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Green is the New Black - Stella McCartney Get the Peaky Blinder’s look - Kent & Curwen A New Perspective of Paris - Boucheron

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The Ultimate Luxury Retreat - Eden Rock Discover Panama The Future of Cruising - Kelly Hoppen

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A Man of Many Talents - Lenny Kravitz Has the Word Luxury Become Undesirable? An Oenophile’s Italian Retreat - Lake Como

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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 Females Taking Charge - Daniela Soto-Innes Is this the Future of Food?

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The Tesla of Aviation - The Icon A5 Motoring in Monterey The Electric Car Revolution

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The New Buben & Zorweg Connoisseur Bar The World’s Most Luxurious Bed - Savoir

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

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GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

Sustainability has been a growing key word over the past few years and now affluent customers are putting their weight or should we say wallets behind the movement ensuring fashion designers and brands take stock

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When you think of a green consumers you automatically think of Birkenstocks wearing hippies, but today’s fashion conscience millennial are any-

thing but, toady’s green consumers are more likely to be an affluent professionals dressed in an eco-friendly and animal-free power suit. Leading the way is environmental activist Stella McCartney.

Synonymous with eco fashion, Stella is a vocal vegetarian and animal rights activist like her parents (Sir Paul, and her late mother Linda, the photographer/musician/entrepreneur), and as a designer bucks the trend resolving never to use leather, fur or feathers in her creations and her sixteen-year

eco-friendly ethos has definitely paid off with many of today’s eco-friendly

celebrities backing her brand – She famously designed Meghan Markle’s reception dress.

Her rise to the top of the fashion industry has been swift she succeeded

Karl Lagerfeld as the creative director of Chloe just two years after graduat-

ing from Central Saint Martins at the age of 25. After four years where she

reportedly quadrupled sales, she left to launch her eponymous label in 2001 and did something what no fashion designer thought possible – she refused

to work with any kind of animal-derived skin and fur, and proved that when fashion is eco, it’s even more desirable.

She has introduced several innovative textiles and business initiatives over

the years to boost sustainability, and found sustainable or vegan alternatives

for materials like silk, cashmere, nylon and metals, and is helping to develop even better ones for her brand and the industry. Her Falabella bag is a great

example of this and has become an iconic and quintessential accessory. The

newest member of the family – the Falabella Box – is made from vegetarian leather and recycled plastic bottles becoming one of the brands best sellers.

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At her recent AW19 fashion show, McCartney used the opportunity to

launch her #thereshegrows campaign, to ask people to sponsor a tree to save the Leuser Ecosystem, an ancient Sumatran forest. In her new collection, she included sustainable viscose from a certified forest, and had sourced organic

cotton and eco-canvas for her vintage-style dresses and boiler suits. Last year she opened the doors of her new ultra-sustainable, ultra-innovative store in Mayfair, where even the mannequins are made from a bioplastic material

composed of 72% sugarcane, which enables a significant reduction of CO2 emissions.

Recently she announced a collaboration, with Pop-Superstar Taylor Swift

inspired by her new album, Lover. The collection will be available for a limited time and will incorporate the colours, tones, and even lyrics from Swift’s

latest album, drawing inspiration from “vintage graffiti, band T-shirts, and

nostalgic memorabilia.” It will include tie-dyed tees, sweatshirts, airbrushed jackets, totes, and a reusable water bottle. Jerseys in the collection are made from sustainable organic cotton. A handbag in the line is made with Eco Alter-Nappa leather and a bomber jacket is made from sustainable viscose.

She has also released her latest collection with sports brand Adidas pushing the boundaries in women’s sportswear with the Fall/Winter 2019 collection. The versatile collection incorporates cutting-edge fabrics that help

reduce impact on the planet, without compromising on performance. The

materials are 70 percent recycled, and 50 percent of that is in the footwear alone. McCartney introduced a new, 4-D printed shoe that looked sleek and upscale which produces almost zero waste but introducing new technology

and creating recycled or sustainable fabrics is nothing new for McCartney, of course. She’s been working toward these impressive percentages since she first linked up with Adidas, in 2008, and even earlier with her own ready-towear collection.

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“My job is to make desirable, luxurious, beautiful clothing and accessories women want to buy. My first decision is always based on, ‘Can I do this in a more sustainable way without sacrificing design?’ If I can, then there is no reason not to.” Stella McCartney

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David Beckham’s Fashion Label Unveils New

‘Peaky Blinders’

Capsule Collection London clothing brand Kent & Curwen coowned by David Beckham has revealed a new Peaky Blinders inspired capsule collection

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Unveiled at London Fashion Week, the capsule collection labelled ‘The Garrison Tailors’ is a nod to the infamous Shelby family boozer from the hit show Peaky Blinders and includes staple looks from the 1920s-era show, including grandad shirts, waist coasts, wool overcoats and of course, the flat cap.

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Designed as part of the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection the whole collection remains true to its heritage with looks inspired by the 1920s a nod to its founders Eric Kent and Dorothy Curwen who stared the brand in 1926 but with an updated twist. “A rare image of Kent & Curwen’s founder, Eric Kent with his brother, soon after the end of WW1, became my creative starting point for next winter’s collection” say Daniel Kearns, Kent & Curwen creative director. “The grainy photograph shows a proud military man in uniform returning to 1920’s London, intent on establishing his club wear and uniform business in tie stripes, blazers and knitwear. Impeccably dressed at all times, be it at the racetrack, on the cricket pitch or lunching at his London club, Eric’s charisma would quickly propel him into high society, counting the Duke of Kent, Duke of Windsor, Errol Flynn and PG Woodhouse amongst his social circle. And then it struck me, would Eric have mixed in social circle as diverse as the likes of Tommy and Arthur Shelby, who would have been comrades from the war, as well as his high society friend? And if so, how would they have influenced Eric, both sartorially and culturally, where those returning from war found themselves in a new world where anything was possible. If Eric and his wife Dorothy were setting about creating this brand today, what would they be wearing, what would they be into and who would they be socialising with?”

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The Autumn Winter 2019 collection was constructed with this thought in mind, creating a relaxed, modern wardrobe with a blend of sartorial and sportswear pieces, worn with a new attitude. Playing with the idea of formal British dress codes; uniforms and military references are reworked as sportswear and daywear. Reimagined college stripes and cricket whites are presented as eveningwear. Cropped jockey silks and jacket reference the Duke of Windsor coupled with tweed and plaid worn for a day at the races. On sweatshirts, t-shirts and rugbys, the classic rose is re-worked in dark tones, on army camouflage and handmade in bullion metalwork, referencing the sartorial and military themes of the season. In addition to Kent & Curwen’s AW19 season is its collaboration with British visual artist, David Shrigley. This six piece capsule collection consisting of classic sweatshirts, T-shirts and accessories – all feature David Shrigley’s illustrations and artwork inspired by Kent and Curwen’s take on reimagined British classics and its rose patch signature design.

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A NEW PERSPECTIVE OF

PARIS Luxury jewellers Boucheron takes inspiration from the French capital for its new high-end jewellery collection ‘Paris Vu Du 26’

Frédéric Boucheron was the first among the great contemporary jewellers to open a shop in Place Vendôme, Paris back in 1983, and following an extensive 18months restoration project the historic Boucheron building pays tribute to the visionary spirit of its founder. From the windows of number 26 Place Vendôme you can view the Eiffel Tower and the stunning city below so it is little wonder that the artisans at Boucheron used this stunning backdrop to create an exclusive collection dedicated to the longstanding relationship between the brand and Paris. The new collection which translates to Paris seen from 26V in French comprises of 53 necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings all of which take inspiration from the silhouettes of Paris’s famous buildings. The creations have been divided into three chapters: ‘Paris’, ‘Place Vendôme’ and ‘26V’.

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PARIS This series re-interprets the many everyday sights of the city, blurring the line between reality and creative fantasy. Take the Colonne D’Acanthe, for instance, which features a design inspired by the Acanthus column, which you will find supporting several buildings around the city. It features a ring, and also a

These delicate leaves also define the Feuilles D’Acanthe, the latest iteration of the brand’s classic ‘Question Mark’ necklace, which also comes with matching pendant earrings, brooch, ring and even a watch, all heavily set with diamonds on white gold. The Verrière, meanwhile, recreates the dome of the city’s iconic Grand Palais in the form of a long necklace that dangles in a tassel of emerald beads, held by a puffed glass dome paved with diamonds on white gold and titanium.

necklace in white gold and diamonds, with a

Also included within this chapter is Cheval de l’Opéra - This

pearl tassel evoking the column and leaf motifs

creation is inspired by the sculptures of horses found on the

depicting acanthus leaves.

roof of the opéra Garnier. This perfectly crafted horse is made from almost opaque frosted crystal, while the bracelet is in yellow gold. The Mane is made of Baguette diamonds.

PArIs - Le Cheval de l’Opera Bracelet set with

frozen quartz and baguette diamonds, paved with diamonds, on yellow gold.

PArIs - Verriere long necklace set with emeralds beads,

paved with diamonds, on white gold, titanium and puffed glass. Necklace in the tradition of the multiwear.

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PLACE VENdômE Taking inspiration of the view from the windows of Maison Boucheron was the inspiration behind this pieces created in this collection. The Pavés De Crystal necklace, for example, mimics the light reflected off cobblestones after rain, and is highlighted by a 2.68ct F IF pear diamond that can be detached and made into a statement ring. The Duo Taille Émaraude, on the other hand serves as a tribute to the emerald-cut, to the Maison Boucheron logo, but also - and especially - to the shape of Place Vendôme, these double signature rings sport a 31.03 carats and a 32.50 carats yellow beryls, which are worn horizontally across two fingers.

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Duo Taille Emeraude ring embellished with 31.03 and 32.50 yellow beryl and onyx .

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Feuilles de Laurier Necklace set with mother-of-pearl and south sea cultured pearls, paved with diamonds, on white gold.

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Geometric ring and necklace set with diamonds, onyx, cacholong and rock crystal, paved with diamonds, on white gold and titanium.

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Perspective bracelet set with a 20.45 ct Ceylon emerald-cut sapphire, onyx and baguette diamonds, paved with diamonds, on white gold.

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Jack de Boucheron is designed to be worn in any way the wearer wishes, without hindrance or constraint. Wear them as brooches, on your smoking or on a black dress. A new way to reinvent how you wear jewelry and your clothes.


3 26 V The heart and soul of the brand, the 26V series evolves around the very first Boucheron stone the maison has ever created. This precious rock is a combination of onyx, rock crystal and white agate, and creates an illusion of depth that evokes a staircase leading to the heart of the necklace. Like most of the jewellery in the collection, this piece is transformable: you can wear the necklace with only the tassels by detaching the stone, or only the stone by detaching the tassel. The collection also pays homage to Wladimir the cat who once lived in the Boucheron mansion and, in 1981, even appeared in the Maison’s ad campaign. This cute cat will always be with you as a cocktail ring studded with either colourless or black diamonds.

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IS THE BOILER SUIT THE NEW

POWER SUIT?

For an effortless chic, powerful look, there’s nothing like a boiler suit, suited for mum’s on the run or for ladies that lunch today’s modern boiler suit has evolved from the factory floor of the mid-1940’s to the fashion high street. Here we take a look at this season must haves… Holly Willoughby wears navy blue boiler suit Available from her latest M&S Collection £55.00 Limited edition check wool jumpsuit €199 at Massimo Dutti

Alexa Chung oversized boiler suit Available from Net a porter €496.26

Kitri founder Haeni Kim wearing her brand’s bestselling candy pink jumpsuit Kitri Mika short-sleeve jumpsuit: £145, Kitri

Carolina Ritzler belted jumpsuit $418, fwrd.com

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TIFFANY & CO.

LAUNCHES NEW MEN’S COLLECTIONS

A world of men’s jewellery, accessories, barware, home objects, games and more

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The iconic jeweller Tiffany & Co. have finally expanded its range to offer jewellery for the discerning

gentlemen — with the launch of its new collection exclusively dedicated to today’s modern man for those with a penchant for well-made, high-end accessories and luxury items.

In the past Tiffany has sold money clips, cuff links, rings and other traditional jewellery for men but now it’s seeking to put a more modern spin on what it offers men creating a collection that

embodies the spirit of the modern man: bold and confident, casual yet refined, a style arbiter with a discerning eye for quality.

The new men’s collection encompasses two ranges and includes nearly 100 designs ranging in price

from about $200 to $15,000 for jewellery and up to $75,000 and beyond for men’s home furnishings and accessories like cocktail shakers, ice tongs and beer mugs.

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The Tiffany 1837 Makers pays homage to Tiffany & Co’s iconic hallmarks and ongoing tradition of crafting sports trophies. The collection is defined by concave and convex forms as well as motif inspired by hardware (think chains and dog tags). Also in this collection is a made-to-order trophy ring which is set to be a bold statement piece. The Diamond Point features a graphic motif that feature prominently on Tiffany & Co’s glassware and sunglasses. The texture, die struck and hand-polished, is now translated over to pendants and sterling silver cuffs. One of the most impressive items in Tiffany Men’s is the one-of-a-kind, handcrafted solid sterling silver and 18k yellow gold vermeil chess set—price available upon request. The range of designs in Tiffany Men’s represents a new chapter for the design house, signalling the brand’s expansion in the men’s luxury space. Inspired by the design ingenuity that has defined Tiffany & Co. for over 180 years, the new collections for men embody the hand of the artisan and the spirit of innovation. Informed by a sense of laidback luxury, Tiffany Men’s was created with the discerning taste and confident style that define the modern Tiffany man.

u Global sales show that more men are also buying for themselves these days: Sales of men’s luxury jewellery jumped nearly 22% between 2013 and 2018 hitting $5.8 billion last year, and the firm projects sales to increase from $5.8B to about $6.6B by 2023. Reed Krakoff, the company’s chief artistic director, who developed the collection, said that the men’s business hasn’t been a big focus at Tiffany in the past, but there’s a big opportunity given that half of the company’s global customers are men. The vast majority of them buy women’s jewellery. #TIFFANYMENS

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THE HAMILTON VENTURA

THE OFFICIAL TIMEPIECE OF THE GALAXY

The iconic Hamilton Ventura watch has had roles on the big screen since the 1950’s some big, Elvis Presley wore the Ventura in 1961 in the musical comedy Blue Hawaii and some small yet for the last two decades most fans will recall that the Ventura has been the watch of choice for the Men in Black alongside the standard ray-bans’ neuralyzer and black suits.

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Its pioneering shield shaped celebration of Mid-Century Modern design is perfectly suited for the intergalactic law enforcement. For one thing, its combination of polished steel case and black leather strap complements the MIB’s monochrome colour scheme and for another, its unique triangular case and starburst dial is as much a product of the space age as the fictional earth-protecting agency itself and it is because of this daring, pioneering and unconventional design that the Ventura has been the sci-fi watch of choice also appearing in several other sci-fi films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Independence and Interstellar.

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Originally launches in 1957 the Ventura was the brainchild of designer Richard Arbib and made watchmaking history as the world’s first electrical, battery powered watch. The Second World War was over and the world was looking to the future to the skies and space. Initially offered in only 14K yellow gold with either a black or a silver dial, Hamilton charged US$200, for this model, and an additional US$100, if you wanted six diamonds as hour markers. Later on, Hamilton also introduced a 14K white gold version. In 1963 Hamilton stopped production of Ventura, whilst its design had captured the mood and aesthetic of the period the electric movement had become obsolete, but thanks to its cult fan base in 1988 the Ventura was re-launched with a more modern updated quartz movement. Today this handsome timepiece which features in Agent M in the new Men in Black: International, is characterized by an open silver dial, nickelled hour and minute hands with Super-Luminova, red seconds’ hand, sapphire crystal, and a textured brown calf leather strap with a folding clasp. On the inside, the watch boasts an H-10 automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve, as well as water resistance of up to 50 meters.

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THE CITY OF GOLD

Dubai is known as ‘The City of Gold’ and has had a long history with gold and jewellery. Dubai’s

association with the yellow metal is legendary. Right from the time it was a pearl fishing town to the glitzy commercial hub that it has become today, the lure of its gold trade has grown gradually.

Dubai’s famous Gold Souk, one of the largest retail gold markets in the world, started in the 1900’s

with just a handful of retailers growing substantially over the following decades. Today Dubai is the largest Gold trading centre in the entire Middle East synonymous with wealth.

With this in mind the prestigious Dubai Jewellery Show which has ran for over 20 years will again

return this year from 13-16 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The event which attracts over 20,000 visitors, including consumers and those who are in the trade with more than 80 different product categories showcased, ranging from designer collections to unique precious stones.

The highlight of the show is world renowned jewellery maker Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof regarded

as a modern day Fabergé who boasts a client list of the British and Moroccan Royal Families, Johnny Depp, Sylvester Stallone, Valentino and more who is set to display his pieces of art ahead of opening his Dubai atelier by the end of 2019.

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WOULD YOU LET

AMAZON DRESS YOU? Amazon introduces Personal Shopper by Prime Wardrobe service to shake up

Wondering if you want to buy a particular dress or not? Will it look good on you or not? Can you get the

dress in your size? Well, Amazon has answered all your questions with the introduction of a new service called “Personal Shopper Service.”

The women’s only styling service will sends members’ handpicked items and accessories based on their

style profile. Members get to preview their personalized picks and then select up to eight items which they want to ship. The try-before-you-buy service then allows Prime members to test the selected items out and then they can return what they don’t like or purchase what they do.

At present Personal Shopper is available only on women’s styles with many brands on Amazon’s market-

place, including Levi’s, Loeffler Randall, Calvin Klein, Stuart Weitzman and J Brand, participating, the brand also states that the service for men’s fashion is expected to be rolled out in the near future.

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BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED

Jewellery THAT DELIVERS A POWERFUL MESSAGE Guya Merkle belongs to a new generation of businesswomen who stands for economic success in

harmony with ethical principles. Founder of Earthbeat Foundation and CEO of Berlin based luxury jewellery brand VIERI Guya is spearheading the movement for responsible business practise.

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“It is my vision to build a company, that does not only act and produce responsibly but also makes the world a more beautiful and better place through its products”, Guya Merkle

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Her love of jewellery began at a very early age, as a child she

Whilst researching these mines Guya discovered there were

gems accompanying him to fairs and appointments around

ter working conditions as legally employed workers, there

would play in her father’s safe with all the beautiful little the world. Although she loved every second of her travels with her parents, she was quite adamant that she would nev-

er work within the jewellery industry but all that suddenly changed when 12years ago her father passed away.

a few Fairtrade mines in Peru here miners were offered betwas no child exploitation and the impact on the environment was managed and after visiting the site Guya ques-

tioned why in fact all mines where not ran in this way and thus Earthbeat Foundation was born.

Taking responsibility for this third generation family busi-

Gold has been mined for centuries and there is an abundant

images of a goldmine, of the hazardous living and working

us, obviously the larger more prestigious brands tend to

ness she attended the GIA in London, and was horrified by conditions of the miners and the impact mining had on the

environment, she simply could not comprehend such de-

struction and brutality to that of a product so adored and often given with love. It was then that she decided to do something different.

When a customer walks into a jewellery store, weddings or

special occasions are usually at the forefront of our minds. Rarely does that customer think of where the jewellery

comes from, let alone its social and environmental costs. The tragedy of “blood diamonds” – illegally traded diamonds

used to fund conflicts in Africa – has managed to permeate consumer consciousness and generate change, yet most consumers have little idea of where their gold jewellery comes from or how it’s produced.

For the uninitiated amongst us the extraction of gold is an

extremely harmful process to people and the environment. Twenty million people worldwide work in the artisanal min-

ing industry and one hundred million are indirectly involved in the supply chain. 90% of the work is manual and often

undertaken without technical aids. Gold miners are exposed

to toxic chemicals such as mercury, which are commonly used in the extraction process. Not only does this harm the

amount in circulation, in fact more than enough to sustain steer away from utilizing this already sourced gold but by recycling gold the impact on the environment would dramatically reduce. Of course hundreds of people within these

mining communities rely heavily on sourcing gold for their livelihoods regardless of there working conditions so closing all the mines would of course have an adverse effect so

Guya’s, Earthbeats Foundations looks at way to create al-

ternative opportunities for those who make a living within these communities and raises awareness among gold con-

sumers and the industry by exposing the inhuman working conditions including child labour and the usage of highly toxic chemicals.

Through her brand VIERI, all collections and pieces of jew-

ellery are derived from recycled or ethically sourced gold, this co-existence enables Guya to educate not only those

within the gold industry but the consumers themselves and as fashion moves towards a more sustainable and ethical future she believes that responsible business practice and high-class Jewellery cannot exist without each other. www.en.vieri.com

www.earthbeatfoundation.org

miners with hazardous consequences on their organism, the chemicals used for the extraction also poison the soil and groundwater in the surrounding areas, leading to a signifi-

cant environmental degradation. This also negatively affects

the surrounding agriculture – which is often a major source of income for neighbouring communities.

A gold collector in Gamina in Ivory Coast holds a gold nugget. The Berlin jewellery manufacturer Guya Merkle is committed to better conditions. Photo: REUTERS / LUC GNAGO / REUTERS

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TRAVELLING THROUGH THE YEARS Louis Vuitton Malletier, commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton, or shortened to LV, is one of the world’s leading international fashion houses. Considered to be one of the most prestigious brands in the world and reported by Forbes to be “the Wolds most valuable brand”. Louis Vuitton products have become staple in every fashionista’s wardrobe.

