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♪ narrator: this is "bloomberg pursuits," where we show you how to live your best life and spend your money well. today, we take you for a drive in a ferrari. hannah: this is the perfect ferrari for people who love to drive. narrator: we take you into one of the world's most innovative light-design studios. >> my favorite part of making any light is when i see it lit up for the first time. narrator plus, "pursuits'" : ultimate holiday gift guide. >> today we will be showcasing items from action sports to home decor. narrator: intelligent luxury starts right now. ♪
narrator: "pursuits" car critic hannah elliott has a tough job. she gets to drive the most luxurious, high-tech cars for a living. needless to say, hannah has an eye for the best of the best and she says the turbocharged ferrari grantor reasonable is a surprising drive that will get you hooked fast. hannah: when you hear the word "ferrari," you probably think fast, sleek, or maybe risque, what you don't think is practical. and ferrari is not the first car you think to take to pick up your christmas tree, but that is exactly what i did. i drove a ferrari gtc4 lusso two hours outside of new york city to barclay's, a fourth generation orchard and tree farm. i wanted to test out ferrari
practicality. >> welcome to barclay's tree farm. i am steve barclay. hannah: i am hannah elliott. >> nice to meet you. let's find your perfect tree. practicality. hannah: what kind of trees are these? >> we got douglas fir and norway spruce in here. >> this is the one? hannah: i like it. it is good. >> ok. let's do it. >> [chainsaw buzzing] hannah: there is not exactly enough room in the back for a tree, but this car has all you need for this errand. it is a four-seat hatchback that ferrari debuted last year. plus, it has something really helpful, practical even. it is higher off the ground than a standard rari. getting in and out was not the usual, awkward struggle i often have with low sports cars. i would even call this "shockingly drivable." this is a perfect ferrari for people who love to drive. and i know that sounds crazy because it is the hatchback ferrari, but the thing about the car is that it has a v-12, 680
horsepower engine on all-wheel-drive. that means it has the beating heart of a ferrari track car that will compete with anything from lamborghini mclaren built into this package that is totally functional. and an elaborate traction system and stability system in the rear that ferrari calls thrust vectoring. basically, it smooths out the car's response to unstable conditions like snow, ice, and bumpy roads. i had this buying holiday decorations at target. we have the tree on the top. i had this in snow, slush, and ice, and it performed so well. inside, the front feels like a very luxurious cockpit, which makes sense. after all, the word "lusso" means luxury in italian. the back is spacious enough for a couple of adults, and it roars from 0-62 in 3.4 seconds. top speed is 208, so what gives? why did ferrari make a practical car?
well, to hold on to its most loyal fans. now, there are rumors that ferrari will unveil an suv in 2018, but until then, it hopes to keep ferrari customers in the family with the lusso. so hang on ferrari fans, next year maybe santa will leave a prancing pony suv in the driveway. until then, the lusso will do. narrator: is there such a thing as a perfect car? "pursuits" car critic hannah elliott tells us the best coupe of the year is mercedes and gt r, and when it comes to supercars, nothing beats the lamborghini. of course, these beauties don't come cheap. most are upwards of $150,000. now, if you are racing between holiday parties and dinners, and as long as you are not behind the wheel, "pursuits" has a helpful guide to wines under $30. check it out. ♪ elin: the season is upon us, and everyone, including me, is
thinking about what to pour for all those holiday gatherings. hi, i am elin mccoy, and i am here to talk about the holidays and wine. i picked three under $30. yes, $30. the first wine is a white. it is a 2016 kerner, and it costs only $20. kerner is an exotic white varietal, but what you really need to know is that translates into deliciousness. this wine is also from an into deliciousness. unusual varietal, and unusual, obscure varietals are in right now. it has fantastic aroma. it has lovely fruit flavors, which are very bright and crisp,
so you feel the wine is richer, and will go with something that is really quite serious in terms of food. now, we are ready for the red. it is a 2014 chateau cartier from bordeaux, and it costs $27. classic bordeauxs do not all cost $100 a bottle and has to be aged for decades. this is made from 100% merlot. it is ready to drink right now. let's taste. it has lovely plum aromas, just the way a bordeaux is supposed to. and charming fruit that is really delicious along with silky tannins. because it is so fruity and easy to drink, it will go with everything from roasted turkey with dressing to a juicy prime rib, and it is perfect for white wine snobs to sip at a cocktail
