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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the latest issue of Global Citizen Magazine. Every page is crafted with the goal of bringing the world a little closer to you, offering a peek into the lives and work of influential figures and the places they’re shaping.

This issue takes you across continents and through time, exploring both the enduring impact of architect Norman Foster and the meticulous craftsmanship of Roland Iten.

Our interviews this time are particularly illuminating, featuring conversations with leaders like Catherine Rénier of Jaeger-LeCoultre and Guido Terreni of Parmigiani Fleurier, who share their thoughts on navigating and innovating within their fields. For our horology fans, we have a special treat with our in-depth coverage from Watches & Wonders 2024, showcasing the latest in watchmaking that blurs the line between technology and art.

The automotive enthusiasts aren’t left behind; this issue includes a glimpse into the future of luxury cars, highlighting new models that combine technological advancements with stunning designs.

If it’s escapism you’re after, our travel features on Montreal and Mustique are sure to satisfy your wanderlust, offering insider tips on how to enjoy these destinations to the fullest. We also delve into pressing global issues like the effects of counterfeit goods on brands and how the landscape of remote work is evolving, ensuring you’re well-informed about the world around you.

We hope the stories in this issue inspire you to explore, think, and perhaps see the world a bit differently.

With every story, let’s discover more together.

Yours truly,


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COPY EDITOR Sameer Denzi Bilal Aqeel

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Lord of the skylines of architectural mastermind

The Enduring Legacy of Norman Foster

At 88, most would expect to enjoy the tranquillity of retirement, yet Lord Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, defies such expectations. His story is one of relentless innovation and an unyielding pursuit of architectural brilliance. His life’s work has not only transformed skylines globally but has fundamentally redefined our understanding of the spaces we inhabit.

From Humble Beginnings to Architectural Nobility

Born in 1935 in the industrial heartland of Reddish, Stockport, Norman Robert Foster’s journey from modest beginnings to the zenith of architectural acclaim is a narrative of determination and visionary foresight. The son of a hardworking factory painter and a bakery worker, Foster’s early life was steeped in modesty, far from the architectural grandeur he would later command. Despite, or perhaps because of, these humble beginnings, Foster nurtured a burgeoning passion for structure and design, which propelled him from the confines of a struggling family to the prestigious halls of Yale University. It was there that he shaped his future alongside contemporaries like Richard Rogers.

A Visionary in High-Tech Architecture

Foster’s professional saga commenced with the establishment of Foster Associates in 1967, later evolving into the global powerhouse, Foster + Partners. His architectural philosophy, characterised by high-tech and sustainable design, has left its imprint on some of the most iconic buildings of the modern era. From the steel-and-glass curvature of London’s Gherkin to the vast, eco-friendly expanses of Apple Park in California, Foster’s designs harmoniously blend aesthetics with cutting-edge technology.

A seminal moment in Foster’s career was the design of the Willis Faber & Dumas headquarters in Ipswich—a pioneering project that redefined the concept of the workplace as a community space, complete with a swimming pool and a rooftop garden. This project exemplified Foster’s belief that architecture should enhance human interaction and well-being.

Innovations Beyond Static Structures

Foster’s influence extends beyond static structures to dynamic creations, including bridges and spacecraft interiors. His involvement in the Millennium Bridge in London, initially dubbed the “Wobbly Bridge” due to unforeseen swaying, showcased his commitment to both aesthetic and functional integrity; issues were quickly rectified, demonstrating his dedication to excellence.

His fascination with the integration of transportation and architecture was vividly brought to life in the recently curated exhibition, Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture, at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Here, Foster explored the evolution of the automobile and its interplay with design and culture, showcasing rare automobiles alongside significant art pieces—a perfect amalgamation of his passions for design, speed, and technology.

Challenges and Triumphs

Foster’s career has not been devoid of challenges. His ambitious plan for the London Millennium Tower faced public scepticism and was eventually shelved in favour of the less imposing but equally striking 30 St Mary Axe. His ventures into designing spaces like airports have drawn scrutiny amidst growing environmental concerns. Yet, Foster argues that engaging with such projects head-on is essential for developing sustainable architectural practices.

Despite personal health battles, including a severe cancer diagnosis in the 2000s, Foster’s zeal for life and architecture remains undimmed. He not only survived but continued to innovate, demonstrating that resilience might just be the most critical blueprint for success.

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Legacy and Future

Today, as the head of Foster + Partners, Lord Norman Foster continues to push the boundaries of architectural achievement. His firm operates globally, influencing urban landscapes and nurturing a new generation of architects who will carry his vision into the future. However, it’s not just in architecture where Foster makes a profound impact; his dedication to humanitarian and philanthropic efforts is equally commendable.

Foster’s involvement in global humanitarian projects includes his significant role in planning reconstruction efforts in Ukraine, aiming to rebuild and revitalise communities affected by conflict. This initiative exemplifies his belief in architecture as a tool for recovery and resilience, providing sustainable solutions that restore not only buildings but also hope and stability to communities in distress.

Beyond individual projects, Foster’s commitment to societal well-being is evident through the work of the Norman Foster Foundation. Established in Madrid, the foundation promotes interdisciplinary thinking and research to help new generations of architects, designers, and urbanists anticipate the future. It focuses on the power of architecture, design, and urbanism to address key global issues such as sustainability, health, education, and poverty.

The foundation also runs workshops, offers scholarships, and engages in research projects that explore how design can improve social inclusion, environmental sustainability, and community resilience. Through these efforts, Foster not only contributes to the immediate needs of the built environment but also invests in longterm strategies that foster more equitable and sustainable global communities.

As Norman Foster reflects on a storied career and looks towards the future, his life’s work stands as a testament to the power of enduring vision and relentless innovation. He lives by the motto that “the only constant is change,” a principle that continues to guide his hand as he moulds the future of architecture. In the ever-shifting sands of time and technology, Foster’s legacy stands steadfast, not just as a beacon of architectural innovation but also as a pillar of humanitarian commitment.

For those who seek to understand the impact of architecture on modern life, look no further than the works of Lord Norman Foster—a true titan of our built environment whose contributions extend far beyond the drafting table, impacting lives around the globe.


An Insightful Interview with Catherine


In this exclusive interview, Catherine Rénier, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, shares her journey within the luxury watch industry, highlighting her experiences and the innovative strides at Jaeger-LeCoultre.

From her early days in jewellery to leading a renowned watchmaking company, Rénier discusses the fusion of tradition with modern innovation and the future aspirations for the brand.

Can you please tell us a little about your journey, your beginnings, and what led you to Jaeger-LeCoultre?

I joined Jaeger-LeCoultre in 2018, bringing with me nearly two decades of experience in the jewellery sector, having worked for Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels in both the US and Asia. I moved from Asia back to Geneva, drawn to the rich heritage and creativity in the luxury watch industry that Jaeger-LeCoultre exemplifies.

What inspired you to pursue a career in the luxury watch industry?

It’s very much about the craftsmanship. I’m passionate about working with maisons that have a strong heritage and identity, grounded on solid foundations of innovation and creativity. I enjoy bridging the past with the future, like with our new Duomètre creation this year, which combines a late 19th-century pocket watch inspiration with contemporary design.

At Watches and Wonders, what inspired the booth design featuring elements from the 18th and 19th centuries?

The booth was inspired by the blacksmiths in the Vallée de Joux in the 17th century, tracing back to when the LeCoultre family moved to Le Sentier and established the town. Antoine LeCoultre, our founder, was known for his precision in watch components, which is highlighted in our booth design, celebrating over 190 years of expertise and innovation in watchmaking.

Can you elaborate on the significance of the five chapters presented at Watches and Wonders this year?

This year, we focused on precision, one of our three key pillars of innovation. We aim to deepen the public’s understanding of what precision in watchmaking means to Jaeger-LeCoultre, from the quality of components to the precision of the regulating organ and the innovative multi-axis tourbillon introduced this year.

How did the invention of the millionometer impact Jaeger-LeCoultre’s approach to watchmaking?

The millionometer allowed unprecedented precision in measuring and producing watch components, revolutionising our approach. It garnered Antoine LeCoultre and our maison significant recognition at the 1851 London Great Exhibition, reinforcing our reputation for quality and precision.

How do you balance preserving the heritage and tradition of Jaeger-LeCoultre with the need for innovation and adapting to modern trends?

It’s about respecting our heritage while being forwardthinking. Our designs and innovations always reflect the Jaeger-LeCoultre identity, focusing on understated elegance and ‘silent luxury’. We ensure that our innovations align with our historical pillars while also meeting contemporary expectations.

Lastly, what’s your vision for the future for JaegerLeCoultre?

I envision a future where Jaeger-LeCoultre remains a creative and lady-focused brand, distinguished in the crowded watch industry through our educational initiatives and artistic collaborations. Our goal is to be well-understood and appreciated for our craftsmanship, creativity, and the dedication of our teams.




Standing at the helm of Parmigiani Fleurier since January 2021, Guido Terreni embodies the fusion of traditional craftsmanship with forward-thinking innovation. His leadership is punctuated by a dedication to both respecting heritage and embracing modernity, making Parmigiani Fleurier a beacon of contemporary luxury watchmaking.

“In watchmaking, tradition is not a cage but a springboard for innovation,” Terreni explains. His approach is about harnessing the rich legacy of the brand to innovate and inspire. This philosophy is vividly realised in the recent expansion of the Tonda PF collection and the introduction of the new Toric collection. “These collections are a testament to our commitment to the art of mechanics so dear to the brand, reinterpreted in a fresh and contemporary manner,” Terreni adds. The journey to leading Parmigiani Fleurier was serendipitous, intertwined deeply with Terreni’s personal life, moving to Switzerland for love, which blossomed into a profound passion for horology. “I came to Switzerland for love, and then I found a second love in watchmaking,” he shares. This personal narrative of love and passion reflects in his leadership style—intuitive, dedicated, and profoundly connected to the ethos of Parmigiani Fleurier.

Terreni’s strategic vision for Parmigiani is significantly influenced by his background at Bulgari, where he spent over a decade refining the brand’s watch division. “I’ve always aligned myself with brands that resonate with my personal values,” Terreni states, emphasising how this alignment shapes his leadership at Parmigiani. He sees the brand as an epitome of ‘private luxury’ and understatement, qualities he regards highly, reflecting the ethos of the brand’s founder, Michel Parmigiani. With an eye on maintaining the exceptional standard of Parmigiani’s traditional Swiss watchmaking, Terreni is also steering the brand towards embracing innovative practices. “The tradition of watchmaking provides a profound source of knowledge, not constraints. We look to reinterpret this knowledge creatively to stay relevant and progressive in our designs,” he explains. This vision came to life with the introduction of new complications in the Tonda PF line, showcasing Parmigiani’s technical ingenuity and aesthetic finesse.

Looking forward, Terreni is focused on nurturing the growth of Parmigiani’s collections with disciplined innovation. “In a world teeming with timepieces, if you choose to introduce a new watch, it must have something significant to say,” he asserts. This philosophy ensures that every new model is not just a watch but a narrative of exceptional craftsmanship and innovative design. For collectors and aficionados, Terreni reassures that the core values of Parmigiani Fleurier—meticulous craftsmanship, attention to detail, and a commitment to timeless elegance—remain unchanged. “We respect our heritage, and we are committed to continuing the legacy of Michel Parmigiani with every piece we create,” he promises. The essence of Parmigiani Fleurier under Guido Terreni’s leadership is about more than just maintaining the status quo; it’s about advancing the frontier of luxury watchmaking while staying true to the brand’s understated, sophisticated roots. As Parmigiani Fleurier strides into the future, it carries with it the legacy of its past, redefined and enriched under Terreni’s visionary guidance.



Growing up behind the Iron Curtain in Slovakia, George Ciz could never have imagined that his childhood fascination with Western brands would one day lead him to helm the marketing strategy of TAG Heuer, a titan in luxury watchmaking. His story is one of remarkable transitions, driven by a passion for sports, a serendipitous detour into the world of advertising, and an unwavering love for a brand that once existed only in his youthful sketches and dreams. In the late 1980s, in a small Slovakian town, a young Ciz filled his notebooks with the logos of adidas, Puma, and TAG Heuer.

These symbols of a world beyond communism’s reach were not just logos; they were windows to a realm of possibilities and aspirations. “I was always fascinated by the brands because I grew up in communism... We didn’t have the brands. It was all generic stuff,” Ciz recalls. Little did he know, his keen interest in these brands was laying the groundwork for his future career.

Ciz’s journey took a pivotal turn when he moved to the United States as a high school exchange student. There, he not only embraced the culture but also excelled in tennis, earning a scholarship that paved his way to a marketing degree. His academic path seemed set towards a career in academia, but fate intervened when he was invited to join the fast-paced world of New York advertising. “You can always be a professor when you’re 40, but you can’t start in advertising when you’re 40,” he was advised, marking his shift to a more dynamic career trajectory.

