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UAE PEPTIDES

HOROLOGY

BLANCPAIN’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE FIFTY FATHOMS

PATEK PHILIPPE RAINBOW REPEATER

HUBLOT A REVOLUTIONARY LEAP

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AUTOMOTIVE

KOENIGSEGG GRIPEN ATELIER

MERCEDES AMG LUXURY PERFORMANCE

DESTINATIONS

JOURNEY TO AZORES

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CONTENTS

34 AMY DURNFORD

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42 PATEK PHILIPPE Reimagining Iconic Timepieces

44 BLANCPAIN FIFTY FATHOM TECH

48 HUBLOT’S GROUNDBREAKING WATCHMAKING TECHNOLOGY

50 BELL & ROSS Motorcycling-Inspired Watch Excellence

52 HERMÈS’ FUSION OF HOROLOGY AND MOTORSPORT

54 DIOR Haute Couture Meets Timekeeping

AUTOMOTIVE

56 KOENIGSEGG GEMERA Automotive Innovation Redefined

58 2024 MERCEDES-AMG CLE53 Luxury Performance Evolved

60 GENESIS’ DIGITAL LEAP IN AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN

62 2024 LEXUS GX Luxury SUV Reinvented

64 2025 PORSCHE MACAN EV Electric SUV Revolution

22 MARC HAYEK’S CRUSADE FOR OCEAN CONSERVATION INTERVIEWS
MIKE HORN’S Adventures and Environmental Missions
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DEAN HENRY on Wellness
Functional Medicine HOROLOGY
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MASTER OF MATERIALS

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ARTICLES

66 OCEANSHOT

Leading Coral Reef Restoration

DESTINATION

68 THE AZORES

Europe’s Volcanic Paradise

ARTICLES

70 EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

72 FAST FEET GRINDED Innovating Shoe Recycling

74 REWIRED SUMMIT 2023

Education Meets Climate Action

76 REVOLUTIONIZING LIVING

DESTINATION

80 COSTA RICA Adventure and Luxury Combined

STYLE

82 TOP 10 LUXURY FASHION ESSENTIALS

84 EKSTER WALLET Style, Security, and Tech

85 NIKE BOOK 1S Celebrating Footwear Legacy

86 PANGAIA AND POLESTAR Sustainable Fashion Journey

GADGETS

88 BELKIN’S REVOLUTIONARY WIRELESS CHARGING

90 2024’S TOP HEADPHONES Ultimate Audio Experience

91 2024’S EXCITING TECH GADGETS PREVIEW

DESTINATION

92 UDAIPUR Cultural and Elegant Haven

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the Winter 2024 Edition of Global Citizen Magazine. This edition brings you a curated selection of insights, innovations, and inspirations from around the globe, covering a wide array of themes from ocean conservation to luxury lifestyle.

We start with Marc A. Hayek’s journey in ocean preservation, highlighting the transition from personal passion to corporate responsibility. Our exclusive interviews include an enlightening conversation with adventurer Mike Horn on his environmental initiatives and Dean Henry on wellness, emphasising functional medicine and fitness.

For horology enthusiasts, we feature the latest innovations from prestigious brands such as Patek Philippe, Hublot, and Hermès, showcasing the fine art of watchmaking. The automotive section explores the evolution of Koenigsegg’s Gemera and the advancements of Porsche’s 2025 Macan EV, reflecting the fast-paced changes in the automotive world.

We also transport you to the Azores and Costa Rica, destinations that offer luxurious retreats amidst nature. Highlighting sustainability, we delve into shoe recycling with Fast Feet Grinded and coral reef revival through the OceanShot initiative, underscoring the importance of environmental stewardship.

Our style and gadgets sections present the latest trends and technological advancements, from luxury fashion to anticipated tech gadgets of 2024, embodying elegance and innovation.

As the world faces challenges and opportunities, Global Citizen Magazine is committed to providing stories that inform, inspire, and spark conversation. We hope this edition enhances your understanding of the global landscape’s diversity and evolution.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. We look forward to exploring the world together.

Warm regards,

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DIVING DEEP WITH MARC A. HAYEK: UNVEILING THE DEPTHS OF PASSION AND PRESERVATION

From Childhood Wonder to Corporate Responsibility: The Journey of Blancpain’s CEO in Championing Ocean Conservation.

Marc A. Hayek’s journey from a child mesmerised by the enigmatic beauty of the ocean to the President and CEO of Blancpain is a tale of passion turned purpose. His early fascination with the underwater world has not only shaped his personal life but also profoundly influenced his professional trajectory.

Today, as an avid diver and the guiding force behind the renowned Swiss luxury watchmaker Blancpain, Hayek has been instrumental in steering the company towards a significant and heartfelt mission: the Blancpain Ocean Commitment.

This initiative seamlessly blends the allure of fine watchmaking with the urgent need for ocean exploration and conservation. In this exclusive interview, we dive into the depths of Hayek’s lifelong passion for the sea and explore how it has inspired a corporate ethos of environmental stewardship, setting a benchmark for luxury brands worldwide.

Can you share a bit about your early fascination with the ocean and how it influenced your life and career choices?

Absolutely. From a very young age, I’ve been captivated by the ocean, a fascination that has deeply influenced choices in my career. My earliest memories include being enchanted by water, especially the mysteries beneath the surface.

I always insisted on wearing goggles to explore underwater, whether in the sea or a lake. My childhood holidays were spent mostly in the Mediterranean, inspired by my grandfather’s love for the ocean. These experiences instilled in me a profound interest in oceanography and marine life, paving the way for my personal interests and my career.

As both an avid diver and the CEO of Blancpain, how did your personal passion for the ocean lead to the creation of the Blancpain Ocean Commitment?

My diving adventures began at age 12, although I was fascinated with free diving from an earlier age. Spending holidays in the Mediterranean, I was constantly drawn to the sea.

This lifelong passion naturally merged with my professional life when I joined Blancpain. Recognising the brand’s heritage in dive watches, I saw an opportunity to combine my love for the ocean with Blancpain’s legacy, leading to the creation of the Blancpain Ocean Commitment.

This initiative perfectly aligned with my personal and professional journey, showcasing the brand’s commitment to marine exploration and conservation.

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National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions: Pristine Seas Expeditions have been dedicated to exploring and protecting the few remaining truly unspoiled wild ocean areas on Earth. Of the 14 expeditions supported by Blancpain, 12 resulted in governmental decrees doubling the surface area of protected ocean, with the addition of 4.7 million km2.
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Marc A. Hayek receiving a lifetime achievement award from Drew Richardson, CEO of PADI.

The Blancpain Ocean Commitment is focused on ocean exploration and conservation. What inspired you to combine your interest in the ocean with your role in the luxury watchmaking industry?

The synergy between my personal passion for the ocean and Blancpain’s history in dive watchmaking was a natural fit. Upon discovering Blancpain’s rich heritage, especially with the Fifty Fathoms model, I was motivated to bring this legacy to the forefront. We aimed to not only revive a historic piece but also to showcase the beauty of the ocean and its importance in scientific research and conservation. My experiences as a diver, combined with my role at Blancpain, allowed me to uniquely contribute to ocean exploration and conservation through the lens of high-end mechanical watchmaking.

In what ways has the Blancpain Ocean Commitment made a positive impact on ocean exploration and conservation initiatives?

The Blancpain Ocean Commitment has significantly contributed to marine conservation, notably through our partnership with National Geographic from 2011 to 2016. Of the 14 expeditions we supported, 12 resulted in governmental decrees doubling the surface area of protected ocean, with the addition of 4.7 million km2. Our involvement has extended beyond mere sponsorship, influencing global policies and raising awareness about ocean conservation. These initiatives have demonstrated the power of private companies in driving significant environmental change.

Could you highlight some specific projects or achievements of the Blancpain Ocean Commitment that you are particularly proud of?

One of our notable achievements is our co-founding role in the Pristine Seas project with National Geographic. This project has been instrumental in establishing several marine protected areas worldwide. Additionally, our partnership with the World Ocean Summit has placed us at the forefront of discussing and addressing ocean issues with global leaders.

These initiatives underscore our commitment not only to showcasing the ocean’s beauty but also to its preservation and scientific understanding.

How do you see the role of private companies, like Blancpain, in contributing to environmental initiatives and sustainability, especially in the context of ocean conservation?

Private companies have a significant role in advancing environmental initiatives. Our experience at Blancpain shows that integrating conservation efforts with business strategies can be mutually beneficial. We’ve demonstrated that environmental responsibility and business growth can coexist, emphasising the importance of sustainable practices in the luxury industry. Our approach has been to not only minimise our environmental impact but also to actively contribute to conservation efforts, proving that corporate responsibility extends beyond mere compliance.

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Adopt the Blue program: Blancpain and PADI are joining forces with the aim to fundamentally increase the number of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around the globe by 2030.
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As a leader in the luxury watch industry, how do you balance the values of craftsmanship and environmental responsibility in the products and practices of Blancpain?

Balancing craftsmanship with environmental responsibility is a cornerstone of our philosophy at Blancpain. We maintain a commitment to highquality, long-lasting products while ensuring sustainable practices in our manufacturing processes. This approach reflects our belief in creating timeless pieces that are both environmentally responsible and emblematic of luxury craftsmanship. Our dedication to sustainability is evident in our efforts to use sustainable materials and support long-term environmental initiatives.

What challenges have you faced in promoting ocean conservation through Blancpain, and how have you overcome them?

One of the primary challenges was integrating ocean conservation into our brand identity in a way that resonated with our customers, especially in markets like China and Asia. Initially, there was apprehension about how our conservation messages would be received. However, by engaging in open dialogues and raising the awareness of our audience about the importance of marine ecosystems, we’ve managed to not only overcome these challenges but also to inspire change and greater environmental consciousness among our customers and partners.

Can you discuss any upcoming or ongoing initiatives of the Blancpain Ocean Commitment that the audience should be excited about?

Looking ahead, Blancpain is involved in several exciting initiatives. We are working closely with partners like Oceana and PADI on projects that range from establishing new marine protected areas to engaging in community-driven conservation efforts. Our upcoming participation in the World Ocean Summit will include the launch of a new tool to evaluate the effectiveness of marine protected areas, ensuring that our conservation efforts are both impactful and sustainable.

Beyond your professional endeavours, do you engage in any personal initiatives or activities to promote environmental awareness or sustainability?

Personally, I advocate for taking small, everyday actions to contribute to a more sustainable future. I believe that incremental changes can collectively have a significant impact.

It’s about making conscious decisions in our daily lives, whether it’s in consumption habits or in actively participating in environmental initiatives.

This approach is something I encourage everyone to embrace, as it can lead to substantial long-term benefits for our planet.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH MIKE HORN: A LIFE OF ADVENTURE AND DISCOVERY

Global Citizen magazine presents an exclusive interview with renowned explorer Mike Horn, delving into the depths of his adventurous spirit, his partnership with Panerai, and his impactful environmental initiatives.

What sparked your passion for exploration, and how did your dual upbringing in Switzerland and South Africa contribute to shaping your adventurous spirit?

My passion for exploration was sparked by a childhood surrounded by wild nature in South Africa. In my late twenties, I then left South Africa and made Switzerland my new home. This is where I developed a strong attraction to the cold and winter sports.

Today, I’d say, my exposure to both Swiss and South African cultures has taught me the importance of adaptability and finding common ground between seemingly different perspectives. Regardless of cultural background, there’s a universal thread connecting people to nature, and this shared connection forms the basis of my explorations.

As Panerai’s ambassador for over two decades, how has your partnership with the brand influenced your approach to adventure and the way you share your experiences with the world?

Over the span of two decades as Panerai’s ambassador, my collaboration with the brand has profoundly shaped my approach to adventure. Panerai’s unwavering commitment to precision and robustness seamlessly aligns with my requirement for dependable tools.

When I find myself stuck in adverse situations, whether I’m navigating the ocean, hiking in the middle of nowhere or climbing a glacier, it all comes down to durability, legibility and practicality and Panerai provides all of the above in their watches. Moreover, the brand’s consistent support has not only fortified my expeditions but has also empowered me to share these enriching experiences as well as my own projects with a global audience.

What is the Panerai watch you are attached to the most and what experiences have you shared with it?

It’s truly challenging to pick one, as each holds a special meaning, a reminiscence of truly unique moments. However, I would highlight the Luminor Arktos PAM00092 — the first watch codesigned with Panerai. Its specific engineering for extreme cold and polar magnetic fields made it an invaluable companion during my Arctic expeditions. Another timepiece worth mentioning is the Luminor Submersible Pole2Pole PAM00719, my loyal partner during the successful 2019 North Pole crossing. It marked the culmination of an intense 3-year-long adventure, my final big expedition, and Panerai stood as my steadfast companion, offering unwavering support throughout.

Your upcoming project, “WHAT’S LEFT - Expedition (2023 - 2027)”, is a long-term endeavor. Can you provide insights into what motivated you to embark on this four-year journey, the significance of revisiting specific places from your career and how the brand has enriched this journey?

