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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.



Écarlate afternoon dress, Autumn-Winter 1955 Haute Couture collection, Y line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London Photo © Laziz Hamani


CHRISTIAN DIOR: DESIGNER OF DREAMS u Marking 71 years of dressing the world’s most stylish women the V&A will display the largest ever Christian Dior exhibition in the UK with couture gowns worn by Princess Margaret, Margot Fonteyn and Jennifer Lawrence.



In February 2019, the V&A will showcase the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the House of Dior – the museum’s biggest fashion exhibition since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015. Spanning from 1947 to the present day, the exhibition will trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him, to explore the enduring influence of the fashion house. Based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, the exhibition is reimagined for the V&A . A brand-new section explores for the first time, the designer’s fascination with British culture. Dior admired the grandeur of the great houses and gardens of Britain, as well as British-designed ocean liners, including the Queen Mary. He also had a preference for Savile Row suits. His first UK fashion show took place at London’s Savoy Hotel, and in 1952 he established Christian Dior London. The exhibition investigates Dior’s creative collaborations with British manufacturers, including Dents (gloves), Rayne (shoes) Lyle & Scott (knitwear) and Mitchel Maer (costume jewellery). It also focuses on his most notable early British clients, from author Nancy Mitford to ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn. A highlight will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, generously on loan from the Museum of London following conservation work. The exhibition also brings to life Dior’s spectacular fashion shows staged in the UK’s most luxurious stately homes, including Blenheim Palace in 1954, of which several ensembles are now in the V&A’s collection.

Princess Margaret (left), with the Duchess of Marlborough behind, presents Christian Dior with a scroll entitling him to Honorary Life Membership of the British Red Cross after the presentation of his Winter Collection at Blenheim Palace on 3rd November 1954 © Popperfoto / Getty Images


Christian Dior with model Sylvie, circa 1948. Courtesy of Christian Dior

Sketch by Christian Dior for model Londres, Autumn-Winter 1950 Haute Couture collection © Christian Dior

Sketch by Christian Dior for model Oxford, Spring-Summer 1947 Haute Couture collection © Christian Dior

Drawn from the extensive Dior Archives, the exhibition presents over 500 objects, with over 200 rare Haute Couture garments shown alongside accessories, fashion photography, film, vintage perfume, original make-up, illustrations, magazines, and Christian Dior’s personal possessions. It also showcases highlights from the V&A’s world-class Couture collections, including the iconic Bar Suit, gifted to the museum by the House of Dior in 1960 with the help of Cecil Beaton.

“There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking.” Christian Dior 17

The exhibition highlights Dior’s total design vision, encompassing garments, accessories and fragrances. Flowers are emblematic of the Couture House and have inspired silhouettes, embroidery and prints, but also the launch of Miss Dior in 1947, the first fragrance created alongside the very first show. From horticulture to global travel and 18th-century decorative arts, the show reveals the sources of inspiration that defined the House of Dior’s aesthetic. From the daring designs of Yves Saint Laurent to the rational style of Marc Bohan, the flamboyance of Gianfranco Ferré, the exuberance of John Galliano, the minimalism of Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri’s feminist vision of fashion, the exhibition shows how each successive artistic director has stayed true to Dior’s vision of Haute Couture, while bringing their own creative sensibilities to the House. Oriole Cullen, Fashion and Textiles Curator at the V&A, said: “In 1947, Christian Dior changed the face of fashion with his New Look, which redefined the female silhouette and reinvigorated the post-War Parisian fashion industry. The V&A recognised Dior’s important contribution to design history early-on in his career, acquiring his sketches and garments from the 1950s onwards. The influence of Christian Dior’s design was all-pervasive and helped to define an era. In their own individual ways, each of the House’s successive artistic directors have referenced and reinterpreted Dior’s own designs and continued the legacy of the founder, ensuring that the House of Christian Dior is at the forefront of fashion today. More than seventy years after its founding, the V&A’s exhibition celebrates the enduring influence of the House of Dior and reveals Dior’s relationship with Britain.”

Soirée de décembre evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection, H line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Gift of Dame Margot Fonteyn. Photo © Laziz Hamani


1. Pérou short evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection, H line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Gift of Cecil Beaton. Photo © Laziz Hamani. 2. Pérou short evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection, H line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Gift of Cecil Beaton. Photo © Laziz Hamani. 3. Diorling perfume, 1963. Photo © Laziz Hamani

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams brings to the V&A an in-depth and wide-ranging study of the unique Haute Couture garments since 1947. Across 11 sections: • Christian Dior offers an extended biography on Christian Dior (1905–57), from family life to his early career as a gallery owner and the founding of the House of Dior in 1946. It encompasses Dior’s extensive travel, the global success of his couture house and the development of Dior perfumes. • The New Look focuses on Dior’s famed Bar Suit from his ground-breaking first collection in 1947 and considers how subsequent Dior designers have reinterpreted it over the years. • The Dior Line showcases ten defining looks made between 1947 and 1957, Christian Dior’s own tenure at the House. • Dior in Britain uncovers Christian Dior’s personal love of England and his British client’s reciprocal love • Historicism examines the influence of historic dress and decorative arts in the House of Dior’s designs from 1947 to today, encompassing Dior’s love of the 18th century, and the Belle Époque fashions worn by his mother, Madeleine Dior. • Travels explores how travel and different

countries and cultures have consistently inspired the various designers at the House of Dior. • The Garden highlights the importance of flowers and gardens as a source of inspiration to the House, from garments to perfume. • Designers for Dior spotlights the work of the subsequent six key artistic directors since Christian Dior’s death in 1957. • The Ateliers showcases toiles from the Dior Ateliers in a stunning ‘cabinet of curiosity’ style installation. • Diorama examines the breadth of the House of Dior, from accessories including costume jewellery, hats, shoes and bags, to illustrations, miniature dresses and archive lipstick and perfume, bottles, collected in a kaleidoscopic display. • The Ballroom celebrates the fantasy of the Ball, evoking the lavish interiors of the great houses of Britain. Showcasing 70 years of stunning formal evening wear, this section reveals the incredible skill of the Haute Couture ateliers.

The exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams runs from 2 February – 14 July 2019. Tickets from £20. All concessions: £15. For more information visit: 19

ILLUMINATING THE STARS OF THE ZODIAC u Luxury Jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels have unveiled a stunning new range of ladies watches called Lady Arpels Zodiac Lumineux, which feature the 12 star signs of the zodiac on an enamel watch face and an exclusive light-on-demand module. Lady Arpels Zodiac Lumineux is part of the brand’s Poetry of Time collection, which pays homage to the spectacle of the heavens and stars. Following the release of the men’s Zodiac Lumineux timepieces earlier this year, each timepiece illuminates one of the twelve signs of the Western Zodiac set on a 38mm diameter case in white gold with diamonds, and features a glitter blue enamel dial with translucent blue enamel beads, and a glitter blue alligator strap. Depending on your star sign, each zodiac variation is finished with different stones, including diamonds and yellow and blue sapphires: 20 LUXURY LIVING





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Aquarius are known for their unique, intriguing, and colourful personalities. They tend to live for themselves, not caring what others think. Watch highlights include opaque blue enamel, enamel tracing, translucent blue enamel beads and diamonds.

Aries are leaders, rulers, and loyal companions. They are often admired by those around them and enjoy being in command. This watch features blue sapphires, translucent blue and turquoise enamel.

Cancers aim to be gentle but fearless leaders. They can be bold innovators yet tender and even romantic. This watch features opaque blue enamel, translucent blue enamel beads and diamonds.







Capricorns are often characterised by an insatiable thirst for knowledge. They are known for reaching new heights and being capable of great things. Watch highlights include yellow gold, blue sapphires, translucent green enamel on silver foil and diamonds.

As their depiction indicates, duality defines Geminis. They’re intense but intriguing, confident yet charming, just like this watch, which features opaque blue enamel, enamel tracing, translucent blue enamel beads and diamonds.

Like the sun, Leos have an inherent allure that naturally attracts others. They tend to gravitate toward the center of the action and enjoy lighting up a room and spreading their energy like wildfire. The watch features yellow gold, yellow sapphires, blue sapphire, spessartite garnets, translucent orange and yellow enamel on golden foil, and translucent blue enamel beads. 21






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Libras desire to be selfless and loving. They try to go out of their way to take care of others, expecting nothing in return, which makes them great companions. This watch has opaque blue enamel, enamel tracing and translucent blue enamel beads.

Pisces can tend to be dreamers, approaching life through rose-coloured glasses. But their undoubtedly optimistic approach keeps them constantly seeking ways to make a difference. highlights of this watch include blue sapphires, translucent blue and turquoise enamel and diamonds.

The Sagittarius is often a lone wolf, not tied down by expectation or conformity. They tend to be free spirits with an inherently curious nature. The watch features yellow gold, pink gold, yellow sapphires and spessartite garnets.







Scorpios are known for their bold disposition and charm. They can be intense at first, but once you get to know them, they can have a softer side. This watch features white gold, translucent purple enamel on silver foil, translucent blue enamel beads and diamonds.

Taurus take meticulous care in acting thoughtfully and deliberately in everything they do. They also have a gentler side and an uncanny ability to make those around them feel special and appreciated. The watch features blue sapphires, translucent green enamel, translucent blue enamel beads and diamonds.

The Virgo tends to be all-knowing, reliable, and wise beyond their years. Virgos aim to be independent and stand for themselves. Watch highlights include tsavorite garnets, onyx, enamel tracing, translucent blue enamel beads and diamonds.






Luxury knows no limits when it comes to fashion and over the last few months we’ve seen several fashion collaborations with luxury automobiles offering unique “capsule” collection.




BERLUTI & FERRARI Limited Edition – A collection inspired by gentlemen drivers French luxury menswear brand Berluti has recently teamed up with Ferrari to unveil a stylish footwear collection specifically for gentlemen drivers, inspired by the brand new Ferrari Monza SP1 and Monza SP2. Every detail and styling element of this exclusive collection – including its sculptural, sinuous shapes and stitching – references the iconic Ferraris, their instantly recognisable exterior styling and exquisite interiors. To further underscore the link to the Prancing Horse, all three models – a Slip-on, an Oxford and a Chelsea Boot – have the same red piping detail on their heels. When it came to designing and developing the soles used in the collection, Ferrari drew on its wealth of experience with innovative technologies, choosing to craft them in Twill 2×2 carbon-fibre which is not only used in its cars, but also makes for ultra-comfortable driving in particular. The Ferrari Limited Edition collection was unveiled by Ferrari Chairman John Elkann and Berluti CEO Antoine Arnault at a cocktail party in the brand’s boutique on Paris’s Rue du Faubourg SaintHonoré to celebrate both Fashion Week and the Mondial Paris Motor Show. Designed by Berluti and Ferrari, the collection is available now in select Berluti boutiques internationally For further information visit:


MCLAREN COLLABORATES & BELSTAFF F1 McLaren’s first automotive clothing collection The respective creative teams combined their design philosophies and expertise to create new original luxury clothing, perfectly suited to the needs of both brands’ customers. Each piece has been purposefully designed to incorporate ergonomic seam lines and innovative stretch fabrics to allow for a full range of movement for a lifestyle at the wheel and beyond the car. The Belstaff X McLaren Collection comprises 10 men’s outerwear items and three women’s pieces, with each element embodying the design ethos, materials innovation and performance heritage at the heart of the two brands. The collection characterizes the “capsule wardrobe” principle – based around a few essential classics that never go out of fashion – in the most elegant and functional way possible. As with McLaren’s range of luxury performance cars, the products in the Belstaff X McLaren Collection tell the visual story of their function in a simple but technically precise way. The pieces feature classic designs and a limited colour palette of black and deep navy, in order to be flexible and functional and as easy to wear during the working week as at weekends. Both men’s and women’s collection are centered around three outwear styles: an all-season Performance Shell Field Jacket; a lightweight stretch nylon outerwear, named the Lightweight Hero Driving Jacket; a Hybrid Leather Driving Jacket. The men’s collection also features other suiting, shirting and layering options. Each piece in the Collection features a serial number and a Belstaff X McLaren label.

The Belstaff X McLaren Collection launched November 6 in the UK, Europe and the USA, with the Collection launching in Asia early 2019. The Collection will be available from selected McLaren Automotive retailers worldwide as well as Belstaff ’s global stores and official online sites, and selected retail partners. For further information visit the retail website: 29


HUGO BOSS & PORSCHE Two global players with shared regional roots joining forces to add some style to Formula E Beginning next year, the Metzingen-based apparel giant will be outfitting Porsche’s Formula E racing team when the next championship season begins. Boss has a long history in motor sports sponsorship, and since 2017 has already served as an official partner to the electric-powered racing series. Porsche is now joining the E-powered lineup with its own works team, to be outfitted by Hugo Boss, and Boss will also now be the official outfitter to Porsche’s entire motor sports team worldwide. The looks: a trim and dynamic black Boss suit with sleek white shirt and black tie, and a supple black leather blouson, red zip-front top and black jeans. Male consumers will also be able to join the Boss-Porsche fashion team when the Porsche x Boss capsule collection hits Boss stores and online as of March.

For further information visit the retail website: 30 LUXURY LIVING


THE ULTIMATE DIAMOND RING Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, and renowned industrial designer Marc Newson has designed a unique diamond ring, which will be auctioned by Sotheby’s in Miami on December 5th with proceeds going toward the fight against AIDS.

Consistent with their mutual obsession with transforming raw material into objects of value, Ive & Newson’s design is singular, clear and uncompromised by the traditional metal settings and bands that have previously been required to create ‘diamond rings’. Theirs will be created by removing material rather than adding - an ambition made possible by the extraordinary scale of the stone which enabled the ring to be completely made of diamond. The process to create this solid diamond ring was indeed a mammoth task. Diamond Foundry America’s leading synthetic producer of diamonds faced a new challenge: to create a block of diamond with the dimensions necessary and to be polished into a ring of this size. No base plate of the required dimensions existed, and no existing earth extracted diamond would be sufficiently pure enough to allow growing a rough diamond of this size. To create this, it required coaxing the first ten atoms of a layer into believing that a certain rare metal is a diamond, these atoms would assemble into real diamond and allow the creation of diamond blocks of previously unprecedented size. This process was not previously considered possible. Through this process and Diamond Foundry’s plasma reactor technology, they managed to create the first diamond blocks of the required size for this design project. After this, the logistics of how to cut and polish a stone of this size needed to be established - a task that challenged Diamond Foundry’s Antwerp based master cutter who has polished some of the world’s largest diamonds. The shape and model of the finished stone are revolutionary since there were no guidelines, the cutters had to create it from scratch and the custom tools had to be ordered from a specialized diamond tools supplier in Belgium. The diamond block is faceted with several thousand facets, some of which are as small as several hundred micrometers with the finished ring having between 2000-3000 facets something never seen before on a single piece of jewellery. The ring will be auctioned by Sotheby’s during Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami on the evening of 5 December 2018 – with expectations to raise between $150,000 and $250,000 for (RED) in its fight against AIDS. 31







Fourteen years after their first designer collaboration, Moschino’s long-awaited collaboration with H&M has finally been unveiled. Designed by new creative director Jeremy Scott the collection features a colour palette of silver, gold, and sparkly fabrics, contrasted with a lot of neutral colours very reminiscent of the 1990’s pop culture and perfect for the festive season ahead.



Taking inspiration from his previous role as Creative Director at Adidas Jeremy Scott the collection has a sportswear-meets-evening aesthetic, with pieces including cropped puffa jackets, hockey jerseys and parka dresses all embellished and accessorised with chains and studs however not to be taken to seriously the collection also includes motifs of Mickey Mouse, Barbie and graffiti art.

Taking inspiration from his previous role as Creative Director at Adidas Jeremy Scott the collection has a sportswear-meets-evening aesthetic, with pieces including cropped puffa jackets, hockey jerseys and parka dresses all embellished and accessorised with chains and studs however not to be taken to seriously the collection also includes motifs of Mickey Mouse, Barbie and graffiti art.

“I wanted to create the most MOSCHINO collection ever. I tried

to include all the ingredients you would expect from one of my shows — cartoon couture mixed with a street wear vibe doused with hip hop worthy amounts of bling bling to create a totally MOSCHINO look.” Scott said

Prices for the collection range from £25 to £300, making the pieces far more affordable than regular Moschino items. The collection (which also includes menswear) is available to buy in selected stores and online. 36 LUXURY LIVING


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TIMEPIECES THE MODERN MILLENIAL SHOULD INVEST IN They say a watch says a lot about a man and nothing could be truer for a woman. For a woman a beautiful watch is more than just a way of telling the time a woman’s watch is a statement piece of jewellery and a timeless investment and probably one of the most expensive fashion purchases you will ever make.




Purchasing a luxury watch as a reflection of your personal style means that it isn’t a buying decision that should be taken lightly. This is a purchase where doing your homework matters and while the luxury price tag can be daunting, these timeless pieces will last you for life and can be passed down to future generations. So if you’re serious about your timepieces, these are the styles you should be coveting: CARTIER TANK Introduced in 1917 the Cartier Tank has impeccable style credentials and is now one of the most iconic watches in the world. Reminiscent of its time the watch was inspired by the Renault war tanks utilised during the First World War. The Cartier Tank has a timeless and elegant aesthetic and features iconic elements including a rectangular case, Roman numerals, and sapphire cabochon crown. Worn by: Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana, Michelle Obama, and Angelina Jolie

ROLEX LADY-DATEJUST Probably the best-known luxury watch brand in the world – The Rolex DateJust is a classic feminine watch. Developed in the 1950’s the Rolex Lady-Datejust has been through many incarnations available in gold, rose gold or silver and adorned in diamonds but the models classic profile still remains the same making it immediately recognisable. A uniquely versatile watch that still remains a firm favourite with the fashion set. Worn by: Eva Longoria, Rihanna


JAEGER-LECOULTRE REVERSO The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Duetto small stainless steel and diamond watch has continued to retain its popularity even 80years after its launch. Crafted by Jaeger-LeCoultre in the Swiss village of Le Sentier with different times of day in mind, it has two faces to switch between. The tale goes that after a polo match in India, players complained that nearly all their watches had broken during play. A group of players challenged businessman César de Trey to design a watch that was ‘polo proof,’ and so he went off and did just that! The unique pivot function of a Reverso was born. Worn by: January Jones

CARTIER BALLON BLEU The Ballon Bleu is a fresher addition to the Cartier line which combines the technical craft of watchmaking with both traditional and unique design elements. The Ballon Bleu line has become one of the most iconic and popular collections from Cartier since its introduction in 2007, thanks to its demure elegance. A distinctive element of the watch includes its unique integrated cabochon crown. Worn by: Kate Middleton



PIAGET LIMELIGHT GALA The Limelight Gala watch by Piaget is described as radiant, spirited and seductive. The design blends contemporary and classic styles to create an elegant and exciting timepiece. Two elongated horns adorn the 32mm white gold case, enhancing its shape with a line of graduated round diamonds on the bezel. Bold roman numerals and a satin strap are also essential features of this chic design. Worn by: Olivia Palermo, Zoe Saldana, Jessica Chastain

BULGARI SERPENTI A decadent, eye-catching watch, the Bulgari Serpenti is a sensuous snaking design for those who like to be noticed. Since its introduction in the 1940’s the design has ranged from simple steel tubular styles that wrap multiple times around the wrist to incredibly fine jewellery watches with intricate detailing and a distinctive use of gemstones. The engineering of Bulgari watches is considered with every bit as much care as the design, encompassing exquisite Swiss Made movements. This approach ensures that quality and beauty fuse together in every Serpenti watch. Worn by: Elizabeth Taylor, Julianne Moore, Rachel Weisz





Creates ColleCtion inspired by the Uniform of QUeen elizabeth ii

British heritage brand Hawes & Curtis has partnered with the National Army Museum to create a limited edition collection that is fit for royalty. 44 LUXURY LIVING

The collection is inspired by the uniform Queen Elizabeth II wore as a young princess during the Second World War. From 1949 to 1953 Princess Elizabeth carried out her duties as an Honorary Brigadier in the Women’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC) before resigning these appointments on becoming Queen in 1953. Hawes & Curtis was the shirt-maker chosen to make the khaki shirt and tie for Princess Elizabeth’s Women’s Royal Army Corps uniform in 1949. Specialising in luxury shirts and fine tailoring since 1913, Hawes & Curtis has been a favourite for royalty and the brand was awarded four Royal Warrants from The Duke of Windsor, King George VI and The Duke of Edinburgh. The uniform has been on permanent display at the National Army Museum since they acquired it in 1993, following the disbandment of the Women’s Royal Army Corps. Sophie Anderton, curator at the National Army Museum, said “Part of our role as a museum is to preserve our amazing collections for the public and future generations, but it is also about keeping those items relevant and sharing their history in new and different ways. Our partnership with Hawes & Curtis has given us the opportunity to look at the production of uniform, specifically the Queen’s, which they tailored items for, and uncover the heritage behind it. It’s very exciting to be working with the same tailor to produce new items influenced by the Queen’s uniform, and it also demonstrates the timeless inspiration that comes from army fashion.” Hawes & Curtis has taken the opportunity to showcase its phenomenal heritage by creating a limited edition collection inspired by Princess Elizabeth’s Army uniform. The brand has re-created a one-off replica of the original fine cotton uniform shirt, which is currently on display in the National Army Museum shop. The collection includes bespoke prints designed in honour of the collaboration. Printed silk ties and pocket squares are inspired by the regimental stripes on the Queen’s jacket. Contemporary women’s blouses feature a vibrant print inspired by the ribbons on the royal uniform. Cufflinks in the shape of Military buttons on the uniform jacket complete the collection. The collection is available to purchase in the National Army Museum shop, the Hawes & Curtis flagship store on Jermyn Street and online.







