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Saint-Tropez to Monaco

Sanlorenzo 104 Indigo

Saint-Tropez to Monaco

From picturesque Saint-Tropez to Cannes, Port Pierre Canto at Golfe-Juan to Port Vauban in Antibes, followed by cosmopolitan Nice and more coastal calls from lovely Villefranche around to Monaco, owners and charterers can experience some of the best boating that Europe has to offer.

It doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive either. Large motor yachts and small superyachts often have better chances of finding berths during the prime period from spring to the onset of winter, and rates for such vessels are more modest than for the “floating palaces” that also abound.

Simpson Marine Superyacht Charters, which has Asia-wide offices, shares the central agency for the 32m Sanlorenzo SL104 motor yacht Indigo, for example. This twin-MTU powered vessel charters for €80,000 a week plus expenses, and sleeps eight guests in four cabins, plus crew.

Genteel passages from port to port on the South of France in season is a pleasure that is hard to surpass

So if €10,000 per person for a week cruising the South of France sounds reasonable, readers merely need to contact this agency online in Singapore or Hong Kong or in other cities to start talks on availability and a custom itinerary.

Indigo was built by Sanlorenzo in 2012, and her sophisticated exterior design and engineering are the work of Francesco Paszkowski. Interior styling is by the renowned Sanlorenzo team, which scours Italian cities for the latest furniture, fixtures and fittings.

Indigo has full facilities yet being relatively small, can fit into places that bigger boats are unable to visit

The eight-guest accommodation is made up of a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom and two twin cabins. Simpson Marine calls it “the ideal charter yacht for socialising and entertaining with family and friends”, and describes the atmosphere aboard as “elegant and comfortable”.

Usual entertainment and watersports gear are offered, but in the South of France, guests tend to focus on wining and dining and exploring ashore. It is all about seeing, and being seen.

Charter Focus: Caribbean

Crewed Lagoon Charters are offered in a variety of locations. For a sailing option in the South of France, the flagship Lagoon Seventy 7 Joy purchased by a Singapore owner is available in the Med in August-September this year, and then she continues to the Caribbean, later crossing the Pacific to Asia.

Rates are €40,000 to €52,000 per week depending on the season, and like Indigo, Joy can accommodate eight guests in four cabins, with four heads to match. She carries a 205 sqm mainsail, 130 sqm genoa jib, and 458 sqm spinnaker, and power is by twin Volvo Pentas. Ewa Stachurska, Group Marketing Manager of Simpson Marine and Simpson Marine Charters, points out that since its recent debut, the Lagoon Seventy 7 catamaran has proved an exceptionally popular yacht that has been in record-breaking demand.

“Built in France by CNB and designed by a superstar team of VPLP, Patrick le Quément and Nauta Design, the Seventy 7 has gentle and precise lines producing a refined and harmonious look overall.

Singapore owner is sailing his new Lagoon Seventy 7 home via the Med, Caribbean and South Pacific, offering her for charters along the way

“Joy is one of the first Lagoon Seventy 7s available for charter anywhere in the world. As an unbeatable choice for a bespoke yacht charter holiday, she combines pedigree design with luxurious styling, a spacious onboard layout, and exceptional performance to create a yacht ideal for every kind on adventure on the water. “Lagoon designed the Seventy 7 to cater for a wide range of uses, including coastal cruising, global exploration and chartering, and the yacht does not disappoint”.

For those interested in a Caribbean charter later this year, she says that with 7,000 islands, every visit offers something different or somewhere new to explore.

“From popular charter spots like Nassau in the Bahamas and St Barths to quiet, unspoilt beaches, from pink sand to swimming pigs, the Caribbean is a sun-filled paradise that is also a particularly popular winter destination.

This is the flagship of the fleet, and facilities are simply the best that Lagoon has to offer

“Swim in crystal clear blue waters on beaches with impossibly white sand, before reclining in the shade of palm trees with a rum mojito. Explore one of the stunning islands of the Bahamas archipelago. Enjoy your own private beach picnic on one of the Exumas many cays. “See in the new year anchored off the chic island of St Barths, where you can watch the fireworks before going ashore for festivities like no other.

“Dive into the Caribbean’s underwater paradise, which include some of the best spots in the world, such as The Blue Hole in Belize, and The Cathedral at Eagle’s Shoals in the British Virgin Islands”. Some of these venues are a little far apart, of course, but she promises that custom itineraries can be worked out to suit both Joy and her charter clients.

For more details, please visit www.simpsonyachtcharter.com.

Steve McQueen “Le Mans” Racing Suit and Helmet Sold For $336,000

Le Mans is a 1971 film depicting a fictional 24 Hours of Le Mans race starring Steve McQueen, using real footage captured during the actual 1970 race. Starring as Michael Delaney. McQueen had not only managed to mesmerise us with his portrayal of the high octane Delany and the action packed scenes with droolworthy race cars but also has us enamoured with flashes of that bit of iconic wristwear (a TAG Heuer Monaco). In short, beyond the chronograph and the sports cars, we never really thought about the classic racing gear, that was until Steve McQueen’s “Le Mans” Racing Suit and Helmet went on auction, complete with Ball helmet and Nomex fire-retardant underwear, and it sold for an eyebrow raising US$336,000.

Steve McQueen “Le Mans” Racing Suit and Helmet Sold For $336,000

Steve McQueen was no mere actor, Le Mans, a realistic feature film in the world of motorsport, was his brainchild (albeit one which was possible given his global popularity at the time). Many items from the cult movie have been auctioned, amongst the Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s, one item (aside from the TAG Heuer Monaco) achieved some notoriety: the Gulf racing suit worn by McQueen’s character Michael Delaney. The McQueen Le Mans Racing suit had never been offered for auction with matching and original Bell helmet before and how, here it was, Nomex underwear (worn by McQueen as well) included.

The provenance of Steve McQueen’s Le Mans Racing Suit and Helmet is an epic story tinged with some irony. Following the release of the movie, a promotional competition was run in the German magazine Bravo, where the consignor’s late husband entered the competition as a teenager hoping to win the headline prize, a Porsche 914. When the late owner of the McQueen Le Mans racing suit discovered that he had won the outfit (2nd prize) instead of the Porsche, he was quite disappointed and quickly stored it where it had remained for the last 46 years.

The Le Mans racing suit and helmet has been in the possession of the consignor’s family for all that time with only some light staining from age. That said, the helmet had been used as a daily motorcycle helmet for a few years where it was repainted during that period but it still features  all of the correct and original labels from Bell and the Snell Foundation.

