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Contents Editorial Editor in Chief Khalid Ahmed Juman Features Editor Tariq Khonji Deputy Editor in Chief Ahmed Khunji

Volume 10 Issue 02 Winter 2017 010 First Impression

088 Redefining Headwear J Smith Esquire

Editor’s Letter

012 Goal-Oriented Ambition Interview with President of Bahrain Football Association, Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

016 A Service Experience That Makes a Difference Interview with American Express Middle East CEO, Mazin Khoury

020 Aesthetic Treasures

092 Elegantly Nuanced The latest from COS and Marc Jacobs

104 Global Reach Bellerby & Co’s bespoke globes

108 Cutting-Edge Creativity 114 Exclusive Luxury Imperiali Geneve Emperador Cigar Chest

116 Shopping in Style

Interview with President of Patek Philippe, Thierry Stern

034 Time for Innovation Interview with Ulysse Nardin CEO, Patrick Pruniaux

038 Ticking Along in Style Interview with Jasmine and Olivier Audemars

044 Timeless History Interview with Vacheron Constantin ME Managing Director, Alexander Schmiedt

046 A Dream Come True

Watches for women

062 Surrealist Scents Interview with Cofinluxe President and CEO, Jean-Pierre Grivory

066 Scented Power Perfumes for men

070 Captivating Fragrances Perfumes for women

074 Engage Your Senses Shiseido’s Future Solutions LX range

078 Signature Luxury

The latest in ladies’ brand name bags

082 A Bright Spark Bahrain Light Festival

086 Scoping Innovators James Purdey & Sons

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134 Redefining Hospitality The best hotels in the world

140 Making a Splash Bahrain Sea Festival

144 Serene Treatments The best spas in the world

152 Refined Taste Top dining locations

160 Fare Fusion

Cover Image Legends of luxury.

Meisei’s Chef Michael Sang-Kyu Lee

166 On Cloud Nine CRN Cloud Nine

Watches for men

058 Feminine Charm

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054 Luxury Statements

DURRAH LUXURY MAGAZINE

128 Rollercoaster of Experiences

The Peacock Collection by Harakh

052 Maritime Legacy

IT support Digital Manager Hussain Al Anjawi

124 Delivering the Goods

Interview with Al Zain Jewellery CEO, Theo Swart

050 Flying Colours

Production Production Support Venkatesan J. S

Luxurious shopping destinations

Interview with Turkish artist, Ismail Acar

030 Timeless Appeal

Marketing and Sales International Media Sales Director Hussain Al Zaimoor

Interview with artist Tariq Sharif

Interview with French architect, Jean Nouvel

026 Turkish Inspiration

Art Art Director Nils Albrechtsen

168 Racing Ahead

Interview with Chopard Ambassador and WEC driver, Timo Bernhard

172 D-Experience Rolls-Royce Phantom

178 Driven by Luxury Car reviews

Durrah is a premium quarterly English-language luxury lifestyle magazine, covering topics including VIP interviews, fashion, yachting, architecture, art and culture, jewellery and travel, Durrah’s quality is unsurpassed. Durrah, in Arabic, translates to ‘Pearl’, and focuses on luxury that is based on substance and lifestyle with intellect, rather than excess. On contemporary living that evolves from deepset roots, rather than globalization, ensuring an inherently authentic flavour for a globally travelled audience. With a core focus on the colourful fusion of both traditional and modern elements that make up the Arabian identity, Durrah aims to promote and preserve all of the elements that make the Arabian Gulf so unique. Durrah adopts international standards, however also remains closely connected to Middle Eastern heritage, culture and achievements, all of which are prominently featured.

186 Men’s Must Haves Luxury items for Men

192 Women’s Must Haves Luxury items for women

198 Overriding the Rules Daring Creativity by Fawaz Gruosi

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202 Exploring History Dilmun: Love and Peace

206 Final Pearl National Day celebrations

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First Impression A word from the editor-in-chief

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ere comes another issue of Durrah, filled to the brim with interesting insights, the latest offerings, and breathtaking scenery from locations around the world, just as our readers have come to expect. This particular issue was as exhausting as it was engaging, but hopefully our efforts will shine through as we have several prominent names in various fields gracing our pages. As the regulatory figure of football in the Kingdom, Bahrain Football Association (BFA) has managed to create one milestone after the other since its establishment. We talk to BFA President, Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa who shares his organisation’s plans for 2018 and future World Cup ambitions. We also have Mazin Khoury, CEO of American Express Middle East, which is celebrating its 40th year, to find out what the card giant has in store for its customers and merchants. Jean Nouvel speaks his mind with the same panache and uninhibition that has made him a legend in the architecture world, while Ismail Acar, Turkey’s most successful artist, gives us a peek into his creative process. These are

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only a few examples of what this issue has in store for our dear readers. And as per the usual, we made certain that we capture the most breathtaking sights in our travel and leisure articles that are guaranteed to awaken the wanderer spirit within you, and the world’s finest dining destinations to create an unforgettable gourmet experience, while fashionable apparel and international brands take their rightful place among the wealth of information within these articles. Durrah has journeyed yet again to the most desired and revered parts of the world to bring you a taste of the finest things that the life of luxury has to offer. Enjoy your read!

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With its roots dating back to 1919, it’s no wonder that football is the Kingdom’s most popular sport today. Bahrain Football Association, which has been the local governing body of the sport since 1957, was founded with the objective of organising and providing sponsorship and direction to football teams, and has been instrumental in the development of the sport over the past few decades. In this exclusive interview, Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Football Association, explains the organisation’s ambitious plans for 2018, the importance of developing young local talent, and Bahrain’s renewed interest in achieving World Cup glory.

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01 Bahrain Football Association President, Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa 02 BFA President Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa with Asian Football Confederation President, Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa

03 BFA President Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa with BAPCO Corporate Communications Manager, Nawaf Al Ghanem at BAPCO Super Cup 04 BFA President Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa honouring SecretaryGeneral of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, Abdulrahman Askar at a volleyball championship during National Day

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Interview with Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Football Association What are your responsibilities as Bahrain Football Association (BFA) president? I think my responsibilities as BFA president are the same as in any national member association in the world. Bahrain comes under the Asian Football Confederation umbrella, which is part of the international body, FIFA. Asia is separated into five main zones. We belong to the West Zone, which is a 12-nation zone. My role is supervising the administration within BFA, helping the committee prioritise its goals and keeping it on track by working within the framework. At an operational level, one major function of the President is to facilitate effective committee meetings. I try to do as much as I can to raise the flag of Bahrain in all competitions, and, of course, work with the relevant ministries and government bodies to promote the sport as much as possible.

other areas to improve their technical abilities. Whenever possible, we like to bring in instructors from FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation to build up the talent of local coaches, which in turn, helps them to become better teachers for the kids. We also have a technical director for youth who helps us implement plans for the clubs to help in areas such as fitness and nutrition. Our Youth League, for ages 13 and below, is a very important area. In this age category, you don’t look at results, you look at participation because it’s about quantity rather than quality initially. From there, you can access the talented players and set them on the right path. One of the objectives for our four-year strategy is to improve the quality of youth competitions. We also hope to increase the revenue from sponsorship and channel those funds into areas of development for the kids.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in your role?

How does the Bahrain football scene compare to elsewhere in the GCC?

I don’t think there is one particular thing that comes to mind. My main objective is serving my country and, in order to do that, I must achieve quantitative results such as the output of work in the federation, and improving the way it functions. We have introduced many modern tools to improve the way we work and have invested in key areas that have helped us publicly show our results to the people of Bahrain. Many federations are assessed through two main elements: the accomplishments of the national team, and the quality of the competitions. BFA has done a lot with regard to our competitions in the last few years and although we have achieved a great deal, there is still more that needs to be done. We are on the verge of publishing our latest strategy, which outlines our objectives for the next three years. Part of that is preparation for the qualifying stages of all the competitions we are in.

Bahrain is a country of rough diamonds. The people are the true treasure of the Kingdom. Whether they play for fun or at a club level, there is world-class talent here – the problem is how that talent is nurtured as the players grow. If the clubs, the BFA, and the Ministry of Sport put our resources together, we can create the right environment to help this talent shine. The long-term aim is to help transform the clubs into professionalism by focusing on technical areas such as training and coaching, which will definitely improve our talent pool.

Are there any steps BFA is taking to encourage more young Bahrainis to take part in football at a professional level? Young people are the future of the sport and, right now, our focus is on developing their talent by teaching them the fundamentals. Most of this work is done at a club level and so it’s very important to make sure they have the right tools to help youngsters to grow. Recently, we’ve provided a number of courses to elevate the level of education for the coaches and we are targeting many

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Did you always feel a connection with football? I grew up playing football. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed. I used to play with my friends near the house when I was a child and I even played when I went to university in the US – left back. I think football teaches you a lot of things, including the value of teamwork and discipline. People can learn a lot of important life lessons from football, if they do things the right way. I come from a military background, so I see a lot of similarities between that and sports.

Outside of football, what are you passionate about, what are your hobbies and interests?

I like to do a lot of things, there’s not really one area that I focus on specifically. I enjoy fishing, diving, and reading. I also work in the IT field, which is very time consuming because every day there is something new to learn – I think it’s a very interesting area. Of course, I really enjoy sports and I manage to play a game or two with friends every week, it’s a great way to socialise and keep in shape.

Who can join BFA, what qualities does the association look for in candidates? Usually if you want to be involved, you need to have worked in football or sports first because it’s important to have the right background and experience. I started in the Cycling Federation in 2002 and was there for two years before a vacancy came up at BFA. Education is also very important, and I feel there should be stricter criteria so that anyone who comes adds value to the organisation. All of our current board members have Masters degrees and good football backgrounds. Another great thing about the current board is that we all come from different professions, which creates cohesion and helps us to achieve our goals.

What major developments do you see happening in the league or Bahrain’s football scene in general over the next few years? There will be more focus on the sport in the coming years and I think there is a very bright future ahead. His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) Chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) President, acknowledged recently that football hasn’t been supported enough, but that will change. He said that, starting from 2018, Bahrain will be focusing on football more than any other sport and trying to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. We are very proud and extremely happy to see Shaikh Nasser getting involved. We are looking forward to working hard to achieve our goals and making our leadership and the people of Bahrain proud. In the coming months we will create a strategy in line with this vision. bfa.bh

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A Service Experience that makes a difference Celebrating its 40th year, American Express Middle East has grown to become one of the region’s most influential brands. Garnering a reputation as a provider of consistently reliable, convenient, and rewarding solutions, the MENA giant is only going from strength-to-strength. To find out what the company has in store for its customers and merchants, Durrah talks to Mazin Khoury, CEO of American Express Middle East, whose journey with AMEX Middle East started in 1989, and who was recently named by Forbes as one of the Middle East’s leading business executives.

Interview with Mazin Khoury, CEO of American Express Middle East In your opinion, what has been the most notable milestone in the 40-year history of AMEX Middle East? It’s rather difficult to summarise 40 years of AMEX Middle East regional operations in one notable milestone. We’ve made countless achievements since we issued our first card in the Middle East, and like building blocks, they have all contributed to the unique position we hold in the market today. We began with a clear goal to provide a service experience that makes a difference to thousands of people, every day, across the Middle East and North Africa. From there, we continued to build rewarding relationships with our Cardmembers, Merchants and Businesses by earning their trust, offering assurance, delivering control, great value and unforgettable experiences. And it’s true to say that like any business – especially one of our scale – we faced challenges, yet we found opportunities within these, motivated by a strong will to succeed and redefine the fundaments of Customer Servicing. And here we are today, 40 years later, still delivering on our commitment to make that difference.

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Can you share some figures with us about the status of AMEX Middle East today? How many employees does it currently have, how vast is its network, revenue growth, etc.?

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and inclusive workplace that inspires change and growth and most importantly – it creates a sense of unity. For instance, over 30 nationalities are currently associated with our workforce and nearly 40% are females. It’s something we simply see as an extension of the service ethic.

What benefits did AMEX Middle East get by being headquartered in Bahrain? Are there advantages when compared to being based in other countries in the region? Bahrain has been AMEX Middle East’s pulse in the region since 1977 and we are proud to call it our home. Aside from its strategic geographic location and proximity to some of our key target markets, Bahrain has thrived as one of the Gulf’s financial centres for decades offering advanced regulatory framework, an abundance of educated, local, talented and bi-lingual resources as well as a relatively low-cost environment which make it an attractive platform for businesses engaging with the wider GCC and MENA region. That’s in addition to Bahrain’s advanced telecommunications infrastructure. As a payments card issuer, these factors

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are of profound importance to us not only because they catalyse Bahrain’s move to a cashless society, but they also enable new sectors such as Fintech and ecommerce – all of which will revolutionise the financial industry and open doors to countless opportunities. Combined with our very latest thinking in digital innovation and online payment systems, regional business insights and cultural understanding, Bahrain makes the perfect location for our regional headquarters.

How would you describe AMEX Middle East’s role in the development of the financial sectors in the region? What overall transformation or progress did AMEX Middle East’s presence enable? As mentioned earlier, our goal is to deliver a service experience that makes a difference to our customers. To do so, we ventured into a completely new way of thinking that wasn’t as popular 40 years ago in this region as it is today, which genuinely places the customer at the heart of operations. For instance, for our Cardmembers, we strive to make a difference by offering exceptional levels

of customer service, flexibility and convenience in the way they manage their accounts. We also embedded once in a lifetime experiences and travel into our services with access to our Membership Rewards programme, a world class loyalty programme that makes purchases all the more rewarding. It works by offering Cardmembers with points for using the American Express Card which can be redeemed for varying rewards from access to 12 airlines and 5-star hotels to gifts and shopping vouchers. And what makes the programme even more unique is that the points do not expire, allowing the Cardmembers to accumulate points and redeem them at their convenience for anything in the rewards catalogue. For our Merchants, we make a difference by connecting them to our high spending, exceptionally loyal and affluent Cardmembers, as well as shared marketing expertise. We also invest in expanding our network reach and building new partnerships from different sectors to create unique benefits, offerings and experiences that drive sales growth. For instance, some of our partners include MODA Mall, BLOM Bank and Dubai Mall along with many airline companies that are a part of our award-winning

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Our success is also inextricably tied to our 500 talented and passionate employees across the MENA region Cardmember loyalty program. Lastly, we continuously explore business insights to identify growth opportunities and provide actionable recommendations to help drive business performance. For our Corporate customers, we make a difference by providing tailored solutions to help facilitate business payments with suppliers. We also help them deliver growth in the top-line and facilitate cash flow throughout their supply chain, and enhance the working capital and earn rewards on business purchases. Altogether, we’ve redefined the benefits of a payments card and changed the way people perceive them. We’ve also raised customers’ expectations with our unique customer relationship-building strategy that’s based on four elements: “Trust”, to support Cardmembers and help them shop confidently anywhere in the world; “Convenience”, to help streamline their life through quick, convenient and secure management of day to day finances; “Value”, to make their money go further with exceptional rewards; “Unique experiences” to enjoy more of the world and the things they love.

What has been the most successful service or feature that AMEX Middle East has provided in the region so far? This brings me back to the first question. Like summarising our 40 years journey in one notable milestone, summarising our successes in one service of feature is also quite difficult. For 40 years in the Middle East, we’ve combined American Express’ decades of global expertise and our understanding of the region to personalise and curate the perfect combination of benefits our customers would value. We’ve created an array of products and introduced a myriad of features that are far beyond what is expected from a regular payments card issuer. And today, we have a wide portfolio of Cards and services that we’re very proud of, all of which have achieved great success in their markets. Most recently, we’ve enriched the benefits of The Platinum Card® with a range of travel-focused benefits that give our Cardmembers that extra sense of security and peace of mind when they are away from home. For example, paying for those last-minute flights home or unexpected overnight hotel stay becomes hassle-free with Platinum Concierge Services available at any time of the day or night. We’ve also added annual travel vouchers as well as travel car rental insurance and comprehensive worldwide insurance policies for Cardmembers and their families. Altogether, the benefits help our Cardmembers make the most of life and reassure them that we’re genuinely here for them.

Technological advancements must have played a large role in the increasing numbers of credit card users. Has AMEX Middle East been actively investing in such

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technological breakthroughs or does it have plans to invest in future tech projects at some point? The shift in the modern consumers focus and associated priorities will always be a major focus for us, as is their use of new technologies and a continuous move towards a more digital and global lifestyle. Our ability to innovate and adapt to these changes, while continuously enhancing our product portfolio and customer experience is key. For instance, we’ve developed our online services and mobile application to offer Cardmembers quick, convenient and secure management of day to day finances, real time transaction details, the ability to redeem points and access offers. The app also offers selfservice for Card replacement, and PIN setup, should the Cardmember’s card gets lost or stolen. We support our customers and help them keep safe anytime, anywhere in the world. Our Corporate and Merchant partners also have access to advanced online portals and online Payment Gateway Solutions, providing them with a flexible and convenient way to manage their account and leverage new channels for sales growth. We’re driving technology and innovation throughout our closed loop model. This is part of our unique proposition.

Is AMEX Middle East active in supporting the local community? What Bahrain-based projects or initiatives has it been involved in over the years? A big part of American Express Middle East’s business is also about making a difference to the communities in which we operate, something we see as simply an extension of the service ethic that is at the heart of our business. We do so by actively engaging our employees in a wide range of volunteering schemes and regional good citizenship initiatives that aim at sustaining and developing the local community. For the second consecutive year, we have partnered with The Ritz Carlton Bahrain for The American Express Pink Party with a part of ticket proceeds donated to Think Pink Bahrain and Breast Cancer Society. And just in the second half of this year in Bahrain, we’ve supported Think Pink’s national initiative to break the world record for the longest pink ribbon, held a blood donation drive at our headquarters, hosted breast cancer awareness sessions for our employees and participated in The Bahrain Marathon Relay. That’s apart from many community-focused initiatives our offices across the region have supported and participated in.

If you had to pinpoint the biggest obstacle facing financial services in the Middle East today, what would it be? Despite the instability in global oil prices, I remain a strong believer in the Middle East’s economic forecast. Major sectors such as real estate and commercial air

travel continue to perform well, with an expected annual 5% growth in the number of airline passengers booking flights and travelling to and from the region according to a recent report released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It’s also worth noting that our last Spending Habits survey conducted in January of this year has revealed some positive indicators about the region. For instance, Dubai continues to rank as the top luxury shopping destination for Middle East consumers, beating London, Paris and New York. And 71% of respondents from the six Middle Eastern countries that participated in the survey have revealed their plans to spend the same as or more than last year. Additionally, the highly successful development of new sectors such as Fintech, online retail, contactless payments and digital broadcast and entertainment will add new dimensions and depth to the economic portfolio of the region. Expo 2020 in Dubai will also help ensure that travel, tourism and leisure continues to be a principal driver.

Do you feel there are business areas that AMEX Middle East has not ventured into yet? What does AMEX Middle East plan to explore in the near future? The beauty of working within a truly dynamic and forward-looking organisation such as American Express Middle East is that there is always an opportunity to grow, and to learn something different every day by working with our Cardmembers, Merchants or Corporate partners who inspire us to do more every day. We also know that our world – the financial services world - is changing rapidly. Digital disruption – for example the rapid growth of mobile platforms and payment solutions – means that our Cardmembers are connected more than ever and their needs and requirements are changing almost on a daily basis. And it is innovation and new technologies, along with what we do best: providing exceptional customer service, trust, control, great value and delivering unforgettable experiences, that will drive us forward. There is no doubt that Fintech will continue to grow and develop – American Express Middle East is actively involved in this field, and there are a number of exciting new initiatives being developed as we speak. When it comes to contactless payments, mobile wallets and the like, these are exciting developments in the region, and as new regulated technologies are introduced, we will always want to be involved in their development and launch. Millennials will be key to the success of online and mobile payments, but above all else, recent research shows that consumers want their payment tools to be safe and secure. That’s why we’re developing products and pursuing partnerships for the new digital economy that match technological innovation and a seamless customer experience americanexpress.com.bh

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Nouvel’s choice of words is as memorable as his architectural creations. His insight is piercing, and he never shies away from calling it as he sees it. Born in Fumel, France in 1945, Nouvel enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, ranking first in the entrance examination of the Ecole Nationale SupÊrieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1966 and obtaining his degree in 1972. From there, he went on to carve out a reputation as one of the most widely recognized architects in the world, winning numerous prestigious French and International prizes and rewards. Durrah had the rare opportunity of interviewing Nouvel and learning the innerworkings of his mind.

