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A CAR C-X16 SPECS Two-door, two seater coupe

THE BOOST BUTTON ON THE STEERING WHEEL, PUSHING THE CAR TO 62 MILES PER HOUR IN 4.4 SECONDS

ENGINE Capacity 2995cc Cylinders 6 Max Power 380hbp Max Torque 450Nm/332lb ft Transmission 8-speed with integrated electric motor

PERFORMANCE 0-62mph / 0-100kph 4.4 secs 50-75mph / 80-120kph 2.1 secs Top Speed 186mph/300kph

HYBRID “PUSH TO PASS” SYSTEM System Voltage 300V Power 70kW Horsepower Equivalence 95hbp Torque 235Nm/173lb ft Lithium-ion battery 300V / 1.6kWh

ECONOMY AND EMISSIONS Combined mpg 41 gallon Combined CO2 165g/km

DIMENSIONS Length 4445mm Wheelbase 2622mm Width 2048mm Height 1297mm Weight 1600kg . Top left: the dash board connectivity developed with Blackberry bottom left: The luxury of Jaquar sleek Interior

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go hybrid for those looking to make use of electricity in cars, without taking away the thrill of having a V6 with 380 brake horsepower under the bonnet. The groundbreaking hybrid technology combines a new all-alloy 3.0 litre V6 supercharged engine with a performance-boosting electric motor using Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), which is used in Formula One cars. The boost button on the steering wheel adds a further 95 brake horsepower from 4

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the KERS system, pushing the car to 62 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. Great for overtaking and getting down a straight stretch that little bit faster. The engine is mounted behind an eightspeed gearbox, which draws power from a battery pack, charged by the engine. The battery pack also acts as a back up in the event of running out of petrol, providing the extra miles to reach a petrol station. The light aluminium body and perfect 50:50 weight distribution adds to the

nimble feel and handling and the short wheel base provides similar levels of grip to a Porsche. Losing none of the luxury of Jaguar, the interior is all business taking on the same characteristics of the XF and XJ with sleek lines, soft carpets and a robust feeling to the dashboard; each dial, button and switch. Other useful parts of this car come from the connectivity developed with Blackberry, that allows smartphones to be plugged into a display reflected on the dash

board, a system that seems easier than pressing several buttons on other cars, only to receive the message “Connection failure”. Along with the refinements of other cars, Jaguar has introduced a venting system that only deploys when necessary, maintaining a clean and smooth dashboard. C-X16 expected to come out late 2012. For more information, visit www. jaguar.com A LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

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RADICAL ANTI-AGEING

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These two products are joined at the hip - Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum and Anti-Aging Restorative Moisture by Radical Skincare. The secret weapon in the power duo is Trylacel™, which maintains the antioxidant potency very high for optimal results. Anti-ageing One Two Punch Duo £225, exclusively at Harrods, harrods.com

To celebrate 85th anniversary, Enro Laszlo has brought out a limited edition of custom-made skincare inspired by Dr.Laszlo’s five most famous muses; Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Katherine Hepburn and Greta Garbo.

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Agent Provocateur’s new summer fragrance Eau Provocateur Maitresse is flirty, subtle yet ultra-feminine with notes of Rose, Jasmin Sambac, Iris, crisp Granny Smith Apples, Amber and Tonka. Eau Provocateur Maitresse eau de toilette 50ml, £39, agentprovocateur.com

Hollywood collection £125, exclusive at Harrods, harrods.com

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EXPERIENCE EXPERIENCETHE THEEXPERTISE EXPERTISEOF OF HISTORICAL HISTORICALHARRODS HARRODSESTATES ESTATES

