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The Unconventional Couturier - Paul Gaultier The Towering World of Jimmy Choo The Fashion of Fashion is Neutral Hublot Strikes Gold

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The Raffles Brand has arrived in the Maldives Luxury Travel Trends for 2020 Must See Destinations - Seabourn The Eco-Friendly Ocean Liner of the Sky

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Finding Love at the Click of a Button Breakfast at Tiffany’s Black Diamond Piano - Steinway Indulge Yourself

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Rappers Delight - Hip-Hop Champagne Wine at the Highest Level - Wein am Berg Gourmet News The Golden Age of Travel Series

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Supercars to watch out for in 2020 Revolutionizing the World of Yacht Design Inspired by the World od Pandora - Mercedes Yachting News

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FASHION There are numerous brands of luxury clothing spread throughout the entire world that influence the fashion industry and it is they who dictate the trends you see sashaying along the high streets and catwalks. Luxury Living Magazine goes behind the scenes to bring you not just fashion reviews but some of the fashion world’s best kept secrets.

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THE UNCONVENTIAL

COUTURIER Like no other figure in fashion, Jean Paul Gaultier has disrupted the rarefied world of couture with his transgressive vision of beauty

Dubbed the L’Enfant Terrible of fashion Gaultier has captivated the fashion world throughout his career, shocking and garnering praise in equal parts for his iconoclastic haute couture collections. Earlier this month Jean Paul Gaultier announced to the world that his recent spring 2020 couture show would be his swansong that, after 50years he would be hanging up his scissors and taking a step back. Since then the world of fashion has been aghast at losing it’s fashion rebel with social media flooded with reminiscences of Gaultier’s career from admirers and collaborators. The flamboyant creator Jean-Paul Gaultier who trained under Pierre Cardin founded his eponymous fashion label in 1982 though he has also served as the creative director at French luxury house Hermès from 2003 to 2010 and most recently with contemporary clothing brand Supreme has long been known for pushing the boundaries in fashion and blurring the lines between men’s and women’s clothing. His irreverent style and provocative reputation brought him both fame and contempt from other fashion designers

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Born in the Paris suburb of Arcueil, Gaultier was deeply attached to his city, which provided inspiration to his many collections. Neighbourhoods such as Pigalle and Saint-Germain, monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the Moulin Rouge, and the most emblematic Parisians, from ToulouseLautrec to Juliette Greco, fuelled his imagination. The punk and Ska scene of London also provided an immense source of inspiration taping into his rebellious nature resulting in many tongue-incheek fashion ranges such as his 2018 cigarette range and who could forget the conic bra he designed for Madonna or the braless bra! Throughout his career Gaultier has dressed stars dressed stars from Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett to Madonna and Lady Gaga and Rihanna to models and IT girls such as American models Gigi and Bella Hadid and the Kardashian’s. Whilst Gaultier was indeed a rebel his work has been characterized by a stylistic consistency: jacket and pants constitute the basic link between male and female wardrobes. The masculinity of doublebreasted jackets, fitted coats, leather jackets, overalls, trench coats, smocks, and down jacket are juxtaposed by his love of corsets, stockings, garters and of course he Benton stripped tee’s.

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In 2018, Gaultier brought his flamboyant nature to the stage with his own hit cabaret show based loosely on his life story, called Fashion Freak Show, which opened at the Folie Bergère in Paris. Part revue, part catwalk show the acclaimed show takes an extravagant, yet tender, look at the designer’s flamboyant, sometimes scandalous, often fabulous life and achievements. Jean-Paul Gaultier’s strong personality and his multifaceted universe have for decades influenced the worlds of both fashion and street clothes. He has enabled people to think about the place of clothing in contemporary society. Breaking the last taboos of the late twentieth century, his designs have exalted the theme of androgyny, brought men and women closer, moved to put an end to the prejudice against age, given sublime expression to the encounter between worlds and cultures, and associated memory with the strictly contemporary he was is a couturier with supreme talent and a subversive sensibility.

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Inspired by punks, burlesque, screen goddesses, genderbenders, fetishists and subcultures of every stripe, Gaultier’s collections shocked couture audiences, yet the impeccable craftsmanship of his clothes commanded admiration and respect

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Jimmy Choo is a name that makes shoe-savvy women swoon, designer of exquisitely handmade, expensive shoes and handbags he is a name often feted amongst international stars and elegant women the world over

Jimmy Choo has long been a stalwart of the red carpet, having dressed the feet of the well-heeled for over two decades. In the 1990s, Choo had stores in Los Angeles and New York and was the darling of the celebrity world, with Hollywood celebrities such as Julia Roberts and Renee Zellweger lining up to wear his shoes in particular Princess Diana. Most recently starts such as BeyoncĂŠ and Selena Gomez have hit the red carpet in his styles. Recently Jimmy Choo, and e-commerce giant Net-APorter have teamed up for the very first time to launch a special 13-piece capsule collection comprising of 10 shoe designs and 3 bags. Inspired by some of the most iconic Jimmy Choo shoes to walk the red carpet, the capsule reimagines the styles for todays sophisticated yet playful customer.

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The Hadlea floral lace heels present a unique design, with straps that wrap around the foot.

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The Saphia and Sarara are classic pumps with oversized bows for a dramatic touch.

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The head-turning heels are finished with a black feather fascinator at the back of the shoe. The shoes are matched with the Cloud box clutch available in crystal detailing or with an oversized bow.

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dence and glamour leading ladies exude when walking the red carpet, mixed with the idea of

fantasy. Each style has a feminity, seductiveness, and the finesse of couture.� Creative Director Sandra Choi

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The Leida and Lellie epitomise the evening ankle boots, and are decorated in hotfix crystals and floral lace panels.

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The strappy Lydia sandals are decorated in crystals, and available in black satin and nude shimmer suede.

All pieces within the collection feature distinct designs. There’s a touch of crystal on the straps, decorative wispy feathers at the heel, oversized bows, something to simply always draw the eyes downwards and of course the brand’s signature luxurious chantilly lace, satin and suede. The shoes are now available on Net-A-Porter, Jimmychoo. com and select stores worldwide.

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Over the last few years a growing number of changes in how we perceive ourselves have taken place, the most radical being gender with the lines between boys and girls blurred as more and more people identify themselves as fluid or gender neutral and what happens in society fashion follows American Actor, Billy Porter wears Christian Siriano Tuxedo Gown at the 91st Academy Awards

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Thom Browne’s Golf Collection 2019

With more than one in 10 millennials identify as transgender or gender non-conforming the concepts of masculinity and femininity no longer defines the clothing people wear. Both men and women

are choosing to define themselves on their own terms rather than how people think they should be perceived. For years women have been able to wear men’s styles in public from blazers to jackets to tuxedo’s and suits with some styles often referred to as androgynous, but for men to wear women’s fashion in public well that is a different matter altogether think back to David Beckham wearing a

sarong during the 1998 French World Cup and how he was ridiculed by the press yet today stars like

Kanye West, Jared Leto, Pharrel Williams and Harry Styles happily wear women’s styles and no one bat’s an eyelid. So what does this mean for the fashion community?

Of course genderless fashion has been on the runway for decades thanks to a few renegades, think Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen and Dame Vivienne Westwood who, for years have for been blending men and females styles together but for other brands the race to catch up has begun and if we look at the catwalks of the last few year we can see more and more brands following suit

with W.Anderson, Balenciaga, Tom Ford Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger all showcasing co-ed collections, Nike’s gender-neutral activewear collection, Dior Men’s transparent shirts, and Thom Browne’s Instagrams of men in heels and skirts.

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For a fashion designer adopting a gender neutral style can be highly cost efficient, why bother to design and create two separate collections for males and females when one will do but is this just a style phase or is gender neutral fashion here to stay? In a word yes, 38% of Gen Z-ers strongly believe that gender no longer defines a person as much as it used to, and 27 percent of millennials felt the same way and of these two generations they account for $143 billion in spending over the next four years

Harry Styles wear a custom Harris Reed two piece bespoke silk moire suit in the music video for Lights Up

So who should we be looking out for in 2020? MCM German brand MCM is further pushing its transformation into a full fashion brand with underwear and loungewear. According to the company, it’s MCM’s entry into the first ethical and ecological collection. Comprising 13 underwear and additional genderneutral lounge- and sleepwear, the collection features Demeter-certified biodynamic Egyptian Ginza cotton boxers, briefs, cropped tops and leggings in black and white with branded waistbands, and cognac-colored silk pajamas and robes with the classic visetos. LOEWE Once a traditional brand, Loewe under the direction of J.W Andersen has gone and gotten a lot more contemporary offering a genderless look for its new spring / summer 2020 collection. Both the women’s and men’s collections are indistinguishable with shared design details such as skirts, dresses, suits, and ruffles. Even the brand’s accessories are blurred, with just the sizes of the bags as the major difference. ONE DNA After a successful crowdfunding campaign with Kickstarter, New York-based designer Travis Weaver launched One DNA. The collection offers a simple proposition with sophisticated deftness: Basic clothing designed without the limitations of gender, size, or race in mind. Weaver doesn’t see the collection as erasing gender, but rather ignores the dividing line between women’s and men’s clothing. With non-binary standards, the label’s collections offers a range of wardrobe staples such as oversized woven tees, cropped hoodies, and freeform tunic shapes constructed using soft cotton and cotton blends. Gender-neutral in both silhouette and fabrication, One DNA’s design makes everyone feel included. 29


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WILDE VERTIGGA Specialising in sharp asymmetrical cuts and bold colours, Wilde Vertigga is a brand for the wild at heart. Their range online suits the needs of smart-clothes lovers, with structured coats and shirts, and those who prefer casualwear, with cropped trousers and t-shirts. GUCCI Gucci has always questioned tradition, and even more so today under Alessandro Michele’s vision. For his debut collection, Michele introduced pussy bow blouses, sheer tops, and lace on men that were strikingly similar to his women’s collection. Today, Gucci has put genderforward celebrities such as Jared Leto and Harry Styles at the forefront of the movement. LOUIS VUITTON Another traditional, heritage brand, Louis Vuitton’s step into the unconventional is one that’s surprised many. Nicolas Ghesquiere, the creative director for womenswear, is pushing boundaries by dressing women in the structured and bold while menswear creative director Virgil Abloh continues to push the boundaries within his mélange of the street and sophisticated style categories. His futuristic gender-neutral Paris Fashion show featured space and science fiction themes, implying that in the future, gender fluidity would be the new norm. The models wearing sharp suits were actually girls giving the impression that they want to look like tough men.

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RUTH TOMLINSON LAUNCHES A

UNIQUE COLLECTION WITH GEMFIELDS

CELEBRATING THE PURPOSEFUL IMPERFECTIONS WITHIN Renowned for celebrating unconventional beauty and spotlighting the individuality of each handselected gem, British jewellery designer Ruth Tomlinson is known for her raw, handwrought aesthetic affinity to gemstones Drawn to the Earth’s most unique and natural treasures, Hatton Garden based designer Ruth Tomlinson is renowned for celebrating unconventional beauty and spotlighting the individuality of each hand-selected gem. Compelled to explore this narrative further, Tomlinson has partnered with Gemfields, the world’s leading supplier of coloured gemstones, to create a truly unique collection. Launched in November the limited-edition collection, entitled JARDIN, features exquisite Gemfields’ emeralds, which Tomlinson selected for their otherworldly inclusions. Occurring naturally within the mineral composition of the gem, this “garden of inclusions” makes each one entirely unique. Inspired to create a collection that would tell the story within the gemstones – a message mirrored in Gemfields’ “A Story In Every Gemstone”, and in their recent VOID exhibition – Tomlinson set about sourcing complementary gems. These include exquisite “salt and pepper” diamonds, which add a celestial-like depth and mystique to the aesthetic of the designs, and angular antique baguette cuts, which pay homage to the strata and formations of rock in the Earth’s crust, in which these beautiful green gemstones are discovered. From the bench of her Hatton Garden atelier, Tomlinson has transformed the treasures into a series of three one-of-a-kind pieces: a statement drop earring, cocktail ring and matching pendant necklace, each featuring Gemfields’ Zambian emeralds exclusively. Choosing to mix both 14K yellow and 18K white gold in her signature unpolished finish, she masterfully marries antiquity with modernity, along with references to the material’s natural history, adding her signature granulation to finish.

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We spoke to Ruth Tomlinson about the collection What do you love most about emeralds?

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Emeralds are typically known for their vivid tones, but the beauty for me is actually in the paler or included varieties, which are much less celebrated, but in my opinion, even more striking. I’m always fascinated by the heritage of gemstones. I find that the older or rarer they are, the more I’m drawn to them. The inclusions make each gem completely unique, created at a moment in time, in a particular place, never to be repeated – truly magical.

Why are responsibly sourced gemstones important to you? In every facet of the brand, we’re attempting to be as responsible as we can be, using recycled gold, sourcing antique diamonds and gemstones, rather than new ones, and championing the repurposing of old jewellery into new, which we do a lot through personal commissions. Our gemstone-sourcing plays a huge part in all of this: the provenance of a gemstone is something we demand to know, as do our clients. Gemfields are renowned for their transparency, which makes working with them such a pleasure. It’s essential that we share these values with every partner we work with.

Emerald & Diamond Sweeping Asymmetric Cluster Ring £9,200

How did this collection come about? I’ve always found beauty and romance in the story of gemstones and the inner world within them. When I heard about the Gemfields VOID exhibition with Dan Tobin Smith earlier this year, which used video and sound to magnify the tiny microcosms within gemstones, I was hooked. I reached out to Gemfields to discuss how I could design a collection which would celebrate the perfectly imperfect inclusions within their gemstones. Emeralds spoke to me more than rubies; that was just instinctive, and when I stumbled across the emerald with subtle peppered inclusions, I knew I’d found something special to work with. My jewels always take form at the bench: for me, there’s huge pleasure and value in letting the idea flow from there, in letting the gemstone guide the way. With this collection, the emeralds had to take centre stage. I worked hard to ensure the settings allowed plenty of light to reflect the incredible inclusions within. More unusually for us, I decided to use a mix of yellow and white gold to add contrast to the deep green, and then a flourish of diamonds to finish. The dazzling and unique trio, the collaborative collection truly exemplifies both Tomlinson’s and Gemfields’ passion for the individuality and beauty found. The collection is available exclusively on www.ruthtomlinson.com 36 LUXURY LIVING

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HUGO UNVEILS

DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE COLLECTION Taking inspiration from the chameleon of pop David Bowie was a musical and visual icon who made an indelible impact on the world of music and fashion would have celebrated his 73rd birthday this years and to commemorate the occasion Hugo the younger offspring of Hugo Boss have unveiled a limited-edition ‘HUGO Loves Bowie’ capsule collection for both men and women paying tribute to the late singer and his inimitable style.

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“David Bowie was a rebel spirit who lived life on his own terms” says Bart de Backer, Senior Head of Design HUGO Menswear.

“This capsule is an opportunity for us to celebrate the impact he had on the world and the values that we share.” Referencing Bowie’s 1977-1979 ‘Berlin Trilogy’, a body of work inspired by the German capital and consisting of the albums ‘Low’, ‘Heroes’ and ‘Lodger’, the collection consists of T-shirts adorned with album titles and artwork (shot by Masayoshi Sukita), alongside accessories and T-shirts a printed with the original slogan used to promote the album – “Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming.” The collection which features 10 styles is available online in HUGO Stores and selected partner retailers worldwide with prices ranging from $45 for a hat to $178 for a sweatshirt.

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BARTON PERREIRA UNVEILS

JAMES BOND SUNGLASSES Ahead of this year’s hotly anticipated film, luxury sunglass designers Barton Perreira unveil a three series capsule collection

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James Bond is the quintessential stylish gentleman and ahead of the release of 25th instalment of the James Bond franchise, No Time To Die, high end eyewear

company Barton Perreira recently announced a global licensing agreement with EON Productions as the eyewear partner featured in the film.

Consisting of three distinguishable styles the Barton Perreira x007 Collection will comprise of; Joe - a polished black classic rectangular style frame with mineral glass lenses, Norton -a polished tortoise round P3 frame with a keyhole bridge) and Courtier – a sleek titanium and matte finish acetate aviator.

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When thinking about how to dress James Bond in this latest film, I knew that everything about his look had to be instantly iconic and definitive. We chose pieces that are going to withstand the test of time as a classic, while also very much being steps ahead of the current moment. Each piece needed to be what I like to call the ‘answer,’” said Suttirat Anne Larlarb, costume designer of No Time To Die. “When Barton Perreira sunglasses were suggested, they immediately ticked all the boxes of what a number of our Bond looks required – and across a variety of settings and circumstances in the story, they were indeed the answer.” The Joe and Norton frames will come with a certificate of authenticity card as well as custom branded 007 sunglass case, cleaning cloth and sleek, black carrying case. The Courtier will come with the custom branded 007 sunglass case and cloth. Frames will range from $440 - $625.

u “James Bond embodies many things Barton Perreira represents – style, innovation, design and affinity for high quality, luxury items – and we’re proud to see him in our frames,” said Patty Perreira, co-founder and designer of Barton Perreira. The frames will be available for purchase on BartonPerreira.com, 007store.com and in all Barton Perreira stores and authorized retailers.

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HUBLOT STRIKES GOLD WITH THE CLASSIC FUSION GOLD CRYSTAL WATCH Hublot proudly presents the Classic Fusion Gold Crystal. A watch whose dial boasts the rarest form of gold on Earth: gold crystal Gold has always intrigued mankind. To understand this love of the yellow metal, you need to dig deep, deep in the history of time and our planet. One of the rarest metals in the world, its beauty has been admired by cultures that span the entirety of documented human history. In fact, all the gold you see today is truly stardust, the result of a cosmic collision of black holes or neutron stars that smashed into each other. Most of the gold found in the crust and mantle of the Earth are microscopic dust particles embedded in rock; far less is actually in nuggets found in bedrock or mines. But of all the variations of gold that one sees in the natural world, the rarest is crystalline gold. The new Hublot Classic Fusion Gold Crystal watch pays homage to these rarefied pieces of gold. Unique, delicate and flamboyant, the dial of the Classic Fusion Gold Crystal is decorated with gold crystal made from flakes of gold. Like a precious work of art, which needs to be framed, the dial is fitted into a black ceramic case of a Classic Fusion Gold Crystal watch, available in 38 mm or 45 mm diameters. It houses the HUB1112 calibre, a mechanical movement with automatic winding and a 42-hour power reserve. A black alligator strap stitched onto rubber allows you to wear this rare object on your wrist. Priced at €20,800 / £ 17’400 every one of these limited edition watches is unique so no two watches will be the same.

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JAGUAR UNVEIL LIFESTYLE COLLECTION INSPIRED BY CLASSIC MARK 2 SALOON British marque Jaguar has channelled the timeless design of its legendary Mark 2 saloon for a new range of clothes and accessories

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The Mark 2’s role in popular culture is celebrated

on a T-shirt with the ‘Ultimate Getaway Car’ printed on the back. Available in three colours, it also has an instantly recognisable graphic of

the car’s shape. A zip-up cotton jacket features the same stylized image on the inner lining while a cap showcases a second design.

“We wanted to celebrate the 60th anniversary

of the legendary Mark 2 in a way that allowed

enthusiasts to show their admiration for the car. It’s such an iconic vehicle that this collection will

appeal to anyone interested in enduring design and classic vehicles.”

Joe Sinclair Jaguar Land Rover director of branded goods and licensing.

The Jaguar Mark 2 was launched in 1959 at the Earls Court Motor Show, London, and

became an overnight sensation, embodying all three attributes from William Lyons’ famous advertising slogan: Grace, space and pace. It was available with a choice of powerful

XK-derived six-cylinder engines, including

the top-of-the-range 3.8-litre that delivered 220bhp and a top speed of 125mph.