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Interview with Jean Nouvel Which one of your many projects would you say has been your proudest achievement so far? I am an architect of the context. I like the questions that are posed to the architects. To me, every question comes from a situation, and every situation is peculiar. My architecture is therefore every time a realization that takes into account the physical situations (soil, climate, urban and natural environment), and also the cultural and historical situations. When we bring a good architectural solution to the question that has been asked, it is always a great satisfaction. In this sense, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is a remarkable project.

Tell us a little about the Louvre Abu Dhabi. What does that project entail? The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an exceptional program in the literal sense of the name. I had the will to interact with the sky, water, sand, something that is between eternity and the moment, to create a spirituality of its own. We can make great architectural structures everywhere, but here, for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the architecture was executed in a perfect way, to feel like I am the ultimate architect.

Your work does not conform to one style or ideology. What other factors do you consider when beginning a project? We accept a project starting from the moment we think we have the answer to the question. I often have the habit of saying that in architecture, we always begin not being competent of the environment, we never know

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the situations, nor the people or the terrain, one must first become competent of the environment. Ideas come in relation to a peculiar situation, and all situations are peculiar. I believe only in situations, I believe only in the architecture of the situation. The situation is obviously the physical reality of the project: the location, the climate, it is also its historical, cultural and aesthetic environment, but foremost is the people, which must be met, which must be understood. We must always have the ambition of the question asked, we must go to the edges of an expression, an invention, create sensations, imagine a building that will fully testify to what our history was at that time, in this particular place. Architecture has to do its job. It is there to testify. In a sense, it is an edification in every moment of civilization, culture, technological advances, and technology.

Who would you credit as your inspiration and source of motivation to have a career in architecture? My hometown is called Sarlat, in the southwest of France. A medieval town. I lived there for a long time as a child, running through narrow alleys that were barely three meters wide. I regained my breath by leaning on the pillars. All these notions sensitized me to architecture. And then, above all, there was sometimes, in the detour of an alley, a kind of indication in the stone with an arrow that said: “There is the treasure” and when I asked: “but what is this treasure?” I was told that it was architecture. This inevitably left its mark on me. However, I did not want to be an architect, I wanted to be a plastic artist, painter, or sculptor. I did not know yet, but it was the art that interested me.

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The problem was my parents. They both were teachers and for whom an artist’s life was too much of a risk. They were afraid that I would not be able to earn a living. So, I was forced to be cunning. I said that I would study fine arts not plastic arts in architecture, convinced that I could change my course in the following years. So, I started my studies in architecture, and I have never opted out of it. Also, I had the immense chance of meeting and working with Claude Parent and Paul Virilio. It was an incredible adventure, not only because they were two major figures, brilliant, visionary but also because it was a very special period. I was at Parent’s place in 1968. France was in the middle of the upheaval of May 1968. The school of fine Arts had taken a part of the street, there was nothing more related to the teaching of architecture. That’s how Claude Parent and Paul Virilio became my real teachers.

How would you describe the state of architecture today? Is it progress when compared to years’ past? Or are there aspects of it that you wish had never been ignored? What we need to change, urgently, is the way to make cities. It is absurd, it is dangerous, it is in light years of any humanist vision. The buildings are cloned, and are not adapted to the places or to the people. These

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buildings have no roots. Everything is decided upstream, the square footage, the surface, the architects are too often condemned to make facade architecture, in the literal sense of the term to cover pre-determined “boxes”. We are very far from what architecture should be and what role it should play in the heart of any city. It is a very political issue and an ideological and pedagogical struggle to be conducted with political power. If I can convince the policy of this absolute urgency, I believe that the quality of life of many people would change. In today’s city, every architectural “object” is autistic, ignores its neighbour, develops in an anarchic way without harmonizing with its environment. It is a disease. In biology, I think we have a name for this. We call it a cancer.

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Which One best defines the role of an architect: artist, or philosopher, or scientist? When one is, like me, a contextualistic architect, each project is subject to reaching in deep, each project is a testimony of an epoch. These are all the parameters that interest me, it is never a matter of scale, prestige or budget, it is always a matter of poetry. Architecture is an art, it is even the mother of the arts. jeannouvel.com

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Turkish Inspiration Widely regarded as Turkey’s most successful artist, Ismail Acar is a painter who seamlessly blends modern technology with traditional techniques to create stunning compositions. His art covers a broad spectrum of themes, including Istanbul’s rich history, and the juxtaposition of Western ideas and Eastern spirituality. The impact of Acar’s work and his contributions to society cannot be overstated. The list of accolades to his name is almost as impressive as his artistic repertoire and in 2015 the UN appointed him as a humanitarian ambassador. He is also one of the founders of the Turkish Sled Federation, and a trustee of the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey – an organisation that provides after school training and development programmes for children.

Interview with Ismail Acar How would you describe your artistic style? I mostly work using oil paints and canvas but sometimes I also use very old techniques, such as paper cutting. A lot of my work is based on the geography and culture of where I live and my native Turkey is a vast source of inspiration. It has a rich history, beautiful architecture, and many interesting characters – there is always something that catches my attention and makes think about how I could portray it though my work. I could be considered as a neorealist.

Do you believe that artists need a formal education, or can they succeed just as well without it? It goes without saying that education in general is very important, but it means nothing without passion, dedication, hard work, and commitment to your craft. You

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don’t necessarily need to be formally educated to be an artist, but it is a useful guide and gives you an idea about life and the world. It’s always a good idea to have a firm understanding of whatever you’re working on, especially when your subject is historical or cultural.

Who was your earliest influence as an artist? Someone whose works you’ve seen and inspired you to enter the world of art? Rembrandt has always been a big influence of mine because he was ahead of his time in so many ways. His art tackled a variety of different themes and spanned several styles; he was also very hard working. I am fascinated by ancient settled cultures and architecture in general, so I have a lot of respect for the artists of the Renaissance, especially the Ancient Greek and Roman Period. Another one of my biggest influences is Ergin Inan.

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It depends entirely on the painting – I use several different techniques and applications. There are some that take one day to complete from start to finish and there are others I have been working on for six years. For example, there are hundreds of thousands of houses in an Istanbul panorama, so it takes a lot of time. I consider myself as somewhat of a perfectionist, so if I see something I don’t like in my work I discard it and start from scratch.

Is there a country where you would love to exhibit your work in the future? Yes, I want to have some new exhibitions at museums and galleries in the US in coming years. America is such a large market and it has a fantastic art scene, it’s always a place that stands out for me. I have exhibited there before and had a very good response so I look forward to going back in the not too distant future.

What are some of the common mistakes that you find new artists to make? What advice would you give them?

As an artist, have you ever found a theme or concept that you wanted to tackle but thought it would be too daring or outrageous? Are you a risk taker when creating?

New artists tend to expect results very quickly and this is simply not realistic. To get your work recognised and appreciated you have to work very hard and, more importantly, be very patient. Things take time and nothing happens overnight, you have to persevere and accept that things will sometimes not work out in your favour. If you are dedicated and extremely hardworking, success will come eventually.

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and to encourage debate – it’s a great platform for addressing difficult themes and concepts. I never accept failure so if I start something I always endeavour to finish it, regardless of how long it takes or the reaction it might get. Sometimes the most daring work can become a best seller.

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Timeless Appeal Patek Philippe has always aimed for perfection by creating timepieces of unrivalled quality and reliability that exude uniqueness and exclusivity. In the hands of the Stern family since 1932, it is the last independent watchmaker in Geneva and maintains a proud tradition of innovation. In this exclusive interview, the company’s President, Thierry Stern, discusses his vision for the future of the brand, his affinity for its expansive repertoire, and the latest industry trends.

Interview Thierry Stern, President, Patek Philippe

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You once said that minute repeaters are your favourite complication. What makes them so special to you?

Do you think being a family business has made a difference to Patek Philippe’s history? What advantages did it bring?

It’s the combination between simplicity and skill. On one hand, it’s an easy to understand sound, but on the other hand, there is a great amount of technical expertise that goes into making it. You don’t need to be a watchmaker to know if the sound is good or bad, and that’s what I love about it. The right sound for a minute repeater can’t be achieved using machines. It’s only achieved through the fine craftsmanship of an expert watchmaker. From a professional standpoint, it’s a fascinating achievement, but for a client, it’s just a pleasure to listen to. Every time I hear one, it not only sounds beautiful to my ears, but it also reminds me of my family because I grew up listening to them with my father and grandfather.

The beauty of being a family business is that you get to choose a strategy you believe is right for the brand and not just for the shareholders. My family has always strived to make the finest watches in the world and this is possible because we control the company 100%. Ever since I started working at Patek Philippe, my focus has been on how I can make my watches more beautiful, not how I can increase dividends. I strongly believe that by being independent, you’re able to build an effective, clear, and stable longterm strategy. Right now, I’m working on movements for 2033 and I know I will be able to do it because I’m not going to change my strategy, I have no shareholders telling me that I have to make watches just to be successful or to cater to current trends.

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How would you describe your background growing up? Was watchmaking a prominent part? I grew up in the business. One of my earliest memories was when I was six years old. I vividly remember opening a drawer in my father’s office and seeing the first Myerson pieces in there. I wasn’t allowed to touch them. I could only look, but that was more than enough to get me interested. They were so beautiful!

Is it true that the watch world is facing some challenges? Can you tell us what these challenges are and how Patek Philippe is planning to overcome them? The watchmaking industry has always been filled with challenges. This is nothing new. It goes without saying that you need to innovate to survive, and we pride ourselves on our new designs and complications. We place great emphasis on our network of well-trained employees and ensuring that we have stylish and comfortable stores for people to visit and enjoy our

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products. People are at the heart of what we do, so we maintain high levels of customer service. Patek Philippe is the only brand today that still repairs all the watches that it has produced since 1839. This service doesn’t exist in any other brand. For us, repairing a watch that’s 100 years old and restoring it to its former glory is common.

What are the latest trends? Do they differ vastly between men’s watches and women’s watches? Times are surely changing. Women’s watches are starting to evolve with a lot of different complications, which was not the case before. I find this very interesting. Our movements are very difficult to realise, but the fact that we strive to make them smaller allows us to make beautiful, complicated pieces for ladies that fit on their wrists. The chrono seems to be particularly popular at the moment. For men, they just expect us to bring them something new. If I ask what style they would like to see, the answer is always the same: “we trust Patek

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What does the future have in store for Patek Philippe? Are there new areas you’re planning to explore? We have around 80 people working in R&D to help us plan our watches for the future to determine what we should do and how we are going to do it. The most challenging part is adapting what you dream about and making it a reality. Sometimes, you know exactly how it’s going to work but just don’t have the technology to build it because it’s too small or complicated. I think, in the future, we will need new ideas and new materials that could allow us to take what’s written on paper and turn it into a real watch. Every year, we have new prototypes, but I’m not willing to release a totally new design every year just for the sake of some gimmick. If I release a watch, it must add something worthwhile to the brand. patek.com

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Ulysse Nardin is renowned by experts and connoisseurs alike for its sophisticated selection of high-end timepieces. The Swiss watch-maker, founded in Locle in 1846, has a rich history of innovation that is destined to continue with a new man at the helm. Patrick Pruniaux, Ulysse Nardin’s new CEO talks about his extensive background in the watch industry, the latest offerings from the brand, and his hopes for the future of this horology icon.

Time for Innovation Interview with Patrick Pruniaux, CEO, Ulysse Nardin Watches seem to be a big part of your life. What is it that makes the watch industry so appealing? The watch industry has always fascinated me because it evolves a lot, and I believe it will continue to do as we move into 2018 and beyond. Over the years, I have been involved with a number of watch brands, including TAG Heuer, where I held different posts for nine years– the most notable of which was Vice-President of Global Sales and Retail. I left TAG Heuer to join Apple where I helped launch the Apple Watch. I see the same level of passion at Ulysse Nardin that I saw at Apple, the same willingness to be bold and to make decisions in the interests of the consumer.

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During your career, you oversaw the launch of several high-profile tech products. Do you have plans to introduce more tech aspects to Ulysse Nardin’s watches? There are already several technical aspects to Ulysse Nardin watches, but I don’t have any plans to launch a smartwatch. I believe we offer a great deal of innovation with our mechanical products while still staying true to the brand’s rich history. In fact, in some instances, we are bringing back core features, which are sometimes forgotten by watchmakers. Many brands seem to concentrate on making new complications that don’t really add value to the product or benefit the end-consumer, whereas we have continued to introduce iconic timepieces full of wonderful ingenuity

and extraordinary technical achievement. Part of this achievement comes from the company’s determination to master every aspect of the craft in-house.

What plans do you have to set Ulysse Nardin apart from the competition? Is it difficult to further improve such an established brand? The watch industry is very competitive, but I think there is an opportunity to make the brand stand out. Ulysse Nardin has very strong values and a rich history that spans over more than 170 years, which already sets us apart from competitors. It’s our duty as a team to continue the amazing path of the brand and accelerate it even further. Our products are very distinctive and

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immediately recognisable in terms of design and innovation. In January of this year, we introduced a new concept timepiece, the Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2, which comes 10 years after the original InnoVision. Both of these feature innovations that we have already implemented or could be implementing into production models in the future. It’s just one example of the ways we build on our history while moving towards the future.

What are some of the challenges you have faced in your new role as CEO so far? I expected to face the same challenges as anyone joining a new company, but I’ve felt totally at ease and comfortable from the very beginning. There is a great deal of spirit and passion at Ulysse Nardin so I feel a strong desire to perform well. Everyone at the company is committed to the brand and heavily invested in helping it achieve continued success, which makes all the difference. With such a dedicated team, I’m very confident about the future.

Are you a fan of tradition or do you look for innovation when it comes to watchmaking?

Tradition is important for a number of reasons, especially since it gives you a wonderful platform to build on. At the same time, you must be willing to embrace the contemporary in order to adapt to the challenges of the future. People who buy Ulysse Nardin watches expect innovation and contemporary designs but also certain novelties that stem from the watchmaking knowledge the company has acquired over its illustrious 170-year history. I think that having a balance between tradition and innovation is what sets the brand apart from other watchmakers.

How would you describe the general outlook towards watches today? Is the watchmaking world 02 stronger than it’s been before or is it going through some difficulties? The last few years have been difficult for the watchmaking industry, but things seem to have picked up during 2017. I think the beauty of a brand like Ulysse Nardin is that it performs well regardless of the state of the industry because our customers are connoisseurs and experts who value quality and innovation. I believe that the company deserves to be more widely known and I’d like to see that happen,

but I’m always amazed by the knowledge and passion of those who do know and love the brand.

Are there any new collections or masterpieces we should expect next from Ulysse Nardin? I’m excited to announce we have a lot of things coming up in January. I’m very optimistic about the new Freak, which we will be presenting at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie de Genève (SIHH). Our lineup of Freak watches is truly unique because it has an avant-garde design, which does away with crown, hands, and dial. We debuted our first Freak back in 2001 and it was innovative even back then because of its Dual Direct Escapement mechanism, which made anchors, escapement wheels, and lubrication unnecessary by transferring energy directly to the balance wheel by two non-magnetic silicum drive wheels. It was even further improved in 2007 with silicium escapement parts coated in a diamond film similar to pure diamond. I think people will be amazed at our latest offering, which is very modern yet still remains true to our heritage. ulysse-nardin.com

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Durrah has an in-depth interview with Audemars Piguet’s Chairwoman of the Board, Jasmine Audemars, and Vice Chairman of the Board, Olivier Audemars who discuss the fascinating history of this iconic Swiss brand and the future of the family business.

Ticking Along in Style Interview with Chairwoman of the Board Jasmine Audemars Do you feel women have taken their rightful place in the business world today or is there still more to be done? There are more women working in the watch industry than ever before. Things have changed a lot and they’re still changing, which is certainly a positive step in the right direction. However, I feel like there is still more to be done.

What challenges must businesswomen overcome today to be seen as equals to businessmen? There are many challenges for women to overcome when it comes to equality in the workplace. I think businesswomen need to project confidence and work very hard. My advice is to be passionate about your work. Be patient and the time will come.

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a family-run business made a difference on the paths it took during its history? Would it have been different today if it wasn’t a family business? If it were a public business, things would probably be different. The main strength of being a family business is having the ability to look at things with a long-term view and being able to make decisions with the future in mind. Obviously, I feel an added sense of obligation to ensure the company does well, because my family has worked very hard for many years to build the business. I think that added level of dedication has made a big difference.

It seems there will be troubling global economic times ahead. Do you believe governments should help private businesses cope during such crises or should businesses be able to survive on their own?

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As a brand, have Audemars Piguet’s values changed over the years? Is it a different brand now so it can accommodate the tastes of today or has it always remained unchanged? Our company’s founders wanted to make complicated watch mechanisms that depended on the skill of expert craftsmen, that’s why they decided to found Audemars Piguet and their vision lives on today. In the 1970’s, the development of the Quartz watch had a significant impact on the Swiss watch industry. This is when we decided to launch the Royal Oak, which was contentious and pushed the boundaries of what people expected, but it was a huge success. To this day, we continuously look for new ways to innovate while maintaining our proud traditions.

Which aspect of watchmaking do you feel drawn towards most, the art or the science? I appreciate both in equal measure. Artisans and art in general are very similar and we try to bridge the gap between them with our watches. We want to create watches with technical, intricately designed mechanisms that evoke emotion when they are worn on people’s wrists.

What is your most personal prized possession from Audemars Piguet? I would say It’s the watch that I inherited from my grandfather. It has huge sentimental value to me for a number of reasons. It is the one he built to become a certified master watchmaker. It’s beautiful in every way. The sound, the craftsmanship, and the attention to fine detail. I love it.

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Which collection or timepiece has grown to be the definitive Audemars Piguet, one that encompasses its DNA? We make a number of beautiful watches that are made to be worn everyday. We don’t want them to end up in a safe. We want them to evoke emotion from the wearer. Our Royal Oak line is a good example of our DNA. With its steel case, octagonal bezel, tapisserie dial and integrated bracelet, it overturned prevailing codes in 1972 and took its rightful place as a true modern icon.

What should we expect next from Audemars Piguet? Is there a new masterpiece to be announced soon? I am involved with a lot of R&D for products that will come out within the next five to eight years. I can confidently assure you that there will be some amazing things to come, but you’ll have to wait for now. audemarspiguet.com

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Interview Alexander Schmiedt, Brand Director, Middle East What do you think of Jewellery Arabia this year? Jewellery Arabia is always a great opportunity to let our end clients experience the true spirit of Vacheron Constantin. We always bring unique products and new experiences. This year, we not only revealed a special edition for the Middle East, but we also brought one of our expert watchmakers. We felt like he was the most important person for clients and potential clients to meet because he is the best at demonstrating the passion that goes into our creations.

What was the inspiration for creating the overseas models? The collection has been designed with our clients in mind. They are cosmopolitan. They live life the way they want to. Whether they are in an office, on a plane, or at the beach, they look for a watch that follows the rhythm of life and is a style accessory. The Overseas collection conveys the spirit of travel in all its rich diversity and has been designed with casual elegance and practicality. These watches were not just made to tell the time, they are companions that adapt to your style of life and the way you want to live it.

