Watch, car or pets: 5 excessive objects you'll find impossible to sell.
Vacheron Constantin just released the most complicated watch ever made: a big toy available upon order which took 8 years to be realised. From the biggest diamond in the world to papamobile, from unusual pets such as tigers to the most expensive horse on earth, we focus on these inaccessible objects and animals.
The biggest diamond on Earth: The Golden JubileeThe Golden Jubilee diamond is a fancy yellow-brown diamond, of unknown clarity grade, and having a unique cut. Weighing 545.67 carats, making it the largest faceted diamond in the world, the Golden Jubilee diamond was discovered in the year 1985, in the De Beers Premier diamond mines of Transvaal, South Africa. Brought to Thailand by the Thai Diamond Manufacturers Association for a special exhibit in the Thai Board of Investment Exhibition in Laem Chabang, the diamond was selected for the prestigious honor of heralding De Beer’s centennial celebrations, which were held in 1988. The diamond was then presented to King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in honor of his 50th coronation anniversary. He changed its name from “Unnamed Brown” to “The Golden Jubilee Diamond.” The government of Thailand originally reported the newly acquired stone as a large golden topaz, in order to prevent Thai citizens from becoming upset over the expense. As the nation had been in financial straits for some time before the diamond’s acquisition, there was concern that news of the expenditure would cause the government’s popularity to drop. Today, the Golden Jubilee Diamond remains in the Royal Thai Palace, where it is part of the Crown Jewels.
The most famous car in the world : the papamobileFor his recent trip to the US, Pope François stayed true to himself: he drove to Washington in a simple Fiat 500 L. A sober choice, which corresponds to his state of mind and also to a return to roots. The first historical « papamobile », dating back to 1929, was a Fiat 525. Before this date, the supreme pontiff circulated in a coach and horses. In fact, he could not go very far: he was confined toVatican because of a litigation with the Italian governement. Since 1929, car models suceeded one another, from Fiat to Ferrari, and from Citroën to Seat. But the victory belongs to Mercedes-Benz, the brand with which Vatican collaborated the most. Papamobiles have changed, security was reinforced, but the licence number is still the same: SCV 1 (standing for « Stato della Città del Vaticano », or State of the City of Vatican).
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