The Unique, The Specials, The One Of A Kinds. All Collected In One List

FERRARI 458 SPECIALE A

Ferrari 458 Speciale A

One of the most important shows in the automotive calendar is for sure the Paris Motor Show or Mondial de l’Automobile. This is the event where you can see many world debuts for both production cars and concept vehicles. Some of the best cars presented at this year’s Paris Motor Show were Bentley Mulsanne Speed, Maserati Alfieri, Lamborghini Asterion, Volkswagen XL Sport and Infiniti Q80 Inspiration.

Ferrari also chose to present new supercar at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Ferrari 458 Speciale A is the most powerful convertible ever produced by the Italian manufacturer. Talking about its name we have to mention the additional A which comes from the Italian word Aperta, meaning “open.” Ferrari 458 Speciale A will be produced in a limited edition of 499 units.
Ferrari Speciale A boasts 597bhp at 9000rpm and 398lb ft of torque at 6000rpm. Powered by a 605hp V8, the car rockets from 0 to 100km/h in just 3 seconds. The retractable hard top retracts and deploys in just 14 seconds.

The car was presented in a yellow body with a Blue Nart and Bianco Avus stripe running from nose to tail, an homage to Luigi Chinetti’s legendary American racing team which won many endurance classics in the 1960s in Ferraris. The cockpit has a matching yellow color for the seats along with Alcantara, and the door panels, center tunnel and tread plates will be covered in blue carbon fiber.

CESSNA CITATION CJ3+

Cessna Citation CJ3+

A latest offering from Cessna is an upgrade to the CJ3 with a new avionics system and increased range capabilities. The new CJ3+ will be equipped with Garmin’s most advanced flight deck, the G3000 touch-screen avionics suite. The model was announced in March and had its fist light in July. Now the CJ3+ is ready for deliveries.

The new light-jet model seats up to nine passengers (it includes two pilot seats, six main cabin seats, and one belted potty). Cessna installed the new M2-style seats in the CJ3+, giving the cabin a more modern look. It flies up to 2,070 miles nonstop and it’s driven by two Williams International Fj44-3A turbofan engines. The CJ3+ travels at cruise speed of up to 416 mph and will carry up to a half ton of baggage. The G3000 avionics suite includes turbulence detecting weather radar, TCAS II, advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS), and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities.

“The CJ3+ incorporates the latest in technology for the cockpit and for the passenger cabin which is exactly what the customer has asked us to do, and that has always been a hallmark of Cessna’s new product innovations,” said Chris Hearne , vice president, Jets.

With new interior, a redesigned cabin and a G3000 cockpit, the CJ3+ sells for about $8.44 million.

THE WALDORF ASTORIA SOLD FOR $1.95 BILLION

The Waldorf Astoria sold for $1.95 billion

Hilton Worldwide is selling its famously called “the greatest of them all”, the Waldorf Astoria hotel, to Chinese insurance company Anbang Insurance Group Co. for $1.95 billion. This definitely put the Waldorf Astoria on a list of most expensive hotel ever sold in the U.S.

The Waldorf Astoria New York, on Park Avenue in Manhattan opened in 1931. At the time it was the tallest and largest hotel in the world. As part of the deal, Hilton will continue to operate the property for 100 years and the hotel will undergo a major renovation. The iconic hotel was featured in a 1945 film staring Ginger Rogers called “Week-end at the Waldorf,” and it features the most elite New York’s restaurants such as Peacock Alley, Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse and Oscar’s. Its $1,000-per-week Suite 2728 was home to Marilyn Monroe in 1955 after she left behind her troubled life in Hollywood.

“This relationship represents a unique opportunity for our organizations to work together to finally maximize the full value of this iconic asset on a full city block in Midtown Manhattan,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive of Hilton Worldwide.

Designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, the first 13-story Waldorf Hotel was opened on March 1893 at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street, on the site where millionaire developer William Waldorf Astor had his mansion.

MASERATI MC12

Maserati MC12

James Edition added a stunning Maserati MC12 for sale. Finished in the distinctive two-tone white and blue, this powerful two-seater costs €1.3 million. Worldwide has been only 50 cars ever build. The car entered production in 2004 with 25 cars produced. This unique 2007 Maserati MC12 has run only 560 miles.

