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If you are charged with the task of buying for a billionaire, you have to think outside of the box.
By Alex Martin | November 10 2020
There are great gifts out there for everyone, even the person who has it all. If you are charged with the task of buying for a billionaire, you have to think outside of the box. The following gifts not only require the deepest pockets but a discerning eye. We have curated a list of ultra-exclusive, ultra-expensive gifts that are sure to give the billionaire in your life a holiday season to remember.
This stunning timepiece is the result of a partnership between two leading companies in their respective fields. Jacob & Co has created a series of watches that are true to the spirit of Bugatti, pushing the limits of what is possible. This Twin Turbo Furious watch is inspired by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, the first road legal car to break the 300mph barrier. Just like the car, the timepiece is incredibly complicated. The movement consists of 832 individual parts. And while there will be 30 models of the Bugatti Chiron made, there will be only three of these watches, making them an even rarer beast.
A billionaire’s car says a lot about them. When you can afford any car in the world, you can afford to choose the one that matches your style. The same goes for a private jet, so why not buy them both together? Embraer and Porsche have teamed up to produce matching versions of their flagship models, the Phenom 300E and 911 Turbo S. Named Duet, the car-jet combo marries the two vehicles together to create a seamless transition between land and air. The interiors complement one another while both include an exclusive collaboration logo throughout. Just as much thought has gone to the exterior with Porsche designers hand-painting the car to ensure it mirrors the method used on the Phenom 300E. Just 10 pairs will be made available.
There are whiskies for drinking and then there are whiskies for collecting. The Macallan Red Collection falls very much in the latter category. Released earlier this year, this collection of six aged single malt whiskies includes two of the oldest ever released by The Macallan. The 74 Year Old and 78 Year Old have instantly become two of the most sought-after bottles on the market. Just a handful have been made available so far with more to follow. If you want all six, you will have to be very quick. This collection is tipped to be one of the most coveted in the world once they are all in private hands.
Circa $500,000, thewhiskyexchange.com
Land Rover Defenders are very much on-trend in the US, and it is easy to see why. With an iconic design and a reputation for being indestructible, more and more of these classic cars are being restored. Now, thanks to ECD Automotive Design, you can restore a Land Rover Defender and make it fit for a green future. The leading Defender restoration company will fit an old car with a Tesla drivetrain, making it 100% electric and giving it a bit more oomph as well. The company has launched a giftable Platinum Card for the holidays, which comes in a high-end designer wallet and covers all the costs of a ground-up custom restoration. Recipients will get one-on-one time with designers to ensure the final product is the car of their dreams.
We have included this in several gift guides in recent years, always saying that the first commercial space flight will be coming soon. We are still waiting on the inaugural trip, but Richard Branson’s dream is getting tantalizingly close now. Earlier this year, Virgin Galactic revealed the interiors for their SpaceShipTwo, which will take paying customers 60 miles above the earth and into zero gravity. There are almost 1,000 people on the waiting list for a $250,000 trip, but that number will rise sharply after the first successful flight. You can book a space for your loved one for a small deposit on the website, which grants them access to exclusive content while they wait for their grand voyage.
The best smartphones in the world are available to most people. The top-of-the-range iPhone 12, for instance, can be yours for under $2,000. Caviar ensures the billionaire’s device stands out from the crowd. This model is laden with luxurious materials includes black titanium and fine gold. Inspired by the great Roman emperor Constantine, the central element of the model is an original piece of pilum – the main weapon of the Roman army during the reign of Constantine. The model is limited to just seven pieces, after the seven hills that Rome stands on.
Today, Veuve Clicquot is one of the biggest champagne houses in the world, but it would have never been that way had Madam Clicquot not sent letters around the world enchanting clients. It was her penmanship that supercharged the creation of the ultimate champagne house. That legacy has been honored in this amazing Baccarat champagne bucket, which is one of the largest objects ever made from a single block of crystal. Designed to look like an inkwell, each of the 15 pieces took over 1,000 hours of work by a score of master craftspeople. Everyone lucky enough to acquire the inkwell receives a private invitation to Champagne, France to visit the château and take a deep dive into the history of Veuve Clicquot and its famous namesake.
Does the billionaire in your life have a car, jet or superyacht that they love more than words? Many spend months and months involved in the design of their prized possessions, right down to the smallest detail. British brand Campbell Marson offers a bespoke service to produce the finest eyewear to match. They believe eyewear should be as bespoke as a Savile Row suit. Every pair of glasses are designed from the ground up and never repeated. The glasses pictured are crafted from amboyna burr, one of the rarest woods in the world, and studded with flawless diamonds. That is what that client wanted, but you can design anything you want. Prices vary depending on your wants, but the featured glasses cost $25,000.
Located on a remote and pristine island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo already offers sanctuary from the busy world. Now, however, the ultra-luxe resort is offering guests unprecedented privacy with its You Run Raffles Maldives buyout package. Priced at a well-rounded $1million, the four-night, five-day stay includes all 21 luxurious villas and unfettered access to the resort’s bars, restaurants, wellness facilities, and yacht for up to 70 guests. The resort will also offer a wealth of exclusive experiences and special privileges, and allow guests to tailor their stay to meet exacting specifications.
$1m for four nights, rafflesmaldives.com