First Aston Martin AM37 Owner Takes Delivery in Miami

First Aston Martin AM37 Owner Takes Delivery in Miami

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The first AM37 owner has taken delivery of his new Aston Martin powerboat, which will be berthed in Miami. Handcrafted in the UK by Quintessence Yachts, AM37 hull #1 is customized with many additional features including the AM37S propulsion package, which affords a top speed in excess of 50 knots.

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Taking up the option to access the ‘Q by Aston Martin’ personalization service, the owner truly tailored his boat. Aston Martin designers helped translate preferred materials, colors and textures into key elements of the powerboat. The result is a stunning Mako Blue hull and an interior swathed in Baltic Blue and Cream Truffle upholstery with flashes of chrome.

Other features include a convertible sofa, matte Lacewood table and a special version of the Champagne cooler finished in Baltic Blue carbon fibre, which holds two bottles of Champagne and six flutes.

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The vessel includes a full range of options, including air-conditioning, and the powerboat has Axius Joystick Piloting, which provides superb manoeuvrability and precise handling, with an intuitive joystick. Having seen the powerboat in action on her test run, the new owner requested underwater lights in the hull, a bespoke addition that is now available as an option for future clients.

Quintessence Yachts unveiled the much-anticipated prototype of the AM37 at last year’s Monaco Yacht Show. Since then, the  team has gone into overdrive building bespoke AM37s for clients keen to own their very own Aston Martin for the ocean.

The powerboat is available in two versions: a ‘gran turismo’ leisure powerboat with a choice of twin 370-hp Mercury diesels or two 430-hp Mercury petrol engines, and an AM37S version with twin 520-hp petrol engines by Mercury Racing.

Quintessence Yachts also started the production of a spectacular bespoke version for a discerning client who will put his boat through her paces on the Swiss lakes.

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This AM37 matches the client’s new Aston Martin Vantage AMR road car with bulkheads and cabinetry finished in Charcoal Lacquer, and grey Novasuede headlining and window bands. The contemporary configuration has additional engine room sound insulation to comply with the stringent rules which apply to powerboats used on the Swiss lakes. All AM37s benefit from a unique sliding cockpit cover which can be remotely operated with a mobile app.

Navigation, control monitor and entertainment systems are integrated within a 15-inch touchscreen in the dashboard, with advanced functions to control the electric anchor, retractable bimini and retractable swim platform. Each of these day cruisers is manufactured using the latest in composite technologies and features many carbon fiber mouldings, including the deck of the boat.

Quintessence Yachts CEO Mariella Mengozzi concluded, “With so many options available to our clients we are confident that there will never be two identical AM37s. At the heart of our approach is a commitment to listen to customers and understand their needs, supporting their choices with the finest quality artistry. By fusing the maritime and automotive worlds with the universal characteristics of style and elegance, AM37 offers the perfect balance of design and engineering, performance and comfort, luxury and functionality.”

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Bose Soundlink Revolve + Bluetooth Speakers Redefine Mobile Audio with 360-Degree Sound

Bose Soundlink Revolve + Bluetooth Speakers Redefine Mobile Audio with 360-Degree Sound

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When it comes to audio performance, Bose has set the standard since 1964 when Dr. Amar G. Bose—then a professor of electrical engineering at the MIT—established his fundamental goal: to develop new technologies with real customer benefits. Bose innovations have since transformed audio and created new categories. Bose products for the home, car, and portable use have changed the way people listen to music.

The company is constantly innovating, but it doesn’t launch products very often. So when Bose came out with its new 7¼-inch SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth speaker, it was clear that it would be special. And it is. The portable, wireless SoundLink Revolve Plus+ is Bose’s best sounding wireless speaker yet, providing true omni-directional performance, and an entirely new acoustic design. Unlike other brands and previous SoundLink speakers, Revolve Plus+ spreads deep, jaw-dropping, remarkably loud sound in every direction—from a seamless aluminum cylinder. 

“We didn’t want to make small improvements to the audio that made it famous,” said Glenn Gomes-Casseres, director of products for Bose wireless speakers. “We wanted the difference to be so dramatic, that it would take just one song to hear the best sound you’ve ever heard from a little speaker.” 

To do that, Bose engineers added a “pressure trap” to eliminate distortion, with dramatic results. There’s no “front” or “back.” Sound radiates uniformly in every direction, with deep, rich bass—and without the sweet spots and frequency drop-offs of conventional 360-degree speakers. Set in the middle of the room, a corner, or outdoors, Revolve+ delivers the same experience. It withstands spills, rain, and pool splashes; and rugged durability to survive dings, drops, and bumps, and its charge provides up to 16-hours of playtime.

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It can pair through NFC, and integrate microphones to use as a speakerphone or with Siri and Google Assistant. The free Bose Connect app now syncs two SoundLinks — any combination, for any models starting with the SoundLink Color II. The new Stereo Mode enables left-right pairing, and new Party Mode lets you play the same music on both simultaneously. SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth speakers are available in two colors: Triple Black and Lux Gray.