bar. now for the best, the sparkling wine. this is the schramsberg's mirabelle brut from california, and it is only $25. it is a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, and it was aged in 19th-century caves. now, let's pop the cork. bubbles are essential for the holidays and look festive in a glass. the smell of this wine is like just-baked brioche, and the flavors are lemony tart and so refreshing. keep a few bottles in the fridge for when friends stop by, or when you need to perk yourself up while you are cooking. cheers. ♪ narrator: up next, better hurry to that auction house, because this painter may be on the road to being the next million-dollar
businessweek." "bloomberg pursuits" loves to highlight artists on the rise. and reporter james tarmy says new york-based painter michael krebber is an artist that investors love. while krebber has remained under the radar in the broader artworld, his collectors are prestigious and loyal, and other painters love him. krebber's work challenges perceptions of what a painting can look like. currently, you can buy a painting of his for tens of thousands, or a drawing for under $10,000, but at least one art dealer tells "pursuits" that in 10 years, krebber's paintings will sell for $1 million. speaking of unique takes on art, the founder of the lite brite
neon studio shows us how he neon studio shows us how he creates his installations. ♪ matt: there is an inherent attraction to light and being human. and i think on a very deep psychological level, light is this way in which we experience the energy surrounding us in a very personal manner. my name is matt dilling. i am the founder of lite brite neon studio, and we manufacture, produce, and restore neon works of art and design. ♪ matt: origins of creative content of a lot of the work at lite brite comes a variety of sources. sometimes people come with a napkin sketch, some people come with adobe illustrator files, then we have a whole design team work together to create an idea of what it might look like. we scale up and create a paper template using a pen plotter, and that paper template actually becomes our guide for what we are going to bend the neon to.
we take from the office into the glass shop. we pick out the right size tubing with the right color for the right size project. ♪ matt: from there, we heat up the glass tubing. the torches heat the glass well in excess of 1000 degrees in order for it to get into its molten state. we heat up and bend the glass tubing to match the template. one of our chandeliers has over 100 different bends in it, so each one of those bends has to be marked and heated up, and we also have to allow the glass to cool between the bends so the next area can be worked on and heated up into its own unique fashion. it turns to spaghetti, and then we have to make sure that spaghetti lines back up and cools to the template. we use a blow hose to connect our mouths to the tubes, and we can create a volume that is
closed, and we can control the pressure with our mouth. there is just a variety of challenges that come up inherently in working with glass. there is just a variety of glass can crack due to stress, and sometimes, you will just have a batch that all it wants to do when it gets near a torch is crack. after we have bent various components, we have to go in using the crossfire, the hand torch, and actually weld all those pieces together. the last step on that is then to weld on electrodes on to either end. each one of the steps is very, very specific. ♪ i draw inspiration from so many different experiences.
it is hard to come up with one floating is a similar experience to meditation, psychedelics. going into a blackened room and laying out in a body of water and salt that is heated to your body temperature. and it allows for all external stimulation to fall away. and your internal world really begins to bubble up and manifest. you really get to experience a different relationship to your mind. ♪ matt: i think i work with neon because i can't not work with it. it is so challenging and so rewarding, and those things are so intertwined that there is no way of separating it out.
i learned so much and continue to learn so much by working with it. i find so much inspiration in working with it, and i just continue to experience new and different things through the medium. it is that close to me. ♪ matt: once the neon tube is completed, we have to hook it up to our manifold for bombarding. the manifold is opened, the it is hard to come up with one thing that is particular, but one of the ways that i really am able to connect with the creative is to float. vacuum is drawn. we check the tubes for leaks with our tesla coils. we close the tube back off and we heat it up using a very large and powerful transformer. as the tube is heated up, it releases anything that is not inert inside the tube and we evacuate that out. we introduce the gas into it and we seal the tube off, filling into that tube whatever gas we introduced to it.
