Columbus Yachts M/Y Divine to debut at 2016 Monaco Yacht Show

With three decks, the 40-meter aluminum superyacht is able to house 10 guests in its five staterooms along with eight crew members. The Owner’s Suite on the superyacht by Colombus Yachts is situated on the main deck, complete with its own study and is said to be as large as those found on bigger yachts. Versatility is key, with the VIP suite, which can be converted into two cabins with ease, a feature that was requested for by the owner. With exceptionally large headroom of 2.3 meters, the superyacht is able to invite a wealth of natural light into the main deck with large windows.

In the lower deck, the incorporation of light into the interior is continued as the designers replaced the usual portholes with a single window. The designers at Palumbo along with Hot Lab and the owner opted to use a tone-on-tone palette of colors that allowed for consistency throughout the superyacht. Luxurious materials such as Breccia Sarda and Adri Venato marble, eucalyptus and American walnut wood, polished stainless steel, soft wool carpets and fabrics fill the interior. In the saloon, guests can sit back amongst the high-quality materials and enjoy a view of the ocean through the two large windows.

TheM/Y Divine is able to reach a top speed of 20 knots in its high-performance Sport mode, thanks to two diesel engines. Using a Hybrid Propulsion system which works together with two electric motors, the superyacht is able to be not only fast but quiet, much like a traditional full displacement yacht.

Free of wing stations, the M/Y Divine is equipped with a wireless Vessel Maneuvering Assistant device that allows the pilot to have access of the controls anywhere on the yacht.


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Automobili Lamborghini debuts fashion line at Milan Fashion Week

“We are not a derivative product, but a real fashion brand,” emphasised Boris Puddu, in charge of the Collection and Licences division, which oversees all the line extensions of Italian supercar manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini, owned by German giant Audi. Apparel accounts for 30-35% of the division’s revenue, and it grows at a rate of 20% per year.

“Our range is not linked to cars! It has a high-end positioning and must make a name for itself as a fashion brand,” stated the executive, who admitted it is “a very tough challenge.”

The menswear project is managed internally, at the manufacturer’s Italian headquarters. As for the children’s line, it was launched six seasons ago, under licence with Italian producer Marbel.

The objective is to forge tighter links with the multi-brand store circuit and increase the brand’s visibility in the fashion world. That is why Automobili Lamborghini chose the uber-chic Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Milan, at the start of the Fashion Week, to present its Spring/Summer 2017 menswear collection with a cocktail party.

The collection’s total look was launched in 2013. It features a complete men’s apparel range, with attractive items in fine materials (waterproof cotton, Japanese high-tech stretch fabrics, etc.).

The collection includes sophisticated classic clothes manufactured in Italy and a sportier high-tech range in which the Lamborghini logo features more prominently. The design team is led by Luca Lucini.

The accessories are produced through co-branding initiatives with specialists in each category: the bespoke suit service with D’Avenza, sneakers with Mizuno, carbon-fibre luggage with Tecknomonster and the range of four ‘L’ fragrances with Intertrade Group.

The collection adds up to 300-400 items and is sold at the brand’s flagship store in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, home to the Lamborghini factory, as well as online, at about 130 authorised dealers in 70 countries and about ten franchised mono-brand stores in the Middle East (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) and Asia (in Thailand and Taipei, Taiwan).

Collezione Automobili Lamborghini is also distributed through multi-brand stores in Europe, Russia and eastern European countries. This year it will premiere on the US market, its leading market for cars.


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Goldwyn Film Family to Sell $30 Million Collection at Sotheby’s, Led by Picasso and Matisse

19GOLDWYN-blog427Pablo Picasso, Femme au Chignon Dans un Fauteuil (1948).
Photo: courtesy the estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Goldwyn family, the great Hollywood film dynasty, will sell its art collection following the death of producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. two months ago. With an estimated worth of $25 million–$30 million, the collection will be parceled out over nine auctions at Sotheby’s New York between May and October.