The motivation behind my WHAT’S LEFT expedition is deeply rooted in the desire to revisit pivotal locations from my career, creating a narrative that transcends time. It’s a personal reflection that I wanted to share with the world of how climate change is affecting the very places that have shaped my adventures, raising awareness about the environmental shifts we’re witnessing and urging people to take action. Panerai, with its enduring support and provision of essential tools, has enhanced the expedition’s richness and contributed significantly to its success over the four-year journey. The long-standing partnership not only fortifies the expedition but also amplifies its impact, spreading a stronger message and gaining more visibility, thanks to Panerai’s steadfast support.

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“PANGAEA X - Environmental Youth Program” is a commendable initiative. What inspired you to create this program, and how do you envision it impacting the mindset of the next generation when it comes to environmental awareness and action?

I launched Pangaea X driven by the vibrant energy of a generation eager to take initiative and contribute to positive change. Witnessing countless messages from youth expressing their desire to make a difference but lacking guidance, we established Pangaea X as a platform to encourage, inspire and support the next generation. This initiative provides hands-on experiences and knowledge, fostering a sense of responsibility and environmental appreciation. Pangaea X shapes young minds into advocates for conservation, aligning with my key lesson for youth: believe, stay disciplined and commit to personal and environmental projects.

In your role as the embodiment of the Modern Hero, how do you believe your global escapades and storytelling contribute to stirring a desire in people to step out of their comfort zones and embrace the unknown?

What I try to convey through my global escapades is to inspire individuals to step out of their comfort zones and embrace the unknown. By sharing my adventures and the challenges overcome during my expeditions, I aim at igniting a sense of resilience, desire for exploration and self-discovery and, ultimately, of self-belief. Through storytelling, I seek to convey that true growth and extraordinary experiences often lie beyond the familiar, encouraging others to overcome hesitations and embark on their own transformative journeys.

Have you had the opportunity to participate in one of Panerai’s signature Experiences? If so, how have you been able to enrich it and share your knowledge?

I had the privilege of participating in one of Panerai’s signature Experiences, dedicated to the Submersible Ecopangaea Tourbillon GMT. During this unique opportunity, I led a trip to Svalbard, exploring the remoteness of the region in winter through various activities that aimed at challenging participants and pushing them out of their comfort zones while exposing them to raw, unpolluted nature. Through my role in leading and making the seemingly inaccessible accessible, I hoped to demonstrate that we all possess the capability to push our limits.

Throughout your career, you’ve pushed the boundaries of both mental and physical endurance. How do you overcome challenges and setbacks during your expeditions, and what lessons have you learned from these experiences? Has the brand been able to provide you with dedicated essential tools to enhance your journeys?

In navigating the challenges of both mental and physical extremes throughout my career, I’ve learned to embrace setbacks with adaptability and patience. Panerai, with its precision and durability, has been more than a tool; it’s a trusted companion that enhances my journeys. Their dedication to crafting reliable timepieces mirrors my commitment to pushing boundaries, making every expedition a personal triumph.

After 20 years together, Panerai has always been present during my achievements, like a second family, and it would almost feel strange not to wear one of their watches in those moments.

Your adventures inspire others to dream big. Can you share a specific moment or encounter from your explorations that had a profound impact on you and made you realise the transformative power of your journeys?

The encounters with locals throughout my journeys have undeniably opened my eyes to the world’s richness and diversity. Yet, what fuels my ability to dream bigger is the daily commitment to discipline. Waking up each morning with a sense of purpose, relying on discipline to push through challenges, creates a virtuous cycle. The more I engage, the greater the aspirations become. It’s a continuous loop – the more I see, the more I want to see, and the more I do, the more I want to do. Discipline becomes the driving force that propels me forward in this perpetual journey of exploration and discovery.

As you revisit meaningful and wild places during the “WHAT’S LEFT” expedition, what do you hope to discover and how do you anticipate this journey will contribute to your legacy as an explorer?

In the WHAT’S LEFT expedition, I want to discover new things in familiar places, making my legacy as an explorer richer. I aim to show how our planet’s beauty is always changing. This journey is personal, a way to thank nature as I near the end of my career. It’s like passing a torch, recognising the shared journey with the next generation. Even as exploration changes, my passion for discovery remains strong.

How do you balance the thrill of adventure with a sense of responsibility, especially regarding environmental conservation, in your expeditions?

Balancing the excitement of adventure with a strong sense of responsibility, especially for the environment, is crucial to me. It means being mindful of every step I take in nature, minimising my impact, and respecting the local ecosystems. In my expeditions, the thrill of the journey always goes hand in hand with a deep commitment to preserving the beauty and balance of the environments I explore.

Looking ahead, what are your aspirations for the impact of your storytelling and content on individuals, and how do you see your role in continuing to ignite the spirit of exploration within others?

In the future, I hope my stories inspire others to explore and embrace the unknown. My goal is to share not just the excitement but also the lessons from my journeys. I see my role as igniting a spirit of exploration, encouraging people to step out of their comfort zones, connecting with the world and, most importantly, respecting environments and appreciating diverse cultures.

Ultimately, I want my experiences to inspire personal growth and a deeper understanding of our world and its beauty and possibilities.

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CRAFTING ELEGANCE: A CONVERSATION WITH AMY DURNFORD, FOUNDER OF CUSTOM NO.9

Amy Durnford of Custom No.9 has carved a niche in Dubai›s luxury furniture scene, offering bespoke designs with a personal touch. We delve into her journey of bringing customised elegance to the UAE›s vibrant market.

Amy, you’ve successfully established Custom No.9 as a unique player in the luxury furniture market. What inspired you to venture into furniture design and ultimately create Custom No.9?

I’ve always had a passion for interior design. However, when searching for furniture pieces for my home, I was frustrated with the limited options available in Dubai and tired of seeing the same global furniture brand items in every living room. Unable to find what I was looking for, I used my network to build it. Thus, Custom No.9 was born, offering an accessible approach to curating personalised furniture.

Given the saturation of expensive, imported labels in the UAE, how did Custom No.9 manage to carve out its niche and differentiate itself in such a competitive market?

Our hands-on approach ensures our customers end up with beautiful, personal pieces that align with our design ethos and aesthetic. Manufacturing locally, we are agile and can quickly enter the market. This, along with our incredibly creative team of designers, allows us to stay ahead of trends. Our integrity also sets us apart. In a market filled with brands creating replicas, we’ve always designed original pieces, not knock-offs, which has solidified our brand positioning.

Customisation is at the heart of Custom No.9’s ethos. How do you balance customer preferences with maintaining a distinctive aesthetic in your designs? We design trendsetting original pieces but allow personalisation through choice of materials, sizes, colours, or functions. For instance, a customer might choose our Rene console, but as a TV unit. We encourage our customers to reimagine our designs. By not offering complete customisation, we’re building our brand and creating an aesthetic that defines us.

Can you share a specific instance where your personal drive to create and challenge yourself significantly influenced a project or design at Custom No.9?

At Custom No.9, our ethos is about pushing boundaries and challenging norms. I believe growth and innovation come from surpassing our own limits daily. This ethos is evident in our ‘Nana’s Atelier’ collection.

I set out to innovate in design, materials, and construction methods. We used unconventional materials and collaborated with local suppliers to create a collection with eclectic shapes, waves, and scallops that evoke the warmth of a bygone era.

The pandemic posed unprecedented challenges for businesses worldwide. How did Custom No.9 adapt, and what were the key strategies that helped you emerge stronger?

The pandemic struck as we were launching our first online retail space. As a new brand, we were fortunate to have low monthly outgoings, allowing us to focus on building our online presence.

Many were looking to enhance their homes with budgets usually reserved for travel, so we invested time in advising customers, building rapport, and a reputation for a hands-on approach.

Your brand is known for its conscious approach to design. How do you incorporate sustainability into your furniture-making process while maintaining the luxury and quality Custom No.9 is known for?

By manufacturing locally, we reduce the carbon footprint associated with shipping large pieces. We plan to continue this approach as we expand into new markets, offering our made-to-order experience locally.

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Reflecting on your journey, what has been your greatest achievement with Custom No.9 so far, and why?

Our ongoing greatest achievement is having our designs recognised and purchased by some of the region’s largest real estate developers for their projects. It’s incredibly validating when our original designs are selected for iconic developments.

How do you see the role of technology, particularly your e-commerce platform, evolving in the luxury furniture industry and for Custom No.9?

I anticipate AI playing a significant role in customer purchase decisions, extending to home furnishings. There’ll likely be advances in virtual reality for space simulation, speeding up purchase decisions and enhancing consumer confidence. Furthermore, furniture stores may venture into the metaverse, allowing customers to furnish virtual homes with real-life items.

In a market with a mix of global brands and regional makers, how do you see Custom No.9 evolving in the next five years? Are there any specific goals or markets you aim to reach?

We plan to extend our footprint across the Middle East with affordable distribution in key growth markets like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait. There’s also significant interest from Western markets, and we’re considering expanding into Europe with local manufacturing and distribution.

Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs in the design and furniture industry, especially those looking to create a home-grown brand in a competitive market like the UAE?

My advice is to be naïve and just go for it. You’ll never have everything figured out, and the perfect timing to launch doesn’t exist. There’s a lot to learn by simply doing.

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EXPLORING WELLNESS WITH DEAN HENRY: A DEEP DIVE INTO FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

In an enlightening conversation with Dean Henry, the founder of UAE Peptides and a renowned functional medicine and fitness coach, we delve into the realms of health, nutrition, and the transformative power of peptide therapy. Dean›s journey is not only about personal triumphs but also about his dedication to pioneering a holistic approach to wellness. Here, he shares his insights on functional medicine, the philosophy behind his work, and the groundbreaking potential of peptide bioregulators.

Dean, can you share with us how your journey in functional medicine and therapeutic nutrition started?

My journey began in a sports-oriented household when I was young, which paved the way for a promising athletic future. However, a knee injury abruptly disrupted my trajectory. This unforeseen shift, combined with a medical condition affecting my ability to swallow food correctly and later on my daughter’s peanut allergy diagnosis, sparked a profound exploration into health and nutrition. This led me to study functional medicine and therapeutic nutrition, further deepening my understanding of disease prevention.

How has your passion for wellness translated into your work with UAE Peptides and The Clean Living Company?

My passion, that true wellness starts from within, resonates through my work. This belief guides our clients to achieve balance via natural means – lifestyle tweaks, functional fitness, supplements, and therapeutic nutrition. I am truly passionate about various facets of wellbeing, from biohacking and gut health to peptides and sports performance. Ultimately my goal is to educate and empower, a commitment that’s seen in my involvement across health and wellness ventures since 2016.

Can you explain the fundamental philosophy behind the functional medicine approach, and how is it different from conventional allopathic medicine?

The fundamental philosophy behind functional medicine is to treat and work with the individual. It examines factors like nutrition, stress, genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices that can contribute to health problems. The objective is to identify the underlying factors and design tailored treatment plans to address those. In contrast, conventional medicine, treatments typically involve medications or procedures targeted at alleviating symptoms or managing diseases, which often come with side effects. Functional medicine takes a more holistic route, striving to address the root causes and bolster the body’s inherent healing mechanisms.

Given your expertise in peptide therapy, can you explain to our readers how peptides work and what they do in the human body?

Peptides are naturally occurring molecules that play crucial roles in many physiological processes. They engage with specific receptors on cell surfaces or within cells themselves. This interaction can trigger a wide range of biological responses, including hormone regulation, immune function, tissue/injury repair, metabolic optimisation, brain health, skin regulation and anti-inflammatory effects.

You’ve mentioned that peptide bioregulators work on the DNA level. Could you elucidate this process and its importance in health and wellbeing?

Peptide bioregulators forge a link with target DNA regions after crossing the endothelium. This attachment prompts cells to regulate. This mechanism is often termed a “gene switch” or “epigenetic switch”.

It’s worth noting that bioregulators don’t alter DNA but rather enhance its expression. This process holds the potential to rewind ageing at the target site, rejuvenating it to optimal functionality.

Could you share some of the profound results you’ve witnessed in your years of practising peptide therapy? I have experienced remarkable improvements in eye health and a significant correction of my short-sightedness through the use of retina bioregulators.

Whilst ovary peptides have been effective in regulating menstrual cycles, while pancreas peptides have shown promise in improving insulin sensitivity for clients with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Testes peptides have been successful in enhancing libido and testosterone levels, adrenal peptides have demonstrated the ability to regulate and boost energy levels, pineal peptides have shown positive effects in regulating melatonin production and improving sleep, and CNS (Central Nervous System) peptides have been effective in enhancing cognitive energy and focus.

Across 21 commercially available peptide bioregulators, the collection of case studies and evidence continues to grow..

Can you tell us about the specific role that diet and supplementation play in our overall health, especially considering the nutrient availability in the UAE region?