Another point of heritage is the Le Mans racing suit featuring some light black staining on parts of the trousers, jacket, and necktie, which are synonymous with being used in a race car in the iconic movie.

This original Le Mans Hinchman jacket, replicated countless times and worn by fans all over the world in the decades since the film, still features all of its original patches, including the iconic Gulf, Firestone, and Heuer sponsorships. Offered from 46 years of single-family ownership with perfect provenance back to Steve McQueen and Le Mans, this lot represents the full Michael Delaney outfit—auctioned by RM Sothebys, the rare opportunity to acquire a tangible piece of one of the greatest automotive films contributed to the final hammered price of US$336,000.

You may have missed out on McQueen’s Le Mans Racing Suit ensemble but you can still get a custom TAG Heuer Monaco inspired by the Gulf colour way from Bamford

Bamford Watch Department is driven by a passion for engineering excellence and innovation. Inspired by the demand of their clients to wear watches that are exclusive and individual, Bamford Watch Department is among the few leading ateliers of custom bespoke watches, usually in shades of DLC black. For a few years, these modified bespoke custom DLC watches were tolerated but not endorsed till just earlier this year, LVMH watches Head Jean Claude Biver entered into a partnership agreement with the company. Today, watches like the TAG Heuer Monaco can be customised to a high degree by the owner through Bamford Watch Department.

The Limited Edition Le Mans “Gulf” Edition isn’t in stock anymore, and you could most definitely just get the movie authentic 39mm TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 but that shouldn’t stop you from creating your own Le Mans inspired Monaco chronograph.

Steve McQueen Endorsed: Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition

The lead stars for Le Mans are widely known – Steve McQueen (obviously), a couple of Ferrari 512s and Porsche 917s (notably) but beyond the iconic race cars and an immersive movie experience, a co-star was widely missed by the general populace; unless you were a watch lover, it was likely you would have missed Steve McQueen’s Heuer Monaco Chronograph.

Indeed, the highly recognisable 1133B Blue-dial Heuer Monaco worn by McQueen in the 1971 Le Mans heralded high awareness for the chronograph but yet did little for the commercial success of the watch (like many chronographs of its era). As a result, it was eventually replaced by the Silverstone but Heuer’s most identifiable watch was not to pass silently in the night.

Steve McQueen Endorsed: Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition

The original Monaco was designed to be avant garde. Jack Heuer sought the bold square design to highlight the brand’s new Chronomatic automatic movement, a technical development which pipped Seiko’s own automatic chronograph debut by a few days.

Before the era of vertically integrated manufactures, watchmakers like Heuer depended on creative case-makers like Piquarez. It must be noted that when it comes to “water-proofing” as it was known back in the day as opposed to the more technically precise “water-resistance”, round cases were easier to water proof. Thus, when Piquarez informed Jack Heuer of their new development – a patented new waterproof square case, Heuer was naturally eager to combine the vaunted new automatic Calibre 11 chronograph movements with a top of the line, but more importantly, boldly designed, rare case shape. After negotiating for exclusivity, the Heuer Monaco was born.

Prototypes developed in 1967, it eventually debuted in Baselworld 1969 with a few firsts under its watch strap – a pioneering automatic chronograph in a funky square, avant garde watch case, celebrating the Monaco Grand Prix.

TAG Heuer has celebrated their most iconic automatic chronograph multiple times since 2005 when they release a tribute Gulf edition Monaco with a colour scheme reminiscent of the racing stripes on McQueen’s own car and racing suit. But you know things have hit legendary status when they start making graphic novels about 50 year old popular culture.

Garbo studios and Greenlight (a firm representing McQueen's estate) and ACO (rights holders of the 24 Hours of Le Mans) worked together to produce a luxurious hardcover graphic novel dramatisation of the movie.

Garbo studios and Greenlight (a firm representing McQueen’s estate) and ACO (rights holders of the 24 Hours of Le Mans) worked together to produce a luxurious hardcover graphic novel dramatisation of the movie.

12 years on, the Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition has seen three variations and this iteration is the first to use the calibre 11 with crown on the original left hand side of the case as opposed to its right hand as seen on modern TAG Heuer Monacos. The distinctive Gulf blue and orange play gorgeously on a bed of navy blue and then, when topped with original vintage “Heuer” logo, what TAG Heuer has on their hands is a bonafide hit. (It would be a bigger hit with “Chronomatic” above the Heuer shield but that’s another story).


Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition Price and Availability

The Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition is priced at US$5,900 and it is available for pre-order on the official TAG Heuer website.


A Bentley Azure painted with two million diamonds, on show at Top Marques Monaco 2017. Image courtesy of Top Marques Monaco 2017

Top Marques Monaco 2017: Supercar premieres from Donkervoort, Calafiora, Frangivento, and David Brown Automotive

A Bentley Azure painted with two million diamonds, on show at Top Marques Monaco 2017. Image courtesy of Top Marques Monaco 2017

A Bentley Azure painted with two million diamonds, on show at Top Marques Monaco 2017. Image courtesy of Top Marques Monaco 2017

This year’s edition of the Top Marques Monaco luxury car show was held April 20 to 23 in the principality, setting the stage for some spectacular world premieres.

The Monaco event, billed as the world’s most exclusive car show, featured a host of exceptional new vehicles and saw four supercars make their worldwide debut: the Donkervoort G8 RTO, the Calafiore C10, a Charlotte Edition of the Asfané by Frangivento and a Mini revisited by David Brown Automotive.

The D8 GTO-RS is the fastest and lightest supercar ever built by Dutch car maker Donkervoort. It is a limited-edition 40-car model (starting at just over €150,000 excluding taxes, which roughly translates to USD 165,000 sans tax) that is more powerful than the current range, with improved aerodynamics for even more impressive acceleration. Italian brand Calafiora presented the C10, which has been under development for no less than seven years. It has a lightweight carbon fibre chassis and tops 1,000 horsepower.

Another show highlight was Frangivento’s special edition Asfané, the Charlotte Edition, named after the Princess of Monaco. This model is directly derived from the concept car unveiled by the Italian manufacturer earlier this year. Capable of topping 300 kilometres per hour, it’s expected to set buyers back at least €1.8 million (approximately USD 1.97 million). British car maker David Brown Automotive presented an original Mini. The firm’s Mini Remastered, as seen in the video below, is particularly modern with its LED headlamps and seven-inch touch screen and uses luxurious materials like leather and aluminium.

In a different style, the show also featured a Bentley Azure painted with two million diamonds from the Jean Boulle Luxury group, and Vanda Electrics revealed a two-seater all-electric Dendrobium concept car capable of topping 320 kilometres per hour.

