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Editorial Editor in Chief Khalid Ahmed Juman Deputy Editor in Chief Ahmed Khunji Art Director Nils Albrechtsen Features Editor Tariq Khonji Editors Amy Vaya Mohammed Hassan Charlie Holding Marketing and Sales International Media Sales Director Hussain Al Zaimoor Production Production Support Venkatesan J. S IT support Digital Manager Hussain Al Anjawi

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Durrah is back with yet another offering filled to the brim with the latest and greatest in the world of luxury. Our Kingdom has never been a stranger to milestones, and in this issue, we celebrate one of the most important milestones in its history: the 50 year anniversary of its diplomacy and foreign relations. We celebrate this golden jubilee with an extensive article detailing the unique approach that Bahrain has employed over the decades to build the nation we have today. We also highlight another momentous occasion with Bapco’s launch ceremony of the modernization project of its refinery, which was held under the patronage of HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, and in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier. Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK) opens a new chapter in its storied history of innovation with the launch of BBK Privé, a service dedicated to overseeing the finances of the bank’s most affluent clients. We talk to BBK’s Abdulrahman Saif, who gives us a deeper insight into the new service and how it sets the bank apart from the competition. We

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also interview Tamkeen CEO, Dr. Ebrahim Janahi to find out the labor fund’s latest contributions towards empowering the national economy. Plus, Ferrari Middle East General Manager Giorgio Turri, Hublot Regional Director Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & Africa, David Tedeschi, and DHL Express Middle East & North Africa CEO, Nour Suliman all grace our pages this issue. Of course, Durrah wouldn’t be Durrah if it didn’t have its many pages featuring prominent artists, renowned chefs, luxurious shopping destinations, high-end fashion selections, and many more offerings from the world of luxury. Each issue, we hand-pick the items that no collection would be complete without, and present them to you here as your guide to a world where only the finest will do. We hope you will enjoy discovering these gems as much as we did.

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CONTENTS

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Editor’s Letter

Interview with DHL Express Middle East & North Africa CEO, Nour Suliman

Interview with Hublot Regional Director Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & Africa, David Tedeschi.

First Impression

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Ushering in the Future BAPCO launch ceremony of modernisation project

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Golden Jubilee

Industry Pioneers

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Agent of Economic Prosperity Interview with Tamkeen CEO, Dr. Ebrahim Janahi

Industry Innovators

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Sentiments Jewelry

Interview with Sahar and Marwa Khunji

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Interview with artist Mariam Fakhro

Chaumet Josephine collection

The Kingdom of Bahrain celebrates 50 years of Diplomacy.

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Interview with BBK Deputy Chief Executive - Wholesale Banking Group, Dr. Abdulrahman Saif

Interview with general Manager of Ferrari Middle East, Giorgio Turri

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Preserving the Legacy

Jewellery Virtuosity Precise Creativity

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Luxury Statements Watches for men

In Memory of Karl Lagerfeld (1933-2019)

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Remembering the fashion icon

Watches for women

Best of Both Worlds

Feminine Charm

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The Butterfly Artist

Interview with artist Michael Olsen

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Fresh and Bold Perfumes for men

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Alluring Fragrances Perfumes for women

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Stella McCartney Women’s Spring Collection 2019

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Timeless Couture

Givenchy’s Men’s Fall-Winter 2019/20 collection

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Unisex Appeal

Zadig & Voltaire’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection

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Free-spirited Glamor

Plume by Esposa’s New Evening Collection

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Layered Appeal

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Exquisite Style

The latest in ladies’ brand name bags

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Stepping in Style

The latest in designer brand women’s shoes

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Boutique Experience

Luxurious shopping destinations

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Interview with artist Oussama Mahassine

The best spas in the world

Car reviews

Contemporary Gaze

Serene Treatments

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The Chainsmokers’ house by Peti Lau

Top dining locations

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Dream Design

Refined Taste

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How amber has been capturing the world’s imagination for centuries

Interview with Giorgio Maggiono, Chef de Cuisine at Dolce Vita, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

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Unique History Discover Al-Ula City

Delectable Experiences

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Cultural Cuisine

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Interview with Chef Jorge Vallejo

The best hotels in the world

Mind-shattering Art

Redefining Hospitality

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M.A.D.Gallery presents “Disintegrating X”

Must Haves for Women

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A Unique Journey

Awali: The Story of a Unique Township

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Final Pearl

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Ushering in the Future Held under the patronage of HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, and in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) launched the modernization project of its refinery during a ceremony held in Awali.

During the celebration, HRH the Prime Minister, laid the foundation stone of the project, considered the biggest industrial project in the history of the Kingdom of Bahrain. HRH the Premier stressed perpetual growth in Bahrain in the prosperous era of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. He underlined the government’s resolve to fast-pace development by supporting giant ventures aimed at serving the industrial sector and backing growth. He underscored the importance of the Bapco refinery modernisation project as one of the major national ventures aimed at developing the oil industry system infrastructure and supporting the national economy.

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HRH the Prime Minister and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince listened to a briefing by the Oil Minister on the project, its importance, the implementation phases and its expected economic and developmental impact. HRH the Premier lauded the project, pointing out that the oil sector is at the threshold of a new phase ushering in a promising future. He underlined the major development projects in the sector which will have a great impact in backing the national strategies to achieve sustainable economic growth. He also underscored the government’s keenness to boost investments in the oil and gas sector and use their revenues in fast-tracking development and catering for citizens’ needs.

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HRH the Premier and HRH the Crown Prince toured the photo gallery which documents the historical phases of Bapco and its modernisation process. They praised contributions of the national competencies in the oil and gas sector and their pioneering achievements which placed Bahrain among advanced countries in terms of coping with global development and the latest technologies in oil exploration and drilling. They pointed out the efforts made to enhance production and boost competence and competitiveness of the oil sector. They said Bahrain, which is considered the first country in the region where oil was discovered, is ushering, by laying the foundation stone of the major project, into a new phase in modern oil industries, a scene that reflects capability of the Bahraini people to achieve in all fields.

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The celebration kicked off with a speech by the Minister of Oil Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Bapco Board Chairman, in which he welcomed HRH the Prime Minister and HRH the Crown Prince, lauding constant support of the leadership to the national edifice. He paid tribute to the work team in charge of carrying out the project, led by Bapco Board Chairman and Head of the committee in charge of the project Dr. Dawood Naseef. Bapco Chief Executive Dr. Peter Bartlett spoke about the strategic modernisation project and its importance in backing the sustainable development efforts in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Then, the poet Daij Khalifa Al Benali read a poem in which he welcomed HRH the Premier and HRH the Crown Prince. A documentary was also shown on the history of the giant edifice and its national role in meeting the aspirations of Bahrain.

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The Kingdom of Bahrain celebrates 50 years of Diplomacy.

The Kingdom of Bahrain’s longstanding history of foreign relations and diplomacy conveys a unique approach towards nation-building, which in many ways echoes the spirit of the country itself. An openness to the wider world has long embodied the consciousness of this island nation and is demonstrated throughout its early history. A crossroads between the East and West, records of the Kingdom of Bahrain forging relations through trade and establishing ties with ancient civilizations that extended from Mesopotamia to the European continent, were extensively documented. Cultural tolerance, an accommodating nature and worldly awareness have long been part of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s disposition and were key to facilitating international alliances, strengthening regional bonds and fostering the rich cultural framework that is still prevalent today. Emphasizing foreign affairs prior to the Kingdom of Bahrain’s formalized sovereign position in the international system helps contextualize the country’s relationships with earlier civilizations. The Kingdom of Bahrain maintained trade links from Mesopotamia to the Indus Valley since the 3rd millennium BCE. Agreements, concessions and competition for influence and power shaped certain features of foreign and diplomatic relations that continue to have relevance today.

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With its flag raised proudly at the United Nations, the Kingdom of Bahrain celebrated its official position as a member of the international community in 1971. This marked an important milestone in the Kingdom’s contemporary history, one of which was realized approximately two years after the establishment of the Directorate of Foreign Affairs within the Kingdom’s government. With the Kingdom of Bahrain’s official recognition, the Directorate of Foreign Affairs transformed into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and embarked on a journey, cementing old friendships and forging new ones.

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The decade following the inauguration of several Bahraini embassies, notably in the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, marked key developments in diplomatic relations. The Kingdom of Bahrain’s contribution to the creation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the hosting of one of its first summits in Manama in 1983, reflect the country’s commitment to regional peace and security. Substantial international challenges resulted in a series of diplomatic successes that were achieved through willingness and commitment. With support from its global alliances, the Kingdom of Bahrain was ready and able to meet complex global challenges with ease and confidence. The country’s efforts to defend their territorial and maritime sovereignty through

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diplomatic means at the International Court of Justice demonstrate dedication to the nation, unwavering conviction and collective consciousness. Furthermore, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s role on the UN Security Council (19981999) as a non-permanent member, and the election of HE Shaikha Haya bint Rashed Al Khalifa in 2006 as the first Arab woman to preside over the UN General Assembly, exemplify the advancement of the country, further cementing its global image as a progressive, tolerant nation. The achievements of Bahraini diplomacy continue to grow on the international stage, and the Kingdom’s expanding network of embassies, signify a resolute, unanimous and effective vision. Efforts to enable young diplomats reflect an acknowledgement of the future generation’s crucial role in influencing and facilitating advancement in a global world.

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Can you tell us a bit about BBK’s new service Privé?

What prompted BBK to launch such a service?

BBK Privé is a private banking and wealth management initiative that offers a comprehensive range of banking and lifestyle solutions. Its birth marks the latest evolution of BBK’s commitment to customer service, a hallmark of the bank since its foundation in 1971. Headed by Mohamed AlRayes – Head of Private Banking and Wealth Management, Privé provides a valuable service to BBK’s customers that have built their wealth through decades of hard work, and who now require a service to preserve and sustain that wealth for generations to come. BBK Privé’s activities are not limited to Bahrain but extend to customers across the Gulf region, modelled on European private banking and the highest international standards.

BBK Privé expresses the core values of BBK in a new and exciting way. BBK has become a worldclass bank that uses next-generation technology to uphold and refine a tradition of service. Our goal is to go that extra mile, and that means customer service of the highest quality, as well as tailored financial products and services that meet the long-term needs of individuals and families – growing, managing and protecting your money.

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as investments and portfolio management. BBK Privé will also incorporate the specialist knowledge of Aegila, BBK’s London-based investment and advisory associate that is focused on real estate opportunities in the UK and Europe – and share this expertise with clients in creating personal property portfolios.

What would you say differentiates Privé from similar services? BBK Privé will differentiate itself by providing an evolving range of products that respond to the needs of our wealthiest clients, delivering an exceptional caliber of service to meet their

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lifestyle expectations. The brand and identity for BBK Privé were carefully developed to position it as an integral part of BBK’s heritage. With the fast-changing trends in technology and communication in the financial sector, our offering will give BBK’s private clients exposure to new asset classes, aiming to enhance their total returns. Privé’s differentiation will come in two forms: the first being that not only is it a premium banking service offered to HNWIs, but also it’s a financial solution that offers tailormade products to clients based on their specific needs and situations that cover a range of assets, liabilities, investment, wealth management,

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and lifestyle solutions. The second form is that Privé, in line with BBK’s general direction and attention to the development of human capital in Bahrain, has ensured that top quality relationship managers will handle the exclusive affairs of this high-end segment. It’s the level of attention provided by the relationship manager to each client, closely examining every aspect of detail in their lives to provide them with the solution that would best fit them.

Why was Privé launched as part of BBK’s Wholesale Banking Group? Because our private clients are very sophisticated, have very specialized requirements,

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and have needs that span from managing their personal banking affairs as well as their private businesses. The bank appreciates that their needs are not those of retail clients and are wider in scope, covering different types of solutions that may be characterized more of institutional nature.

How can we find out more about Privé? For more information, interested individuals can visit the BBK Privé website, call us on +973 17101010, or visit the BBK Privé lounge on the second floor of BBK headquarters in Manama. bbkprivé.com

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Industry Pioneers DHL Express Middle East & North Africa CEO, Nour Suliman reveals the formula behind the decades-long success of the region’s first logistics provider.

You have been with DHL for over 4 decades. In your view, what were the biggest or most important transformations that the company experienced in that time? DHL was the first logistics provider to bring its services to the MENA region. When I joined DHL in 1978 as a young flying courier, the company had only just started to spread its presence in this part of the world with offices in Bahrain, Saudi, Egypt and the UAE. Bahrain, which was the first country to welcome DHL’s business, only had 6 employees, today we have 1000. DHL committed to investing in this region. It saw untapped potential and a booming economy. As trade and commerce grew, DHL strategically expanded to cater to the needs of its regional customers for logistics expertise, becoming the logistics partner of choice for speed, efficiency, reliability and direct access to the global marketplace. The company has definitely transformed in the last four decades. Today we are the largest express and logistics provider in the MENA with strong presence in 19 countries, over 160 dedicated domestic and international weekly flights, a fleet of 1,900+ vehicles, a client base of 80,000, and a staff count of 5700 employees.

How would you describe your management philosophy? My people are my main priority. They are the ones that run the business, and DHL’s success is

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entirely attributed to them. I trust in the experience and capabilities of my team and empower them to perform their roles to the best of their ability. Logistics is a demanding business. It requires constant attention, late hours, and innovative minds, so it is important to recognise those who show commitment and work hard to benefit not only the company, but to also better themselves. I encourage staff participation and the exchange of ideas to inspire ‘out of the box’ thinking. I have an open-door policy and I am a phone call away from everyone that works with me. I expect the same approach to be implemented by my Senior Management and all managerial teams.

eCommerce footing. We invested in enhancing our air network to better our capabilities, expanded our facilities to accommodate growth and the space needed for more shipment inflow, we upgraded our MENA airplanes to a uniform fleet of Boeing 767’s, added more intra-regional and intercontinental routes, connections and flights to our portfolio, increased rotations into KSA which makes up a major part of our business, and expanded our lanes into Asia to drive in more traffic from countries like Pakistan and India.

How would you describe DHL’s performance in 2018? Were there any highlights or milestones?

Since we set up our MENA operations, we made sure to align our business strategy to the shifting demands and socioeconomic trends of this region. We had the advantage of being the first to bring logistics to this part of the world in 1976 so we pioneered the industry and helped shape the development of the logistics sector. In a region like the Middle East with its complex geo-political temperament, we’ve had to be creative, think outside of the box and be ready with solutions to make our customers’ businesses thrive. Through the years, we rolled out sustainable investments to strengthen DHL’s reach, logistics capabilities, technologies and air/road network; and we did not stray away from our core focus, our Express Time Definite services. All our enhancements were aimed at bettering transit times and boosting trade

2018 was a very good year for the company and we expect our financials to reflect that. We anticipate a jump in our revenues, which has been the standard year on year. DHL’s MENA operations have consistently seen a remarkable performance outpacing other regions in DHL’s network, and we are extremely proud of that. Two main factors have contributed to the success of our business: the growth in our Time Definite International (TDI) shipments and the increased focus on eCommerce. eCommerce has been a star player for DHL in the region, citing a phenomenal 40% annual growth since we launched our On Demand Delivery service (ODD). Much of our focus in 2018 was on strengthening our

What do you believe has contributed to DHL’s leading position in the logistics industry?

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increase sales through advanced market intelligence, giving them necessary data to help them better reach their customer base internationally. Our role is quite crucial in supporting eCommerce players and helping them stay competitive. Innovation and customer service is where we excel, and we can add value by helping online merchants reach even more of the B2C market with speed, flexibility, and at reduced costs.

What kind of unique challenges are currently facing the logistics market in the Middle East? And how does DHL overcome those challenges? Each region has its own unique challenges and the Middle East is no different. We’ve had to deal with disruptions to road connectivity due to regional conflict, which affects timely deliveries, especially with intra-regional transactions. Delays at customs are also a problematic area and a direct result of the lack of trader knowledge about import / export requirements. More recently we saw fluctuating oil prices, taxation and more stringent government regulations. Despite this, our longstanding relationship with this region has enabled us to anticipate and prepare for any challenge that is thrown our way. And we have pushed through with our investments which demonstrate a solid strategy and strong commitment to this region.

links to our global distribution hubs. This not only gave our customers easier and faster access to high yield markets but also helped the region to emerge as a significant logistics Hub. The basis of our success however, and what has made DHL into the express provider of choice, is our commitment to customer service. Service excellence remains a top priority. Every single person working at DHL understands that the customer lies at the heart of everything we do; they also understand how instrumental their role is in satisfying that customer, from the person sitting behind a desk to the couriers picking up the shipments. Going the extra mile is part of our corporate culture and we invest heavily to train our staff on how to be that capable, qualified voice that clients can rely on for their shipping needs.

What recent technological innovations have had a major impact on the market recently? Technology and innovation play a big part in our operations. Our core business is time, and the technology we use helps slash delivery times. We constantly invent new ways across the value chain to improve our speed and efficiency, from how goods are stored and monitored, to new routing and faster delivery methods. The recent pace of

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technology has forced us to re-engineer core areas across the supply chain, especially in the face of a more demanding customer. Take eCommerce for example. Today, online buyers have much higher expectations for speed, visibility, and convenience – and cost is a major factor. Last mile delivery can amount to as much as 30% of the total delivery costs, which can be detrimental to eCommerce players. Much of DHL’s latest tech innovations focus on solutions to deliver things faster wherever and whenever a customer wants, and at lower cost. Robotic delivery, unmanned aerial vehicles, Artificial Intelligence, and the list goes on.

Does DHL have plans to further target the ecommerce sector? eCommerce is definitely a lucrative playing field for DHL. We are expanding our footing and taking a closer look at this sector which has been quite profitable for our business. Traditional retail is being outpaced by B2C eCommerce growth and, judging from recent trends, online transactions are expected to accelerate in the coming years. We are developing new competitive B2C products, such as our On Demand Delivery (ODD) solution, to tap into the growing opportunities. Recently, we also launched a brilliant new eCommerce resource tool to help web merchants

What strategy does DHL have in place for the near future? What should we expect? The MENA is a very important region for DHL’s business, and one of the highest performing in its Express network. We will continue to invest in infrastructure developments to boost the company’s reach, logistics capabilities, and capacities across key states; this will help us to better transit times and customer service and support the growing logistical demands of our clients. In the last 5 years we have been very aggressive with our investments in this region; we opened eight new multi-million dollar gateways across KSA, Egypt, Morocco and Dubai while simultaneously upgrading DHL’s air/road networks, increasing flight frequencies, improving technologies, and enhancing customs clearance competencies. More recently, in January we also launched two new facilities in Jordan and Dhahran. We plan to continue to strengthen the region’s connectivity to the global marketplace, in light of the shifting economic landscape and emerging trends. E-commerce will definitely be a key driver moving forward as we come up with new products and services to grow our market and leverage on the fast-paced trends for cross-border shipments, which is expected to grow exponentially. dhl.com

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Agent of Economic Prosperity Tamkeen is actively contributing to the sustainable development of Bahrain’s ecosystems. In this interview, Tamkeen CEO, Dr. Ebrahim Janahi, highlights the public authority’s latest developments including hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), Pitch@Palace Competition and the Fintech Talent Program (FTP).

What are some of the most notable achievements of Tamkeen to-date? Since its establishment in 2006, Tamkeen has consistently proved to be a significant national reform in line with the Kingdom’s Economic Vision 2030. To date Tamkeen has supported over 183,000 individuals and 51,000 businesses through more than 330 specialised programs. Tamkeen has consistently incorporated progressive expansions and strategies to address different market-related challenges. Tamkeen has undergone a noticeable evolution in the support extended to the private sector and its resulting impact on the economy.

Of Tamkeen’s achievements, which are the most recent developments? Over the last three years alone, Tamkeen has served more than 25% of the Bahrainis currently employed in the private sector, as part of the programs aimed at training, wage support and increment. In 2018 alone, the program’s wage support category witnessed a 207% increase in the support

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amount given through it compared to the previous year. As for the Wage Increase category, the support amount increased by 86% and served more than 4,400 Bahraini employees, an increase of 192% compared to the previous year. Meanwhile in 2018, the Training Support category increased by 121% with regards to support amount when compared to 2017. Furthermore, start-ups comprised 62.4% of the total number of enterprises served under the program since its launch as part of the larger flagship Enterprise Support Program in 2016.

