From Funding Central Park’s Endangered Elm Trees in Perpetuity. To an $80 Million Rocket Racing Team and a $65 Million Coastal Estate Robb Report Presents The Last Word in Gifts of Luxury.
New York, NY – Looking for the perfect gift for someone who has (almost) everything? Then the December issue of Robb Report, the world’s most acclaimed journal of connoisseurship, is a must-have with its exclusive “Ultimate Gift Guide,” perfect for those for whom cost is no object. Just hitting newsstands now, this special section contains a total of 21 fabulous ideas, ranging from extraordinary jewels and breathtaking estates to bold philanthropic opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
There is a renewed social consciousness amongst today’s luxury consumers and they are committed to saving our country’s natural treasures. Those who want to give more than a gift can give a legacy when they arrange for the perpetual care for the 550 endangered American Elms that line New York City’s Central Park along Fifth Avenue. For $2 million, one of the country’s largest concentrated populations of American elms can be saved from diseases, with the benefactor recognized by plaques in the Park bearing their name.
For those who prefer sparkling in green, Swiss jewelry house De Grisogono is offering an extremely rare, 25-carat green diamond for $7.3 million. The cushion-cut stone is set in a gold ring that features an additional seven carats of black diamonds. It is described by Fawaz Gruosi, the founder of de Grisogono, as “the finest modern specimen of a green diamond,” eclipsed only by the 40.7 carat “Dresden Green” on display in Dresden’s Royal Palace.
And if green makes you long for open courses and holes-in-one? The Links Lovers on your list will adore a 20-day trip for seven to play 10 Scottish and Irish golf courses of your choice. A past PGA champion will complete the pair of foursomes. This $3.45 million gift, designed by Red Carpet Enterprises, also includes a round of golf at Scotland’s Carnoustie, site of the 2007 British Open, and seven VIP tickets to the tournament. You will travel through Scotland on the chartered Royal Scotsman train, and enjoy a dinner aboard the former royal yacht Britannia, now moored in the port of Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland.
For a cool $80 million, what about a Rocket Racing League team, with two racing rockets – a customized Mark-1 X-Racer rocket, and the first Mark-2 X-Racer (which will succeed the Mark-1)? Beginning in 2007, the Rocket Racing League’s racers will pilot genuine rockets around courses superimposed on the sky by video screen graphics. Powered by liquid oxygen and kerosene, the Racers will streak along at speeds of 280 mps. The owner of this gift will also receive a truck and trailer equipment to transport the team rockets, a customized hangar, rocket-flying classes with the league’s pilot instructors, a home flight simulator and a gaming system that will enable players to race virtually alongside the pilots.
For the car-lover, the perfect gift might be a Koenigsegg CCX, a made-to-order, 240-plus MPS 806 horsepower Swedish supercar. But the car is just the centerpiece of a $1 million gift created exclusively for Robb Report. Included is a private tour of the Koenigsegg factory in Sweden by Christian von Koenigsegg himself, an invitation to drive the car in the Grande Parade at Len Mans in June and to view all 24 hours of the Le Mans race from a private hospitality suite.
If you’re a homebody, one of these two estates might be the answer. The $19.75 million Wyck Estate, located in Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts, is a 29-room, 12,000-square-foot, three-story French chateau-style mansion built in 1900. The 10-acre grounds, which overlook the Atlantic Ocean, were shaped by Frederick Law Olmsted and include a filtered saltwater swimming pool, tennis court, boathouse, and children’s playhouse equipped with plumbing and electricity. If you prefer the West Coast, then consider Locksley Hall on Belvedere Island in California with stunning views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. $65 million buys you a 10-room, 10,000-square-foot, three-story Classical Revival-style mansion, with lanterns and bronze entrance gates designed by Julia Morgan, who also designed the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA.
If true value lies in immediate, sensual experiences, then you needn’t look farther than the world’s most expensive box of cigars – 100 Gurkha Black Dragon Edicion Especial cigars – and their unique antique camel-bone humidor from Northern India. Priced at $115,000, the latest limited edition offering from Gurkha is made with a Connecticut maduro wrapper from a vintage 1990 crop, a 15-year-old Cameroon binder, and a 12-year-old Dominican filler. Only 500 cigars passed the final inspection, and those 500 were then aged for 10 years to give them a smooth, slightly spicy flavor.
For those who know how sweet life can truly be, the centerpiece of the Michel Cluizel Chocolate gift, valued at $4 million, is a shipment of $200 worth of chocolate every week for the rest of your life. Richard Perl, Cluizel’s CEO and sommelier of chocolate, will design a chocolate room for your home (providing ideal conditions for the chocolate) and provide a tutorial on how to better appreciate fine chocolate. You will also receive a private tour of the Cluizel factory in Damville, France, guided by Michel Cluizel. Four original chocolate desserts created exclusively for you by Cluizel chef Belinda Ber will then sent to your home.
The Ultimate Gift Guide features 13 additional gifts: made-to-measure clothing, timepieces, rock star paraphernalia, and other items offered exclusively to Robb Report readers.
Also in the December Issue: In addition to the Ultimate Gift Guide, the December Robb Report also includes features on the summer regatta season in Sardinia, the Ferrari Driving Experience in Quebec’s Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, the introduction of new, groundbreaking, highly complicated watches by three established Swiss manufactures, and the stylish renovation-transformation of an Arts and Crafts-style manor house in the English countryside, along with Robb Report’s other regular departments.
Robb Report is the international authority on the luxury lifestyle. Each month, the magazine reports on issues and trends affecting the affluent market, with coverage of exclusive events and features on exceptional automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, art, jewelry, watches, fashion, travel, homes, wines, spirits, and cigars. Additional information can be accessed through the magazine’s web site, www.robbreport.com.
Ani Zerounian, CurtCo Media