The centerpieces of Goldwyn’s holdings are Pablo Picasso’s Femme au Chignon Dans un Fauteuil (1948), a portrait of the artist’s lover Françoise Gilotand, and Anémones et Grenades (1946), a Matisse still life. The Picasso is estimated to sell for as much as $18 million, while the Matisse, bought for $13,500 in 1948, is tagged at upwards of $5 million.

Both paintings will be on offer at the house’s Impressionist and modern art evening sale on May 5. The collection also includes works by Milton Avery, David Hockney, and Diego Rivera.

Pioneering film mogul Samuel Goldwyn Sr., lent his name to MGM studios and ran Samuel Goldwyn Productions. His wife, Frances, may have been largely responsible for his purchases, according to Catherine Goldwyn, daughter of Goldwyn Jr., who told the New York Times that “she would present it to the outside world as his eye, but the archives show that she was more involved.”

The third generation of Goldwyns remains a force in the film industry, with Catherine’s brothers John and Tony working as a producer and actor, respectively. John’s credits include the Ben Stiller film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), co-produced with his father, and the comedy MacGruber (2010), while Tony played Shailene Woodley’s father in Divergent (2014) and stars as the president in the popular ABC series Scandal.

Goldwyn Sr. won the Academy Award for Best Picture for 1946’s The Best Years of Our Lives, while his son’s credits include Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) and Mystic Pizza (1988).

Former Sotheby’s chief auctioneer Tobias Meyer, who left the company in 2013 after 20 years, is serving as an adviser to the family.

Also for sale is the late film producer’s Beverly Hills estate, an almost 11,000-square-foot Georgian-inspired mansion built in 1934 by Goldwyn Sr., listed at $39 million.


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Bombardier Global 7000

Global 7000With its four distinct living spaces, the Global 7000 business jet provides unparalleled spaciousness, luxury, and comfort, in a homelike environment that can be as productive or as leisure-friendly as any moment demands. Seats position you perfectly to take in the view from the largest cabin windows in its category. Enjoy exquisite dining experiences at a table for six, journeying non-stop between key cities such as London and Singapore. Relax, sleep, and refresh in the tranquility of a private stateroom, reaching more of your world faster, more luxuriously, and better prepared.

Global 5

Global 3


General characteristics

  • Crew: 2-4
  • Capacity: 10-19 passengers
  • Length: 111 ft 2 in (33.8 m)
  • Wingspan: 104 ft 0 in (31.7 m)
  • Height: 27.0 ft (8.2 m)
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric Passport turbofans, 16,500 lbf (73.4 kN) each
  • Cabin length: 54 ft 7 in (16.69 m)
  • Cabin width (centerline): 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m)
  • Cabin width (floorline): 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
  • Cabin height: 6.25 ft (1.91 m)
  • Cabin Total Volume 2,637 ft³ (75.67 m³)


  • Maximum speed: Mach .90 (516 kt, 955 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: Mach .85 (487 kt, 902 km/h)
  • Range: 7,300 nmi (13,520 km)
  • Service ceiling: 51,000 ft (15,545 m)
  • Basic Operating Weight: 56,800 lb (25,764 kg)
  • Maximum Ramp Weight: 106,500 lb (48,308 kg)
  • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 106,250 lb (48,194 kg)
  • Maximum Zero Fuel Weight: 62,500 lb (28,350 kg)
  • Maximum Fuel Weight: 47,450 lb (21,523 kg)
  • Balanced field length (SL, ISA, MTOW): 5,950 ft (1,814 m)
  • Landing distance (SL, ISA, MLW): 2,810 ft (856 m)


  • Bombardier Vision flight deck
  • Head-Up Display System (HUD), Enhanced Vision System (EVS) and Synthetic Vision System (SVS)
  • Graphical Flight Planning
  • Weather radar with enhanced functionality like windshear detection

List price: $72.4 million

The aircraft is currently under development (expected 2016) and the design and design tolerances remain to be finalized and certified.


