21 Ultimate Gifts 2013


Robb Report's 30th Annual Holiday Guide - including a $12 million pair of rare pink diamonds, a spectacular Soho penthouse with 360-degree views, a depth-defying personal submarine, a 20,000-square-foot custom tree house, a supreme collection of Screaming Eagle wines, the new $1.2 million Galpin Ford GTR1 Supercar and more.  

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21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: The Sky’s the Limit

THE GIFT Sky Yacht One, a custom private jet based on the new ultralong-range Embraer Lineage 1000E and created through a collaboration between Embraer and the experiential designer Eddie Sotto. Starting at $83 million ™The experiential designer Eddie Sotto has teamed with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer to develop plans for Sky Yacht One, a […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Byzantine Icon

™THE GIFT A ring by the Turkish jeweler Sevan Bıçakçı featuring a large gemstone carved with a detailed image of the recipient’s choice. A meeting with Bıçakçı at his studio near Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar to develop the design of the ring, which will be the jeweler’s first-ever commissioned piece. First-class airfare for two to Istanbul, […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Home Bruery

™THE GIFT A collection of custom-made beers—some 2,000 bottles—from the Bruery. A two-night stay at Montage Laguna Beach, with a Bruery-beer-pairing dinner to help define the recipient’s taste preferences. Upon completion of the beers, a one-night stay at Montage Beverly Hills, including a multicourse dinner paired with the newly bottled brews. $168,000 The Bruery, a […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Royal Blush

™THE GIFT Two exceptional pink diamonds from the legendary Argyle mine in Australia, each weighing more than 2 carats. A custom jewelry piece featuring the pink diamonds and designed by Kristin Hanson, a New York jeweler who specializes in colored stones. Starting at $12 million Pink diamonds are among the rarest stones on Earth. Most […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Fashion Forte

™THE GIFT A gentleman’s wardrobe by Salvatore Ferragamo, including a special edition of the handmade Tramezza alligator shoes, a crocodile suitcase and weekend bag, and a made-to-measure suit, topcoat, shirt, and tie. A private consultation with Massimiliano Giornetti, men’s creative director, at the Salvatore Ferragamo boutique in Milan. Two seats at the Salvatore Ferragamo men’s […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: High over SoHo

THE GIFT The two-story, 10,000-square-foot Presidential Penthouse in the 46-floor Trump SoHo New York hotel condominium. A custom interior by the designer Waldo Fernandez. $50 million for the penthouse; starting at $18 million for the design, excluding art ™Space may be at a premium in Manhattan, but not near the top of the 46-floor Trump […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Design Intervention

THE GIFT A five-piece collection of three furnishings and two light fixtures, designed exclusively for the recipient by Hervé Van der Straeten. Starting at $460,000 ™For Hervé Van der Straeten, the process of creating a new piece of furniture is a joyful occasion. The Parisian designer—whose limited-edition light fixtures and furnishings are highly collectible and […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Brunch in Champagne

THE GIFT A weekend trip for six to Reims, France, for the ultimate Champagne brunch, served at Krug’s Clos du Mesnil vineyard, prepared by the Michelin two-star chef Arnaud Lallement, and paired with Krug Champagnes. An exclusive tour of Maison Krug and its private cellars, a tasting of rare vintages with Olivier Krug, and lunch […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Ripple Effect

THE GIFT A 190-foot high-volume megayacht conceived by Bannenberg & Rowell Design. Starting at about $92 million ™In designing a megayacht, a small change can make a big difference. Bannenberg & Rowell Design has taken this tenet to an extreme with the striking and unconventional vessel that the London-based firm is offering to one Robb […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Safe at Home

THE GIFT A safe room designed by Brown Safe Manufacturing that features the latest in high-tech security; offers storage for cash, jewelry, watches, wines, and more; and incorporates the vault door from the final bank robbed by the infamous Dalton Gang. Starting at $2.5 million ™ On the morning of October 5, 1892, five heavily […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Blades of Glory

THE GIFT A set of two bejeweled samurai-style swords, with woodwork by Salter Fine Cutlery and blades of tamahagane steel handmade and engraved by the acclaimed Japanese swordsmith Shigemitsu Ito. Accessories that include a set of sheaths, a handmade Hawaiian koa-wood case, samurai-style daggers, and stands for both swords. $1.3 million ™The Kusanagi sword is […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Birds in Flight

THE GIFT An unprecedented collection of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley, comprising six 750 mL bottles each of every vintage from 1992 to 2002 (except 2000, when no wine was made), from the cellars of Soutirage, and a vertical flight of magnums of the 2003 to 2013 vintages, from the estate’s own […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Standing Apart

THE GIFT A mosaic column built for Louis Comfort Tiffany’s showroom. $2 million ™It is tall, slim, and stunning, and it weighs 400 pounds—at least 400 pounds. Louis Comfort Tiffany’s artisans made this Byzantine-style, blue-and-gold mosaic column, along with five others, in the 1890s or 1900s for display in the Tiffany Studios showroom in Manhattan. […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: African Exposure