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the the Middle East and and Asia with the the result that worth worth individuals individuals from around around the the world and The The Harrods Estates Estates Knightsbridge Knightsbridge offi the Middle Middle East East and Asia Asia with with the result result that that worth individuals fromfrom around the world world and and The Harrods Harrods Estates Knightsbridge office ceoffice international international clients clients now now account account for 89 for celebrities celebrities such such as Madonna as Madonna and Ronnie and Ronnie Wood. Wood. was fi was rst established fi rst established in 1897 in 1897 within within the Harrods the Harrods international clients now account for 89 89 celebrities such as Madonna and Ronnie Wood. was first established in 1897 within the Harrods percent percent of of sales and and lettings. In In addition to to the Harrods Harrods Estates Estates fi gures fi gures show show sales sales in the in area the area department department store store and moved and moved to the to Brompton the Brompton percent of sales sales and lettings. lettings. In addition addition to the the Harrods Estates figures show sales in the area department store and moved to the Brompton experienced experienced professionals professionals on the on Russian the Russian and increased increased by 20 by per 20 cent per cent in 2010 in 2010 proving proving the area the area Road Road in 1919. in 1919. The offi The ce offi was ce bombed was bombed in the in the experienced professionals on the Russian and and increased by 20 per cent in 2010 proving the area Road in 1919.The office was bombed in the Middle Middle Eastern Eastern desks, Harrods Harrods Estates Estates is is able continues continues to be to one be of one the of most the most desirable desirable places places Second Second World World War, War, so Harrods so Harrods Estates Estates moved moved Middle Eastern desks,desks, Harrods Estates is able able continues to be one of the most desirable places Second World War, so Harrods Estates moved to call to upon call upon the skills the skills of interpreters of interpreters on hand on to own to own a home a home in London. in London. its offi its ces offi to ces Basil to Street Basil Street and Park and Park Lane. Lane. In 1994 In 1994 to call upon the skills of interpreters on handhand to own a home in London. its offices to Basil Street and Park Lane. In 1994 in in store who are are able to to speak 27 27 different Most Most of Mayfair of Mayfair was fi was rst developed fi rst developed the agent the agent moved moved back back to Knightsbridge to Knightsbridge just yards just yards in store store who who are able able to speak speak 27 different different Most of Mayfair was first developed the agent moved back to Knightsbridge just yards languages collectively. languages collectively. between between the the 17th mid 17th Century Century and andmid the mid languages from its its original location. location. collectively. between the mid mid 17th Century and the the mid fromfrom its original original location. Harrods Estates currently has aahas number Harrods Estates currently a number 18th 18th Century Century as a fashionable as a fashionable residential residential Harrods Harrods Estates Estates has built has built a strong a strong Harrods Estates currently has number 18th Century as a fashionable residential Harrods Estates has built a strong for sale including of luxurious properties for sale including of luxurious properties district, district, by a by number a number of landlords, of landlords, the most the most reputation reputation for providing for providing exceptional exceptional customer customer of luxurious properties for sale including district, by a number of landlords, the most reputation for providing exceptional customer apartments at Allingham Court, Bishops at Court, Bishops important being the the Dukes of of Westminster and service service to its clients and and led thisto second a secondimportant apartments at Allingham Allingham Court, Bishops important beingbeing the Dukes Dukes of Westminster Westminster and andapartments service to all alltoits itsallclients clients and this this led toledaa to second Avenue, The Lancaster’s in Bayswater, Avenue, The Lancaster’s in Bayswater, the Grosvenor the Grosvenor family. family. Many Many streets streets in Mayfair in Mayfair offi ce offi being ce being opened opened in 2005 in 2005 on Park on Park Lane Lane Avenue, The Lancaster’s in Bayswater, Eaton EatonEaton the Grosvenor family. Many streets in Mayfair office being opened in 2005 on Park Lane Square in Belgravia and in Knightsbridge, Square in Belgravia and in Knightsbridge, have have a fascinating a fascinating history history such such as Burton as Burton Street Street