There must be something about 5th Avenue, and this majestic penthouse is the epitome of luxurious living in one of the best neighborhoods in New York. The penthouse is at the top of the famous Crown building close to Madison Square Park. A historical masterpiece, the Crown Penthouse is a magnificent trophy residence second to none.
The triplex penthouse was meticulously designed by Pembrooke and Ives. With an internal living area of over 10,000 square feet, and exterior terraces measuring 5,730 square feet, this 5-bedroom penthouse is majestically proportioned just like a palace. The spectacular vistas from 56-foot exposures take in downtown Manhattan with its coveted architecture.
The interior majesty matches the iconic views with elegant arched windows and a breathtaking bronze staircase as the centerpiece. High ceilings and gallery-sized walls along with marble flooring mean the penthouse is an art collector’s paradise. The marble foyer has its own private elevator going up to the grand ballroom and library with marble and glass fireplace. The lavish master suite has no less than seven rooms with every conceivable luxury and attention to detail considered.
The second level houses a unique sky-lit entertaining space with a vast outdoor oasis that extends along the full length of the building. The terraces are kept private with copper barriers, and the painstakingly constructed parapet provides unmatched privacy. Once you reach the third floor, the observatory offers breathtaking, panoramic views of the World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building and beyond. With amenities including 24-hour doorman and concierge service, a state-of-the-art fitness room, a golf simulator, a screening room and even a children’s playroom, the Crown Penthouse signifies the opportunity of a lifetime.
The suspense is over! Ducati has just unveiled the 2019 limited edition Ducati Monster 1200cc 25° Anniversario. With a limited run of only 500 units, it will prove to be a hot prospect. The bike showcases Ducati’s best qualities and comes complete with a distinctive tricolour of red, white and green, signifying the Italian flag and special anniversary logos. The very limited edition Monster machine was recently presented to the public by Ducati’s MotoGP rider, Andrea Dovizioso and will be produced as a tribute to the legendary naked bike the company produced as far back as 1993.
To ensure its exclusivity even more, the latest and rarest monster model comes equipped with a series of unique, exclusive accessories and parts. They include the 25° Anniversario Italian flag livery with its gold colored frame and steel wheel rims. The premium seat is embroidered with the 25° logo and a limited edition serial number ending in 500 embossed on the frame. The wheels are forged Marchesini wheels with distinctive W spokes, and there is an Öhlins steering damper for better traction control. The finely articulated brake and clutch levers improve handling, and there is even an aluminium plate holder, and the 25° Anniversario bike cover is a nice touch to keep the machine safe from the elements.
Since its initial launch at the Cologne trade fair in 1992, the Ducati Monster has become a highly collectible and sought after speed bike with an iconic status. It is the definition of high performance with a stripped down machine. The 2019 Monster 25° Anniversario is an untamed beast even when at a standstill. The 1,202cc twin-cylinder Testastretta engine is the newest addition to the Monster line-up. The motor can produce 147 hp at 9,250rpm, with 124 Nm and a maximum torque reaching 7,750 rpm. That is pretty impressive stuff and gives you massive flexibility at lower speeds while easily accommodating endless surges of power at the mid-high RPM range. There are three different riding modes, Sport, Touring or Urban, so a comfortable ride is without question. Would you expect anything less from Ducati?
SUPERYACHT SCHOONER CONCEPT TURNS HEADS AT THE 2019 MONACO YACHT SHOW
The classic schooner form has been taken into the superyacht stratosphere with this latest and most distinctive concept. The schooner style seems to be catching on a lot more these days and this beautiful creation has a beautifully overhanging stern and bow structures so characteristic of sea vessels of this kind. The concept is heavily influenced and inspired by popular 16th-century Dutch designs. The Dutch word ‘schoon’ means clean and good-looking, which aptly describe this fast and versatile boat.
The classic yacht type has been augmented to an innovative motor yacht concept based on present usage and years to come. The interior focuses on art, beauty and leisure, the things that matter most. The architecture is integrated into the stylish design providing a haven of privacy, sensory stimuli, inner peace and tranquility. You will be forgiven if you think you are in heaven! As you explore the beauty and richness that surround the sea, the Superyacht Schooner Concept is fit for royalty.