Hottest Superyacht Summer Destinations


With spring mornings close at hand and the watery sunlight seeping through the window, all thoughts turn to dreamy summer escapes. Spending the sultry days and balmy nights discovering the seas is the very epitome of a luxury vacation and aboard the superyacht charter MY Starfire you can lavish, lounge and lap up the beauty of bountiful adventures in the heart of the ocean. Whether sipping cognacs on the opulent deck as you snuggle under cashmere and explore the Fjords of Norway or taking the Jet Ski out to tear up the golden soaked Dalmatian Coast, spending summers on MY Starfire with Captain Carl Sputh is all about perfecting the art of embracing experience and the sublime pleasures of the sea. From the Azul shores of St Bart’s to cultural discoveries in Croatia these are the hottest superyacht destinations trending for summer 2015.



The secret seems to be out and this summer will see plenty of affluent superyachts gliding into the chic and pretty port of Dubrovnik to admire its UNESCO heritage wonders. Yet there is more to Croatia then its startling capital sitting between the shadowy mountains and the sapphire sea, the fragrant collection of crumbling coastline boasts beauty and brains for discerning yachters.


Rovinj, with its gulls frantically crying around the spiraling church tower, its old world harbor and its picture perfect cobblestoned squares seems to be a postcard of the Mediterranean taken from decades ago. With its colorful tapestry of archipelago islands close by you can take the two person kayak from MY Starfire’s prestigious collection of toys and cut yourself loose for gourmet picnics on secluded shores.



Walk in the footsteps of Sofia Loren on the glitzy shores of Sveti Stefan, watch the lights glisten across the water as you sip champagne cocktails on the Bay of Kotor and duck into chic little boutiques in the medieval town of Budva. Montenegro is quickly becoming one of the most sought after destinations to explore by superyacht yet still remains relatively untapped by the hordes of tourists.


Spend the day diving into the gem like waters and indulging in an onboard massage from the luxury masseuse on MY Starfire. As you slip into a dream you can breathe in the rich evocative scents of mimosa and Lebanese cedar that roll down the wooded hills of Montenegro to embrace the salt whipped sea.



There is something utterly romantic, bright and ever youthful about the shores of Sicily and even in 2015 the love affair seems to continue. Whether it’s the citrus scents splashing on the shores, the crumbling pale buildings swallowed by wisteria or its elegant vineyards where you can sip marsala and dream of the deep history that ebbs and flows into every nook and cranny of this isle.


Exploring the shores of Sicily on MY Starfire seems to capture summer in her finest dress, from hitting the heady markets in the morning to dining on fresh Sicilian seafood in the upper deck. You can spend days exploring the foothills of the famous Mount Etna, playing in Palermo and paddling in the pristine waters that surround your superyacht charter.


St Bart’s

The Caribbean has long been a staple in the world of superyachts and it’s good to see that despite years of tempting sun seekers to its shores that destinations like St Bart’s can still be refreshing. This is the ultimate playground for guests on MY Starfire, this is the place of dreams where milk white sands are sugary underfoot and splashing in the sea feels like welcome rain on your skin.


This is certainly the place to grab the snorkel or even ask the crew to arrange for a personal diving instructor and to swim with turtles, dolphins and hundreds of marine beauties in this underwater paradise. As St Bart’s is such a divine yacht destination you can expect to live the life of luxury when you step ashore with beautiful boutiques, colorful charm and exotic spa resorts waiting to welcome you.



Tumbling waterfalls, razor toothed rocks and endless fjords winding like emerald ribbons through the thick pine forests make Norway an exquisite superyacht destination for those who want to go back to nature.


Soaked in the romance of MY Starfire you can cuddle beneath cashmere blankets with a bottle of champagne enjoying the midnight sun, you can dive from the deck into refreshing waters beneath the silver veiled mist of waterfalls for the ultimate morning and you can step ashore on remote, wild islands dotted with pastel colored huts. From the fairytale shores of Alesund to the boutique beauty of Bergen, Norway is gearing up to be the go to destination of the year.



