Christmas toys for wealthy boys
Anna Healy Fenton
It’s tough to think of gift ideas for the seriously rich. Something that appeals to private jet owners and wealthy folks who already have everything is nigh on impossible. For inspiration on stuff that’s so bespoke it has to be ordered months in advance, the business aviation jet owner’s bible Jetgala is always reliable.
Boy racer yacht
Inspired by the World War Two British Spitfire fighter plane, British yacht designer Claydon Reeves has come up with the new Aeroboat yacht. Powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin V12 engine, it slices through the water at speeds of 50 knots. Fluid lines and unique shock mounted forward seats, whatever they are, are also featured. Add analogue gauges, screen navigational systems, a joystick throttle with leather stitching and your super rich boy races will be amused til Boxing Day at least. Only ten Aeroboats will be made, customised to their owners’ wishes, naturally, so get your order in now.
High altitude power point
Guaranteed to appeal to the obsessive compulsive business jet owner is the new gadget which enables them to watch numerous movies or make presentations at 30,000 feet. Skybox by Rockwell Collins projects graphs, films and power points from an iPad-like device onto a cabin display screen. It works wirelessly with Apple gizmos and hooks up to Android gadgets and laptops with windows version 7 or later, apparently.
Spy in the Sky
Perhaps the most interesting high altitude toy this year is a camera that Lehnann Aviation have come up with, the first UAV dedicated to Go Pro users. I am sure you all know what that means. Well, Jetgala seems to assume their readers do. TheLA100 drone follows a pre-programmed flight path at speeds of up to 80km per hour and returns to its owner after five minutes, like across between a boomerang and remote control toy plane. It takes pictures and high definition videos form 80 to 100 metres up, so the possibilities for snooping fun are endless.
Howard Hughes lives
Bentleys driving goggles take you back to aviator gear of the 1940s. Very Howard Hughes, the leather facemask comes with clear laminated glass lenses, set in polished chrome frames, complete with adjustable nose bridge. Ideal for shading your eyes from dust and envious glances as you zip through Central in the soft top with the roof down.
Never locked out
Another toy for the super rich that might actually be useful is the August Smart Lock. Forget keys, keypad codes and biometric locks, this works as an add-on to existing deadbolt locks and operates via Bluetooth connection to lock or unlock doors. This means you can grant access to your home to anyone while you are away. On second thoughts, this may not be such a good idea.
Traditional French malletier Moynat has the perfect picnic accessory, a bespoke hamper. In poplar re-informed with walnut, for all those high stress alfresco feasts, it’s finished with a hand stitched exterior and goat skin lining. You choose your cutlery and porcelain, but unfortunately waiting time for hampers is about five months, so order now for next Christmas.
Boy racer for the sandpit
If none of this is blingy enough, there’s the first ever Arabian supercar, the Lykan Hypersport. It does 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, with top speed of 394km per hour. Cabin LED lights and digital dashboard are adorned with precious stones. Add gold stitched interiors and you can see why you need a 24 concierge service to stop it being taken for a desert joy ride and never coming back.
That just leaves Lancelot Lancaster White’s exotic poker boxes. There’s the Buckingham with swirled ebony veneer, or Nocturn with a high gloss black lacquer finish and mother of pearl inlay. Chip trays are made in sterling silver and coated in 18 karat yellow gold. No one said being rich gave you good taste.