Neiman Marcus Reveals 2013 Christmas Book

Luxury retailer reveals 2013 Fantasy Gifts

Shoppers who aren't worried about a holiday budget take note: Neiman Marcus has unveiled its expensive -- and often unusual -- "fantasy gifts."

The gifts are traditionally featured in the Dallas-based luxury retailer's annual Christmas Book, which was released on Tuesday morning. This will be the 87th edition of the Christmas Book.

Included in this year's offerings are luxury vehicles, spectacular views, and a "diamond experience" worth over $1.85 million.

See the complete, detailed list for 2013 from the company below:

A true audio- and video-phile’s dream, you click a button and your television emerges from its discreet, underground cache, telescoping upward and unfolding to reveal its mega 201" C SEED screen. The accompanying speakers, developed by CAT-California Audio Technology, Inc., use the most advanced marine-grade components specifically developed for super yachts. The system includes technologically advanced speakers, subwoofers, and amplifiers that project unparalleled sound, a DirecTV® satellite and DVD management system, and a built-in movie package featuring up to 300 movies and concerts (The American Film Institute’s 100 Most Thrilling American Films and 100 Greatest Love Stories, the remaining 100 are your choice). That never-ending argument over who controls the remote is no longer an issue. Two Apple® mini iPadsTM serve as the remotes; one for him and one for her. With every Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System purchase, Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
($1,500,000; pages 48-49)

Circling the field for the perfect spot to set up, you consider yourself lucky to take part in an ancient sport once reserved for nobles of Medieval Europe, the Middle East, and the Mongolian Empire. A prime local has been found, and you and your fellow hunters set up camp. Gazing upon your portable mew and matching custom trunk, you marvel at the 20-karat gold-plated perch, hand-carved stands, leather perch scale, and hand-sewn glove, anklet, and exotic-skin hoods by Ken Hooke, the world’s preeminent falconry hood maker. Next, the furniture: Chatwin chairs and a foldout table by Richard Wrightman, the foremost designer of bespoke campaign furniture. You unfold the beautiful, handmade backgammon board from Alexandra Llewellyn, pour yourself a drink from one of the lead crystal decanters, and select the cigar you’ll enjoy, using your matching cigar cutter by David Linley. With every Bespoke Global Falconry Companion purchase, Neiman Marcus will donate $1,500 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
($150,000; pages 40-41)

A blend of amazing form and state-of-the-art function, this modern spin on the exercise bicycle will ensure it never gets relegated to the basement. Approaching the Ciclotte, you admire its sleek, sculptural appearance. The large wheel is a nod to the unicycles of the late 1800s, but that’s where the design-reminiscing ends. Void of the superfluous bells and whistles that characterize most of today’s gym equipment, this piece is a study in the power—and beauty—of simplicity. Good looks aside, its dynamic design is rivaled only by its effortless performance. Sitting astride your cycle, you adjust the angle of the carbon-fiber handles, choose from one of 12 levels of resistance, engage the pedals, and ride your way to a fitter, healthier you. With every Ciclotte purchase, Neiman Marcus will donate $1,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
($11,000; page 42)

Every extraordinary gem has a history, but rare is the opportunity to trace its provenance. As the owner of this 25-carat rough Forevermark® diamond, you’ll travel deep into the heart of Africa to discover where your stone began its journey more than one billion years ago. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure starts with a trip to the De Beers headquarters in London. Once there, you’ll receive your exceptional diamond in its rough and uncut form, name your diamond, learn about the unique inscription it will receive, and meet the master craftsman who will hand-cut and polish it to perfection. A private tour of The Crown Jewels and dinner with De Beers CEO Philippe Mellier and Forevermark CEO Stephen Lussier in the Tower of London follow. Your journey continues on a vessel off Namibia’s coast, where your diamond was discovered deep within the ocean floor. You’ll then explore rough-diamond sorting houses and a children’s community project, where the local population benefits from Forevermark’s responsible sourcing of diamonds.Upon returning to the United States, you’ll meet with New York jewelry designer Maria Canale to design the ring that will exhibit your exceptional diamond.With the purchase of the Forevermark Ultimate Diamond Experience, Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
($1,850,000; page 43)

