Robb Report Announces 14th Annual Ultimate Gift Guide: The Utmost In Elegance, Exclusivity, Cachet

Offering the Renown and Prestige of Old-World Quality,

The December Issue Boasts Luxury Gift Ideas in Home,

Leisure and Travel for the `Person Who Has Everything'

Nov 20, 1997, 00:00 ET from Robb Report

    ACTON, Mass., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Wrapped up in time for the holidays,
 "Robb Report" magazine, the world's leading authority on the luxury lifestyle,
 has unveiled its "14th Annual Ultimate Gift Guide" for 1997.  Ranging from a
 handmade wardrobe fit for every season to a new $1 million, street-legal
 racing machine created by Mercedes-Benz, this collection of gift ideas
 represents the best from companies such as Steinway, Tiffany, Cartier, Holland
 & Holland, and others who collectively reflect centuries of tradition and
     This year's collection provides exciting, creative ideas for the world's
 most discriminating gift givers, and presents the undisputed best the world
 has to offer in four distinct categories: At Home, At Play, Everyday, and
 Away.  The "14th Annual Ultimate Gift Guide" boasts more than 25 individually
 selected gift ideas featuring items worth in excess of $123 million, far
 exceeding last year's gift total of $87 million.
     "This year we strove to create a more sophisticated holiday offering by
 forging relationships with renowned companies who have created the standard by
 which luxury is measured worldwide," said Dan Phillips, publisher of "Robb
 Report."  "These companies enabled the magazine to create packages and
 singular gifts that represent the utmost in creativity, originality and
 exclusivity, which together define "Robb Report" and its readers."
     Robb Report has also selected two gift options that will contribute 100
 percent of the proceeds to three well-known organizations.  The St. Jude
 Children's Research Hospital will benefit from the purchase of the Diamond
 Crown's Queen Anne-style Chairman humidor.  Valued at $7,500, the humidor
 comes complete with seven boxes of the Robusto #3 and eight boxes of the
 Robusto #2 cigars.  Movado, maker of fine-quality timepieces, has also offered
 its limited edition Children of the World watch, designed by pop artist Romero
 Britto.  The watch is available to the first 1,000 donors of $1,000 each, and
 the entire amount of the purchase will be divided between the Movado
 Children's Foundation and UNICEF, a world-renowned organization that assists
 needy children in 160 countries.
     Comprehensive in scope and definitive in gift-giving ideas, the "14th
 Annual Ultimate Gift Guide" answers the question, "What more could one ask
 for?"  A sampling of gifts includes:
     AT HOME
     *  Steinway-Tiffany Grand Piano:  Made to commemorate the 200th
 anniversary of Henry E. Steinway and designed exclusively by Tiffany's, the
 piano is available for $400,000.  Only 200 will be made.
     *  Thomas Jefferson's Wine:  Share Thomas Jefferson's passion for wine
 with a purchase of two bottles of Chateau d'Yquem, vintage 1784 and 1787, from
 his collection.  Both bottles boast the engraved initials of our third
 president, and are valued at $140,000 and $110,000 respectively.
     *  Luton Hoo:  Epitomizing the ultimate in luxury, this English estate is
 located 32 miles from London, set on 1,545 acres complete with a 50-acre lake.
 The 82,400-square-foot mansion, valued at $39.5 million, features 400 rooms
 that encompass a ballroom, drawing room, and chapel, seven entrance lodges, 35
 additional houses and cottages, a pheasant shoot, stables, and a working farm.
     AT PLAY
     *  Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Street Version:  This highly exclusive,
 $1 million sportster is one of only 25 built by AMG.  Equipped with a
 6.9-liter V-12 engine from the S600 and SL600, the Street Version generates
 560 bhP at 520 ft lbs of torque and has a 6-speed sequential transmission and
 a double wishbone suspension.
     *  1938 Talbot Lago T150C Figoni et Falaschi "Teardrop" Coupe:
 Representing one of only six that raced at Le Mans in 1939, and priced at a
 conservative $1.85 million, chassis No. 91905 is the best original example in
     *  Palmer-Johnson Yacht:  The newest offering from this prestigious
 boatbuilder stretches 195 feet from bow to stern, and represents the largest
 all-aluminum yacht built in the United States since the days of the
 Vanderbilts.  The $30 million yacht features expansive living spaces arranged
 on five decks, two salons that measure more than 30 feet by 40 feet, a sky
 lounge, and accommodations for the captain and crew of 15.  She is capable of
 carrying 42,000 gallons of fuel, and is limited by no less than 14,000 miles
 of luxurious travel.
     *  Custom-made Wardrobes for Every Season:  Traveling the world becomes
 easier with a custom-made wardrobe from suitmaker Kiton, shirtmaker Luigi
