The Penfolds Ampoule
Penfolds winemakers in the Barossa Valley of South Australia released a rare Cabernet Sauvignon in a truly distinctive format – a glass, hand-made ampoule. Four of the regions’ finest craftsmen were commissioned to work with Penfold’s wine-making team, and together they created a beautiful and unique work of art designed to store wine in an ideal environment. There are only 12 Penfolds Ampoules in existence and each is accompanied by a certificate of ownership and authenticity, signed by the chief winemaker and all the contributing artists.
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Not only is the Penfolds Ampoule a compelling piece of artwork, it is also a sensory and experiential purchase. When a decision is made to open the Ampoule, a senior member of Penfolds will personally travel from Australia to a destination of your choice, where the bottle will be ceremoniously removed from its glass plumb-bob casing and opened.
The Penfolds Ampoule is only available upon application and costs approximately R1.5 million.
The Rolls Royce Phantom
This luxury sedan has opulence, prestige and grandiosity dialled up to the maximum. Its imposing exterior imparts elegance and aggression in equal measure with an oversized grille highlighting the front of the vehicle. Inside, the Phantom is just as decadently over-the-top. It is made up of 450 pieces of leather which are cut by a computer-guided knife and the wood for the veneers is always of the highest quality.
The navigation system boasts an 8.8inch display screen with 3D maps, landscape topography, guided tours and composite route planning. Front, rear and top-view camera systems are standard to facilitate parking this very large luxury vehicle. There are pop-up umbrellas hidden in the doors and hydraulic motors to close the rear doors.
In keeping with Rolls Royce tradition, the Phantom houses an enormous naturally-aspirated 12-cylinder engine. Despite the sedan’s massive weight, the Phantom goes from zero to 96km/h in under six seconds.
The Rolls Royce Phantom is a true über-premium sedan. The 2013 edition retails for between R3 904 000 and R4 602 165, depending on the model and optional extras.
The Hermes Birkin Bag
This handbag was created by Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka and was sold in 2008 for a mind-blowing R18 593 000. It is made from platinum and is encrusted with over 2000 diamonds. It has a diamond strap, which, if removed from the bag, can be used as a bracelet or necklace.
The Chanel “Diamond Forever” Classic handbag
There are only 13 of this limited edition handbag and the USA hosts five of them. This classic Chanel staple contains 334 diamonds with a total of 3.56 carats, secured in 18-carat pure white gold. The shoulder straps are also made from white gold. This gorgeously decadent accessory is valued at approximately R2 554 000.
Legends Golf and Safari Resort
For avid lovers of the game, this golfing experience is nothing short of exceptional. This very unique golf resort, situated in Entabeni in the Limpopo province, is home to the longest and highest Par 3 in the world –
the Extreme 19th. Only accessible by helicopter, the tee-off is from the top of Hangklip Mountain where the ball soars over a lush forest onto a green shaped like Africa, some 400m below. It costs about R3800 to play the Extreme 19th, but the real cherry on the top is the promise that if you hit a hole-in-one (however remote the chances are) you will receive a prize of $1 million.
The Palm Grand Atlantis Suite in Dubai
The very grand Palm Hotel in Dubai is one of Sol Kerzner’s architectural jewels. The choice of accommodation is exceptional, but if you are looking for luxury and opulence, there is one suite that you really want to stay in – the Grand Atlantis Suite.
The entire suite is decorated in elegant gold tones which exude indulgence. The lavish living space includes a master bedroom complete with his and hers bathrooms, an en-suite guest bedroom, a living room with a dining table for 10 and a separate office.
This super suite also comes with a 24/7 private butler service, a spectacular sun terrace which spans three sides of the suite, all-day complimentary snacks, and pre-dinner cocktails and canapes. Booking this suite also comes with complimentary massages, personal training sessions and an on-demand in-room movie service. In fact, the list of complimentary services seems almost endless and for the price of R133 657 per night, they should be.
Mont Blanc Mystery Masterpiece & Prince Rainier III 81
What better way to imprint your million-dollar signature on that important document than with a beautifully crafted pen?
Mont Blanc, the fountain pen and luxury goods manufacturer, and Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery house collaborated to create one of the most expensive writing instruments in the world, known as the Mystery Masterpiece. There are three variations, set with 20 carats of sapphires, emeralds or rubies and accented by almost 840 diamonds. It took over a year-and-a-half to create three of each version and each of the nine pens sold for over R7 million.
Mont Blanc also created the Prince Rainier III Limited Edition 81 Pen, in honor of the sovereign of Monaco. The elaborately-designed skeleton frame is studded with lozenge-shaped diamonds and rubies totalling more than 8 carats, which represents the shield of the Grimaldi coat of arms. A total of 996 diamonds cut with facets and 92 rubies form the fine network. These Mont Blanc pens cost just over R2.5 million each.
The PG Blacktrail
The Blacktrail 2, which is a hybrid battery-operated bicycle made by PG Bikes in Germany, is the world’s most expensive electric bike. The new edition, which launched in February 2013, is limited to 667 pieces worldwide.
The Blacktrail 2 is the fastest, highest-quality bike in the world. Its top speed is in excess of 100 kilometres per hour, acceleration from 0 to 100 is in less than five seconds at a weight of 46km, and its power is similar to that of a sports car. If that’s still not enough, for the first time ever, the entire driving system is digitally connected to your own smartphone and the Internet via W-LAN, App and GPS. Nearly all functions of the bike can be individually adjusted via an iPhone app that turns the bicycle into an interface between the virtual and the actual world.
So, if you are concerned about the environment and want to really impress your biking friends, the Blacktrail 2 can be yours for only R784 000. Luckily, for that investment, you can customise your bike to suit your own style and colour preferences.