For the first time ever, you and a very lucky guest get to experience an overnight stay in the New Canaan, Connecticut, weekend residence of world-renowned architect and art patron, Philip Johnson. The Glass House and its bucolic surroundings are yours to explore upon arrival. Get up-close-and-personal access to the life and style of one of the twentieth century’s most revered visionaries as you wander among the 14 architectural structures, study his world-class modern painting and sculpture collection, visit the private library, and stroll through the 49 acres of landscaped grounds. Up to ten of your nearest and dearest will be invited to join you at Philip Johnson’s table for a locally sourced, multicourse culinary experience as well.All of the proceeds of this purchase will go toward the nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation, which supports Club Glass House, a program that provides educational tours to children.
($30,000; pages 44-45)

Handbuilt in Brooklyn, New York, for the Discovery Channel “Biker Build-Off” series, “Wild Child” is considered by many to be the pinnacle of Indian Larry’s artistic achievements. It features his signature dished tank, root beer metal flake paint, twisted down tube frame, and a truly unique engine with a shovelhead front cylinder, panhead rear, and jockey shift. An open belt drive is emblazoned with the “Wild Child” name. Brass accents and a handcarved leather seat in Indian Larry’s likeness complete the picture of this motorized masterpiece. In 2003, Larry rode “Wild Child” from St. Louis, Missouri, to Sturgis, South Dakota, where Larry’s bike was named the winner of the Build-Off, one of three unprecedented consecutive wins for the chopper enthusiast. A second gift offered by Indian Larry, “Question Everything”, is modeled after Indian Larry’s famous “Daddy O,” featuring a twisted springer front end, a handmade Indian Larry wishbone frame with a signature mustang tank, 93 cubic-inch shovelhead engine, and hand-painted platinum-leaf flames. With the purchase of “Wild Child,” Neiman Marcus will donate $7,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
(Indian Larry’s “Wild Child” Motorcycle $750,000, page 46; Indian Larry’s “Question Everything” Motorcycle $80,000, information available online only)

The limited-edition Dom Pérignon’s Balloon Venus is playful, impactful, and signature Jeff Koons. Designed in celebration of the Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003, this incarnation is based on one of the latest works from Koons’s Antiquity series called Balloon Venus (a modern riff on the Venus of Willendorf, which dates back to approximately 23,000 B.C.). According to the artist, this version represents the link between past, present, and future vintages of Dom Pérignon, as well as the continuity of the human experience symbolized by Venus.With every Dom Pérignon’s Balloon Venus purchase, Neiman Marcus will donate $1,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
($20,000; page 47)

With its elegant profile and confident, sexy stance, your Neiman Marcus 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, one of only 10 in the world, scores high marks on good looks alone. But there’s more to this machine than meets the eye. Beneath its NM Exclusive Seychelles Blue exterior exists the culmination of a century of technological and engineering prowess. Handbuilt in Gaydon, England, your Vanquish Volante sports a 100% carbon fiber shell—the first ever in Aston Martin’s history—allowing for a much lighter car with greater torsional and structural rigidity, while enhancing safety, performance, and handling. A new, naturally aspirated 6.0-liter, V-12 engine produces some 565 horsepower and is tuned to deliver 457 pound-feet of torque, available and accessible throughout the rev range to deliver an enhanced performance feel. The engine sends the drive strictly to the rear wheels via a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission, making acceleration smooth, steady, and, above all, responsive. With a turn of the ignition, the throaty engine roars to life. A three-mode Adaptive Damping System allows you to choose the character of your ride. Cruising down the coastline, you wonder what it would be like to put the reported 180-plus mph max speed to the test. Like a certain secret agent, you have a penchant for these beautiful British automobiles—and a taste for adventure. With every purchase of the Neiman Marcus 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, Neiman Marcus will donate $3,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Reserve your 2014 Neiman Marcus 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante by calling 1-888-756-0775, beginning promptly at noon EDT on October 23, 2013.
($344,500; pages 50-51)

Last year's offerings included a set of "his and hers" watches paired with a trip to Paris and Geneva for just over $1 million. Other "his and hers" gifts over the years have included everything from airplanes to camels.

Other past offerings have included a $15,000 edible gingerbread playhouse and $420,000 tour of European flower shows.

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