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Superb French Château for Sale at $35 Million

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Christie’s International Real Estate is selling a gorgeous $35 million 136-acre property in Provence, France. It is one of the finest estates in the country, with a 17th century residence, called Château de Sannes. Oozing luxury and sophistication, the mansion affords sweeping views of the Luberon mountains. The approximately 55 hectares that surround the house are sprinkled with old Cedar of Lebanon and cypress trees. Also part of the property are wheat and lavender fields, olive groves, a truffle plantation, a lot of woodland some 80 acres of vineyards.
There is a long private driveway that leads to the property, guarded by cherry trees and blue irises. When you reach the imposing château, a fascinating world of luxury and style opens before you. Period stone fireplaces, a beautiful stone staircase adorned with gypseries, original stone and tile flooring, a large indoor pool, a roof terrace, all these and more are what give the mansion its unique charm.
Surrounding it there are superb Italianate gardens with fountains and pools, giving even more grace and elegance to the property. The estate also consists of thoroughly renovated original buildings, like the 18th century farmhouse with its own pool and six bedrooms, two staff cottages, a guest house, a guardian’s house, a restored and perfectly functional 18th century windmill, a private chapel, a dovecote and ample garage space for cars and agricultural equipment too. Now you see why the steep price?


 




 

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Bachelor Apartment in Sao Paolo

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 This modern apartment in Sao Paulo, Brazil was designed by Carol Leaes for an owner whose requirements were quite simple: he wanted one bedroom, a living area with open kitchen and some comfortable spaces where to “enjoy the simple pleasures of life”. As a reference, the owner mentioned Philippe Starck’s Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires.
To complete this project, Leaes had to work for approximately a year and a half, as only the search for the perfect property lasted four months. The designer had envisioned something great for her client and she had to make sure the apartment would offer a proper layout for the plan. She and her client finally decided to buy this particular apartment for two reasons: it had a free floor plan and it boasted unobstructed views of the only green space around Paulista Ave, the Trianon park. We love the final results!











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St. Barths Residence in the Caribbean

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St. Barths Residence is a gorgeous modern dwelling by Barnes Coy Architects, located on the St. Barthélemy Island in the Caribbean. It offers beautiful views to the South, West and North, including sweeping sunset and sunrise spectacles. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panels ensure a seamless transition from inside to the lovely outdoor living areas and the large infinity pool. What we love the most about this home is the fact that its every bedroom opens to an outdoor shower and a private walled terrace. Isn’t that just perfect?





 


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Porsche Design Indicator Watch in Dubai Mall

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Swiss watch manufacturer Eterna and Porsche Design have created this limited edition timepiece, called Porsche Design Indicator Watch. Priced at $270,000, the watch flaunts Titanium, rose gold and natural rubber accents. It features a second timer, a stopwatch and a special dial that indicates the power status of the timepiece, by shifting colors from green to red.


Only 50 such watches were made and of them, just 11 come in this design and with this price. The Indicator is powered by the natural movement of your wrist while you wear it, but you can also manually wind it when power is to low. The piece is available at the Porsche Design store in Dubai Mall, where it arrived six months ago. Dubai Mall placed the order for two Indicators in 2008, but they were only delivered in 2009 and 2011 respectively.


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Bruce Wayne’s New Ride

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The next Batman movie will flaunt a new super ride as Bruce Wayne’s daytime vehicle. Because Lamborghini is no longer producing the awesome Murciélago (the vehicle that Wayne drove in “Batman: The Dark Knight”), the hero will need something fresh and equally appealing for his new adventures. The solution is simple: a stunning Lamborghini Aventador. You can see below a few pictures of the gorgeous vehicle that will star in “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises”.






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Swarovski Blinged Golf Ball Markers

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For those who love the game, just the title itself should be sufficient explanation. But for those who dont , I would prefer you read up on Golf on Wikipedia and then return to complete this article.
Given that the game is played between competing teams or players, it becomes important to mark the position from where you may continue in case your ball is in the way of an opponent’s putting line. Sometimes it is important to do so simply because the ball has become dirty thanks to your insufficient golfing skills. However all the frustration of being unable to get the hole in one simply disappears once you take out one of these blinged ball markers.

Specially created for avid golfers who also love bling, these personalised markers are blinged with the initials / alphabets of the golfer. Available from Amazon for $9.90 onwards, simply hunt for your favorite alphabet and pray that you are lucky enough to find it in stock.

