Edition 68: The Luxury Briefing

This week in luxury, a shipment of rare cognac has been recovered and the Moët & Chandon Champagne Christmas tree is set to light up Cape Town this week.
Luxury Briefing
A 1917 shipwreck rare cognac

The last shipment of rare liquors for Tzar Nicholas II’s Russia has been recovered. The shipload of more than 100-year old De Haartman & Co cognac and Benedictine liqueur was brought up from the Swedish steamer s/s Kyros. This salvage project started 20 years and this recovery is not only a find of rare cognac and liqueur but also a part of the history of former imperial Russia. How it will taste, nobody knows…

A Champagne Christmas

Capetonians and visitors to the Mother City have the opportunity to celebrate the start of the festive season with Moët & Chandon, with the spectacular lighting ceremony of the city’s grandest Champagne Christmas tree. True to the maison’s grand style of celebration the Moët & Chandon Champagne tree is built with over 2000 recycled champagne bottles and sitting at an awe-inspiring four-storeys high. The olden tree is also wrapped in a gold ribbon created using over 2000 discs. The lighting ceremony this year takes place on 29 November at 7pm.

Yves Saint Laurent’s Van Gogh inspired jacket

Yves Saint Laurent’s Sunflowers jacket created in homage to Van Gogh as part of his Spring-Summer 1988 collection will be offered for the first time at auction in the Exceptional Sale on 27 November at Christie’s in Paris. The bright yellow and orange garment is thought to have taken haute couture embroiderers at Maison Lesage more than 600 hours to stitch by hand.

A royal staycation

With the release of The Crown’s third season, Plum Guide is offering a select few to celebrate with an ultimate experience of frivolity and excess worth over $64 000 in one of London’s most royal-esque homes. Your stay at Earl of Fitzroy includes a personal butler, lavish banquet dinner, a horse and carriage ride through Fitzrovia Square.

$67 000 gold-covered AirPod Pros

Russian brand, Caviar, sold a gold-covered Apple AirPod Pros for $67 000. The new model of wireless earphones is made of 75 percent pure gold and comes with a wireless charging case. The 18-karat gold airpods sold out very quickly.

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