in Mayfair. in Mayfair. This This growth growth of business of business allowed allowed Square in Belgravia and in Knightsbridge, have a fascinating history such as Burton Street in Mayfair. This growth of business allowed Crescent and Lancelot Hans Crescent and Place. holds the the privilege of of being the the birth One the the agent to to expand its its geographical area of One One HansHans Crescent and Lancelot Lancelot Place.Place. whichwhich holdsholds the privilege privilege of being being the birth birth the agent agent to expand expand its geographical geographical area area of of which of of Queen Elizabeth Elizabeth II. II. Harrods Estates Estates expertise expertise and and offer properties properties in in Mayfair, The placeplace of Queen Queen Elizabeth II. Harrods Harrods Estates expertise and offer offer properties in Mayfair, Mayfair, The The place offers offers properties properties in these in these areas areas which which are are full Regent’s Regent’s Park, Park, Marylebone Marylebone and St and James. 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One Hans Hans Crescent Crescent OneOne Hans Crescent Harrods Harrods Estates Estates is is offering aa spacious a spacious four Harrods Estates is offering offering spacious four four bedroom bedroom lateral lateral apartment apartment in Eaton in Eaton Square Square bedroom lateral apartment in Eaton Square which which has been has been beautifully beautifully refurbished refurbished to which has been beautifully refurbished to the theto the highest highest standards. standards. This This exceptional exceptional property property highest standards. This exceptional property measures measures 2,635 sq (244.7 ft (244.7 sq.m) and and features measures 2,6352,635 sq ft ft sq (244.7 sq.m)sq.m) and features features views views of the of private the private gardens, gardens, large large balcony balcony views of the private gardens, large balcony and a and spacious a spacious dressing dressing room room to the to the and a spacious dressing room to the master master bedroom. bedroom. master bedroom. This spectacular spectacular 2,610 sq three-bedroom ft three-bedroom ThisThis spectacular 2,6102,610 sq ft ft sq three-bedroom apartment apartment has has been beautifully beautifully interior interior apartment has been been beautifully interior designed designed to offer to offer the highest the highest speci speci cation cation designed to offer the highest specication and technology. and technology. Featuring Featuring a spacious a spacious and technology. Featuring a spacious reception, reception, study and and dining area, this Harrods Harrods Estates Estates is is delighted to to present aa a reception, studystudy and dining dining area,area, this this Harrods Estates is delighted delighted to present present apartment apartment offers offers amazing amazing views views of of London’s stunning stunning two bedroom two bedroom duplex duplex apartment apartment apartment offers amazing views of London’s London’s stunning two bedroom duplex apartment skyline skyline and is and close is close to Knightsbridge to Knightsbridge and in historic in historic Hans Hans Crescent, Crescent, named named after after the the skyline and is close to Knightsbridge and and in historic Hans Crescent, named after the Hyde Park. Lancelot Lancelot Place is the areas famed famed 17th 17th century century Irish Irish physician, physician, Sir Hans Sir Hans HydeHyde Park.Park. Lancelot PlacePlace is the theisareas areas famed 17th century Irish physician, Sir Hans newest newest development development and residents and residents Sloane, Sloane, whose whose name name is synonymous is synonymous with with newest development and residents can can can Sloane, whose name is synonymous with take take advantage advantage of the of 24 the hour 24 hour concierge, concierge, many many streets streets and landmarks and landmarks in the in Royal the Royal take advantage of the 24 hour concierge, many streets and landmarks in the Royal underground underground parking, parking, security, security, gym, Borough Borough of Kensington of Kensington & Chelsea. & Chelsea. The The underground parking, security, gym,gym, Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. The swimming swimming pool and and sauna. 1,402 1,402 sq ft sq 130 ft sq.m) 130 sq.m) apartment apartment is situated is situated swimming pool pool and sauna. sauna. 1,402 sq ft 130 sq.m) apartment is situated on the on raised the raised ground ground and  and rst   oor rst  of oor this of this on the raised ground and rst oor of this The apartment apartment is is priced from £7.95 £7.95 million million outstanding, outstanding, period, period, red red brick building. building. The The apartment is priced priced fromfrom £7.95 million outstanding, period, red brick brick building.

