If you’re lucky enough to get a bonus after the year that was, we’re sure you’ll be looking to splurge a little. After all, you survived a global pandemic. Here are some of the most outrageous luxury purchases modern ballers might consider.
Life, it’s all about degrees of indulgence. There’s the guy that buys a Supra, and then there’s the guy who buys a MacLaren. By equal measure, there is rewarding yourself with a nice bottle of Scotch after a successful year at the corporate coal face, and then there’s blowing a cool half a million dollars on a few bottles of rather exquisite tequila. While it sounds crazy, there’s no limit to the lavish and often downright ludicrous luxury items out there, from Louis Vuitton kites to coffee at US$50 a pod and jeans with gold rivets for those with very deep pockets.
Whether you’re here for fun or just trying to find weird ways to spend your hard-earned cash, here’s our list of eight of the craziest luxury items out for lads with a credit card burning a hole in their slacks.
Gläce Luxury Ice
For those who take their martinis very seriously, for just US$325 you can buy a pack of 50 cubes of Gläce Luxury Ice’s slow-melting ice. Each cube is individually produced and is flavour-neutral, allowing for the true taste of your fine spirit to shine through. Each cube is carved from a 300-pound block of ice, promising “maximum chill, minimal taste.” All you’ll have to do is if you want your ice to come as the “Mariko Sphere” or the “G-cube,” next time you play home mixologist, although it has to be asked that if minimal dilution is the goal here, then why not just use a metal ice cube?
Davidoff Oro Blanco
A fine handmade cigar is something many of us can get behind. They’re great for celebrating special occasions, kicking it with the lads, and when it comes to the Oro Blanco, spunking US$5,000 dollars for a set of ten.
Literally meaning “White Gold” (this cigar is actually worth five times its weight in gold), the Oro Blanco tobacco is grown on a small patch of fertile soil at the confluence of three rivers in the Dominican Republic. Using leaves that were harvested two decades ago and aged for 12 years, each cigar is approved by none other than the legendary Master Blender Eladio Diaz.
Prada Paper Clip
Prada’s infamous paper clip went viral for costing customers US$185. In fairness to the brand, it was actually a men’s money clip shaped like a paper clip, but that didn’t stop it from spreading far and wide across the always-angry internet.
For those of you who like spending money and courting controversy, this product is for you. It’s made from sterling silver and just to make sure everyone knows that you aren’t carrying your money around using an oversized paper clip, it also has the Prada logo on the side.
Sennheiser Orpheus Headphones
These are the most expensive headphones in the world, retailing at a cushy US$55,000 for a set. The headphones, which come with a stand made from glass and solid Carrara marble, the same marble that Michelangelo used to carve his sculptures promise to “transform music from something you listen to, into something you live in”. For that price, you could be living in a few other places aside from music. That being said, the sound is jaw-droppingly good.
Vitality Air started as a joke when Moses Lam sold a bag of air on eBay for US$160. Founded seven years ago, the company has gone the distance and has Lam laughing all the way to the bank.
The bottled air is collected from places overflowing with fresh air, like Banff National Park, Canada and Mt. Jiri, Korea. Each bottle is hand-filled (apparently adding to the unique selling point) and then shipped off to urban centres with poor air quality but plenty of money.
Each can contains around 160 breaths for a price between $15 to $30 dollars a can. If a two-digit spend is a bit light for you, they also have a special can containing three diamonds signed by 2 Chainz, available for $10,000.
Mexico Through the Time
This collection of 15 beautiful tequila bottles by Clase Azul Spirits was assembled over two years by a team of 35 people. It intends to show the cultural richness of Mexico by having each bottle represent a distinct era or legend in its history. One of the highlights of the collection is a 22 million-year-old amber bottle stopper.
The entire collection sells for $450,000, which is just 2 cents per year the amber has been on Earth – sounds like a great deal to us.
Supreme Red Clay Brick
Not happy with Prada taking the crown for the most overpriced everyday item, Supreme decided to outdo them with a red clay brick. Not only is the product completely unrelated to the regular offerings of the streetwear brand, but they also had the gall to charge their customers US$30 for the privilege of carrying it home.
The best part is that the now-famous brick sold out right away and is now only available on eBay for around US$1,000.
Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani
No compilation of crazy luxury items would be complete with one of the craziest of them all – a US$60,000 bottle of water. Fortunately, you get what you pay for as the water is a masterful blend taken from three corners of the globe – from springs in Fiji and France and glaciers in Iceland.
Second to the quality of the water is the 24-karat gold bottle designed by Fernando Altamirano, who also designed the bottle for the world’s most expensive cognac. As a bonus, he decided to sprinkle 5mg of gold into the water. Take a seat, Évian.
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