i think my favorite part of making a neon light is when you see it lit up for the first time. different gases, when electrified, emit different wavelengths of light. neon gas is this very bright orange, fiery red color. argon gas creates a very intense blue, but that light produced can be expressed in a different wavelength by coating the inside of the tubes with a phosphoric coating. it takes out one wavelength of light and emits a different wavelength. we bring it over to the aging table, where we hook it up to a coating. it takes out one wavelength of age transformer, and allow it to settle, and age the gas we have introduced to it. there is always a stray particle of something left inside the tube, but that time that the oxide coating can act to scrub whatever is left inside the tube, while things are getting settled. once the tubes are aged in, we
move on to our process ofage tro assembly and put the two halves of a fixture together in a jig, gluing up the fixture to a spindle. once the adhesive dries, we connect the wires from the fixture together into a transformer and turn on power and it lights up. ♪ matt: part of what we love about what we do here is that we try and put out into the world the kinds of things that we would like to see. i am still surprised when it lights up. i am still excited when i get to see it illuminated. there is an ineffable quality to it. to me it is this insight into the inner workings of the universe. it literally is. it is a way of looking at what is surrounding us in the cosmos in a new light. ♪
narrator: welcome back to "bloomberg pursuits," a concierge for the most sophisticated lifestyles. you can also find us online at bloombergpursuits.com and in every issue of "bloomberg businessweek." it is a request travel experts get more often than you think -- what if a person wants to go somewhere wintry and do nothing? "pursuits'" jen murphy gave us a helpful guide she says to go storm chasing on vancouver island. from november through february, 30-foot swells and gale force winds lash the western shores, putting on an awesome show for guests at this inn. or head to bavaria, that is where you can relax gazing at putting on an awesome show for
guests at this inn. snowcapped alps from one of six spas. or another option, get cozy in vermont at the twin farms bed and breakfast, housed in an 18th-century farmhouse. go sledding, and then thaw out in the japanese spa, then chow down on souffle pancakes. ♪ every december, "pursuits" makes holiday shopping much easier with its holiday gift guide. here is editor chris rovzar. chris: hi. i am chris rovzar with "bloomberg pursuits." and i am here to tell you about our annual holiday gift guide. today, we will be showcasing items from across the board, everything from action sports to home decor. these are the ods1 in-ear headphones. they are made by a french everything from action sports to home decor. company founded in 2011 by two students who met each other at university in tokyo. although the sound quality is great, what you are really going to love is the build quality. each is covered with hand-sewn calfskin leather sheaths for the overear part, and the buds are this brushed aluminum. people around you aren't going
to know that you spent $360, but you will know. and that's what matters. can you guess what it is? the toast toaster. it is italian design, and it comes with everything you are used to having in a toaster. this is one of those cheeky gems affirmatively design store that everybody loves getting as a gift. it basically does a great job of posting your toast, but it also adds a statement to your kitchen. this next gift is a great one for anyone that has a family. this is a traveler's map, which affirmatively design store that everybody loves getting as a gift. is made by a company called conquest in columbus, ohio. so what you are supposed to do is take one of these pins and mark every time you go to a new place in the world. this is one of those gifts that grows over the years because the more you travel, the more important it becomes as having a record of happy memories for your family. if you have a friend who is a little more analog in their outdoor pursuits, you might want to get them these swarovski e.l. optic 42 millimeter binoculars. everything about these binoculars is top-of-the-line,
from the materials to the ergonomic way they are made. they have a good weight to them. they feel good in your hands. but they start at $2800, which means they are for birding enthusiasts who are very enthusiastic. enthusiastic. a gopro is on every gift guide, and that is because it is a great present. it is the first and only really
great smart watch from a fashion brand. most importantly for a fashionable smart watch, it looks great. it has everything you need in a smart watch -- fitness tracking, text messages, and email alerts, basically all the stuff you want. plus, it has beautiful wath they collaborated to make this device that is inspired by an octopus, but also one of the submarines from the james cameron film "abyss." it comes in three different color waves, with different 50 versions each. there are only 150 that will ever be made. as a result, this comes in at the top of the price range for our gifts this year at a
whopping $36,000. so, that wraps it up for our holiday picks this season. we hope we inspired you to think of some creative new ways to celebrate your family and friends. narrator: find more "bloomberg pursuits" online at bloombergpursuits.com and in every issue of "bloomberg businessweek." more bloomberg television starts now. ♪
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