Finally, two futuristic flying cars premiered globally at the event the latest AeroMobil and the Pal-V Liberty.

The Aeromobil, a flying supercar is on display as part of the "Top Marques" show, dedicated to exclusive luxury goods, on April 20, 2017 in Monaco. © Valery Hache / AFP

Aeromobil and Pal-V debut flying supercars at Top Marques 2017 in Monaco

The Aeromobil, a flying supercar is on display as part of the "Top Marques" show, dedicated to exclusive luxury goods, on April 20, 2017 in Monaco. © Valery Hache / AFP

The Aeromobil, a flying supercar is on display as part of the “Top Marques” show, dedicated to exclusive luxury goods, on April 20, 2017 in Monaco. © Valery Hache / AFP

Flying cars might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but two prototypes were launched Thursday on the French Riviera, at an event showcasing “supercars” in Monaco.

Dutch and Slovak companies unveiled their designs as world premieres in the tiny well-heeled principality, where luxury automakers have gathered until Sunday for the Top Marques showcase event.

Bratislava-based Aeromobil, whose first prototype presented two years ago, as shown in the video below, suffered an accident, is back with a “new generation” of flying vehicle named after the firm which makes it.

“We are taking reservations from today for deliveries expected in 2020, after the process of [regulatory] approvals is completed,” the Slovak firm’s spokesman Stefan Vadocz told AFP.

The Aeromobil vehicle, six metres long and with a fully-deployed span of nine metres, is a normal four-wheeled car which can unfold its wings to transform itself into a plane able to fly two passengers at a cruising speed of 260 kilometres per hour for up to 750 kilometres.

The price? Between 1.2 and 1.5 million euros, depending on options chosen.

Its Dutch rival for the futuristic vehicle type, the Pal-V Liberty, is the brainchild of Robert Dingemanse, whose company is based near Breda in the south of the Netherlands.

His crossover car-plane is more compact, at four metres long, and should be deliverable as early as next year, once official approvals are secured. He is already taking orders for a vehicle which will cost between 299,000 and 499,000 euros.

The Dutch flying car is in fact a gyrocopter with three wheels and a retractable rotor. It can carry two people at a cruising speed of 160 kilometres per hour for between 400 to 500 kilometres.

According to its designers, it is “one of the safest flying machines on the planet”, able to fly “whatever the weather conditions“.

Users of the the Aeromobil and the Pal-V Liberty will require both a driving licence and a pilot’s qualification.

Design exhibitions in France: NOMAD design fair to debut in historic Monaco villa this April

Arbalette Room Divider by Valérie Mannaerts. Photo: Nomad Monaco

The NOMAD design fair is set to step foot into Monaco‘s art scene with its inaugural exhibition taking place from April 27 to 30.  Perched up on a cliff, the fair is poised to take place in La Vigie, one of the oldest houses in Monaco. Built in 1902 for the British publishing magnate Sir William Ingram, it was a party hub for the French Riviera high society at the turn of the century. It remained unoccupied until 1986, when it was restored and then inhabited by designer Karl Lagerfeld in the 1990s. Now an ensemble of international galleries will present designers and artists there, via solo shows, showcases of rare pieces, and selections of new work.

The galleries span different territories, extending from contemporary design from the Middle East to Russian porcelain to Brazilian. The galleries participating in the first edition include: Alamak!, Tokyo; Galerie BSL, Paris; Giustini / Stagetti Galleria O., Rome; Carwan Gallery, Beirut; David Gill Gallery, London; Etage Projects, Copenhagen; Gallery FUMI, London; Heritage Gallery, Moscow; Louise Alexander Gallery, Sardinia; MANIERA, Brussels; Massimo De Carlo, Milan, London, Hong Kong; Nilufar, Milan; SEEDS, London.

These galleries were selected from a long list of applications, representing the best in global collectable design (there is even a waiting list). Each will present a show or installation in a specific part of the villa: from bedroom to bathroom, kitchen to terrace. A Special Projects section will feature Serpentine Galleries and an installation of jewelry and sculpture by Christophe Graber; a talks and events program will be held in the gardens.

NOMAD was founded by Giorgio Pace (a publishing, art and luxury brand specialist, having staged projects and events with partners from Garage Museum of Contemporary Art to Rick Owens to Pierre Huyghe) and Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte (co-founder and art director of Carwan Gallery in Beirut who has commissioned special projects).

As the name suggests, NOMAD will travel to different destinations of architectural significance that will further explore design and context.

For more information, visit NOMAD.

Luxury holiday destinations: Guide to Monaco from shopping, dining and pampering starting from Nice Cote d’Azur airport


This article was written by Benoit Badufle and Yew Zhi Heng on behalf of the Monaco Government Tourist Bureau Asia Office.

With its posh hotels, a selection of Michelin Starred restaurants, constant and ubiquitous display of supercars as well as its energetic nightlife, Monaco is incontrovertibly the playground for the rich and famous and one of the world’s luxury capitals. For the world of fashion, the most prestigious labels in haute couture perfumes or jewellery, boasting ‘Monaco ’as a one-of-their retail locations is a must. Today, Monte-Carlo — its world-famous district and epicentre — enjoys one the largest & compact concentration of luxury retail in the world.

While shopping may more often be associated with Paris, Milan or London, Monaco has everything a modern debonair man or elegant lady is looking for. Monaco’s fashion and lifestyle also mirrors its personality, shaped for generations by the influx of wealthy immigrants, adventurers and inventors looking for patrons and sponsors, talented individuals and professionals lured by this unique and innovative environment. There is a little bit of everything for everyone albeit with a curated flair. So will you be attending one of Monaco’s celebrity-packed fundraising dinners? Looking for a bespoke accessory to bring back home to loved ones? or looking for something comfortable and inexpensive while on a leisurely time with your loved ones, worry not for indulgence can take all forms and shapes in Monaco and it can meet all budgets. Furthermore, visitors can still unwind in Monaco’s one-of-a-kind wellness centres — 007 style. With an easier and quick way to do tax-free clearance at Nice Cote d’Azur airport and one-of-a-kind wellness centres, what better way to live the life of a sophisticated traveller in Monaco?

Kicking it off in style

At Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport, Monacair’s counter is right there outside the baggage delivery room. The door to door exclusive service takes you to your hotel in Monaco in about 20 minutes including your transfers in private car and an unforgettable 7 minute flight with unspoilt vistas on the French Riviera and the alps as a background. The only thing missing is the James Bond tune but they promised me they’d be working in it. If you fly back to Asia after your sojourn in Monaco, the helicopter transfer also gets you a private check-in at Nice Cote d’Azur airport, away from the queues and the crowds.