THE GIFT A 14-night photo safari at Wilderness Collection properties in Botswana, Kenya, the Republic of the Congo, and the Seychelles, led by the renowned wildlife photographer Michael Poliza. A personal collection of Hasselblad digital cameras with accompanying lenses, including the as-yet-unreleased Victor Hasselblad 1. A VIP tour of the Victor Hasselblad Foundation and the […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Easy Ryder

THE GIFT An 11-day golf trip for six guests to four Ryder Cup courses in the United States, Ireland, and Scotland, presented by Preferred Golf and hosted by the former U.S. Ryder Cup player and captain Dave Stockton. VIP access to the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, followed by a post-tournament round on the resort’s […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Rebirth of a Legend

THE GIFT The first (serial number 1) Galpin Ford GTR1, a supercar based on the Ford GT sports car and the Ford GT40, one of the most influential racecars of all time. A wide range of customization possibilities and the choice of an all-aluminum or carbon-fiber body made by Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters. A video documentary […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Triple Crowning

THE GIFT A one-of-a-kind, triple-complication wristwatch from De Bethune. Travel to Switzerland via private jet, with accommodations at the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva. An excursion by helicopter from Geneva to the watchmaker’s manufacturing facility in La Chaux l’Auberson to take delivery of the timepiece. A helicopter trip to Burgundy, France, with accommodations at Château […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Top Shelf

THE GIFT A one-of-a-kind library of rare spirits and vintage cigars, curated by the creators of the acclaimed spirits and cigar menu at the French Laundry in the Napa Valley and tailored to the recipient’s taste. A private tasting at the French Laundry for the recipient and three guests, with chef Thomas Keller and his […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Play Ball

THE GIFT A personalized multisport backyard stadium designed by Populous, the firm behind the new Yankee Stadium, London’s Olympic Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and dozens of other prominent sports venues. Features include wraparound video screens that can create a backdrop depicting almost any professional-league sports stadium. The stadium will seat about 100 spectators. […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Branching Out

THE GIFT A 20,000-square-foot tree house with zip lines, a pool, a lazy river, a helipad, a water-operated elevator, and more. Starting at $62 million ™Having fun is serious business for Sergio Rosella. Two years ago, the 51-year-old builder cofounded a company called the Master Wishmakers to create everything from elaborate playhouses to custom furniture. […]

21 Ultimate Gifts 2013: Into the Deep

THE GIFT One of the first examples of Triton Submarines’ new three-person 36000/3 submersible, which is capable of reaching depths of 36,000 feet. A two-week-long training course to learn how to pilot the submarine. Descents with leading experts to three of the deepest ocean trenches, including the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep, the lowest point on […]

Spectral Vision

My lords, ladies, and gentlemen: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, auto manufacturer by appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has the honor of announcing the addition of the 2014 Wraith to its spectral family of Phantoms and Ghosts. Formality stops here. Strike the Union Jack and case the colors. Loosen that old school tie. Start the […]

Visiting An Old Haunt

When the fourth-annual Austrian Alpine Rally set off from the starting line in Vienna on the morning of June 22, 1913, more than a trophy was at stake for Claude Johnson, the managing director of Rolls-Royce Motorcars at the time. With a route that heaved and twisted some 1,800 miles into the Alps and through […]

Measuring Up

These are glorious days for the suit. The boxy, floppy jackets and loose, pleated trousers of yesteryear have been shunted in favor of suits with lean cuts and sharp profiles. The latest look is more youthful, modern, and flattering to men of every age and physique. Whether the wearer goes to the gym or not, […]

Holiday Stars: Dominican Republic

BLACK DIAMOND Made for the J.C. Newman Cigar Company by its partner Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia., Diamond Crown has always been known for its Connecticut shade wrapper and trademark 54-ring gauge in a variety of lengths. The best Connecticut broadleaf is deeply fermented, resulting in the dark, oily wrapper of the relaunched Black Diamond, […]

Holiday Stars: Honduras

CAMACHO COROJO After its recent acquisition by Oettinger Davidoff AG, Camacho undertook a dramatic repackaging and reblending of most of its cigars. This Honduran Corojo puro, Camacho’s flagship cigar, has been reblended to closely approximate the original power smoke, which was one of the strongest stogies to come out of the Jamastran Valley. It still […]

Holiday Stars: Nicaragua

ASHTON SAN CRISTOBAL REVELATION The only new cigar to be introduced by Ashton this year features an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, the same oily leaf found on the company’s best-selling VSG (Virgin Sun Grown) brand. But the Revelation’s wrapper is harvested from a lower portion of the plant, giving it a slightly lighter hue and taste. […]

