Every luxury aficionado would have heard of the ultimate Christmas catalogue – the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. The 2012 Christmas Book upholds Neiman Marcus’s tradition of offering its patrons spectacular and one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. This tradition of the Annual Christmas Book was started in the year 1915, originally as a Christmas card inviting shoppers to start their holiday shopping. In recent years the launch of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is considered, by many, to mark the official start of the holiday shopping season. This year marked the launch of the 86th edition of the Christmas Book. Apart from the usual range of luxury gifts, it also features a list of nine Fantasy Gifts to satiate the indulgent appetite of the crème de la crème.
Van Cleef & Arpels ‘Poetic Wish’ Watches
The Van Cleef & Arpels Poetic Watch collection is a masterpiece in design, technology and craft. It is inspired by a tale of love found and lost. On the lady’s watch, the woman’s silhouette moves slowly across the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower and a lucky kite indicates the minutes as it ascends in the sky. On the men’s watch the animation comes alive with the figure of a young man moving slowly across the terrace of the Notre Dame to indicate the hours. A diamond star, designed to look like a shooting star soars up in the sky to indicate the minutes. The watch cases are made of 18k white gold and the dials are bordered with diamonds and each is priced at USD 1,090,000. Lucky buyers of these little works of art will also receive two business-class tickets each to Paris and Geneva to tour the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique and watchmaking workshops.
Heritage Hen Mini Farm
This chic, super posh hen coop may sound a little ‘eggsessive’ at a whopping USD 100,000. The Heritage Hen farm is based on the Versailles inspired Le Petit Trianon house. This two-storey luxury abode is decorated with a chandelier and has a small library with real books for visitors to read. This extravagant coop is designed by Svetlana Simon of Heritage Hen Farms in Florida. The price tag also includes two consultations with the hen house designer, Svetlana Simon, three to ten heritage-breed hens to suit the buyer’s region and two herb beds.
Pinel & Pinel arcade PS Trunk
This is the ultimate gaming toy for every person who is crazy about high-adrenaline entertainment. Each one of the trunks is handmade in the Pinel & Pinel Parisian workshop and is available in a limited edition of 15 pieces. Clients can choose from a wide range of 51 colours of luxurious calfskin leather. The price of this gaming treat is USD 90,000.
Annie: The musical walk-on role
This is a golden opportunity for budding starlets to appear in a Broadway show sans an audition. You can take centre stage in one of Broadway’s best-known musicals, ‘Annie: The Musical,’ by shelling out USD 30,000. This also includes six tickets for the show (so that the buyer’s friends and family can witness their big debut) and a celebratory dinner with the producers after the show.
Bulleit Woody Tailgate Trailer
Priced at USD 150,000 the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody-Tailgate Trailer is guaranteed to garner a chorus of cheers the minute you bring it out. This luxurious trailer designed by interior designer Brad Ford, is as astounding inside as it is on the outside. It comes fully equipped with elegant glassware and a top-notch entertainment system – a flat screen TV, Blu-ray Disc player and a state-of-the-art sound system. The interiors have sleek leather furnishings and details from Moore & Giles and rich wood finishing that is handcrafted from reclaimed Bulleit Bourbon casks.Well that’s not all; the lucky owner also gets a one year supply of Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye.
These are the top Five Fantasy Gifts in the Neiman Markus Christmas Book 2012. The remaining four Fantasy Gifts will be featured in the next blog entry.