Ladies always fall in love with the Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo. This Belle Epoque hotel is indeed one of the most beautiful in the whole region and many of its large, bright and uberclassy rooms command amazing views on the sea, the harbour and the Princely Palace. The staff is discrete and friendly and you are in the very heart of Monte-Carlo, with the Grand Casino and the Opera House at a stone throw.

Alternatively, one can also choose to stay in Hotel de Paris — Monte Carlo. The hotel which launched ‘Monte-Carlo” in the mid 19th century is THE reference on the French Riviera. Aside from having the only 3 Michelin Star restaurants in the region “Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse“ it is the epitome of posh, grandeur and luxury, favoured by the high rollers of the world.

In the summer, we recommend the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort that boasts spacious rooms, large terraces, gorgeous sea views over Italy, France and Monte-Carlo, a trendy cocktail bar, a 1 Michelin Star restaurant (Blue Bay) and the only sandy-bottomed lagoon in Europe. Another option for the season is the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel. Situated on the edge of Monaco, this Riviera-style jewel from the 1930’s boasts spacious rooms, large terraces, all with gorgeous sea views over Monte Carlo, a one Michelin Star all-organic-food restaurant (Elsa), and the most chic Beach Club in the region.

Shopping in the city

Place du Casino, Golden Circle

Those looking to shop till they drop can do so at the “Golden Circle” of Monte Carlo. Housing the Casino de Monte-Carlo, pebble-shaped Monte-Carlo Pavilions, Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, park Palace, the Grand Casino and the Hotel de Paris and the gardens of the Casino, the area is the place to go for haute couture. All the elegant shops are located in this absolutely walkable perimeter, filled with luxury goods and prestigious brands such as Prada, Hermès, Ferragamo and more. Many of these world-class brands have been known to sell items and accessories special to their shop in the Principality and which you can acquire only in Monaco. And remember, if the shopping fever gets you and you have too many bags to carry, most shops will gladly deliver your acquisitions to your hotel.

On the outer perimeters of the “Golden Circle”, The Metropole Shopping Centre is a one-stop complex housing 80 boutiques, six restaurants and a selection of seasonal pop-up exhibitions across three floors. You will fall in love with Philipp Plein’s baroque street wear while ladies will like the selection at Valentino Red or the collection of elegant shoes at Mercedeh. For men, Society Club Monte-Carlo offers an exclusive collection from American, English, French and Italian fashion houses, such as Tom Ford, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent Paris and Dolce & Gabbana. This luxury boutique attracts high-profile athletes and Hollywood elites and dresses officially H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. For silverware, one must stop at APM Monaco. Founded in Monaco in 1982 the brand which specialises in silver has surprisingly affordable collections which are renewed every month. We loved the silver cuff from the Croisette collection which you can wear with jeans and a T-shirt during the day and glam up with your little black dress in the evening. Another store that you simply cannot miss, is the shop of La Manufacture de Monaco known for its luxury quality porcelain distinguished by being very white, hard and translucent. The line made in cooperation with Swarovski is stunning and can be a perfect gift to bring back home.

Pretty You Monaco, a 100m walk above the Metropole, represents in exclusivity in Monaco some of the most prestigious Couture brands, among others Zuhair Murad, Oscar de la Renta, Giambattista Valli, Jitrois, Reem Acra and more. For all the rich boys’ toys, Chopard brings you limited edition timepieces from its classic racing collection, including a line of automatic chronographs in honour of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique event. Want to stand out from the crowd? Visit Temps & Passions, a luxury boutique offering watches, jewellery and accessories hailing from independent brands producing exclusive models or in small quantities. Taking a contemporary twist, Qlocktwo highlights time through words in a crossword puzzle – a conversation starter in any occasion.

Traipsing down the “Golden Circle”, one can never miss out a sophisticated and avant-garde building designed by Lord Norman Foster. The Yacht Club de Monaco represents the icon of Monaco as a yachting capital of the world. For a nautical dapper look, be sure to check out the Shopping Gallery at the Yacht Club of Monaco for brands such as Brooks Brothers, or even the house products at the YCM Shop for stylish accessories that double up as souvenirs from this iconic landmark. If you’re staying around in the month of April, then don’t miss out Top Marques Monaco, the largest and grandest show for supercars, watches, jewellery and even superyachts. From environmentally conscious TESLA motors, to vintage David Browns, to renowned Jaguars and Land Rovers, find all your toys right here in this exhibition.

Nourish the body

Chocolate Bar by Joel Robuchon

Business or casual lunches are at Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo’s Vistamar where the best local seafood is delivered and served beautifully by a super professional brigade while you glance at the views of the Yacht Harbour and the Princely Palace across it. Vistamar owns One Michelin Star but the lunch menus are incredibly affordable.

Eqvita, by Goran & Jelena Jokovic is a hot place in town for health-conscious men seeking the celebrity effect. “From Nature with Love” is the motto and the down to earth all-organic food and drinks are all scrumptious. A must try place indeed, also open at breakfast after your morning swim at the nearby and impeccable public beach.

For those who want to indulge, the original BeefBar is the place, in the Monaco’s Fontvieille district, along the Principality’s second Marina beneath the Princely Palace. Since 2005, it has been elevating butchery to new levels of sophistication to the great acclaim of the world’s jetsetters and beautiful people. (BeefBar is now in Mexico, Mykonos, Cannes and Hong Kong where it holds One Michelin Star).

Restaurant Elsa

Other options include Elsa at the Monte-Carlo Beach, where Chef Paolo Sari uses only locally sourced 100% organic ingredients, the only such restaurant to be awarded a Michelin Star. Across the Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, is L’Inattendu by Madeleine Badia. The raw food restaurant was first opened in 2014 and is a follow up to ‘eat juice’ in 2012.

Zeitaki Wakame by Yoshi

For Japanese cuisine, you can head to the one Michelin star restaurant called Yoshi by Joel Robuchon at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo. Chocolate therapy awaits at the Chocolate Bar, the only dessert spot on the French Riviera that serves up dropping pastries and creations by world-famed chef Joel Robuchon at the Metropole Monte-Carlo Hotel. To dine like royalty and celebrities alike, we suggest the Le Pinocchio on the small Square Bosio of Monaco Ville or a pre-dinner Spritz Aperol accompanied by jazz music at the Bar American of the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo.

Pamper the body

39 Monte Carlo

After all the shopping and dining is done, it’s time to give your skin some much-needed care and attention. Thirty Nine Monte-Carlo, created by ex-international rugby player Ross Beattie, conceptualises a modern sports club, coupled with a delicious yet nutritious dining experience and a hair and beauty salon. Thirty-Nine ensures that you look your best every single time and is truly the place to ‘feel good, look good’.

Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, rich in expertise, of more than 150 years in the area of personal well-being, recently developed four exclusive stays designed especially for the hardworking executives of our uber-competitive world. Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo aims to alleviate problems associated with the modern hectic lifestyle — weight gain, insomnia, hypertension — by coming up with programs in the areas of fitness, slimming, taking charge of your body and optimising physical and intellectual performance. The Cryotherapy is also a must try, it is available in very few such places in the world.

Finally, for great and comprehensive grooming experience, Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo hair salon gives you an authentic old-fashioned barber service. You know they know their stuff when they apply essential oils before they give you an impeccable shaving experience. An alum stone is then applied to purify and soothe the skin, complemented by a massage with an after shaving balm. Finishing off with a hot towel placed around the face: this is the ultimate relaxation.

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Invest in Monaco: A tax haven along the Mediterranean Sea

“If you have ever lived in Monaco, you don’t want to live anywhere else”, says Angela Kleiber, Proprietor at Lorenza von Stein Worldwide Realty based in Monaco. As one of the world’s luxury capitals and the second most expensive location in the world after Hong Kong, Monaco has plenty of appeal to attract the interests of the ultra-high-net-worth individuals from around the globe. Accounting for 2% of global luxury real estate – a substantial number considering that Monaco is the second smallest country in the world – the country is known for the elegant, upscale lifestyle of its residents, a mild Mediterranean climate and an advantageous location close to Portofino, directly on the Italian Riviera coastline, and St. Tropez.

Having taken a hit during the global recession, the real estate market in Monaco has seen steady growth in the more recent years. Property experts agree that Monaco has been a buyer’s market since 2009/2010 due to the increasing number of properties for sale and the prices offered and accepted. Currently, the market is stabilising and the owners are getting the upper hand again, as prices are becoming more steady and negotiation margins are minimised.

“Properties peaked in 2009, but there has been a recent further increase in prices”, says Mike Braunholtz, CEO of Prestige Property Group. “The property investment in 2004 would result in a doubling or tripling of the property price”.

Widely known as a property tax haven for its residents, with fairly easy requirements to obtain residency in the principality, Monaco has maintained its status as one of the top countries to live in for the ultra-high-net-worth individuals who work in other countries, while maintaining their residence in Monaco. “There has been a very significant rise in the number of properties in Monaco since 2004/2005”, says Braunholtz. “The rise in prices has been driven by the no-tax incentive”.

Taking note of the international tastes, developers have begun to cater to the global elite by building upwards: a major amount of new builds over the last several years comprised stunning new skyscraper residential blocks that contributed to a total of EUR 345 million (USD 387.2 million) in new build sales in 2015, the highest figure since 2006. Tour Odéon, Monaco’s first skyscraper since the 1980’s, is now the country’s tallest building and home to the world’s most expensive apartment, offering fully-serviced living, hotel-style perks and breath-taking views of the Mediterranean Sea and the beautiful principality of Monaco.

A particular area of Monaco that has always drawn plenty of interest from various buyers is the prime residential real estate market of Monte Carlo. With its famous casino, built in 1863, its gardens, and business and luxury shopping enclaves, the boutique-lined area around the Casino Gardens, Carre d’Or, in the centre of Monte Carlo has been particularly popular with high net worth buyers. Kleiber says, “The price difference is amazingly different in Monaco, depending on where you buy. If you choose to buy in the Carre d’Or, it is much more expensive, but it is a perfect investment because it is the highly desirable area around the casino”.

On the market

Penthouse in Monte Carlo, Prestige property Group

In close proximity to the Exotic Garden of Monte Carlo and the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, the spacious, luxuriously appointed penthouse located at the top of a low-rise building provides a welcoming home in the heart of the city. The apartment sprawls across the seventh and the eighth floors of the building, with the seventh floor accommodating an entrance hall, double sitting room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and the eighth floor featuring another sitting room, a solarium and a large terrace with a Jacuzzi overlooking Monaco and the sea.

Price: EUR 11,500,000 (approx. USD 12.9 million) more info on prestigeproperty.co.uk

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Penthouse in Monte Carlo terrace

Villas del Sole, Lorenza von Stein Luxury Real Estate

A classically inspired 5-bedroom apartment overlooking the sea and the mountains, offers the best in Monaco living, sitting on its own floor of the exclusive Villas del Sole. Situated within walking distance of the Monte Carlo Country Club, the apartment building features a swimming pool and an exclusive, round the clock concierge service. Among its facilities and amenities, the 5-bedroom, 5 bathrooms, 2 cellar apartment’s most impressive feature is its spacious, wrap-around outdoor terrace that offers some of the most breath-taking views of Monte Carlo and the Mediterranean Sea.

Price: prices range from EUR 24,000,000 (approx. USD 27 million) more info on lorenzavonstein.com

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Villas del Sole interior

Text by Olha Romaniuk

This story was first published in Palace Magazine


Most expensive houses in the world: 5 residential streets only the richest can afford

Having an exclusive postal code is certainly desirable but being on the right street in the right city adds weight to the tried and tested mantra in property investment: location, location, location. From Hong Kong to Miami and the French Rivera, we take a look at the top five most expensive residential streets in the world.

1) Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong

Nestled amidst the greenery of Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak, Peak Road tops our list as the most expensive residential street in the world. Located at the summit of Hong Kong Island, properties along this prestigious address not only offer panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong city skyline, but also provide a respite away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just 15-minutes away from Central, properties on Peak Road average at $10,591 per sq. ft. Records were set for the Hong Kong property market when the 124,000 sq. ft. 75 Peak Road sold for HKD 5.1 billion ($657.7 million) last year.

2) Kensington Palace Gardens, London

London’s ‘Billionaire Row’ is a private, mansion-lined street that is home to the ultra-wealthy and various foreign embassies. Located next to Kensington Palace, average property values; though available properties are rare, cost GBP 42.6 million ($55.19 million). The most expensive property was a 16,500-sq. ft. mansion that sold for GBP 80 million ($124.23 million) to tycoon Wang Jianlin.istock_13481081_medium

3) Avenue Princesse Grace, Monaco

Situated in the glitzy city of Monaco, the Avenue Princesse Grâce, named after Hollywood legend Grace Kelly, is the most exclusive and expensive street in this tiny principality. Home to lavish seafront residences selling for $7,990 per square foot, the palm-tree-lined avenue has a slew of notable residents such as Andrea Bocelli, Lewis Hamilton, Roger Moore, and Helena Christensen. However, due to finite space, apartments and properties on the street are currently only available for rent.

