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Aston Martin and global property developer G&G Business Developments have broken ground on Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way in Miami, confirming that construction of the 66-story luxury condominium tower is set for completion in 2021. The milestone marks the development of Aston Martin’s first real estate project, and the iconic brand’s expansion into luxury residential design. Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way has become the first condominium tower to break ground in Downtown Miami this year, underscoring the development team’s strength and market confidence. About the Building The striking building of curvilinear glass and steel is set to rise on one of the last parcels of developable land on the Downtown Miami waterfront and has been designed by Revuelta Architecture and Bodas Miani Anger, renowned for creating visually impressive and exceptionally well-engineered landmark properties. General contractor Coastal Construction Group will now begin work on the…

As one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in the world, Mayfair is located perfectly to the east of Hyde Park in the heart of London’s West End. Providing convenient transport connections, a flourishing real estate market, and the very best retail brands and fine dining available, it is a popular residential location for wealthy people around the globe. The district can be traced back to 1675 when it was nothing but a muddy open space, made so by the River Tyburn. It wasn’t until 1686 when King James II allowed the agricultural May Fair to relocate from Haymarket to this land that it found some purpose and was aptly named. The fair took place during the first two weeks of May each year, and due to the increasing number of attendants, Haymarket became too small an area to accommodate everyone. However, the residents of Mayfair grew unhappy with the rowdiness,…

Land ownership is one of the most ancient proofs of wealth. However owning contemporary luxury real estate is not only an attribute of good living, but also a great investment tool and market indicator, which hints at global property trends and reveals economic and political outlooks. The UHNWIs (Ultra High Net Worth Individuals) wouldn’t spend dozens of millions of US dollars for property they don’t find promising, would they? Last year the top segment of growing luxury property markets was dominated by cities in China, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, while oil-dependent markets such as Moscow and Lagos were down at the bottom, according to Knight Frank’s fresh Prime International Residential Index (PIRI). The index ranks luxury property prices in 100 key locations worldwide. In 2016, the value of urban luxury property increased on average by 2.4% year-on-year, while beach or coastal property slipped marginally by 0.5%. Average prices on…

Guest Luxury Expert Contributor Ehud Laniado is a global diamond expert and seller of two of the four most expensive diamonds sold in the history of Sotheby’s. He explains why diamonds are a viable long-term investment. opinion piece by Ehud Laniado, Chairman of Cora International ————————— One of the most satisfying moments in my career to date was the night I was privileged enough to sell a 12.03 carat blue diamond, the Blue Moon, at Sotheby’s in Geneva for $48.5m in November 2015. The diamond still holds the world record for the highest price paid per carat for any diamond ever sold at auction – $4.1m. Within minutes of the diamond selling, it was announced that the new buyer would re-name this dazzling, ocean blue diamond the Blue Moon of Josephine, in honour of his then seven year old daughter. Now if that’s not an investment for the future, I don’t know…

The year 2017 is an important year for watches, with many models celebrating landmark anniversaries. In collecting terms, an anniversary generally means that a watch will rocket in value and new collectors might pop-up, making it a lucrative time both to buy and to sell. This is, in part, thanks to a marketing drive by brands that capitalise on the potential to create renewed interest. Furthermore, many auction houses and pre-owned websites will mark the occasion by hosting special sales dedicated to these brands and models. Pre-owned luxury retailer, Collector Square, has developed a unique international database – the LuxPrice-index© – which compiles and analyses hundreds of thousands of bag and watch auction results over the last 12 years, offering a point of reference for the changing value of pre-owned luxury goods. On the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Daytona in 2013, Collector Square recorded a staggering 79% increase in…

