The recession has had its affect on the entire economy, including the uber-rich. Many of them are a lot less rich than they had been before. But it’s not like the uber-rich have stopped shopping at Hermes, buying Ferraris, or traveling first-class, just as we keep on reporting round the clock. So, we are again back with our Wow Gift list to present outrageous luxury gift options for those who can afford to get whatever they want and live life Abramovich-style. After all, “It is better to live rich than to die rich.” Take a look…
Flashy USB drives encrusted with precious stones are so yesterday. SolidAlliance has launched a new trend with its innovative “Mnemosyne” 16GB USB drive-cum-puzzle that needs to be disassembled first to access your data hidden within and vice versa. The cube consists of five polished silver pieces with one black piece that is the real USB flash drive, for a price tag of $10,000.
Memories are priceless, and so is the art of capturing them. The ultra-luxurious Hermes camera from Leica is for the stylish photographer. The Leica M7 Edition Hermes camera is available in two colors: orange and in safari green called “etoupe,” for $14,265.
Make a statement among your rich golfer friends with the luxurious Garia Golf cart that boasts a high-end make like that of the luxury autos. The Garia features a double wishbone front suspension similar to those found in sports cars and inspired by Formula 1 cars. The other features include a built-in refrigerator, hand-stitched seats, hydraulic brakes on all four wheels with discs in the front and drums at the rear, and custom paint of your choice. Pre-order for $17,500.
iREV Party Boat for partying in style
Unless you are planning a huge gathering aboard your luxury yacht, the iREV is perfect for hosting small gatherings (can seat up to 10 adults) in style. This donut-shaped boat is cantered around a low smoke charcoal grill from Outdoor Chef to keep your BBQ party going. The umbrella shade is foldable and can be easily retracted within seconds, so you can enjoy the sun. You can even choose to pimp this fun boat with some optional gadgetry, including a beverage bucket, flat table top, or lying mattress, marine speaker system with MP3 and satellite radio connections. The iRev sells for $24,000.
For the uber-rich wine enthusiast, nothing less than a full-fledged wine cellar would do justice to a collection of expensive wines. The Espace range of walk-in wine cellars has both heating and cooling functions. Other salient feature include electronic temperature control and display, humidity and ventilation control, temperature from 8 to 18-degrees C, internal light, anti-shock rug and an anti-UV glass door. The Espace walk-in wine cellar (990 bottles capacity) costs about $11,900, and the one with space for 4140 bottles costs $28,500.
The Hi-Can Multimedia Bed, to bed in style
The Hi-Can (High Fidelity Canopy bed) designed by Italian designer Eduardo Carlino has added new dimensions to the age-old canopy beds. This new generation canopy bed is embedded with an iMax theater, integrated flaps and ventilation, along with a hi-fi system and a screen with DVD player for your bedtime entertainment. Bedding in royalty comes for a matching price tag of $59,000.
For the uber-rich fashionista who makes a statement with his lavish style at the cocktail parties or the fanciest of gatherings, bling king Alexander Amosu has designed this finest attire crafted from finest material known to mankind. The suit features over 5,000 individual stitches equating to £14 (approx. $20) per stitch and nine 18-carat gold and pave set diamond buttons to make it worth every penny. You can get one custom made for $101,860. You can further team it up with bespoke shirts from Amosu, for an additional $40,700.
If every other pimped iPhone looks almost the same to you, then Martin Gadalla has come to your rescue with his most expensive iPhone shell, the “Golden Delicious” model with GnG-logo in diamonds. There’s a crown version too as an option. The Golden Delicious carries a price tag of $108,880.
Planning a trip to attend the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver? The Jet Card program in collaboration with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games official supporter Jet Set Sports has a ultimate package in place for you. The Flexjet 25 Jet Card-2010 Gold Edition entails first-class-travel on the Flexjet fleet of legendary Bombardier aircraft, three nights’ accommodation at Vancouver’s prestigious Sutton Place Hotel, Olympic-certified ground transportation and an on-site personal concierge and dining at Vancouver’s most highly acclaimed eateries, besides other benefits. The package costs $122,900.