Wheels: Polish and Power

From the beginning, nearly 40 years ago—when Porsche introduced the first turbocharged production 911 at the 1974 Paris Motor Show—the Turbo model has emphasized raw, unadulterated power. The engine of the first 911 Turbo, also known as the 930, produced 260 hp, enabling the car to reach a top speed of 150 mph. The Turbos […]

Dining: Swedish Modern

It has been 10 years since chef René Redzepi opened Noma in Copenhagen and touched off a global fascination with new Nordic cuisine. Stockholm, in particular, came alive with restaurants such as Volt, one of the first to apply modern methods to traditional Swedish ingredients, and Gastrologik, whose menu read solely, “Chefs’ choice, three courses, […]

Golf: Back from the Edge

It is safe to say there is nothing else like the Cliffs. The sprawling development of seven communities, each with its own golf course, is spread across 23,000 acres of mountains and lakes in the up-country of western North Carolina and South Carolina. However, like many resort communities, the development struggled in recent years, most […]

Home Entertainment: Private Screenings

Going to the movies is a treasured pastime for many American families. But for celebrities and other high-profile figures, a trip to the local theater can be an obtrusive experience. Avoiding public showings, however, can mean waiting to watch new movies for weeks or months until they are released on disc and online. A few […]

Travel: Rising from the Ashes

Most days on Necker Island pass slowly and without stress. Pink flamingos amble among the mangroves of the Richard Branson–owned resort, while Madagascan lemurs swing lazily from the trees. Guests of the British Virgin Islands property tend to follow the lead of ET, the resident red-footed tortoise, who spends his afternoons lounging in the shade […]

Wardrobe: Thin Lines

The Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana may be best known for its superbly curvaceous women’s wear, but this season, some of its most exciting—and formfitting—pieces are for men. “We started to make clothes for ourselves that we couldn’t find anywhere else—pieces that went beyond the look of a Wall Street banker with jackets with […]

Spas: Virginia Is for Spa Lovers

At the new Canyon Ranch SpaClub at the Omni Homestead resort in Hot Springs, Va., guests may spend more time wandering through the Aquavana thermal suite than lying facedown on a massage table. Throughout the hot-and-cold oasis, spa-goers shuffle between the Herbal Laconium, where the thick scent of lavender wafts through steamy cocoon-like niches; the […]

Wine: That’s Italian

Earlier this year, on a balmy May evening in London, a soigné crowd assembled at the Royal Opera House—not to see a performance of a work by Verdi or Puccini but to be immersed in Italian art of quite another kind. The gala, which benefitted the Royal Opera House Foundation, was organized by Ornellaia, Tuscany’s […]

Watches: A Timely Anachronism

For watchmakers and watch collectors alike, François-Paul Journe is a symbol of the entire independent watchmaking movement in Switzerland: an artisan who found success without surrendering control of his brand, F.P. Journe, or changing his production techniques to seek higher profit from greater volume. Journe, however, is quick to distance himself from his peers in […]

Autos: AMG Speedwagon

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S 4Matic wagon is a novelty, but not just because it is a 577 hp station wagon. (By comparison, the standard E-Class wagon, the E350 4Matic, has a 302 hp V-6.) AMG vehicles traditionally have offered sledgehammer performance—as the E63 AMG S 4Matic wagon does—but often have lacked an equal […]

Sport: Going to Extremes

“I think we’re going to ski that,” I say jokingly to my neighbor in the Eurocopter AS350 AStar. To our left, an absurdly vertiginous slope drops like a waterfall, one of countless death-defying descents in Alaska’s Tordrillo Moun­tains. But our pilot appears to be climbing to the top of this particular behemoth, and when we settle […]

Collectibles: Faith No More

Ancient stone Buddhas and medieval paintings of the Virgin Mary have transcended their religious origins and become valued across cultures for their historic and artistic significance. Now antique Judaica—artworks, texts, and objects related to Judaism—seems to be making a similar leap. In April, Sotheby’s New York sold the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Judaica collection amid […]

FrontRunners: Wajer Sports

With a deck clad in teak, a leather-and-aluminum-trimmed cockpit, and dual 435 hp Volvo engines that enable speeds as fast as 45 knots, the Wajer & Wajer Osprey 38 (www.wajer.nl) is a day cruiser that is both stylish and sporty. Wajer & Wajer, a Dutch company, will customize the Osprey 38, which has a starting […]

The Robb Reader: Maria Sharapova

By the time she was 19, Maria Sharapova had won her first of four Grand Slam singles titles and was ranked number one by the Women’s Tennis Association. Currently ranked number three, the Russian-born star, now 26, is a global traveler, a self-described “Amanjunkie,” and the founder of an organization that aids youth in the […]

From the Editors: Noble Cause

Not all gifts are appreciated. Such was the case with the surprise that Galeazzo Maria Sforza, the putative Duke of Milan, arranged for his 10-year-old daughter, Caterina (shown here as a young woman), during the Christmas holiday of 1472, when he assembled at his palace an impressive company of nobles that included Ludovico Gonzaga, the […]