Along with its reputation for its exceptional on-road performance, the Mark 2 was also

part of Jaguar’s motorsport success story, with Roy Salvadori and Graham Hill among the

greats to drive it to victory in saloon car races. See and buy the new Jaguar Heritage Collection at shop.jaguar.com

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The lifestyle collection celebrates the famous model’s 60th anniversary with the exceptional attention to detail Jaguar cars have always been renowned for.

A choice of three heritage art prints capture the spirit of the original sports saloon, while a set of four espresso cups feature graphics inspired by the Mark 2’s distinctive twin headlamps.

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It seems the adage that good things come to those who wait is

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tine Gaafu Alifu Atoll, a palm tree-peppered private island Raf-

fles Maldives Meradhoo comprises of only 21 island villas and residences along with 16 overwater villas with private pools.

With its vast overwater villas and residences, sophisticated Nikkei restaurant Yuzu and sunset-facing Yapa pool bar, it will provide unparalleled luxury to those who dream of a life spent on

the water. Together these two private islands offer two distinct experiences, bound together by Raffles’ legendary service.

All the facilities of the resort – and the very best of the Maldives

– will be at their full disposal. A unique offering, a Marine Butler is available to every guest and will happily lead snorkelling tours

of the resort’s two remarkable and endlessly fascinating house reefs. Gaafu Alifu atoll is one of the world’s largest and deepest atolls and the astoundingly clear, blissfully warm waters imme-

diately surrounding the Raffles resort teem with a kaleidoscope

of colourful fish. Guests are encouraged to keep an eye out for Apollo, one of the 20 resident hawksbill and green turtles that regularly swim by to say hello.

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On the beach island, the overwater Raffles Spa combines Eastern practices with age-old local influences and offers highly personalised facials by Biologique Recherche; rejuvenating body treatments from Aromatherapy Associates; and signature manicure and pedicure services by Margaret

Dabbs London. An expansive gym caters to all fitness levels; yoga sessions are held on an ocean-facing deck; a jogging route winds its way along gardens abloom with hibiscus and bougainvillea; visiting practitioners will lead practise sessions in tai chi, mindfulness and more.

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Relaxed feet-in-the-sand dining is encouraged here, too. The Firepit is an outdoor barbecue restaurant where hearty seafood and meat specialities such as spicy lobster with green

papaya and tender beef tenderloin are flame-grilled over the charcoal fire. The tables and chairs carved from the sand are set directly on the shore for uninterrupted views of the

starlit skyline. Starting with healthy smoothies and freshly baked pastries, breakfast is a highlight at the all-day international restaurant Thari. Paying homage to its namesake at

Raffles Singapore, guests can enjoy the signature Maldives Sling at the Long Bar which features a special concoction of gin, grapefruit, coconut, cinnamon and clove that mirrors the Maldivian evening sunset.

The overwater island makes the most of its seascape setting at pool bar, Yapa, where worldclass mixologists create signature cocktails inspired by the spirits from South America and

Japan. Enjoy a Pisco sour and delicious tacos while you watch the evening sunset over the

Indian Ocean. At adjacent fine-dining restaurant Yuzu, Peruvian chef Anibal Torres serves the authentic Nikkei cuisine with a refreshing blend of Japanese and Peruvian influences

using sustainable seafood from local sourced market. Bespoke dining experiences include a sunrise breakfast on a private sandbank or relish in an exclusive Champagne and sashimi by the cruise deck with the company of playful dolphins.

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Wherever guests spend the night, they will reside in some of the largest villas in

the Maldives – each featuring a large marble bathtub, private pool and outdoor

shower. Surrounded by lush foliage, the beach villas offer a sunrise or sunset view while the overwater villas overlook the dazzlingly turquoise water.

On both islands, the luxurious two-bedroom residences provide an exclusive

retreat for families and friends, while the Raffles Royal Residence offers the perfect setting for a very special celebration. Opening on the beach island next year, this three-bedroom hideaway is the ultimate Indian Ocean luxury that

features an infinity pool, endless space and a retractable roof on its upper level so guests can enjoy the beautiful night skies under the stars.

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“For couples looking for an unforgettable romantic hideaway, our exceptionally spacious villas and the

discreet expertise of the Raffles butler service redefines the resort experience. From intimate dining with our private chef service to snorkelling and diving in the world’s most breathtaking coral reefs, we create

a place where guests can enjoy the best of both worlds in a destination known for its stunning surroundings,” said Oliver Larcher, General Manager of Raffles Maldives Meradhoo.

Accommodation at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo starts at US$1800 per night, including taxes and

service charge, breakfast and complimentary speedboat transfers from Kaadedhdhoo Airport. An hour’s domestic flight south of Malé International Airport to Kaadhedhdhoo Airport is chargeable at US$500 net per person roundtrip.

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Influences outside of the travel industry will this year play a huge factor in travel trends for the year ahead, 2019 bore witness to Brexit, climate change activism, and natural catastrophes around the world from flooding in Venice to volcanic eruptions in New Zealand. So what if any will these factors play in the luxury travel industry?

Here we take a look at what to expect in 2020

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ECO This has been on the agenda for several years now but each and every year the momentum grows bigger with consumers looking to reduce their carbon footprint on today’s society with Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg creating a whole new concept of flygskam, which means flight shaming. So rather than taking a plane to the most talked-about destination on the planet, trendy travellers are now looking at destinations which are accessible via trains, road or water.

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SPACE Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezo are all putting their money into developing space travel and following years of development, Virgin Galactic has announced that this year they will take members of the public on a 90-minute sub-orbital journey into space. A stunning ‘Gateway to Space’ Spaceport departure lounge has been built in New Mexico where the first commercial space flights will take place. But this is just the beginning Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin space company recently launched its 12th crewless test of its New Shepard rocket, pushing its first flights with passengers to 2020.

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VEGANISM Along with climate change Veganism is one of the fastest-growing social movements, and as such many travel providers are scrambling to catch up so they can cater to their needs providing vegan friendly accommodation offering 100% animal-free products and experiences. In the UK Saorsa 1875 became the UK’s first vegan hotel, with 11 rooms at its Perthshire location. No wool, silk or feather duvets appear in the rooms and the restaurant is purely plant-based. Look out for vegan-only retreats and cooking escapes becoming the new norm.

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PET With more than half (55%) of global pet owners saying that their pet is as important to them as their children, it’s no surprise that 2020 looks set to herald a new era in pet-centric vacations. We’ll see travellers putting the needs of their beloved pets well before their own when it comes to selecting where to go, where to stay and what to do. 42% of global pet owners agree that in the coming year they would choose holiday destinations based on whether they can take their pets and 49% would be willing to pay more to stay at an accommodation that’s pet-friendly. Reflecting this trend, the number of pet-friendly properties continues to rise on Booking.com while savvy to this appetite, accommodations around the world will continue to look for innovative ways to up the ante when it comes to pet-tailored offerings and amenities, such as complementary dog day beds, pet spas, dedicated room service menus and even specially designed pet restaurants. Animals on vacation can definitely expect a five-star experience.

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SECOND CITY TRAVELLER According to Booking.com travellers will adopt second-city travel, meaning the exploration of lesser known destinations in a bid to reduce over-tourism and protect the environment. Expect to see companies respond to this demand by introducing functions that make it easier for travellers to identify second-city/neighborhood destinations through understanding traveller’s trip preferences and matching these with alternative or lesser known destinations in their chosen country or region. Likewise increasing collaboration across the travel eco-system will see more awareness campaigns and infrastructure improvement drives to entice visitors to take the road less travelled.

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DNA HERITAGE Fuelled by the recent rise in genealogical curiosity and affordable at-home DNA testing —ancestry trips, genealogy tours will be a growing trend this year as travellers explore their DNA roots. Another growing trend related to the heritage of individuals is Pilgrams’ following in the footsteps of religious figures. Pilgrimage and faith-based travel isn’t a new trend, but in 2020 it is expected to become a more prominent niche in the travel industry with people coming from all over the world to complete famous pilgrimages such as the Camino de Santiago in Spain, providing a unique opportunity for tour operators.

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Seabourn, the world’s finest ultraluxury travel experience, is offering travellers extraordinary worldwide itineraries scheduled from fall 2020 through to spring 2021.

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The programming includes more than 60 unique sailings to hidden harbours, marquee ports, must-experience destinations, and some accessible only by smaller ships. Guests joining one of the voyages will visit at the ideal time, enjoying peak season weather, a wealth of experiences and will feel right at home with exceptional personalized and intuitive service, generous amenities, and all-inclusive unique experiences aboard the fleet of ultra-luxury Seabourn resorts at sea. The three seasons from fall 2020 through spring 2021 will offer abundant opportunities for luxury travellers to see and explore new sights and exotic cultures, with voyages ranging from seven to 140 days aboard the line’s award-winning ships across all seven continents.

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Seabourn itinerary hiGhliGhtS include: Seabourn ovation The most recent addition to the Seabourn fleet will head into fall 2020 departing athens bound for dubai on a 16-day voyage through the holy land and arabia, followed by a 16-day voyage through arabia and india with the ship arriving in Singapore in early december. beginning late december through February 2021, Seabourn ovation will sail on a series of 14-day Thailand & vietnam voyages between hong Kong and Singapore, visiting vietnam, Thailand, and cambodia. The ship will also visit china and Philippines on a 14-day Gems of the South china Sea voyage departing January 31, 2021. in March, the ship departs for an 18-day trip from Singapore to dubai, visiting destinations in Malaysia, Thailand, indonesia, india, and united arab emirates. Seabourn ovation’s season in asia will come to a close with an 18-day voyage from dubai to athens, setting her up for europe starting in late april 2020. Seabourn encore Seabourn encore will head into fall 2020 visiting destinations in Southern europe starting with a 10day cruise from valletta, Malta to athens, followed by an 18-day cruise of the holy land and arabia bound for dubai. The better part of november will be dedicated to an 18-day voyage to Singapore, with calls in oman, united arab emirates, india, indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. She will then return to focus on indonesia with a 10-day cruise from Singapore to benoa (denpasar), including two final days in bali. Then it will be onto australia with a 16-day voyage to Sydney, including overnights in darwin, cairns, and Sydney, as well as cruising the Great barrier reef. The ship will then sail on six 16-day cruises between Sydney to auckland, exploring the wonders “down under” and the “land of the long White cloud.” Seabourn encore will then retrace its route with 17 days from Sydney to benoa; 10 days from benoa to Singapore; and 18 days from Singapore to dubai. Following an 18-day voyage from dubai, the ship arrives at athens in mid-May, when it will begin its summer season in europe. Seabourn QueSt during fall 2020, Seabourn Quest will head south and sail along the western edge of South america, starting with a 22-day Panama & South america voyage from Miami. The ship will sail to Puerto limon (San Jose), costa rica, followed by a full transit of the Panama canal, and then sail along the coasts of ecuador, Peru and chile before arriving at San antonio, the port for Santiago, chile. leaving november behind, the ship will turn toward her antarctic season with five 21- to 24-day voyages between San antonio and buenos aires, argentina. each voyage will include a six-day antarctic experience, where guests will have opportunities to step ashore on the “White continent,” dependent on weather conditions. at the start of spring, Seabourn Quest will depart buenos aires for 21 days to sail along the brazilian coast and amazon to Manaus. in early april, she will head out of the amazon from Manaus to Miami over 15 days, including devil’s island and several islands of the caribbean. The ship will make its way across the atlantic ocean on a 15-day voyage to rotterdam, The netherlands, for the start of summer in europe, with stops at the azores of Portugal, as well as normandy, France, and bruges, belgium along the way.

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Seabourn odySSey From fall 2020 through winter 2021, Seabourn odyssey will be traversing the caribbean Sea with the return of its popular and combinable seven-day voyages either round trip from bridgetown, barbados or between bridgetown and Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. There will be 20 seven-day caribbean cruises for the ship altogether, each perfect for new-to-Seabourn guests and Seabourn club members yearning for a quick Seabourn experience. For those seeking a longer time on board, guests may book backto-back voyages without any ports repeated. Finally, in early april, the ship will take a 14-day route from bridgetown to Miami, featuring stops at curaçao, St. lucia, aruba, Santo domingo, dominican republic, and more. Seabourn odyssey will then sail westbound for a 21-day voyage to los angeles, with destinations along columbia, costa rica, Guatemala, and the caribbean and Pacific coasts of Mexico, and a full transit of the Panama canal in between. Then it’ll be off to the ship’s summer season in alaska and british columbia, beginning with a 6-day cruise from los angeles to vancouver starting in mid-May. Seabourn SoJourn as 2020 draws to a close, Seabourn Sojourn will be cruising the caribbean through fall. The season will start with a 21-day voyage from los angeles to Miami, with destinations along the Pacific coast of Mexico and central america leading to a full west-to-east transit of the Panama canal, followed by colombia, Jamaica and the cayman islands. Five caribbean voyages will follow, with 12-day cruises sailing either round trip from Miami or between Miami and San Juan, Puerto rico with destinations including St. barthélemy, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Kitts and nevis, St. lucia, and the british virgin islands. The voyages include Seabourn’s popular caviar in the Surf and beach barbecue. Then, beginning January 3, 2021, Seabourn Sojourn will embark upon the 140-day World cruise: extraordinary oceans. Guests who join for the entire voyage will sail east-to-west from Miami visiting extraordinary and visit 60 noteworthy destinations in 32 countries around the world, including in central and South america, the islands of the South Pacific, australia, indonesia, and africa. 81


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Seabourn represents the pinnacle of ultra-luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart: spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas and all 100% ocean front; superb dining in a choice of venues including The Grill by Thomas Keller; differentiated evening experiences in partnership with Sir tim rice, Spa & Wellness with dr. andrew Weil, open bars throughout the ship; fine wines poured at lunch and dinner; award-winning service and a relaxed, sociable atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home onboard. For more information or reservations visit www.seabourn.com.

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OCEAN LINER OF THE SKY

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It was back in May 1926 that the first airship visited the North Pole on board was the famed Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen and Italian engineer Umberto Nobile following a successful expedition the pair fell out and Umberto Nobile embarked

upon an ill-fated solo journey which resulted in his airship crashing several members died and Nobile had to wait six weeks before he was rescued. During this time

Amundsen had taken part in an international search but sadly he was never seen again and that was the last time an airship flew over the North Pole until now!

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Photos courtesy of Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd and Design Q

OceanSky have revealed plans for a pioneering expedition from Svalbard “the land of the bears” to the North Pole aboard

the first ever hybrid aircraft -The Airlander 10. Unlike any other aircraft the Airlander 10 is the world’s largest flying

vehicle measuring approx. 100meter in length driven forward by four propellers and powered by both diesel-and electric. Likened to an ocean liner of the sky the Airlander 10 can carry up to 16 passengers and has been furnished like a five-star

hotel with large panoramic windows and spacious cabins. There is also viewing areas equipped with panoramic windows and transparent floors, perfect for gazing at the Northern Lights or for low-altitude whale watching.

Travelling at speeds of 50knots the 36 hour cruise will also include an arctic inspired menu prepared on board by an award-winning chef. Upon arrival at the North Pole passengers will be able to experience a day excursion on the arctic plains guided by acclaimed Arctic expert and climate activist Robert Swan.

The airship’s first commercial flight is planned for 2023 with tickets priced from $64,000 for a two bedroom cabin. Tickets for the maiden voyage are by invitation only, to register your interest visit www.oceansky.se

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The expedition to the North Pole is for the traveller who wants to experience the Arctic in a unique way, and at the same time contribute to the development of sustainable travel.� says Carl-Oscar Lawaczeck, CEO and founder of OceanSky

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Baggage allowance is also an added bonus allowing for flexibility; to take increased excess, oversized bags, golf clubs, ski equipment and fragile items. Pets can also be transported on jets offering peace of mind as they can safely and happily be transported in the cabin alongside you as opposed to being stored in a cold commercial hold.

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A LOOK AhEAD TO EXCITING NEW hOTEL AND RESORT OPENINGS

IKOS RESORTS TO BRING ITS AWARD-WINNING LUXURY ALL-INCLUSIVE CONCEPT TO SPAIN This May Ikos Resorts will launch its five-star Ikos Andalusia, the fifth addition to its collection of award-winning* luxury all-inclusive resorts and the brand’s first property in Spain. The elegant beachfront resort is located on Playa de Guadalmansa, 55-minutes from Malaga airport, 20-minutes from the cosmopolitan centre of Marbella and 15 minutes from the historic town of Estepona.

The stylish resort is set amongst olive trees and has both modern features and local touches, such as tra-

ditional Moorish windcatchers perched atop its seven buildings. Individually commissioned pieces of art and colourful hand-painted tiles will be on display throughout the restaurants and guest rooms. A Cherry Blossom tree at Anaya restaurant, encircled by seating for guests to enjoy Asian dishes in an al-fresco set-

ting, will be a particularly stand-out feature. Stretching across 21 acres and offering spectacular views of the

Mediterranean Sea, the hotel has 411 elegantly appointed rooms, including one- and two-bedroom suites for couples and families, with a choice of private balconies, gardens, individual pools and panoramic sea views.

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In the name of Local Discovery, as part of the all-inclusive stay guests will be encouraged to explore the

surrounding area with a Dine Out experience at carefully selected local restaurants across Marbella and Estepona, a MINI car for one full day to explore the area, tickets to the best museums in Malaga, and free green fee passes for golf players to enjoy a round at the exclusive Los Naranjos Golf Club.

A 420m golden sand beach with luxurious sun loungers is reserved exclusively for hotel guests. A beach

waiter service serving food and beverage, 30 minutes free beach childcare for kids over the age of 4 and

a designated adults-only area will be on offer. The resort will also boast eight outdoor and indoor pools, including kids’ pools, spa pools and adults-only pools, plus a number of private pools. Each of the outdoor pools will feature a cascading design overlooking the beach and Mediterranean Sea. For more information visit: www.ikosresorts.com

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WITNESS GORILLAS IN ThEIR NATURAL hABITAT AT ONE&ONLY RWANDA’S GORILLA NEST

Offering an exclusive front-row seat to one of the world’s most popular mountain gorilla sanctuary, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest cushioned in the foothills of the breathtaking Virunga volcano range has now opened. Guests will be awe-inspired and explore where few have been before in one of the world’s most exceptional natural locations.

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is the ultimate ultra-luxury resort in Kinigi, northwest of Rwanda and just five minutes from Volcanoes National Park. The park is home to the highest number of mountain gorillas, five dormant volcanoes and is categorised as a rainforest because its montane ecosystem.

Beautifully designed private sanctuaries seamlessly blend with the location and offer an intimate collection of 21 jungle-chic havens.

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One&Only’s Ultra-Luxury Portfolio Expands with Second Resort in Rwanda

Featuring 10 Forest King Lodges, four Two-Bedroom Forest Lodges, five Virunga Suites, one Ingagi and Silverback Suite, each space is designed to frame nature, and is surrounded by Eucalyptus trees and strategically positioned on stilts. Private decks and in-room fireplaces provide guests the opportunity to live amongst the endless landscape, inviting the outside

in, and allowing for a truly unforgettable African experience. Suites offer spacious living and dining areas, as well as a true natural experience with outdoor bathtubs high amongst the

trees, offering ultimate privacy. Each lodge design is modern with an African contemporary

feel, showcasing the hues of the surrounding vistas, and colours of the earth and natural, local volcanic rock, with touches of black and white Rwandan imigongo patterns.

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Guests can look forward to enjoying meals in the main restaurant, Nest, offer-

ing dining both indoor and out, as well as offer a private dining area for up to 22 guests. Executive Chef Bryan English and his team will focus on local and

organic ingredients, making use of the abundant produce from local farmers

as well as his own Chef ’s Garden. Similar to One&Only Nyungwe House, the culinary team will work on a new menu daily with a focus on Rwandan and African influences, based on guests’ preferences and dietary needs. Private outdoor dining experiences, barbeques and picnics will also be an option for guests, alternatively lighter meals will also be served at the Pool Bar throughout the day. Nest Bar will serve traditional cocktails with a modern twist incorporating rose water and Eucalyptus from the surrounding forest.