Years later, after a successful stint in advertising and nearly two decades with the ATP Tour in Monaco and London, Ciz was drawn back to his first love—TAG Heuer. Joining the company as Chief Marketing Officer in 2020, just before the world was gripped by the pandemic, he brought with him a vision to rejuvenate the brand by tapping into its rich sporting heritage and pioneering spirit. At the recent Watches and Wonders event in Geneva, TAG Heuer showcased two remarkable additions to its legacy of sophisticated timekeeping. The TAG Heuer Carrera Date enhances its 36mm model with delicate touches of luxury, including 18K 5N rose gold and mother-of-pearl dials adorned with diamonds, capturing the essence of feminine elegance and timeless design. This model, a tribute to the Carrera’s rich heritage, promises a perfect blend of functionality and sophisticated style, suitable for both spirited evenings and everyday wear. Simultaneously, the TAG Heuer Monaco Split-Seconds Chronograph made a striking impression with its innovative design and advanced functionality. Celebrating 55 years of the Monaco collection, this model features a unique combination of sapphire and titanium, achieving a lightweight yet durable design. It introduces the TH81-00 calibre, a cutting-edge mechanical splitseconds chronograph movement, which provides unmatched precision and versatility. Available in dynamic red and classic blue editions, this timepiece exemplifies TAG Heuer’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of Haute Horlogerie.

But it’s not just the products that tell the story of TAG Heuer’s transformation. Ciz’s commitment to storytelling is exemplified in the brand’s recent collaboration with Sky Brown, a young skateboarding sensation. In a spectacular stunt set against London’s iconic Tower Bridge, TAG Heuer transcended traditional marketing, reflecting its ethos of daring and disruption.

“It does amazing stunts... and to work for that and use those kinds of sports to tell the story of the brand in a very authentic way, I really love that,” Ciz remarked about the event. George Ciz’s narrative with TAG Heuer is more than a career trajectory; it’s a testament to the power of embracing one’s heritage while fearlessly forging new paths.

In his own words, the journey from a tennis scholarship to leading a luxury watchmaker is not just about the timepieces but about inspiring others to pursue their passions relentlessly. Through his leadership, TAG Heuer continues to be not just a keeper of time, but a creator of history, one tick at a time.



CEO Michael Guenoun Reflects on TimeVallée’s Growth and Future Plans

In this engaging interview, Michael Guenoun, CEO of TimeVallée International, delves into the evolution and expansion of TimeVallée.

Celebrating nearly a decade of progress, he discusses the brand’s innovative strategies to enhance global distribution, support the watch industry, and connect with new generations through unique retail experiences.

At TimeVallée, you are approaching a significant milestone. Could you share the journey so far?

Next year marks the tenth anniversary of TimeVallée. Originally, the concept was developed in China and to help luxury maisons expand their distribution while preserving brand equity.

Initially focused on Asia, we have recently broadened our reach internationally, establishing TimeVallée International with a team based in Switzerland.

How has TimeVallée evolved in terms of services and international presence?

Currently, we operate 44 TimeVallée boutiques, Our expansion is now gaining pace, particularly in the Middle East, America, and Europe. We’ve also enriched our offerings by introducing certified preowned services and incorporating service centres in many of the boutiques to enhance customer support.

Could you elaborate on the distinctive features of the TimeVallée retail concept?

TimeVallée is designed to be inviting and welcoming, which helps attract a broader clientele, including younger generations.

Our boutiques feature digital touchpoints where customers can interact with content related to the available selection of products. This integration of technology and design is crucial for making our retail spaces engaging and informative.

How do partnerships with other industries benefit TimeVallée?

We’ve established partnerships with companies outside the watch industry, such as the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, to create unique experiences and services for our customers. These collaborations help drive new clientele and enhance the luxury experience within our TimeVallée stores.

What are your expansion plans for TimeVallée?

We are rapidly expanding, with upcoming flagship boutique openings in Japan, North America and India. Each new location is chosen carefully to ensure it supports our mission to strengthen the watch industry and enhance our retail destinations.

How does TimeVallée balance its relationship with existing retailers?

TimeVallée is committed to supporting our partners and the wider watch industry by providing a robust multibrand platform.

Despite industry trends leaning towards monobrand boutiques, we believe in the strength of the multibrand concept and its necessity within the watch industry ecosystem.

What are your expansion plans for TimeVallée?

We are rapidly expanding, with upcoming flagship boutique openings in Japan, North America and India. Each new location is chosen carefully to ensure it supports our mission to strengthen the watch industry and enhance our retail destinations.

In terms of data and operations, how is TimeVallée managed?

The entire operation of TimeVallée is managed by our partners. We provide the concept and support, but each location is run independently by the partner, ensuring that each can tailor their approach to local market needs.

What are some of the customer service enhancements at TimeVallée?

We’ve introduced several services, such as areas for certified pre-owned watches and service centres for maintenance. Recently, we’ve added a digital application for customising watch straps, further personalising the customer experience.

What challenges have you faced, and how have you addressed them?

One of the biggest challenges is maintaining consistency while adapting to local markets. We work closely with our partners, brands, and landlords to create value for all stakeholders. Being selective about new locations and partners is crucial to our strategy.

Will TimeVallée continue to focus primarily on Swiss watch brands?

While Swiss watch brands currently dominate our offering, we are open to including other luxury watch brands as part of our selection, ensuring that our standards of luxury are maintained.



Exploring the Craftsmanship of Roland Iten


Roland Iten’s journey is a testament to his deeprooted passion for mechanics and design, which began in childhood with Lego creations inspired by his father’s engineering background.

This early fascination evolved into a career marked by innovative creations that blur the lines between fashion and mechanics.

His foray into creating precision accessories stemmed from a desire to surprise and impress, a motivation that continues to drive his pursuit of excellence. This drive is evident in his meticulous approach to design, where every detail serves a purpose, marrying functionality with elegance.

With a background in car and product design, Roland Iten’s creations reflect a blend of technical expertise and artistic vision.

His accessories are not just fashion statements, but also mechanical marvels that engage the senses and spark conversations. Looking ahead, Roland Iten remains committed to pushing boundaries and exploring new ideas.

His focus on evolving existing models demonstrates a dedication to continuous innovation, ensuring that his brand remains at the forefront of luxury accessories.

In a world where attention to detail is often overlooked, Roland Iten’s creations stand out as masterpieces of craftsmanship and ingenuity, inviting us to appreciate the beauty of precision engineering in everyday accessories.

Tell us about your story!

I love mechanics and cars. I’m Swiss, living where they make beautiful mechanical things. I began creating precision accessories 20 years ago, focusing on detail-oriented mechanics inspired by the watch industry. My products have been sold globally, becoming sought-after by watch collectors.

What inspired you to start?

My father, an engineer, inspired me. I learned early to think about mechanical features and how to make them work. He encouraged me to create functional plans for Lego models, sparking my interest in precision mechanics and design.

How did you start the company?

After studying car and product design, I started my agency, working with various clients. One of my first projects was creating a belt for a duty-free line, inspired by the need for a functional and stylish accessory for travellers.

What drove you to create innovative accessories?

I wanted to surprise my father with my creations, pushing myself to think beyond conventional designs. This drive led me to create unique belt buckles and other accessories that combine functionality with elegance.

What’s next for your brand?

I’m always exploring new ideas. Currently, I’m focusing on evolving existing models, like the Super driver 18 Reals belt buckle, which combines mechanical precision with elegant design. I’m also working on other accessories that embody the same blend of innovation and style.

What sets your accessories apart?

Each piece has a unique mechanical element, like the Super driver 18 Reals buckle’s sixwheel mechanism. These elements not only add functionality but also serve as conversation starters, making them a blend of style and substance.


Bridging Worlds with Integrity and Style THE GLOBAL VOYAGER:SUZANNE KIANPOUR


Suzanne Kianpour is an Emmy-nominated journalist renowned for her insightful coverage of global security and Middle Eastern geopolitics. As the founder and driving force behind Helmet to Heels, Suzanne has crafted a unique digital platform that merges the realms of journalism, travel, and fashion. This innovative approach not only makes complex issues accessible but also engages and inspires a global audience, showcasing her commitment to not just inform, but also influence and educate through compelling storytelling.

What inspired you to start ‘Helmet to Heels’, and how do you ensure its diverse content maintains integrity?

Helmet to Heels was inspired by my time in the field, where I saw firsthand the impact of conflict on women and the oftenoverlooked stories of their resilience. The idea came to life during a stint in Lebanon for the BBC, amidst the chaos of regional conflicts. Combining fashion, travel, and serious journalism, Helmet to Heels aims to engage a younger audience through the platforms they frequent, intertwining stylish visuals with rigorous news content. To maintain integrity, we adhere to strict journalistic principles while making our stories relatable and engaging, ensuring that the information is not only accessible but also accurate and thought-provoking.

What were the primary challenges of producing the documentary ‘Out of the Shadows’?

‘Out of the Shadows’ delved into the complex and secretive interactions between Israel and Iran, a topic fraught with political sensitivities and logistical nightmares. The primary challenges were manifold, including the inability to film directly in Iran, the intricate balance of portraying both sides fairly, and managing a severely limited budget. My dual heritage of Iranian and Italian descent provided a unique lens through which to view the story, though it also introduced personal risks and challenges, necessitating a nuanced approach to gather and present insights from a range of perspectives.

Can you share a story from ‘Women Building Peace’ that deeply impacted you?

One particularly impactful story from ‘Women Building Peace’ was that of a young Afghan woman hiding from the Taliban, whom we connected with Hillary Clinton. This interaction underscored the real-world impact of our series, providing a lifeline of hope and encouragement to someone facing dire threats. It was a stark reminder of the power of media to connect disparate worlds and offer more than just information, but also solace and support in times of crisis.

How do you prepare for high-profile interviews and ensure they are insightful?

Preparing for high-profile interviews involves a deep dive into the subject’s background, current positions, and past statements to formulate questions that are both penetrating and unexpected. The goal is to establish a rapport that encourages openness, moving beyond rehearsed responses to capture the essence of the interviewee’s thoughts and feelings. This human-to-human connection is crucial for revealing new insights and obtaining candid, newsworthy answers.

What unexpected lessons have you learned from travelling to over 80 countries?

Travelling extensively has taught me about the resilience of the human spirit and the unexpected ways in which different cultures tackle similar problems. Each country offers unique lessons in humanity, governance, and community life, which have profoundly shaped my worldview and reporting style. These experiences have reinforced the importance of sustainability and deliberate travel, aiming to leave a positive impact on the places I visit.

What advice would you give to aspiring journalists looking for impactful careers?

My advice to aspiring journalists is to persistently chase the stories that matter, even when faced with rejection. Embracing a mindset of resilience and innovation is crucial—always remember that each ‘no’ brings you closer to a ‘yes’. Building a career in journalism requires passion, determination, and the courage to follow your instincts, often breaking new ground to report the untold stories.

How do you combat disinformation in your journalistic work?

In an era where misinformation is rampant, combating disinformation starts with a commitment to thorough factchecking and sourcing. My approach includes educating the audience on how to critically evaluate sources and encouraging them to question the information they consume. By fostering media literacy and providing clear, context-rich reporting, I strive to build a more informed and discerning public.

How has academic involvement influenced your journalistic perspective?

Academic involvement has enriched my journalistic approach by deepening my understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of communication and public diplomacy. This background helps me craft stories that are not only informative but also educational, providing audiences with a deeper comprehension of the issues at hand. Teaching the next generation of journalists has reinforced the importance of ethics and responsibility in storytelling.

What impact do you hope to achieve through your roles in various influential organisations?

My roles in influential organisations such as the Council on Foreign Relations and the Meridian International Centre’s Rising Leaders Council amplify my ability to influence global journalism and public policy. Through these platforms, I aim to bring journalistic integrity to the forefront of global discourse, advocating for transparency, accuracy, and fairness in media coverage worldwide.

How does your multicultural heritage influence your professional approach in a globalised media landscape?

My multicultural heritage is invaluable in my journalism career, providing me with a unique perspective that resonates in a globalised media landscape. It allows me to connect more deeply with a variety of subjects and to navigate different cultural nuances with empathy and understanding. This diverse background is crucial in building trust and credibility, enabling me to report on complex global issues with a rich and nuanced perspective.



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Uniting Revolutionary Power with Timeless Luxury: A Glimpse into the Future of Hypercars

In the luxurious echelons of automotive engineering, where the quest for exclusivity and performance culminates, the Deus Vayanne emerges—a testament to what the future of electric hypercars holds. This marvel of modern engineering, born from a collaboration between Deus Automobiles, Italdesign, and Williams Advanced Engineering, represents not just a vehicle but a bold statement in luxury electric mobility.

The Deus Vayanne promises an unparalleled blend of power and beauty, all wrapped in a package that speaks volumes of its Austrian heritage. With a design philosophy rooted in the concepts of symmetry and infinity, the Vayanne is more than just a means of transport; it’s an artistic expression. Its front and rear grilles, adorned with an infinity loop motif, echo the car’s endless pursuit of perfection, while meticulously aligned parametric grilles and hexagonal shapes add a layer of sophistication.

Under the bonnet lies a beast—predicted to deliver more than 2,200 horsepower with over 2,000 Nm of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2 seconds. Such staggering numbers are not just figures but a foretaste of the capabilities this hypercar promises to bring to the road. This power is matched by an awe-inspiring design that integrates cutting-edge aerodynamics to ensure performance meets efficiency.

Inside, the Vayanne offers an oasis of luxury. Its interiors, a harmonious blend of advanced technology and sustainable luxury, feature ergonomically positioned controls and a fully digital instrument cluster, designed to enhance the driving experience without compromising on comfort or style. The use of sustainably sourced materials in its upholstery and the implementation of the Halo Infinity mirror across the interior not only amplify its luxury quotient but also its commitment to sustainability.