4) Indian Creek Island Road, Biscayne Bay, Miami

Located in the exclusive island village of Indian Creek, Miami’s ‘Billionaire Bunker’ is the most expensive residential street in America, where massive waterfront estates average at a hefty $21.48 million. The 294-acre island consists of just 35 estates bordering a private 18-hole golf course, and is heavily protected by its own security force which guards all amenities. The most expensive property was sold for $47 million to a Russian buyer and boasts 13-bedrooms, a 3D theater, and a 7-limo garage!

5) Boulevard du General de Gaulle, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat

Boasting spectacular views of the Mediterranean Côte d’Azur, Boulevard du Général de Gaulle is one of the priciest streets along the French Riviera, with luxurious beachfront villas costing $79,000 per sq. m. (USD 7,339.35 per sq. ft). Located in the prestigious Cap Ferrat (above), the boulevard is also home to iconic hotels such as the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat.

This article was first published in Palace Magazine. Palace Magazine is published by Lux-Inc.

Invest in These: 4 Most Expensive Homes

Forget those expensive cars that would turn heads on the road. The Palace team picks out four of the most expensive homes from around the world that you can add to your property portfolio. We’re be adding a little more depth to each item here now that we are no longer constrained by print pages.

Le Palais Bulles, France $456 million (Main Picture)
Located in Théoule-sur-Mer, South-eastern France, this ‘Bubble Palace’ by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag features a 13,000 sq. ft. main residence with 10 bedroom suites, three swimming pools, a 500-seat auditorium, and views of the Mediterranean. If you must ask, even after taking a good long look at the place, the bubble palace is like a tribute to round shapes and is owned by Pierre Cardin. Fashion legend Cardin is of course famous for the bubble dress so there is a correlation to his choice of design for his home, and indeed his choice of architect in Lovag. A man who famously believed that the straight line was “an aggression against nature,” Lovag was just to guy to hire if you wanted a home or building that was mainly round. Built in 1979 and owned by Cardin since then, this six-level property has hosted many star-studded events, including the 2016 Dior Resort Show, and is available through Christie’s.

Sky Penthouse, Monaco $400 millionSky Penthouse, Monaco

Providing stunning views of the Mediterranean, this massive 35,500 sq. ft. Sky Penthouse crowns the Tour Odéon, a 170-meter twin-skyscraper residence that is the first high-rise to be built in Monaco since the 1980s. High-rises were deemed architecturally undesirable in the 1980s and this new effort has encountered some of the same obstacles. Nevertheless, Prince Albert appears quite prepared to see it through so it will indeed become a major landmark in the famously land-scarce city-state. The Tour Odéon or Odeon Tower will be the tallest building in Monaco and the second highest on the Mediterranean. Located near the Place du Casino, Hôtel de Paris and Hôtel Hermitage, the home includes a cinema, library, gym and a infinity pool with a waterslide. Scheduled for 2018 completion, the home – the Daily Mail called it the world’s most expensive apartment – is available through Knight Frank.

Great Island, U.S.A $175 million001_greatisland

Tucked in the affluent Darien suburb of the Long Island Sound, this 63-acre estate, owned by the family of industrialist William Ziegler, is one of the most expensive properties in the US. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, if sold for its list price of $175 million, it will officially be the most expensive home sold in the USA. This stunning opportunity is apparently now available for the first time in more than a century. Built in the 1900s, the property includes a main residence with six bedrooms, staff and guest quarters, a private beach and dock, small waterfront cottages, and equestrian facilities. An hour from Manhattan, the property provides superb waterfront views and is available through Christie’s.

Palazzo di Amore, U.S.A $149 millionpalazzo-di-amore

Designed by developer Mohamed Hadid (father of supermodel Gigi Hadid), this 25-acre property in Beverly Hills features a 35,000 sq. ft. main residence and a guest home. This one was originally listed for $195 million in 2014 by current owner, real estate investor Jeff Greene so the current price might be considered a steal. The main residence features 12 bedrooms – including the 5,000 sqf master – and a whopping 23 bathrooms. The estate also includes a 15,000 sq. ft. entertainment complex with a ballroom, revolving dance floor, a 50-seat theatre, and a bowling alley. There is also a 27-car garage, a working vineyard producing six types of wine, and even an organic farm. Available through Coldwell Banker Previews International.

This article first appeared in Palace Magazine.

Spa Metropole by Givenchy Opens Monaco

Spa Metropole by Givenchy in Monaco will offer a top-shelf experience when it opens its doors late February 2017 in a setting well suited to the fashion firm’s own boutiques. Situated at the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, the location is of course nothing less than superlative, with an amazing view of the Mediterranean Sea and the casino just a leisurely stroll away.

The Givenchy Spa philosophy relies on the selection of exclusive venues and handpicked staff promising to deliver personalized and indulgent treatments. Other Givenchy Spa venues such as Hotel Sahrai at Fez, Morocco and Le Mirador Resort & Spa at Montreux, Switzerland, are designed to match the particularities of their host hotels whilst maintaining the Givenchy DNA. For its first spa in Monaco, Givenchy Spa worked with renowned architect Didier Gomez to design an opulent environment for clients to fully immerse in an inviting Givenchy experience.

Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo is a contemporary palace built during the Belle Epoque era and opened in 1889. It was subsequently spruced up for the 21st century by French designer Jacques Garcia in 2004. Needless to say, the hotel promises to please its guests with peak refinement, a principle that aligns with the Givenchy philosophy.

When you are done with your spa experience, you can visit one of three amazing restaurants by Joël Robuchon and Christophe Cussac committed to delivering unforgettable gastronomical experiences. Choose between the two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo, traditional Japanese cuisine the Gomez-designed “Yoshi”, or “Odyssey” (with haute couture decor by Karl Lagerfeld) for light, seasonal Mediterranean treats by the poolside.

To find out more about the Spa Metropole by Givenchy, visit Hotel Metropole.

Mercedes Unveils ARROW460-Granturismo Yacht Design

You may recall that Mercedes-Benz announced the launch of its very own yacht back in April. At the Monaco Yacht Show, the car company unveiled the final design for the ARROW460-Granturismo and it is set to command a name for the brand at sea as it does on land.