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In tribute to the destination, guests will not only

have access to the activities in the National Park, but a diverse range of on-resort activities which can be booked at the dedicated Experience Centre. Each activity will cater to the physical strength

of each guest with the Experience Team lead by Marelize Conradie who will tailor-make each itinerary based on guests’ preferences. Some activities

that guests can look forward to include Coffee

Tasting with the resort’s barista and local coffee

expert. Musanze (Kinigi) is a well-known coffee

farming area in Rwanda and guests will get the opportunity to taste a variety of coffee beans sourced from a female-run cooperative coffee farm. Guests

will also be able to enjoy yoga on one of the outdoor decks, learn photography at the Studio, or cycle to

a nearby community where they can learn about the Rwandan culture and history, the art of basket weaving and enjoy the traditional dance and music performances to name a few.

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One&Only in Rwanda, joining One&Only

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MALDIVES FIRST EXCLUSIVE SPA WELLNESS RESORT

Leading local hospitality group Crown & Champa Resorts is set to launch Kagi Maldives Spa Island, the first wellness island resort in Maldives’ North Male Atoll this July

The resort which was developed on the uninhabited island of Kagi in North Male Atoll measuring

2.5-hectare located about 55 kilometres from the main Velana International Airport. The boutique 50-villa resort of 40 Water Pool Villas and 10 Beach Pool Villas will provide couples, friends and solo

travelers with a 360° wellness experience. Kagi has partnered with esteemed architect Yuji Yamazaki

on the design of the resort. At the heart of the island will sit Kagi’s 1500-square-meter spa and wellness hub, complete with an open-air, teardrop-shaped floating yoga pavilion at its centre. Kagi will also house a state-of-the-art gym, two restaurants, three bars, a dive centre and a house reef.


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Guests will be able to choose from three room types, a Beach Pool Villa, a Lagoon Pool Villa or

an Ocean Pool Villa, all of which will be distinguished by their unique locations and will house a private pool, a sun deck and an expansive indoor-outdoor bathroom. Positioned at the lagoon of the island, Kagi’s Baani Spa will offer a personalized, outcome-focused wellness programme that will take guests on a journey to Release, Restore and Regain.

The most striking feature of Kagi Maldives is its spa and wellness centre which sit a few meters off the western coast of the island. The fully integrated wellness centre and spa will consist of four

treatment rooms with outdoor bathing facilities, a relaxation lounge, beauty salon, fully-equipped yoga and sound-healing studio, steam rooms and a spa wellness boutique. A ‘Spa Corner’ will raise

the ‘juice’ bar with superfoods and ingredients rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, offering a variety of drinks that are as delicious as they are energizing and nutritious.

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Alternative therapies including crystal and sound

healing, lifestyle and health coaching and nutrition lessons will complement a comprehensive

range of beauty and massage treatments. For

those looking to improve their fitness, a state-of-

the-art gym, tai chi, qigong, yoga and Pilates will all be on offer, with a rotation of visiting expert practitioners providing dedicated retreats.

The more adventurous will also have a chance to sample a variety of watersports includ-

ing day-and-night snorkeling, scuba diving, catamaran and sailing boat trips, and much

more. For food lovers Kagi will house two restaurants, three bars and an expansive wine

cellar. The resort’s fusion cuisine will take inspiration from the geographical ‘ring of fire’ that surrounds the Maldives, from the highly spiced and fragranced cuisine of South East Asia to the bold, fiery flavors of South America and Oceania.

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COURMAYEUR DEBUTS BRAND NEW ‘ARP’ SLOPE FOR 2020

New slope offers panoramic views of the Arp Ridge and Mont Blanc Courmayeur Mont Blanc has announced a new slope for the 2020 ski season, allow-

ing resort skiers and boarders the opportunity to ski an area only previously accessible to free-riders. The new Arp slope begins as a 700m skiable Red path which gives

access to a north-facing Black piste; a 600m descent with a 70% gradient. While free-riders and off-piste skiers had been able to access to area from the Arp Cable Car, the new slopes will enable resort skiers to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the 2,750 Arp ridge and the southern side of the Mont Blanc. The exposure of

the slope and the altitude guarantee an exceptional quality snow cover and excellent snowfall both at the beginning and at the end of season.

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The construction of the slope is also the first step in a larger project of upward development of the Courmayeur Mont Blanc ski area, which will continue with the replacement of the Youla and Arp

structures, which expire in 2021. The investment for the construction of the piste was just under €1.5million.

Courmayeur is home to over 100km of on and off-piste ski area offering an excellent mix of perfectly

groomed slopes and virgin powder for those bluebird days. With a top lift at 2,755m the resort offers some impressive vertical although it has plenty to offer beginner riders too. Last year, Courmayeur opened two new Arp runs both at 2,750m. The resort is exceptionally proud of its continuous maintenance work that keeps the lifts, runs and infrastructure facilities at peak condition.

Courmayeur Mont Blanc is a dream destination for any mountain enthusiast and a much-loved

winter sports destination, with excellent skiing for all abilities. The resort offers superb heliskiing

and off-piste opportunities, as well as joy skating, fat biking, hiking, snow shoeing, climbing, cycling and much more. Not only does the resort benefit from spectacular scenery with fourteen 4,000m+

mountain peaks visible, it is home to the new Skyway Monte Bianco, enabling a faster and easier

connection to the resort of Chamonix, as well as access to the world’s longest lift-served run, the Vallée Blanche.

For more information visit: www.courmayeurmontblanc.it/en

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INTRODUCING KALESMA, MYKONOS

Set to elevate the desirable island of Mykonos to new heights Kalesma is a brand new 25 suite and two villa luxury hotel, opening 1 June 2020

‘Kalesma’, meaning ‘inviting’ in Greek, is perfectly suited to the ethos of this boutique, privately-owned property. The whitewashed, beautifully designed collection of houses have

been created to resemble a charming Mykonian village, tumbling down a slope to Ornos

Bay, just a short walk from the beach. The look and feel of a traditional village is deliberate,

as Kalesma is all about making guests feel at home and encouraging a neighbourhood vibe, enhanced by weekly intimate dinners. Inspired by Cycladic architecture, combining tradi-

tion with contemporary elements, Kalesma is a design aficionados dream – offering sleek and minimalist interiors using locally-sourced materials, evident at every turn. Spectacular

sea views are promised from every part of the hotel and its location is truly unique, with guests being able to see the sunrise and sunset from the same spot.

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CYCLADIC CUISINE Created by the Greek owners of acclaimed Athens restaurants, Pere, Ubu and Sea Spice, Kalesma will feature a modern destination restaurant, leading

the food scene on the island. Greek cooking is imbedded within the DNA of

Kalesma and the offering focuses on food for the soul. The hotel’s restaurant, PERE UBU, will focus on seasonal and local produce, and will come complete with a wood fired oven which will be used to bake a daily selection of

fresh homemade bread. PERE UBU overlooks the hotel’s spectacular infinity

pool and is the social hub of the hotel, offering a laid-back atmosphere during

the day with chilled summer music, delicious small plates and light lunches. By night, it transforms into a sophisticated eatery, serving simple, elegant dishes showcasing the local produce alongside innovative cocktails keeping

guests fuelled into the early hours. The owners are genuinely passionate about hospitality and aim to bring people together through food, hosting weekly

intimate dinners at PERE UBU. The restaurant is open to hotel residences and island visitors alike, however the hosted dinners will be exclusively for

Kalesma guests. The Sunset Lounge is the ideal spot to watch the sun disappear behind the sea and a perfect place to end the evening with a nightcap.

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INFORMAL ISLAND LIVING Kalesma’s accommodation is in the form of suites andvillas and is the only hotel in Mykonos where all accommodation comes with its own private heated pool. Each room also comes

with unobstructed sea views and private terraces, complete with sun loungers that catch

the breeze from the Aegean. All accommodation features original artwork and expansive bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs and an outdoor shower on a private patio. Guests of

Kalesma can arrange in-room spa treatments, private yoga and Pilates, as well as personal

training sessions. Kalesma’s outstanding location provides 360 vistas of the bay below, pro-

viding guests with the unique opportunity to enjoy both sunrise and the legendary sunsets from the same spot.


The hotel’s 25 suites are generous in size at 680 sq. ft with 970 sq. ft terraces and can sleep up to three adults

or two adults and two children. Kalesma is also home to two spectacular, earth coloured private villas, one

with two bedrooms and one with three. Ideal for entertaining or family holidays, both feature an open plan

living room with cosy sofas, dining area and a fully equipped kitchen with pre-stocked food and wine fridges. A personal chef is available to villa guests if they wish to organise an intimate gathering or romantic meal on their terrace. Villas also come with their own fitness rooms complete with Technogym equipment. A stay in

one of these private villas combines self-contained serviced residences, with access to exceptional hotel facilities and each will have a dedicated Villa Manager on call to coordinate guests stays. For more information visit: www.kalesmamykonos.com


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The inaugural season features celebrated yachting destinations, hidden coves and charming towns

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Announced back in 2017 The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection revealed plans to bring five star luxury and comfort to the high seas aboard three luxury commissioned cruise ships, and despite several

setbacks Ritz Carlton have now unveiled their 2021 itineraries for voyages with the Evrima, which

translates from Greek to mean “discovery� scheduled to depart first commencing June 2020 taking in over 50 ports during the season.

Designed to defy all cruise ship stereotypes the Evrima will boast 149 suites - each with their own

private terrace, larger rooms, relaxing common spaces, and an on-board spa. There will also be highend dining options, including a restaurant from Sven Elverfeld of Aqua - the three Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg.

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The curated itineraries aboard Evrima will take guests to some of the most stunning locations around

the world, providing unique access to iconic yachting playgrounds as well as hidden coves and charming towns. With most voyages 7-nights in duration, itineraries are designed to not repeat the same

ports back-to-back, making them the perfect choice to do a single itinerary or combine with the following itinerary for those seeking an extended voyage.

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“We are excited to have opened reservations for our 2021 season,” said Douglas Prothero, CEO for

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. “We have been thrilled with the response to The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and look forward to continuing to build on that success, delivering experiences truly unlike any other on the market.”

An extended Mediterranean season includes ports-of-call in the Greek Isles and Côte d’Azur, while stops in places such as Cartagena and Martinique add to the splendor of a journey through the Carib-

bean. Travelers will also have the option to enjoy a plethora of iconic, laid-back destinations including Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, Barbados and Aruba, while up north, guests will marvel at the spectacular beauty of New England and Eastern Canada, enjoying the region’s

Voyage prices vary depending on the itinerary and season, with the base cost for one passenger on one voyage starting from $4,900. The yachts are also available for private charter. For further information on Evrima and the 2021 yacht season visit: www.ritzcarltonyachtcollection.com

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FindingLove AT ATTHE THECLICK CLICK OF OFAABUTTON BUTTON If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to find love then like so many others you may have thought about joining an on-line dating site Today approximately 39% of couples find love online but it wasn’t always that way. Until several years ago, online or internet dating was often considered taboo when mentioned in social circles, people frowned upon the dating practice of meeting people from the internet, and thought it was only for freaks or those with major social issues. But, as times have changed, technology and society have both advanced to a new stage in the dating game. These days online dating is now considered the norm and people who once considered it only for weirdo’s are booting up their PC’s, creating online dating profiles and contacting other members looking for love. Statistics show that between the months of December - February online dating sites are at their busiest with a 25 to 30 percent increase in new member’s registrations alone with the 7th January statistically the optimum day for those looking to find love. But surely finding love online can’t be that easy! No it’s not, like everything in life there are Pro’s and Con’s so here we take a look

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Pros IT CONVIENENT Balancing work, school and a social life is hard enough, and throwing dating into the mix is such a juggling act. Then there’s all those dry periods where there just doesn’t seem to be anyone physically around you who seems like dating material. Online dating is kind of like online shopping: it’s faster, efficient, you can browse whenever you want and all the candidates are in one place – So no more bar and club hopping! NO MORE BARS One of the best advantages to online dating is in the way that potential daters meet each other. You no longer have to worry about looking out of place sitting in a bar all alone unless you really want to. By using online dating services and perusing profiles, you can read about a person, see them in photos and videos, hear their voices and make a judgement based on all of that information. Having this knowledge is far superior to meeting someone in a bar or any other random location for that matter because you know from the start what you’re getting into. THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER It’s just so much easier and safer to cling to your social circles sometimes, because they get you, but, online, you come across people from different parts of the city and from social demographics that you wouldn’t normally even talk to. By using dating services online expands your horizons. NO MORE FIRST DATES BLUES With the Internet and all of the information it can provide, those so called “first date jitters” will be a thing of the past. OK, you still may be nervous, but after getting to know a person online or talking to them on the phone, or via Facebook eliminates that dreaded feeling of anxiety. YOU’RE (MOSTLY) SURE THE OTHER PERSON IS SINGLE It’s just the most frustrating thing ever, you’ve meet someone you really like you’ve spent forever thinking of great things to talk about, you’ve put great effort into your appearance only to find out they’ve actually in a relationship and just like to flirt as “friends!”. Online dating saves you from feeling a fool. OK it’s not a failsafe option but someone would have to be pretty devious to create a profile whilst still in a relationship.

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Cons COST While there are some websites that are completely free, most come with some sort of sign-up fee. Otherwise, the no-fee introductory period might be very short, and the “review your matches for free” teaser usually doesn’t come with a free option for contacting those matches. Think carefully about the expense before you dive in. Generally, the overall experience and quality of the site will be better with paid sites. Moreover, the amount of money you can save by not having to go on endless dates will easily outweigh the money you spend on a dating website. DON’T BE NAIVE Online dating is not fool proof, people can put whatever they want on their profile (including photos), so until you meet someone in person, you never really know who you’re about to meet. You have to keep your guard up and make people earn your trust. Don’t be naive or assume that all profiles have credible information. People lie and tweak their information and more often than not use out of date photos or filtered images that show them in their best light – So be prepared to be disappointed sometimes. IT’S NOT THE SAFEST Your dating mate may be pretty hot but you don’t know this person at all and how do you know what their telling you is the truth anyway. OK so it’s the same in real life too, but in the virtual world you’re way less likely to have mutual connections. NO SURPRISES On the downside of online dating, you can lose the element of surprise by making use of all of these dating tools. It may seem like something is missing when you find that you already know someone before even meeting in person. If every date is planned and scanned, where is the random surprise aspect that brings strangers together? There’s something to be said about a chance meeting that could turn into a relationship. OTHER PEOPLE MIGHT SEE You’re putting yourself out there for the whole world to potentially see. For those who love privacy, this is a tough hurdle to overcome. Yet, if you try and put up a less than honest picture or bio, you will get less than effective responses from the online community. That said, you might look so hot that you will be inundated with every horny guy or girl on the planet, which is kind of what you want since then you can choose the best. 120 LUXURY LIVING


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Tiffany & Co. has finally arrived in Europe (for a limited time only) with its first ever café

u 56 years since film-goers first enchanted “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” the iconic 1961 film featuring Audrey Hepburn and now, Tiffany & Co. will launch its first ever European dining concept, The Blue Box Café situated within London’s luxury store Harrods. Located on the lower ground floor of the Knightsbridge emporium, the Blue Box Cafe will be styled in the brands iconic turquoise colour with guests able to enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner, while being surrounded by Tiffany jewelry inside what will feel like one of the brand’s famed blue boxes. “We are excited to introduce the Tiffany Blue Box Café to Europe – and it seems only fitting to do so at Harrods, one of the world’s most iconic department stores,” Richard Moore, divisional vice president, global store design and creative visual merchandising of Tiffany & Co said. “We have a long-standing presence in London and by introducing the Tiffany Blue Box Café here, we offer our customers in this city yet another way to immerse themselves in the world of Tiffany. The café will open its doors in February 2020 for a limited period of time.

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THE SPLENDOUR OF THE

Mughals & Maharajas Montblanc push the artistic boundaries with the new Montblanc High Artistry, A Celebration of the Taj Mahal Editions which celebrates the rich artistic traditions of the Mughal dynasty in India and the influence of one of its most enlightened rulers, Shah Jahan

Limited Edition 1 Black Myth

The striking black and white design scheme of this edition is inspired by the legend that Shah Jahan planned

to build himself a mirror image of the Taj Mahal, only in black. It was supposedly intended to stand on the opposite side of the Yamuna River from his wife’s resting place.

Decorated in black and white, it is made from white gold and encrusted with black sapphires and brilliant-

cut diamonds. The crown cap gets one 6.24-karat brilliant-cut diamond. The peacock feather is set with individual diamonds totaling about 13.68 carats, and its center is adorned with a round opal cabochon that

may be detached to reveal a lotus flower in the mother-of-pearl marquetry beneath. The 18-karat yellow gold pen nib is engraved with two lovebirds and is set with a brilliant-cut diamond.

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Limited Edition 1 Tears of the Moon

At the Mughal court and throughout the empire, emeralds had a special name and meaning. Called “Tears of the Moon” because of their mysterious green fire ranging from lunar opacity to clear transparency, emeralds were often inscribed with sacred text. These dynastic heirlooms passed from father to son, were worn as personal talismans.

Made of 18-karat yellow gold and adorned with rubies, emeralds and diamonds that are set in a style remi-

niscent of traditional Kundan stone setting. At its centre is a 10 karat step-cut emerald with the peacock

feather set with square and individual-cut diamonds; approx. 14.79 ct.; centre adorned with an individual rose cut diamond, detachable to reveal a miniature enamel painting of a bird beneath. Like the other two versions the nib is again made of 18-karat gold adorned with two love birds and set with a tsavorite.

u Priced from €1.8 to €2 million, with the other less ornate

Taj Mahal inspired writing instruments; the Limited Edition 76, 10 and 5 priced at EUR 49,000 – EUR 550,000.

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Under the rule of the great emperor, Mughal

art and architecture reached its zenith with the construction of the Taj Mahal of Agra. The

monumental tomb was commissioned by the

ruler as a declaration of love to his late wife Mumtaz who died in childbirth, and has become an enduring symbol of the magnificence

of Indian culture. The latest High Artistry edition evokes the opulence of Mughal orna-

Limited Edition 1 Insignia of Power

ment and jewellery making, and its influence

on Western craftsmanship. The elaborate writing masterpieces are inspired by the brilliant regalia of the maharajas, meticulously set with sparkling stones to achieve a level of rarity and sophistication.

The Montblanc High Artistry, A Celebration

of the Taj Mahal collection is made up of three different precious writing instruments, each limited to just one piece worldwide, making it one-of-a-kind.

The name of this edition draws inspiration

from the symbolism of the dagger in the

Mughal tradition as an insignia of power. Shah Jahan received a personal dagger from his own father at the time of his crowning to confirm his powerful status.

Made from 18-karat yellow gold and deco-

rated with rough rubies set in a style reminiscent of traditional Kundan stone setting. The

Many techniques have been used to bring to

peacock feather is set with baguette and in-

stone cutting and setting to hand engraving,

karats, with the centre adorned with an en-

materials and gemstones may be different

detached to reveal a miniature enamel paint-

tures a slightly curved shape inspired by a tra-

true love. The nib is made of solid 18-karat

The cap top is reminiscent of the dome of the

with a brilliant-cut diamond.

life the fascinating world of the Mughal from

dividual-cut diamonds, approximately 16.78

enamelling and elaborate gold work. While

graved 2.45 karat ruby cabochon that can be

from one edition to the next, each one fea-

ing of a daisy beneath, traditional symbol of

ditional Mughal dagger, an insignia of power.

gold engraved with two lovebirds and set

Taj Mahal, built during the Golden Age of the Mughals. The forepart of the pen features an intricate display of traditional Mughal deco-

rations – India’s famous landmark. While the edition does not feature a clip, a peacock feath-

er adorns the front of the writing instrument, a reference to the peacock throne made for Shah

Jahan in the early 17th century. Featuring two

open gilded peacock’s tails set with diamonds, rubies and other precious gemstones, it was re-

garded as one of the most magnificent throne ever made.