How would you describe the Vacheron Constantin wearer? What type of personality does the brand attract? They are true connoisseurs who appreciate the exclusivity and quality the brand is known for. They understand what goes into making these watches and appreciate them like works of art. Many of them are experts in their own right. They want something rare, with technical excellence and an ultimate level of elegance. Even in a hundred years, these pieces will be as timeless as they are today, and our discerning customers know that.

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Vacheron Constantin’s history goes back over 262 years. Do you feel it has remained the same or did it have to change with the times? Having such a rich heritage is extremely important because it not only allows us to understand the past, it helps us to innovate in ways that very few others can. When I first came to the Middle East, I heard a saying, something along the lines of ‘those who don’t understand the past can’t understand the present, and won’t know where to go in the future. That is very fitting with our spirit. We are proudly rooted in tradition but constantly reinvent ourselves as we look to the future.

Is it difficult to secure the best watchmakers in the world today? How tough is the competition for skilled craftsmanship? It is definitely tough to find good people, but I think because of our rich history and strong reputation, we have a competitive advantage. For really passionate watchmakers, we offer an environment that very few others can. In Geneva, we have a restoration facility where we employ 25 watchmakers who study and repair watches from the past. Only the very best craftsmen in the world get to work there, so if you make it to this department, you can learn a tremendous amount from the history of watchmaking.

What have you found to be the most challenging aspect of your role as a brand director so far? The best way to ignite the spark of Vacheron Constantin in people is to bring them to the manufacturing facility in Geneva. The moment they see how we create our timepieces with passion, tradition and innovation, they instantly become ambassadors for the brand. not everyone can make it to our facility,, so we’re trying to

bring the spirit of the brand to the hearts of people in the Middle East. I think with the right ambassadors and a strong, passionate team we are in a good position to do that.

Do you have a favourite watch from Vacheron and what do you like most about it? If I had to choose one, it would be the American 1921. I love it for so many reasons but mostly because it has such a great history. It was inspired by a piece from the 1920s that was made for the American market. At the time, cars were just becoming popular and the client wanted a watch he could see precisely without taking his hands off the steering wheel. That’s why the dial and the crown are placed slightly to the side.

What are the latest trends in the watch world and which direction are watchmakers taking? Every brand has to take its own direction while staying true to its values and the authenticity of its roots. What I’ve noticed is that, despite the fact that there is so much new tech coming up and innovation cycles are becoming faster, many people still appreciate things that last, things with a human touch – which is something we pride ourselves on.

How do you see the watch market evolving in the Middle East in the next few years? I can’t say how it will evolve exactly but I can tell you that it has huge potential. Vacheron always works with a long-term strategy in mind and we’re here to develop this market for the long run. Over the course of the brand’s history there have been a lot of ups and downs, especially in terms of the economy, but we always try to keep doing what we do best by keeping true to our motto ‘Do better if possible, and that is always possible’. vacheron-constantin.com

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Al Zain Jewellers has taken exquisite craftsmanship to a new level with its latest creation ‘Cascade of Dreams’, which was revealed during the recent Jewellery Arabia exhibition. Laced with 1,970 Bahraini pearls, eight rare Colombian emeralds, and a staggering 12,826 diamonds, this stunning piece has drawn acclaim from the most discerning customers. Durrah talks with Theo Swart, CEO of Al Zain, about inspiration behind the stunning piece, the latest trends shaping the luxury market, and the benefits of being a home-grown company in Bahrain.

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has been x-rayed by DANAT (Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones) proving its authenticity and exceptional quality. This is an inspirational piece that evokes dreams, and the reaction we’ve had so far has been spectacular. Many people have come to have their picture taken with it and a few very discerning customers have asked to see the piece in private.

Cascade of Dreams is the first offering from your new Dream collection. Can you tell us more about the rest of the collection and what we can expect from it? I think you should look at it as a series of novels. It’s a bit like when you read the first book and you’re so captivated by it that you can’t wait for the author to launch the next in the series. This is precisely what Al Zain will do. Obviously, we’ve set the bar very high for ourselves, so the second chapter will follow at the next Jewellery Arabia or thereabouts – the plan is to launch them as close to these events as possible.

What are the latest trends in the jewellery world right now? It depends which sector of the market you look at. From a design point of view, Jewellery Arabia was dominated by diamonds and there is still a high demand for wedding sets. There is a move towards more “novelty or character based” designs where animals play a big role in designs. On the fashion side we see and experience a demand for everyday items in a modern design yet underpinned by tradition. Diamonds sales remain strong, so we’ve launched quite a few diamond sets, but we’ve also launched pieces that combine diamonds with emeralds and rubies. There is still a strong trend for solitaires and tennis bracelets too.

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Interview with Theo Swart, CEO of Al Zain This is your 25th year at Jewellery Arabia. Does it get more challenging to present something bigger and better each year? Not really. It’s a market so we as retailers and manufacturers must keep pace with our customers’ needs. By paying attention to their needs, wants, and requirements in the lead up to the show, we give ourselves a lot of time to prepare and develop new ideas. There has been a marked change in the economic climate, and consumers are now looking for more valuedriven products of different sizes, so we have shifted our designs accordingly.

How would you describe the current state of the jewellery market in the GCC region? If you compare this year’s show to last year’s, Al Zain experienced a small amount of growth. However, if you look at the big picture, overall spending has been notably compressed. This doesn’t mean that consumers have stopped spending. They have just become a lot more discerning. Their needs remain the same however they have become a lot more discerning. People want to get the most value for their money. Of course, there are still the Niche market consumer who do not wish

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to compromise, instead they’ve become a lot more discreet with their spending, so we tend to serve them in a private setting. Their requirements haven’t really changed. They know what they want and they come prepared. Their expectation is of a higher level of quality as opposed to reduced prices.

Tell us a little bit about the Cascade of Dreams. Is this the biggest creation from Al Zain yet? How much work went into making it? Cascade of Dreams is absolutely our biggest creation to date, and a lot of work went into making it in time for Jewellery Arabia. We wanted to make something truly unique and we have definitely succeeded with this piece. Over 2500 man-hours went into making it, with over 100 expert craftsmen from different departments working tirelessly. Every single part of the necklace has been handcrafted, so it’s a very lengthy process. Al Zain is known for design and quality craftsmanship, and we really wanted to showcase some key values and traditions of Al Zain to our customers. Firstly, we wanted to be true to our strong design heritage, and Secondly, we wanted to demonstrate our extreme attention to detail and quality finishing. For example, every pearl in this exquisite piece

There are plenty of jewellery brands available to customers in Bahrain. What would you say is Al Zain’s secret to keeping its customers despite the competition? Al Zain is a family business that’s now in its third generation. We are repositioning the brand to cater to the children of the generations that we are serving, while still respecting our heritage and past. It’s a well-known fact that we are master creators and craftsmen. Al Zain’s uncompromising attention to quality is something we hold very dear. Our customers trust us to give them a fair price, a fantastic selection, and to make their dreams come true in the way we create our products for them.

Are there benefits or advantages for jewellers being based in Bahrain? There are advantages for any jewelers being based in their home country, regardless of where that is. If you’re talking about home-grown brands such as Al Zain, we certainly have an advantage over international brands because people have known us here for generations. Al Zain is known throughout the Middle East, not only in Bahrain. We are embarking on several new concepts in 2017 and throughout 2018 that will re-establish Al Zain as the preferred jeweler of Bahrain. Watch this space! alzainjewellery.com

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Precious jewellery is much more than just a valuable accessory. It is a statement about its wearer’s personality, and often holds deep sentimental meaning. The Peacock Collection by Harakh is a truly multifaceted range that alludes to the beauty we can achieve when we show our true colours.

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Maritime Legacy OMEGA and special guest Alessandra Ambrosio celebrated the launch of the Swiss watchmaker’s new collection of timepieces in style at a nautical-themed event in Miami. Some of the Seamaster Aqua Terra’s most popular features have been enhanced or subtly transformed to give this timepiece, known for its balance of sophistication and ocean spirit, a refreshing new look.

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he new collection of Aqua Terra timepieces for men and women embraces the spirit of adventure and pay tribute to the brand’s rich maritime legacy. The ocean plays a major role in OMEGA’s advertising campaign for Aqua Terra, which features Brazilian model, Ambrosio. Updated both inside and out, OMEGA has revamped the design of each new Aqua Terra timepiece with an added edge of style and a refreshing new look. The Ladies’ collection features a new symmetrical case design, to achieve a seamless

integration with the feminine-styled bracelet. It also boasts a range of different dials, including mother-ofpearl, glossy, or shimmer effect. Notable changes to the Gents’ collection include a teak pattern on the dial, which now runs horizontally as opposed to vertically, refined aesthetics, and symmetrical case. All timepieces in the Gents’ collection are certified Master Chronometers, tested at the industry’s highest level. omegawatches.com

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Luxury Statements The best and latest from the world of watchmaking for the man of today.

Bulgari Octo Maserati These prestigious timepieces bring together the very finest design elements from two of Italy’s most iconic brands – Bulgari and Maserati. The two new Octo Maserati watch models – GranSport and GranLusso – were officially presented at the Frankfurt motor show and have quickly drawn acclaim for their subtle yet sophisticated sense of style. The new models embody the companies’ shared mechanics of excellence. Firmly focused on exclusivity, they feature retrograde minutes and jumping hours displays, expressed through an aesthetic evoking the style codes of Maserati cars. The colours, materials and fonts on both watches subtly nod to the automotive marque. The dial design evokes images of car dashboard and counters, along with a topstitched leather strap reminiscent of automobile upholstery. The GranSport version comes in black DLCtreated carbon. The dial is black, while the indications – numerals, hour-markers, counters – and the hands are silver-toned and blue. Meanwhile, the GranLusso comes in 18kt pink gold. While its dial is also black, the entire set of hands and indications are in pink gold – a precious and refined touch from Bulgari. bulgari.com

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Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S The Excalibur Aventador S by Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini Squadra Corse is a racy timepiece that blends Italian aesthetics and performance with Swiss precision. The renowned watchmaker’s technical specialists drew inspiration from the Lamborghini spirit to create this collection, which embodies their natural affinities. The Excalibur Aventador S now hits the track as the first horological expression of this high-speed partnership. The Excalibur Aventador S is available in two options that epitomise the “dare to be rare” concept through respective 88- and eight-piece limited editions. The former bears the Lamborghini “Giallo Orion” yellow paint code picked up in a number of design features, while the even more exclusive series comes in “Arancio Argos”. When making these stunning watches, the design teams from both companies merged their expertise to create something truly unique. The result is two models that combine noble and high-tech materials while still ensuring top-rate performance. These include multi-layered carbon and C-SMC carbon based on the same technology as that used for Lamborghini cars – a world premiere use of this material featured in the orange-liveried eight-piece limited edition. rogerdubuis.com

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Panerai has set a new benchmark for quality with its latest offering – the Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic. It is available in two new versions that showcase the brand’s trademark identity and purity of design. The 45mm diameter case comes in titanium, with a blue dial and alligator strap or in stainless steel with an anthracite dial and a brown alligator strap. Compared to the Luminor 1950 model of the same size, both these two new creations are significantly thinner and lighter. This is because of the structure of the calibre and the work of the designers, which has enabled the thickness of the case to be reduced by almost 40 per cent (10.7mm), while preserving the watch’s sturdiness and functionality. In perfect Panerai style, the dial of the new Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic has the sandwich structure, satiné soleil finish and minimalist design, with figures at the cardinal points, bar hour markers, and the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock. The water-resistance of the two models is guaranteed to three bar (a depth of about 30 metres). panerai.com

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Glashütte Original PanoMaticLunar Classy, unique, and replete with character, the PanoMaticLunar watch for men unites rich midnight blue and cool stainless steel in powerful harmony that makes an immediate statement. The team at Glashütte Original’s in-house dial manufactory in Pforzheim, Germany, went to great lengths to attain the perfect shade of blue for the timepiece’s dial. The desired hue can only be achieved through attentive monitoring of the galvanisation and 40 precisely defined steps in the manufacturing. The experts also worked diligently to craft the graceful shape of the moon phase display at 2 o’clock, with its silvery moon and stars set against a silver night sky. The asymmetrically designed dial is not only stylish, it allowed the Saxon manufactory to make room for two distinctive complications: the refined, elaborately worked moon phase, and the Glashütte Original Panorama Date. glashuette-original.com

Ulysse Nardin Marine Tourbillon Blue Grand Feu The rare beauty of a blue Grand Feu enamel dial gives an elegant flourish to this splendid new timepiece from Ulysse Nardin’s Marine Collection. Since 1846, when a young Ulysse Nardin conceived of the first marine deck chronometers, the seafaring world has been an essential part of the brand’s history. In fact, the early timepieces can be seen as precursors of more recent Ulysse Nardin Marine watches, like the Marine Tourbillon with its unusual blue enamel dial. This distinctive timepiece unites the three fundamentals essential to Ulysse Nardin’s identity – in-house production, technical avant-garde, and rare artistry. The self-winding UN-128 calibre is produced in-house in the workshops at Le Locle, Switzerland. Embodying the brand’s development and continued independence in the manufacture of its movements, it harnesses the properties of silicium technology, with a 60-hour power reserve and a flying tourbillon. Complementing the elegance of the Grand Feu blue enamel dial, are the elegant hands and roman numerals indicative of the Marine collection. ulysse-nardin.com

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IWC Schaffhausen Da Vinci Automatic Elegance and sophistication come together seamlessly in the Da Vinci Automatic. With its round case and distinctive horns, this beautiful timepiece draws directly on the iconic design of the 1980s Da Vinci models for inspiration. Designed for both women and men, the distinguished timepiece is available either with a slate-coloured dial and stainless-steel bracelet or with a silverplated dial and black alligator leather strap. The clear-cut dial design with the date at “6 o’clock” sets off the striking Arabic numerals and lancet-shaped leaf hands. The crown discreetly takes up the contours of the case and blends harmoniously into the overall picture. Both models are water-resistant to three bar and powered by the tried-and-tested 35111 calibre with automatic winding and 42-hour power reserve. iwc.com

Carl F. Bucherer atravi TravelTec Black Frequent flyers and busy professionals know all too well the challenge of balancing and adjusting to different time zones. The Patravi TravelTec by Carl F. Bucherer is an ingenious solution that blends comfort, functionality, readability, and technological sophistication. Its waferthin, diamond-like crystalline carbon structure ensures the watch is scratch-resistant and highly shock absorbent and the deep matt black colour is created with a unique blend of carbon material. The striking design is rounded off with a black dial offering a clear display of contrasting lightcoloured totalisators, indices, and, scales. The intelligent interplay between the case and movement enables this timepiece to display three time zones simultaneously. Two time zones are visible on the dial thanks to the sophisticated functions of the own chronometer-certified CFB 1901.1 calibre. The third time zone is displayed via a red 24 hour-hand on a rotating bezel and the patented monopusher enables the wearer to quickly and easily set it to an eastern or western direction of travel. carl-f-bucherer.com

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The latest iconic feminine timepieces for the elegant and refined woman of today.

Feminine Charm

Fendi Selleria collection The iconic Selleria watch is presented in a new collection featuring two different luxurious woven velvet straps. The new double or single tour Selleria strap – made with a subtle mix of textile and leather – reinterprets the distinctive Fun Fendi (FF) logo by featuring the double F pattern in natural tones of camel and dark brown. The timepiece features a round yet geometric shaped case, adorned with a new white dial enhanced with rose gold coloured or silver stitched-like Roman numerals. Further, indexes and an off-centered white mother-of-pearl small second subdial give dynamism to the overall design. Elegant and refined, it features the patented interchangeable strap system that allows the wearer to change her style with a simple twist of the case back. The new Selleria Collection pays homage to the Roman Maison’s roots merging the iconic Fendi design with the highest Swiss watchmaking expertise. fendi.com

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Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Collection Mother nature and her natural wonders are the inspiration for the exquisite timepieces in this stylish new collection. Creatures from Africa, the Caribbean and Asia – the lion, the flamingo, and the koi carp – are Jaquet Droz’s guests of honour on three timepieces that bring together the very best of its artisans’ mastery. These new versions of the Petite Heure Minute were brought to life in La Chaux de Fonds, the cradle of the brand, and combine miniature painting and black Grand Feu enamel to awaken the desire to travel to new horizons. The Grand Feu enamel has been worked to create a deep, uniform black version. The only background capable of enhancing the painter’s precise and infinitely thin brushstrokes, the dense and magnetic enamel gives each ornamental motif its impression of depth. jaquet-droz.com

Panerai Luminor 1950 Submersible Made to the highest specifications for the most discerning buyers, the new Panerai Submersible watches are solid, strong, and provide great visibility even at great depths. Their distinctive design draws inspiration from the brand’s rich history and pairs it with the latest technical innovations. These innovations are apparent in the cases for the timepieces, which are with a selection of materials, including traditional choices such as titanium and AISI 316L stainless steel; precious materials such as red gold; and more evocative options such as BMG-TechTM – a metallic glass known for its resistance to external shocks and corrosion. All the new Panerai Luminor 1950 Submersible watches use the P.9010 automatic calibre, with a power reserve of three days. The movement has the date, the classic small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, the mechanism for stopping the balance wheel, and the device for changing the time by moving the hour hand backwards or forwards in jumps of one hour without interfering with the running of the watch. panerai.com

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Bvlgari Lvcea Mosaique This quintessentially Italian luxury marque pays tribute to ancient Rome with its newest Lvcea Mosaique watches. Mosaics, a decorative art typical of the period, serve as inspiration for the dials of these new creations, which are composed of tiles made of gold rather than stone. The 18kt gold plate is first cut into around 700 tiny square tiles measuring precisely 0.84mm. Each of them is then individually placed on the dial plate, starting from the centre and progressively radiating towards the outer sides. It avoids any misplaced light effects that might appear in the tiny gaps between the specks of gold dust. The stunning result creates an infinite variety of subtly shimmering light effects. Rather than composing a specific pattern on the surface of the tiling, the goal is to obtain the best possible reflection. One by one, the gold squares are placed in such a way that the overall gold mosaic tile is not uniformly flat. Tiny shifts in position, together with slants barely perceptible to the naked eye, combine to achieve a result that could be described as the art of imbalance. bulgari.com

Louis Moinet Stardance This innovative and complex offering is the world’s only timepiece that sparkles with the brilliance of diamonds from outer space. Stardance features a spectacular moon phase created from a finely-crafted fragment of the Enstatite EH3 meteorite. This rare piece of space rock boasts scintillating nano-diamonds believed to have been formed in cosmic collisions that occurred billions of years ago, pre-dating the formation of our solar system. Surrounded by an aventurine night sky, the fragment of meteorite represents the moon, making this horological complication especially dazzling. It is not only the nanodiamonds of the meteorite moon phase that dazzle. The white ceramic bezel is distinguished by an inner ring of 54 VVS Top Wesselton diamonds interspersed with six cabochon-cut sapphires. The case is made of hightech, grade five polished titanium and the design of the automatic winding rotor provides a stylish continuation of the day-night theme. The central disc is decorated with a new moon surrounded by the golden rays of the sun adorning the rotor. louismoinet.com

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Piaget Gala Collection Piaget’s Gala collection takes artistry and beauty to another level. Precious gold and diamonds have been transformed into stunning pieces that complement the beauty and diversity of women. The craftsmanship, attention to detail, and striking lines that characterise Piaget’s collections caught the eye of acclaimed Lebanese designer Nathalie Trad, who used pieces from the collection as an inspiration for some of the bags in her new line. With its sensual curves and precious gem-setting, the Limelight Gala watch was an icon born in the 1970s when the Maison took glamour to new heights with its audacious creations. Somewhere between jewellery and watchmaking, an exclusively gold-clad version, introduced in 2016, pairs the watch with one of Piaget’s signature goldsmithing techniques – a finely woven Milanese mesh strap in pink gold. The ‘palace’ décor, with its shimmering mesh-like texture, gives the outside surface of the bracelet an iridescent effect. With this uniquely Piaget technique, watchmaking and jewellery are seamlessly fused into a luminous combination. piaget.com

Amadeo Fleurier Monsieur Bovet Bovet reaffirms its unique identity with this classic, functional, and timeless timepiece, which provides variety and sophistication in abundance. With its seven-day power reserve and perfectly balanced presentation of features, it heralds the future of the Fleurier Complications collection. Inside its Amadeo convertible case, the Monsieur Bovet houses a rare in-house movement, the Virtuoso II calibre. The first calibre to be developed by Bovet that’s not regulated by a tourbillon, this manufacture movement has been engineered to display hours, minutes, and seconds on both the front and back of the timepiece. One face displays the intricacy and unique architecture of the movement, allowing the wearer to view the elegance of the Virtuoso II calibre. The second face has a lacquered dial that covers the entire surface, leaving just enough space for the seconds carriage, which offers a glimpse of its precise mechanical choreography.