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5 Luxurious Boats You Can Take for a Spin this Summer

5 Luxurious Boats You Can Take for a Spin this Summer

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Picture this: you’re spending a summer afternoon in the sun, a salty breeze blowing through your hair as you sip on another glass of Dom Perignon. Is there anything better? We didn’t think so. The only problem with boats is that they require a lot of maintenance—swabbing the poop deck is about as unglamorous as it sounds. Lucky for wannabe sea-farers around the world, SAILO has solved some of the problems associated with boat ownership. The self-proclaimed “Airbnb of boats,” the brand opens the arena for boat owners to rent their vessels to those looking for a short-term voyage. Boats range from everything to your standard catamaran to some of the world’s most luxurious mega-yachts, so what are you waiting for? Here are a few ultra-luxe options you can take for a spin on the high seas this summer: 

New York City, New York

The city that never sleeps knows how to do things big, bright and bold. This 95-foot yacht has been previously rented out by royalty, presidents and celebrities. Built in 1987, the boat has been completely re-outfitted to include an elegant salon and full-service bar. In addition to the amenities on board, a full crew of three or four is available to cater meals and provide dinner and cocktail services. You and your eleven closest friends can sail the high seas around Brooklyn, the Hamptons, and the Hudson River for a cool $16,200 for a full day

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Miami, Florida

Some like it hot, especially when they’re in Miami. The interiors of this luxurious vessel are inspired by the French fashion house Hermés. Each of the ship’s cabins resembles a high-end hotel room, with glossy veneers and state-of-the-art amenities. For those interested in water sports, the ship comes equipped with a water ski, wakeboard tower, kayaks and snorkeling equipment. While on your voyage, enjoy a glass of champagne on the flybridge before lounging on one of the many lush sofas strewn across the decks. This watercraft can be yours for the summer for $18,500 per day

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Treasure Cay, Bahamas

If you want to be a Bahama mama, taking a trip down south is imperative. For $5,975 a week, you can live out all of your snorkeling and diving dreams on a weeklong trip in one of the most picturesque locations in the world. If an extended fishing trip is more your speed, the vessel comes equipped with a set of fishing rods perfect for any skill level. The ship is run by a husband-and-wife team that cater to guests every need, be it picking out the perfect wine for an evening by the fireplace, or accommodating dining restrictions.

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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun has been known as a spring break hotspot for years, but it’s now gaining traction among the well-heeled. Travel along the Yucatàn Peninsula in this 50-foot sea-faring vehicle enjoying drinks from the open bar before jumping in the sea for a swim. Cancun is known as one of the best places to snorkel in the world, so be sure to grab a pair of the boat’s gear before exploring the depths. The vessel can accommodate up to 40 people on board at one time, making the $4,000 per day price tag a steal.  

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Sag Harbor, NY

Turning heads in the Hamptons is no easy feat. This 86-foot Azimut vessel, complete with dashing red panels, will attract attention wherever you go. In addition to four staterooms that can sleep up to eight guests, there are both front and back sundecks for ultimate outdoor relaxation. Drop anchor in the marina along the Hamptons main drag, where you can enjoy the best high-end shops and restaurants that Long Island has to offer. This ship is available for rent for $9,500 per day, no biggie. 

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Private Jet Card Comparisons: A New Consumer-Centric Website For Buying A Private Jet Card

Private Jet Card Comparisons: A New Consumer-Centric Website For Buying A Private Jet Card

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Private jet cards are often compared to debit cards, in that a person pays money into an account, then as they fly, money is deducted out of the account.  It is the same way as when a customer goes to the grocery store and picks up food. But the comparison ends here, because there is much more to choosing a private jet than choosing fruit or a loaf of sourdough bread.  With private jets, big money at stake. The cost of jet cards is typically between $100,000 and $500,000, a little more expensive than a bag of groceries. 

The information necessary in determining such a private jet choice is exhibited on a new consumer-friendly website, comparing over 100 jet card programs across 65 variables.  

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Private Jet Card Comparisons is a new website, launched in late April. It is the idea of Doug Gollan, a media executive and journalist, who created the site after he couldn’t find any independent and comprehensive sources that enabled easy comparisons for those who wish to use private jets as their preferred model of travel.  

The site makes it easier for consumers to find the program and the brand that best fits their needs, saving users hours in research and tens of thousands of dollars, if they make the wrong choice, which, Mr. Gollan says, is easy to do.

Before the launch of Private Jet Card Comparisons, a person would receive a recommendation from a friend, but the friend’s flying needs might be different from the person asking for the recommendation.  And, finally making a decision takes time. 

