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The Billionaire

If you are charged with the task of buying for a billionaire, you have to think outside of the box.

By Kim Ayling |  November 4 2021


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Lunaz uses advanced technology to refit your favorite classic vehicle with an eco-friendly electric motor / ©Lunaz

There are great gifts out there for everyone, even the person who has it all. If you are charged with the task of buying for a billionaire, you have to think outside of the box. The following gifts not only require the deepest pockets but a discerning eye. We have curated a list of ultra-exclusive, ultra-expensive gifts that are sure to give the billionaire in your life a holiday season to remember.

Gordon & MacPhail, 80 Year Old Scotch Whisky

Glenlivet 80 Year Old decanter

The Glenlivet 80 Year Old is the oldest whisky ever bottled / ©Gordon & MacPhail

A good bottle of Scotch is a staple on in any decent liquor collection. Owning a bottle of the oldest known whisky, however, is reserved for only the most dedicated whisky connoisseurs. After being bottled in the February of last year, the first bottle of Gordon & MacPhail’s 80 Year Old Glenlivet was finally sent to auction this October where it fetched £140,000 (approx. $191,144), with all proceeds donated to the Trees for Life charity. A finite number of additional bottles are available to purchase – and you can bet that any whisky fan would jump at the chance to own one of the world’s oldest examples.

£80,000 (approx. $109,441), gordonandmacphail.com

Triton, Titanic Explorer

triton titanic explorer submarine gift

The Triton Titanic Explorer can reach depths of 13,123 ft / ©Triton

Buying a gift for an ocean-loving explorer with a penchant for the finer things in life is no mean feat. Triton Submarines, however, has you covered. The world-leading sub manufacturer recently released the Triton Titanic Explorer – a two-person submersible capable of reaching a previously unheard-of depth of 13,123ft. Designed for yacht, cruise ship and research vessel deployment, the Titanic Explorer can be used to carry out vital scientific investigations, as well as take intrepid explorers down to unchartered underwater territory. And thanks to its silent technology and raised propulsion away from the seabed, the sub allows you to navigate through the ocean without disturbing the species that call it home.

From $15m, Contact Craig Barnett, director of sales and marketing, craig@tritonsubs.com, tritonsubs.com

Samsung, MicroLED TV

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The enormous 110” screen delivers outstanding color vibrancy via Samsung’s leading self-emissive LED technology / ©Samsung

For the person who loves recreating the big-screen movie theater at home, the Samsung MicroLED TV is guaranteed to be a winning gift. The enormous 110” screen delivers outstanding color vibrancy via Samsung’s leading self-emissive LED technology, with the frameless design ensuring the screen seemingly melts into the wall behind. An embedded sound system only adds to the at-home theater experience. It also has impressive Smart TV features including a multi-view function, which splits the screen into two – perfect for when your Netflix tastes aren’t quite on the same wavelength.

$156,000, samsung.com

Lunaz, Aston Martin DB6

electric aston martin db6 in lunaz showroom

A classic car will always be a welcome Christmas gift, however, as the climate crisis continues to grow, we each have a responsibility to examine our personal footprint. That’s why this year, we’re shining a spotlight on Lunaz – a forward-thinking company that uses advanced technology to refit your favorite classic vehicle with an eco-friendly electric motor. Not only does this significantly reduce carbon emissions and prevent old cars from going to landfill, it also future proofs the legacy of beautiful classic cars, ensuring we can enjoy them for years to come. Although a range of classic models are available, our favorite is the Aston Martin DB6, which from the outside looks the same as ever – but hides an environmentally friendly secret within.

From $1.3m + local taxes, lunaz.design.com

Jacob & Co, Astronomia Alec Monopoly

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Designed in partnership with street artist Alec Monopoly, this playful watch depicts a full cast of pop art characters / ©Jacob & Co

Jacob & Co is widely regarded for its out-of-this-world timepieces, and the Astronomia Alec Monopoly is no exception. Designed in partnership with street artist Alec Monopoly, the playful watch depicts a full cast of pop art characters within its domed diamond casing. Each character was first drawn by Monopoly before being scaled down to size and cast in gold. The watch’s spec list is simply too long to include, but, in true Jacob & Co style, expect rotating parts galore, an abundance of precious stones and a highly intricate movement. Exclusivity comes as standard, with just nine editions available worldwide.