Article by: Carl Sputh

Captain Carl Sputh spends the majority of his time at the helms of MY Starfire, a 178′ superyacht for charter. When ashore, he enjoys traveling the world, driving his custom Triumph motorcycle and learning to fly helicopters.

Inside The 2015 Forbes Billionaires List: Facts And Figures

Despite plunging oil prices and a weakened euro, the ranks of the world’s wealthiest defied global economic turmoil and expanded yet again. For our 29th annual guide to the globe’s richest, we found a record 1,826 billionaires with an aggregate net worth of $7.05 trillion, up from $6.4 trillion a year ago. The total includes 290 newcomers, 71 of whom hail from China. Youth are on the rise: A record 46 among the ranks are under age 40. One earthward note: The average net worth of list members came in at $3.86 billion, down $60 million from 2014.


Bill Gates is once again the richest person on the planet, a title he’s held for 16 of the past 21 years. His fortune grew $3.2 billion since last year to $79.2 billion, despite a gift of $1.5 billion in Microsoft MSFT -0.01% shares to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November 2014. Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico comes in again at No. 2 while revered American investor Warren Buffett took back the No. 3 spot from Spain’s Amancio Ortega (now No. 4); not even the largest IPO in history was enough to beat the Oracle of Omaha this year. Buffett was the list’s biggest gainer, up $14.5 billion to $72.7 billion, thanks to Berkshire Hathaway’s rising share price. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg moves up 5 spots to number 16, his first time ranked among the world’s 20 richest. Ma and three other Chinese are among the the biggest gainers and appear among the 50 richest on the list.

Zuckerberg is also the leader in a youth revolution that has minted 46 billionaires under the age of 40. The youngest billionaire on the planet is Evan Spiegel, 24, co-founder of photo- messaging app Snapchat. California, driven by Silicon Valley tech companies, has spawned 23 new billionaires, including cofounders of car-hailing service Uber cofounders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, and their first employee Ryan Graves. Elizabeth Holmes, who runs blood-testing firm Theranos, debuts on the global list as the youngest self-made woman at age 31. The state now has 131 individuals with 10-figure net worths, more than any other country besides China and the U.S.

The year’s biggest loser in dollar terms is Aliko Dangote of Nigeria, whose fortune dropped to $14.7 billion from $25 billion last year, propelled downward by a weaker Nigerian currency and shrinking demand for cement, his largest asset. He still retains the title of Africa’s richest man. The country that was lost the most ground by far was Russia, which now has 88 billionaires down from 111, less than not just the U.S. and China but now also Germany and India.

Article by: Kerry A. Dolan and Luisa Kroll

Big Apple is world’s hottest luxury property market

New York‘s luxury property market was on fire in 2014, with high-end home prices registering the biggest gains globally, according to Knight Frank.

The value of high-end residential property in the U.S. financial center soared 18.8 percent between December 2013 and December 2014, far outpacing the global average price growth of 2 percent, the real estate consultancy’s annual Wealth Report showed on Thursday.

“With New York number one in the Prime International Residential Index, it is clear that it has transformed itself again in the recent past, and as result, has broadened its appeal to the international investment community,” said Alistair Elliott, senior partner and group chairman of Knight Frank.

“It is impossible to predict the future, however, with the current confidence in the U.S. economy, the short-term prospects are extremely positive,” he said.

U.S. cities dominated the top end of the rankings, with four cities featuring in the top 10. By contrast, Asia, which had four markets in the top 10 in the previous year, had just one.

New York was followed by Aspen, Bali, Istanbul and Abu Dhabi, which saw gains of between 14.7 percent and 16 percent.

San Francisco, Dublin, Cape Town, Muscat and Los Angeles rounded out the top 10, with price advances between 13.2 percent and 14.3 percent.

“Asian growth has moderated for a variety of reasons. Macro-prudential tools, introduced to cool residential markets, continue to have an impact. This is evident most notably in the markets with ongoing weak growth such as Hong Kong and Singapore,” said Nicholas Holt, head of research for Asia Pacific at Knight Frank.