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Hublot pays homage to one of the world’s most popular holidays: el día de los muertos with the Hublot Big Bang one Click Calavera Catrina, the most carefree piece from the skull series. Big Bang one Click Calavera Catrina takes on the appearance of a delicate tattoo created with bright colours and it is fits perfectly into the party atmosphere that surrounds the mexican day of the dead. as for name of the timepiece it is influenced by the ‘Catrinas’ who sport elaborate painted faces during the festival. The ‘calaveras’ design, which is used to portray the human skull and often inspires the creation of cookies and candy for the festival is also referenced. With 42 sapphires studded on the bezel providing added colour to the timepiece the Big Bang one Click Calavera Catrina is ideal for celebrating during the day or night. While its one Click system allows for the straps to be interchanged easily and vibrant versions to be paired with the watch. The Big Bang is available in eye-catching fuchsia, purple, green, turquoise and blue. movement

HUB1710 - self-winding movement with 50 hour power reserve


Hours, minutes, seconds


satin-finished and polished black ceramic.


Black lacquered dial with multicolour printed “mexican skull”


Black calf with multicolour printing and black rubber

AROuND THE WORLD, FLOWER The places that we visit leave unforgettable impressions on our mind. The many tastes of foreign cuisine leave us tingling for more, while the touch of exquisite silk imprints exotic tenderness on our skin. This year, BiJoUmoNTRe, and its new around the World Collection are here to accompany you on the countless special adventures you will embark on. BiJoUmoNTRe pays homage to these life-long memories by ornamenting its watches with flowers symbolizing the national culture of the five featured countries: switzerland, France, italy, China or Japan. The flowery Charms are carefully crafted with mother-ofpearl, as well as sets of radiant coloured sapphires and natural diamonds. The rich diversity of culture is materialized through the five strong colourways, one for each country, which let you find the perfect match for your own inner colour. movement Functions Case dial


swiss Quartz eTa e01.701 calibre

stainless steel, outer ring set with 82 diamonds, lugs set with 16 diamonds, 38 mm. sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 m/100 ft). stainless steel, outer ring set with 82 diamonds, lugs set with 16 diamonds, 38 mm. sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 m/100 ft)

inner ring white mother-of-pearl set with 37 diamonds, miniature edelweiss set with 4 yellow sapphire & 2 diamonds. middle ring engraved mother-of-pearl edelweiss set with 21 diamonds, 4 yellow sapphires & 3 light tsavorite garnet (switzerland model) Green, orange, light purple, light blue or pink leather



REFLECTING THE ROMAN SKY inspired by the magic of a Roman night, the divas’ dream new enigmatic watch by Bvlgari captures the poetry of the city’s star studded sky. With its blue aventurine dial building the backdrop to a diamond constellation, the watch’s design mirrors faithfully the sky map of the eternal City. Through an exquisite mechanism based on the rotation of two disks, two floating diamonds mark the hours and the minutes as the brightest stars of the firmament. With its blue aventurine dial building the backdrop to a diamond constellation, the watch’s design mirrors faithfully the sky map of the eternal City. Through an exquisite mechanism based on the rotation of two disks, two floating diamonds mark the hours and the minutes as the brightest stars of the firmament. movement

automatic Winding 308 Caliber


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18K rose gold crown set with a sapphire, aventurine rotating discs with diamonds and printed constellations



18K rose gold / 18kt white gold

Blue alligator leather strap with 18kt rose gold pin buckle

A SHIMMERING REINVENTION OF AN ICON - LIMITED EDITION audemars Piguet, Carolina Bucci limited edition Royal oak frosted gold edition.

The creative partnership of audemars Piguet and italian jewellery designer Carolina Bucci combine again to deliver this ‘rebellious’ watch. The 18K yellow gold, shiny, silver-toned mirror dial framed with the shimmering sparkle of a Frosted Gold case and bracelet takes the center stage as it replaces the traditional tapisserie. Carolina Bucci’s original partnered with audemars Piguet four years ago in 2016 to create the 40th anniversary edition of the Frosted Gold Royal oak ladies’ edition to much acclaim. The new audemars Piguet Royal oak Frosted Gold Carolina Bucci limited edition will be sold under ref. 15454Ba.GG.1259Ba.02, and is powered by the automatic calibre 3120 with a 37 mm case fully hammered with Frosted Gold finish throughout, bearing a case back engraved with the legend “limited edition Carolina Bucci”. Presented in a stunning mirrored box bearing a Frosted Gold aP insignia, the watch will be sold exclusively at audemars Piguet boutiques, limited to just 300 pieces and is priced at Us$53,600.


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manufactured Caliber 3120 automatic loading

Hours, minutes, seconds, date 18-carat rose gold case, hammered, crystal and sapphire back with antireflection treatment.

Rose gold dial with “Grande Tapisserie” motif, applied indices and Royal oak hands in pink gold with luminescent coating.

A COSMIC COLLECTION OF SHOOTING STARS - LIMITED EDITION Roger dubuis unveils the excalibur single Flying Tourbillon - shooting star. These models featuring a feminine design are available in three colours : blue, pink and white. This is the first skeleton flying tourbillon to be displayed in such a small size piece, this excalibur 36mm is the perfect illustration of Roger dubuis’ ability to build the impossible. Convinced that women are just as eager as men to wear daring and technical caliber, Roger dubuis watchmakers worked for two years to develop this small size incredible tourbillon. Carrying the iconic astral signature enhanced by a rocking shooting star, it is the starting point of a new way to consider watchmaking for ladies. each watch colour interpretation is limited to just 8 pieces movement

self-winding mechanical calibre


Hours, minutes. Power reserve: 60 hours Case


18K yellow gold, 42mm decorated with 9.69ct blue sapphires and lugs decorated with 0.37ct diamonds.



Golden skeleton dial and flange set with 10 round diamonds as hour markers, 18K pink gold shooting star set with round-cut diamonds and colored enamel stars, 18K pink gold hands. Water Resistance:5BaR (50 m) White, blue or pink alligator strap with 18K pink gold adjustable folding buckle clasp

A STYLISH COMPANION FOR THE LIFE OF MODERN, ACTIVE WOMEN Combining effortless style and technical expertise the Tweenty~4 automatic Collection for women by Patek Phillipe epitomises feminine elegance. With a timeless design and an artisanal crafted selfwinding mechanical movement. The Twenty~4 automatic is presented in a strikingly refined 36mm round case with five sophisticated designs, each expressing its own stylistic identity.

There are two stainless steel models and three 18K rose gold ones all fitted with a 36 mm case and a diamond-set bezel.

movement Functions Case dial

Caliber 324sC - self-winding movement with 50 hour power reserve

Hours, minutes, seconds with date in aperture at 6 o’clock 36mm round case with bevelled diamond set bezel.

18k gold arabic numerals, hour makers and aperture frame at 6 o’clock along with diamond polish baton-shaped hour and minute hands

Bracelet/strap stainless steel bracelet or 18k rose gold featuring gently cambered central links framed by two tier outside links





Thom BRowne LaUnches PRePPY LimiTed ediTion GoLf coLLecTion American fashion designer Thom Browne has unveiled a new golf capsule collection in Milan and it’s not something your atypical golfer would dare to wear on the green! Part of Browne’s sports minded series initially kicked off with his ‘Grand Slam’ tennis collection the new golf capsule draws inspiration from the traditional golf attire of argyles, high socks, and dimpled balls and reinterprets them into today’s modern world with some very avant-garde pieces. Tartan, light pink, blue, red, and navy tones dominate the colourway with some unusually pompom detailing, which is primarily influenced by vintage golf club covers making an appearance; pebblegrain shoes with kilt fringe and “golf tee” heels; blazers and cotton polo shirts with signature golf crests and pin flags on cardigans, leather goods and shirts all bring what was once a boring attire a very modern if not quirky look


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Christian Louboutin’s Loubibabys first launched in collaboration with Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle Goop brand last year becoming an instant hit never to be seen again. Until now!



The iconic red leather sole beloved by woman all over the world have had a miniature makeover once again in the form of these endearingly chic satin baby booties. With a concept as simple as it is exclusive – one silhouette, one size suitable for ages 6-9 months and a limited quantity – each bootie showcases Christian Louboutin’s trademark savoirfaire and is adorned with a tiny hand-crafted bow. Because when it comes to babies, nothing says ‘adorable’ like a whimsical finishing touch. This limited-edition capsule collection of just 600 pairs feature three designs taken straight from the Men and Women’s Spring-Summer 2019 collections. A classic spin on the Maison’s signature shade, the Loubi Red makes for the perfect introduction to the world of Christian Louboutin whilst the Wallgraf styles in black and white or multicolour are an equally bold way to stand out and take on the graffiti-inspired Loubigraf motif. Further proof that style knows no age, the limited-edition capsule available exclusively on A word of warning however: with the cute factor dialled up high and very limited numbers, timing will be everything in the race to up the nursery style stakes for the season ahead.





PRESENTS ITS 2018 BLUE BOOK COLLECTION A celebration of expertly crafted and extraordinary high jewelry

Tiffany & Co. has unveiled its 2018 Blue Book Collection: The Four Seasons of Tiffany, a bold expression of creativity, craftsmanship and innovation. Composed of five themes—winter, spring, summer, autumn and colour theory. The new high jewellery collection draws inspiration from flora, fauna and the architectural complexity found in nature. With modern and graphic shapes rendered with rare techniques and exceptional gemstones, the Tiffany Blue Book Collection is a discovery of the unexpected. Each piece is a unique creation where visionary designs and the time-honoured talent of Tiffany artisans combine to create extravagant jewels that evoke dreams and defy possibilities. 58 LUXURY LIVING

Within the winter theme is one of the most exemplary designs, the never-before-seen ice motif, which required the most skilled craftsmen to study the beauty of irregularity and render it in diamonds. The illusion of ice was achieved by individually cutting each diamond into jagged, unique shapes that mimic an iceberg adrift on a sea of platinum. A magnificent yet delicate necklace is composed of over 91 total carats of 237 uniquely cut diamonds that connect like an intricate puzzle.

Emerald-cut aquamarines, over 10 total carats, and baguette and round brilliant diamonds

Necklace in platinum with baguette and round brilliant white, rare fancy blue gray and gray diamonds, over 63 total carats

The spring theme builds on the randomness and asymmetrical beauty of the natural world. The hydrangea designs reveal an intricate clustering of flowers, where groupings are off-centred and mixed-cut diamonds juxtaposed with fancy sapphires, tourmalines and tanzanite stones to create an ombre effect.

Necklace in platinum with an emerald-cut tricolor zoisite over 23 carats, round and marquise sapphires, over five total carats, and mixed-cut diamonds, over 36 total carats

Necklace in platinum with mixed-cut sapphires, over 75 total carats, and custom-cut diamonds.



In summer, the soft, fluttery diamond encrusted moths contrast against the bold, angular links and inspired by a 1940s tank chain. An 18k yellow gold bracelet anchors different size moths that appear to be in flight or landing, allowing the natural pattern and movement of these creatures to give this classic chain a modern update.

Emerald-cut tanzanite, over 27 carats, round sapphires, over eight total carats, and marquise tanzanites, over one total carat

Autumn reveals a lightness and interplay of gemstone colours and cuts. Vines that sprout and blossom in tandem with nature’s cycle can be seen in a stunning necklace where overlapping chains reveal a fern motif that emerges and gently unwinds down the back.

Earrings in 18k yellow gold and platinum with mixed-cut diamonds, eight total carats

Platinum necklace with nine marquise diamonds of over 5 carats, 333 round brilliant diamonds of over 5 carats and 85 diamond baguettes of over 21 carats

The utmost precision and attention to detail are required to express the simplicity and complexity of nature, from the range of tonalities and intricate geometry to the masterful artistry of high jewellery. The 2018 Blue Book Collection embodies Tiffany’s passion for elevating the beauty of nature and reinterpreting it through the unparalleled craftsmanship that has defined the jewellery house since 1837.


DISCOVER THE PERFECT GIFT The new Purdey collection of clothing and accessories offers key pieces that translate elegantly from town to country. From stylish cashmeres and silks to unique silver gifts and luxury leather luggage tanned in Britain’s last remaining traditional oak bark tannery, there is a range of gifts for all.




CORNAVIN DOWNTOWN SPORT COLLECTION - LIMITED EDITION Inspired by the city of Geneva, the Cornavin Downtown Sport collection has been carefully created focusing on the finest details and using only the highest quality parts. The exceptional design of the Downtown Sport case gave rise to some of Cornavin’s most popular models. The robust 44.5 mm octagonal case is enhanced with 8 decorative screws on the bezel. All Cornavin timepieces in this collection are equipped with sapphire crystal, screwin crown, and screwed case back. This collection offers a wide variety of options; from classic 316L Stainless Steel cases to rose gold or black PVD-coating. The watches in this unique collection are paired with long-lasting, comfortable rubber straps or elegant calf leather straps with ardillon buckles. Selected models in the Cornavin Downtown Sport collection are limited to 999 pieces and are individually numbered on the case back. Movement

Quartz Ronda 5030.D


Hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph


316L stainless steel, black or rose gold PVD-coated case, 44.5 mm. Bezel secured by 8 screws. Sapphire crystal and screwdown caseback. Water-resistant to 100 meters (10 ATM)


Gold and cloisonné enamel centre with Lavaux landscape, lacquered silver-plated opaline city disc with black transfer, 24hour gold disc with day/night display. Rose gold applied hands


Genuine calf leather strap or rubber strap with pin buckle

TAG HEUER ASTON MARTIN SPECIAL EDITION TIMEPIECE - PART II The second watch of the collaboration between two of the most iconic brands in motor racing the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 Aston Martin Special Edition has been released. nspired by the geometric shapes of an Aston Martin sports car, the new watch draws a direct vision from the colours, shapes, patterns and materials of an Aston Martin, and reflects the automotive spirit of the partnership. The 45mm solid steel case boasts a ceramic black brushed tachymeter bezel with Aston Martin engraving and features lines on the side to evoke speed, the race track and pistons. The manufacture movement is visible through the dial, which is skeletonised in a hexagonal pattern that recalls the details on the new Vantage. Also, exclusive to this timepiece is the reshaped lugs, which were inspired by the iconic lines of Aston Martin’s beautiful bodywork. It is a watch with presence that is the perfect reflection of the expertise and technical mastery arising from the partnership between the two brands.

Movement Functions Case Dial


In-house calibre Heuer 01 Automatic – 4Hz frequency – 50 hours power reserve – hours, minutes, small second, date and chronograph Hours, minutes and subsidiary small seconds

Stainless steel round case, 45mm in diameter, ceramic black brushed tachymeter bezel with Aston Martin engraving, domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment, black PVD steel case back with sapphire pane, 100m water resistant Black honeycomb structure. Rhodium plated luminescent indexes

Matte black rubber and leather strap, steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons and TAG Heuer logo


LUXURY LIVING FASHION TRAVEL u BENTLEY AND BREITLING DRIVE FORWARD INTO THE FUTURE LIMITED EDITION Bentley continues its collaboration with Breitling and unveils its new generation of watches which combine purpose with style, dedicated to everyday elegance. In 2003 Breitling became the first watchmaker entrusted to design an on-board clock for Bentley’s flagship model, the Continental GT. This continued partnership will see Breitling in¬tegrating special Bentley editions into its core product offering rather than in a separate Breitling for Bentley collection. The first of these extraordinary watches is the Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Rac¬ing Green. Powered by Breitling’s flagship Manufacture Caliber 01 in-house mechanical movement, which is visible through a unique transparent caseback with a metalised Bentley logo, the watch has an impressive 70-hour power reserve. These timepieces also have an engraved plate with a “Bentley” inscription. Inspi¬ration for the design of the plate was taken from the dashboard of the historic supercharged 1929 “Blower” Bentley. The watch is distinguished by its striking British racing green dial and is available with a choice of a stainless-steel bracelet or a British racing green leather strap that matches the dial. Contrasting subdials are posi¬tioned at 3 and 9 o’clock, and a date window is located at 6 o’clock. Movement Functions Case Dial Super Bracelet/strap

Swiss automatic Breitling in-house Caliber 01 with 47 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 70 hours Hours, minutes, seconds and date. Chronograph: ratchet wheel control, vertical coupling, 30-minute and 12-hour counters. Stainless steel, 42mm x 13.6mm. Domed AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back, water resistant to 100 meters. British racing green with contrasting fields for permanent seconds and totalizers. Luminova hour and minute hands British racing green leather strap with a steel folding buckle or on a stainless-steel bracelet.

THE BREMONT SUPERSONIC To celebrate the 50th anniversary of an aircraft both brilliant and beautiful, Bremont has partnered with British Airways to launch its eighth historical limited edition timepiece, the Bremont Supersonic, incorporating parts of one of the most famous and iconic planes in history – Concorde. Ahead of her time in more ways than one, Concorde flew faster than a rifle bullet and halved the time of transatlantic crossings. Over 2.5 million British Airways passengers experienced flying eleven miles high at twice the speed of sound. This evocative civilian airliner completed more supersonic flying hours than the entire world’s air forces combined. Concorde, which stopped flying in 2003, flew at twice the speed of sound, faster than a rifle bullet, and halved the time of transatlantic crossings. The Bremont Supersonic contains the manufacturer’s first ever manual wind movement which has an 8-day power reserve with its countdown indicator on the dial at 12 o’clock. The blue hands of the Supersonic echo British Airways blue on Concorde’s famous livery and a subtle motif of the plane’s iconic silhouette can be seen on the second-hand sub dial. The watch is offered in either stainless steel, white gold or rose gold. It has a 43mm case housing a modified calibre BE-11M hand wound movement


HUBLOT LAUNCHES CLASSIC FUSION BRONZE BUCHERER BLUE LIMITED EDITION The Hublot Classic Fusion Bronze Bucherer Blue Edition features an elaborately designed bronze case and a mechanical automatic movement. This luxurious timepiece skilfully blends innovation and tradition with an extraordinary combination of materials and revolutionary design to make a particularly strong masculine style statement. This fascinating mix of opposites resulted in a truly unique approach to creating the new timepiece for the Bucherer Blue Editions. The philosophy behind the Classic Fusion collection is the watch manufacturer’s vision to combine classic watchmaking, pioneering design and outstanding craftsmanship. The special edition Hublot has created for Bucherer celebrates this unique Art of Fusion and disruptive design featuring the combination of precious metals and industrial materials that Hublot pioneered with the Classic Fusion watch created as an homage to the brand’s original designs in the 1980s. In the Classic Fusion Bronze Bucherer Blue Edition, Hublot for the first time combines a bronze case with a black ceramic bezel and six H-shaped titanium screws – an unusual and masculine blend of materials and colours that create a bold style statement. Movement Functions Case Dial


Caliber Hublot HUB1143, Self-winding Chronograph movement

Hours, minutes, seconds and date with 42hrs power reserve Black brushed bronze

Blue sunray satin-finished

Black rubber and blue alligator with gold stitching

JAEGER-LECOULTRE PAYS HOMAGE TO CZECH ARTIST ALPHONSE MUCHA Jaeger-LeCoultre is proud to be one of the few watchmaking Manufactures to master the art of enameling and hand engraving. To highlight its Rare Crafts, the Grande Maison gave its Reverso watches three new faces revealing works of art, fruit of the remarkable work of craftsmen. Jaeger-LeCoultre has a long-standing passion for painting the history of art. The new limited edition Jaeger Le-Coultre Grande Reverso watch is decorated with an allegory of the Four Seasons originally painted by Alphonse Mucha. The front face of each watch has been worked in guilloché of remarkable quality. Finely crafted by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s master engraver, this guilloché requires extremely complex artisanal skills and a machine that dates back a hundred years. Movement

822A/2 - Manually wound


Hours, minutes,

Front Dial:

Grand Feu enamel and guilloché dial


White gold/Yellow gold











One of the greatest pleasures of life is being able to travel the world and wonder in awe at its beauty. From faraway exotic lands to exclusive destinations, resorts, spas, villas for your family vacation or romantic getaway Luxuary Living Magazine features some of the world’s finest luxury hotels and travel destinations.





The long awaited debut of Alila Villas Koh Russey on the Cambodian Riviera began welcoming guests this November. Hailed as one of the most anticipated openings, Alila Villas Koh Russey resides on its own private island in the Koh Rong archipelago.




This will be brand Alila’s first resort in Cambodia, sharing the group’s philosophy of innovative design, personalized service and unique guest experiences that has made its hotels – including Alila Villas Uluwatu, Alila Seminyak, Alila Yangshuo and Alila Fort Bishangarh – instant successes. Alila Villas Koh Russey is set to serve up pristine bays, dramatic peninsulas, copper-sand beaches and tropical forests.

There will be 61 pavilions and villas, designed in a minimalist modern style with indoor and outdoor living spaces blending in with the environment. Facilities will run the gamut from an outdoor cinema to a yoga studio with complimentary classes. An organic garden will supply the restaurant, while the swimming pool overlooks the beach. There will also be a spa and top-notch gym. The concierge team will be able to arrange local experiences like island hopping, temple tours and excursions to the mountains of Bokor National Park. Most of the island’s natural foliage has been preserved, with the low-density structures accounting for just 15% of the 60-acres of lush grounds. Other sustainable features include villa systems that automatically adjust lighting and temperature when occupants enter or leave, a fishing exclusion zone which is set at 200-metres around the resort to preserve the marine environment, and a special nursery which aims to protect more than 20 species of trees indigenous to the island. For foodies, there will be two specialty restaurants: Horizon – which will serve à la carte breakfast and dinners with an emphasis on French and French fusion fare – and the Beach Shack a place for guests to kick back and enjoy Khmer cuisine, seafood and light dishes. Those looking for wellness and rejuvenation will love the beachfront Spa Alila, offering classic Spa Alila holistic treatments that nurture mind, body and soul. Signature treatments will include Khmer healing techniques and local ingredients such as virgin coconut oil, to reflect its locality. Other inhouse facilities include an infinity pool overlooking the ocean and a well-equipped fitness centre with private yoga room where guests can enjoy complimentary daily yoga and Tai Chi classes. With complimentary shuttle boat transfers on daily schedules to the mainland, Alila Villas Koh Russey is the perfect vacation island to enjoy the Alila Experience on the Riviera. Surprisingly different excursions include guided access to hidden temples, highland trekking in the Bokor National Park, exploring the Kep’s Crab Market and Kampot’s pepper plantation and taking in the laid-back riverfront scene. 72 LUXURY LIVING

Thanks to the two and four-bedroom villas, Alila Villas Koh Russey is a great option for families looking to enjoy the privacy of their own space, terrace, pool and garden as well as optional Chef and Butler services while the one-bedroom villas offer an exclusive honeymoon experience for couples. The magical, intimate island of Koh Russey (Bamboo Island) is described by some as ‘a jewel by the sea’. Its dramatic headland is covered in lush, tropical forest with a kilometre of coppery powder-sand beaches bordering its stunning coastline. Luxury is a State of Being... quite simply this is the place to be on the Cambodian Riviera.