In the UAE, factors like premature harvesting, storage, and limited sunlight exposure contribute to nutrient deficiencies. Supplementation becomes essential to bridge the gap and promote overall well-being. Supplements have ancient roots and now fill nutrient gaps in modern diets.

They aid in maintaining optimal levels and health. Whilst they’re not a replacement for a balanced diet, they offer concentrated nutrients. Individualised guidance, blood tests, and professional consultation are essential. Supplements complement a healthy lifestyle that encompasses whole foods, exercise, sunlight exposure, and mindfulness practices.

Many of our readers are probably curious about where to start with natural wellness. Could you provide some guidance on the first steps to take?

Begin by focusing on the essentials: prioritise sleep, effectively manage stress, engage with nature, seek morning sunlight, maintain quality nutrition, stay hydrated, and consider basic supplements like vitamin D as needed.

The goal isn’t perfection, but rather doing our best with these foundational steps. Once established, we can then progress to optimising our health.

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What is your take on male mental health, and how can exercise contribute to its improvement?

I believe it can be very difficult for men to open up and seek support from their social circles due to societal perceptions around male vulnerability. However, I do see and feel there is a growing awareness among men about the importance of addressing this issue. We must encourage an environment of open dialogue, where men can feel comfortable seeking help and sharing their challenges, ultimately contributing to improved mental health and well-being. Exercise plays a pivotal role in enhancing mental wellbeing. It stimulates the release of endorphins, lowers stress hormones, uplifts mood, enhances self-esteem, and boosts cognitive function. Additionally, exercise fosters social interactions and redirects focus from negativity. By regulating sleep patterns, exercise contributes to positive mental health, which has a wide range of benefits for positive mental health.

There’s a growing interest in the brain-gut connection. Can you elaborate on why one can’t work optimally without the other and how to care for both?

The brain-gut connection hinges on the vagus nerve, a crucial link between the brain and digestive system, allowing two-way communication between the two. Since the brain and gut are in constant communication, issues in one can impact the other, with this in mind we must try to maintain a positive cycle between the two. We can support both by, maintaining a balanced diet, staying hydrated, managing stress with relaxation techniques, social connection, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, considering probiotics, limiting processed foods, and listening to your body’s cues.

Given your healthy lifestyle, could you share a glimpse of your daily routine that our readers might incorporate into their own lives?

Within my routine, I practise breathing techniques either in the morning or evening to balance my autonomic nervous system. I also make sure to get sun exposure in the morning, do stretches, engage in strength training, and play Padel-tennis. Regularly, I expose myself to cold by sitting in my homemade chest freezer ice-bath. My diet includes a variety of whole foods as an omnivore, and I supplement with electrolytes, peptides, and a rotation of basic supplement protocols. Somedays are better than others, and that’s ok! I’ve learned not to let the pursuit of perfection hinder progress and use some common sense. It’s important to create a resilient vessel that can manage stress and occasional indulgences without derailing my overall well-being.

You’ve had a lot of success with private clients, including VIPs. Can you share (without naming names, of course) some transformative experiences that might inspire our readers?

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with incredible individuals who achieved remarkable transformations without relying on conventional medicine.

I’ve witnessed autoimmune issues resolve through elimination diets and observed psoriasis clearing up in just a month. Notably, peptide therapy restored mobility to a martial arts instructor who resumed teaching in three months. The Ovary peptide bioregulator normalised menstrual cycles within months for someone who had irregular cycles for over twenty years. In a case of infertility, after giving up on IVF attempts, a focus on self-care, vitamin D, and hormone optimisation led to conception one year later.

What challenges have you faced in convincing the mainstream about the benefits of peptide bioregulators, and how have you tackled those?

A common response to our efforts in health optimisation is the belief that if these methods were truly effective, they would be widely adopted. However, I hold the opposite view. Whilst the healthcare system excels in saving lives, it generally lacks an understanding of how nutrition and lifestyle can prevent diseases. This knowledge gap extends to peptides and bioregulators, which are naturally present in food sources. Another challenge is the culture of seeking quick fixes through pills, while the healing process, especially addressing underlying root causes through peptide bioregulators, might require more time. I always refer people to the information and research that exists to demonstrate the effectiveness of peptide bioregulators. Often, individuals discover us through word of mouth or referrals, underlining the real-world impact these methods have.

Can you share the vision and mission behind the launch of UAE Peptides?

At UAE Peptides, our mission is to bring forth the power of peptides to optimise health, promote longevity, and invigorate vitality. We aim to educate and enlighten, sharing the benefits of this once-secret Russian Military product with the world.

With the aim to revolutionise the future of medicine, where do you see the intersection of therapeutic nutrition, peptide therapy, and traditional medicine heading in the next decade?

In the next decade, the future of medicine could see therapeutic nutrition, peptide therapy, and traditional medicine working together more closely. It’s already become apparent that allopathic medicine is recognising “ageing” as a key factor in health and disease, which may lead to a shift from a sick-care system to a health care system.

This could lead to personalised diets and targeted treatments that focus on the root cause and the body’s natural healing ability, which would mean little to no side effects. By following the evidence and working together, these approaches could become important parts of healthcare, ultimately offering patients a more comprehensive and effective therapeutic journey with long-term results and an increased health span.

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PATEK PHILIPPE’S ELEGANT LEGACY: AQUANAUT LUCE AND NAUTILUS REIMAGINED

THE ICONIC TIMEPIECES TRANSFORMED WITH HAUTE JOAILLERIE AND ADVANCED HOROLOGY

Patek Philippe, renowned for its mastery in watchmaking, enriched its collections with striking innovations in the realm of women’s elegant sporty watches. The illustrious brand has unveiled new additions to the Aquanaut Luce and Nautilus lines, blending the finesse of Haute Joaillerie with advanced horological craftsmanship.

The Aquanaut Luce ‘Rainbow’ Minute Repeater: A Marriage of Grand Complication and Fine Jewellery

The Aquanaut collection, celebrated for its fusion of modernity and elegance, welcomed its first grand complication in the form of a minute repeater. The Aquanaut Luce “Rainbow” Minute Repeater Haute Joaillerie made a grand debut in two rose gold versions. The first (Reference 5260/355R-001) showcased a dazzling display of multicoloured baguette-cut sapphires, baguette-cut diamonds, and brilliant-cut diamonds in an invisible setting, accentuating its octagonal bezel. Accompanying this masterpiece were three ultra-resistant composite straps, offering a blend of durability and style.

The second model (Reference 5260/1455R-001) stood as a pinnacle of Haute Joaillerie, lavishly adorned with baguette-cut diamonds and multicoloured baguettecut sapphires. Employing the intricate ‘invisible setting’ technique, this watch encapsulated Patek Philippe’s dedication to unparalleled luxury, complemented by a meticulously designed dial and an elegantly crafted rose-gold bracelet with a patented fold-over clasp.

Nautilus Haute Joaillerie: Redefining Feminine Luxury

The Nautilus Haute Joaillerie line expanded with three new models, each showcasing the exquisite ‘snow setting’ technique. These timepieces (References 7118/1451G001, 7118/1452G-001, and 7118/1453G-001) combined 1,500 brilliant-cut diamonds with either blue sapphires, rubies, or emeralds, creating a striking contrast on the iconic Nautilus bracelet. Each dial, adorned with diamond-set patterns of small waves, maintained legibility through elegant, ogival-shaped hour markers in white gold, complemented by corresponding coloured gemstones.

The Ladies’ Nautilus: A New Expression of a Classic

The Ladies’ Nautilus collection was rejuvenated with two new rose gold models (References 7010R-013 and 7010/1R-013), featuring an original and refreshing purple dial. These dials, imbued with the collection’s distinctive small waves pattern, were enhanced by multiple layers of lacquer, adding depth and allure. The models offered a choice between a composite strap and a rose-gold bracelet, each complementing the gem-set bezel and ensuring both elegance and comfort.

A New Chapter in Women’s Watchmaking

With these additions to the Aquanaut Luce and Nautilus collections, Patek Philippe reaffirmed its legacy in crafting timepieces that resonate with the modern woman’s desire for elegance and sophistication. These new models not only celebrates the brand’s historical prowess in watchmaking but also heralds a new era of luxury, where haute joaillerie meets the pinnacle of horological innovation.

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BLANCPAIN’S 70TH-ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE FIFTY FATHOMS CONTINUES IN FRENCH POLYNESIA

In a remarkable continuation of the festivities surrounding the 70th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms, Blancpain hosted a celebration at the Rangiroa Atoll in French Polynesia, coinciding with the ongoing Tamataroa mission. This event marked the unveiling of a new model, designed to meet the demands of modern technical diving, thus ushering in a new era for the first modern diver’s watch.

The newly introduced timepiece, named “Tech Gombessa,” is the result of a collaboration between Blancpain’s President & CEO, Marc A. Hayek, and Laurent Ballesta, the founder of the Gombessa project. This innovative watch allows for the measurement of up to three-hour immersion times, a feature that has never been achieved before.

The release of the “Tech Gombessa” watch not only commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Gombessa project but also marks the inception of a new line within Blancpain’s diver’s watch collection. This significant milestone pays homage to the iconic Fifty Fathoms watch, which revolutionized the world of watchmaking when it was first introduced 70 years ago.

Jean-Jacques Fiechter, then CEO of Blancpain and a passionate scuba diver, conceptualized the original Fifty Fathoms watch, recognizing the critical need for time tracking during underwater exploration. This visionary timepiece quickly gained popularity within the diving community, becoming an essential tool for divers and underwater explorers alike.

The unveiling of the “Tech Gombessa” watch reflects Blancpain’s commitment to innovation and excellence in diving watches. It combines the rich heritage of the original Fifty Fathoms with modern technology and design, ensuring that it meets the requirements of today’s most demanding divers.

Blancpain’s involvement in the Gombessa project further demonstrates its dedication to marine conservation and exploration. The Tamataroa mission, focused on studying the behavior of the great hammerhead shark in French Polynesia, exemplifies Blancpain’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

The “Tech Gombessa” watch is a testament to Blancpain’s continued dedication to pushing the boundaries of innovation in diver’s watches. It not only celebrates the past achievements of the Fifty Fathoms but also sets the stage for future advancements in technical diving watches.

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HUBLOT’S MP-10 TOURBILLON WEIGHT ENERGY SYSTEM: A REVOLUTIONARY LEAP IN WATCHMAKING

Hublot, a giant in the luxury watch industry, consistently transforms the watchmaking landscape. The introduction of their newest innovation, the MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System, upholds this legacy. Poised to set a new standard in the annals of horology, this creation is more than a mere evolution - it heralds a revolution.

Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, encapsulates the essence of this groundbreaking piece: “For a piece to be part of our MP collection, it must not only reinvent existing complications; it must create something exclusive, invent, build and open up new avenues in watchmaking R&D.”

This new Manufacture Piece (MP) from Hublot immediately commands attention. Its design is a fusion of mechanical and aesthetic prowess, a hallmark of Hublot’s MP collections. These pieces aren’t mere concepts; they are avant-garde, disruptive, and yet completely practical, soon to be gracing the wrists of a select group of collectors.

Limited to only 50 pieces, the MP-10 is a technical wonder with 592 components and 5 years of research and development behind it. But it’s the watch’s display that truly sets it apart. Foregoing traditional hands, the MP-10 features four rotating displays: the hours and minutes, a circular power reserve, and seconds indicated directly on the tourbillon cage. This innovative design has led to a patent application for its unique mechanical configuration.

Hublot has ingeniously integrated the calibre with the dial, making the movement both the face and soul of the watch. The time is read fluidly from top to bottom, with each indication aligned and presented on black aluminium rollers with white lacquer typography, highlighted by a red triangular marker.

The piece’s automatic winding system is just as innovative. Eschewing the traditional flat dial and oscillating weight, Hublot’s engineers have verticalised the weight principle, using two blocks of white gold that move along a vertical axis. This unique system, with its shock absorbers and rack engagement, allows for bidirectional winding and contributes to the watch’s power reserve of more than 48 hours.

The exterior of the MP-10 matches its complex interior. The case may be simple – two pieces of shiny micro-blasted titanium – but the sapphire crystal is Hublot’s most complex yet, combining inclined planes on three axes. This complexity extends to the integrated rubber strap, the most refined the Manufacture has ever designed.

Hublot, founded in 1980 and based in Nyon, Switzerland, has always been a brand synonymous with disruption. From its first-ever timepiece combining gold with a rubber strap, Hublot has consistently blended tradition, innovation, and craftsmanship. This approach was solidified with the 2005 launch of the Big Bang, showcasing unrivalled expertise in complications, manufacture movements, and state-ofthe-art materials.

The brand’s philosophy – ‘Be First, Unique and Different’ – is evident in its collections: Classic Fusion, Shaped Collection, and Manufacture Pieces. Each collection showcases Hublot’s commitment to high craftsmanship, particularly in materials and manufacture movements.

