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:
* 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.
* 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.
"Robb Report" can be accessed online at http://www.robbreport.com or e-mailed
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