Bahrain has been chosen as the host of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) 2019 which will be organized by Tamkeen. What are the overall benefits of having this event take place in the Kingdom? The GEC is the annual gathering of the international start-up community which brings together some of the brightest minds in the business world. To have thousands of entrepreneurs, investors and

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Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) 2019, as a key member in the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), reflects Bahrain’s international presence and well-established communication and relationship with key players in the international economic landscape.” policymakers in the Kingdom for the GEC is highly significant moment in Bahrain’s move towards being a fully diversified economy, with a strong entrepreneurial and investment ecosystem. The global annual event has previously been held in the UK, USA, Brazil, China, Russia and Italy. Holding the prestigious Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) 2019, as a key member in the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), reflects Bahrain’s international presence and wellestablished communication and relationship with key players in the international landscape.

How will the attendance of businessmen and women from Bahrain create an impact at GEC? Considering Tamkeen’s contributions to the growth of private sector enterprises, while developing the skills and expertise of Bahrain’s workforce, a majority of the local businessmen and women attending GEC this April will have been supported through Tamkeen’s 330 programs since it was establishment. Our role is to empower Bahraini citizens by providing them with the training and skills they need to make them the employee of choice in the different fields of the private sector. With their considerable skills and expertise, GEC delegates from overseas will surely be impressed by their understanding of what makes markets grow and how to implement innovative solutions.

Bahrain was also selected to host the second edition of Pitch@Palace this year. What is Tamkeen’s role in the competition and how will the competition create a significant impact? The Pitch@Palace is one of the world’s leading

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initiatives which celebrate the entrepreneurship sector. The competition is known to encourage start ups and provide entrepreneurs with a platform to develop their budding enterprises, all within an integrated interactive program that enables participants to benefit from an extensive network of local and international specialists. Bahrain had the privilege of participating in Pitch@Palace for the first time in 2018 with Bahraini contestants being nominated to the GCC round in Abu Dhabi. These contestants ultimately won the People’s Choice Award in the final international rounds held in London. As part of its participation in the GCC round of the competition, Bahrain has been selected to host Pitch@Palace GCC 2.0 in March this year. This year, participants will be taking part in a bootcamp where they will receive support and guidance on how to develop and hone their pitch. On March 27, these entrepreneurs will pitch to an audience which includes investors, mentors and business executives.

their professional skill and gain insightful experience in the latest Fintech trends and technologies on a global scale. To performing participants will have the additional opportunity of gaining international experience in FinTech through internship placements in Singapore and the United States.

In line with Tamkeen’s goals, FTP addresses future skill requirements of Bahrain’s financial services industry and FinTech start-ups. It uniquely positions the Kingdom as a center of excellence for FinTech talent and prepares Bahraini graduates for careers in Fintech innovation. The program is strategic and will help create a local and wellqualified workforce that can meet the demands of the financial services industry, lead innovation and preserve Bahrain’s leadership position in finance and FinTech.

Tamkeen recently launched the Middle East’s first national FinTech Talent Program (FTP). Can you tell us a bit about the program?

What are Tamkeen’s plans moving forward? Will there be any new schemes or programs added to Tamkeen’s offerings?

We are keen on contributing to the growth of the private sector and evolving international market through innovative programs and development initiatives. The inaugural FinTech Talent Program (FTP), initiated by Bahrain FinTech Bay and supported by Tamkeen has been developed in partnership with global experts in finance and technology. This includes Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and international blockchain and intelligence academies. Participants will have the opportunity to develop

Tamkeen has been a crucial factor in developing private sector businesses into well-established businesses, aiding in their progression from their establishment as start-ups. As part of its current three-year plan, Tamkeen aims to realign its support programs and initiatives to maximize their impact and value gained. The focus will be on equipping entrepreneurs with skills and opportunities that enable them to swiftly respond to economic changes.

Considering the rapid growth of the international FinTech industry, how will the program contribute to Bahrain’s FinTech field?

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World of Colour Prolific Bahraini artist Mariam Fakhro speaks with Durrah about her latest exhibitions, the inspiration behind her work, and her incredible journey to success.

What are some of your proudest recent exhibitions? I’m very proud and extremely grateful that Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council of Women, inaugurated my exhibition, Taw Al Nahar (Daylight). The exhibition was themed around nature, landscapes, and our interaction with the outdoors. I worked with acrylic and canvas for this series of paintings, which gives me the ability to use texture and depth to better express the theme. I have also just showcased my work at Bahrain’s 45th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, which was held under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. For this exhibition, I created a new sculpture called Summer 44, which was inspired by my mother and the year she moved to Bahrain to get married.

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I prefer painting to other mediums. When I started painting, I worked with oil colours and then moved on to acrylic but I also enjoy watercolours. I believe that colour is a crucial aspect of any artistic work and I always strive to create a unique balance in my work. Depending on the painting and the method I use, I utilise different colours to convey feelings and evoke emotions. I submitted my first sculpture at ArtBAB (2017) and was surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response, which inspired me to work on Summer 44. I crafted the piece in clay and had it moulded into bronze, which gave it an entirely different look and feel.

What inspired you to become an artist? Art has always been my passion and I remember being interested in it from a young age. I was reluctant to study art when I was at college because it wasn’t considered a serious career at the time, but I wish I had taken the chance. After the birth of my third child, I was talking with a friend

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who mentioned that a Spanish artist was teaching a course in Bahrain. Although I was interested and eventually enrolled, I didn’t have much confidence in my abilities and was afraid that the teacher would think I was wasting her time. Fortunately, she saw my potential and encouraged me to enter an exhibition with the other students. That inspired to me keep painting, learn different mediums, and develop my skills in scenery, portraits, still life, and other subjects. In 1985, I got the chance to join the Bahrain Arts Society, which opened up lots of new opportunities for me to showcase my work and develop my talent.

How would you describe your artistic style and what factors influence your work? My artistic style could be considered as modern art and my work is heavily influenced by nature. I

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Do you believe that artists need a formal education or can they succeed just as well without it? Speaking from personal experience, I don’t think formal artistic education is essential, but I believe it is useful. In my opinion, perseverance, passion, and practise are the most important aspects. It’s also always a good idea to have a firm understanding of whatever you’re working on, especially when your subject is historical or cultural.

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Who are some of your artistic influences? I am continuously inspired by the work of Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Abbas Al Mosawi, and Abdul Rahim Sharif. They each have distinct styles, but all share the same undeniable talent. On a global scale, I’ve always enjoyed taking inspiration from Matisse, Monet, and other impressionists.

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It depends entirely on the painting and the subject matter. For my first exhibition with the Bahrain Art Society, I recreated two images from smaller oriental paintings, which took more than a month to complete. Besides the scale, the images were incredibly realistic and included a lot of fine details, which required careful attention. I think these were my most time-consuming pieces. Another of my most labour intensive paintings was a portrait of HRH the Prime Minister’s father, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, which depicted him

in the desert with a falcon. HRH the Prime Minister bought the piece, which was an incredible honour that made all the time and effort I spent working on it worthwhile.

What advice would you like to give aspiring artists? It takes years to develop as an artist and find your niche, which is why I tell them not to take criticism to heart. I also encourage budding artists to learn from the experience of others and always believe in their talent. Even today, I am still learning new things and feel as though I have yet to reach my full potential. Bahrain may be a small island but it has a large number of talented and creative individuals. Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa and Tamkeen are doing incredible work with ArtBAB, which helps aspiring Bahraini artists to showcase their talent while spotlight the Kingdom’s vibrant contemporary art scene. @mariamalifakhro_art

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Preserving the Legacy General Manager of Ferrari Middle East, Giorgio Turri on what it takes to keep the iconic brand’s momentum going after 70+ years of recordbreaking accomplishments.

Can you tell us a bit about the Ferrari Challenge taking place in Bahrain? What are your expectations of it? The Ferrari Challenge takes place at some of the world’s most famous, state-of-the-art racing tracks and Bahrain International Circuit is certainly fit to be the first to feature in this season’s calendar of the European series. The Middle East is also home for some of the most avid Ferraristas globally and hosting such a major event in the region brings a lot of excitement to the Ferrari community here. We have some very well established drivers in the region here, including the Lebanese racer Tani Hanna.

In your opinion, what’s the secret behind Ferrari’s unique relationship with its clientele? Our clients demand the very best, and we’re delighted to have the challenge to cater to their every need and exceed their expectations. One aspect that we’re currently focused on is the way that we execute events, knowing that the power of the brand lies in experiencing our cars and our lifestyle. This is truly when the product comes

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to live and the emotional connection with the brand and specific cars takes hold. Over the past 12 months, we’ve extended our events program and have been super pro-active with our special drive events, making them longer and more sophisticated and multi-layered. Over the past 12 months, events have included our legendary celebrations for the brand’s 70th years anniversary, and we have also enjoyed continuing our Esperienza Ferrari series, where clients are invited for a car briefing by (Corsa Pilota) licensed trainers from Italy, followed by a drive to experience the outstanding performance of each car. The Ferrari Challenge is also an excellent way of supporting amateur racing drivers gain exhilarating track and race experience. The feedback from clients and prospects has been overwhelmingly positive.

How would you describe Ferrari’s performance in the Middle East region? The perception of Ferrari in the region mirrors that of the rest of the world. It is one of the most powerful brands in the world, and the ultimate symbol of style, heritage and performance.

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The Prancing Horse is an enduring symbol of excellence both here and globally. Ferrari is a leader in its respective market segments; sports cars as well as GT cars. However, the real key to Ferrari’s success, in the Middle Eastern market (and globally), is having the most comprehensive model line-up in its history, industry-leading free 7-year maintenance and 12-year Pre-Owned programs – which guarantee the best residual values – and the collector car status surrounding the marque. You can also very much track Ferrari’s successful performance to the economy. As our oil-based economy continues to diversify, we are seeing widening interest in the brand.

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Can you tell us some of the milestones or key goals that Ferrari achieved in 2018? There have been many as 2018 was a great year for Ferrari! We launched several new models, as we presented the 488 Pista and the 488 Pista Spider. We also introduced a brand-new model line with the Icona segment by revealing the Ferrari Monza Sp1 and Sp2. At the same time, we have announced a record year in terms of financial performance in 2018, in addition to our plans for year. This is beside the ongoing success which we are achieving in the different racing and lifestyle activities which we organize.

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What are the challenges you face with a brand like Ferrari? The biggest challenge we face is living up to the responsibility of maintaining what the Ferrari brand stands for, which is the ultimate in automotive excellence. It takes a very long time to build what Ferrari has built in terms of the brand, the cars and client relationship. We are constantly striving to please our customers and exceed their expectations. When it comes to the automotive sector, the legislative focus has long been on C02 emissions. This aspect is certainly the starting point for a strategy of sustainability and is an area in which Ferrari has constantly been at the cutting edge. All our models boast class-leading emissions, thanks both to the adoption of Stop & Start technology (introduced in 2010) and the huge strides made in overall mechanical and combustion efficiency. Not forgetting that the factory itself – a unique reality in the automotive sector where every stage of the production process, from the foundry to the painting and the final assembly, is carried out – is the industry leader in terms of sustainability, having comprehensively outperformed the 2020 Kyoto protocol already since 2010, in other words 10 years early.

What have been the most successful Ferrari models in the Middle East market over the past few years? Ferraris are not only timeless but unique and innovative. All our models are remarkable, and we ensure that the values of each product are attuned to specific audiences. For example, we have been pleased with the response to the new Portofino, which is a highly versatile lifestyle product, but equally to LaFerrari Aperta, released to mark our 70th years anniversary in 2017, which is a car for the true coinnsisseur. However, what always generates the most excitement and anticipation is the release of a new model, and we look forward to our pipeline of new products in 2019.

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always the next one”. Of course, I have a favorite from the past but I’m not going to tell you!

With such a legendary brand and history of achievements, what would be the next step for Ferrari?

Do you have a personal favorite model from Ferrari? What qualities make it your favorite?

Ferrari’s innovations differ from every other car company and 2019 will see us continue in this vein. We plan to continue to lead through our heritage of offering a dynamic product development as we plan for a range of new models. Watch this space! On a technical front, our engineering goal is to reduce emissions while at the same time still improve the overall performance of our products. Traditionally Ferrari has always designed and built to be the most beautiful cars in the world, but we also need to stay at the cutting edge of technology.

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How did Hublot perform in 2018? Were there any major achievements or milestones you can share with us? 2018 was an exceptional year for Hublot, both in the Middle East and globally. With double digit growth, we achieved another record year. To mention just one of the many achievements of our brand last year, our participation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was obviously a major milestone, and so was the commercialization of our smart watch, the Big Bang Referee Watch, which was a huge success.

What was the best-selling Hublot watch in 2018?

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Our first best-selling watch remains the same since 2005 back when it was launched, and it’s the Big Bang 44mm steel and ceramic.

In a market full of prestigious watch brands, how does Hublot position itself to stand out from the competition? We stand out among the competition by being ‘First, Different and Unique’ in everything we do.

What are some of the watchmaking techniques or innovations that became popular in recent years? I can confidently say that it’s sapphire watches. Sapphire is a high technology material, which is really difficult to produce and manufacture, and that requires advanced technology machines. Back in 2016, we were leaders in adding an affordable sapphire watch to our collection, and we are the first to have introduced colored sapphire such as blue sapphire, red sapphire, and more recently,

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yellow sapphire. Now, you can see that most of the watch brands in the industry are following the trend and doing sapphire watches as well.

What would you say is a new preference or change in buying habits for watch customers today? Online shopping is one of the new trends among the young generation of customers. Just to give you an example, last year we launched a watch called Big Bang MECA-10 P2P that customers could only purchase online and with Bitcoins. It was a collaboration with OS Limited (OSL) to commemorate Bitcoin’s 10th anniversary. We were the first to do something like that.

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What are some of the challenges facing the Hublot brand these days? Our challenges are to grow even closer to our customers, and to attract new clients and build long-lasting relations with them. We are very clientoriented. For example, we developed a platform called Hublotista, which is like a VIP club for Hublot owners. Once you have registered on it, the first thing you get is 1-year extra warranty for your watch. Then you also receive insights and news shared only on this platform, as well as personal invitations to exclusive events and experiences.

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My favorite Hublot watch is the King Power UNICO All Black, which was the first watch equipped with our UNICO movement. I particularly like that one because I worked on the development and the reliability of its movement.

How do you see the Hublot brand evolving as you go forward? Hublot’s DNA is The Art of Fusion. I believe we will be working even harder on that, whether a fusion of materials, or developing our partnerships, which are fusions of time with other fields we’re passionate about. Since the brand always seeks to be ‘First, Different and Unique’, that will keep resonating in the future, allowing us to constantly grow and surprise the industry and watch lovers alike. On a commercial level, we will keep expanding, with new boutiques opening in the Middle East, and all around the world. hublot.com

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01 Sahar and Marwa Khunji, the sisters behind Sentiments Jewelry

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Sisters Sahar and Marwa Khunji speak exclusively with Durrah about their bespoke jewelry designs and the inspiration behind their online success.

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Alongside their full-time careers in banking, the Khunji sisters channel their creativity into Sentiments, an Instagram-based jewelry business aimed at women with refined taste and those looking for unique gifts from the heart. Their dazzling creations are crafted using high-quality materials, including 18 and 21 karat gold, diamonds, precious stones and Bahraini pearls. While their main goal is to design jewelry with sentimental value, the carefully selected materials ensure that each piece is quite literally worth its weight in gold. After being encouraged to pursue their passion by family and friends who had received their customised jewelry as gifts for special occasions, the sisters started the business in 2017. Sahar said: “We never planned on launching a jewelry business, customising designs was just something

we did for the people closest to us. Everyone was incredibly supportive, so we decided to create an Instagram account and posted a few pictures of the pieces we created. The response from people we didn’t know was amazing, which is when we realised there was huge potential and started building our skills and client base.” Marwa said: “Our first collection was the Heartbeat line. My friend had just given birth and I took the heartbeat pattern from the ultrasound and moulded it into a necklace. That’s why we decided to call the company Sentiments, because our pieces have sentimental value. The collection is still very popular and we try to make each design different by using different sections of the ultrasound and engraving the name and date of birth of each child on the back.” 01 The close relationship between the sisters

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is the beating heart of Sentiments, and both agree the company would not have achieved its success without their dynamic partnership and shared work ethic. Sahar said: “Working together is definitely an advantage because we are more than just sisters, we’re best friends too. We share a similar sense of style and can bounce ideas off of each other, which helps with the design process and ensures we create pieces our customers will treasure. A lot of people think that working with family is more difficult but I disagree. We always support each other and it makes running the business much more manageable.� When it comes to running a business alongside working full-time jobs and raising a family, effective time management is crucial.

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Sahar says: “We currently assist our customers for almost 18 hours a day, responding to their queries and sending them customised designs for approval within two days. We both put a great amount of time and effort into the business, which would be impossible to do alone.” In just a few short years, their Instagram following has surged to more than 15,000 and this number continues to rise. Besides the quality of their designs, the sisters believe this growth stems from keeping their prices competitive and making high quality jewelry more accessible to a wider audience. Marwa said: “We don’t use artificial stones or silver. To ensure our customers receive authenticated diamonds and precious stones, we use a certified wholesaler in Bahrain and

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can provide diamond certificates upon request. However, since we have built our reputation on providing authentic, high-quality pieces, most of our customers don’t generally ask. We are also currently in the process of becoming certified diamond graders with HRD through Danat.” Sentiments recently launched two new collections, “Polygon” and the second edition of the “Love” line. The Polygon collection includes necklaces, bracelets, and earrings with black or white diamonds and other precious stones. The Love line features heart-shaped bracelets and necklaces with diamonds and rubies that say ‘love’ in Arabic. The company also plans on introducing new designs before Mother’s Day and the holy month of Ramadan. While the company’s collections and

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standalone pieces are very popular, around 30 per cent of Sentiments’ turnover comes from customers’ requests. Sahar said: “These sometimes include requests to customise pieces from existing lines. For example, our Precious collection is themed around birthstones and a customer asked us to include her husband’s alongside her own. We are always happy to work closely with our customers to ensure they are completely happy with the designs and try to accommodate any changes they request.” Although Sentiments is a Bahrain-based registered company, orders are frequently placed across the GCC, UAE, and Saudi Arabia, which reflects the company’s regional reputation for quality. The sisters are currently in negotiations to showcase their jewelry at a dedicated outlet in Dubai and a well-known location in Bahrain. In the future, the sisters aim to transform Sentiments into a fully-fledged online store, where customers can easily make their purchases, have them gift wrapped, and arrange for delivery all in one place. @sentiments.bh +97335001212 sentimentsjewelry@gmail.com

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Chaumet revisits the splendour of Joséphine’s court finery in contemporary jewellery with one hundred High Jewellery pieces united for the first time in an exceptional presentation in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

For over two centuries, Chaumet has been dedicating its High Jewellery creations to those who cultivate the art of appearance at the height of their femininity. An expert in the art of selecting and associating her jewels, today Joséphine remains the inspiration for these creations. Combining her sense of spectacle, the impact of her tiaras and her taste for exceptional stones, Joséphine, Joséphine – Chaumet au Firmament is the purest and most precious expression of the empress’s spirit. The tiara, the statement piece of Josephine’s appearances at court, is revisited in parures set with exceptional central stones: intense blue or bold pink sapphires, pigeon’s blood rubies, bright green emeralds, white and yellow diamonds, and pearls. Tiaras, necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets with generous curves are inspired by the empress’s passion for botany and evoke the lush nature of Martinique, the land of her birth. 02

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A new parure completes the collection, perpetuating the unique Chaumet art of rendering women singular for special occasions. These diamond-paved timeless creations, one of which is transformable, reinterpret a naturalistic motif in curving, supple lines. Bringing out the majesty of cushion-cut central stones, these creations are a precious tribute to one of the most exceptional jewels in Chaumet’s history: the Régent, a legendary diamond set by the founder of the Maison into Napoléon’s coronation sword. Available in rubies, blue and pink sapphires, and white and yellow diamonds, the Joséphine Éclat Floral parure distinguishes and elevates the wearer. In parures glittering with rubies, and white or yellow diamonds, Joséphine’s allure meets that of another inspiration. The fuchsia tiara, made in 1919 for Hedwige de la Rochefoucauld to wear

for her wedding to Prince Sixtus of BourbonParma, is revisited in necklaces, earrings, aigrette rings and cocktail rings. The naturalistic motif, reinterpreted in colour, revives an historical piece that has become emblematic. Born of the virtuosity possessed by the High Jewellery atelier at 12 Place Vendôme, these creations highlight the different facets of the Maison’s expertise. The stones are individually chosen not only to meet the criteria of excellence, but also for the emotion expressed by their purity, their harmony or their luminosity. Faithful to its art of colour, Chaumet favours rare shades: the intense “cornflower blue” tone of matching sapphires on a parure, or a bright yellow diamond on a cocktail ring. chaumet.com

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Precise Creativity Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet is ahead of the game.