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Designer, entrepreneur Louis Vuitton was born on August 4, 1821, in Anchay, a small hamlet in eastern France’s mountainous, Jura region. Son of a farmer and milliner, Louis knew from a young age that he wanted more from life then just to struggle to makes end meet. Sadly Louis, mother passed away when he was only 10 years old, and his father remarried, legend has it Louis, new stepmother was as severe and wicked as any stepmother depicted by Disney and as a stubborn and headstrong child, antagonized by his stepmother and bored by the provincial life in Anchay, Louis resolved to run away for the bustling bright lights of the capital to Paris. At the age of 13, Louis left home alone and on foot, headed off on his 292 mile trek to Paris. He traveled for more than two years, taking odd jobs to feed himself along the way and staying wherever he could find shelter. He arrived in Paris in 1837, after just celebrating his 16th birthday. At this time Paris was engulfed in an industrial revolution that had produced a litany of contradictions: aweinspiring grandeur and abject poverty, rapid growth and devastating epidemics. The teenage Louis was overwhelmed yet inspired and soon gained employment as an apprentice in the workshop of a successful box-maker and packer named Monsieur Marechal. In 19th-century Europe, box-making and packing was a highly respectable craft, and after several years of training Louis had gained a reputation amongst the Paris more fashionable as one of the city’s premier practitioners.

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In 1851 when Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte staged a, coups d’état which lead to his assumption to the Emperor of the French proved very profitable for young Louis as Napoleon III’s wife, the Empress of France, Eugenie de Montijo, a Spanish countess hired Louis as her personal box-maker and packer and charged him with looking after her beautiful clothes and garments which provided Louis with a gateway to mix with the elite and royalty. Shortly after the young Louis met and married a 17-yearold beauty named Clemence-Emilie Parriaux and a few months after his marriage, he left Monsieur Marechal’s shop and opened his own box-making and packing workshop in Paris. The sign outside the shop read: “Securely packs the most fragile objects. Specializing in packing fashions.” Four years after opening his own shop, Louis had designed and produced an entirely new trunk. Instead of leather, it was made of a grey canvas that was lighter, more durable, and more impervious to water and odours. More importantly, unlike previous trunks, which were dome-shaped, Louis’s trunks were rectangular making them stackable and far more convenient for shipping via the railroad and steamship. Louis’s trunk revolutionised luggage and were documented as “the birth of modern luggage”.

The trunks proved an immediate commercial success, with advances in transportation and the expansion of travel this placed an increasing demand for Louis’s trunks and in 1859, to fulfil the requests placed for his luggage, he expanded into a larger workshop in Asnieres, a village outside Paris, however, due to the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War and the subsequent siege of Paris business was suspended. When the siege finally ended on January 1871, Louis returned to Asnieres to find the village in ruins, his staff dispersed, his equipment stolen, and his shop destroyed. Showing the same stubborn, can-do spirit he displayed all those years ago walking almost 300 miles alone at the age of 13, Louis immediately devoted himself to the restoration of his business and within months he had built a new shop at a new address, 1 Rue Scribe. This new shop was centred in the heart of New Paris, and was home to the prestigious Jockey Club and had a decidedly more aristocratic feel than Louis’s previous location in Asnieres so a new focus on luxury was adapted. The following year, Louis introduced a new trunk design featuring beige canvas and red stripes, this simple, yet luxurious, new design appealed to Paris’s new elite and marked the beginning of the Louis Vuitton label’s modern incarnation as a luxury brand. Soon thereafter, due to the continuing imitation of his look, in 1888, Louis created the Damier Canvas pattern, which bore a logo that reads “marque L. Vuitton déposée”, which translates into “L. Vuitton registered trademark”

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For 20 years, Louis’s Vuitton continued to operate out of 1 Rue Scribe, innovating high-quality, luxury luggage, until he died on February 27, 1892, at the age of 70, but the Louis Vuitton line did not die with its eponymous founder. Under the direction of his son Georges Vuitton, the company began a campaign to build the company into a worldwide corporation, exhibiting the company’s products around the world launching the signature Monogram Canvas under a worldwide patent. Its graphic symbols, including quatrefoils and flowers (as well as the LV monogram), were based on the trend of using Japanese and Oriental designs of the late Victorian era. Under the guise of George Vuitton the Louis Vuitton Company introduced the Steamer Bag, a smaller piece of luggage designed to be kept inside Vuitton luggage trunks, the Keepall Bag, the Noé Bag made for champagne vintners to transport bottles and the Speedy Bag. In 1936 Georges Vuitton died, and his son, GastonLouis Vuitton, assumed control of the company and in 1966, the Papillon was launched (a cylindrical bag that is still popular today). In 1987 Louis Vuitton merged with Moët Hennessy a company formed in 1987 after the merger of prestigious cognac makers Hennessy and champagne producers Moët & Chandon and became LVMH Moët Hennessy, better known as LVMH. Over the coming years Louis Vuitton has introduced, the Tambour watch collection, the new Monogram Multicolore canvas range of handbags and accessories, the Speedy watch collection & the Damier Graphite canvas and has inaugurated stores in New York City, São Paulo, Mexico City, Cancun and Johannesburg, Shanghai, Champs-Élysées store in Paris and in 2010, Louis Vuitton opened what it described as their most luxurious store in London. With stores in every continent it is little wonder that Louis Vuitton is regarded as the most prestigious brand globally and is loved and adorned by stars and A-list celebrities alike who, even today with our fast paced methods of travel mirror that of the Paris elite of 1854 will not be seen dead travelling without there LV luggage

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A Christie’s Expert on the Value of

LOUIS VUITTON LUGGAGE In 1858 Louis Vuitton designed a flat-topped trunk that could be stacked - a radical innovation as trunks previously featured curved lids. Today, the brand boasts one of the world’s most exceptional collections of antique trunks, many of which are displayed in its stores around the world.

A rare aluminum Explorer trunk by Louis Vuitton, dating from 1892, realized £162,500 ($203,125), from an estimate of £50,000-£100,000 ($62,800-$125,600), in London on December 12 2018. The market for rare and unusual Louis Vuitton trunks achieved a peak last year when Christie’s set a world record for a trunk at auction with the sale of the aluminium Explorer trunk. The Explorer trunks were produced in zinc, copper, and brass throughout the 1890s, but aluminium models were by far the most luxurious. Aluminium is today relatively inexpensive due to its abundance, but affordable mass production methods were not developed until the 1920s. When this trunk was made, aluminium was considered a very precious metal in France. Napoleon III had a tableware service made from the metal, and for a period aluminium was even worth more than gold. Louis Vuitton’s early adoption of new materials and technologies helped assert his dominance in the travel trunk market. Vuitton was a genius inventor, filing patents for special hinges and clasps, and exhibiting his radical innovations at world fairs. 52 LUXURY LIVING


A Monogram Canvas Desk Trunk by Louis Vuitton from the 1920s, offered in the Handbags & Accessories sale, London, June 11, 2019

Season after season the market for rare travel trunks from the historic house increases. This season on June 11 2019 Christie’s offered 10 rare examples, including a Monogram Canvas Desk Trunk. When closed, the secrets are hidden within, but on opening this special piece, the trunk is transformed into a functional piece of furniture. Our advice to collectors is to utilize these historical artefacts as design items. A shirt trunk makes for an interesting table and a wardrobe steamer makes a centrepiece. The strength of the Louis Vuitton brand lies in its ability to constantly reinvent classic models and look to its archive for inspiration. Some models have been produced for over 100 years, while new styles incorporate traditional models and motifs to show the evolution of the brand. As technology and social media have amplified Vuitton’s reach, the lines between art, fashion, and street culture have become blurred. The trunkmaker for European aristocracy now collaborates with the hip skateboard brand Supreme, a mainstay of New York City streetwear and one of the most coveted brands in the world.

The latest Supreme X Louis Vuitton trunk is the perfect blend of New York’s street style and French savoir faire. The first partnership between Louis Vuitton and Supreme was launched in 2017 in selected pop-up shops-with the ensuing popularity resulting in stocks running out faster than anticipated. The collaboration continues to be of great interest at auction with a limited edition red and white Monogram Malle Courrier 90 Trunk with Silver Hardware by Supreme with Louis Vuitton selling for HK$1,375,000 ($175,935) in May 2019. Article provided courtesy of Christies Luxury Defined

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JAEGER-LECOULTRE PRESENTS THE DAZZLING

DAZZLING RENDEZ-VOUS MOON TIMEPIECE FULLY LOADED WITH OVER 108 DIAMONDS Jaeger-Le Coultre’s continues to extend its Rendez-Vous collection with a gem setting showpiece

Throughout history, watchmakers have explored astronomical phenomena, harnessing their technical skills to express the movements of the moon and stars in mechanical form. Indeed, the origins of time measurement itself lie in mankind’s ability to understand the rhythm of the cosmos. For Jaeger-LeCoultre, the moon and stars have a special resonance, due to the exceptional clarity of the night sky above its home in Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux, and this year its watchmakers and artistic craftsmen return to the celestial theme. To coincide with the 76th Venice International Film Festival – La Biennale di Venezia, La Grande Maison presents a dazzling new interpretation of that most beloved of astronomical complications, the moon phase.

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DAZZLING RENDEZ-VOUS MOON The moon: Luna. Symbol of romance and femininity. The source of nature’s ebb and flow, the cycle of the seasons, and inspiration for artists and poets. The closest heavenly body to Earth, yet still so enigmatic. Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon pays tribute to feminine strength and beauty, presenting La Grande Maison’s emblematic moon phase function in a magnificent new setting. Echoing the serene beauty of the night sky, the icy sparkle of diamonds is warmed by pink gold and complemented by glowing white mother of pearl. This new, fully gem-set interpretation of Dazzling Rendez-Vous follows the launch of Dazzling RendezVous Night & Day (in white gold or pink gold) and Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon (in white gold) at SIHH in January this year, followed by the rubyset Dazzling Rendez-Vous Red, on the occasion of Shanghai International Film Festival in June.

u The Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon bezel comprises 108 diamonds, forming two concentric rings around the watch case. There’s an airy quality to these glittering circles, thanks to the claw (or ‘griffes’) setting of the outer ring of 36 stones. A classical jewellery technique – indeed, it was employed by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s craftsmen for Model 101, the celebrated High Jewellery design of the 1920s – it requires great precision. Designed to maximise the presence of each stone, the setting allows light to pass through the diamonds from every angle, while minimising the visible metal. In Dazzling Rendez-Vous the fine gold claws hold the diamonds high, giving an impression that they’re almost floating around the watch case, rather than anchored to it. To complete the case, diamonds are also set into the lugs and the winding crown. The sumptuous, fully-set bracelet is a masterpiece of the jewellery crafts: Jaeger-LeCoultre’s gem-setters have bezel-set 310 diamonds (22.27 carats), linking them seamlessly together to form a river of diamonds that wraps around the wrist as softly as a ribbon.

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The moonlight-white mother-of-pearl dial abounds with subtle details: on an outer ring, mirror-polished golden spheres mark the hours; on the main hours ring, each of the applied pink gold numerals is set on a separate mother-of-pearl ‘tile’, all anchored by an inner circle of 47 diamonds. It is a perfect setting for a romantic and lovely moon phase display. Visible through an opening at 6 o’clock, the new design features a shiny mother-of-pearl moon floating against a starry aventurine night sky, and playing hide-and-seek behind a cloud of carved mother-of-pearl as it cycles through its different phases over the course of a month. Uniting La Grande Maison’s artistic skills with its renowned technical acumen, the Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon is powered by the Calibre 925/A1 – a self-winding mechanical movement developed and produced in-house and providing a power reserve of 38 hours. The transparent sapphire case-back reveals some fine decoration and finishing in the classical style: blued screws, circular graining, Côtes de Genève and the pink gold signature winding rotor with Côtes de Genève decoration. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon is a fitting tribute to the beauty of the night sky. Price start from €230,000 57


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NEW ROOMS, SUITES AND VILLAS All rooms, suites and villas throughout the hotel have undergone a complete transformation. Three new rooms with sea views have been built on top of

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WORLD CLASS DINING The Sand Bar will continue to be at the culinary heart of the hotel and the menu will remain in the hands of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, inspired by ABC & Jojo restaurants and ABCV concept – New York’s favourite restaurant for healthy eating widely appreciated by foodies. It will also

welcome the new Rémy Salon and Bar, which has been named after Eden Rock’s original owner, paying tribute to his pioneering spirit and offering the perfect combination of laidback beach style and British-colonial character.

Inspired by effortless English colonial style, the Sand Bar will be cocooned by verdant planting

with views out onto the Caribbean ocean and surrounding landscape. Located off the bar will be a new library, where guests can sit back and read books. Soft lighting will create a relaxing

ambience. Walking through The Sand Bar, guests will enter the super stylish and expanded Eden Being Boutique, stocked with the latest designs and fashion. A new Eden Rock Beach Bar has also been added and will feature an unmissable ‘Frosé’ trolley, as well as a new sun deck with shaded

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EXPERT SPA & WELLNESS ON TOP OF THE ROCK

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The brilliant and brand-new Eden Spa will

Jane Matthews has also expanded her art

where the legend began. The new yacht-on-land

reputation, Eden Rock – St Barths will continue

take up residence inside the top of the Rock,

collection within the property. Faithful to its

themed sitting room and three discreet wellness

its 20-year commitment towards exhibiting

cabins will invite guests to enjoy an unforgettable

art and introducing artists, and its long-term

Caribbean spa journey. In partnership with

collaboration with the New York Academy of

acclaimed local brand Ligne St Barth, an

Art’s Graduate School of Art. In keeping with

extensive treatment menu will be available

Oetker Collection’s appreciation and support of

using natural and sundrenched products. All

the arts, the Eden Rock Gallery, located at the

Ligne St Barth products are created on island

iconic hotel’s beach has previously showcased

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Announcing the date, Fabrice Moizan, General Manager states: “We are so looking forward to welcoming our dear guests from

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Jane Matthews, Owner, adds: “Our family

has chosen the option to refurbish and renovate throughout Eden Rock – St

Barths. We continue to fix our sights on

being world class and remaining one of the

best hotels in the world. In this ambition, we are so thankful to belong on this fantastic island. There is nowhere else like it in the world.”

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Panama is perhaps one of the most interesting, yet undiscovered Central American

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makers’ travel wish lists, sitting at the crossroads of two oceans and two continents, Panama is a narrow country packed with culture, tropical beaches, history, wildlife, and wild exploration for travellers seeking an adventurous holiday. With the Panama

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BY SEA THE GULF OF CHIRIQUÍ Offering endless marine adventure opportunities, an untouched, wild island landscape, ancient archaeology discoveries and access to Pacific surf breaks that rival Costa Rica – Staying at: Islas Secas

A few hours west of the city, the Gulf of Chiriquí lies along Panama’s

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beautiful beaches and two vast, protected marine parks. In nearby waters, Islas Secas – which will relaunch as a full-service resort in December 2019 – unlocks access to an archipelago of 14 volcanic

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wild fauna and flora and a little-touched, wonderfully rugged setting, this is one of Central America’s best kept secrets, far less explored than its Caribbean cousin.

There are four individually-designed Casita sites, sleeping up to just 18 guests on one of the islands. Islas Secas is also powered by

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BY LAND PANAMA CITY A union of history and modernity, where skyscrapers, casinos and nightclubs mingle with colonial buildings in the Casco Viejo and the rainforest

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Panamanian cuisine with a modern vision – where Afro-Antillean, Creole and Asian influences create a unique dining experience that perfectly captures Panama’s multicultural gastronomic identity.

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Having just celebrated 40 years in the industry, Kelly Hoppen MBE is one of the most distinguished and sought after interior designers in the world. Her renowned style is underpinned by a subtle coordinated fusion of the East and the West, showcasing clean lines and neutral tones, blended with charming warmth and sumptuous opulence. Hoppen who has put her stamp on the homes and yachts of clients, is recognised for designing hotels and luxurious developments worldwide has now changed the face of bespoke and luxurious commercial design by redefining luxury travel at sea with her sophisticated yet intimate interiors on Celebrity Edge. The 1,500 berth liner is Celebrity Cruises newest $1billion flagship and while she may not be the largest cruise ship sailing the high seas, this accolade goes to the Symphony of the Seas, in fact she is exactly as long as London’s Shard skyscraper is tall, she most definitely makes up for it this with her cutting edge innovation and revolutionary design.

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Pushing the boundaries of cruise ship design, Kelly Hoppen MBE and visionary architect Tom Wright have mastered the fresh, exciting, current and comfortable essence that defines Celebrity’s modern luxury style. American interior designer Nate Berkus, served as Celebrity Edge’s design ambassador and voice to help deliver the messaging on the design excellence of the ship. Kelly Hoppen’s design philosophy and neutral palette seen throughout the ship is layered with small punchy accents of bright colours which blends perfectly with the ships moving deck or “magic carpet” the world’s first cantilevered deck that can move up and down the ship’s exterior which stands out because of its striking orange visage. As one would expect Hoppen’s beautifully designed suites have a timeless and classic feel and exude a modern elegance and harmonious feel. Two Iconic Suites situated above the ship’s bridge which span over 2,600 sq. ft. boast two-bedrooms, two-bathrooms and mind-blowing views thanks to panoramic windows that envelop their dining room, living room and bedrooms. The 700 sq. ft. veranda offers a 270-degree view of the ocean. Another new Suite Class comprises of six split-level Edge Villas, which offer stunning views from two stories of windows, private plunge pools and direct walk-out access to The Retreat Sundeck. Hoppen also designed two two-bedroom, two-bathroom Penthouse Suites with large soaking tubs on the veranda, large dual walk-through showers, and expansive walk-in closets, and the 146 large, outward-facing Sky Suites. All suites and double occupancy Edge Staterooms are fitted with plush king-sized cashmere mattresses – an industry first. Inspired by Kelly’s love of clean lines and geometric pattern, texture and vintage glamour, the suites include bespoke pieces of iconic furniture and the designer’s signature bed runners, curtains with contrasting borders, wrap details and stunning panelling.

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The Duplex, otherwise known as the Edge Villa, possesses a unique design feel and boasts double height and an outdoor plunge pool. The beauty of it is in its glass box which offers full views of the ocean, whilst feeling like you could be in your own apartment. The Duplex could transfer you to London, Miami, Hong Kong and so many other key cities - yet it is a view that is incomparable. It is the Edge of EDGE. The Penthouse’s carefree and relaxed interiors will remind you of Santorini, Greece. The beautiful crisp blues and sculptural lighting, specifically created for the ship, compliment the stunning pieces of art and accessories that have been handpicked and selected for the space. An extraordinary trunk, for example, which was found on Kelly’s travels, brings a personal touch to the penthouse. Abundant textures are layered to create an ultra-luxurious feel and an extraordinary bathroom suite will allow you to truly relax. Within the communal areas the pods of the Luminae Restaurant create a city feel and the organic blossom lights that unfold above the tables open up the space. There is nothing but light in the space, reflecting all of the different finishes beautifully including the marble inlays at the entrance. Bespoke curated art works which have been hand selected for the restaurant and wood panelling gives it warmth. 80 LUXURY LIVING


The Suite Sundeck is a place that you can sit and eat late into the night. Unlike so many sundecks that close in the early hours, the atmospheric music of the Suite Sundeck lets you enjoy the undisturbed views of the night ocean. The world is truly at your feet here, with beautifully designed furniture and interior design that rounds off the experience. Celebrity Edge offers incredible facilities including an exceptional Spa that showcases organic marble wood that will automatically makes you feel relaxed and serene. “The concept of designing individual rooms on the sea was irresistible,” said Hoppen. “We were inspired by the notion that it is possible to sail away from the demands of modern living, and retreat to a breath-taking space with an endlessly changing view. It was exciting to explore the precise balance between the excitement of travel and the comfort of a luxurious personal space.” Recently named the best new cruise ship of 2018, Celebrity Edge is one of the most exciting, innovative and transformational ships of this generation 81


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In our busy, hectic world, who doesn’t yearn to escape from the pressures of life, of meeting expectations, of just not having enough time to do the things that really matter? Who doesn’t sometimes dream of escaping the stresses of the everyday world for a remote tropical

island where it seems time finally stands still? The Nau-

tilus, a privately-owned island in the Maldives, answers those questions.

Opened earlier this year in January, The Nautilus is a celebration of the individual spirit, a vision of a Mal-

divian entrepreneur it is inspired by the enduring form of the nautilus shell. Originally a deserted island – too

small at 250m diameter for inhabitation – the tiny island is home to one of the world’s most luxurious re-

sorts. Surrounded by serene and sparkling seas, this

Maldivian luxury hotel is a natural haven of wellness, each of the 26 houses and residences are unique and

sophisticated in design. Curved lines and spiralled ele-

ments echo throughout, while hand-picked decor creates a calm and laid-back atmosphere. Each residences also comes complete with its own private pool.

But how is this island different? In keeping with its new

bohemian style, The Nautilus doesn’t judge, doesn’t impose and doesn’t inhibit its guests. Restaurants have a

flexible approach to opening hours and food. Menus are

considered only a starting point for discussions about what the guest would like to eat and the chef can cook favourite recipes or create specialities as desired. Guests can enjoy gourmet treats from the poolside deli all day

long without charge, and each guest’s house is stocked with complimentary teas, coffee, water and a selection

of soft drinks. Breakfast is whenever the guest feels like eating and doesn’t have to be in the restaurant. Blissful spa treatments can take place without appointment.

