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Ask any successful person what their biggest luxury is and almost all will respond with the same answer, time. You may well be reading this whilst sitting on a European flight seat, having gone through a lengthy process from arrival at the airport, check-in queues and bag drop, interminable snaking lines to get through security and then had to scramble to your departure gate. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of flying privately, this may...

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This year, the iconic five-star Hassler Roma, located above the Spanish Steps with incomparable views of the city, marks its 125th anniversary. Owned by President and General Manager Roberto E. Wirth, fifth generation of a famous Swiss hotelier dynasty, the Hassler has continued its legacy as Rome’s five-star lodging of choice for the world’s elite and discerning travelers since 1893, having played host to everyone from Charlie Chaplin to George Clooney. The hotel acted as...

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By Julie Webb In the age-old battle between experts and forgers, Aston Lark Insurance private client director, Julie Webb, explains the issues and offers advice on sensible precautions for art buyers. I was once approached by a bank to insure an uncut gemstone for a customer who wanted to use the item against a loan. The paperwork and certificates all seemed in order. However, considering the high value of the item, a viewing by an...

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Arts & Collections speaks to Mark Lowham, CEO and managing partner of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, about the luxury property industry and its investment potential. Arts & Collections: Can you tell us a little bit about the state of the luxury realty industry and the role Sotheby’s International Realty plays in it? Mark Lowham: Luxury realty today is unquestionably a global endeavour. To be successful, a firm must be able to offer its clients access...

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The record-breaking, the eclectic and the unique; we bring you the latest from the world’s most renowned auction houses with auction highlights. Dreamlike abstraction  The Architect’s Home in the Ravine (1991) by Peter Doig fetched £13.2 million at a recent Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction. A fine example of Doig’s early oeuvre, The Architect’s Home in the Ravine depicts the home of Eberhard Zeidler, situated in the suburb of Rosedale in Toronto, Canada. This piece was...

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Over thousands of years, horology has developed from a primal undertaking into an artisanal craft. Read about the history of horology and how—over the course of time—it has become a unique art form.     Time: A human infatuation Time is the only constant. Over the course of history, humankind has always been absorbed by it. The passing of time denotes change. And change, like time, is inevitable. The hourglass, one of the earliest timekeeping devices, is...

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By Marco Braghiroli To fully refurbish a 73m² apartment in a Grade II listed building—on a fixed budget and timeline—is not easy. When embarking on a project like this, it is important to consult the Conservation Officer to ensure all work is in line with requirements. Given its Grade II listed status, all the original features of the property have to be kept, including original flooring, which can, however, be repaired and stained to complement...

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When it comes to luxury getaways, arranging a superyacht for your own private use is the absolute top experience.  5-star luxury hotels, private villas or 6-star cruises may have their own appeal, at times, yet nothing beats the freedom of having your own boat. Only by chartering a superyacht can you enjoy total freedom of the oceans, fully tailor-made itineraries and staying in a new location every single morning or sleeping in another bay, anchorage or a...

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A KERBEDANZ world premiere in a limited edition of 99 pieces, introducing Maximus: The world’s largest tourbillon cage at 27 millimetres across. An unusual timepiece that breaks the mould, the Maximus masterpiece of horological micromechanics was introduced to the media and all the world’s buyers at the end of March at the Baselworld trade fair. With its 27-millimetre cage, which is almost twice the size of the largest one known to date, the biggest wristwatch with...

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By Adrian Walker  Boat sharing is a new trend within the yachting industry. Boat owners who participate in this hope to travel to new destinations and have authentic experiences that otherwise would have been cost prohibitive. Therefore, it becomes affordable to travel and live like a local. Boat sharing or swapping means that private boat owners can make their typically underutilised asset available for sharing with other boat owners. There are no rental costs involved...

Unique in its broad international coverage of both arts and cultural events, Arts & Collections covers fine art from antiquity to modern times, auction records, a special sale preview by Sotheby’s, as well as market trends that inform collectors of the world’s finest items.

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