It’s that time of the year again. Not time for Christmas of course, but it’s time for the Neiman Marcus 2013 Christmas gift book! Each holiday season the gifting beacon of a book sees its return to teach the ultra-rich how to do festive with extravagance and spread some opulent cheer. Practicing The He(art) of Giving this year, the American departmental store doles out ‘fantasy gifts’. So while we pray that our secret Santa is luxury retail savvy, lets find out what tickles our fancy from the 5 most extravagant things to buy on that list.
5) Indian Larry’s “Wild Child” Motorcycle
If you were born to ride, you can now feel the wind with not one but two of these Indian Larry offerings. Handbuilt in Brooklyn, New York, for the Discovery Channel “Biker Build-Off” series, “Wild Child” is said to be the greatest of Indian Larry’s artistic achievements. It features his signature, dished tank, root beer metal flake paint, twisted down tube frame, and a truly unique engine with a shovelhead front cylinder, panhead rear, and jockey shift. Brass accents and a hand-carved leather seat in Indian Larry’s likeness complete the picture of this $750,000 motorized masterpiece.
Modeled after Indian Larry’s famous “Daddy O,” the less extravagant but equally exuberant cousin of the “Wild Child” features a twisted springer front end, a handmade Indian Larry wishbone frame with a signature mustang tank, 93 cubic-inch shovelhead engine, and hand-painted platinum-leaf flames. Just one of 10 in a limited-edition series called “Question Everything,” the $80,000 motorcycle is handcrafted in Brooklyn.
4) The Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System
Next on the countdown is this couple’s delight, “an epic theater experience.” As much an audio- and video-phile’s dream, the system includes technologically advanced speakers, subwoofers, and amplifiers that project unparalleled sound, a DirecTV satellite and DVD management system, and a built-in movie package featuring up to 300 movies and concerts. And if you’re wondering what makes it the ultimate go-to gift for all romantics, two Apple mini iPads serve as the remotes; one being for her and the other for him. The Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System is set at a $1,500,000. And with two top-notch C SEED 78 CAT MBX Giant Outdoor Loudspeakers thrown in, the price touches $2,640,000.
3) Forevermark Ultimate Diamond Experience
Once travelled, thrice bright. Featuring on number three is this rare opportunity to be Forever-marked in diamond gem history. How? With a 25-carat rough Forevermark diamond and traversing the length of its story! Starting with a trip to the De Beers headquarters in London, the journey will allow you the chance to christen your uncut gem and continue on a vessel off Namibia’s coast, where the diamond was discovered deep within the ocean floor. The Forevermark Ultimate Diamond Experience for two includes a dinner with De Beers CEO Philippe Mellier and Forevermark CEO Stephen Lussier at The Tower of London, and a price tag of $1,850,000.
2) Bespoke Global Falconry Companion
Taking the second spot is a falcon’s flight of fancy. But more importantly your own as you’re enraptured in the presence of your trained raptor. A new gift of a custom kind is the Bespoke Global Falconry Companion that comes with a portable case and matching custom trunk. The trunk contains Chatwin chairs and a foldout table by Richard Wrightman, the foremost designer of bespoke campaign furniture and a 20-karat gold-plated perch, hand-carved stands, leather perch scale, and hand-sewn glove, anklet, and exotic-skin hoods by Ken Hooke, the world’s preeminent falconry hood maker. Also included is a beautiful handmade backgammon board from Alexandra Llewellyn, lead crystal decanters and a cigar carrying case with matching cigar cutter by David Linley for those indulgent breaks. All this for $150,000, bird not included. So, brush up those falconry skills and let the hunt begin!
1) Neiman Marcus 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
Topping the list is the ravishing Neiman Marcus 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante. One of only 10 in the world, it is fit for an afternoon of luxurious motoring. Handbuilt in Gaydon, England, this Vanquish Volante sports a 100% carbon fiber shell, the first ever in Aston Martin’s history while a new, naturally aspirated 6.0-liter, V-12 engine produces some 565 horsepower and is tuned to deliver 457 pound-feet of torque, for an enhanced performance feel. Not to mention the elegant profile in NM Exclusive Seychelles Blue and its, scintillating appeal. Availability of this $344,500 Aston Martin marvel, is limited to the first 10 qualified customers only.
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