The whole idea is to provide space for all the meaningful things that are really important. The owner’s master suite is accessed by a private staircase and as you ascend you are greeted by flooded light cascading in from multiple skylights and glass ceilings. To say the views are incredible is a gross understatement. The Art of Life stern lounge affords 360 degrees panoramic views thanks to sizable floor-to-ceiling slanted Windows. The expansive lounge on the uppermost deck has glass facades, grand open decks and evolving views that change as the yacht’s wake disappears into the distance.
With an indoor health & beauty center located on the lower and the main decks, the central architectural staircase accentuates the spacious effect and feeling of open space. Add to all that the flybridge on top of the bridge deck, and you have optimum style, design and function perfect for enjoying the expansive vistas surrounding the sea world with your family and friends. You can use the outlying al fresco dining area to lounge about or party at sea or in port. They thought of everything with this marvelous sea craft, that alas is still a concept. Not to worry, today’s concept is tomorrow’s reality.
The future has caught up with us! High tech, futuristic, Star Wars-style speeder bikes were recently in the realms of science fiction. Not anymore! The Scorpion-3 HoverSurf Hoverbike is a reality today at the cost of US$150,000. The ingenious contraption is essentially a four-rotor, electric flying machine made entirely of carbon fibre and controlled like a video game with two similar joysticks to fly the hovercrafts. You can change altitude and direction with the joystick controls. The Hoverbike dubbed the Scorpion-3 is being built by HoverSurf, based in San Jose, USA.
The Scorpion-3 is ultralight, therefore under FAA rules, you don’t require a pilot’s license, and you don’t even need to have a motorcycle license! Nevertheless, you will need to become accustomed to the flying machine before venturing on a trip into the heavens! With a range of 13 miles and a reasonable top speed of 40 mph, the battery charge time is just two and a half hours. Orders are being taken against a deposit of US$10,000, with the balance payable upon delivery.
The company developing the Hoverbike also produces drones and recently posted a video of the Scorpion-3 Hoverbike prototype, which is a single seater, electric powered Hoverbike. It looks great, with more than a hint of Star Wars influence. The contraption is a hybrid motorbike and quad-helicopter technology based on drones and dubbed as an extreme sports instrument. The electric aircraft has been created with amateurs as well as professional navigators in mind, so little skill is needed to master the aircraft.
The hoverbike uses unique custom-made software that limits its range and speed capability to assure a safer ride. The Scorpion-3 was inspired by sport-utility motorbikes, and it literally surfs through the air like a miniature hovercraft. Such is its potential, the US Department of Defense recently announced it was developing the vehicle for the US Army in conjunction with a UK based firm Malloy Aeronautics. What’s for sure, we will be seeing a lot of these Hoverbikes flying along the roads in the coming years.
2019 LONDON AIRE – LUXURY RV MOTOR COACH US – $655,122
The brand new 2019 London Aire Luxury RV is a grand motor coach home away from home. Redesigned from the ground up, the new RV is nothing short of spectacular. The price is a tad on the high side at US$655,122, but you do get a powerful vehicle with every mod-con under the sun. The sheer presence of the coach will turn heads in admiration, not least due to the exterior designer wall sconces and fabric window treatments. Plush seating is adorned with soft and superior Ultraleather fabrics which play host to the multi-buttoned, embroidered throw pillows.
Only handcrafted, high-quality materials and elements are used such as the exquisitely layered feature ceiling or the striking, new multi-dimensional side fascia. The internal area can be customised to your exact specifications and preferences with a choice of floor plans. You can choose to have a large sleeper sofa with internal storage ottomans. Maybe you would prefer a set of comfortable recliners separated by a lampstand. A choice of superior quality porcelain tiles with glittering polished finishes and heated flooring throughout the main cabin are all options.