Alila Villas Koh Russey opening rates start from US$375 per night for a stay in the Garden Pavilion. To check out availability visit MILLIONAIRE ESCAPES 73

Time. Family. Peace. CRUISE THE MALDIVES THIS WINTER An elegant superyacht with contemporary styling, the 59.3m [194.6ft] Meamina is designed for luxurious family adventures. A variety of chic, comfortable areas spread across four decks allow guests to dine, entertain, sunbathe and escape.


Available for charter this winter in the Maldives. Proudly represented by Burgess as Worldwide Central Agents.


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Where The World’s WealThiesT Will Be This WinTer This season, the worlds’ wealthiest can be found socializing at events across the globe – from the Sydney Harbour, Australia to Miami Beach, USA. So if you’re looking to rub shoulders with the international elite here’s where to go




DECEMBER 1. Sydney Yacht Race


Over the past 73 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup and the Australian Open tennis. Hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia commencing in Sydney, New South Wales on Boxing Day and finishing in Hobart, Tasmania, the race is run in conjunction with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, and is widely considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world.

2. Art Basel Miami Beach


In Art Basel Miami Beach some 268 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars. Ranked as the premier art show of the America’s the 29th edition takes place from 4-9th December focusing on modern and contemporary art and placing more than 250 galleries and 4,000 artists from across the globe in front of the art world’s top curators, museums and collectors. The weekend of Art Basel has become a major draw for Miami, with parties, satellite fairs and major events being held in conjunction with the show have fun celebrity.

3. Emeralds & Ivy Ball


The Emeralds & Ivy Ball is the Cancer Research UK flagship fundraising gala dinner, hosted by Ronan Keating. The Ball celebrates the partnership between Cancer Research UK and the Marie Keating Foundation, raising funds for the Cancer Awareness Roadshow Units.

4. Global Championship Tour


The Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) is an annual show jumping series that comprises up to 15 rounds of competition hosted around the world. It brings together the top 30 riders in the FEI Jumping World Rankings. The Championship spans three continents and takes in the world’s great cities including Paris, Monaco, Madrid, Miami Beach, Shanghai, Rome and Doha, Qatar, this year the new Global Champions Playoffs will be staged in the magical Czech capital Prague from 13th – 16th December at the dynamic O2 arena.

5. La Scala Opera House Opening Night

Milan, Italy

The opening of the season at La Scala is much more than just a “première”; it is an event filled with tradition, history, society life, involving the whole city thanks to collateral events, to live national broadcasting on TV and in many cinemas and theatres, and on a large screen positioned in the middle of the Ottagono in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Opening 7th December the protagonist of this year’s première is Attila, a youthful work by Giuseppe Verdi that was staged at the Teatro La Fenice in 1846. On the podium is Riccardo Chailly. 78 LUXURY LIVING











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JANUARY 2019 6. Sundance Film Festival


The Sundance Film Festival, a program of the Sundance Institute, takes place annually in Park City, Utah. Founded by Robert Redford it is currently the largest independent film festival in the United States and the culmination of the Sundance Film Festival is the awards ceremony. The 10 day event held from Jan 24th – Feb 3rd and like most film festivals has its fair share of velvet ropes and celebrities.

7. Men’s Paris Fashion Week


The Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris is viewed as one of the most esteemed and highly respected fashion events of the year where the finest brands of the world showcase their newest collections. High society, celebrities and fashions elite will descend upon the city from 15th -20th Jan to be seen with designers of the moments

8. Harpin International Ice & Snow Festival


The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is an annual winter festival that takes place from 5th January – 28th February. Set in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China, the event is the world’s largest ice and snow festival in the world. The festival includes the world’s biggest ice sculptures. What sets the Harbin festival apart is the scale and size of the sculptures and the beautiful lighting. It is bigger than the ones in Sapporo, Norway, and Quebec

9. NZ Millennium Cup

New Zealand

Organised by the NZ Marine Export Group and a dedicated committee of some of New Zealand’s most pre-eminent superyacht industry figures, the NZ Millennium Cup is a celebration of good racing, great cruising grounds and exceptional hospitality. Drawing attention to New Zealand’s beautiful cruising grounds, skilled workforce and innovative industry, the event showcases the best of New Zealand’s superyacht sector in a relaxed, recognisablyKiwi style.

10. Snow Polo

St Moritz

St. Moritz has played host to the world’s pre-eminent snow polo tournament since 1985 and it has become one of the highlights of the European social calendar. Besides being the first-ever snow polo tournament, the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz is the only high goal polo tournament played on snow. Hosted this year from January 27th – 29th


A private apartment in First Class. That’s Flying Reimagined.

In the First Apartment on our A380 you can relax in a large leather armchair before retiring to the comfort of a separate bed, dressed with all-natural be linen. Enjoy a seven-course tasting menu prepared by our Inflight Chef. Take a refreshing shower in the First Class bathroom before landing.

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Flying Reimagined




Located on the picture-perfect Muravandhoo island of Raa Atoll, JOALI Maldives is a new sophisticated and art-focused retreat promising to offer guests a “Joie de Vivre” experience .




Guests will experience a new kind of sustainable glamour and a dedication to immersive art that has never before been seen in the Maldives, in addition to elegant over-water and beach villas—including two-, three- and four-bedroom residences, thoughtful programming and four innovative restaurant concepts with a distinct focus on design.

Located in one of the largest and deepest atolls in the world, JOALI Maldives is teeming with life, surrounded by tranquil lagoons, pristine white-sand beaches and a lush landscape of coconut palms. Internationally-renowned design studio, Autoban, architecture and design studio, Atolye4n, and Tokyo-based Studio Glitt were tapped to lead the overall design and architectural ingenuity throughout the 24-acre resort from an inviting Maldivian entrance featuring artisan wood to encompassing the feminine spirit of the property through natural, subtle colors and smooth transitions that blend with the island’s spirit and culture. The resort’s sustainability story begins with its master plan and layout, which preserved over 1,000 trees during the construction process. 86 LUXURY LIVING

LUXURY VILLAS The resort’s elegant one to four bedroom villas and residences are the epitome of sustainable glamour. Accommodations include 73 private beach and water villas, influenced by individual stories and designed to take guests on a sensory journey. Each villa features a private infinity pool, butler service, artisanal amenities, curated in-villa libraries, thoughtful design and handpicked art. Standout accommodations include the Three Bedroom Ocean Residence and Four Bedroom Beach Residence. Within the Three Bedroom Ocean Residence, guests can expect over 4,000 square feet of lavish living space across three bedrooms, three dressing rooms featuring two walk-in closets each and two living rooms. Two striking infinity pools, a spa room and sauna, butler and valet service and an on-call Dhoni, a Maldivian sailboat, are also included for guests staying in this outstanding residence.





CULINARY CREATIONS Using only the finest and freshest ingredients, the culinary offerings at JOALI are designed to make guests’ stay diverse, exciting and adventurous, while creating lasting memories through four distinct restaurant options and a myriad of highly-individualized dining experiences. Providing inventive fusion cuisine from several corners of the globe, dining options include Saoke, the first restaurant in the Maldives to be designed by renowned Japanese restaurant architect Noriyoshi Muramatsu; Vandhoo, featuring authentic Asian- and Levant-inspired dishes; Bellinis, featuring handmade pastas and authentic Tuscan, and Her Kitchen, offering a selection of cooking classes. Guests can also indulge in over 60 flavors of ice cream, handmade cupcakes and macaroons from the artisanal chocolate and ice cream store, or lounge in the cabanas and infinity pods at Mura Bar while enjoying sunset cocktails and light bites. The resort is also home to a Whisky Lounge and Wine Cellar, featuring malt whiskey from Scotland to Taiwan and hand-selected vintages from JOALI’s master sommelier.

ART EXPLOSION JOALI Maldives Resort is the first and only Resorts in Maldives to be immersed in art, with thoughtfully curated offerings; from the exquisite works of art and design borne out of recycled goods by celebrated young artists – with dedicated Art Studio and Gallery – dotted throughout, a wellbeing programme in collaboration with ESPA, stylish whisky lounge, delightful ice cream store, impeccably-curated library and a very special underwater museum that addresses environmental issues, provides a showcase for a new form of luxurious laid-back abode that celebrates craftsmanship, artistry and unconventional luxury for all ages.

WELLNESS A serene refuge, JOALISpa by Espa will be a haven of wellbeing inspired by the resort’s tropical surroundings. In addition to indulgent treatments, a fitness centre will offer expert trainers and expansive ocean and jungle views.

FAMILY FUN For families, JOALI has created a host of offerings to keep little ones entertained, including native storytelling with a local narrator, interactive treasure hunts around the resort and cooking classes for budding chefs in a child-friendly kitchen. Spa treatments are also available for children, such as natural masks, hand and foot care, hair styling and playful costumes available for dress up that celebrates inner beauty and adventure With its vibrant ocean and lush landscapes JOALI can arrange activities like snorkelling with manta rays, learning about coral degradation in the underwater museum, wakeboarding to chartered yacht and dhoni excursions as well as meeting with local communities. An art map of the hotel takes guests on an art and sculpture tour of the island in a scavenger hunt of unique works designed specifically for JOALI.

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2020-2021 looks set to be a sensational season of sailing. With the 191 remarkable new voyages recently unveiled by Luxury cruise specialists Silversea Cruises. Unlocking 572 destinations across 84 countries, the new itineraries discover more European destinations and leaves practically no inch of coastline across the Arctic and Antarctic uncovered.



The new collection of itineraries will enable guests to get closer to the authentic beauty of the world with unprecedented variety, increasing cruise line’s ultra-luxury offering in a number of remarkable destinations.

The itineraries will incorporate a remarkable polar programme comprising 10 itineraries and 83 destinations in the Arctic and 11 itineraries and 26 destinations in Antarctica, including East Antarctica and the Ross Sea. Unprecedented voyages to New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands and Australia’s Macquarie Island (all UNESCO World Heritage Sites) will enable guests to view vast colonies of penguins and thousands of seals; visits to Churchill and Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada, will take guests to the ‘polar bear capital of the world’ and the home of world’s largest beluga whale population, respectively; and concurrent crossings of both the Northwest and Northeast Passages on Silver Cloud and Silver Explorer, respectively, will unlock unique, life-defining experiences with true expedition cruising at its most exhilarating.

Highlights of the collection will include: u Enhanced options in Northern Europe will comprise four ships and 29 voyages: in Iceland, Silversea will offer more immersive experiences on both classic and expedition voyages, including a 9-day circumnavigation aboard Silver Wind, departing Reykjavik on June 29, 2020; in the British Isles, extended programs will unlock more incredible experiences, with voyages departing from the iconic Tower Bridge; while an exciting new North Sea Capitals voyage will offer overnights in Oslo, Hamburg, Amsterdam, and London. u New deep travel experiences in Alaska and the Russian Far East, with three ships and 21 voyages from which guests can choose. As in 2019, the cruise line’s flagship, Silver Muse, will spend a full summer deployed in Alaska in 2020. Silversea’s Silver Explorer will cruise in the Sea of Okhotsk, one of the least visited areas in the Russian Far East, on an 18-day voyage from June 2020 u A return to the Canary Islands on two voyages - departing April 16 and September 25, 2020 and Istanbul on two different itineraries - departing May 30 and August 2, 2020. u Maiden calls in El Hierro, Spain; Fishguard, Wales; Nordfjordeid, Norway; Siglufjörður, Iceland; Durres, Albania; Klaksvik, Faroe Islands; and Patreksfjordur, Iceland. u An increased polar offering, with two ships and 10 voyages and 83 destinations in the Arctic, and 11 itineraries and 26 destinations in Antarctica (including East Antarctica and the Ross Sea). Unprecedented voyages to New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands and Australia’s Macquarie Island (all UNESCO World Heritage Sites) will enable guests to view vast colonies of penguins and thousands of seals; visits to Churchill and Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada, will take guests to the ‘polar bear capital of the world’ and the home of the world’s largest beluga whale population, respectively; and concurrent crossings of the Northwest and Northeast Passages will unlock unique, life-defining experiences. u Greater variety in the Mediterranean, with five ships and 54 voyages on offer, including a 37day, 28-port grand voyage and an extended Grand Prix voyage. u An extended season in the Galápagos Islands. u More overnights than ever before. Guests will be able to spend longer in some of the most amazing destinations in the world. Every voyage over seven nights in Europe and Canada & New England will benefit from an overnight in strategically selected ports. 92 LUXURY LIVING


An additional highlight of the new summer 2020 itineraries, Silversea’s Silver Moon will set sail on her inaugural voyage on August 6, 2020: the ship will depart Trieste, Italy, for Civitavecchia on an 11-day cruise. The sister ship of Silversea’s flagship, Silver Muse, Silver Moon will benefit from a number of onboard enhancements. One of five Silversea ships in the region in the summer of 2020, she will cruise in the Mediterranean for her maiden season, until November, when she will cross the Atlantic to Fort Lauderdale. For discerning travellers who are in search of rare and authentic moments, these new itineraries offer a unique array of carefully curated, life-enriching experiences

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u Antarctic polar operator White Desert has devised a one-of-a-kind, adrenalinefilled private jet marathon designed to test your endurance across the White Desert of the Antarctic.


Flying from Cape Town to Wolf ’s Fang, Antarctica, 24 people will be given the opportunity to run in one of the most remote places in the world and if you think that’s not hard enough the race is against the clock as the private jet can only touch down for a limited period of 5-hours! The route, which consists of four 6.5-mile loops, will take runners through breathtaking ice-falls and alongside and under awesome vertical towers of rock, and for those who can’t keep up the pace and miss the private jet will endure a cold night in Antarctica until the flight back the next day arrives. White Desert has 13 years of experience in running luxury trips to Antarctica, and has won several World Travel Awards over the years. For those looking to themselves to the test and experience a once-in-a-lifetime trip. The Race the Jet adventure takes place from 2-4th February 2019 and costs £24,000pp. For more information visit: For more information visit:


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The first Aman Resort, Amanpuri with its palm-fringed, secluded beach setting on Phuket continues to capture the imagination three decades on. To mark its 30th anniversary the resort has undergone a major renovation, upgrading original aspects including the Aman Spa and the addition of suspended swimming pools to six of the guest Pavilions, new water sports equipment, a beach bar and activity space for all ages. Meaning “place of peace” in Sanskrit, Amanpuri is set on a hillside amid lush vegetation, the 40 Thaistyle pavilions and 40 private villas sit amid swaying palms and a collection of private pools. The new hillside spa now features 12 treatment suites – six brand-new and all double the original size with spacious treatment rooms, bathing area, private steam room, dressing room, and an outdoor relaxation pavilion. Other new spa facilities include hydrotherapy areas with steam rooms, traditional saunas, two infrared saunas, Jacuzzis and cold plunge pools, plus a finishing salon for nails and hair. Ensuring it appeals to all generations the new children’s area with Eco-Discover Club and a new set of programme for all ages inspired by alternative sport, music and digital-tech cultures, and takes place at The Hot Spot. 96 LUXURY LIVING


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Australian billionaire Mr Clive Palmer, the Chairman of Blue Star Line has unveiled extravagant plans to build a replica of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Back in 1912 the Titanic was the ship of dreams and for over a century Titanic’s legend has been powered by mystery, intrigue and respect for all she stood for. Deemed unsinkable Titanic was the largest and most luxurious cruise liner of its day but just four days into here voyage on the night of April 15, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland and sank killing 1,500 of the 2,240 passengers and crew. Blue Star Liners claim the new ship will be an identical copy of the infamous liner, and will have the same interiors and cabin layout as the original vessel, complete with ballroom and Turkish baths and will follow the original planned route of the first Titanic carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, however one crucial upgrade will be the outfitting of enough life boats for the passengers on-board. The nine-decked ship will be home to 835 cabins, which could accommodate 2,435 passengers who will be able to buy first-, second- and third-class tickets -- just like in the original. It is claimed that passengers will find early 20th century-style clothing in their room should they wish to dress up and pretend they are aboard the original ship. No further details have been released as of yet..

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A LUXURY RETREAT LIKE NO OTHER Nestled on Namibia’s Skelton Coast around the enigmatic shipwrecks that line the shoreline is Shipwreck Lodge a luxury retreat like nowhere else on Earth. A harsh environment this raw, rugged and impossibly remote slice of African wilderness, that has borne the names “The Land God Made in Anger” or “The Gates of Hell” where towering dunes and wind-swept plains roll as far as the eye can see, buffeted by the icy Atlantic seas seems an odd location to place such an exclusive luxury retreat, but it is in fact this unique blend of isolation and adventure that makes this resort so appealing. Surprisingly the Skeleton Coast is an area known for its extraordinary wildlife sightings although rare. First up are the desert-adapted elephant, digging deep beneath the sand for the last vestiges of water. Then, making use of the wells left behind by the pachyderms are giraffe, lion and baboon, and perhaps even a brown hyaena or two. There are also thousands of plants and insects that flourish in the sand, surviving from the moisture of the cold fog that drifts inland from the ocean. Incredible stuff – but that’s not all. Marine life positively thrives, feeding off the nutrients in the Atlantic, and the most iconic species are the Cape fur seals that line the rocky shoreline in large colonies. Birdlife is also prolific and you should most certainly pack your binos for Rüppell’s korhaans and Benguela long-billed larks. Further toward the coast, you should also be able to spot tractrac chats, as well as jaegers and skuas around the seal colonies.



Accommodation is provided in the form of ten luxurious and eco-friendly cabins resembling shipwrecks. In the centre of the camp, you’ll find an equally as innovately designed lounge and restaurant with a wide, wraparound deck and uninterrupted views across the sand all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. During your stay, you’ll be able to explore the nearby dry riverbeds and interior dunes, learn about the history of the shipwrecks, and see the unusual plants and lichens that thrive on the foggy coast.

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THE LEGENDARY DORADO BEACH FINALLY RE-OPENS Dorado Beach, a Ritz- Carlton Reserve has finally , marking an exciting chapter in the property’s rich legacy as well as in the recovery and resurgence of Puerto Rico. Following a meticulous restoration, Dorado Beach emerges more spectacular than ever, featuring expanded offerings, amenities and facilities, allowing the celebrated resort to continue to create transformative and personal journeys for all guests. As a part of Marriott International, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve has partnered with musical artist and philanthropist Lin-Manual Miranda to support his work in stimulating the Puerto Rican economy and preserving the country’s culture by strengthening and sustaining the local arts community. Guests returning to Dorado Beach will find each of the property’s 114 beachfront guestrooms and suites re-imagined with a thoughtful design and refreshed with a colour palette that amplifies the natural beauty just beyond their doors. The expansive and lush landscape that makes up this special, rare estate has welcomed the addition of more than 300,000 new plant species, resulting in a truly tropical sensory experience.

Su Casa, Dorado Beach’s unique five-bedroom villa and former home of historical figure Clara Livingston, will welcome guests starting mid-December 2018 after completing a renovation that will fully modernize the space while maintaining its historical significance and personality. For further information visit: and for the latest deals visit; Millionaire Escapes 102 LUXURY LIVING

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Do you dread the start of your holiday? The banality of modern-day mainstream air travel which begins when you arrive at the airport and doesn’t end until you disembark the airplane at your chosen destination.



But what if that could change, Crystal Skye, billed as the world’s newest, biggest and most luxurious privately-owned charter jet designed specifically for air cruises is an ambitious spin-off of the luxury Crystal Cruises brand, better known for its ocean liners and, more recently, river cruise ships.

Transporting just 84 guests to some of the world’s most exotic and remote locations aboard a converted Boeing 777-200LR appointed with features more commonly found in luxury suites. The custom Crystal Exclusive Class seats fully recline to lie-flat beds, measuring 73.5 inches long, for maximum personal space and ergonomic comfort, while the expansive social lounge with stand-up bar, two divans and four dining tables with dedicated seating for six guests fosters friendly camaraderie among luxury travellers. Overhead lockers were removed to allow for a higher ceiling space while the plush carpet throughout the aircraft said to be nearly eight centimetres thick, allow passengers to enjoy the experience of walking barefoot through the aircraft. Six proper bathrooms with large granite countertops, deep sinks so you won’t get splashed, and Etro products. Crystal chose not to install showers – as found on the Emirates and Etihad Airbus A380s – as it wouldn’t be viable to store enough water for all 88 guests. However, the facilities are designed along the lines of luxury bathrooms found on the company’s cruise ships, with backlit mirrors and a lot of counter space. Piped-in music tinkles away while you change into your complimentary pyjamas. Beyond its abundant personal space for each guest, Crystal Skye was purposefully designed to maximize guests’ comfort on board. A dedicated social lounge with stand-up bar offers an ideal area to mingle with fellow travellers over small bites, fresh cocktails and fine wines Dining aboard Crystal Skye isn’t your average airline experience. The front of this 200LR-type 777 is taken up by a comfortable 24-seat restaurant, bar and lounge, at the rear there is a state-of-the-art gourmet galley and a 200-bottle wine cellar said to be the largest on any aircraft, anywhere. Cuisines are prepared by a dedicated executive chef in two state-of-the-art galleys and paired with an elegant premium wine list in addition there are two Crystal employees dedicated to overseeing food and beverage on every flight, plus one crew member in the forward galley to prepare F&B, two in the rear galley and another two crew members tasked as “runners,” who execute the various in-flight meals. To charter Crystal Skye costs around £43,000 an hour so a London-to-New York flight would cost around £350,000 which for a group of 80 works out at about £4,500 per head one way – about the price of a discounted first-class ticket on British Airways so for shorter haul flights to Europe it would be considerably cheaper perfect for a hen do or wedding

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THE BILLION DOLLAR FRIENDSHIP u It was a venture that was concocted over drinks between Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney, nightlife entrepreneur Rande Gerber and real estate tycoon Mike Meldman. Their love of tequila and desire to create a smooth tequila that didn’t burn going down, could be drank straight up and most importantly didn’t create a dreaded hangover was how Casamigos was born.



