All that glitters
The executive who has it all is one of the hardest people to shop for. Not only are her tastes refined, but her budget is probably in your stratosphere. As long as you can only dream of pleasing your CEO friend, you might as well dream big. These blinged-out gadgets and accessories are guaranteed to turn heads even among the top brass. (Would you rather spend a fortune in a more understated way? Check out this roundup of insanely-priced PC paraphernalia.)
Gold ingot USB flash drive
In a world where USB flash drives are basically free (at least, at any large industry conference), what’s more luxurious than flashing one in the shape of a gold ingot? This Gold Ingot USB flash drive from Jamil Pure Gold isn’t actually a gold ingot (too expensive and too heavy); it’s made of wood coated in 24-karat gold leaf. The drive costs $186 for 4GB and $870 for 32GB. If your executive friend doesn’t mind faking it 'til they make it, you can always pick up this knockoff version on Amazon.com for $10.
Diamond-encrusted six-time-zone watch
Thanks to cell phones, people don’t really wear watches anymore—unless, of course, you're dressing to impress. The head honcho in your life will thank you, then, when they open up this Ambassador Ice diamond-encrusted six-time-zone watch from IceLink. It features six different faces, one for Los Angeles, New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Paris; 2571 diamonds; a stainless steel body; and a $69,000 price tag.
Leica M9-P Edition Hermès camera
Every executive needs a good camera.The 18-megapixel Leica M9-P is, the company boasts, the “smallest full-format digital system camera the world has ever seen,” and it’s not cheap at $6995 (from Adorama). But wait—what if we wrap the M9-P in burnt tan calfskin leather from a storied Parisian fashion house? The Edition Hermès M9-P costs just $25,000, available exclusively at Leica boutiques.
Designer USB drives
Your corporate chieftain isn’t into ultra-flashy flash drives? Then pick up a (slightly) more subtle designer key. This $530, 4GB Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite USB fob is attached to a shiny silver snap hook. You can use it as a keychain, but it’s really designed to attach to the inside or outside of a purse as a bag charm. Not into Louis? Prada’s $185, 4GB USB key is covered in Saffiano calf leather and comes in multiple colors, while Gucci’s 8GB engraved USB option features that signature Gucci red-and-green strap.
Sapphire and diamond iPad Mini case
Seven-inch tablets are all the rage right now, and even Apple has gotten on board with its iPad Mini. Since your favorite kingpin of industry already has an iPad Mini, you’ll have to settle with gifting a case—a $700,000 case festooned with sapphires and diamonds, that is. This 18K, white gold iPad Mini cover from the Natural Sapphire Company features 3328 natural Ceylon blue sapphires surrounding an Apple logo made of 50 white diamonds. As the company notes in a blog post, you can pay in installments— three easy payments of just $233,333.33!
Luxury USB pendants
Looking for a luxe token of your esteem for the female tycoon in your life? Try one of these diamond-encrusted USB pendants. The gem-studded Magic Mushroom USB key by Geneva’s Shawish Jewellery holds 32GB of data, and is covered in emeralds and diamonds ($36,900), red rubies and diamonds ($24,400), or pink sapphires and diamonds ($16,500).
Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry
The RIM brand may be on the wane, but BlackBerries remain (for the moment, at least) a cornerstone of the business world. This gorgeous Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry features a stainless steel frame, a leather back, a full QWERTY keyboard, and a touchscreen. This little $2000 handset features a special Porsche interface, and can be purchased at your local Porsche Design Store.
Diamond and sable laptop sleeve
Jet-setting execs need to protect their gadgets from scratches and spills. What better to baby the soft shell of a gadget than hard diamonds? The $11,000,000 CoverBee laptop sleeve features 8800 round cut diamonds and an opening lined with black Siberian sable fur. To purchase this sleeve, dial CoverBee directly at this number: +31 (0)613060730 (perhaps from your Porsche BlackBerry).
What’s more perfect for that jet-setter than a personal jetpack? The JetLev R200 lets you zoom around 30 feet above ground for up to four hours (or 80 miles) on a single tank of high-octane gasoline. For just $99,500, you get a jetpack, a boat in a “Neiman Marcus exclusive color”, a hose/control cable assembly, a jetpack stand, two helmet radios, two FRS radios, a remote throttle-control transmitter, a CFI 1 Pilot Certification Training and Safety course, and an operator’s manual. You can zoom around at up to 32 miles per hour with a clean conscience, as Neiman Marcus will donate $2500 of your money to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
iWallet biometric fingerprint wallet
Your favorite top dog probably has a stack of black American Express cards to protect, and this biometric fingerprint wallet can tackle that task. The $500, carbon fiber iWallet Slim features a fingerprint scanner so that only the true owner can open it. The wallet also blocks RFID chips, so chipped credit cards are safe, and it can tether via Bluetooth to a smartphone.