on 25th June 2008 | No Comments »
For the first time ever, you can own your very own luxury submarine. The Phoenix 1000 makes underwater travel for adventure-seeking billionaires a reality.Phoenix 1000 is the biggest and luxurious private submarine ever designed. It is the top of the line model produced by U.S. Submarines Inc., the first company to bring luxury submarines to the commercial market.
The 65-meter personal luxury submarine has 460 sq meters (5,000 square feet) of interior space on four levels and is able to dive up to 1,000 feet. The Phoenix is capable of making trans-Atlantic crossings at 16 knots yet can dive along the route and explore the continental margins of some of the most fascinating waters on earth.
And unlike surface yachts, when the water gets rough, the submarine can submerge into a perfectly smooth and quiet environment, continuing on toward its destination, assuring long journeys in most luxurious and comfortable way.
On board, it offers accommodation for around 12 guests divided into 6 cabins with private bathrooms; while on the main deck have a fantastic deck saloon from which they can admire the unusual and fascinating landscapes of navigation in depth. The luxury amenities include Jacuzzis, gyms, wine cellars and the clients even have the option of going for a basketball court.
The uppermost level of the vessel is the flying bridge. This area is similar to its equivalent area on most yachts, with the exception of the fact that the materials selected can stand immersion.
The utmost depth is reached 305 meters but if you want to go down even more, the integrated docking mini-sub can take 8 passengers to an extreme 610 metres below the surface. Additionally, in the unlikely event of an emergency at depth, the minisub could be used to take passengers and crew to the surface.
The estimated price of the Phoenix is $78 million and this luxurious undersea vehicle takes about three years to build.
Takei-Nabeshima-Architects (TNA) designed a country retreat in the town of Karuizawa outside Tokyo, Japan, wrapped in rings of glass and wood and has an uninterrupted 360 degree view of the forest.
TNA designed rings around the facade so that areas of private spaces and utilities could be met. The height of each ring was decided by the function concealed behind it.
The glass between the rings allow you to look straight into the forest, so the whole house appears to dissolve into the forest.
Built on Owners’ Hill, a resort in the Karuizawa forest near Tokyo, Ring House occupies one of the hundred or so plots set aside for city dwellers to build weekend retreats.
The Cartier Manufacture has created a new timepiece that is a true symbol of horological innovation.
The oversized Cartier Santos Triple 100 watch delivers a great surprise due to the first-ever rotating-dial mechanism united with a skeleton movement : Turn the crown, and you can select between three unique identities!
The three different dial faces of the Cartier Santos Triple 100 watch appear in succession: from a classic face featuring 12 Roman numerals, to a face completely paved with round diamonds and black sapphires in a marvellous jeweller’s chessboard, followed finally by a face engraved with a tiger’s head, which required over 40 hours’ work.
The team of watchmakers developed mobile prisms in 18K white gold. The prisms get activated simultaneously with help of the crown. They are operated by a miniature-gear-trains system that makes them swivel gradually in one direction or the other, thus allowing the Cartier watch reveal three different dial faces.
Moreover, the timepiece with the case crafted in 18K white gold is entirely set with precious stones.
It will be available to most avid watch connoisseurs in a numbered limited edition of only 20 pieces.
This beautiful central island design by Stefan Price for kitchen specialist Evitavonni is based on the ying yang icon.
The principle behind this central, freestanding unit is that all the cool, water-based and calm parts of your kitchen – fridge and sink – are stored within the Yin (the white area) and the hot more aggressive elements – hob and oven – are in the Yang (the black area).
The design is innovative and the feel is very “oriental”, perfect for Chinese cooking. The price is Â£102,577 ($200,000) for the complete, including the majestic Elica Star extractor fan.
Lately, LG has launched this Swarovski crystals encrusted fridge into the market in a limited run of 200 units, released in the Taiwan market only.
LG have brought home with its R-U719GWN three door fridge.
It looks like an ordinary fridge with its usual high tech features such as an ice-maker and LCD panel, but fridge’s handle and logo are diamond studded with 4900 Swarovski crystals.
on 24th June 2008 | 3 Comments »
Airbus offers a complete range of aircraft for corporate, VIP and government aviation – from its A318 Elite, Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) and A320 Prestige to the widebody A330 and A340, and the A380.
In 2007 Airbus corporate jetliners won 38 firm orders from customers around the world and a total of almost 50 orders and commitments. But what make them so successful?
Airbus attributes its success in the corporate jet market to the greater comfort and space that its aircraft offer over traditional business jets, as well as to their more modern designs.
Consistently rated as one of the world’s best corporate and VIP aircraft, the Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) combines the largest cabin in its class with Airbus reliability and intercontinental performance.