Hublot’s world extends beyond watchmaking, with powerful partnerships in football, art, music, sport, fine dining, and sailing. The brand is also involved in environmental projects, reflecting its concern for contemporary issues. With over 135 boutiques globally and a thriving e-commerce site, Hublot’s fervour and values are shared worldwide.

The MP-10 Tourbillon Weight Energy System is more than a timepiece; it’s a testament to Hublot’s relentless pursuit of innovation and excellence in watchmaking.

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BELL & ROSS UNVEILS BR 03-94 BLACKTRACK: A

MOTORCYCLE-INSPIRED MARVEL CRAFTING HOROLOGICAL EXCELLENCE WITH A DASH OF MOTORCYCLING SPIRIT

Bell & Ross, a brand synonymous with aviation and military-inspired timepieces, has once again pushed the boundaries of watch design with the introduction of the BR 03-94 Blacktrack. This new model pays homage to the thrilling world of motorcycles, blending the brand’s distinctive horological expertise with an adventurous spirit. Founded in 1992 by Bruno Belamich and Carlos Rosillo, Bell & Ross emerged from a university project, soon making waves with the iconic BR 01 Instrument launched in 2005. This substantial 46mm x 46mm model not only catapulted the brand to fame but also set the stage for the subsequent BR series. The BR 03 collection, introduced in 2006, scaled down to a more compact 42mm square case, incorporating the BR 03-94 chronograph line known for its functional design and readability.

The BR 03-94 Blacktrack: A Nod to Motorcycling Heritage

The BR 03-94 Blacktrack, Bell & Ross’s latest offering, draws inspiration from the high-octane world of motorcycles. This isn’t the brand’s first foray into the world of motorcycling. In 2011, a collaboration with Shaw Harley-Davidson resulted in the Nascafé Racer Bell & Ross motorcycle, featuring a special BR 01 Carbon watch. The B-Rocket concept bike in 2014, inspired by early USA jet planes, further cemented Bell & Ross’s relationship with motorcycle design. In a unique collaboration with award-winning designer Sacha Lakic, known for his work in automotive and industrial design, including the Blacktrack motorcycle brand, the BR 03-94 Blacktrack stands as a perfect complement to the Blacktrack BT-06 motorcycle. Jointly crafted by Lakic and Bell & Ross designers, the watch mirrors the motorcycle’s stealth-like aesthetics.

Design and Functionality: A Perfect Symbiosis

The BR 03-94 Blacktrack features a 42mm x 42mm matte black ceramic case, boasting faceted angles and an octagonal bezel that perfectly matches the BT-06 motorcycle’s sleek appearance. The iconic screws at each corner, a hallmark of Bell & Ross design, not only add to the watch’s aesthetic appeal but also enhance its robustness. The watch’s dial, predominantly black and grey, is reminiscent of a motorcycle dashboard. It houses a 30-minute chronograph counter and a small seconds sub-dial, with a red-tipped central hand and a red date aperture maintaining the overall monochromatic look. Unique sub-dials take cues from motorcycle handlebar dials, and meticulous details like the superimposed chronograph second hand forming a “B” for Blacktrack add to its uniqueness. The Super-LumiNova treatment on indices and hands diverges from the standard Bell & Ross style, applied with nuanced subtlety.

Seamless Integration of Style and Movement

Powered by the automatic BR-CAL.301 movement (ETA 2894-2 base), the BR 03-94 Blacktrack is a testament to Bell & Ross’s ability to seamlessly blend form and function. The black calfskin strap, accented with a red edge and finished with a steel pin buckle in a black PVD finish, completes the motorcycle-inspired aesthetic. Bell & Ross has launched the BR 03-94 Blacktrack as a limited series of 500 pieces, offering watch enthusiasts and motorcycling aficionados alike a unique blend of adventure and style.

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HERMÈS ELEVATES THE H08 WITH A NEW CHRONOGRAPH EDITION

THE FUSION OF HIGH-END WATCHMAKING AND MOTORSPORT AESTHETICS

Hermès Unveils the H08 Chronograph — A New Chapter in Watch Design

In an unexpected but delightful turn, Hermès, the luxury brand known for its avant-garde approach to design, has introduced a new addition to their watch collection: the H08 Chronograph. This timepiece, revealed at Watches and Wonders, extends the already impressive H08 line with a model that marries the world of high-end watchmaking with the excitement of motorsport aesthetics.

From Aviation to Automotive Inspiration

Since its inception in 1992 by Bruno Belamich and Carlos Rosillo, Hermès has been renowned for its aviation and military-inspired timepieces. The brand’s foray into watch design was marked by the iconic BR 01 Instrument launched in 2005, a model that significantly influenced the watch design scene. Following its success, the BR 03 collection was introduced in 2006, featuring a more compact 42mm square case and incorporating the BR 03-94 chronograph line, known for its functional design and readability. Now, the BR 03-94 Blacktrack continues this legacy with a new focus on motorcycling inspiration.

The H08 Chronograph: A Monopusher Marvel

Housed in a 41mm multi-layered composite case, the H08 Chronograph is a monopusher chronograph, operated by a single button integrated into the crown. The watch’s design elements, including the strap and dial details, are imbued with the bright Hermès orange, a signature of the brand’s vibrant aesthetic. The chronograph feature adds a new dimension of functionality and sportiness to the H08 line, complemented by the watch’s sleek and durable materials.

Design and Craftsmanship at Its Core

Collaborating with award-winning designer Sacha Lakic, known for his work in automotive and industrial design, Hermès has crafted the H08 Chronograph to match the Blacktrack BT-06 motorcycle. The watch’s 42mm x 42mm matte black ceramic case, with its faceted angles and octagonal bezel, mirrors the motorcycle’s stealth-like design. The chronograph’s dial, predominantly black and grey, resembles a motorcycle dashboard, with sub-dials echoing the form of motorcycle handlebar dials.

Innovative Movement and Functional Elegance

Powered by the automatic BR-CAL.301 movement (ETA 2894-2 base), the H08 Chronograph is a perfect blend of form and function. The intricate chronograph module from Dubois Dépraz, placed on top of the H1837 automatic movement, is a testament to Hermès’s skill in enhancing the functionality of their watches through modular design. This technique has been successfully applied in other Hermès models, and now the H08 joins this innovative lineage.

Anticipating the Future of Hermès Timepieces

The H08 Chronograph, with its 41mm case and well-integrated chronograph complication, offers a glimpse into the future of Hermès’s watch design. The seamless integration of the chronograph function into the H08’s aesthetic is a testament to the brand’s ingenious approach to watchmaking. With the H08 Chronograph set for release in mid-2024, enthusiasts and collectors eagerly anticipate what other innovative complications Hermès will introduce in their ingenious ways.

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DIOR’S 2023 MASTERPIECES: A TIMELESS TRIBUTE

TO MONSIEUR CHRISTIAN DIOR

WHERE HAUTE COUTURE MEETS HOROLOGY: DIOR’S ENCHANTING GRAND BAL COLLECTION

In 2023, Dior unveiled a captivating collection of timepieces, each a tribute to the enduring legacy of Monsieur Christian Dior. These exquisite creations, drawing inspiration from the founder’s love for couture, mark a new epoch in the House’s illustrious history of watchmaking.

The Grand Bal Collection: A Dance of Time and Beauty

At the heart of the collection lies the Dior Grand Bal, a series that captures the essence of a couture ball gown in motion. The series is distinguished by the “Dior Inversé” calibre, where the functional oscillating weight is elegantly positioned on top of the dial, mirroring the rhythmic swirl of a gown. This innovative design is not just a technical feat but also a visual spectacle, embodying the harmony of creative daring, a vivid sense of colour, and the use of rich materials. One standout piece, the Grand Bal Milly La Nuit, is an exquisite representation of Monsieur Dior’s beloved gardens, particularly his refuge in Milly-la-Forêt. The watch, in a 36mm steel case with a pink gold bezel, is adorned with sapphires and diamonds. Its design features rose-gold leaves and branches that cast poetic shadows over a malachite dial, creating an alluring scene that sparkles enchantingly in the night.

Craftsmanship and Elegance in Every Detail

The Grand Bal Milly La Nuit is more than a timepiece; it’s a showcase of Dior’s exceptional craftsmanship. The oscillating weight on this watch is a work of art, with intricate engravings that mimic the texture of tree branches. The dial is further beautified with bouquets of flowers paved in diamonds and blue sapphires, reminiscent of the wisteria blooming on the façade of Christian Dior’s residence. The brilliance of the diamonds extends to the snow-set bezel, mirroring the luxurious materials and vibrant colours of Dior’s iconic gowns.

The Grand Bal Tie & Dye Collection: A Symphony in Sapphire and Diamond

Another remarkable addition to the collection is the Grand Bal Tie & Dye with a blue dial. This model, a harmony of white gold set with a dazzling array of diamonds and sapphires, epitomises the luxury and elegance that Dior is known for. The dial itself is a masterpiece, set with an intricate arrangement of sapphires and diamonds, complemented by a white gold oscillating weight. The bracelet, crafted in white gold, is set with over a thousand brilliant-cut diamonds, offering an additional strap in blue satin for a touch of versatility.

Dior’s Timeless Horological Art

The 2023 Dior timepiece collection represents more than just a continuation of a prestigious legacy. It’s a fusion of the artistry of haute couture and the precision of fine watchmaking. Each piece in the collection is a wearable work of art, embodying the spirit of Dior and captivating all who appreciate the beauty of timeless design and meticulous craftsmanship.

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KOENIGSEGG UNVEILS THE GEMERA EVOLUTION: A SYMPHONY OF POWER, INNOVATION, AND LUXURY

Koenigsegg, the Swedish automaker renowned for pushing the boundaries of automotive engineering, has introduced the Gripen Atelier, a state-of-the-art facility spanning 11,000 m². Dedicated to the Gemera lineup and future models, this expansive space brings Koenigsegg’s total facilities to an impressive 30,000 m². The Gripen Atelier serves as a hub for the efficient development and nurturing of the Gemera programme alongside the brand’s two-seater lineup.

Christian von Koenigsegg, the visionary founder and CEO, expresses his excitement about the inauguration of the Gripen Atelier and the launch of the Client Specification Gemera. This groundbreaking Megacar, now boasting numerous updates and enhancements, sets new benchmarks for the automotive industry.

The Gemera, already the world’s first 4-seater Megacar with over 1 megawatt of power, has taken another leap forward with the Client Specification version. Originally planned with the Koenigsegg Direct Drive system, the Gemera’s development took an exciting turn with the introduction of the Light Speed Transmission (LST) featured in the acclaimed Jesko. This led to the creation of the Light Speed Tourbillon Transmission (LSTT), enhancing driver engagement and exhilaration to unprecedented levels.

To complement the LSTT, Koenigsegg’s R&D team developed the “Dark Matter” E-motor, an 800 hp, 1250 Nm patent-pending Raxial Flux E-motor. Paired with the LSTT, it replaces the three Quarks E-motors used with the Direct Drive system, making the drivetrain lighter, smaller, and more engaging. The Gemera’s four-wheel drive system, with four-wheel torque vectoring, can be powered by either the Dark Matter E-motor or the twin-turbo TFG, resulting in a maximum output of 1400 hp and 1850 Nm.

The optimised electric propulsion system and use of the TFG’s rev range with the LSTT have significantly improved the Gemera’s acceleration and performance. Retaining its inherent qualities, the Client Specification Gemera now adds the lightness and responsiveness of the LSTT.

Christian von Koenigsegg describes the LSTT as the “automotive equivalent of a highend Swiss watch” and highlights the immense creativity and innovation involved in designing a transmission that accommodates four seats, a mid-engine position, electric propulsion, and provides nine gears, torque vectoring, and four-wheel drive at a lower weight. The Gemera’s journey began in the spring of 2020 with the introduction of the remarkable Gemera concept. Now, the Gripen Atelier has given birth to the Client Specification Gemera, unveiling a new chapter in the brand’s legacy.

But the excitement doesn’t end there. Koenigsegg introduces the Gemera HV8 (Hot V8) version, taking everything to the next level. The innovative layout of the LSTT enabled the integration of a mid-engined V8 configuration, culminating in an extraordinary 1500 hp from the HV8 and 800 hp from the Dark Matter E-motor. The Gemera now boasts a world-record-breaking total of 2,300 hp and 2,750 Nm of torque – a true marvel in the world of production cars.

Christian concludes, “The Gemera HV8 is not only the most powerful and extreme production car on planet Earth but also the most practical and user-friendly sports car ever created.”

With unmatched performance, cutting-edge technology, and a focus on delivering an unparalleled driving experience, Koenigsegg continues to redefine the limits of automotive innovation.

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INTRODUCING THE 2024 MERCEDES-AMG CLE53: A

NEW ERA OF LUXURY PERFORMANCE

MERCEDES-AMG UNVEILS A FORMIDABLE CONTENDER IN THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE COUPE SEGMENT

Mercedes-AMG, renowned for its high-performance luxury vehicles, is set to redefine the sports coupe market with the launch of the 2024 Mercedes-AMG CLE53. This latest offering from the esteemed German automaker is poised to take on rivals like the BMW M440i and Audi S5 with its combination of muscular aesthetics, advanced engineering, and electrifying performance.