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This apartment apartment includes includes access access to the private ThisThis apartment includes access to the thetoprivate private gardens gardens and tennis and tennis courts courts as well as as well security as security gardens and tennis courts as well as security and a and resident a resident porter porter and offers and offers elegant elegant and a resident porter and offers elegant London London living in in a location minutes minutes from the London livingliving in aa location location minutes fromfrom the the exclusive exclusive boutiques, boutiques, restaurants restaurants and bars and bars of exclusive boutiques, restaurants and bars of of Chelsea, Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, Mayfair Mayfair and and James’ St James’ Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Mayfair and St St James’ but also close to the tranquil green spaces of but also close to the tranquil green spaces but also close to the tranquil green spaces of of Hyde Park, St Park and Park. St James’ and Green HydeHyde Park,Park, St James’ James’ Park Park and Green Green Park.Park.

For For further information information about Harrods Harrods For further further information aboutabout Harrods Estates Estates please please call 0207 call 0207 225 6506 225 6506 or Estates please call 0207 225 6506 or or visit visit www.harrodsestates.com visit www.harrodsestates.com www.harrodsestates.com


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144 LUXURIOUS PRIVATE RESIDENCES, DESIGNED BY GIORGIO ARMANI

the cornerstones of Armani’s signature style, combine with precious materials and sophisticated finishes to create a highly personalised space. Dedicating nearly five years to the project, Armani personally oversaw every aspect of the hotel’s design. The result is a property that feels bespoke, from the Eramosa stone floors, zebra wood paneling and fabric covered walls to the scents of the bath and spa accessories. The hotel truly brings to life Giorgio Armani’s dream. The Armani Hotel features eight restaurants offering a myriad of world cuisines ranging from Japanese and Indian to Mediterranean and, of course, authentic fine-dining Italian. The impressive culinary options reflect the cosmopolitan nature of the city.

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he world’s first Armani Hotel, situated within the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is poised to be the most exclusive hospitality destination in the city and a new benchmark for the industry globally. Occupying 8 floors of the Burj Khalifa, the hotel features 160 luxurious guest rooms and suites, eight innovative restaurants, exclusive retail outlets and a serene spa. The hotel offers sweeping views of the city complemented with a harmonious and stylish lifestyle environment. Every aspect of the hotel’s design and service offerings has been designed and planned by Giorgio Armani, from the bespoke furnishings to restaurant menus and in-room amenities. On the opening, Giorgio Armani said: “It has long been my dream to have a hotel in which I myself would like to stay

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and entertain family and friends, where the Armani aesthetic is combined with Italian-style warmth and hospitality. I am thrilled to open the doors of the Armani Hotel Dubai and invite my guests in to experience my world.” Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar, one of the world’s largest real estate companies added “Downtown Dubai is our flagship project, and is regarded as one the most prestigious square kilometres on earth with incredible choices in entertainment, shopping, commercial and leisure outlets. The jewel at the centre of this neighbourhood is Burj Khalifa, and Armani Hotel Dubai is a sterling value addition to the world’s tallest building.” Armani Hotel Dubai’s luxurious rooms and suites are an expression of minimalist opulence, with every detail bearing the Armani signature. Practicality and elegance,

The hotel’s vast leisure and entertainment options also include the first in-hotel Armani/SPA in the world. The spa embodies the Armani lifestyle and design philosophies where each unique space provides the context for personalized individual treatments, personal fitness, sequential thermal bathing as well as private and social relaxation. The hotel also boasts three exclusive retail outlets: Armani/Galleria a haute couture boutique offering fashion accessories previously available by invitation only – and the first and only place in Dubai where the Armani Prive collection is showcased; Armani/Dolci, a luxurious confectionary offering a sweet selection of biscuits, small savouries and more; and Armani/Fiori, a floral boutique offering exquisite fresh flower arrangements and exclusively designed A LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

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vases by Giorgio Armani that follow the fluid shapes of the flowers themselves. Complementing the hotel are the Armani Residences, featuring 144 luxurious private residences, which, like the hotel, has been personally designed by Giorgio Armani reflecting his smooth, understated style. Born of the collaboration between Giorgio Armani and Emaar Properties, the Armani Hotel Dubai is the first in a collection of hotels, resorts and residences to be unveiled in key international destinations. The second Armani Hotel in Milano is scheduled to open on 10th November 2011. Other properties underway include the first Armani Resort, planned for Marrakech, and the first Armani Residences Villas in Marassi, Egypt. Further Armani hotels, resorts and residences will open in key markets such as New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and London.

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