Need for speed
Maserati is back, and its new MC20 supercar is the halo vehicle that has everyone buzzing. With a smooth exterior silhouette, superhero-style butterfly doors, high-tech infotainment, a fully electric powertrain, and the most power dense V6 engine in any production car, it’s as fast and as fun as it looks.
From £187,230; maserati.com
The perfect drop
Open the red box of this Louis XIII cigar set to reveal three separate compartments housing a classic decanter of Louis XIII cognac, two Christophe Pillet-designed cognac glasses, an engraved lighter by ST Dupont and a chrome-plated cigar cutter. Not only will this accentuate the unique Louis XIII tasting experience, your loved one can also register to become a member of the exclusive Louis XIII Society. The gift that keeps on giving.
The Cigar Set is one of six beautifully crafted coffrets from Louis XIII’s The Gift Collection, £4,000; louisxiii-cognac.com
Cook up a storm
It’s one thing having the knowledge of 101 things to make for dinner under your belt but it’s quite another to have some of the best equipment to cook it with. The Harrison Atom outdoor oven is fuelled by charcoal and wood, can reach temperatures of 400 degrees centigrade and can cook steaks in minutes, and whole chickens in half an hour.
Harrison Atom, £3,500 + VAT, with an optional cabinet on wheels for an additional £850 + VAT; harrisonoven.com
The world at your fingertips
Knightsbridge Circle is a concierge service nonpareil. With the highest staff to member ratio in the world, they offer unparalleled opportunities and access across the planet to their lucky members. Book in a training session with Anthony Joshua, skip the queue to get a coveted Birkin handbag, access to world’s finest member’s clubs and seats at the best restaurants at the drop of a hat. It’s the ultimate gift for someone you really like (or for yourself). Membership from £25,000, knightsbridgecircle.com.
Playing games is an essential part of the season, but why dust off the board games from the top cupboard when you can own a beautiful handcrafted version instead? This exquisite palm ebony games table from designer Alexandra Llewellyn, elegantly flips from backgammon to chess and is made of high gloss ebony macassar, hand drawn inlaid sycamore palm marquetry and inlaid brass triangles. A removable circular box contains semi-precious tiger eye and mother of pearl playing pieces encased in brass, ebony dice shakers, precision cut quality dice and KEM poker cards. Alexandra Llewellyn is among a whole host of artisans who can be found on the Homo Faber Guide – a useful tool where you can discover artisans, ateliers, manufacturers; visit museums, galleries, shops and find courses, guided tours and events wherever you are in the world.
£25,000; alexandrallewellyn.com; homofaberguide.com
Design of the decades
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Bill Amberg’s Rocket Bag has been the elegant briefcase of choice for many a discerning gentleman since its inception in 1990. To mark the occasion, the design has been selected for the Bags: Inside Out exhibition at the V&A exploring style, function and craftsmanship of bags. Available in black, tan, chestnut or dark brown, it would make the ideal gift, especially as Bill Amberg is also offering a customisation of the internal elements of the bag.
This beautiful book from stylist to the stars and storyteller Jo Hambro is like catnip for the sartorial. Full to the brim of Hambro’s personal collection of polaroids, notebooks and moodboards from two decades of fashion shoots, readers can expect unseen images of Keith Richards, David Beckham and Ozzy Osbourne, to name a few, and includes interviews with some of the world’s most influential photographers.
The Power of the Polaroid: Instantly Forever by Jo Hambro with foreword by Sir Elton John and David Furnish (£30, Clearview Books), out now; johambrocreative.com
Since 1969, the Lalaounis family has been redefining jewellery with its bold designs. Inspired by his Greek ancestry and the classic Hellenistic times, founder Ilias Lalaounis created some of the most iconic jewellery that is still admired today by aficionados. These Ilion earrings, inspired by the drawings Heinrich Schliemann made of the Treasure of Troy, were first shown in 1983 and can still be purchased as an elegant and timeless gift that can be treasured forever.
Ilion earrings can be purchased from the Samer Halimeh boutique, 161 Knightsbridge, SW1; 020 3892 7692; for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Club
At a time when our chances of nabbing a seat in the stadium to watch our favourite sport in person are increasingly slim, give your loved ones the gift of a premium sports club instead with a membership to Mayfair’s The Fitzdares Club. As well as access to the elegant club, equipped with nine state-of-the-art televisions, and The Fitzdares Club Wine Club, members can enjoy an invitation to club hospitality at major sporting evens and 25% off restaurants and Savile Row tailors.
From £600 p/a, for more information contact email@example.com; fitzdares.com
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Deal with the Devil
The Craft Irish Whiskey Co. has just launched the tantalisingly named The Devil’s Keep, the oldest ever triple-distilled Irish single malt. There are just 333 bottles of 29-year-old The Devil’s Keep available now, with 666 more being released next year. This decadent expression has been aged in American oak bourbon casks before being finished in French oak tawny port barrels and then in virgin Hungarian oak. It’s a singularly unique spirit that many whiskey connoisseurs would go to hell and back to try. The Devil’s Keep, €10,000, craftirishwhiskey.com.