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The $750 Cupcake is For People With Expensive Tastes

$750 Cupcake

Got a sweet tooth? Not just a regular one, but an expensive sweet tooth? Then you’ll absolutely relish taking a bite out of Palazzo’s Decadence D’Or cupcake. It costs all of $750, which is probably enough for a several weeks’ rent for some people. To say that the price of this teensy weensy cupcake is atrocious is probably an understatement. But hey, if you can afford it, then why not?

The decadent cupcake is made using fancy Palmira Single Estate chocolate while the frosting is whipped up using Charentes-Poitou AOC butter mixed with Tahitian Gold vanilla caviar. Mmm-hmm! As if that doesn’t sound rich enough, the cake is topped off with Louis XIII de Remy Martin Cognac and bits of edible gold flakes for good measure. The final touch lies in how the cupcake is presented, with the cake encased in chocolate mold and a hand-blown sugar fleur-de-lis cherry on top.

VIA [ Incredible Things ]

Stunning Carbon Fiber Bathtub/Hammock Is The Only Way We’ll Get Clean, From Now On

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The sad thing about opulence is that once you’ve experienced it, it’s hard to go back. And while we haven’t had the pleasure to actually soak in the above bathtub, the Vessel, by British company Splinterworks, the expression “ignorance is bliss” sure seems to apply in this case; we were better off not even knowing such a beauty even existed. Made entirely out of carbon fiber with a foam core, the 2.7m (8.8ft.) tub looks like a hammock, hangs from the wall and drains into a specially made opening underneath it. “Pictured here in black, it also available in red, blue, yellow, pink, bronze and pure silver.” Price is mentioned nowhere on the website, but we suspect that sticker shock on this would be a couple orders of magnitude higher than your typical luxury bathroom furnishing.

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Burj Al Arab In Dubai Provides Its Guests With Gold iPads

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The Burj Al Arab in Dubai claims to be the world’s most luxurious hotel, and despite its own protests, has had the questionable moniker of the “world’s only 7-star hotel” attached to it since its opening. Regardless of the validity of that star rating, there’s no question that its guests stay in utmost comfort and extravagance, showered with perks like being chauffeured in a Roll-Royce to and from the airport, to being tended to by personal maids and chefs, to now being able to use a 24-karat Gold iPad for the duration of their stay. “The iPads, meant to act as “virtual concierges,” are loaded with Interactive Customer Experience (ICE) software that gives guests information on services such as dining options at the landmark property.” And guests that like their device enough can get one for themselves at the hotel’s boutique for the modest sum of $10,200.

[ CNet News ] VIA [ LuxuryLaunches ]

Here Is A $15 Million iPhone Crusted In Gold And 26 Carat Black Diamond

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The above is ugly. At least, we think it’s ugly. It’s ugly and ostentatious and we show it to you because we’re as amused to learn of its existence as we were when we read about the guy who made himself a $230,000 shirt out of gold. We aren’t going to start making any social commentary on why we think some rich people feel the need to show off their wealth in a tasteless manner, but clearly it happens, and the least we can do is laugh at it. So, what’s with this phone? It was commissioned to British designer Stuart Hughes by a Hong Kong businessman only known as “Joe”. It’s gold plated, crusted with 600 white diamonds, and has a 26-carat black diamond centerpiece as the home button. Joe allegedly paid $15 million for the finished product.

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You Could Buy An Exotic Car With Some Track Time, Or This Fancy F1 Simulator For About The Same Amount

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Only this simulator doesn’t go anywhere. It’s a glorified game. And yes, it’s as expensive as some exotic cars, clocking in at an astounding £90,000 (roughly $140,000). So what do you get for the same price as a slightly used 2006 Ferrarri F430 Spider?

This Formula 1 Full Size Racing Simulator houses a custom racing simulator, complete with three 23-inch screens, a 5.1 surround sound system, and a custom computer powered by an Intel Core i7 processor. The details continue with a full set of pedals, an F1-type quick-release steering wheel with force feedback, your choice of a silver, red, or black paint job, magnesium alloy wheels, and Pirelli F1 show tires.

Pirelli F1 tires… for a vehicle that doesn’t move? Three screens? Please… There is an art in separating people from their money, and this particular gimmick includes sending a team over to your house to install this thing and “make sure it fits”. This, sadly, is probably a selling point for some.

Oh… we should mention it’s being sold at Costco. Yeah…

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V12 Inspired Espresso Veloce For Gearhead Coffee Lovers

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Not much is known about the above machine, the Espresso Veloce. It looks like a tiny V12 engine, but it makes coffee of a quality that we can only assume is superior. It’s made from premium materials like titanium, magnesium, and aluminum, and is limited in production to just 500 units. This means it’s likely in the same price range as the kinds of cars that sport V12 engines. It does seem to come with some nifty piston-shaped mugs, though that’s pretty much all we can tell you about it.

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This Is A $40,000 Fridge

For the same amount of money that buys a pretty nice car, you can get a fridge instead. Of course, when fully decked out at $40,500 the Meneghini La Cambusa refrigerator does a few more things than to keep the turkey frozen until Thanksgiving. Looking nothing like a fridge, the modular design lets you customize the various options to your heart’s content. With the “all-dressed” option, aside from a gigantic fridge and freezer compartment, you get “space for a coffee maker, a fitted pantry or a double pantry, an ice-maker, a microwave oven, a steam oven and multi-function oven.” The exterior surface is “treated in 3 aniline colours (ebony effect, pomegranat and colonial), [and is an] ash dyed aged oak or a lacquered ash in various Ral and Woodcolor Sayerlack colours.” We… don’t understand what any of that means, but hey, solid wood doors! The La Cambusa is 8ft. across and a little over 7ft. tall, and heaven knows just how heavy.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Fancy Cufflinks Use Push Button Actuation

The cufflink has been around for a long time, but it hasn’t really seen much change in its design throughout those years. Why would it, since it works just fine? But it’s not a stable design with no actual need for improvement that’s going to stop anyone from trying. Since 2001, Richard Mille has been making some fancy watches with exotic new materials, and now he’s announcing a set of cufflinks to complement his elegant line of timepieces. The Richard Mille Cufflinks feature 38 components!

Made from grade 5 titanium, they inaugurate a groundbreaking and patented mechanism that opens the bars using push-pieces. Unlike the classic mechanism, where a pivoting bar on the cufflink holds the double cuff in place, Richard Mille’s design fastens the cuff using two titanium bars. These open with a simple press of the push-pieces and close by pressing on the top plate.

Yeah, the only reason we can think of for adding complexity to any design is to justify its sale at outrageous prices. In this case, there’s been no announcement regarding how much they’ll set a prospective buyer back, but you can be sure that it’s the sort of item that if you need to ask, you can’t afford.

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New Romain Jerome Watch Features Parts Of An Actual DeLorean Car

Romain Jerome is known for making expensive watches that contain pieces of various things, like the Titanic or moon dust. It’s a winning formula it appears, and now the company has announced the launch of the DeLorean DNA watch. It features pieces of an original DeLorean DMC-12 and has “an aesthetic reminiscent of the classic car.”

The ring surrounding the minute counter at 3 o’clock evokes the original design of the wheel rims, while the hands are inspired by automobile dashboards. The small seconds dial has the same colours and look as the car’s tail-lights.

Of course like most of his other timepieces that are either expensive or ridiculously expensive, the DeLorean DNA watch clocks in at a hefty $15,900. There will only be 81 of them made, and that’s a good thing too considering there are only 6,500 of the cars left and we’d rather not see even a single one of them be sacrificed in the name of fancy watchmaking.

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