A Design Evolution: The CLE53’s Athletic Build

The CLE53 showcases a dynamic transformation from its predecessors, the C43 and E53 coupes. It features a widened body, 2.3 inches broader at the front and 3.0 inches at the back, exuding a commanding presence. This enhancement is more than just superficial; it symbolises the car’s enhanced performance capabilities and robust stance. With striking wheel designs, including options up to 22 inches, the CLE53 stands out with its athletic poise.

Power

and Performance: The Heart of the CLE53

Under the hood, the CLE53 boasts a mild-hybrid 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine, enhanced with an electric supercharger to boost engine response across the rev range. This powertrain delivers a formidable 443 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, with an overboost function increasing torque to 443 lb-ft.

This marks a significant improvement over the non-AMG and previous generation models, placing the CLE53 at the forefront of performance innovation.

Advanced Chassis and Suspension: Refined

for Precision

Every CLE53 is equipped with AMG Ride Control suspension, which combines steel springs with adaptive dampers that adjust to road conditions. Drivers can select from Comfort, Sport, or Sport+ damper settings, allowing for a tailored driving experience. The car also features variable all-wheel drive with a rear-biased system and multiple stability control settings, further enhancing its dynamic capabilities.

Unique Features: Setting the CLE53 Apart

The CLE53 comes standard with rear steering, a feature not available in its German peers, improving maneuverability and stability. For those seeking an even more exhilarating drive, the AMG Dynamic Plus package offers the Race drive mode and a Drift mode function, allowing for maximum performance and control.

Anticipation Builds for the CLE53’s Debut

The Mercedes-AMG CLE53 is set to hit dealerships in the summer of 2024, eagerly anticipated by enthusiasts and luxury car buyers alike. With its blend of sophisticated design, cutting-edge technology, and exhilarating performance, the CLE53 is more than just a new model; it’s a symbol of Mercedes-AMG’s relentless pursuit of automotive perfection. As it prepares to challenge established rivals, the CLE53 is not only expected to captivate the market but also set new benchmarks in the luxury sports coupe segment

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GENESIS UNVEILS THE GRAN BERLINETTA: A VISIONARY LEAP INTO DIGITAL AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN

EMBRACING THE FUTURE WITH THE GENESIS GRAN BERLINETTA COUPE VISION GRAN TURISMO CONCEPT

Genesis Gran Berlinetta: Redefining Automotive Elegance in the Digital Realm

In the ever-evolving world of automotive design, Genesis has taken a bold step forward with the introduction of the Gran Berlinetta Coupe Vision Gran Turismo concept. This breathtaking concept car, set to debut in Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo game, exemplifies a fusion of classic elegance and futuristic innovation, marking a significant departure from the conventional design approaches of its parent company, Hyundai.

A Digital Masterpiece with Classic Proportions

The Genesis Gran Berlinetta Coupe concept captivates with its classic coupe proportions, artfully crafted within modern wheelbase dimensions. The design ethos, termed cab backwards, creates a striking balance between the length of the body forward of the greenhouse and the rear portion. This approach results in a design that harks back to the golden era of front-engine, rear-drive coupes, blending nostalgia with contemporary aesthetics.

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Power and Innovation: The Heart of the Gran Berlinetta

Beneath its stunning exterior, the Gran Berlinetta concept houses a front-mid-ship engine – a racingspec Lambda II V-6 engine that delivers a formidable 870 horsepower and 790 lb-ft of torque, capable of reaching up to 10,000 rpm. Complementing this powerhouse is a Yasa e-motor, adding 201 hp and 196 lb-ft of torque, culminating in a total output of 1,071 hp and 986 lb-ft of torque. This hybrid system defies Hyundai Group’s all-electric future vision, yet perfectly aligns with the concept’s virtual world setting, free from real-world emissions constraints.

Interior Design: Focused on the Driver

Inside the Gran Berlinetta, drivers are welcomed into a minimalist yet functional cockpit. Genesis’s Beauty of White Space concept prioritises essential functions, allowing drivers to fully immerse themselves in the driving experience. The innovative digital panoramic interface, coupled with a surround digital monitoring system, ensures that all necessary information is conveyed without distracting the driver. Additionally, the car features a steer-by-wire system, eliminating the traditional direct connection between the steering wheel and the front wheels.

A Glimpse into Genesis’s Future

While the real-world production of the Genesis Gran Berlinetta remains a concept, the design cues and technological innovations present in this virtual masterpiece provide insights into the future direction of Genesis designs. The existing Genesis X coupe and convertible concepts, expected to enter production around 2026, hint at the brand’s commitment to combining groundbreaking design with advanced technology.

Conclusion: Setting New Standards in Automotive Design

The Genesis Gran Berlinetta Coupe Vision Gran Turismo concept car is more than just a virtual creation for gaming enthusiasts. It represents a bold statement in the world of luxury automotive design, showcasing Genesis’s ability to push boundaries and envision a future where elegance and technological prowess coexist seamlessly. As the automotive world continues to evolve, the Gran Berlinetta stands as a testament to Genesis’s visionary approach and commitment to redefining luxury motoring.

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THE 2024 LEXUS GX: A REINVIGORATED ICON IN LUXURY SUVS

LEXUS REVAMPS ITS OFF-ROAD CHAMPION WITH MODERN STYLING AND ENHANCED TECH

The 2024 Lexus GX: A Luxurious Fusion of Tradition and Innovation

The Lexus GX, known for its unparalleled blend of off-road prowess and luxury, is set for a spectacular comeback with its 2024 model. Lexus, a brand synonymous with sophistication and reliability, is rebooting the GX with a comprehensive overhaul that promises to redefine the luxury SUV segment.

A Design Evolution: Embracing the Past, Looking to the Future

The new Lexus GX marks a significant shift in design philosophy, combining the charm of classic, boxy SUVs from the late 1980s and early 1990s with cutting-edge advancements. The 2024 model retains its robust, body-onframe construction, a characteristic it shares with the Toyota Prado, ensuring its off-road credentials remain intact. However, the GX now sports a more contemporary look, with its standout feature being the distinct, tech-forward LED lighting signatures. This blend of the traditional and the modern gives the 2024 GX a unique position in today’s market, appealing to both off-road enthusiasts and luxury seekers.

Technological and Stylistic Enhancements

Since its last major update in 2010, the Lexus GX had gradually shown signs of ageing, despite periodic updates, including the introduction of a large infotainment touchscreen in 2022. The 2024 overhaul addresses these concerns head-on. The new GX model not only embraces a fresh design language but also incorporates a slew of technological enhancements, aiming to provide an unmatched driving experience both on and off the road.

Competing in the Modern Luxury SUV Market

The revamp of the GX is Lexus’s strategic move to strengthen its position in a highly competitive luxury SUV market. This rejuvenation aims to attract a broader customer base, appealing to both long-time Lexus enthusiasts and new customers seeking a blend of rugged functionality and refined luxury.

The 2024 Lexus GX is more than just a vehicle; it’s a statement of Lexus’s commitment to innovation and quality.

A Staple Reimagined for a New Era

The Lexus GX has long been a cornerstone of the Lexus lineup, esteemed for its durability and luxury. The 2024 model’s comprehensive transformation signals Lexus’s dedication to evolving with its customer’s needs and preferences. The new GX is expected to feature advancements in driver assistance technologies, connectivity, and comfort, ensuring it remains at the forefront of the luxury SUV segment.

Conclusion: The Dawn of a New Chapter for the Lexus GX

The 2024 Lexus GX is set to begin a new chapter in the legacy of Lexus’s offroad luxury SUVs. With its harmonious blend of traditional design elements and modern technological enhancements, the GX is poised to redefine expectations and set new standards in the luxury SUV market. Lexus enthusiasts and potential buyers eagerly await its debut, anticipating a vehicle that offers the best of both worlds: robust off-road capability and uncompromised luxury.

The 2024 Lexus GX is not just an SUV; it’s a testament to Lexus’s enduring commitment to excellence.

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PORSCHE’S ELECTRIFYING LEAP: THE 2025 MACAN EV

REIMAGINING THE COMPACT SUV WITH PERFORMANCE-ORIENTED

ELECTRIC INNOVATION

The 2025 Porsche Macan EV: Pioneering the Electric Frontier

Porsche, renowned for its fusion of luxury and performance, is set to redefine the compact SUV market with the introduction of the 2025 Porsche Macan EV. This all-electric version of the popular Macan SUV not only epitomises Porsche’s commitment to eco-friendly mobility but also maintains the brand’s signature performance-driven design.

Design Transformation and Technological Advancements

Awaiting its full reveal in January 2024, the Macan EV signifies a substantial design transformation. Although the final external design is still under wraps, expectations are high for its two initial trims: a standard performance model and a high-performance variant. With practical features like AC charging ports on both sides and a DC port, the Macan EV marries convenience with cutting-edge technology. Projected to come with options of 20 to 22-inch wheels, the Macan EV has grown slightly over its petrol-powered counterpart. This increase in size, owing to its electric platform, benefits the interior space while maintaining the vehicle’s compact classification.

Unparalleled Power, Performance, and Range

The centrepiece of the Macan EV’s appeal lies in its formidable power and extended range. The more powerful launch trim is expected to deliver 603 horsepower and 733 lb-ft of torque, facilitated by dual motor units enabling all-wheel drive and torque vectoring. Its 100-kWh battery pack is estimated to provide approximately 310 miles of range, though these are not yet EPA-certified figures. The standard performance trim, expected to be more accessible in price, is anticipated to offer over 400 hp, placing it below the high-performance variant. Future models might include a base rear-wheel-drive version and an even more powerful performance model.

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State-of-the-Art Charging, Chassis, and Suspension

Employing an 800-volt system akin to the Porsche Taycan, the Macan EV boasts rapid charging capabilities, achieving a significant state of charge in less than 22 minutes. Its shared architecture with Audi allows for the concurrent production of electric and petrol Macans at Porsche’s Leipzig facility. Various suspension setups are available, including a coil-spring option with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and an air suspension system, the latter expected to be standard in U.S. models. These systems provide adjustable ride height and driving modes, catering to diverse driving preferences.

Digitalised Interior and Advanced Technology

The interior of the Macan EV embraces digital sophistication, featuring standard and optional screens, such as a 10.9-inch central touchscreen paired with a 12.6-inch driver display. Further enhancements include an optional augmented-reality head-up display and a 10.9-inch passenger-side screen. The vehicle integrates advanced ambient lighting, an updated voice assistant, and an Android-based infotainment system with access to popular digital applications and enhanced navigation features.

Redefining the Electric Vehicle Landscape

As Porsche’s second venture into the all-electric domain following the Taycan, the Macan EV is uniquely positioned in the electric vehicle sector. Combining luxury, performance, and technological innovation, it stands apart from its competitors and heralds a new era in electric mobility. The Macan EV is not merely a demonstration of Porsche’s commitment to electrification but also a vision of the future of luxury SUVs.

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OCEANSHOT: SPEARHEADING CORAL REEF REVIVAL

A Trailblazing Movement in Marine Conservation

OceanShot, co-founded by Dr. Deborah Brosnan and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria, represents a groundbreaking endeavour in the realm of marine conservation. Launched in November 2020, this pioneering project is at the forefront of large-scale coral reef restoration, targeting ecosystems that are critically endangered due to environmental changes.

Revitalising Coral Reefs on a Global Scale

OceanShot’s primary mission is the extensive restoration and safeguarding of coral reef ecosystems. Acknowledging the urgent necessity for action, the initiative has convened a top-tier team of coral reef biologists, coastal engineers, modelers, and reef builders. This skilled team offers an array of services, encompassing ecological surveys, environmental permitting, and coastal hydrodynamic analysis, all geared towards the conservation of these vital marine habitats.

Innovative Techniques in Reef Restoration

Central to OceanShot’s approach is the deployment of advanced reef modules, designed to emulate natural reef formations. These structures not only offer new habitats for coral and other marine life but also play a crucial role in coastal protection. The project’s initial phase witnessed the successful installation of five Build Reef Modules off the coast of Barbuda in October 2022. These modules are instrumental in the project’s broader strategy to comprehend and augment the essential services provided by coral reefs, including supporting biodiversity, fisheries, tourism, and shielding against coastal erosion and sea level rise.

Collaborative Efforts and Technological Breakthroughs

Strategic partnerships, including with the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) Worldwide, have significantly bolstered OceanShot’s reach and efficacy, embedding it in the global fight against marine environmental issues. The project is also at the vanguard of implementing underwater AI technology and other novel solutions in coral restoration, vital for scaling up restoration efforts and ensuring the long-term health and resilience of coral reefs.

