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Property Magazine June 2016 Issue 15

Editor Martha Nagkoloudi Design & Cover Natalie Demetriou Publisher Imperio Printing RPM Lithographica lTD Writers Alexandros Christoforou, Natalie Demetriou, Yiannis Misirlis, Martha Nagkoloudi, Melina Zenonos

WELCOME Welcome to the 15th edition of Exclusive magazine by Imperio. Smart in every sense, Exclusive gives its readers an unrivalled insight into the world of luxury lifestyle, while also offering the most compelling coverage of books, technology, travel, cars, properties and many more. In this edition you will find attention-grabbing articles ranging from looking back at the architectural legacy of Zaha Hadid to an exclusive interview with the first Cypriot Olympic medallist Pavlos Kontides who aims to achieve the ultimate sports distinction by achieving a gold medal in Rio Olympics.

Contributors Maria Stylianou Michaelides Limassol Tourism Board Michael Virardi www.michaelvirardi.com KPMG Petros Rialas Totalserve Management Ltd

There is nothing as good as a juicy burger with fries, and Limassol is able to deliver both so in this issue we have tracked down the best 3 burger places so you can enjoy the ultimate comfort food after a magical scuba diving into the mesmerising deep blue Mediterranean Sea.

Translation & Proofreading Georgia Nicolaides

Enjoy reading and remember as Dr. Seuss said “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”.

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Supersonic Jet Startup Promises ‘Affordable’ Travel

International News 08

The Most Expensive Hub in the World

Imperio 10

A Gateway Through Time

Agenda 14

Fine Dining by the Sea

Business Lifestyle 16

David Beckham’s Business Machine

Lifestyle 20

5 Coolest Watches of Baselworld 2016

Lifestyle 22

Kuvée: The Smart Wine Bottle that Keeps Wine Fresh

46 Arts

84 Travel

48 Sports

86 Travel

52 Interior Design Buzz

90 Lifestyle

Constantinos Yiannikouris: Butterflies Have Been Freed

Limassol’s Marine Protected Paradise

6 Brilliant Ways to Style Your Bookshelf

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Ready to Cut a Stylish Swath Through the Ocean

98 Scentology

Plexiglas Made in Greece

60 Bookaholics

6 Books You Must Read

62 Lifestyle

Top 3 Burgers in Limassol

68 Property & Tax

Facetime 28

Positive Thinking 32 If I Were You…

Travel Made Easy: A Bluetooth Journey

Doing Business in Cyprus

70 Fitness

Once a Crossfitter Always a Crossfitter

72 Lifestyle

Dyson is Giving the Humble Hairdryer a Makeover

Imperio 34

73 Lifestyle

Driving 36

74 Lifestyle

Design 40

76 Lifestyle

Delivered Properties 42

78 Lifestyle

Because you are One of Us

Tesla Model 3

The Good the Bad & the Down Right Vulgar

Noble Centre

Lifestyle 44

The Bespoke Porcelain Company

92 Imperio in the Media

58 Fashion

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Pavlos Kontides

Luca Agnelli Hand Builds Electric Bicycles with Vintage 1950s Pieces

94 Diary

Change the Game

66 Technology

An Exceptional Watch for Legendary Rockers

8 Ultimate Things to Do in Cyprus!

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Masters of the Golden Age

The Most Expensive Flight in the World

The Beauty of Ballet on the Streets

Fragrance Magic

The World’s Most Expensive House

Magic Moments by Felix Rodriguez

80 Architecture

Impressive New Buildings of the Year

Limassol Agenda

Cyprus: The Mediterranean Island with its Diverse Beauties

104 Architecture A Tribute to Zaha

108 Lifestyle

Baccarat Eye Vase

110 Portfolio 116 Fashion

8+1 Items Every Woman Must Own

118 Property & Tax

The Cyprus Permanent Residence Permit by Investment

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Dolce & Gabbana Transforms SMEG

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Kartell Reveals Plastic Furniture Designed for Children

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Wearing Nature

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Limassol for Cruise Lovers


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Maria Stylianou Michaelidou Manager Limassol Tourism Board

Situated in the south-eastern corner of the Mediterranean with a unique fusion of influences from the region, Limassol has much to offer to cruise lovers that either visit the port as part of their cruise itinerary or choose to take a cruise from Cyprus to nearby destinations. Limassol is a city where the traditional and the modern coexist, offering desirable contemporary facilities yet still extending the local warm hospitality which characterises the island of Cyprus. This distinct cosmopolitan seaside destination is rich in history and culture, and its special characteristics include the fact that it is conveniently located, both within the island and on the map, which makes exploring easy, whether it be island-wide or to nearby destinations. Limassol port is the largest port of the island, located on the South coast of Cyprus at a distance of 60 km from Larnaca

and Pafos International Airports. The port’s marine area covers one square kilometre, while its terrestrial area covers 1.3 km2. It has modern, specialised facilities and equipment to serve different categories of customers and different types of cargo as well as of ships and passengers, offering fast, safe, reliable and unimpeded links between the island and the outside world. The Port Authorities having set high standards of objectives for Limassol port, have developed a new passenger area which consists of an innovative modern building with sheltered

areas covering 8,500 m2, parking spaces and pedestrian and vehicle passages. The project is expected to be in operation soon. The Limassol port is a significant cruise centre. It is certainly one of the most important cruise centres in the Eastern Mediterranean and is included in the itineraries of many international cruise ships sailing in the region. It is also a permanent base for Cypriot-owned cruise ships which, seasonally carry out excursions in the region, to Greece, the Greek islands, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon and Syria.