Each of the 99 units to be produced encapsulates the essence of Deus’s vision— integrating timeless aesthetics with revolutionary technology. The Vayanne isn’t just setting a new benchmark for electric hypercars; it is redefining what it means to drive in luxury and style. As it prepares to make its debut, it promises to be more than just a car; it aims to be a legend, ready to take its place among the pantheon of classic automobiles that have left an indelible mark on the world.

The Deus Vayanne thus stands as a symbol of what the future holds, marrying the heritage and craftsmanship of traditional automaking with the possibilities brought forth by electric propulsion. As this hypercar gears up to hit the roads, it holds the promise of delivering an unparalleled blend of performance, luxury, and sustainability, set to captivate the imaginations of car enthusiasts and luxury connoisseurs around the globe.




Mercedes-Benz has always straddled the line between tradition and forward-thinking technology. Its latest offering, the Vision One-Eleven concept sports car, continues this trend but with a futuristic twist — it’s all electric. This vehicle is not just a nod to Mercedes-Benz’s storied past; it’s a bold stride into the future of automotive design and technology.

The Vision One-Eleven’s design is an evolution of the brand’s iconic One-Bow design, famous for its aerodynamic efficiency and distinctive aesthetic. It’s a visual echo of the experimental C 111 from the 1960s and ‘70s, known for their gullwing doors and groundbreaking engine technology. However, despite these tributes to its heritage, the car does not shy away from embracing the modern ethos of electric luxury.

Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Mercedes-Benz Group AG, sums up the company’s philosophy succinctly: “Our goal at Mercedes-Benz is not to do styling – our goal is to create icons.” This ambition is evident in the Vision One-Eleven, which seeks not just to replicate past successes but to redefine what a sports car can be in an electric age.

The vehicle’s powertrain is particularly noteworthy, featuring an axial-flux motor developed by YASA, a British electric motor specialist and a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz since 2021. This motor is touted for its high power output and efficiency in a compact design.

Markus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, remarks on the vehicle’s technology, noting its motorsport-like power and advanced battery technology. However, while these elements are impressive, they raise questions about the practical application of such advanced technology in everyday driving scenarios.

Inside, the Vision One-Eleven breaks new ground with a sports car interior that incorporates a lounge concept, merging analogue and digital elements in a way that’s both functional and futuristic. This approach suggests a vehicle that’s as much about comfort as it is about speed, a departure from traditional sports car interiors that focus strictly on the driving experience.

While the Mercedes-Benz Vision One-Eleven is undeniably a technological marvel, its true test will be in how these innovations translate from concept to reality. Can it maintain the balance between performance and luxury in an all-electric format? Will it manage to embody the spirit of its historical antecedents while delivering on the promises of next-generation vehicle technology?

As it stands, the Vision One-Eleven is a compelling glimpse at the potential future of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, melding historical reverence with a commitment to innovation. It is a reminder that in the quest for future-proofing the sports car, some brands are willing to push the envelope further than others, aiming not just to participate in the market but to redefine it.




Audi’s latest creation, the activesphere concept, presents a fascinating vision of a multifaceted future, challenging the traditional boundaries between vehicle categories. This four-door crossover coupé represents the zenith of Audi’s sphere concept vehicles, marrying the elegance of a luxury coupé with the practical utility of a pickup, all powered by an advanced electric drivetrain. At first glance, the Audi activesphere is a study in contrasts. It stretches 4.98 metres in length and is poised on substantial 22inch wheels, exuding a robust presence that suggests both luxury and capability. The car’s ground clearance and Sportback design hint at a vehicle that refuses to be pigeonholed into a single category. With the press of a button, the elegant Sportback transforms into a practical cargo bed, dubbed the “active back,” revealing a vehicle designed not just for the eye but for active lifestyles.

Designed in the Audi Design Studio in Malibu, the activesphere draws inspiration from its scenic surroundings. The crossover’s ability to transform from a sleek coupé into a functional pickup capable of hauling e-bikes and sports gear underscores its design philosophy. Gael Buzyn, Studio Manager, encapsulates this ethos, describing the activesphere as a “new type of crossover that cleverly combines the elegance of an Audi Sportback with the practicality of an SUV and true off-road capabilities.”


Underpinning the activesphere is Audi’s advanced electric drive technology from its PPE modular system. Promising over 600 km of range and ultra-fast charging capabilities thanks to its 800-volt technology, the vehicle stands out for its sustainability and performance. This electric prowess is matched by an innovative operating concept that integrates augmented reality headsets, blending digital content with the physical world in real-time—a leap towards futuristic mobility.

Oliver Hoffmann, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development, emphasises this innovation, noting that Audi’s sphere vehicles are “a vision for the premium mobility of the future.” The activesphere’s interior, equipped with augmented reality capabilities, offers a new level of interactive experience, combining the digital and physical to create a space where passengers can feel connected to both the vehicle and the world around them.

The activesphere also features autonomous driving capabilities, allowing for a relaxed driving experience when desired. Its steering wheel and pedals suggest traditional control is still at the driver’s fingertips, offering the best of both worlds.

Critically, the Audi activesphere is not just a concept car but a statement of intent. It serves as a testament to Audi’s commitment to blending aesthetic appeal with practical utility, wrapped in the cloak of cuttingedge technology. It challenges the conventions of automotive design, aiming to meet the diverse needs of a future-oriented generation that values individuality, sustainability, and connectivity.

In essence, the Audi activesphere concept does more than just showcase a vehicle; it redefines what a crossover can be. It’s a bold exploration of how luxury, functionality, and innovative technology can converge in a single, transformative automotive experience. As such, the activesphere isn’t just a car; it’s a vision of what cars might become in a world where boundaries are meant to be crossed.




In a dazzling display at Monterey Car Week, Automobili Lamborghini unveiled its latest marvel—the Lanzador. This concept car not only previews a new breed of high-performance vehicles but also signals Lamborghini’s ambitious stride towards a fully electrified line-up by 2028. Part of the brand’s visionary Direzione Cor Tauri strategy, the Lanzador embodies a significant leap towards decarbonisation and electrification, first announced in 2021.

The Lanzador is a striking proposition in the Gran Turismo 2+2 category, blending rebellious and futuristic aesthetics with the iconic Lamborghini DNA—characterised by dynamic charisma and sportiness. Stephan Winkelmann, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, remarked, “With this concept, we are ushering in a new car segment, the Ultra GT, poised to offer an unparalleled driving experience that’s quintessentially Lamborghini, thanks to groundbreaking technologies.”

This electrifying concept is equipped with dual electric motors—one for each axle—ensuring all-wheel drive capability and versatility across all driving conditions and surfaces. The system’s peak power exceeds one megawatt, promising explosive performance that is instantly recognisable as a Lamborghini hallmark. The driver can independently adjust the control systems whilst on the road via controls on the sports steering wheel, actively modifying the car’s behaviour and creating their own individual profile to best express their driving needs and ensure unimagined emotions.

The new version of the driving dynamics control system, Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI), will set another benchmark for the House of Sant’Agata Bolognese, in terms of both concept cars and future production cars. This control system gives drivers the utmost freedom of customisation, allowing them to modulate the active control systems to best suit their driving needs.

Active Aerodynamics is another key feature of the Lanzador, employed in the front and rear to maximise aerodynamic efficiency in the different driving modes. This technology enables the car to regulate airflow precisely, increasing the range in Urban mode and increasing downforce in Performance mode. In addition, thanks to its steerable rear axle and air suspension, the Lanzador adapts flawlessly to any surface and to driver-defined settings, which can be adjusted quickly and directly whilst on the road via steering wheel controls.

With the Lanzador, Lamborghini looks to the future and anticipates upcoming new styling solutions not only on the exterior but also in the interior, offering an entirely new experience in terms of spaciousness and comfort. The interior is a truly futuristic space, incorporating Lamborghini’s “Feel like a pilot” approach. The driver and passenger are accommodated in an ergonomic environment, with a light, slim control panel that makes it possible to actively modify the car’s behaviour while driving. The sustainable materials used for the interior, such as merino wool and regenerated carbon fibre, demonstrate the company’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact without sacrificing the performance and comfort typical of a Lamborghini. Some of the non-visible plastic elements, such as the foam in the sports seats, are made from 3D-printed recycled fibres.

Lanzador represents a true milestone for Lamborghini as the company continues actively working to electrify its entire range of vehicles and to achieve decarbonisation. The new concept car is part of a broad strategy to reduce CO2 emissions and embrace a more sustainable vision for the future.

A future of electrification: this is the direction Lamborghini is headed in, while holding firmly to the brand’s hallmarks of performance, cutting-edge technologies, exclusive design, and its position as a leader in the high-performance automotive sector.

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In an evening charged with innovation and grandeur, Maserati launched its highly anticipated electric chapter with “Made in Thunder,” an event that not only showcased the brand’s dynamic shift but also reinforced its dedication to pioneering within the luxury automotive industry. This marked the debut of the GranCabrio Folgore, the first fully electric convertible in the luxury segment, encapsulating the essence of speed and elegance that is quintessentially Maserati.

The GranCabrio Folgore emerges as a beacon of Maserati’s commitment to electrification, representing a significant step in the company’s strategy to transition its illustrious line-up to electric by 2028. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail in Modena, the heartland of Italian automotive excellence, this model boasts a design and performance that remain true to Maserati’s DNA, while embracing the future of clean energy.

The GranCabrio Folgore is not just a car; it is a masterpiece of engineering and aesthetics, sporting an exclusive Liquid Rose Gold colour, Titan Grey soft top, and sophisticated Denim and Ice interiors with contrasting stitching—a highlight of the Maserati Fuoriserie customization program. The car’s innovative electric powertrain, derived from Formula E technologies, promises an exhilarating performance that aligns with the brand’s racing heritage.

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The unveiling was accompanied by a rich cultural narrative. The event was steeped in Italian pride, coinciding with national celebrations of Leonardo da Vinci’s legacy and Made in Italy craftsmanship. It was an evening where art met technology, underscoring the fusion of traditional Italian craftsmanship with cutting-edge innovation. The soundtrack to the evening was provided by Dardust, blending classical music with modern rhythms to symbolize the merging of past and future.

Speakers such as Italian actress Matilda De Angelis and astrophysicist Edwige Pezzulli added depth to the narrative, connecting Maserati’s pioneering spirit with stories of historical and contemporary Italian innovation. Klaus Busse, Maserati’s Head of Design, took guests on a detailed journey through the design and spirit of the GranCabrio Folgore, emphasizing its performance capabilities and the unmistakable sound signature that marks a new era for electric vehicles.

As the night drew to a close, Davide Grasso, CEO of Maserati, encapsulated the sentiment of the evening, highlighting the symbiotic relationship between art and science that has propelled Italian craftsmanship to the forefront of the global stage. He reaffirmed Maserati’s commitment to innovation and sustainability, pledging that the Trident’s new electric era would continue to set benchmarks in the automotive industry. Maserati’s “Made in Thunder” was more than just an unveiling; it was a statement of intent. It showcased Maserati’s readiness to lead the luxury segment into a sustainable future without sacrificing the performance, elegance, and exclusivity that its clients expect. As the automotive world pivots to electric, Maserati stands poised at the forefront, ready to electrify the roads with the thunderous sound of innovation and the quiet hum of sustainability.





At this year’s Watches & Wonders in Geneva, Patek Philippe, the emblem of watchmaking excellence, has once again set the standard high. With a lineup of 11 updated models, the renowned Swiss manufacturer continues to innovate whilst paying homage to its rich heritage. The collection not only advances existing designs but also introduces pioneering features and a nostalgic nod to the fashions of yesteryears.

A standout in the 2024 collection is the World Time with Date Ref 5330G-001, marking a new chapter for Patek Philippe’s world time function. This model, transitioning from a limited edition launched at the “Watch Art” Tokyo 2023 into regular production, features a date display synchronised with local time—a first of its kind. Powered by the new self-winding calibre 240 HUC with an innovative differential system, the watch showcases a date pointer on the dial’s periphery, ending in a distinctive red hammerhead style tip. The blue-grey opaline dial is accented with a carbon motif, and the piece is stylishly paired with a denim-style fabric and calfskin strap, reflecting a more casual, contemporary aesthetic.

The Nautilus Chronograph 5980/60G also embraces this denim trend, maintaining its reputation for integrating complex functions into a minimalist dial. Since its debut in 2006, the Nautilus has exemplified how luxury can coexist with simplicity, with all chronograph functions neatly contained within a subdial at 6 o’clock. Equally impressive is the Perpetual Calendar Ref 5236P, introduced first in 2021, which has returned with a novel twist in its design for 2024. The model features a salmon-coloured rose-gold opaline dial, complemented unexpectedly by charcoal-coloured white gold baton markers and hands, enriching the platinum casing with a warm yet sleek look. The day, date, and month are elegantly displayed in a single large aperture at 12 o’clock, proving that functional complexity can be delivered with visual simplicity.

However, perhaps the most surprising revival is seen in the Golden Ellipse Ref 5738/1R. This model harkens back to the luxurious chain bracelets popular from its inception in 1968 through the early 1980s. The newly reimagined bracelet, the result of 15 years of development, is a technical marvel composed of 363 parts with over 300 links, each meticulously hand-assembled and polished. Secured with a three-position adjustable clasp, and paired with an ebony-black sunburst dial, the Golden Ellipse is a testament to Patek Philippe’s commitment to reviving and elevating historical elegance.

Patek Philippe’s 2024 presentation at Watches & Wonders not only underscores the brand’s innovative spirit but also its reverence for its storied past. Each piece, whether it’s breaking new ground or revisiting classic styles, exemplifies the mastery and craftsmanship that Patek Philippe is celebrated for worldwide. This year’s collection beautifully blends technical prowess with stylistic innovation, setting a new benchmark in the luxury watch industry.





