You can feast your eyes on this lighter at the Luxist. Produced by S.T. Dupont, bespoke jewellers to Queen Elizabeth II, it is 18-carat solid white gold and has 468 brilliant-cut diamonds (I wonder what the clarity is? Perhaps a small point when there’s so many diamonds). How much? Well, the asking price is US$79K (AU $97.5K). And if that’s not enough, there’s also a matching fountain pen for US $74K (AU 91.3K)
For luxury enthusiasts who desire something a little faster and rarer, then the Luxist recommends the limited edition Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR 722 GT race car (only 21 available in the world), yours for a cool US $2 million (AU $2.4 million).
Rarity and limited editions are not restricted to products alone, it can also come in the form of a luxury boutique, like Prada’s dramatic new shopfront. It is located at Place Beauvau 92 in Paris. But if you blink you’ll miss this iconic new store, we read in Fashion & Runway that it will only be open for five months – offering customers a limited edition ‘experience.’
Perhaps we were wrong when we suggested ‘stealth wealth’ was in vogue at the moment. It seems that extravagant limited editions are making a comeback. This is an interesting development to keep our eyes on…