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Carlsson CS50 Versailles

This Mercedes Is Covered in Real Gold

Carlsson CS50 Versailles

For lovers of luxury and bling-bling, German tuning specialist Carlsson is offering an eyeful at the Geneva Motor Show this week, displaying the world’s first gold-covered car.

Several thousand sheets of gold leaf were needed to cover the Versailles-inspired special edition Mercedes S-class presented at the show.

The latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class was used as the model for the new limited edition CS50 Versailles Edition of Carlsson,

Carlsson CS50 Versailles interior

Carlsson said it is only planning to produce 25 of the over-the-top luxury vehicles, each customised to fit the tastes of their buyers.

Ten of the Carlsson CS50 Versailles, named after the Palace of Versailles, have already been reserved, said the company, which is targeting in particular ultra-rich buyers in Asia and the Middle East.

About half of the car’s exterior is covered in pure gold, and the precious metal is also omnipresent inside the vehicle, covering the steering wheel, part of the dashboard and a range of knobs, buttons and details.

mercedes s class gold interior

And the luxury does not stop there. The seats are fitted with Nappa leather and the floorboards covered with soft sheepskin carpeting.

It took some 200 man-hours to cover the car with gold leaf, using special squirrel hair brushes, before the delicate metal sheets were sealed with a clear coat to keep them in place, Carlsson said.

Priced at 359,000 euros ($498,000), the Carlsson CS50 Versailles on display in Geneva is among the priciest vehicles at this year’s show.

Carlsson CS50 Versailles edition

gold Xbox One

Golden Xbox One commands nearly $10k

Retailing for £6,000 ($9,800) from London’s boutique department store Harrods is a 24-carat gold plated Xbox One.

gold Xbox One

The piece was supplied by Crystal Rocked, a customization company that specializes in applying crystal and gold layers to headphones, smartphones, and tablets — even concert pianos.

Reddit user SirSyhn posted the image after spotting Microsoft’s gold-encrusted console on a trip around the London store — one founded by a 19th century grocer and now owned by Qatar’s investment arm.

Hublot monochrome gold watch

Hublot presents monochrome gold watch in Monaco

Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot collaborated with Monaco-based jewelers Zegg & Cerlati to create the “Big Bang Hublot Zegg & Cerlati Yellow Gold,” a chronograph made almost entirely of 18K yellow gold.

big bang yellow gold

Officially presented at the Monte Carlo Christmas Ball in Monaco, this stunning timepiece has a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement with date indicator and a 42-hour power reserve.

Its 44mm case, bezel, crown, side buttons and dial are all made from 18K yellow gold, and it is worn on a matching gold calfskin strap with an 18K folding clasp.

The limited edition “Big Bang Hublot Zegg & Cerlati Yellow Gold” watch is available exclusively through Zegg & Cerlati’s boutiques in Monte Carlo, Ischgl (Austria) and Samnaun (Switzerland). Only 50 of the watches will be produced.

Burberry Body Gold

Burberry dresses Body fragrance in gold this season

Burberry Body Gold

Just in time for the holidays, the British brand has presented a limited edition of Burberry Body, the women’s fragrance first launched in 2011. The perfume’s multi-faceted transparent glass flacon has been decorated with a gold and bronze patina for a glamorous and refined look.

The composition of the perfume remains unchanged in this Burberry Body Gold limited edition.

The fragrance opens with green absinthe, freesia and peach notes, combined with a rose, iris and sandalwood accord. The base notes include cashmeran, amber and white musk. Price: $98 for 60mL.

HTC One Gold Edition

HTC One gold edition launches

HTC One Gold Edition

HTC on Monday announced a new gold color option for the HTC One in European countries, thus taking on the gold versions of Apple’s iPhone 5s and Samsung’s Galaxy S4.

The new HTC One Gold features a brushed metal aluminum body with black accents and features the same specs found on the original HTC One.

That includes a 4.7-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 4-megapixel UltraPixel rear camera and Android running beneath HTC’s custom Sense user interface.

HTC previously unveiled a limited edition 18 carat gold version of the HTC One to coincide with this year’s MOBO Awards. Just five of the handsets were created.

Ray-Ban offers Aviator shades in solid 18K gold

Ray-Ban  Aviator Solid Gold

Ray-Ban‘s legendary Aviator sunglasses will soon be available in an exceptionally luxurious edition, with frames made from solid 18-karat gold.

Launched in 1937, Ray-Ban’s Aviator frames were initially designed for US Air Force pilots, who wore them for maximum protection from the sun’s rays on high altitude flights. Today, the brand’s Aviator model is an iconic accessory worn by men and women alike.

