July 23, 2014

Luxury File

1 Genie of a bottle William Yeoward’s cut crystal fragrance bottles are perfect for princesses— or anyone who just lives like one. Inspired by the crystal of the 18th and 19th centuries, acclaimed English designer Yeoward takes tradition and gives it a lively, lovely twist. The result: pieces such as the eye-catching Victoria bottle, which combines stately simplicity with dimension and depth. $310, A Mano, (239) 261-3220.

2 On the wing A sports car should have some serious sizzle. Expect a telltale temperature spike with the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, which has a sleek aluminum space-frame body, gullwing doors and an AMG 6.3-liter, front-mid V8 engine that accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Mercedes offers the SLS in nine exclusive colors, including the new AMG Alubeam silver, a shade that’s said to shimmer like liquid metal. Available for pre-order, approximately $200,000, Mercedes-Benz of Naples, (239) 643-5008.

3 Shore thing There are many magnificent mollusks in Southwest Florida, but those that grace the gallery of Maison Auclair are playing a whole different shell game. Consider artist Judith Auclair’s pair of six-foot antique mirrored obelisks, which are covered with specimen shells from the South China Sea and offered as part of her Venetian Series. The enchantment is Old World, but there’s modern reality, as Auclair’s work also serves to archive disappearing shells. $6,500, Maison Auclair Shellart Gallery, (239) 263-4121.

4 Why not? Parisian luxury goods purveyor Hermès and Monaco-based yacht maker Wally partnered to develop Wally Hermès Yachts, which aims to deliver an unrivaled boating experience. WHY’s first foray is a 58-foot yacht, which features a Norwegian Ramform hull, a 36-meter aft-deck beach and a 25-meter-long forward- end swimming pool. It’s loaded with eco-conscious additions, too, such as nearly 900 square meters of photovoltaic panels. Say “ahoy” to luxury. By order only, Hermès,
(239) 598-1605.

5 Crown jewels Milanese jeweler Buccellati has created objects of envy for princes and pontiffs, but now it’s your turn to shine. Saks Fifth Avenue at Waterside Shops recently began carrying the lavish line, which is known for its sumptuous style, including hand-traced lace designs and ornate engraving techniques. A Buccellati watch wouldn’t be ill-placed in a Renaissance painting, but happily, some classics never lose their luster. Watch, $52,200, Saks Fifth Avenue, (239) 592-5900.

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