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LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION... ON the surface, a city such as Cannes perhaps might not strike you as the place to host the world’s most famous film festival. It’s not a capital city, or even near one. Yes, cinema was invented in France - but that was in Paris, not Cannes. And sure, the weather in Cannes may be nice, but that certainly isn’t a unique selling point. So just how did a reasonably small resort town end up hosting the most prestigious film festival there is?

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Like much of the world as we know it today, the Cannes Film Festival exists as an indirect result of the rise of the fascist regimes in Europe during the 1930s. Its roots date back to 1932 when the first competitive international film festival was held in Venice. In those days, the Mostra di Venezia - and chiefly its awards - was as much about the national prestige of the participating countries as it was about the films. As the decade marched on, both the official selection and the prizewinners began to noticeably favour the countries of the fascist alliance, particularly Germany and Italy. Matters came to a head though in 1938 when Jean Renoir’s “La Grande Illusion” was overlooked for the festival’s top prize - known back then as the Coppa Mussolini (“Mussolini Cup”) - despite being the clear favourite amongst both festivalgoers and jury members. Instead, the Coppa was jointly-awarded to a two-part German film called “Olympia”, commissioned by Joseph Goebbels to document Nazi successes at the 1938 Berlin Olympics; and “Luciano Serra, Pilota”, made under the supervision of Il Duce’s own son. When the results were announced, the French were of course outranged and withdrew from the festival. Both the British and American jury members also resigned in protest at the idea that politics and ideology were able to stamp all over artistic appreciation. “La Grande Illusion” - a largely anti-war film - was subsequently banned in Germany and Italy; Goebbels himself labelling it ‘Cinematographic Enemy No.1’. But Venice’s folly turned out to be Cannes’ triumph. Later that same year, a group of critics and filmmakers got together to petition the French Government to underwrite the cost of running an alternative international film festival in France - one where films could be shown and compete without bias or political censorship. Afraid of upsetting Mussolini, the French government was initially lukewarm to the idea, but the powerful lobby group wasn’t going to be easily dissuaded. Headed by Philippe Erlanger (head of Action Artistique Française), Robert Favre Le Bret (who would become the festival’s longest serving president), and Louis Lumière (the co-inventor of cinema), the group put intense pressure on the government, which eventually caved in and gave the event the green light. The Festival International du Film was scheduled to kick-off on 1st September 1939, but the festival only managed its opening night before being closed down following the outbreak of World War II the following day. During the war the festival remained in hiatus, re-emerging for a second re-opening on 20th September 1946 – And thus The Cannes Film Festival was born Today, Cannes is the most famous of all film festivals and one of the largest media events on the planet. The festival has an annual budget of around €20m, half of which comes from the French Ministry of Culture and Communications (through the Centre National du Cinéma), with the rest from the City of Cannes, various regional authorities, and a large group of corporate sponsors. Each year more than 1,500 films from over 100 countries are submitted to be considered for a very limited number of berths in the official selection this attracts stars and starlets, famous directors, cinematographers, writers and of course the legions of fans. Careers are made and broken during the Cannes Festival, winning a prize means certain success, and directors who fail to make the grade, or producers who fail to get the funding, may disappear without trace.

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The annual Awards given out include the following: Palme d’Or - Golden Palm Grand Prix du Festival International du Film - Grand Prize of the Festival (1946-1954) Prix de la mise en scene - Best Director Prix du Jury - Jury Prize La Camera d’Or - Best first film Prix du meilleur scenario - Best Screenplay Prix d’interpretation feminine du Festival de Cannes - Best Actress Prix d’interpretation masculine du Festival de Cannes - Best Actor Prix un certain regard - Un Certain Regard Award Prix de la FIPRESCI - International Federation of Film Critics Prize The most prestigious award given out at Cannes is the Palme d’Or (“Golden Palm”) for best film. The Palme D’Or is the logo of the Festival committee. The Internationally selected jury of movie professionals, grants many awards, including the Grand Prix (“Grand Prize”), the second most prestigious award. Each year a new poster is delivered, a new image created and a new message displayed. The posters for the Cannes Film Festival have become something of a comment on the events journey since it began. Since then the event has changed and grown in significance to become one of the film world’s most prestigious events with more than 30,000 industry attendees in situ on the French Riviera during festival week. This year’s 73rd edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be held between the 12th May – 23rd May with American director, producer and scriptwriter and filmmaker Spike Lee making history as the first person of black heritage to preside over the jury. For more information visit: www.festival-cannes.com

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Davidoff presents its

Year of the Rat Limited Edition

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Davidoff takes inspiration from the Chinese Zodiac and presents an exclusive collection of “Year of the Rat” limited edition products

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For the eighth consecutive year, the Davidoff Master Blenders have crafted a unique cigar, blending tobaccos from multiple origins. With its rich aromas, this exceptional Toro cigar is sure to surprise and delight the palates of aficionados around the globe.

2020 marks the Year of the Rat, a Zodiac that is characterized by luck and wealth and known

for its immense likeability and gift of intuition. Bright, optimistic and energetic, those born in the year of the Rat reward those who know them and who hear their.

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ThE “YEar of ThE raT” cIGar The cigar, a Toro format, is wrapped in a silky dark brown Habano wrapper grown in Ecuador and pleases the palate right from the start. The Nicaraguan binder and blend of Nicaraguan and

Dominican filler tobaccos mingle to woody, earthy notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Distinctive notes of prune, cinnamon, spice and ginger develop and give this cigar a full body experience sure to suit the fortunate, generous and likeable personality of the rat.

Limited to 10’000 pieces worldwide, the Davidoff «Year of the Rat» Limited Edition is pre-

sented in a beautiful box of 10 cigars featuring signature red lacquer, gold accents, and a simple

yet sophisticated icon representing the rat. Striking and elegant, the box is adorned with a subtle varnishing treatment and features two golden nobs, which allow locking the cigars safe. This limited edition is the perfect gift for anyone wishing to celebrate the Chinese New Year with an exclusive cigar.

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ThE “YEar of ThE raT” pIpE aND pIpE Tobacco Davidoff is also delighted to introduce its special edition “Year of the Rat” pipe and pipe tobacco. The bent

billiard shaped limited edition pipe comes in an elegant black case with an incredibly smooth napa leather pouch inside. The 70 numbered pipes with a draught hole of 9mm are all handcrafted of Italian briar wood

and adorned with a silver ring emphasizing the contrast between the black mouthpiece and the wood grain and bearing an engraved “Year of the Rat” pattern.

Coming in a vibrant red lacquered tin, the pipe tobacco blend is influenced by Asian flavours. A blend consisting of Black Cavendish and Bride Cut Virginia in combination with Dark Fired Kentucky from

Indonesia, Rose petals and flavoured with Lychee. Each tin is numbered and availability is limited to 5000 pieces globally. This limited edition allows the pipe aficionado to enjoy the blend’s balanced and complex flavours of dry fruit, cream and lychee as well as floral notes from the rose petals.

ThE “YEar of ThE raT” accEssorIEs To further elevate this New Year’s celebration, Davidoff presents striking “Year of

the Rat” accessories - an exclusive pipe pouch and a cigar leather case. The pipe

pouch offers aficionados a pocket for the pipe, pipe tobacco and for accessories. This pouch, made by an Italian craftsman, comes in smooth calf nappa and bovine suede leather in a combination of grey and russet colours. Each of the 200 pouches is numbered and bears the «Year of the Rat» icon.

The “Year of the Rat” leather case protects the cigars and keeps them moist for up

to ten days. The cigar leather cases are limited to 250 pieces globally and all bear

the “Year of the Rat” icon. They are hand crafted in Spain from the finest cowhide leather in hazelnut color. Thanks to the adjustable length, they accommodate two cigars up to ring gauge 60 and a maximum length of 8 ¼ inches (21 cm). Available now at select Davidoff Appointed Merchants and Flagship Stores around the world.

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INterNatIoNaL art FaIr For ModerN CraFt aNd desIGN

As your New Year begins so too does the international art fair calendar and stating proceedings off is Collect 2020

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Collect is the only gallery-presented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design, celebrating over 400 artists represented by galleries from across the globe, this year the Crafts Council has announced Collect will return for its 16th edition, presented for the first time at Somerset House in London. In

addition, Collect Open will present ambitious craft installations by individual artists and collectives,

and a talks programme explores contemporary craft with leading voices from the worlds of craft, design, architecture, fashion and art.

The Crafts Council founded Collect in 2004 with the aim to build the profile and sales for collect-

able craft and to promote the very best galleries and artists in the field. It continues to be the only gallery-presented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design.

This year, Collect is moving to a striking new home at Somerset House and is excited to be taking over a large number of beautiful rooms, presenting a new environment for Collect exhibitors to con-

textualise and curate modern craft. Collect will occupy the large gallery wings at Somerset House, overlooking the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court.

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Collect is well-positioned at the start of the international cultural calendar and presents an opportunity to discover and invest in exceptional work produced in the last five years by living artists, much of which is made especially for the Fair.

Through the years Collect has been instrumental to defining and growing the market for contempo-

rary craft. Collect celebrates over 400 artists presented by galleries coming from across the globe to

this London stage. Half of the exhibitors come from outside the UK, with an impressive spread of European galleries as well an increased range of galleries from Asia.

“The appetite for contemporary craft continues to increase as seen by the number of new galleries emerging. The Fair’s new London home, Somerset House is an exciting development in the life of Collect allowing ex-

hibitors to contextualise and curate modern craft and design against a backdrop of 18th century architecture, high ceilings and picture windows looking out onto the Thames”. Isobel Dennis, Collect Fair Director

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COLLECT 2020 HIGHLIGHTS The fair’s celebrated section supporting young emerging talent welcomes 33 galleries from 19 countries this year. All the Focus galleries are 12 years or younger and represent hot new talent from

Los Angeles to Cape Town. Highlights this year includeLos Angeles-based artist Karon Davis’s

disquieting plaster sculptures (Wilding Cran, Los Angeles) and an installation by Danish artist Rolf Nowotny, who will recreate his grandmother’s home to explore how dementia questions our conception of subjectivity (Christian Andersen, Copenhagen).

NEW Bound by the terms of the fair, all participating galleries commit to most of their stand showing works made in the last five years. All galleries are encouraged to reveal new works for Collect and

additionally returning galleries are encouraged to introduce new artists. A quarter of galleries par-

ticipating in Collect 2020 do so for the first time including Norwegian-based RAM Galleri showing very distinct artists in metal, ceramic, jewellery and textiles; Galerie SCENE OUVERTE from Paris

that will show furniture and objects in small editions in the manner of a New York loft apartment and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a curated display of British craft scholars.

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ASIA AND EUROPE The heritage of Collect has always had the alignment

of European and Asian applied arts at its core. The

16th year is no exception welcoming new galleries:

The Gallery by SOIL from Hong Kong, Gallery SP, Gallery Sklo and Lloyd Choi Gallery all from South

Korea, and Han Collection, a UK gallery showing a special display of South Korean ceramics in partnership with Icheon City.

Leading Japanese expert Katie Jones Japan will continue to show objects for the connoisseur including

pieces from Masters shown at the first Collect in 2004, as well as new collaboration Savoir-faire des

Takumi which will showcase the results of selected

artists from France and Japan making works inspired by each other’s techniques and skills. GLASS The selection of specialist glass galleries for Collect

2020 is the best yet with renowned galleries London

Glassblowing, Vessel Gallery and Bullseye Projects, North Lands Creative, Galerie Kuzebauch joined by new gallery Gallery Sklo. COLLECT OPEN Collect Open returns to showcase 12 ambitious

craft-led installations with four artist collaborations. Installations cover a range of topics from climate change to dement

Collect 2020 will run from

27 February – 1 March 2020 / preview 26 February

For more information visit: www.collect2020.org.uk #collect2020

@CraftsCouncilUK on Facebook

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With its storied history and reputation for quality, Steinway & Sons has long been the piano of choice for musicians around the world. One such talent is Chinese virtuoso Lang Lang. For the first time ever, the Steinway artist has collaborated with renowned American furniture designer Dakota Jackson to create the Steinway Black Diamond Limited Edition piano


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Inspired by the sheer exquisiteness and rarity of the

black diamond, these limited-edition Steinway pieces are extremely exclusive. With its lustrous metallic accents and elegant lines, the Steinway Black Diamond

is a testament to Jackson’s artistic expression with the three diamond shaped silhouettes punctuating the

line of the instrument’s rim to the S-shaped topstick. Another contribution by the artist is Lang Lang’s signature on each Limited Edition.

The Steinway Black Diamond piano also features the revolutionary Spirio | r technology

the world’s finest high resolution player piano capa-

ble of live performance capture and high resolution recording and playback, giving life to your STEINWAY with performances from the world’s greatest

pianists in a constantly updated and growing library including; Lang Lang, Diana Krall and Arthur Ru-

binstein. As a final personal contribution to The Black

Diamond features a Limited Edition Spirio Playlist recorded by Lang Lang, this exclusive playlist is only available only a Black Diamond.

Each instrument takes about three years to craft, from the selection of wood to the integration of the piano

keys, which explains why there are only eight Model

D concert pianos and 88 Model B classic grand pianos available in the world.

As the maker of the world’s finest pianos since 1853, Steinway & Sons has continually pushed bounda-

ries and has led the revolution of bringing artistry, craftsmanship, and technological advancement together. While still adhering to traditions that have

not changed in over a century, the Steinway Black Diamond continuously adapts cutting-edge technology to its creations.

Today the Steinway Black Diamond takes

the lead in piano design as we entering into a new era of evolution.

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Commenting on the piano, Lang in a statement said

“The BLACK DIAMOND has not only the look - but the sound, the emotion, the touch.”


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THE CYBERTRUCK INSPIRED

IPHONE

Since Tesla unveiled the Cybertruck late last year we have had numerous interpretations of the “cyber” effect with the cybergarage, cyberhouse and now the cyber phone…

Russian luxury tech company Caviar have recently an-

nounced the Cyberphone, an iPhone 11 Pro that’s been modified to look like Tesla’s electric truck. The company

says the phone’s aesthetic was inspired by the geometry of Tesla’s angular Cybertruck, which the company announced in November.

The rather chic phone comes with a titanium body and borrows design cues from the Cybertruck for the phone’s “geometry of lines, simplicity of forms, and versatility of materials. It’s essentially an iPhone 11 Pro inside a titanium case that protects it from all sides. On the front, there’s a

titanium screen protector that folds into a holder that props up the phone vertically when placed on a flat surface.

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The super-luxe phone is limited to only 99 units and can be purchased at the Caviar website with process starting from $5,256

For more information visit: www.caviar-phone.ru

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“The pen is mightier than the sword” is a familiar refrain. But how to make a pen mightier than any that has gone before it?

Luxury Italian pen manufacturer Montegrappa has found an answer. All things Norse have been making a comeback in recent years. From Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase to Michael Hirst’s television saga and Marvel’s

breakout Thor franchise, there’s no doubt that Vikings have tightened their

grip on the popular imagination. Never mind that aficionados of the genre happily mix mythology and historical record: the fact is that Viking values have been enjoying a renaissance.

Montegrappa’s newest creation Viking is a design which reaches deep into

the realm of fantasy in both form and function. As well as possessing a body made entirely from precious metals, Viking’s articulated components and

special accessories make it a member of an exclusive new genre of luxury action figures. Like so many of the company’s ultra-exclusive designs, Viking challenges the limits of what a pen can be.

For Montegrappa, Viking is the sequel to 2018’s Samurai – a €10,000-plus

creation that sent ripples throughout the luxury world. With its ultra-limited Warriors series, the Italian atelier is channelling high craftsmanship into a new realm of high-end working miniatures.

The mechanical marvels of Viking aren’t just confined to its playful exterior. Inside, a patented pump-action system known as Power-Push provides state-

of-the-art ink filling. The fountain pen world’s equivalent of the tourbillon is making only its third appearance in a Montegrappa production model.

Available in burnished Sterling Silver with 18K Gold accents, 121 pieces have

been produced in reference to the 121-foot (37m) length of the Roskilde

6 – an 11th century Viking longship discovered in 1997. The same vessel is

the inspiration for the limited edition’s elaborate wooden presentation case. Only six examples have been made in 18K Yellow Gold – a pen that weighs a formidable 525g (18.5 oz.).

For more information visit: www.montegrappa.com

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SLEEPING SOUNDLY Nasa has designed a bed to give you the best night’s sleep via the power of sound At a recent Las Vegas exhibition Intellibed a leading innovator of mattress and sleep solution technology—introduced the Sleep Genius™ Smart

Base. Featuring technology developed by a team of neuroscientists as well as music therapy and sleep experts, the smart base demonstrates Intellibed’s

commitment to improving the quality and duration of sleep to positively impact the mind and body.

The Intellibed Sleep Genius Smart Base leans into the science of sound

and hearing—the only sensory system that works in full capacity while you sleep—in order to activate and regulate the brain’s sleep centers.

Developed following research helping NASA get astronauts to sleep, the Intellibed Sleep Genius Smart Base represents the most significant advancement in mattress base technology in decades. For retailers, it delivers a compelling new layer of smart base technology and premium trade-up opportunity for consumers.

Rooted in the science of the body’s vestibular system, the exclusive “Treat versus Track” technology manages sleep issues through scientifically developed

sound programs which activate and regulate the brain’s sleep systems for

the best night sleep possible. The Sleep Genius Smart Base offers tools via

a mobile app to help regulate the brain’s sleep rhythm, reduce anxiety and ready the mind/body for sleep. Options also include a Power Nap feature and Relaxation program to manage stress. Other key features include: Built-In Six-Speaker Bluetooth Sound Bar—naturally improves sleep by delivering a variety of neuro scientifically-composed music and stereo sounds

that stimulate the auditory sensory systems for better sleep (the only systems that continue to work while sleeping). The synchronized low-amplitude

sounds, or vibrations, activate the inner ear to naturally mimic the calming experience of riding in a car, or train.

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Premium Adjustable Base Experience—beyond the science of sound, the Smart Base delivers a quality experience with features like reach assist, sonic massage, USB ports, a programmable remote and personalized configurations to put your body in the most comfortable sleeping position.

Connected Home Integration—connects with platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Home for a more complete and comfortable experience.

Solution-driven and scientifically-engineered, Intellibed is a trusted and proven category pioneer, leading the industry with its revolutionary Gel Matrix mattress technology. The Intellibed Sleep Genius Smart Base addresses

the needs and wants of the mind as well as the body—it helps put both in their most comfortable and relaxed state, while activating and regulating your brain’s sleep rhythm for longer and deeper sleep.

The Sleep Genius Smart Base completes the Intellibed sleep environment system, but can also be used with other mattresses. The Sleep Genius Smart Base will be available in select retailers and for shipment in March 2020. For more information, visit www.intellibed.com/sleep-genius-smart-base. 157


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A SURPRISINGLY CHIC SPIN ON THE TRADITIONAL GAME OF

TABLE FOOTBALL

Luxury Italian design company Teckell reinvents the classic game of table football creating an exquisite design object as part of the Calcio Balilla Foosball range “90º Minuto”

Created in collaboration with product designers Adriano Design and through an ongoing research in materials and technology, Teckell has created; a truly original lifestyle and luxury design.

Blending Scandinavian design with pure luxury the subtle and elegant wooden structure highlights and supports this modern and essential football table, inviting the challenge of enjoying the game until its very last minute (90° Minuto). While the luxurious, transparent crystal playing field redefines contemporary furnishings.

Designed for indoor use only, you will find discretely hidden adjustable feet for levelling the table to ensure you can achieve the optimum height for a competitive game of table football.

Price from £10,705.00for more information visit: www.teckell.com

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Your art collection will get jealous.