Audemars Piguet interweaves tensions and opposite forces in the design of the collection’s uniquely recognisable case. By boldly embedding an octagonal middle case within a round case, Audemars Piguet cuts through the timeline of its long history of form and design experimentations. The upper part of the open-worked lugs is welded to the extra-thin bezel, while the lower part leans delicately against the caseback in perfect alignment. All teams at Audemars Piguet have been implicated in their design and manufacture. New processes challenging traditional production standards were developed to solder the lugs to this extremely thin surface. With its optimum curved ergonomics, the case has been conceived to adjust to different wrist sizes, making it comfortable for all to wear despite its 41 mm in diameter. Satin-brushed, beveled and polished, the bezel, lugs and case

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present high complexity finishing techniques usually found on calibres. The Manufacture has created a complex double curved glare-proofed sapphire crystal, whose tense, arched profile embodies the watch’s contemporary design. The glass’s internal surface is shaped like a dome, while its external surface is vertically curved from 6 to 12 o’clock. Its shape perfectly integrates the extra thin bezel and extends from edge to edge. Playing with depth, perspective and light, this double curved sapphire crystal dives into the world of optics for a unique visual experience, while enhancing the detailed work on the dial. The polished chamfer all around the glass adds the finishing touch, while echoing the perfect finish of the bezel, lugs and case. audemarspiguet.com

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Iconic Craftsmanship Discover OMEGA’s dedication to the art of women’s watchmaking, through the creation of its newest Constellation, The Manhattan.

Since its earliest years, OMEGA has always displayed a true commitment to women’s watchmaking. The Constellation Manhattan is one of the true jewels in that history. First released in 1982, it has now become one of the most iconic and loved ladies’ watches across the world. Today, the modern Manhattan is the ultimate choice for a diverse lifestyle – effortlessly taking you from fast-paced working days to sophisticated evenings out. That’s why OMEGA has dedicated itself to uncompromising quality and elegance in every model. The result is a truly feminine timepiece that lifts this famous collection to the next level. Small yet powerful, the movement inside each 29 mm model is tested and certified at the Master Chronometer standard. This is the industry’s highest level of precision, performance and magnetic resistance – which is particularly important when you consider the effects of magnetism we face in everyday life from items such as laptops, phones, hairdryers and the metal clasps on handbags. Everyone knows that true beauty is found in the smallest details. On the Constellation Manhattan’s mother-of-pearl dial, every feature is perfectly

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formed. The date window at 6 o’clock brings symmetry to the design, while the diminutive gold star and OMEGA logo represent heritage and precision. Finally, each diamond index fits snugly within its own golden holder, bringing elegance and radiance to every hour. The essence of the Constellation dial is uncluttered and pure. Yet one detail that must be included is the Constellation star - OMEGA’s enduring symbol of precision. This icon pays tribute to the brand’s earliest days of observatory trials and famous records. Today, it can be found on every timepiece in the new Constellation collection. Here, it has been exquisitely created in 18K Sedna™ gold and shows a commitment to the most precise and refined craftsmanship. Each 29 mm Constellation Manhattan is presented on a newly crafted bracelet. The style is inspired by the original Constellation “Manhattan” collection from 1982 and features polished “midbar” links that deliver a luxurious look and feel. After all, a woman’s watch should be exquisite from every angle. omegawatches.com

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

Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski Red Magic The Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski has been paired with Hublot’s patented red ceramic. The colour of life and of passion, red evokes Richard Orlinski’s first Born Wild Crocodile sculpture. Created in 2004, it features this vivid and powerful shade of red, which has since gone on to become the most recognisable colour in his menagerie. Since 2017 Richard Orlinski, the world’s bestselling contemporary artist, has been adding his angular style to Hublot watches. Works of art for the wrist, these feature his signature facets, nuanced with angles and edges. Like his sculptures, the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski Red Magic boasts the sharp threedimensional sculpted lines and polished finish which are the artist’s trademark. The Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Orlinski Red Magic is released in a limited edition of 200 pieces. 45 mm of art and innovation crafted from Hublot’s red ceramic. From the seconds hand to the counters and indexes; from the case to the bezel, all the way to the strap, nothing has escaped the vivid glow of Hublot x Orlinski red. Its sapphire case back reveals the HUB1155 self-winding skeleton chronograph movement. hublot.com

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Bell & Ross BR-X1 Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire Bell & Ross began a new chapter in its history with the BRX1 CHRONOGRAPH TOURBILLON SAPPHIRE in 2016. The brand’s first completely transparent watch caused quite a stir by combining prestigious watches complications, technical performance and its signature design codes. A skeletonized version of this exceptional BR-X1 was unveiled at Baselworld, as part of a collection that underscores the bold creativity of Bell & Ross. Of the six new unique pieces created, three examples that marry transparency and color were presented. The first of these three exclusive pieces is black –the signature color of the Bell & Ross style since its creation and a reference to aircraft instruments. It offers the purest of contrasts with the transparent sapphire case and the translucent bracelet. The rubies in the tourbillon cage are the only touch of extravagance in this landscape of sublime purity. The second version offers an interpretation of the refinement and nobility of a precious metal. All the visible metal components of the movement are made from solid pink gold. Like a jewel enclosed in a glass case. The third BRX1 SKELETON TOURBILLON SAPPHIRE honors the traditions of watchmaking with a movement inspired by the blued color of the hands-on vintage timepieces. This deep blue, paired with the transparency of the case and bracelet, adds a modern dimension to the watch. bellross.com

Chronoswiss Flying Grand Regulator The Grand Regulator in its distinctive 44 mm case has been a permanent fixture of the Chronoswiss collection for more than 20 years. In 2017, this classic watch was given an upgrade and has boasted its innovative 3D dial design ever since under the name of Flying Grand Regulator. In addition to this timepiece with its stainless-steel case and midnight blue dial, two more Flying Grand Regulator versions in bold colour combinations will be launched this spring, each of them featuring a DLC coated case. At a hardness of 5,000 Vickers, a DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating comes close to diamond and is extremely resistant to scratches or chemical influences. This process also gives the stainless steel case a dark, almost mystical look which is combined with different colours. The Flying Grand Regulator is set apart by its intricate dial design featuring several levels: While the lower one is decorated with the characteristic guilloche pattern designed at Chronoswiss´ in-house studio, a second level was designed over it on screwfastened bases with the scale for the central minute display. The dial is topped off by the funnel-like displays for the hour and second floating above the minute scale. chronoswiss.com

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Ulysse Nardin Rose Gold and Boutique-Only Edition Marine Torpilleur Two very contemporary new timepieces have joined the ranks of the popular Marine Torpilleur class. Classic black or gunmetal grey, these lean clean modern machines are every bit as sleek and stream-lined as the navy destroyer class of torpedo boats from which they take their name. Initially launched with white or blue dials, the Marine Torpilleur fleet is now reinforced with two stunning new editions: rose gold with black and gold dial; and a Boutique-only version in stainless steel with grey dial. Ele-gantly elongated Roman numerals mark the hours. The graceful, poire-style hands are in rose gold colour, as are the ‘Haut’ (high) and ‘Bas’ (low) indications of the power reserve. The crown is screwdown and engraved with the Ulysse Nardin logo. The small seconds counter at 6 o’clock encircles the date window and the “1846” logo—a stylish nod to the year the house was founded. The luxury straps are in perfectly matched alligator. ulysse-nardin.com

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot Collection At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, IWC Schaffhausen will be presenting a new Spitfire line in the Pilot’s Watches collection. To celebrate the unique engineering expertise of the designers of the legendary British fighter aircraft, all Spitfire watches feature IWCmanufactured calibres. The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium is the first pilot’s watch from IWC with a Ceratanium® case. The material developed by IWC is as lightweight and robust as titanium and at the same time as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic. IWC will also be presenting the first watch case made from sand-coloured ceramic. “Le Petit Prince” models and an “Antoine de Saint Exupéry” special edition in the Pilot’s Watches collection. The Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince” is the first pilot’s watch from IWC with a constant-force tourbillon. For the first time, the Swiss watch manufacturer has used hard gold for the watch case – a significantly harder and more wear-resistant version of red gold. iwc.com

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Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech - 47mm The new Panerai Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition is a combination of performance, strength and reliability worthy of the remarkable champion who has inspired this amazing new creation of mechanical engineering. Guillaume Néry was twice a world champion and he broke four constant weight free-diving world records. This former professional athlete is now an ambassador of the sea, turning his astonishing underwater experiences into images and videos which amaze everyone who sees them. In his honour, Panerai has created a new watch combining technical performance and a remarkably powerful, sporty appearance. The Panerai Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition is above all a professional diving watch, water-resistant to a depth of about 300 metres (30 bar) and fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel, which accurately displays the duration of the dive. The dial is clearly legible under all lighting conditions and in complete darkness, thanks to the luminous white markers, which stand out strongly against the shark grey, textured background. Engraved on the screw back are the champion’s signature and the depths of his final aweinspiring record: 126 metres, achieved with a single breath panerai.com

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Huracàn Performante In 2018, inspired by Lamborghini Squadra Corse and its unique automobile aesthetic showcased in the Huracán Performante, the watchmakers of the Manufacture have developed a timepiece brimming with racing design codes. One of the most striking features of the aggressive Excalibur Huracán Performante timepiece is its brand-new ‘engine’: the RD630 movement with its 12° inclined balance wheel representing the calibre signature associated with Lamborghini. Taking strong visual cues from the shapes on which the supercar is based, this timepiece notably gives pride of place to the hexagon. A versatile geometrical figure used to construct the volume of the supercar, it appears throughout the timepiece in various guises and is notably reproduced to symbolize strut bars. The stand-out half hexagon appearing on the louvered air intakes of the Lamborghini Huracán Performante are repeated as miniature versions visible through the openwork dial of the Excalibur Huracán Performante timepiece. Other special decoration includes a new crown inspired by racing nuts on supercar wheels, a twin-barrel ‘energy tank’ and a multi-material ‘spoiler’, used for the decorative openworked bridges. Viewed from the back, even the complete circular weight of the automatic movement emulates the design of the wheel rims of Lamborghini’s Huracán family. Offering the same blend of performance, lightness and security as its namesake supercar, the Excalibur Huracán Performante timepiece sports distinctive “Technical Titan Grey” livery complete with signature bright yellow accents. The lining of the genuine Alcantara strap of the Excalibur Huracán Performante watch crosses the finish line with a rubber inlay featuring the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyre pattern design. rogerdubuis.com

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

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Parmigiani Tonda Metropolitaine Selene Rose Gold Parmigiani Fleurier has expanded its Tonda Métropolitaine Sélène range following the resounding success of this watch, launched in 2016, with two new models in rose gold. These models display the moon phases thanks to a movement produced entirely inhouse and set in a modern, refined rose gold case. The Tonda Métropolitaine Sélène in rose gold features two dial versions: the first, in abyss blue, is adorned with a central lotus flower – a symbol of femininity. This decoration is cut from mother of pearl and applied to the dial, from which it stands out 0.2 mm. The satin and polished finishes of the lace design create a play of light that beautifully showcases the quality of the workmanship. The second dial is made from highly reflective white mother of pearl, and features a lotus flower in solid rose gold, echoing the indices and the case. On each dial version, the bezel is adorned with 76 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling ~0.52 carat. The russet moon of the Tonda Métropolitaine Sélène emulates the brilliance of the night sky. It is magnified thanks to its surface made up of craters — known as lunar seas — obtained by hand-applying successive layers of transfers. This watch offers a genuine embodiment of the moon on the wrist that disappears and emerges from wisps of cloud amidst its starry constellation. parmigiani.com

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Chopard Happy Hearts A Maison renowned for its boundless creativity, Chopard has decided to orchestrate an encounter between two of its most iconic collections. The Big Heart of the Happy Hearts collection finds its place on the playful dial of the Happy Sport, the watchmaking success that has been leading diamonds in a merry dance for over 25 years, in a perpetually renewed spirit of Joie de Vivre. The result of this union is an even airier interpretation: a Happy Hearts timepiece enlivened by three freely dancing diamonds, a red heart as well as a diamond-set heart. This new watch, exclusively available from Chopard boutiques, is a joyful new addition to the Maison’s emblematic Happy Hearts jewellery collection, which showcases colourful hearts as well as hearts embracing dancing diamonds. An array of talismans weaving ties between all Big-Hearted women, fired by a spirit of generosity and self-giving. Chopard enriches the collection with this new timepiece by endowing it with a firm expression of its watchmaking expertise. Fitted with a 36 mm stainless steel case and a red alligator leather strap, the Happy Hearts watch features a white dial with a life of its own created by five dancing elements: three diamonds, and above all, both a red and a diamond-set 18-carat white gold heart. chopard.com

Bovet 1822 Récital 23 Moon phase The Récital 23 is the first BOVET women’s timepiece to feature the “writing slope” case, which is designed here for the first time in an oval shape that is 43 mm high and 28.7 mm wide. Hours and minutes occupy an off-center dial at 6 o’clock, while a deeply poetic three-dimensional moon phase is displayed on the upper section of the timepiece. The Récital 23 timepiece is driven by a self-winding mechanical movement. Its oscillating weight in 22-ct gold is finely hand-engraved with the “Fleurisanne” motif that Maison BOVET 1822 has been producing for almost two centuries. Its oscillations power two barrels whose energy guarantees 62 hours’- of power reserve. The module, entirely developed and manufactured in BOVET 1822’s workshops, makes it possible to offset the time display and add the moon phase indicator. Presented in the form of a hemispherical dome, the moon phase indicator majestically corresponds to the volume of the “writing slope” case. The dome’s surface is engraved to evoke the lunar surface and filled with luminescent material. This feat is all the more remarkable due to the indicator’s camber. It is read via a three-dimensional circular aperture that singlehandedly requires over a day’s work to be manufactured and decorated. The precision mechanism used to drive the moon phase requires correction only once every 122 years. bovet.com

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Corum Heritage Eleganza Corum unveils a new collection that is 100% dedicated to women: Eleganza. Its particularity: available both in casual chic and precious jewellery versions; as part of a strictly limited edition, these feminine models feature, for the first time in the brand’s history, an automatic regulator movement and represent the perfect gift for the woman of style. At once precious yet casual, modern yet already legendary: Corum brings opposites together for its new 100% feminine collection. The Eleganza embodies Italian-style chicness, suitable for gala events or paired with jeans and trainers. The choice of gem setting is a reflection of this twofold goal. Models presenting hard gemstones (tanzanite, aquamarine, tourmaline, amethyst) appear alongside jewellery versions with traditional gemstones (diamond, sapphire). The cases also capture this dual orientation: the first three-piece series features a silver case, the second four-piece series features an 18- carat pink gold case. Both designs are dedicated to the chic and modern young woman and collectors of jewellery timepieces. They share a 40 mm common diameter displaying a dial that matches the gem setting of the bezel and the crown. corum-watches.com

Fendi Runaway with Bracelet The Run Away Watch Collection is now complemented with versions featuring a refined bracelet adorned with an F is FENDI logo, in echo with the watch case design. The unexpected upside-down logo stands out on the bracelet wrapping elegantly around the wrist. Modern appeal with an elegant twist. Distinct yet daring in design, the Run Away architecture is accented by an interplay of shapes and graphics featuring FENDI’s creativity at its best. The bracelet is delicately integrated into the case, revealing linear geometries of its interlocking links. The circular F is FENDI logo applied on the bracelet at 12 and 6 o’clock brings a playful twist to this signature Collection. A bold letter F placed on the sapphire crystal emphasizes the depth of the dial and its unique off-centered look. Embellished with precious diamonds for the Run Away Women’s version, it adds an ultimate touch of brilliance to the timepiece. Giving a new take to the Run Away Watch Collection, the Run Away Bracelet Edition expresses FENDI’s contemporary spirit and creativity. fendi.com

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Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Watch Keeping true to the spirit of the iconic Alhambra collection, these watches feature diamond openwork motifs, in pink or white gold. Harmoniously combining watch and jewelry expertise, they delicately adorn the wrist like a bracelet. This Alhambra watch is a small model, with a 27 mm x 27 mm pink gold case, pink gold bezel, round diamonds, and white mother-of-pearl dial. It has a pink gold crown, pink gold bracelet, round diamonds, and pink gold clasp. vancleefarpels.com

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Shooting Stars Trilogy The Excalibur 36 Shooting Star timepiece is enriched with alternative techniques and features a choice of blue, white and pink interpretations, all issued in eight-piece limited editions. The result of two years of R&D in Roger Dubuis’ legendary Geneva workshops were devoted to miniaturising the existing X42 single tourbillon while retaining all of its lightness and airy dimensions. The new RD510SQ Poinçon de Genèvecertified calibre –is a diminutive yet bold work of art ideally suited to smaller wrists. Based on an iconic platform, it is equipped with one of the smallest flying tourbillon skeleton caliber to fit in a dainty 36-mm case. Shining in a feminine starry sky set against a white mother-ofpearl, blue PVD-treated or pink translucent varnished background, the 18K gold shooting star timepiece loops around the Roger. Dubuis astral signature, trailing its diamond-studded tail and complemented by colourcoordinated enamel stars. Reflecting its far-reaching vision of time in the feminine mode, Roger Dubuis invites women with a taste for precious avant-garde to explore a whole new galaxy rogerdubuis.com

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The Butterfly Artist Empty walls around the UK will soon be clamouring for Michael Olsen’s stunning butterfly wall art installations. He creates his Butterfly Art using hand painted feather butterflies, in all shapes, sizes and colours, mounted in transparent acrylic boxes.

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A beautiful addition to any wall, Michael has been creating these works of art for the past 6 years. One installation can take anything from four to six weeks to complete and he can create bespoke designs to match particular wall colours, a client’s own design or theme, a style of wallpaper or to fit a specific size of wall space. Michael says: “I’ve always been fascinated by nature and in particular butterflies. To me, there is something captivating about that moment when a butterfly stops to let an onlooker admire its form. Using this as my stimulus, I wanted to see if I could create something that is both contemporary and

visually stimulating, which could be displayed on the wall in the home. I decided to create a flight of butterflies. I love the idea of bringing nature indoors and made a conscious decision to make a piece large enough and intricate enough to be looked at daily, but always offer something new to see.” As his art has become more widely regarded and word has started to spread, Michael is being asked to undertake an increasing number of bespoke commissions. The largest and most challenging piece of Butterfly Art that he has created so far measures 2m x 1.5m. This work featured at a charity auction earlier this year, which took place at

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the Dorchester Hotel and raised £13,000. From a standing start in 2012 and then represented solely by Taylor Smith Gallery in Westerham, Michael now also has associations with 25 galleries across the UK and Ireland that represent his work. In addition to selling throughout the UK, Michael’s Butterfly Art has also been commissioned by clients in Stockholm, the US and Hong Kong.