The MC12 exceeded 205 mph at full throttle, sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The car is powered by a Ferrari Enzo derived 6.0 litre V12 coupled to a 6 speed paddle-shift transmission. Maserati designed and built the car on the chassis of the Enzo Ferrari. Compared with the Enzo Ferrari which can reach the top speed of 350 kilometers per hour (217.5 mph), the MC12 is slightly different with a top speed of 330 kilometers per hour (205 mph). The MC12 competed in the FIA GT toward the end of the 2004 season, winning the race held at the Zhuhai International Circuit.

The interior of the car is also very unique and it features a mix of gel-coated carbon fiber, blue leather and silver “Brightex”. The body of the car is made of carbon fibre. It has 480 millimetre (19 in) wheels with a width of 230 millimetres (9 in) at the front and 330 millimetres (13 in) at the rear. This a great opportunity to become the owner of this celestial car, which looks fantastic and represents one of the most remarkable Maserati’s achievements.

HISTORIC VILLA MARIA ESTATE IN WATER MILL

Historic Villa Maria Estate in Water Mill

Villa Maria in Water Mill, New York was built as a private residence in 1887. This magnificent waterfront estate has glorious views of Mecox Bay. The present owners purchased this spectacular property in 2005 and began a 6-year project to restore the home into a splendid 21st century estate.

Frank Freeman transformed the house-it doubled in size, and acquired a large living wing, two story staircase in a grand entrance hall, and added leafy stone capitals copied from an ancient Greek clock tower and a ballroom crowned by deep coffers. The property is listed for sale and the asking price is $69 million. The residence is offered on 11 acres with a waterside pool, pool cabana, tennis court and a wonderful two-bedroom guesthouse.

The residence has been expanded to 22,000 square feet, with 11 bedrooms- including a glorious 6-room master suite, with a custom marble tub in the master bathroom. Villa Maria also features a handmade stone and wrought iron staircase and a stunning 60 foot living room with original fresco details.

“The idea was restrained elegance—to modernize the house completely but without touch screens everywhere,” says the architect Andre Tchelistcheff, who has worked for four years on the restoration of this beautiful estate. There is also a large stone terrace overlooking the wide lawn and bay.

MONTBLANC METAMORPHOSIS II

Montblanc Metamorphosis II

Montblanc is a German manufacturer of writing instruments, watches, jewellery and leather goods, founded by the stationer Claus-Johannes Voss, the banker Alfred Nehemias and the engineer August Eberstein in 1906. The rich history of outstanding products stands behind this well-known company. Recently the Montblanc has presented a new version of its famed two-faced timekeeper named Metamorphosis.

Originally launched in 2010 as the first of the Timewriter Metamorphosis, it was the world’s first wrist watch that comprised overlaid dials, which open majestically like a theatre curtain. The Metamorphosis II took four years to develop, and now here it is finally as a limited edition of 18 pieces in 18K red gold. One face of the watch shows the time and date while the other acts as a chronograph. The transformation takes just five seconds!

There are two lowered silvered sub-dials on the face. Once the wearer pulls the slide a change occurs on the face. The center of the dial remains the same but the changes actually happen at top and bottom of the dial where the appearance of the sub-counters is completely changed. It is an enormously complex module built on the MB 67.40 chronograph movement. 494 movement’s constituent parts of 746 are for the transforming mechanism.

Crafted entirely by hand, Metamorphosis II is pure piece of art. The watch has a 52 mm round case which is compensated with a curved profile. The Metamorphosis II is priced at 404,800 Singapore dollars, equivalent to US$317,000.

RIVA 50-METER, 1ST OF NEW CUSTOM MEGAYACHT RANGE

Riva 50-Meter, 1st of New Custom Megayacht Range

The iconic brand of Riva has announced plans to build a new 50 meter superyacht. The previous largest Riva was the 122ft Mythos, which was launched three months ago, but the new Riva with 164-footer will become the new king of the sea. The first 50-meter yacht by Riva will be built in the Group’s shipyards in Ancona.

“Carlo Riva’s idea to build large yachts is finally turning into reality. Riva is ready to step into this market segment as a leader,” said Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group.

Riva 50-meter will contain steel hulls and aluminum superstructures. It will be a displacement yacht with 4 decks, with luxurious accommodation for up to twelve guests, as well as 9 crew. The crew will have a dedicated stairway leading up to the main-deck galley and farther up to the wheelhouse. The sun deck will feature freestanding seats plus a Jacuzzi while the aft area on the lower deck will feature a real beach club, a cocktail bar and an indoor living room.