The difference is Gaggenau. Grand architecture demands grand interior pieces. Your wine climate cabinet, much like your collection, speaks to who you are. Every Gaggenau piece is distinctively designed, crafted from exceptional materials, offers professional performance, and has done so since 1683. Make a statement: gaggenau.com Det viste produkt er RW 466 364 | Energispareklasse: A | i et interval af energispareklasser fra A+++ til G.

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SAMSUNG UNVEILS STUNNING

8K BEZEL FREE TV Samsung have unveiled its next-generation QLED 8K TV with zero-bezel the flagship model for the year

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The Samsung Q950TS 8K TV has a stunning, super-thin form factor with 8K resolution and surround sound audio.

It combines cutting-edge innovations that make the viewing experience more immersive with connected features that make consumer lifestyles more integrated to deliver the ultimate home entertainment experience.

The Q950 practically eliminates the bezel around the display to create a screento-body ratio of nearly 99 percent, the largest in the market.

When watching from about ten or fifteen feet away, consumers experience a stunning Infinity Screen effect where the bezels seem to disappear. The result is

an even more immersive viewing experience that eliminates the boundaries be-

tween the TV and its surroundings. In addition, the Q950 is only 15 millimeters

thin across the entire display. In combination with a completely flat black panel, the Q950 can lay flush against the wall or create a striking silhouette when placed on a media stand.

Based on powerful Samsung semiconductor technology, the Q950’s next-genera-

tion Quantum Processor 8K features improved AI upscaling capabilities that use

machine learning to analyze and identify the characteristics of individual pixels. It then restores different elements of the image to create a pristine 8K picture, regardless of the content source.

The Q950 also leverages the power of AI to ensure that nothing distracts viewers

from their content. While traditional TV sensors can only adjust screen bright-

ness based on the ambient light within the room, Adaptive Picture accounts for the distribution of light within the particular scene, ensuring that the TV can maintain a clear picture in bright rooms while still maintaining contrast.

Another common issue for consumers streaming content is the speed of their internet connection. AI ScaleNet ensures a smooth streaming connection by optimizing the available network bandwidth. It compresses content as it leaves the

content provider and then restores it after it reaches the TV to effectively cut in half the bandwidth needed for consumers to stream content. Samsung Electron-

ics is continuing to work with Amazon on this feature, utilizing AI ScaleNet from standard definition to 4K in Prime Video.

No price has been announced for any of the 65, 75 and 85-inch models in the in the Q950TS.

For more information visit: www.samsung.com

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DINING Exploring the culture of taste and the pleasures of conviviality. Dining reviews some of the world’s finest restaurants, chefs and wines.

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Rappers Delight We all knew the hip-hop lifestyle is all about the bling. It’s all about fast cars, the best jewellery, stunning girls and of course champagne. From Notorious B.I.G too Nas, hip hop artists have loved to brag about their affiliation with champagne brands but it seems talking about the bubbles isn’t enough for some … Here we take a look at three of the top hip hop artist who have released their own signature champagnes.

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JAY Z Top of the list would have to be Armand de Brignac colloquially known as the “Ace of Spades”, owned by mogul and hip-hop artist Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z. One of hip-hop’s favourite brands, legend has it that in was created following a comment from Frederic Rouzaud, the manager Cristal champagne who in an interview in 2006 threw shade on the hip hop community when asked about his thoughts on the popularity of Cristal among rappers at that time. “What can we do?” Rouzaud replied. “We can’t forbid people from buying it.” Hip hop artists called for a boycott of the brand led by Jay Z and low and behold later that year a striking new gold bottle of champagne appeared in Jay Z’s Show Me What You Got video and rest they say is history Most recently the brand has released its rarest and most expensive cuvee to date the “Blanc de Noirs Assemblage Three” which costs $1,000 per bottle. 165


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DRAKE New to the arena is Canadian rapper Drake who recently launched his Mod Sélection, Champagne brand after teaming up with California drinks entrepreneur Brent Hocking.

Most recently the brand unveiled two new varietals billed as “exquisite masterpieces from a lauded harvest year comprise of Mod Sélection Réserve and Mod Sélection Rosé.

Mod Sélection Réserve Vintage 2008 exudes a noticeable elegance and finesse in the bead. Aromas of rich, ripe fruit open beautifully in the glass. On the palate, orange peel, dried apricot and pineapple leave place for brioche, nutmeg and clove. Full bodied without heaviness, this is a vintage that proves the reward that comes from waiting.

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Mod Sélection Rosé Vintage 2008 boasts a remarkable deep-salmon hue, emblematic of the rare Saignée method. On the palate, an immediate focus of concentrated and complex fresh red fruit – strawberry, blood orange and plum. Then, honey, ginger and sweet spice, true of such a vintage. Perfectly balanced acidity results in a finish both graceful and opulent.

The combination of strict selection processes at harvest, the most delicate extraction of first press “coeur de cuvee,” rigorous control of fermentation’s, and use of the rare Rosé de Saignée production method have come together to create the purest expression of balance and terroir found in Champagne today.

In keeping with the brand’s inaugural releases, the 2008 vintage varietals are packaged in rich brown metallic bottles,

with avant-garde décor and adornment process. Delicate symbolized patterns and embellishments are handcrafted and applied by the finest artisans in Champagne, ensuring no two bottles are ever alike.

This announcement marks the third and fourth exclusive releases from the house of Mod Sélection, all of which have received 98 points by renowned wine critic, Anthony Dias Blue. Upcoming variants include NV Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Vintage 2008 Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, NV Blanc de Noirs, and a uniquely styled single vineyard estate grown Tête de Cuvée.

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FIFTY CENTS Following in Jay Z’s footsteps serial investor 50 Cents launched his Le Chemin du Roi, Champagne meaning ‘the king’s path’.

Created by Champagne Castelnau a cooperative of growers

across 900 hectares in Reims, France, each bottle features a 14 karat gold-plated emblem resembling the king chess piece with the range comprising of a brut, rosé and blanc de blancs, retail-

ing for $199, $325 and $999 respectively, although only the pink Champagne has been released so far.

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50 Cents claims the champagne is “for winners only�

This is not the first time this cooperative has produced a pricy fizz for a celebrity, having been the supplier of the sparkling wine for Angel – the Champagne brand from American singer Mariah Carey.

Launched in 2010, it was priced at $1,000 for a brut NV, making it the most expensive example of its type in the history of Champagne. However, it has since been withdrawn from the market. Made with hand harvested grapes from some of the top vineyards

throughout the Champagne Region of France, the Red Fruits and crisp acidity have been carefully balanced to create a soft and smooth wine.

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THE BENEFITS OF INVESTING IN

LESSERKNOWN FINE WINES

Now is the time to start your collection of previously overlooked grape varieties that offer superb value, great taste, and exceptional aging potential

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay may

dominate wine collections and menus worldwide, but the world of wine is far greater than those three powerhouse grape varieties can make it seem. In fact, close to 1,400 types of vitis

vinifera—the species of grape responsible for fine wine—grow around the world, and the resulting bottles are nothing short

of astounding when it comes to flavour and value, even if they are notoriously difficult to pronounce. Conveniently, these

wines are becoming more widely available than ever before, giving collectors and casual connoisseurs more opportunities to discover a new favourite.

Regions like Greece, Austria, Eastern Europe, and even pockets of the United States, Italy, and France offer a wealth of indigenous grape varieties that showcase the diversity of the

flavour spectrum of wine. In fact, even established wineries including Bordeaux First Growth icon Château Lafite Rothschild and drinks powerhouse Moët Hennessy have invested heavily in lesser-known wine-producing locales, even planting vineyards in China.

With the fall of the Soviet Union and increased globalization, wines that were once exclusively local table wines are now

available around the world, providing drinkers with a myriad of options, which Chris Munro, Head of Wine for Christie’s in the Americas, thinks all wine enthusiasts should seek out.

And exploring can be easy, since many unknown grape varieties share DNA and thus flavour and aromatic similarities to more

popular, international varieties. For Pinot Noir enthusiasts, Eric

Danch of Danch & Granger, a United States-based importer that specializes in Eastern European wines recommends reds

made from the Saint Laurent grape in Austria, which are similarly light in body and offer bright, berry and cherry fruit

flavours. Lovers of Sauvignon Blanc, or crisp whites can look

to Northern Italian whites such as Verdicchio and Vermentino; Hungarian whites like Furmint or

Hárslevelű; or Greek bottlings like Assyrtiko. In regions like China, wine estate Ao Yun is experimenting with both classic

varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and indigenous grapes, offering drinkers both tradition and adventure on the palate.

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The reason many of these grapes are experiencing a renaissance is, in some estimations, the result of failed experiments with internationally popular varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot which— contrary to the example set by Super Tuscan powerhouses—aren’t a cash crop in every ecosystem.

“ People have gone back to indigenous varieties that they knew did well historically, and that’s a good thing, compared with planting more popular varieties,” says Munro. “ You can really get an exceptional bottle for $20 or $30 if you look to these underappreciated regions.”

As classic fine wines like Grand Cru Burgundy, classed-growth Bordeaux, and Barolo become increasingly rare and expensive, sommeliers and collectors are embracing wines on the fringe, which are increas-

ingly becoming more available. For instance, legendary Copenhagen restaurant Noma has embraced many Serbian wines, and San Francisco’s two-Michelin-starred Californios has included Hungarian wines on its pairing menu.

Winemaker Jason Holman, who’s based in America’s ground zero for traditional grapes, Napa Valley, points out that across California, consumers are eager for values that combine pedigree with a favorable price, making bottlings like Napa Valley Albariño, Tempranillo, and obscure blends a profitable (and

delicious) option. “Our tasting room in Napa is packed with people who are tired of the same $200 Cabernets and Chardonnays, and they are thrilled to taste a new wine. It doesn’t hurt that these grapes thrive here, and offer a price point that is virtually unheard of for more classic wines in our region.”

From top restaurants to tasting rooms and wine bars, it’s abundantly clear there’s room for more diversity in wine, a fact perhaps no one points out as well as Munro: “Super Tuscans are things that appeared from

nowhere. It was a $20 wine in a wine store that today is worth thousands. There’s scope for another wine like that. And why not?”

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FAMED COGNAC HOUSE REMY MARTIN LAUNCHES ITS NEWEST COGNAC

AN INSPIRATION FROM THREE ARTISANS

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Since 1724, the House of RÊmy Martin has produced premium spirits that consistently appeal to the world’s most discerning connoisseurs. A profound love of the land, a continuity of family ownership and a passionate commitment to excellence has sustained RÊmy Martin for nearly three centuries

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Recently Rémy Martin have unveiled Tercet an inspiration from 3 artisans: Rémy Martin’s Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau, Wine Master Francis Nadeau, and Master Distiller JeanMarie Bernard. The complimentary trio worked together distilling, blending, and forming a bond of companionship whilst this new cognac took shape. They combined their expertise to reveal the best of the Cognac terroir and the essence of grapes from Petite and Grande Champagne. The result is a blend from a selection of fresh and fruit-forward of eaux-de-vie (distillates) with a singular taste profile that breaks the conventions of cognac. A blend that is the epitome of the Rémy Martin ethos, one of collaboration for excellence. Baptiste Loiseau joined the House of Rémy Martin in 2007, first training under the former Master Pierrette Trichet. Agronomist and Oenologist, Cognac-born Loiseau is passionate about wine and

cognac. His advanced discernment of taste and aromas, and his holistic knowledge of the process of making exceptional cognac, position him as the leading edge of innovation in Cognac.

While still in training with Trichet, Loiseau identified a singular kind of eaux-de-vie as part of his

research. These eaux-de-vie, which originated from the vineyards of Francis Nadeau – a loyal partner

of Remy Martin’s for generations – varied in taste from those traditionally used by Rémy Martin: it was more fruit-forward, more “raw”, and closer to the essence of the grapes. Baptiste became convinced that these eaux-de-vie had the potential for an exceptional, new defining blend and began to set them aside every year for future use.

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After becoming Cellar Master in 2014, he decided to further explore how these eaux-de-vie could reveal a new signature style for the house. To test this intuition, Loiseau sought the expertise of Nadeau and Bernard. Together, they explored the aromatic profile, finding a new angle on Cognac, that allows the flavor of grapes to be fully appreciated. When tasting Tercet, one immediately discovers a new facet of cognac that is both discerning and delicious. On the nose there is an explosion of fresh notes of fruits, reminiscent of the grapes of Petite and Grande Champagne. Extremely round, it coats the palate, punctuated with notes of exotic fruits, and spices. The finale, with a touch of toasted almond, is extremely long and complex. Rémy Martin Tercet is 84 proof (42% alc. vol.), the highest of all existing Rémy Martin blends. This higher alcohol content drives the flavor and maintains the essence of the grape through the tasting experience. Tercet is best served in a white Burgundy wine glass. White Burgundy is traditionally aged on the lees, the same way Remy Martin distills its spirits on the lees, a defining and distinct feature of the House. The high stemmed glass with a narrow top enhances the purity and freshness of the blend. Recommended to be enjoyed on ice, the essence of the fruit is revealed. Tercet is a tribute to the origins of Rémy Martin as the only major Cognac house founded by a winemaker in 1724. Now, ready to be released first in the United States – in limited amounts – Tercet celebrates an alchemy that embodies perfection. 179


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HIGHEST LEVEL

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Situated in the lesser known but still picturesque Austrian town of Sรถlden the four day Wein am Berg festival has long been a highlight for gourmets, foodies and oenophile where top-class winemakers and the culinary elite come together in what can only be described as beautiful surroundings 3,000 m above sea level in front of the unique glacier backdrop.

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Dating back to 1999 the festival began when Anton Kollwentz, the former president of Austria’s Burgenland vineyards, paid a visit to Das Central, Sölden’s first five-star hotel. During his stay he soon discovered that the hotel’s former manager, Gottlieb Waschl, had a passion for wine and the two oenophiles set about on a mission to bring their homeland’s two most precious commodities together: wine and winter sports!. On the final day the festival culminates in the Big Bottle Party hosted on the Giggijoch mountain restaurant, which sits 2,000m above sea level. Here the corks of magnums, jeroboams and methuselahs are popped with guest chefs from both host nations taking charge of the kitchen. This this is one party not to be missed.

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The Wein am Berg festival takes place from 23-26 April 2020. Package starts from approx. â‚Ź1,726.00 per person in a double room at Das Central including three-day Wein am Berg programme and a two-day ski pass

For further information and bookings visit www.central-soelden.com

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Gourmet News IT’S TEA BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT Luxury retailers Fortnum & Mason have unveiled a new ‘sparkling’ range that uses tea Created by Copenhagen Sparkling Tea

Company, developed by the Danish awardwinning sommelier, Jacob Kocemba, the

certified organic Copenhagen Sparkling Tea collection comprises of a blend of eight of

Fortnum & Mason’s famous and rare brews –

and despite its celebration-ready appearance, contains zero alcohol. With complex flavours

and remarkable layers, notes of tropical fruits

on the nose precede a palate of lemongrass, water mint and Darjeeling, leading into drier tannins and a long-lasting hint of jasmine on the finish.

Presented in a very grown up looking bottle with a cork the light and refreshing tipple is

best enjoyed chilled, and is a perfect pairing

for Fortnum’s Organic Smoked Salmon, Fortnum’s Paté and Fortnum’s Melton Mowbray Pork Pie.

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ROYAL SALUTE RELEASE

ONE OF ITS MOST EXCLUSIVE WHISKIES TO DATE

Royal Salute, have unveiled its latest limited-edition blend, the ‘Time Series 52 Year Old Single Cask Finish’ an ultra-rare liquid priced at $30,000 per bottle

One of the world’s most prestigious whiskey brands Royal Sa-

lute was originally crafted as a gift for Queen Elizabeth II on her Coronation Day in 1953 and has since remained a representation of the longevity and dedication by the Queen as Britain’s longestserving monarch. Royal Salute is the official partner of all ceremonial royal gun salutes fired at the Tower of London, home of the Royal Regalia, or Crown Jewels.

The new Time Series 52 Year Old Single Cask Finish is a combination of some of the oldest ( dating back as far as 1967

) and most valuable whiskies from a range of distilleries across Scotland matured in an American oak barrel for the last 14 years under the guidance of master blender Sandy Hyslop drawing upon his years of experience and expertise to hand select this special blend that boasts remarkable character and exceptional qualities.

Housed in a prestigious hand blown Dartington crystal decanter which is individually engraved with a unique number and presented in a specially-designed box that features five layers of wood, each representing a decade of the blend.A striking 24-line sundial motif is revealed on opening the box that further manifests the importance of time.

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As you would expect from Scotch whisky experts, the Time Series 52 Year Old is said to have a remarkable character that is

flawlessly balanced with a creamy sweet finish, thee nose is said to be “intensely fruity on the nose, with notes of ripe plum, toffee red apples and dark chocolate covered hazelnuts.

Only 106 bottle have been made available in selected markets around the world priced at $30,000 USD (70cl)

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Pastry chef Janice Wong

Award-winning Singapore pastry chef Janice Wong’s never-ending passion for culinary art has

propelled her forward to test the limits of dessert making. Most recently she partnered with the iconic, quintessentially British department store, Harrods to introduce her confectionery

range, of art-meets-food: chocolate paint pots come with a canvas and brushes, while chocolate

crayons in flavours including passion fruit and dulce de leche can be used to draw on rice paper. For more information visit: www.harrods.com

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DALMORE CELEBRATES 180TH ANNIVERSARY WITH AN EXCLUSIVE 60-YEAR-OLD RELEASE To celebrate the distillery’s 180th anniversary, Dalmore have launched a highly exclusive Dalmore 60 Year-Old, with only 3 bottles produced In an ode to its illustrious history, The Dalmore 60-Year-

Old has been created from two twin casks – the last of the era overseen by the founding Mackenzie family – which have been lying in repose side by side in the Scottish Highlands. Exceptionally rare, this extraordinary single malt whisky is limited to just three decanters.

Master distiller Richard Paterson, the genius behind a

number of exceptional whiskies over the years, created The Dalmore 60-Year-Old by reuniting two extremely rare ex-sherry casks from six decades ago. The spirit was

first distilled on June 7, 1951, and each whisky has been slowly evolving in its own unique way ever since.

Only three high end decanters of this whisky go on sale, though no price point for this 41.7% ABV Scotch has been mentioned as of yet.

For more information visit:

www.thedalmore.com/180th-anniversary

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Nº1 CBD INFUSED TEA Good Company Tea, is a really beautiful, premium organic tea combined with the highest

quality, full spectrum CBD extracts. Built with the intention of creating moments of respite

intoday’s fast-paced, hyper-productive work environments, and reminding us to slow down and reserve time for insightful connection with ourselves and others.

The range includes three blends: • •

Japanese Sencha – Produced in the revered region of Shizuoka Prefecture, this blend is cultivated in nutrient-rich

volcanic soil and combined with pineapple, papaya, and osmanthus flower for an uplifting blend.

Organic Oolong – Cultivated in the Wuyi Mountains in the northern Fujian province of China - the premiere site of

oolong production, and its place of origin - their organic oolong tea is developed through a considered process that honors the legacy of its source.

Organic Jasmine – Harvested in Vietnam’s Central Highlands in the perpetually cool climate of Dalat - renowned for

its jasmine tea production, among flowers and crops of all kinds - our organic jasmine tea features a subtly complex profile and transcendent aroma that celebrate its origin. For more information visit: www.goodcompanytea.com


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CELEBRATING A BYGONE ERA WITH

The Golden Age of Travel Series

Fine single malt whisky distillery Macallan working in collaboration with master French crystal maker, Lalique, finally completes its collection commemorating a time of glamour, style and grace in the world of travel with the release of The Airship

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Illustration by Jack Hughes


Drawing on the nostalgia and prestige of the golden age of travel in the 1930s, the story told through each release in this series celebrates

the first era of international travel by road, rail, sea and air. A period of luxury and elegance, this was a time when RenĂŠ Lalique arguably created some of his most iconic work.