Borgo di Vagli, a lovingly restored 14th century Hamlet with 21 furnished and serviced residences only 20 minutes from the bustling piazza’s of the popular Tuscany hilltop town of Cortona offers the chance to live the Tuscan dream without the stress of traditional property-ownership. With its timeless vineyards, olive groves, cypress trees, and picturesque hamlets, the region of Leonardo and Dante is known throughout the world as “the Eternal”. Throughout the seasons, the magic of Tuscany captures the hearts of many with its sense of timelessness, authenticity and an inherent natural beauty. Falling in love with this captivating land means falling for a lifestyle defined by simplicity, togetherness, good food and fine wine a world apart from the hectic and stressful activities of modern life. So, what better way to experience the region’s ever-changing and stunning panoramas than owning a unique piece of it? For those looking for a secure…

White sandy beaches and glistening turquoise sea? It’s easy to see why the Caribbean appeals to so many people who choose to make the daily grind a thing of the past and island life their home. Besides the beautiful weather and idyllic scenery, there are many reasons people choose a Caribbean lifestyle, so here’s a few reasons why you might want to make a new life for yourself near the equator. Diverse Culture There are over 7,000 islands in the Caribbean Sea – some big, but the majority small – meaning that there is a variety of different cultures you’ll find throughout the region; with 28 islands classed as nations. No two islands are the same, and you’ll find bustling local communities wherever you go; each with their own local lingo, daily rituals and way of life on the go. Relaxing Lifestyle There is no denying the natural beauty of…

Founded in 2013 by Nicolas Orlowski, founder and CEO of Artcurial, and Loïc Bocher, Collector Square is the European leader for the online sale of pre-owned luxury objects. Collector Square offers the largest range of pre-owned objects on the market, with an expertly curated catalogue of more than 5,000 luxury bags, watches and jewellery pieces from the world’s most prestigious fashion brands. With names such as Chanel, Hermes, Cartier, Rolex and Patek Philippe all represented, each piece on the site has been rigorously selected and authenticated by a team of approved experts from international auction houses. Revolutionary LuxPrice-Index© Informs and Educates Collector Square bases its expertise on the knowledge of its specialists and on a unique tool: The LuxPrice-Index©. This international database analyses over 300,000 auction results of bags, watches and jewellery pieces over the past 12 years, bus offering for the first time and index of reference for the…

Döttling safes are all around the world at home among selected connoisseurs and fans of the finest metalworking craft. Crafted from the Döttling manufactory in Sindelfingen, which was founded in 1919 – in the heart of a region known for German ingenuity and engineering excellence. Legendary companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Bosch have their roots here and are still based in the area today. The luxury watch manufacturer Grieb & Benzinger and the chainsaw pioneer Stihl are also located here. Being surrounded by these fine companies both inspires and motivates them. In this environment, Döttling restores and builds its safes with elaborate craftsmanship. What makes these objects so unique is Döttling’s standards of unparalleled beauty and unique quality. Now in its fourth generation, the company shares these standards with its customers, putting them into practice every day. Handcrafted for Fit, Form, Function and Everlasting Style Beauty, functionality, precision and…

Embedded in the picturesque landscape of the Italian Alps and surrounded by majestic forests, a lavishly furnished and decorated castle tells a story about ancient times. For 650 years, this privately owned castle has been in the possession of the aristocrat family of Count Spaur zu Flavon und Valer. The sprawling and lordly residence with more than 80 rooms accommodates the family and their guests in 15 bedrooms with 14 washrooms and the generous knights hall for extravagant soirees. Besides a well-equipped library and cosy living rooms, the gardens and apple orchards invite guests to linger and enjoy the breath taking view over the Non Valley. Castel Valer Beautifully Preserved Original Architecture Many myths and legends surround Castel Valer, which was built between the 12th and 17th centuries on the site of Roman ruins. Initially owned by ancient Romans and then an Austrian Emperor, it also served Pope Pius IX…