 Borrelli, and shoemaker Sutor Mantellassi.  Priced at $66,400 for her and
 $68,425 for him, each wardrobe comes complete with a personalized fitting in
 Italy, including first-class airfare.
       For her -- Three suits and one jacket for spring, two suits and two
 jackets for summer.  For fall, Kiton will tailor three suits and two jackets,
 two dresses, and a smoking jacket.  Also part of Kiton's women's wardrobe for
 each season are bathrobes (linen and cashmere), and 12 hand-sewn blouses from
 Luigi Borrelli.  Footwear consists of six pairs of shoes and a pair of velvet
       For him -- Three suits and one sport coat for spring; two suits and two
 sport coats for summer; three suits, two sport coats, single-breasted peak
 lapel tuxedo, and a double-breasted tuxedo (with hand-sewn tuxedo shirts).
 Each wardrobe includes four hand-sewn, seven-fold silk ties, 12 hand-sewn
 shirts, eight pairs of hand-sewn boxer shorts, three pairs of hand-sewn
 pajamas, a bathrobe (linen or cashmere), three pairs of bench-made shoes, and
 a pair of tuxedo shoes.
     *  Il Destriero Wristwatch:  Function meets elegance in this limited
 edition timepiece.  Created by IWC in 1993 to commemorate the company's 125th
 anniversary, the watch has been reintroduced this year in a jewel-studded
 edition exclusively for "Robb Report" readers.  The $675,000 gold timepiece
 features 21 different functions and displays, a 760-piece movement with 170
 diamonds "carre" on the bracelet and 43 diamonds on the bezel.
     *  Bombardier's Global Express:  Making its debut in 1998, the ultralong-
 range executive jet offers a flight range of 6,700 miles at speeds surpassing
 Mach .80, allowing passengers to fly from Tokyo to New York nonstop.  The
 $37.5 million Global Express offers the most expansive cabin among executive
 jets and allows for a comfortable sit-down dinner for six, and the placement
 of a twin bed diagonally across the private bedroom suite.
     *  Four Seasons Resort Escapade:  Tour the most exotic locations and stay
 in the most luxurious accommodations, courtesy of Four Seasons.  Begin in Bali
 with five nights in Jimbaran Bay and then another stay at the Four Seasons
 Bali at Sayan.  From there, continue to Hawaii with four-night stays at the
 Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, and at the new Four Seasons Resort
 Hualalai on the Big Island.  Finally, the last stay is with the Four Seasons
 Resort Aviara in Carlsbad, Calif.  After arriving by Learjet, guests will
 enjoy an en-suite dinner and sip champagne at sunset in a hot-air balloon.
 Available at a cost of $265,000, the adventure is ultimately "five star."
     *  Agusta A109 Power Helicopter:  Reduce the stress of the everyday
 commute with this $3 million aircraft.  Featuring an exterior of striking
 Italian design, the A109 cruises at speeds of up to 160 knots over distances
 in excess of 450 nautical miles.  The A109 is capable of seating six adults
 comfortably, and also features a leather-clad interior, dual Pratt & Whitney
 turbine engines, a sophisticated autopilot, and a GPS navigation system.
     *  Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Fantasy:  Indulge in the ultimate weekend at
 the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel on the Southern California coast.  Three
 couples will arrive via limousine for a luxurious two-night stay.  Upon
 arrival, each couple will take ownership of a Mercedes-Benz SL600 roadster.
 The festivities begin with a champagne and caviar reception overlooking the
 ocean and continue with a dinner in the resort's world-renowned Wine Room,
 including five courses paired with Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and a cigar
 tasting with "Robb Report" expert Richard Carleton Hacker.  Tastings will be
 held featuring three first-growth vintages and three of California's most
 celebrated cabernets.  Priced at $500,000, the package also includes a set of
 signature Bordeaux sommelier series Riedel wineglasses as a souvenir.
     The "l4th Annual Ultimate Gift Guide" will appear in the December 1997
 issue of "Robb Report," available on newsstands November 20.
     As the world's leading consumer magazine for the luxury lifestyle, "Robb
 Report" offers monthly features on an array of lifestyle subjects including
 automobiles, aircraft, jewelry, design, electronics, art, and exotic vacation
     According to its subscriber surveys, "Robb Report's" reader income
 demographics rank as the highest among those of any consumer magazine in the
 country.  The average income of "Robb Report" readers is $755,000, with an
 average net worth of $3.7 million.  Seventy-eight percent of U.S. billionaires
 are regular readers of "Robb Report," as are 63 percent of billionaires
     For more information on "Robb Report's" "14th Annual Ultimate Gift Guide,"
 or on the magazine itself, please contact Linda Beltran at (818) 992-4353.
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