What Money Can Buy


Money can’t buy you happiness but it can surely buy the means to keep you happy. And for those with an eclectic taste in lifestyle, happiness often means being able to indulge in their passions. From antique collections, luxury rides, limited editions ranges, to auctions that the world has their eyes on, Exec Lifestyle gives you a sneak peek into the uber rich lifestyle.

This week, we have the perfect fix for your luxury holiday, something to keep your grey cells engaged, edible gold, and more.

For a romantic getaway

To spend a fortnight on a luxurious holiday means you need to equip yourself withthe right luggage carrier, and the Tumi Arrive Zurich 4 Wheeled Expandable is justthe thing you need. A unique blend of contemporary understatement and Tumi’s advance technology, this fortnight travel accessory is meticulously appointed with the finest aesthetic and engineering features imaginable. This extra-large packing case, Arrivé, has the easy maneuverability of a four-wheel design and flexibility with a main compartment that expands 2.5". Polyester fabric, striking chrome accents, custom-made handles, intelligent interior organization and numerous patented components are some of the other features this suitcase has to offer. Price: 99,500 INR

Tickle your brains

A clever piece of puzzle game that tests your wits, the Rubik cube, invented by Erno Rubik, has always been fascinating toy, with its fans among some of world’s most eminent personalities.  This simple game has also won many awards for the genius concept behind it. Invented in 1974, its fortieth anniversary was specially commemorated by Fred Cuellar CEO and founder of Diamond Cutters International, by creating a jewelled masterpiece version of the regular Rubik Cube. Called the ‘Mona Lisa’, this special Rubik Cube is embedded with several precious metals and stones - 18 carat yellow gold, 22.5 carat Amethyst, 34 carat Emerald and 34 carat of Ruby. Diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies have replaced the classic coloured panels. Valued at $2.5 million, it is the most expensive puzzle in the world.

Not just for any sport

It’s a given that the costliest sport in the world will have the costliest accessories to go with it. Bringing a smile on every passionate and extravagant golf lover in the world is the BW1 Golf Cart hovercraft – a creatively designed golf cart fitted with 65 hp twin cylinder Hirth engine. As a result of which, this golfer’s joy ride is unparalleled in terms of dexterity of movement. Manufactured to carry four golfers and two golf bags with ease, this hovercraft is making a buzz for its patented fly by wire reverse thrust system. It gives it a backwards speed of 25 mph. Golfers looking for comfort, ease, and precision can order this game companion at Hammacher Schlemmer for a princely sum of $58,000.

Edible gold

Fritz Knipschildt, a Danish baker, is popularly given the title of Willy Wonka of Connecticut for creating the most expensive chocolate in the world - the Madeleine. His shop, Knipschildt Chocolatier in South Norwalk, Connecticut, is famous for using fresh ingredients, without any preservatives and additives. The best of his hand made artisan products is the Madeleine itself, whose ingredients include - a creamy truffle ganache made from French Valrhona chocolate blended with fresh cream infused with vanilla pods and pure Italian truffle oil. But the rich and expensive ingredients alone don’t justify the jaw-dropping price tag it carries. According to its creator, the price is a reflection of the hair splitting skill the chef needs to have to make this chocolate. The ganache, which is another constituent of this mouth-watering delicacy, is whipped and folded by hand for a long time to make it as silky.

The chef also has to endure freezing temperature when folding the hand rolling of Perigold truffle inside the ganache. Needless to say that one needs to place a special advanced order to purchase this chocolate. These chocolates have a price tag of approximately $2,600 per pound in quantity.

A pricey mistake

The enthusiastic and passionate brigade of philatelists or stamp collectors all over the world have created a demand in the market for rare and unique stamps. As a result, some of them have attained ridiculously high prices. But nothing beats ‘Treskilling Yellow’- the only single stamp originally priced at a paltry $2.5. The most expensive stamp was originally printed in Sweden, and was actually a result of a mistake. Instead of their regular three-skilling stamp on green stock, it was printed on a yellow stock paper, therefore the name –Treskillin Yellow. The Stamp has given rise to popular fashion of wearing T Shirts with a Treskilling Yellow stamp logo on it. After changing several hands, it reached an auction value of over $2.3 million in 2010.

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