Element Pointe Advisors, LLC is a boutique investment management firm, independently owned and operates as an SEC-Registered Investment Adviser; their goal, to provide objective advice free of outside influence. About the Founders Founded by David Savir – David held the position of Vice President at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, directing a team of investment and lending professionals in advising ultra-high net worth clients throughout the U.S. and Carlos A. Dominguez – Carlos held the position of Vice President at J.P. Morgan Private Bank directing a team of investment management and lending professionals in advising high net worth clients throughout the U.S and Tarek El Gammal-Ortiz – Tarek was an Investment Specialist for J.P. Morgan Private Bank where he was responsible for building, implementing and managing customized investment solutions for high net worth individuals in Miami and New York City. About their Approach They work with their clients and family to identify…

One of the biggest players in the UK fine art and antiques industry has unveiled a new international business that promises to break down ‘artificial’  barriers to benefit clients as they bring their property to market. Stephan Ludwig, former CEO of both The Fine Art Auction Group Ltd and, latterly, the antiques and fine art division of the Stanley Gibbons group, has launched Forum Auctions. Forum Auctions will operate out of London, Rome, Milan and New York in partnership with Philobiblon, the Contemporary art, books and works on paper specialists, bringing aboard some of the most respected specialists on the international scene. Technology, Client Focused Service and Key Industry Specialists Blend to Form Modern Collecting Experience Whilst initially focused on books, manuscripts, prints and photographs, Forum is planning to expand into a number of other ‘online friendly’ auction specialisations such as wine, watches, jewellery and numismatics. Ludwig is positioning the…

Investment grade handbags have grown in value by 7.8% a year on average since 2004, reveals the JustCollecting Handbag Index, updated in February 2016. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INDEX Best performing handbags 2004-2016 CHANEL 2.55 Medium Classic Flap Bag: up 10.6% per annum to $5,000 Hermes 1990s Cognac Leather 40cm Birkin: up 10.3% pa to $13,000 Emilio Pucci 1970s Black Leather & Velvet Pucci handbag: up 8.8% pa to $550 Christian Dior Lady Dior Cannage: up 8.5% pa to $4,000 Coach 1960s Leather Sling Bag: up 7.9% pa to $250 “The designer handbag sector screams ‘investment potential’ Best performing handbags 2014-2016 Hermes 1990s Cognac Leather 40cm Birkin: up 30.0% to $13,000 Coach 1960s Leather Sling Bag: up 25.0% to $250 Christian Dior Lady Dior Cannage: up 14.3% to $4,000 Chanel 2.55 Medium Classic Flap Bag: up 11.1% to $5,000 Hermes Kelly 32cm Sellier Box Calf: up 10% to $5,500 Louis Vuitton…

Preparations are already well underway for the annual ‘Prestige London’, ‘The London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show’ and the NEW ‘London On-Water Yacht & Boat Show’ which will all take place at Old Billingsgate & St Katharine Docks in London, between 4th – 6/7th May 2016. With much of the space at Old Billingsgate already sold and with berths selling fast at London On-Water, this will be a truly extraordinary event. Fine exhibits, seminars, fashion shows, stunning on-water displays and exclusive cocktail receptions make for a must-attend, extraordinary event in London. The World’s Finest Superyachts One of the major attractions of this event is the participation of nearly ALL of the world’s top super yacht builders: Lürssen Yachts, Amels, Abeking & Rasmussen, Blohm + Voss, Nobiskrug, Fincantieri, Sunrise, Westport, Princess and Azimut among others will all be exhibiting at the event, showing guests the latest yachts launched, such as Lürssen’s exquisite…

Luxhabitat presents to you their 10 best seafront properties for sale in the UAE These exquisite homes lie just steps from the ocean and epitomise seafront living at its most carefree, luxurious and serene. A connection to the timeless tides echoed in their large, airy spaces that invite comfortable living. For a lifestyle bordering the sea, look no further than these waterfront homes. These beautiful homes lie just moments away from the sea and sand. Spacious, contemporary and stylish, these properties enjoy their own private views across the sea. 1) Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi Located in the luxurious Nurai Island, Nurai Island offers this lavish beachfront villa equipped with top class facilities. Zaya Nurai Island is situated along the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, with just a 10-minute boat ride from Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island and a 60-minute journey from Downtown Dubai. Pivoting…