August 20, 2014

Luxury File

lf.jpg1 Revved up Once you’ve settled into the driver’s seat of your new Porsche, enroll in Precision Driving Lessons to really get your engine started. In doing so, you’ll avail yourself of the instruction of celebrated racer Derek Bell, a five-time Le Mans winner and two-time World Sportscar Championship winner, as you take laps around the Palm Beach International Raceway. $750 per person, Porsche of Naples, (239) 280-5100.

2 Wooden wonders There’s fine furniture, and then there’s furniture that makes you feel fine. We’ve discovered both, thanks to Vermont-trained, Naples-based furniture artisan Brian Brace. Handmade of exceptional lumber and using traditional mortise and tenon joinery, Brace’s works add their quiet elegance to some of the area’s most well-appointed homes, and have been exhibited at the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art. Purpleheart hutch, $3,500, Brian Brace Fine Furniture Maker, (239) 293-6686.

3 Three cheers Summertime is the right time to sway through town with designer Marc Jacobs’ Bordeaux-hued patent Small Siri tassel bag on your shoulder. Made in Italy and complete with chain-link strap and eye-catching eyelet and tassel details, it’s a casual, breezy tote that smoothly combines what Southwest Florida’s all about: attitude and latitude. $1,450, Marissa Collections, (239) 263-4333.

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Hot rocks It’s hard to keep your cool when admiring the Talisman Ice Watch, a one-of-a-kind creation from diamond superstar De Beers. Crafted over several years in Paris and containing 445 rough and polished diamonds for a total weight of 86.70 carats, the gemstones seem to float on their white gold mesh setting. This Talisman is enchanting—and not only because the naturally polished Namibian diamonds are said to radiate mystical powers. $385,000, De Beers, (239) 254-7989.

5 Sparkling goodness There’s no wrong way to drink champagne, as long as it’s done with plenty of pleasure—and panache. Put some extra pop in every toast by using Ferrare With Company’s drop-dead dazzling Linea champagne bucket, a silver-plated stunner entirely encrusted with Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls. Of course, one never needs a real reason to open a bottle of bubbly, but owning the Linea would be an excellent excuse. $2,595, The Gallery, (239) 598-3300.

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