Ray-Ban has presented a number of variations on the original design over the years, using different materials and colors. This November the brand will launch Aviators with a solid 18-karat gold frame. The polarized G-15 crystal lenses are also of exceptionally high quality.

Only 1,200 pairs of these exclusive and luxurious sunglasses will be produced. The model will be available from November at the price of €2,800 (around $3800).

Aviator Solid Gold

gold colour iPhone

‘Gold rush’ for new iPhones in China

gold colour iPhone

Apple’s first gold-colour iPhone sold out immediately in Hong Kong and mainland China, according to reports and online buyers desperate to snap up the new status symbol.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 5S — also available in silver and “space grey” — launched at 6:00 am Tuesday in both Hong Kong and mainland China.

“Right after it started, the champagne gold model was sold out,” Phoenix TV — a Hong Kong-based broadcaster with most of its audience living on the mainland — said on its website.

Although Hong Kong resellers say demand is down for the new 5S and 5C models because they are also available on the mainland — the first simultaneous launch to both markets — one dealer told AFP that the gold phones could still resell at a profit.

Apple’s Hong Kong website on Wednesday took down the link to the 5S pre-order page, saying reservations would resume on September 21.

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First photo of the iPhone 5S in ‘champagne’

champagne iphone

TechCrunch has published the first photos of the iPhone wearing its new shiny coat. In addition to the traditional black and white, Apple’s next smartphone will reportedly be available in a pale gold color.

In addition to the traditional black and white models, the forthcoming iPhone 5S could also be available in a flashier version, all in gold, according to American tech specialist website TechCrunch.

Apple’s new smartphone will be presented on September 10, most likely alongside a more affordable version of the device, dubbed the iPhone 5C.

According to these rumors, Apple may introduce a new “champagne” color to the iPhone range. The shimmery gold shade is said to be easily obtained by anodizing the smartphone’s aluminum casing.

Well-heeled Apple fans can already purchase iPhones made of solid gold, or even encrusted with diamonds, through brands such as Amosu or Goldgenie, for several thousand euros, but the “champagne” iPhone would present a more affordable alternative for fans of metallic colors.

Readers of TechCrunch commented that an iPhone with a gold case would likely sell particularly well in the Chinese and Indian markets, where the color is popular.

Arshad Mahmood

HK$1 million suit sold in Hong Kong

Arshad Mahmood

British Pakistani Master Tailor Arshad Mahmood has produced a suit that he claims to be one of the world’s most expensive tailor-made suits priced at $129,000.

Arshad Mahmood, who has offices in London and Hong Kong, originates from Mirpur in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, and learnt the art of tailoring originally in the city of Karachi in early 80s.

With 22-carat gold stitching, a gold waistcoat and diamond-encrusted gold buttons, the one-off was sold in Hong Kong on May 29 for HK$1 million. According to the South China Morning Post, It took Apsley Tailors 200 hours to make the suit from the finest wool, with gold woven into the fabric.

The world’s most expensive suit is believed to have been made by Stuart Hughes and Richard Jewels of Manchester, England. The R. Jewels Diamond Edition is made from a blend of cashmere wool and silk, contains more than 480 diamonds and costs $890,000.

Apsley’s suit beats what was apparently the world’s second-most expensive suit, luxury designer Alexander Amosu’s $103,000 creation with nine diamond buttons set in 18-carat gold.

Burj Al Arab ipad

Dubai hotel to provide guests with gold iPad

Burj Al Arab gold ipad

Guests staying at the iconic, sail-shaped luxury hotel the Burj Al Arab in Dubai are being given 24-carat gold-plated iPads which will serve as their personal virtual concierge for the duration of their stay.

It’s the latest in lavish and — and some might say over-the-top —  hotel perks being launched out of luxury chains looking to raise the bar and seduce the richest and glitziest hotel guests to walk through their lobby doors.

Every in-house guest is being equipped with the loan of a gold-plated iPad which they can use to access guest services, restaurant and spa menus, private dining, butler and housekeeping services.

The gold edition is the second installment in Burj Al Arab’s virtual concierge service. Last October, the hotel premiered 24-carat pink gold iPads in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The gold iPad, created by The Gold & Co. London and embossed with the hotel logo, will also be available for purchase at the Burj Al Arab’s boutique shop for a cool 37,490 AED or €7,930.

Other gold-plated products available include the iPad mini, iPhone 5 and the Blackberry Q10.

iphone 5 black diamond

The world’s most expensive iPhone 5

iPhone Black Diamond

British luxury designer Stuart Hughes has created a £10 million ($15 million), solid-gold bodied, diamond-encrusted iPhone 5. The phone, which underneath its special shell, is no different from any iPhone in terms of hardware components, was commissioned by an unnamed Chinese businessman.