“Government policy has been deliberately aimed at limiting price rises through higher taxation and mortgage market intervention,” he said.

Beijing and Guangzhou, previously in the top 10, have now slipped to the middle of the Prime International Residential Index – which tracks the price performance of 100 of the world’s key luxury markets. Singapore, meanwhile, has fallen almost to the bottom of the charts.

Despite the slowdown in China’s economy, wealthy emigrants from the mainland continue to be a significant force in global luxury real estate market, said Holt.

Around 76,200 Chinese millionaires are estimated to have emigrated or acquired alternative citizenship in between 2003 and 2013.

Going forward, Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey will become major suppliers of ultra-high net worth individuals hungry to buy high-end international property,” Holt said.

“Indonesian buyers will become a much more serious force in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region in 2015.”

The Ultimate Arm Candy: Jewelry Made From Crashed Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis And More

When it comes to arm candy, Crash Couture comes with the ultimate bragging rights. Made from crashed European luxury cars, they create custom, one-of-a-kind jewelry made with semi-precious stones and hand engraved designs.

Crash by Minabea is owned by Christi Schimpke who works her magic from her husband’s Los Angeles automobile collision body shop catering to high-end clientele and their luxury cars. Her unique pieces range in price from $450 to $10,000 and include such luxury cuffs as the Lamborghini made from a Lambo Gallardo with 14k gold metal bands ($1,000), White Maserati hematite stone, Black Maserati with rose cut black onyx, Gold Ferrari snakeskin with Kingman Mine turquoise and her upcoming luxury line with diamonds, colored gemstones and precious metals on exotic cars.

Her pieces are already being worn by celebrities and CEO’s, and she also features custom cuff links for men including a Sterling Silver Maserati from a Gran Turismo and a gray Porsche 911 Carrera and many other unique designs.

I spoke with Christi about her Crash Couture and her future plans in the luxury market.



I’ve been dabbling in various types of art and crafts most of my life. I made jewelry when I was in high school and sold it at local hometown events like parades, etc. But it wasn’t until I took a metal smithing class that I fell in love with jewelry fabrication. The company Minabea was named after my grandmother who encouraged my artistic side all my life.

My husband has an automobile collision shop (body shop) that caters to a high-end clientele who drive expensive luxury cars. Mostly all late-model, no vintage or restoration cars and all European. After months of begging him to let me work in the shop he finally relented and allowed me a small area off one of the garages where they store cars. At the time I continued my jewelry business designing and fabricating silver jewelry with semi-precious gemstones inside the garage. Precious metals were hitting all-time highs and I was struggling to stay in business and compete with other small jewelry businesses who (that) could afford to lower their prices. One day I was looking at a gorgeous Designo Magno matte Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster and saw that its hood was going to have to be replaced. I asked Dan (husband) if I could have the scrap metal from the hood to see if I could make jewelry from it. So, he cut up the hood into medium sized pieces that I then cut into smaller sizes. From there it was all trial and error but eventually I was able to make a cuff bracelet. What amazed me was how beautiful the paint was – it looked exactly like enamel.



In the beginning it was extremely difficult to work with the car metal. Some of the metal is steel and some is aluminum, a very tough springy metal. My process continues to improve every day. I now have a good-sized workshop with high horsepower table saws, polishers and drill presses. But it still takes a lot of time and effort to create a beautiful cuff from a section of bent car metal. Most of the metal I have is from Ferraris, Maseratis, Teslas, Mercedes-Benz, Porsches, Bentleys and Audis.


I just acquired a Lamborghini Gallardo in a very special color – Arancio Argos – a gorgeous orangey red. The Lamborghini paint is just incredible and wonderful to work with. I am in the process of designing a cuff with diamonds and colored gemstones set into the car metal for a much more luxurious experience. These cuffs will be my most expensive to date and each will have a custom VIN number that denotes its special status as a limited edition item.