Pleasingly for a leading luxury resort, there are no dress

codes and going barefoot is encouraged – even in the restaurants. Dine at the signature fine dining spot, Zaytoun, for Mediterranean and Arabic cuisine; try smoked specialties at globally inspired grill, Ocaso; tuck into

casual gourmet bites at laid-back beach house, Thyme; and pair cocktails with tapas at the poolside bar, Naiboli. Breakfast can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere; canapes are served by the pool all day; and you can see the sun go down each day with a cocktail.

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With its privileged position in the Unesco Biosphere Reserve, Baa Atoll, the island is

a gateway to a kaleidoscope of marine life, too, with diving trips to mesmerizing coral

reefs and cruises on the custom-built yacht where guests are taken to swim with manta rays at Hanifaru Bay and explore the atoll’s remote sandbanks, most of all, the island

can conjure up tailored activities that are meaningful to each guest, leaving them feeling as though they’ve had more than just a beach holiday. The Nautilus will craft excursions

and adventures, taking guests where they want to be when they want to be there, from midnight swims in glowing phosphorescent waters alongside a marine biologist, to ex-

ploring deserted islands on its custom-built yacht or floating in a ‘star filled’ pool under the milky way while the House Captain whisks up another perfect cocktail.

Back on the island, guests can unwind at the resort’s spa taking part in daily yoga, meditation and fitness classes. The Nautilus sets guests on their own path to wellness, draw-

ing on ancient wisdoms and modern innovations for a transformative journey in its four

treatment rooms in the heart of the island. The spa specialises in the bespoke, designing wellness programmes and daily rituals that refresh and relax, pamper and protect.

On the quiet, unrushed shores of The Nautilus, is a place where - on its island at least time becomes an irrelevance.

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SIX SENSES TO OPEN ITS FIRST RESORT IN ISRAEL Set in the Israeli Negev Desert, Six Senses Shaharut will open in September 2019. Lain into a dramatic cliff with panoramic views of the desert landscape, the resort will comprise suites and villas and one three-bedroom retreat.

The villas will be built from, and inspired by, local rocks and pigments and the landscape will utilise

regional cacti and indigenous desert blooms while much of the resort’s furnishings will be sourced

from local community artisans. There will be one main restaurant, a poolside bar and grill, a juice bar, as well as an authentic tented Bedouin dining experience with a fire pit for late night feasting. The

Spa will be home to a signature Alchemy Bar - Six Senses’ innovative, interactive wellness workshop

where guests can work with a variety of local herbs, fruits and spices to skilfully blend sustainable, artisanal and entirely organic ingredients to create their own lotions and potions.

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equipped gym, yoga studio with desert views and a nail bar. Six Senses Shaharut will also be home to a desert activity centre which will incorporate Six Senses’ brand-wide ‘Earth Lab’ scheme, and showcase its sustainability efforts to reduce consumption, produce locally and support communities and ecosystems.

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BAREFOOT LUXURY AT ITS FINESTS - AWEI PILA, MYANMAR If you’ve ever dreamed of getting off the beaten track or spending a week on a neardeserted island, then the Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar, which was until recently offlimits to all visitors and recently welcomed its first resort – Awei Pila is your answer.

The Mergui Archipelago lies of the south coast of Myanamar and is comprised of breath-taking atolls and coral reefs within an archipelago of 800 islets, most of which are uninhabited.

Aweil Pila is located 80 km from the shoreline of Kawthaung, on a secluded beach surrounded by virgin forest with views out to the open Andaman Sea. The natural bay embraces a 600 metre long beach front, which is divided into two zones by a large rock formation.

The new eco-resort provides just 24 tented villas fronting a white-sand beach. The interiors are light d fresh using white washed timber lattice and duck cotton fabric walls providing a soft and pleasant internal environment. There is also an open-air restaurant, and a spa will be on offer for guests to fully relax and recharge.

Sustainability is at the resort’s core to protect the island, and Awei Pila is plastic-free with a resident

marine biologist overseeing sustainable policies. The island also has just a single source of fresh water. To check availability or to book your reservation visit MILLIONAIRE ESCAPES

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THE PERFECT BALANCE OF HEALTH & HEDONISM The Spa at Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa introduces new experiences for autumn 2019

The storied history of Champagne – one of the world’s great wine regions – took on another dimension last summer with the launch of the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa. Not neglecting that it is

located amidst some of the world’s finest vineyards – including those of Dom Pérignon and Tait-

tinger – the hotel is the ideal spot to unwind with indulgent spa treatments and delectable Champagne tastings.

The world-class destination spa spans 16,000ft² and comprises nine treatment rooms; state-of-the-

art fitness facilities; a wood-lined yoga studio; eucalyptus-infused sauna; manicure and pedicure

stations and a mosaic-tiled Hammam. Completing the experience are two temperature-controlled, chaise-longue-lined swimming pools – one indoor, one outdoor – along with dedicated staff who

deliver invigorating juice blends and guide guests to multiple relaxation lounges. In partnership with acclaimed French brand Biologique Recherche, the spa and wellness centre are inspired by the

original purpose of this former Post House built on the orders of the Empress Josephine – to com-

municate, to link and to connect. Inspiration also draws from the region’s most famous produce, Champagne of course, and the art of ‘better living.’ New for Autumn 2019, the spa will introduce a soothing set of bespoke two-day immersive programmes, designed to elevate the guests relaxation experience to the next level.

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‘Let Me Detox’ is ideal for those looking for a

complete body cleanse, with the combination of treat-

ments aimed at combatting overindulgence and the

effects of pollution on the body. The package includes one full body scrub, one massage and body wrap using

KOS oils; one Biologique Recherche detoxifying facial, as well as daily outdoor activities. •

‘Let Me Destress’ helps travellers to disconnect

from their daily lives and reconnect with themselves. The package includes one KOS signature full body mas-

sage and one Biologique Recherche lifting facial, as well as yoga, meditation and sleep preparation, to ensure that guests return from their trip completely zen. •

‘Let Me Re-Energise’ is perfect for anyone

seeking to stimulate and reactivate the body, as well as combat jetlag. The package includes one KOS scrub, one sports massage and bootcamp and cardio sessions, as

well as one Biologique Recherche facial and a full body massage specifically designed to stimulate the blood flow.

In order to disconnect completely, guests are encouraged to hand over their phones for the duration of their stay. No retreat is complete without some indulgence, and all experiences include a visit to an innovative biodynamic Champagne cellar, where they will have the opportunity to learn about the unique production process.

All spa packages cost €490 for one person and €395 for the second participant. Rates at the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa start from €350 per night, B&B. www.royalchampagne.com

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ESCAPE TO THE REMOTE ANDEAN VALLEYS OF PATAGONIA ON A TAILORMADE HELI-FISHING ADVENTURE Eleven Experience, the globally renowned creator of boundary-pushing adventures, are set to open Rio Palena Lodge in Aysen, Chilean Patagonia in October 2019 Located in a remote valley and nestled against a lush green hillside on the banks of the magnificent

Rio Palena, the lodge will offer guests the ultimate fly-fishing adventure and a chance to truly switch

off and disconnect from modern day life. Sleeping up to 14 guests in 7 en-suite bedrooms, Rio Palena allows guests to fish directly from the front door, in a region that is famous for large brown

and rainbow wild trout. These special super-charged trout thrive in the glacial waters of the myriad lakes, rivers, and streams in this far-flung and remote part of Patagonia. With Eleven’s superb team of highly professional guides and experience managers guests of all ages and skill levels will be encouraged to join in the fishing adventures.

Patagonia is a bucket list destination for anglers – a truly remote and pristine landscape with stunning wild scenery, Andean forests, snow-capped volcanoes and mountains - the region has a vast river system with plentiful strong and powerful fish. Rio Palena Lodge will offer anglers of all abili-

ties a fishing trip of a lifetime, from tranquil float and wade fishing to exhilarating helicopter fishing, there is something for everyone.

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The Rio Palena is one of the best rivers in the world for large brown trout, and Eleven’s highly quali-

fied, professional and enthusiastic guides know each stretch of the river, plus they are experts on the regional waters; and will ensure that guests are fishing the best water during the time of their trips.

For non-fishing days Eleven’s experience managers can arrange horseback riding and hiking in the Andes, sightseeing picnics, cooking classes, wine tasting or a relaxing massage at the lodge. To get

to Rio Palena Lodge from the UK guests fly to Santiago (14.5 hours), followed by two internal flights - from Santiago to Puerto Montt (1 hour 45 mins) with an overnight stay in Puerto Montt/ Puerto Varas. Guests then take a charter flight from Puerto Montt to Alta Palena Airport (I hour 15

minutes), followed by a 20-minute drive to the lodge. Alternatively, guests can charter a private plane from Santiago to Palena Airfield (3 hours), followed by a 20-minute drive to the lodge.

Rates start from $7,350 (ÂŁ5,796) per person based on 2 people sharing one room for 8 nights. The price includes one night in Puerto Varas, 6 days of guided fishing, one-day of heli-fishing, all fishing

equipment and flies, fishing licenses, pre-arrival planning, breakfast, lunch, apres and dinner, house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, laundry service and round-trip transfers from Palena Airfield www.elevenexperience.com

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THE EXPERTS IN MIND & BODY REJUVENATION JOIN LONDON’S FINEST PRIVATE MEMBERS’ HEALTH CLUB WITH AN EXCLUSIVE RESIDENCY The Lanesborough Club & Spa welcomes Bodhimaya, the award-winning wellness retreat specialists, with a brand-new residency launching September 2019

Combining its knowledge and expertise of personalised nutrition, authentic meditation and body movement, Bodhimaya will offer guests a range of new and exclusive programmes including over-

night retreats and bespoke one-to-one wellbeing experiences. Bodhimaya Founder, Cornelius

O’Shaughnessy is an experienced meditation, stress management and Eastern philosophy expert. Having studied this approach for 23 years, he offers a logical and highly effective approach to the

mind which focuses on helping people explore and resolve personal issues, find clarity, manage stress and increase confidence.

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At The Lanesborough Club & Spa, Cornelius will lead a series of retreats – ranging from one to

three days – which will focus on physical and emotional wellbeing. Available to members and nonmembers, this will include ‘Restorative Retreats’ and ‘Meditation & Nutrition’ programmes, which have been designed to bring the mind and body back into a state of balance through:

• Daily mind and meditation consultations with Cornelius

• Signature spa treatments

• Private yoga sessions

• Reiki treatments with sound healing

• Private consultations with Bodhimaya nutritional expert, Olga Hamilton

Bodhimaya is a pioneer in personalised wellness, with the brand’s science-backed programmes renowned for their ability to support and rejuvenate both mind and body. Bodhimaya’s nutrition and mind consultations, classes, events, programmes and retreats will be available to both members and non-members at The Lanesborough Club and Spa. Fused with The Lanesborough’s award-winning

approach to fitness, deeply relaxing spa treatments and the Club & Spa’s beautifully relaxing environment, Bodhimaya will be offering its unique nutrition and biomarker analysis, as well as unique and effective mind, meditation and stress management protocols.

The Bodhimaya residency will launch at The Lanesborough in September 2019. The one-night ‘Re-

storative Retreats’ at The Lanesborough will start from £1,795 (currently approx. €1,950) per person, including overnight hotel stay. www.lanesboroughclubandspa.com / www.bodhimaya.com

The Bodhimaya residency will launch at The

Lanesborough in September 2019. The one-

night ‘Restorative Retreats’ at The Lanesborough will start from £1,795 (currently approx. €1,950) per person, including overnight hotel stay.

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THE PERFECT ESCAPE FOR BOOK WORMS! Bagni di Pisa Invites Guests on a Time-Travelling Adventure with New ‘Tuscan Literary Weekend’ Package

Five-star spa hotel, Bagni di Pisa in Tuscany, has launched a brand-new ‘Tuscan Literary Weekend’ package for book worms and literary connoisseurs. The new offering will allow guests to delve into

the 19th-century literary masterpieces written by Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, and uncover

the life of one of Britain’s most revered novelists, all whilst experiencing Bagni di Pisa’s impressive spa, renowned thermal pools and world-class treatments.

Literary fanatics participating in the hotel’s exclusive three-night package will embark on a journey

back in time, enjoying a theatrical performance by Mary Shelley herself and a 19th-century style private dinner. The dinner will be hosted in the Dei Lorena Restaurant or in the hotel’s infamous

Bar Shelley, where Mary’s inspiration for Frankenstein is said to have bloomed during a visit to the former palace.

Spa enthusiasts will have the opportunity to unwind in the natural thermal grotto and thermal

spring bath, before receiving a 50-minute relaxing body massage performed with a mix of aromatic oils by Bagni di Pisa’s expert masseuses.

Nightly rates at Bagni di Pisa start from €155 (£139*) per person per night in a Comfort room on a B&B basis. Tailormade rates for the ‘Literary Weekend Package’ are provided upon request.

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A team of scientists’ ground-breaking research into a new type of killer whale has been made possible by Cookson Adventures. The luxury travel company coordinated for their guest to solely fund this project as part of their adventure to the Antarctic Peninsula. Aboard the research vessel, the guest was able to spend time with the orca researchers and view firsthand the rare footage of the type D orcas. After a week lying at anchor off the coast of southern Chile, the team of scientists finally took advantage of a break in stormy weather to embark on this historic research cruise. Led by whale scientist Dr. Robert Pitman, a group of killer whale experts has set sail from Ushuaia, Argentina, to collect evidence of a new species of killer whale living in the Southern Ocean. This journey of discovery has been brought to life via an anonymous donor through Cookson Adventures, a luxury experiential travel company. The project has been almost 15 years in the making, with Dr. Pitman vying to gather specific data since 2005, when he was shown photos of ‘strange-looking’ killer whales at a workshop in Seattle, Washington. The whales, which had a more rounded head, a longer, pointier dorsal fin, and a tiny white eye patch that was much smaller than that of ‘regular’ killer whales, had been sighted as far back as 1955, when a group of similar whales was stranded on the coast of Paraparaumu, New Zealand.

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In 2010, after years of research and data collection – and six further sightings of the whales – Dr. Pitman and colleagues published a paper in the scientific journal Polar Biology describing this new type of killer whale. Since then, a dedicated effort to distinguish the Type D has been impossible due to lack of funding and the difficulty of navigating the Southern Ocean, where some of the world’s most tempestuous seas can be found in the notoriously-named latitudes of the ‘Roaring 40s’ and the ‘Furious 50s’. But support from an anonymous donor through Cookson Adventures has finally launched the project, in collaboration with the Centro de Conservación Cetacea, Chile. Thanks to this generous donation from the Cookson Adventures client, the team has chartered the dedicated research vessel, Australis, and set sail. It has now collected skin samples (tiny, pencil erasersized bits of skin harmlessly taken with a crossbow dart), the study of which will confirm the whales’ genetic distinction from other species. Tagging of individual whales will also provide the team with data on movement patterns and diving capabilities. Unravelling the secrets of Type D killer whales, one of the least known large animals left on the planet, now moves from the blustery Southern Ocean to the lab. Dr. Robert Pitman said, “These samples hold the key to determining whether Type D represents a distinct species of killer whale.” Henry Cookson, who founded Cookson Adventures following a 2007 expedition to Antarctica added, “Given a life-long passion for the Antarctic Continent, wildlife and conservation, we are proud to be in a position to assist with getting this long-awaited project off the ground. Our guests at Cookson Adventures are passionate about conservation and often eager to meaningfully contribution to the preservation of the places they are privileged to visit. It is at the core of the Cookson Adventures ethos to support worthwhile causes the world over, and this is an incredible opportunity to be part of truly pioneering research.” Cookson Adventures has put conservation at the heart of its experiences for many years and been the catalyst for its clientele, some of the world’s most influential and successful people, donating millions of pounds to worthwhile causes over the years. From crucial work carried out in the Galápagos Islands, rehoming 250 juvenile tortoises in locations they have been absent from for over 200 years, to funding rhino rehabilitation in one of Kenya’s most important conservancies, its clients engage in philanthropic activities across the globe.

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The scientific party of this latest conservation effort is comprised of a team of world-leading experts in a range of disciplines, including whale acoustics, bioecology, marine research, tagging and surveying. It is led by Dr Robert Pitman (USA), a marine ecologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), whose expertise spans 40 years, working in each of the world’s oceans. Supporting him is Lisa Ballance (USA), Director of the NOAA Marine Mammal and Turtle Research Division with a special interest in species diversity patterns, John Totterdell (Australia), a killer whale researcher and the Founder of the Western Australia Cetacean Research Centre, Jared Towers (Canada), who manages the Killer Whale population monitoring programmes for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), and bioacoustician Bec Wellard (Australia), who has recently completed a PhD in killer whales at Curtin University, Western Australia. Mariano Sironi, from Argentina, completes the team as the local collaborator and an expert in right whales. For more information, contact Cookson Adventures through its website or on: info@cooksonadventures.com

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Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz transcends genre, style, race and class. Never one to be pigeon holed into one simply genre he has spent much of his career proving he can play any instrument or musical style, his music fuses elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk, and ballads and has in the past been touted as either not “black enough” or “white enough” it is this nonconformity that has resulted in his services being demanded from the likes of Madonna to Jay-Z. Kravitz’s grew up surrounded by music, the only child of actress Roxie Roker, and NBC producer father Sy who was also a jazz promoter who circulated with many jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Short, Miles Davis, Ellington even played “Happy Birthday” for him one year when he was about 5. A huge fan of the Jackson 5 it was not until Kravitz moved to Los Angeles with his mother aged 11 that he discover the whole rock’ n’ roll Dogtown skateboarding scene listening to Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen and of course Hendrix. Dreaming of becoming a session musician Kravitz who could already play the drum, piano, guitar and bass was often discarded by record labels because his music was neither commercially “black enough” or “white enough” so Kravitz recorded an album under his own steam.

His début album Let Love Rule in 1989, a combination of rock and funk with a 1960s vibe received mixed reviews some critics felt Kravitz was a gifted new artist, others felt he was overpowered by his musical influences and whilst the album gained moderate success in the United States it became an instant hit in Europe. He followed this up producing the song “Justify My Love” for Madonna, an album for Vanessa Paradis, and his own smash hits with ‘It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over’ and ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’. More success followed in 2008 with ‘It Is Time for a Love Revolution’ and in 2015 he appeared alongside Katy Perry at the Super Bowl halftime.

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Looking to other arts Kravitz has also appeared in big screen movie “The Hunger Games’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, but it is his love behind the camera that has also captured the imagination. Reflecting on his childhood where his father who working for NBC covered the Vietnam War he was presented with a Leica camera as a gift, Kravitz quickly discovered his love for photography and later, as a star, he became friends with photographers such as Mark Seliger and Jean-Baptiste Mondino. “I would go into their darkroom or studio and watch them work. I thought it was magical.” His hobby soon turned into something more professional and in true Kravitz style he one day turned the tables and pulled out his camera on the red carpet of those aiming cameras at him - his photos were really well received resulting in the release of a book and an exhibition called Flash. A collaboration with Leica , the camera titled the “Correspondent” was made to look as if it had been used for 20 years, complete with traces of wear and tear was designed in memory of Kravitz’s father. Last year Kravitz was appointed the first ever Global Creative Director for Dom Perignon releasing a set of black-and-white photographs of a star packed intimate dinner party hosted at Kravitz’s home in Los Angeles which he also incidentally designed. The photos were taken using his Leica Monochrom camera of course and feature his daughter Zoë Kravitz, designer Alexander Wang, actors Harvey Keitel and Susan Sarandon, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, soccer legend Hidetoshi Nakata, and model Abbey Lee Kershaw. The photos titled “Assemblage” featured in an advertising campaign spanning three continent. Kravitz has also designed as part of his Kravitz Design Inc. design company (did we fail to mention this!) a limited edition homeware capsule collection of a limited edition bottle for the brand featuring a hammered gold on the label, a box for the magnum version that becomes a candelabrum, and an extraordinary table à champagne that pulls apart to reveal illuminated bottles of Dom Pérignon, glasses, coasters and an ice bucket at the centre. So what next for Kravitz? Well looking through his CV it seems striking that for a man who looks like he has stepped off of the cover of a magazine has never ventured into fashion. Only time will tell one things for sure what ever Kravitz does next it will indeed be unique

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HAS THE WORD LUXURY BECOME

UNDESIRABLE?

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It is no coincidence that one of the favoured gathering spots of France’s yellow jackets, “gilets jaunes” protesters is the Champs-Élysées - after all, it’s where the icons of globalised luxury are on display, and with them, the everwidening gap between the haves and have-nots in our society Today, luxury is both a market and a major social phenomenon. As such, the players within it need to be aware that the meaning of the word luxury has escaped their grasp and as such has taken on a negative social connotation, raising questions over its very use. A survey of the websites of major brands and groups indicates that many no longer use the term luxury, preferring instead to highlight its fundamentals. For the major players in a sector to ensure its long-term viability, they need to ensure its social acceptability. Yet at this moment, powerful movements, campaigns and signals are emerging all over the world that highlights social and economic inequality. While luxury brands and goods are not the cause, they are the visible manifestation of a gap.

u In China itself, set to become the leading luxury market, President Xi Jinping placed high-end brands and their customers under observation two years ago. His stated concern was preserving social harmony, which is an important concept in Chinese culture. In general, the emerging worldwide demand for more sustainable development is not limited just too environmental aspects but encompasses this necessary social harmony that luxury goods can upset. In this context, not only does the word luxury no longer serve commercial interests because of the lack of differentiation between brands, but also the concepts signified by this word are becoming less socially acceptable. Might the only way to continue creating luxury goods and experiences be to no longer call them by that name?