Called the Black Diamond because it features a 24-ct black diamond where the home key should be; it also has a solid gold chassis. If that wasn’t enough, it is decorated with what Hughes says are 600 flawless white diamonds set in gold on the back panel, while the Apple logo, now in solid gold takes on a three-dimensional quality and has also been enhanced by the addition of a further 53 diamonds.

One other notable difference, and one that could soon become a reality on all smartphones, is the use of sapphire glass rather than the standard Gorilla Glass to cover the iPhone’s display.

Sapphire glass is used to create body armor and only a diamond is stronger or more resistant. However, at current prices, a sheet of such glass costs 10 times more than Gorilla Glass.

Although this was a commission, Hughes is more than happy to produce another Black Diamond, if a consumer has £10 million to spare.

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Zac Posen designs $1.5 million gold dress

Zac Posen

American fashion designer Zac Posen  has created a one-of-a-kind, 24-karat gold dress in honor of Magnum’s new Gold ice cream bar and its introduction in the U.S.

“Creating my first-ever 24-karat gold dress was a truly priceless experience,” said Posen in a statement. “I’m naturally drawn to luxury and love to push my creativity, so the design process of creating a couture dress made of gold was thrilling.”

The result is a gown made from more than 10,000 paillettes hand cut from gold sheets. It took the design team two weeks to hand-embroider the sequins into place.

The dress  – valued at $1.5 million – will make its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival for the premiere of a short film starring “True Blood’s” Joe Manganiello on April 18.

Titled “As Good As Gold,” the film stars actor Joe Manganiello as a gold thief who falls for “the beautiful but dangerous” actress Caroline Correa, who of course, is wearing Posen’s dress.

In addition to its debut at Tribeca Film Festival, the film will be simultaneously released to viewers around the world on Magnum’s Facebook page, facebook.com/magnum.

This isn’t Magnum’s first foray into the fashion world. The brand teamed up with Karl Lagerfeld in 2011 on Magnum’s U.S. introduction with a trio of short films directed by Lagerfeld and starring Rachel Bilson.

Solid gold Lionel Messi’s foot on sale in Japan

Solid gold Lionel Messi foot

A solid gold replica of footballer Lionel Messi’s left foot, complete with blood vessels and the swirls of skin on the bottom of the toes, is to go on sale in Japan.

The 25-kilogramme (55-pound) statue, worth $5.25 million, was created from a mould of the star striker’s foot by Ginza Tanaka to mark Messi’s record-breaking fourth consecutive Ballon d’Or award.

The golden foot is due to go on sale on Thursday, along with a number of miniature versions and a solid gold plate of the Barcelona FC frontman’s footprint.

Part of the profits from the sale will go to help people affected by the quake and tsunami that hit Japan two years ago next Monday, through the Leo Messi Foundation, a charity run by the Messi family.

Burj Al Arab pink

Burj Al Arab to auction rose gold iPad for charity

Burj Al Arab pink

The Dubai-based luxury hotel, Burj Al Arab is celebrating the Breast Cancer Awareness Month by launching the Pinking Burj Al Arab campaign.

The highlight of the Pinking Burj Al Arab campaign is the exclusive, one-of-a-kind 24-carat rose gold iPad created by bespoke jeweler Gold & Co. London especially for the cause, with an engraved pink ribbon and the hotel’s logo.
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Gold and silver mooncakes sell out in China

Mooncakes made of gold and silver are selling like hot cakes in China as gifts during the Mid-Autumn Festival, reported Xinhua news agency last week.

gold mooncake

Sold in various weights of gold or silver, many of these mooncakes have reportedly sold out in the run-up to the Mid-Autumn Festival on September 30.

Mooncakes, a traditional Chinese delicacy made of lotus seed paste, are given to family and friends in China as gifts to celebrate the Mid-Autumn harvest festival.

The Bank of Communications is reportedly selling a 500-gram gold mooncake at over 21,000 yuan (US$3340) while ICBC Bank is offering a gift box of two 50-gram gold mooncakes, inscribed with auspicious motifs and Chinese characters, for 47,620 yuan (US$6,820). The cheapest of ICBC Bank’s range of mooncakes is a mooncake made of silver that is priced at 850 yuan each (US$135).

Other banks that have also jumped onto the bandwagon include the China Merchant Bank, Bank of Communications and Agricultural Bank of China.

These gold mooncakes are usually purchased as gifts and customers must order at least two week in advance; the gifts are “usually not for families or friends.”

The Chinese are among the top consumers of gold in the world in recent years. Over the past year alone, the ratio of Chinese rich investing in gold jumped from 0.1 percent in 2011 to 11.5 percent in 2012.

Traditional mooncakes