Named after Gerber and Clooney’s houses in Mexico, Casamigos roughly translates to “House of Friends,” and what was initially meant to be a personal project between friends as a house tequila to drink and share with friends soon evolved to became one of the fastest growing tequila brands in the world selling last year to Diageo for $1billion.

Their tequila pilgrimage began back in 2010, they did research, met with distillers, trialled samples, and did blind taste tests with their friends and family until they found a recipe with no burn at all. “It ended up being almost two years and 700 samples later,” Gerber said. “There was a point where we all chose one, and it was ours. Not only did we know we had something great that we loved, but all of our friends loved it as well.” Without even realising, Gerber said he and Clooney were bringing in about 1,000 bottles, and were told by the distiller that they needed to get licensed which they did and the rest well is history. Casamigos is currently available in Blanco, Reposado and Añejo. These small batch, ultra-premium tequilas are made from the finest hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agaves, grown in the rich red clay soil and cool climate of Mexico’s Jalisco Highlands for a minimum of seven years. After harvest, the agave piñas are roasted in traditional brick ovens for seventy-two hours before undergoing an extra-slow fermentation process over an additional eighty hours, nearly double the industry standard. Casamigos’ Blanco rests for two months, whilst Casamigos Reposado and Casamigos Añejo are aged 7 and 14 months respectively in the finest premium American white oak barrels, which have been carefully reconditioned after being used to age the finest premium whiskey. “Casamigos Blanco is crisp and clear, with subtle hints of vanilla and a smooth finish, Casamigos Reposado is smooth and clean with hints of caramel, and Casamigos Añejo is a perfect balance of sweetness from the Blue Weber agaves, layered with barrel oak and subtle hints of spice with a lingering smooth finish. All expressions are great served neat or on the rocks, and are the perfect base for premium cocktails,” says Gerber. Before going into the bottle, each batch is tasted and approved by our master distiller, Gerber and Clooney, to ensure the highest quality. Each batch is then numbered and signed by Gerber and Clooney and although the company was sold to Diageo, Gerber, and Clooney still remain heavily involved in the business. 112 LUXURY LIVING

“We worked on the creation of Casamigos Tequila with our master distiller in Jalisco, Mexico, for years and held many blind tastings until we knew we got it right. We’ve been drinking Casamigos with friends and family for over six years,” says Clooney.



CELEBRITY COLLABORATIONS Celebrity tie-ins with alcohol brands have existed for decades, at times endorsed by public figures even without the brand’s consent. While touring in the 1950s, Frank Sinatra sang the praises of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, and sales leapt as a result but in more recent years, celebrities have taken a more active role creating or buying their own brands

RYAN REYNOLD Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds announced earlier this year he was the new owner of boutique brand Aviation Gin. Aviation Gin describes itself as an “American gin,” boasting a botanical mix touted to be smoother and easier to drink when compared to London Dry gins. According to the company, he plays an active role in the dayto-day business and oversee creative direction as part of his mission to introduce the world to the great taste of Aviation. DAVID BECKHAM In 2014 Diageo announced a new single grain Scotch whisky called Haig Club, which was developed in partnership with soccer star David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller. The whisky is bottled in a blue glass bottle, which Diageo said is inspired by the tradition of blenders using blue tasting glasses so the spirit can be reviewed on aroma and taste alone. BRAD PITT & ANGELINA JOLIE The superstar actors are the owners of the Miraval vineyard that they purchased in 2012 for a reported $60 million. Miraval Rosé is ranked 84th on Wine Spectator’s list of the top 100 wines of 2013 — the only rosé to make the list. Since divorce proceedings between the couple began there has been uncertainty surrounding the brand with rumours that the Château had been put up for sale – which is yet to be confirmed. MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY The Texas native teamed up with legendary Wild Turkey Distillery releasing a new whiskey, Wild Turkey Longbranch, a small-batch straight bourbon refined with oak charcoals and Texas mesquite – an homage to McConaghey’s home state. To develop Longbranch’s signature flavour, McConaughey and Master Distiller Eddie Russell spent two years testing and countless hours swapping notes to come up with the two charcoal filtration methods that gives the unique blend, made with 8-year-old Wild Turkey Bourbon, its smooth and smoky finish. JON BON JOVI Jon Bon Jovi and his son Jesse have collaborated on a family brand of wine Named Diving Into Hampton Water, named after the Bon Jovi family home in Main Beach in East Hampton the rose was produced in association with top French winemaker Gerard Bertrand and will retail at $25 a bottle.




The DaviDoff Chefs eDiTion 50th AnniversAry When Kitchen Pioneers meet Cigar visionaries 116 LUXURY LIVING

u To commemorate its 50th Anniversary, Davidoff has launched a second Chefs Edition incollaboration with five of the world’s top chefs. They comprise Thomas Keller from The French Laundry in Yountville, USA, Alvin Leung from Bo Innovation in Hong Kong, Klaus Erfort from his eponymous Gästehaus in Saarbrücken, Germany, Heiko Nieder from The Restaurant in Zurich and Shaun Rankin from Ormer Mayfair in London. Between them, these culinary giants boast 12 Michelin stars. 117


The Chefs scour the globe for the finest ingredients in just the same way as Davidoff selects its tobaccos. Chefs and Master Blenders alike are intent on preparing their ingredients in order to combine them in bold, innovative ways to delight and surprise the taste buds of aficionados. Once they have perfected their creations, the greatest pleasure that these taste pioneers derive is from witnessing people’s reactions and bringing them extraordinary experiences.

u ‘Discipline and passion for your work certainly are the cornerstones of continuous success,’ says Chef Klaus Erfort, ‘but also the feeling of making guests happy. Seeing the smiling faces when they leave the restaurant in the evening is a consistent source of motivation. Davidoff knows no limits when it comes to finding new flavours. It’s the same with great Chefs, whose kitchens are their worlds. Only their imagination could restrict them when it comes to sourcing, preparing and fine-tuning the very best ingredients. In this respect, our Master Blenders and these five great Chefs share many beliefs as to the importance of the ingredients, the perfection of the preparation, the courage to take risks when exploring and the ensuing happiness when their results bring pleasure.

THE BLEND The Toro cigar draws on influences from the Dominican Republic and the Chefs’ home countries – Germany, Switzerland, USA, Great Britain and Hong Kong. The result is multi-layered and exquisite, rich and deep in flavour. Liquorice, oakwood, Szechuan pepper and leather give way to the warm intensity of coffee, cumin and chocolate with sweet, spicy undertones and culminate in end notes of eucalyptus and spice. Its wrapper is from the Dominican Republic and its binder Negro San Andrés from Mexico. The filler is a combination of Dominican (Piloto Visus, Yamasá Visus, San Vicente Mejorado Ligero) and ºNicaraguan (Estelí Visus) tobaccos.

AVAILABILITY The Chefs Edition – 50th Anniversary is limited to 5’000 boxes (50’000 cigars) worldwide and will only be available at Davidoff Flagship Stores and select Appointed Merchants only.


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Of War and remembrance A company born just before the First World War, Montegrappa is especially sensitive to the significance of that great conflict. The company’s home region of Northern Italy was engulfed by it, while Montegrappa’s pens were part of the materiel, which participated in the confrontation and recorded the saga. No less than the great Ernest Hemingway used a Montegrappa pen during his war-time exploits as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in Northern Italy, as did John Dos Passos.



2018 marks a century since the end of the war, an anniversary that is being observed in every country embroiled in the campaign. For Montegrappa, the occasion is particularly moving, for it knows that soldiers sent hand-written missives from the front to their loved ones back home, many using Montegrappa pens. And their billets-doux would open with “My darling…” ITAL IA



In Italian, the greeting changes to “Mia Carissima”, the name chosen for the commemorative pen produced to remind us of what our forebears endured 100 years ago. Beyond its most apparent experiences of – and direct connections to – the First World War, Montegrappa, too, wishes to dedicate the Mia Carissima Limited Edition of only 100 pens as a dramatic tribute to the three battles conducted in our beloved region and hometown. Mia Carissima is fashioned from shiny Malachite Green resin with black accents and Sterling Silver trim. It is a reinterpretation of an historic Elmo pen that was available a century ago and originally produced entirely in ebonite. The new pen possesses a voluptuous form that presents a “simple” silhouette, a shape that fits perfectly in the hand. Recalling the design languages of a century ago, the signature clip reflects and is strongly influenced by past fashion. Slightly fan-shaped, it features a design with linear etching that epitomises the earliest awakenings of what would become Art Deco. Mia Carissima’s nib is made in 18k gold, adorned with filigree decoration, and is available in the writing grades of Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Oblique Medium, Broad, Oblique Broad, Double Broad and Stub 1.1. This writing instrument also possesses a secret - a technical innovation that still excites pen connoisseurs thanks to complexity that precludes its usage from becoming widespread, even a century later. Characteristic for this fountain pen and true to its vintage inspiration is its “safety nib system.” Through a special rotating mechanism, positioned inside the barrel, the nib is exposed when being used or retracted when not required. The original pen that inspired Mia Carissima, however, had to be filled with an eye-dropper, thus making the filling ritual rather laborious. It is for this reason that our engineers have developed a new filling system: for the new design, the ink supply is accommodated by an easy-to-replace, single cartridge. Every special edition produced by Montegrappa is dear to the company, but few evoke so strongly the company’s formative years. Mia Carissima embodies the era of Hemingway and Dos Passos, the war that engulfed Europe and – most poignantly – the many thousands, or even millions of letters that allowed soldiers to communicate with those they left behind. Priced from €1,450.00 For more information visit: 124 LUXURY LIVING



PoLo bUt not as YoU know it! POlO SuPeRSTaR

JUan MaRtin neRo ReTuRnS fOR The 35th ediTiOn Of The SnOw POlO wORld CuP ST MORiTz 2019 High society and top-class sport come together in St. Moritz every year for what is regarded as the world’s most important polo tournament on snow. At 1,800 meters above sea level, visitors, locals and polo friends from around the globe celebrate the Spirit of Allegra an age-old greeting in the Romansh language that the locals use to hail each other. It doesn’t literally translate into hello or good day; rather, Allegra means be joyful!.



Snow polo on St. Moritz’s frozen lake

Guests from around the world have been coming to St. Moritz to enjoy the winter sunshine on the snow for more than 150 years. For as long, the people of St. Moritz have been devising events to entertain their guests. The Snow Polo World Cup St Moritz and its prestigious Cartier Trophy enjoy a matchless reputation in the sporting world: the athletic performance on the snow is unrivalled anywhere else in the world. That is why the tournament has become a fixture in the calendar for many world-class players and polo fans from around the globe. After having taken home the trophy in 2004, polo superstar Juan Martin Nero returns to St Moritz for the 35th Snow Polo World Cup that will be held from 25–27 January 2019. The Argentine 10-goaler Nero left an indelible mark in the sport of polo in the past decade and is currently ranked among the best three players in the world. Undisputed top snow polo player and darling of the public Chris Hyde will, once again be making his way to St Moritz–he has won the tournament no less than a whopping seven times. Expectations are high as to how the ambitioned team from Azerbaijan will fare after having made a splash and taken a sensational second place at the European polo championship in September. 21-year-old Grant Ganzi, rated as one of the best youth players in the USA, is making his debut in St Moritz with local hero Tito Gaudenzi at his sides. 127

hiGh-ClaSS TeaMS aGainST The eXCePTiOnal BaCKdROP Of The enGadine alPS For her fourth tournament, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel team captain Melissa Ganzi is off to a stellar team: Juan Bollini (ARG) will be playing once again, and, to boot, Melissa will be welcoming Juan Martin Nero into the fold. The celebrated player has achieved everything there is to achieve in this sport: he is the eight-times winner of the prestigious “Argentine Open” tournament—the annual competition held in Buenos Aires is deemed to be the holy grail of the sport of polo. Zhanna Badurko from Russia brings the count of female captains to two, heading up the Team Maserati for the second time. She can count on the support of Chris Hyde (UK) and the top player from France Robert Strom. Snow Polo World Cup St Moritz novice Grant Ganzi will captain the Cartier team, playing together with old hands Tito Gaudenzi (SUI) and Alejandro Novillo Astrada (ARG). Team Azerbaijan Land of Fire will repeat the promising teaming up of Elchin Jamalli and Tarlan Gurbanaliyev, both from AZE, with the Argentine cousins Lala and Adrian Laplacette Jr. The organiser Reto Gaudenzi proudly says: “We are thrilled to be able to count on so many top players, who, year after year, want to take part in the world’s only high-goal tournament on snow. At the same time, we are pleased to report a steady rise in attention and demand from sponsors and guests around the globe. This a great compliment for St Moritz and the outstanding efforts of all partners involved.








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u A STELLAR NIGHTS SLEEP Savoir, luxury British bed makers since 1906, renowned for its creation of the world’s most expensive beds has announced their collaboration with New York-based award-winning interior designer Nicole Fuller. Known for her dramatic sense of style and an unwavering taste for the exclusive Nicole Fuller creation for Savoir is known as the ‘STELLA 01’. Nicole sourced inspiration from one of her favourite American artists, Frank Stella. She idolised the properties of shape colour and composition, with a focus on abstract geometric patterns. This has been reflected in the extremely neat angular ripple headboard design, skilfully upholstered in a tactile Pierre Frey Teddy Mohair. This fabric echoes pure luxury combining soft romantic tones, encapsulating a sense of elegance and warmth. The simplicity and refinement of the design is well suited to any interior. It lends itself to be both modern and minimal styles, as well as being layered into a transitional or even traditional interior. Through the exceptional skills of Savoir’s skilled artisans, Nicole’s seamless sense of luxury style and exquisite taste is masterfully translated into the STELLA bed. Priced from $25,000

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BANG & OLUFSEN UNVEILS DAVID LYNCH SPEAKER COLLABORATION Savoir, luxury British bed makers since 1906, renowned for its creation of the world’s most expensive beds has announced their collaboration with New York-based award-winning interior designer Nicole Fuller. Bang & Olufsen has unveiled an exclusive collaboration with cult-classic director, screenwriter, actor and artist David Lynch featuring a selection of special edition speakers with designs and images taken from his “War between the Shapes” series and “Paris Suite” lithographs. The special edition speaker collection includes a very limited number of the iconic Beoplay A9 and wallmounted Beosound Shape. The Beoplay A9 features artwork from the “Paris Suite” lithographs and it will be available in only five pieces. Naturally, each of them is hand-signed by David Lynch. The Beosound Shape features artwork from the “War Between the Shapes” series. Beoplay M5 and Beoplay P2 featuring artwork by David Lynch will be available, in very limited quantities.

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THE FIRST IPHONE XS IN THE WORLD WITH A MECHANICAL SKELETON WATCH Russian luxury brand Caviar have introduced the first iPhone in the world connected to a watch with an open mechanism — Caviar Grand Complications Skeleton. The unique development by Caviar is inspired by the idea of the connection of innovations and the future and classical traditions of the past and was expressed in the creation of an absolutely unique iPhone XS body, where the mechanical skeleton watch is functioning. In this way, on the one side, you use all the technical possibilities of the modern iPhone, but literally on the other side of its body, you have a mechanical watch with an accurate mechanism open to views at your disposal. The Grand Complications collection is inspired by the luxurious tradition of the world of watches, according to which, the watches with complications are the top of the evolution and the source of pride of the greatest watch giant brands. Caviar decided to “complicate” the smartphone with a mechanical watch first, and in the future to continue the series with other improvements borrowed from the world of watches. At the moment, in the collection 3 models are presented: Caviar Grand Complications Skeleton Black & Gold — in the combination of black color and gold, Caviar Grand Complications Skeleton Titanium — with the predominance of titanium elements, Caviar Grand Complications Skeleton Pink Gold — with the use of luxurious rose gold. The back panel of the smartphone is decorated with figures, fancily repeating the construction of a clockwork mechanism and complemented with a Swiss clockwork mechanism, the work of which is open for views. For the aesthetically perfection, the mechanism is improved by Caviar masters – the platinum is covered with guilloche work and engravings. The mechanism is winded manually. Every design will be issued in a limited edition, only of 99 exemplars. Prices starts from $5990

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VERTU MAKES A COMEBACK Luxury phone manufacturing VERTU has unveiled a new phone the Aster P, after more than a year since the company went into bankruptcy. The Aster P range continues the brand’s reputation for pairing ostentatious designs with high-end specs. Handmade in England, each phone is built by one craftsman and his signature is engraved on the phone. The Aster P has a grade-5 titanium frame and the display is covered in a single piece of 133-carat sapphire crystal glass. Titanium is twice as strong as steel but weighs much less and sapphire is next to diamond when it comes to hardness. The back is covered in leather types (crocodile and lizard) and colors, and the ruby red concierge button associated with the brand is still there. The Aster P has dual SIM support (nano only) and both SIM compartments open like gull-wing doors. Under the “door” is the signature of the craftsman that made the particular unit you purchase. Under the hood the new Aster P is an upper mid-range phone as it has under its hood a Snapdragon 660 processor. There is 6GB of RAM, triple that of the original model; and 128GB of storage, double that of its predecessor. The screen is a 4.9-inch AMOLED FHD panel. Above it sits a 20MP f/2.2 sensor and on the back is a 12MP camera. The Vertu Aster P runs Android 8.1 Oreo and packs a 3,200mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0. It has a USB-C port, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, and dual-band Wi-Fi with support for a wide range of LTE bands. The Vertu Aster P starts from $5000 and this price is only for the hardback version because the Gold version already goes for the $14,000 for having a smartphone with a genuine titanium jewelry with gold accents and crocodile skin lining, while the screen is lined with 133 carat Sapphire glass. For more information visit 135


S.T. DUPONT LAUNCHES ULTIMATE LUXURY LIGHTER Known for their unique ability to combine skilled craftsmanship with innovative modern design techniques, S.T.Dupont has brought the ultimate luxury electronic lighter to the market. The E-Slim the thinnest lighter in the world it measures just 9mm in size and contains no gas, no flint or no striker. Designed using techniques unique to S.T.Dupont, and famed by the brand, the lighter comes in three beautiful finishes – sheer white, smooth chrome and lustrous black. The lighter is making its debut in the technological age with a flow of elemental electrons, instead of a cloud of fire. The E-slim’s high capacity battery, which is as easily rechargeable as a phone or laptop, makes using the lighter easier than ever before. A short-travel trigger ignites the spark, celebrating the classic bend of traditional design and latest technology that has always characterised S.T.Dupont. S.T.Dupont is famed for using techniques that are unique to the brand, such as the application of natural lacquer – the recipe which is known by only three artisans in the world – to its collection of writing instruments and lighters. Priced from £99.00 For more information visit:





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THINKING OF BECOMING A COIN COLLECTOR? There are many reasons why people look towards alternative investment opportunities and one of the biggest increases in forms of alternative investing has been in coins, it is estimated that coin collecting equates to a worldwide $100 Billion dollar industry per year.

Whilst it is a hobby that doesn’t immediately pay dividends, it is one enjoyed by multiply generations where gains are fully appreciated over a period of time. Collecting coins is no different from collecting a certain type of artwork, or first-edition books, or vintage stamps. Everyone has a different reason for collecting coins. That said, there are two main reasons people do it: for personal enjoyment, and/or as an investment. Unlike other investments coin collecting transcend decades, centuries, and of course generations, it’s a way for a 70 year old grandparent and a 7 year kid to relate. Sets can become family heirlooms, a collection of coins or proof set today may help set up a family members 100 years from now. 138 LUXURY LIVING

Investing time and money into a coin collection is not a short term way to “flip” some money. It’s a long term strategy. People who collect coins can amass a huge number of small investments over a period of time that are increasing in price. So it’s easy to see why many people are drawn to this solid and reliable asset. But it’s important to know everything before investing your money.

So, is coin collecting a good alternative investment? ThE PrICE CorrElaTES If you’re looking for ease and simplicity, investing in coins might just be the best decision you ever make. There is no better way to keep things simple. one of the main reasons for this comes back to the strong price correlation of coins. When you want to calculate the value of your coin, you just look at the stock market prices of gold or silver. That means that you can make snap decisions and new investments very quickly and easily. The whole process is a lot more laboured and complicated when you have to factor in lots of different variables that may affect an investment.

a TangIBlE aSSET There is something to be said about having something sold within your possession. So even when the stock market tanks your coins will hold their value and in many instances increase in value as investors rush towards commodities such as silver or gold. When investing in shares there are all kinds of outside elements that factor into the value and security of your asset. If something goes wrong within the markets, you will pay for it and there’s nothing you can do about that. This is one of the big risks of investing in shares as opposed to an actual physical asset.