The London Aire RV has already gathered critical acclaim for its combination of three essential criteria, power, luxury, and price. The engine combines a brand new 605-horsepower Cummins X15 diesel motor with cutting-edge luxury and superior safety features. It offers the best value in its class and with its competitive pricing, dramatic exterior styling together and a fully equipped home on the road, it will take you anywhere in complete comfort and luxury. Rarely has such beauty been bestowed upon a motorhome RV, and the London Aire reaches new heights of excellence.
2019 LIVEWIRE HARLEY-DAVIDSON’S ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE OF THE FUTURE
Harley-Davidson has made a bold attempt to create an electric motorcycle which still retains the vibrant thrills of riding a classic bike. The project is named HighWire, and it signals the company’s first foray into the world of electric vehicles. Coming in 2019, the LiveWire is a hotly anticipated machine which will herald Harley-Davidson’s first prototype for a future generation of luxury motorcycles. More are planned to follow in the following years, yet the success of the LiveWire project rests firmly on the shoulders of this initial model.
The LiveWire is an expression of individuality, authenticity, iconic style and high-power electric performance. The company promises the bike will retain the visceral riding experience synonymous with the brand. The bike will be imbued with instant torque and thrilling acceleration without a clutch, just twist and go! Its simplicity of use makes it an even more attractive prospect, especially for less experienced and younger bikers.
The LiveWire is the spawn of Project LiveWire and is a prototype for future machines. It was specifically tested by literally thousands of avid bikers from all over the world to provide first-hand feedback and inform what a genuine Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle should really be like. This ensures the machine will be an exciting and pleasurable motorcycle to ride in the true spirit of the brand. Each bike feels authentic and original and looks rather good as well!
Harley-Davidson expects the LiveWire to ignite interest in its future fleet of new electric motorcycles that will take the brand into the future. With a winning combination of classic and modern styling, high performance and an electric motor with zero emissions is a tantalising and highly anticipated prospect. Expect an exciting portfolio of two-wheeled electric motor vehicles to follow very soon.
2019 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT500
Rumor has it that Ford is about to relaunch the iconic Mustang Shelby GT500 in a big way. The legendary Mustang will challenge other super muscle cars such as the Dodge Challenger and Camaro ZL1.
The Shelby GT500 is set to be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2019, where fans of Mustang will be able to get a first look at the much-anticipated event. Coincidentally, the launch coincides with Ford’s revamped Bronco 2020 launch. The engine will be the most potent and powerful one ever used in a Mustang and is expected to be a supercharged 5.2-litre V8 engine with hp exceeding 700 and a top speed of over 200 mph.
The exterior makeover included a new and sizable carbon fiber wing. The bonnet has an exciting design, and the overall style is smoother and more aerodynamic than its predecessor. The sizable exterior vent for heat extraction gives the front an aggressive, imposing look. The raised center contributes to the sporty style and hints at the power under the hood.
The speedometer verification procedure that the GT500 must follow indicates the impressive speed capabilities of the GT sports car. The features will include three distinct and bespoke driving modes. They include Weather mode, Launch Control and Drag Strip mode. Carbon-ceramic brake pads are also an option.
There are two choices of gearboxes, a six-speed manual transmission and a new 10-speed auto gearbox which was co-developed by Ford and GM. The car even sports old-style headlights in keeping with the Mustang tradition. That will keep enthusiasts and purists happy. The new 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a legendary car eagerly awaited by Mustang fans around the world. Who can forget Steve McQueen racing through the streets of San Francisco with his Ford Mustang GT Fastback in the movie Bullett?
LEXUS SPORT YACHT CONCEPT – A REALITY IN 2019
The Lexus Sports Yacht concept will become a reality in 2019. When first announced way back in 2017, both motor enthusiasts and yacht lovers were salivating at the prospect. Parent company Toyota Motor Corp. confirmed their plans to build a 65-foot sports flybridge cruiser yacht. The boat would expand and improve on the 42-foot open sports cruiser design, yet retain all its positive qualities and outstanding features. The new yacht will be more luxurious, with plenty of room and a higher level of specs. The main difference will be the performance powered by some leading engines taken from superb high-performance motorcars.
