A Versailles-style hen coop at $100,000 and 'his and hers' watches for a cool million: Inside the new Neiman Marcus 'fantasy gift' catalog
21:49 GMT, 9 October 2012
Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus rolled out its annual holiday catalog Tuesday, and the priciest gift this year is a pair of 'his and hers' timepieces for just over $1million from Van Cleef & Arpels.
The watches depict a tale of lost love on the faces and come with a trip to romantic Paris and Geneva.
Dallas-based Neiman Marcus is known for featuring expensive and often outrageous 'fantasy gifts' in its Christmas Book.
A house fit for a… chicken A $10,000 hen coop inspired by Versailles is just one of the nine extraordinary 'fantasy gifts' on offer in the new Neiman Marcus Christmas Book
Lap of luxury: The coop boasts a nesting area, 'living room', broody room, library and a chandelier
The 86th edition also includes a hen house inspired by France's Versailles palace for $100,000. The multi-level dwelling boasts a nesting area, 'living room', broody room, library with books and a chandelier.
There is also a red special edition McLaren 12C Spider for $354,000, and a walk-on role in Broadway's 'Annie: The Musical' for $30,000.
Good timing The priciest gift this year is a pair of 'his and hers' timepieces for $1m from Van Cleef & Arpels
Moving image: A $70,000 piece of art by Robert Wilson that features a video portrait of a snow owl (left); Theatrical types may enjoy a walk-on role in Broadway's 'Annie: The Musical' for $30,000 (right) including dinner with a producer, six show tickets, and all equity-related costs
Those with smaller budgets can take
heart, though – almost 40per cent of the items offered in the catalog
cost less than $250. The cheapest item is a $10 monogrammed mug.
The 'his and her' watches each show a
scene from the love story. One depicts a scene of a woman on the
observation deck of the Eiffel Tower, gazing toward Notre Dame. The
other watch features a man on top of Notre Dame looking toward the
classic love story. Boy meets girl, a romance is sparked, but fate has
intervened and they are separated, but both are left longing to find one
another,' said Marisa Neira, watch product manager for Van Cleef &
Flight of fantasy: High-fliers might enjoy a $99,500 water-propelled jetpack, which comes with a boat unit, two helmet radios and a CFI 1 Pilot Certification Training & Safety course
Nice wheels: There is also a red special edition McLaren 12C Spider for $354,000
The watches and the trip cost $1,090,000. While in Geneva, buyers receive a tour that includes the Van Cleef & Arpels watchmaking workshops.
Ginger Reeder, Neiman Marcus' vice president of public relations for Neiman Marcus, said the fantasy gifts are a nod to the spirit of the holiday season and the fantasies children have about what they want for Christmas.
'All we've done is notched up what's on the list or what's available to be on your list,' Reeder said.
Travel in style: A $150,000 woody tailgate trailer complete with a sound system and stocked bar
That's Christmas afternoon sorted… Neiman Marcus is also offering a $90,000 arcade-style gaming system, which is hand made and a limited edition of just 15
Other offerings include a $90,000 gaming machine and a $150,000 woody tailgate trailer complete with a sound system and stocked bar.
High-fliers might enjoy a $99,500 water-propelled jetpack, while food-lovers are being offered a $250,000 private dinner for ten featuring four famous chefs.
Rounding out the catalog is a $70,000 piece of art by Robert Wilson that features a video portrait of a snow owl.
All nine of the fantasy gifts are paired with a charity that will benefit from their sale.