SalEaBIlITy no matter how bad things get or what the stock markets are doing, it’s always easy to sell gold coins. This is something that really doesn’t change. This means that they are highly liquid. Even in the event of a major crisis, there will be no trouble shifting them. a lot of this is thanks to the fact that they are physical, and there will always be people out there who are willing to back them. In fact, people tend to buy coins and gold even more than usual in a crisis. They see them as safe havens, and this can be very good for people who are looking to sell gold during a crisis of some kind.

laST BUT noT lEaST - CoIn CollECTIng IS fUn! There is something extremely satisfying about having a collection of little treasures: small, intricately designed pieces of beautiful art that you can display and look at, any time you wish. you can also learn a lot from collecting coins. over time, you may find yourself delving into history books, learning about politics, different cultures, iconic individuals and milestone events. Studying coins and their backgrounds can lead to a whole other passion for learning new things! Moreover, collectors find a lot of pleasure in the “treasure hunt.” It can require a lot of research, but it can be really exciting to eventually find that perfect coin for your collection. 139





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The World’s raresT $200 casino gaming coin collecTion u If you’ve ever been dazzled by the bright lights of Las Vegas then you may be familiar with the once famous Silver Strike slot machine. 141


Introduced before slot machines became computerized back in 1992 by International Game Technology (IGT) in Reno, Nevada the machines a reel-spinning game based on the wheel of fortune game offered players a bonus feature that dispensed a .999 silver token or “strike” coin ranging in value from $10 up to $300 which offered players the opportunity to either keep the coin as a momentum of cash in at the casino cage.

Each casino was responsible for the design and denomination of each Silver Strike coin however, by the early 2000’s as technology moved on casino’s slowly begun to abandon their silver strike machines discontinuing the bonus coins. Immediately some of these coins became collectors’ pieces with many coins like limited edition, commemorative and special edition coins bringing far more than their original value with some rare designs changing hands for thousands of pounds.

HERE WE PRESENT A UNIQUE AND SPECTACULAR COLLECTION: Offered for sale by a private individual is this rare and unique collection of $200 Silver “Strike” coins. Consisting of 136 strikes the collection comprises of:

l 1 masterpiece minted in only 3 copies in the World

l 2 masterpieces each minted in only 4 copies in the World l 18 strikes with the “0001” serial l on the edge l 4 unique error/variation coins l 1 x Protype Coin

l 110 different $200 strikes

All 136 different coins have a 8.92 cm diameter size, each made of 1 troy Pound (12 ounces/340 grams) of .999+ fine silver and most of the oldest strikes are 24 karat gold HGE and serial numbered!

WHY THIS UNIQUE COLLECTION IS ALSO A GREAT INVESTMENT? The World’s Rarest “$200 Casino Gaming Silver Tokens” collection is imbued with exclusivity and rarity that makes it priceless. However, when you purchase a collection, you want to ensure that the item will retain its monetary value. Whatever the collection you are buying, there are certain factors like the rarity, preciosity, exploitability or re-saleability, will ensure your collection remains valuable forever. Obviously this unique collection matches all these 5 factors: Rarity: No one else in the world owns all the 26 exclusive pieces listed above, representing together more than 80% of the whole collection value and the 3 masterpieces represent themselves a ⅓ of the value! Preciosity: Precious metals like gold and silver have been in high demand for centuries, regardless of the economic factors that were taking place in society. This high demand helps your collection remain valuable since precious metal can be melted and refashioned to make new pieces, precious metal value remains always high. Exploitability: The ”Las Vegas” name itself is a powerful marketing tool, so you’ll be perfectly able to lease this collection to be exposed during special events in casinos, commercial centres, museums etc... 142 LUXURY LIVING

Re-saleability: Like any unique collection in the world, its value will continue to grow over time and exponentially to his attraction interest! Guaranteed you a high return on your initial investment by the possibility to resell it to any interested buyer (High net worth individuals, Casino groups, Cruise lines, Collectors or Investors...)

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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.



Christmas Cooking Christmas dinner is a stressful business, so who better to turn to than the professionals? Here we reveal some top tips from Britain’s most celebrated chefs



GORDON RAMSAY Tender turkeys World-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay may not be the nicest cook in the kitchen but his take on tackling a turkey over the Christmas period has become a Christmas classic. His delicious, easy to make turkey is flavoured with lemon, parsley and garlic. Gordon says: ‘This is my favourite way to roast turkey – with a savoury butter under the skin to keep the breast meat moist and flavourful. To ensure both the turkey and pork stuffing are cooked properly, I bake the stuffing separately. Another of my secrets is to rest the turkey for a couple of hours or more. As it relaxes, the juices are re-absorbed, making the meat succulent, tender and easier to carve. It may seem like a long time, but the texture will be improved the longer you leave the turkey to rest. Piping hot gravy will restore the heat.’ This recipe takes 3hrs to prepare and cook and serves between 8-10 people. Any leftovers would make a delicious curry the next day!

TOP TIP To add the seasoning with your hand, loosen the skin on the breast of the bird from both ends of the bird so that you can stuff the flavoured butter underneath it then from the outside of the skin, gently massage the butter around the breasts so it is evenly covered.



HESTON BLUMENTHAL Roast potatoes wait for no one! Michelin starred celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal owner of The Fat Duck in Bray and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is known for his weird and wonderful concoctions but when it comes to Christmas dinner Blumenthal is all about the humble potato. Forget the hassle of the hasselback or the time-consuming triple-cooking method. When it comes to roast potatoes, Heston Blumenthal keeps it simple. Step aside roast dinner, Blumenthal insists that when the potatoes are ready, everything else needs to be ready. Accompanying veg can be pre-cooked and reheated at the last minute, while Blumenthal says you can rest a roast chicken for a minimum of 45 minutes: “It’s surprising how it keeps its heat, and it will be more moist and juicy.” At 180C, roast potatoes can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes, and “always take longer than you imagine. Always.” Blumenthal prefers an Arran Victory or Maris Piper potato. When cutting your potatoes make a judgement, but an avocado-sized potato could be cut into eight pieces. Remember: the more flat edges, the better. “Worst of all is just a round potato, because with a round potato, you haven’t got any corners and edges to get crisp.” Blumenthal says “trendy” duck or goose fat gives good results, but if you want your potatoes to go “really, really crispy” use beef dripping – his favourite. Finally to add a touch of flavour Blumenthal insists that you should hold off on adding rosemary and garlic to prevent it from burning. “The easiest thing is to smash the garlic and chuck that in with the rosemary 10 minutes before the end.” Instead sprinkle the potatoes with table salt after roasting and serve with flaked salt at the table for extra crunch.

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MARCO PIERRE WHITE Spare a thought for sprouts Just the mention of his name is enough to make most cooks quiver with fear but Marco Pierre White believes that the trick to creating perfect Christmas dinner is by keeping it simple. Dubbed the “enfant terrible” of the British restaurant industry Marco was the first Britan and youngest chef to achieve three Michelin Stars - before he famously gave them up four years later. Extremely passionate about food Marco mow owns more than 35 restaurants across the UK so his method to creating the perfect sprout is somewhat surprising, as while most chefs would harp on about using organic produce and “fresh” Marco believes achieving the most flavoursome sprout is not about whether its fresh or frozen (the dreaded word!) but how it is cooked. “I like sprouts cooked in a little water, butter and a stock cube. Steam the sprouts first for around eight minutes, until they’re slightly soft. Then in a frying pan, heat a few tablespoons of water with a few good knobs of butter and a stock cube - chicken’s best, vegetable if you’re vegetarian - and when it’s hot and emulsified, throw in the sprouts and toss in the liquid for a few minutes. Absolutely delicious.”

TOP TIP Organisation is key to running a smooth kitchen and achieving great results. Sprouts should be one of the last things you cook to ensure they don’t become rubbery. And should be steamed while your turkey is resting and your parsnips, potatoes and vegetables are finishing off in the oven just before serving so they are piping hot



HUGH FEARNLEYWHITTINGSTALL Break with tradition Not your average celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall first sprung onto our screens back in 1997 with River Cottage and since then he has tried to educate us with his mantra of fresh, organic and wholesome foods. He’s not fussy or fancy rather the opposite casual and laid back springs to mind which is why at Christmas he thinks we should all ditch the traditional Christmas pudding for something simpler like a Christmas Roulade. A playful interpretation of a yule log where fragrant pears and creamy chocolate combine with fluffy meringue in a show-stopping pud that’s extremely easy to pull together To start Hugh suggest making the poached pears by placing the pears in wine, water, sugar and vanilla into a large saucepan over medium-high heat until the pears are tender but not falling apart. In a scrupulously clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff gradually adding the sugar the mixture becomes very, very stiff and glossy. Bake for eight minutes, until golden. For the creamy chocolate sauce melt the chocolate mix with cream and the pears slices. Spread over the meringue, top with a layer of pears and sprinkle with almonds. Roll into a long log and hey presto done.

TOP TIP It pays to have a few festive tricks up your sleeve – and that means chocolate so don’t scrimp on the sauce, not only does this brings the dessert together but who doesn’t love chocolate! 150 LUXURY LIVING




The white truffle season is upon us and between the months of October – December these rare mushrooms are showered tableside on dishes, signifying luxury to even the most jaded of palates


Truffles are a gourmet delicacy, one of the most expensive and desired in the world. Foodies swoon over them, international top chefs search them out and bid for them at auction, and truffles are without a doubt one of the priciest and most precious food stuffs on the planet.

So, what’s the fuss?

Truffles have been found in Europe, Asia, North Africa, and North America, but only three species are commercially important. Historically, these musky, aromatic members of the mushroom family, irregular and knobby in shape, have been prized for their aphrodisiac and medicinal qualities, and as a delicacy. Truffles have been known to fetch upwards of several thousand dollars a pound and are best consumed raw within three days of harvesting. Truffles grow slowly about a foot underground and in symbiosis with host trees (either oak or hazelnut), so you can’t find them with the naked eye. They often require years to reach full maturity and their harvesting necessitates the assistance of pigs (historically) and dogs, more recently, who sniff out the best ones. (Pigs are more difficult to work with since they often will not only find, but also eat the truffle.) The mention of truffles conjures up images of the expensive French black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) from the Périgord region of southwest France, used in making pâté de foie gras, or the renowned odorous white truffle (Tuber magnatum) of Alba, in the Piedmont district of Italy. Although commercial truffles are more plentiful in Europe than in America, fewer are found there now than in the past. A harvest of 2,200 tons was reported in 1890. Three hundred tons were harvested in 1914, but lately only 25 to 150 tons per year have been found. To enjoy the wonderfulness of the variously described pleasure of dining on truffles, you must eat fresh, uncooked specimens shortly after they have been harvested. The strength of the truffle flavour decreases rapidly with time, and much of it is lost before some truffles reach the market. The Italian white truffle is considered to be superior in smell and taste to the French black truffle. What does a truffle smell like? “A combination of musk, nuts, and ozone,” was one observer’s description. T. aestivum, a black summer truffle found in Germany, smelled to one observer like “a freshly opened can of creamed corn.” This black variety is not considered as choice as the other two European truffles. In Italy one Ping-Pong ball-sized Italian truffle has been said to have perfumed an entire apartment. The powerful pungency of this small tuber was such that some of the inhabitants were forced to flee! White truffles, Earth’s gold are typically valued at as much as €6,000 per kilo, which of course can inspire a big black market. Even legally, they can be outrageous in price most recently a 850g white truffle was sold at auction to an anonymous Hong Buyer for a staggering €85,000 The rarity and expense of the true white truffle means imposters are rife. Chances are, if you’ve tasted white truffle you’ve been eating chemically enhanced tuber borchii -- an inferior Italian truffle similar in appearance but incomparable in taste. 153


FIVE INTERESTING FACTS The Nose Knows While black truffles are cultivated much like any other fruit or vegetable, white truffles are, in fact, much harder to farm. In fact, finding these underground funghi is more akin to a treasure hunt, with specially-trained pigs (and sometimes, dogs) required to sniff them out. Why pigs, you ask? That’s because they scent out white truffles more easily since the fungus exude a smell similar to the male pig pheromone.

Diamonds of Alba Unlike black truffles, which are farmed in Britain, France and much of Western Europe, white truffles can only be found in Italy. More specifically, they’re almost exclusively limited to the Piedmont region on its northern border.

The Sex Appeal As with chocolate and oysters, white truffles have long been considered an aphrodisiac. So much so that during the Middle Ages, monks were banned from eating these heady morsels for fear that it would make them forego their celibacy vows.

Mankind has been relishing Truffles for nearly 4000 years. The ancient Greeks believed truffles were made when lightning hit soil and Egyptian ate them coated with goose fat. Romans believed in their therapeutic properties Truffles mysteriously disappeared during middle ages and came back during the Renaissance during the times of Louis XIV.

Beware Imposters Most truffle oils, a common and convenient substitute for truffles, actually contain no truffles at all. It is typically just olive oil artificially flavoured with the synthetic agent 2,4-dithiapentane. A common dirty trick is to pour this truffle oil over a dish in combination with a cheap, odourless truffle in order to trick the client into thinking he is eating a good truffle.





ONE CHEF THREE STARS www Spanish chef Dani García’s Marbella restaurant awarded coveted three Michelin stars in new guide Dani García has the world at his feet his self-titled restaurant situated in Andalusia within the luxurious Puente Romano hotel is the only establishment from Spain to be added to the legendary list with the highest rating.

u Locally born, the 40-year-old culinary prodigy has become synonymous for his tapas and Andalusian twist on seafood classics was awarded the coveted three stars for “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” in recognition of his “unique way of reinventing Andalusian gastronomy in a contemporary form,” according to Michelin. The Spanish equivalent of Heston Blumenthal, Garcia is a natural experimenter who like Blumenthal uses liquid nitrogen to freeze temperatures to minus 196 degrees to create extraordinary and unique dishes. His dishes are a contrast of traditionally flavours and raw materials blended with modern day techniques present the avant-garde. His rise to become one of Spain’s most prominent chefs has been swift and is an obvious display of his talents, after training at the Malaga Catering School Garcia served his apprenticeship in the restaurant of Martín Berasategui. He then went on to open Tragabuches in 1998, his first restaurant, in Ronda, it was here that the young chef who at the age of just 25-years first attracted media attention and secured his first Michelin star. His move to set up Restaurant Calima in his hometown of Marbella, it was here that he developed his skills using liquid nitrogen in the kitchen, which won him the Technical Award of the Year in 2005 and the restaurants first Michel star (the second star followed 4 years later in 2011). With his innovative flair further expansion around the world followed but it was in 2014 that Garcia retuned back to his roots of Marbella and opened two new restaurants in the Puento Romano Beach Resort & Spa, under the Dani Garcia Group a young, fun and innovative brand born out of enthusiasm, a love for cooking, and a taste for things well done called Bibo & the Dani García Restaurant and now the Lobito de Mar Restaurant. Dani says his first culinary influences came from his parents: “I was very interested in cuisine and the world of gastronomy, probably through my parents. We went out a lot, every Saturday morning we went to the market, later cooked at home, then went out on Saturday nights, dining regularly at restaurants” so it was fitting that upon being awarded his third star Garcia spent time with his family “I cried with joy with my mother, my daughters, my partner, my team… I am very happy. After 20 years of work, this is another step up” said García. 157


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CREATING A NEW VISUAL LANGUAGE As the latest expression of its forward-focused mind-set, Rémy Martin has invited internationallyrenowned artist Matt W. Moore to introduce the next visual chapter of its centuries-old story - brought to life through an exclusive VSOP Limited Edition and a revolutionary Augmented Reality app. Rémy Martin has long celebrated art, but this special collaboration, born from shared values of creativity and audacity, brings its traditional Cognac-making craftsmanship into a modern, cosmopolitan setting. Driven by the power of digital, Matt W. Moore has created a visual narrative for the brand using his iconic “Vectorfunk” abstract graphics to generate new, colourful energy and harmonise history. Inspired by the Cognac environment, Moore’s visual narrative for Rémy Martin introduces a realm of discovery, blending natural elements like grapes and leaves. And it inserts subtle clues, inviting the audience into an adventure of movement and mystery. Moore even revisits Rémy Martin’s cherished symbolism, like its mythical centaur, prominently outstretched in a graphical scheme of geometric splendor Download the App on Apple Store Remy Martin ARt create your ARt world and share it #ARtbyRemyMartin.

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Bombay Sapphire the Bacardi-owned gin brand has launched an edible blue paint which can be used both to colour glasses and also release flavour in gin and tonics. the blue flavoured paint can be applied to the inside of glasses both colouring and flavouring the drink. It was developed in partnership with bartender and head of cocktail development at Duck & Waffle, Rich Woods and boozy confectionery specialists Smith & Sinclair. A statement from Bombay Sapphire added: “As the ice, gin and tonic blend together, a stripe of paint on the inside of the glass slowly infuses delicious flavour and a hint of colour into the drink”. The paint is currently only available in five bars across the UK but there are plans to roll it out nationwide in 150 sites in the coming months.The gin brand hopes to launch additional colours in the future as part of its Stir Creativity marketing campaign. This is not the first time that a paint has been launched by a drinks company. Earlier this year, UK wine merchant Laithwaites teamed up with colour institute Pantone to create a bespoke shade of paint (of the non-edible variety) called ‘English sparkling’ to mark the growing success of the category available as a Valspar® paint shade at B&Q stores nationwide.

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To celebrate 10 years of her iconic label, Victoria Beckham has collaborated with luxury Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. The limited-edition pink blush box contains 16 rose-coloured chocolate hearts offered in four delicious flavours including hazelnut praline caramel, caramel salted butter, rosepassion and white chocolate ganache. Pierre Marcolini Les Coeurs de Victoria Beckham is available from The Marylebone Boutique, counters in Selfridges, Harrods, online and VB’s Dover Street store. Priced from €35.00

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AS WINTER APPROACHES JOHNNIE WALKER REVEALS ITS NEW G.O.T LIMITED EDITION WHISKY Fans of the successful HBO, Game of Thrones series will know that season 8 of the hit show is till not scheduled for release until 2019, however to keep our spirits high Johnnie Walker has unveiled it new White Walker blend. In tribute to the show’s terrifying ice zombie villains, the whisky has notes of caramelized sugar, vanilla, orchard fruit, and red berries, which we hear are popular north of the Wall. If that’s not encouragement enough, the bottle reveals a secret graphic when chilled — although Johnnie Walker is keeping the exact image under wraps. This is just the first of nine Game of Thrones-themed whiskys to be released by British alcohol company Diageo. Single-malt blends based on Houses Stark, Tully, Targaryen, Lannister, Greyjoy, Baratheon, Tyrell, and the Night’s Watch All blends will be of limited - edition so if you are looking for that perfect Xmas gift for an G.O.T fan then keep your eyes peeled. For more information visit: 160 LUXURY LIVING


Renowned for producing some of the world’s most exquisite wines, Piper-Heidsieck is one of the oldest Champagne houses in France with a rich heritage dating back to 1785 Blended in secret by Régis Camus eight-time Sparkling Winemaker of the Year , it was in 1997, as Cellar Master of Rare Champagne (the prestige brand of Piper-Heidsieck) he decided not to declare a vintage. Seeing something unique in the wines of that year, he chose instead to blend a small quantity of Rare 1997 in magnums only, and age them secretly in his private cellar. Now, more than twenty years later, the resulting champagne is something spectacular. Aptly named Rare Le Secret, its unique depth and complexity is characterized by an unusual, powdery nose, dazzling bubbles and a lively, Middle Eastern flavour, this truly special wine is deserving of its emeraldencrusted bottle. Designed by Mellerio, the oldest jewellery dynasty in the world, Mellerio produced two bottle designs for the remarkable champagne: Rare Le Secret High Jewellery and Rare Le Secret Goldsmith. Rare Le Secret High Jewellery features a single precious one carat jewel – a choice of diamond, ruby, sapphire or emerald – embedded in the heart of interwoven bands of gold set with 510 diamonds. Gold and platinum threads run down each bottle, representing the blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, while the 24 carat, solid gold muselet is the very first of its kind in champagne. The presentation case is equally decadent, with a mirrored interior that reflects the cuts of the precious stones used in each bottle. Just ten magnums are available worldwide, for an eye-watering £115,000. Rare Le Secret Goldsmith is described as a ‘minimalist delight’. The gold label boasts flowing lines and wonderfully decorative typography. Inside the matte black case is a golden mirrored interior, which reflects the stunning minimalist creation. Just one thousand magnums were made, each one engraved and numbered, priced at £1,150. Laure-Isabelle, creative director at Mellerio, commented of the collaboration with Piper-Heidsieck: “Marie-Antoinette is a natural link between our maisons.” This link dates back to 1780, when the Queen of France is said to have acquired a Mellerio bracelet formed of seven cameos embellished with garnets. By the time she was presented with Rare Champagne a few years later, she was already a loyal Mellerio customer. Available from Harrods priced at €135,000 / £115,000 161


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The history of hampers has a long and illustrious history, dating as far back as the time of William the Conqueror. The concept of hampers originally started in France and the baskets full of treats were introduced to England back in the 11th century, but it was not until the Victorian era that giving such gifts became a popular choice.


The early 1800 saw the beginning of the use of food hampers as Christmas gifts. Well to do Victorian families would prepare luxury food hampers as thank you Christmas gifts for their staff. Very often the staff would avail of the booming railway networks and send their food hampers home to their own families for the Christmas celebrations.


The Christmas Hamper soon became a trend helped by Harrods of London who as early as 1850 were supplying gourmet luxury hampers to wealthy customers. Much has changed since the 1800 but the act of giving a Christmas Hamper is still one of the most popular Christmas Gifts. Over the last 20 years hampers have evolved to offer all sorts of beautiful food and drinks delights so if you want to treat yourself or someone special these luxurious hampers are sure to thrill come Christmas.