In the realm of luxury watchmaking, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Monotourbillon Titanium serves as a prime example of minimalist design fused with exceptional technical prowess. This model, a highlight of the Excalibur series, embodies the philosophy that ‘less is more’, showcasing an uncluttered aesthetic without compromising functionality or style.

Crafted entirely from titanium, the watch’s case, bezel, crown, and open case back are all enhanced with a sapphire crystal featuring an anti-reflective coating. This meticulous selection of materials not only grants the timepiece durability and corrosion resistance but also a remarkable lightness, making it comfortable for extended wear. The 42mm case size offers a perfect balance of prominence and comfort, further supported by a water resistance of up to 10 bar.

Aesthetically, the watch features a black double surface flange, satin-brushed with an engraved minute track and transferred texts. The polished and rhodium-plated hour markers are filled with Super-Luminova, ensuring clarity and visibility under all conditions. This clean and functional dial is designed to emphasize the watch’s minimalist philosophy while ensuring ease of legibility.

The strap of the Excalibur Monotourbillon Titanium is equally sophisticated, made from Grade 5 titanium. It is satin-brushed with polished bevels and includes an integrated titanium buckle, which can be easily changed thanks to its Quick Release System. This feature adds an extra layer of versatility and userfriendliness to the timepiece, catering to the dynamic needs of its wearers.

The watch’s movement, the Calibre RD512SQ, is a marvel of modern horology. This flying tourbillon, uniquely placed at 7 o’clock, is a signature of Roger Dubuis. It features an upper cage inspired by the Celtic Cross, made from non-magnetic Cobalt Chrome, and a lower cage crafted from lightweight titanium. These materials not only enhance the movement’s durability but also its aesthetic appeal.

Furthermore, the skeleton design of the Excalibur Monotourbillon not only allows a fascinating glimpse into the intricate workings of the timepiece but also contributes to its minimalist aesthetic. The skeleton framework is complemented by matte metallic sheen surfaces, contrasted beautifully with shiny polished bevels. This design approach results in a watch that is as much a piece of art as it is a functional device.

Adding to its prestige, the Excalibur Monotourbillon Titanium is one of only 28 pieces, making it a rare and exclusive addition to any collection. With 194 components and 16 hand-finishing techniques, each watch is a testament to the craftsmanship and innovation for which Roger Dubuis is renowned.

The Excalibur Monotourbillon Titanium is more than just a timekeeper; it is a statement of pure elegance and advanced engineering, backed by the rare excellence of the Poinçon de Genève certification. This watch is not just a tool for telling time but a versatile accessory for those who value sophistication in every detail of their personal style.





Rolex continues to redefine the limits of elegant watchmaking with the latest iteration of the Perpetual 1908, now presented in 950 platinum with an exclusive ice blue dial. This sophisticated timepiece exemplifies the fusion of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design, setting a new benchmark in luxury watchmaking.

Visual Splendour and Refined Details

The new Perpetual 1908 distinguishes itself with a dial adorned in a rice-grain motif, created through the meticulous art of guillochage, or engine turning. This decorative technique involves sculpting intricate geometric patterns into the dial’s surface, giving it a dynamic texture that captures and reflects light with every movement of the wrist. The centrepiece of this design is a rosette-like pattern centered around the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock, imparting the watch with a unique personality and a deep visual complexity.

Prestige Encased in Platinum

Crafted from 950 platinum, the case of the Perpetual 1908 exudes a silvery-white radiance that is unmatched in its allure. Platinum is celebrated not only for its striking appearance but also for its durability and corrosion resistance, making it the ideal choice for a watch of such distinguished character. The 39 mm case features gracious lines and a transparent back, offering a glimpse into the intricate workings of the Rolex manufacture movement within. The oscillating weight pivots elegantly, a testament to the seamless blend of form and function that Rolex perpetuates.

A Tribute to Time-Honored Craftsmanship

The use of the rice-grain motif and the guillochage technique pays homage to the traditional art of watchmaking, while the choice of materials and the design innovations reflect Rolex’s commitment to pushing horological boundaries. This approach is emblematic of the Perpetual collection’s purpose: to celebrate classic watchmaking through modern lenses, infusing each timepiece with unmatched expertise and creativity.

Exclusive and Exceptional

Like all Rolex watches, the Perpetual 1908 in platinum is assembled with the utmost precision, ensuring every detail is perfected before it reaches the wearer. This model, with its distinctive ice blue dial, is not only a symbol of status but also a cornerstone of personal expression, appealing to those who appreciate the finer things in life.

The Rolex Perpetual 1908 in platinum and ice blue is more than a timekeeper; it is a piece of art, a collector’s item that promises to shine in any watch connoisseur’s collection. It reaffirms Rolex’s status as a pioneer in the luxury watch industry, continually evolving while respecting the rich heritage that defines the brand.




At the Watches and Wonders 2024 exhibition in Geneva, Panerai introduced a striking innovation in its high-performance luxury watch line-up: the Submersible Tourbillon GMT Luna Rossa Experience Edition. This release marks a significant milestone in Panerai’s partnership with the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli sailing team, a collaboration that began in 2019 and has since flourished, peaking during the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada.

Jean-Marc Pontroué, CEO of Panerai, reflects on the collaboration: “Our ongoing collaboration with the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team is an adventure blending innovation with the richness of our heritage. This Experience Edition watch also embodies our commitment to delivering an invaluable experience to our customers.”

Designed at Panerai’s Laboratorio di Idee in Neuchâtel and tested under the most rigorous conditions, the Submersible Tourbillon GMT Luna Rossa is a testament to the brand’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of technological innovation while maintaining a strong link to its maritime roots. This timepiece is not only a technical marvel but also a symbol of the brand’s Italian DNA and its enduring relationship with the world of sailing.

The PAM01405 Experience Edition is particularly notable for being the first 45mm Submersible to incorporate a tourbillon—a remarkable feat of engineering that marries complex watchmaking with the practical demands of a professional diver’s watch. Additionally, it is the first Panerai tourbillon watch to utilise Carbotech™, a carbon fiber-based composite material that echoes the advanced materials used in the hull of the Luna Rossa sailboat. This choice not only enhances the watch’s durability and lightness but also its connection to modern sailing technology.

The watch features a smaller case size than previous models in the Submersible Tourbillon line, enhancing wearability while maintaining a bold aesthetic. Its GMT function adds a practical dimension, making it ideal for the global traveller who values precision and reliability in extreme conditions.

Limited to just 20 pieces, the Submersible Tourbillon GMT Luna Rossa Experience Edition PAM01405 is set to launch in July 2024, ahead of the next America’s Cup. This limited edition not only offers an exclusive piece of horological art but also celebrates Panerai’s continuous journey in the pursuit of excellence, where performance, precision, and heritage converge to create something truly exceptional.

For enthusiasts and collectors, this model represents a unique opportunity to own a piece of Panerai’s maritime and watchmaking legacy, intertwined with the spirit of competitive sailing at its highest level A FUSION OF MARITIME HERITAGE AND ADVANCED HOROLOGY




Defining Innovation in Haute Horlogerie

Hublot has long been synonymous with groundbreaking advancements in the world of luxury watches, and the MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Retrograde 44 mm is no exception. This exquisite timepiece not only captures the essence of Hublot’s daring approach to watchmaking but also exemplifies the brand’s dedication to merging cutting-edge technology with striking aesthetic design.

Elegant Engineering in Titanium

Constructed from satin-finished and polished titanium, the case of the MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Retrograde combines durability with lightweight comfort, making it ideal for everyday wear without compromising on style. The use of high-grade titanium, known for its superior strength and corrosion resistance, underscores Hublot’s commitment to using materials that enhance both the functionality and the visual appeal of their watches.

Advanced Movement and Display

At the heart of this watch lies the HUB6200 manual winding, tourbillon, dual-axis movement, boasting an impressive power reserve of 96 hours. The bi-axis tourbillon, visible through the sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment, adds a mesmerizing element to the watch’s face, captivating watch enthusiasts with its intricate mechanics. The retrograde display further distinguishes this model, offering a dynamic way to read time that is both innovative and intuitively clear.

Functional and Stylish Aesthetics

The matte black dial sets a dramatic backdrop for the watch’s functions, ensuring excellent legibility while enhancing the overall sleek design. Paired with a black lined rubber strap, the MP-13 maintains a comfortable fit while adhering to Hublot’s iconic aesthetic. The titanium deployant buckle clasp provides a secure fit, ensuring that the watch remains a reliable companion for both adventurous and everyday activities.

Limited Edition Exclusivity

As a testament to its unique place within the Hublot collection, only 50 pieces of the MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Retrograde are available, making it a coveted item for collectors and aficionados alike. This exclusivity is accompanied by Hublot’s Complete Service, ensuring that each timepiece is maintained with the utmost precision and care, reflecting the brand’s dedication to customer satisfaction and watch performance.

A Testament to Hublot’s Art of Fusion

The MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Retrograde is more than just a timepiece; it is a showcase of Hublot’s pioneering spirit in the art of fusion, where innovative watch movements and luxurious design meet. This model is a prime example of how Hublot continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in watchmaking, ensuring that each watch is not only a tool for telling time but also a masterpiece of craftsmanship and innovation.

Available exclusively online and in selected boutiques, the Hublot MP-13 Tourbillon Bi-Axis Retrograde 44 mm stands as a beacon of modern horology, inviting watch lovers to explore a blend of traditional expertise and contemporary technological advances.




Bvlgari, in partnership with acclaimed Japanese architect Tadao Ando, has unveiled a captivating new iteration of its Serpenti Tubogas collection. This line celebrates the enchanting transience of nature and marks a bold new chapter for the iconic series. Each watch artfully blends luxury with the raw beauty of the changing seasons.

Tadao Ando brings his minimalist approach to the designs, focusing on harmony with nature. The collection features materials that echo the natural world: vibrant green aventurine for summer, rich tiger’s eye for autumn, serene white mother of pearl for winter, and delicate pink mother of pearl for spring. These materials aren’t just decorative but central to the narrative of each piece, reflecting the essence of each season.

The collection consists of four limited edition watches, each representing a different season with unique colours and tones. The design of each watch captures the mood and spirit of its season: the lushness of summer, the warmth of autumn, the purity of winter, and the freshness of spring.

More than just timekeepers, these watches celebrate the cyclical nature of time itself, expressed through the metaphor of the serpent, which sheds its skin and renews itself just as seasons cycle through the year. Each piece is housed in a specially crafted box signed by Tadao Ando, adding an exclusive touch to these collectible items.

Bvlgari’s latest collection not only upholds its legacy of innovative luxury but also showcases how traditional elements can be integrated into modern designs to create something truly unique. The Tadao Ando X Serpenti Tubogas collection is a vivid illustration of creativity and craftsmanship, a perfect blend of art and horology, resonating with those who appreciate luxury, art, and the rhythm of nature.




Nestled within a blend of historic charm and contemporary flair, Montreal stands proudly as a city of unpretentious sophistication and vibrant cultural diversity. Despite the challenges posed by its distinct seasons and dynamic language landscape, Montreal’s allure is undeniable, and its residents are passionate ambassadors of its unique character.

As the heart of Francophone Canada, Montreal is a melting pot of English and French influences, creating a rich tapestry of cultural experiences. Its culinary scene, from high-end dining to cherished street food, exemplifies the city’s love affair with gastronomy. Montreal is not only a haven for foodies but also a paradise for those with a penchant for the arts, architecture, and late-night festivities.

Luxury Lodgings and Chic Retreats

Montreal’s hotel scene mirrors its eclectic vibe, offering everything from the grandeur of the Ritz-Carlton to the quirky charm of Hôtel Uville. The latter, a homage to Montreal’s revolutionary ‘60s and ‘70s, doubles as a living museum with rooms that broadcast documentaries and display archival photographs. For those seeking a blend of historical architecture and modern luxury, the Hôtel Place d’Armes offers a French brasserie and a buzzing rooftop terrace that draws both locals and tourists.

Gastronomic Delights

Montreal’s culinary scene is a playground for the epicurean, boasting a spectrum from Michelin-starred restaurants to casual bistros that reflect the city’s multicultural makeup. Mon Lapin stands out with its locally-sourced ingredients and innovative plates, while La Banquise offers a gourmet twist on Quebec’s beloved poutine, highlighting the city’s dual character of high-end tastes and comfort food classics.


Cultural Hotspots and Must-Visit Districts

Each of Montreal’s districts tells its own story. The cobblestone streets of Old Montreal transport visitors to Europe with their historic sites and upscale boutiques, while the trendy Plateau Mont-Royal buzzes with artistic energy and bohemian flair. Emerging neighbourhoods like Griffintown and Saint-Henri blend industrial heritage with modernday chic, offering an array of eateries, galleries, and shops.

Vibrant Nightlife and Social Scenes

As the sun sets, Montreal’s nightlife scene comes alive. The Cloakroom Bar, with its secretive vibe and tailor-made cocktails, offers an intimate escape. Jazz enthusiasts will find solace in the atmospheric Diese Onze or the legendary Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, which hosts international musicians in its quaint basement setting.

Shopping and Leisure

For those who covet unique fashion pieces, Montreal offers plenty of high-end shopping options. Boutiques like Maison Marie Saint Pierre showcase local designs, while international luxury can be found at Holt Renfrew Ogilvy. The eclectic shops along Saint Laurent Boulevard cater to a more avant-garde taste, offering everything from vintage finds to contemporary fashion.