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This year, Michael’s work is being displayed in galleries in Berlin and Palma, Mallorca. New and exciting projects are underway and the launch of his long-awaited ‘Aquatic’ themed installation, made out of black acrylic (above) was debuted recently at The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea. butterflyart.co.uk

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FRAGRANCES - MEN

Fresh and bold

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

Gold Collection Roberto Cavalli Roberto Cavalli’s annual Gold Collection is the quintessential tribute to its philosophy of using the noblest and most refined materials. This year, two brand new exclusive perfumes add their unique notes to this fragrant symphony: Noble Woods, which is contrasted, intense and spicy, combining the noble and sturdy strength of Cedarwood with the incandescent power of Cardomom and Black Pepper, and Splendid Vanilla, which is a balmy fragrance that prolongs creamy and generous vanilla through an exquisite bouquet of rose and magnolia. robertocavalli.com

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In Love with You Emporio Armani Created by Anne Flipo, In Love With You is a brand new women’s fragrance. Sensual, feminine and audacious, it was born from an uncommon combination of raw materials: a pulpy, almost fleshy black cherry; an ultra-feminine jasmine sambac absolute textured by amber volutes of rum for more elegance; and incense for the unexpected and urban touch. uniquely contemporary and calling for intense and absolute love, it reflects a lifestyle which is modern, natural and irresistible. armani.com

Bleu de Chanel Parfum for Men Chanel The most intense of the bleu de chanel fragrances. Powerful and refined, bleu de chanel Parfum for men reveals the essence of determination. An aromatic freshness opens, lingering on the warm, addictive fullness of Cedar and Sandalwood from New Caledonia that sweeps throughout the intense, woody fragrance. Housed in an intensely coloured bottle, the parfum comes in a spray for easy application. chanel.com

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Guilty Gucci An aromatic Fougère, Gucci Guilty Pour Homme is a member of the first fragrance family invented, now worn by a new generation of scent lovers. Hedonistic and decadent, the scent opens with the piquant spice of Pink Pepper, a fragrance ingredient connected to intense flavor mixed with invigorating Italian Lemon. White floral with honey tones enriches the scent’s other heart notes, Neroli and French Lavender—the very flower the original playboy Casanova used to fragrance his love letters. Completing this modern expression of sensuality, mystery and intrigue are conjected in Patchouli which develops with hints of leather, green, woodiness and incense-like qualities. gucci.com

L’Homme Idéal Guerlain For this new variation of L’Homme Idéal, Guerlain Master Perfumer Thierry Wasser has worked together with Guerlain perfumer Delphine Jelk to reinvent freshness in an entirely unprecedented accord: irresistible almond – L’Homme Idéal’s fragrance signature – is present, but it reveals a new face, refreshed by a spearmint-based accord and highlighted by the elegance of woods. guerlain.fr

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L’eau Super Majeure D’issey Issey Miyake L’EAU SUPER MAJEURE D’ISSEY unleashes the power of water, with a new, exhilarating blend. The top note contains a super-vigorous surge of aromatic clary sage and rosemary notes. The middle note is textured by dark patchouli, vibrant ambery woods and an overdose of cashmeran, with black salt boosting the scent’s swirling accords. And smooth tonka bean and black vanilla add a dark leather undertow in the base notes. isseymiyake.com

Engravable Yves Saint Laurent This fresh, woody fragrance is effervescent with bright, sparkling notes of bergamot, ginger, and vetiver. A fragrance of contrasts, it is a unique combination of luxury, art, and modernity that exudes a timeless elegance. yslbeautyus.com

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

Pure Musc Narciso Rodriguez Introducing for her PURE MUSC eau de parfum by Narciso Rodriguez. Inspired by the original for her, for her PURE MUSC eau de parfum pays homage to the iconic fragrance line’s signature musc. The next chapter in the ever-evolving for her story explores the nature of duality in a manner that’s boldly sensual. The pure reflection of a modern woman, for her PURE MUSC eau de parfum captures her strength and passion, embraces her energy and spirit. Pure sensuality and pure beauty distilled equals for her PURE MUSC eau de parfum. The result is intoxicating. Available in 30, 50 and 100 ml, the new scent is the ultimate addiction. narcisorodriguez.com

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World Intense Kenzo Kenzo World unveils a new femininity: strong, powerful and determined. Kenzo World Eau de Parfum Intense. Kenzo has revisited its floral bouquet through a powerful gourmand twist. A bold association between the addictive velvety black plum, the radiant peony and jasmine, the gourmand vanilla. A fragrance to dare to be yourself. Reveal your inner power. Key notes of black plum, peony, jasmine, and vanilla. kenzoworld.com

In Love With You Emporio Armani Created by Anne Flipo (IFF), In Love With You is a brand new women’s fragrance. Sensual, feminine and audacious, it was born from an uncommon combination of raw materials: a pulpy, almost fleshy black cherry; an ultrafeminine jasmine sambac absolute textured by amber volutes of rum for more elegance; and incense for the unexpected and urban touch. Uniquely contemporary and calling for intense and absolute love, it reflects a lifestyle which is modern, natural, and irresistible. armani.com

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Toy 2 Moschino The iconic Moschino teddy bear fragrance is back! The unique second edition is this time sculpted in glass revealing an exclusive fragrance. The sparkling vivacity of mandarin orange and granny smith apple accompany delicate floral notes of magnolia, revealing a fresh, joyful scent. Pure, elegant jasmine petals are enhanced by the velvety tones of peony and the crisp fruitiness of white currant. Amber wood and sandalwood express an enveloping, sensual dimension, while crystalline musk adds radiance and softness. moschino.com

Encens Mythique and Bois Mystérieux Guerlain Encens Mythique and Bois Mystérieux join Guerlain’s Absolus d’Orient collection. They are held in a lacquered bottle in a brown shade for Encens Mythique and an orange-toned hue for Bois Mystérieux. Both are tied with a ribbon trim that intensifies the mystery of their contents, while their caps echo the rounded lines of the pinnacles of Eastern monuments. Encens Mythique’s neo-oriental embraces its paradoxes: we expect it to be opulent and smouldering; it proves smoky and stirring. Bois Mystérieux is a radiant jasmine that dares to fuse with the distinguished, tenebrous strength of a deep leather and two of the most precious woods – cedar and patchouli. guerlain.com

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Live Irresistible Givenchy Live IrrĂŠsistible Rosy Crush, the new entrancing explosion of pink freshness and bold vitality. A vibrant floral, bursting with rose and vivacious pink pepper. Goji berries and chypre-patchouli blend youthful vivacity with elegant sophistication. A bouquet of pink rosiness in many shades. Because pink is audacious, poetic and pure ; pink is a positive state of mind. A fragrance for women who live irresistibly in the moment and embrace the power of pink. givenchybeauty.com

The Only One 2 Dolce&Gabbana Dolce&Gabbana Beauty presents The Only One 2, the second chapter of The Only One story. With notes of red roses at its heart, this new fragrance celebrates The Only One woman – empowered and irresistible. She remains, now more than ever, the center of attention. Unique, captivating and magnetic, she knows what she wants and she knows how to get it. dolcegabbana.com

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In Memory of Karl Lagerfeld (1933-2019) One of the fashion industry’s most decorated designers, Karl Lagerfeld was renowned for his renaissance-like intelligence. His cutting-edge approach to style, coupled with his enigmatic persona and original perspective on fashion, made him a pop culture icon.

One of the most acclaimed fashion designers in the world, Karl Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg, Germany. While he never revealed his true birthday, it’s been reported he was born on September 10, 1933. Known for his bold designs and constant reinvention, he was hailed in Vogue as the “unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment.” Often lauded for his constant reinvention, he removed the “t” at the end of his last name early in his career in order to make it sound “more commercial.” Lagerfeld’s father, Christian, made his fortune by bringing condensed milk to Germany. Karl and his older sister, Martha, and a half sister, Thea, grew up in a wealthy home. Intellectual activity was encouraged at the Lagerfeld home. His mother, Elizabeth, was an accomplished violin player and talk at the dinner table often included subjects such as religious philosophy.

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When Adolf Hitler rose to power in the 1930s, the Lagerfelds moved to a rural area of northern Germany, where, as Karl would later recount, he was cut off from any knowledge about the Nazis. From an early age, Lagerfeld expressed an interest in design and fashion. As a child he often cut out pictures from fashion magazines. He was also known to be critical of what others wore to school. But it wasn’t until his teen years, after his family had returned to Hamburg, that Lagerfeld immersed himself in the world of high fashion. Sensing his future lay elsewhere, 14-year-old Lagerfeld made the bold decision, with the blessing of his parents, to move to Paris. He’d been there just two years when he submitted a series of sketches and fabric samples to a design competition. He ended up taking first place in the coat category and meeting another winner, Yves Saint Laurent, who would become a close friend. Soon, Lagerfeld

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had full-time work with French designer Pierre Balmain, first as a junior assistant, and later as an apprentice. It was a demanding position, and the young designer remained in it for three years. He took work as a creative director with another fashion house before finally, in 1961, striking out on his own. Good work soon followed, with Lagerfeld designing collections for Chloe, Fendi (where he was brought on to oversee the company’s fur line) and others. Lagerfeld became known in the fashion industry for his innovative, inthe-moment styles. But Lagerfeld also had an appreciation for the past, and he often shopped in flea markets, finding old wedding dresses to deconstruct and reimagine. By the 1980s, Karl Lagerfeld was a major star in the fashion world. He was a favorite among the press, who loved to chronicle his changing tastes and social life. Lagerfeld kept company with other major stars, including his good friend Andy Warhol. During his career he developed a sort of hired gun reputation for jumping from one

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label to the next, and also put together a track record of success that few designers can match. At Chanel in the early 1980s, he did what few thought possible: he returned what was perceived to be a near-dead brand back to life with a revamped ready-to-wear fashion line. Around that time Lagerfeld launched his own label, in 1984, which he built around the idea of what he described as “intellectual sexiness.” Over the years, the brand developed a reputation for quality tailoring with bold ready-to-wear pieces like cardigan jackets in bright colors. In 2005 Lagerfeld sold the label to Tommy Hilfiger. Lagerfeld began slowing down as he advanced into his mid-80s. He sparked concern by not appearing at the end of his Chanel shows in Paris in early 2019, a development the house attributed to his being “tired.” Days later, on February 19, 2019, it was announced that the legendary designer had passed away. He leaves behind a legendary legacy as a man that influenced the fashion industry for almost a century, and a giant figure who had an unapologetic take on life.

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Best of Both Worlds Stella McCartney Women’s Spring 2019 Collection combines masculine and feminine elements.

Quintessential Stella codes; masculine tailoring, delicate lace and unexpected prints; a graceful touch of animal skin-free-skin in a color palette that celebrates spring, with sand and summery whites, pinks and blues. Combined embroidery techniques fused into singular styles. Broderie Anglaise and eyelet embellishment inspired by antique linens become dresses. Polished short hemlines are paired with super soled trainers elongating the legs.

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Dramatically mini, skirts are slightly structured in a gentle A-line. Tailoring in a mash-up of pinstripes deliberately cut to create a linear silhouette. A modern approach to tailoring with lean drainpipe trousers, a baggy pair with darted back and an unconventional trouser with shirt cuffs cinching the fabric at the ankle. Stella McCartney is available at Saks Fifth Avenue, City Centre Bahrain. saksme.com

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Timeless Couture Givenchy’s Men’s Fall-Winter 2019/20 collection brims with maverick individualism of the nineties.

This standalone collection showcases Givenchy’s new vision of a complete, day to evening wardrobe brimming with contrast, eclectic pairings. Recast in a modernized way, the mood of the era comes through in a series of color-blocked suits; embellished pieces in embroidered leather underscore a sense of specialness. Sleek and generous shapes rooted in the Seventies mingle with transparency, iridescence, bold texture and innovative treatments. Drawing from past and present, Clare Waight Keller builds character through volume, mixing lean lines with loose and oversized pieces. Slim suit jackets and boxy coats pair with carefree flares or loosen up with karate trousers; iridescence and bold hues of violet, fuchsia and electric blue mix with more classic shades of black, navy, and camel; compelling textures include crinkled

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leather, bonded fabric, and panels of stubbly microglass hand-beading. White plastron shirts are given the couture treatment. Traditional checks are tailored into coats and jackets with mother-of-pearl buttons and occasionally embellished with leopard spots. A waffled coat in bonded wool reverses from a black and white motif to lustrous black ‘raffia’-textured wool. Elsewhere, a windbreaker in couture technical fabric has the sheen of moiré; a white jacket shines with transparent sequins, puffers layer atop one another and a hybrid garment, the down parka, offers the Givenchy man a new means of expression — as do “collage” shirts made from signature Givenchy prints, including this season’s ‘Pegasus’ theme, or graphic text t-shirts and outerwear. givenchy.com

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Chic-destroyed is the season’s term to illustrate the 90s no rules, slouchy vibe added to an ultrasophisticated mood. A chic-destroyed sweater reveals meticulous ripped parts unveiling lurex details underneath. A unique collaboration with the jewellery designer Cécile Fricker Lehanneur to add sharp details that punctuate the silhouette. The Zadig coat, the perfect fake fur, the Twin’s bag, and the iconic Cara boots embody the creative path chosen by Artistic Director Cecilia Bönström to anchor pieces in a modern woman’s wardrobe.

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The attitude of a Parisian girl defined by nonchalant sophistication. The effortless cool of models’ off-duty style: layering pieces and fabrics that speak different languages but that ultimately create a unique personal style. The NBA collaboration adds a sportier boyish dynamic including iconography from legendary Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Memphis Grizzlies. zadig-et-voltaire.com

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Unisex Appeal Zadig & Voltaire’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection is anchored in masculine and feminine codes within a desirable, modern wardrobe.

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Lover of the sea, the new evening collection ventures to the rocky coastline of Lebanon to pay tribute to the wild nature of its inspiration. Fresh and colorful, it epitomizes summer in the bluntest ways, promising a glowing season. Combining unique pieces, the collection has you definitely covered this summer. Nodding to flowing A-lines, pastel or flashy, the elegant dresses marry sensual cuts with light fabrics, making the perfect any-

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occasion eveningwear. Best friend’s wedding, gala dinner, lavish pool party, engagement, or red carpet event, this evening selection is here to ride the waves of summer. The new glamorous collection is now available at all Esposa stores, in addition to a wide selection of wedding and bridesmaids’ dresses as well as bridal accessories. esposagroup.com

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Free-Spirited Glamour Plume by Esposa’s New Evening Collection pays tribute to wild nature.

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Layered Apparel The Oscar de la Renta Fall 2019 collection celebrates the riches behind the next door.

Travel is what’s animating Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia at Oscar de la Renta now. An October trip to Dubai to meet clients set them on their path for Fall. The idea is less about a specific place than it is about celebrating the riches beyond the next closed door. That’s why the MosqueCathedral of Córdoba, Spain, was chosen as the reference point for the F19 set. Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia liked its layers of history, both Islamic and Christian in which, Oscar De la Renta liked too. The show opened with an extended riff on tweeds, menswear checks, and spice colors, true to the house heritage. Daywear cycled into eveningwear via a series of

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carpet prints and carpet jacquards. The print dress was representative of the softer, lighter garments that are proving successful for Kim and Garcia among a younger clientele. Antique carpets were the dominant motif in the after-dark section as seen on the short cocktail number trailing fringe, on a strapless wrap with the ease of a sarong, and on a sleeveless column in tufted fil coupe with a train that traced the flower borders. Texture and pattern played key roles in the other evening gowns, which combined black tulle with jewel-tone laser-cut silk velvet. oscardelarenta.com

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

Dolce&Gabbana Medium Welcome Bag in Printed Calfskin This medium handbag from the Welcome line comes in printed calfskin and features print placement that enhances the design’s variety of colors, a front flap with logo closure in vintage brass and snap button closure, a double handle on top in calfskin, adjustable and detachable strap in calfskin, and an interior features accordion compartment and center partition. dolcegabbana.com

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Lanvin Black Réglisse Clutch This “Réglisse” clutch comes in black and green calfskin leather, tone-on-tone topstitching, flat zippered pocket, strap with gold “Lanvin” logo detail, gold-finish metal zipper closure, and black goatskin leather lining. The strap allows the “Réglisse” clutch to be carried in style, while its rectangular shape will hold your everyday essentials. lanvin.com

Louis Vuitton Biface For Cruise 2019, Nicolas Ghesquière revitalized Louis Vuitton’s classic Biface bag, harmonizing it with today’s tastes and lifestyles. This distinctive blend of Monogram canvas and fine leather has been modernized with finely crafted details like a V-tuck lock and hexagonal link chain strap. The 2019 way to wear the Monogram signature. louisvuitton.com

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Prada Sidonie Two-Tone Leather Shoulder Bag Prada’s ‘Sidonie’ bag has a smooth, curved silhouette that’s drawn comparisons to the accessories from the label’s Spring ‘00 show. Made in Italy from black and white leather, it has a wide tab detailed with the house’s plaque. Carry it over your shoulder or adjust the longer strap to wear it cross-body. prada.com

Moynat Bad Dreams Ramesh Nair designed the Bad Dreams collection, using Tiffany’s illustrations to add an element of fun to the Initial canvas and to cleverly highlight new shapes. The iconic Initial canvas from Moynat forms the perfect backdrop for this updated tote with a blend of fun and class. The Oh! Tote has a leather handle with circular chapes, which Ramesh has cleverly used to suggest a face for the Adam illustration. moynat.com

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Longchamp Amazone Hobo Bag This small bag is equipped with a flap and a delicate chain, which can be adjusted to carry for any occasion, both in the daytime and at night. Long and off the shoulder, for a sophisticated look. Or short, for a casual look longchamp.com

Gucci GG Marmont Small Top Handle Bag The small GG Marmont top handle bag has a softly structured shape and an oversized flap closure with Double G hardware. It’s made in matelassÊ chevron leather with a heart on the back, and features antique goldtoned hardware, detachable chain shoulder strap, and microfiber lining with a suede-like finish. gucci.com

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Stepping in Style Add iconic style to your luxury collection with the latest and most sought-after designer women’s shoes.

Christian Louboutin Alta Firma Christian Louboutin Alta Firma Christian Louboutin’s Alta Firma is a stunning demonstration of craftsmanship. Inspired by men’s “black-tie” dressing, the black patent leather toe box is linked to a matching 100mm slim, stiletto heel in one very sensual and uninterrupted line. A gleam of gold specchio leather piping dances its way around the toe box and seemingly floating ankle strap attached with clear PVC, while a CL initial signature ribbon forms a T-strap on the upper foot, making every step a walk in selfassured glamour. christianlouboutin.com

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Brian Atwood Veruska Pump These elegant pumps are crafted of luxe leather. Designed in Italy, this pair features a pointed toe and slender stiletto heel. A delicate strap with a bow at the heel adds a feminine touch to this charming style. brianatwood.com

Lanvin High-Heeled Ruffle Sandal These high-heeled sandals come in suede-effect goatskin leather, and feature adjustable ankle strap with tone-on-tone silk weave ruffle detail, asymmetrical front strap, black insole with Lanvin logo, and a slim 10.5 cm heel. This elegant and feminine model features the most refined pleated ruffle, while its thin strap subtly highlights the ankle for sleek couture allure. lanvin.com

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Louis Vuitton Headline Cross Pump A reinterpretation of a runway look, the Headline cross pump comes in smooth calf leather in black and white. This graphic color contrast, as well as the shoe’s distinctive heel shape, create a subtle retro feel. The slender cross straps are crafted from iconic Monogram canvas. louisvuitton.com

Dolce&Gabbana Oxfords in Stretch Jersey with Macramé Embroidery These Lori Oxfords in stretch jersey with macramé embroidery and satin laces feature 90 mm – 3.5 inch heel wrapped in stretch jersey, upper in stretch warpknit jersey, internal pump in calfskin covered in jersey, leather insole with logo on label, and smooth sole with logo detail. dolcegabbana.com

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Manolo Blahnik Cabriapi Manolo’s love of horticulture is rarely absent from a collection. This season, the scalloped line of the Agave plant leaves find their form in summery silhouettes. These white nappa leather pointed toe pumps feature fuchsia and purple suede scalloped toe, scalloped edging and stiletto high heel. manoloblahnik.com

Prada Knit Fabric Pointy Toe Pumps Machine-knit fabric with a geometric motif reinterprets the classic lines of these pointy toe pumps. The leather sole is decorated with the metal lettering logo and the heel is slim. l. prada.com

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Boutique Experience

The most luxurious shopping destinations from around the world.