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LUXURY FRAGMENTATION While luxury is experiencing worldwide success, it is also facing an existential crisis: the term luxury is now compromised by the large number of brands and companies around the world who want to

position themselves in customers’ minds under its umbrella, without really being it. In other words, the term has become clichéd and the concept diluted by brands that are merely expensive, without

offering true quality or unique savoir-faire. To differentiate themselves and capture the fleeting spirit of the times, these brands have fragmented the concept of luxury, resulting in the fanciful terms such as “accessible” luxury, “modern” luxury, “jet set” luxury and “casual” luxury.

Ironically, the success of luxury has drawn in its wake all kinds of players who are bewitched by the sector’s growth and margins, but with no intention of meeting its prerequisites. It is also true that the high EBITDA multiples (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) used to determine the financial valuation of brands in the luxury sector are an additional incentive to them.

Even worse, the concepts that are signified when referenced by the word luxury are no longer the stuff of dreams. In this age of social media and selfies, it is not surprising to observe that the visible or even flashy face of luxury has been privileged by customers with limited interest in the brands’ original values and high quality than they are in the social status projected by conspicuous consumption.

But they should not be criticised for this. Such customers are young, ambitious and keen to take their

place at the global banquet table, and also ensure the growth and profitability of the luxury sector. Thanks to their purchasing power and desire to gain respectability and status, these newcomers have produced and will ensure the steady growth of the sector and its brands.

Corruption has also dented the image of luxury through association with the suspicious enrichment

of customers who are proud of their success and make money from their power. That is why in China

the term that has been used up to now to denote luxury, she shi, is being dropped by the brands and their customers themselves, in favour of a return to the meaning of exceptional goods.

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BACK TO THE ESSENTIALS It is no surprise that, in this context, the real luxury players are distancing themselves from the term, which has taken on meanings that are far from its essential values. The dilemma is to stand out in a

sector that is constantly attracting new competitors that dilute the concept as they enter the market. The solution is to re-establish and update the essential signifiers and differentiators of luxury: masterly expertise and a rich heritage, firmly rooting in modernity.

But it is not because the term luxury is no longer acceptable that flaunting one’s social difference has

become totally passé. Luxury is a dual source of value: for oneself and for those around us. Therein lies the dilemma: luxury continues to act as a mood enhancer in today’s society, and its shameless flaunting is well and truly present. At the same time, snobbery must become more subtle. Written by Jean-Noël Kapferer and Anne Michaut. Article provided courtesy of The Conversation.

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A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Rock Royalty

Regal pomp meets rock excess in a thrilling tribute to one of music history’s most celebrated artists.

Break free from convention with all the audacity, virtuosity and consummate show-

manship of one of rock’s most flamboyant and accomplished acts. A rhapsody of jewels

and precious metals pays loving tribute to the band and the album that propelled them to global stardom. High-fidelity recreations of iconic regalia fuse together in a piece brimming with royal pomp and rock excess.

Hot on the heels of the blockbuster biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen: A Night at the Opera salutes the virtuosity and showmanship of the legendary British quartet. The

band’s exuberance and the cover art of its first platinum-selling album shine through in every detail of an object of ultimate craft.

Popular acclaim for Queen is at its highest level in decades. Freddie Mercury’s personality, story and star power resonate strongly in the current cultural climate.

Fashioned to resemble Britain’s royal coat of arms, Queen’s iconic crest logo was designed by art-school graduate Freddie Mercury before his band had even released its

first album. Beneath the wings of a phoenix, the figures of two lions, a crab and two fairies represent the bandmembers’ zodiac signs arranged around a royal crown encircled by the letter Q. Lost wax casting recreates the cover art of Queen’s breakthrough album in painstaking detail in an objet d’art fit for rock royalty.

One of the most elaborate pieces of music memorabilia ever created bears all the hallmarks of rock royalty. God save the Queen! Prices start from €4,150.00

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AN OENOPHILE’S ITALIAN RETREAT Lake Como’s exCLusive annuaL event

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Sitting on the shores of Lake Como is Villa d’Este a 16th-century villa set in 25 acres of gardens once owned by Queen Caroline after she fled from George IV and one of the grandest hotels in Europe since the 19th century. Each year this spectacular venue plays host to the Villa d’Este Wine Symposium, a three day wine tasting event created by François Mauss, president and founder of the Grand Jury Européen, a networking event which endeavours to be an exclusive and unique place for an international dialogue around wine. This year’s event focuses on the future of “Le Grand Vin” and the “Wines of Portugal” with several seminars deicated to As with everything surrounding fine wines, this event is not cheap, hotel guests can expect to pay from €4,270 to €6,100, based on single or double occupancy however inclusive in this is gourmet food, seminars and workshops, concerts and of course, multiple wine tastings guided by experts who will share insights into some of the world’s finest vintages. The Villa d’Este Wine Symposium returns for its eleventh year from 7 - 10 November. For more information visit: www.vdews.com

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GURKHA CIGARS CELEBRATES

30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW RELEASE

Thirty years ago, Kaizad Hansotia bought the Gurkha brand from a small cigar vendor whilst vacationing in Goa, India. His vision was to create exclusive high - end cigars and revolutionize the luxury cigar market changing the way people think about and purchase premium cigar.

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Today, in the premium cigar world, Gurkha is known as one of the most luxurious brands of premium cigars. With many different blends and lines, there is a Gurkha cigar to suit al-

most any occasion, palate and purse. Retailing from anywhere around $10, to over some of the world’s most expensive and exclusive hand rolled premium stogies that go for as much $250,000 a box.

To celebrate three decades in the business, Hansotia will be releasing the Gurkha Treinta, a

Nicaraguan cigar made at the Aganorsa Leaf factory. Available in three sizes: Robusto (5 x 52), Toro (6 x 54) and Magnum (6 x 60). The cigars come in 21-count boxes, and the first 1,000

boxes of each size will be released in limited-edition commemorative boxes. Gurkha Cigars has also introduced a beautifully elegant tin that houses five of the Toro-sized Treinta cigars.

In addition to the anniversary cigar Gurkha is also introducing two further additions with the Gurkha Real, Nicaragua Series.

GURkHA REAL This smooth mild-to-medium smoke cigar is made in Tabacalera Las Lavas in the Dominican Republic, with a Criollo 98 Ligero (DR), Criollo 98 Seco (DR) and Nicaragua Seco filler, as

well as an Olor Dominicano binder and a Connecticut/Ecuador wrapper. Available in four sizes: Robusto (5 x 52), Toro (6 x 54), Churchill (7×52) and Magnum (6 x 60).

GURkHA NIcARAGUA SERIES This special edition Nicaraguan puro with a medium to 3/4 full smoke is the most exclusive of the three releases, as it is only available to purchase by invitation for Gurkha’s top retailers. The

cigars are also made by Arganosa Leaf with an Aganorsa corojo 99 Clara wrapper leaf from Nicaragua, a Corona 99 Aganorsa double binder and Corona 99 and Criollo 98 Aganorsa

filler. The cigars come in 20-count boxes available in four sizes: Robusto (5 x 52), Toro (6 x 54), Magnum (6 x 60) and Belicoso (6 1/8 x 52).

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EXPLORE TWO OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL EVENTS

ART SCENE IN ONE PLACE

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Frieze is like no other art event in the world. It’s a place to see and be seen at with scholars, connoisseurs, dealers and big-time collectors intermingling with A-list actors, models and It girls.

This year’s edition of Frieze London is its most international to date, with more than 160 galleries

from 36 countries -up from last year’s 30 - which given the current climate and “Brexit” looming is rather remarkable. Among them there has been an upturn in the number of participating galleries from; South-East Asia and Latin America.

This year Frieze welcomes a new themed section entitled Woven, which will focus on contemporary textile practices that incorporate traditional craft techniques. Cosmin Costinas, writer, critic and Executive Director/Curator of Para Site (Hong Kong) curates this show featuring solo presentations by eight international artists.

Frieze Sculptures opened for its third year in Regents Park back in July showcasing 23 international artists. Female artists feature heavily in this free installation, including the Pakistani-born Huma

Bhabha, whose work, according to Clare Lilley, the director of programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, hand-picked each artist for Frieze Sculpture “takes human actions to the very edge of plausibility and acceptability”; and the Scottish-born Turner Prize nominee Lucy Skaer, whose three

limestone blocks are a more conceptual reference to the traditional practice of lithographic stone printing, inciting viewers to consider how objects have changed their meaning by being seen in different contexts.

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Elsewhere, the Japanese-born Leiko Ikemura’s hybrid rabbit-woman sculpture responds to the

Fukushima nuclear disaster – and the ensuing impact on animal- and human-birth defects – and

has a cavernous inner-sanctuary space Lilley likens to a Madonna figure. She suggests that Tracey

Emin’s When I Sleep is a harrowing self-portrait in response to the grief of losing loved ones, while Joanna Rajkowska’s supersized blackbird egg The Hatchling allows visitors to listen to the sound of chicks breaking out from their shells; their heartbeats give a visceral, interactive nature to the work.

Across the park, Frieze Masters will feature more than 130 historical galleries, bringing together six millennia of art history, from exquisite antiquities, to Old Master paintings and luminaries of the 20th century, creating an exceptional environment to discover and acquire.

New expertise in 20th-century and Asian art is brought to the fair with the addition of Laura Hoptman (The Drawing Center, New York) and Amin Jaffer as curatorial advisors.

EmERgiNg ART FRom ACRoSS ThE WoRLd The fair’s celebrated section supporting young emerging talent welcomes 33 galleries from 19 countries this year. All the Focus galleries are 12 years or younger and represent hot new talent from

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

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

WHAT

Frieze London 2019 & Frieze Masters

WHERE

Regent’s Park, Chester Rd, London, NW1 4NR

WHEN

03 Oct 19 – 06 Oct 19, TIMES VARY

For more information about Frieze visit: www.frieze.com

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MCLAREN UNVEILS NEW

LUXURY LUGGAGE

FOR EXCLUSIVE GT EDITION McLaren Automotive, the creator of luxury high per-

formance sportscars and supercars, has unveiled its

first bespoke luggage collection, designed exclusively

for the McLaren GT by McLaren Special Operations. Developed together by McLaren Automotive’s design

and engineering teams and Italian luggage specialist, the four-piece set maximises the McLaren GT’s capacious luggage space and includes made-to-measure storage solutions for golf clubs.

With the McLaren GT’s deep front boot and long

rear luggage deck under the lift-up glass tailgate, the supercar of the Grand Touring world is not only McLaren’s most spacious and practical car, but also

ranks amongst the most flexible and accommodating mid-engined two-seaters ever made.

The McLaren GT Luggage Set has been designed and developed to conform to the brand highest’s

standards of engineering, quality and exclusivity. The set consists of four pieces, the garment case, the weekend bag, the cabin bag and the full-size golf bag.

The four pieces perfectly complete the McLaren GT’s elegance. Each bag in the collection is hand-assembled by specialists in Italy, using the same luxury, soft

and supple semi-aniline leather and stitch pattern that adorns the interior of the McLaren GT.

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Three colours are available: Pioneer Black, Luxe Black and Luxe Porcelain. Stitching and piping colourways have been selected to match the GT’s two specification levels (Pioneer

and Luxe), the GT launch colours of Namaka Blue, Burnished Copper and Veridian Green, in addition to the other colour specification options for the GT.

The McLaren GT is priced from £163,000 with first deliveries expected by the end of 2019. The McLaren GT bespoke

luggage collection will be available from the Global Retailer

Network from September onwards, with prices starting at £1,700 with the complete set costing from £11,350.00 For more information visit: www.mclaren.com

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WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE

HOME DIFFUSER

There is an old English saying when something is ridiculously priced or simply a waste of money and

that is “more money than sense” and that surely

must have written when describing the €13,730.00 home diffuser.

Created by Dr. Vranjes Firenze, artisanal perfume

creator, the Domus Aurea Diffuser is covered in 24-karat gold leaf and whilst its contents claim to

be a blend of the purest natural ingredients with the world’s finest essential oils I still find it hard to comprehend spending that amount of money on some a room diffuser when I could purchase a car.

That being said the bottle would make for a striking

addition to any home, so if indeed you do have more money than sense – then why not!!

For more information visit: www.harrods.com

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TAKE A WALK AMONG THE STARS MONTBLANC ISSUES AN INVITATION TO RECONNECT WITH OUR PLANET

In today’s fast-moving world, it is often easy to forget how precious and magnificent our

planet truly is. The space travellers who have walked among the stars describe the immense emotion of seeing the Earth floating in the vast expanse of space. In a campaign for

the launch of the newly designed StarWalker writing instrument, Montblanc partners with Chinese-American astronaut Leroy Chiao and Korean illustrator Jaehoon Choi to capture the moment of awe when a space traveller gazes back at earth from space and experiences that unexpected longing for home.

The former astronaut and space station commander is one of a handful of individuals to have

experienced the wonder of space and witnessed the fragility of Earth, having spent 229 days in space over the course of four missions. Leroy Chiao has used Montblanc writing instruments since his student days, and was gifted a personalized one by his wife on the occasion

of his 4th mission. In a series of animated stories illustrated using a StarWalker pen, he

shares his impressions of looking back to earth and its mesmerizing blue Aura from the stars. “While orbiting the earth, you realize the majesty of our Blue Planet…home,” he explains. “The earth is alive … I deeply understand this looking down on our colourful planet.”

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The new StarWalker collection expresses the wonder of being part of one of humankind’s most mysterious and powerful adventures: space exploration. The black precious resin of the writing instrument

recalls the dark vast expanse of space, while the translucent dome beneath the emblem evokes the earth rising above the lunar horizon as seen from the moon, a reminder to appreciate our Planet. The polished

platinum-coated cap and barrel represents the astronaut. The angled clip cover and dome resembles

the shape of a space rocket, while the cap screw mechanism on the forepart and cone is similar to an astronaut securing their helmet to a space suit before setting off into space.

The StarWalker line-up includes a Precious Resin edition in all black with contrasting metal fittings, a

Doué edition with a black resin barrel paired with a metal cap or forepart, and a sleek full Metal edi-

tion. Each edition is available as a Fountain Pen, Ballpoint and Fineliner Pen. A matching notebook and pen pouch feature a view of the Earth from space. The earth is printed on a shiny metallic leather

that shimmers through the image creating a three-dimensional effect as if seeing the sparkling cosmos. Telling the awe-inspiring story of space exploration, the StarWalker collection inspires us to reconnect with our planet. A reminder of its brilliance and preciousness. Prics start from:

StarWalker Doué Fountain Pen. 570,00 €

StarWalker Precious Resin Ballpoint Pen. 315,00 € StarWalker Metal Fountain Pen. 745,00 €

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ARMANI LAUNCHES FIRST EVER BEAUTY

ADVENT CALENDAR

Armani have announced the release of its first ever beauty advent calendar for Christmas 2019 which will be packed with 24 of the brand’s most popular products, from make-up, skincare

and fragrance, with favourites such as Lip Magnet in shade 400, Si Passione & Classico Mascara as well as two full-size products Eyes To Kill Stellar 02 eye shadow and Lip Maestro 400 and all packaged inside a stunning red and gold box.

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THE WORLD’S FIRST

LUGGAGE FOR SPACE TRAVEL

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing Horizon Studios have unveiled the first zero gravity space travel luggage ..

No longer confined to the pages of science fiction, space tourism is an emerging industry that has already taken its first customers into orbit. As we prepare for commercial flights to the

moon and beyond, we must also prepare the luggage to get us there: Horizn ONE is a design study by Berlin-based company Horizn Studios and Alyssa Carson, the world’s youngest astronaut, to address the needs of the next generation of travel – to space.

As one would expect Horizn One is designed for zero gravity and therefore comes with a flex-

ible ultralight carbon fiber shell reinforced with graphene to add strength and flexibility. An inbuilt smart screen in the suitcase has been designed to allow users to connect with their friends

and family , while a biometric security function lets the user unlock the case with fingerprint recognition there is also a weird sounding ‘bacteriostatic technology’ which promises to keep clothes fresh. It also boasts an electromagnetic base that would allow it to attach to the floors or walls of the spacecraft to make storage and access more straightforward in zero gravity.

Described as “luggage for generation space”, Horizn ONE will be the most advanced suitcase in the universe, currently it is still in the concept phase but the company is hoping to launch its first space range by 2030. Pre-order price tag of £40,000.

For further information visit: www.horizn-studios.com

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TAKE PART IN THE WORLD’S MOST

EXPENSIVE & EXCLUSIVE WHISKY TASTING SESSION

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The exclusive tasting seminar event will take place on 1-3 November

at Upper House hotel in Gothenburg, Sweden. It will cover the complete “full deck” series of unopened Ichiro’s Malt Card collection from the Hanyu distillery in Japan. The event is hosted by Swedish

whisky enthusiast Pye Palm, and the tasting will be led by Japanese whisky expert, Stefan Van Eycken.

The entire card series is rare, and the last time a complete collection of the Ichiro’s Malt Card Series came onto the market it was sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $455,000 in September 2017.

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“The estimated value of the full deck series today would be around $775,000. I could sell it, of course, but I think sharing the experience with other whisky enthusiasts is much more fun,” says Palm, who has

collected his series during several trips to Japan over the last 30 years. Just like a full deck of playing cards, the collection features 52 single cask editions that each represent a card in a poker deck, plus two additional jokers.

The bottles are signed by Ichiro Akuto, the distillery founder’s grandson, who saved 400 casks when the distillery shut down in 2000 and started the bottling of his playing card collection.

“The Ichiro’s Malt Card Series is one of the most iconic series in the world of whisky. This is only the second time a complete tasting of the series will

be held, and the first time ever that all the bottles are opened specifically for one event,” says Belgian author and Japanese whisky expert Stefan Van Eycken, who is leading the tasting seminar in November.

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The event will be held at the five-star Upper House hotel. It includes a dinner at the Michelin awarded Upper House Dining, a rooftop restaurant on the 25th floor overlooking the city of Gothenburg.

The whisky seminar will be divided into four tastings, so called flights. Each will include 13 to 14 bottles with a 1 cl tasting of each. Each bottle has its own original card label and its own unique flavour.

“Hanyu has a very particular character. Referring to Ichiro himself, it’s unlike any other whisky you’ve tasted before.

Prepare some shiny, fresh and ripe fruits, colourful root vegetables, both brown and white sugar, and some exotic spices. Then mix all this with sweet and sour fruit juice in a glass. That’s the best way I can describe it,” says Van Eycken.

As an additional treat, a limited edition special malt will be released to commemorate the occasion. All guests

participating in the tasting seminar in Gothenburg will become honorable members of the Monochrome Joker Club. The club is founded by Pye Palm as an extension of the whisky tasting seminar, and is exclusive to the select few worldwide who have tasted all 54 casks of Ichiro’s Malt Card Series.

“I thought it would be fun to create a space for like-minded, passionate enthusiasts with a true dedication for the flavours of whisky. The idea is to invite members to a number of worldwide tastings of different Hanyu whiskies,” says Palm.

AbOUT THE IcHIRO MALT cARD cOLLEcTION Ichiro’s Malt Card Series originates from the Hanyu Distillery, is one of the smallest and most renowned distilleries in Japan, which ended their production in 2000. The founder’s grandson, Ichiro

Akuto saved 400 casks when the distillery shut down and the best ones, between 1985 to 2000 were used for the bottling of his playing-card collection.

With only 48 seats available, the cost of a single ticket is $21,000 to book your ticket visit: www.mono-joker.club

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Your art collection will get jealous.

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

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

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To promote diversity among the restaurants a set of new rules were introduced this year the most controversial change being that previous winners of the top award could not participate, so the one guarantee was that there would be a new star at the top of the list, but is this really fair? Surely winning this title should be because of ability not exclusion of the previous winner that would be akin to withdrawing Usain Bolt from the 100m final at the Olympics so the others had a fair shot at winning! Obviously these top restaurants still need to recognised so restaurants such as El Celler de Can Roca and the now-defunct elBulli in Spain; The French Laundry and Eleven Madison Park in the United States; The Fat Duck in England; and the current No. 1 Osteria Francescana in Italy will enter the Best of the Best programme - a hall of fame recognising their achievements. Another change implemented this year was that the academy would ensure an equal split of male / females on the voting panel with over 1000 voters responsible for the results. Each person is selected for their understanding of the international dining scene and typically includes chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and gourmands. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna has been ranking the top restaurants in fine dining around the globe for over 17years and now in our more inclusive and diverse world the awards whilst facing controversy is having to adapt with the times, winning this coveted number one position will ensure that your restaurant for a short period becomes the most indemand restaurant in the world pushing up bookings and reviews.

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Winner: Mirazur MENTON, FRANCE

With unrivalled views of the French Riviera, three

levels of cascading vegetable gardens churning out the sweetest produce and a team of outrageously

talented cooks and front-of-house staff combine to

make Mirazur the ultimate restaurant experience. Argentina-born chef Mauro Colagreco’s unique

cuisine is inspired by the sea, the mountains and the restaurant’s own gardens, including Menton’s em-

blematic citrus fruits. Colagreco moved to France in his 20s, working with celebrated chef Bernard

Loiseau until his death in 2003. He later worked in Paris with Alain Passard at Arpège and Alain Ducasse at Hotel Plaza Athénée before settling in Men-

ton, on the Italian-French border, where he opened Mirazur in 2006.