Power will come from either twin CAT C32s or a pair of MAN D2862 LE 466 engines. Both are capable of pushing the yacht to a maximum speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots and she will have a range of 3,800 nm at 11 knots. Besides this project Ferretti also plans to introduce a 68-meter yacht, before continuing up to a maximum length of 100m.

BELL UNVEILS ITS NEXT-GENERATION JET RANGER HELICOPTER

Bell Unveils Its Next-Generation Jet Ranger Helicopter

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. Company, has unveiled new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter. The company has secured contracts to supply 14 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to a number of customers in the African region. The helicopter has a bigger cabin, flat floor, double doors, and it’s designed to fully meet requirements of a user.

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X will be powered by a new Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine with dual channel full-authority digital engine control and it will be equipped with the Garmin G1000H Integrated Avionics Suite. It will feature a load capacity of 1,500 pounds, speeds of up to 144 mph, and a cruising range of more than 400 miles.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our 25th year representing Bell Helicopter and nothing could be more fitting in celebration than to introduce the Bell 505 JRX to our market at AAD,” said Martin Banner, chief executive officer of NAC. “The Bell 505 has undoubtedly been the star of the show and its reception has been remarkable. We look forward to many more years of partnership and success with Bell Helicopter particularly as they continue to roll out their exciting new commercial products like the JRX and the Bell 525 Relentless.”

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X can seat up to four passengers and one pilot. A fully loaded Jet Ranger X with a corporate configuration sells for about $1.3 million. The helicopters have been purchased primarily by private pilots and enthusiasts. Available options for interior and exterior allow you to make your aircraft totally unique.

LAMBORGHINI ASTERION LPI 910-4 CONCEPT LAUNCHED

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4

Last week, Lamborghini introduced their newest hybrid super car called Asterion LPI 910-4. They named it after a Greek mythological creature, the “LP” stands for “longitudinal posterior,” while the “910-4″ refers to its combined horsepower and all-wheel-drive train.

The Asterion LPI 910-4 starts with a 5.2-liter, naturally aspirated V-10 engine that outputs a stated 610-horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque and adds a trio of electric motors. Total power when all of the electric motors and the V-10 are working in concert is stated at 910 horsepower. The Asterion LPI 910-4 can reach 62 mph in three seconds flat and a top speed of 199 miles per hour. But it can also drive on electric power alone –for 50km anyway and at speeds of up to 125km/h.

“Lamborghini continues to focus on weight reduction as a means to reducing CO2, for example through the investment in carbon fiber engineering, which also contributes to our quest for the best super sports car handling and performance.”

“To significantly reduce emissions on a car in this moment however, plug-in electrification is the best option for us, because for Lamborghini such a car must still provide a truly emotional driving experience,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.

The design of the car is very powerful and its curved nose evokes memories of the Miura and 400GT.

ZAHA HADID UNVEILS “BLOOMING” TOWERS

ZAHA HADID UNVEILS “BLOOMING” TOWERS

Zaha Hadid has unveiled her latest design for a series of riverside towers in Brisbane, Australia. The Pritzker Prize winner’s proposal comprises three magnificent towers. “Our vision is to create a vibrant urban village which sensitively activates its urban and riverfront context through compelling architecture and landscape design,” said Sunland Managing Director, Sahba Abedian.

The ‘Blooming’ towers in Australia would hold 486 apartments and eight riverfront villas. The $420 million project is being proposed by property developer Sunland Group. The property will also include 7,300 square meters of landscaped public parkland in the area of Toowong.

“The design tapers each structure to minimize their footprint and open the riverfront to the public; creating a vibrant civic space for Toowong within a new riverside park,” said Hadid.
You probably remember the amazing yacht concept by this extremely talented architect. The City of Dreams Hotel Tower in Macau is another of her fantastic projects which will house 780 guestrooms, suites and sky villas!

MCLAREN 625C

McLaren 625C

McLaren introduced its first regionally tailored model exclusively for the Asian market. The 625C ( ‘C’ standing for ‘Club’ ) is a slightly less powerful version of the 650S set to be offered in both coupe and spider versions.