THE ULTIMATE HAMPER When it comes to Christmas hampers, bigger is most certainly better and The Imperial Hamper by Fortnum & Mason doesn’t come much bigger! Inside the many hampers that make-up The Imperial Packed with the brand’s most decadent food and drink items the hamper has over 50 items consisting of: nine bottles of wine and spirits,vintage Champagnes by Krug and Dom Ruinart, plus a Dow Vintage port from 1985. On the food front, Beluga Caviar and smoked salmon are packed alongside Glenarm Salt Aged Beef, a whole Christmas ham and 11 of Fortnum’s condiments and preserves. On the sweet side of the food front, there are Florentines, Griottes, Christmas Pudding, Iced Christmas Cake, Pruneaux D’Agen, Elvas Plums, Stollen Log, Pannettone, Napolitains, Handmade Chocolates and Griottes – not to mention biscuits, nuts, honeys and preserves waiting to be devoured.

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FOR CHEESE LOVERS A truly remarkable hamper offering a large selection of cheeses and fine foods The Ultimate Paxton Collection from Britain’s leading cheesemonger Paxton & Whitfield. Comprising of more than 30 items, including some of the season’s most perfect cheeses alongside specially selected wines and port. You will also find a fabulous choice of mouth-watering preserves, a half Wiltshire ham and a host of truffle products to compliment.

From £1,000

FOR DRINK LOVERS The Drinks Cabinet by Harvey Nichols consists of Champagne from eighteenth century vineyards, London gin created with unique Harvey Nichols botanicals, rum from a small Bajan distillery, vermouth from the famed Jerry Thomas Project and some of finest wines and spirits sourced from around the world to create the ultimate drinks hamper.

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HIGH TEA Inspired by English teatime traditions, The Knaresborough Cartwright & Butler hamper from Harrods is filled to the brim with classic tea time treats to delight the whole family. Packed to the brim with delicious biscuits, cakes, chutneys, teas & coffee.

From £500

THE INSTAGRAMWORTHY HAMPER Heard of Symmetry Breakfast? It’s only every foodie’s favourite Instagram account. Put together by Selfridges & Co the Selfridges Selection Symmetry Breakfast’s Insta-worthy Hamper comprises of an indulgent festive brunch, from something sweet in buckwheat granola and pancake mix, to savoury jasmine rice, tabasco and soy lemongrass.

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BOARDING CALL FOR ALL FOODIES Alain Ducasse, whose name is nearly as synonymous with French culture as the Eiffel Tower, has opened a new restaurant like no other – The floating Ducasse sur Seine.

u The sleek 40 meter floating restaurant, designed by naval architect Gérard Ronzatti, was designed to harmonize with the magnificent environment and bridge the worlds of naval and terrestrial design. Moored quayside on the right bank near the Trocadéro, at Port Debilly and across the river from the Eiffel Tower the all-electric floating restaurant, is the first new dinner cruiser to launch in Paris in more than ten years, able to accommodate up to 200-passengers for each of its 90-minute lunch and dinner cruises. Whilst dining, patrons will be able to take in some of Paris’s most famous landmarks whilst enjoying some of Ducasse’s signature cuisine of French “haute gastronomie” with a selection of menus, starting with three courses for €100, up to a special five course meal with Champagne, wines and a gift to take away for €500. In between cruises, tea and aperitifs are served quayside.

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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!




BIGGER IS ALWAYS BETTER The new BMW X7, set to compete with the Land Rover Discovery and the Mercedes-Benz GLS, has been unveiled, the first car to fuse the presence, exclusivity and spaciousness of a luxury model with the agile and versatile driving properties expected of a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV).




The latest and largest model in the BMW X line-up uses its outstanding powertrain and chassis technology, plus generous levels of space in each of its three rows of seats, a luxurious ambience and advanced equipment features, to deliver an unparalleled driving and interior experience. BMW’s new design language brings the modern elegance characteristic of the brand’s luxury-segment models to the exterior of the BMW X7, and adds visual poise, assurance and an overriding sense of authority.

PRECISE DESIGN RADIATES PRESENCE, LUXURY AND MODERNITY At 5,151 millimetres in length, 2,000 millimetres wide and 1,805 millimetres tall, and with a wheelbase of 3,105 millimetres, the BMW X7 displays harmonious proportions and establishes itself very clearly as the new head of the BMW X model family. The new design language, dominated by precise lines and expansive surfaces, intensifies the car’s authoritative aura. The prominent front end, with its exceptionally large BMW kidney grille, gives the car an undeniable sense of presence. The BMW X7 comes as standard with LED headlights, while the optional BMW Laserlight has a high-beam range of up to 600 metres and can be easily identified by the blue x-shaped elements inside the headlights. The car’s defining features when viewed from the side are its large windows, high ground clearance and long roofline. Horizontal lines, slim LED lights and the two-section split tailgate emphasise the contemporary styling of the rear end. A generous sprinkling of chrome elements adds to the luxurious elegance of the BMW X7. The car is fitted as standard with 20-inch light-alloy wheels, while 21- and 22-inch variants can be selected from the options list.


THE INTERIOR: THREE ROWS OF SEATS AND A LUXURIOUS AMBIENCE The roominess and versatility of the interior are underlined by the standard inclusion of three rows of seats (offering space for seven people in total) in the new BMW X7. The two passengers in the third row settle into full-size seats complete with armrests, cupholders and USB ports. The middle row can be composed of two individual comfort seats as an option. All seats are adjusted electrically at the push of a button. The boot capacity can be increased from 326 to a maximum of 2,120 litres, as required. Carefully selected and meticulously crafted materials add to the feeling of luxury, as does the extensive standard specification. The BMW X7 comes as standard with Vernasca leather trim, four-zone automatic climate control, a three-section panoramic glass roof, and ambient lighting including the Welcome Light Carpet and Dynamic Interior Light. Among the highlights on the options list are five-zone automatic climate control, the Ambient Air package, the Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, controls with glass applications, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and the Rear-seat entertainment Professional system. Meanwhile, the Design Pure Excellence equipment line, M Sport package and BMW Individual options allow customers to tailor the interior and exterior design to reflect their personal style.


PERFECTLY TUNED CHASSIS SYSTEMS ENHANCE COMFORT, AGILITY AND OFF-ROAD PERFORMANCE The BMW X7 boasts a wealth of chassis technology as standard, including Adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers, and air springs at both axles. The vehicle’s ground clearance can be varied by up to 80 millimetres to suit the situation at hand – by either pressing a button or using the BMW Display Key. A number of chassis systems are available as options to further enhance comfort, agility and off-road performance. Integral Active Steering and the Executive Drive Pro system with active roll stabilisation deliver even more nimble handling and greater poise. An Off-Road package is also available for all model variants aside from the BMW X7 M50d. This package includes an extra button for choosing between four driving modes – xSand, xGravel, xRocks and xSnow. These modes prepare the car for the surface in question by activating the ideal settings for ride height, the xDrive system, accelerator and transmission responses, and DSC inputs.

SUBLIME POWERTRAIN TECHNOLOGY WITH MUSCULAR ENGINES The BMW X7 will be available with a choice of three engines all with six cylinders and a 3.0-litre capacity. The entry level is the 265hp xDrive 30d diesel that goes from 0-62mph in seven seconds and returns fuel economy of 43.5mpg. Next up is the xDrive 40i petrol with 340hp a 0-62mph time of 6.1 seconds and fuel economy of 32.5mpg followed by the top spec M50d diesel – its three turbos launch the X7 from 0-62mph in just 5.4 seconds yet it can still return an admirable 40.4 mpg. All the engines are mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while the task of transferring their power onto either asphalt or loose terrain falls to the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system – complete with optimised efficiency and rear-biased set-up. Ensuring even more dynamic handling is the M Sport differential at the rear axle, which brings electronically controlled locking. It is fitted as standard on the BMW X7 M50d and as an option on the BMW X7 xDrive50i and BMW X7 xDrive40i.

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Living on or near the sea is an alluring concept, and floating houses have become a popular ways of living in some parts of the world. For others there is a sense of romance of living on a floating home and over the past few years we have seen a number of luxurious floating home concepts come to market most notably Floating House.



However, Miami-based Company Arkup has taken this concept one step further and created an at-sea living solution, a ‘Liveable Yacht’ part yacht, part floating house and part luxury waterfront villa.

Created in anticipation of a future of flooding and rising sea level, the liveable yacht is a fully selfsufficient eco-friendly, hurricane-resistant home on the water that has the appearance of a luxurious apartment floating on the water. Wrapped in glass the luxury 404-square-metre, double-decker yacht boasts four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. A built-in communication suite offers 4G, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi and VHF radio. There’s a sundeck that fully immerses in water to become a protected sea-pool and a boat lift to remove your tender or jet ski from the water. In order to compete with conventional residential solutions, the Liveable Yacht offers a completely stabilised platform using extendable anchored hydraulic spuds, which can raise the structure several meters out of the water to protect from hash weather conditions, storm surges and even hurricanes. In fact, the Liveable Yacht solution has been designed to withstand wind speeds up to 135 knots. And when it’s time to move, the spuds can then be completely retracted into the structure to allow for comfortable cruising and entry into shallower waters. Powered by a 30 kW rooftop solar array that feeds up to 1,000 kWh of lithium-ion batteries, the twin 136-horsepower electric azimuth thrusters can provide a top speed of seven knots, allowing it to roam from location to location at a leisurely pace. And electric motors mean no fuel, which of course means no emissions! Other ecofriendly features include rainwater harvesting, waste management and water purification systems. The first Liveable Yacht is now anchored of the coast of Miami and is available for short or-long term charter. For those looking to purchase a floating home the starting price starts from $3.5million a comparatively small price to pay for both a yacht & waterfront property

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THE SKY’S THE LIMIT There’s no denying that flying whether it’s commercial, business or first, can be a chore. From queues and delays to the ever-growing list of restrictions it can be exhausting and exasperating at the best of times, but particularly when it’s for business.




Over the past 10 years, there’s been a discernible increase in private jet ownership and while jet ownership doesn’t come cheap for cash-rich, time-poor business travellers looking to skip airport queues, conduct meetings in the air, and flying at a moment’s notice, a private jet could be a worthwhile investment. Here showcase five of the largest, fastest and most luxurious private planes on the market right now.

AIRBUS ACJ319NEO INFINITO Gives wings to Italian style and elegance! Airbus Corporate Jets and the Italian hypercar Atelier Pagani Automobili have unveiled a new cabin design for the ACJ319neo, called Infinito, which means infinity in Italian. A key feature of the Infinito cabin is its sky ceiling, which can bring a live view of the sky above the aircraft into the cabin – or display other images. Décor is reminiscent of that gracing Pagani hypercars, with natural soft-leather carpets and a wooden floor contrasting with man-made carbonfibre in furniture and wall-frames - echoing the combination of art and science originally espoused by Leonardo da Vinci. Sculpted metal features, mirroring those found in Pagani hypercars, feature in light-fittings and other details, while light-emitting diodes (LEDs) enable different mood-lighting ambiances. Airbus offers the most complete range of business jets, derived from the world’s most modern aircraft family. This includes the new ACJ319neo, which will fly eight passengers 6,750 nm/12,500 km or 15 hours, the ACJ320neo which will transport 25 passengers 6,000 nm/11,100 km, or 13 hours, and the ACJ350 XWB which will carry 25 passengers 10,800 nm/20,000 km or 22 hours in its ultra-long range version.

Priced from: POA


CESSNA CITATION LONGITUDE The big brother to the hugely popular Citation Latitude, the Citation Longitude is the jet of choice for anyone looking to stay ahead of the curve. With a range of 4000nm and a cruising speed of Mach .86 at 45,000ft, the Citation Longitude is Cessna’s first super-midsize private jet, featuring Garmin’s latest G5000 flight deck avionics Seating is for 12 in a wide cabin that allows full height headroom and a walk-in baggage compartment accessible during flight. State-of-the-art tech also allows passengers to control their environment and entertainment with any mobile device using a special app while high-speed internet comes as standard.

Priced from: $23.9 million



DASSAULT AVIATION FALCON 6X Not only has Dassault Aviation redefined the private jet travel experience. It has created a new category: the ultra widebody business jet. A few inches can make a big difference in your overall comfort so cabin height in the Falcon 6X is 6-feet, 6-inches, the tallest in business aviation. The 102-inch-wide cross section – also the largest on the market – gives you more elbow room, more aisle space, a larger galley and deeper, more comfortable divans. There’s more space for individual seating, and greater privacy when desired, especially in the aft cabin during overnight flights. The wider aisle allows for easier movement between cabin lounges ideal if the jet is carrying its full occupancy of 16 passengers. The 6X’s maximum range is 5,500 nm (10,186 km), with a maximum speed is Mach .90. It is capable of flying at Mach .85 for non-stop flights up to 5,100 nm (9,445 km), including Moscow to New York, Paris to Beijing, Los Angeles to London. In addition, the 6X is very stable at the speeds and angles required at smaller airstrips, making take offs and landings safer and quicker. And as a final extra the Falcon 6X also has the first ever skylight in a business aircraft, providing valuable light to normally dark entrance and galley areas.

Priced from $47 million


BOMBARDIER GLOBAL 8000 Bombardier Global 8000 business jet has an unparalleled combination of cabin comfort and range capability. With a maximum range of 7,900nm and top speed of Mach 0.925, the possibilities aboard the Global 8000 are virtually endless. Able to accomplish long hauls around the world, the 102-foot-long jet is capable of taking off at a distance of 5,800 feet. Newly designed high speed transonic wings create and enhance steep approach capabilities and short field performance on runways. At a total cabin volume of 2,236 cubic feet, the Global 8000 features a smaller cabin than that of the Global 7000. However, sizable windows, a three zone cabin design, and 195 cubic feet of baggage compartment volume make up for this. Standard configuration allows 13 passengers to be seated comfortably while two to four crew members have a dedicated crew rest area near the entry. As the first aircraft to be powered by General Electric’s new Passport turbofan engine, the Global 7000 will have a range of 7,400 - enough to fly non-stop from London to Singapore - with low fuel burns and low emissions.

Priced from: $65 million



GULFSTREAM G550 Powered by two Rolls-Royce engines that provide the most thrust of any jet in its class, the Gulfstream’s G550 is the world’s top selling inter-continental business jet. With a top speed of 679mph and a cruising altitude of 51,000 feet the Gulfstream G550 has a cruise range of 6,750 nautical miles /12,501 kilometres meaning the G550 can fly from Shanghai to Los Angeles or New York to Dubai nonstop at Mach 0.80. London to Tokyo or to Los Angeles is nonstop at Mach 0.85 moreover the G550 is capable of operating out of short-field, high-altitude airports great for its 19 passengers. Some layouts accommodate beds for eight people, and the option of up to four distinct living areas creates a combination of uses, including a dedicated crew rest area, a private stateroom, conference area and entertainment space. The G550 also provides the option of locating the full-size galley forward or aft the only aircraft in its class to offer such flexibility

Priced from: $53 million




LOSES ITS LID Lamborghini’s Huracan was launched four years ago, but it didn’t really hit the spot until the arrival last year of the lighter, sprightlier and generally more focused Huracan Performante which earlier this year became even more lighter thanks to the stunning Spyder version.



DESIGN AND ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY IN EXHILARATING HARMONY The inherent design, technology and performance features of the Huracán Performante are as fundamental in the Spyder, thus adding a new dimension of driving pleasure. Its open-top design clearly differentiates the Spyder from its coupé counterpart, with roof both open and closed. The Performante design cues of Super Trofeo race cars and performance motorcycles with their naked, open-frame streetfighter characters remind that the Huracán Performante Spyder is a super sports car as capable on the track as the road. The visible carbon fibre running throughout the aluminium body references the Huracán Performante Spyder’s lightweight character contributing to a weight reduction of 35 kg over the original Huracán Spyder. Like the Huracán Performante coupé, the Spyder features an enhanced suspension system; recalibrated ESC; more responsive Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS); permanent four-wheel drive maximizing traction in all situations in conjunction with the ALA system; and revised ANIMA: Lamborghini’s driver-mode system comprising STRADA, SPORT and CORSA, which customizes the set-up of all the car’s dynamic systems.



ENGINE PERFORMANCE With its inimitable 5.2 l V10 naturally-aspirated engine, the permanent fourwheel drive Performante Spyder accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.1 seconds, 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 9.3 seconds, and with a top speed of 325 km/h matches its coupé stablemate. Braking from 100-0 km/h is mastered in 31.5 m. Like the Performante coupé, the Spyder outputs 640 hp (470 kW) at 8,000 rpm, producing 600 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, and with more than 70% of torque already available at 1,000 rpm. With a total dry weight of just 1,507 kg, the Spyder returns a weight-to-power ratio of 2.35 kg/hp, with weight distribution front/rear of 43/57%.

THE HURACÁN PERFORMANTE SPYDER ROOF – DYNAMIC CONNECTION TO GROUND AND AIR The lightweight, electrohydraulic roof ensures the Huracán Performante open-top is a true Spyder, perfectly complementing the car’s distinctive lines both open and closed, and maintaining rigidity, handling and performance. Even as a convertible, the Huracán Performante Spyder maintains the stiffness of an ultra-performing super sports car. The roof defines the Performante’s dynamic silhouette while closed, and when down is efficiently stored to maintain the Performante Spyder’s perfect center of gravity, revealing the alter-ego aesthete of the open Huracán Performante Spyder. The roof opens in just 17 seconds up to a driving speed of 50 km/h (30 mph). The rear window can also be electrically opened, which functions as a windshield when closed. When the roof is down, the Huracán Performante Spyder’s design incorporates two movable fins, which rise out of the folding roof casing and continue the roofline from seatbacks to the rear of the car, lending the Spyder its distinctive silhouette. An integrated duct within the fins reduces turbulence in the headroom during open-top driving. Two additional, removable wind guards damp lateral aerodynamic pulsations, ensuring perfect acoustic comfort that allows conversation even at high speeds. The Huracán Performante Spyder, with roof open or closed, is equally a driver’s car in challenging dynamic situations, as well as a thrilling lifestyle experience. Available to purchase now the Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder will cost from: EUR 219,585 / GBP 195,078 / USD 308,859 193




Yachting - not just for the mega rich! Just over a decade ago the thought of holidaying on a yacht was considered a pastime for celebrities and the uber-rich, the cost of chartering a vessel would cost hundreds of thousands but, as times have changed this once privileged arena has opened up to the masses so now chartering a smaller superyacht can cost about the same price as you’d expect to pay for a luxury break on the French Riviera or a Caribbean island.


So what’s changed? The last 15 years or so have seen extraordinary changes sweep through the private yacht industry, with an explosion in the number of superyachts available to charter water and a change in perception by those who own them. Not so long ago a 150 foot yacht was considered extremely large and anything over 200 feet was simply enormous. But as luxury yachting became the pastime of the world’s elite a race ensued to see who could of course own the biggest and largest yacht. While the mega rich tried to outdo each other the 150ft yacht has seemingly become something of the norm no longer considered big. But with this increase in yacht building and a glut of yachts sitting in docks owners soon realised they could utilize their assets by chartering them throughout the season to offset the high costs of owning them thus meaning more vessels were available reducing the charter cost. The rise in Social media and online peer to peer websites have also helped to fuel the growth and demand in yacht chartering, BoatBound one of the first to build an “Airbnb for boating,” back in 2013 and Antlos, an online marketplace that puts boat owners and holidaymakers in touch, much the same as Airbnb and Uber have both seen a dramatic increase in demand. Previously chartering via well-established brokers was something of a laborious process, but today thanks to the power of the internet millennial’s one of the fastest growing segments targeted by nearly all luxury markets can charter a vessel with a simple swipe of an app. Take Click&Boat, a European online peer-to-peer company with more than 150,000 members and over 22,000 boats available to charter in 30 countries around the world – some with or without a captain. Rentals range from €55 ($68) a day for a small sailing boat in La Rochelle, France, to as much as €250,000 a week, including your own captain, for up to 12 people aboard a superyacht on the French Riviera So while traditionalists may snub peer-to-peer platforms on the one hand, yacht ownership calls for serious levels of financial commitment and recouping some of the costs by chartering your boat in this way makes a lot of sense and on the other hand, for those who want to go sailing but lack sufficient time and/or money resources to own a boat themselves, this solution also makes a lot of sense because yachting has never been more affordable and accessible then it is right now.



Yachting News u HAWK’S NEW EXPEDITION YACHT FOR YEAR ROUND EXPLORATION UK-based yacht designers Hawk Yachts has unveiled ANOTHER concept yacht, the new 68-metre (23-foot) explorer yacht which it hopes will be suited to year-round chartering.

The new Hawk Ranger will offer six staterooms, including a large owner’s suite and five guest cabins, able to accommodate up to 12 guests. With a top speed of 17 knots she will enjoy a cruising range of up to 6,500 nautical miles. Designed for penetrating ice fields, the Ranger will have a Polar Class 6 hull to break through 32 inches of ice, a reinforced ice belt along the waterline, a large boiler to keep the yacht warm in cold environments, heated seals on the exterior doors so they will not freeze over, large “expedition” side gates, and other features for journeying into the frozen wilds.

