TIME TO GO SHOPPING, BUT WHAT TO BUY?

This time last year I was on my way to Monaco ahead of the Top Marques Monaco show, which in my opinion is the highlight of the year. Brands from across the luxury industry come together to one of the most exciting cities in the world, Monte-Carlo. Visited by over 1.5 million tourists every year, home to a large portion of millionaire's from around the world. It is a city where the wealthy can really relax knowing that they are around good company from the amazing hotels and casino's of which three Bond films have been shot.

Monaco is an amazing place where you can rub shoulders with some of the worlds wealthiest individuals and families and not even know it. Every year Top Marques brings together brands from motoring, jewellery, yachting and lifestyle sectors that if you are looking for the latest and greatest assets and experiences to spend your recently given bonus, then this is the show to visit.

This year is a little different, the show is being managed by a new owner the Monaco Check-in and a different date, but the rest is all to form. Featuring more motoring brands like Bentley, Ferrari, Bugatti and from yachting Fjord Yachts.

I also heard that Mclaren will be unveiling a brand new supercar ahead of the worldwide release, Rolls Royce will be showcasing their new limited edition Wraith (one of my favourite coupes) and Aston Martin will also be displaying a 'Special Project' too. It is going to be one hell of a show.

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“I am very pleased with how this edition is shaping up; it is going to be rich and unprecedented. The team and I have focused on developing the DNA of Top Marques: supercars and hypercars. You can come and discover unique models by iconic manufacturers but also those from other independent constructors who bring innovation, new technologies, high performance, luxury and refinement to the Principality”.

“For this new Top Marques, you will also be able to see exclusive brands from the Haute Horlogerie and Haute Joaillerie industries who will present exceptional pieces”.

Salim Zeghdar, the new director of Top Marques


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Top five facts about Monaco:

1. The natives of Monaco are not allowed to gamble here and or visit the casino. The rule is imposed by the country’s government, which does not want its citizens to gamble away their money. The casino is a source of income for the country and provides employment to its residents.

2. Education is compulsory for kids between the ages of 6 and 16.

3. Monaco has the highest life expectancy (89.5 years) in the world.

4. Monaco Grand Prix is one of the main events that the country hosts every year. “Ayrton Senna” has won the Grand Prix 6 times, more than any other race car driver.

5. Casino de Monte-Carlo was opened in Monaco 153 years ago, in 1863.


Tickets for Top Marques Monaco are available on the website www.topmarquesmonaco.com or on the Fnac website www.fnacspectacles.com. Tickets cost 70 euro for Thursday, May 30th and Friday, May 31st and 40 euro on Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd.

A VIP ticket offering access to a VIP Lounge and Private Terrace is also available throughout the four-day event for 120 euro per day.

For more information on the show and confirmed exhibitors, please consult the website www.topmarquesmonaco.com