Pierre Marcolini Dubai Celebrated Belgian Chocolatier, Pierre Marcolini celebrated the opening of his Dubai store, the first in the Middle East. Situated on the lower ground floor of the Dubai mall, the store is the Middle East’s flagship, showcasing Marcolini’s gourmet hand-made artisan creations in the world’s biggest mall. Founded in 1995, Maison Pierre Marcolini has become one of the world’s most celebrated chocolatiers, with stores in 45 stores in 12 countries including Belgium, France, the UK, Japan and China with further expansion plans for the wider Middle East. One of the few chocolatiers to master the entire production process for his products himself, Pierre has been cultivating his expert craftsmanship and knowledge of the process from bean to bar for over two decades. From sourcing the finest, sustainable beans to final assembly, he remains fully committed to his craft. Pierre Marcolini has taken part in over 30 pastry competitions and was awarded winner of World’s Best Pastry Chef in 1995. Pierre Marcolini, the artist himself, was at his Dubai Mall store launch, demonstrating his craftsmanship and showcasing some of his spectacular creations including his signature Macaron Tower, wedding masterpiece cake and giant chocolate tree, as well as tasting sessions throughout the day. Maison Pierre Marcolini is situated on the Lower Ground Floor at the Dubai Mall. marcolini.com

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Al Zain Jewellery Seef After the hugely successful and distinctive collections launched last year, Al Zain welcomed this year in a new look at its Seef Mall Boutique Gate7. The new boutique reflects the visionary aspiration of Al Zain boutiques new generation. Once you enter the mall from gate no. 7, you cannot help but take immediate notice of the rouge display windows, the elegant showcases filled with stunning diamond sets, and a new façade that encapsulates a brass Arabic inspired design, all lined with black marble and brass framed crystal windows. As you make your way slowly towards the impressive double height doors, complete with Al Zain swan door handles, you are immediately

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greeted by a friendly Concierge dressed to impress. He welcomes you with a bright smile and a warm greeting as you step into the new boutique. The first thing you notice is the soft aroma that fills the air, not overwhelming but just enough to soften your mood, you notice the stunning crystal glass counters delicately balanced on a fret cut brass base all meticulously placed on a center oval rouge carpet with soft lights illuminating from under. Then you spot the dazzling oversized center chandelier made from thousands of gold Merriyah’s inspired strands. You simply have to take a photo of it. It is art and jewellery all merged together. Flowing counters, stained

oak wood wall paneling, and clever lighting all make up a dazzling display of a space caught up somewhere between a luxury home and a luxury boutique. It is warm, homely and opulent. Once you are seated in what can only be described as a 5-star VIP lounge, the concierge appears with a menu offering you an array of coffees and teas all complimented by hand made chocolates and local dates. Staff move silently around the boutique and they are all dressed in tailored suits and gloved hands serving customers quietly with an air of confidence. alzainjewellery.com

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“Guerlain invites you to discover the World and Wonders of the perfumer.” Guerlain KSA Located in Riyadh Park, Saudi Arabia, this new store is Guerlain’s first boutique in the Middle East, and is entirely dedicated to fragrance that pays tribute to the profession to which the House owes its renown since 1828: the profession of Perfumer. Through a fabulous presentation display, made possible thanks to the previously unseen archives from its heritage, Guerlain invites you to discover the World and Wonders of the perfumer. Alchemist, botanist, explorer, creator: the Perfumer is a fascinating, mysterious being, the fruit of whose work – the creation of a fragrance – has unique qualities. A scent leaves a lasting impression, arouses emotions, evokes sensations. Jicky, L’Heure Bleue, Mitsouko, Shalimar, Vétiver, Samsara, Mon Guerlain, Santal Royal etc. are all iconic creations with the ability to take the imagination on a journey through time and space. To nourish his art, the Perfumer explores the world on the hunt for the most remarkable natural raw ingredients; elements that distinguish a true fragrance trail. From the founder, Pierre-FrançoisPascal Guerlain, exploring Imperial Russia in a stage coach on the search for his birchessence, through Jacques Guerlain and his Indonesian Benzoin, to Thierry Wasser and his Indian Vetiver, for which he developed a sustainable and ethical supply channel, the perfumer leads us to magical lands where dream and reality, the conscious and the imaginary become one, all the better to blend together. The new Guerlain Parfumeur boutique, served by an exceptional heritage, showcases the richness and unique profusion Guerlain’s world: 110 fragrances are available out of the 1,100 created since 1828. It offers visitors a customisation and fragrance consultation service to guide them in their choices. The colored bee bottles which are exclusively available at the Guerlain Parfumeur boutique, can be refilled at the fountains, which highlights their commitment to the environment and sustainability. guerlain.com

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Devlaux London The new London boutique of Delvaux, the oldest luxury leather goods house in the world, gives on to prestigious New Bond Street: a space that combines the belgitude of the Maison with the charm of the British ambience. The interior is designed by the Milan studio Vudafieri-Saverino Partners, which since 2012 has been responsible for the world concept of Delvaux stores (including the recent projects in Brussels, Tokyo and Milan). A concept that narrates a tradition, the savoir-faire and, at the same time, the modern creativity of the brand in a language that is never the same, but able to dialogue with the identity of each city. The new London boutique is located at 47 New Bond Street, previously the home of the renowned shoemaker Pinet. Designed in 1906 by William Flockhart, the building is a veritable architectural jewel, famous for its superb facade and period boiserie. The development of the pre-existing artistic heritage played a key role in the interior design project. In fact the new interior aims to highlight

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the characteristics of the space and its unique position on the street, dominated by majestic windows with bronze mouldings. The boiserie becomes the boutique’s iconic element: black with a matt finish, it acts as a framework for the refinement of Delvaux creations. A shade used exclusively in this London space, pointing up its elegance and personality. The curved shapes of the boiserie create a refined contrast to the square geometry of the shelves and consoles and their pale gold finish. Black boiserie also marks the majestic staircase leading to the basement floor, where the dichotomy between the white of Delvaux’s iconic wardrobe and the dark tones of the room immediately stands out. The only notes of colour inside the boutique are the MSE - Marta Sala Edition – sofas designed by Vudafieri-Saverino Partners, which bring to mind the red of the British flag, and the carpets by Yan Kath. delvaux.com

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Jimmy Choo Manama Jimmy Choo SS19 collection boldly highlights the form and beauty of the shoe and the woman who wears it. Influences this season include the sculptures of Brancusi, and the dramatic draping inspired by the 80s Parisian couture. The result is a seductive interplay of form and fluidity released by carefully chosen fabrications that are simultaneously luxurious and self-possessed. This is the collection for standing tall, unafraid and unbowed, that was the creative director Sandra Choi’s portrayal for Jimmy Choo SS19 Collection. Inspired by her principles of integrity, confidence and power, the watch words for Jimmy Choo Spring Summer 2019. Saks Fifth Avenue Bahrain marked the exclusive opening of its Jimmy Choo shop-in-shop on February 21st, expanding its already vast designer shoe department. Guests were greeted with the soft

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melodies of a violin and welcomed with customized beverages and desserts as they entered the boutique to discover the glitz and glam of Jimmy Choo’s latest Spring/Summer 2019 collection. Mark Asfahani, Senior Division Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue Bahrain, “Our aim is to provide unique experiences while upgrading the store with the latest fashion trends and the most sought-after international brands. We want our guests to enjoy the exclusive addition of Jimmy Choo to our famous shoe department located on the ground floor with the launch of the Spring/Summer ’19 collection which includes shoes and accessories.” The Jimmy Choo Spring/Summer 2019 collection is now exclusively available at Saks Fifth Avenue, City Centre Bahrain..

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Contemporary Gaze A native of Casablanca, Oussama Mahasssine’s artistic arc extends over different disciplines, ranging from sculpture to painting. A daring yet relevant artist, he is part of a new generation of Moroccan artists whose ambition shines through in his exceptional portraits.

When did you discover your calling in life as an artist? I discovered my passion for the arts at a very early age. During my first year at school, I had already started displaying signs of an artistic talent. It started showing more prominently more and more over time. This eventually culminated in my acceptance and enrollment in the Ecole SupĂŠrieure des Beaux Arts in Casablanca.

Your portraits focus heavily on traditional African culture. Why did you choose that subject?

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Being an African and a Moroccan, this subject matter comes very naturally to me. But in addition to that, I would say that this subject matter is rich not only in culture, but even in its lines, its shapes, and its colors. I find it truly inspiring.

What material do you usually work with to give your paintings such a unique look? I typically use spray cans, ink, and adhesives. I use all of this material to capture the essence in my portraits. I also use acrylic, which is a type of paint mixture.

What emotions do you hope to evoke when people see your work? Portraits are a very ancient and important art form. I personally find that the formulations of the human face and its expressions can be an amazing source of inspiration and creativity. When I do a portrait, I try to transport some of that essence into my work. Even though it may be vague and full of mysteries, it still carries many meanings.

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01 Ethnic Jewelry, mixed media on canvas, 130x150cm, 2018 02 Oussama Mahassine 03 Focus on Me, mixed media on canvas, 110x140cm, 2018 04 Lawrence d’arabie, mixed media on canvas, 130x150cm, 2018 05 See Me, mixed media on canvas, 110x150cm, 2018 06 Bulgare Oriental, mixed media on canvas, 130x150cm, 2018 07 Great Nature, mixed media on canvas, 130x150cm, 2018

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What was the most challenging painting you made? Every project presents its own unique challenges, but it also offers an opportunity to learn and grow as an artist. To me, the most difficult projects I’ve had to do were sculptures. It’s a threedimensional art form that requires a lot of precision and time.

Who were the artists that had the most impact on your style?

I would love to collaborate with a number of American and Asian artists. I have noticed that they’re the ones in particular who rebel against conformity in their art and go outside the realm of normality in their works.

Would you describe your art as modern or traditional? Although some artists tend to mix between the two these days, I can safely say that I belong to the modern art school.

How would you describe the art scene in Morocco?

More than artists, I’m influenced by the art movements. For example, pop art and fauvism have had the biggest impact on me as an artist. I also like other similar art movements but those have been the ones to shape my art the most.

Today, the Moroccan art community is witnessing a major change. We are seeing large murals in our streets. And with the opening of Rabat’s Museum, citizens are now able to learn and experience Moroccan art.

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It is customary to say that the house is the mirror of the soul. Considering that this is a totally true statement, it is natural that a man who’s achieved fame and wealth mixing music would be drawn to a house that’s a hodgepodge of architectural styles. “All we know” is that the home that Alex Pallone half of The Chainsmokers, a Grammy-winning DJ duo—bought two years ago was built in the 1930s. In the 1980s and 90s, renovations were made to the house, and this added a dash of industrial edge. The mashup appealed to Mr. Pall, but when it came to decorating it, he sought professional help. So, the magic happens: a designer capitalizes on her rock-star client ’s open mind and art collection, and dials the décor energy to the top.

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A very unique detail of this living room is the furniture, namely a sideboard from Essential Home brand in particular: inspired by the 007 films, Monocles is a sideboard built entirely out of solid walnut wood, accented by its goldplated brass front doors that feature a protruding circular design. These circles are then engraved to the back and side of the unit, giving it an extreme character and high-end look. It is a perfect furniture piece for retro lovers or midcentury admirers, giving the knurling knobs on the drawers or the tapered legs. essentialhome.eu

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Precious Pebbles One of the first commercial products, Amber has been capturing the world’s imagination for centuries. Possessing the unique ability to encompass and preserve the organic materials it encounters, amber continues to be a source of fascination to this day.

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Amber is actually not a stone, but rather amorphous, fossilized tree sap. Amber comes from the fossilized resin that lived tens of millions of years ago in trees. It is normally a golden yellow to golden orange, and ranges from transparent to semi translucent. It can also be dyed many colors. Amber was one of the first substances used for personal adornment. In fact, decorated pieces of amber have been found in remains from the Stone Age. The stones were used as amulets and talismans before, during, and since the ancient Greeks. Amber rates a 2.5 on the hardness scale but is reasonably tenacious and workable- its softness makes it relatively easy to carve. Since prehistoric times, amber has been used for religious objects. It was believed to have talismanic properties, and many ancient people buried amber objects and amulets with their dead to protect them in the afterlife.

The Romans called amber succinum, as it was rightly believed to be from tree sap. It was also used in the Neolithic times as an ornamental material. Amber was brought all the way to the Alps from the Baltic coast- a huge distance for those days, which gives us an idea of how important the stone was in that time. Amber is known for producing an electrical charge when rubbed. In fact, the Greek name for amber is electron, which the word electricity is derived from. Sacred to the sun god Apollo, amber was once thought to be congealed sunlight. Amber was also viewed as tears- for the Vikings, and for the Greeks, tears over the death of Phaeton. Amber may contain insects, (occasionally frogs and lizards too) moss, or pine needles that have been trapped for millions of years in the resin, since the resin was sticky. Air bubbles may give amber a cloudy appearance but heating in oil will take them away. The biggest deposits of amber

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are in the Baltic region, particularly along the coast of Poland. Amber is also found in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, France, Spain, Canada, Romania, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Burma, and Italy. Amber has medicinal uses attributed to it but is used nowadays primarily in jewelry. It has been imitated by synthetic resin, glass, and plastic. Amber has very low density. A true test as to whether or not you have a genuine piece of amber is to put it in a solution of kitchen salt and water. This is a common test to check amber as plastic will sink, and amber will float. A commonly encountered kind of amber is called “reconstructed amber,” where small pieces of amber are compressed under heat to form a larger piece. Amber softens and starts to decompose at 150 degrees Fahrenheit and gives off a scent like the resin of pine trees. It has been used in the West, the Arab world, and the Far East, for carved items,

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figurines, pipe pieces, brooches, perfume bottles, and cigarette holders. Amber supposedly brings mental and emotional strength and is highly calming. The stone can be cleaned using warm water and a soft cloth. You can use the cloth to rub olive oil on it to restore the polish. Never use ultrasonic or steam cleaners to clean amber, as it will shatter. Also, never leave amber in direct sunlight, or any place where it might be exposed to sudden temperature changes or chemicals, as its finish will dull. Amber has been used as jewelry since the Stone Age, from 13,000 years ago. Amber ornaments have been found in Mycenaean tombs and elsewhere across Europe. To this day it is used in the manufacture of smoking and glassblowing mouthpieces. Amber’s place in culture and tradition lends it a tourism value. Palanga Amber Museum is dedicated to the fossilized resin.

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Unique History Located in Wadi Al-Qura, a famed and important valley since ancient times, Al-Ula city contains areas of extraordinary human and natural heritage. Along with its landscape of lush oasis valley and spectacular sandstone mountains, Al-Ula is a primary example of why Saudi Arabia has been described as a crossroads of civilization.

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Al-Ula city is approximately 325km north of Madinah, 750km from Makkah, 1,100km from Riyadh and 110km southwest of Tayma. Al-Ula is. There has been human activity in Al-Ula for thousands of years. It was a natural crossroads for commercial activity along the Incense Route from Southern Arabia into Egypt and beyond. Water was key to the area’s prosperity. NorthWest Saudi Arabia is dotted with oases for weary travellers, and the Al-Ula Valley itself was a popular place for them to rest, commune, trade and recharge. In the first millennium BCE, the Dadanites and Lihyanites built ancient Dadan (modern Al-Khuraybah) in stone, and also left sculpture, inscriptions and other achievements. The most famous of Al-Ula’s settlements is Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra/

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Al-Hijr (modern Mada’in Salih), which was the most important Nabataean city in the south of the Nabataean Kingdom from at least the 1st century BCE. It is best known for more than 100 beautiful and remarkably well-preserved tombs, with elaborate facades cut into or out of rock formations. The Nabataeans were also sophisticated water engineers, creating at least 130 wells. Here and elsewhere in the Al-Ula region, archaeological investigations continue to unearth remarkable artistic, architectural and engineering achievements, providing fascinating insights into ancient ways of life. Al-Ula has several distinct environmental regions within and amongst its valleys and mountains. The centrepiece is the Wadi al-Qura - today the Al-Ula Valley - where the oasis was created and thousands of date palm trees are cultivated.

Al-Ula comprises distinct subregions - urban, rural cultivated, and rural badiya (desert). The last inhabitants of Al-Ula’s Old Town (Al-Dirah) moved out in the 1980s, following the establishment of the modern town adjacent to it. The modern settlement of Al-Ula now encompasses the Old Town within its limits. The most iconic attractions of Al-Ula are its cultural heritage sites, which are varied and represent millennia of successive settlements. The harra lava fields feature numerous prehistoric sites with lithic artefacts, stone structures, petroglyphs and inscriptions. Sites dating from the Palaeolithic - Stone Age - period (more than 200,000 years ago) demonstrate the long range of time for which human populations may have used and occupied this landscape, and which are significant and relatively unknown sites in the region. Across

Al-Ula at numerous sites there are hundreds of inscriptions, in Aramaic, Dadanitic, ‘Thamudic’, Minaic, Nabataean, Greek, Latin and Arabic. Jabal ‘Ikmah has been identifi ed as one of the largest open ‘libraries’ in Saudi Arabia and perhaps the most significant epigraphic site, containing hundreds of inscribed and relief inscriptions, mainly in Dadanitic and/or Lihyanic. Al-Aqra’a, a mountain north of the Al-Ula Valley, there are more than 450 early Arabic inscriptions. At Naqsh Zuhayr, to the east, others remain, including one of the oldest of the Islamic era, dated 24AH. This corpus and the thousands of pre-Arabic inscriptions make Al-Ula a natural place to study the development of the language. There are countless other sites for inscriptions and petroglyphs, currently being systematically documented.