Looking Ahead: Expanding Impact and Innovation

OceanShot is poised to broaden its scope, with several additional reef modules currently in the design phase and planned for future deployment. The announcement of the OceanShot Centre and Innovation Lab on Barbuda, made by co-founders John Paul DeJoria and Dr. Deborah Brosnan, alongside the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, highlights the project’s dedication to pioneering and sustainable practices in marine conservation.

Conclusion: A Symbol of Hope for Marine Ecosystems

OceanShot stands as a beacon of optimism in the field of marine conservation, showcasing the power of innovative thinking, technological advancement, and collaborative action in preserving the planet’s vital coral reefs. More than just an environmental restoration model, OceanShot symbolises the potential of human endeavour to positively impact the natural world.

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JEWEL OF THE ATLANTIC: THE AZORES’ ENCHANTING ESCAPADE

EXPERIENCE THE ULTIMATE IN VOLCANIC LUXURY AND NATURE’S SPLENDOUR IN EUROP’S HAWAII

In the heart of the Atlantic Ocean lies the Azores, an autonomous Portuguese archipelago known as the ‘Hawaii of Europe’. This breathtaking destination is a mosaic of dramatic volcanic landscapes, lush green hillsides, and a rich tapestry of biodiversity. The islands offer an almost prehistoric escape, with each providing its own unique allure. São Miguel, the largest island, is a popular gateway to this enchanting world, offering visitors a vivid panorama of crater lakes, fumaroles, and verdant expanses.

The Azores is not just a destination; it’s an experience that blends eco-adventure with serene luxury. The islands cater to a diverse range of interests, from the thrill of hiking and kayaking to the tranquility of geothermal hot springs. Each island, from the surf-friendly shores of São Miguel to the vineyard-laden landscapes of Pico, has its own character and charm. The southernmost island, Santa Maria, stands out with its unique white-sand beaches, offering a different flavour of Azorean beauty.

Accommodations in the Azores seamlessly blend into the natural landscape, offering luxury amidst the islands’ unique volcanic beauty. From the geothermal wonders of Octant Furnas to the modern, wellnessoriented Santa Barbara Eco Resort, each hotel provides a unique window into the soul of the Azores. Sensi and White Exclusive Suites & Villas on São Miguel offer upscale, intimate settings, ideal for relaxation and romance. Pocinho Bay on Pico Island offers a distinct experience with its Mykonos-like ambiance, vineyard views, and access to natural rock pools.

Exploring the Azores is an adventure in itself. Sete Cidades on São Miguel captivates with its legendary twin crater lakes, while the uninhabited islet of Ilhéu de Vila Franca is a haven for snorkelers and nature lovers. The hot springs in Furnas provide a unique blend of relaxation and natural wonder. For those seeking higher altitudes, the trek to Pico da Barrosa, the highest point in Portugal, is an exhilarating experience.

The Azores is also a haven for culinary enthusiasts. The islands’ cuisine is a celebration of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, with each restaurant offering a unique taste of Azorean flavour. Quinta dos Sabores provides a farm-to-table experience, while Bar Caloura and O Ancoradouro are known for their fresh seafood. Tasquinha Vieira and Restaurante Associação Agrícola de São Miguel offer cozy atmospheres and robust flavours.

The archipelago is also making a name for itself in the world of wine. The Azores Wine Company on Pico Island is pioneering in its approach to volcanic wines, while Pico Wines and Quinta Da Jardinete showcase the rich winemaking heritage of the region.

The Azores, with its unique blend of natural beauty, adventure, and luxury, offers a travel experience like no other. Here, in this jewel of the Atlantic, you can traverse the paths less travelled, immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of nature, and indulge in the comforts of modern luxury, all in one extraordinary journey.

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A GREENER TOMORROW: UNRAVELLING THE IMPACT OF EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY

Charting a Sustainable Course in the Modern Market

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is not just an environmental strategy; it’s a catalyst for change, reshaping the narrative of production and consumption in the global market. Originating in Sweden, this progressive concept has evolved into a powerful tool that compels producers to internalize the environmental costs of their products, encompassing everything from manufacturing to disposal. EPR is transforming industries, encouraging brands to innovate and design with sustainability at their core.

Tracing the Roots: The Swedish Inception

In 1990, Thomas Lindhqvist introduced EPR in a report to the Swedish Ministry of the Environment. His vision was clear: to mitigate the environmental impact of products by holding manufacturers accountable for their entire life cycle. This pioneering approach marked the beginning of a new era in environmental policy, focusing on the end-of-use treatment of consumer products to minimize waste and environmental degradation.

EPR in Practice: A Closer Look

EPR operates on the principle of making producers responsible for the end-of-life management of their products. This policy diverges from traditional product stewardship by mandating that producers, not consumers or governments, bear the financial and physical responsibility for product disposal and recycling. The approach has been particularly influential in industries like electronics, packaging, and automotive, where the environmental impact is significant.

Electronics Industry: Leading the Charge

In the realm of electronics, companies like Apple and Samsung have embraced EPR principles. Apple, for instance, has developed sophisticated recycling robots like ‘Daisy’ and ‘Liam’ to disassemble iPhones and recover valuable materials. Samsung, meanwhile, has implemented various take-back and recycling programs, ensuring responsible disposal of their electronic products.

Packaging Industry: Redefining Responsibility

In the packaging sector, multinational corporations like Unilever and Nestlé have committed to making all their plastic packaging recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025. This commitment aligns with EPR principles, pushing these companies to innovate in packaging design and materials to reduce environmental impact.

Automotive Industry: Driving Sustainable Change

The automotive industry is not far behind, with companies like Volvo and BMW investing in sustainable vehicle design and end-oflife vehicle recycling programs. BMW, for instance, has established its own recycling and dismantling centre, aiming to maximize the recyclability of its vehicles.

The Global Reach of EPR

EPR’s influence extends beyond individual companies to entire nations. The European Union, with directives like the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), mandates member states to prioritize recycling and waste reduction in electronic products. In Asia, countries like China have adopted EPR to manage the growing e-waste challenge, implementing strict regulations for electronics recycling.

Confronting Challenges and Criticisms

Despite its potential, EPR faces criticisms ranging from the complexity of recycling certain products to the fear of increased consumer costs. Critics argue that EPR might stifle innovation or lead manufacturers to bypass environmental goals for profitability. There’s also the challenge of ensuring global consistency in EPR implementation, as different countries have varying levels of infrastructure and regulatory frameworks.

Envisioning the Future: EPR as a Catalyst for Change

As the world moves towards a more sustainable future, EPR stands at the forefront of this transformation. It’s a concept that goes beyond mere policy, fostering a culture of accountability and innovation. By compelling manufacturers to consider the entire lifecycle of their products, EPR is driving industries towards more sustainable practices, setting the stage for a future where economic growth and environmental stewardship go hand in hand. In this ever-evolving landscape, EPR is more than a regulatory requirement – it’s a commitment to a greener, more sustainable world. As industries adapt and innovate in response to EPR, we witness a significant shift in how products are designed, used, and disposed of, heralding a new age of environmental consciousness in the global market.

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REVOLUTIONISING SUSTAINABILITY: FAST FEET

GRINDED’S TRAILBLAZING JOURNEY IN HOE RECYCLING

From Waste to Worth: How Fast Feet Grinded is Redefining the Footwear Industry

Fast Feet Grinded is at the forefront of a sustainable revolution in the footwear industry, armed with a groundbreaking shoe recycling installation. This innovative technology expertly pulverises and segregates various types of footwear, transforming them into completely reusable raw materials such as rubber, foam, and leather. This method addresses the significant challenges the industry faces today, including the escalation of waste, CO2 emissions, and the scarcity of raw materials.

Beyond mere recycling, Fast Feet Grinded’s mission is to steer the entire footwear industry towards a circular model, ensuring sustainable and environmentally responsible products. The company has set ambitious targets in line with global sustainability regulations, aiming for 50% recycled materials in products by 2030 and complete circularity by 2050.

One of the key aspects of Fast Feet Grinded’s process is its commitment to transparency and accountability. The company ensures that recycled materials are neither resold nor donated but instead issues certificates to participating companies, emphasising their contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. This not only helps companies meet their sustainability reports but also fosters a culture of responsibility and environmental stewardship.

Fast Feet Grinded’s journey began with the collection of military and judicial shoes, later expanding to athletic footwear through collection points in sports stores, and ultimately including all shoe types. The company has established hundreds of collection points across Europe and globally, expanding its collection to include overstock, rejects, returns, and samples from various brands and companies. Initially, shoes were manually dismantled with the help of disabled workers, but this method was unscalable. Hence, Fast Feet Grinded developed its own Shoe Recycle Machine to manage the increasing volume and variety of footwear.

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The innovative recycling process of the company breaks down shoes into macro-components, which are then ground into high-purity granulates. These granulates are used to create new products, ranging from rubber floors for children’s playgrounds and retail shops to counters and displays. Fast Feet Grinded’s vision goes beyond shoe recycling, aiming to establish a circular economy within the footwear industry. The ultimate goal is “shoe to shoe” recycling, where raw materials are returned to manufacturers for new shoe production.

In its quest for global sustainability, Fast Feet Grinded has partnered with significant brands and organisations. A notable collaboration is with Fashion for Good, involving partners like adidas, Inditex, Target, and Zalando. This project aims to validate Fast Feet Grinded’s footwear recycling process, enhancing the use of recycled materials in new footwear products. This partnership addresses the challenge of the staggering number of shoes added to the market annually, most of which end up in landfills or incinerators. The collaboration focuses on transforming pre- and post-consumer footwear into new material granulates for various applications, demonstrating the potential of Fast Feet Grinded’s technology for scalable solutions.

The story of FastFeetGrinded, founded in 2016 by Danny Pormes and Erna Pormes-Redecker, is a tale of innovation, determination, and a vision for a sustainable future. As suppliers to the Dutch Ministry of Defence, they were challenged to incorporate recycling into their business process. The lack of available solutions led them to develop their unique process, resulting in the establishment of FastFeetGrinded in 2017, the world’s first unique footwear recycling company.

The company’s ambition is not just to recycle shoes but to transform the international footwear industry into a circular working industry. For both engineering and financing, it collaborates with the Heilig Group from the northern Netherlands. This partnership enabled FastFeetGrinded to leverage the necessary engineering and financial support to advance its innovative recycling technology.

Despite initial challenges, including manually taking shoes apart and experimenting with recycling methods, FastFeetGrinded’s persistence led to the creation of the world’s first-ever footwear recycling machine, the Shoe Recycle Machine (SRM). This machine significantly increased their processing capacity and efficiency in separating shoes into different materials, marking a major step towards addressing the vast quantities of shoes discarded globally each day.

FastFeetGrinded’s story exemplifies entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, and commitment to sustainability. By identifying a critical gap in the market and taking bold steps to fill it, the founders have not only created a unique solution for shoe recycling but have also set a precedent for the entire footwear industry in the pursuit of a more sustainable and circular future.

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REWIRED SUMMIT 2023: CHARTING A NEW COURSE IN EDUCATION AND CLIMATE ACTION

Unprecedented Global Summit Unites Voices for Educational Transformation in Climate Response

The Inaugural RewirEd Summit: A Global Convergence for Change

In an extraordinary global gathering, the first-ever RewirEd Summit 2023, held in Dubai, marked a pivotal moment in integrating education with climate action. Over 1,000 participants, including two heads of state, 22 ministers, and 28 CEOs, alongside 260 speakers from 209 entities across 76 countries, united to embed educational transformation at the core of climate action initiatives.

Educational Transformation at the Forefront of Climate Action

This groundbreaking event, a first in its scope and ambition, galvanised leaders and influencers from various sectors to reinforce the critical role of education in addressing the climate crisis. The summit’s robust agenda, featuring 35 dynamic sessions, brought together diverse perspectives to forge a collective path forward, advocating transformed education systems as a key driver of climate action.

A Platform for Global Leaders and Innovators

Keynote speakers at the RewirEd Summit included prominent figures such as H.E. Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation; Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former UK Prime Minister; and Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Their insights highlighted the urgency of integrating education into global climate strategies and the importance of worldwide collaboration in this endeavour.

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Launching Impactful Initiatives for a Sustainable Future

The summit witnessed the unveiling of several pioneering initiatives focused on reinventing education systems for sustainable development. Notably, UNICEF and Generation Unlimited’s ‘Green Rising’ initiative aims to engage millions of children and youth in green skills development and advocacy. The Aga Khan Foundation introduced an online portal featuring over 100 teacher-led climate action solutions and a new mechanism for advancing climate action through education, co-funded by Dubai Cares.

Establishing an Independent Global Educational Platform

A significant development at the summit was the announcement by Dr. Tariq Al Gurg of the RewirEd Summit’s evolution into an independent, stand-alone global platform. Led by a global board, this platform is poised to catalyse education transformation solutions on a worldwide scale, with strategic leadership from global education figures like Laura Frigenti and Yasmine Sherif.

