A recent import, Luxury Toys: Volume 2 allows us a voyeuristic peek into a world of amazing objects that cannot be bought at your local store or simply ordered online. For these singular items are the custom-made playthings of the super-rich.
Luxury Toys: Volume 2 By Joshua M. Bernstein Rizzoli International Publications, 2012 ISBN 978-3-8327-9630-3 Available at Asia Books
Featuring 68 luxury toys, this 220-pager includes photos and descriptions of top-end timepieces, gadgets, furniture, boats, cars and planes chosen for their exceptional designs, sophisticated craftsmanship, use of leading-edge technology or sumptuous materials.
Feast your eyes on status symbols like the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and the Shelby SSC Tautara, automobiles capable of Formula One speeds, and the Herectic, perhaps the most luxurious, personalised motorcycle out there with a 2.4 million baht price tag.
Another lavish item featured is The Expendables, which takes its cues from the action film of the same name directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It is actually a pen with a black pearlised celluloid body set in sterling silver or 18 carat gold. Meant to embody the intertwined nature of life and death, it features engraved sterling-silver images of snakes, lizards, skulls and swords.
Then there's the Infinitas, a luxury boat whose design was suggested by the mathematical symbol for infinity. By hollowing out the stern and centre section, room was created for a swimming pool which can accommodate up to 16 people. There is also a helipad, roomy main salon and a glass-floored sky bridge that connects the main stairwell to the elevators, ensuring that nothing blocks the swimmers' access to sunlight.
Edited by Nathalie Grolimund, the text is printed in three languages: English, German and French.
Selling points for the Cessna Citation Mustang include ‘affordability, excellent amenities and freedom’.
The Infinitas, a luxury vessel whose design was inspired by the mathematical symbol for infinity.
The Shiane TV Chaise combines contemporary furniture design and modern technology.
A pen suggested by Sylvester Stallone’s action flick The Expendables.
About the author
- Writer: Sukhumaporn Laiyok