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With you in thoughts: an eclectic mix of what to present for the holidays.

1 Keeping Time in Style

The Swatch Right Track Blue dress watch, part of the Irony Chrono Automatic family of watches, is equal parts style and function. It features a croc-embossed leather strap with contrast stitching and a transparent case that lets you peek at the Swiss-made automatic movement. (; $370)


2 Richly Fashioned

Made with a blend of Dominican and Honduran tobaccos, RoomlO] is a limited special edition medium bodied cigar from Camacho Cigars (, a division of Davidoff, in partnership with Room101 designer Matt Booth, Offered in six formats with a Semilla 101 wrapper specially crafted for this line.


3 Spectacular Pieces

African American designer Cerese D's (, handcrafted dramatic pieces are constructed from pearls, Swarovski crystals and semiprecious stones such as the Egyptian scarab with smoky quartz ($625); and million-year-old amber from Colombia and enhanced with smoky quartz ($1,420).


4 A Musical Masterpiece

Jay-Z's latest hit: his collaboration with Skull Candy on the Roc Nation Aviator headphones ( With polycarbonate speaker housing and a spring hinge for a contoured fit, these headphones don't just look and feel good; the 40ram full-range enhanced audio driver ensures premium sound as well. Available in white, black, or brown for $149.95.


5 A Fantastical Toast

In 15th century Poland the legendary alchemist Sendivogius created a magical vodka to be enjoyed by King Sigismund Ill and his royal court. Its folklore has inspired everything from the rich blend of wheat, barley, and rye that comprises U'Luvka Vodka ( to its romantic design. As a gift, it simply encourages merriment. $50


6 Hood Lighting

With blends of sandalwood, orange blossom, mahogany, and jasmine, lifestyle expert Monica von Neumann has introduced a signature line of elegantly adorned candles (www.baroness in four scents made from hand-poured soy wax and promising 70 hours of burn time. $38.50



7 A Jazzy Celebration

Classics by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ron Carter, Stanley Turrentine, Hubert Laws, and George Benson among many others are compiled on 39 tracks and four CDs of CTI Records: The Cool Revolution. It's a 40th anniversary retrospection of a premier label known for smart marketing that also respected the art of jazz. It was the No, 1 jazz label in 1974. $49.99


8 Road Rave

Introduced to the United States only a year ago, the Mercedes AMG Driving Academy ( offers four levels of programs that put its drivers through intensive road performance and competitive entertainment. It's fun, informative, and your guest will walk away with driving skills for a lifetime.


9 Card Carrying Access

Piaggio Aero's P 180 Avanti ( excels in performance and style, and yet maintains lower operating costs than other jets in its category--a savings passed on to the customer--and burns 40% less fuel. Avantair (, the exclusive fractional provider to the aircraft, offers membership opportunities that begin at $65,000, including fuel.
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Author:Alleyne, Sonia
Publication:Black Enterprise
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2010
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