Advocating Transformative Educational Policies

The summit’s outcomes, encapsulating key recommendations and policy demands, are poised for presentation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the COP28 Presidency. The RewirEd Summit 2023 has set a new benchmark in philanthropy and collaborative partnerships, targeting one of humanity’s most complex challenges – transforming education systems for a sustainable and equitable future. Under the stewardship of Dr. Tariq Al Gurg and Dubai Cares, the summit has not only created a landmark forum but also laid the foundations for a future where education and climate action are intimately connected, paving the way for a sustainable and thriving global community.

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REVOLUTIONIZING LIVING

Mercedes-Benz and Dubai-based Binghatti Properti Unveil Groundbreaking Real Estate Collaboration

In a landmark announcement at the Meydan Hotel in Dubai, Mercedes-Benz introduced the world to Mercedes Benz Places | Binghatti, a visionary fusion of automotive and architectural excellence. This groundbreaking venture, a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and esteemed real-estate developer Binghatti Properties, marks the inception of a luxurious 65-storey residential tower, Mercedes-Benz Places | Binghatti, set to redefine the concept of luxury living in Dubai. Elevating the intersection of automotive and architectural design, Mercedes-Benz Places | Binghatti embodies the brand’s DNA, emotion, and intelligence in a unique residential space. The project is a strategic move to reinforce Mercedes-Benz’s standing as the most coveted automotive brand globally. Eva Wiese, Head of Mercedes-Benz Customer Solutions, shared her enthusiasm for this pioneering venture, stating, “By launching Mercedes-Benz Places in Dubai, we are breaking new ground by seamlessly integrating the world of Mercedes-Benz into the living environments of our customers and prospects. Our collaboration with Binghatti Properties unites expertise and trust, pioneering a real-estate experience that embodies our shared passion for innovation.”

A Seamless Blend of Luxury Living and Advanced Mobility

At the core of Mercedes-Benz Places is the creation of an unparalleled living space that seamlessly integrates fascination and desire. This holistic ecosystem adapts to residents’ needs by offering customer-centric living solutions, including mixed-use facilities, sports and wellness zones, lounges, non-automotive retail spaces, exhibition areas, and parking. The project, in collaboration with local subsidiaries and third-party providers, will provide innovative mobility solutions such as EV charging, smart mobility apps, ride-hailing, bike and scooter sharing, chauffeur services, and automated valet parking.

Muhammad BinGhatti, CEO of Binghatti Properties, expressed excitement about the collaboration, saying, “We are profoundly excited to be working with Mercedes-Benz to develop the new Mercedes-Benz Places in Dubai. Our aim is to create an unmatched experience of living for residents and guests from all over the world. Mercedes-Benz Places will capture the spirit of elevated living that is inherent within the Binghatti brand identity, creating an iconic project manifesting timeless design and elegance.”

Translating Automotive Design into Architectural Brilliance

Characterized by its distinctive elliptical exterior, Mercedes-Benz Places | Binghatti stands tall at 341 meters in the prime location of Downtown Dubai, offering unobstructed views of the iconic Burj Khalifa. The hyper-tower’s design draws inspiration from the flowing lines of modern Mercedes-Benz cars, including the VISION EQXX, Vision One-Eleven, and Concept CLA Class. Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Mercedes-Benz Group AG, explained, “Iconic design is what we are striving for. We want to create something that stands out and makes a strong statement. This is what we have done for Mercedes-Benz Places in Dubai. We have taken our unique design philosophy of Sensual Purity beyond automotive and shaped an iconic landmark. It looks very different, unique, and futuristic and it will be associated with the design, technology, and luxury appeal that are trademarks of every Mercedes-Benz.”

Crafting Distinctive Spaces and Balanced Proportions

Mercedes-Benz Places | Binghatti comprises 150 meticulously crafted residences, offering a selection of two- to four-bedroom units and five penthouses. The tower features three main elements – the core with horizontal balcony structuring, the adjoining lamella structure with dynamic lines, and the closed southern façade with striking cladding. The design focuses on merging interior and exterior seamlessly, creating a space that combines architecture and nature. The project represents MercedesBenz’s foray into branded real estate, aligning with the company’s commitment to providing holistic brand experiences and extending beyond traditional automotive boundaries. Mercedes-Benz Places | Binghatti sets the stage for future branded residences, creating additional touchpoints for customers and instilling confidence in the quality and services offered.

“The creation of this unique living space in Dubai is a celebration of the evolution and heritage of both brands. Working together, we will create something remarkable – a sophisticated living space that mixes iconic design, emotion, and innovation into a phenomenal architectural form,” remarked the collaboration partners.

In summary, Mercedes-Benz Places | Binghatti signifies a paradigm shift in luxury living, blending automotive elegance with architectural brilliance to offer residents an unparalleled experience that reflects the essence of both Mercedes-Benz and Binghatti Properties.

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ENCHANTING COSTA RICA: A SYMPHONY OF NATURE AND LUXURY

DISCOVER 2024’S UNMISSABLE PARADISE, WHERE ADVENTURE MEETS SERENITY

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Costa Rica, a gem nestled between the Caribbean and Pacific, is a tapestry of natural splendour and luxury. The nation, though no larger than West Virginia, is a microcosm of the planet’s biodiversity, boasting a remarkable 5% of the world’s species. This peaceful paradise, with its rich coasts and vibrant ecosystems, offers an unparalleled travel experience.

The country’s wildlife is a major draw, with a myriad of species ranging from the serene sloths and scarlet macaws to the elusive, vibrantly coloured tree frogs. The beaches here are not just sun-soaked stretches of sand but also sanctuaries for endangered sea turtles, all set against the backdrop of some of the world’s most active volcanoes.

A journey to Costa Rica is an immersion in nature and luxury. Top experiences include relaxing in the mineral-rich plunge pools of Nayara Springs, soaring through cloud forests on zip lines, and exploring the country’s 28 protected national parks. Culinary delights await at Restaurant Silvestre, where traditional Costa Rican cuisine is reimagined with contemporary flair. In Limón, travellers can delve into the vibrant Afro-Caribbean culture.

Accommodation in Costa Rica ranges from the audaciously designed W Costa Rica - Reserva Conchal, with its unique treehouse suites, to the tranquil adults-only oasis of Nayara Springs. The Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen offers a serene escape near the capital, while the Four Seasons Resort Peninsula Papagayo and Lapa Rios Ecolodge & Wildlife Reserve are perfect for those seeking familyfriendly luxury or an intimate connection with nature.

Activities in Costa Rica cater to a wide range of interests. Nature lovers can explore the diverse flora and fauna of its national parks. For the more adventurous, surfing along the country’s 300 beaches offers waves for every skill level.

Wellness enthusiasts can find solace in world-class spas like Vida Mía Healing Center & Spa, perched atop a crystal mountain. And for those seeking a unique experience, the Pacuare Region’s private hikes and whitewater rafting are not to be missed.

Dining in Costa Rica is an adventure in itself. From the farm-to-table wonders of Restaurante Celajes to the authentic Caribbean flavours of Lidia’s Place and the health-focused offerings of Sano Banano, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Don Rufino’s local dishes and Restaurante Silvestre’s experiential dining further enrich the culinary landscape.

Choosing the best time to visit Costa Rica depends on personal preferences. The dry season offers clear Caribbean waters and vibrant wildlife, while the wet season, known as the green season, provides a more secluded and cost-effective travel experience. The country’s rich cultural tapestry is best witnessed during key events like Palmares in January or Easter week, reflecting its deep-rooted Catholic heritage.

Costa Rica’s seven provinces each offer a unique experience. San José is a bustling hub of cultural and culinary excellence. Alajuela appeals to thrill-seekers with its iconic Arenal Volcano National Park. Meanwhile, Limón offers a deep dive into the country’s Afro-Caribbean heritage.

In 2024, Costa Rica stands as an exemplary destination for travellers seeking a harmonious blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. It’s a place where luxury meets wilderness, offering a travel experience that is as enriching as it is unforgettable.

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STYLE FINDER: TOP 10 LUXURY STYLE PICKS FOR HIM & HER

EMBRACE THE SEASON›S LUXE FASHION ESSENTIALS WITH OUR TOP 10 STYLE PICKS. FOR THE DISCERNING MAN AND WOMAN, WE›VE SELECTED FIVE EXQUISITE ITEMS EACH, PAIRING TRENDSETTING DESIGNS WITH TIMELESS SOPHISTICATION.

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BRUNELLO CUCINELLI BELTED MAXI DRESS

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SAINT LAURENT BLAKE 75MM LEATHER PUMPS JIL SANDER SCULPTED EARRINGS PRADA MINI LEATHER SHOULDER BAG

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GUCCI OPHIDIA GG CROSSBODY BAG

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RICK OWENS DROP-CROTCH COTTON TROUSERS

ROSETTA GETTY X VIOLET GETTY LOGO-EMBROIDERED CARDIGAN

SAINT LAURENT CASSANDRE LEATHER BELT

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REVOLUTIONISING THE TRADITIONAL WALLET: THE EKSTER PARLIAMENT

EKSTER›S PARLIAMENT WALLET: MERGING STYLE, SECURITY, AND SMART TECHNOLOGY IN A COMPACT DESIGN

Redefining Convenience with Smart Design: The Ekster Parliament Wallet is a marvel of design and functionality. It accommodates 12-1 cards and bills, ensuring that essentials are always within reach. The built-in aluminium cardholder fans out cards at the click of a button, a feature that redefines convenience and quick access in our fast-paced world.

Uncompromised Security: In today›s digital age, security is paramount. The Ekster Parliament doesn›t just hold your cards; it protects them. Equipped with RFID-blocking technology, it safeguards against wireless theft and skimming, offering peace of mind in an increasingly wireless world.

Sustainable Luxury: Crafted from environmentally certified leather, the Parliament Wallet reflects Ekster›s commitment to sustainability without compromising on luxury. The leather is not only durable but also ages gracefully, acquiring a unique patina over time, making each wallet distinctively yours.

Smart and Trackable: Ekster elevates the traditional wallet into the realm of smart accessories. With the option to add a solar-powered Tracker Card, the Parliament Wallet becomes virtually unlosable. This innovative feature allows for two-way ringing between your wallet and phone.

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THE AIR MAX 95 INSPIRED NIKE BOOK 1S

CELEBRATING A LEGACY IN FOOTWEAR: NBA STAR DEVIN BOOKER›S NEW SIGNATURE SHOE

In the world of sports and fashion, few events generate as much excitement as the unveiling of a new signature shoe by a top athlete. In December 2023, Devin Booker, the celebrated Phoenix Suns guard, did just that. He introduced a new colourway for his first signature shoe with Nike, the Nike Book 1, during a high-stakes NBA game against the Dallas Mavericks. This latest design appears to draw its inspiration from the iconic Nike Air Max 95 “Neon” colourway, infusing a touch of nostalgia into the contemporary basketball scene.

Devin Booker›s journey with Nike has been one of creative collaboration and athletic excellence. Earlier this year, the young NBA star, only 27 and already a three-time All-Star with eight seasons in the league, revealed his first signature shoe with the American sportswear giant. The Book 1, a highly anticipated release set for Spring 2024, has already been gracing the courts on Booker›s feet, though it remains tantalisingly out of reach for fans and sneaker enthusiasts until its official launch.

The “Neon” inspired Book 1s are more than just a nod to a classic sneaker; they are a personal homage. The Air Max 95 holds a special place in Booker›s heart, having been a staple of his childhood and a favourite of his father. This emotional connection is beautifully reflected in the design of his signature shoe. The Air Max-inspired Book 1s exhibit a quilted textile with smooth nubuck overlays, encapsulating the midfoot, vamp, quarter, collar, and mesh tongue in a sleek, cool grey accent. The colour palette harmoniously blends with the inner lining and laces, while black elegantly highlights the mudguard and midsole. The signature neon of the Air Max 95 touches the profile Swooshes, tongue tab, and book-page heel stripe, all sitting atop a semi-translucent tread.

This blend of classic and contemporary in Booker›s new shoe epitomises the evolving nature of athletic footwear. It›s not just about performance on the court; it›s about making a statement, telling a story, and honouring a legacy. As the basketball world and sneaker enthusiasts eagerly await the release of the Nike Book 1s, they can look forward to a product that encapsulates Booker›s journey, style, and the enduring appeal of a classic design reimagined for a new era.

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PANGAIA AND POLESTAR’S PATH TO SUSTAINABILITY

BLENDING INNOVATION AND ETHICS - A JOURNEY TOWARDS AN EARTH-POSITIVE FASHION FUTURE

In an era where the call for sustainable practices in fashion has never been louder, Pangaia emerges as a beacon of change. This materials science company, founded in 2019, is more than just a fashion brand; it›s a mission-driven entity dedicated to reshaping the industry. With a focus on creating Earth-positive business models, Pangaia is not just answering the fashion industry’s biggest challenges but redefining them.