It’s fair to say that 2019 is Mauro Colagreco’s year. Steadily ascending The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list since its debut at No.35 in 2009, Mirazur cel-

ebrates 10 years in the ranking by rising to No.1. The accolade coincides with the restaurant finally achieving the coveted three Michelin stars, as well

as the beginning of a three-year renovation project

involving a new dining room, extensions to the vegetable gardens and a more immersive dining experience.

Highlights from Mirazur’s tasting menu include salt-crusted beetroot from the garden with caviar

cream, eggs from the chicken coop (when touring the gardens, keep an eye out for prize hen, Tina Turner) with smoked eel and hazelnuts and a bri-

oche of potatoes with melting egg and white truffle. The restaurant’s perfect-for-sharing bread is infused with ginger and served with a Pablo Neruda poem.

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Mirazur, Menton, France Run by Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco, the res-

taurant is located near the Italian border and serves modern French cuisine with an Italian influence.

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noMa, copenhagen, DenMark The original Noma was, undoubtedly, one of the most important restaurants of its generation. René

Redzepi’s Copenhagen restaurant is a four times

previous winner but was deemed a new restaurant because of its new location and new concept and thus was allowed to enter despite the new rules.

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asaDor etxebarri, axpe, spain Set in the Basque Country, Asador Etxebarri is a one Michelin star holder and prides itself on old-school

cooking. Chef Victor Arguinzoniz cooks everything over a grill, even desserts.

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gaggan, bangkok, thailanD For four years in a row (2014-2018), Gaggan was

voted No.1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, a testa-

ment to the constant innovation and improvement

at this ever-evolving hub of creativity. El Bulli-in-

fluenced chef Gaggan Anand serves up a menu of

25 or more courses of rapid-fire small bites, many of which are eaten with the hands.

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geraniuM, DenMark The seemingly unlikely duo of nature and technology are at the heart of chef Rasmus Kofoed’s

progressive tasting menu: 17-plus inspired, artistic courses composed of organic and wild Scandinavian ingredients.

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FEMALES TAKING CHARGE

The World’s Best Female Chef 2019 Daniela Soto-Innes When Cosme first entered The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

list in 2017, Daniela Soto-Innes was best known as a protégée of Enrique Olvera, the chef with whom she opened the modern

Mexican restaurant in New York in 2014. In 2016, at age 25, she had won a Rising Star Award from the prestigious James

Beard Foundation. Three years on, she has been shortlisted in the same foundation’s Best Chef category alongside the likes

of Alex Stupak, who she says “opened the door for this type of Mexican food in New York”. At just 28, she is the youngest

winner of The World’s Best Female Chef Award, and it is fair to say her star has risen.

But Soto-Innes is not overly motivated by awards. The 28-yearold, who grew up in Houston, Texas, says Cosme is more of

a “cultural institution” than a restaurant, and keeping a happy team of staff from all corners of the world is central to deliver-

ing her consistently world-beating Mexican-influenced cuisine. Rather than following a set idea of what fine dining should

be or how a kitchen should work, Soto-Innes follows her own rules. In her kitchen, staff don’t necessarily have formal training, but they learn all the skills they need under her careful tui-

tion. There’s no rule of silence – hers is a vibrant kitchen where music plays and staff warm up with exercises pre service. And the menu itself is fuss-free à la carte, with sharing plates that put an emphasis on flavour.

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The fun-loving chef

ripping up the rulebook and transforming Mexican cuisine

After four years at Cosme, Soto-Innes is now paring

back her dishes, evolving her cooking with simpler con-

cepts and cleaner flavours. It was always the opposite of

Tex Mex, but her cuisine is not simply modern Mexican

in the US - it is something unique or, in her own words, “another state of Mexico”. On the plate, this translates to crab infladitas - a “beautiful mistake” that happens when a tortilla inflates when frying - and light, fresh

dishes like razor clam or fluke tostadas. Then there are

classics that have been on the menu since the begin-

ning, like Soto-Innes’s showstopping duck carnitas and her signature corn husk meringue dessert.

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While Soto-Innes still runs the kitchen at Cosme, in 2017 she and Olvera opened Atla, an all-day casual eatery serving elegant Mexican classics like ranchero eggs and quesadillas in New York’s NoHo district. Later this year, the duo will make

their first foray onto the West Coast, opening adjoined restaurants Damian (serving Japanese-influenced Mexican) and Ditroit (a taquería) in Los Angeles. Like

Cosme and Atla, both new restaurants are likely to carry the minimalist, Alonso de Garay-designed decors and clean flavours that are typical of the Soto-Innes-Olvera partnership, but each with its own LA identity.

Soto-Innes is known for her fun-loving demeanour, but behind the party-girl exte-

rior is a serious, straight-talking chef with business acumen and bundles of talent. It is perhaps the mix of the two that has allowed her to change the game in her

restaurants, giving opportunities to mostly immigrant cooks ranging in age from 20

to 65, who she says would otherwise likely be driving taxis and working in laundro-

mats. She thrives on empowering her staff and treating every personality differently, and says her relative youth is something to embrace rather than feel ashamed of. In

an industry dominated by men, she also runs a kitchen that is two-thirds made up by women.

By winning The World’s Best Female Chef Award, Soto-Innes says she hopes to use

the platform to help inspire and support people of all ages, races and nationalities

in becoming cooks. With her fresh, inclusive approach and her seemingly effortless success, she is sure to inspire many.

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the WoRLD’s most eXPensiVe

BORDEAUX Liber Pater, one of the world’s most famous and expensive producers for boutique Bordeaux has announced that its next vintage to be released will carry a price tag of $34,000 per bottle

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Loïc Pasquet, the winemaking wizard behind Liber Pater, known for using ancient techniques such as cultivating ancient grape varietals and ditching oak barrels to age his wine in amphorae and also for being a somewhat controversial figure within the wine industry ( in 2016 Pasquet was found guilty of defrauding the authorities of almost €600,000 in aids and grants from both the European Union and France Agrimer), has announced that this September 240 bottles of its 2015 vintage will be released for sale. Limited to just 550 bottles, 310 bottles are to be cellared for the future, each bottle will retail at a staggering $34,000 a bottle (€30,000/£26,200) meaning a case will cost as much as a Lamborghini! Whilst to some this is a staggering amount the reason behind this is that there will be no 2016 vintage (due to vine vandals) and no 2017 vintage (due to frost damage) so this release will be truly exceptional collectible for wine connoisseurs.

What makes LibeR PateR so eXcePtionaL? Liber Pater’s 2015 vintage is made entirely from ungrafted vines and comprises a mixture of rare grape varieties once commonly grown in Bordeaux including; Petite Vidure, Tarnay, Castets and St-Macaire, alongside the better known Petit Verdot and Malbec. The cuvée is vinified in grey, clay amphorae of 250 and 400 litres, with a twomonth maceration period followed by three years ageing. Pasquet says the 2015 has sensations ‘rarely found in wines from Bordeaux due to the change in the taste post-phylloxera’ To secure an exclusive bottle of the 2015 vintage contact Liber Pater info@liber-pater.com

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HOW MUCH!

The WorlD’s MosT expeNsIve WINes

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A glass of wine is one of life’s simplest pleasures, perfect after a long stressful day to ease away the tension or shared with friends and family. But creating that perfect bottle of wine is no easy feat given the limited ingredients and growing conditions for grapes thus wine is one of the toughest draughts to make well, meaning good bottles and vintages can sell for huge sums of money. Because of this collectors and wine drinkers alike covet particularly good years and over the years we have seen prices for wines reached record breaking figures.

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Wine Seller Who Broke Famed Bottle

CHATEAU MARGAUX 1787 | $225,000 Having the initials of none other than Thomas Jefferson, this ancient wine had a very sad end actu-

ally. Jefferson was a famous oenophile, and when he was serving as an ambassador to France, he often

bought bottles from Bordeaux and Burgundy. This particular bottle was owned by William Solokin who priced it at $225,000, and took it to a Four Season Hotel for a dinner to celebrate it sadly a waiter

dropped it and the bottle shattered into bits. While the insurance company paid out, Solokin will

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CHATEAU LAFITE’S 1869 | $230,000 Though estimated to sell for up to $60K each, the Chateau Lafite’s 1869 bidding war for the rare vintage resulted in a $230,000 for a standard sized bottle available at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong in 2010. Though ancient, the wine was known to the collector who acquired all three of the

three available 1869 bottles for a total of $690,000. This is the most anyone has been willing to pay for a standard sized bottle of vino, and the owner can slowly relish drinking the first two bottles while keeping the third to the envy of all.

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SHIPWRECKED 1907 HEIDSIECK $275,000 Salvaged from a Swedish Freighter off the

coast of Finland in 1998, the 1907 Heidsieck, sold for $275,000 US). Surprising consider-

ing there are 2,000 bottles of this wine but what makes this vintage cost so much is the

history behind the bottles – the ship had been torpedoed by a German submarine during the

First World War. For 80 years, this wine had

been at freezing temperatures, left undisturbed

and away from any source of light. Chris Hoel, who tasted this wine, reported gunflint, black

rifle powder and something salty on the nose, and graham cracker, flamed oranges and burnt lemon oil among others on the palate.

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1947 CHEVAL-BLANC | $304,375 The 1947 French Cheval-Blanc is widely considered by many to be the best Bordeaux ever made. In 2010, the 67-year-old bottle was sold to a private collector at a Christies auction in Geneva, according

to the Classification of Saint-Emilion wine, the Cheval Blanc has a class A status of all the merlot wines, there are only two which were granted with this classification. The grapes were said to be leg-

endary between April and October of 1947, and the survivor bottle that outlived many a person is the only known bottle in the Imperial format from this particular Saint-Emilion vintage.

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SCREAMING EAGLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 1992 $500,000 Though estimated to sell for up to $60K each, the Chateau Lafite’s 1869 bidding war for the rare vintage resulted in a $230,000 for a standard

sized bottle available at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong in 2010. Though ancient, the wine was known to the collector who acquired all three of the three available 1869 bottles for a total of $690,000. This is the most anyone has been willing to pay for a standard sized bottle

of vino, and the owner can slowly relish drinking the first two bottles while keeping the third to the envy of all.

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ORNELLAIA 2016 VENDEMMIA D’ARTISTA

CREATIVE TENSION

Ornellaia Vendemmia d’Artista celebrates the unique character of each new vintage of Ornellaia. Every year since the release of Ornellaia 2006 in May 2009, a contemporary artist creates a work of art and a series of limited edition labels drawing inspiration from the single word chosen by the Winemaker to describe the character of the new vintage.

For the eleventh edition of the project Vendemmia d’Artista, the artist Shirin Neshat has been chosen to interpret the character “La Tensione” (Tension) of the Ornellaia 2016 vintage creating a work of art for the estate, customized a limited series of bottles in large format, and designed a label that, expressing the vintage character, will be inserted in each Ornellaia case containing 6 bottles of 750ml. The labels represent details of women’s faces, hands and bodies, and are entirely covered in Farsi. The contrasts between the softness of skin and the graphic nature of the text seduce the eye and set the imagination running. The Vendemmia d’Artista project includes a label created by the Artist for one bottle in each wooden case of Ornellaia (containing 6 x 750ml bottles) and a limited edition of 111 large size bottles (100 double magnums (3L), 10 Imperials (6L) and 1 Salmanazar (9L) each individually numbered and personally signed by the artist. Collectors around the world covet these bottles and the auction of some of them during an annual charity event raises money in support of the Arts. The collection was recently auctions by Sotheby’s on the 13 Sep 2019 fetching £176,720 with proceeds from this online benefit auction of rare Ornellaia bottles will go to support the Mind’s Eye Program at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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IS THIS THE FUTURE OF FOOD?

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Sushi Singularity will create 3D printed food based upon your biometric data

The sushi craze has grown rapidly over the past few years primarily because of its many health benefits but Japanese conceptual design studio Open Meals has decided to take this further with the creation of Sushi Singularity a restaurant concept that will use a customer’s saliva, faeces and urine to create 3D-printed sushi tailored to their nutritional needs. The restaurant will feature robotic arms that aid and assist the itamae creating raw fish dishes through a 3D printing process based on food on the finding from each diner’s health ID. To avoid any awkward toilet trips upon arrival to the restaurant, upon booking a reservation the restaurant will send guests a health-test kit. Once sent back to the sushi restaurant, the customer’s genome and nutritional status is analysed and made into a “Health ID.” Using that information, Sushi Singularity builds personalized sushi recipes, optimizing ingredients with the nutrients the diner needs most. Tasty examples of the Sushi dishes currently being advertised include cell-cultured tuna, honeycomb octopus, steamed shrimp and even a squid castle! Open Meals claims Sushi Singularity is “beyond the future of sushi.” Because it can print sushi and share sushi plans worldwide, the project is part of not just one but two revolutions, the website states: “Sushi will connect people around the world, and will be produced, edited, and shared online in the form of ‘new sushi.’ Sushi combined with biometrics will enable hyper-personalization based on biometric and genomic data.” The restaurant is due to open in Tokyo in 2020

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ADD A TOUCH OF ROYALTY TO YOUR WHISKY COLLECTION Crown Royal have released their second addition to the Crown Royal Extra Rare Whisky Series, the “Crown Royal XR,” a limited-edition whisky crafted from one of the final batches of whiskies produced at founder Samuel Bronfman’s original LaSalle Distillery.

Steeped in history the distillery was the first distillery opened by the Bronfman family who created the

original Crown Royal in 1939 to commemorate king George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit to Canada. LaSalle sadly ceased production in 1996, but is still used today as a warehouse for Crown whiskies.

The Crown Royal Extra Rare Canadian Whisky is another creation by Crown Royal’s Master Blender Andrew McKay. And though it is indeed the most expensive one in the Crown Royal product line, everyone who gets

a taste of this high-end Canadian whiskey will surely say that it’s well worth every penny. The aroma is heavy

on the spice, both from the whisky and the barrel along with sweet notes of vanilla and candied apple caramel coating. The mid-palate is a bit aggressive and raw and is mixed with a young corn profile and dried fruit resulting in the signature rich, smooth, award-winning flavour of Crown Royal.

For connoisseur’s pair with a Cuban Partagás Corona Senior, a cigar that comes off very fresh, becomes more

savoury and leathery with the whisky. The XR’s spicy qualities of spice are downplayed by the partnership, while its fruits become more prominent.

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CAVIAR FOR CONNOISSEURS This premium caviar is paving the way for the future of sustainable caviar production

Attilus, which translates as ‘great sturgeon’ in Latin, creates its own caviar at a fishery in Jes-

sen, Germany, making them one of the very few producers of the natural delicacy to offer

‘real’ Oscietra caviar to its consumers – many of

whom are gourmet chefs and connoisseurs. The premium distributor applies an eco-friendly

ethos at the core of every stage of production

– from fishery to dish – putting the health and well-being of its fish first to guarantee a 100% certified product of the highest quality.

Available to order online -the caviar is deliv-

ered, packaged in a chilled, insulated container, or from selected stores. Prices start from as little as €17.00 - €145.00

For more information visit: www.attiluscaviar.com

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LUXURY VEgAN TRUFFLES

INSPIRED bY GEORGE MICHAEL David Crichton the 2018 Masterchef finalist has created a range of vegan chocolates to add to his Careless Whisper-inspired confectionery collection.

Inspired by his idol George Michael, David took from George Michael’s song ‘Careless Whis-

per’ and the classic chocolate bar Wispa to create The Careless Collection a contemporary range of handmade luxury chocolate bars which are offered in unique flavours.

The Careless Vegan collection uses the luxurious and much sought after Nacional cocoa, an intensely rich dark chocolate, studded with intricate heady notes. The box contains four dark chocolate bars with two unusual flavours: Smoked Chilli and Gianduja, and the Speculoos Truffle.

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TREKKIES CAN NOW INDULgE IN A REAL gLASS OF

PICARD WINE

Star Trek: The Next Generation fans and anyone who has seen the trailers for the upcoming Star Trek: Picard series will know

that Jean-Luc Picard (who is portrayed by British actor Patrick Stewart) hails from a family of winemakers in France’s La Barre region called Chateau Picard, but what many will not know is

that Chateau Picard is actually real and the name of an award-

winning, multi-generational vineyard located St-Estèphe, France. Collaborating with the Star Trek production team, the ‘real’ Château Picard, owned by Château Palmer’s co-owners, Bordeaux négociant house Mähler-Besse, have crafted two limited edition releases: a 2016 Chateau Picard Cru Bourgeois from Bordeaux, France, and a Special Reserve United Federation of Planets old vine zinfandel.

The 2016 Chateau Picard Bordeaux is described as Bordeaux blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that is subtly smoky and spicy with a bright, fresh, clean-tasting style.

The United Federation of Planets wine is a 2017 old vine zinfandel from Sonoma County, California. It’s a blend of 87% zinfandel, 12% petite sirah and 1% Syrah and described as having “aromatics of concentrated

strawberry, blackberry and plum preserves with a chewy-layered mid-palate filled with hints of white peppercorn, sweet red and black fruit”

Bottles can be purchased directly from StarTrek Wines with a bottle of Chateau Picard Bordeaux retails for a robust $60 and a bottle of United Federation of Planets retails for $50. Sadly for international Trekkies these bottles are only available in the US.

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ED SHEERAN’S TATTOO’S ARE IMMORTALIZED ON LIMITED EDITIONS bOTTLE OF HEINZ KETCHUP For the ultimate Ed Sheeran fan or ketchup fan Heinz

Ketchup offered a chance to win a bottle of their limited Ed Sheeran designed bottles .

He is currently starring in a tongue -in-cheek advert for

the brands most famous condiment – Ketchup and most recently he unveiled a tattoo of the iconic label on his left

bicep, so in response Heinz have launched 150 limited edition ketchup bottles, each autographed by the English musician featuring some of the pop star’s tattoos, including a rose, jigsaw puzzle pieces and the Heinz logo.

Just 150 of these “Ed Sheeran X Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Tattoo Edition” bottles were released — a number meant to celebrate Heinz’s 150th birthday. Each bottle has been signed by Ed himself and are presented in a protective “Collector’s Edition speaker box.”

Three of the bottles were auctioned off at Christie’s in

London with one bottle selling for a staggering 1,500.00. The remaining 104 bottles where offered via via Paddle8

as part of a global free prize draw in the hope of raising funds for the Rise Against Hunger and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

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URLEY’S CHINESE COLLABORATION William Curley, winner of “Britain’s Best Chocolatier” four times has incorporated luxury Chinese baijiu spirit brand Fen Chiew baiji into his special edition chocolate.

Fen Chiew baijiu is traditionally sipped with food, and displays intense aromas and flavours including honey, pear, jasmine, quince, cinnamon, apricot and thyme. This is why William Curley has selected it as the special ingredient.

William Curley has also created two special edition chocolate styles to match the flavours enjoyed when sipping Fen Chiew. The first is a smooth ganache infused with thyme and honey, and the second a soft, slightly chewy rich caramel with vanilla and a hint of sea salt.

Available to purchase from Harrods for £14 for 100 grams, which is approximately 10 chocolates or via online at www.williamcurley.co.uk

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UNDER THE SEA the worlD’s fIrst uNDerwater wINery

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We all love to travel and if you’re a lover of fine wine then trailing around France’s numerous vineyards or saltering through the Napa Valley in California would seem like the perfect holiday choice but what about donning a wetsuit and diving under the ocean to visit a winery? Sounds bizarre, well that’s exactly what one would have to do if they wanted to visit the Edivo winery, the first underwater winery situated in Croatia.

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Owned by brothers Ivo and Anto Šegović and Edi Bajurin, Navis Mysterium

or ‘Sea Mystery’ wine isn’t just a nostalgic fly-by-night enterprise it’s actually very practical.

Obviously the wine making process begins above ground in a small village

between Ston and Orebić, in the middle of the Pelješac peninsula, here the regional grape variety is Plavac Mali and once grown, harvested and pressed the wine is bottled and stored on land for three months before the bizarre underwater process begins.

The wine is transferred into specially made glass bottles that are then placed inside a clay amphorae jug which have narrow necks and two handles like the ones used in ancient Greece. Insides these jugs they are coated with a thin

layer of resin whilst on the outside they are protected by cork and two layers of rubber. The wine is then left to rest for 700 days placed inside special

cages which are locked to protect from curious divers and treasure hunters. Nowhere it seems is safe!

Ageing wines under water doesn’t initially sound like a natural process but at

20 meters below the surface the sea temperature is stable and there is minimal light and silence which means it is the perfect environment for ageing

wine, plus the wine takes on a distinct pinewood aroma which otherwise could not be achieved above ground.

As you can imagine after sitting in the ocean for 2 years the bottles once

brought to the surface look like pieces of sunken treasure covered in corals, seashells and algae and in fact look like pieces of art and no two are the same.

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Priced from €77.00 for a bottle of Navis Mysterium to €336.00 for a Navis Mysterium Amphora

these bottles would make for an enchanting gift and for the more adventurous as previously mentioned you can don a wetsuit and visit the “underwater cellars” - including bottles stored in a sunken ship at the bottom of the Mali Ston Bay.