The result of a collaboration between Mercedes and Silver Arrows Marine, the ARROW460-Granturismo promises unrivalled comfort with sports performance. The yacht’s luxurious interior offers creature comforts for up to 10 passengers, which is impressive considering that it is only 14 meters. The interior is trimmed with eucalyptus wood that has been treated so that its grain follows the contours of the cabin and the floor, finished in a sustainable composite material. Wraparound windows can slide open to invite a generous amount of light in. The windows can even be tinted or clarified with the simple touch of a button.mercedes-granturismo-yacht-interior

“By blending the maritime and automotive world with their respective design idioms, technologies and ideas we have created a new standard for motor yachts,” said Ron Gibbs, Chairman of Silver Arrows Marine. “[It] blends maritime engineering artistry with charismatic design and perfect elegance, familiar from the world of Mercedes-Benz.”

Majesty 155 At Monaco Yacht Show 2016

With the Monaco Yacht Show underway, numerous manufacturers are showcasing their wonderful creations and Gulf Craft is no exception. The company is proud to showcase the Majesty 155, the largest superyacht built in the Emirates.

Having made its European debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival, the superyacht travelled to Monaco for yet another boat show that is expected to be just as successful. At 47 meters, there is little chance of mistaking this as anything but luxurious! On board, the superyacht is fitted with a fountain, beach club, waterfall that cascades from the rear sundeck and even a Jacuzzi on the upper deck.

As an award winning yacht-manufacturer, Gulf Craft has produced numerous premium range yachts that vary in size. Incorporating advanced technology with each client’s specific needs, Gulf Craft is set to dominate the world of on-water living.


Care to take a trip to one of the most luxurious countries in Europe? Well the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS has just welcomed a new partner for its inaugural event who will make this dream come true. Thanks to the Monaco Government Tourist Bureau (MGTB) one lucky couple will stand a chance to enjoy “The High-Flying Jetsetter Monaco Experience”. The round trip will offer a glimpse into Monaco, famous for its grandeur and elegance, with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Maserati Quattro Porte

Maserati Quattroporte

From October 20 to 23, visitors to Raffles Marina will just have to answer three simple questions about Monaco to live like a king. Armed with two return Business Class tickets, the couple will begin their journey in style with Turkish Airlines, before reaching Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport. From there they will be whisked away in a Maserati Quattroporte to Monaco.

Hôtel Hermitage Monte Carlo

Hôtel Hermitage Monte Carlo

There begins a three-day, two-night stay at Hôtel Hermitage Monte Carlo where they will enjoy a Suite. During the trip, guests will also be treated to an exclusive private tour of the world famous wine cellar at Hôtel de Paris (normally not open to the public). Another highlight of the package happens to be a chance for the couple to enjoy wining and dining experiences. While they are able to extend the duration of their stay at the hotel — at their own expense — guests can look forward to a helicopter transfer from Monaco to Nice, from where they will travel back to Singapore.

exclusive private tour of the world famous wine cellar at Hôtel de Paris

Exclusive private tour of the world famous wine cellar at Hôtel de Paris

“It is often said that Singapore has established itself as the Monaco of Asia, where it incarnates excellence and success in all facets of its society,” said Benoit Badufle, Managing Director of Monaco Government Tourist Bureau Asia Office. “Indeed, many features which were created and nurtured in Monaco (the concept of “integrated resort”, the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the superyachts, the unmatched gourmet scene and being a magnet for world-class talents) have been embraced with resounding success here in Singapore.”

More info on Singapore Rendezvous website

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS: Menangkan Perjalanan Pulang-Pergi ke Monako

Monaco Grand Prix on Chinese Time with TAG Heuer

As if it wasn’t a star-studded enough event, TAG Heuer invited two Chinese superstars, rock-pop singer G.E.M. and actor Li Yifeng, to attend the prestigious Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix this year.

Both personalities boast millions of followers in their home country, and accompanied by the Chinese media, had the privilege of not only watching the race, but also to be greeted by the Ambassador of Monaco to China, Catherine Fautrier at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco for a private tour.

Monaco Formula One Grand Prix

As the world’s second largest economy, China passed the symbolic threshold of 300 billionaires this year, the average wealth of the 1,000 richest Chinese starting at $1.04 billion. Monaco has been keen on strengthening diplomatic relations, as seen from the appointment of ambassadors from both sides in 2006 and the construction of a Monaco pavilion within the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Earlier this year, Monaco reciprocated with the first-ever Chinese Festival in Monaco.

TAG Heuer and the F1 Grand Prix have had a long history, and great success. Stellar drivers such as Kimi Räikkönen, Fernando Alonso, and Lewis Hamilton are but a few TAG Heuer ambassadors who have taken the chequered flag. This year, the Swiss watch firm continues its legacy with Formula 1 by unveiling three new TAG Heuer watches at a world-exclusive launch in Monaco:

Red Bull Watch


Bearing the team’s colors – midnight blue and red – the steel quartz chronograph reflects the DNA of TAG Heuer’s association with Formula 1 with a bezel sporting a tachymeter scale in matte blue aluminum. The special edition is available in two versions: a stainless steel bracelet or textile strap with red stitching, inspired by the racing car’s seat belts. Like every motor racing watch worth its salt, the quartz chronograph movement is accurate to a tenth of a second, and is displayed on the counter at 6 o’clock. Meanwhile, the symbolic black and white chequered flag of Formula 1 is engraved at the back of the case, together with the prestigious Red Bull Racing Team logo.


  • Dimensions: 43 mm
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, date, 1/10 second counter, chronograph hour counter, chronograph minute counter, running seconds counter
  • Movement: Ronda 5040D – Quartz chronograph
  • Water resistance: 200 meters
  • Strap: Triple-row brushed steel bracelet with brushed steel clasp, dual safety mechanism and extension for the motor races, or blue strap made from technical textile with red stitching.
Tag Heuer Connected in 18K Rose Gold

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Bearing the name of a luxury watchmaker with more than a century of history while innovating with smartwatches is no easy feat, but you’d be hard pressed to find fault with the latest upgrade for this smartwatch offering. For this special edition, Tag Heuer swapped the usual titanium for a more luxurious rose gold one. The latest lithium battery powers the water-resistant device and a sapphire crystal touchscreen ensures it stays scratch-free. While the watch comes with the same two-year standard warranty TAG Heuer offers its usual Connected Watches, customers have the option of exchanging the smartwatch for a mechanical watch should they decide to go old school.

Aquaracer 300M


A sports chronograph first designed to meet the extreme requirements of professional water sportsmen, the Aquaracer is now an icon of TAG Heuer’s and has been reiterated countless times, each looking to better its predecessor. Aesthetic changes include engraved silver lacquer numerals on the ceramic bezel, as well as a bigger case, enlarged from 41mm to 43mm. Inside, the Calibre 5 automatic mechanical movement powers the timepiece with the promise of accuracy and reliability, and coupled with its 300m water-resistance, makes this robust timepiece the perfect companion for all kinds of extreme conditions.