A Synergy of Science and Nature

At the heart of Pangaia›s ethos is the belief in harnessing nature›s bounty, applying scientific ingenuity to develop more sustainable solutions. Their innovative approach to fashion is encapsulated in their development of a biobased alternative to down, crafted from wildflowers, a biopolymer, and an aerogel. This groundbreaking material offers a compassionate and eco-friendly alternative to traditional thermalinsulating outerwear, which has long relied on synthetic materials or animal feathers.

Transparency: The Foundation of Trust

In their pursuit of sustainable fashion, Pangaia places immense value on transparency. Through their Science and Impact Hub, the brand aims not only to educate but also to inspire a community of conscious consumers. Their annual Science & Impact report mirrors this commitment, offering a candid view of their journey, including both triumphs and challenges. This approach aligns closely with the ethos of Polestar, known for their Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) reports, highlighting the shared values between these two pioneering brands.

Collaboration: The Key to Impactful Change

The partnership between Pangaia and Polestar is a testament to the power of collaboration in driving sustainable change. Both brands share a commitment to innovation, design, and fostering positive impacts on nature and people›s lives. This synergy is evident in their collaborative projects, where they seek to inspire a ripple effect across their respective industries. Pangaia›s collaboration with Nativa™ is a prime example of this. Addressing sustainability and animal welfare concerns in the wool industry, their partnership has led to the creation of NATIVARegen™ garments. These are made from %100 traceable Merino wool, sourced from farms that prioritize environmental preservation, animal welfare, and community support. This traceability ensures that every step of the supply chain, from the farm to the finished product, adheres to the highest ethical and environmental standards.

Furthermore, Pangaia›s investment in sheep farming in Uruguay showcases their dedication to addressing broader environmental concerns such as soil quality and carbon emissions. By partnering with farms that uphold their stringent values, Pangaia not only contributes to a healthier planet but also supports local communities and animal welfare.

Looking to the Future

Pangaia stands at the forefront of the fashion industry, not just as a disruptor but as a visionary leader. Their collaboration with Polestar is a striking example of how two different industries can come together to champion sustainability. As they continue to work with industry partners and voluntary initiatives, their aim is to drive widespread adoption of sustainable practices across the fashion landscape. In a world where the environmental impact of fashion is increasingly scrutinised, Pangaia›s partnership with Polestar represents a beacon of hope and a call to action. It›s a collaboration that goes beyond mere product creation; it›s about setting a precedent for an Earth-positive future, inspiring others in the industry to join this crucial movement towards sustainability.

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BELKIN REVEALS THE BOOST CHARGE PRO 2-IN-1: A REVOLUTION IN WIRELESS CHARGING

A FUSION OF ELEGANCE AND EFFICIENCY: THE ULTIMATE CHARGING SOLUTION

Belkin›s BOOST↑CHARGE PRO -2in1- Wireless Charging Dock with MagSafe emerges as a trailblazer in wireless charging technology. This device is not just another accessory; it represents a harmonious blend of sophistication, innovation, and functionality, tailored for the digitally connected lifestyle.

Elevating the Charging Experience: The BOOST↑CHARGE PRO -2in1- Dock marks a new epoch in wireless charging. Seamlessly compatible with MagSafe, it ensures flawless alignment and fast wireless charging up to 15W. Tailored for the latest iPhone iterations like the iPhone 15 and iPhone 14, this dock guarantees efficient power delivery in a wire-free manner.

Versatile Design for Modern Needs: This dock transcends its primary function of charging, enhancing your daily interaction with your gadgets. Its adjustable construct allows you to select the perfect viewing angle, ranging from 0 to 70 degrees, fitting various environments, whether it›s your bedside table, kitchen countertop, or office desk. The StandBy feature memorises your preferred viewing preferences for each location, whether it›s checking the time, scrolling through photos, or viewing widgets.

Accelerated Charging for Apple Watch: The Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE PRO extends its prowess beyond iPhones, offering rapid charging for the Apple Watch Ultra 2, Apple Watch Series 9, and other compatible models. This dual functionality makes it an indispensable accessory for Apple enthusiasts, delivering a consolidated charging solution for both your iPhone and Apple Watch.

Sleek and Robust Design: With thoughtful design elements, the dock features a non-slip, weighted base for stability and security. The aesthetic appeal is further enhanced by a colour-coordinated, braided USB-C cable and charger, adding to its refined appearance.

Box Contents: Each Belkin BOOST↑CHARGE PRO -2in1- Wireless Charging Dock with MagSafe package includes a 30W USB-C Power Supply and a -1.5metre braided USB-C cable, ensuring a complete setup right out of the box. Belkin›s latest innovation transcends the ordinary, symbolising how technology can seamlessly integrate into our lives, providing both functionality and style. The BOOST↑CHARGE PRO -2in1 Wireless Charging Dock is poised to redefine user expectations, becoming an indispensable part of the tech ensemble for discerning individuals.

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GC’S CHOICE: THE BEST HEADPHONES OF 2024

EXPLORING THE PINNACLE OF SOUND: GC’S CURATED LIST OF 2024’S TOP HEADPHONES FOR EVERY AUDIOPHILE

As we dive into the sonic landscape of 2024, GC›s Choice brings you an exclusive selection of the year›s best headphones. Our exhaustive evaluation process, driven by a passion for pristine audio experiences, has led us to this year›s top contenders in the headphone market. Our testing regimen is rigorous, focusing on sound quality, ergonomic comfort, and the integration of innovative features. This year›s selection encapsulates the finest in audio technology, ranging from immersive noise-cancelling headphones to sleek, wireless designs.

Wireless Domination with a Nod to Tradition: The shift towards wireless headphones is evident in 2024, reflecting the growing demand for unencumbered listening experiences without sacrificing sound quality. However, for purists who still relish the acoustic fidelity of wired headphones, our selection includes models that exemplify the zenith of traditional audio craftsmanship.

Noise-Cancelling Prowess: A standout feature this year is the advancement in noise-cancellation technology, offering an oasis of sound in even the most chaotic environments. Our top picks include models that excel in this domain, providing an immersive auditory escape for the listener.

Versatility Across Budgets: Understanding the diverse needs and budgets of audiophiles, our list spans a wide price range. From luxurious, high-end models offering the epitome of sound quality to more economical options that do not compromise on audio performance, GC›s Choice caters to every level of audio enthusiast.

Reigning supreme with its harmonious blend of top-tier noise cancellation and rich, balanced audio. A veteran in our list, its consistent performance makes it a go-to choice.

Setting a new standard in earbud noise cancellation, they provide a sound experience that›s as profound as it is serene.

Excelling in the budget category, these earbuds deliver an impressive soundstage without breaking the bank.

4 Wireless

For those seeking a premium auditory experience, these headphones offer a symphony of detailed sound and advanced features, wrapped in a sleek design.

A premium choice for earbud enthusiasts, offering a crisp and nuanced sound profile that›s hard to surpass.

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Sony WH1000-XM4 Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Sennheiser Momentum Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus Technics EAH-AZ80

2024’S MOST ANTICIPATED TECH GADGETS A SNEAK PEEK INTO THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY WITH EXCITING NEW LAUNCHES

As technology continues to evolve at a breakneck speed, 2024 is already shaping up to be a landmark year with a host of new gadgets set to redefine our digital experiences. From sophisticated smartphones to innovative televisions and groundbreaking gaming consoles, the upcoming year promises to elevate our technological landscape. Here›s a roundup of the top 10 tech gadgets that are poised to make a significant impact in 2024

1. iPhone 16: The Next Evolution

Apple’s iPhone has consistently set the bar for smartphones since its inception. With the iPhone 16, expectations are sky-high. Rumors hint at groundbreaking features like under-display Face ID, solid-state buttons, and possibly even an ‹iPhone 16 Ultra›. This model is anticipated to push the boundaries with a larger screen, advanced hardware, and a port-less design.

2. PHOLED Televisions: A Brighter Future

Television technology is set for a revolution with PHOLED (phosphorescent organic light emitting diode) displays. These televisions promise enhanced efficiency, brighter screens, and vivid imagery, potentially transforming our viewing experiences with lower energy consumption and superior picture quality.

3. Compact Laptops: Slimmer and Faster

2024 might witness a significant leap in laptop technology with the introduction of Compression Attached Memory Module (CAMM) by Dell. This advancement is expected to deliver faster speeds and more compact designs, making laptops thinner and more powerful.

4. Nintendo’s Next Console: A New Gaming Chapter

With the immense success of the Nintendo Switch, the gaming world eagerly anticipates Nintendo›s next console offering. Rumors suggest the new console will retain the Switch›s hybrid functionality while enhancing performance and features, potentially launching by the end of 2024

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5. Samsung Galaxy S24: Elevating Smartphone Excellence

Samsung’s Galaxy S24 is set to continue the brand›s tradition of high-end smartphone innovations. While details are scarce, expectations include a larger battery, possibly a brighter screen, and enhancements to maintain its competitive edge against Apple›s offerings.

6. Apple Vision Pro: Virtual Reality for

All

Immerse yourself in the cutting-edge Apple Vision Pro, a revolution in personal entertainment. Experience films, games, and 3D content on an expansive display, complemented by Spatial Audio, with ultra-crisp visuals surpassing 4K clarity.

7. Apple Watch X: A Smartwatch Revolution

The Apple Watch X, anticipated for 2024, could be a game-changer in the smartwatch sector. Rumored features include a microLED screen, possibly a blood pressure monitor, and significant design overhauls, making it a highly awaited gadget.

8. Always Home Drone Camera by Ring: A New Dimension in Home Security

Ring’s Always Home Cam, an autonomous drone security system for homes, might finally hit the shelves in 2024. With its advanced lidar sensors and live feed capabilities, this drone camera promises to redefine home security.

9. UWB Headphones: High-Resolution Wireless Audio

The advent of ultra-wideband (UWB) headphones could mark a new era in audio technology. Offering high-resolution, lossless audio quality, these headphones are expected to surpass the performance of current Bluetooth devices, setting a new standard in wireless audio.

10. Lenovo Legion Go: Portable PC Gaming Elevated

The Lenovo Legion Go, a portable gaming PC, is rumored to be on the horizon. With expected features like a high-resolution display and detachable controllers, this device could bring a new level of gaming flexibility and performance, catering to the increasing demand for portable gaming solutions.

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UDAIPUR UNVEILED: A MOSAIC OF ROYAL SPLENDOUR AND SERENE WATERS

EXPLORE THE VENICE OF THE EAST - A HAVEN OF CULTURE, CUISINE, AND TIMELESS ELEGANCE

Udaipur, India, with its scenic beauty and regal history, is a jewel in the crown of Rajasthan. Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, this city has established itself as a popular destination for travellers worldwide, especially with the recent opening of the Raffles Udaipur, a symbol of modern luxury amidst historical grandeur.

Udaipur is a city where history and culture converge in a visual feast of architectural marvels. The City Palace, an imposing edifice along Lake Pichola, offers a glimpse into the lavish lives of the Rajput kings. The palace complex, with its intricate designs and stunning views, is a testament to the city’s grand past.

Lake Pichola, with its tranquil waters, is home to the enchanting Lake Palace. This architectural marvel appears to float on water, offering a serene retreat from the city’s hustle. Nearby, the Jagmandir Island Palace stands as a testament to Rajput grandeur, while the Sajjangarh Palace, perched on a hill, presents panoramic views of Udaipur’s natural and architectural beauty.

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Udaipur’s cultural landscape is rich and diverse, characterized by vibrant arts, music, and dance. The city is a hotspot for traditional Rajasthani art forms, like miniature paintings and the Ghoomar dance. Shilpgram Crafts Village serves as a living museum, offering a glimpse into the rural arts and crafts of Western India. The city comes alive during festivals like Diwali and Holi, celebrated with great enthusiasm. The Mewar Festival, unique to Udaipur, marks the onset of spring with cultural performances and fireworks, adding to the city’s vibrant atmosphere.

Udaipur’s cuisine is a gastronomic delight, reflecting the opulence of its royal heritage. Traditional dishes such as Dal Bati Churma and Laal Maas are culinary masterpieces. The city’s upscale dining venues, including those at Raffles Udaipur, offer a fusion of traditional and contemporary flavours. Street food in Udaipur is equally enticing, offering a taste of the region’s authentic spices and flavours with local favourites like Kachoris and Mirchi Badas. The hospitality in Udaipur is renowned. The city’s residents are known for their welcoming nature, adding a layer of warmth to the visitor experience. Friendly interactions with locals are a common and delightful aspect of visiting Udaipur. Udaipur is a shopper’s paradise, brimming with colourful markets and exquisite handicrafts.

Places like Hathi Pol Bazaar and Bada Bazaar are perfect for picking up Rajasthani textiles, jewellery, pottery, and miniature paintings, each reflecting the region’s rich artistic heritage. Udaipur is an experience that transcends the usual. It is a city where historical elegance meets modern luxury, cultural richness blends with culinary excellence, and the warmth of the people complements the beauty of the landscape. Udaipur is not just a travel destination but a journey into the heart of India’s royal legacy and vibrant contemporary life.

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