The 625C is powered by McLaren’s familiar 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine outputting 625 HP (460 kW) at 7,250 rpm and 610 Nm (450 lb-ft) of torque between 3,000 and 7,000 rpm. The company says it has “an increased focus on day-to-day usability and comfort”. The 625C is equipped with new dampers and a revised suspension setup (including softer spring rates at the rear). There are also new brakes, which are cast-iron discs instead of the carbon fiber-ceramic units found on the 650S.

The car looks pretty much the same as its powerful predecessor 650S. The front end is inspired by McLaren’s new hybrid supercar. McLaren 625C will hit 62mph in 3.1 seconds that’s 0.1 of a second slower than a 650S, while the top speed remains the same at 207mph.

Both coupe and spider versions of the 625C will go on sale, and the model will initially launch in Hong Kong, and other countries in the Asia Pacific region will get the cars in the following months.

LYKAN HYPERSPORT

Lykan Hypersport

W Motors is the first Arab developer of high performance luxury sports cars based in the Middle East. The company was established in Lebanon in 2012 by a man named Ralph Debbas. At the International Qatar Motor Show on July 28th 2013, they revealed world first model, the Lykan HyperSport. Priced at $3.4 million, it is the Arabia’s first supercar. W Motors made its European debut at the 2014 Top Marques Monaco, where it showcased its pre-production Lykan Hypersport.

“We are so honored to be part of this prestigious event,” Ralph Debbas said in a statement. “I can’t think of a better scene than Top Marques Monaco to introduce our incredible Hypercar to Europe for the first time.”

Lykan Hypersport has a unique body with the turbo charged of 3.7 liter and has six cylinder engines. It has a 750 horse power from turbo engine and claim about 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and top speed of about 245mph. The twin-turbocharged flat-six engine is placed in the middle. As you can notice, the design of the car is absolutely outstanding. It has carbon composite body and the maximum torque around 960 Nm at the rpm of 4000. There are also diamonds in the LED headlamps!

The interior is done with great style and truly represents high level of luxury and comfort. The leather is stitched with gold thread. A new digital cluster is magnificently blended with the interior of the car. A unique customizable performance screen is designed to give quick access to key driving information. Lykan Hypersport has stunning uppy-downy power doors. Everything about this car is quite fascinating, and I’m pretty sure that driving this car offers an unforgettable experience.

MIDUAL’S REMARKABLE TYPE 1

Midual's remarkable Type 1

Luxury French bike manufacturer Midual was originally formed in 1992 by entrepreneur Oliver Midy and best known for introducing a 875cc roadster concept in 1999. Midual’s new Type 1 takes its place among the world’s most expensive motorcycles with a price tag of US$185,000.

This stunning two-wheeler goes into production in 2016, with 35 units scheduled to roll out of a factory 300 km southwest of Paris. The first motorcycles have already been ordered! Buyers will be able to choose between more than 45 types of leather, 25 sand casting treatments which can be applied even to the engine parts and plus different types of hardware finishing (from a brushed effect to a polished or patina’d look).

Midual Type 1 is powered by 1036 cc flat-twin engine pumping out 106hp that’s paired with a 6-speed transmission with a multi-plate clutch and an electric starter. It features an instrumental panel with several analog gauges on the top of the fuel tank and the 17-inch wire-spoke wheels in Michelin tires, with a 120-70 tire up front and a 180/55 at the rear.

The motorcycle has been for a long time in the making but the end result is a real piece of art. The inspiration came from a classic European cars and bikes from the ’30s and ’50s. Mindy designed the bike to be completely adorable to the very last detail.

OMEGA SEAMASTER AQUA TERRA GOLDFINGER

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Goldfinger

Produced in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Goldfinger film from 1964, a one-of-a-kind Seamaster Aqua Terra in 18K yellow gold watch has been recently sold for nearly $113,000 USD as part of an online auction that celebrated the renowned James Bond film. This very unique watch is delivered in a special presentation box whose design was inspired by the U.S. Bullion Depository building at Fort Knox.

Seamaster Aqua Terra features a 38.5mm yellow gold case, a matching 18K yellow gold bracelet, a Co-Axial calibre 8501 movement with 18K yellow gold automatic rotor and bridge, visible through the transparent crystal caseback. The 18K yellow gold hands are coated with Super-LumiNova. There is a counterweight on the central seconds hand crafted in the form of the iconic 007 logo. This magnificent detail looks really very special and of course it’s made of 18K gold.