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Surrealist Scents

Dali Haute Parfumerie is a unique collection of five perfumes inspired by the jewellery creations of Salvador Dali. Crafted in the finest perfumery tradition and interpreted by a master perfumer, this scintillating selection of fragrances continues the story of the world’s greatest surrealist. Jean-Pierre Grivory, President and DirectorGeneral of Cofinluxe, explains the impact of the artist’s work and the importance of staying true to his spirit while creating this new line.

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Interview with Jean-Pierre Grivory, President and CEO” of Cofinluxe How long has this collection been in the making? Was it a difficult process considering the jewellery and painstaking attention to detail? Not really because in the Dali universe, it is very easy to find the inspiration you’re looking for. His creativity and spirit are involved in everything we do, from the design of the bottles to the fragrances themselves. We took inspiration from Dali’s jewellery collection and chose five jewels as a foundation on which to create interpretation. The complicated part was creating a jewel that was different to the original but still maintained the spirit of this iconic artist.

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Who will fall in love with Dali Haute Parfumerie? Is it strictly for Dalinian fans? Certainly not. In fact, I think it will actually inspire more people to become fans of his work. His exhibitions attract an eclectic mix of people from many nationalities and of various ages. I think part of the reason, that nearly 30 years after his death, people are still fascinated by him is because he had his own view on everything. This collection is an interpretation of his art in the form of a perfume, and our bottles are a strong indication of the connection. I don’t think you have to be a Dali fan to appreciate our fragrances, but you might just become one.

Dali’s art was surreal, his work containing bizarre and striking elements that were distinguished when compared to other artists. Can a perfume be considered surreal enough to stand out in similar fashion? Or are all perfumes surreal because of their olfactory nature? When I started working on this collection, I visited a lot of flea markets and was surprised by how many empty bottles were being sold. At first, I was shocked but then I suddenly realised that the bottles had value in themselves and told a story. As a result, all of our perfume bottles have a story behind them because

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they are based on the art and lifestyle of Salvador Dali. When it came to their design, I had to think of shapes and elements from his art that I could make ‘bottleable’ so when a consumer buys one of our perfumes, they’re actually buying a reproduction of his art.

One of Dali’s hallmarks was the extensive use of melting watches in symbolic function. Are there scents in the perfumery world that can produce the same effects? Can you symbolise with scents, just like Dali symbolized with visuals? A great perfume appeals to three senses, sight, touch, and smell. Sight is very important because people are attracted to the bottle first, which makes them feel like touching it and then finally smelling it. A great perfume evokes an emotional response – you either like it or you don’t – and the same is true with any work of art. People’s responses are definitely subjective but that’s the beauty of art.

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Alberto Morillas is the master perfumer interpreting Dali’s collection. How was the experience of working with Morillas? It was great. He is extremely talented and very few people can boast as successful a career as him. He has been responsible for creating some of the world’s most iconic aromas and the Dali Haute Parfumerie is no exception. I met him for the first time more than 30 years ago when we worked on the first Dali fragrance and, from that moment, I knew we shared the same sensitivity and desire to create something special. When you’ve worked with someone before you have a rapport, which makes the process easier and more enjoyable.

In your view, what do the perfume and art worlds have most in common? I think they have a great deal in common because the creative process of a perfumer is the same as any artist. When it comes to painting, for example, artists only have a few basic colours to work with, but perfumers have a much broader palette. There are so many fragrances

in nature, as well as synthetic chemicals, which gives the perfumer infinite combinations to explore. As in all creative domains, passion is the main ingredient and there is a huge sense of satisfaction when you turn your ideas into reality.

What are your hopes for Dali Haute Parfumerie? If Dali had been alive today, what do you think his response would be to the new line? I’m very fortunate and I’ll always be extremely thankful to Dali for believing in my ideas. I feel a huge sense of responsibility to produce fragrances that are in line with his image. Dali approved our past products and liked what we did so I am trying to respect the same creative process with this line. I cannot say what he would think, but we have tried to be sincere and worked hard to create something as close to his art as possible. To be consistent with Dali, we needed to take a visionary approach, and that’s what we’ve tried to do with this collection. dalihauteparfumerie.com

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An eclectic mix of stimulating fragrances and intoxicating aromas guaranteed to make a statement. For men.

Scented Power VALENTINO PARFUMS UOMO NOIR ABSOLU Uomo Noir Absolu is an intimate evolution of the classic Valentino fragrance. Composed by perfumer Sophie LabbĂŠ, it is a modern exploration of oriental intensity. The Italian elegance of Iris, the original Valentino signature, is transformed through the intimate richness of high perfumery. With notes of sandalwood, cinnamon, pepper, and a veil of incense, it is a mysterious and eloquent interpretation. The fragrance is presented in an ebony studded glass bottle with gold accents, signifying defiant grace. valentino.com

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AMOUAGE BEACH HUT MAN Beach Hut Man is the newest addition to Amouage’s Midnight Flower collection. This unique, masculine scent relaxes and invigorates with its mélange of mint, orange blossom, vetiver, moss, ivy, patchouli, myrrh, dry woods, and galbanum. Sweet floral notes are nuanced with sensuous musk to create a dynamic and memorable fragrance. An evocative olfactory ode, Beach Hut Man continues the narrative of its predecessor, the subtle and enigmatic fougère, Bracken. Nature is the inspiration for the scent, which evokes images of sweeping sand dunes and fresh grass meeting the sea, resulting in a tenacious and long lasting smell that encapsulates tranquillity. amouage.com

CAROLINA HERRERA 212 VIP BLACK The 212 VIP universe has expanded with a new launch of 212 VIP Black, a masculine fragrance full of sensuality that encapsulates a revolutionary spirit. Composed with touches of amber and wormwood, a twist of lavender, and warm notes of vanilla, 212 VIP Black is an elixir of seduction. This bold scent ensures all eyes are on you. It is explosive and spicy – created to challenge, inspire, and own the party. Beautifully presented in an esoteric monolithic black bottle, this fragrance is the latest must-have for discerning gentlemen. Created in homage to the creative class of New York City, this daring scent makes a lasting impression. carolinaherrera.com

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CALVIN KLEIN OBSESSED The sensuality of the original OBSESSION is mirrored in this reimagining through a black vanilla infusion, structured with dark, dimensional, woody notes. As the re-invention of an iconic fragrance, OBSESSED plays on the evocation of memory through scent. Mixing memory and desire, the past and the present, this compelling fragrance echoes the original OBSESSION, yet blurs and reformulates the scent. When it comes to the design of the bottle, packaging, and the scent itself, there is a strong sense of going backwards to go forward. This is a reimagining that takes the best of an iconic fragrance and combines it with a fresh perspective. calvinklein.com

GUERLAIN LE FRENCHY Le Frenchy was dreamed up by Thierry Wasser, Guerlain’s master perfumer. With its woody, aromatic and citrusy essence, it reflects the dynamic, spirited, and elegant personality of its creator. Refreshed with a lively and piquant hint of lemon, verbena and petit grain, it swells into an aromatic heart constructed around sage, precious neroli, and fragrant lavender. Slowly, the composition’s base sparks into a flame with the subtle blend of vetiver, tonka bean and ambergris. Le Frenchy belongs to Guerlain’s Exclusive Collections, a range of fragrances for aficionados who admire raw scents and refinement. guerlain.com

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DUNHILL LONDON ICON RACING Experience the thrill of the open road with the dunhill London ICON Racing, an invigorating, multifaceted fragrance for men. Made for a man on the move, this daring scent is aimed at adventurous and ambitious men. A bold masculine attitude complements the fresh, exhilarating notes in the dunhill London ICON Racing fragrance. Audacious facets of bergamot and grapefruit drive the exciting freshness of the scent, accelerating the warmth of black pepper in the core to awaken sophisticated tones of guaiac wood and vetiver in the base. dunhill.com

MOLTON BROWN RUSSIAN LEATHER This distinctive new fragrance is an olfactive impression of the bygone Russian leather-making craft, practised only by a few remote villages perched on forest edges. Siberian pine oil mingles with aged leather accord, smoky black tea and deep tobacco uplifted by elemi, vetiver and spicy purple basil to create this distinctive fragrance. Composed with enigmatic, powerful overtones, the eau de toilette and bath and shower gel combine to create a compelling fragrance layering ritual for long, intriguing nights. moltonbrown.com

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An eclectic mix of stimulating fragrances and intoxicating aromas guaranteed to make a long-lasting statement for women.

YVES SAINT LAURENT LE VESTIAIRE DES PARFUMS ORIENTAL COLLECTION Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Vestiaire des Parfums Oriental Collection now boasts two new fragrances. The sensational collection summons up the golden age of Yves Saint Laurent couture. Embroidered arabesques and velvety suedes evoke the couturier’s imaginative world and create sophisticated, highly contemporary sillages. Contained in novel bottles and enriched with two new fragrances – SLEEK SUEDE and MAGNIFICENT GOLD – the Oriental Collection recomposes a modern, highly material feel. Combining notes of black oud, saffron and vanilla, MAGNIFICENT GOLD is defined by a smooth yet carnal character and striking voluptuousness. Meanwhile, for SLEEK SUEDE the warm cocoa bean evokes the softness of the finest suede and the black oud wood brings to mind the powerful scent of tanned leather. ysl.com

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YVES SAINT LAURENT BLACK OPIUM PURE ILLUSION The Black Opium bottle is quintessential in its own right, lauded around the world for its elegant design. Now, there is a new limited-edition bottle destined to be a collector’s item. The black glitter sparkles brightly in stripes that emblazon the bottle in a criss-cross shape. Interspersed with a crystalline rose; the luminous pink colour of the eau de parfum shines through. Fans of the scent needn’t worry – the iconic eau de parfum inside remains unchanged. The electrifying energy of sweet black coffee is teamed with a creamy-white musk, while the familiar orange blossom and white floral accord add an exhilarating element to the scent. Rounding off the fragrance is a sensual, woody base of cedar wood and patchouli, which emanate warmth and passio ysl.com

TIFFANY & CO. EAU DE PARUM Tiffany & Co. may be best known for its jewellery, but that could soon change with the introduction of its new Eau De Parfum signature fragrance. The bold scent features a floral musk and is designed as a contemporary take on the most precious ingredients of traditional haute perfumery. The fragrance has vibrant top notes of vert de mandarine and patchouli base notes wrapped in a blend of soothing musks. However, at its heart is the iris flower. This signature ingredient not only adds strength and femininity, it grounds the composition with refinement and sophistication. And, yes, it does come in the iconic turquoise box. tiffany.com

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CALVIN KLEIN OBSSESED – FOR WOMEN OBSESSED for women is a reimagining of Calvin Klein’s original OBSESSION. A masculine structure with feminine warmth is formed around a base of white lavender and creamy musks to create a truly signature scent. As the re-invention of an iconic fragrance, OBSESSED plays on the evocation of memory through scent. Mixing the past and the present, this compelling fragrance echoes the original OBSESSION but reformulates it for a new audience. When it comes to the design of the bottle, packaging, and the scent itself, there is a strong sense of going backwards to go forward. This is a reimagining that takes the best of an iconic fragrance and combines it with a fresh perspective. calvinklein.com

VALENTINO PARFUMS DONNA NOIR ABSOLU Donna Noir Absolu is an intimate evolution of the classic Valentino fragrances for women. The scent is an unrepentant collision between the spice of black pepper and a lascivious rose. The decadence of plum liquor meets sensuous leather and sandalwood, to create a truly decadent combination. Composed by perfumer Sophie Labbé, this olfactory offering is a modern exploration of oriental intensity. This fragrance is your ultimate winter companion and its warm top notes linger thanks to intimate richness of high perfumery. This unforgettable, captivating fragrance is presented in an ebony studded glass bottle with gold accents that signify defiant grace. valentino.com

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CHLOÉ ABSOLU DE PARFUM This iconic line is celebrating its tenth anniversary in style with a new fragrance – Chloé Absolu de Parfum. Its irresistible essence intensifies the signature Chloé fragrance and will appeal to new and old fans alike. Although this new scent’s rich, woody, textured floral fragrance is recognisable as the Eau de Parfum Chloé; it is a more refined version. The heightened intensity and depth of the Damascena rose is combined with an absolute of Centifolia rose from Grasse. Vanilla absolute unfurls and a touch of patchouli adds character, making this fragrance more captivating than ever. The sleek bottle, with a metal plaque in a new shade, frames the light amber colour of the Absolu de Parfum and the silver plating takes on a cool golden undertone. chloe.com

GUERLAIN LUI This unisex fragrance is a twist on tradition that blurs the lines between feminine and masculine. Its unmistakable, universal scent is based on benzoin; a versatile ingredient with numerous facets. After an opening burst that blends soft pear and lively clove notes, benzoin merges with the powdery and spicy accents of the carnation accord. Then benzoin takes on a more intense dimension, pulsating over leathery base notes with smoky and woody accents. Vanilla and white musk round things off to give this scent a comfortable and supple sensuality. guerlain.com

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Engage Your Senses

With origins dating back to 1872, Shiseido is one of the oldest skincare companies in the world. This Japanese brand blends nature and innovation to consistently deliver premium ranges of skincare solutions that have gained momentum within an expanding consumer base.

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contain healing and rejuvenating plant extracts that have long been used in Japanese culture to promote wellness and beauty. Whether you are looking for a single skincare solution or a glam skincare overhaul, you’ll want to know about these handpicked Shiseido products. Extra Rich Cleansing Foam E (125ml) This is a luxurious cleansing foam that envelops skin in a lather of ultimate richness and leaves it feeling beautifully fresh and smooth. Lifting away impurities without disturbing skin’s essential moisture balance, this nurturing cleanser prepares skin to receive the full benefits of the softening lotion.

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Concentrated Balancing Softener E (170ml) An enriched softening lotion that helps renew skin’s vitalising forces and encourages them to thrive. Shiseido’s exclusive 4MSK and TMG combine to target the causes of uneven contours, such as thickening and roughness. The skin texture is refined and pores become less visible, for brighter, smoother skin with an optimal texture. Total Protective Cream E (50ml / SPF20) This rich, multi-functional daytime cream protects skin and helps restore its vitality. With its luxuriously smooth texture, it maintains a deeply hydrated feeling throughout the day and defends your skin against

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daytime aggressors like UV rays, dryness, and oxidation. Hybrid-anti-pollution powder helps protect your skin against various pollutants and also provides moisture for long periods. This minimises the look of fine lines and pores for plumped, bright skin, and an enhanced makeup finish. Eye & Lip Contour Regenerating Cream E (17ml) Ideal for the sensitive skin around your eyes and lips, this cream will make them respond beautifully to sensorial stimulation. The luxurious cream’s intensive reparative effects help the skin around this delicate area to thrive – signs of aging and fatigue are reduced, and resilience, firmness, and brightness emerge from within.

Total Regenerating Cream E (50ml) A rich, intensive night cream with the line’s highest amount of Skingenecell Enmei Complex, it has a dense, creamy texture that melts in quickly, creating the optimal night time environment for awakening skin’s natural healing properties. It contains burnet extract, which improves the skin’s age-resisting qualities while you sleep. It’s not just the products you’ll appreciate, it’s how they’re presented. The forms, colours, textures, weight, and fit of the package design work together to provide the senses with the pleasure of receiving a beautiful gift that you don’t want to let go. shiseido.com

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Classic Fusion Racing Grey. Titanium case with a gray sunray dial. Self-winding chronograph movement. Grey alligator strap stitched on rubber.

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Exquisite Style

Gorgeous designer hand bags to add a touch of class to your look.

Versace Flower Appliques Large DV ONE Bag Elegant and timeless with playful individuality – the DV ONE symbolises the strength of Versace. This medium sized dual -carry style bag has a firm top handle, suede lateral gussets with contrast panels, and leather flower appliques that add character in abundance. This standout bag features a lamb nappa leather interior lining and a stylish front flap closure with round brass hardware, which takes its shape from the floor plan of the Pantheon in Rome. The guilloché clasp is crowned by a threedimensional Medusa, the eternal symbol of Versace. A leather keychain charm with and embossed “V” hangs from the top handle. versace.com

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Cartier Highly Precious Evening Bags The panther remains Cartier’s favourite animal. Totemic, wild and glamorous, it embodies seductive femininity and its presence alone is enough to leave an alluring mark on these precious evening bags, which are a subtle blend of extravagance and simplicity. There are generations of famously elegant women and clients behind the panther’s legend, not to mention the myth, the history and the supreme mastery of Cartier’s know-how in perpetual evolution. The Panthere De Cartier collection boasts a number of elegant clutches and bags made with back calfskin, which feature a panther head motif in a gold finished, engraved clasp. One exotic variant comes in iridescent green crocodile skin with a green lambskin interior. The house also has bags inspired by its Cactus De Cartier collection with clasps decorated in emerald beads, as well as a high-jewellery clutch range – Metiers D’Art – which features precious pendants that can be removed from the bags and worn as a brooch. cartier.com

YSL Small Downtown Leather and Suede Cabas Bag This monogram Saint Laurent bag with tubular handles is adorned with expandable side gussets, a leather-encased key ring, a buckle closure with interlocking YSL signature and removable shoulder strap. Crafted from panels of smooth leather and supple suede for textural contrast, the Monogram Downtown Small tote from Saint Laurent is an understated city-chic must-have. In timeless navy and with plenty of room for your daytime essentials, it’s an investment piece you’ll treasure for seasons to come. Make sure the label’s iconic YSL logo stands out next to monochrome ensembles. ysl.com

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AIGNER Leather Collection Fall/Winter 2017/18 The best design elements of past and present are combined in this collection. Classic shapes, cuts, traditional craftsmanship, and natural materials, blend with new materials, textures, surfaces, and techniques to reflect the brand’s unmistakable DNA. Nostalgia with a contemporary touch and a sense of modernity defines the range. The Fall/ Winter season is dominated by subtle colour schemes and natural tones such as Taupe, Cashmere Beige, Alabaster Rose, and Brick Red. These are paried with dark tones such as Olive, Deep Blue, and Concrete Grey with a dark Grape Violet as an accent colour. However, the predominant colour remains black. The mood of the collection is intense but also chic and stylish. The theme “Dark Night” serves as its inspiration and is implemented through colour accents and special materials. Highlights include models in a shimmery sequin print on suede or metallic leather with lasered artwork.Available in three sizes, the “Lexi” series is a highlight of the collection. The high-quality and robust top grain leather in muted seasonal colours emphasises the heritage look of the bags, which have a linear shape and golden metal handles in addition to the shoulder strap. aignermunich.com

Mademoiselle Longchamp Inspired by 1970s heroines, this hobo bag is chic, confident, and proud to be French. It conjures images of Jane Birkin and Françoise Hardy who were both fiercely independent women and icons of their time. The classy offering is distinguished by refined details: an iconic clasp, signature hardware, and an enamel-finished wax seal – the authentic hallmark of Longchamp craftsmanship. In a flourish of leather craftsmanship, stunning, sensual calfskin is punctuated with an edgy perforated motif while the colour palette sets the tone for the season in elegant black, delicate grey, warm cognac, and sunny mimosa. Nowadays the cross-body bag is the accessory of choice for the vivacious Parisienne juggling a hectic schedule. As her busy day comes to a close she dangles the bag glamorously from her shoulder to transition seamlessly from daytime to evening. Sleek, structured, casual, and free of restraints, the Mademoiselle Longchamp line of bags has been created for women keen to break with convention. It is a feminist statement, a carefree piece designed to make women’s lives easier. longchamp.com/en

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Chopard I ce Cube Mini Good things come in small packages, there’s no denying it. Chopard’s graphic Ice Cube Mini handbag is chic and stands out in contrasting smooth black and sumptuous IMPERIALE green leather. Versatile with three choices of strap – one adorned with sleek rose gold-finish Ice Cube motifs – it can be slung over the shoulder or hand carried on a pretty chain. This is a cool, self-assured handbag perfect for making an impression. The bag’s unique design redefines the relationship between visual images and three-dimensional shapes. These eye-catching aesthetics combine with a sense of functionality to make a true statement. The diagonal lines of the cube’s surface are incorporated as a graphical element while the use of colours and metal accents emphasise the identity of the collection. chopard.com

Wandler Hortensia Dynamic Dutch design fused with impeccable Italian craftsmanship is at the heart of this range. Clear in function and shape, Wandler’s creations boast a distinctive aesthetic – elegant with unexpected dimensions and a dynamic use of colours. The company’s founders – Joost Doeswijk and Elza Wandler – came together over a mutual love for durable materials and timeless design, elements that are still the driving force behind all of Wandler’s creations. Cut in a clean crescent shape from pale-blue leather, this ‘Hortensia’ bag can be carried by the top handle or worn cross-body using the detachable shoulder strap. It has a roomy interior with a patch pocket and an external pouch to store all your essentials. wandler.com

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The 2017 edition of the Bahrain Light Festival was an exciting showcase of lights, audio, and motion. It featured the latest innovations in lighting by international contemporary artists and provided visitors from Bahrain and across the region with an unforgettable experience.