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Al Areen Palace & Spa Bahrain An expression of understated charm and Arabian elegance, Al Areen Palace & Spa offers the perfect blend of relaxation and intimacy to the traveler. Bordering the spectacular grounds of the Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary, Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park, and the Bahrain International F1 Circuit, the resort is a perfect retreat that spans over 131,000 square meters. It features 78 luxuriously appointed villas which include 22 two-bedroom Royal Villas and 56 one-bedroom Desert Pool Villas each with their own private marble courtyard, swimming pool and an open-air, heated jet–pool along with modern entertainment facilities like high-definition LED TV’s, Bose Audio systems, DVD and CD players, and free WiFi. There is also a selection of international delights Khaleeji & Indian fusion cuisine at Saffron. Set amid a backdrop of enchanting panoramic scenery, every meal is an occasion to cherish and remember. Savour succulent East Asian specialties at Keizo restaurant located on a man-made island. You can also opt for a Romantic Island Dining in private gazebos at the lakeside of Keizo which offer a stunning and intimate set-up ideal for couples’ celebrations. Boasting the world’s most extensive spa and hydrotherapy garden, Al Areen Palace & Spa, is the highlight of any stay being the largest spa in the Middle East with its world-class technological complete body wellness center offering up-todate sporting and relaxation facilities. Including

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single and couple treatment rooms, vitality pool and hydrothermal garden, ice igloo, foot spa and the world’s largest modern day built Hammam, the ‘Live Your Life’ programs also encompass detox, re-energizing, weight optimization, remedy, holistic and beauty solutions. The award-winning spa and resort is supported by a health and fitness center, kids clubs, tennis and squash courts. The resort offers extensive range of wedding & event facilities that include 5 different indoor banquet venues of 1228 sqm space including a pre-function area, an outdoor tent (Al Qasr), and 2 restaurants that can be customized to host uniquely themed weddings and events. Assisted by a talented of event specialists -the staff at Al Areen ensure that every detail of your wedding is planned and executed to perfection. The various venues offer a truly elegant and sophisticated atmosphere to host amazing weddings, which are well complimented by the surroundings, the Arabian architecture of the property, the culinary skills of the chefs, and attention to detail. alareenpalace.com

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The Peninsula Paris The exquisitely restored spaces of The Peninsula Paris are complemented by contemporary art installations, furnishings and technology. Dazzling rooftop spaces and private terrace gardens offer 360° views and glamorous extras that make The Peninsula Paris a decidedly 21st century palace. As with all Peninsula Hotels, location is of prime importance and Paris is no exception. Just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe and Avenue des Champs Elysées at 19 Avenue Kléber in the heart of the elegant 16th arrondissement, The Peninsula sits close to some of the world’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury shopping districts. As one of the world’s oldest hospitality brands with a heritage dating back to 1866, The Peninsula Hotels seamlessly blends tradition and innovation, and unique Peninsula signatures - including the traditional Peninsula Afternoon Tea served in The Lobby, the pageboys, the Chinese door lion statues and the distinctive Rolls-Royce fleet, all underpinned by the supreme quality service for which The Peninsula Hotels is known - recreated in Paris. With interiors designed by The Peninsula Hotels’ in-house team and Henry Leung of Hong Kong-based Chhada Siembieda Leung Ltd and the architectural restoration spearheaded by Richard Martinet of Affine architecture & interior design, the building has been meticulously restored by teams of French master craftsmen, utilising traditional techniques in use for hundreds of years. With the aim of preserving the heritage, authenticity and the spirit of the building, together with the expansive volumes of the original rooms and public areas, original elements long gone or badly damaged were recreated following extensive research, and the décor dating back to 1908 reinstated in all its

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glory. Marble, stucco, mosaics, roof and wall tiles, wood carvings, stone work, gold leafing, paintings and a myriad of other elements have been lovingly preserved and painstakingly restored by some of France’s most revered family firms, dating back generations and more used to working on heritage projects such as the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles. Rising six storeys above Avenue Kléber, The Peninsula houses 200 luxurious rooms, including 34 sumptuous suites, with five featuring their own private rooftop gardens with spectacular views over Paris. Designed with the modern luxury traveller in mind, The Peninsula Paris guestrooms are among the largest in the city and the most technologically advanced in the world. In addition to the bedroom area, living room and bathroom, each room offers a selfcontained dressing room and walk-in closet, including a seated dressing table, the signature Peninsula valet box for discreet pick-up and delivery of laundry, drycleaning and polished shoes, a large electronic safe, a luggage rack for two suitcases, internet radio, weather display panel and a nail dryer. The Peninsula Paris boasts a collection of six dining venues offering a combination of the very best of France and The Peninsula - Le Lobby, LiLi Chinese restaurant, La Terrasse Kléber, L’Oiseau Blanc rooftop restaurant, bar and terrace, Le Bar and Le Lounge Kléber - a bar and a cigar lounge respectively - together with a range of meeting rooms, unique theme and terrace venues and a ballroom. With its spectacular terraces, gardens and skyline views, The Peninsula offers the finest accommodation, dining and service, standing majestically at the very heart of the city in a quintessentially Parisian peninsula.com/paris

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Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai Promising sheer indulgence, island seclusion and a fully packed roster of entertainment for all ages, Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai comprises of 301 stylish guest rooms. Seven room categories are offered to suit families of all sizes, from epic suites for larger groups to interconnecting rooms for the perfect balance of blissful space and close-knit togetherness. To keep young and old visitors alike entertained, the resort boasts two temperature-controlled outdoor infinity pools – one family-friendly and one for adults only – and access to 450 meters of pristine private beach. Those wanting a break from their sun lounger can book in to the newly launched roster of sea-based activities. From wakeboarding, jet skiing and parasailing for adrenaline junkies to photo cruises and yacht trips for families, everyone can take to the Arabian Gulf and create unforgettable memories. Bringing loved ones together at meal times, Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai boasts seven restaurants and bars to cater to every culinary whim. One dining highlight is Bacchanal – the sister restaurant to its original stateside outpost and

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named the best buffet restaurant in Las Vegas twice by USA Today. Here in the UAE, the restaurant will follow the same ‘more-is-more’ concept, with oversize open kitchens serving up a wealth of decadent dishes. From prime rib, chilled crab legs and oysters to handmade dim sum and baked-toorder soufflés, Bacchanal’s approach to lavish dining is set to become the stuff of Dubai legend. Other dining options at Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai include The Piazza serving traditional afternoon tea with home-baked scones, clotted cream and strawberry preserve plus refined patisserie, pool bar and grill The Sandbar with the freshest seafood inspired by sun-soaked afternoons in the South of France, a fusion of Mediterranean and Arabic flavours at Cleo’s Table and the best poolside light bites, burgers and salads on the island at Fortuna and Venus. The resort’s piece de resistance when it comes to dining is rooftop restaurant Paru – boasting the most spectacular views on Bluewaters and an eclectic culinary menu of contemporary Japanese dishes fused with a Korean-American

twist. The perfect spot to watch the sun set across the Arabian Gulf, guests can expect a bustling crowd sipping cocktails on the open-air roof terrace and tucking into exceptional fusion cuisine. Following in the legendary 50-year footsteps of its famous Las Vegas resort when it comes to epic entertainment Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai gives guests direct access to The Rotunda, a dedicated events destination showcasing an electrifying roster of high-flying headliners, trendsetting theatre acts, mind-blowing magicians and hilarious comedians. Another handy feature for parents and kids alike is the Empire Club – a kids club for Cherubs (ages 0-2), Gladiators (ages 3-7) and Centurions (ages 8-12) available to all junior guests – and joining soon Roam, a teen’s club for young adults. Accessible to all families staying at the resort, the colorful and activity-filled kids club and trendy teens hang out will help younger Caesars guests to shape their own vacation schedules. caesarsdubai.ae

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Mandarin Oriental Singapore The only property of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Singapore, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, is one of the city’s most luxurious hotels. The property features an impressive atrium lobby with 527 rooms and suites and a premium Oriental Club Lounge. All guestrooms offer spectacular views of the ocean, bay or city, and feature high-speed internet access. All rooms and suites are fitted with high quality surround sound system with mobile contents streaming options, providing enhanced in-room entertainment experiences. Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is located along Marina Bay and close to the heart of the Central Business District with easy access to Marina Square Mall, luxury boutiques and entertainment venues such as The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The hotel is steps away from The Singapore Flyer and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay; and a short stroll to Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre and Sands Expo and Convention Center. The hotel is also minutes from Orchard Road shopping district; and only 20 minutes’ drive

via the expressway from Changi International Airport and the Singapore EXPO. Offering the ultimate in privacy and featuring panoramic views of the city skyline, the Oriental Club Lounge exudes a contemporary and stylish design with oriental accents which complements the spacious Club rooms. The Club Lounge located on the 19th floor provides exclusive services to Club guests such as all day wines, beers and soft beverages, champagne breakfast, as well as afternoon tea and evening cocktails with gourmet delights. Other privileges include guaranteed late check-out till 4pm, high speed internet access, free local calls, luxurious amenities, choice of newspapers and bookings for Esplanade’s performances upon request. There are five restaurants and a lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, which include Cherry Garden that specialises in authentic Cantonese cuisine presented in a modern style; Dolce Vita, a poolside restaurant, offering Italian cuisine with a selection of fine wines; Melt Café, an all-day

restaurant with international cuisines. Unwind at MO BAR serving regionally curated cocktails and afternoon tea in a sophisticated space or visit BAY@5, an outdoor lounge by the pool, offers panoramic views of the city skyline and are ideal for evening cocktails. Morton’s The Steakhouse, America’s premier fine-dining steakhouse, opened its first restaurant outside of the United States at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. Teppan-Ya offers the sophisticated diner a refreshing new take on contemporary Japanese cuisine amidst magnificent city views. The stylish 25-metre outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by lush tropical landscape and is raised to different levels to emphasise spectacular views of the Singapore city skyline. The features will also include private cabanas, a bubble-jet children’s pool, a large cabana for intimate gatherings and private events as well as wet decks which allow guests to sunbathe while they enjoy the coolness of the water. mandarinoriental.com/singapore

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Al Areen Palace & Spa Bahrain Amidst an ambience of seclusion and luxury, Al Areen’s multi-award-wining Live Your Life offers a unique and exquisite haven for busy lives. Life Your Life offers services of integrated healthcare that seamlessly combine Western and Eastern medicines with the latest technology. Calm your mind and draw in the peacefulness of your surroundings as their certified therapist and health professionals offer you a suitable therapy. These wellness programs are available for one day or more. Live Your Life offers 2 different detox plans that are result proven and effective in a short duration of time at Al Areen’s well-being detox center in Bahrain: Dr. Detox and Green Detox. The Re-energizing Program offers a range of holistic spa treatments, yoga and meditation and more activities. Ranging from signature massages, to luxurious baths, sunrise yoga and moonlight meditation to a nature walk, all designed to relax and re-energize you.

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At Live Your Life, you can also join a weight loss program where you will get the skills and knowledge to balance your weight. A lush tranquil garden, Al Areen Spa Hydrothermal Garden is a sanctuary of wellness and rejuvenation. Guests can enjoy the therapeutic qualities of an extensive range of hydrothermal facilities. The array of facilities and therapies is much greater than can normally be experienced in a single visit. Drawing inspiration from ancient Middle-Eastern gardens, crowned by a grand dome, Live Your Life takes a holistic approach to physical and spiritual wellbeing by developed the luxury’s Garden Hammam. A heaven of space, warm and comfort, guests will enjoy a wide range of innovative water therapy that was created and inspired with the essence of an Arabian Hammam experience. alareenpalace.com

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Qua Spa Dubai Located at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Qua Spa is designed as a sanctuary fit for royalty, taking a holistic approach to enhance emotional and physical balance centered around five elements for perfect ‘Qi’ or energy. Boasting eight treatment rooms including two rooms for couples, signature facial and massage treatments, relaxation lounge and male and female facilities with rock saunas, aroma steam rooms, experience showers and ice fountains – Qua Spa offers an intimate spa experience like no other. Debuting in Dubai for the first time is the unique lyashi Dome, a treatment device exclusive to Qua Spa at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai. Inspired by traditional Japanese practice, ‘Suna Ryoho’ – where the locals bury themselves in the sand near hot springs on the beach to eliminate toxins – it uses cutting-edge technology to deeply cleanse the body, restore its balance and gain efficient and long-lasting slimming effects. Lasting 30-60 minutes, the patented Black Carbon technology stimulates the body with longwave infrared rays eliminating up to 1200ml of water and unwanted toxins, burning up to 600 calories

per session. Positive side effects such as weight loss and the reduction of cellulite, improvement of the skin quality and anti-aging – make it a must try for wellness connoisseurs looking for a serious detox. Based on hot sand therapy originally used in Ancient Egypt to treat medical ailments, Qua Spa’s groundbreaking Psammo Concept Quartz Bed is derived from the age-old concept of thermal therapy for mental and physical relaxation. Created by The Gharieni Group, the quartz sand bed treatment offers spa goers the chance to experience something truly special. Another signature of Qua Spa is its partnership with British beauty pioneer Carol Joy London, whose quest for ageless beauty has made her a firm favourite with the world’s experts in facial wellness. Known for discovering the potent power of combining clinically proven Pure Triple-Action Collagen and Refined Golden Millet Oil to achieve instant and transformational results, Carol Joy London products are used at Qua Spa for all facial treatments. caesars.com

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Mandarin Oriental Singapore A tranquil sanctuary and harmonious place of wellbeing, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is a stunning space designed by award-winning and renowned hospitality interior design firm, AB Concept. The intimate spa facilities include six treatment rooms, including two couples’ suites, a separate manicure-pedicure section, a tea lounge for relaxation and one-to-one consultation areas for highly personalised service. Steam rooms and experiential shower facilities that release aromatic scents alongside colored lights and varied water pressure and mists are also available for guests to complete their multisensory, unique and holistic spa journey. The luxurious private Spa Suites allow guests to share a therapeutic experience in a private, healing sanctuary. The VIP Treatment Suite features a couples’ vitality pool and a luxurious couples’ steam shower in bamboo-inspired marble. Each suite has been designed to provide a deep sense of relaxation and bliss for the body, soul and mind. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore offers a range of relaxing and results driven treatments, including the Group’s Signature Therapies and product line. Developed in consultation with specialists in traditional

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Chinese medicine and master aroma therapists, Mandarin Oriental’s Signature Therapies originate from Oriental philosophy, and combine the relaxing effects of massage with the benefits of bespoke custom-blended essential oils. Mandarin Oriental’s signature product line has been developed specifically for the Group by the award-winning UK based company, Aromatherapy Associates. Each aromatherapy-based product has been created according to the oriental principles of five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The products, which include a range of candles and travel-size oils, are also available for purchase, so that guests can continue using specific blends at home. Drawing on world inspired therapies and philosophies, a series of holistic treatments are also available. Guests can embark on a sensory journey with the unique Orchid Dream, which includes an orchid infused body scrub to exfoliate and reveal supple skin. A relaxing massage using essential oil of Orchid flowers is then liberally applied to enrich and moisturise while a warm aromatic shoulder wrap enhances the experience. mandarinoriental.com/singapore

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Refined TASTE Experience a culinary journey with award-winning and critically acclaimed restaurants from around the world.

Alain Ducasse at Morpheus Macau Paying homage to the great traditions and savoir-faire of French gastronomy, Alain Ducasse at Morpheus redefines fine dining with a contemporary vision and a sentimental approach to cooking. Located in Macau’s Morpheus hotel, the restaurant, designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, is an atmosphere of elegance that marries classic with tailored creations. It features unique pieces, like the otherworldly wooden sculptures of Pascal Oudet or an array of vintage kitchenware and tableware from Alain Ducasse’s personal collection. It is a place where taste is the restaurant’s raison d’être and the ultimate criteria of success. The restaurant serves as one of the few places in the world to possess an unparalleled presence from the gastronomy pioneer. Alain Ducasse at Morpheus sources produce from the best regions

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and harvested at their optimal time, highlighting a deep appreciation for nature and an intimate understanding of the seasons. Sourcing from small-scale farms and line-caught fish, the restaurant ensures unparalleled quality and a distinctive tasting experience. Located in Cotai, the beating heart of Macau’s dynamic entertainment scene, City of Dreams offers thrills in style with an innovative collection of experiences – electrifying entertainment, Michelinstarred dining, designer shopping, internationally renowned art, iconic architecture, and a diverse array of exclusive accommodation – all created in collaboration with visionary talent such as legendary chef Alain Ducasse. cityofdreamsmacau.com

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Bagatelle Dubai Known for its opulence and decadence, Dubai has become a leading city in the culinary world and a playground for the elite. Bagatelle Dubai is counted among the top restaurants in the city, and welcomes visitors from all over the world to experience the ultimate joie de vivre lifestyle. Just as its sister restaurants across the globe, Bagatelle Dubai is designed to reflect classic Parisian elements highlighted by bold artwork and pulsating music, keeping guests entertained and mesmerized every night. The Bagatelle Brand came to life when business partners Aymeric Clemente and Remi Laba shared a desire to translate their previous experience in Hospitality in an environment that stood a lot closer to their idea of what a modern dining destination should be like, and was in line with their own aspirations. Today, they feel very fortunate to be able to expand Bagatelle globally in 9 locations and counting, and to find that their restaurant values resonate so loudly amongst the global dining scene. Aymeric and Remi are most proud of all the beautiful memories they have helped their customers build as well as being a witness to many wonderful life celebrations. To them, Bagatelle is a lifestyle, a way of life, where Joie de Vivre is a constant driver. Signature dishes include Poulet Rôti Entier à la Truffe, which is whole truffled roasted chicken with baby potatoes chicken jus, and Gnocchi Truffés à la Parisienne de Nicolas, a delicious homemade choux pastry gnocchi truffle sauce and Parmesan. bagatelledubai.com

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11 Lili brings authentic Chinese cuisine to Paris in a stylish setting

13 Vapeur de filet de turbot au poivron rouge: steamed turbot filet with bell pepper

12 Echine de porc ibérique laquée: sliced barbecued Iberico pork glazed with malt sugar

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LiLi Paris With The Peninsula Hotels’ long heritage of award-winning Cantonese restaurants, LiLi promises to bring a new dimension to Chinese dining in Paris with sophisticated authentic Chinese gastronomy in a stylish setting. Located in the space that was once the dining room of the former hotel and taking as its theme the marriage of Chinese and French opera, LiLi is a dramatic setting – marble columns, original mouldings, midnight blue walls and chandeliers, sweeping lacquer-red curtains, a dome inspired by the sound stage of a hall in Shanghai, enormous deep blue and green tassels, stunning

art works and a revolutionary 3 sq m fibre-optic hanging at the entrance. With direct access to La Terrasse Kléber. Chef MA Wing Tak and his team aim to showcase authentic Cantonese cuisine, featuring typical Hong Kong specialities with an emphasis on fish and seafood dishes, dim sum and very authentic home-style cooking. Chinese tea is also a focus in LiLi, with over 9 types of leaves on offer, while a Chefs’ Table offers a close-up view of the kitchen action - seating eight for lunch or dinner and with a delicate blue and white mosaic décor reminiscent

of Chinese willow pattern chinaware, the Chefs’ Table offers a unique insight into the world of Chinese cuisine. With its collection of eclectic restaurant and dining options, The Peninsula Paris promises to bring a new dimension of dining to the City of Light. Open daily, six F&B venues showcase the very best of France and The Peninsula –Le Lobby, LiLi Cantonese restaurant, La Terrasse Kléber, Le Bar Kléber, Le Lounge Kléber and L’Oiseau Blanc rooftop restaurant, bar and terrace offering 360° views over Paris. peninsula.com

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Peck Milan Designed by the Milan-based studio Vudafieri-Saverino Partners, the new Peck is located in the CityLife Shopping District, the largest urban shopping district in Italy. Peck brings to the new vertical city - under the skyscrapers designed by internationally renowned architects - all the flavours, aromas and expertise that have made it the benchmark for high-quality foods and a well-known brand all around the world. The temple of haute cuisine, in Milan since 1883, arrives at the CityLife Shopping District, adding a new location to the historic shop and restaurant in the heart of Milan. Peck CityLife is introducing a new restaurant formula, whose theme is delicatessen eating. The new restaurant - 50 covers, open at lunch and dinner with two different menus – is not just the place you can go every day to enjoy a series of signature dishes such as rib of beef, saffron risotto with osso buco, veal Milanese - in addition to a constantly-changing offering of daily specials - but it is also a location where you can find a selection of the most iconic Milanese traditional dishes, such as boiled meats, cassoeula, spit-roasted meats or less common products such as pickled tongue or marbré. The tapas-style starter formula deserves a special

15 Peck’s restaurants are renowned for their high-quality foods 16 The restaurant’s new formula is delicatessen eating 17 Peck offers a selection of the most iconic Milanese traditional dishes 18 Assortments of Peck’s dishes, made to perfection 19 One of Peck’s signature dishes

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mention: designed for sharing, they are meant to evoke a social ritual of participation in tasting and to give the diners the opportunity to discover various flavours. The offering vary greatly and allow diners to explore the must-haves of Peck’s deli selection, such as Russian salad, pâté, prawn cocktail, sturgeon, veal in tuna sauce and Peck’s famous own-recipe bresaola. The wine bar showcases a selection of wines and spirits theatrically arranged on a striking wall which holds a selection of 150 label, both Italian and French. Just the tip of the iceberg compared to the more than 3000 labels - always available to order which make the shop on via Spadari, in the heart of Milan, the finest wine bar in Italy. The final surprise of this new opening is the bar of the cocktail station - decorated with handpainted tiles with a design taken from a historic photograph of Peck circa 1950 - entrusted to the skilled hands of Riccardo Brotto, supported by a staff of young bartender who have put together a cocktail list which blends the history of Peck with a modern twist. citylifeshoppingdistrict.it

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Zhen Wei Dubai Bringing authentic Pan-Asian cuisine with a contemporary twist to Dubai’s hottest island, Zen Wei opens its doors at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai. Specialising in delicate homemade dim sum and hand pulled noodles; the new restaurant takes city gourmands on a sensory journey straight to the streets of Hong Kong. Created by Dim Sum Master and Wok Chef, Head Chef Yang Tao (Frankie), Zhen Wei’s distinctive menu combines authentic Pan-Asian flavours and modern cooking techniques and presentation. Enticing dishes such as traditional Whole Beijing Duck, Kalbi-Spiced BBQ Short Ribs with kimchi and picked jalapeño chili and Cantonese Seabass with toasted sesame oil and soy sauce tantalize taste buds with exotic flavors of the east. One highlight of the menu is the 14-strong Dim Sum section which includes Hong Kong Chicken Char Siu Bao, Shanghai Pan-Fried Beef Bun and Four Seasonal Shrimp Crystal Bag. The Zhen Wei experience continues to the last bite, with distinctive signature desserts such as Cantonese Papaya Puff made with a crisp sweet pastry surrounding a papaya compote center and Spring Apple Sticky Rice Cake with chilled rice pudding. To wash it all down, guests can chose from a selection of traditional Chinese tea

including a rare Jasmine Pearl Tea, China Yunnan Green and China White Silver Needle sourced from the Fujian Province of China. Authentic dishes are amplified by a captivating interior and an exposed kitchen where guests can watch the freshly prepared, hand-pulled noodles and exceptional dim sum being created in front of them. Perfect for the winter months, Zhen Wei boasts an alluring open-air terrace with calming water pools and pretty alfresco garden, creating a serene ambiance for guests looking for a romantic dinner or peaceful lunch. Zhen Wei is located on Dubai’s newest island oasis and part of Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, the first ever non-gaming resort from the legendary Caesars brand. Unlike anything the Middle East has seen before, guests can expect a truly immersive encounter with a hotel group known around the globe for its fun-fused approach to luxury. Other epic dining experiences flown across the Atlantic from Las Vegas are delivered by the likes of awardwinning buffet restaurant Bacchanal and HELL’S KITCHEN from Michelin-starred chef and TV celebrity Gordon Ramsay. caesars.com

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Delectable Experiences Exploring culinary passions and nostalgic Italian cuisine with Giorgio Maggiono, Chef de Cuisine at Dolce Vita, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore.