This is not the only James Bond-themed watch made by Omega. Omega watches and films about James Bond began cooperation in 1995. On the rear of the watch, there is additional “Goldfinger” branding on the caseback.

The watch is based on the standard Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial watch. According to Christie’s, the 50th Anniversary of Goldfinger auction raised money to support the NSPCC.org charity.

72 METRE SUPERSPORT BY PALMER JOHNSON

72 Metre SuperSport by Palmer Johnson

Palmer Johnson is probably best known for its yachts such as Fortuna, (built for the King of Spain), Turmoil (first explorer yacht) and La Baronessa (the largest aluminum yacht built in the USA). The company was founded by Hans Johnson and Herman Gmack 1918.

Its 72 Metre SuperSport has spectacular exterior design and uses carbon fiber in its construction with the entire hull made from the lightweight material. 72 Metre SuperSport has max speed of 27 knots. The entire SuperSport Series superyachts include the Palmer Johnson 42m SuperSport yacht, the Palmer Johnson 48m SuperSport yacht, as well as the Palmer Johnson 72m SuperSport yacht.

The interior is no less impressive than the exterior of this amazing yacht. It features 130m² beach club, 125m² owner suite with 110m deck, 146m² main salon with 18.5m length, 100m² forward lounge with balconies, 100m² VIP cabins on main deck, 208m² main aft deck with 19m length and 97m² sun deck with 19.5m length.

PJ 72 SuperSport is capable of carry up to 12 passengers and it also features helicopter deck, which is perfectly blended with the exterior look of the yacht. It’s a fusion of extremes with three main lines which incredibly crisp and clear define the sleek profile.

DASSAULT ANNOUNCES ULTRA LONG RANGE FALCON 8X

Dassault announces ultra long range falcon 8x

The newest member of Falcon Jet family has arrived. Dassault unveiled Model 8X at the 2014 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva. The Ultra Long Range Dassault Falcon 8X private jet is an upgrade from the earlier 7X model.

French luxury Falcon 8X with up to 16 windows per side will offer a range of 6,450 nm (11,945 km), or about 500 nm more than the 7X, making nonstop flights possible between Beijing and New York, Hong Kong and Seattle, and Paris and Singapore. It will feature a 42.6 ft. (13 meter)-long cabin, the longest cabin of any Falcon!

The cockpit will feature the latest version of the Dassault’s EASy integrated flight deck, including SVS and EVS in the left seat HUD, next generation FMS and digital flight control system. Power will come from three Pratt & Whitney Canada turbofans. It will feature more than 30 different floor plants, including the galley location, lounge, seat areas and layout options for the lavatory and shower.

The price tag for Falcon 8X is $58 million USD and should be available for delivery in mid 2016 in the United States and worldwide. The first 8X is under construction now and it will feature a fuselage that is nearly 4 feet longer than the 7X.

GRAND PENTHOUSE AT THE PIERRE HOTEL

Grand penthouse at the Pierre Hotel

The Pierre was opened in 1930 and designed by Schultze & Weaver. The hotel is located at 2 East 61st Street at the intersection of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. The Pierre has frequently appeared as a setting in many films and televisions series. The penthouse located at this luxury hotel which encompasses the entire 41st, 42nd, and 43rd floors is for sale and the price tag is $95,000,000!

On the very beginning we have to mention the private entrance which has a Versailles wood patterned floor and opens up into a Byzantine-tiled mosaic floor. It looks stunning! The triplex apartment has sweeping 360-degree views of Central Park and the surrounding city. It boasts five bedrooms, six full baths, staff quarters, five fireplaces, four terraces (including two off the master suite), a grand marble staircase and a private interior elevator.

There are 16 grand rooms in this residence and a 3,500-square foot grand salon which was once used as a ballroom. The private elevator traverse only between the three floors of the penthouse. Through the entire penthouse, the living room is considered to be the most magnificent privately owned room in the world.

A library with 18th-century paneling adds just a little more glamorous shine to this magnificent penthouse. This property that spans 12,000 square feet stretched across three floors and was owned by stock market analyst Martin Zweig, who predicted the 1987 market crash three days before it happened.

