop. Britain’s capital is arguably the least expensive place in the world to buy LV (unless you count the back of a van) and don’t worry if you miss out in the city – Heathrow Airport is home to world-class shopping, with LV stores in Terminals 3, 4 and 5.
Louis Vuitton’s iconic logo can be found on everything from handbags, belts and scarves to jewellery, perfumes and shoes. Your purchase won’t just be plonked into a bag; there are usually boxes, dust covers and a glass of Champagne to celebrate your latest acquisition. It is a religious experience. Want to keep your leather bags looking good at home? Get products from professional company Lovin My Bag in the U.S. and keep the Armor All under the sink. Visit www.lovinmybags.co.
Montegrappa ‘Game of Thrones’ collection
Yes, it’s a little fanboy, but when a ‘Game of Thrones’ pen is made by Italian company Montegrappa, you sit up and take notice. Founded in 1912, Montegrappa has created writing instruments to be held in the hands of some of the world’s most famous people, from royalty to celebrities and writers such as Ernest Hemingway. Of course, it doesn’t get much more royal than those families seeking the Iron Throne in HBO’s smash hit series, based on the books of George R.R. Martin. There are four designs in the collection, each bearing the emblem of the four houses: Baratheon (stag), Targaryen (dragon), Lannister (lion) and Stark (direwolf). They are available as fountain pens, rollerballs and ballpoints, but surely a fountain pen has to be the weapon of choice when signing that important contract or a declaration of war. As the Montegrappa website says, the pens are “Forged for the feudal”.
The Hasselblad name is revered in the photography world. The Swedish camera manufacturer was no less than the first company to have a camera on the moon. You could say its products are literally out of this world. To the layman, the prices may seem eye-watering, but the results speak for themselves. If large, heavy equipment first comes to mind – the likes of which would be lugged on expeditions to the far flung corners of the world – take a look at the Hasselblad X1D-50c. At less than half the weight of a conventional digital medium format camera, the mirrorless X1D-50c is a game changer in the world of photography. The 50MP CMOS sensor captures fine details with true natural colours and the camera also has a built-in video feature; your footage never had it so good. Unlike many other Hasselblad models, you’ll find the X1D starting at under $10,000. Yes, there are many lenses and other goodies that will nicely rack up your bill, but the images are priceless.
Cruising the Greek Isles
When sailing with such storied names as Celebrity, Princess and Norwegian becomes so very last season, it might be time to up the ante and charter a yacht for yourself and some very lucky guests. You don’t have to start with a vessel rivalling those owned by Russian oligarchs – there is a range of options to choose from, including sailboats, entry level motor yachts and catamarans before you go big or go home. Companies like Istion Luxury Yachts offer destinations such as the Cyclades, the Ionian Islands, Croatia and Montenegro – glorious places with breathtaking views and all with an itinerary pace set by you. The crew takes care of everything, including meals, so you just have to sit back and relax. Summer is a great time for cruising – it can’t hurt to look at what’s available. A week’s cruise starts around €10,000 for 4 to 6 people. Tip: Always get a clear picture of what is included in the price. Many companies quote fuel, food and gratuities as being additional.
Clash de Cartier
Cartier has a new collection of rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces dubbed Clash de Cartier, sure to make a splash on the runway. Fashioned from pink gold, with or without diamonds, the designs are simple yet edgy. There is also a yellow gold and coral ring with matching bracelet, offering a different twist on the theme. Those familiar with Cartier will recognise the telling features such as the studs and beads that can be found in other collections, yet Clash de Cartier certainly stands alone with a unique look and charm all its own. If you feel like making a statement, this is the collection for you. Thankfully, there is no question of anything Cartier retaining its value; just watch the ‘Antiques Roadshow’.