The Scubacraft boat can also dive to a depth of 30 meters and can go gushing at 50 miles per hour with the help of an engine that produces 160hp. It is equipped with underwater electric thrusters to give the driver a “flying underwater” experience. Priced at $164,000, the Scubacraft can be pre-ordered from the manufacturer’s website, however, to have one in place you will have to expect the delivery in 2010.
No one has ever purchased Victoria Secret’s fantasy lingerie till date, but that has not affected its whimsical cadre. So if you are planning to change all that, then this a $3 million diamond bra could be the perfect way to spice up your sex life. Designed by the Italian jewelry house Damiani, this one-off bra features an 18-karat gold harlequin-patterned net, and is embellished with 2,355 colorless and cognac diamonds, with a 16-carat heart-shaped champagne diamond pendant dangling in the middle.
‘You Look Like a Million Dollars’ exclusive portrait service
Immortalize your extraordinary stature into a statue with the new and exclusive “You Look Like a Million Dollars” service. An upshot of a collaboration between Laban Roomes of Goldgenie and renowned London sculptors Wrightson & Platt, this exclusive service accepts individual commissions for beautifully decorated and richly embellished portraits cast into bronze, glass and precious metals by a highly skilled team of British craftsmen. The embellished portrait commissions take several months to complete and the pricing starts at around £50,000 ($71,050).
$85,000 Dalmore Experience Package
Whiskey connoisseurs might want to indulge themselves in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the “Dalmore Package,” that includes tasting some of the finest Dalmore whiskies and spending time with third generation Master Distiller Richard Paterson. The package includes first class transportation to the beautiful Scottish Highlands, enjoying a city and country tour, sleeping four nights in a five-star hotel, engaging in a private barrel tasting of resting casks, spending a day with Paterson, and obtaining a tailor-made bottle of scotch whiskey hand-created by Paterson himself exclusively for you.
Let your creative juices flow to turn your dream car into reality under the Ferrari Special Projects program, just like Edward Walson has done with his P540 Superfast Aperta, which was essentially designed by him under the Ferrari Special Projects program.
Learn how to play billiards in style from none other than three-time world billiards champion Vincent Facquet. The Luxury Billiards line of custom pool tables are claimed to be the world’s most expensive and most beautiful pool tables. The lavish pool tables are inlaid with 18 diamonds in the frame of the rails and feature a precious make with the legs and ornaments gilt with platinum leafs and plain platinum diamonds. The collection includes three unique models and retails for around $177,000.
If you are a SUV guy, this is your chance to own the world’s most expensive, luxurious and strongest armored car. The Dartz Kombat/Prombron is the re-embodiment of the armored car that was driven and used by Russian Tzar Nikolai II.
F1 racing might be your passion, but if you want to be doing it for real, then hone your skills with this luxurious F1 simulator that claims to have 6 DOF (Degrees of Freedom), 100% accurate steering wheel and G-force simulation for multiple values of G. The system has the same equipment used by the professional racing drivers and engineers, and software that cannot be bought in a store.
Cirrus Aircraft has long been a leader in the personal aircraft arena. And with their Cirrus Xi individualization program, they have given another dimension to private jet flying. The Xi package allows Cirrus owners to choose the color scheme, materials, textures and even stitching, leather color, embroidery and embossing.
Frauscher 717 GT – The European Powerboat of the Year
Frauscher boats are undoubtedly the Ferrari of boats! This high-end yacht manufacturer has garnered a special place in every boat lover’s heart with its unique creations. And if you don’t own a Frauscher yet, pamper yourself with the latest Frauscher 717 GT from this European yacht manufacturer. This classic boat boasts teak silhouette and is powered with a 184-309 kW engine (gasoline, diesel or hybrid).
Besides our WOW gift list, we have many “wow” options in each of our Christmas gift lists, just in case you are craving for more options. And, our “Gift list for Bling lovers” and Collectors are just an extension to the Wow list, so don’t forget to check them out.
Also check-out our Wow Gift list 2008.