A Bright Spark

01 A unique, cutting edge entertainment featuring beatsensitive technology which allows these LED drummers to light up in time with their drumming

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he Bahrain Light Festival took place across a 2km stretch of waterfront walkway located in Bahrain Bay. It attracted thousands of people of all ages and nationalities who gathered to see the installations, which included the Sonic Runway, Urchins, Bouquet of Lampshades, Pin-Wheels, Shadow Bath, Communication Gaps, Light Origami, SOL Dome, and Light Bearers. The event was inaugurated by BTEA’s Chief Executive Officer, H.E. Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, who said events such as this, which feature a variety of activities for families, are an integral part of BTEA’s plan to revitalise the tourism sector

and attract Bahraini visitors as well as tourists from across the GCC and beyond. The festival showcased technical artistic dynamics by artists from France, Japan and America, and included remarkable performances, as well as exciting entertainment including LED drummers, LED hover boarders and neon umbrellas. This exciting showcase comes in line with the BTEA’s overall strategy aimed at developing and strengthening the tourism sector under the slogan of ‘Ours. Yours.’, which contributes towards the Kingdom’s economy and the 2030 Economic Vision.

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Scoping Innovators The new bolt action rifle from London gun maker James Purdey & Sons brings a level of accuracy not previously found in ‘London’s best guns.’. This is due to a titanium chassis running from the pistol grip through to the fore end which supports a free-floating barrel. The new rifle is finished with traditional Purdey excellence, and is available in a wide range of chamberings and with a choice of sights.

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t the heart of this new and highly innovative rifle is the ‘Purdey Chassis System’. Made from titanium, the chassis, running from the pistol grip to the forend, is embedded into the walnut stock. Unseen when the rifle is assembled, the action is built directly into the titanium chassis rather than into the wood, as is traditional with London’s best rifles. The result is an exceptionally stable bedding platform, one of the keys to an accurate rifle. The ‘Purdey Chassis System’ runs the full length of the stock and gives a level of stability unseen in Best Quality rifles in the past. As a result, the stock is prevented from moving as atmospheric conditions and moisture levels change. This major advance has allowed Purdey to incorporate a free-floating barrel

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into the design, allowing consistent barrel harmonics, another key prerequisite to rifle accuracy. Historically, London’s highest quality rifles were all built around old Mauser actions using German barrels. The new Purdey Bolt-Action Rifle is an all-British product. The double square-bridge controlled-feed action and barrel are both precision engineered in the UK and the rifles are made in Purdey’s London workshop. This new rifle is truly a a high quality London rifle. Whilst the new rifle is full of innovation, the tradition and elegance of Purdey was at the forefront of the design brief. The ‘Purdey Chassis System’ is hidden from view when the rifle is assembled, so aesthetically it remains a very traditional product with the London

blueing to the action and barrel, along with the walnut stock and the traditional fine rose and scroll engraving. The rifle is delivered complete with swingoff mounts and scope rings and is threaded for a moderator if the customer wishes, complete with an invisible thread protector. The action is fitted with a Timney trigger, which is set from the factory at 2 1/2 lbs, is adjustable, and delivers a crisp break with no creep. The new Purdey Bolt-Action Rifle is available in all standard and most wildcat chamberings. Purdey has over 200 reamers available to meet the demands of the modern bolt-action rifle market. purdey.com

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Fashion

J Smith Esquire’s millinery defies convention and pushes boundaries while maintaining a timeless elegance that transcends trends and genres. Sartorial and stylish, the designer’s creations have drawn acclaim from fashionistas and celebrities around the world, earning him a place in the hearts of the most discerning buyers.

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ustin Smith graduated from the Royal College of Art, with an MA in millinery after studying the discipline for six years and started his label following the critical acclaim of his 2007 graduation show. Over the years he has been involved with London, Paris and Milan Fashion weeks, as well showcasing at emerging fashion weeks such as Jakarta and Rome Couture. Going from strength to strength, Justin has collaborated with high-end designers, from Stella McCartney to Moschino, Manish Aurora, and Aganovich, to name a few.

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Known in the millinery world for pushing the boundaries of the tradition, he has earned numerous accolades and awards, including the British Council’s Young Fashion Entrepreneur award, 2010. Most recently he was awarded the Generali Future Award at International Talent Support 2016 in Trieste. While J Smith Esquire’s bespoke work includes a prestigious portfolio of clients, Justin continues to push his brand globally and across many sectors, from art installations to hotel uniforms and film work. Justin’s aesthetic is fuelled by a ceaseless curiosity.

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Throughout his career he has sewed, knitted, beaded, embroidered, painted, sculpted, and created collections from origami to animals, from Victorian Burlesque to dapper English gentleman, and from silver knitted wire to tattooed pigskin. Justin’s hats create characters. They protect you, allow you to hide behind them, and let you shine under them. In the ever-changing fashion world, you can create a new look everyday by only changing your hat, and J Smith Esquire perfectly sums up their powers.

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Elite from VIVA

reflects your status

Elite from VIVA is our invite-only programme for premium customers. It’s our way of appreciating your custom by offering a world of benefits and privileges that complement your life. From a dedicated customer call centre, dedicated help desk and priority queuing at all VIVA stores, to worldwide airport lounge access, exclusive offers and the chance to get your hands on the latest devices when they are launched, Elite is service at its very finest. To find out more about VIVA Elite call 103 or visit viva.com.bh

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Your choice of attire says a lot about you, so make sure it says the right thing by dressing to impress. AlAbaya by Annada is a collection of headturning garments that compliment everyday outfits and provide an effortlessly sophisticated look. Featuring the work of a selection of artists, these distinctive garments are sure to impress and delight in equal measure.

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ada and Noor Alawi, founders of Annada have worked hard to make sure AlAbaya line provides functional design, carefully curated prints and high-quality materials with elements of romance and wonder. This collection is an ode to the Arabian woman’s modesty, grace, and elegance with nods to the colourful touch that Annada has demonstrated in past collections. AlAbaya is a result of Annada’s desire to accommodate unique aesthetics and feelings that can

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not be found anywhere else. It challenges the norm by infusing the working woman’s wardrobe with colour and vibrancy. Over the past six years, the brand has grown from having two artist collaborators to over 20 across the region. The company’s mission is to bridge cultures and industries while providing customers with expressive, sentimental, and emotional experiences. annadaonline.com

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The COS Autumn/Winter 2017 collection takes a hefty dose of inspiration from architecture to create a look that is defined by clean lines and textbook tailoring. Understated yet elegant, this line is made up of rich textures, geometric drapes, and a bold industrial palette which adds character while emphasising the minimalistic feel that the brand is known for.

Elegantly Nuanced I n this refreshingly simple yet bold and timeless range, the brand’s signature chic minimalism takes centre stage. At the heart of the collection, technical materials blend with bold silhouettes to form a magnificent homage to experimental art and design. Replete with fine details such as sharp pleats and exaggerated lapels, the sleek pieces are exquisitely tailored with elegant finishes. The collection has many highlights, including a softly tailored wool blend blazer in burgundy, which can be paired with high-waisted, wide-leg, wool blend trousers, also in burgundy. Team

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this outfit with black leather loafers with a transparent heel and you have a business ready ensemble that signifies class. Practical and fabulous is the order of the day for this line. The knitted turtleneck dress with pleat-like panels can be worn with a technical skirt to ensure you’re ready for chilly seasonal months. The collection comes predominantly in classic fall colours but also includes blazing red and soft blue for a splash of variety. cosstores.com

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The Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 collection is extravagant, boldly patterned, brightly coloured, and certain to make a long-lasting impression. When designing the line, Jacobs imagined a wardrobe fit for a dream vacation, twisting fantasy into reality through exaggerated, decadent, and exotic sportswear silhouettes.

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n this collection, abstract exaggerated prints and patterns are realised in fabrics of various weights: a melange of nylons, silk, synthetic satins, jerseys, and twills. The urban and sporty pieces are as eclectic as the designer himself. Oversized coats, blazers, sweaters and ponchos feature prominently and come in loud colours, pinstripes, and plaids. When it comes to accessories, the Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2018 collection has a practical yet creative variety. The sassy selection of footwear comprises flip-flops, boots, and flat sandals, which stand out with gemstones, tassels, and pom-pom accents. The durable, travel ready bags – ranging from fanny packs to cross-bodies and large duffles –feature strong utilitarian design cues and are ideally suited for travel. marcjacobs.com

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Fairytale Many women have dreamt of their wedding day since childhood. Nothing is more important than finding the perfect dress because on your special day, you deserve to look and feel like a queen. Designed for the romantic bride, the SS18 collection of fairytale ball gowns by Esposa infuse woodland magic with graceful refinement to make those dreams come true.

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roposing a modern twist to classic styles, the SS18 Esposa gowns combine sensual designs and intricate embroidery with a playful attitude. The collection’s voluminous princess gowns embody the essence of royalty in light and creative ways. The long trains, plunging back, artful details, elegant motifs, and beading all meet in simplicity, adding romance and style to every gown. Besides a multi-brand range of bridal wear carefully selected from around the world to decode all tastes and dreams, the new Esposa collection includes the fabulous Plume By Esposa line from designer Kristie Romanos. Revisiting the strapless, off-the-shoulder, and plunging neckline cuts with an adorning touch and volumes of luxurious fabric, the Plume collection elegantly highlights the feminine silhouette through majestic cuts that make every SS18 bride feel like a real queen. esposagroup.com

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Bonpoint’s Winter 2O17 collection is a tribute to the most precious treasures of childhood, fun, and happiness. This whimsical line is inspired by the work and musings of Charles Eames, who urged – among other things – that we “take our pleasure seriously”.

Parisian Flare C aptivating Parisian flare and a meticulous attention to detail are just some of the many elements that make this collection stand out. Inspired by the 1950s, this new line explores how playing and working are linked. Apron dresses or pleated suspender skirts are worn with patent leather Mary-Jane’s or derbies. Trompe-l’oeil sweaters, smocked dresses, plaid kilts, and black leather jackets play with fun and colours. In this collection, motif-adorned accessories and leopard-print blouses captivate and delight in equal measure. The brand’s signature cherry appears in

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colourful patches and is accompanied by a wealth of graphic polka dots and hearts. Printed silk playsuits and puff-sleeved knits are joined by empire-line dresses adorned with Bonpoint’s subtle frills at necks and cuffs. Embellished Fair Isle knits in complementary tones are teamed lightly with tulle skirts to create an oldworld charm, and a palette of light mossy green and whisper-pale ecru are enlivened by splashes of stormy grey or coral. bonpoint.com

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Carolina Herrera presents a fun and surprising children’s collection for the 2017 Fall/Winter season. Its more casual side features sporty and urban day-to-day clothing items such as bomber jackets, sweatshirts and jeans.

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or special occasions, the designer offers dresses, shirts, jackets and coats, elegantly detailed with bows and unique buttons. The collection plays with fabrics and classic winter textures such as warm merino wool, cashmere and cotton; and other textiles such as lace or neoprene, with a contrasting technical finish. The colours include mustard yellow, green, navy, and House of Herrera’s iconic red, combined with white touches that add light and vibrancy. Camouflage prints and toucan or balloon patterns result in a bright and optimistic collection, reminding us of the summer season. carolinaherrera.com

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Bellerby & Co’s exclusive and bespoke terrestrial and celestial globes are truly out of this world. Handmade, hand-painted, and lovingly refined by expert craftsmen using only the finest quality materials, they are a fantastic way to commemorate a special occasion or compliment a décor scheme

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he renowned company was born by chance after its founder, Peter Bellerby, struggled to find a birthday gift for his father. The idea was to buy a globe, but every option he found was either too costly or too generic, so he took it upon himself to create his own. The process took two years, more than 100 attempts, and was fraught with difficulties. He had to license a map from a reputable source with the correct world capitals, write the programme needed to morph a rectangular map into gores – the triangular shapes that fit onto a sphere – make a sphere, balance the weight, and finally apply the map. By the time he was finally finished, he became so enamoured with the process that he decided to found the company.

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From the stand and artwork to the painting and map-making, each piece is expertly crafted using traditional and modern globemaking techniques, and is lovingly produced in the company’s North London studio. Each piece is an individual model of style and grandeur and the larger globes are works of art in their own right. The company boasts several popular collections, including the Albion, Livingstone, Britannia, Galileo, Curve, Churchill, and mini desk globes. These products have drawn such acclaim for their attention to detail that they have been used in Hollywood

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movies and for TV productions all over the world. Only the finest quality materials are used in their design to ensure it lasts many lifetimes. The globes are made up from durable plaster, resins, GRP, solid brass, Sennelier colour pigments, PH neutral glue, and sustainable wood. Bellerby & Co can help customise colours, add a hand engraved message, bespoke cartography as well as hand-drawn and hand-painted illustrations of all kinds to give your globe a personal touch. bellerbyandco.com

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The work of artist Tariq Sharif stands in a visual league of its own. The British-Bahraini owner of Arkham Creative uses a special technique that involves creating handmade, multi-layered artwork using only blades and paper to produce his diverse creations. Perhaps it’s the familiarity and vividness of the characters within his art, which range from children’s portraits to pop culture icons, that add such a distinctive element to its overall qualities. You can sense the attachment between the artist and the art, as Sharif is a self-professed comic book fan. His diverse creations have earned him a place in the hearts of fans from around the world. He talks with Durrah about his creative process, artistic background, and the significant role his fascination with superheroes plays in his work.

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Interview with Tariq Sharif Do you have a formal background in art or is it more of a passion for you? I don’t have any formal background in art, but what I do have is a love for looking at something and wondering how it was made and if I could make it better. My creativity comes from my parents; my dad had a passion for carpentry and my mum was always creating and experimenting with arts and crafts. I’m very fortunate to be able to do something I enjoy and each creation is definitely a labour of love.

Can you describe your process in detail? What do you need to start a new piece and how does it evolve? The process involves taking four or seven pieces of coloured paper and arranging them in a manner that creates the best outcome for an image. Each piece is then cut by hand using a surgical blade and the unwanted areas are removed. The layers are then placed on top of each other to form the desired image. It is a time consuming and extremely intricate process to say the least, but I always work with the big picture in mind. All the time an effort is worth it when I know I’ve created something unique that people will treasure.

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How do you determine if a portrait or picture is worth creating? What qualities do you need to have in that picture before you proceed to recreate it in your own style? Art has a different meaning and value to each of us. Should I create a picture of a mother and child, capturing that special moment between them, would only mean something to them. I therefore create portraits that touch the heart or capture the human spirit. My portraits of loved ones adorn many walls of family homes all around the world. I am blessed to have the opportunity to create such sentimental art pieces.

Did you invent this technique of using only blades and paper or are you borrowing from other artists and their methods? I thought I did invent the technique, I honestly thought I did. I originally wanted to print a flash green colour with a matt black finish for a project I was working on. After a long extensive process of trial and error, my younger brother got so annoyed with my obsession, he uttered the

immortal words “Yalla, just cut it out, I’m sick of hearing this, I’m ordering food”. The idea struck me, so I did. I just cut out what I needed and it worked, then we ordered food. The method has been around for a while, but only practiced by a handful of artists around the world. Each of us has a different approach and viewpoint. I have spoken to a few of these creative individuals and we all support each other with developmental insight.

What made you so infatuated with superheroes? And are there characters you’re still hoping to create in your artistic style? As any child will tell you, being a superhero is the best feeling in the world. When I was younger I used read a lot of comics and watch a lot of TV, even the 80’s Arabic Ragul Al Hadidi TV show. I really admire art that depicts a story in just one pose, whether it’s Batman standing defiantly, or the Joker just grinning. I love seeing heroes win and overcome such drastic odds, it evokes a reaction in me. Now that I’m a father of a nine-month-old baby boy (Aaron), my wife and I get to play real superheroes, that don’t sleep and watch over him.

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Who are your favourite artists or works of art that you draw inspiration from? There are lots of artists that I admire, from Stan Lee, to Frank Miller, Steve Ditko, Kevin Eastman, and Mark Bagley. But I would have to say that I hold a very special place in my heart for the legendary Bahraini artist Abdulla Al-Muharraqi and his sons, Khalid and Faisal. They have played a massive role in my development over the years and for that I am extremely grateful.

You have created numerous pieces with your style. Can you share some of the clients that have you approached you for commissions? They range from the royal families of Bahrain and the UAE to celebrities such as Kristen Stewart, Ellen, Louise Redknapp, Sir Patrick Stewart, Anthony Mackie, Eva Longoria, and the list keeps getting longer. I am very, very proud to announce that two major hotels in the UAE – The Address Hotel and the Rove City Center – gave me the opportunity to create the royal portraits for their respective lobbies, I am honoured that my artwork is now currently displayed for all who visit.

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Any ambitious projects that Arkham Creative is planning on tackling next? Of course, I’m always out to push limits. I’m looking to break a world record, support more charities, and to continue creating joy with each piece of art I create. Donating my work to be auctioned off for charity is something that makes me immensely proud and I’m really happy that I can make a small difference and support some really worthwhile causes around the world. Should you wish to see these creations come to life, you should check out Tariq’s instagram @ArkhamCreative to see the time lapses of all his creations arkhamcreative.com Insta @ArkhamCreative Facebook /ArkhamCreative

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Imperiali Genève’s Emperador cigar chest is a sophisticated marriage of cutting-edge technology, mechanics, and Swiss savoir-faire. Built to house the finest blends in impeccable style, it is much more than a luxury product. It’s an experience for all five senses.