When to Visit

To fully embrace Montreal’s charms, visit during the shoulder seasons of late spring or early autumn when the city blooms or the leaves change in a spectacular display of colours. Yet, even in the depth of winter, Montreal is a wonderland of festive spirit and snowy adventures.

Navigating the City

Montreal is best traversed by foot or bike during the warmer months, with comprehensive services like Bixi making it easy to explore at leisure. The metro provides a swift alternative for those looking to cover more ground, ensuring that Montreal’s treasures are never out of reach.

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2024’s Top Cities for Remote Workers: Discover Ideal Destinations for Work and Lifestyle Balance.

The shift towards remote work, once a temporary measure, has now cemented itself in the professional landscape.’s latest report unveils the top global cities for remote workers in 2024, offering insights into the best places for those looking to merge career opportunities with personal lifestyle choices.

Utilising a comprehensive evaluation system, the report ranks cities based on eight critical criteria: internet infrastructure, city attractiveness, societal openness, quality of life, remote work incentives, cost of living, safety, and economic stability marked by inflation rates. Each category is equally weighted to ensure a holistic assessment, providing a well-rounded view of each destination’s suitability for remote work.

Leading Destinations

Spain and Portugal emerge as leaders with their cities offering a blend of cultural richness and remote work facilitation. Madrid tops the list, celebrated for its vibrant lifestyle and favourable tax conditions for expats. Close behind, Madeira offers a picturesque setting combined with specific remote work visas and financial incentives that appeal to global professionals.

Toronto continues to be a preferred destination, maintaining its third place with its high living standards and multicultural environment. Meanwhile, Tokyo has ascended in the rankings, now at fifth place, reflecting Japan’s increasing relevance in the remote work arena with its robust tech infrastructure and blend of modernity and tradition.

Highlights from Other Regions

From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the quiet beauty of Auckland, New Zealand, the list is diverse. Auckland is particularly noted for its scenic landscapes and a quality of life that is hard to match, making it the top choice in Oceania. In North America, Portland, Maine, stands out not only for its charm but also for its growing popularity among remote workers due to its unique incentives and welcoming community.

In Asia, aside from Tokyo, Bangkok makes an appearance with its low cost of living and vibrant city life, making it an attractive option for young professionals. European cities like Stockholm and Reykjavík also make the list, praised for their innovative societies and high safety standards.

Economic Considerations

Economic stability is a key consideration for remote workers who are looking to relocate. Cities like Tokyo and Panama City are highlighted for their low inflation rates, suggesting economic environments where remote workers’ earnings are likely to hold stable value.

Quality of Life

When it comes to quality of life, the report highlights cities like Victoria, Seychelles, and Helsinki, Finland, as locations where happiness and satisfaction are notably high. These cities offer environments that not only support productive work but also provide enriching personal experiences, from outdoor activities to cultural immersion.

As remote work continues to evolve, the definition of an ideal work location expands beyond traditional business hubs to include cities that offer a balanced lifestyle. The report from serves as a valuable resource for remote workers looking to find their next destination, whether they seek the bustling life of a large city or the tranquil pace of a smaller town. With such diverse options available, the potential for finding a perfect match is greater than ever.



Uniting global leaders and innovators, ChangeNOW and KPMG’s Earth Action Report sets out actionable strategies to tackle urgent ecological and social challenges.

In an era defined by its urgent environmental crises and widening social inequalities, the Earth Action Report emerges as a critical manifesto for change. This inaugural collaboration between ChangeNOW and KPMG synthesises the expertise of over 100 global leaders from diverse fields, offering a strategic blueprint for 2024 and beyond. Its recommendations span across ecological conservation, energy transformation, and social equity, providing a comprehensive approach to tackling some of the most pressing issues of our time.

A Comprehensive Approach to Global Challenges

The Earth Action Report identifies five critical areas where immediate action is required:

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Protection: The report stresses the paramount importance of preserving natural ecosystems, which are vital not only for biodiversity but also for human livelihoods. The current global effort scores a mere 2.1 out of 5, indicating a significant need for intensified conservation initiatives. Strategies proposed include stricter enforcement of protected areas, promotion of biodiversity in urban planning, and substantial investment in natural habitat restoration.

Energy Transition: Highlighting the critical role of energy in climate mitigation, the report calls for an accelerated phase-out of fossil fuels. Despite some progress, the overall effort scores 2.5 out of 5, reflecting the need for rapid advancement in renewable energy technologies and infrastructures. Key recommendations focus on enhancing government policies to support renewable energy sectors, increasing financial incentives for clean energy investments, and implementing international agreements to reduce carbon emissions.

Climate Resilience: With the impacts of climate change becoming increasingly severe, enhancing resilience is identified as a top priority. The report advocates for comprehensive strategies to reinforce infrastructure, update building codes to withstand extreme weather events, and develop responsive health systems to climatic threats.

Social Inequalities: Tackling social inequalities is crucial for ensuring that environmental policies are equitable. The report emphasises the integration of social justice in environmental decision-making, advocating for policies that ensure equal access to resources and services, support for vulnerable communities in climate adaptation efforts, and inclusive economic opportunities.

Water Resource Management: Rated as the area with the lowest maturity (1.6 out of 5), water management requires urgent attention to address issues of scarcity and pollution. The report suggests implementing sustainable water practices, enhancing water recycling and conservation technologies, and establishing strict pollution controls to protect water bodies.

Addressing Systemic Barriers Through Stepping Stones

The report outlines key “stepping stones” for overcoming systemic challenges:

Education and Awareness: A major focus is placed on transforming education systems to incorporate sustainability deeply into curriculums at all levels, thereby fostering a more informed and proactive citizenry.

Regulatory Frameworks: Strengthening regulatory frameworks is seen as essential for supporting sustainable practices and technologies. This includes creating incentives for green practices and imposing stricter penalties for environmental violations.

Governance Reform: The report calls for reforms in both corporate and political governance to better support sustainability goals, suggesting that transparency and accountability must be at the core of governance structures.

Economic Reevaluation: A fundamental shift in economic valuation is advocated, where economic models incorporate environmental and social impacts, moving away from a sole focus on financial metrics.

Voices from the Field

The insights from key contributors enrich the narrative and exemplify the report’s collaborative approach. Kevin Tayebaly, Co-founder of ChangeNOW, explains the foundational goal of the report: “Our mission with this report is to catalyse a unified approach to solve pressing global issues, translating expert insights into effective actions.” This emphasis on collaboration and practical outcomes underpins the report’s aim to not only highlight critical issues but also to mobilise a comprehensive response from various sectors worldwide.


Jérémie Joos, a Partner at KPMG, reflects on the diversity and depth of contributions that shape the report, noting, “The breadth of expertise from our contributors ensures the recommendations are not only visionary but also grounded and actionable.” His comments underscore the balance the report strives to achieve—visionary in its scope but realistic and implementable in its suggestions, ensuring that the strategies proposed can lead to tangible environmental and social benefits.

Elizabeth Whitlow, the Executive Director at the Regenerative Organic Alliance, highlights the critical connection between agriculture and environmental health: “It’s crucial we understand the interdependencies between our agricultural practices and the health of our planet. Sustainable farming is a key piece of the puzzle in preserving our ecosystems.” Whitlow’s insight draws attention to the necessity of integrating sustainable agricultural practices as a central strategy in the broader environmental conservation efforts, emphasising that the health of our planet is inextricably linked to how we cultivate and manage our land.

Looking Ahead

As the Earth Action Report prepares for its role as an annual barometer of global sustainability efforts, it promises to adapt and evolve its strategies based on the latest research and developments. This document is not just a report but a call to action, urging global leaders, policymakers, and citizens to unite in a concerted effort to forge a sustainable future. Through detailed analysis and actionable strategies, it provides a clear path forward, aiming to transform challenges into opportunities for a thriving, just, and sustainable world.



At the intersection of desert and sea, Treyam is the new jewel in NEOM’s crown, promising an unparalleled blend of luxury and sustainability.

Fast Feet Grinded is at the forefront of a sustainable revolution in the footwear industry, armed with a groundbreaking In the ever-evolving landscape of luxury travel, few destinations can captivate the imagination like NEOM’s latest offering, Treyam. Positioned on the southern edge of the Gulf of Aqaba, where stark desert vistas meet serene blue waters, this premier resort is setting new standards for luxury and sustainability in one of Saudi Arabia’s most ambitious regional developments.

Strategically located at the mouth of a breathtaking azure lagoon, Treyam serves as a luxury gateway to the natural wonders of the region. Its unique bridge-like architecture, which links the northern and southern shores, houses a 250-room resort that promises minimal environmental impact while delivering maximum visual impact. The structure’s design cleverly integrates into the surrounding landscape, creating a sunset illusion from afar and maintaining the natural integrity of the shoreline.

Ascending 36 metres above sea level, Treyam’s 450-metre-long rooftop infinity pool is perhaps the resort’s most striking feature. This architectural marvel offers guests a sense of floating above the lagoon, providing awe-inspiring views of the vibrant coral reefs and the boundless sea beyond. It’s a place where water meets sky in a seamless horizon, offering a perfect escape from the world below.

Treyam is more than just a retreat for relaxation; it is a hub for adventure and exploration. The resort offers a range of water and land-based activities, including sailing, diving, and other exhilarating pursuits designed to invigorate the spirit. Complementing these adventures are extensive health and wellness facilities enhanced by the latest technology, luxury spa treatments, and a selection of fine dining options that cater to the most discerning palates.

The resort not only embodies the fusion of futuristic architecture with breathtaking natural settings but also reflects NEOM’s core values of innovation and conservation. This commitment is evident in every aspect of Treyam’s design and operations, which prioritise ecological sensitivity and cutting-edge sustainable practices.

Treyam’s opening is part of a broader strategy within NEOM to promote sustainable tourism, joining other initiatives like Leyja and Epicon in setting benchmarks for environmentally responsible travel. These projects, each with their unique focus and appeal, collectively aim to transform the Gulf of Aqaba into a vibrant hub for sustainable tourism.

At its heart, NEOM is about envisioning the future—a place where entrepreneurship and sustainability drive progress in creating a new model for livability and business. Here, amidst the hyperconnected, cognitive cities and lush tourist havens, residents and visitors alike are encouraged to embrace a culture of exploration and diversity. Treyam, with its luxurious allure and innovative spirit, invites travellers to experience a unique confluence of comfort and conservation. It stands not only as a testament to what the future of luxury travel can look like but also as an invitation to be part of building this new vision in the heart of NEOM.



Investigating the Impact of Fake Luxury Goods on Brands and Consumers

In a world dazzled by the allure of high fashion and luxury, the underbelly of counterfeiting reveals a less glamorous side of the industry. Ingrid Chua, a journalist known for her blog “The Bag Hag Diaries,” stumbled upon a dubious trend in 2019 that would take her on a revealing journey into the world of counterfeit luxury items. Advertised on platforms like Instagram and various high-end resale sites, these items included everything from pouches to beach towels, all tagged as exclusive VIP gifts from luxury brands—a proposition that seemed too good to be true.

Chua, intrigued and sceptical, began to investigate. Her findings would not only confirm her suspicions but also expose a sprawling network of counterfeit luxury goods flooding the market. This influx is not just a challenge to the consumers who might unknowingly purchase fake items, but also to the luxury brands whose reputations are at stake.

The charm of owning a piece from a top-tier luxury brand like Chanel or Hermes is undeniable. However, as Chua discovered, the reality that many face is a marketplace saturated with fakes—a reality that dilutes the exclusivity of these brands and confuses the consumer market. The investigative journey undertaken by Chua, now nicknamed ‘Sherlock Hermès,’ involved setting up undercover social media accounts to contact sellers directly. This led to the stark revelation that most of the items were indeed counterfeit, a fact further confirmed by her hiring photographers to analyse product images for authenticity.

The economics of imitation in the luxury goods market is staggering. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the international trade in fake goods is a multi-billion-pound industry, accounting for approximately 2.5% of global imports. Counterfeit luxury items, including handbags, watches, and accessories, are at the top of this list, with estimated losses to brands reaching around $30.3 billion annually.

The proliferation of these counterfeit items can be traced back to several sources, most notably online marketplaces and regions with lax intellectual property regulations, such as China, Turkey, and Thailand. These countries have become hotspots for counterfeit operations, where local artisans and large syndicates alike produce and distribute fake luxury goods that are often indistinguishable from the real thing.

Spotting these fakes is increasingly challenging. Signs of a counterfeit include significant price discrepancies, poor craftsmanship, and incorrect packaging. Luxury items typically come with high-quality boxes, authenticity cards, and even serial numbers that can be verified through the brand’s official services—features that are missing or poorly replicated in counterfeit goods.

The real-world impact of this issue is profound. High-profile raids and legal cases against counterfeit goods are frequent, with authorities seizing millions of pounds worth of fake items annually. However, these efforts only scratch the surface of a deeply entrenched problem exacerbated by the rise of e-commerce and social media platforms, which have unwittingly become facilitators of counterfeit sales.

Brands are fighting back with advanced anti-counterfeiting technologies, such as holograms and RFID chips, and are also engaging in extensive educational campaigns to inform consumers about the risks of buying counterfeit products. Despite these efforts, the battle is uphill as counterfeiters adapt quickly and continue to exploit the demand for luxury goods.

