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Previews® 2015 Luxury Holiday Gift Guide


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What do you give the person who has everything? From space adventures to personal submarines, Coldwell Banker Previews International® has curated the ultimate luxury holiday gift guide that is sure to impress all of the “unimpressionables” on your list this year.

For the Explorer

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A Journey to the Ends of Earth

Give the gift of space…as in outer space. Set for a debut launch in 2016, World View will lift the explorer in your life in a pressurized capsule via a space balloon to nearly 100,000 feet, or to the edge of space. The experience, founder Jane Poynter has previously told us, will bring them close to what space philosopher and writer Frank White calls “the ‘Overview Effect’ — the unexpected emotional reaction and unparalleled perspective-shift that comes from seeing our planet suspended in space.” $75,000.

For the Architecture Aficionado
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Midcentury Modern Masterpiece

Need a gift for a hard-to-shop-for architecture lover? Look no further than the ultimate midcentury modern escape: Palm Springs. Tucked away on manicured greens in Rancho Mirage’s exclusively gated Thunderbird Heights community, this renovated midcentury modern estate pays tribute to Frank Sinatra’s heyday with a glass-walled circumference offering 360-degree unobstructed views of park-like grounds, expansive valley and mountains, and a circular pool pavilion in the center of the swimming pool, which can be accessed via a floating walkway. It’s a little slice of modernist heaven. $4,500,000.

For the Wine Connoisseur


Wine Seal by Fratelli Lisi

You wouldn’t dare attempt to buy wine to fill his already overflowing wine cellar, would you? That’s why the Wine Seal by Fratelli Lisi is such a unique and unexpected gift idea. The hyperrealistic Bordeaux bottle holder is rendered in silver and shaped in the brothers’ old Florentine silversmith workshop. It’s a daily-object-meets-work-of-art for the wine collector who also has a whimsical sense of humor. $14,625.

For the Yachter

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 Triton 3300 Personal Submarine

Did you get the memo? Personal submarines are the latest must-have accessories for yacht owners looking for new ways to enjoy the water. The Triton 3300/3 can take a pilot and two passengers to depths of 3,300 feet. You can tell your gift recipient that it was the very same model that allowed man’s first-ever encounter with the giant squid underwater. The 3300/3 offers an unprecedented opportunity to show his or her friends and family the world under the sea. $3,500,000.

For the Jewelry Buff


Opera Cuff Bracelet

Crafted in 18K white gold with five center diamonds (1.17 carats) and 150 small diamonds (1.58 carats), the cuff bracelet from Buccellati’s inspiring new Opera collection is almost deserving of a standing ovation. $68,000. Available at Buccellati Boutiques in New York (212-308-2900) and Bal Harbour (305-866-8686). 

For the World-Class Skier  
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Chic Aspen Chalet

New skis, new boots? Too obvious. For the serious skier, it’s all about the experience, and there is no better way to enjoy the slopes than from his or her own chic chalet at The Residences Viceroy Snowmass. Nestled at the base of Colorado’s Assay Hill and designed by Jean-Michel Gathy with some units envisioned by local interior designer Kristin Dittmar, the 152 wholly owned condos at the luxury ski-in/ski-out condo-hotel range from studios to four-bedroom penthouses. $279,000–$5,000,000. 855-923-4500.

For the Trend Watcher



A Nautical Timepiece

The savvy watch collector who has everything may not yet have Richard Mille’s limited edition RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph “Les Voiles de St. Barth” watch. Unveiled earlier this year at the Caribbean sailing race, this snazzy timepiece facilitates navigation thanks to its unique rotating bezel, featuring a wind rose and a graduated 360-degree, 24-hour disc. Only 50 pieces will be made, available at authorized Richard Mille retailers throughout the Americas. $150,000.

For the Audiophile


Good Vibration Speaker

Good taste can extend to music and design, as the new MSound from Hastings Tile & Bath proves. Crafted from rich ceramic, the MSound is a passive vibration speaker for smartphones, as well as a work of modern art. Thanks to its special rounded form, the MSound’s natural amplification requires no wires or electrical input, making it the perfect statement piece for any wet location, from the bath to outdoor spaces and pool areas. Available in a variety of finishes: matte white, gloss and matte black, matte gray, orange, red, gold bi-color, patterned finishes (deco, swirl, lines and nature). $895. 

For the Design Devotee
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Modernist Centerpieces

Struggling to find the perfect present for the style pioneer in your family? Look to the international design great Le Corbusier for guidance. These four centerpieces, a tray and two side tables from the Reaction Poetique collection by Jaime Hayon are inspired by Le Corbusier’s paintings and sculptures. All exclusively created in solid black-painted ashwood, the objects are contained in special packaging, authenticated and come with a descriptive booklet. $490–$1,290. Available at Cassina Soho 212-228-8186.

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Bugatti-Meets-Back-to-the-Future Hovercraft

Your special someone already has a Bugatti Veyron. What could possibly top that? Enter the 2015 Mercier-Jones Supercraft. This “agile, fast, easy to pilot,” fully customizable hovercraft and its revolutionary propulsion system and hybrid drive train have helped it to reach 80 mph in tests — a record for a hovercraft. It can travel over land, water and a variety of terrain in between, and at a more conservative speed of 40 mph, it has a range of 120 miles with a hover height of seven inches off the ground. (“Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”) Plus, it’s a toy that just looks cool in the garage. $75,000.

For the Bibliophile


Diamonds Are Forever Coffee Table Book

Dazzle the book lover (and diamond devotee) in your life with the new 272-page tome from publisher Rizzoli, “Graff.” This gorgeous coffee table book contains never-before-told stories that make up a fascinating history of Laurence Graff, all penned by renowned authors and contributors such as Suzy Menkes and Vivienne Becker. The book sheds light on what shaped this self-taught gemologist, from his superb collecting instinct and astute business sense to his nerves of steel and a seemingly unflappable confidence. $95.


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