From afar, the Calibre R822 looks like yet another jewel-encrusted smartphone, but it's actually the world's most expensive belt buckle. It weighs 145g, is made of 18K solid white gold with titanium, and is adorned with 387 diamonds, amounting to a total of 14.15 carats. What really makes this belt stand out are its 167 individual components. Not everything is just for show, there's self-cleaning mechanisms and safety catches integrated to minimize accidental release. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Flying first class now days equates to your own private suite, complete with lie-down bed and 5-course meals, but it might surprise you to know that this was already available back in the 1970s. You see when Boeing originally designed the 747 never expected that it becoming a cultural icon of the modern era. Commercial air travel in the 1970s was an affluent and social affair, with most airlines offering free coach lounges where passengers were able to stretch their legs, have a drink and network with their peers. You'll see in these photos: spacious cabins, comfortable lounge chairs and very neatly passengers, reminding us of the 'golden age' of commercial aviation free to stretch their legs, have a drink and network with their peers.
We've featured Etihad's The Residence before, but now the airline has released several new images, along with a video, that takes you inside the $20,000 (one way) luxury penthouse in the sky, aboard its Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft. Once you step into the cabin, you're greeted with a 125-square-foot, three-room private suite, which comes complete with a Savoy-trained personal butler. Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of the United Arab Emirates' national airline, says: "For a three-room cabin, it's not overpriced. Effectively it's four times the price of a first class ticket, so that's double if you're traveling in a couple." Continue reading for a video, more images and additional information.
Being a successful game developer still has its perks, and for Markus "Notch" Persson of Minecraft fame, that includes a $70-million mansion in Beverly Hills overlooking the LA skyline. Originally listed at a cool $85-million, the final purchase price was eventually negotiated down $15-million, and according to John Aaroe Group, Persson's purchase included everything you see in the video above: "...luxury furnishings to exotic electronics such as the automated 54-foot curved glass door in the living room that opens onto an infinity pool with iPad-controlled fountains and spectacular views. Cases of Dom Perignon were part of the deal." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of amazing animated optical illusions that will blow your mind.
File this under: people with more money than sense. Goldegenie's $391,107 24-karat gold Men's Racing Bike is based on the Giant Defy 3 aluminum framed road bike. It's been given a luxurious makeover, including the tips of the handlebars, to the spokes, to the derailleur, chain and every single cog on the gear clusters. While the company also makes gold versions of the iPhone, you don't get one with the purchase of this bike. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
When you've got everything a man could want, such as a garage full of hypercars and mansions all over the world, the only thing left to do, besides philanthropy, is wrapping everything in gold, right? Well, that's exactly what this Porsche 918 Spyder owner in Dubai decided to do with their Weissach package hypercar. This vehicle straight from the factory boasts 875 hp and 944 lb-ft, and according to Justin Bell of DuPont Registry's 2014 Exotic Car Buyers Guide: "Porsche has created the car of tomorrow, today, and the 918 will forever change our perceptions of what a car can do." Continue reading for more images.
If Tony Star were to buy another home, it'd probably be 1181 North Hillcrest Avenue in Beverly Hills. This collaboration project between Interior Architect Joseph Ferrugio, designer Roman James, and the owner (Bruce Makowsky) really wanted push the phrase to the boundaries of luxury. It's located atop the Trous and features Bentley leather stitched furniture as well as a James Bond-inspired bar with its own personal candy shop. That's just the beginning, you also get a home movie theater and an open concept garage with hydraulic display sets. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery.Continue reading for a viral video of a full-sized truck jumping over a Formula 1 car.
So, you've just sold your startup to Google / Facebook / Yahoo / etc. and want to make your first big purchase, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 should do the trick. Powered by a bi-turbo V12 engine that produces 523hp and 612 lb-ft of torque, it boasts IWC clocks, hand-crafted champagne flutes, an extravagant Burmester sound system, automatic window shades, rear headrest touchscreen displays, and plenty of leather accents all around. Expect it to hit dealers in summer 2015. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a 100-year-old woman who sees the ocean for the very first time.
The Jumbo Hostel in Sweden was one of the first plane to hotel conversions, but KLM brings a personal touch with their own version. Currently listed on Airbnb, this McDonnell Douglas MD-11 successfully charted 3,675 flights over its lifetime and now is a luxurious apartment, complete with "an open plan lounge room, study zone, master bedroom with a king size bed, second bedroom with two single beds, two fully equipped kitchens, 116 jet windows, eight tiny bathrooms and a panoramic cockpit." Continue reading for more images and information.
The ICEHOTEL (above) is a hotel built each year with snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjarvi, in northern Sweden. Since its opening 24-years ago, the hotel is available for guests from December to April. Everything, including the chairs and beds, inside the ICEHOTEL is constructed from snow and ice blocks taken from the nearby Torne River. Artists are invited to create different rooms and decorations made by ice. In addition to the many bedrooms, there's also a bar, with glasses made of ice, along with an ice chapel that is popular for weddings. For those wondering, the ice suites do not have any bathroom facilities, but bathrooms for guests are found in a warm building close by. The entire structure remains below freezing, at around −5 °C (23 °F). Continue reading for more.