Addressing this issue requires a multifaceted approach that includes stringent legal measures, international cooperation, and continuous advancements in technology. Consumer education is paramount; understanding the true cost of counterfeit products—not just financially but also in terms of labour conditions, economic impact, and public safety—is crucial in reducing demand.

As Chua’s investigation highlights, the fight against counterfeit luxury goods is complex and ongoing. For consumers, the lesson is clear: if a luxury item seems too good to be true, it probably is. True luxury lies not only in the brand name but in the quality and craftsmanship behind it—a legacy that counterfeiters can never replicate. This unfolding narrative serves as a critical reminder of the enduring battle between genuine artistry and the shadowy world of fakes.



Gulf Craft’s newest superyacht marries groundbreaking design with unparalleled luxury, redefining maritime elegance.

Gulf Craft’s unveiling of the Majesty 111 marks a new chapter in the legacy of its esteemed superyacht series. This majestic vessel stands out as the first model designed entirely by Phathom, an innovative design studio known for its bold aesthetic and sophisticated interiors. The yacht’s debut at the Dubai International Boat Show was just the beginning of its celebrated journey, which continued through Europe and the United States, attracting attention and admiration at every port.

Spanning 34 meters, the Majesty 111 comfortably nestles between the well-loved Majesty 100 and the larger Majesty 120 tri-deck, yet distinguishes itself through a more pronounced, muscular design. Its clean, sporty exterior, marked by a dramatic foredeck jacuzzi, sets a new standard for luxury yachting.

“The response to the Majesty 111 has been overwhelming,” Mohammed Alshaali, co-founder and Chairman of Gulf Craft, shared. “From the moment the images were released, there was a palpable excitement. It was clear that we were offering something not just new, but visionary. Phathom has not only reimagined what our yachts could look like but has also raised the bar for the entire industry.”

Phathom Studio, established in the Netherlands in 2019, is driven by a trio of designers whose diverse backgrounds enrich their creations. The team’s approach is holistic; every line and curve is designed with both aesthetics and functionality in mind. This thoughtful design philosophy is evident throughout the Majesty 111, from its imposing black skylounge to its expansive glazing, enhancing the yacht’s profile and bathing its interiors in natural light.


The interior of the Majesty 111 is a testament to Phathom’s commitment to elegance and comfort. The main deck features a master suite with an overhead jacuzzi, providing stunning views while ensuring privacy. The yacht’s layout includes six luxurious cabins, each crafted to offer supreme comfort and style, accommodating up to twelve guests. “We wanted to challenge the norms of yacht interior design,” explains Sean Bekeschus, one of Phathom’s lead designers. “Our goal was to create spaces that are not only beautiful and modern but also incredibly inviting and functional for both owners and guests.”

Natural materials dominate the interior, with a palette that contrasts rich dark tones with soft creams and oaks, creating an atmosphere of understated elegance. The saloon and communal areas boast custom furniture, including a uniquely designed coffee table and fluted wooden paneling that adds texture and depth to the spaces. One of the yacht’s crowning features is its skylounge, a remarkable area topped by a skylight that floods the space with daylight and enhances the onboard ambience. The lounge itself is configured around a large L-shaped sofa, facing an impressively stocked bar—complete with a wine fridge and a large screen TV—making it an ideal spot for entertainment and relaxation. The Majesty 111 is not only a showpiece of design but also of innovation, featuring environmentally friendly materials and state-of-the-art amenities. Its performance is equally impressive, equipped with twin 1,900hp MAN V12 engines, allowing a cruising speed of 12 knots and a top speed of 20 knots.

As the Majesty 111 continues to make waves in the yachting community, it stands as a proud symbol of Gulf Craft’s vision and Phathom Studio’s design excellence. “Every line, every curve on the Majesty 111 speaks of our commitment to pushing the boundaries,” Bekeschus reflects. “This yacht isn’t just a vessel; it’s a statement of what the future of luxury yachting looks like.” The Majesty 111’s journey from a sketch to a sea-traversing icon encapsulates the evolution of modern yachting, heralding a new era for Gulf Craft and the maritime industry at large. As it sails from shore to shore, the Majesty 111 not only captures eyes but also hearts, firmly establishing itself as a paragon of nautical innovation.



How Caribbean Citizenship by Investment programs are changing the narrative and taking control- By

In early 2023, amid pressures from the US and EU, the Caribbean Five adopted the infamous Six CBI principles which altered their citizenship by investment programs at a fundamental level.

Enforced largely due to security concerns, the principles entailed enhanced due diligence procedures, mandatory interviews and suspension of applications from specific nationalities. A year later, the Caribbean has decided to take charge for themselves, defining the essence and value of their citizenship on their own.

New Rules, New Beginnings

Four of the Caribbean Five – including Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis – joined forces in late March, signing a Memorandum of Agreement to foster greater collaboration on all key aspects of their CBI programs.

Having previously agreed under the Six CBI principles to share applicant information with one another, the MoA is set to lead to greater transparency and openness, as the nations have now committed to disclose details regarding program revenues and disbursements. By mid-year, the four nations also plan to create a unified regional authority to regulate the programs and establish standards in line with international best practices.

Of the terms agreed upon – which are expected to come into effect from August 1st, 2024 – the most notable was the decision to collectively set a price floor at US$200,000; with this, the nations are aiming to tackle the issue of underselling and price wars, which have plagued the stability of industry for the last several years. More importantly, the nations intend to create a level playing field, thereby ensuring fairness within the market.

Greater Unity, Greater Sustainability

The efforts of Caribbean nations to unify their CBIs have persisted close to a decade now – the MoA represents a significant step towards achieving this goal. The agreement not only enhances transparency and cooperation among the participating countries but also provides a pathway to restore trust in their CBI programs, both for investors and external stakeholders.

By aligning on higher but shared prices, the Caribbean is taking a bold approach to attract high-quality investors who genuinely care about the growth and development of the countries whose citizenship they seek. This marks a fundamental shift in operation, signaling to investors that these programs are built on a foundation of integrity.

The timing of these changes could not have been more critical. As the world’s political landscape becomes increasingly unstable, the need for a second citizenship – and therefore, a robust plan B – is becoming more and more important.

The Caribbean has finally taken control of the narrative – citizenship is not a commodity; it is a privilege. A privilege to enjoy the freedom to choose, a privilege to traverse the globe freely and a privilege to access greater opportunity.



Europe’s Evolving Residency by Investment Landscape

Since the end of 2022, Europe’s Residency by Investment landscape has been in a state of flux, marked by volatility, uncertainty, and significant change. Greece, Portugal, and Spain, each grappling with housing crises, have pointed to their Golden Visa programs as contributing to soaring real estate prices and diminishing affordability for citizens. Their response? Three distinct approaches, ranging from price hikes to complete program elimination.

The shake-up began in December 2022, when Greece – home to Europe’s most popular and affordable Golden Visa program – announced a twofold increase in its investment threshold, from €250,000 to €500,000. This move, driven by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, targeted regions where demand and prices were highest, with other areas retaining the original €250,000 threshold.

However, in early 2024, yet another price increase was proposed, leading to a two-tiered structure with an €800,000 threshold in the capital region, nearby areas, and islands, and a €400,000 threshold elsewhere. These sharp escalations – 220% in the prime locations and 60% in others – aimed to curb skyrocketing property values.

Portugal took a different approach. Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s “More Housing” bill in early 2023 initially proposed a complete termination of the Golden Visa program, provoking intense controversy. The government’s uncertain stance on cut-off dates, the residence status of existing Golden Visa holders, and renewal processes sparked significant backlash, prompting concessions to accommodate investors. While the matter persisted throughout the year, the final version of the bill surprisingly retained the program, restructuring it to exclude real estate and focus instead on higher education and job creation.


In Spain, however, the response was abrupt, swift and decisive, contrasting with the measured approaches of Greece and Portugal. Just days after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced a review of the program due to its impact on housing prices and local residents, the government declared an end to its Golden Visa program.

Despite these divergent outcomes, one fact stands out: the economic benefits of Golden Visas often outweigh the perceived risks. These programs attract significant foreign direct investment, stimulating economic growth and fostering financial stability. For instance, Portugal’s Golden Visa program, with over 90% of visas issued through real estate investments, has drawn more than €6 billion in FDI.

Greece, with over 30,000 Golden Visas issued largely through its real estate route, has generated more than €2.6 billion for its economy. Spain as well, with close to 15,000 permits issued, has attracted billions in investment. It is, therefore, ironic that Spain, the country that developed its Golden Visa to address the eurozone crisis, which devastated its real estate market, opted to end its program.

These changes, therefore, raise questions about the true impact of Golden Visas on housing markets and whether they are indeed the root cause of housing crises, as governments have claimed. Ultimately, the landscape of Residency by Investment programs is evolving, but there is no doubt that the Golden Visas of Greece, Portugal, and Spain have been instrumental in economic growth.

Three Golden Visas, three housing crises; one raises prices, one restructures, one to end entirely. Whether these responses represent detrimental self-infliction or justified measures to address genuine internal challenges remains to be seen. One thing is clear: Residency by Investment programs are here to stay, even if they continue to change. Nations will continue to find ways to foster economic growth and individuals will continue to seek opportunity – that will always remain a fact.





Perched in the sparkling Caribbean Sea, Mustique emerges as a radiant gem within the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Celebrated for its distinct allure and as a sanctuary for the world’s elite, this privately owned island marries stunning natural landscapes with opulent privacy, positioning itself as the quintessential retreat for those acquainted with its marvels.

Accommodation: Understated Luxury

On Mustique, the accommodation options epitomise the island’s ethos of quiet opulence and privacy. The Cotton House, the island’s premier hotel, offers a collection of stylish suites and cottages that cater impeccably to every comfort. The hotel provides a sublime setting with dining options that range from local delicacies to international gourmet dishes, and activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, and kayaking readily available for the adventurous.

For those seeking even greater solitude, the island boasts over eighty private villas, each a showcase of unique architectural and interior design by internationally renowned talents. These villas offer complete privacy with amenities that often include personal staff—chefs, butlers, and housekeepers—ensuring a stay marked by unparalleled relaxation and luxury. The villas afford spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean or the Caribbean Sea, with some properties, like the famed Les Jolies Eaux, designed specifically for royalty.

Vibrant Social Scene and Diverse Activities

Mustique’s charm extends beyond its stunning vistas and into its vibrant community life. Basil’s Bar, an iconic establishment perched above the water, remains the social hub of the island, known for its friendly ambiance and spectacular events ranging from live music performances to relaxed sunset cocktails. The island’s social calendar is rich with activities, including the much-anticipated annual Blues Festival, which adds a rhythmic soul to the serene landscape. The island encourages exploration and activity, with options to suit all preferences. Equestrian enthusiasts can trek along scenic trails at the equestrian centre, tennis aficionados can enjoy the exclusive courts of the Mustique Tennis Club, and beach lovers can unwind on secluded sands such as Macaroni Beach or Princess Margaret Beach, named after the royal who once frequented its shores.

Optimal Times to Visit

The prime time to discover Mustique is from December to April when the climate is most favourable. This period not only promises cooler, dryer weather but also coincides with cultural events like the Blues Festival, offering visitors a perfect mixture of excellent weather and enriching entertainment.

A Unique Blend of Community and Privacy

Despite its connections to the world of celebrities, Mustique retains a discreet, down-to-earth atmosphere where privacy is cherished and simplicity is the keynote. It’s a place that encourages disconnecting from the digital world and reconnecting with nature’s rhythms.

The island’s ethos of relaxed elegance and the communal spirit amongst visitors fosters an environment where many find themselves returning annually, drawn back by the tranquil setting and the friendly faces that make Mustique truly special. Mustique is not merely a destination; it’s a retreat that offers a mix of natural splendour, secluded luxury, and a warm community, making every visit profoundly unforgettable. Whether you seek solitude, adventure, or social vibrancy, Mustique provides an exclusive yet welcoming haven that invites you to return time and again to its serene shores.




In the vibrant evolution of style, the intersection of fashion and nature has birthed a new era, particularly resonant with Generation Z. This demographic has embraced the outdoors not merely as a recreational activity but as a core element of their lifestyle and self-expression. With an eye towards the future, we delve into how this generational shift is influencing the fashion industry and transforming outdoor apparel into symbols of luxury and creativity.

From Utility to High Fashion: The Rise of Gorpcore

The fusion of outdoor aesthetics with urban chic has its roots in the 1990s when hip-hop icons like Mase and Notorious B.I.G. began incorporating elements like windbreakers and cargo trousers into their wardrobes. This laid the groundwork for what would eventually be known as “gorpcore”, a term blending the mundanity of “normcore” with the ruggedness symbolised by “good ol’ raisins and peanuts”, a favourite trail snack. By 2017, the trend was firmly established, with Gorpcore celebrating the utilitarian as fashionable. This concept gained further traction during the COVID19- pandemic, with a reported %24 increase in outdoor product sales in 2022 compared to pre-pandemic levels. The pandemic underscored the value of comfort and functionality, propelling gorpcore from a niche trend to a mainstay in wardrobes worldwide.

A New Vision of Luxury

The transformation of outdoor gear into luxurious fashion items is perhaps most vividly illustrated by the overhaul of traditional outdoor brand stores. The Arc›teryx flagship store in Beijing, for instance, mirrors a high-fashion boutique or contemporary museum, offering an elevated shopping experience traditionally reserved for luxury fashion labels. This trend is not isolated. High-profile collaborations between brands like Gucci and The North Face have further cemented the luxury status of outdoor attire. From Rihanna sporting colourful Salomons to Prada and Balenciaga featuring outdoor lines, functional fabrics like GoreTex are now synonymous with high fashion.