Named by CNN Traveller as one of the most unusual wineries in the world, this is one wine tour for those who fancy something a little different. www.edivovina.hr

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THE TESLA OF AVIATION Shaking up the aviation industry

The ICON A5 is certainly a game changer in recreational sports flying industry, this compact, sexy amphibious lights sports aircraft (LSA), has been created for those who have always dreamed of flying but don’t want the expense or hassle of having to undertake endless flying lessons with the typical training process practically half the time and price of what is required for a standard pilot’s license. 198 LUXURY LIVING


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Created by former fighter pilot Kirk Hawkins and Steen Strand, the ICON A5 is marketed predominantly as a “lifestyle product” and not a private plane and we can see why, the single-engine prop plane has wings you can sunbathe on and a diving platform for swimming after the plane arrives at its beach destination, useful, post-landing recreational amenities are not something one usually finds on private airplanes! Both simple and complex in its design, the wings can be folded quickly and easily – without tools – allowing sport pilots to store their aircraft in a garage, or to use a simple trailer in order to tow the ICON A5 to the nearest airport or lake for that matter and the simple flying controls are comparable to that found in a sports car. Safety has been paramount to the creation of the ICON A5 and its sublimely-fine-tuned aerodynamics was designed to prevent the pilot from losing control in the event of engine power loss (stall). ICON’s goal was to make a plane that would not spin during a stall, and the A5’s spin-resistant airframe is the result of careful engineering and testing by aviation veterans. The ICON A5 has been designed so that it will not descend quickly during a power loss, allowing the pilot the time and space for recovery. The ICON A5 also comes with an airplane parachute system for emergencies, and an easy-to-understand, single gauge angle of attack (AOA) system. Most recently the ICON A5 was named the 2018 Light Sport Aircraft of the Year by air.one, a leading online aircraft sales platform. This recognition was based on the A5’s innovative safety features, leading-edge design characteristics, and enjoyable in-flight experience. Praising the ICON A5 for its commitment to safety and design, specifically noting the A5’s Angle of Attack (AoA) indicator, ICON Parachute System (IPS), and Spin-Resistant Airframe (SRA). They also lauded the plane’s versatility with its amphibious capabilities, foldable wings, and ability to be easily loaded onto a trailer and transported off airport. Of course there are obviously limitations to what you can do with the ICON A5 - It hasn’t been designed to go far its range is just 491 miles and it isn’t built for speed (109mph is as racy as it gets) and it can only carry one other passenger but what it lacks in distance and speed, it more than makes up for in innovation.

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A fully loaded ICON A5 costs from $389,000 which is still extremely cheap compared to that of a private jet, however ICON have recently introduced fractional ownership schemes with half ownership, priced at $225,000 plus a management fee of $1,500 per month which will give the owner 150 days use a year of the ICON A5 and for a cheaper option still, there is the quarter-ownership scheme priced at $125,000 with a $900 monthly management fee and this will permit the owner 75 days use of the ICON per annum. For additional information about ICON A5 visit: www.iconaircraft.com

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MOTORING IN MONTEREY An annual pilgrimage for Car Lovers

If you’re a lover of supercars of a vintage car enthusiast you will have heard of Monterey Car Week this annual event is a pilgrimage for automotive aficionados. A cluster of automotive events it hosts individual festivities that take place all over the Monterey Peninsula, from Carmelby-the-Sea to the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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The pinnacle event of the week is of course “The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering” for seventeen years, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering has provided an unparalleled and exclusive experience for motorsports enthusiasts and collectors from around the world to enjoy rare collections of fine automobiles and motorcycles in a garden-party setting on the rolling greens of Quail Lodge & Golf Club. The event is limited to just 5,000 invited guests who each receive VIP credentials. More than 200 timeless vehicles are displayed, including rare sports and racing classics and modern luxury cars can be test driven by guests on local roads. This year’s event showcased a celebration of supercars and concepts cars from some of the world’s biggest and best manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren. Here we unveil some of the coolest cars unveiled to the public. 205


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BMW VISION M NEXT BMW’s Vision M Next electric sports car concept looks like an old M1 and the modern i8 collided in the “Tron” universe and managed to produce something cool. As part of the brands M range, the BMW Vision M Next shows us an electrified future by placing the focus squarely on the actively engaged driver. Intelligent technologies on board provide comprehensive yet carefully targeted assistance to vastly improve a driver’s skills behind the wheel turning them into the ultimate driver. The all-electric sports car has an autonomous mode - as well as a sporty mode for those who want to drive their own car - and features a host of ultra-advanced driver assistance features and surprisingly it offers a total output of 600 horsepower (441 kilowatts), which produces a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) and enables the BMW Vision M NEXT to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just three seconds.

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DETOMAS P72

To celebrate its 60th anniversary Italian sports car makers De Tomaso has unveiled a new limitededition P72 sports , a tribute its 1960s P70 prototype racer. Founded by Argentinian immigrant Alejandro de Tomaso in Italy 60 years ago, De Tomaso is regarded as one of the wildest car-building enterprises the world has ever seen. Now, six decades later, the investor behind Apollo Automobil is determined to do Alejandro’s legacy justice with the launch of this super sleek, curvaceous body dripping in copper. Previously unveiled at the Goodwood festival of speed the P72’s flowing surfaces, bold lines and emphasized wheel arches, case a carbon fibre chassis but it is inside where this car really excels. The interiors feature quilted leather and shiny copper gauges exuding opulence and luxury No technical details have been revealed as yet but what we do know is that De Tomaso will build only 72 of the P72 model ( hence the name!) with an estimated starting price of €750,000

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MCLAREN GT BY MSO TMcLaren’s unveiled its latest model the upcoming 2020 GT that promises customisation on par with a Savile Row suit. McLaren’s Special Operations division says the GT is inspired by British architecture, and the interior brings that idea to life. The slightly metallic Flux White leather is shaped with MSO Bespoke Geoform Stitching, which incorporates an artistic angular design inspired by the geometric canopy seen in the British Museum in London, England. MSO applied the unique look to the seats, sun visor, armrests and door panels. Further touches include Satin Graphite leather accents, debossed MSO logos in the headrests, MSO Bespoke Silver Infused Carbon Fiber gear shift paddles and steering wheel clasp, and bespoke floor mats. It’s powered by the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine as the standard McLaren GT, producing 612bhp and 630Nm of torque and McLaren claims a 0–62mph time of 3.2 seconds. Deliveries for the standard McLaren GT will commence this autumn, with prices starting from £163,000.

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W MOTORS FENYR The all-new Fenyr SuperSport is the latest HyperCar to be launched by Dubai based W Motors. Named after ‘Fenrir’, a monstrous wolf in Norse mythology that has been the subject of various artistic depictions and present throughout all ages of literature. The animal is renowned as being the

most ferocious compared to other canine beings cited; The Fenyr SuperSport represents W Motors most powerful and performant supercar.

A limited edition with a production run of only 100 cars in addition to 10 “Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions” the Fenyr SuperSport’s exterior body is crafted in carbon fibre with extensive use of graphene composite. The custom-made RUF engine was specially developed for W Motors.

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BUGATTI CENTODIECI A 21st-century upgrade, the Centodieci meaning 110 in Italian is a modern interpretation paying tribute to the first BUGATTI hypercar of the 1990s, the legendary EB110. Aerodynamic changes include a sizable rear wing instead of the graphic two-dimensional rear of the EB110 with its two pill-shaped tail lights, the Centodieci relies on a wide air outlet opening for more efficient engine thermals, bringing to life the flying tail light elements in graphic kinship with the EB110. It took several months to develop solutions to ensure a balanced temperature. As in the EB110, the engine is seen behind a transparent glass surface. The rear is formed into a single ventilation hole, characterised by the eight rear light elements, 2+2 exhaust tailpipes positioned on top of each other in a black matt anodised finish and a performance diffuser to improve downforce. The overhanging rear wing is permanently attached in the style of the original EB110 SS.

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Under the hood, the Centodieci features the iconic 8.0-litre W16 engine with 1,176 kW/1,600 hp at 7,000 rpm. An additional air inlet in the area of the oil cooler reliably regulates the temperature of the performance-enhanced engine. The Centodieci sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds, to 200 km/h in 6.1 seconds and to 300 km/h in 13.1 seconds; the top speed is electronically cut off at 380 km/h. There will be only 10 units built of The Centodieci with the price starting at ÂŁ7.4 million before tax all of which have been sold before the cars official release. The first deliveries are expected in 2021.

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FLYING CARS FOR THE MASSES

When you think of flying cars or VTOL’s you automatically presume that they’ll be expensive, hard to operate and well futuristic, but the Blackfly is different, it promises to deliver the futures’ must have flying car at a reasonable price without the need for a pilot’s license!

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Designed and built by Canadian company OPENER, the BlackFly is a fixed-wing, all-electric, vertical

take-off and landing (eVTOL) personal ultralight aircraft who claims to bring pie-in-the-sky dreams of

the flying car to every household at in at a price comparable to that of a well-equipped, family-sized SUV. The specifications for the BlackFly are also pretty impressive - a single-seat, personal aerial electric vehi-

cle composed of epoxy-impregnated carbon fibre. The BlackFly measures 13 ft. 7 in. wide, and 13 ft. 5 in. long. There is a pair of cantilever tandem wings on the front and rear of the aircraft, with each outfitted

with four tractor configuration contra-rotating propellers that are powered by eight electric motors. Able to land on asphalt, snow, ice, and grass OPENER claims the BlackFly will be energy efficient and more efficient than that of an electric car using less watt-hours per mile of travel – so far so good!

Flying the Blackfly seems to be relatively easy too, controlled by a joystick (think games console controls)

it manages the control pitch, roll, and yaw with a thumb button to control altitude. The entire system is a triple-redundant fly-by-wire platform with flight stability being software controlled, and features modes for cruise-control, auto-land, Geo-fencing, and even an option to “return home.”

But before you dash out to purchase this UFO looking flying machine there are some limitations. Firstly

its range is limited to just 25 miles at a cruising speed to 62 mph and of course it can only carry one person so you’ll need to be reduce your circle of friends if you purchase one of these. One the plus side though is operators do not need a pilot’s license, but they will need to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Private Pilot written examination, as well as finish the vehicle familiarization and operator training that’s required by OPENER.

OPENER claim that the BlackFly will go into production this year with a rough selling price of $200,000

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THE ELECTRIC CAR

REVOLUTION Electric cars are becoming more and more mainstay across our roads, with a growing number of all-electric models available to buy right now. The supercar industry has until recently continued to resist the jump from petrol powered engines to battery powered but now a number of well established brands have unveiled a wide range of pure electric cars set to hit our streets in the not too distant future. Here, we’ll take a peek at the best upcoming 2020 electric cars.

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LOTUS EVIJA The world’s first fully electric British hypercar has been revealed... With unparalleled performance and a target power output of 2,000 PS, it sets new standards in terms of advanced EV engineering. Quite simply, the Lotus Evija is the most powerful series production road car ever built. Like all Lotus cars throughout the brand’s storied 71-year history, the Evija has been precision-engineered to deliver an outstanding driving experience both on the road and track. It is the most dynamically accomplished model ever built by the company, setting new standards for Lotus driving performance. Above all else, it is ‘For The Drivers’. As a name, Evija (pronounced ‘E-vi-ya’) means ‘the first in existence’ or ‘the living one’. The Evija marks the start of an exciting new chapter in the history of an iconic and much-loved British sports car brand. It is the first hypercar from Lotus, and the company’s first model with an electrified powertrain.

Exclusivity and desirability go hand in hand in the world of hypercars, and the Evija is blessed with an abundance of both. Production is limited to not more than 130 examples, making it among the most exclusive cars ever launched. It’s a figure set in tribute to the car’s project code, Type 130. Lotus road and race cars throughout the brand’s seven decades of success have been assigned a Type number, and the Evija is no exception.

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At the heart of the Evija is an ultra-advanced all-electric powertrain. It has been developed by technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering, famed for success in motorsport, from Formula One to electrifying the first four seasons of Formula E. The battery pack is mid-mounted immediately behind the two seats and supplies energy directly to four powerful e-motors. This highly efficient system is the lightest, most energy dense, electric power package ever fitted to a road car. With a target weight of just 1,680 kg, it will be the lightest pure electric hypercar ever to go into series production.

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Engineered for precise and sustained performance, the Evija has five driving modes – Range, City, Tour, Sport and Track. It can race from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in under three seconds and accelerate to a top speed of more than 200 mph (0-320 km/h). The Evija is priced from £1.7m plus duties and taxes. A £250,000 deposit secures a production slot. Order books are now open through www.lotuscars.com

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PURITALIA BERLINETTA THE ITALIAN SUPERHYBRID Italian sports car specialist Puritalia who back in 2012 brought us the Puritalia 427 has revealed a new super-hybrid Puritalia Berlinetta grand tourer with stunning good looks.. This two-door supercharged monster features cues from the Ferrari 250 GTO and the Shelby Cobra and delivers 965-hp (720-kW), 1,248-Nm (920-lb-ft) able to hit a top speed of 208-mph (335-km/h). The battery capacity is quite small, two packs totaling 5.2 kWh, but they’re enough to give you 12.4 miles (20 km) of electric range. The powertrain consists of a 5.0-liter V-8 mated to an electric motor, with both units sending drive to the rear wheels via a 7-speed automated manual transmission with paddle shifters. In hybrid model, an onboard computer determines the mix of internal-combustion and electric power for optimal efficiency, taking into effect driving style as well as real-time road and weather conditions. Inside a large colorful digital dash and generous 10-inch touchscreen take center stage with an and where most supercars tend to have superracy, low-slung seats you need to shoehorn yourself into, the Berlinetta offers as much leg room as a typical sedan, with comfy, sportish Sabelt seats and plenty of headroom for tall drivers. Only 150 will be built. Each hand built in Italy and customizable to each customer so no two cars will be the same. Prices start from ₏465,000 (US$515,000)

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THE $2 MILLION HYPERCAR THAT’S ALREADY SOLD OUT! Back in March last year at the annual Geneva Motorshow Croatian supercar maker Rimac Automobili presented its latest upgrade to the Rimac C- One previously launched in 2012 with a mean looking machine the Rimac C-Two.. This stunning car claims to have a 1,914-horsepower engine that enables a 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 1.85 seconds making it one of the quickest cars in existence.

Designed by Rimac’s in-house team and made entirely from scratch with all-new, groundbreaking technologies - the C_Two features a full carbonfibre monocoque with bonded carbon roof, integrated battery pack and merged rear carbon subframe.

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Rimac’s own suite of electronic control systems means that full torque-vectoring is available (and

necessary!) to harness 1,914 hp (1,408 kW) of power and 2,300 Nm of torque - two and a half times the torque output of a contemporary hypercar.

With a top speed of 258 mph (412 km/h), a zero to 60mph time of 1.85 seconds and a zero to 100 mph (161 km/h) time of 4.3*, the C_Two makes devastating use of the instant-torque available to

an electric vehicle and the traction made possible by the unique drivetrain and bespoke Pirelli tyres.

Yet the C_Two is a comfortable, bespoke GT car that has a 650 km range, can be charged to 80-per-

cent capacity in less than 30 minutes, and has been designed to be used hard, repeatedly and reliably. This is no fragile thoroughbred; new and innovative, liquid-cooled thermal management systems

mean that this is a car capable of two full laps of the infamous Nürburgring at full power - with a negligible drop in performance.

Limited to just 150 copies of the Concept Two and with a whopping price tag starting from $2 million and that’s without the extras!

Rimac have confirmed that all the cars have been sold with deliveries expected 2020.

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2020 ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE E The first Aston Martin all-electric car is not just an electric car but an electric sports car with heritage…

The premium British automaker enters the electric race by adapting the oldest vehicle currently

available in their portfolio to new all-electric standards. The Aston Martin Rapide has been around since 2010 which, in ultra-luxury sedan years, borders on senior citizenship.

Powered by an 800V battery electrical architecture with 65kWh installed capacity using over 5600 lithium ion 18650 format cylindrical cells. These are mounted in a bespoke battery pack where the

original 6.0-litre V12, its gearbox and fuel tank were located. This battery system powers two rear mounted electric motors producing a combined target output of just over 610PS and a colossal 950Nm of torque.

Rapide E’s range target is over 200 miles under the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Pro-

cedure (WLTP), while the model is capable of charging at a rate of 1851,2 miles of range per hour using a typical 400V 50kW charger. However, the car’s 800V high-voltage battery system enables

faster charging of 3101,2 miles of range per hour, using an 800V outlet delivering 100kW or higher. Being an Aston Martin, the Rapide E has been developed with a high-performance objective. Pro-

jected top speed for the Rapide E is 155mph, with a sub-4.0sec 0-60mph time and a 50-70mph time of just 1.5sec. It’s important to stress that these figures are not restricted to a narrow window only

when the batteries are fully-charged. Instead the target is for maximum performance on-demand throughout majority of the battery state of charge window, as would be expected from a conventional

internal combustion-engined car. This includes the ability to drive a full lap of the Nürburgring with absolutely no derating of the battery and the ability to cope with the daily demands of repeated hard acceleration and braking.

The car’s exterior and underbody has also been aerodynamically optimised and complemented with newly-designed aerodynamic wheels. Shod with Pirelli P-Zero low rolling-resistance tyres featuring

noise-cancelling foam, Rapide E aims to achieve higher levels of aerodynamic, frictional losses and cooling performance over the standard Rapide S.

The price hasn’t been disclosed, but considering all 155 units have already been spoken for, it hardly matters anyway. The Rapide E made its debut at the 2019 Shanghai auto show.

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ELEXTRA Designed in Switzerland, engineered and built in Germany using a revolutionary, all-new electric drivetrain, ELEXTRA redefines the supercar. Looking like a cross between a Lamborghini Aventador and a sedan the four door Elextra claims to be the quickest accelerating electric car ever, capable of hitting 60mph from a standstill in just 2.3 seconds. Designed by start-up Classic Factory, the Elextra will introduce an all-new, “revolutionary” electric drivetrain, with technology that enables the car to keep the same power output while halving the size of the electric motors. This new technology also prevents overheating issues as it doesn’t need any additional cooling systems. Classic Factory is partnering with an unannounced company based near Munich in Germany to develop the new drivetrain, while the car’s chassis and body will be engineered in Stuttgart.

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Power will be provided by two electric motors producing a combined output of 680 hp, enabling the Elextra to hit 0-62 mph in 2.3 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 155 mph while providing a range of up to 374 miles. The Elextra will be hand-built near Stuttgart with a limited production of just 100 units, prices are yet to be revealed.

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A LEGENDARY BOAT

TRANSFORMED INTO A VESSEL OF THE FUTURE

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More than a boat, Energy Observer is a model for energy networks of the future: digitized, decarbonized and decentralized.

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Energy Observer is a boat like no other, the first hydrogen powered vessel revolutionizing maritime adventure. Ensuring voyaging goes hand in hand with technology and ecology!

Aiming for energy autonomy with no greenhouse gas emissions or fine particles, this legendary former racing boat has been repackaged into an electrically powered ship of the future, powered by a mix of renewable energies and a low-carbon hydrogen production system using seawater.

Built in Canada in 1983 by the naval architect Nigel Irens, under the supervision of the navigator

Mike Birth, Energy Observer began life as a racing catamaran racing under the names of Formule TAG, Tag Heuer, Enza New Zealand, Royal & SunAlliance, Team Legato, or Daedalus. Today this

legendary boat has been repackaged into an electrically powered ship of the future with a new name Energy Observer which is paving a new way, the one of sailing autonomously powered by hydrogen.

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Originally 24.38 meters long, it has been lengthened four times and today measures 30.5 meters long

by 12.80 meters wide. Developed in collaboration with engineers from the CEA-LITEN the boat

will test and prove the efficiency of a full production chain that relies on the coupling of different renewable energies. Following its launch in the spring of 2017 the boat has embarked upon a world tour lasting 6 years in order to optimize its technologies and promote sustainability.

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Now equipped with revolutionary energy architecture, Energy Observer is the first vessel in the world, able to produce its hydrogen from seawater, thanks to renewable energies. Almost every horizontal

surface on the vessel is covered with solar panels (1,400 square feet of them in all), which curve gently to fit the aerodynamic contours. Some, on a suspended deck that extends to the sides of the vessel, are

bi-facial panels, generating power from direct sunlight as well as light reflected off the water below. The rear is flanked by two vertical, egg whisk-style wind turbines, which add to the power production. The vessel is also equipped with a kite sail that assists in navigation and also generates power. While

it is pulling the boat through the water, the ship’s propeller turns an electric motor to create electricity. Energy Observer has already completed more than 28,400 nautical miles since the commencement of

its oceanic voyage visiting over twenty four countries most recently completed a historic expedition, the longest since it left Saint-Malo in 2017, to become the first vessel around the world to visit the Arctic Circle.

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Heesen From day one, Heesen has pursued a consistent mission: to create yachts with exceptional standards of engineering and meticulous attention to detail. To achieve this, skilled hands, driven by passion for perfection, make all the difference. Custom or semi-custom, each yacht is built entirely in-house and renowned for exceptional performance in speed, range and stability. heesenyachts.com



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YACHTING NEWS

DYNAMIQ PRESENTS LIMITED GTT 135 CARAT EDITION Monaco based Dynamiq has developed a special edition of its GTT 135 with a striking gold theme. The GTT 135 is the perfect, all-aluminum, fast cruiser. Built on a 41 m (135 ft) platform with a comfortable round bilge hull and a shallow draught of just 1.6m, she is the ideal family superyacht for cruising the Mediterranean, Caribbean or Asian Pacific.

To appeal to the Middle Eastern market the new hull of the limited GTT 135 CARAT edition is painted an

exclusive Royal Gold and the bathrooms feature gold accessories by Serdaneli. High-end equipment includes a phenomenal Steinway Lyngdorf music system. Naturally, the air conditioning system is specified for the hot Middle Eastern climate and even the MAN engines come with gold-plated cylinder heads.

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Interiors include an extravagant indoor and outdoor dining area complete with a modern fireplace, crystal chandeliers, Bentley home furniture and marble finishes. A state-of-the-art Steinway Lyngdorf music system has also been integrated into the yacht’s interior.

