Neiman Marcus offers hen house, Spider for holiday
by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press
October 09, 2012 03:15 PM | 1841 views | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brady White portrays Santa Clause as he shows off a 2013 McLaren 12C spider sports car during the unveiling of the Neiman Marcus 2012 Christmas Book in Dallas, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. The Neiman Marcus edition is one of 12 made and priced at $354,000. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Brady White portrays Santa Clause as he shows off a 2013 McLaren 12C spider sports car during the unveiling of the Neiman Marcus 2012 Christmas Book in Dallas, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. The Neiman Marcus edition is one of 12 made and priced at $354,000. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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DALLAS (AP) — 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 $1 million 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. The 86th edition also includes a red special edition McLaren 12C Spider for $354,000, a hen house inspired by France’s Versailles palace for $100,000 and a walk-on role in Broadway’s "Annie: The Musical" for $30,000.

Those with smaller budgets can take heart, though — almost 40 percent 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 Eiffel Tower.

"It’s a 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 & Arpels.

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.

Other offerings include a $90,000 gaming machine, a $150,000 woody tailgate trailer complete with a sound system and stocked bar, a $99,500 water-propelled jetpack, a $250,000 private dinner for 10 featuring four famous chefs and 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.

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Joseph Pond
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October 09, 2012
Williams Sonoma offers cheaper hen houses- but still very upscale. Still thinks chicken coops belong only on farms? Cobb needs to catch up or be left behind in the Backyard Chicken scene!
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