Inclusive and Creative: Outdoor for All

Today›s outdoor scene is marked by an inclusivity that allows for personal expression without the pressure of performance. Gen Z, a generation defined by its digital fluency and social media savviness, views the outdoors as a refuge from the competitive pressures of online existence. This mindset is reflected in the popularity of “Soft Hiking”, a trend advocating gentle, low-demand nature walks that emphasise enjoyment over exertion. Moreover, the landscape of outdoor fashion now features an array of unconventional items like outdoor loafers and cargo skirts, showcasing a creativity that extends beyond traditional boundaries. This reflects a broader, more inclusive view of what it means to engage with the outdoors—one that accommodates various expressions of style and activity.

The Future of Outdoor Fashion

As the definition of outdoor apparel expands, brands face the dual challenge of catering to diverse consumer bases while maintaining their identity. The engagement of Gen Z consumers, in particular, offers brands a unique opportunity to build lasting relationships with a generation that values authenticity and innovation. The burgeoning fusion of outdoor functionality with urban fashion not only enriches our wardrobe choices but also redefines luxury and leisure, illustrating a trend that respects both heritage and innovation. In embracing the outdoor spirit, Generation Z has set the stage for a dynamic evolution in how we dress for the world outside—blending the lines between performance gear and high fashion, and in doing so, crafting a new narrative for the luxury lifestyle.



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In a move that marries tradition with groundbreaking technology, Nike has unveiled its latest collection, the Blueprint Pack, which showcases the pinnacle of athletic footwear innovation. As athletes worldwide gear up for the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, Nike›s new lineup promises to elevate their performance with cutting-edge designs and revolutionary technology.

At the heart of this collection are four standout models: the Nike GT Hustle 3 for basketball, the 2024 Nike Mercurial for football, and the Nike Victory 2 and Nike Maxfly 2 spikes for track running. Each shoe is engineered to meet the specific demands of its sport, offering athletes unparalleled support, stability, and speed.

The Nike GT Hustle 3 basketball shoe introduces a dual-layer of Nike Air pockets. This innovation provides exceptional energy return, a critical factor in sports where vertical and lateral movements are frequent. Nike’s Chief Design Officer, Martin Lotti, asserts that these enhancements in the Nike Air technology could be a game-changer in this year›s Olympic competitions, giving athletes the edge they need to perform at their best.

Football players can look forward to the 2024 Nike Mercurial, which features a refined four-millimetre Nike Air layer, specifically designed to improve agility. This tweak allows for quicker stops and explosive starts, crucial for the dynamic pace of modern football.

For track athletes, the Nike Victory 2 and Nike Maxfly 2 introduce a flatter, more stable ground-facing profile. This adjustment ensures greater stability at high speeds, a vital enhancement for sports that hinge on splitsecond timing and precision.

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These advancements are part of what Nike describes as a «super cycle» of innovation fuelled by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced digital modelling. This technology allows Nike›s designers to simulate countless iterations of footwear designs without the need to produce physical prototypes, significantly speeding up the development process and reducing material waste.

Moreover, the integration of AI has enabled Nike to tailor its designs with a precision previously unattainable. By analysing vast amounts of data collected from athletes wearing its shoes in real-world conditions, Nike can fine-tune each model to enhance performance where it counts most.

Aside from the athletic models, the Blueprint Pack also includes consumer-focused innovations like the Nike Pegasus Premium and Nike Pegasus 41. These models benefit from the same technological advancements as their athletic counterparts but are designed for everyday wear. The Nike Pegasus Premium introduces a «sculpted, visible Air Zoom unit,» providing superior energy return, while the Nike Pegasus 41 features an improved ReactX foam midsole that enhances energy conservation and reduces the shoe’s carbon footprint.

The Blueprint Pack, distinguished by a vibrant white, orange, and blue colour scheme inspired by the sketchbooks of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, is more than a line of shoes. It represents a leap into the future of sportswear, where technology, data, and design converge to create footwear that could redefine the boundaries of athletic performance.

As Nike continues to push the limits of what is possible in sportswear, the Blueprint Pack stands as a testament to the brand›s commitment to innovation, sustainability, and the pursuit of excellence. With its latest offerings, Nike not only outfits the world›s best athletes but also inspires them to reach new heights at the Paris Olympics and beyond.



From Olympic glory to revolutionising personal fitness

Sarah Lindsay has seamlessly transitioned from being an Olympic speed skater to becoming one of London’s most recognised personal trainers. Her illustrious career on the ice, decorated with a European gold medal and 10 British Championships, has profoundly influenced her innovative approach to fitness and personal training at her gym, ROAR.

At ROAR, Sarah has introduced a pioneering team-based approach to personal training, which is reflective of the comprehensive support she received as an athlete. “In most personal training establishments, the trainer is expected to manage everything. But as an athlete, I had around 15 people looking after me. We’ve adopted this team approach at ROAR where your journey is supported by a movement specialist, a nutrition coach, and a trainer,” Sarah explains.

This method ensures that each aspect of a client’s fitness journey is handled by specialists, ensuring superior results and service. Transitioning from athlete to coach brought its own challenges, primarily shifting from a self-centred to a client-centred mindset. Sarah describes this transition as one of the most significant yet rewarding changes she has faced. “As an athlete, you have to be selfish, focusing on your own performance. But coaching is all about the clients, their needs, and their achievements. It’s incredibly rewarding to see them transform,” she reflects.

Sarah’s expertise isn’t limited to training everyday clients; she has also worked with celebrities like Ellie Goulding and Mel B, customising fitness programs that cater to their demanding lifestyles and specific goals. “It doesn’t matter who you are; everyone has their challenges. The key is to customise the approach to fit individual lifestyles and goals,” she asserts. Her experience and success with Team GB’s figure skaters in the Vancouver Winter Olympics further attest to her capability to prepare athletes for high-stakes environments.

“I brought to the table not only strength and conditioning but also my own Olympic experiences to help them mentally prepare for the competition,” Sarah recounts.

Nutrition is another critical component of her training philosophy. Sarah emphasises the importance of tailored nutritional plans to enhance performance and recovery. “There is no one-size-fits-all diet plan. It’s about understanding individual needs and how they respond to different foods,” she states. This personalised approach helps clients optimise their health and fitness outcomes.

What sets Sarah apart in a competitive city like London is her genuine commitment to her clients. “We listen and adapt to our clients’ needs, helping them set and achieve their goals.

This commitment is what makes ROAR unique,” she proudly says. Her client-centred philosophy has led to numerous transformative stories, which, while not always publicly shared, have significantly impacted many lives.

As she continues to adapt her training methods in line with the latest research, Sarah remains focused on the fundamentals of making her clients strong and capable. Looking ahead, she is excited about expanding ROAR internationally, with plans to open a new site in Dubai and potentially in Singapore.

Sarah Lindsay’s journey from the ice rinks of international championships to the gym floors of London is a narrative of passion, innovation, and dedication.

Her work at ROAR is not just about training bodies but is a testament to her commitment to transforming lives through health and fitness.




The polo shirt is undergoing a renaissance, reminding us why this versatile classic has remained a staple in menswear. With its ability to bridge the gap between relaxed comfort and polished sophistication, the polo shirt is more than just a wardrobe basic—it’s a sartorial powerhouse.

The Legacy-Defining Polo: Polo


No brand has championed the polo quite like Polo Ralph Lauren. Their Custom Fit Mesh Polo Shirt epitomises classic American style with its slim fit, pure cotton construction, and the iconic pony emblem, making it a timeless choice for any wardrobe.

As the original polo creator, Lacoste remains a benchmark. This classic design retains all the hallmarks of the original style dreamed up by René Lacoste: a neat collar, ribbed sleeves, and the legendary cotton piqué fabric, ensuring style and comfort on and off the tennis court.

Surprisingly Affordable

This offering from Abercrombie & Fitch brings vintage flair into the modern day with a price tag that belies its upscale appearance. Ideal for jazzing up casual ensembles, it features a distinctive knit pattern and a relaxed Johnny collar.

Ralph Lauren Custom Mesh Polo Shirt The OG Polo: Lacoste Short Sleeve Classic Chine Polo Shirt The Dupe Polo: Abercrombie & Fitch Plisse Johnny Collar Sweater Polo

Blending the unexpected benefits of merino wool with modern technology, the Proof -72Hour Merino Polo is engineered for performance. It’s breathable, moisture-wicking, and offers sun protection, making it an ideal choice for active or everyday wear.

For those looking to impress, Banana Republic offers the Stokke Polo in a sumptuous blend of cashmere and silk. This polo exudes luxury, with its elegant drape and smooth texture, making it perfect for a sophisticated night out or a stylish casual day.

Popular among the stylish set, this collaboration between Percival and celebrity stylist Ilaria Urbinati features retro-inspired details and a relaxed fit. It’s a polo that pairs equally well with casual or dressier attire, making it a versatile addition to any collection.

Stòffa presents a modern twist on the classic polo with a buttonless design that emphasises a sleek, open-collar look. Crafted from high-quality mouliné cotton, this shirt is perfect for those who value both comfort and style.

The Swanky, Sultry Upgrade Polo: Banana Republic Stokke Cashmere-Silk Sweater Polo The Best Performance Polo: Proof -72Hour Merino Polo Shirt The Celebrity-Loved Polo: Percival x Ilaria Diamond Knitted Polo The No Buttons, No Problem Polo: Stòffa Mouliné Cotton Polo Shirt



In the rapidly advancing world of technology, Lenovo has once again positioned itself at the forefront of innovation with the introduction of the ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop Concept. This groundbreaking device features the industry›s first -17.3inch Micro-LED transparent display, redefining the boundaries between digital and physical workspaces with its visionary design.

At the heart of this concept lies the seamless, borderless display that extends transparency beyond the screen to include the keyboard area, creating a floating effect that is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally groundbreaking. This design not only enhances the visual appeal of the laptop but also integrates effortlessly into any environment, be it a high-powered boardroom or a minimalist home office. The transparency of the display is not just a design choice but a functional innovation. It allows users to interact with the physical world behind their screens, overlaying digital content onto real objects and settings. This capability is particularly beneficial for professionals in creative fields such as design and architecture, who can manipulate digital elements while maintaining a connection with the tangible materials of their craft.

Lenovo›s use of Micro-LED technology is pivotal in achieving such high levels of transparency while maintaining vivid colour saturation and exceptional contrast. With a brightness of 1000 nits, the display ensures optimal visibility in various lighting conditions, whether indoors or out. This adaptability makes the ThinkBook Transparent Display not just a tool for productivity but also a versatile companion for any setting or scenario. Moreover, the transparent display fosters a new way of collaborating and presenting, enabling professionals to share their vision with unprecedented clarity and impact. This feature is complemented by AI-generated content capabilities, which enhance productivity and creativity by seamlessly integrating digital enhancements with real-world interactions.

In addition to its impressive display, the ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop Concept is a testament to Lenovo›s commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in personal computing. It exemplifies a futuristic approach where technology not only complements but also enhances the human experience, promising a new era of interaction where users can move fluidly between digital and physical dimensions. The ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop is not merely a new product but a bold statement about the future of computing. It offers a glimpse into a world where technology and transparency combine to create a more intuitive and immersive user experience. As Lenovo continues to innovate, the ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop Concept stands as a beacon of what is possible, encouraging users to reimagine how technology can transform their lives and work.

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Founded at the end of 2016 by Maarten Bodewes and Dimitri O, Loop Earplugs stands as a testament to innovation driven by personal need and entrepreneurial spirit. As nightlife enthusiasts suffering from tinnitus, Maarten and Dimitri found existing earplugs inadequate. This frustration, coupled with their engineering backgrounds and a shared history as childhood best friends, spurred them to leave stable careers and venture into the creation of Loop. The result? A product that initially captured the hearts of concert and festival goers, earning accolades from The New York Times as ‹the best earplugs for concerts.›

However, the journey of Loop did not stop with the live music scene. The advent of Covid19- marked a pivotal shift in the company’s trajectory, responding to a broadening customer base from all walks of life—encompassing uses from sleep and focus to parenting and travel. This adaptability fuelled a dramatic expansion in Loop›s market presence, with the company reporting a revenue of 126.5€ million in 2023—a triple increase from the previous year—and selling over 8 million units globally. Loop›s ascendance to the top of the design world was recently crowned by its ranking on Fast Company’s 2024 Most Innovative Companies list. Not only did Loop secure the 18th spot globally, but it also dominated the Design category, recognised for «designing ear protection people want to wear,» which speaks to its status as a leader in design innovation.

Such innovations have not gone unnoticed within the broader business community. In 2022, Loop was named the fastest-growing Belgian tech company in Deloitte’s Fast 50, showcasing an astounding sales growth of over %15,275 since 2018. This was complemented by its selection as a LinkedIn Top Startup, highlighting its dynamic workplace and robust employee engagement—which earned it the 2022 Employee Engagement Award. Today, Loop›s operations have scaled significantly, with over 250 full-time employees spread across its headquarters in Antwerp and international hubs in Amsterdam, New York, and Shanghai. Its expansion into the Asian markets of China, Japan, and Southeast Asia marks the next chapter in its global strategy.