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housands of hours of work, several international patents, 2,675 high-quality components, complex mechanics, and state-of-the-art technology come together seamlessly to make this the most prestigious cigar chest in the world. The ultra-exclusive chest is available to just a privileged few, as only 12 numbered pieces will be produced each year. Combined with a timepiece featuring a tourbillon, it marries the age-old art of Swiss watchmaking with the skills of the finest experts from 27 different trades. Access to the 24 Grand Cru cigars is protected by a

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personal security code. To open the chest, simply brush a finger over one of the nine touch buttons on the cover to activate the integrated LCD display. The chest boasts the world’s first self-regulating humidity system, which guarantees a constant humidity level and temperature, regardless of external environmental conditions. The Emperador’s three accessories – cigar cutter, table lighter, and ashtray – are arranged in an unobtrusive drawer seamlessly built into the front of the chest. imperiali-geneve.com

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Luxury Living Group Design District in Miami Luxury Living Group – specialists in the production and distribution of high quality furniture – has relocated its existing showroom to the heart of the Design District in Miami at 50 NE 39th Street. The new store has an area of over 32.000sq/ft and boasts three display levels connected by a sculptural elliptical staircase. Boiseries and backlit screens create an appealing atmosphere akin to a contemporary residence, while divider elements like bookcases and séparées highlight the natural intimacy of the spaces. The collections are displayed in dedicated settings, which bring out the distinguished aesthetic codes of each line. Top-tier collections can be found from Bentley Home, Bugatti Home, Trussardi Casa, and Fendi Casa. luxurylivinggroup.com

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Harry Winston Tokyo Midtown salon The House of Harry Winston – an international luxury brand often called the legendary “King of Diamonds” – has reopened its Tokyo Midtown salon, following a two-month renovation. Located in one of Tokyo’s most sophisticated and prestigious shopping destinations, the salon – which has welcomed clients since 2007 – will showcase the breadth of Harry Winston’s exquisite fine jewellery and timepiece collections, including the rarest diamonds and gemstones available today. The 92.3 square metre space reflects a contemporary variation on the traditional Winston style. A soft taupe and grey colour palette complements the custom designed black lacquer and antique bronze furniture, with bespoke chandeliers, hand-beaded silk walls and antique accents. The location boasts dedicated areas for the brand’s bridal, timepiece and fine jewellery collections, while private selling rooms provide a luxurious space for an added sense of exclusivity. harrywinston.com

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Longines Dubai Mall Swiss watchmaker Longines has relocated its boutique at Dubai Mall to a prime space in the main atrium near the sprawling Aquarium. The prestigious brand is now is surrounded by other esteemed names from the world of watchmaking. The highly anticipated new boutique gives watch enthusiasts and collectors the opportunity to visit and discover the rich history of the brand. It also carries some of the most iconic pieces from the brand’s historic collection, which are usually stored in the Longines Museum at the company’s headquarters

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in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. The boutique houses a separate space dedicated to Longines’ equestrian timepieces. Equine aficionados can comfortably navigate through the display cases and learn more about the watchmaker and its involvement with the equestrian world. Meanwhile, the large façade allows curious eyes and connoisseurs alike to gaze at brand’s stunning offerings. longines.com

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Chopard Al-Sheikh Avenue, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia Chopard and Attar United – the sole boutique franchisee holder for the brand in the Kingdom – have opened a new location in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The 233 square metre boutique is on Al-Sheikh Avenue, one of the newest landmarks in the city. The boutique’s environment embraces the brand’s global design concept by French architect Thierry W. Despont and articulates a warm, gracious, home atmosphere. Each element of the décor has been carefully chosen from the light woods, to sumptuous fabrics, furnishings, tables, vitrines, and the most appropriate lighting. A modern interpretation of the Maison’s traditional values and craftsmanship, this location elegantly showcases the brand’s stunning jewellery, watches, and other finely crafted products. chopard.com

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Delivering the Goods Carriage is a platform that aims to provide the best food delivery service in the GCC. With the advantage of adding a logistical element to its platform, 01 restaurants are not only relieved of a major challenge, but can also ensure that their customers receive their orders in the fastest time possible. Abdulla Al Mutawa, Founder of Carriage, tells Durrah about the motivation behind creating the new platform and the success that it has received upon launch.

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Interview with Abdulla Al Mutawa, Founder of Carriage How did the concept of Carriage come about? Was it an individual effort on your part or were there other parties involved from the beginning? Before we launched Carriage, I had opened a restaurant in Kuwait City called The Stack. It mostly sold burgers. When I wanted to have food delivered from The Stack, I realized what a hassle it was. This is in addition to the commission from the delivery platform I was on, the assets that were bought, the workers that were hired. All of that made the delivery process very costly. It was then that I got the idea of a food delivery platform that also had a logistics component. It would free restaurants from the hassle and allow them to be profitable. So, I sat down with my now co-founders Khaled Al-Qabandi, Musab Al-Mutawa, and Jonathan Lau, and we created Carriage.

Carriage is considered by some as a competitor to Talabat. Now with both of them acquired by Delivery Hero, does that change things? Is there a fear that Carriage may be viewed as the secondary food app by Delivery Hero? Nothing has changed as we are different in a lot of ways. Carriage has a completely different business model than any other online platform in Bahrain. We offer an integrated service where we not only provide the platform that customers can order from, but we also take care of the logistics from the restaurants side. We have exclusive, high-end restaurants and a

well-trained fleet, which ensures we have the fastest possible deliveries in Bahrain.

Carriage’s main competitive advantage is the addition of logistical solutions to restaurants who may not have delivery. After this huge success, did you find competitors following your business model? Or has Carriage been exclusive in offering that so far? After we had launched, and Carriage became a success, we had noticed that some companies are now trying to do something similar to Carriage’s system. But, as mentioned before, what we have at the moment is entirely different than any other online platform.

Do you feel that being established in Kuwait had an influence on securing the startup capital for Carriage? Did it make it easier to secure investment? In my opinion, the market in Kuwait and the GCC is mature enough that it’s not much of a struggle to secure investment, even for a startup. It was never seen as a major issue.

Is there a particular country that had the biggest response to Carriage in terms of customers or sales? Thankfully, we have had an amazing response in every country that we have launched in. In some countries, customers were anticipating the launch of our service

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months before we had actually started offering our service. This is a testament to the excellent service that we provide, and the reputation that we have gained in those countries where we operate.

Are there plans to expand outside of the GCC? While we can’t share any specific details at the moment, we are always looking to grow and ensure the biggest customer base possible is able to take advantage of our service. So, if the opportunity presents itself, then of course we would. We would never say no.

In your opinion, what kind of skills do you need to create a successful startup? Does having a formal education play a role? Not necessarily. I studied Civil Engineering, which is an entirely different field than what I’m doing right now. It’s not exactly a gene that’s inherited, but rather serious commitment from the person’s side. If an idea is genuinely good, and you believe it is destined for success, then you need to keep trying to succeed. Bumps are going to happen regardless. Everyone faces huge challenges, whether from bureaucratic or legal aspects, but success is determined by how the entrepreneur tries to overcome these hurdles and turn that idea into a reality. The Carriage app is now available on iOS and the App Store. For more information about Carriage, follow them on Instagram: @carriagebh trycarriage.com

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he abundance of museums in Abu Dhabi is only matched by the variety of the items they have on display. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, located on Saadiyat Island, offers visitors the chance to explore art from various cultures spanning the entirety of human existence through its 23 galleries. It also features four temporary exhibitions per year in co-operation with museums in France, and a children’s museum which has an Arabic and English language workshop where children can learn art techniques and ideas. Lovers of heritage and cultural tourism are bound to have a great time at the Heritage Village, which takes visitors back in time to show them how people lived in the desert, complete with tents and campfires in a recreation of the experience displayed at the museum.

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Rollercoaster of Experiences Whether you hope to dare the desert dunes or to immerse yourself in the storied history and culture of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi has everything to offer for international visitors. The capital strikes a beautiful balance of modernity and traditionalism that is equally filled with amusement parks and malls as it is with museums and heritage sites.

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The village even hosts workshops for some of the skills that were necessary at that time such as pottery, basket weaving, and metalwork, as well as a number of handicrafts stores where visitors can buy handmade soaps and spices. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the UAE, and has bilingual guided tours several times a day for visitors. For a more immersive experience, the Arabian Nights Village offers visitors the chance to stay in tents, palm tree houses, or other traditional accommodations to truly get the feel what it was like to live in the desert, without the trappings of modern day technology. While in the village, visitors can go on camel riding expeditions, or take on the dunes on their own riding quad-bikes, or let a trained professional take them on a dune bashing experience and surf down the sheer inclines of the dunes.

Outside the village, there are still many places where people can rent four wheel drive vehicles and take on the dunes themselves, and rent camping equipment to adventure on their own or with a guide through the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest continuous sand desert. Car enthusiasts would not want to miss the chance to visit Al Ain Classic Car Museum which collects and maintains a selection of vehicles and books related to the history of cars in the UAE. There’s also the Emirates National Auto Museum which displays nearly 200 vehicles belonging to His Highness Shaikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. This collection includes off-road vehicles , classic American cars, a range of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and the world’s largest truck. No auto experience in Abu Dhabi would be complete without Ferrari World. The Ferrari-themed amusement park located on Yas Island offers a wide range of roller coasters, thrill rides, family rides, shows, and activities like go-karting and interactive galleries.

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If you’re looking for ways to beat the heat, then Yas Island’s Yas Waterworld is just the thing for you, complete with waterslides, river rides and adrenaline pumping drops. Abu Dhabi also has many watersports venues such as Al Forsan International Sports Resort and the Western Marine Sports Club, which offer wakeboarding, waterskiing, and kneeboarding cable ski parks experiences for both beginners and veterans. The Western Marine Sports Club offers snorkeling and diving experiences, with qualified instructors guiding tours into the depths of the sea. Sea Cruiser Boat Tours offer guests a two hour tour of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche as well as diving, snorkeling, fishing trips, and all day cruises of Abu Dhabi’s natural islands and its beautiful ocean.

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For those seeking a more relaxing time, Abu Dhabi has no shortage of malls with plenty of things to do from shopping, watching movies, or relaxing at the many restaurants and coffee shops. Located at the heart of Yas Island and sat along the Yas Express route, Yas Mall has 400 of the world’s top fashion brands spread over 3 floors, more than 90 restaurants and cafés located throughout the mall, and is home to the region’s largest family entertainment zone. With such broad appeal to both shoppers and lovers of the outdoors, Abu Dhabi is carving a reputation as the new prominent destination for tourism in the GCC. visitabudhabi.ae

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For travellers looking for an idyllic escape, a dream holiday destination awaits just two hours south of Bangkok. AVANI Hua Hin Resort & Villas on southern Thailand’s Gulf Coast, combines tropical elements with a contemporary design to create a serene and stylish atmosphere. Surrounded by lush gardens and facing a large lagoon pool, the 196 guest rooms, suites, and villas offer comfortable and relaxing accommodation. Superior and Deluxe Guest Rooms feature a private balcony and Villas and Suites have either a plunge pool or Jacuzzi and gazebo. Bathtubs and separate walk-in showers make for indulgent moments, while the outdoor rainforest shower in select suites allow guests to stay in touch with nature. The 11 one-bedroom and two two-bedroom Lagoon Pool Villas have direct access to the main pool and are ideal for a group of friends or a large family who want to be close to the action, but also value privacy to enjoy each other’s company. The resort is replete with restaurants which serve up a selection of culinary offerings, including authentic Thai dishes, Italian cuisine and

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The St. Regis Dubai The St. Regis Dubai is the new address for luxury in the UAE. The hotel pays homage to the original St. Regis in New York with its beaux-arts architecture, bespoke elements, and carefully selected artworks. Part of Al Habtoor City, Dubai’s first-ever integrated urban resort, the hotel sits in an enviable location just a 20-minute drive from Dubai International Airport, a 40-minute drive from Al Maktoum International Airport, and minutes away from city’s key attractions. For guest who like to dine and relax, the hotel boasts seven well-defined restaurants and lounges, each with distinct and enchanting ambiences. Brasserie Quartier serves contemporary French favourites, while the adjoining pastry shop is perfect to enjoy an espresso and fresh pastries throughout the day. J&G Steakhouse offers American steakhouse staples presented with modern flair. Le Patio features a tranquil Arabic courtyard setting and serves cuisine-to-share and an extensive selection of quality tobacco Shisha flavours. There is no shortage of places to unwind either. The St. Regis Bar serves a wide selection of quality beverages and the finest cigars but if you’re looking for something a little more refined, the Champagne Lounge serves the finest sparkling, accompanied by a sumptuous range of caviars and canapés. Sidra lobby lounge compels visitors to indulge in the culture of the

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St. Regis Tea Ritual, popularised by Lady Astor and performed every afternoon. The Roof Gardens, situated on the top level of the hotel, feature an elegant open-air setting defined by lush greenery, luxurious cabanas and poolside classiness. With an 800-square metre Astor Ballroom, the hotel provides guests every opportunity to celebrate. There is an exclusive majlis-styled seating area adjacent to the ballroom and, spread across the ground floor and second level, are six meeting rooms including a boardroom. Guests eager to recharge can take advantage of Dubai’s first Iridium Spa and indulge in transformative treatments with exclusive Swiss Perfection skincare essentials. The spa features separate male and female areas with fully appointed wet areas, along with six distinctive treatment rooms and relaxation lounges. Alternatively, the 24-hour, fully-equipped Fitness Centre allows guests to customise their workout and training from the hotel’s fitness expert is available upon request. Proving the hotel’s luxury credentials, the St. Regis Butler Service caters to guests every whim. From a forgotten travel item, to a perfectly pressed suit ready for an important meeting, no request is too small or unattainable. stregisdubai.com

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Jumeirah Frankfurt Located in the heart of the city at the Thurn-andTaxis-Platz - and connected to the shopping centre MyZeil - Jumeirah Frankfurt is within walking distance of the popular Zeil shopping street, the prestigious Goethestrasse, and the city’s financial district. All major sightseeing destinations including The Old Opera House, City Hall, Museum of Modern Art and Goethe house are within easy walking distance. The Frankfurt exhibition centre can be reached within 5 minutes. Frankfurt International Airport is 20 minutes away by either car or public transport, with the underground station is only 200 metres from the hotel. Jumeirah Frankfurt offers 217 guestrooms and suites. The interior design from Peter Silling & Associates Hotel Interior Design – HID is crisp and sophisticated, with spacious guestrooms and suites with large windows and open plan layouts to maximise the city vistas. The guestrooms display a warm and restful color palette of walnut, honey and nutmeg, with natural materials such as timber floors, silk carpets, and original artwork from German artist Hartwig Ebersbach in all rooms and suites; while striking materials are featured in the public areas.

The open bathrooms are spacious and offer a bathtub and a stand-alone mosaic rain shower. All rooms and suites are equipped with the latest technical facilities, a media hub with a selection of international electrical outlets, in-room entertainment & information tablet, a coffee machine, Bose Sound Dock and a 42inch Widescreen Interactive HD LCD TV. Guests and visitors to Jumeirah Frankfurt have a choice of three restaurants & bars, Restaurant Max on One, which is a contemporary grillroom in the heart of Frankfurt, Ember Bar & Lounge, which offers excellent views of the Thurn-und-Taxis-Palais, and El Rayyan restaurant, which features an authentic selection of Lebanese cuisine. Talise, Jumeirah’s signature spa, offers holistic rejuvenation and relaxation amidst completely tranquil settings. Boasting two saunas, dedicated relaxation areas and four treatment rooms, guests can enjoy an extensive range of tailor-made experiences using the finest cosmetic and therapeutic products. jumeirah.com/frankfurt

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he event was held under the patronage of the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, H.E. Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani and in the presence of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) CEO Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, President of Arab Tourism Organization, Dr. Bandar bin Fahad Al Fuhaid, Bahrain Bay CEO Gagan Suri, and a large crowd. The event showcased Bahrain’s historical link to the sea, particularly the heritage and traditions of pearling and fishing. A sensational selection of events and activities, including dhow making and diving shows in the evening, were the major attractions this year. The festival drew visitors of all ages who enjoyed the line-up of exciting sea-related activities including the Techno Aqua World area, which featured a 360-virtual reality gaming zone. The indoor area featured a

central display related to the history of pearl diving, a designated area for pearl and jewellery merchants, and a colouring zone where children participated in a dhow painting activity. The festival also featured a surfing simulator and a painting zone where artists held daily dhow painting demonstrations. The festival provided visitors with a unique opportunity to explore the sea-related industry using modern technology in order to preserve its history for future generations. Events such as this aim to add value to the Kingdom’s economy and boost its tourism industry in-line with the national Economic Vision 2030. Today, Bahrain continues to preserve its ancient traditions for future generations by hosting various events and festivals that integrate the past with the present to highlight the rich history of its sea industry.

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The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay promises to rejuvenate guests from the inside out. The Spa, the property’s state-of-the-art wellness centre, introduces a sensational selection of face and body treatments using the latest technology and premium products from aesthetic medicine and medical cosmetics brand MCCM. Based on individual needs, visitors to The Spa can choose from a selection of treatments, including the Ultimate Lightening Facial, the Ultimate Botox Facial, the Ultimate Body Contouring and Cellulite Reduction, and the Ultimate Body Firming and Skin 01 Tightening. Each treatment incorporates cutting-edge 02 skin care technology and uses precise and essential active principles and ingredients that can be tailored for individual needs and skin types. Harmful exposure and external factors lead to lacklustre, aging skin. Preventative action is required to restore a healthy appearance and turn back the effects of time. The Ultimate Lightening Facial treatment utilises a high concentration of specialised products, which result in radiant and naturally glowing skin. The Ultimate Botox Facial is the pinnacle of skincare indulgence. Firming effects will be felt within 12 hours of the treatment and your skin will feel cared for as the products repair and hydrate. Using a high concentration of active ingredients, 01 Ultimate Body Contouring and Cellulite Reduction body treatment helps reduce fat deposit nodules, improves metabolism and overall circulation, and reduces the appearance of cellulite. Ultimate Body Firming and Skin Tightening treatment combines innovative body massage techniques and effective skincare products, resulting in the eradication of accumulated body toxins. Your body will feel firmer and evenly toned. These innovative treatments can help turn back the hands of time, repair years of damage, protect, hydrate, and make you feel fabulous. fourseasons.com/bahrain

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Take your body and mind on a journey of relaxation with these worldwide destinations of tranquility.

