For millions, the annual launch of the Christmas Book has become the official start of the holiday season. This year is no exception with a new collection of remarkable, fantasy gifts including a His and Hers Chocolate Portrait by Vik Muniz, a 100-foot-long Dragon Topiary, a Conversational Robot and a Rocket Racing™ Team League, among others. This year's featured car is the NM® 2008 Lexus ® IS F Special Build sedan.
First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store's best customers. Building on tradition through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts.
"This holiday season is a special one as we celebrate our 100th anniversary," said Brendan Hoffman, President and CEO of Neiman Marcus Direct. "For many years the magic of the Christmas Book and its extraordinary gifts has made Neiman Marcus a household name far outside our Texas roots. As we look forward to continuing that tradition for the next 100 years, we are pleased to introduce our first online exclusive fantasy gift."
Included among the selection of extraordinary gifts in the 2007 Christmas Book are some amazing items. They are:
HIS & HERS CHOCOLATE PORTRAIT BY VIK MUNIZ
To celebrate that entertaining, exasperating, enduring thing you call love, try our His & Hers portrait by Vik Muniz. Muniz crafts internationally famous art out of literally anything: caviar, dirt, diamonds, toys even! Here, he will capture your likenesses in a double helping of Bosco® chocolate syrup. You come away with a framed, 60"x48" museum quality photographic work of art, a limited edition of one. Muniz is donating his proceeds to Centro Espacial Rio de Janeiro, the charity he created to bring social and art projects to life for underprivileged young people in Brazil.
($110,000.00; page 96)
Our 100-foot-long dragon topiary is a living, natural work of art from topiary sculptor Matthew Larkin, complete with gold-leafed horns, claws, teeth, and fins, blown glass eyes and custom-welded steel frame. Whipped up on your land with 15 indigenous plants, it's a gift you can give yourself and your heirs.
(Beginning at $30,000.00; page 95)
Dutch sculptor and designer Dre Wapenaar has earned international fame for making the world's coolest architectural tents. Nestled among the branches, up off the ground, there's a nine-foot diameter hardwood floor and groovy round mattress inside. This 13-foot-tall tent sleeps two adults comfortably, and also makes the world's wildest tree fort/spaceship (with adjustable planetary landing steps).
($50,000.00; page 97)
Leading an international conservation effort for the endangered Monarch Butterfly, Vico Gutierrez flew along on their 3,000-mile, 10-week migration from Canada to Mexico in an ultralight christened the Papalotzin (ancient Aztec for "Royal Butterfly"). To celebrate Vico's quest to keep the world a beautiful place, you can attain his original documentary-starring machine. The two-seater weighs just 420 lbs. Just you, the wind, and those ethereal Monarchs.
($80,000.00; page 98)
CLASSICAL SUPERSTARS FANTASY CONCERT
A private holiday concert for you and 499 of your closest friends in your hometown. Classical lovers, hold on to your batons. The world-famous Kirov Orchestra featuring firebrand piano virtuoso Lola Astanova and led by uber-maestro Valery Gergiev, performing the Nutcracker Suite, the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto, and another Tchaikovsky masterpiece of your choice. Hosted by Regis Philbin! The concert will be filmed as an after-party favor for each of your guests. You even get to keep the Steinway® Concert Grand after all the artists autograph it.
($1,590,000.00; page 99)
NM® GEM TRITON 1000 SUBMARINE
The future? It's right here, mateys. The folks at U.S. Submarines whipped up our NM® Gem edition Triton 1000 with all the sci-fi bells and whistles. Your ABS-certified submarine features three-axis maneuverability and dives to 1,000 feet. Enjoy 360-degree views from your high density acrylic bubble, luxury leather seats with our logo, joystick steering and air conditioning. Your under-the-sea dream machine comes with a two-day training program and delivery to your secluded cove anywhere in the U.S.