The innovation at Loop extends beyond just business growth and accolades. Its products, such as the Experience, Quiet, and Engage lines, and the recent introduction of the Engage Kids range and the Switch model—a -3in1- earplug—reflect a relentless pursuit of technological advancement. These offerings harness advanced noise filtration, ergonomic design, and the integration of health-monitoring technologies, making them indispensable for a wide array of activities and needs.

With its roots in personal experience and a keen eye for design and functionality, Loop Earplugs not only leads in innovation but also in creating a product that enhances daily living. It›s a shining example of how a clear vision, when executed with passion and precision, can transform a simple idea into a global enterprise that touches the lives of millions. As Loop continues to innovate and expand, it remains a beacon of Belgian ingenuity and a leader in the wearable technology space.

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In the fast-paced world of modern travel and on-the-go lifestyles, maintaining a polished appearance can often be a challenge. Recognising this, MANSCAPED has introduced the Handyman Travel Foil Shaver, a grooming tool designed to ensure that your facial hair remains impeccable, no matter where life takes you. The Handyman is not just another shaver; it›s a grooming game-changer. Its compact design means it can be easily stowed in a gym bag, a suitcase, or even ‹The Shed›—MANSCAPED›s signature carry case— making it the ultimate companion for the sophisticated traveller. Whether you need a quick touch-up before a meeting or a thorough shave after a long flight, the Handyman ensures you look meticulously groomed.

Engineered for precision and comfort, the Handyman features high-precision blades encased in a forgiving foil that contours to the face, providing a close shave without irritation. This dual-action system includes a SkinSafe long-hair leveler and a foil shaver that effortlessly adjusts to your face›s landscape, handling everything from three-day stubble to fine detailing of beards, mustaches, and sideburns.

Ease of use is at the heart of the Handyman›s design. It is ergonomically shaped to fit comfortably in your hand, allowing for intuitive control and effortless manoeuvring. This design minimises the struggle with awkward angles and ensures a smooth, even shave every time. Moreover, the Handyman is as practical as it is stylish. It is TSA-approved, making it travel-friendly and ideal for those who want to maintain their grooming regimen without the hassle of check-in concerns. Its lightweight build is not only an easy addition to any travel bag but also simplifies daily grooming routines.

Hygiene and maintenance are straightforward with the Handyman. It is fully waterproof, allowing for both dry and wet shaving, and can be rinsed under running water after use. This feature not only ensures optimal performance but also prolongs the shaver›s life by keeping it clean and ready for the next use.

The shaver is equipped with a quickcharging lithium-ion battery that provides up to 60 minutes of shaving time. With a USB-C charging port, it recharges fully in just about 90 minutes, and its quick charge capability means a five-minute charge can prepare you for immediate use—perfect for those lastminute grooming emergencies.

The Handyman Travel Foil Shaver by MANSCAPED is more than just a grooming tool—it›s a statement of how modern men approach style and hygiene with serious commitment and smart technology. It promises not only to keep you looking your best but to do so with efficiency and ease, fitting seamlessly into the lifestyle of any man who values both appearance and practicality. Whether at home, travelling, or in-between meetings, the Handyman ensures that every impression is a sharp one.

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In the bustling halls of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung has unveiled a striking innovation in wearable technology—the Galaxy Ring. This smart ring represents a significant leap forward in health monitoring, merging sophisticated artificial intelligence with the discreet charm of a ring. Samsung›s venture into the smart ring market is not just about expanding its product line; it›s about redefining how we engage with health technology. The Galaxy Ring is positioned to simplify the tracking of various body metrics and support wellness goals seamlessly. Hon Pak, the head of digital health at Samsung, envisions portable devices as the new frontier for artificial intelligence access, noting that innovations like the Galaxy Ring will hasten AI›s global expansion.

Designed for 7/24 wear, the Galaxy Ring is part of Samsung›s broader “Galaxy AI Vision.” This initiative aims to integrate AI across mobile products, enhancing user experience with smarter, more intuitive interactions. The ring›s capabilities are set to include advanced features such as sleep quality assessment and a pioneering sleep apnoea detection function. It will also extend Samsung’s partnership with Natural Cycles, offering period and fertility tracking through skin temperature measurements—a feature already popular in the Galaxy Watch.

Beyond health tracking, the Galaxy Ring connects to an updated version of the Samsung Health platform. This integration introduces the “My Vitality Score,” a novel metric that amalgamates data on sleep, activity levels, and heart rate variability to offer a holistic view of one’s health. Samsung›s commitment to personalisation through AI is evident. The company plans to use the vast dataset from its 64 million monthly active users to deliver more personalised insights and tailored experiences, enhancing the user›s understanding of their health and wellness.

Aesthetically, the Galaxy Ring impresses with its minimalistic design. Available in silver, gold, and black, its surface is slightly concave to prevent scratches, emphasising its sleek, unobtrusive nature. With no visible screens, lights, or buttons, the ring’s design is a nod to understated elegance, aligning perfectly with the aesthetic values of a discerning audience. As we look forward to the launch later this year, it›s clear that Samsung is not just entering a new market but is setting the pace for what smart wearables can be. The introduction of the Galaxy Ring may well mark 2024 as the year of the smart ring, challenging the market dominance of products like the Oura ring and introducing new competitors such as Apple’s rumoured entry into the space.

Samsung›s exploration of complementary products, like a smart mattress tuned to create optimal sleep environments, points to an exciting, interconnected future for its ecosystem. As technology and wellness increasingly intersect, Samsung’s Galaxy Ring stands out as a symbol of how elegance and intelligence can combine to transform our daily lives. This innovation isn›t just about keeping pace—it›s about setting a new standard in the ever-evolving world of wearable technology.

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As the warmth of summer approaches, it’s the perfect time to explore some of the season’s most exciting technological gadgets. From advancements in homemade ice cream to smart home devices, this roundup highlights key products that promise to add a spark to your summer days.

Oimye Solar Charger Power Bank

For those who find themselves constantly on the move during the summer months, a reliable power bank is essential. The Oimye Solar Charger stands out with its multifunctionality: not only does it charge devices via solar power, but it also supports wireless charging and includes built-in cables for USB-C, Lightning, and Micro-USB connections. An integrated flashlight adds a practical touch, ensuring you›re never caught in the dark during your adventures.

Ninja Creami Ice Cream Maker

Revolutionising homemade ice cream, the Ninja Creami offers a novel approach by allowing users to prepare ice cream in pint-sized containers. This method simplifies the process: mix your ingredients, freeze, and let the Creami churn out smooth ice cream in just 90 seconds. Its convenience and quick performance make it a standout choice for sweet treat enthusiasts.

Sensibo Sky

For urban dwellers with nonsmart air conditioning systems, the Sensibo Sky offers a significant upgrade. This compact device uses infrared technology to allow smartphone control of your AC unit. It supports scheduling, temperature targeting, and geofencing to automatically manage your indoor climate based on your location, enhancing both comfort and energy efficiency.


The latest from Ecobee, this smart thermostat does more than regulate your home’s temperature. It enhances its utility with a built-in air quality sensor and uses radar technology for accurate detection of human presence, a step above traditional infrared sensors. This device promises not only a comfortable home environment but also a healthier living space.

Transform your grilling experience with the Weber iGrill Mini, a smart thermometer that keeps you informed via its companion app. The app’s color-coded alerts indicate the perfect time to remove food from the grill, combining fun and functionality for the outdoor chef.

GrilLight Tools

GrilLight tools have proved surprisingly popular for their simple yet effective design. These grill tools come with built-in lighting, a feature that proves invaluable for evening barbecues in less illuminated spaces, ensuring your grilling is as efficient during the night as it is during the day.

Ecobee Smart Thermostat Weber iGrill Mini



In the realm of travel, the right gadget can transform any journey from tedious to terrific. Whether you›re setting off on a brief business trip or embarking on a grand adventure, these top tech picks promise to enhance every stage of your travels.

The Sony WH1000-XM5 headphones offer top-tier noise cancellation, making them a sanctuary of silence amidst the chaos of travel. With up to 32 hours of battery life and enhanced voice-call quality, these over-ear headphones are an indispensable travel companion for anyone looking to drown out engine noise and immerse in their audio haven.

For the world traveller, the Ougrand Universal Travel Adapter is a must. It features a variety of USB ports and a pass-through plug, making it versatile enough to handle almost any gadget in any country without voltage conversion concerns. This adapter is ideal for keeping all devices charged and ready, regardless of global location.

The Anker MagGo 622 stands out with its magnetic attachment and fold-down stand feature, which is perfect for watching media on the go. This battery pack not only charges devices but also serves as a practical stand on train tray tables or cramped airplane seats.

The Apple AirPods Pro 2 continue to impress with their compact form and superior sound quality. Now equipped with a USB-C port and MagSafe compatibility, these earbuds boast exceptional noisecanceling capabilities, perfect for creating a personal audio space even in the busiest environments.

Portable and powerful, the JBL Go 3 speaker offers impressive sound quality for its size. Waterproof and rechargeable via USB-C, it’s designed for travellers seeking a robust, goanywhere speaker that brings the joy of music to any destination.

Sony WH1000-XM5: Silence the Skies Ougrand Universal Travel Adapter: Plug In Anywhere Apple AirPods Pro 2 (USB-C): Compact and Clear Anker MagGo 622 Battery Pack: Power on the Move airplane seats. JBL Go 3: Music Wherever You Go
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Nestled along the meandering Mississippi River, New Orleans is a city of endless enchantment, where every cobblestone and corner echoes with history and vitality. Known for its exuberant Mardi Gras celebrations and as the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans encapsulates an intoxicating blend of old-world charm and contemporary dynamism. Since its inception, the city of New Orleans has mesmerised travellers with its vibrant cultural tapestry and unique Southern charm. Known affectionately as “The Big Easy,” this city offers a delightful over-the-top experience for the senses, where the streets thrum with the rhythms of jazz and the air is infused with the aromas of Creole and Cajun cuisine. From the iconic po’ boys and beignets to the spirited tunes of Bourbon Street, New Orleans invites you to let the good times roll.


Luxurious Stays in the Heart of New Orleans

For those in pursuit of opulence, the city’s accommodations do not disappoint. Maison de la Luz stands out with its grandeur, offering meticulously designed suites that cater to groups looking for lavish quarters. Hotel Peter and Paul offers a unique stay in a beautifully converted ecclesiastical building, while The Roosevelt New Orleans and The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans provide classic luxury with modern amenities. Each hotel encapsulates the distinctive architectural heritage and refined elegance that characterise this historic city.

Culinary Delights: A Taste of New Orleans

The culinary scene in New Orleans is a feast for the epicurean. Iconic dishes such as gumbo, muffuletta, and char-broiled oysters tell the story of the city’s rich history and cultural melding. Dining at Commander’s Palace, a beacon of haute Creole cuisine, is a must for any food lover, while newer spots like Herd Dat Kitchen showcase contemporary interpretations of Southern favourites. For those with a sweet tooth, Loretta’s Authentic Praline offers an indulgent twist on the classic beignet.

Cultural Highlights and Must-See Attractions

New Orleans is not just about indulgence and leisure; it’s a city steeped in history and culture. The National WWII Museum provides an in-depth look at the global impact of the war, while Preservation Hall offers an intimate setting for live jazz, preserving the musical heritage of New Orleans. For the adventurous, New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours present an opportunity to explore the lush bayous and gain an ecological perspective of Louisiana’s wetlands.

Vibrant Nightlife and Entertaining Ventures

Nightlife in New Orleans is as diverse as its culture. As the sun sets, New Orleans transforms into a vibrant tableau of nightlife and celebration. Frenchmen Street buzzes with the sounds of live music emanating from venues like the Blue Nile, where the rhythms of jazz, funk, and blues invigorate the soul. The city’s liberal open-container law adds a spirited dynamic to exploring its lively streets, ensuring the party never needs to end.

Shopping and Leisure in The Big Easy

For those looking to take a piece of New Orleans home, the Shops at the Colonnade and the Louisiana Music Factory offer a variety of local goods from chic boutiques to soulful music records. The French Market is a must-visit for food lovers looking to sample local dishes or pick up unique culinary souvenirs.

When to Visit New Orleans

The best times to visit New Orleans are during the cooler months from winter to spring, avoiding the intense heat and humidity of summer. Planning your visit around Mardi Gras or the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival can offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience, although it’s advisable to book well in advance due to the popularity of these events.

Discovering the Neighbourhoods

From the historic French Quarter to the artsy Bywater, each neighbourhood in New Orleans boasts its own distinct flair. The Garden District offers an air of tranquil luxury with its antebellum mansions and tree-lined avenues, while the Central Business District pulses with the energy of modern city life. New Orleans, with its blend of cultural richness, historical depth, and joie de vivre, offers a multifaceted experience that lingers in the memory long after the visit. It invites you not just to see but to partake in its ongoing story — a story as captivating as the city itself. Whether you are drawn by the call of jazz or the allure of its culinary delights, New Orleans awaits with open arms and a full heart.

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Uncover the luxurious essence of Tom Ford›s Oud Wood Parfum, a fragrance that perfectly blends tradition with modern sophistication. At its heart, the iconic scent of oud combines with a selection of rich woods and the warm glow of amber for a truly captivating experience.

The journey continues with the lively spice of cardamom and the earthy touch of patchouli, enhancing the woodsy core. Sweet hints of vanilla and tonka bean add a layer of depth and warmth, while amber resins glow in the background, giving the fragrance a lasting radiance. Designed for those who appreciate a refined and compelling scent, Oud Wood Parfum is a testament to the art of fine perfumery.




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