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April 15, 2024

Friday luxury news wrap  

Schenelle Dsouza
As the week draws to a close, LuxeBook takes you through some the most exciting luxury news this week. From Rolls-Royce’s new Ghost Black Badge to Porche’s 2023 911 Sport Classic, Jacob & Co’s new NFT drop to one of history’s biggest and rarest blue diamond sale for a jaw dropping rate after an 8-minute bidding war, scroll down to know more.
2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic unveiled  
Photo Courtesy: Porsche / Instagram
Calling car enthusiasts around the world, Porsche has unveiled a teaser for its limited edition 911 Sport Classic. Emphasizing “driving pleasure above all else,” the 2023 911 model pays tribute to a beauty from the ’70s – the 911 Carrera RS 2.7. Based on the Type-992 wide-body 911 Turbo S, the retro model gets a revised engine producing 543hp and 442ft lbs of torque. Keeping it like the classic old models of the ’70s, the new 911 will only be offered with a seven-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels. Although a modern interpretation of the classic 911, the new model maintains stylistic elements from the original like numerals and needles on the tachometer and sport chrono-clock, embossed headrests, unique door-sill plates, etc.
De Beers Cullinan Blue Diamond sold for $57.5 Million at Auction 
De Beers Cullinan
Photo Courtesy: De Beers Group
The world’s first and only blue diamond to weigh 15 carats, De Beers Cullinan Blue Diamond found its way to a very generous buyer. Originally offered at a bid of USD 48 million, the diamond was eventually sold for USD 57.5 million. Discovered in South Africa’s Cullinan mine in April 2021, the diamond was graded by the Gemological Institute of America who gave a “fancy vivid blue” ranking, the highest ranking in history. The $57.5 million sale price was reached after an eight-minute bidding war among four potential buyers, eventually taken by an anonymous bidder on a telephone for USD 57,470,391 to be specific.
Jacob & Co venture into NFT with a new Astronomia Metaverso Collection
Jacob & Co
Photo Courtesy: Jacob & Co / Instagram
Luxury designs inspired by the galaxy we live in, is a perfect way to describe Jacob & Co.’s watch collections. Joining luxury brands around the world, Jacob & Co made its NFT debut with its new Astonomia Metaverso Collection. Inspired by the planets in our solar system, the collection features eight timeless pieces, one representing each planet. Created in collaboration with NFT marketplace UNXD, each timepiece is decorated with coloured gemstones that mirror each planet’s outer appearance. While collectors of the Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter NFTs will receive a physical one-off timepiece, owners of the Saturn, Uranus and Neptune NFT will receive signed sketches, along with access to an exclusive party in NYC this June.
Millie Bobby Brown named brand ambassador for Louis Vuitton eyewear
Millie Bobby Brown Louis Vuitton
Photo Courtesy: Louis Vuitton / Instagram
Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown can now be officially referred to as the fashion icon for Gen Z. The actress, who worked for brands like Calvin Klein, Pandora and Moncler has added one more to her bucket: Louis Vuitton. While the collaboration is new, people definitely saw it from a while away, when at the 2018 spring runway collection, Nicolas Ghesquière himself showed off a Stranger Things poster in the background. Taking to social media, Brown shared a post captioned “Six years ago I met @nicolasghesquiere and this was just a dream. Today, I’m pinching myself as I get to share I’m officially joining the @LouisVuitton family!! The future is bright,” Millie captioned the post, where she also featured a selfie from 2016 where she met designer Nicolas Ghesquière.
Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge launched in India
Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge
Photo Courtesy: Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce recently launched their Black Badge variant of the popular Ghost model in India. Fitted with the standard 6.75-litre V12 engine, the engine in the Ghost Black Badge is expanded to produce 600hp of power and 900Nm of torque, and an eight-speed ZF gearbox which adjusts the levels of feedback to the driver, depending on throttle and steering inputs. The interiors are designed true to Ghost’s Post Opulent design philosophy, with multiple wood layers pressed onto the interior. Black Bolivar veneer is followed by resin-coated carbon and contrasting metal-coated thread which adds a 3D effect. The official price of the Black Badge Ghost has not been unveiled, but is said to start at ₹13 crore going up the price scale with added options.
Jumeirah Group opens an all-villa resort in Bali
Jumeirah Bali
Photo Courtesy: Jumeirah Bali
Emirati state-owned luxury hotel chain, Jumeirah Group broadened its international portfolio with the launch of its new contemporary resort in Bali – The Jumeirah Bali which is the group’s first property in Indonesia. An exquisite 123-villa resort with an additional four-bedroom Royal Water Palace, the hotels offers a serene escape with access to a secluded beach surrounded. Guests can choose to dine at one of three restaurants all managed by Chef Vincent Leroux. In addition to a multitude of relaxing events, guests can also enjoy a relaxing spa day at Jumeirah’s award-winning Talise Spa. Being an environmentally friendly resort, The Jumeirah Bali has the world’s most sophisticated desalination systems, along with other eco friendly practices.
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Schenelle Dsouza


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