VENCER SARTHE SUPERCAR DEBUTS IN PRODUCTION TRIM

Vencer Sarthe Supercar Debuts In Production Trim

First announced in 2012, the Vencer Sarthe has now been confirmed for production. The car is even more extreme than before, there are a lot of changes about exterior, more tech in the cabin and brand new engine. Inspiration for the design came from the race cars of the 1980s Le Mans era.

The new engine is a 6.3-liter V-8 supercharged to the tune of 622 horsepower and 618 pound-feet of torque. It was developed exclusively for the Sarthe. Vencer quotes a 0-62 mph time of about 3.6 seconds for the Sarthe with a top speed of 210 mph.

The car is made from carbon fiber while the interior boasts two-tone leather and Alcantara. There is also a infotainment system with a screen prominently mounted on the center console. Sarthe features a C-pillar design. It allows air to flow through, an active spoiler at the rear, and a new engine cover integrating large air channels to ensure a greater airflow and cooling to the new powerplant.

“The Sarthe provides the perfect inspiration for the future of our brand. When you become a Vencer owner, you acquire much more than just an exceptional car. Not only we will continuously make sure you get to enjoy the unique excitement of the car, but you’re also joining a very select family of driving enthusiasts who are truly passionate about their cars,” said Robert Cobben, CEO & Founder.

Currently the Sarthe is only available in Europe and in China. The base price is 270,882 euros, before taxes. Production is now underway and the cars are being built at the rate of just one per month.

GIRARD-PERREGAUX TRI-AXIAL TOURBILLON

Girard-Perregaux Tri-Axial Tourbillon
Girard-Perregaux is a high-end Swiss watch manufacture with its origins dating back to 1791. It is situated in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Girard-Perregaux designs, creates, develops and produces both the external components of a watch and the movement. A major success for Girard-Perregaux in 2014 is the new Tri-Axial Tourbillon watch, which features a tourbillon with three independent axes of rotation.

The 140-part tourbillon is rotating on three axes under a sapphire bubble, which looks absolutely stunning on the wrist! Tri-Axial Tourbillon is a limited edition of 10 watches in rose-gold cases, and the world price of this watch is CHF 465,000 (Swiss Francs, VAT excluded).

The tourbillon at the center is making one rotation every 60 seconds, which is integrated into a structure on a second axis, rotating every 30 seconds. Both inserted into another system on a third axis, which makes one rotation every two minutes. The diameter of the entire tri-axial tourbillon mechanism is 13.78 mm.

The Tri-Axial Tourbillon has a 48 mm case in pink gold. The movement is manually wound with 52 hours of power reserve. The cage and the drive systems are made of steel with a total weight of 1.24 grams. The watch integrates 16 pink gold adjustment micro-screws and it has an increased frequency of 3 Hz, or 21,600 vibrations per hour.

PRINCE GEORGE RECEIVES WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE BIRTHDAY CARD

Prince George receives world's most expensive birthday card

Hand-painted Bombardier Challenger aircraft for Prince George’s first birthday is thought to be the most expensive birthday card ever created. The design was made by award winning British design studio Andrew Winch Designs, who specializes in aviation, yachts and architecture. “We have been involved in the interior design of many jets and yachts as well as some incredible buildings, but our work on wishing Prince George a happy first birthday has been one of our most fun assignments,“ said Jim Dixon, Head of Aviation at Andrew Winch Designs.

The Bombardier Challenger has been repainted in Oxford, and ti’s covered from its tip to its tail with ‘Happy Birthday Prince George’. Costing around £120,000, the company Hangar8 believe that this is the world’s most expensive birthday card since one painted by artist Damien Hirst, valued at around £30,000.

“In just a year, we estimate that Prince George has travelled around 33,000 ‘heir miles’ when he went to the Caribbean island of Mustique on holiday and then on his official trip to New Zealand and Australia,“ said Dustin Dryden, Chief Executive Officer of Hangar8.

The Challenger is a family of mid-sized business jets. Aircraft include Bombardier Challenger 600 series (the original family of business jets, with the CL-600, CL-601, CL-604, and CL-605), Bombardier Challenger 300 (business jet, originally called the Bombardier Continental) and Bombardier Challenger 800/850, a business jet derived from the CRJ-200. Bombardier’s Challenger family of aircraft provides a lot of outstanding comfort, proven efficiency and reliability, and enhanced performance competencies.