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BMW 6-Series Individual & M-Package revealed

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The BMW 6 Series range: Breaking new ground in the segment - the world's sportiest six-cylinder diesel engine and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.
The market launch of the new BMW 6 Series Coupé in autumn 2011 will be accompanied by the arrival of additional engine variants for the new BMW 6 Series Convertible. Making its debut in the two models is the world's sportiest six-cylinder diesel engine, a 3.0-litre unit with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and output of 230 kW/313 hp. For the first time, the BMW 6 Series will also be available with BMW xDrive. The electronically controlled intelligent all-wheel-drive system will give the BMW 650i xDrive Coupé and BMW 650i xDrive Convertible unbeatable authority, traction and directional stability in all road and weather conditions. The list of upgrades in the new BMW 6 Series Coupé and new BMW 6 Series Convertible will also include a number of innovative equipment features.
BMW 640d Coupé and BMW 640d Convertible: instantaneous pulling power, unsurpassed efficiency.
The launch of the BMW 640d Coupé and BMW 640d Convertible sees BMW setting another new benchmark in the premium environs of the exclusive luxury 2+2-seater segment when it comes to efficient driving pleasure. Their predecessors successfully established diesel technology in this class of car. And now the engine that achieved such acceptance has passed on the title of the world's sportiest six-cylinder diesel to its even more powerful and economical successor. The BMW TwinPower Turbo technology of the new six-cylinder in-line powerplant comprises sequential turbocharging (Variable Twin Turbo) and common-rail direct injection with solenoid valve injectors. Peak torque of 630 Newton metres (464 lb-ft) is on tap between just 1,500 and 2,500 rpm and maximum output of 230 kW/313 hp arrives at 4,400 rpm. The instantaneously delivered pulling power enables acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 seconds in the case of the BMW 640d Coupé and 5.6 seconds for the BMW 640d Convertible. The fuel consumption and CO2 values of the two diesel models set new standards in their segment. The BMW 640d Coupé has average fuel economy of 5.4 - 5.5 l/100 km (51.4 - 52.3 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 143 - 145 grams per kilometre. The average fuel economy of the BMW 640d Convertible stands at 5.6 - 5.7 l/100 km (49.6 - 50.4 mpg imp), and CO2 emissions come in at 147 - 149 g/km (as per EU test cycle, depending on tyre format).
Like the BMW 640i Coupé and BMW 640i Convertible, the two diesel models are equipped as standard with ECO PRO mode, which promotes an extremely calm - and therefore economical - driving style. ECO PRO mode is activated using the standard-fitted driving mode button on the centre console. Activating this mode adjusts the accelerator mapping and the shift characteristics of the automatic transmission, and prompts the heating and air conditioning system (as well as other electrically-controlled comfort functions) to work with maximum efficiency. The driver can admire this optimisation of fuel economy in the form of a "range bonus" flashed up in the instrument cluster. Symbols displayed here give the driver tips on how to use the car's fuel-saving potential in ECO PRO mode to maximum effect.

Available for the first time in the BMW 6 Series range: the intelligent all-wheel-drive system BMW xDrive.
Variants of the new BMW 6 Series Coupé and new BMW 6 Series Convertible fitted with the range-topping V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo and 300 kW/407 hp can now also be ordered with xDrive. This new weapon in the BMW 6 Series' arsenal takes the sure-footed authority and acceleration of both models to new levels. The BMW 650i xDrive Coupé powers from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, while the BMW 650i xDrive Convertible requires just 0.1 seconds longer to complete the same sprint.

The impressively innovative optional equipment also made available for the BMW 6 Series Convertible at the launch of the new BMW 6 Series Coupé includes Adaptive LED Headlights, which use LED units to generate low and main beam and also include a cornering function. The light they generate is extremely close to natural daylight and illuminates the road ahead with rich contrast. The Adaptive LED Headlights can be identified by the levelled off form - at the top and lower edges - of the twin round headlights.
New functions from BMW ConnectedDrive, M Sport package and exclusive options from BMW Individual.
The line-up of BMW ConnectedDrive technology available for both models from autumn 2011 will include Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function.
This system also comprises Collision Warning with braking function, which automatically brakes the car for some 1.2 seconds, if required, and uses visual and audible alerts to prompt the driver to brake and/or perform an evasive manoeuvre. The selection of mobility services will be expanded to include the innovative Real-Time Traffic Information congestion warning system. Providing unbeatable audio pleasure on the move is the Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System - developed specifically for each of the two models - with exclusive Acoustic Lens Technology plus amplifier output of 1,200 watts and 16 speakers in the BMW 6 Series Coupé, or 1,000 watts and 12 speakers in the BMW 6 Series Convertible.
From autumn 2011, both the Coupé and the Convertible version of the new BMW 6 Series will be available with an M Sport package, which includes features such as an M aerodynamics package, LED foglamps, 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design, sports seats with Alcantara/leather upholstery and an M leather steering wheel. Also available for both models is the BMW Individual range, which comprises - among other features - exclusive paint finishes, light-alloy wheels and exceptionally sophisticated and stylish options when it comes to tailoring the interior of the car to the customer's tastes.
 

 

 


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