Hawk Yachts chief executive Matthias Bosse said, “This approach allows owners to run the yacht as a profitable business. The super-rich are no longer content to own trophy vessels that sit in harbour for 45 weeks of the year. Increasingly, we are seeing a desire to live and breathe experiences that are only accessible to the select few.” The news of Hawk’s latest concept arrives after the announcement of two other explorer yachts in January – the 5-metre Cape Hawk and the 75-metre Sky Hawk. For more information visit: 198 LUXURY LIVING

HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT! Mirage, the optical illusion 106-metre megayacht from Fincantieri Yachts

Italian shipbuilders Fincantieri working with Dutch architects Van Geest Design have unveiled the ultimate megayacht for those looking for anonymity. Clad in reflective surfaces the 4,200 tonne vessel blends effortlessly into its surrounding reflecting back in surrounding environment making it near on impossible to see. Forward and aft exterior spaces are balanced in size and MIRAGE has the unusual appearance of seeming ‘open-ended’ on each deck. In reality, glass balustrades provide near-invisible barriers to the straight-edged decks for a more intense connection with the air and water from the sundeck down to the main deck swimming pool. Other onboard amenities include sundeck a helipad and Jacuzzis on the sundeck forward and upper deck aft, plus numerous outdoor lounges and sunbathing areas. If constructed, MIRAGE would cost approximately £200 million and would provide accommodation for a maximum of 14 guests over 7 cabins, while a crew of 29 would ensure the efficient running of all on board systems and amenities. For more information visit 199


DAMEN SEAXPLORER 75 EXPEDITION YACHT UNVEILED Recently unveiled at the #MonacoYachtShow, the SeaXplorer 75 provides the ultimate crossover of superyacht quality and finish with serious professional capability. Built by Damen Shipyards Group in cooperation with its luxury yacht builder #AMELS the vessel will incorporate the Damen Sea Axe bow design, which offers superior seakeeping characteristics while reducing the resistance through the water. The design will also allow the yacht to sail at high speeds in strong winds and rough seas. The double-acting steel hull and optimized stern are designed to facilitate operations in icy and tropical conditions. The yacht can break first-year ice with a thickness of 90cm. The primary control centre of the ship will feature large, full-glass windows and enclosed bridge wings. The sky lounge connecting the wheelhouse will be equipped with folding glass doors and outdoor heating system. The swim platform on the yacht will allow passengers to access the dive centre, which will be equipped with a preparation area, a changing space, a dry room, a tank store and a compressor room. The yacht will also feature a submersible hangar below deck. The vessel will also offer enough space below deck for the storage of canoes, kayaks, amphibious craft, heli-ski gear, motorcycles, off-road four-wheel drive vehicles and mountain bikes. The tender garage aboard the vessel will accommodate 10.5m luxury limo tender and Zodiac 5 inflatable boats, while the advanced launch and recovery system (LARS) will enable the launch / recovery of Damen 7.5m rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB). The vessel will feature a primary surface helideck for helicopters up to a maximum take-off weight of 5t. The flight deck is fully certified for safe operations during day and night. A second helipad with full rotation capability will serve as a back-up deck for additional helicopter. It will feature Bolidt synthetic teak and can be used to house sun loungers and a party tent. The hangar facility below the main deck will accommodate two helicopters. The enclosed hangar will protect the embarked helicopters from external elements. The SeaXplorer 75 offers accommodation for 12 guests and 25 crew, which will include ice pilots, interpreters, dive-masters, submersible pilots, helicopter crew, physicians, photographers / filmmakers and security. The seven luxurious suites on main and upper decks will be furnished with fully customised interiors created by the owner’s choice of interior designer. The suites will also feature state-of-the-art entertainment systems. The vessel will also offer ample outdoor space for al fresco dining and experiencing panoramic views. The leisure and wellness facilities aboard will include a wellness centre, a sun deck Jacuzzi and a swimming pool with underwater lighting. The SeaXplorer 75 is scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2020.

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RIVA’S REBEL REVEALED Luxury yacht builders Riva have unveiled there latest model the 66’ Ribelle (meaning rebel in Italian). Developed by designer Fulvio De Simoni working in close collaboration with the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, this sleek speedster will be the performance yachting brand’s new flagship. Recently launched at the Cannes Yachting Festival the 66-footer has a custom sapphire-blue hull color, a sleek profile a sloping stern, aft “wings,” and integrated stairs on both sides of the cockpit that drop to the water. Below decks, there is a master suite with an impressive eight-foot headroom, a sofa, and floor-toceiling closets. The two other staterooms are not as large, but still retain the same quality and finishes as one would expect from a Riva. Powered by a twin MAN 1,550 hp V-12 engines, the boat has a top speed of 37 knots and a cruise speed of 33. With its sleek styling and uncompromising power the new Ribelle 66 looks certain to be a rebel of the waves.

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ROLLS-ROYCE DEBUTS ‘SPIRIT OF ECSTASY’ FABERGÉ EGG u From Kings and Queens to entrepreneurs, many of the most prominent and wealthy collectors of the 20th and 21st century have been beguiled by the lure of a Fabergé Egg. With just 50 pre-1917 Imperial Eggs completed, these exceptionally precious creations are some of the most valuable and coveted objects ever to have been made.




Now, in a contemporary fashion, a new Fabergé Egg has been created. Two of the world’s most esteemed houses of luxury have joined forces to create one unique objet d’art, for one discerning patron. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Fabergé proudly announce the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg.


For the first time in history, an iteration of the Spirit of Ecstasy, the enigmatic mascot that has adorned Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1911, is cocooned in an exquisite, contemporary, Fabergé Egg. The design, conceived by Rolls-Royce Designers Stefan Monro and Alex Innes and rendered by Fabergé Lead Designer Liisa Talgren, has been brought to life by Fabergé workmaster Paul Jones, creating a contemporary interpretation of one of the world’s most fabled and prized possessions. The commissioning of a Rolls-Royce motor car is often a seminal moment for the patron, so too is the commissioning of a Fabergé Egg. Indeed, this ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg, the second to be commissioned in the ‘Imperial Class’ since 1917 – a category reserved only for Fabergé’s most illustrious creations – celebrates the history, heritage and legend for which both Rolls-Royce and Fabergé have been revered over more than a century. Both brands have navigated the vicissitudes of time and continue to produce the apogee of modern, highly sought after, true luxury items. The Egg is destined for the residence of a great collector of both brands. The Egg connects the elements that lie at the very core of each marque – the Spirit of Ecstasy, the illustrious muse that has guided each Rolls-Royce motor car for over a century, and the form of a Fabergé Egg, the pinnacle of ornamental expression. The masterpiece resulting from this distinguished collaboration reflects the extraordinary attention to detail and the consummate craftsmanship for which both brands are renowned to this day. A team of seven craftspeople from Fabergé undertook the challenge of fabricating the design using the finest materials married with their extraordinary skill as artist jewellers. At first glance, the Egg is unmistakable in its character. Design cues from Fabergé’s heritage are masterfully woven into the intricate design which stands at 160mm and weighs just 400g, with the Egg harnessing the ‘surprise and delight’ attributes for which Imperial Eggs are celebrated. 208 LUXURY LIVING



The Egg rests on an engine-turned, hand-engraved, purple enamel guilloché base of 18 karat white gold. Arms of rose gold define the shape of the Egg, acting as a protective chamber for the Egg’s precious inhabitant. Upon operating the movement via a discreet lever at the base of the stand, a sense of theatre ensues as the boughs open to present the fine figurine of the Spirit of Ecstasy, hand-sculpted in frosted rock crystal, standing nobly in her opulent surrounds. The rose gold vanes, embellished with nearly 10 carats of round white diamonds, resolve into swathes of natural amethyst weighing over 390 carats, specially selected for its colour saturation and quality. The purple hue of the enamel and amethyst provide a playful nod to the use of colour found in Fabergé’s heritage. The technical mastery of Fabergé prevails. The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg adopts a highly complex operating mechanism, conceived through computer aided design and animation, developed with micro engineering. The success of this mechanism, and in turn the piece as a whole, can be attributed to the goldsmiths’ art as craftspeople and their ability to meld this skill with technology, creating a work of art that could not be created by man alone. The piece embodies both the artistic design and engineering skill that one expects from a collaboration between Rolls-Royce and Fabergé, and has probably the most complicated opening of any Fabergé Egg to date.

Sean Gilbertson, Chief Executive Officer, Fabergé said,

A unique moment in both our companies’ history, the creation of the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Egg represents the meeting of two masters of unrivalled quality and design, showcasing two globally recognised symbols – the Fabergé Egg and the Spirit of Ecstasy.

Fifty Imperial Easter Eggs were created for the Russian Imperial family between 1885 and 1916. These creations are inextricably linked to the lives of the Romanov family. Ten Eggs were produced from 1885 to 1893 during the reign of Emperor Alexander III; a further 40 were created during the rule of his dutiful son, Nicholas II, two each year – one for his mother the dowager, the second for his wife. If we explore the great archives of Rolls-Royce, we find that Tsar Nicholas II was indeed also a patron of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.




DIAMOND HILL a modern residence with classical features u In one of Kiev’s Luxury Apartments Complex Diamond Hill, the architectural and interior design studio YoDezeen masterfully employ a tasteful palette, design furniture and stunning contemporary artworks to compose a bespoke high-end design.




Kiev is one of the most ancient of Slavonic cities steeped in history. Aptly nicknamed the capital of the ‘Golden Domes’ the city has a cultural life extremely rich and diverse representing a wide range of experimental and traditional styles, it is these two contrasting styles that designers YØDezeen studio have used to create this stunning family residence. The apartment differs with expressive individual style, which organically connects modernity and tradition, innovative ideas and classical methods. It seems that luxury and functionality are mutually exclusive, but precisely the combination desired by YoDezeen customers. The original layout of the apartment presented to YØDezeen studio was situated on the residential estate Diamond Hill on Dnipro banks. Measuring 320 sq. meters there were no divisions, just a few supporting columns. For the architects and designers, this was a dream project on the one hand, they were given the freedom to work and exercise their talent; on the other hand, working on a period property presented a few issues with regards to drainage and structural issues. The main feature of the apartment was the large windows which provided breath-taking views and an abundance of light which YØDezeen studio used to maximum effect.


The public zones were created using dramatic combination of living, dining, and kitchen areas. Open concept allowed natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows insolating every corner of the space. The entertaining areas utilized eye-catching materials and design furniture that artfully united with sophisticated and quite palette. To make an interior more dramatic and intriguing, architects added spectacular pieces of contemporary art. For the contemporary fixtures, the choice of colour was golden diamonds: the design team got more freedom than they’ve thought because they were fully in charge of furniture, decoration, textiles and shade matching, including the exact choice for chandeliers. In this case, DelightFULL, a brand that reinvents the mid-century lighting with a twist every day and whose mission is to create unique lamps with a fresh taste of music, contemporary and unique reinterpretation, was the perfect choice. 215

For the atmosphere and colour palette of the bedroom, YØDezeen studio used the Janis floor lamp with her gold finish, inspired by Janis Joplin’s music “Best of The Best Gold”, Janis floor lamp recovers the golden jazz spirit of the 60’s and gives a modern and gilt twist to the Diamond Hill’s bedroom. This design fitted perfectly to highlight the room’s colour palette it also created a warm delicious and luxury atmosphere – said YØDezeen. In private area designers embodied the idea of effective combination of comfort, coziness and functionality. Throughout the interior, wooden floors, colour scheme and wall décor create a visual connection between public and private spaces. In a result the couple received an elegance home with intimate and personal spaces.

YØDEZEEN STUDIO YØDezeen studio is an award-winning architectural and interior design studio acting around the world and working in a variety of modern styles. Established in 2010 by architects and fellow classmates Artem Zverev and Artur Sharf, the studio offers a bespoke and multi-disciplinary approach to high-end design. YØDezeen has a long and great international experience in both residential and commercial projects including restaurants, offices, fitness centres as well as private residences and luxury apartments. The YØDezeen studio professional viewpoint is to produce customized and unique aesthetic solutions for clients through developing timeless designs with impressive architecture. The studio incorporates luxury, comfort and really unforgettable experience while satisfying the purposes of their clients. The team has offices in Kiev, London, Miami and Los Angeles. v, London, Miami and Los Angeles. Architects: YoDezeen | Photography: Andrii Shurpenkov | For more information visit: 216 LUXURY LIVING



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ARTS ANNUAL MIGRATION STATESIDE u Over the past 15 years, Art Basel Miami Beach has developed into an important art show with ground-breaking and visionary programs. Each year art connoisseurs, gallery owners and members of the international art world head south from Switzerland in what can only be deemed as the art worlds own version of spring break




This year Art Basel Miami Beach a spinoff of the premier international art show which began 40 years ago, in 1970, in Basel, Switzerland will run from December 5th – December 9h hosting more than 268 of America’s top galleries and art museums showcasing amazing contemporary paintings, films and videos, sculptures, drawings, photography, digital art and installations from more than 4,000 artists. Held within the Miami Conference Centre which offers 500,000 feet of exhibit space the event as it is each will be broken down into several categories — Nova, Position, Edition, Kabinett, Survey, Galleries and Conversation: Nova exhibits new, cutting edge works from emerging artists and galleries with29 galleries showing new work by up to three of their artists. First-time participants include blank projects, Selma Feriani Gallery, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Grimm, Linn Lühn, Morán Morán, and others. Kabinett focuses on a body of work by a single artist or a themed group exhibition.


Survey is dedicated to art history projects ranging from solo shows to thematic exhibitions with select galleries. The Galleries section of the show will comprise of 198 outfits, two of which—Kayne Griffin Corcoran and Cardi Gallery—are newcomers to the fair. In this year’s Positions sector, 14 galleries—eight of which are entirely new to Art Basel Miami Beach—will each present a major work by a single artist. Parque Galería, Upstream Gallery, Bodega, and Commonwealth and Council are some of those first-time exhibitors, while Conversations will host a series of discussion throughout the week. In addition to Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 at the Miami Beach Convention Centre, there are a number of must-see satellite fairs. Scope and Art Miami which actually predate Art Basel Miami Beach and feature an impressive array of galleries with modern works. For more cutting edge contemporary work, check out Pulse Miami Beach, NADA Miami and Untitled, Miami Beach. Design Miami celebrates the world’s leading galleries specializing in collectible 20th and 21st century design. As the official sister fair to Art Basel Miami Beach, the Design Miami/ tent sits adjacent to the Convention Centre. Art Basel Miami is something one has to witness to truly get a grasp for how magnificent it is. There is no shortage of things to do and see – including the eclectic and avant-garde fashions worn by the attendees and participants as they walk through the galleries and surrounding area unwittingly creating a show within the show The annual event is something everyone who has an affinity for art, culture, design and creativity in general should experience first-hand at least once in their lifetime.

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If you’re interested in attending Art Basel here’s a snapshot of the events for the year ahead Art Basel in America at Miami Beach will run from december 6-9, 2018 Art Basel in hong Kong will host the fair from March 29-31, 2019 Art Basel in Basel will take place from June 13-16 For more info: 221









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Entrance to Kensington Palace Gardens, the most expensive street in London



Kensington Palace Gardens, also known as Billionaire’s Boulevard, is the most expensive street in Britain. The average property price on this half mile strip of road overlooking Kensington Gardens is £41 million and at the top end homes can fetch £200 million or even more.

A general view of houses along Kensington Palace Gardens – named as Britain’s most expensive street However, a quick search for properties for sale at this prime address will draw blanks; the owners of these properties prefer to stay discreet for obvious reasons. Arguably the most famous address on this gilded stretch of road is Apartment 1A, Kensington Palace, the 20-room, four-storey family home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Although it is not exactly on the same street, their garden adjoins the residences lining Billionaire’s Boulevard. The estate closest to the Royal family’s residence belongs to the Russian-British billionaire and owner of the Warner Music Group, Leonard Blavatnik. In 2004 Blavatnik paid £41 million for a 13 bedroom and 9 bathroom house on Kensington Palace Gardens. After its extensive modernisation, which included construction of an impressive 25-metre swimming pool with indoor and outdoor sections, a gym, cinema, wine cellar and underground car park, it has been estimated at phenomenal £200 million making it one of the most expensive real estate in the world. Among Blavatnik’s richest neighbours is owner of Chelsea FC Roman Abramovich and Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal. In 2004 Mittal bought a home on Billionaire’s Boulevard for £57 million, purchasing another property for his son four years later. At £117 million, it was the highest price ever paid for a London house at the time. In 2013 Mittal sold the second house for £110, at a £7 million loss. 228 LUXURY LIVING

8-19 Kensington Palace Gardens. This house was sold by Mittal in 2013.

Kensington Palace Gardens homes just a stone’s throw from William and Kate’s residence

Despite the stratospheric asking prices, homeowners don’t actually own the freehold to their properties. The land surrounding Kensington Palace Gardens belongs to The Crown Estate - the company that manages an extensive portfolio of land and developments owned by the reigning monarch. As the land belongs to the Queen, all properties on Kensington Palace Gardens are sold on a leasehold basis. Leasehold is a type of ownership where one partly buys the right to occupy land or a building for a given length of time. Properties on Kensington Palace Gardens are typically sold with an excess of 100 years left on the lease, but this can be less. Nevertheless, owning a house on the most expensive street in the UK has its major perks. A lowprofile and top security is a priority for the international super rich and Kensington Palace Gardens offers both in large quantities. There are armed police officers at both ends of the street - Kensington Palace Gardens is also home to a number of embassies - and is fortified by a grid of CCTVs, protective bollards and stringent security clearances which keep prying eyes and the opportunistic firmly out. So when was the last transaction? With marketing kept mostly offline and deals behind closed doors, it’s hard to know exactly who is buying what and when but it was around two years ago when the last headline-hitting deal took place. The road’s newest resident was a property tycoon from China who paid £80 million for a 10 bedroom property here - the biggest deal to date involving a Chinese buyer in London. Joining his neighbours in collective ‘uber renovations’, work is currently underway to restore the mansion which was previously home to the Nigerian High Commissioner. For those keen of sharing postcodes with some of the world’s oligarchs, tech billionaires and media moguls, Knight Frank is currently marketing properties at One Kensington Gardens which offers amazing views of Kensington Palace Gardens.

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There are more billionaires now than ever before and they are apparently richer than ever too according to Forbes annual ranking the worlds 2,208 billionaires have a combined wealth of $9.1 trillion and what do billionaires spend all their money on? Property.

u Billionaires seem to levitate together when it comes to prime property seemingly trying to outbid each other setting record prices, because of this around the world streets have established themselves as Billionaire Row here we list the 10 most expensive streets in the world ranked on the basis of average price per square meter.




Avenue MontAigne, PARis Average price per square meter: $26,000

The most expensive street in Paris is unsurprisingly the high-end boutique hotel and luxury shopping artery, Avenue Montaigne, in the luxurious 8th arrondissement. This upscale street in the champselysees quarter is considered one of the world’s top avenues for high fashion — harry winston, christian dior, and dolce & gabbana all have locations here.


FiFth Avenue, new YoRk Average price per square meter: $28,000 new York’s rich and famous have flocked to Fifth Avenue since the 1900s for its exclusive cachet and central location. The most expensive properties are those sold along the stretch between 59th and 96th streets, across from central Park. The avenue is also one of the world’s most expensive for shopping and commercial rents, featuring every top designer boutique, from Armani through to ermenegildo zegna. The street is home to America’s most iconic landmark buildings and shopping centers, including the empire state Building, Rockefeller center and saks Fifth Avenue. last year, an unnamed chinese buyer shelled out $50 million for the 15 central Park west penthouse of Bob diamond, the former ceo of Barclays. The 5,278-square-foot condo has four bedrooms, a 34-foot entry gallery, library and eat-in kitchen.


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ostozhenkA, Moscow Average price per square meter: $29,000 ostozhenka is one of the oldest streets in Russia, and its most expensive. Art nouveau buildings and famous landmarks, including the kremlin, the Pushkin Museum and the cathedral of christ the savior, line the street. some of Moscow’s most sought-after restaurants, including French/Japanese eatery vanil at number 1 and snobs at number 3, are located on ostozhenka. over the last decade, several prestigious housing units were built on the street, mostly small in size containing a limited number of apartments. The most expensive apartment ever sold on the avenue was a five-level property located in crystal house for $48 million. A recent lack of new development has supported buyers’ interest at a high level.

RoMAzzino hill, sARdiniA Average price per square metre: $32,900

The Aga khan turned the costa smerelda, sardinia, into his holiday retreat in the 1960s, and billionaires have played there ever since. Romazzino hill has been notorious for being a popular hang-out for the rich and famous made famous after italian industrialist carlo de Benedetti sold his seafront villa Rocky Ram in 2012 for $149 million to a Russian buyer. exclusive hotels located here include the cala di volpe and the Romazzino, both part of The luxury collection.



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cheMin de Ruth, genevA Average price per square meter: $37,000

PAteRson hill, singAPoRe Average price per square meter: $42,500

Paterson hill is widely considered the city-state’s “Billionaire’s Row.” Far from the hustle and bustle of the inner city, but close enough to the orchard Road shopping Belt, Paterson hill is a tranquil part of singapore. The most expensive condominium on this road is The Marq designed entirely by hermes apartments currently on sale in that complex range from $11 million to $33 million.


chemin de Ruth is located in the heart of switzerland’s cologny, close to the shores of lake geneva. The mansions on this stone-walled street come with more land than most other streets of cologny, often with landscaped gardens and large swimming pools. Many properties overlook the lake, with views of the famous Jet d’eau, the united nations buildings and the headquarters of the world economic Forum. The record price for a house on this street is $36 million.


BoulevARd du généRAl de gAulle, cAP FeRRAt, FRAnce Average price per square meter: $79,000

nestled in the stunning Mediterranean cote d’Azur the idyllic cap Ferrat peninsula boasts the title of the world’s most expensive nonurban location. situated about nine miles from Monaco, the cap has long attracted folks such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Paul Allen and, in an earlier era, charlie chaplin. The Boulevard du général de gaulle loops around the peninsula, spotted with beachfront villas and luxury hotels, including the famous grand-hôtel du cap-Ferrat. Rarely transacted waterfront properties with panoramic views over the Mediterranean tend to command the highest prices.


Avenue PRincesse gRAce, MonAco Average price per square meter: $86,000 Famous for hosting the Monaco F1 grand Prix and the annual Monaco Boat show every year the avenue is a melting pot for europe’s super-rich and elite. named after grace kelly, the beautiful American actress who married Prince Rainer iii, the avenue winds along the sea front providing fantastic ocean views. Because of finite space, property is sparse and extremely expensive developments presently a 5 bedroom 823sq meter penthouse apartment is currently listed for sale by Monaco estates for €52million.



