Vellus Aureum Zegna Suit
Price: Rs6 lakh
The Vellus Aureum prize is awarded by Ermenegildo Zegna annually to the best fine wools from Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa. And by fine we mean ultra-fine: 13.9 microns or less (normal wool is 15 microns and above). The prize-winning wool is used to make 50 suits a year, (each takes six months to deliver). The last time we checked, no one from India had ordered one yet.
At Ermenegildo Zegna, The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai.
Bloomsbury Auctions, 20th Century Photography, London, 22 May
Price: From Rs64,000
Collect classic works such as Henri Cartier-Bresson’s ‘Marseilles’ (above, at Rs4.8-5.6 lakh), or Norman Parkinson’s work for British ‘Vogue’ (Rs2-2.8 lakh).
Call +44 207 4959494 to register.
Dinner at El Bulli, Spain
Price: Rs1.43 lakh (around Rs15,700 per head for the 30-course tasting menu, plus Rs1.28 lakh approx. for a business class return ticket from Mumbai to Barcelona)
Dinner at El Bulli
Open for only six months starting April, El Bulli, located on the picturesque Costa Brava and generally considered the world’s best restaurant, is every gourmet’s dream. Run by culinary world darling Ferran Adrià, the restaurant is already booked for 2008. But prescient souls can start planning for 2009.
Call +34 972 150457 or visit elbulli.com for more information.
Vu LCD Television
The 15-inch screen of the Vu LCD TV has been waterproofed, making it perfect for in-shower channel surfing. At CR2, Nariman Point, and InOrbit Mall, Malad, Mumbai.
Price: Around Rs53,000
These red suede pumps studded with crystals, from Dior’s Spring/Summer collection, have a stratospheric 5.5-inch heel. At Dior, The Oberoi, New Delhi.
Six Senses Hideaway at Zighy Bay, Oman
Price: From Rs25,000 per night for a pool villa
One of the properties on the ‘Conde Nast Traveler’ 2008 It List, each of the 82 villas in this newly-opened resort comes with a private infinity pool, butler service, and the option, if desired, to arrive by paraglider.
Call +968 26735 555 for reservations.
Exploring Antarctica with White Desert
Price: Around Rs19 lakh for 10 days, plus Rs1.29 lakh approx. for a business class return ticket from Mumbai to Cape Town
Polar explorer Patrick Woodhead takes teams of 10 around the Polar caps—open for only four months, beginning November. Arrive in a Gulfstream, observe emperor penguin colonies, and rough it out in luxury camps.
Call +27 76 8338990 for information.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Eight Days Perpetual SQ
Price: Around Rs45.41 lakh
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s transparent casing reveals a powerful mechanism that keeps track of the minutes, hours, days and moon phases.
At Jaeger-LeCoultre, The Oberoi, New Delhi.
Vertu Signature 18 Carat White Gold Mobile Phone
Price: Rs14.55 lakh (all inclusive)
Platinum, gold, jewels and exotic alloys are just some of the pricey materials used in this very expensive piece of ear art.
At Ethos outlets across the country.
Art HK 08, Hong Kong, 14-18 May
Price: Entrance fee is Rs620 per person, per day, if booked before 7 May. Art prices range from Rs40,000 to Rs7.7 crore
Though prices soar to the millions (Andy Warhol’s ‘Avanti Cars’ is priced at roughly Rs7.7 crore), budding collectors can acquire more affordable works by Jitish Kallat (from Rs40 lakh), Ian Davenport (from Rs16 lakh) and Gonkar Gyatso (‘Buddha in Our Time’, above, is Rs36 lakh) at Hong Kong’s inaugural art fair.
Call +852 29188793 for information.
Steuben Glass Swan Bowl
Price: From Rs10 lakh
The Italian fashion label has launched a sleek new line of couches, and FRN Décollage is bringing them to India in April.
At Square One Mall, New Delhi, or by order at 011 29564235.
Steuben Glass Swan Bowl
Price: Around Rs32 lakh
The American company’s famed glassware has regularly been gifted to foreign dignitaries, perhaps most famously as a wedding gift to Prince Charles and Lady Diana by the US. The above 50-piece limited edition bowl, though not nearly as extravagant, is a fetching example of Steuben’s signature copper-wheel engraving technique.
At The Right Address, Soami Nagar (south), New Delhi.
Lunch with Warren Buffett
Price: From Rs2.6 crore
Since 2000, billionaire Warren Buffett has auctioned lunch for a winning bidder and seven friends at Smith and Wollensky steakhouse in Manhattan. The auction takes place each year in July, and the proceeds go to a charity for the poor and homeless in San Francisco. Last year, Indian fund manager Mohnish Pabrai, author of ‘The Dhandho Investor’, and a friend wired $650,100 (around Rs2.6 crore) for steak à la Buffett.
Visit ebay.com this June for more information..
Fathom Super Yacht
Price: From Rs1 crore a week
The 45m yacht, outfitted by design luminary Mark Zeff, winters in the Maldives and summers in the south of France. Four cabins with a full crew, a state-of-the-art AV sound system, gym and a hot tub on deck are some of the amenities bundled in the hefty price tag.
Visit myfathom.com for details.
Bonhams Auction, Shah Jahan’s Dagger, London, 10 April
Price: Rs2.4-4 crore
Indian contemporary be damned. Art collectors bored with modern artists (and prices) can try their luck bidding for Shah Jahan’s sardonyx-hilt dagger inscripted with the Mughal emperor’s titles, and date and place of birth.
Call +44 207 4477447 to register.
Bang and Olufsen Home Theatre System
Bang and Olufsen Home Theatre System
Price: Rs66 lakh
Every gadget fiend’s dream: A home theatre for the price of a regular home. The BeoLiving includes a drop-down screen, integrated TV and audio equipment, and a personalized touch screen remote.
At Bang and Olufsen stores, Commercial Complex, New Delhi; Grand Hyatt Plaza, Mumbai; and Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Chennai.
Porsche 911 GT2
Price: Around Rs1.83 crore
The fastest and most powerful of the Porsche 911 series, this six-cylinder car accelerates to 100km/hr in less than four seconds. Ladies have the option of custom-matching the colour with their handbags.
At Porsche Centre, Mathura Road, New Delhi; Kemps Corner, Mumbai; and Lavelle Road, Bangalore.
Membership to NetJets
Price: From Rs1.6crore for 50 hours on a Hawker 400XP
Tired of flying commercial? The world’s largest private jet operator (with a fleet of over 735 planes) offers fractional ownership in everything from a Hawker to a Gulfstream. The company also offers private jet cards, which can be purchased in 25-hour allotments on the model of your choice. Prices start at about Rs82lakh for a light jet.
Visit netjets.com or email email@example.com.
—Tara Kilachand, Sidin Vadukut, Rachana Nakra, Parizaad Khan and Melissa A. Bell