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Join us in our round up of some of the latest offerings for your Christmas or birthday list as we shine the spotlight on the fast-moving, cutting edge worlds of luxury and classic bikes, cars, private jets and helicopters. From gemstone and diamond collections we present designers with cult followings and star studded clientele.
Each piece is unique because every superyacht owner is different.
Described by Vogue as the ‘Lord of the Rings’ - Tom McEwan
The celebrated British jeweller, beloved by celebrities and collectors alike, has been in business for 25 years. A graduate from The Royal College of Art, a leader in style.
McEwan has a unique eye - his work is instantly recognisable. He has a great sense of colour, and his designs reference Art Nouveau and organic and gothic influences using unusual stones. All his designs are one-of-a-kind, and are larger than life, reflecting McEwan's personality.
The inspirations for McEwan's magnificent jewellery evolve from the exquisite gem stones and diamonds he selects. Each piece is crafted in a delightful mix of rose, yellow gold and silver for his clients.
With a cult following and a star-studded clientele, his distinctive style is worn by those in the know and who appreciate beauty and true craftsmanship around the world.
Each piece is a work of art, a one-off journey made by McEwan. These are more than just diamonds and gold - to gaze at McEwan's jewellery is to dream.
Lookup and see - Google Glass
Just launched in the U.K. at the time of SYOG going to press and currently targeted at developers, Google Glass is worn like a pair of glasses and is prescription glass compatible. It pairs with your smart phone to deliver notifications in the top right corner of your vision. The hardware includes an outward facing camera that makes hands free photos a doddle. Other functions including sending those photos by email are all possible with voice commands. Google Glass costs £1,000. Like the first iPhone, this is the future and it is always nice to be ahead of the crowd.
Time to write with Montblanc
Known for nearly a century as creators of extra special writing instruments, Montblanc now also creates exquisite watches, leather goods, jewellery, fragrances and eyewear.
Meticulous hand craftsmanship combined with innovative construction using modern materials has created a unique timepiece called TimeWalker Chronograph 100. Just launched, it is able to measure elapsed intervals to the nearest 100th of a second, perfect for the man for whom every fraction of a second counts. It will be strictly limited to 100 timepieces, each costing €50,000.
For those who prefer a more classic design to their timepiece, their new Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph Watch might fit the bill. Turn it over and the back is definitely different - you can see the vintage-inspired calibre though the sapphire case back. The watch, costing £23,000, is limited to just 90 pieces in rose gold to celebrate 90 years of the Meisterstück pen.
The third new timepiece is the Meisterstück Heritage Perpetual Calendar Watch. For those who like to know the date and have no desire to manually change their watch each year this is a good choice as it will automatically sort out the date until 2100! In rose gold it costs £14,400.
Back to what Montblanc is most famous for, pens, and to celebrate 90 years of the iconic Meisterstück pen the company has produced a special 90 Years 149 Fountain Pen. The anniversary edition comes with red gold plating and a special "90" commemorative nib design. Perfect to sign the contract for building your new superyacht.
Panerai - beyond time
Combine Italian design, Swiss technology and a passion for the sea and you get Panerai, the luxury watch makers for sailors. What yacht owners may not realise is that the company also manufactures instruments. Inspired by the elegant lines of the 1936 Bermudian rigged ketch Eilean, Panerai has created a limited edition set of navigation instruments: barometer, hygrometer, thermometer and wall clock.
Made of AISI 316L stainless steel, an alloy with a low carbon content valued for its great corrosion resistance, the instruments are 14cm wide and 14cm deep and have simple black dials for maximum legibility. Supplying atmospheric pressure, the relative humidity of the air, the temperature and the time is still invaluable information even in our modern internet reliant world. What’s more, the beautiful clean design is a joy to behold.
History and chess from Baccarat
This year marks the 250th anniversary of Baccarat and the company has produced a book to celebrate the event. Featuring magnificent photographs commissioned specially for the occasion and old fashioned unpublished archive drawings from house archives, the book takes the reader on a journey to the heart of the world of Baccarat.
Admire the very first set of glasses commissioned by Louis XVIII, the majestic candelabras made for Tsar Nicholas II, not to mention prestigious orders from the Maharajahs, and from Prince Rainier produced especially for his marriage to Grace Kelly. For those who feel a dining room is incomplete without Baccarat, this book is a must for the coffee table. Two editions of the book are available: as a luxury box set (€85) from Baccarat stores and unboxed (€65) from Rizzoli’s sales network.
A dining room is incomplete without Baccarat
Also perfect for the coffee table is Nendo’s Harcourt chess game, part of the collection to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Baccarat. This beautiful chess set has 32 hand-cut pieces in clear or midnight crystal, based on the famous Harcourt glass, the form of the king’s crown, the hem of the queen’s robe and the bishop’s mitre. Each of the chess sets required over 200 hours of work just for the cutting process. Only 50 numbered copies will be produced, each costing €20,000.
Baubles, bangles and beads from Boodles
If baubles, bangles and beads are your bag then Boodles, the British fine jeweller, has just the thing for you. Established over two centuries ago, the jeweller displays a truly individual personality and a committed focus to achieving excellence in all facets of design, craftsmanship and service. The company has unveiled a new collection of exquisite design led creations, that seem especially fitting for the superyacht owner. Given the name ‘Ocean of Dreams’, it is a collection inspired by a mysterious and magical underwater world.
‘Ocean of Dreams’ is a couture collection of exquisite, one-off fine jewellery pieces. Diamond and coloured stone creations depict stories of the sea with delicate and intricate designs; paraiba tourmalines symbolise the mesmerising waters of the Atlantic, whilst white marquise diamonds represent the elegant curves of a dolphins fin.
Each suite creates an individual tale of the ocean whilst demonstrating the exquisite craftsmanship and design that goes into all of the firm’s fine jewellery. For example, the Dolphins' Serenade Suite is a delight of diamonds set in platinum. When dolphins gather for a serenade, they circle joyfully in the water, revelling in each other’s company.
But all that can be seen from the surface are the gracefully curved fins that inspire this suite, with marquise diamonds standing out among smaller diamonds, like dolphins among little fish. The playful earrings are made up of fin-shaped sections zig-zagging downward in an angular fashion, whilst the necklace combines the swirling motions of a dolphins’ serenade, with a dramatic drop made up of fin-shaped sections.
Other parts of the collection include the Atlantic Blue Suite where a hidden coral branch can be found on the delicate cuff, amid delicate curls and love hearts. Precious paraiba tourmalines and diamonds are clustered at the pendant’s neckline and return dramatically at the drop, styled like a mermaid’s purse.
In the Underwater Dreams Suite, earrings take the form of a trailing stem of tanzanites and diamonds, culminating in a larger stone at the focal point whilst the pear-shaped tanzanite at the heart of the pendant and ring, are surrounded by diamond and tanzanite swirling fronds. Look closely at the gorgeous diamond-encrusted cuff in the Mermaid's Tale Suite and you’ll see not only ripples but, flashes of a tail - mermaid, or dolphin?
The Sea Star Suite is tribute, in pink and white diamonds, to the starfish, a unique treasure of the deep, while the Ocean Moon Suite contrasts beautifully with the sparkling, star-like diamonds and aquamarines of clamshell details, separated by sapphires, all mounted in platinum. The Seashore Drift Suite features tourmaline, diamonds and seed pearls set in platinum and the Pastel Reef Suite aquamarines, tsavorites, pink and yellow sapphires, green and yellow beryls with diamonds, set in white and yellow gold.
The last piece of the collection is known as the Deep Sea Treasure Suite and it features South Sea and freshwater pearls set in rose gold.