The vessel’s hull, inner structure and superstructure are constructed with hand-laid, carbon-fibre fabric which is vacuum-infused with a two-part polyurethane resin. The Lexus Sports Yacht concept is powered by two marinised versions of the Lexus motor engines as used in the high-performance Lexus RC F coupe and new LC 500 grand tourer. They are high performance 5.0L V8 engines.
The sports yacht carries eight passengers in comfort providing them with high-speed luxury and a high-tech multimedia sound and entertainment system along with beautifully crafted, hand-made wooden and leather interiors. The layout will include luxury staterooms below deck with additional space to entertain up to 15 guests in style. To complement the features, you can benefit from the company’s unique connected services offer. It includes a brand new Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) providing security, smartphone integration with remote diagnostics. Maintenance and other support services come with the deal.
With specifications and exact pricing still to be confirmed, orders are already being taken for delivery in 2019 in the USA, and 2020 in Japan. No doubt the speed and comfort will attract enough interest from potential buyers, and we shall see more sports yachts such as this one on the high seas next season.
HUDSON SQUARE, CHIC PENTHOUSE – WITH SOLARIUM/ROOF TERRACE – US$10.8 MILLION
The up-market Hudson Square location is quickly becoming a sought-after and chic area. There are currently several new developments underway which will transform the neighborhood with aesthetically charming new apartment condominiums. The breathtaking new duplex penthouse just up for sale is right on Greenwich Street with an initial asking price of US$10.8 million. Undoubtedly unique and prestigious, the designer home is finished in an industrial-chic style and spans a massive 5,400 square feet of living space.
The building is a six-storey block dating back to the early 1930’s. The building was recently renovated to its original glory using authentic materials. The penthouse is a four bedroom, loft style dwelling and the classy abode comes complete with high-beamed ceilings. The walls expose the original bricks, and there are majestic arched cutouts and impressive doorways. Wooden columns and barn doors complete the picture in true classic styling. The kitchen is bright and airy with a massive skylight above flooding the room with abundant natural sunlight. All the latest, bespoke appliances complement the breakfast bar and custom-made cabinetry. The furniture and internal specifications are of the highest standards with all the modern features one would expect from a high-class property such as this one.
A floating staircase made of solid wood takes you up to the top level where the solarium and private landscaped rooftop garden greet you. The terrace is equipped with a kitchen and barbecue, a pergola, and lots of space for outdoor entertaining. The marvelous views are indeed splendid and befitting a penthouse priced at over $10 million. The exclusivity of the location, large interior living area and sweeping, panoramic views make this property a tempting prospect for the rich and famous.
Hermes has taken a step into football. The exclusive foosball table soccer game is covered in lush Maple and Swift calfskin, giving it a fabulous appearance fit for a king. If you fancy a game of table soccer in style, then the Hermes Foosball Table is for you, that is, if you wish to cough up US$67,600 for this unique collectible. You can watch the elegant soccer players in vivid silken jerseys play on a luxurious leather soccer field. The intricate leather work and hand-made stitching have been refined to highlight the exceptional qualities of the materials. The table measures 65.94 inches long, by 43.54 wide and 37.28 inches high.
The ultra-cool collectible is created around the classic table soccer game but with added touches of luxury and opulence. The fast-paced, wrist twisting football adventure by Hermes is one unusual yet innovative item. The game is an elegant and unique table set up to fuse the three noble sports of football, foosball and horse racing. The game is full of identical rows of uniformed Jockeys, a yellow base that is really striking and beautifully crafted handles and trims living up to its Hermes namesake.
The intricate and vivid details of the silk painted jerseys along with a helmet and goggles are ready to go, and it’s game on! You can even see them smiling with a glimmer in their eyes! With a maple wood crafted table, it is meant to last many chaotic battles and competitions. Calfskin leather is the field of play and no shirt pulling or fouling is allowed in this aesthetically refined Hermes Foosball Table.
This is an item which truly showcases the polished skills of Hermes craft makers.
Hermes has always stood for luxury and opulence, and the Foosball Table game solidifies that stellar reputation. An unusual, yet highly desirable work of art, luxury never comes cheap, and the price tag of US$67,600 is admittedly high; nevertheless, there will undoubtedly be no shortage of takers.