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Mr. Gollan, in a recent interview said. “You could pay $3,000 to $5,000 to a consultant or you could have your assistant do some Google research. The assistant or consultant would probably find five or six companies, request information, wait for it to be sent, then use the material provided by each company to create some type of comparison charts. With Private Jet Card Comparisons, you go to our site, register and in minutes, you can compare over 100 different programs using the spreadsheets we’ve put together for you.”

It is understood that while price is important, there are major variances in the programs. Here are a few: 

  • Reservation time ranges from four hours to seven days
  • How far in advance you need to cancel, 
  • Number of peak days, where surcharges range as high as 40 percent, to whether or not you have to pay for de-icing. In addition, the number of peak days in each program differs, with some having less than 10 designated peak days and others ranging to over 50 per year. 

“If you are going to be flying in Winter weather,” says Mr. Gollan, “or if you fly during holiday periods, or if you like to make plans and change them at the last minute, each of these elements will impact which program is best for you.”  

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Also, and of equal relevance, are the variable standards for sourcing aircraft and pilots. Private Jet Card Comparisons explains the number of flight hours each provider requires for the Captain and First Officer, including the number of hours they must have flown in the type of aircraft the Jet Card buyer wishes to use. Other comparison variables include the minimum age for sending unaccompanied minors, extra fees for one-way flights, discounts for roundtrips, extra charges for taxi time, daily minimum charges, what type of catering available, accessibility of WiFi, how much extra to bring pets, and if the provider will guarantee availability of aircraft when the potential customer calls. Some do not. 

Private Jet Card Comparisons also tracks other dimensions of interest, all important to those who have the private jet card option: from what the service areas of each program and whether you have choice of FBOs, to if the toilets are enclosed. The website also explains if there are fuel surcharges, and other simple though relevant questions: what happens to money once it is sent to a provider? Is the deposit refundable? Can the customer rollover any unused money or hours? Who owns the Jet company? Do they have their own aircraft or do they charter from other operators? 

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Photo Credit: Doug Gollan/PJCC

The site has had over 20,000 visitors since it launched a few months ago.  Mr. Gollan says about half are private aviation users and more than a third are actively looking for a jet card. He says users vary from the high net and ultra high net worths to their assistants, CFOs and financial analysts who have been asked to provide a comprehensive overview of relevant options, as well as those who are just kicking the tires. 

In terms of growth potential, he is optimistic. “Consumers buying jet cards and prepaid private charter programs are spending $50,000 to more than $500,000 making it a significant investment, especially when one considers a 25-hour jet card only covers about two roundtrip flights between New York and Los Angeles. Private Jet Card Comparisons fills a huge gap in the market between winging it and hiring a consultant.” 

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Anthem House: Baltimore’s Newest $100 Million Apartment Complex Opens in Locust Point

Anthem House: Baltimore’s Newest $100 Million Apartment Complex Opens in Locust Point

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Forget what you’ve heard about Baltimore. One of the things this mid-Atlantic industrial town is best known for is its charm—miles of rowhouses, cobblestone streets and the infamous ‘hon’ you’ll hear at any eatery in town can speak to that. It’s not called “Charm City” for nothing. Anthem House, a new $100 million luxury development, is now adding itself among the reasons Baltimore has a growing reputation for cozy, yet quirky experiences. 

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The complex is unlike any in the city thus far, offering top-of-the-line amenities and shared co-working spaces to help foster a feeling of community. There are also well a a litany of perks; a community kitchen that serves handcrafted cocktails, a heated pool with views of the harbor and an around-the-clock concierge. In the lobby, sleek, open spaces flow into the on-site restaurant and bar Amber, which offers healthy grab-and-go fare for those on the run. In addition to an acre of green space on the fourth floor (complete with a grilling station!), the building also provides residents with a 3,800 square-foot gym and wellness area. Pet lovers are also welcome; the facility offers its own dog wash station, as well as a dog run to make sure your furry friend has all their fitness needs met.   

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Part of the inspiration for the complex came from the city of Baltimore itself. Both old and new, historic and propelling itself into the future, the city is never afraid to march to the beat of its own drum. Locust Point, the neighborhood Anthem House is located in, was a significant battleground during the Revolutionary War. In more modern times, it’s a hub for Baltimore’s up-and-comers. The area is also one of the most convenient places to live—it’s easy to get to any of the waterfront neighborhoods in the city via the nearby water taxi or the Charm City Circulator. 

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The complex offers 292 studio, one and two-bedroom upscale apartments with modern finishes and harbor or courtyard views. Residents at Anthem House will be hard-pressed to find a need that goes unfulfilled. In addition to each apartment having its own washer and dryer, select units also provide spacious balconies where you can watch the sunset over the Harbor with friends. When you’re in Charm City, there’s more to see and do than meets the eye. Whether you’re going for a rousing volleyball game at the Sandlot or grabbing a few drinks at Brewer’s Art, Anthem House is becoming a new Baltimore staple and it’s here to stay. 

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