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aim to make you feel like a movie star ready when you emerge. The new Spa Suite offers couples the perfect chance to unwind, bond, and indulge in two hours of absolute relaxation. A sumptuous whirlpool tub, sauna, and Turkish bath with contrast shower and cascade jets are just some of the highlights. Choose one of the trademark 50 or 80-minute massages, stretch out on one of the soft-as-a-cloud massage tables, and drift off. When you awake, caress your beloved, breathe a sigh of happiness, and, as if by magic, fragrant herbal tea and fresh-baked sweets will appear at your side. grandhoteltremezzo.com

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Heavenly Spa by Westin TM at Al Habtoor City Rivalling the largest spas in Dubai, Heavenly Spa by WestinTM at Al Habtoor City offers a range of renewal experiences within 20 treatment rooms across separate male and female areas. Spanning 4,000sqm, the length of the 6th floor of The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, it features high ceilings, natural elements, revealing views of the city skyline and iconic downtown area, including Burj Khalifa. Relaxation facilities include sauna, steam, dedicated couples section with generously sized suites for side-by-side massages, duo hammam room, generous wet area with two hot tubs, two sensory showers, and heated loungers. Additional wellness opportunities include a full yoga studio. From therapeutic massages to cleansing facials and invigorating body treatments, each element of your spa visit is designed to stimulate the senses and nourish both body and mind. heavenlyspadubai.com 08

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Iridium Spa at St. Regis Dubai Whether you wish to be energised, simply wind down, or completely tailor your own experience, the Iridium Spa at St. Regis Dubai Hotel will elevate your body, your mind, and your spirit. Discover a spectrum of rare and refined experiences from the moment you enter the transcendental world of Dubai’s first Iridium Spa, where time is dedicated especially to you. Nestle within the opulent tranquillity of the hammam rooms, which promise magical exfoliating and detoxing treatments. Indulge in transformative treatments with Swiss Perfection skincare essentials, exclusive to Iridium Spa. Featuring separate male and female areas with fully appointed wet areas, along with six distinctive treatment rooms and relaxation lounges. Return with your senses in a state of bliss, your body truly energised, your skin as smooth as silk, and with an ever-lasting impression. stregisdubai.com

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Jamavar, London Jamavar, a Mayfair restaurant specialising in regional Indian cuisine, has been awarded its first Michelin star within a year of opening. In such a short period of time the exquisite eatery has grown from strength to strength and builds on the legacy of the Nair family, who operate the Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts – a group of luxury hotels with properties throughout India. Dinesh Nair, his daughter, Samyukta, and Executive Chef Rohit Ghai, founded this culinary jewel in December 2016. It was born from a love of sub-continental dishes, as well as recipes passed down from the matriarch of the Nair family and namesake of the hotel chain; Leela Nair. Jamavar London is the first outpost outside of India, and brings the essence of the palaces to Mayfair with an effusive design, offset with colonial flourishes and patterns of Jamavar shawls, and hand cut marquetry. With rainforest and brown emperador marbles, dark timber panelling and gilded lincrusta wall coverings, the main dining room on the ground

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floor is offset with brass accents and a sculpted bar made up of Indian print block patterns and Lutyensinspired furniture. Downstairs there is a further dining room, with navy leather upholstery and silvered oak accents, that draws on the ancient games of India with Chaturanga dining tables and decorative Indian Ganjifa artwork adorning the walls as well as a mirror embellished bar front. Executive Chef Rohit Ghai has created an eclectic menu, which includes dishes such as Malabar Prawns, sautéed king prawns, white turmeric, onions and curry leaves; Kid Goat Shami Kebab, black cardamom, mint chutney and chur chur paratha; Tulsi Chicken Tikka, sweet basil, pickled radish and raita; Dum Nalli Biryani, Hampshire lamb, basmati rice, crispy onions and fresh mint and Port Poached Pear, pear samosa, chocolate and pink peppercorn kulf. jamavarrestaurants.com

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Massimo Restaurant & Bar, Corinthia Hotel London Savour a taste of Italy in central London at Massimo Restaurant & Bar, an authentic fine dining Italian restaurant serving seasonal dishes with a creative touch. Showcasing the best Italian food – infused with bold flavours, created with passion and flair – the menu is ideal for pre and post theatre dining or a late supper. In addition, the bar boasts a charcuterie counter serving regional antipasti – perfect for light lunches and early evening aperitivo. Some of the highlights of the à la carte menu include: Calamari e Gamberi Fritti, Salsa Tartara (fried squid and prawns with tartare sauce), Salmon Saor – Carpaccio Style, Linguine all’Astice e Pesto (linguine with lobster and basil pesto), Galletto Arrosto (roasted baby chicken with traditional polenta taragna and truffle oil), and Merluzzo Nero con Patate e Salsa Crudaiola (roasted black cod with potatoes and tomato). There are also a number of vegetarian dishes available and diners can round of their meal with traditional desserts such as Venetian Tiramisu or Piccoli Cannoli Siciliani (bite-sized cannoli filled with ricotta and pistachio).

For a more intimate and exclusive experience, the private dining room offers guests the opportunity to experience a real Italian kitchen. This exclusive space has a state-of-the-art show kitchen where the Massimo team take centre stage preparing your meal – a unique experience and ideal for business lunches, private dinners or a special occasion. Art Deco in style, this restaurant is a striking space lined with statuesque Corinthian columns, beautifully lit by hovering globe light fittings, and decorated with sleek mahogany and glossy marble. Widely regarded as one of the most romantic restaurants in London, this is an ideal venue to bring your beloved. Centrally located within walking distance of Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, Covent Garden and London’s bustling Theatre district, Massimo Restaurant & Bar is perfectly positioned for the ultimate Italian experience. corinthia.com/en/hotels/london/dining/restaurants/ massimo-restaurant

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ingredients such as raspberry vinegar or Sarawak pepper. It’s not just the food that makes a lasting impression. In collaboration with Gérard Margeon, Noël Bajor, head sommelier, created a wine list imbued with the immense wealth of one of the most robust cellars in the world and the most beautiful regional products of the Riviera. The interior is bold and dynamic. In the dining room, the service ballet articulates around a piece called the “Office”. This is a bold decision, as it stages gestures normally hidden from guests, right in plan sight. A large chandelier made from 700 pieces of hand placed glass stands out and gives a aura of sophistication while the furniture adds a sense of levity and lightness through the use of wood, light leather, chrome, and polished stainless steel. Each element, including the tableware and cutlery, has been carefully chosen. From the marble butter dish with neat and sharp shapes that evokes the Principality of Monaco’s Rock; to a delicate brass piece, placed in front of each guest to hold the botanical bread leaves, no small detail is overlooked at this unforgettable eatery. alain-ducasse.com/en/restaurant/le-louis-xv-–-alainducasse

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Remza Investment group F&B culinary director & Meisei’s executive chef Michael Sang-Kyu Lee is a culinary wizard known for his fusion of flavours and passion for creativity. With a hefty helping of international experience under his apron, he has been delighting diners in Bahrain with his award-winning recipes since the restaurant’s launch in 2013. He talks exclusively with Durrah about his influences, the importance of presentation, and which country he thinks has the world’s best cuisine.

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Besides the taste, food must look good, and one way to ensure that it does that is to consider the colour scheme, which is very much like fashion design

Interview with Chef Michael Sang-Kyu Lee When did you realize that you were destined to be in the culinary arts?

In your opinion, which city or country is the one that understands food the best?

I have no idea! I’ve just always had a passion for food. In fact, when I was growing up, I actually wanted to be a fashion designer & a fireman. You might think that there’s a big difference between the culinary arts and fashion, but they are similar in many ways. In both disciplines, presentation is important. There’s an old saying that people eat with their eyes first and I believe it’s true to certain extent. Sensory & visual is of importance, and one way to ensure that it does is to consider the colour scheme, which is very much like fashion design.

I’m not sure if there is one specific place or city. Each country’s cuisine has its own merits. A lot of my inspiration comes from street food, particularly from South Korea. I remember walking around night market as a child with my parents and enjoying array of traditional Korean food – This is where the purist flavours come from. I don’t think it matters which country or city, the best food is always your mother’s home cooking.

How would you describe your cuisine? Foremost, it is modern Japanese, but I combine different elements to make it more unique. There are several different styles I like to incorporate such as South Korean, regional Chinese like Szechwan and Cantonese, but the interesting twist is my passion for Italian cuisine. I love southern Italian fare because of its lighter flavours and notes. I intricately marry fresh herbs & spices & array of imported seafood & meats, sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t but that’s the beauty of the creative process. There’s a lot of research and development.

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Do you have a favourite dish or cuisine that you never get tired of? I love Asian and Italian cuisine; there is such a rich contrast between the two. However, the way that Italians and Asians eat is actually very similar – the meals are typically made up of lots of different courses. I’m not picky, I’ll happily try something new because I think that’s a great way to discover new flavours and broaden your palate.

What would be your recommendations to a first-time patron at Meisei? You have to know and understand your clientele before you make a recommendation, some diners are vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian or have food allergies and that makes a difference. My passion is using the highest

quality ingredients to create a variety of dishes that appeal to different palates and tastes. I think letting my guests decide what they want is the best option and they certainly have many choices on the menu at Meisei.

What was the best compliment you’ve ever received for your food? I’m not sure if there is one compliment that stands out, but I’m always content when someone who has never experienced modern Japanese cuisine & leaves the restaurant with a smile on their face. To fulfill a dining experience for guests is challenging but it’s my desire to exceed their anticipations.

What advice would you give someone who wants to become a chef? Being passionate is the most important thing. Honestly, get as much experience as you can in other ethnic restaurants, never stop learning new techniques and procedures, and taste everything – it’s the only way to refine your palate. Keep your head down, ears open, and do not lose focus of the fact that you’re working to learn a craft that takes a lifetime to master. meiseirestaurants.com

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Black Angus Beef Aji Panca Ingredients • Black Angus tenderloin - 180/200 grams • Olive oil - 1 tbs • Sea salt - 1/2 tsp • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp • Season the meat before grilling • After cooking, let it rest for few minutes Lentil Mash • Red lentil mash - 60 grams • Miso soup - 1 tbs • Anchovy Aji Panca Sauce • Olive oil - 1 tbs • Anchovies - 2 pic • Garlic - 1/2 tsp • Aji panca sauce - 5 tbs • Braise all these ingredients Method 1. Lentil mash will be the base of the dish 2. Pour 1 tablespoon anchovy Aji Panca sauce over the lentil mash 3. After the tenderloin has rested, put additional 1 tablespoon of Aji sauce over the tenderloin 4. Garnish with crisp fried leeks

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Matako Bottarga Ingredients • Japanese octopus - 84 grams • Bottarga – 40 grams Salsa Verde Truffle 0il • Basil leaves - 1/2 cup • canola oil - 1/2 cup • Umbria truffle oil - 1 tsp • Yuzu 2 tsp • Salt - 1tsp • Puree all ingredients together Method 1. Slice Japanese octopus thinly 2. Arrange in a circular formation overlapping each slices 3. In-between, add thinly sliced bottarga & drizzle with salsal verde puree 4. Garnish with daikon cress

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Herb Crusted Miso Veal Chop Ingredients • Milk fed veal – 450 gram • Minced garlic – 1 tsp • Sliced shallots – 1 tsp • Soya oil – 1 tbsp • Pink peppercorn – 1 tbsp • Pinch Himalayan salt • Shiro miso – 2 tbsp • Marinate for 24hrs • Grill & finish off in the oven Japanese Curry Mash • Mashed Idaho potatoes – 100 gram • Japanese curry – 2 tbsp • Miso stock – 2 tbsp • Mix ingredients together Shiso Herb • Fresh shiso leaves – 4 pcs • Olive oil – 1 tbsp • Panko bread crumbs – 2 tbsp • Salt & pepper to taste Garnish with match green tea salt & Hawaiian black lava salt, grilled lime, sprinkle fresh shiso herb

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Resulting from a close collaboration between CRN, Zuccon International Project, and Winch Design, the custom-built CRN CLOUD 9 is a powerful combination of engineering expertise and cutting-edge design. With its elegant aesthetics and literal boatload of features, this superyacht will enlighten its occupants as to the true meaning behind the phrase ‘on cloud 9’.

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relaxed indoor-outdoor living environment. Imaginative and carefully-chosen details can be found across all five decks, characterised by understated colour schemes and a varied use of oak in many different guises, juxtaposed with mother-ofpearl elements, marine-inspired artwork and unique bas-relief decorations, such as the bespoke piece in the owner’s suite. The yacht will be chartering in the Caribbean this winter, represented by Burgess as Worldwide Central Agents, with weekly rates from US$875,000. crn-yacht.com

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Chopard Ambassador and WEC driver, Timo Bernhard is known for his dynamic racing style and his impressive track record. He talks exclusively with Durrah about his favourite Chopard timepieces, biggest inspirations, and what success means to him.

Racing Ahead

Interview with Timo Bernhard

What do you like the most about Chopard watches? I really like their overall look. They’re absolutely beautiful. I’m particularly fond of the 919 edition because it has a lot of racing engagement. For example, its dial echoes various details of the Porsche 919 Hybrid and the black and red touches perfectly match the hybrid race car. You can clearly see the link to racing with its numbers, design, and precision. It’s something that transfers very well to my job as a racing driver!

Do you remember your first ever watch? In Germany, when you’re around six years old, you have to go from kindergarten to school. I remember my mom bought me a watch just to know when school starts. I don’t remember the brand, but it was a typical kids’ watch and I remember it was red. I think you can safely say that my Chopard watch is a huge improvement!

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How busy is the life of an LMP1 driver? Is there something you wish you had the time for? It’s definitely busy but, to be honest, I don’t regret anything because it’s a key programme of my career. For me, the main thing is wishing I could spend more time with my two boys at home. But I’m really lucky because they cheer me on and they follow every race, so whenever I come home, we have a lot to talk about. It’s great that they can understand what I’m doing and I really hope I can make them proud.

You recently lead Porsche to their third straight win at Le Mans 24 Hours, which is a record achievement, and their 19th win at the race, making them the most successful manufacturer in its history. Would you say you’re at the top of your game now or are you still hungry for more? It was a dream come true to win Le Mans this year with Porsche. It gives me a great sense of pride and it’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I’m always hungry for more success. I guess I was born like that. I think it comes from having a competitive nature, which is an essential personality trait when you’re a racing driver. If you become complacent, you lose your edge and that is not something you want to happen to you in this field.

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You were the youngest driver to win the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Who do you believe should get the credit for the discovery of your skills at such a young age? I think all the credit has to go to my parents, especially my father because he always believed in me. If he didn’t think I was good enough or that I simply didn’t have the potential to succeed, he would’ve stopped me very early on when I first started go-karting. He is very enthusiastic about motorsport and, even at the age of 66, he’s still involved in it – at a lower level – but he loves driving race cars. The environment around me definitely played a big role in shaping who I am and what I have achieved. I’ve been very fortunate that my family supports what I do – without that kind of support there is no way you can be successful.

What has been the most thrilling racing experience of your life? Best race car or best track? The craziest races of my life were at the 24 Hours Nürburgring. The 20.8km-long Nordschleife, which Sir Jackie Stewart famously called the ‘Green Hell’, to this day remains the most daunting circuit anywhere in the world and I won there five times. The most thrilling racing experience for me was probably Le Mans with the Porsche 918 hybrid. The circuit is unique in the sense that there are combinations of normal roads and closed race tracks – you won’t find anything else like it in the world! When it comes to my all-time favourite Porsche on the track, I’d have to say it’s either the 918 Hybrid or the RS Spyder.

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How much training is required to be an LMP 1 driver? Has it been a difficult journey to get there? If you want to be good at anything in life, you have to work very hard and practice – LMP 1 is no different. You need to put in countless hours to be successful and, most importantly, you have to realise you’re never done learning new things. I had a strong feeling that things were building up in my career when I jumped into the LMP 1. When you first drive these cars, you suddenly realise that everything you’ve learnt so far in your career was preparing you for the experience. You need to combine everything you know for this type of category and for these types of cars.

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What advice would you give to youngsters who want to be in your shoes one day? Stay hungry, productive, and never give up! chopard.com

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The eighth generation of this nameplate is bold and dynamic from every angle. From the side view, it retains the 2:1 proportions, with a short front and long rear overhang, an upright front and a flowing rear. The side frame finisher is a large single piece of soft hand-polished stainless steel to accentuate the elegant stance of the car and preserve the wide rear area’s sense of privacy. At the heart of the New Phantom’s design aesthetic is ‘The Gallery’, a contemporary and luxury reinterpretation of the dashboard and instrument panel area. The typically blank area that is normally used to hide components can be turned into a piece of art.

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Customers can choose an artist or designer to work with to create an individual piece that could be an oil painting or even a gold-plated 3D-printed map of an owner’s DNA. Underpinning the new model is a newly developed aluminium spaceframe, affectionately dubbed the “Architecture of Luxury”. It ensures the architectural and proportional lineage of Rolls-Royce while delivering a whole new level of ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ because it is lighter, stiffer, quieter and more technologically advanced. A new double-wishbone front axle and five-link rear axle deliver astounding levels of control, incredible agility and stability. In addition, the suspension makes millions of calculations every second as it continuously varies the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system – reacting to body and wheel acceleration, steering inputs and camera information. Under the bonnet, the new Phantom also benefits from a completely new 6.75-litre V12 engine. It employs two turbo chargers that contribute to a low-end torque output of 900Nm at an incredibly low 1,700rpm whilst also delivering 563bhp. The addition of Satellite Aided Transmission, married to a ZF 8-Speed gearbox

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ensures that the driver is prepared for whatever the road has in store for them. The marque went to great lengths to create ‘the most silent motor car in the world’. Cabin noise is kept to an absolute minimum thanks to 6mm two-layer glazing all around the car, more than 130kg of sound insulation, the largest ever cast aluminium joints in a body-in-white for better sound insulation, and use of high absorption materials. This may be the most technologically advanced Phantom ever. Some of the assistance systems onboard include: Alertness Assistant, a four-camera system with Panoramic View, all-round visibility including helicopter view, Night Vision and Vision Assist, Active Cruise Control, Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning, Cross-Traffic Warning, Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning, an industry leading 7x3 high-resolution headup display, Wi-Fi hotspot, and, of course, the latest navigation and entertainment systems. The new Phantom is a creation of great beauty and power, a dominant symbol of wealth and human achievement, and an icon and an artwork that embraces the personal desires of each individual customer.

02 The new model is even lighter and quieter 03 The Rolls-Royce Phantom against the backdrop of the Four Seasons Hotel 04 Rolls-Royce has always symbolized wealth and human achievement 05 The 8th generation of the Phantom is the most technologically advanced yet

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Driven by Luxury From eagerly anticipated car launches to groundbreaking technology, Durrah brings you the latest news from the world’s top luxury manufacturers in the automotive industry.