What are some of the ingredients or sauces that we will always find in your kitchen? Your all-time favorites?

I would say I am in between balancing both as I always like to introduce traditional tastes of the Italian cuisine with a modern twist.

In my kitchen, you will find three essential ingredients: fresh herbs, extra virgin olive oil and my personal favourite, Parmigiano Reggiano.

When did you realize this was the career path for you?

What would you consider to be your signature dish or the one you are most proud of? One of my signature dishes is Rombo, which is available in Dolce Vita’s menu. Turbot is a highquality fish and I have accompanied it with a medley of other ingredients to balance its flavours nicely. How would you rank Italian cuisine among other fine dining cuisines? What makes it unique? Every cuisine has its own characteristic. Italian fare usually falls back to the authentic tastes of home and evokes a lot of nostalgia through food.

What was the most pleasant dining experience you have had at other restaurants? That has to be Three Michelin-starred Chef Enrico Crippa of Piazza Duomo in Italy. It was an unbelievable experience as quality and techniques were well presented in the dishes. Another restaurant in Shanghai that doles out one of the best Italian food is 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana.

Would you describe yourself as a modern chef or as a traditionalist?

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I’ve always had the passion for cooking. It started when I was young where I would learn from my mother every day in the kitchen. From then on, I never looked back and decided to make it into my career.

Do you have any influences or mentors that have shaped your methods in the kitchen? I would say Chef Alessandro Salvatico, in Armani Hotel Dubai, and Chef Jerome Lagarde, in At.Mosphere Dubai. They are role models that I look up to who believed in me wholeheartedly. I’ve learned a lot while working with them.

What advice would you give a novice chef who is just starting this career? Be determined and passionate about what you are doing, as you will be marrying this job. Always be open to new influences and changes around the world. It will be a bonus if you love travelling, as this will broaden your horizon and give you new perspectives required as a chef. mandarinoriental.com/singapore

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Heirloom beetroot, goat cheese, toasted macadamia, orange Ingredients • 1kg heirloom beetroot • 100g orange • 30g macadamia nuts • 50g milk • 100g cream • 30g olive oil • 100g goat cheese • 30g balsamic vinegar • Salt and pepper • Mixed salad leaves Method 1. Bake the heirloom beetroot in the oven at 180°C for 1.5 hours. 2. Once cooled, dice them and season with salt and pepper. 3. For the dressing, mix olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a bowl. 4. Using a blender, mix warm milk with cream and goat cheese to get a mousse. 5. Place the diced beetroot on a plate with orange segments and goat cheese mousse. 6. Garnish with macadamia nuts and mixed salad leaves. 7. Serves 4.

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Pan-Seared Turbot fillet, cauliflower texture, citrus, endive and caviar Ingredients • 1kg Turbot fish, washed and fillet into pieces of 150/160g per portion • 1kg cauliflower, washed • 200g milk • 2 pieces orange and grapefruit segments • 100g yellow endive • 15g caviar • 50g butter • 100g cream • 30g olive oil • Salt and pepper Method 1. In a pot, add half of the diced cauliflower, cream and milk. 2. Let it cook until the cauliflower is soft and ready to mash with a blender until a puree is formed. 3. Blanch the remaining cauliflower and set aside for garnish later. 4. Sear the turbot in a hot pan with olive oil and herbs. 5. Cook the yellow endive in saffron stock for 5 minutes. 6. In a plate, spoon the cauliflower puree and place the seared turbot. 7. Garnish with cauliflower, yellow endives, orange and grapefruit segments, and a spoon of caviar. 8. Serves 4

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Millefeuille, Chantilly cream, seasonal berries, sable crumble Ingredients • 150g cream • 3g vanilla beans • 250g puff pastry • 150g cream patisserie • 20g cookies • 300g mixed seasonal berries, washed • lemon • sugar • Raspberry ice cream • Fresh mint leaves Method 1. Cut the puff pastry in an oval shape and place it in a tray and bake in a hot oven. 2. Place the seasonal berries in a bowl and add a bit of lemon zest and lemon jus. 3. Make a traditional cream patisserie with hot milk, sugar and yolk, cook it for 15 minutes until a thick consistency is achieved. 4. Whip the cream with the vanilla beans and after mixed with the cream patisserie. 5. Arrange the dessert with the puff pastry, cream and fruits layer by layer for three times. 6. In a plate, place the millefeuille in the middle, sable crumble on the side and a spoon the raspberry ice cream on top. 7. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. 8. Serves 4.

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Cultural Cuisine One of Mexico’s most renowned culinary artists, Chef Jorge Vallejo has been impressing patrons at his fine dining establishment Quintonil for years. With a reputation that precedes him, it’s no wonder that Mahonia, Bahrain’s first fine dining degustation restaurant, extended an invitation to the talented chef to bring a taste of Mexico to the Kingdom. He speaks to Durrah about the recipe for inspiration and his unforgettable Four Hands Dinner at Mahonia.

Can you tell us about the Four Hands Dinner at Mahonia? What went into the 10-stage tasting menu and how was the overall experience? What I tried to do at Mahonia was to represent México as much as possible in the Middle East. The 10-course menu allowed me to give people the most similar experience to dining at Quintonil. I really enjoyed discovering new ingredients from the region with amazing quality and flavor such as dates and black lime. There’s also a great variety of sauces that I, of course, brought back with me to México so I can keep exploring them and try to incorporate them into my dishes.

What was your impression of Mahonia? We fell in love with the restaurant. It’s so beautiful and we always felt at home because of the warm people that are working there. They have a great team and we left very grateful for all the attention. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful places we’ve worked at.

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What made you decide on Bahrain as your next destination? We received the invitation from Mahonia and for us, in México, the Middle East is kind of “unknown”. This is why we were very curious and felt encouraged to go and discover new places. We also wanted to represent our country and share as much as possible of our Mexican culture.

When did you first realize you wanted a career in the culinary arts? I wanted to be a chef from a very young age. I was 16 years old and out of school. I was in need of a job so I decided to enter a restaurant and from that point on, I always knew I was going to be a chef.

What were the challenges facing you when you first opened Quintonil? Since the very beginning and even until now, we face challenges every day. We knew when we first opened that we wanted Quintonil to have high standards, so every decision had to be carefully made, from choosing the venue to choosing the

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furniture and plates. It was difficult because we were creating from scratch. Then after we opened, we constantly evolved, realizing that we had different needs over time. It was a challenge to keep evolving without losing track.

What would you recommend to a first-time customer at Quintonil? Patrons should go in with an open mind so they can fully enjoy the experience. We always welcome their feedback so we can make them as comfortable as possible. We want to welcome them as customers but say goodbye to them as friends.

What are your favorite ingredients to work with? That’s a very difficult question for me. I don’t want to compare myself to a painter but it’s like asking one what their favorite color is. To me, favoring only one ingredient is like missing the opportunity to create more. I consider every recipe I work with as my favorite, until I move on to the next one. However, we do try to keep it seasonal. For example, we are offering more seafood variety right now because it’s the season for good quality crabs and fish. When spring comes, we will offer dishes with fresh vegetables. We only use the highest quality ingredients. That’s part of the beauty of being a chef, you have many things to work with.

What qualities set Mexican cuisine apart from other cuisines? Mexican cuisine is diverse because the country itself is diverse. We have a lot of sea and many forests. We get great produce from the farms. When we get asked what is the flavor of Mexican cuisine, we say that we work with our heritage the most. Mexican food is very ancient. I would

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Other than Mexican, are there any other cuisines that you fell in love with? I always learn something new when I visit different parts of the world. It’s a great source of inspiration for me. For example, when I’m in Japan, I would try to learn about their techniques for preparing fish. When I visit France, I’m interested in their sophisticated techniques with vegetables. Even here in the Middle East, which is renowned for their use of various spices.

In your opinion, what are the skills required to be a successful chef? You have to be more open with your feelings. Aim to be a perfectionist. Have sensibility in the way you see everything. Inspiration can come from anywhere. It could be from a trip, from childhood, from chatting with people, or by art.

Speaking of inspiration, who were the biggest inspirations in your career? There have been many. For instance, my grandmother taught me how to make food with love. I also get inspiration from other chefs. For example, when I see how they approach their area. Inspiration can come from sculptures or paintings when you’re visiting a museum. Perhaps the colors would inspire you in your plating. Or if you smell something you really like, it could inspire you to experiment with aromas. Inspiration is everywhere. quintonil.com

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01 Chef Jorge Vallejo 02 Roasted eggplant with black garlic mojo, macadamia nuts, basil and “hoja santa” sauce 03 Braised oxtail in black “recado”, “chile habanero” and red glazed onions “au jus”

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04 Fish “barbacoa” in a grasshopper “adobo” with nixtamalized “ayocote” and “vaquita” beans 05 Charred avocado tartare with “escamoles” and Mexican herb chips

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Mindshattering Art After “Disintegrating” and “Disintegrating II”, the M.A.D.Gallery is pleased to present “Disintegrating X”: a stunning photograph of an exploding Lamborghini Miura SV from 1972 by renowned Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner.

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Living and working in New York, Fabian has carved out his reputation by fusing the fields of art and science, creating images appealing to heart and mind. Constantly exploring the boundaries between time, space and reality, he creates fictional moments and spaces, that look and feel absolutely real, yet aren’t. Through this, Oefner dissects the different components of reality and gives us a clearer understanding of how we perceive and define it. For the first time, Fabian Oefner has created one of his highly acclaimed Disintegrating images with a real car. And not just any car: it’s the iconic Lamborghini Miura SV from 1972. The creation of the image took almost two years. During that time, Oefner and his team travelled to the workshops surrounding the Lamborghini Factory in Sant’Agata/ Italy to capture each piece of the car as it was being restored. The final image, consisting of more than 1’500 individual photographs shows a new level of hyper-reality, that is unprecedented in the artist’s previous work.

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“It had always been my dream to create an art piece with a real car,” says Fabian Oefner. “One day, a friend said to me, ‘I have a Miura and I’m having it restored. Why don’t you take the opportunity to create one of your Disintegrating images?’ And of course, he didn’t have to ask me twice to work on one of my favorite cars, to get to touch every single screw and piece of that legend, and put them into a final composition... that’s a dream come true!” He added: “It took two years and thousands of photographs to realize this work, from the first time the idea came to me to the final printed image. I depended on the restoration times of the workshop and the challenge was to always keep in mind the vision that I had at the beginning.” The image is available in two sizes: 140x70cm limited to 18 prints + 2 artist editions, and 230x115cm limited to 8 prints + 2 artist editions. madgallery.net

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The latest from the world’s top luxury automotive manufacturers.

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01 The Bentayga Speed is the most powerful Bentayga produced so far 02 The ceramic brakes are the largest and most powerful ever fitted to a Bentley 03 The Bentayga Speed goes from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds

Bentley Bentayga Speed The Bentayga Speed features an enhanced 635 PS (626 bhp) version of the renowned 6.0-litre W12 engine that delivers a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h) and 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds. The performance pinnacle of the Bentayga range, Speed is equipped with four on-road Drive Dynamics modes: Comfort at one extreme, and Bentley and Sport at the other, with Custom for customers who opt to create their own driving set-up. Bentley Dynamic Ride is the world’s first electric active roll control technology that utilises an unrivalled 48V system. This system instantly counteracts lateral rolling forces when cornering and ensures maximum tyre contact to deliver class-leading cabin stability, ride comfort and exceptional handling. The Bentayga Speed’s ceramic brakes are the largest and most powerful ever fitted to a Bentley, with a maximum braking toque of 6,000 Nm and engineered to withstand temperatures up to 1,000 °C. They also save more than 20 kg over iron brakes. Designed, engineered and handcrafted in Great Britain, the Bentayga Speed is the most powerful and performance-oriented Bentayga to date. It builds on a long tradition of Speed models that was born with the Continental GT in 2007 and pushes the boundaries of Bentayga performance further since claiming the production SUV record at the gruelling Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last year. With a top speed of 190 mph, the Bentayga Speed is our most powerful and performanceoriented variant to date. To match the elevated levels of performance, the Bentayga Speed sports a purposeful exterior look. Dark-tint headlights, body-coloured side skirts and a striking tailgate spoiler hint at the SUV’s performance credentials. Dark-tint radiator and

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bumper grilles, a unique 22-inch wheel design available in three finishes and Speed signature badging add to the sporting design cues. Inside, the Bentayga Speed introduces a dramatic design theme. This includes elegantly crafted ‘swooshes’ around the door and door grab, on the edge of the seat cushions and backrest bolsters, and on the lower console; a new contrast stitching on the diamond quilting; discreet Speed badging; a Speed illuminated treadplate signature; and the use of Alcantara materials for the first time in a Bentayga. As with all Bentaygas, the all-wheel-drive Speed is equipped with Electronic Differential Lock and up to eight Drive Dynamics modes. Bespoke engineering revisions to the Sport mode provide a more dynamic drive, while a greater exhaust character and firmer suspension tune further increase driver engagement. Customers can personalise the Bentayga Speed to their own requirements with a range of exclusive options. Among them are carbon ceramic brakes, 22-way adjustable front seats with massage function, carbon fibre fascia panels, Bentley rearseat entertainment (RSE) and mood lighting. Go-anywhere driving ability and imperious luxury are the hallmarks of the Bentley Bentayga. Powerful, individual and exquisite in equal measure, the Bentayga is for those who demand luxury without compromise. The multi-awardwinning Bentayga set the luxury SUV benchmark, offering customers the ultimate Grand Touring experience unrestricted by landscape or conditions. Sculpted with an elegant, timeless execution, the Bentayga’s style perfectly balances athleticism with confidence. bentleymotors.com

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Aston Martin Valkyrie With the first Aston Martin Valkyrie prototypes beginning to take shape, now is the time to reveal the full performance figures delivered by Aston Martin Valkyrie’s hybrid powertrain. The heart of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s powertrain is its clean sheet Cosworth-built 65° naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine. Evoking the spine-tingling, ultra-high-revving F1TM engines of the 1990s, but benefitting from two decades of progress in design, material and manufacturing expertise, it sets exceptional new standards for maximum rpm and weight. With a certified peak power output of 1,000bhp (or 153.8 bhp-per-litre) at 10,500rpm, it can continue on to a maximum 11,100rpm. This is a world first for a naturally-aspirated, emissions-compliant road car. Peak torque is 740Nm at 7,000rpm. These peak outputs are purely delivered by the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine), with a further performance boost delivered by the battery hybrid system. When describing the powertrain of a traditional road car, or even a conventional hybrid road car, it is easy to separate the main components and describe their individual roles. In the Aston Martin Valkyrie, where the design and engineering

of each and every part has been approached with the meticulous ethos of Red Bull Advanced Technologies, out of their Formula One® DNA for maximum efficiency and ultimate performance, many key components do more than one job. Using the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s powertrain as an example, both the V12 engine and gearbox casing act as stressed members of the vehicle structure. The latter provides rear suspension mounting points, while also helping provide even greater structural rigidity and eliminating the weight of an additional rear subframe. The battery pack integrates all relevant subsystems and serves as the carrier for the vehicle’s power electronics, while in addition to its Power Boost and Energy Recovery System functions, the E-Motor aids the mechanical performance of the gearbox. Aston Martin Valkyrie exemplifies intelligent engineering wherever you look. A KERS-style boost system akin to those fitted to F1TM cars, the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s hybrid system has been developed by two main technical partners; Integral Powertrain Ltd, who supplied the bespoke electric motor, and Rimac for the lightweight hybrid battery system.

As a result, the full hybrid system contributes an additional 160bhp of power and a further 280Nm of available torque with the certified max power output of Aston Martin Valkyrie standing at a stunning 1,160bhp @ 10,500rpm. Equally, with the full hybrid system, peak torque will stand at 900Nm @ 6,000rpm. Vice President & Special Vehicle Operations Officer, David King said, “Aston Martin Valkyrie is set to be the ultimate hypercar in the automotive world and these performance figures underline that statement. Red Bull Advanced Technologies, Cosworth, Rimac and Integral Powertrain Ltd. have been fantastic partners in the development of this powertrain, ensuring that we have already created a hybrid system that is emissions-compliant and ready to begin fitting to our first physical prototypes. I am, as I’m sure the rest of the world is, incredibly excited to see and hear the first of these cars on track”. Development of the Aston Martin Valkyrie continues under the guidance of Aston Martin Lagonda, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and project partner AF Racing. astonmartin.com

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Ferrari Portofino The perfect combination of performance, versatility and luxury Ferrari Portofino, a blend of outright performance and versatility in addition to a level of driving pleasure and on-board comfort that is unparalleled in the market. The Ferrari Portofino was name after one of the most charming villages on the Italian Riviera, the epitome of stylish elegance. The car represents the most versatile model in the brand’s range, as it was designed by the Ferrari engineers to be driven every day. The Portofino effortlessly converts from an authentic ‘berlinetta’ coupé to a drop-top capable of delivering a unique Ferrari soundtrack and unrivalled driving pleasure in everyday situations. While the Portofino’s exterior exudes a stylish compactness and instantly marks out its GT vocation, its cabin too has also been carefully designed and developed. The Ferrari Design team pinpointed certain specific essential requirements, the foremost of these being formal and functional coherency between the car’s exterior and its interior, weight reduction and creating more space for occupants. Seen in plain view, the cockpit’s symmetrical arrangement and the improved rear seat space are clear. 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 which, itself, was clearly conceived to act as a

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divider between driver and passenger. Lastly, the infotainment system functionalities are controlled via the 10.25” touchscreen located at the centre of the dash within easy reach of both driver and passenger. The successor of the Ferrari California, the Portofino has a V8 engine producing a massive 600 horsepower which allows it to accelerate from 0 to 200 km/h in just 10.8 seconds. Starting with the V8 power unit, which has won the outright International Engine of the Year award for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017, Ferrari’s engineers worked on several different fronts to deliver a power output of 600 cv at 7500 rpm, the equivalent of 156 cv/l, introducing new mechanical components as well as specific engine management software.  One of the Ferrari Portofino’s most impressive features is that it is significantly lighter than the California T. To achieve this, the Prancing Horse engineers worked extensively on every aspect of the car. Other areas on which weight was shaved off were various components of the electronics, engine and exterior.  The result is that the car is 80 kg lighter than the California T. ferrari.com

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Maserati Levante MY19 Maserati installed an upgraded version of its powerful Twin Turbo V8 engine under the bonnet of the Levante to deliver two of the fastest SUVs ever built. It is for the first time that Maserati mates the mighty Twin Turbo V8 with its Q4 Intelligent AllWheel Drive system. The V8 engine is an evolution of the power unit fitted in the flagship Quattroporte GTS. It maintains the same 3.8-litre capacity and the V900 architecture but has been re-engineered and significantly upgraded to deliver significantly higher power output, from 550hp in the Levante GTS to 590hp in the Levante Trofeo. Peak torque has climbed to 730 Nm at 2,250 to 5,000 rpm on both versions. Like any modern Maserati petrol engine, the Twin Turbo V8 has been developed in cooperation with Ferrari and is assembled in its state-of-the art factory in Maranello. This is the Maserati engine with the highest specific output in history (145-156 hp/litre), Modena’s most powerful V8 ever and second only to the glorious aspirated V12 that was fitted in the road legal version of the Maserati MC12. The mighty Twin Turbo V8 engine has been revised to accommodate the Q4 Intelligent AllWheel Drive system. In order to make space for the drive shaft towards the front axle, Maserati designed a new crankcase with specific crankshaft assembly, new oil pump and auxiliary belt, as well

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as a different electric wiring layout. With 430hp of power at 5,750 rpm and 580 Nm of torque in Sport mode between 1,750 and 5,000 rpm, Levante S delivers a powerful driving experience. In Normal driving mode, the torque rises to 500 Nm in the lower rev range, reaching the 580 Nm maximum at 5,000 rpm. The design concept of the Levante combines coupé lines with interior space for five people and exceptional aerodynamic efficiency. The Maserati of SUVs is instantly recognisable from a distance, thanks to its imposing grille, which was inspired by the sensational Alfieri concept, but also pays homage to historic Maserati cars like the Tipo 60 Birdcage. The silhouette flows along the side of the car from the feline headlights to the characteristic Maserati rear pillar, creating a coupé look that is enhanced by frameless doors – a characteristic feature of modern Maserati cars. The muscular shape of the rear haunches underscores the car’s genuinely Italian style. This unmistakable Levante design has reached new levels of sportiness in the new top of the range GTS and Trofeo versions, which have also been a source of inspiration for the restyling of the GranSport exterior. The elegant, sport-oriented restyling is focused on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper.