Launched in 2015, The Golden Age of Travel showcases five exquisite Lalique crystal decanters inspired by an iconic mode of transport, con-

taining historic Macallan whiskies. Each decanter is contained within a premium leather presentation box created by leather masters PiĂąavall

in Ubrique, Spain that each evoke the recognisable design elements of classic 1930s travel trunks and luggage.

The Ocean Liner RICH AND REFINED

The exceptionally rare Macallan whisky in this first decanter was distilled in 1937, first bottled in 1971 at 34 years old, and rebottled in

2015. Like the era it celebrates, it is a rich and warm single malt with a refined sense of style. Notes of sultanas, cocoa and mature wood reflect the rich elegance of the dark oak panels and mahogany staircases of the

great ocean liners of the 1930s. With a freshness that belies its vintage, it is balanced and smooth with notes of light spice.

This individual Macallan is history in a glass that also speaks of a by-

gone time at the distillery. Distilled two years before the outbreak of

the Second World War, the whisky reveals clues about the distillation and maturation of The Macallan at this time; when a steam railway ran

past the foot of the hill below the estate, bringing in raw materials and taking away deliveries of finished casks.

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The Motor Car

A LUXURIOUS EXPERIENCE During the 1930s the automobile business flourished and made strides that would set the tone of the industry for dec-

ades to come. Automobiles became a form of art, a way for owners to value elegance and innovation. Distilled in 1937 the whisky relives an age of bold steps and innovation, and creates its own art through complex and invigorating notes of polished antique wood on the nose, similar to the finishes of a luxurious 1930s motor car.

Each limited edition decanter in the series is encased within a beautiful premium leather presentation box created by

leather masters Piñavall in Ubrique, Spain. Piñavallis are renowned for their work with some of the world’s leading fashion brands. In keeping with the Golden Age of Travel idea, the box consciously evokes design elements of classic

1930s travel trunks and luggage and for the motor car edition is racing green in colour, to reflect the automobile theme.

Amber sunset in colour, with a velvet sweetness and delights of sweet oak vanilla pods, this exquisite whisky is balanced with a distinct, yet supremely delicate peat smoke. The unexpected, but welcome peat element retreats to reveal a linger-

ing smoothness on the palate. Flavours of peach, dried apricots and orange with hints of dark chocolate come to life in a gentle build, leaving a lasting impression on the palate.

The finish is intricate, yet incredibly smooth with a long, velvet-like combination of the sweet scents of peach and zesty

berries, with a subtle edge of peat. This whisky highlights the commitment to selecting the finest quality spirit from our

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The Airship

THE CULMINATION OF A STUNNING SERIES Calling back to an elegant period in time where the world opened up to new adventures, this fifth and final release from the exquisite Golden Age of Travel series brings our exploration of this fascinating period of history to a close.

A collaboration with French crystal makers Lalique, contained within this exquisite vessel is The Macallan 1940 (35

Years Old) that distils the essence of bygone eras, a time of great change and the seemingly endless opportunities through international travel. The 1930s was a time of luxury and elegance, and during this period casks were carefully laid down at The Macallan Distillery to rest in warehouses, embarking on their own extraordinary voyage.

The liquid is beautifully showcased in a handcrafted Lalique crystal decanter, and features an illustration of one of the most innovative developments of the era in the first civil air transportation machine. This era allowed the discovery of new and exotic places made possible through luxury travel.

This is the final release in this remarkable limited edition series with just 48 units made. Prices range for each series from â‚Ź50,000

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The Aeroplane

AN UPLIFTING ADVENTURE With the introduction of the first commercial airlines, adventure awaited those ‘jet set’ few who boarded the almost

magical, great silver flying machines - in anticipation of international destinations they had only ever dreamed of. An

exotic experience heady with glamour, style and romance. While the lucky few took to the skies, high above the River

Spey, the Macallan distillery in the 1930s still employed three horses for ‘general duties’. The early years of the decade were tough for all distillers, largely due to the Great Depression and Prohibition in the US. But whilst output was

modest, the noted quality of The Macallan was maintained.

This second release in The Macallan Golden Age of Travel series conveys the decadence of air travel during the era and

hints at heady exotic destinations yet to be explored. Dis-

tilled in 1937, first bottled in 1972, and rebottled in 2016, this 35 years old Macallan is kind and uplifting, just like the famed air stewards of the time.

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The Steam Train

LUXURY TRAVEL BY STEAM Featuring an exceptionally rare Macallan, distilled in 1937, this scarce single malt vintage was first bottled in 1973, and rebottled in 2017. Deep russet red in colour, it is a rare and special Macallan that

explodes with flavours of spice, toasted oak, Seville oranges and rose oil. The sensuous natural colour suggests a higher proportion of second fill Spanish sherry-seasoned oak casks were used, supported by American oak - a result of the shortage of casks during the years of the Spanish Civil War. Over

the years this whisky has developed a unique character, defined by a vibrancy of flavours on the palate and a long smooth finish.

The inspiration for the handcrafted Lalique crystal decanter design comes from Lalique’s founder, Rene Lalique, who designed and made the ornate glass panels in the ‘wagon présidentiel’ on the infamous Orient Express.

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IVING

POWER Fast and fabulous, Power exudes everything one aspires from a luxurious life. Fast cars, fast yachts and private jets, what more could one ask for!

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SUPERCARS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN

2020

When we think of what makes a true supercar we think of immense power, electrifying speed, great looks, and or course unparalleled luxury. Here we take a look at some exciting releases due out this year that won’t fail to impress.

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CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY The first-generation Chevrolet Corvette debuted back in 1953, since then, it has maintained its status as the quintessential American muscle car, so Chevrolet, is taking one of the biggest gambles of the Corvette’s 67-year run with its first production mid-engine Corvette in the 2-seater sports car’s history... Carrying the famed Stingray moniker, it’s the most aggressively styled ‘Vette’ yet offered in three cleverly named trims: 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT which offer varying speaker systems, interiors and heated seat options. Corvette has always been convertible-first, and the 2020 Stingray carries on that heritage with a first-ever production retractable hardtop. This no-compromises convertible features a top that flows seamlessly into the body while maintaining the vehicle’s impressive storage capabilities. And performance remains high when the top goes down, making this the most track-capable Corvette convertible in history.

Powered by a its all-new 6.2L LT2 V8 engine the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 produces a horsepower of 495. Prices start from $59,995 - $71,945

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AUDI R8 SPYDER The 2020 R8 Spyder takes its supercar status to the next level and looks as thrilling as it drives. From its striking front grille to the updated oval exhaust outlets — a nod to the signature styling and heritage of the Audi Sport family — the R8 Spyder exudes sport appeal throughout. The Audi R8 Spyder shares a very similar muscular exterior design as its predecessor but takes a leaf from the Huracan Evo’s playbook, with blade-like body bits introduced into the front bumper and a new front lip spoiler.

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Inside the cabin you can see sports seats combined with the alcantara and black leather which extends to the upholstery of the doors. The use of lightweight materials makes the R8 Spyder 113kg lighter than the original R8 CoupĂŠ and combined with its powerful 5.2-litre V10 engine it offers 562bhp and a top speed just short of 200mph achieving 0-62 in as little as 3.5 seconds in the entry level model while the R8 Performance achieves the same feat in 3.1 seconds. Priced starts from $182,100

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JAGUAR XJ Jaguar has officially revealed the new updated F-TYPE and it looks more beautiful than ever embodying Jaguar design DNA in its purest form .. The F-Type is a beautiful two-seat sports grand tourer offering a perfect balance of performance and driver reward with an even more muscular, assertive design and a cabin defined by rich, luxurious materials and beautiful details. Maintaining the famous silhouette of its predecessors the new 2021 version has just a few but effective changes such as smaller front headlamps with LED elements, a larger grille, “chicane” taillights similar to the i-Pace’s units, and cleaner, tighter sheet metal.

The range of powerful, responsive engines include a 300-horsepower turbocharged four, 380-horsepower turbo V6, and the top-line 575-horsepower R. The latter hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 186. All engines – 300PS turbocharged four-cylinder, 380PS supercharged V6 and 450PS and 575PS V8s – feature active exhaust systems, which are switchable either as an option or as standard.

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Customers who choose the 450PS or 575PS supercharged V8s benefit from the new Quiet Start function, which ensures a more subtle, refined sound – the electrically-actuated bypass valves in the rear silencer remain closed until they automatically open up under load. If desired, Quiet Start can be over-ridden by selecting Dynamic Mode or by pressing the switchable exhaust button before starting the engine. The new F-TYPE also offers more driver-focused technology, including a reconfigurable, high-definition, 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, Touch Pro infotainment system, and Smartphone Pack with Apple CarPlay® as standard. Smartphone Pack also includes Android Auto and Baidu CarLife, depending on market applicability, as standard. Software-over-the-air functionality means future software updates can be made at the customer’s convenience without having to visit a Retailer. Two superb Meridian sound systems offer enhanced sound reproduction. Priced from £54,060

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2020 TESLA ROADSTER Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the 2020 Roadster back in 2017 as the second generation Tesla Roadster and billed as the fastest electric car on the planet! The fully electric Roadster will have three electric motors, one in front and two at the rear and features a decidedly modernistic curvy profile.

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Tesla claim’s it can reach 60 mph in a sudden 1.9 seconds, with a top speed of 250 mph. It also claims to have an operating range of 1,000km / 620 miles on a single charge. The Roadster starts at $200,000, with prospective owners asked to deposit $50,000 as a reservation to be among the first to own one.

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2020 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA Porsche is expanding its eighth-generation range with the 911 Carrera having first launched this iconic rear-engined sports car back in 1963. The newest version is being launched as a CoupĂŠ and Cabriolet, and generates 283Kw from its 3.0-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine with biturbo charging.

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According to Porsche, the new Carrera coupe will do zero to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds or 3.8 seconds when equipped with the Sport Chrono package The Carrera is the entry-level 911 model and offers more power output than its predecessor did. It shares its premium-quality standard features virtually unchanged from the 911 Carrera S. These include the high-quality interior with 10.9-inch touchscreen display, comprehensive connectivity and also innovative assistance systems like the Porsche Wet Mode that ensures even safer handling on wet roads. The 911 Carrera is distinguished by smaller dimensioned wheels and brakes and the individual tailpipe covers on the exhaust system. Styling is classic Porsche with rounded front headlamps and an updated rear which now features a stunning wraparound LED light bar. The only visual difference between the standard 911 Carrera and the 911 Carrera S/4S are the exhaust openings in the rear fascia. Prices start from $98,750 for the Porsche 911 Carrera coupe with the 911 Carrera cabriolet priced from $111,550

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Bradley Cooper and his Big Pilot’s Watch

as a tough, easy to read instrument to conquer the sky the

Editions “Le Petit Prince”. Ref. 5101: It’s true that old

Big Pilot’s Watch is dedicated to all those trailblazers who

ways rarely lead to new places. And that there are no

are in the know. Accurately equipped with an imposing 46

right or wrong turns because each of us must find our

mm case, luminous hands, the iconic Big Pilot crown and

own path, guided by our intuition. But above all, isn’t the

the oversized, IWC manufactured double pawl winding C.

ultimate goal of a journey more than just reaching your

52110 automatic movement with 7 days power reserve, it

destination? Because on the road, you might find some-

will always be a reliable companion on your journey.

thing even more valuable. Yourself. Originally conceived

IWC. ENGINEERED FOR MEN

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ENGINEERED FOR MEN WHO TAKE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED.

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AQUA REVOLUTIONIZING THE WORLD OF YACHT DESIGN

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Dutch company Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design have unveiled a first-of-its kind groundbreaking concept, liquid hydrogen powered superyacht aptly titled Aqua

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Hydrogen, which has been labelled as the fuel of the future for the last decades has finally found its way to the world of Superyachts. The de-

signers at Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design created in collaboration with Lateral Naval Architects, the design for the first 112m LOA su-

peryacht based on liquid hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Now a fully operational 112m concept Superyacht with a speed of 17 knots and a range of 3750 nautical miles is realized, placing AQUA solidly among Superyacht peers in terms of size, performance and usability. Simultaneously meeting and exceeding current superyacht standards, AQUA

optimizes hull, energy and space efficiency while providing a maximal

superyacht experience at the highest comfort level for discerning owners. AQUA is fueled by hydrogen, a unique concept which represents a sig-

nificant progression towards achieving a new balance between nature

and technology. The system is based on the use of liquified hydrogen, stored at -253°C in two 28-ton vacuum isolated tanks. The liquified hy-

drogen is converted into electrical energy by proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, with water being the only by-product. The generated

electrical energy is transmitted to AQUA’s switchboards, where it is dis-

tributed to provide power for propulsion, auxiliary systems and hotel services. Large batteries buffer the generated electricity to ensure power

demands are always met. And thanks to the electric propulsion AQUA is a very quiet superyacht, with very little noise or vibrations.

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Designer Sander Sinot explains how he and his team managed to integrate the hydrogen-electric system capable of catering for all onboard

energy needs without having to compromise on aesthetics, comfort or

usability: “With every project, I challenge my team and myself to surpass ourselves. For development of AQUA we took inspiration from the lifestyle of a discerning, forward-looking owner, the fluid versatility of water

and cutting-edge technology to combine this in a 112m superyacht with truly innovative features.” Sinot soon realized they had set themselves an extraordinary goal, so started working on an extraordinary design: “Our challenge was to implement fully operational liquid hydrogen and fuel cells

in a true superyacht that is not only groundbreaking in technology, but also in design and aesthetics.”

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The flowing exterior lines of AQUA are inspired by ocean swells – the surge of energy induced by winds and currents, boosted by the gravitational forces that control the ocean’s tides and configured with a five-deck set up, utilizing forward interior space through the high sheer line which subtly descends from bow to aft. The yacht has been designed to provide those on board with the closest possible proximity to the water.

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Entering AQUA is like entering a world of privacy and space. The spectacular, extremely spacious and beam-wide owner’s pavilion, occupying the front half of the upper deck, offers an abundance of privacy. The pavilion is arranged in a vast open-plan area of interlinked spaces, divided by finely crafted wooden screens providing intimacy and subdued lighting. Both at the starboard and port sides, floor-to-ceiling band windows supply an amazing impression of openness and freedom. The ceiling, at a height that varies from an ample 280cm to an impressive 380cm at the large central skylight, is supported by an intricately crafted wooden structure. The bedroom section is located at the yacht’s axis and offers an endless sightline all the way up to the AQUA room at the bow. The owner’s pavilion is completed with a large bathroom, dressing room and an intimate private spa section. The AQUA room, located at the bow, at the far end of the owner’s pavilion, offers a top-of-the-world feeling and endless views from the best position on board. Located on AQUA’s beach deck, close to the waterline, the expansive and naturally outfitted VIP state rooms stand out by virtue of their spacious design and highly elaborate furniture. The VIP cabin and other state rooms are focused on openness, luxury and comfort, providing a maximum sense of freedom in a highly detailed minimalist Japanese beach-style setting. The indoor health & wellness center is a water-world of serenity, where the reflecting waves of the water feature complement the onboard environment with their soft, vibrating motion. With an exclusive hydro massage room, a yoga space and workout floor and a massive, gym-wide hatch which opens to reveal the ocean’s surface at water level, creating the perception of exercising and relaxing on an island in the sea.

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Situated at AQUA’s core, the spectacular circular staircase is one of the yacht’s defining features, winding down from the top deck to the lower deck. A true spectacle manifests itself at the lowest level, facing aft, where two vast liquified hydrogen tanks reveal their hexagonal textured surface structure behind a giant façade of strengthened glass.

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A TRULY

WORLD CLASS EVENT After setting sail 28 years ago, the Dubai International Boat Show returns once again as an unmissable marine event in 2020 where the finest in luxury superyachts and leisure crafts from around the globe will be placed on displayed in all their glory for boat buyers, sellers and enthusiasts to enjoy

Promising five days of boating action, the 2020 Dubai International Boat Show is one of the highlights of the yachting calendar for the UAE and wider Middle Eastern region and this year the event will take place at the brand new Dubai Harbour where it is expected close to 500 boats, split between the marina and a dedicated on-land exhibition area will be on show. This year the Dubai International Boat Show is placing a heavy focus on water accessories, including stateof-the-art gadgets and the latest water toys. A dedicated lagoon will allow show-goers to trial these toys for themselves, while thrilling watertoy competitions will put on spectacular entertainment for attendees. Of course the event is of course all about the yachts and this year The Dubai International Boat Show promises an incredible variety of vessels on display, ranging from sparkling superyachts and tenders to sleek pleasure cruisers and fishing boats. On top of this, there will also be a selection of cutting-edge watercraft that highlights the latest in modern technology, and of course no boat show would be complete without a selection of luxury exhibitors showing off the finest in lifestyle offerings providing everything from maritime products to jewellery, footwear and swimwear. Those with an interest in cars are in luck too, as DIBS 2020 will be hosting another prestige showcase of supercars. For more information or to book your tickets visit: www.boatshowdubai.com 226 LUXURY LIVING


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PANDORA

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Movie fans have been waiting an age for the next instalment in the Avatar franchise and now we know why. Director James Cameroon has been helping Mercedes Benz with the design of their latest concept vehicle the Vision AVTR

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Inspired by the box office movie AVATAR: The name of this ground-breaking concept vehicle stands not only for the close collaboration in developing the concept car but also for ADVANCED VEHICLE TRANSFORMATION showcasing just like the film a completely new interaction between humans, machines and nature. The holistic concept of the VISION AVTR has distinctive inside-out design structure inspired by several creatures from the movie AVATAR. With its stretched “One Bow� design and organic design language, the VISION AVTR offers a visionary outlook on the design of the future. Just like the movie biometrics play a huge part in the functionality of this vehicle. Instead of a conventional steering wheel, the multi-functional control element in the centre console allows human and machine to merge. By placing the hand on the control unit, the interior comes to life and the vehicle recognizes the driver by his or her heartbeat and breathing. By simply lifting the hand, a menu selection is projected onto the palm of the hand, through which the passenger can intuitively choose between different functionalities. For example, real-time 3D graphics can be used to explore the fictional world of Pandora from different perspectives. The curved display module creates the visual connection between passengers and the outside world.

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Passengers can also benefit from this interaction by using various functions intuitively through projections in the palm of their hands. The occupants also perceive their surroundings in a totally new way through screens. The change in perspective is unique: for example, a bird’s eye view of its surroundings is possible and the world is noticeable from a great height. In addition, each passenger is connected to the other occupants. The car measures the vital signs of the occupants, adjusts the mood of the lighting and, if the children are excited in the rear seats, can direct the children’s pulse towards the seats as a sign of the parents’ mood and inform them.

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For the first time, the VISION AVTR concept vehicle is using a revolutionary battery technology based on graphene-based organic cell chemistry that is completely clean of rare earths and metals. The materials of the battery are compostable and therefore completely recyclable. In this way, electric mobility becomes independent of fossil resources. As a result, Mercedes-Benz underlines the high relevance of a future circular economy in the raw materials sector.


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Fortunately, the transportation industry has reached an inflection point, and many of the world’s top minds are working toward solutions for the optimal smart city design. American company Bell Textron remains at the forefront of

this pursuit with a clear mission of finding solutions of finding solutions to the infrastructure challenges of tomorrow’s transportation networks recently unveiling their updated design for its Nexus air taxi, with a new “4EX” version.

Using fewer ducted fans and a longer wing than its predecessor, the“4” represents the number of ducted fans, the “E” for

electric, and “X” for experimental. The original Nexus design, now referred to by Bell as the “6HX,” utilized six ducted fans and was envisioned as a hybrid-powered aircraft.

With demand growing for inner-city aerial transit, Bell is pivoting toward that mission with the Nexus 4EX. Capable

of flying four to five passengers plus a pilot the Nexus 4EX will be able to travel for distances of around 100 km (62 mi) at a time at a cruise speed of 241 km/h (150 mph). For longer flights, Bell is also working on a hybrid-electric variant of the 4EX, which will use a turbo-generator to charge batteries.