  • Dimensions: 43 mm
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
  • Movement: TAG Heuer Automatic Calibre 5
  • Power Reserve: 38 hours
  • Water resistance: 300 meters
  • Strap: 3-row polished and satin-finished steel, with polished steel deployant buckle, safety push-buttons and diving extension



Focus: Interior Designers Humbert & Poyet

The Humbert & Poyet-designed deli and wine cellar at Monaco’s Yacht Club is a welcome update to a facility in a building designed by Sir Norman Foster. The establishment serves fine food, while the adjoining wine cellar is said to be among the best in Europe; Humbert & Poyet’s very refined interior could not have found a better place.

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Emil Humbert and Christophe Poyet were design and fashion enthusiasts who decided to pool their skills to provide a full range of services from construction to interior design. They both studied in Paris, the former as a state-qualified architect (Paris-Belleville National School of Architecture graduate) and the latter as a CFAI interior designer (Académie Charpentier graduate).

In autumn of 2007, Parisian Emil Humbert opened his architecture firm, and Monegasque Christophe Poyet had just graduated. A year after they met, they founded their practice: “It was natural, I instantly knew we’d work together,” says Humbert.

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Their projects focus on elegant and meticulous designs to create timeless spaces using premium materials such as stone, wood and bronze. Naturally, the most important thing is to reflect the client’s personality and respect the soul of the site. The Monaco concept store borrows from luxury merchandising for showcasing its premium products. The maritime metaphor is never far away with the choice of materials that are deliciously reminiscent of ferries’ low-key luxury in the 1930s.


The décor features opulent wood in a variety of natural, black and ash oak paved with bronze for a modern twist serving as a showcase for the 2,300 bottles displayed on the ground floor. (The grands crus are tucked away from prying eyes behind a glass and bronze door.) The space gives pride of place to Humbert and Poyet’s signature quality materials with black marble inlaid flooring, Versailles parquet and copper inserts.


Serious food lovers are invited onto the top deck to settle into a gentlemen’s club-style tasting area with burgundy leather banquettes to sample incredible products. A private lounge opens onto a lush terrace with eye-catching, colourful furniture and fabulous views of the yachts and Prince’s Palace.


From the time they got together as a design team, Humbert and Poyet put their stamp on public work sites with their expert choice of materials, lighting design or their ability to showcase a space and set the scene for the client to take center-stage. “We communicate constantly throughout a project. Our symbiosis forms the foundations of our projects and ensures the space that we’ve imagined works,” Poyet says. If proofs are ever necessary, the Monaco Yacht Club should do the job.

View more of the duo’s work at www.humbertpoyet.com.

This article was originally published in FORM Magazine.

Ferrari 275 NART Spider Most Expensive at Auction?

There were only 10 of these made, and the last time one of them came up, it fetched $27.9 million. The Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider could easily make it to the top 10 list of most expensive cars auctioned, once bidding starts on May 14 at the biennial RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction. Sotheby’s already set it up with a very conservative €19 million ($21 million) estimate.

For that matter, the most expensive car auctioned happens to be a Ferrari 250 GTO ($38,098,927), and with the exception of Fangio’s 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 F1 car (third place, $30,069,371), the rest of the top 10 are all Ferraris. Classic Ferraris are gaining value in the field to the point that models built as recently as the mid-1990s are starting to see some healthy appreciation. Will this be the point where the bubble is primed to burst? Either way, the NART Spider’s sleek styling and performance aims to at least ensure some kind of record.


The car represents a combination of Italian engineering and American ingenuity. US Ferrari importer and race team owner Luigi Chinetti pitched the idea of a roofless take of the 274 GTB/4 to Enzo Ferrari himself, exclusive to the US market and each carrying Chinetti’s NART (North American Racing Team) badge. Due to the overwhelming expenses, production only stopped at 10.

“It is a privilege to present this NART Spider,” said Rob Myers, Chairman and CEO, RM Sotheby’s “Its offering at auction is such an extraordinary event. Ownership of a NART Spider represents membership in a club of only nine other enthusiasts around the world. If a Ferrari is the choice of car connoisseurs, then the NART Spider is the choice of Ferrari connoisseurs.”

Come May, whoever gets their hands on the tasteful red sheen and elegant form of the NART Spider, will surely have something worth bragging about.

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Baccarat is Exhibiting at the 24th Monaco Yacht Show

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Crystal house  is turning captain with a special boat-themed exhibition of its dazzling creations at the Monaco Yacht Show this fall.

The prestigious French crystal maker, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year, will present its pieces against a new backdrop specifically dedicated to yacht decoration.


Beyond Crystal by Baccarat

The collections on display will include the new “Beyond Crystal” series of bathroom elements by Rémi Tessier, showcasing the collaboration between Baccarat and the upmarket faucets and accessories manufacturer THG.

Baccarat has a long history with the yachting world and its designs have adorned the boats of stars from the Duke of Windsor to Aristotle Onassis.

The crystal house was founded in 1764 by permission of King Louis XV and has since become a symbol of superb craftsmanship.

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Considered the most prestigious pleasure boat show in the world, the  will feature 500 major exhibitor companies and 100 super- and mega-yachts afloat. It runs September 24-27.

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The $390 million Tour Odeon penthouse in Monaco

Monaco Odeon Tower penthouse

A multi-storey penthouse in Monaco could become the world’s most expensive property per square metre when it comes onto the market next year.

The luxury penthouse is located in Tour Odéon, a 170m (560ft) tower which will be the Mediterranean coastline’s second tallest building when it is completed next year.

Tour Odéon is the first new skyscraper to have been built in Monaco since the 1980s. It will include 70 luxury apartments, including the five-storey penthouse that costs $360 million alone.

As well as being equipped with a health centre, multiple swimming pools and an in-house caterer, the building will offer its residents a 24/7 concierge service and a private chauffeur.

But the penthouse is set to stand out even in the midst of such extreme luxury, with its slide which descends from the balcony into the infinity pool making it a veritable millionaire’s playground.

Source: Propgoluxury via Dailymail

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Monaco Prince Palace panorama

Louis Vuitton to show resort collection in Monaco

Monaco Prince Palace

The luxury fashion house has just announced that it will show its first ever runway show for its cruise collection in Monaco next week.

Hosted by Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco at the Prince’s Palace on May 17, this will be the second runway show for new  creative director Nicolas Ghesqiuère, and the first time the brand has shown resort on the catwalk.

The Louis Vuitton cruise fashion show will broadcast live on May 17 at 19h on louisvuitton.com.