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kensington PAlAce gARdens, london Average price per square meter: $107,000

Pollock’s PAth, the PeAk, hong kong Average price per square meter: $120,000

The Peak - short for victoria Peak is a neighbourhood in hong kong that synonymous with wealth, luxury, and exclusivity since the colonial era. Recently made famous by kevin kwan’s novel “crazy Rich Asians,” which was turned into a summer blockbuster, Pollock’s Path is the world’s most expensive street. in 2015, it was rumoured that Jack Ma, the chinese billionaire who founded Alibaba, purchased a $191 million mansion.


home to the duke and duchess of cambridge properties on kensington Palace gardens can change hands for as much as $195 million. This private, tree-lined avenue is home to the French, Russian and Japanese embassies, and some of the world’s most famous billionaires. indian-born steel tycoon lakshmi Mittal owns number 9a and 18–19. his next-door neighbour at number 17 is Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, owner of the chelsea Football club.




Immortalized in the Marvel comic book series Iron Man, Razor House, located in La Jolle, California is a famous for its cutting-edge design and architectural genius as it is for its superhero status.




Perched like a monument to modern architecture above La Jolla, California’s coastline, the Razor

House sits precariously, yet firmly, cantilevered above the Pacific Ocean in its own private world of sea and sky. Combining high drama, originality and privacy, the structure embraces the view through

layers of interior glass walls and captures the colours of the sunset through its undulating curves. Designed by one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Designers, Wallace E. Cunningham, it is now offered for sale at $30 million.

u A masterful study in engineering and construction, the house extends several stories below the original surface so that each roof forms a terrace to the adjacent upper floor. The centre of the structure is essentially hollowed out, creating a perimeter house wrapped around an open courtyard which allows daylight and stunning views all the way back to the retaining wall. This one-of-a-kind property comprises offers a total of 10,240 sq. ft. of living space, divided into two large master suites, two extra bedrooms, six bathrooms, two steam showers, a rooftop spa, an outdoor barbeque and a generously equipped glass-walled gym. On top of all this, there is also a multi-levelled 1,301 square feet guesthouse with two bedrooms, two baths and its own individual access to each room. The see-through glass elevator raises all the way from the underground garage made famous by the Iron Man Films to the top deck. Luxury finishes and special touches include travertine stone floors that run continuously from interior to exterior, solid walnut flooring in the library and on the family room ceiling and suede wrapped walls in the primary master suite. The library contains a custom Ralph Lauren glass and stainless pool table. Both the main kitchen and service kitchen are furnished with Gaggenau, Miele, Subzero and Hoshizaki in multiples to cover large scale entertaining while a computer room houses all of the homes integration and automation systems.


A subterranean garage houses more than four cars and a glass elevator operates from the subterranean garage level all the way to the rooftop terrace level of the home. Entertainment includes a state-of-the-art theatre and a 5,100 cubic foot infinity swimming pool that visually makes it one with the ocean.

La Jolla’s landmark Razor House, located near Torrey Pines Golf Course, Del Mar Racetrack and the La Jolla Playhouse, is offered at $30 million for more information visit: 243

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The Resort Group offers its clients a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own their own piece of paradise, with exceptional, modern beach resort properties of the highest quality, in one of the most idyllic and upcoming destinations in the world. Whether investors simply want to own their own 5-star holiday home or place it into one of the rental schemes offered by The Resort Group, they can be assured that they are investing in a secure and tangible asset, with multiple routes for return. The Resort Group is a world-class luxury resort hospitality company specialising in creating 5-star holiday resorts and hotels. It works closely with distinguished hotel operators and hospitality brands including TUI Travel, MeliĂĄ Hotels International, Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts and Hilton Worldwide to deliver outstanding holiday and investment experiences. The Resort Group currently offers investment opportunities in three luxury resorts in Cape Verde; Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa which opened in May 2011, Dunas Beach Resort & Spa which opened in November 2014 and Melia LLana which opened in December 2016. The resorts offered by The Resort Group each present an amazing array of facilities and services, including a variety of bars, fine dining restaurants and the renowned YHI Spa, not to mention their luxurious, modern suites. As part of the companies continued growth within the region, The Resort Group is expanding its portfolio even further to include an additional six new luxurious resorts. The first of these new developments currently under construction is the charming White Sands Hotel & Spa. 247


WhiTE sanDs hOTEL & sPa Situated on the stunning island of Boa Vista, White Sands Hotel & Spa will be divided into two areas, one side catering for families and the other tailored towards adults only to ensure an incomparable level of service for guests. From spacious bars and stylish dining to poolside sun loungers drenched in sunshine, the White Sands Hotel & Spa is set to be the epitome of elegance and relaxation. This stunning new development will offer a total of 835 properties for investors and guests. From the one-bedroom hotel rooms to the duplexes and villas, each property will be ultra-stylish, luxurious and finished to the highest specification with all the incredible facilities and added extras that will make any vacation to Cape Verde luxurious and special.


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OWN YOUR OWN PIeCe OF PARADISe Owning a luxurious holiday home in the sun is one of most people’s dream lifestyles and purchasing a property within one of The Resort Group’s portfolio opens up a world of options, rewards and ownership benefits. We have compiled a list of the top 5 reasons to invest in Cape Verde with The Resort Group:

1. The Resort Group offers a range of safe, secure and proven property investment opportunities, fit specifically to meet the needs of each investor.

2. Cape Verde is an upcoming tourist destination, meaning there has never been a better time to invest! 3. The Resort Group will assist investors with rental management of their property – so investors can sit back and relax whilst enjoying fixed returns for the first 3 years of investment. 4. The resorts on offer have been developed in partnership with world-class tour operators, ensuring a 5-star experience which keeps guests coming back year after year.

5. The islands of Cape Verde enjoy all year-round sunshine, with a minimum temperature of 23°, making the destination ideal for any time of the year.

Property of the month

Duplex Suite | £ 255,000 | 1 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms This luxurious split-level Duplex Suite is situated on the stunning island of Cape Verde on Santa Monica Beach, voted as one of the top 25 beaches in the world! Being within the White Sands Hotel & Spa resort, the Duplex Suite includes all of the world-class facilities and superior service that one would expect from a 5-star resort. This suite offers a world of relaxation and indulgence, with its expansive and bright living area, stylish fixtures and fittings and large modern en-suite bathroom. However, the most impressive feature of all must be its peaceful terrace with a hot tub overlooking the stunning Cape Verdean sea. OTHeR FeATUReS INCLUDe: Fully air conditioned | Impressive master bedroom | Large plasma TV Whirlpool bath and separate shower | Lounge / dining area | Separate bedroom and living areas eNQUIRe NOW To receive further information about these or other developments within the portfolio please contact 249


ULTRA-PRIME MONACO DUPLEX COMES TO MARKET u On the stunning and highly sought-after French Riviera, Monaco is home to some of the most luxurious real estate in the world and one of its finest apartments has been made available for purchase. Le Panorama boasts 6 double bedrooms and ample reception space which is perfect for entertaining.




Overlooking the famous Port Hercules and the Monaco Grand Prix track, the 7,578 sq. ft. home has been refurbished to an exceptional standard. The space has been carefully curated to take advantage

of the uninterrupted panoramic views of the water, whilst offering the highest quality luxury furnishings. The property is on the market with Finlay Brewer for offers in the region of €75,000,000.

Located in the exclusive Panorama building, the magnificent property spans an entire floor and enjoys terraces spanning 3,670 sq. ft. which run along the front, rear and sides of the apartment, capitalizing on panoramic views of both the dazzling harbour and Monaco’s Palace, The Rock of Monaco. Comprising a vast open-plan reception space, kitchen and separate dining room, the property’s fittings exude a sense of luxury which perfectly complements the exclusivity of Monaco itself. The premium fittings include Miele appliances in the kitchen, Dornbracht fixtures in the bathroom and luxe soft furnishings throughout. The master suite has a dressing room and en-suite bathroom, with a further 5 double bedrooms, each benefitting from private en-suite bathrooms. In addition, the apartment is home to a state-of-the-art soundproof cinema space in which to enjoy the latest releases in upmost privacy. Monaco is the world’s second smallest city-state, positioned in the heart of the French Riviera, and is an exclusive playground for the wealthy and glamorous. The state is the home of some of the finest properties, yachts, supercars and casinos that the world has to offer alongside hosting the prestigious Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, one of the most popular events in the sporting calendar.



Le Panorama perfectly captures the essence of the racing event with its prime position above the track, which winds through the narrow streets of the city to culminate alongside the impressive harbour front. The circuit remains relatively unchanged in its 89-year history and continues to attract some of the world’s most notable people. The annual Monaco Yacht Show is another of the most prestigious events in Monaco’s social calendar. Sitting above Port Hercules, Le Panorama is the perfect vantage point for Europe’s biggest in-water yacht display, with some yachts over 20m in length. Sandwiched between the French and Italian Riviera on the Mediterranean coast, Monaco enjoys mild and sunny winters and gloriously hot summers, making it a year-round holiday destination. Monaco is also just a short drive from some of Europe’s most stylish and picturesque resorts, including Saint Tropez, Cannes and Portofino. These factors, combined with its world-renowned port, casinos and rich calendar of events make it a hot attraction all year round Rista Backovic, Head of International at Finlay Brewer, comments;

“Le Panorama is a great opportunity to own premium real estate in Monaco and it is likely that it will not stay on the market for long. This apartment offers exceptional living and entertaining space in a prime location with unparalleled views. I would encourage those interested to act quickly.” This rare apartment is on the market with Finlay Brewer for OIRO €75,000,000, for further information on Le Panorama or Finlay Brewer International and its Monaco offering contact Tel: 020 7371 4166 or visit: 253

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luxuriouS ContemporAry fAmily villA in quiet & privAte loCAtion in the C zone of SotogrAnde Alto

Fantastic contemporary villa in a very convenient and quiet off road location. The accommodation comprises of 5 en-suite bedrooms plus a studio apartment above the double garage, ideal for guests or live in staff. Both the living room and spacious family sized eat n kitchen have double height vaulted ceilings. There is spacious dining room, study and fabulous entrance hall with signature staircase and a stainless steel and glass lift. The flooring is finished with natural limestone slabs throughout . The designer bathrooms are luxurious with Villeroy / Boch sanitary ware and Grohe tap ware and heated towel rails. There is underfloor heating, and air conditioning throughout the villa. The property is set amongst stunning mature landscaped gardens The entrance is through a large timber bespoke electric entry gate, there is a video controlled entry system and ample parking including a double car port and a double garage. There is a large heated swimming pool in the garden and the property is oriented to take advantage of year round sunshine.



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6 bed / 6 bath

tel : +34 956 79 53 40

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The former headquarters of the infamous East German Secret Police (commonly known as the Stasi) is being spectacularly transformed into a collection of 50 modern loft-style apartments. 257


Renamed as 2052 Industrie Lofts, located in Lichtenberg, Berlin, the once prominent ministerial building is being converted into a striking Quadrature design, offering spacious light-filled apart-

ments ranging in size from c.90m2 (1,012 sq. ft.) to 225m2 (2,422 sq. ft.). On the market with leading Berlin property agents, BEWOCON, prices at the historic development start from €389,900.

u Occupying a prominent position on Gotlindestrasse since the 1960s, the former Ministry for State Security building was home to the State Security Service (Stasi) of the Soviet-controlled German Democratic Republic (GDR). One of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies in history, the Stasi’s main function was to spy on the citizens of East Germany and root out and apprehend dissidents. Known for methods of practice akin to the narrative of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four the Stasi deployed over 300,000 plain clothed spies at it peak, including an entire football team, Dynamo Dresden FC. Collating detailed personal files on people of interest, the Stasi’s best known practices were the surveillance of mail and telecoms (the large antenna used to intercept telephone calls will remain as a reminder of the buildings past), garbage analysis (largely for the presence of western material/food items) and the surveillance of foreign visitors to the East German capital. The brutalist architecture of the building is set to be enhanced by modern renovations and industrial style interiors, featuring real wood parquet flooring, polished cement screed, untreated reinforced concrete, easy-care porcelain stoneware tiles, and exposed wall mounted copper housed cables. Enhanced by impressive ceiling heights ranging from 4.5m to 5.8m, each apartment benefits from wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious terraces providing stunning vistas of the Berlin city skyline. Internally, the heart of every apartment is the open-plan living/dining area with featured semi-circular walls featuring translucent glass bricks. The bedrooms are connected by sliding doors to master bathrooms, which include a shower and a roll top bath, whilst a separate guest toilet and a practical storage room complete each apartment. The jewel in the crown of 2052 Industrie Lofts will be the newly-constructed upper two floors, providing ten duplex apartments. Each apartment comprises impressive outside space, set to be the largest private residential terraces in berlin. 2052 Industrie Lofts benefits from underground parking, accessed via a private car lift, providing spaces for 24 cars, as well as 44 bicycle spaces. Additionally, 26 covered parking spaces and 50 bicycle spaces will be available on the development’s forecourt. Each apartment will have access to a storage cellar. One of Berlin’s trendiest areas Lichtenberg is where traditional Wilhelminian neighborhoods meet GDR prefabricated buildings and modern townhouses on the banks of the River Spree. The area is increasingly attracting creatives, with a number of well-known sculptors, designers, painters and musicians recently moving into the East Berlin district in recent years. One stop from Friedrichshain metro station or a fifteen-minute drive to Alexander Platz, Lichtenberg offers city living in one of the greenest areas of Berlin.

For further information on 2052 Industrie Lofts contact BEWOCON on Tel: +44 (0)20 3695 0070 or visit 258 LUXURY LIVING




ws from rooftop terraces

Nine grandly proportioned townhouses with stunning Georgian facades, Octagon’s latest London launch incorporates the highest specification and finishes as befitting the developer’s name. Offering views towards the River Thames and Barnes Wetland Centre from private roof terraces and balconies, these unique new homes range between 4,375 – 6,150 sq ft. With 4/5 bedrooms, an impressive kitchen/breakfast room and 4 formal reception rooms across 5 storeys, the lower ground floor is dedicated to leisure - including a gym, cinema/TV den and a covered courtyard garden. Each property features a private west backing walled garden with rear pedestrian access to the Thames towpath. Located within the Bishop’s Park Conservation Area, Bishops Row is just a short walk from Fulham’s vibrant centre, tube stations, bus services, and an excellent choice of local schooling.



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ONE OF A KIND CHELSEA HOME WITH SPECTACULAR PROPORTIONS ON MILLIONAIRES ROW AVAILABLE FOR £22M u Located on Upper Cheyne Row, one of London’s most sought after addresses, sits a former architect’s studio turned c.7,000 sq. ft. super-home. Discreetly tucked away behind a sleek minimalist front exterior, the residence is entered through the main corridor onto a jaw-dropping 2,000 sq. ft. reception room characterised by 4m high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and large glazed sliding doors opening onto an abundance of outside space. 262 LUXURY LIVING



On the market for £22 million with leading estate agents Russell Simpson and Knight Frank, the four-storey home also comprises five bedrooms – one of which is a master bedroom suite complete with stairs onto a private study and roof terrace - kitchen/breakfast room, TV room, family room, gymnasium and fitness studio, patio gardens on the ground floors, as well as secured off-street parking for two cars.

u Occupying land once part of the adjacent Our Most Holy Redeemer & St. Thomas More Church (built in the 1800s) the home retains elements of the church’s former rear wing, damaged during a Second World War bombing raid. The home perfectly blends a section of the historic Grade II Listed building with crisp modern design, using full-length glazed windows.

Jake Russell, Director at specialist Chelsea estate agents Russell Simpson, commented:

“The discreet and unassuming entrance to this extraordinary home belies the truly spectacular space that exists beyond. Once inside, you’re greeted with an expanse of incredibly impressive entertaining and living space that is like nothing else in Chelsea. Soaring ceilings and fantastic light makes for a modern masterpiece that strikes a perfect balance between modern living and historic London. It really is one of a kind.” The main living quarters of the home are spaced across two floors. The reception room occupies the majority of the ground floor, complete with access to the East Garden and quaint patio garden. Leading on from the reception room is an open-plan kitchen complete with Miele appliances, breakfast bar and full-length glazed windows opening onto an outdoor courtyard flanked by the historic stone wall. The first floor comprises four guest bedroom suites fitted with large artist’s studio like roof windows, filling each room with natural light. A fully-fitted TV room complete with in-built surround sound speakers occupies the centre room, whilst the master bedroom suite provides one of the home’s standout spaces. The duplex suite includes full-length windows looking onto the charming stone church wall, whilst a short staircase leads up onto a private study and roof terrace furnished with sun loungers and large sofa. 264 LUXURY LIVING

On the lower ground floor of the property is a fitness studio complete with a mirror-lined wall, ballet bannister and high-tech gym equipment. There is a generous family room also on this level which could, if desired, convert to and accommodate live-in staff quarters. Located on one of London’s most sought-after addresses, the prospective purchaser will be neighbours with some well-known individuals, such as Dyson Founder & CEO James Dyson and Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, whilst Mick Jagger is close by. Historically, the street was popular with the city’s cultural set, with perhaps the best-known resident at the time Leigh Hunt (1784-1859), who was a central figure of the Romantic movement in England in the nineteenth century. The street is also famed for being home to former British Spy, Greville Wynne who played a pivotal role in shaping the events of the Cold War. Wynne used his home at number 19 (adjacent to 2123 Upper Cheyne Row) to meet with a prominent KGB General who passed on information that averted war between the U.S. and Russia over the Cuban Missile Crisis.

For further information contact Russell Simpson on 020 7225 0277 or visit: or Knight Frank on 020 3051 2509 or visit 265



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Established 1897

An impressive three-bedroom, second floor apartment in a portered mansion block Drayton Gardens, Chelsea SW10


£4,695,000 LEASEHOLD

Share of Freehold EPC RAtInG


• Impressive master suite • Two reception rooms • Spacious kitchen


• Entrance Hall • West facing balcony • 2,349sq ft / 218.2sq m



KENSINGTON OFFICE +44 (0)20 3650 4600

Established 1897

Delightful threebedroom Apartment with Terrace Soho Thirteen, London, W1F 0DS


£3,950,000 LEASEHOLD



• Three bedrooms • Two Receptions • Upper Floor with Lift

• Roof Terrace • Underground Parking • Concierge



MAYFAIR OFFICE +44 (0)20 7409 9001


Established 1897

Spectacular Triplex Penthouse in heart of Belgravia

£19,950,000 LEASEHOLD

Approx. 122 years remaining

Penthouse, 15-17 Eaton Place, SW1 • Three further bedrooms with en-suite • Fabulous triplex penthouse shower rooms • Two amazing reception rooms • Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom • Entertainment suite • Fabulous roof terrace and dressing room • Approximately 4,812sq ft / 447sq m







KNIGHTSBRIDGE OffICE +44 (0)20 7225 6506

Established 1897

New development opposite Harrods


£23,950,000 LEASEHOLD

Hans Road, Knightsbridge, SW3

Share of Freehold EPC RAtInG


• Three duplex apartments from 1,648 sqft to 1,849 sqft • Three bedrooms / three bathrooms • Patio Garden

• High specification • Penthouse with direct lift access • Interior-designed by Todhunter Earle



MAYFAIR OFFICE +44 (0)20 7409 9001




u Located in one of the most sought-after enclaves of the Andalusian coast, the independently-owned Finca Cortesin is one of the finest luxury resorts in Europe. 2019 will see the resort further extend its offering with the launch of these exceptional new villas designed by locally based Torras & Sierra Architects 272 LUXURY LIVING



The collection of five-bedroom villas will showcase contemporary design, unrivalled privacy and service combined with the superb food, use of the hotel’s acclaimed spa and other extensive facilities as well as the world-class golf course.



The villas are located at the heart of Finca Cortesin, offering the utmost privacy from the main resort without compromising access to the hotel facilities. Each property is thoughtfully positioned on the mountainside to offer unsurpassed views of the Sierra Bermeja mountain range, the golf course and the Mediterranean Sea. These five-bedroom, all en-suite residences have been built on spacious individual plots of up to 2,200m2 – perfect for families or groups of friends seeking more space. The modern and bright Mediterranean style interiors will contrast harmoniously with the sleek white walls and clean exterior lines. The villas will be fully equipped with top-of-the-range kitchen gadgets and high spec sound systems as well as ample staff accommodation and parking for two cars. Guests can relax by their private pool on the expansive terraces and enjoy both indoor and outdoor dining areas. Guests staying in the villas will benefit from full access to Finca Cortesin’s resort amenities and services. This includes daily á la carte breakfast served at the El Jardín restaurant, Wi-Fi, complimentary valet parking, freshly cut local flowers, a 4-seater electric golf buggy, exclusive Penhaligon’s toiletries in all bathrooms and twice daily housekeeping. Guests staying a minimum of five nights will receive complimentary one-way airport transfers from Malaga or Gibraltar, with guests staying seven nights or more receiving return transfers. For the particularly discerning traveller, a private chef, waiting staff and an unpacking service will also be available on demand. Additional family amenities will include two hours of complimentary babysitting* each day and a nanny service on demand. Adults can use this child-free time to relax and enjoy The Spa at Finca Cortesin. Spanning an impressive 2,200m² the spa is home to thermal baths, a fitness centre with personal trainers, tennis and yoga instructors, a 25-metre heated indoor saltwater pool, three thermal areas each with their own sauna, Turkish bath and relaxation area – in addition to Spain’s first ‘Snow Cave’. Villa guests can also take advantage of their proximity to Finca Cortesin’s exceptional golf course and play a round or use the outstanding practice facilities including a state-of-the-art Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy. There is also a complimentary shuttle service which takes guests to the chic Beach Club, just 1km from the hotel in the Bahía de Casares, which offering a spectacular 35m infinity pool, delicious paellas, the best Mediterranean fare and poolside drinks right on the beach. This new collection of villas is offered in addition to the existing La Reserva de Cortesin residences – a limited collection of 5 luxury holiday homes. The spacious four-bedroom villas are built on large plots with gorgeous Mediterranean gardens, private swimming pools and stunning views of the golf course and sea. Each residence is equipped with four bedrooms, living spaces, marble bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen with full access to all Finca Cortesin resort amenities.

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