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01 The third-generation Bentley Continental GT is a Grand Tourer masterpiece 02 Bold and fresh exterior yet the unmistakable Bentley characteristics remain 03 The new Bentley Continental GT offers the pinnacle of luxury and technology 04 Both driver and passenger benefit from a range of connectivity solutions 05 Touches of class abound in the interior

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Bentley Continental GT The new, third-generation Continental GT is the pinnacle of Bentley’s design and engineering achievements, and marks the next step in the company’s journey. This sleek new model combines spirited, focused performance with handcrafted luxury and cutting-edge technology, to create one of the finest Grand Tourers ever produced. Under the bonnet is a 6.0-litre, W12 TSI – the most advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world. The new powertrain uses the latest engine management technology, with 300 million software calculations per second. It produces 626 bhp, 900Nm of torque, accelerates from 0- 100kmph in 3.7 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 333kmph. The dual-clutch eight-speed transmission provides smooth acceleration, and impressively quick gearshifts as well as improved fuel economy. Shift times are variable and depend on the selected driving mode – Sport for maximum acceleration, Comfort for a smooth ride, and Dynamic, which the driver can personalise to suit his requirements. The introduction of Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS) improves feedback to the driver, while providing isolation from unwanted road disturbances. EPAS is offered with a wide range of other features, including Active Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Park Assist, Continuous Damping Control, and Active All-Wheel Drive, to name a few. The exterior design is bold and fresh yet still unmistakably Bentley. Its aluminium skin has been crafted using Super Formed technology, which allows designers

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to invoke more complex, sharply defined body-lines and a deeper, sculpted haunch muscle. This is the first production car ever to have an entire body side made from the Super Formed process. The interior design is sophisticated and replete with high-end finishes. From natural leathers, to rare, sustainably sourced veneers – including Koa– and handpolished chrome details, this Grand Tourer screams class. The centre console is finished to match the lower fascia, but can be specified in a new technical finish inspired by the delicate mechanical surfacing inside automatic Swiss watches, known as Côtes de Genève. The infotainment system can be accessed via a driver-orientated instrument panel, which is now fully digital and configurable by the driver. The new Continental benefits from features designed to keep both driver and passengers connected at all times such as Apple CarPlay, which can be connected via a USB port. This model is available with the optional, industry-first Bentley Rotating Display. At first glance there appears to be no screen in the centre of the dashboard, but when the engine start button is pressed, the veneer in the middle of the dashboard rotates to reveal a 12.3-inch retina-quality digital MMI display. This model can be customised to add a touch of your unique personality with several paint colours, carpet styles, interior trim options, and specification packages to choose from. bentleymotors.com

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06 The 2018 Range Rover Sport is guaranteed to impress 07 A host of technological advancements offer added convenience 08 The increased carbon fibre construction makes this SUV faster than ever 09 The exterior is dynamic yet familiar

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2018 Range Rover Sport Packed with new technology, advanced design features, and class leading efficiency, this sophisticated SUV is better than ever. The 2018 Range Rover Sport builds on the marque’s impressive legacy and takes it into the future with a wide array of upgrades and a flagship SVR variant. The exterior has evolved to harmonise and modernise the design, making the Range Rover Sport look more dynamic without changing its character. Bold lines, curvy contours, and a new bumper with a more aggressive profile are some of the aesthetic highlights. Customers can choose from clean Ingenium fourcylinder 2-litre petrol turbo engine (currently available for the GCC), a supercharged V6, and a supercharged V8. Meanwhile, in the new SVR derivative power is up to 575PS, which allows this SUV to make the 0-100km/h sprint only in 4.5 seconds. The increased use of carbon fibre construction makes this version more dramatic,

agile, and faster than before. The new model boasts a state-of-the-art Touch Pro Duo infotainment system – called ‘Blade’ by its developers. It is the most advanced ever created by Jaguar Land Rover and its two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens form the centrepiece of the minimalist cabin. In-car connectivity is enhanced with up to 14 power points, including a domestic plug socket to keep laptops and other devices topped up. The introduction of the Jaguar Land Rover Activity Key also brings new levels of convenience, allowing customers to lock and unlock their vehicle without the need to carry a key fob. An assortment of other technology provides even greater levels of comfort and convenience. Some of the highlights include a Gesture Sunblind, Advanced Tow Assist, and Pixel-laser LED headlights. landrover-me.com

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Ferrari Portofino This exciting GT is the latest offering from the Prancing Horse’s stable and it looks set to dominate its segment thanks to its combination of finesse, power, and versatility. Capable of unleashing a massive 600cv and sprinting from 0-200 kmph in just 10.8 seconds, the Ferrari Portofino is the most powerful convertible to unite the advantages of a retractable hard top, a roomy boot, and generous cockpit space. It also features two rear seats suitable for short trips. The new model, which takes its name from a village on the Italian Riviera, converts from an authentic ‘berlinetta’ coupé to a drop-top capable of delivering a unique Ferrari soundtrack and driving pleasure even in day-to-day situations. The retractable hard top has been completely redesigned and can now be opened or closed in just 14 seconds on the move at lower speeds, making the car even more practical. The Portofino’s V8 engine continues Ferrari’s zero turbo lag tradition, with instantaneous throttle response in under a second. This is the direct result of solutions such as: a flat-plane crankshaft; compact turbines with a low moment of inertia and twin-scroll technology; and a single-cast exhaust manifold with equal-length pipes to

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optimise the pressure waves. Significantly reduced weight and a 40cv higher power output than the California T have resulted in a significant hike in performance and a corresponding drop in emissions. Vehicle dynamics also benefit from the introduction of electric power steering, the thirdgeneration electronic differential, and the latest evolution of the electronic suspension control system (SCM-E) integrated with Premium 9.1 ESP. While the exterior instantly marks out the Portofino’s vocation, its cabin has also been carefully designed and developed. The dashboard architecture in particular features two shells, which incorporate all of the technical components, and a bridge, which visually connects the instrument panel area with the central tunnel. One signature characteristic of any Ferrari is the meticulous care given to the selection of the materials, trims and assembly procedures. Every last detail marries high-tech elements and high-end materials with manual assembly and handcrafted finishes and this model is no exception. ferrari.com

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AVIONICS V1 ELECTRIC BIKE If you’re looking for an e-bike with character in abundance, the AVIONICS V1 ticks all the right boxes. The design inspiration dates back to the most amazing times of motorisation and incorporates aviation stylistics and engineering. It is packed with distinguishing features and can reach a maximum speed of 58km per hour. Each premium, electric-powered bike is handmade by master craftsmen using steel, wood, and leather. The heart of the bike is its main wooden chest, which is a powerful monolith with no fastenings or screws – it is waterproof and dust resistant to protect the electronics and battery inside. The bike is armed with an immoboliser and features a charging port, sine-wave controller, and a USB port. avionics.bike

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BERLUTI LEATHER JUMP ROPE AND DUMBBELLS There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t work out and look great while you do it. These stylish and practical fitness products from Berluti are all the motivation you need to get into fighting shape. Flaunting ergonomic handles decorated with Venezia leather and a ball-bearing system, Berluti’s jump rope makes for the perfect workout accessory. Created in collaboration with a high-end German fitness supplier, Berluti’s leather dumbbells have steel disks trimmed with Venezia leather inserts, guaranteed to make for a stunning piece of décor even when they are not in use. berluti.com

PROJECT NEPTUNE: TRITON AND ASTON MARTIN Aston Martin’s creative collaboration with Triton Submarines LLC may sound like something from a 007 movie, but this concept vehicle is completely real. Project Neptune takes Triton’s acclaimed Low Profile three-person platform as a basis upon which to explore a new iteration of Aston Martin’s progressive design language. It is defined by its sleek, elegant exterior and uses forms and proportions that express the same devotion to design, engineering, and beauty as the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project. astonmartin.com

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URWERK UR-105 STREAMLINER Urwerk is celebrating 20 years of head-turning designs with its UR-105 CT Streamliner – a new release that pays homage to the brand’s earliest design muse, New York City. The UR-105 CT Streamliner is a beautiful timepiece that features a minimalist design and a unique octagonal shape. You have to slide the catch on the top of the case to reveal the mechanism – an openwork carousel, which carries the four satellites, each bearing three numerals for the hours. The hours successively sweep past the minutes scale for an analogue and digital display of the time. The Streamliner comes in two versions: Titanium and mirrorpolished steel and titanium and black PVD coated steel. urwerk.com

WILLIAM HENRY’S FRANK FRAZETTA COLLECTION The ‘Silver Warrior’ artwork of Frank Frazetta comes to life in this stunning, limited edition collection of jewellery and accessories from William Henry. The highlight of this rare collection is a one-of-a-kind pocketknife that captures the essence of the Silver Warrior forever. Exquisitely engraved, this piece showcases 24K gold, blue sapphires and sterling silver, with a hand crafted stainless Damascus steel blade, intricately designed and honed to a razor edge. Known for creating some of the most exclusive pocketknives in the world, William Henry’s master designers took direct inspiration from Frazetta’s fantastical work to create this unique collector’s item. williamhenry.com

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MAKO BOARDSPORTS MAKO SLINGSHOT Perhaps the coolest, most exclusive toy available in the luxury market, this next generation jetboard from Mako Boardsports will appeal to adrenaline junkies and those living an affluent lifestyle alike. The Slingshot is powered by a 100cc two-stroke engine hooked up to a direct-drive axial-flow jet drive and is capable of speeds in excess of 48kmph. With its real shortboard feel, it has been designed to handle adverse conditions with stability and confidence. The Slingshot is playful, easy-to-ride and offers heart-pounding thrills on every wave, opening the door to an entirely new level of surfing experience. makoboardsports.com

BANG & OLUFSEN BEOLAB 50 SPEAKER The new top-performing loudspeaker from Bang & Olufsen not only delivers sophisticated sound, it comes in a sleek design. BeoLab 50 is ideal for those precious moments when you want to enjoy life at its fullest, and loudest. The speaker features Active Room Compensation technology, which uses an external microphone to measure its physical acoustic surroundings and then applies the ideal compensation filters to produce optimum sound at your listening positions or throughout the entire room. Meanwhile, as a supplement to the wired connection, it also incorporates wireless technology using multichannel digital audio streaming. bang-olufsen.com

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PIAGET ALTIPLANO ANNIVERSARY POCKET WATCH Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Piaget is commemorating the 60th anniversary of its most popular timepiece in style. The Altiplano stands out as one of the best timepieces in the world and since its release in 1957, it has been a staple for serious collectors and hobbyists across the globe. To mark the anniversary, the company has unveiled a limited edition pocket watch version of the iconic model. The thin, lightweight Altiplano 60th Anniversary Pocket Watch bears all the hallmarks of the first Altiplano watches but is outfitted with 18k white gold 25 jewels, blue calfskin leather and other unique features. piaget.com

BOCA DO LOBO PRIVATE COLLECTION WATCH WINDERS Boca do Lobo’s Private Collection Watch Winders not only keep your treasured timepieces safe, they come in an elegant design that represents the essence of empowerment and sophistication. Handcrafted in Portugal, they are made from the finest materials and with the most exquisite techniques learned from years of continuous development and investment. From the iconic Diamond (available in gold, silver, black, and copper) to the statement Cloud, these superlative pieces are perfect for high-standard watch collectors. bocadolobo.com

AUDEMARS PIGUET CUFFLINKS Functional and stylish, a great pair of cufflinks can add a touch of class to the wardrobe of any discerning gentleman. Audemars Piguet has refreshed its accessories collection with six new pairs of Royal Oak cufflinks, three in stainless steel with either a blue, black or silver Tapisserie pattern, two in pink gold with a blue or black Tapisserie pattern, and lastly, one in yellow gold with a blue Tapisserie pattern. The cufflinks feature two additional hallmarks of the Royal Oak case, namely hexagonal screws and the famous octagonal shape. audemarspiguet.com

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PHIL CUTTANCE FACETURE VASE Each vase is produced individually by casting resin into a simple handmade mould. The mould is then manually manipulated to create the object’s form before each casting, making every piece utterly unique. Each vase is handmade, one of a kind, and is numbered on the base. The Faceture Vase is one of Cuttance’s remarkably unique projects, which include vases made by welding plastic offcuts together, and coat hooks made from toy animals. Image credit: ‘Petr Krecji’

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MB&F HM8 ONLY WATCH They say time is precious and this is especially true of the Horological Machine N°8 (HM8) Only Watch, a unique offering created by MB&F to be sold at the biennial Only Watch auction in aid of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Based on the acclaimed Horological Machine N°8 this unique timepiece, in 18K white gold and grade five titanium, is instantly recognisable thanks to its sapphire crystal pane – engraved and metallised with a whimsical drawing created by 15-year-old Cassandra Legendre. Visible under the illustration, the automatic HM8 engine features a unique purple winding rotor. As a final flourish, next to the lateral time display, there is a miniature white gold elephant situated between the hour and minute prism. mbandf.com

MICHAEL KORS x FUJIFILM INSTAX If you’re a fan of the vintage meets modern theme and are particularly fashion-conscious, this might be the product for you. MICHAEL KORS x FUJIFILM INSTAX is a collaboration that captures the creative energy of the fashion and photography worlds in one chic, limited-edition camera. In an exclusive gold metallic hue, this Mini 70 camera features the Michael Kors logo and the designer’s signature. Ideal for people who love to capture the moment, it fits perfectly in your handbag and is ready to go whenever you are. michaelkors.com

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LOTUSIER TEA HUMIDOR – DECO COLLECTION Lotusier’s Tea Humidor has been specially designed to promote and celebrate the beauty of tea whilst preserving its flavours and qualities. It is a collectable objet d’art that will be prized by tea lovers and anyone with an appreciation for design and rare craftsmanship. The Déco Collection pays homage to the EuroAmerican Occidental tea drinking culture and is inspired by the Arts Décoratifs (Art Déco) movement that flourished between 1910 and 1939. Each Tea Humidor opens to reveal innovatively designed, hand-blown crystal containers that form the hub of an elegant humidification system, complete with bespoke German precision instruments for monitoring humidity, Swiss-made accessories, and hardware. lotusier.com

BUBEN&ZORWEG GALAXY SAFE COLLECTION Safety is often a concern when your most precious objects and valuables are involved, but it needn’t be with the new BUBEN&ZORWEG Galaxy safe collection. The safes have a retrofuturistic look underpinned by a fusion of high quality leather, exotic woods, and high-gloss metallic paint. Women are sure to appreciate the chrome-plated metal handles on the doors, which are decorated in mother of pearl inserts and resemble angel wings. The inside can be customised to meet your requirements so whether you want to store art, jewellery, or documents, there is a safe solution for you. buben-zorweg.com

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FOUNDRAE COLLECTION Authentic, classic, and personal are just a few words that describe the Foundrae collection. More than just jewellery: these items are modern heirlooms that allow the wearer to express herself to the world. Foundrae’s charming cigar band rings, enamelled in a wide range of bright shades, impart a vintage Havana-nights ambience (and make us fervently hope that the current US president will not reverse the long-awaited thaw in Cuban-American relations). foundrae.com

MONTEGRAPPA GENIO CREATIVO SERIES: ANTONIO CANOVA To honour the world’s greatest artists, writers, and thinkers, Montegrappa created the Genio Creativo series of pens. Each represents the achievements of an intellectual or artistic giant and Antonio Canova – an Italian sculptor widely regarded as the greatest neoclassical artist – joins ranks. A limited number of fountain and rollerball pens depicting one of his famous sculptures are available. They feature a polished bronze trim, black resin, and a barrel made in a special marble composite. A further 12 fountain and 12 rollerball pens are available in a solid 18k gold trim. montegrappa.com

GHIDINI 1961 STUDIO JOB HERE ICE BUCKET If you’re looking for sophisticated statement pieces that will surely make an impression, look no further. By bringing together specialists in die casting brass, aluminium and Zamak, and by working with some of the most iconic designers of modern times, Ghidini 1961 has become a brand-leader in brass products. Designed by Studio Job for Ghidini 1961’s debut collection, this extravagant ice bucket was inspired by founder Job Smeets’ family tailoring traditions and care of the smallest details. ‘Here’ ice bucket represents a gigantic sewing thimble and features the design duo’s ‘Altdeutsch’ iconography etched onto the front ghidini1961.com

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THE KARLBOX Creative juggernauts Karl Lagerfeld and Faber Castell have come together to offer a limited-edition art treasure chest that is perfect for all your creative needs. The KARLBOX contains a plethora of drawing instruments that ensure you’re prepared whenever creativity strikes. Only 2,500 boxes are available worldwide and the instruments inside are made with authenticity, quality, and a touch of luxury. The boxes are a representation of the long-term relationship between the brands and are symbolic of the unity between the fashion, art, and design worlds. karl.com

MEMO PARIS HOME RETREAT COLLECTION The Home Retreat Collection by Memo Paris is a sophisticated line of home fragrances that comes with scented candles and diffusers. The signature notes of Memo Paris fragrances include African Leather, French Leather, Ilha do Mel, Inlé, Irish Leather, Kedu, Lalibela, Marfa, and Russian Leather. The line is an olfactory journey to Wonderland. Dream of far-off places from the comfort of home with tiny egg cups, tea cups trimmed in fine gold, portly teapots, delicate white porcelain bone china soup tureens, as well as decadent diffusers bathed in flickering candlelight bring their décor to life memoparis.com

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Daring Creativity catalogues the finest work by Fawaz Gruosi. Compiled by award-winning journalist and acclaimed jewellery historian, Vivienne Becker, it delves deep into the vision and the visionary behind de Grisogono’s stunning creations. Encompassing his most iconic pieces and the ideas that inspired them, this book explores how he imagines in colours and designs in light.

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Camilla of Cornwall, and Sharon Stone have donned Gruosi’s glittering designs, which explore black and white diamonds, uniquely coloured stones, and innovative yet classic form. However, de Grisogono is about so much more. Its opulent mix of Florentine and Byzantine influences, its striking gem combinations, and Gruosi’s unsurpassed handcraftsmanship make it unique in the jewellery world, as the arresting images in this luxury volume attest. degrisogono.com

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De Grisogono’s first creation was a bespoke pair of pearl and diamond earrings for the Begum Salima Aga Khan

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03 White gold and onyx High Jewelry Bracelet adorned with 10 pear-cut white diamonds and brilliant-cut white diamonds 04 High Jewelry Ring showcasing a 34.53 carat square-cut internally flawless vivid yellow diamond, baguette-cut yellow diamonds and brilliant-cut black diamonds 05 Pink gold High Jewelry Ring featuring 2 oval-cut rubies of 4.08 and 4.12 carat respectively, baguette-cut and brilliant-cut rubies and emeralds 06 Black rhodium, rose gold and titanium High Jewelry Earrings including 2 cabochoncut rubellites totaling 66.09 carats, fuchsia sapphires and emeralds

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Exploring History Cultural heritage can provide a sense of unity and belonging within a community. This is one of the themes explored in Dilmun: Love & Peace, a new limited-edition coffee table book tracing the history of one of most important ancient civilisations in the region, as seen through the eyes of more than 20 international artists.

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owaq Al-Balqa Foundation for Arts, Jordan, partnered with Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain, to launch this one-of-a-kind 300-page volume that contains dozens of paintings and photographs that illustrate the lifestyle of the Dilmun civilization, its geographical expansion and its arts and legends. Translated into five languages –Arabic, English, French, German and Italian – the old myths and legends conveyed in the book highlight themes of existence and immortality. The artists who created the stunning work draw attention to the necessity of exposing human history, particularly in areas of conflict. Dilmun appeared on the island of Bahrain and was a hub on a major trading route between Mesopotamia

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and the Indus Valley in South Asia. It is also believed that Dilmun had commercial ties with ancient sites at Elam in Oman, Alba in Syria, and Haittan in Turkey. Some of the artists featured in the book include, Saad Yagan, Abbas al-Moussawi, Hammoud Shantout, Kamal Al-Zu’bi, Sharif, Shadi Daoud, Rima Al Mazin, Fadi Daoud, Jackie Taylor, Haitham Abdul Hafeez, Rashed Diab, Jamal Rahimhani Dallah, Tayseer Barakat, Safwan Dahoul, Manfred Erber, Loay Daoud, Rima Al-Juburi, Assel Quzmar, Khaled Shati, and Khaldoon Daoud. This true collector piece is available for sale exclusively at Swiss-Belhotel Seef Bahrain for BD65. swiss-belhotel.com/Bahrain

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01 Dilmun Love and Peace - Book Cover 02 Fadi Daoud - Painting, Jordan 03 Hisham Al Zubari - Painting, Bahrain 04 Khalid Alshatti - Painting, Kuwait 05 Katerina Katsifaraki - Painting, Greece

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our Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay Hotel will be celebrating National Day in style. On December 16 and 17, and in the spirit of the 46th Bahraini National Day, the hotel will be all decked up in national colours from 6:00 pm, all night long. Inside the Bahrain Bay Kitchen, the hotel’s lively indoor-outdoor restaurant, the culinary team will serve a special National Day Brunch featuring mouth-watering dishes prepared especially for the joyous occasion. Priced at BHD 16, the delectable Brunch will be served from 12:30 until 3:30 pm. In addition, a sweet surprise in the form of the hotel’s signature delicacy sticky toffee date cake will await all guests visiting any of the two Wolfgang Puck restaurants at the Hotel. Little ones too can look forward to celebrating the event with the hotel’s Kids For All Seasons program, where they will spend time creating flags, learning more about the history of the Kingdom with storytelling sessions and quiz contests, in addition to other fun activities such as face painting and drawing competitions.

ahrain International Circuit (BIC), known as ‘The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East’, is set to host this year’s BIC National Day Festival. The festival is one of the biggest annual events in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This year, it will be held at the BIC premises in Sakhir for four successive nights from December 14 - 17, and all are welcome to attend. There will be something for everybody at the festival, including a shopping bazaar that features dozens of stalls representing local businesses, a wide variety of children’s activities and a play area, cultural and musical performances, and plenty of food and beverage outlets, among many other offerings. The live music will be provided by some of the Arab world’s most popular artists, who will be performing live on each night of the festival to the delight of the Kingdom’s music lovers. Aside from the concerts, another major attraction will be the back-to-back nights of spectacular fireworks displays, taking place December 16 and 17. Gates open from 4pm to 10pm on each day. Tickets cost 500 fils apiece for each day and are available at the entrance.

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Durrah issue 38  

Luxury, quarterly, lifestyle magazine for the Middle Eastern market

Durrah issue 38  

Luxury, quarterly, lifestyle magazine for the Middle Eastern market