$600,000,  jacobandco.com

EYOS, Antarctic Yacht Charter

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As part of an exclusive partnership with Nansen Polar Expeditions, EYOS is now offering once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic excursions aboard the recently refitted Nansen Explorer yacht / ©EYOS

A week (or even a month) aboard a luxury yacht is not unchartered territory for your average billionaire. Chartering an ex-research vessel to head into the most remote corners of the world, on the other hand, is a whole different ball game and will make the ideal gift for the person who has everything. As part of an exclusive partnership with Nansen Polar Expeditions, EYOS is now offering once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic excursions aboard the recently refitted Nansen Explorer yacht, which will take guests to areas few will visit. EYOS is also committed to delivering trips that not only showcase the beauty of the places they visit, but actively protect them too, and offers guests to chance to offset the carbon from their charter.

From $342,800 per week, eyos-expeditions.com

Steinway & Sons, Grand Piano

steinway and sons grand piano

Steinway’s portfolio is diverse, with a wide range of meticulously made pianos available to custom order / Steinway & Sons

With a legacy dating back over 180 years, Steinway & Sons has developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the best piano makers in the world. Each one takes nearly a year to make, using the same time-honored European techniques now as it did when it first began all those years ago. Steinway’s portfolio is diverse, with a wide range of meticulously made pianos available to custom order. However, for the ultimate Christmas gift, the only option is a grand. Steinway makes both Essex and Boston grands, as well as its very own Steinway grand – which the brand proudly claims to be used by 19 out of 20 concert pianists.

POA, steinway.co.uk

Rose Mercier, Moon Fragment Shoes

rose mercier moon fragment shoes

Rose Mercier’s elegant stilettos each feature a fragment of rock that has fallen from the moon to earth / ©Rose Mercier

For a quite literally out-of-this-world gift that is guaranteed to impress even the hardest-to-please recipient, look no further than the highly exclusive Rose Mercier Moon Shoes. A far cry from the chunky retro shoes that spring to mind, Rose Mercier’s elegant stilettos each feature a fragment of rock that has fallen from the moon to earth. Each fragment has been carefully selected by meteorite specialist Luc Labenne, before being meticulously incorporated into the design by French artisan, Massaro House. After first being revealed at the Ritz Paris, a finite number of pairs are available to purchase privately.

€210,769 (approx. $244,484), enquire via rose-mercier.com

Hermès, Custom Made Gift

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From private jet interiors to a minute bag designated solely to carry fruit, each item is completely one of a kind / ©Hermès

When buying for someone who seemingly has everything, there comes a point when off the shelf will no longer cut it. For this type of recipient, Hermès’ little-known Sur-Measure service is a godsend. Inside this world, which is homed in a small workshop just outside Paris, some of the most skilled craftspeople on the planet work closely with private clients to create, in short, their heart’s desire. From private jet interiors and boxing gloves to a minute bag designated solely to carry fruit, each item is completely one of a kind and not to be replicated. Naturally, the service is highly exclusive with around just 300 pieces made per year.

POA, enquire at your local Hermès boutique

Cirrus, Cirrus G2+ Vision

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The new and improved G2+ Vision Jet by Cirrus requires just one pilot / ©Cirrus

The chances are the billionaire in your life is no stranger to private jet travel – but owning their own is a whole different story. The new and improved G2+ Vision Jet by Cirrus requires just one pilot meaning that, providing the recipient is a qualified pilot, they can whisk away friends, take the family on weekend breaks or even fly to a vital business meeting, without needing to charter a plane or hire any crew. The seven-seater personal jet even has a self-landing function for complete peace of mind.

From $2.98m, cirrusaircraft.com

Campbell Marson, Bespoke sunglasses

Billionaire Gifts

/ ©Campbell Marson

Does the billionaire in your life have a car, jet or superyacht that they love more than words? Many spend months and months involved in the design of their prized possessions, right down to the smallest detail. British brand Campbell Marson offers a bespoke service to produce the finest eyewear to match. They believe eyewear should be as bespoke as a Savile Row suit. Every pair of glasses are designed from the ground up and never repeated. The glasses pictured are crafted from amboyna burr, one of the rarest woods in the world, and studded with flawless diamonds. That is what that client wanted, but you can design anything you want. Prices vary depending on your wants, but the featured glasses cost $25,000.

POA, campbellmarson.com

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