the beautiful game

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 July, 2006, 12:00am

With the World Cup finals almost over, fans wanting to replay their favourite moments should head to Alfred Dunhill and check out their luxury football table. Customers can order a table in ash, walnut, maple or oak, with fittings in a variety of metals including brass and brushed aluminium. The tables cost from $30,000 and will be delivered three to six months after your order is made.

One novel feature is that you can have the faces of your friends and/or favourite footballers etched onto the game pieces thanks to Dunhill's 'Doppelganger' technology. Once you have chosen the people you want to include, their features are micro-cast on to the pieces then hand-painted by an artist. For those worried about heat and humidity damaging the table, there is a thermometer, barometer and hygrometer (which measures humidity) built into a compartment under the table's surface. There is also a pitch lighting system that uses LED bulbs, which are more durable, give off less heat and are more easily directed than other light sources.

If you've always wanted to lead a team to glory but don't have the talent, time or connections to do it in the real world, this may be for you.

Available at Alfred Dunhill, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2537 1009.