($1,440,000.00; page 100)
SWAMI CONVERSATIONAL ROBOT
A cutting-edge AI robot that recognizes family members, can carry on conversations, develops relationships and answers questions with fact-based advice, now that's going to impress the kids. You'll swear he's human, right down to his facial expressions thanks to revolutionary character engine artificial intelligence software, micro-camera eyes and more than 30 robotic micro motors. Teach him to wink every time the wife walks by. Name him Mortimer. Pack him up in his suitcase and take the show on the road.
($75,000.00; page 101)
CUSTOM 305-CARAT UNCUT DIAMOND NECKLACE
Weighing in officially at 305.18 carats, this is one of the largest natural diamonds unearthed. It sparkles with rich golden, green and amber tones yet has not been polished, cut or altered whatsoever. The master jewelers at Diamond in the Rough® will preserve that breathtaking natural perfection, and craft a one-of-a-kind necklace that you get to help design.
(Beginning at 1,000,000.00; page 102)
VERTU SIGNATURE DIAMOND PHONE
Designer Frank Nuovo has created the Vertu Signature phone, which sparkles with 7.2 carats of white and pink diamonds set in 18-kt. rose gold and comes with a matching pink leather case. The Vertu Signature phone works in more than 150 countries and features a one-touch 24-hour global concierge service. With only 100 in the entire world, exclusivity is guaranteed.
($73,000.00; page 103)
NM® 2008 LEXUS® IS F SPECIAL BUILD SEDAN
The new 2008 Lexus IS F kicks luxury sedans into high performance heaven. It delivers over 400 horsepower from its 5.0-liter V8 and can go from 0 to 60 in under 4.9 seconds. It has the world's first eight-speed Sport Direct Shift gearbox and a specially engineered Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system featuring a high-performance sport mode. This IS F "Special Build" features an Obsidian black exterior with perforated black leather trimmed sports seats, white accent stitching, unique steering wheel with white leather accents, front headrests embossed with F logo, a hand-polished finish on the wheels, numbered Special Build badge and a Mark Levinson® state-of-the-art CD/DVD Premium Surround Sound Audio System with navigation and Bluetooth. This special edition includes a half-day of pro-driver training in an IS F, compliments of Skip Barber Racing School, and travel and accommodations. Available beginning Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 12:00 pm EDT. The number to call and order is 1.888.747.4504. Don't be late. This NM edition is limited to only 50 cars.
($68,000; page 104)
ROCKET RACING™ LEAGUE TEAM
Your very own, totally tricked out racing team franchise. And not just cars - rockets, in the world's first aerospace racing league! A next-generation lightweight Mark 1 X-Racer, with 1,500 pounds of liquid-oxygen thrust, to be exact. Your pilot will zip through a 3D racetrack in the air at up to 320 mph, outmaneuvering other pilots at eight officially sanctioned Rocket Racing™ League events. Your 2008 inaugural season package includes custom team colors and logo, rocket and custom-built trailer, training for pit crew and pilot(s); and a full year of ground support, equipment, parts and fuel.
($2,000,000.00; page 106)
INTERACTIVE TOUCH MEDIA WALL
Looking to our next 100 years, engineering genius Jeff Han has redefined how we interact with computers, on our terms. The entire wall is the touch screen, and the world's information is literally at your fingertips with lightning speed. Intuitively you can navigate, locate and manipulate information simply by touching anywhere on the 8x3-foot screen display walls. Goodbye keyboards, goodbye display monitors, goodbye tedious manuals. Get more info and check out the video demo at neimanmarcus.com/wow. This gift is available exclusively online, get clicking!
(Beginning at $100,000.00)
AMEYA PRESERVE LAND AND EVENT PACKAGE
The mountains of Paradise Valley frame 11,000 unspoiled acres in the Yellowstone ecosystem of Montana. Get away to the Ameya Preserve once, and you'll never want to go back home. Along with keeping the entire natural treasure safe for future generations, you get direct ownership of 10 acres of heaven. Your homesite comes with a private gourmet dinner directed by Chef Alice Waters. Your dinner guests: a collection of artists, authors and scientists. Your dining music? Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, or maestro Peter Oundjian. Did we mention the dinosaur digs, the fly-fishing, the space observatory?
($2,300,000.00; page 126)