The interior design of the Levante is focused either on luxury or sportiness, respectively in the GranLusso and GranSport trims. The spacious cabin blends innovative solutions, such as the state-of-the art infotainment system, with precious materials like the newly introduced full-grain Pieno Fiore natural leather. Abundant space for five passengers, fine selection of premium materials, state-of-the art human machine interface and front - rear passenger compartments in sheer harmony are some of the first class features in the cabin of the Levante. The dashboard is designed around the 8.4” Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC+) display, which features updated graphics and improved A/C functions for MY19. The central console neatly accommodates a new gearshift lever and a revised button cluster for the driving modes, the characteristic double rotary knob for basic infotainment functions and the air suspension height setup switch. The Levante is second to none in its class in terms of interior space. The rear seats comfortably accommodate three passengers providing them generous headroom, with the two outer seats also offering maximum comfort and lateral restraint. maserati.com

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11 The Levante is instantly recognisable from a distance thanks to its imposing grille 12 The Levante is instantly recognisable from a distance thanks to its imposing grille 13 The Levante’s design combines coupÊ lines and aerodynamic efficiency

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14 The Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ features a 6-cylinder in-line engine that generates 435 hp 15 The interior has a sporty feel 16 The AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed automatic transmission promises agility 17 The GLE 53 4MATIC+ has seven drive programmes

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Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Mercedes-AMG launches its performance offering for the new GLE generation with the AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+. The new Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ is powered by a 3.0-litre engine featuring twinturbocharging and an electric auxiliary compressor. The 6-cylinder in-line engine generates 320 kW (435 hp) and delivers maximum torque of 520 Nm (384 Ib/ft). Its EQ Boost starter generator provides an additional 16 kW of output plus 250 Nm of torque and fuels the 48 V on-board electrical system. The EQ Boost starter-alternator combines a starter motor and alternator in a powerful electric motor and is fitted between the engine and transmission. This innovation as well as the intelligent charging via an electric auxiliary compressor and an exhaust gas turbocharger all have the same goal: to enhance the hallmark AMG performance and driving dynamics, but also to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. And this move has been a successful one: The GLE 53 4MATIC+ accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds and achieves an electronically limited speed of 250 km/h. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed automatic transmission (TCT = Torque-Clutch Transmission) ensures emotional gear shifting with extremely short shift times. It is optimally tuned to the engine

and promises agile pulling off typical of AMG as well as speedy shifting – regardless of an automatic or manual transmission via the steering wheel shift paddles, upshifts or downshifts are implemented instantly especially in the “Sport+” and in manual driving modes, where the transmission is very responsive. Multiple downshifting enables fast bursts of speed, while the double-clutching function makes shift operations acoustically more emotional. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9-speed automatic transmission (TCT = Torque-Clutch Transmission) ensures emotional gear shifting with extremely short shift times. It is optimally tuned to the engine and promises agile pulling off typical of AMG as well as speedy shifting – regardless of an automatic or manual transmission via the steering wheel shift paddles. Upshifts or downshifts are implemented instantly. Especially in the “Sport+” and in manual driving modes, the transmission is very responsive. Multiple downshifting enables fast bursts of speed, while the double-clutching function makes shift operations acoustically more emotional. The GLE 53 4MATIC+ has seven drive programmes: The levels “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual” are complemented by two off-road-specific settings: “Trail” and

“Sand”. AMG DYNAMIC SELECT adapts important parameters such as the responsiveness of the engine and transmission, the characteristic curve of the accelerator and steering, the suspension damping or even the vehicle’s sound. Selected using the paddle in the centre console or the AMG steering wheel buttons, the programmes are then visualised in the instrument cluster and on the multimedia display. The GLE 53 4MATIC+ can be recognised by the characteristic red colour accents. This starts with the seats, fitted as standard with covers in ARTICO / microfibre DINAMICA man-made leather black with red contrasting topstitching. They not only offer optimal lateral support, but also have an AMG-specific design and “AMG” badge in the front seat backrest. The top part of the instrument panel is covered in ARTICO man-made leather. The black roof liner and the trim elements in aluminium brushed with light longitudinal grain underscore the sporty appearance. Further elements to individualise the interior include different leather seat covers and a wide range of high-quality trim elements, among other items. The carbon AMG trim elements impart a particularly sporty feel to the interior. mercedes-benz.com

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The latest and most exclusive luxury items for men

MB&F L’epee 1839 Medusa In its tenth collaboration with Switzerland’s premier clockmaker, L’Epée 1839, MB&F plunges into warm ocean waters where the beautiful and ancient jellyfish proliferate. Medusa is a dual-configuration clock, housed in hand-blown Murano glass, that can be ceiling mounted or stood upon a desk. In the form of one of the most compelling yet mysterious creatures of the sea, Medusa blends exceptional artisanal skill with Swiss horological precision, and introduces new frontiers in both. mbandf.com

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Louis Vuitton Horizon Stripes Earphones Louis Vuitton has entered the audio market with a collection of unique wireless earphones, featuring cutting-edge technology. These new portable companions remain faithful to Louis Vuitton’s timeless values of luxury, to its spirit of travel and outstanding creativity. The design features black polished acetate body and matte black monogram flowers. The left earphone has bleu clair/bleu de France stripes and “L” logo, and the right earphone has yellow/orange stripes and “V” logo. eu.louisvuitton.com

Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandouliere 50 Virgil Abloh brings his youthful vision to the House’s beloved Keepall Bandouliere 50 by adding several striking tweaks to the iconic design. The hallmark Monogram motif is accented with a matt orange chain for an urban twist. A removable leather shoulder strap featuring a matte black chain adds versatility and further contributes to the contemporary style. eu.louisvuitton.com

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Titleist All-Black 718 AP2 And AP3 Irons Titleist released the 718 AP2 and 718 AP3 irons in August 2017, and the chrome-finished clubs have found their way into bags of tour players and recreational golfers alike. Now, the company has announced it has released black-finished versions of the clubs. The 718 AP2 is designed to have a blade length and look at address that appeals to tour pros and better players. But thanks to internal tungsten weights in the heel and toe areas of the 3-7 irons, the AP2 has the forgiveness and stability of a gameimprovement iron. The 718 AP3 long and mid-irons (3-7) were designed with a cast 17-4 stainless steel body and a thin, unsupported 455 stainless steel face. They are hollow, and the faces wrap under the leading edge and extend into the sole, allowing the hitting area to flex more efficiently at impact for increased distance. titleist.com

S.T. Dupont Picasso Lighter S.T. Dupont presents a unique limited edition in tribute to one of the main masterpieces of the 20th century drawn by the greatest Pablo Picasso: Profil de femme from the year 1965. This limited edition is a Ligne 2 with black Natural Lacquer and features the Picasso design and Picasso signature engraved in silver, and palladium finishing. st-dupont.com

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Hermes Samarcande Chess Set Chess is simple at a glance, but far more complex once you begin to play. As it is with the Hermes Samarcande Chess Set. Named for the Uzbek city famous for its Registan plaza, the set’s painstakingly carved pieces are mostly abstract representations of the King, Queen, Knights, Rooks, Bishops, and Pawns, each with its own delightful details. Both the pieces and the board are made from Java solid rosewood and Mahogany, meaning it should last a lifetime or more with proper care. hermes.com

Supreme New York Pearl X Supreme Studio Select Drum Set The streetwear icon makes its way to the stage in the Pearl x Supreme Studio Select Drum Set. This five-drum set includes a 22” x 18” bass, 10” x 7” and 12” x 8” toms, a 16” x 16” floor tom, and a 14” x 5.5” snare, crafted using six-ply, 5.4mm birch or African mahogany shells. All five are wrapped with the Supreme logo and are accompanied by a set of Zildjian cymbals complete with chrome-finish stands. supremenewyork.com

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Gucci Medium backpack with NY Yankees patch In a collaboration that stemmed from the Creative Director’s love for his Yankees baseball hat, Gucci incorporated a mix of Major League Baseball teams into the Cruise 2019 collection. Reworked within the eclectic narrative, the New York Yankees patch is displayed on Original GG canvas. gucci.com

Versace Medusa Lumiere Ashtray 16 cm The Versace “Medusa Lumière” 16 cm Ashtray comes tastefully nested in a gift box. The frosted head of the mythical Medusa engraved in the transparent crystal bestows elegance to the octagonal shaped ashtray and gives highlighted accents to any table surface it will stand upon. This is a collection which plays with elegance, sophistication and simplicity. The brilliance and the timeless look, together with the satin finish of the Medusa emblem embellishes the articles of this line enhanced by a glamour which is typical of the Versace style. versace.com

Wolf 1834 Regent 12 Piece Cabinet Winder Modern lines, grand presence, and high-tech control, The Regent is a true watch aficionado’s must-have. This innovative watch winder allows for total control of each of your timepieces using the WOLF app from any iPhone or Android device. The hand finished wood and polished chrome exterior are melded together perfectly. Regent will keep perfectly wound and protected 12 watches, while the drawer accommodates additional watch storage for 7 watches and has a travel case for 3 that can also be used for bracelets and has a hidden inner compartment for those most precious things. wolf1834.com


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My Wish List The latest and most exclusive luxury items for women

Gucci Star Eye Vase This Richard Ginori porcelain vase features the Star Eye print–a mystical motif that pays homage to the House’s connection with outer space and the eye, which is often referred to as the gateway to the soul. The vase is characterized by coiled snakes—a House code—that make up the handles and can be matched with coordinating pieces from the collection. gucci.com

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Louis Vuitton Greeting Cards Petite Malle With this set of three origami cards, the iconic Petite Malle is transformed into a fun and smart way to send greetings. Featuring high-quality paper and a sophisticated design, it evokes a strong touch of Louis Vuitton. eu.louisvuitton.com

Dolce&Gabbana Jewel Micro-Bag with Chain This jewel micro-bag comes in metal with light gold finish and bejeweled heart edged with micro pearls and hand applied filigree. It features a detachable chain in light galvanized gold. It’s to be used exclusively as a decorative accessory, and not designed to carry liquids. dolcegabbana.com

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Cartier Exceptional Ménagerie De Cartier Clock with Panthère Pixels Exceptional Ménagerie de Cartier clock with Panthère pixels marquetry is made from sycamore wood, jata wood, eucalyptus wood, Bolivar wood, maple wood, birch wood, malachite, and motherof-pearl, with palladium-finish 925 sterling silver. It features grained silvered guilloché dial, black Roman numerals, palladium-finish sword-shaped hands, silver-toned obsidian stand, and 6002 MC mechanical movement with 8-day power reserve. Limited edition of 20 individually numbered pieces. cartier.ae

Christofle Mood Karl Lagerfeld Karl Lagerfeld designed an exclusive edition of MOOD. From this very exclusive association came a creation inspired by the Art Deco movement. The graphic and architectural lines of the pattern contrast with MOOD streamlined and sleek outlines. The signature of Christofle and Karl Lagerfeld are engraved on the case. MOOD opens to reveal a 24-piece set of silver-plated decorated flatware, and each piece is stamped with the Karl Lagerfeld silhouette. This edition limited to 500 pieces is numbered and signed, delivered with its certificate. christofle.com

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Anya Smells Anya Smells is a collection of nine candle fragrances in two sizes and three innovative ceramic diffusers that are inspired by scents that evoke happy memories for Anya. Each candle or diffuser is finished with a graphic from the Anya Hindmarch Sticker Shop to add a signature dose of humour. Part of an ongoing commitment to recreating the everyday in an extraordinary way, each fragrance has been created using the finest raw materials and the candles are hand-poured in England. anyahindmarch.com

Gucci Globe-Trotter LeatherTrimmed Floral-Print Fiberboard Suitcase Gucci’s carry-on suitcase is created in collaboration with English luggage brand Globe-Trotter. Expertly handcrafted from fiberboard and leather in the heritage brand’s Hertfordshire, England atelier, it’s printed with painterly blooms, dainty stars and the Italian house’s signature red and green stripes. It has a canvas-lined interior that’s perfectly sized to stow weekend essentials. Boarding your flight will be a breeze, thanks to the 360-degree wheels. net-a-porter.com

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Fendi Wireless Headphones These wireless headphones come in a round case containing two wireless headphones. They feature an internal battery that lasts up to 60 hours and a USB port that allows them to be used as a power bank. The headphones connect to compatible devices via Bluetooth and are compatible with all smartphones. Made of pale pink leather with new Fendi logo shaped appliqué with gold-finish metalware. fendi.com

MCM Stark Backpack in White Logo Visetos Bring your life on the go with our latest generation of logo-laden backpacks fit for the urban nomad. Designed with graded “M” studs and our classic Visetos print coated canvas, it’s a modern marvel of performance with an edge. Streetwise and multifunctional, its carabiner zippered exterior pocket and laptop-ready interior pocket make it an essential for everyday exploration. us.mcmworldwide.com

Dior Tete De Mort Skull Ring In 18k Yellow Gold, Diamonds, Amethyst and Tsavorite Garnets Designed by the Creative Director of Dior Joaillerie, Victoire de Castellane, Tête de Mort is a symbolic collection that resonates the eternal spirit of sophistication in life. The couturier has given birth to three rings and three necklaces in yellow, rose and white gold from the Tête de Mort jewelry collection. Each piece from this collection recites a precious tale that is very much reserved and they do not reveal the all their secrets at the first glance. These jewels reinterpret the Latin phrases “Memento Mori” and “Carpe Diem”, two precepts that remind us to be able to sense and make use of every opportunity that comes every moment. dior.com

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Join us for Mara’ee Bahrain 2019 and experience all that Bahrain’s animal life has to offer! From falcons to flamingos, magnificent horse shows to daring cowboys, there is something for everyone. Highlights include the incredible Shaun the Sheep Show and Championsheeps, the amazing Al Areen Inflatable Park and a special area dedicated to the many animals from the Al Areen Wildlife Park. There really is something for all the family!

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BOOK REVIEW

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A Unique Journey Awali: The Story of a Unique Township.

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Published by Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), ‘Awali: The Story of a Unique Township’ is the product of thorough research. The book documents the evolution of the Awali township from a simple settlement consisting of bunkhouses for Bapco employees to a well-planned urban community with modern landmarks. It highlights the township’s close links with Bapco, detailing how their growth occurred along the same timeline. The book provides ample information about Awali’s key historical landmarks, such as Awali Hospital, which was reported to be opened by His Highness Shaikh Salman, the grandfather of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. The

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hospital had Bahrain’s first hyperbaric chamber, acquired to help Bapco’s diving department which was in charge of maintaining its tankers. Another key aspect covered in the book is Awali’s close connection with sports activities, being the location of Bahrain’s first bowling hall, which opened in 1962, and home to some of Bahrain’s renowned cricket, Bahrain’s premier golf clubs, and other sporting clubs today. The book even explains how Awali (which means ‘high place’ in Arabic) gained its name. It also lists all the major milestones that have shaped Awali’s history, from BAPCO’s establishment in 1929 to the recent BAPCO Aramco oil pipeline launch 2018.

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01 ‘A Unique Journey’ book cover 02 Friendly camaraderie and social occassions keep spirits up and homesickness at bay for expatriate families. c1950 03 The Awali Hospital Maternity Centre. c1955

04 Laid out in the style of a small western town or suburban development, trees and gardens flourishing in the midst of desert. c 1961 05 A View of Awali Settlements. c1930

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06 Awali Post Office. c1960 07 Men at work below a beautiful stained glass window in the church. c1960

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‘Awali: The Story of a Unique Township’ is a treasure trove of information about one of Bahrain’s most unique and historical towns, and an essential addition to any bookshelf dedicated to books about Bahrain’s history. The stories and events come alive through the abundance of photographs that captured the essence of those times, making it a nostalgic experience for those who long to stroll down memory lane, and a precious resource for younger readers who want to learn about the Kingdom’s past.

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The Formula 1 Mara’ee 2019 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2019 All eyes are already looking ahead to the biggest and most highly anticipated racing and entertainment event on the calendar: the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2019. Motor racing’s favourite night race has been penciled in for March 28-2930-31 as the second of 21 rounds in the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The Grand Prix is set to be another brilliant spectacle under the stars, with all of motorsport’s most popular teams and drivers letting sparks fly under floodlights. It is noteworthy that Bahrain Grand Prix tickets are amongst the most affordable in the Formula 1 World Championship, and fans will surely get their money’s worth with not only a packed programme of racing, but also plenty more to enjoy off the track with family entertainment and live musical performances from world-renowned artists. bahraingp.com

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The Bahrain Animal Production Show - Mara’ee, under the Royal patronage of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, embarks on its fifth edition this year with a host of exciting new shows and activations. The show’s opening ceremony is proud to welcome the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art to present their classical show, featuring the magnificent Lusitanian horses of Alter Real, for His Majesty and guests. The ceremony will also present the exclusive animal-themed art works of renowned international artists such as David Noalia (Spain), Daniela Nikolova (Greece), Oussama Mahassine (Morocco), sculptor John Lopez (USA) and Christine Schübel (Germany) in a gallery. Started as an initiative to promote animal farming in Bahrain, the show brings focus to the local animal farming industry and domestic animals and birds. With a track record of overwhelming public attendance in previous shows, Mara’ee this year looks forward to greet visitors with brand new features and activations such as the Al Alreen Wildlife display, Shaun The Sheep Show and the Championsheeps games, the Animal Barn. Visitors can also look forward to viewing a larger collection of birds and farm animals, an expanded Farmers’ Market, and to meet colourful roving themed entertainers. The show will be open to the public daily from 11am to 9pm, 1013th April 2019.

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Durrah Issue 43  

Luxury, lifestyle quarterly magazine for the Middle Eastern market

Durrah Issue 43  

Luxury, lifestyle quarterly magazine for the Middle Eastern market