Each handcrafted cuff is inscribed on the interior with the car make; additionally we provide a Certificate of Authenticity that states the make and model of the car and the date it was created. Some cuffs are lined with leather or lambskin. Recently we’ve begun to etch into the car paint to create leopard, tiger and snakeskin designs and patterns inspired by nature or decorative motifs that reference different art historical genres.
I also set cabochon stones onto the cuffs. Since I am preserving the car’s original paint I am unable to apply an open flame to its surface. Therefore every additional addition to a cuff has to be attached using rivets. This can be a painstakingly slow process but it is solid engineering.

Another great thing about Crash jewelry is the fact that we are upcycling and creating something luxurious from material that would otherwise be put into a landfill. We do not use cars that have been totaled, but just car pieces from casual accidents. You would be amazed at how much metal will need to be replaced simply by bumping into a lamppost! To order online visit her site at here.



Article by: Jim Dobson

Gulfstream’s Extended-Range G650ER Business Jet Enters Service


Speed and range are key parameters for those who use business jets, and the new Gulfstream G650ER, which first reached customers ahead of schedule in mid-November, aims to deliver on both. Among the new breed of large-cabin ultralong-range business jets, the extended-range version of the top-of-the-line Gulfstream G650 can carry an extra 4,000 pounds of fuel, thanks to an advanced fuel-quantity monitoring system and other upgrades, increasing the range by 575 miles—enough to cruise 8,600 miles, connecting New York to Hong Kong nonstop or Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia. The jet can cruise at nearly 600 mph (Mach 0.85). Its nearly 47-foot-long cabin carries over from the G650, with plenty of space for up to 18 passengers. Amenities include 16 extra-large oval windows, 100 percent fresh air refreshed every two minutes, and a low maximum cabin altitude of about 4,000 feet. Owners can choose from 12 floor plans or create their own custom layout.



Gulfstream will continue to sell the original G650, which has been flying since 2012. Current owners of the G650 can have their jets converted to the G650ER at a cost of about $2 million. The G650ER will compete with Bombardier’s Global 8000, expected to start deliveries in 2017, which will have a maximum range over 9,000 miles. The G650ER sells for a starting price of $66.5 million.

Top luxury car debuts at 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Lamborghini Aventador SV Super Veloce

Aston Martin launches at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show an extreme, track-only supercar, code-named the Aston Martin Vulcan. Surprisingly, no spy shots or design renderings have leaked online, which means we have absolutely no clue on how it looks. Neither do we have the slightest idea on the pricing. However, when the company describes it as ‘the most extreme Aston Martin in our 102-year history’, we know we are up for something exceptional. All we know is that only 30 of these track-oriented beasts will be made and it might be one of the last Aston Martin’s to use a V12 engine.

Audi will debut the 2016 Audi R8 at the Geneva Motor Show. The new R8 doesn’t look a whole lot different than the current model, but Audi has given it enough subtle upgrades to make it look fresh. Nevertheless, the chassis underpinning the car, which it shares with the Lamborghini Huracan, is all-new. Surprisingly, there will be no V8 model at launch, and instead there will be only one engine in two levels of tune on offer. The first is the 5.2-liter R8 V10 with 540 horsepower, a bump of 15 hp over the present car. The second is the 5.2-liter R8 V10 Plus with 610 hp, a massive increase of 60 hp over the current model. Audi also confirmed that the 2016 R8 will arrive with laser headlights as optional extra.

McLaren 675LT, which will be unveiled in Geneva will have a power output of 666 horsepower from its 3.8-liter twin turbo V8, which makes it sit at the top of the range of McLaren’s “super series” that includes the 650S and the Asia-exclusive 625C.

Porsche’s will debut in Geneva the Cayman GT4, powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six lifted from the 911 Carrera S, here producing 380bhp at 7,400rpm, making it the most potent Cayman ever. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual, which is the only option available. The Cayman GT4 will arrive in American showrooms in July, costing $85,595, including destination.