Capable of pushing its 135 feet of sheer luxury up to speeds of 21 knots and cruise at around 19 knot, her transatlantic range of 3,000 nautical miles means the yacht can voyage between the Caribbean and the Med to make the most of two cruising seasons over the course of the year.

With the largest sundeck in her class (120 m 2 / 1,291 sq/ft) and five very spacious staterooms, she is the epitome of versatile luxury.

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A SILENT WAY TO SUSTAINABLE

YACHTING

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SILENT-YACHTS unveiled its first and only oceangoing production yacht that was fully solar sustainable and powered by solar energy to the world back in 2009 and this year the Austrian company goes one better with a new and improved version

Conventional motor-yachts are powered by diesel- or gas-engines. Additionally they have a Generator on board to supply all household appliances. Depending on the size of the yacht, two or three diesel-engines are working for propulsion and household they also use gas for cooking.

SILENT-YACHTS OFFERS A COMPLETELY NEW EXPERIENCE MEANING NO GENERATORS ARE REQUIRED Utilizing the power of the sun the yacht uses silent electric propulsion for unlimited range, with no noise or fumes and minimal vibration, and is self-sufficient as well as virtually maintenance-free.

Fitted with 30 high-efficiency solar panels rated for approximately 9 kilowatt-peak, the SILENT 55 uses maximum power point tracking (MPPT) solar charge regulators and lithium batteries, which provide capacity for all-night cruising, while a 15-kVA inverter provides power for all household appliances.

The 17m solar-powered ocean-going catamaran is capable of 20 knots using silent electric propulsion for unlimited

range without noise or fumes and minimal vibration. Power is supplied by a pair of 250 kW e-motors, with a battery capacity of 210 kWh.

So far, one Silent 55 S2 had been produced and four units of the Silent 80 flagship are currently under construction.

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Enata unveil new 2020 flying FOILER Yacht

Enata’s FOILER made quite a splash when it was released last year. Now Enata have revealed a new 2020 version which will be unveiled at this years Abu Dhabi International Boat Show in October.

The new 2020 model of the FOILER Flying Yacht has swapped out the hybrid propulsion system of the 2019 model adding significantly more power in the form of two 370-hp turbocharged V8 diesel engines, for a total of 740 hp. Flying 1.5 metres above the water at an average speed of 18 knots, the FOILE extends out four hydrofoils, acting like wings on an aircraft, to lift the vessel above the waves and create a smooth passenger experience that avoids the slamming impact felt on conventional powerboats. Gliding smoothly over the waves one of the key features of the 2020 model is a new forward cockpit with a joystick controller. The joystick, installed by the foredeck seats to control the speed and direction of the FOILER, feels like an extension of your body offering seamless and instinctive control, the joystick can be tilted to alter direction, whilst pulling back or pushing forward changes the speed - The FOILER can reach an impressive 40 knots. Equipped to the highest standards, offering luxurious features to meet the requirements of the most influential and demanding patrons, FOILER is available in different layouts so that you can build a flying yacht to suit your needs. Whether you’re after family fun, a little (or a lot) of thrill-seeking, or that James Bond appeal, FOILER is a modular platform offering multiple layout options. All layouts include storage facilities, retractable tables, a restroom below the deck and a fridge for added convenience. Choose from the Venturi, Royale, or Azure for a personalized platform on which to explore the future of luxury water transport. For superyacht owners the FOILER has been cleverly designed to fit into the tender garage of a superyacht, making Foiler a dream addition for any superyacht owner. Prices start from US$850,000, 243


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LAMBORGHINI INSPIRED SPEEDBOAT CONCEPT Acclaimed Milan-based yacht design studio, Officina Armare, have recently unveiled a new incredible superboat concept dubbed the ultimate day cruiser, inspired by Lamborghini. Titled A43, Lamborghini Edition this stunning boat like any Lamborghini simply takes your breath away thanks to its bold and aggressive lines and stunning two-colour paint theme of matte jet black and eye-catching canary yellow. Made with an an ultra-light carbon fiber body the A43 is powered by two Mercury engines with a power output of 540 hp each meaning it can hit a top-speed of more than 80 knots with an impressive cruising speed of 50 knots. Among the features of the A43 are: side bow thrusts in the bow, redirecting air flow tunnels, providing aerodynamic lifting force and air intakes for cooling motors in a carbon fiber housing. On board there is a comfortable lounge seating area which can be used as a sunbathing area a champagne compartment that allows you to keep your champagne bottle cool, sofa seating for 4, toilet, sink and bathroom with shower so you can easily transition from day cruising to night.

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Officina Armare have not yet confirmed if this stunning boat will go into production but if these images are anything to go by, we surely hope it does.. For more information visit: www.officinaarmare.com/a43lamborghiniedition

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NOT ALL YACHTS ARE BORN EQUAL! Italian boatyard Canados has launched the first in its 120 Caesar series where pleasure and practicality are seamlessly merged together. Not all yachts are born equal. Most are simply engineered to allow movement between marinas and for occasional enjoyment at sea. At Canados however, with over 70 years’ experience in manufacturing the finest custom yachts they have been driven to rethink this basic perception. The result? The new 120’ Caesar.

he Canados 120’ Caesar truly represents a new experience in yachting where every parameter of an owner’s expectations has been considered and addressed. The primary defining aspect of the 120’ Caesar is the constant interaction between the ocean and those onboard. To achieve this, no detail has been overlooked. The oversized bathing platform, under-sole storage for your personal watercraft, plus the 4.30m tender’s garage that transforms into a teak paneled beach club (complete with shower and day-head) all contribute to optimising on-water activities. Oversized saloon glass windows offer permanent visual contact with the sea. The 120’ has been created by a dedicated team of yacht builders in collaboration with a panel of yacht owners, each of whom fully understand what is required from a yacht of this size. Every single detail, piece of equipment and shape has been drawn to optimize form and functionality. From deck space, terraces and the carbon fiber hardtop opening system, to oversized portholes… you name it, it is included. The number of innovations created to enhance enjoyment are simply too many to list. It is an open secret within the yachting industry that Canados is one of the few builders to manufacture its own interiors. That our craftsmen are the best is not disputed either. Each Canados is bespoke, fashioned according to our client’s tastes. Working alongside our clients, or their designers, we realize their dream interior, crafting custom furniture or sourcing loose furniture from luxury brands. One thing is sure, whether your interior choice is classical or contemporary, during the day or night it will provide the perfect environment to appreciate the coastline slipping by the side picture windows. 246 LUXURY LIVING


While certainly a stunning yacht, the Canados 120’ is also a true ocean going vessel. Pleasure and practicality have been seamlessly merged to ensure your pleasure and safety is effortlessly achieved. Internationally renowned Boffi Kitchen manufactures the galleys to our own design, while companionways and passages all offer secure circulation around the yacht even when underway. For added aesthetic appeal and purity of the yacht’s profile, all life rafts are concealed in quick release storage lockers. The focus on interaction of guests with the ocean was not paid lip service by our inhouse engineers; they created jaw-dropping results through a series of unique technical innovations including floor to ceiling main deck side glass walls and optional terraces featuring pop-up security guardrails to optimize the views afforded by its hydraulic gull wing doors and wrap around windows. The raised pilothouse is equipped with the latest state-of-theart navigation, communication and monitoring systems, allowing the crew total control over the entire yacht from a single position. Distinctly athletic in her design and aesthetic appeal, the 120’ Caesar is an elegant and efficient performer. Her twin MTU 16V 2000 M94L engines developing 2,600hp, allow her to cruise effortlessly at 24-knots and achieve a top speed of 27-knots. Faster yachts may exist, but surely not with such a power to performance ratio. No other yacht that size possesses the 120’ Caesar’s level of comfort and level of performance for commensurate power. Thanks to a carefully studied noise management plan, silent cruising reminds you your yacht proudly displays a Canados badge. At 22-knots the engines are inaudible on the flybridge, and all over the main deck. While cruising, one can comfortably enjoy lunch in the dining room or watch a movie in the main saloon. The first 120’Caesar to be created a fully-custom 37 metre yacht, will now begin sea trials ahead of her delivery in a few weeks’ time spending the summer season cruising the waters of Southern Italy before debuting at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September. For more information visit www.canados.com 247


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WHO SAID EXPEDITION YACHTS HAD TO BE UGLY!

Kozloff ’s release of the majestic and mighty sailing yacht, is possibly his most striking design yet Caribù is a 113 meter, six-deck, three masted

polar class sailing yacht equipped with several

one-of-a-kind features including an unheard

of 1913 ft² aircraft hangar with a landing area that is only rivaled by an aircraft carrier. Like

her namesake her unique features are striking, elegant and strong, with the ability to go on journeys of great distances.

The Caribù sailing yacht incorporates an integrated aircraft hangar that has enough space to house and protect up to three small

helicopters or 2 medium helicopters. The huge landing area permits safe aircraft operations

during rough conditions. The two large cranes can help load and off-load special research equipment easily.

u She features a massive 2000 ft² owners suite with a private

full-sized pool at the stern. The pool features the Kozloff invention of a hard retractable cover so draining is not

required in rough conditions. She also features a full beam

beach club with retractable decks, a definite rarity for a sailing yacht.

Caribù has 2 master suites, and can safely host 14 guests and a crew of 20 in full luxury. To assure the safety of all

aboard she is equipped with two free fall lifeboats that can be deployed in the worst of conditions.

Aft of the bridge her design includes a spa with the

hard retractile cover. The spacious fly bridge with a full command and control station has a large shaded lounging area for up to six people.

Caribù is equipped with another unique Kozloff invention; de-icing boots on the masts and yards (much like aircraft de-icing systems), plus heated handrails and heated doors

to minimize icing problems. Her cavernous full beam garage can handle multiple tenders and other water toys.

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She can cruise at 15kts for 6000 nautical miles with diesel power only. Her range is greatly extended with careful management of her

hybrid diesel-electric systems and sail power. Under sail power only she can make 20kts. Her ice class hull can easily break through moderate ice conditions.

The interior space has multi-levels, curved walls, and a multitude of large windows

providing a near panoramic view. This will be an exciting space for the future owner and interior designers to create a masterpiece of comfort and luxury.

Caribù is a true world-class explorer sailing

yacht with all the luxury of any super-yacht and much more!

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TO THE SOUND OF SILENCE For more than 40 years, Heesen has pursued a consistent mission: to create yachts with exceptional standards of engineering and meticulous attention to detail

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Heesen’s ever-increasing desire to innovate and minimise its carbon footprint

has laid the foundation for its hybrid solutions today. The cleaner, quieter

and more fuel-efficient hybrid solution surpasses conventional diesel systems meaning no batteries. This provides more flexible power management, which means better efficiency, less noise and less vibration

Introducing Project Electra, a highly fuel efficient yacht designed for living.

Based on the success of her award-winning predecessor - YN 17850 Home - Project Electra marries performance and efficiency by using the slippery Fast

Displacement Hull Form with Heesen’s innovative hybrid solution, which combines diesel and electric propulsion.

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Compared to a traditional diesel engine arrangement, the hybrid power and propulsion system is quieter and more fuel efficient. In addition, it offers

cost-reducing benefits and flexible power management, as the yacht can be operated in four different cruising modes:

Hybrid mode: up to 9 knots at noise levels of just 46dB,

shaft motors of 127kW each quietly power the yacht. The

benefits are silent cruising and higher manoeuvrability in close

quarters.

equivalent to soft rain! Two water-cooled DC electric

Economic Mode: 9-12 knots with main engines on and

generators off. Ideal for longer passages, the economic mode

comes with few interesting perks – frugal fuel consumption (at

12 knots the yacht burns just 98 litres per hour) and extended generator service life.

Cruising Mode: 12-15 knots. This is the traditional mode, where

provide the hotel load.

the diesel engines drive the yacht’s propellers and the generators

Boost Mode: to achieve the max speed 16.3 knots, the generator-

engines to give an extra kick of power.

powered shaft motors are brought into service alongside the main

Electra’s technological heart is wrapped in a contemporary design package

that comes in just below the 500GT threshold. Frank Laupman of Omega

Architects created a bold exterior design where aesthetics meet functionality.

The vertical bow with spray rails is not only on-trend, it also serves a practical

purpose by providing progressive buoyancy when carving through waves. The bow shape also means the crew accommodation can be set further forward.

Twelve guests are accommodated in five lower deck suites and a master state-

room located on the main deck forward. The interior design is by Cristiano

Gatto, whose décor integrates organic shapes and emphasizes the indoor-

outdoor connection with deep and low furniture, allowing the guests to fully enjoy the panoramic vistas from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Project Electra is available for delivery in April 2020. For more information visit: www.heesenyachts.com

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THE NEW BUBEN & ZORWEG GRAND CONNOISSEUR XL BAR

THE NEAREST THING TO A PERFECT WORLD! In a perfect world, one should be able to savour the finest things in life directly at their original locations

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Bars, the drinks they serve and the flavourful cigars you can smoke there, should be no exception. Following the example of the world-class writer and “puros” lover, Ernest Hemingway, the best Dai-

quiris have to be flavoured at the Floridita, in the heart of the Cuban capital of La Havana, and the

best Mojitos, just a few blocks away, at the La Bodeguita del Medio. Both these drinks demand to be

accompanied by an exquisite Arturo Fuente, Montecristo or Cohiba cigar. A few thousand miles away, in charming Paris, the same Hemingway would have certainly recommended the fabulous martini served at the bar of the Ritz Hotel in Paris. The same drink, so the legend goes, he helped popularise in the States after the war.

At Harry´s, in Piazza San Marco, the best choice could only fall on the remarkable Bellini cocktail, named in honour of the work of Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini. Not far from the famous canal city, Ferrara is home to the Al Brindisi Bar that traces its history back as far as 1100 AD. Titian and Cellini drank here in the 15th century, and Copernicus lived above the bar while studying at Ferrara University in the early 1500s.

However, that would be in a perfect world. In a near perfect world, the new GRAND CONNOISSEUR XL BAR is the right alternative. Handcrafted in Germany with precious high-gloss Macassar inlays, the opening of its doors reveals beautifully presented holders for wine, spirits and glasses. A central drawer acts as a functional humidor for approximately 60 cigars, and below, a climatic wine storage cabinet keeps your best vintages at the correct temperature.

So, once home from a day full of meetings, the owner of a BUBEN&ZORWEG GRAND CON-

NOISSEUR XL BAR can open its doors, pour a drink and light up that special “puro”, while enjoying the best quality sound coming from the inbuilt HiFi system. You only have to lean back, close your

eyes and listen to the suavest Buena Vista Social Club tune you ever heard, and reflect that in a near perfect World, this bar is the closest to perfection!

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THE WORLD’S MOST

LUXURIOUS BED Luxury bed creators Savoir introduce THE THREE SIXTY billed as the world’s most luxurious bed and with a price tag of over a quarter of a million pounds

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The new THREE SIXTY, bed is the epitome of contemporary luxury and bespoke British craftsmanship. Combining aesthetics, technology and ultra-luxury, the bed “that has everything” took the skilful

artisans at Savoir over 300 hours to create, showcasing Savoir’s pursuit of the extraordinary, pushing the boundaries in form, movement and craft. The development of such a bed with the dedicated handcraft, level of thoughtful integrated technology and design aesthetic is rare.

THE THREE SIXTY takes the art of fine bed-making to undreamed of levels of comfort and luxury. A celebration of no holds barred luxury; the smoothly curved exterior, upholstered in a beautiful soft

leather contributes to the contemporary design. The flowing sphere of veneer with its gentle twist, encircles the Savoir N°1 creating a calming sense of symmetry. Savoir craftsmen used time honoured carpentry skills to ensure the veneer finish is to Savoir’s exacting standards. The carefully selected

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The arched interior of THE THREE SIXTY exudes the power of cocooning, with the carefully applied tactile velvet. The exquisite Italian Dedar 100% cotton velvet is super-soft and irresistible to touch. The versatile colourway lends itself beautifully to the voluptuous cushioning which greets the sleeper on the interior. Celebrating a seductive ambience, the precision lines created by the curved and voluptuous ribs, provide a comforting sense of privacy. The considered fabric and textures complement the unique curved shape. The smooth flawless veneer flows in to the buttery leather, with the soothing velvet marrying the two textures. Tones and textures seamlessly flow. THE THREE SIXTY discreetly features turntable technology to rotate 360 degrees, allowing the user to select their view from the comfort of the Savoir N°1 via an app. Perfectly poised reading lights, designed specifically for Savoir and THE THREE SIXTY, have been incorporated along with power and USB outlets. It is through the bespoke nature of a Savoir that allows such innovative concepts to be carefully and thoughtfully incorporated into a bed design, without interrupting the design aesthetic. The entire crafting process of THE THREE SIXTY takes over 300 hours, during which 120 hours are dedicated to completing the N°1 bed set and 180 to craft the supporting frames and headboard. In the construction of the N°1, Savoir’s master craftsmen execute every element seamlessly, from the eightway hand-cording of the springs within the round sprung base to the precision tufting and painstaking hand-slipping of the circular mattress. The minute detail and considered craft delivers the ultimate combination of balanced support and softness. THE THREE SIXTY features an exclusive HKy topper made with the rare natural fibres of an indigenous species of Yak from the Khangai region of Mongolia. Four kilograms of Tengri noble yak fibres, hand-combed from 40 yaks, fill the luxurious topper. With only 100 grams of fibre available from each yak per year, the HKy topper defines exclusive luxury. The fibre, which is as soft as cashmere, has incredible natural properties, it is warmer than merino wool and naturally resistant to odours and water. Savoir Managing Director, Alistair Hughes, commented, “THE THREE SIXTY takes the art of fine bed-making to undreamed-of levels of comfort and luxury. Formed around our N°1, the detail is pure perfection. Our craftsmen execute every element seamlessly, and every night you will feel the difference. We’ve worked with a selection of leading experts to ensure every element of THE THREE SIXTY is exquisite. From renowned leather artist Bill Amberg, to deliver the finest and straightest leather stitching, to the world’s leading creator of bespoke turntable technology to produce a movement that is exquisitely smooth and soundless.” Skilfully created in the Savoir London Bedworks, this one of a kind design celebrates the essence of bespoke craft. Each Savoir bed is made in the traditional way, handcrafted by an in-house team of artisans. Through using labour intensive, time-honoured techniques, Savoir is able to make the world’s most extraordinary beds. The Three Sixty will be available exclusively in Harrods from June. A full bedset, as pictured, starts from £250,000. 261


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THE REGENERATION OF ONE OF LONDON’S MOST ICONIC BUILDING CONTINUES

BATTERSEA POWER STATION

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Battersea Power Station with its iconic four chimney stacks has been a global icon since the day it was built. Situated on the banks of the River Thames in the Nine Elms district, Battersea Power station which once stood as London’s tallest building for 30 years still remains today as one of the largest brick buildings in the world and now following a £9billion regeneration has transformed into one of London’s most exciting and innovative neighbourhoods.

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

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Ever since it’s opening, the iconic backdrop of Battersea Power Station has formed a versatile cultural

canvas featuring on Pink Floyd’s 1977 album in Batman the Dark Knight and as countless fashion catwalks.

In 1983 the power station was decommissioned and sat empty but leap forward 30 years and the once derelict Power Station’s incredible rebirth has seen it transform into a vibrant mix of unique homes

designed by internationally renowned architects, shops, restaurants, offices, green space, and spaces for the arts.

London’s variety and the individual character of its many places – like its vibrant street style – are part

of its extraordinary attraction. This is, after all, the home of tailoring and all-things-bespoke in Savile Row, yet also to vibrant markets in Camden, Portobello and Spitalfields. Boasting a dazzling array

of hotels – from five-star grandeur in Knightsbridge to the latest hip hangouts in Soho – alongside a

stylish, ever-changing line-up of restaurants, bars and coffee shops throughout the city, London has earned its stripes as the world’s favourite visitor destination.

Situated just 15 minutes’ walk from Chelsea and Sloane Square, Battersea Power Station is one of the most significant real estate developments in the world. Its regeneration creates over 3 million sq ft of space for shops, restaurants, cafés and offices as well as approximately c.4360 new homes, across a 42-acre riverfront site.

The Nine Elms Development has been broken down into three phases: Its first phase - Circus West Village which become the fastest selling property development in the City was designed by Simpson

Haugh and Partners and dRMM. It snakes along the western edge of the Power Station offering 865

homes of one-two and three bedroom apartments, townhouses and penthouses. It also contains an exciting mix of restaurants and shops, which have set the tone for the entire development. The range of amenities and services make it a place where visitors come to dine in a riverside restaurant and where homeowners can easily buy the newspaper or a coffee.

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Sir Gilbert Scott’s design for Battersea Power Station elevated a functional

building into an Art Deco masterpiece. He went beyond what was expected,

to create a building that even 70 years later remains modern and compelling. That refusal to settle for the basic, to create something original, vibrant and enduring, now sets the vision for the redevelopment of this cherished build-

ing by Wilkinson Eyre Architects for phase two a home within the power station.

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homes ranging from studios to penthouses within the Power Station will be

split between three neighbourhoods, all with access to stunning rooftop gar-

dens and interiors designed by Michaelis Boyd Associates – a practice famed for elegant, simple design.

The Power Station will also become home to a variety of International brands, Apple’s London headquarters will be based here.