Bell is also looking to build an eVTOL offering fully autonomous flight controls and because eVTOL aircraft are so novel Bell is taking the liberty to rethink many aspects of the aircraft’s flight controls, including removing the helicopter’s traditional collective, cyclic and foot pedals.

In terms of a timeline for a Nexus demonstrator vehicle ready by the middle to late 2020s

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Italian firm Lazzarini Design Studio has been inspired by the 1950’s Ferrari to create this stunning new Flying car concept called FD-One

Lazzarini Design Studio has a reputation for making the impossible – possible, com-

ing up with conceptual ideas for cars, yachts and aircraft that stand out for their looks as well as being able to blend vintage elements within futuristic architectures.

More recently, Lazzarini unveiled FD-One, which stands for Formula Drone One. A two-seat passenger flying vehicle that prom-

ises to deliver both on performance and aesthetics with a retro-futuristic look.

Taking inspiration from the 1950’s Ferraridesigned Formula 1 race cars this flying ma-

chine pays homage to the 70-year-old racers but with an updated twist with the wheels

replaced with propellers. In fact the FD-One is actually a tri-copter powered by a hybrid

system that combines both electric motors with a V12 gasoline engine. In fact the FD-

One is powered by 6 electric motors: 4 in the front and 2 in the back, situated near the

propellers and with an all-carbon fibre body

weighing just 1,984 pounds the FD Once can soar through the skies at speeds of up to

310 mph, according to the designers for up to 3hours.

At present the FD-One is just a concept, but it’s a concept that Lazzarini believes can be

made into a reality with the design studio

looking for investors to help fund the building of a prototype.

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Named after the Norse god of the sea and wind luxury yacht designer Espen Oeino is creating the world’s largest private superyacht complete with private residences - named NJORD

Norwegian naval architect and designer Espen Oeino is the brains behind many of today’s largest megayachts

and together with Ocean Residences, he has unveiled plans for his newest concept , one that would eclipse even his largest yacht to date the 182.9-metre expedition vessel REV.

Stretching across 12 decks this mammoth 281.8 metre vessel will contain 118 private residences available for

purchase in 20 different configurations varying in size from two bedrooms up to six, covering 116m2/1248.6ft2 to 800m2/8611ft2. There will even be 16 guest cabins with a butler service and each will have its own private lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows for sea views and a private terrace.

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Comfort, privacy and security are of utmost importance on board, and guests can personalise their cabins with decor and furniture to match their tastes and requirements. Living rooms of each residence will feature sea views and open terraces along with luxury amenities such as a sundeck, a telescope observatory lounge on the top deck, a night club and jazz lounge, two outdoor swimming pools, an indoor hydro pool and a comprehensive wellness centre. With a large yacht comes lots of staff, so each of the 311 crew required to operate such a vast vessel will have their own private cabin, which equates to a staffing ratio of 1:2 per guest ensuring that guests have first-class service throughout every journey. Ocean Residences have described superyacht NJORD as

‘the next generation of private superyacht’ which ‘will be the home to an exclusive community of like-minded individuals who relish travel and sharing extraordinary experiences’

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Other equipment will collect data on the coastal and marine environment as she travels around the world to some of the remotest destinations. Underwater drones and submersibles will map out the ocean floor using multi-beam echo sounders that will identify the contours of the sea floor and any shipwrecks resting there. To travel to and from M/Y NJORD there will be two Airbus ACH 160 helicopters available, both fitted with eight seats and capable of 400 nautical miles. At present there is currently only a single residence ship in service, The World, as other projects floated over the years have failed to launch. The superyacht is targeted at 2024 delivery. No shipyard has been involved in the project so far however, negotiations are understood to be underway. While cruising, NJORD will be equipped to carry out scientific and oceanographic research, with a gyroscopic telescope and drones monitoring the atmosphere.

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YACHTING NEWS UNLEASH THE DRAGON

Mega yacht Dragon is the new flagship of Columbus Yachts, a Palumbo Superyachts brand. Built in just 27 months, it represents an Italian excellence of timeless elegance and constructive craftsmanship Dragon is the newest superyacht to be unveiled by Columbus Yachts labelled as a contemporary classic by her Italian yard, combining contemporary elements with classic proportions creating an elegant design that never goes out of style.

Sharp and elegant on the outside, the shipyard and designers worked hard to create a silhouette that won’t age quickly; a requirement that has well and truly been met

across all 5 decks five of which are served by an elevator to ensure maximum comfort on board.

Her luxurious and yet sober interior created by Francesco Guida are warm, sophisticated and at the same time modern. The essences of the wall light wood and

the bronze/ satin gold inserts combine masterfully with the natural colours of fabrics and furniture generating harmonious and delicate environments.

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Housed on the lower deck are 10 crew cabins and a garage for 2 tenders of 7 and 9.5 metres (the latter built directly by Palumbo Superyachts) and a lobby with elevator access and a guest cabin. But a real head-turner is the 200sqm bridge which includes a bar, a sauna and a Turkish bath, not to mention 3 eye-catching blue agate backlit panels.

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Elsewhere, Dragon boasts a large ‘Provencal’-style living room and dining area with custom-made 14 seater table for opulent evenings indoors, while the aft is home to a further 14 seater space for sunset dinners outdoors. Continuing towards the bow, the four guest cabins and the large panoramic VIP cabin are encountered along with access to the helicopter platform. Further features include a 50sqm wellness area with Tecnogym, beauty / massage parlour and the sun-deck with 7m pool at the stern. A blade waterfall divides the pool from the whirlpool and making this area truly unique and providing the perfect place to watch the sunset from 12 metres above sea level. Of course, style is no substitute for power and with a name like ‘Dragon’ you would expect to receive some formidable power.. Her twin MTU engines, deliver over 2,240 kW of power each, allowing a maximum speed of 17 knots and a range of over 6,200 nautical miles at an eco-speed of 12 knots. Dragon stems from the advanced naval engineering of Hydro Tec Studio, responsible also for the exterior design. 249


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TURQUOISE YACHTS UNVEILS PROJECT NAUTILUS CONCEPT

Turkish based Turquoise Yachts has partnered with DeBasto Design to unveil Nautilus, a 62- meter (203-foot) explorer yacht Unveiled at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Project Nautilus is described as a new and a different kind of explorer yacht— well adapted to its intended life as a go-anywhere

vessel, she offers the best interior accommodations, an extremely functional layout and all the

facilities and amenities that one can expect only on much larger yachts. DeBasto Design is responsible for both exterior styling and interior design.

“Naturally, we had to make accommodations for some professional grade cranes, says Luiz

DeBasto, founder of DeBasto Design. “To avoid a cargo ship industrial look, which would be inevitable using regular off-the-shelf cranes, I have ensured that the cranes are part of the

superstructure, integrated into the overall design, a unique and revolutionary solution. If you look at the profile, you will be hard pressed to spot the cranes.”

DeBasto adds, “Although almost invisible at first sight, there’s no compromise in the capacity of these two cranes, each one is capable of lifting 10,000 kgs (22,000 lbsmaste). These cranes

are engineered to provide safe launch and recovery of boats or submarines, or sailing vessels, or cars, or…whatever is within the 10,000 kg weight parameters.”

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Another unique solution for an Owner’s stateroom, is the absolutely spectacular 270 -degree views of the horizon, even from the bed… in total privacy.

Additionally, there are five guest staterooms, a full-size movie theatre (that can optionally

be converted to a 7th guest cabin), a swimming pool on the aft main deck and a full Beach Club on the Lower Deck aft, with safe access from the interior of the boat. Two-fold- down

balconies enlarge the Beach Club area to provide close access to the water. To complete the wellness area, there is a Gym and a Sauna.

The top deck is another entertainment area that has a hot tub, surrounded by sunbathing

cushions, two conversation areas and a full- size bar. Forward, the Pilot House with radio room and captain’s cabin has full visibility as well as access to the wing stations.

The crew area was designed to offer an efficient service traffic pattern which is completely separated in all decks, starting from the Tank Deck level to the Top Deck for a professional and discreet service, including the access to the lower deck guest’s cabin directly from the

crew area. Besides the Captain Cabin on the Bridge Deck, there are 6 double ensuite crew

cabins on the Lower Deck, plus two lounges: the general Crew Mess and Galley is on the Lower Deck and there is also a small lounge for the deck crew in the forecastle, all connected

below deck. Ahead of the tender deck there is also a dedicated workshop space for tender maintenance and the mooring area is at the fore bow.

The forecastle deck is completely free and uncluttered and can be used as a touch-and-go helicopter area.

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TO BOLDLY GO - OFFICINA ARMARE UNVEILS A NEW SCI FI CONCEPT

Keeping us on the edge of our seats Baglietto have revealed new renderings and details of its new-build 43M Fast HT was announced back in 2017

The 141-foot (43 metre) aluminum superyacht designed by Francesco Paszkowsk which is currently in-build and slated for delivery in 2021 is a signature model in the Baglietto range and displays all the same styling cues as her 46m larger sister Lucky Me with its characteristic lowered bulwarks.

The vessel features a long, sleek hull with a continuous line of large windows. The presence of the hard top offers a precious shaded area on the fly bridge , while the lowered superstructure leaves room for a comfortable sunbathing area aft on the main deck.

Inside the interior designed by Margherita Casprini, are very Kelly Hoppen’esq with liberal amounts of beige and brown tones used to emphasis the contemporary atmosphere on board and large floor to ceiling windows

Accommodation comprises of five staterooms which can accommodate 10 seafarers, including a master suite, two VIP cabins and two twins with pullman berths, while the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to seven people.

The yacht is powered with 2 MTU engines 12V4000 allowing a comfortable cruising speed of 24 knots and a maximum speed of 26 knots.

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TO BOLDLY GO - OFFICINA ARMARE UNVEILS A NEW SCI FI CONCEPT

Milan-based designing firm Officina Armare has revealed a megayacht concept Project Centauro. With room for up to 14 passengers, the company’s boldest design yet brings together the worlds of luxury and sport on a grand scale

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As with most memorable concepts, the first thing you’ll notice about Centauro is its daring design and

strong lines taking inspiration from the Naval ships and Spacecrafts of the future. Designed with space and relaxation in mind with the aft area of the bridge deck and the top deck shaping the owner’s private loft, while 6 large guest cabins are well located together one deck below on the main deck.

With regards to entertainment the yacht will feature a sea terrace, gym, massage and a full-beam spa area including a sauna and hammam. A beach club inspired by ancient temples and a tender garage with room for two 33-foot tenders, several water toys and a submarine along with a deck cinema and infinity pool.

According to Officina Armare, Centauro gets its power from a twin configuration of MTU 20V 4000 M73L power the vessel up to 20+ knots with a cruising speed of 18 knots

While Centauro is a concept today, the design studio team said it will take about two years to build it, due to its complexity and size.

The 360 foot ship looks like a cross between a battleship and a spaceship

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A SUPERYACHT FOR ALL SEASONS

London based studio, Bannenberg & Rowell Design, have unveiled their latest superyacht design the Project Telex, a 65-metre concept which with its layered deck progression resembles that of a military ship

Designed with four objectives in mind: adventure, active lifestyle, power and proportion pinned together by the “fundamental notion of freedom,” Telex is indeed a superyacht for those looking for adventure.

Measuring 65 meters there is space for up to 28 persons with seven staterooms that can accommodate 14 guests which comprise four lower deck double cabins and a master suite on the main deck with two additional family or guest bedrooms plus accommodation for up to 14 crew.

Communal areas promote a “modern open plan furnishing style” which is centred around a fireplace which creates

a cosy and comfortable atmosphere on-board. Large windows wrap around the yacht providing an abundance of natural light linking the indoor areas to outside spaces. A vast pool area is located on the main deck aft which is suitable for fun on a sunny day or relaxing watching the sunset. From here a staircase leads to the upper deck where there is a bar and sunpads.

The lower deck stern area includes a gym, dive shop, wellness area and optional submarine storage and “club room”.

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ALEXA

PUT ON THE HEATING IN MY HURACĂ N EVO

Lamborghini become the first automaker to incorporate full in-car control by Amazon Alexa

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At the beginning of the year Amazon announced that its popular voice assistant will be added to a handful of new vehicles with top marquee Lamborghini announcing that its Huracรกn EVO range will become the first supercars to incorporate the cloud-based voice service.

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Drivers will be able to use Alexa’s voice commands to do the usual list of tasks like make calls and connect to smart home devices. But what makes this specific use of Alexa so interesting is the ability to use the tech to control many of the car’s features, without ever having to take your hands off the wheel, such as adjusting climate, interior lighting and seat heating with a simple voice command. Alexa will even be integrated into the LDVI dynamic set-up (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata) on the fourwheel drive EVO, taking the Huracán EVO to a new level of voice-activation capabilities: place calls, get directions, play music and audiobooks, check news and weather, and more – all you have to do is ask!

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The Alexa integration also connects Lamborghini owners to the growing number of connected devices that work with Alexa. With a simple voice interaction, drivers in the Huracán EVO can control everything from entry gates to thermostats and lights, directly from the vehicle. The first step in a strategic collaboration with Amazon, the specially enhanced Human Machine Interface (HMI) system will allow continuous updating of Alexa’s functionality within Lamborghini models, and paves the way for future cooperation between the two companies: both companies are working to develop further connectivity innovations and integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The V10 Huracán EVO Coupé and Spyder which launched in 2019, is Lamborghini’s latest generation of the four-wheel drive super sports car model. With a new design for improved aerodynamics it is the first Lamborghini with predictive logic on vehicle dynamics control and features a fully-integrated Lamborghini Vehicle Dynamics Control System combined with all-wheel drive, and all-wheel steering, for redefined parameters of responsiveness, agility and easiness to drive. The 5.2 liter V10 naturally aspirated engine from the Huracán EVO delivers 640 hp (470 kW) at 8,000 rpm with 600 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. With a dry weight of 1,422 kg the Huracán EVO reaches a weight-to-power ratio of 2.22 kg/hp, accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and from 0-200 km/h in 9.0 seconds. Braking from 100 km/h to 0 is achieved in just 31.9 m, with a top speed of more than 325 km/h. A rear-wheel drive (RWD) Huracán EVO Coupé was announced in January 2020, offering a highly emotive, purist, funto-drive experience. First deliveries of the Huracán EVO RWD will commence in spring 2020. The Alexa option will be available during the course of 2020 on the whole Huracán EVO family, including RWD.

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The palatial Villa Les Cèdres in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, once owned by King Leopold II has been purchased by a Ukrainian billionaires for €200million

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Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s Battersea Power Station’s is no ordinary Power Station, entering through bronze doors sculpted with personifications of power and energy, ascending via elaborate wrought iron staircases and arriving at the celebrated art deco control room with walls lined with Italian marble, polished parquet flooring and intricate glazed ceilings, looking out across the heart of the Power Station, its turbine hall, its giant walls of polished terracotta, it’s no wonder it was christened the ‘Temple of Modern Power’.

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The south of France is synonymous for luxury and wealth, a European focal point for the world’s superrich, where over the centuries industrialists, aristocracy, bankers and royalty have all built palaces along it’s stunning stretch of the Mediterranean which today’s millionaires are now snapping up.

One such property is Villa Les Cèdres, located on the prestigious coast of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villa Les Cèdres comes with pedigree no less , built in 1830 it was once the property to the Belgian king Leopold II, who after his exploitation of the Congo Free State (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), became the wealthiest man alive.

The Palladian palace comes complete with 14 bedrooms, a ballroom, a library, botanical gardens, an

Olympic-sized swimming pool and stables encompassed by 35 acres of stunning garden home to a whopping 25 greenhouses and more than 1,500 plants. Inside the atmosphere is decadent and slightly

worn, in keeping with the farm’s Belle Epoque heyday: large rooms, lamps, French doors, and floor-

to-ceiling portraits from the 19th century in ornate frames frame the walls. The wooden panelled library houses 3,000 books on flora and naturalism, including a 1640 edition of a botanical codex worth several hundred thousand euros.

In 1924, 15 years after Leopoldo’s death, Villa Les Cèdres was acquired by the Marnier Lapostolle family, the Grand Marnier liquor producers who used the land of the house to grow the bitter oranges

that are used to flavour the famous citrus liqueur. Les Cèdres remained in the Marnier-Lapostolle family until 2016, when Campari acquired Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle (SPML), Grand

Marnier’s parent company who in 2017 placed the property on the market for a staggering €350 million (£308 million).

The recent sale of Villa Les Cèdres has dropped significantly but then the Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov who purchased it for €200m can indeed afford it.

Mr Akhmetov’s who is ranked as the richest person in Ukraine, already possess an impressive property portfolio and has a habit of buying only the “the most expensive” properties having purchased a £137m flat in London’s One Hyde Park, one of the UK’s most expensive apartments in the world.

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PAXOS VILLAS - GREECE Situated in an elevated position on the verdant island of Paxos this complex of three modern villas combine’s traditional elements with modern techniques. Apart from the beaches, Paxos is a scenic small town filled with unique architecture, reminiscent of the olden days. Olive groves and vineyards surround the city. Utilizing different materials in a very balanced way the complex blends effortlessly into its surroundings. To harmonize nature the use of stone on the exterior walls provide a traditional essence to the modern construction. The marvellous swimming pool and deck area which sits right at the edge of the cliff, overlooks the beautiful scenery providing unspoilt views.

GUAPANITA CONCEPT STORE - BARCELONA Guapanita concept store is the new shop in Barcelona for this new fashion brand for woman. Concept and interior design based on the idea to make protagonist the woman and her sensibility. Red, white and silver colour to invite the client to visit and buy.

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FORGET SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, IT’S SURVIVAL OF THE RICHEST

INSIDE THE LUXURY DOOMSDAY BUNKER

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In a world where the Doomsday Clock sits perilously clock to midnight signalling the likelihood of a manmade global catastrophe it’s no wonder that the worlds super-elite are looking at alternative real estate options that can provide protection against any scenario whilst still providing the same lavish luxuries that they have become accustom to in today’s world.

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There have always been a few people living on the edge of society who have talked about the “the end

of days” those who stockpile endless tinned supplies in their basement and fortified their properties

but there is one such man who has gone a step further. Building on recent doomsday capitalists where disaster preparation has become a multi-million dollar business Larry Hall has created a luxury development in a former military nuclear missile silo situated 15 stories into the Earth’s crust.

Aptly titled “Survival Condos” the first complex which has been called an engineering marvel, resides

in what Larry says is one of the strongest manmade structures ever created; a nuclear hardened bunker with walls as thick as 9 and ½ feet made from epoxy hardened concrete that was built back in 1960 to house and protect the Atlas Nuclear Missiles.

The facility which is located at a secret location in Kansas near Concordia, Kansas contains 12 luxury condos all of which have already been sold and come in two sizes a full-floor unit which measures

1,820 square feet and cost $3 million while a half-floor unit of 900 square feet, cost just $1.5 million.

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Built to withstand a nuclear blast, during the Cold War in

the 1960’s, the facility can hold up to 75 people for over a five year period. During this time, residents of the complex can enjoy luxury amenities such as going for a swim

in the indoor pool complete with a waterslide, enjoy a flick

at the movie theatre, read a book at the building’s library, or grab a drink at the communal bar. The sprawling facility also includes a classroom, a dog park, a rock climbing wall, a general store, and a medical first aid centre.


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Given that the facility was built to protect against an “end of days” scenario it comes loaded with se-

curity measures which include a volcanic ash scrubber, nuclear biological and chemical air filtration and five sources of power ranging from a wind turbine

to generators and underground tanks to store 75,000

gallons of water, but also a reverse osmosis water filtration system.

Inspired by the 9/11 attacks in America, Larry Hall initially planned to convert the former missile silos

into data centres but later, the idea to transform the site into a bunker for Hall and his family materialized and the development soon began to take shape.

Even though the facility is designed to withstand a nuclear blast, Larry states that the main concerns that

he and his clients share is actually the end result of

any one of many potential manmade or natural disasters that will result in the break-down of society

and total civil unrest. In the event of a major disaster,

economic collapse or whatever the future may hold, there is one common concern that Larry and his tenants share, and that is the ability to protect them-

selves and their families when the government is no longer able to do so.

Inside the condos look surprisingly normal, with fully fitted kitchens, hardwood floors, fireplaces and walk

in wardrobes and to provide the illusion or normal

above ground living fake windows live stream, highdefinition images from above ground, showing the wind blowing across the Kansas plains. In the event of all-out catastrophe video loops can be played.

Mr Hall is now building a second complex which

according to the website, is three times as large as

the first complex and will sell out “well before it is complete.”

For more information visit: www.survivalcondo.com

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Hamptons Blackheath

ELTHAM, SE9 ÂŁ34,666 pcm Furnished A stunning Victorian mansion set behind iron gates with private parking for up to six cars. 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, EPC: E

hamptons.co.uk |

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Tanya Baker

| 020 3151 7376

| BakerT@hamptons-int.com


Hamptons Chelsea

CHELSEA, SW10 ÂŁ1,950,000 Leasehold An immaculate fifth floor apartment, with views overlooking the River Thames. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 reception room, EPC: C

hamptons.co.uk |

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Nick Hubner | 020 3151 3274

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Hamptons Ealing

EALING, W5 ÂŁ12,000 pcm Furnished This double fronted family home is immaculately presented with its minimalistic style. 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, EPC: D

hamptons.co.uk |

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Chloe Crellin

| 020 3151 6598

| CrellinC@hamptons-int.com


Hamptons Dulwich

DULWICH, SE19 Guide Price ÂŁ1,750,000 Freehold A modern property set across five floors and built to an exemplary standard, with the latest smart home technology. Stamp Duty contribution available. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, EPC: B

hamptons.co.uk |

@hamptonsint

Mel Carter | 020 3151 4427

| CarterM@hamptons-int.com


Hamptons Chiswick

CHISWICK, W4 Asking Price ÂŁ5,000,000 Freehold A truly spectacular detached family home situated on this quiet road in the sought-after Grove Park area. 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, EPC: C

hamptons.co.uk |

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Justin Holder | 020 3151 3509

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Hamptons Clapham

CLAPHAM, SW4 Guide Price ÂŁ3,250,000 This picturesque family home has been recently refurbished throughout to an incredibly high standard. 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, EPC: C

hamptons.co.uk |

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William Pasquali

| 020 3151 4081

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REAL SOUTH OF FRANCE New resort and residences, LUX* La Baraquette, is redefining the branded residences space with its fresh, playful and uncomplicated take on luxury

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Propriétés & Co, the developer behind the project, handselected contemporary hotelier LUX* as operator, and jointly set out to deliver a new breed of branded residence in the charming port town of Marseillan in southern France. With an unrivalled package of benefits including its own 11-acre vineyard and wine club, car-free living and striking interior design by man of the hour Lázaro Rosa Violan, residences at LUX* La Baraquette offer five-star living without the five-star price tag. Prices range from €300,000 for a one-bedroom Garden Suite up to €4 million for one of the four luxurious Waterfront Villas.

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A branded residence development typically comprises a luxury hotel linked to a residential offering, in which homeowners benefit from the operator’s reputation, services, facilities and management. This association allows owners the privacy of a permanent home but with the convenience and quality assurance of a 5* hotel. According to a recent report], there are currently 435 branded residential projects worldwide and nearly 300 more in the pipeline for development; 85% of all branded residences are hotel-linked. Not surprisingly (since the world’s first branded residence, the Sherry-Netherland, opened in Manhattan almost a century ago), North America remains the largest and most developed market for hotel-linked residences. However, other regions are flourishing. MENA is the fastest growing with a pipeline of +148% new projects, followed by Europe with 80% additional projects planned. The sector as a whole is forecast to grow by a further 27% in the next 3 years. With the huge potential for growth of branded residences in Europe, LUX* is taking the opportunity to carve the way for a new class of branded residence on the continent.

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With the increase in demand for branded residences comes a shift in buyer preferences and diversity

in offering. With LUX* La Baraquette, Propriétés & Co is predicting the uptake from younger,

more diverse purchasers to increase in the coming years, and with this, have designed an appealing,

forward-thinking concept which will appeal to this younger, well-travelled, and eco-conscious buyer, yet remain true to the authenticity of the local area.

Jean-Francois Garneau of Propriétés & Co, comments; “We felt the traditional branded residential

offering was a little on the conservative side, a little too neutral for us. We wanted to create a branded residential product that wasn’t “all beige”, that was more playful, colourful and relaxed and really cap-

tured the essence of a second home… a place that is different from our primary residence and gives

us the opportunity to actually “live” differently. Of course, with 300+ days of sunshine, “Art de Vivre” all around us, and a leading operator-partner such as LUX*, inspiration for La Baraquette came easily. And although we offer many of the usual benefits associated with a hospitality-led resort - peace

of mind, convenience, premium amenities, investment security and lifestyle facilities - we are proud

to offer branded residences that are totally relaxed and unfussy yet deliver five-star quality. It’s not something you often see.”

Adjacent to the picturesque 17th-century Mediterranean port town of Marseillan, La Baraquette is LUX*’s first foray into branded residential in mainland Europe. Bordered by the Étang de Thau

Lagoon’s oyster beds and surrounded by acres of private vineyards, the resort offers the very best in liveable luxury; a five-star hotel with spa and restaurants, unique collection of 189 design-led Apartments, Patio villas and Garden Suites and exclusive Waterfront Villas designed by Slow Life Architects, as well as an array of first-class facilities and restaurants.

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With its own private vineyard and wine club membership, residents can enjoy being part of the wine-making process, free cases from each harvest, tast-

ings and masterclasses, plus certain properties have their own private wine cellars. Located on the Thau lagoon, the region is one of France’s top destina-

tion for water-sports and has convenient access to the Pyrenees for skiing, hiking, the famous Canal du Midi and numerous historic towns and castles for a true taste of the idyllic, authentic South of France.

The residences at LUX* La Baraquette have been thoughtfully designed by

award-winning Slow Life Architects from Barcelona, and with interiors by

star designer Lázaro Rosa Violan (Cotton House, Soho House Barcelona, Edition Barcelona, and newly opened Amazonico in London). These bright

and spacious residences blend together the colours, textures and mood of

the Mediterranean; delivering the epitome of French elegance with sleek, modern comfort and convenience. Residences include from perfectly formed

Garden Suites flanked by the resort’s fragrant herb garden, and Apartments

inspired by the traditional architecture of the elegant ‘Maisons de Vignerons’ of Marseillan.

The Patio Villas are inspired by the architecture of the region’s farmhouses

– blending traditional design with minimalist interiors. Each Patio Villas is built around a private walled courtyard with an expansive garden area, a private plunge pool and stunning views from a large rooftop terrace.

The resort’s top-of-the-line offering are the four Waterfront villas. Designed

as a true extension of the resort’s hotel and the epitome of luxury living, these exclusive villas each feature infinity pools, private underground parking plus

large basements housing a state-of-the-art cinema, billiards room, private wine cave and sauna.

Offering a range of properties suited to a variety of budgets and lifestyles, hassle-free property management and a rental scheme offering exceptional investment and the option to reclaim 20% VAT, LUX* La Baraquette is set to become a new breed of branded residence.

u Residences at LUX* La Baraquette start from €300,000. For more information, visit www.la-baraquette.com

email contact@la-baraquette.com or Tel: 020 7060 7449

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Established 1897

Cleveland Square

RENTAL PRICE

ÂŁ3,460 pER WEEK

Bayswater, W2

*pluS pROpERTy fEES

A rare opportunity to rent this stucco-fronted, four bedroom apartment (3,898sq ft / 362sq m) on a beautiful garden square with its own private swimming pool. In brief this stunning apartment comprises its own private entrance through to a formal reception and dining room, separate kitchen, master bedroom suite with dressing room. Three further bedrooms suites, family/media room and swimming pool. Located in this wonderful residential area the property is moments away from an array of local amenities and Hyde Park. It also offers excellent transport links from Lancaster Gate and Paddington Station for The Underground, National Rail and Crossrail.

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Established 1897

Chesham Street

gUIDE PRICE

ÂŁ8,350,000

Belgravia, SW1

A stunning three bedroom apartment (1875 sqft / 174.2 sqm incl. separate storage vault) on the third floor of this small discreet block of apartments, newly refurbished to the highest standards and set behind a magnificent white stucco-fronted period building in the heart of Belgravia. Accommodation includes a large, spacious reception room with a dining area, kitchen / breakfast room, three double bedroom suites, a guest cloakroom, small roof terrace and direct lift access. Moments walk from Sloane Square, Chesham Street is ideally located for the world class amenities of Chelsea, Sloane Street and Knightsbridge.

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KNIGHTSBRIDGE 82 BROMPTON ROAD KNIGHTSBRIDGE SW3 IER +44 (0) 20 7225 6506 enquiries@harrodsestates.com

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MAYFAIR 61 PARK LANE MAYFAIR W1K 1QF +44 (0) 20 7409 9001 enquiries@harrodsestates.com


Established 1897

Stratford Place

gUIDE PRICE

ÂŁ27,000,000

Marylebone, W1C

Located on a private and peaceful cul de sac in the very centre of London within easy reach of Bond Street is this unique period house. Renovated and interior designed by the current owners this opulent residence offers stunning and grand proportions throughout. Currently consisting of an impressive and substantial four bedroom suite residence, two large terraces, four receptions rooms, gym, and sauna, with office space and a gallery on the ground and lower ground floors via separate entrance. This would be ideal for a buyer looking for an outstanding residence and family office.

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Established 1897

Hans Place

RENTAL PRICE

ÂŁ15,000.00 pER WEEK

Knightsbridge, SW1

*pluS pROpERTy fEES

A rare opportunity to rent this exceptional five bedroom apartment positioned on the first and second floor. This property has been refurbished to an outstanding standard using the highest quality fixtures and fittings. The property finishes comprises Cheville’s Parquet de Versailles hardwood flooring panels in antique grey oak throughout. The lateral reception room benefits from a beautiful traditional stone fireplace making it the perfect family room. The stunning dining area is perfect for entertaining. The bespoke joinery was made by an in-house design team making it like no other property on the market. The five double bedroom en-suites benefits from a media room which leads on to a pretty roof terrace. There is air conditioning throughout, underfloor heating, Lutron lighting, CCTV intruder alarm system and porter to ensure the highest safety for its residents.

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Established 1897

Cadogan Square

gUIDE PRICE

ÂŁ3,950,000

Knightsbridge, SW1 This beautifully refurbished two bedroom apartment (1464 sq ft/136sqm) is located on the raised ground floor of a handsome red brick Victorian building on the eastern side of one of central London’s most prestigious squares. Tastefully decorated throughout, the accommodation offers excellent entertaining space with wonderful proportions (12 ft/ 3.75m high ceilings), two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen/breakfast room, separate study and an unusually large amount of storage (200sqft/10sqm) of accessible loft space.

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LIVING ON THE EDGE OF

PARADISE

With its reputation for being a party paradise, favoured by celebrities and international A-listers, Mykonos is a small island in the Cyclades which has acquired a big reputation over the past few decades

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If you are seeking an exclusive property on the island of Mykonos, then Villa Nefeli will definitely meet all of your criteria. The name itself comes from Greek mythology, in which

Nefeli was an enchanting nymph and a goddess of hospitality. The villa certainly epitomises that welcoming essence to the fullest, with its expansive living spaces and a spectacular clifftop location overlooking the azure Aegean below.


Built by a renowned Greek architect, the vision was to create a desirable haven on the vivacious island of Mykonos that will offer a heady blend of design and

luxury in a very privé setting. Situated in the area of Agios Lazaros, just next to the popular Psarou Beach and only 4 km from the cosmopolitan Mykonos

town, the villa boasts the best of both worlds. Sitting on 2,322 sq. m. of prime

real estate, the 400 sq. m. property exudes absolute elegance and comfort, with

each lavish bedroom featuring an en suite designer bathroom with steam show-

ers and oversized tubs. One will feel totally at ease in the expansive living room and dining area, furnished throughout with stylish, hand crafted pieces, but the panoramic views across the Aegean take the experience to a whole new level.

The superb, fully equipped chef ’s kitchen and state-of-the-art gym will suit those who appreciate top-notch amenities, while the large outdoor area comes with

an extravagant rooftop Jacuzzi for up to 10 people. The custom-made sun beds

invite one to lounge in style next to the shimmering, star-bottomed infinity pool, with sunsets and moonlit skies offering moments of sheer pleasure. A high-tech alarm system and outdoor cameras ensure peace of mind for the owner, while a

helipad enables easy accessibility for comings and goings at whim making it the perfect home for any global jet-setter.

The villa’s unique location also provides perfect shelter from the well-known Myconian winds, making Nefeli a truly attractive escape in every respect. Available at a guide price 5,950,000 EUR

through Greece Sotheby’s International Realty: www.sothebysrealty.gr


London Chelsea SW10 140 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9PY +44 20 3627 5559 | chelseaSW10Lettings@struttandparker.com

Priory Walk, Chelsea, SW10

£3,850 pw* | Unfurnished

An utterly charming family house extending to 3,278 square feet within The Boltons Conservation area. Open plan kitchen and conservatory | Dining room | Drawing room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom Three further bedrooms | Family bathroom | Staff accommodation | Garden with terrace | EPC rating D 3,278 sq ft (304.55 sq m) Chelsea | 020 3627 5559 chelseaSW10Lettings@struttandparker.com *The following Tenant charges may apply to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £222 (inc VAT). Credit references per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are exclusive of utility costs and associated services.

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London Kensington 103 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 7LN +44 20 7938 3666 | kensington@struttandpaker.com

Hornton Street, Kensington, W8

ÂŁ6,850,000 | Freehold

An impressive double fronted six bedroom family house with excellent entertaining space and a lovely garden. Entrance hall | Kitchen/family room | Dining room | Drawing room | Sitting room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom Five further bedrooms | Two further shower rooms | Bathroom | Two cloakrooms | Wine store | Garden | EPC Rating E 3,644 sq ft (338.5 sq m)

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London Notting Hill 303 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2QA +44 20 7221 1111 | nottinghill@struttandparker.com

Clarendon Road, Notting Hill, W11

ÂŁ6,500,000 | Freehold

A wide, low built, modern house with off street parking and a fabulous west facing garden. Entrance hall | Kitchen | Dining/sitting room | Further reception room | Four bedrooms | Three bath/shower rooms Gym | Utility room | Plant room | Three cloakrooms | Patio | Terrace | Off street parking | Garden | EPC Rating D 3,018 sq ft (280 sq m)

Notting Hill | 020 7221 1111 nottinghill@struttandparker.com

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London Fulham 701 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5UL +44 20 7731 7100 | barclay.macfarlane@struttandparker.com

Walham Grove, Fulham, SW6

ÂŁ3,250,000 | Freehold

An exceptionally wide, four-storey property that has been meticulously rebuilt and fully furnished to create an outstanding family home. Reception room | Kitchen | Dining Room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Three further bedrooms Two shower rooms | Further bathroom | Utility Room | Cloakroom | EPC Rating C 2,626 sq ft (244 sq m) Fulham | 020 7731 7100 barclay.macfarlane@struttandparker.com

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London Knightsbridge 66 Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9SH +44 20 7352 9959 | knightsbridge@struttandparker.com

Chesham Place, Belgravia, SW1X

ÂŁ18,500,000 | Share of Freehold

A superb lateral apartment on the fourth floor of this luxury boutique development with underground parking. Two reception rooms | Kitchen/breakfast room | Five bedrooms | Four bath/shower rooms | Study | Cloakroom Two terraces | Two underground parking spaces | 24 hour concierge | EPC rating E 4,425 sq ft (411.10 sq m) Knightsbridge | 020 7352 9959 knightsbridge@struttandparker.com

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London Notting Hill 303 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2QA +44 20 7221 1111 | nottinghilllettings@struttandparker.com

Westbourne Terrace, Notting Hill, W2

£1,600 pw* | Furnished

A stunning four bedroom duplex apartment located only moments away from Paddington. Entrance Hall | Kitchen/dining room | Reception room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Three further bedrooms Three bathrooms | Study | Utility room | Balcony | Off street parking | EPC rating D 2,155 sq ft (200.1 sq m) Notting Hill | 020 7221 1111 nottinghilllettings@struttandparker.com *The following Tenant charges may apply to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £222 (inc VAT). Credit references per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are exclusive of utility costs and associated services.

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COLOURFUL HOME ON CHELSEA’S MOST

‘INSTAGRAMMABLE’ STREET

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Situated directly off the King’s Road, is Bywater Street, a peaceful cul-de-sac characterised

by an eclectic row of colourful cottages, con-

sidered Chelsea’s most ‘Instagrammable’ street. For those not au fait with social influencer

hotspots, the street is also better known as the

home of fictional character George Smiley, of the John Le Carré spy novels (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley’s People).

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Providing a rare opportunity to own a home on the popular street - where a local community has built among a number of owners that have occupied their properties for decades - Chelsea stalwarts Russell Simpson are selling a three-bedroom cottage at number 24 for ÂŁ2.975 million.

Recognisable with its pale pink façade, number 24 occupies a prominent position towards the rear

corner of Bywater Street. Complete with railed steps, sash windows and bay window, the home is a traditional Chelsea cottage in the heart of the Royal Borough.

Upon entering the 1,604 sq. ft. property is a large reception room with double aspects onto the front

and back, with a guest WC to the rear. On the lower ground floor is a private study, as well as openplan kitchen/dining room, which opens onto a patio.

The upper floors provide the main sleeping quarters, with two well-sized bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor. The master bedroom suite occupies the second floor, with direct access onto a patio terrace overlooking Bywater Street.

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Jake Russell, Director at Russell Simpson, commented: “Bywater Street is one of Chelsea’s true hidden

gems. The colourful homes and peaceful ambience created by the cul-de-sac make it an incredibly popular place for its residents, as well as those looking for a unique backdrop.”.

“One of the biggest selling points here is the fact that location-wise you are in the throng of the action, with

all of the boutique shops, restaurants and galleries of the King’s Road at the end of the street. However, there are not many areas in Chelsea that feel like a quaint village community than Bywater Street, it’s a real plus for those that want to live in a quiet enclave of one of the world’s busiest cities.”

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Popular with tourists and social media influencers, Bywater Street provides the perfect location for those looking for a unique photo opportunity. Featuring in over 10,000 Instagram posts, the street is Chelsea’s most popular destination for tagged posts on the social platform, whilst the hashtag #BywaterStreet is another popular choice.

Not limited as a popular Instagrammer hotspot, Bywater Street is also famously recognised as the home of fictional John Le Carré spy character George Smiley, who occupies number 9. The character is held in high esteem in Eng-

land, where he has become a pop-culture icon on par with James Bond. First appearing in Le Carré’s 1961 novel Call for the Dead George Smiley has featured in a number of novels by the famous spy author, including one of his most recent books A Legacy of Spies (2017).

The street was also a filming location for the 2011 film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley. The picturesque road was also a regular feature in the 1979 BBC drama series Smiley’s People, with Alec Guinness playing the role of the eminent spy.

Addressing the reasons behind is choice of address for prominent character George Smiley, John Le Carré said: “I chose Bywater Street for Smiley because it’s a cul-de-sac, which is always a headache for watchers. I reckoned

Smiley would give himself that sort of advantage over life. The intimacy of the street made it doubly difficult for a surveillance team to escape notice.”

A small tight-knit community, the residents of Bywater Street hold an annual summer street party, with the road closed by the local authority for residents to enjoy each other’s company.

24 Bywater Street is on the market at £2,975,000 with viewings strictly by appointment only.

For further sales information, contact Russell Simpson on 020 7225 0277 or visit www.russellsimpson.co.uk

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