A major part of the development is the new Power Station Park which will sit between the Power Station and the river. The 6-acre park will embody

the scheme’s commitment to community by delivering a new public park for

London. The space will incorporate traditional park features, informal play

areas and have capacity to host large festival-style events. Using elements of

industrial history and London street aesthetics in its design and materials, the park will play a vital role in the place making at Battersea Power Station and flank London’s prized asset, the River Thames.

The third and final phase: Electric Boulevard will be the crowning glory of the development

framed by world-class buildings by Foster + Partners and Gehry Partners, this will be a truly special place to make a home and an exhilarating new urban landmark. Battersea Roof Gardens, designed by Foster + Partners, on the west of the site will provide over 636 new homes, residents’ lounges, a

healthcare facility and hotel, as well as two storeys of terraced retail. Resi-

dents will be able to enjoy stunning roof top gardens designed by James Corner, who also designed The Highline, New York.

On the other side of Electric Boulevard is Prospect Place, the first permanent residential development in the UK to be designed by Gehry Partners which will contain a further 727 new homes.

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Gehry Partners have designed two palettes

for the interiors at Prospect Place. There are

the ‘LA’ and the ‘London’ options. The ‘LA’ palette is all about adventure, excitement and breaking out of ordinary design concepts and includes features such as rough sawn wood fronted cabinets. The ‘London’ concept focuses on architecture and speaks of time, place and history.

The entire development is due for completion in 2025 for more information visit www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk

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Bishops Sutton, Hampshire

A fabulous six bedroom period house, with stunning gardens of just under two acres, an outbuilding and a tennis court. EPC: E

£2,000,000 Freehold • • • • •

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Within 1.5 miles of Alresford Period home Stunning gardens Plot of just under 2 acres Outbuilding with potential to extend (subject to planning) Tennis court


Wilsford, Salisbury

A stunning five bedroom home with a detached one bedroom cottage, swimming pool, tennis court and River Avon frontage, set in 11 acres. EPC: E

£2,500,000 Freehold • • • • •

Hamptons Salisbury Sales. 01722 480 149 | salisbury@hamptons-int.com

Desirable village location Detached one bedroom cottage Indoor swimming pool with gym/yoga room Range of outbuildings with flexible use 500m of single bank private fishing on the River Avon Recently refurbished


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St Albans, Hertfordshire

A magnificent seven bedroom Georgian farmhouse with over 10 acres of parkland located in a beautiful rural setting. EPC: C

£3,000,000 Freehold • • • • •

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Easterton, Wiltshire

A historic Grade II listed six bedroom Georgian masterpiece with beautiful grounds and paddock, a swimming pool and lovely views. Set within a quintessentially English village.

1,750,000 Freehold • • • • •

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Richmond, TW9

A Grade I listed three bedroom house, off Richmond Green and part of the former Richmond Palace, that was completed by King Henry VII in the 16th century.

£4,000,000 Crown Leasehold •

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Private garden with summer house boundaried by one of the original palace walls Private parking Three bedrooms Two bathrooms Adorned with interesting historical features 2975 sq ft.


Hurley, Maidenhead

A beautiful five bedroom traditional English residence, dating back to the 1850s, located in the heart of an English village. The generous accommodation is arranged over four floors. EPC: F

£2,500,000 Freehold • • • • •

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BEVERLY HILLS HILLTOP PLOT SOLD WITH A

99.99% MARK-DOWN!

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They say that the luxury real estate market is experiencing a slow-down but if the recent sale of “The Mountain” is anything to go by it hasn’t just slowed down its completely collapsed!!

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Towering over the bustling city of Los Angeles “The Mountain” as it is affectionately called is a 157acre mountain plot seated on the highest peak in Beverley Hills so when it was listed for sale for a

price tag of $1billion although exorbitant no really batted an eyelid after all its zip code 90210 is home to some of the world’s most expensive real estate but earlier this month in a small auction room this same plot sold for just $100,000.

Located off Benedict Canyon, “The Mountain” has a somewhat chequered past. Big enough to fit the

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks into it the plot actually comprises of 17

individual parcels of land. For more than 40 years this plot of land has been linked to foreign royals, entertainment moguls, and billionaires and all have failed to break ground.

Formerly called “The Vineyard” it was once owned by an Iranian princess who had enlisted the architects of Lloyd Wright Foundation to build her own American palace but following Iran’s Islamic Revolution her plans were abandoned and she retreated to more humble premises.

TV producer and real estate developer Merv Griffin became the lands next owner his goal was simple he wanted to create a home larger than that of Aaron Spelling who at the time was creating his vast 56,000sq ft property, but with so many property projects on the go his enthusiasm soon began to wane

and quietly the land was placed back on the market and purchased by billionaire Herbalife founder Mark Hughes who had plans to build a 45,000sq ft Mediterranean Mansion and wildlife reserve but

his sudden death in 2000 meant the project never got off the ground. Leaving the property to his son aged 9, his sole beneficiary the land was placed into trust and it is at this time that the story gets a little murky.

Enter Charles “chips” Dickens, a Atlanta real estate investor who borrowed around $23.75 million from the Hughes estate to buy and develop the property. It was “chips” and his business partner Vic-

tor Noval who attached the eye watering $1billion price tag to the land while marketing the land to potential investors and whilst there was interest it is alleged that Tom Cruise and casino heir James

Packer were interested there were no buyers and records show that “chips” and co, soon defaulted on the loan and with interest it had increased to $200million.

Burdened by debt the pair tried to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy but this was overruled by the Hughes trust who instead forced a foreclosure auction meaning the Hughes trust could repurchase the land and try and recover its loses. So once again the land is back in the hands of the Hughes Trust and only time will tell how this saga will end

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Live in London’s newest distRict Final apartments released at Wood Wharf’s original residential development

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10 Park Drive is the first residential building to be constructed in Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf ’s new neighbourhood

When complete, Wood Wharf will house up to 3,600 new homes, 380,000 sq.ft. of retail space and eight acres of public spaces

This 345-apartment development has been designed by Stanton Williams, the architects behind the new Royal Opera House “Open Up”

Residents will have access to an exclusive private sky terrace and state-of-the-art new health and fitness club

One-bedroom apartments start from £870,000

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Canary Wharf Group has released details of the final 75 apartments within its 10 Park Drive develop-

ment in Wood Wharf. Designed by leading architects Stanton Williams, this striking 345-apartment

scheme is located at the heart of Canary Wharf ’s new district, and offers purchasers the exclusive

opportunity to live in one of Europe’s most desirable and well-connected private estates. Purchasers are invited to register interest with Canary Wharf Group, with one-bedroom apartments starting from £870,000.

Set across two 42-storey and 13-storey towers, 10 Park Drive will comprise 74 studios, 115 one-

bedroom apartments, 141 two-bedroom and 15 three-bedroom apartments, all offering extraordinary views of the city and the ever-changing river. Located adjacent to the South Dock, 10 Park Drive has

been designed to engage people with the surrounding water, landscaped gardens and views, creating a bustling waterfront neighbourhood.

Due to complete at the beginning of 2020, purchasers at 10 Park Drive will be among the first to live

on the Canary Wharf estate; an area home to a richly diverse community, which combines the finest

architecture, technology, brilliantly curated public art, beautiful public spaces with some of the very best of shopping, restaurants and events London has to offer.

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All apartments have been designed with high quality, tactile materials to maximise the natural daylight, and the large outside spaces allow residents to appreciate the stunning vistas at every opportu-

nity. Some apartments boast spacious balconies, whilst others house beautifully designed terraces, set

back within the building’s form for greater privacy. Inside, interiors have been masterminded by Make

Architects, who have chosen to echo the architecture of the building through the warmth of timber, elegance of porcelain and champagne metal detailing.

u Interiors have been designed to be flexible to suit the residents’ needs and requirements, and each can be customised, with sliding doors facilitating either an open plan or more traditional layout. Purchasers can also choose between light and dark colour palettes. Apartments include sleek kitchens with fully-integrated Siemens appliances, zoned underfloor heating, fitted storage throughout, comfort cooling, feature ceiling detailing and engineered timber flooring. 10 Park Drive also offers 24-hour security, concierge, entry-phone system, bicycle storage and charging points for electric vehicles. Residents of 10 Park Drive will also have access to a secluded “oasis in the city”; a terraced sky garden on the 13th floor. With bookable facilities and free use of shared spaces, this sophisticated residents’ club provides an elegant space for residents to relax, socialise and entertain. Purchasers will also have access to a new, state-of-the-art Third Space fitness club, with a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and fitness class studio. Brian De’ath, Director of Residential Sales at Canary Wharf Group, comments; “Canary Wharf is already one of London’s best run estates, with a vibrant calendar of events and state of the art facilities. 10 Park Drive will become a striking addition to Canary Wharf ’s already globally recognisable skyline, and residents will soon be able to say they were there when it all began.” “Not only will residents get all benefits of living on a private estate, they will be among the first to appreciate the area’s new shops, restaurants and public spaces. With a new doctor’s surgery and a two-form primary school set to open in the near future, this new community has something for everyone.”

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Apartments at 10 Park Drive will be available to purchase in September 2019. Prices start from ÂŁ870,000. For more information, contact Canary Wharf Group at residential.sales@canarywharf.com or visit www.canarywharf.com/residential

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Established 1897

Spectacular six-bedroom Belgravia penthouse with staff flat Eaton Place, SW1 • Reception/dining room • Entertainment suite • Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom • Dressing room

GUIDE PRICE

£22,500,000 LEASEHOLD

leasehold 121 years remaining EPC RAtInG

• Five further bedrooms • Amazing roof terrace • Lift to all floors • Separate staff flat

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Established 1897

A superbly presented apartment with fantastic ceiling height Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, W1K

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£8,000 p/w

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• Four bedrooms • Four bathrooms • Approximately 4,291sq ft

• Duplex with lift • Air conditioning system • Beautifully finished

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Established 1897

Lateral four-bedroom apartment with 24-hour concierge service Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K

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£11,700,000 LEASEHOLD

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• Four-bedroom lateral apartment • Four bathrooms (three en-suites) • Large reception room

• Dining room • 24-hour concierge service • Option for underground parking

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+44 (0)20 7225 6506 andrew.brennan@harrodsestates.com


Established 1897

Lateral penthouse with river views of Tower Bridge Landmark Place, London, EC3 • Three bedrooms • New development • Lift • Balcony • Underground parking

GUIDE PRICE

£10,750,000 LEASEHOLD

998 years

• Swimming pool • 24-hour concierge • Gym • Air cooling system

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Established 1897

Interior designed four bedroom house Trevor Square, Knightsbridge, SW7 • Air conditioning • Under-floor heating in bathrooms • Marble bathrooms with Lefroy Brooks sanitary ware • Forbes & Lomax lighting systems

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£3,950.00 p/w

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• Promemoria designed kitchen with granite stone work surfaces and Miele appliances • Private patio and communal garden square

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+44 (0)20 7225 6759 chloe.wise@harrodsestates.com *www.harrodsestates.com/tenants


Established 1897

A Fabulous three bedroom apartment in this landmark building in the heart of Knightsbridge Park Mansions, London, SW1

GUIDE PRICE

£4,200,000 LEASEHOLD

232 years remaining EPC RAtInG

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• Entrance hall • Double reception room • Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom • Two further double bedrooms

• Ample storage throughout • 24-hour porterage and security • Private entrance from Brompton Road • Newly refurbished

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reem.dougramaji@harrodsestates.com


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Clean lines, open space, an emphasis on light and being at one with its surroundings are the defining characteristics of a project designed and created by architect Massimiliano Fronti.

projects from hotels, industrial buildings, offices, apartments, private houses, mansions and mixed-use schemes. The highly successful practice has offices located in Spain, Italy and Dubai offering clients an unsurpassed technical skill base rooted in

With over 18 years of experience Massimiliano has travelled the world managing and designing

broad architectural experience, design flair and technical expertise. As a technical architect the ethos of Massimiliano is that good quality design should be integral to the development of the built environment “I make sustainable environments that improve the life and the human experience”.

PROJECTS SHEIK VILLA - QATAR This extravagant Renaissance villa concept situated on a plot of 2.000,00 sqm was proposed for a Sheik in Doha, Qatar and features:

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7 Bedrooms 12 Bathrooms Opulent interiors Library 2 Reception Rooms Office & Boardroom Garage for 10 cars Roof garden which is accessed via an impressive double staircase • Swimming Pool • Landscaped Garden The layout of the interior space is centred around a large round circular double staircase which leads to a dome atop of the property.

When designing a project Massimiliano adopts the ‘Genius LOCI’ approach in the design research: a phenomenological approach to the study of the environment, to the interaction of place and identity. This methodology considers the cultural, climatic, geographical, political, topographical and situational aspects of each project to develop the architecture individually. The Genius Loci can be found in every project design ensuring each project is different from each other, as seen in his creations such as; the Tower in Beirut, to the Villas in Greece, to the Promenade of Badalona, to the Villa in Italy, at the Master Plan in Ukraine.

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

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

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Dubai’s most exciting new developments COMING SOON

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Dubai is home to some of the world’s most lavish and exciting projects with awe inspiring skyscrapers and waterfront properties popping up out this once barren desert. Here we showcase our pick of the upcoming residential projects you should watch out!

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Five Jumeirah village Dubai at Jumeirah village CirCle

Five Jumeirah Village Dubai by FIVE Holdings is a luxurious residential development hotel development located in the amazing Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) community. The five-star tower will feature 247 hotel rooms and suites, available in 221 onebedroom and two-bedroom hotel apartments and 33 four-bedroom hotel apartments. The deluxe residences with ornate interior and lifestyle facilities feature all premium amenities including private pools in each of the hotel units a fully-equipped gym, boutique spa, swimming pool and a strip of restaurants. Stroll along its green walkways and admire it’s refreshing water features, a perfect place to relax and chill after a long and tiring day. The concept of the Five Jumeirah Village Dubai hotel project is based on a 30-degree rotation of each floor, making it appear as a series of lush green balcony gardens. Prices start from: AED 1,400,000 www.fiveglobalholdings.com

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aCt ONe - aCt tWO

Soaring high amidst The Opera District is the incredible Act One Act Two, an exceptional residential twin-tower comprising of a range of one, two, and three-bedroom premium apartments. The design of the 52-storey towers is inspired by the magical Dubai Fountain featuring a unique stepped façade. The horizontal stepping provides wider views of the striking Burj Khalifa while the vertical stepping reflects the dancing fountain’s vertical motion. Both towers act as a gateway for Burj Khalifa and the podium connection acts as a frame, providing pedestrians passing under it with an interesting experience. Once complete the towers will contain a combined 718 new residential units as well as ground floor retail units and cafes, a health club, spa and swimming pools. Each luxurious home is tastefully designed to embody style and contemporary class and offer spectacular views of Burj Khalifa. Being positioned in The Dubai Opera District, residents will benefit from worldclass assets including a boulevard of commercial, residential, shopping, hospitality, leisure, and entertainment attractions. Act One Act Two is scheduled for completion on November 2020. Price on application www.emaar.com

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the rOyal atlaNtis resOrt & resiDeNCe

The Royal Atlantis is a contemporary interpretation of classic architectural design masterpieces, offering everything you could possibly dream of in an ideal home‌unique architectural design, unparalleled amenities, a private beach, exquisite interiors, breath-taking water & city skyline views and located in a global hotspot! The architectural design speaks for itself as you look at the pictures of the development, the stackable glass cubes look like a sculpture in the sky and are complimented by infinity-edge pools and super cool water & fire features which were curated by the very designers who created the famous water fountain at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

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The residences at The Royal Atlantis, which were brilliantly designed by Sybille de Margerie, offer a chic but sophisticated designs suitable for even the most discerning buyer. The Royal Atlantis features 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom residences ranging in size from 1,428 to 18,721 square feet, offering a collection of Sky Court Homes, 2-story Garden Suites and Grand Penthouses with private pools and expansive terraces with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and the vibrant Dubai skyline. Developed and operated by Kerzner International, an international leading developer and operator of top global destination

resorts and ultra-luxe hotels, The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences offers both residents and guests unrivalled amenities that include a private beach, sky pool & lounge, 90-meter sky-high infinity pool, family pool, children’s pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, 6-star wellness center, conference rooms, boutique shopping, beautiful manicured landscaping, spectacular fire & water features throughout, indoor & outdoor restaurants by award-winning chefs, 24-hour security, valet services and unparalleled concierge services. Prices start from: AED 6,995,000 www.theroyalatlantisresidences.com

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the COve

Showcasing supreme style and serenity, The Cove is a world-class waterfront residential development nestled at the southern tip of Dubai Creek Harbour’s Island District. Featuring one, two, and threebedroom stylish apartments, this impressive development offers a refreshingly relaxed pace of life. Positioned on the southern banks of Creek Island, overlooking the canal, The Cove is just minutes from the Dubai Creek Harbour mainland. Enjoying direct access to the island’s circular boulevard, it is a stone’s throw from Emaar Square, the new global

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retail destination. With Downtown Dubai and Dubai International Airport just 10 to 15 minutes away, it is an ideal base from which to explore your favourite attractions. Bathed in natural sunlight, The Cove’s apartments evoke a bright and uplifting atmosphere in the day. At night, the ambience shifts to a more romantic and elegant scene with the twinkling city lights and the glistening Dubai Creek Tower as its backdrop. Furnished with discreet fixtures and sophisticated finishes, the minimalistic designs and neutral hues add a refined touch of urban class to this waterfront haven.

Residents of The Cove enjoy a state-ofthe-art equipped gymnasium with the latest treadmills and workout machines. Spacious and bright, the gymnasium looks out onto the lush promenade and features a dedicated floor exercise area. A splendid infinity pool with views of Dubai Creek Tower invites you to enjoy a few laps before settling on a sunbed to soak up the sun. The Cove’s estimated date of completion is March 2020. Price on application www.emaar.com


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Massimiliano Fronti is an award winning architect offering a full architectural service together with interior design, masterplanning, 3D Rendering, Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Building Design, Project Managment, Industrial Design, CAD, Graphics and 3D Modelling With over 18 years of experience, gained both nationally and internationally with offices in Spain, Italy, & Dubai, he has a broad working spectrum having worked on a wide range of projects; which include hotels, industrial buildings, offices, apartments and private houses, and mixed-use schemes. Massimiliano Fronti thinks deeply about the social value and significance of architecture through practice, and thus creates space with emotion and humanistic care.

Exploring material and construction method is also the core of the design practice. Fundamental to his process is the use of light as a building element, defining space and animating form. Every design he creates is bespoke - developed with efficiency, elegance and authenticity - and always articulated with close reference to the topography of a given site. Everything created by Massimiliano Fronti is the outcome of an intensive dialogue between his clients. Each detail is carefully considered. From concept design to completion encompassing working drawings, specifications, rigorous site supervision and cost control – his methodology is exacting, with a strong intention on merging architecture and art, whilst redefining how these two disciplines work in the age of digital technology and content.


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Situated on the south side of a prestigious Belgravia street, lies a beautifully proportioned family

townhouse with a private walled garden overlooking St Peter’s Church. Located in the heart of the Belgravia Conservation Area, Wilton Street possesses a colourful history, with past residents including famous dignitaries, politicians and artists. It is also reportedly the place where the Royal Family

stayed after being evacuated from Buckingham Palace during World War II. This imposing five bedroom townhouse is on the market with leading independent agents Russell Simpson and Maskells for ÂŁ6,000,000.

Arranged over 3,632 sq.ft., this handsome Georgian property is entered on the ground floor through a bright and welcoming entrance hall. The ground floor comprises a formal dining room, eat-in kitch-

en, guest cloakroom and study, and the kitchen provides direct access onto a charming south-facing

garden. Most rare for Belgravia, the garden extends over 40ft and includes an elegant paved area for al fresco dining and a favourable aspect for brilliant evening sun.

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The first floor houses a formal drawing room, with classic floor-to-ceiling windows and impressive ceiling heights of 3.2m, producing proportions of great volume. Flooded with natural light, this dedicated

space provides the perfect setting for entertaining, whilst a separate conservatory/reading room provides a calm space for reflection, with views of the appealing St Peter’s Church.

The upper section of the house is occupied by the

bedrooms, with the second and third floors reserved entirely for the master and guest suites. The fourth

floor also boasts two additional bedrooms and a family bathroom. Downstairs, the lower ground floor

comprises a utility room, a well-proportioned TV/ family room, which could be used as an additional bedroom, storage vaults and staff living quarters.

This exceptionally quiet property also features air

conditioning throughout and an integrated home control system.

Jake Russell, Director at Russell Simpson, commented: “This property boasts a highly sought-after south fac-

ing garden, something of a rarity in the area. Due to its

situation between Victoria and Hyde Park, it would suit someone working in the West End or Green Park that

wants to be able to walk to the office. This house also of-

fers very good value compared to an equivalent one in

Chelsea, so would also suit a family in need of more space, allowing them to get significantly more for their money”.

Jamie Hope, Managing Director at Maskells, adds; “Wilton Street is an address that offers an ease of access to Mayfair and St James that has proved to be most attractive over the years. With a superb first floor drawing room, the house allows for effortless entertaining and flexible family use. Very few houses of this size and nature

offer a garden this large in Belgravia meaning that the house reflects excellent value and that viewing is highly recommended.”

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Wilton Street is situated just to the east of Belgrave Square

and close to Buckingham Palace Gardens and Green Park. Mayfair is within easy walking distance, as are the array

of amenities to be found in Belgravia, including Michelin starred restaurants, boutiques and art galleries.

The Wilton Street property is available through Russell Simpson and Maskells for ÂŁ6,000,000. Viewings are strictly by appointment only.

For further information contact: 020 7225 0277

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