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AIRLINERS MACH 0.85 CONCORDE MACH 2.0 BOOM MACH 2.2

A company called Boom Technology Inc. has unveiled plans for a supersonic airplane of the same name, which is being developed as a replacement for Concorde. Today, international travel means jet-lag and days of lost productivity and family time. But imagine leaving New York in the morning, making afternoon meetings in London, and being home to tuck your kids into bed. Unlike Concorde, flying Boom is affordable; the same price as business class. This isn’t science fiction and its possible now with today’s aerodynamics, carbon fiber composites, and the latest engine technology. The Boom airplane would travel at Mach 2.2 more than twice the speed of sound and 2.6 times faster than any other airliner and fly from New York to London in 3.4 hours, San Francisco to Tokyo in 4.7 hours or Los Angeles to Sydney in 6 hours. The great thing about the airplane is that all the key technology on the airplanes, the aerodynamics, engines, materials are taken from other

aircrafts that already flying today. For example the engine is an adaptation from the engine of current commercial aircrafts. According to Boom, carbon composites can withstand higher temperatures than the aluminium alloys used in Concorde, yet are cheaper than the titanium and other exotic alloys used in military aircraft. They’re also lighter, which allows the aircraft to fly faster and more efficiently. Combined with advanced engines, the company believes that the finished product will be 30% more efficient than Concorde, and that through the use

of computer simulations development can be achieved in record time. Seats will be similar to standard domestic first class and will distributed on 40 seats in two rows either side of the aisle, meaning that every passenger will get a direct view of the curvature of the earth as the plane cruises at 60,000 ft. The airplane is currently in the prototyping phase; however, the team is all set to fly a test aircraft in late 2017, following speeding records near Edwards Air Force Base in California.

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The most expensive hub in the world

The New World Trade Centre transportation hub, called the Oculus, is officially open to the public. The station, which replaces one destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, was designed in 2004 by Santiago Calatrava and cost €3.4 billion, almost double its original cost. Ground wasn’t broken on the new World Trade Centre Transportation Hub and Shopping Centre until 2010, and the construction took a decade. Cost overruns have been blamed on the architect’s demands and the complexity of building it. The hub connects Port Authority Trans-Hudson trains to New Jersey with 11 New York City subway lines and ferry services.

It includes 7,000 m2 of food and retail, complete with an Apple Store, and additional ways in and out to accommodate all the anticipated foot traffic.

The hub is airy, white and peaceful with a skylight, and it is considered a way to honour those who died in the 9/11 attacks.


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A gateway through time

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IMPERIO

Catherine Cornaro enjoying the view from Penthouse 302 roof garden

Perched in the heart of Limassol, Ivy Residences stands at the intersection of design and sophistication, and at the peak of the signature Imperio service. This architectural masterpiece has been designed to provide residents with the ultimate style and convenience. Open floor plans, and floor-toceiling windows create an ambiance of sophistication and infinite possibilities. Ivy Residences will

offer uncompromising attention to detail across all of its three and four bedroom residences. Ivy Residences’ expression of urban luxury is reshaping the Limassol skyline, offering the chance to dwell both in the heart of the action and away from it all. The name Ivy Residences represents a time span from Cyprus’s ancient history to the present.


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Aphrodite & Adonis relaxing in Apartment 102


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In addition to the climbing plants that will surround this impressive new project of Imperio, the word Ivy expresses the philosophy of the project’s promotion through three-dimensional pictures.

ogy and revive scenes from their history, showing in a unique way the current continuous development both in technology and architecture that Imperio embraces.

Figures from ancient Cyprus living in one of the most modern apartments in Cyprus use technol-

The photographic material unfolds the history.

The Sultan in his Penthouse Apartment


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fine dining by the sea

The Steak house is a new restaurant that has just opened in Limassol old port area with a fantastic view of the city and sea front. The company with a 30 year experience in steak houses has developed this premium steak house in Limassol serving only the finest quality in steaks. The menu has a vast variety of American grilled steaks, Wagyu steaks and also various alternative options like salads, lobster pasta, salmon, prawns, chicken and burger. A reservation is recommended. The kitchen is open every day from 12:00-23:30. Telephone: 70000577


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business lifestyle As a footballer, David Beckham had it all – the looks, the successful wife, the family, the stylish suits and the big-money deals. But with his boots hung up, the earnings continue to grow. On a warm, late-spring evening in Paris, tears are rolling down David Beckham’s face. It’s a private moment witnessed by millions. Emotion overtook the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder as he faced every footballer’s greatest fear. An East Londoner whose fame outgrew his considerable talent, realising that his sport – which in two decades made him a multi-millionaire – no longer had a place for him. Unlike Beckham’s Hollywood career narrative, taking him to the greatest football clubs in the greatest leagues (not to mention Preston North End and LA Galaxy), things didn’t end with a stunning free-kick or trademark assist. Rather, a tear-stricken veteran being skinned in the build-up to an irrelevant Brest goal in an end-of-season stroll. Before being substituted.

David Beckham’s Business Machine

As the fourth official held a board indicating the famous No.23 was to be substituted, Beckham ceremoniously embraced the Parisian ovation and each team-mate, as his wife and parents wiped their eyes alongside Nicolas Sarkozy in the stands. A slow walk to the Parc Des Princes touchline, and the dashing prince of modern football was gone. After 834 games, 146 goals and a few highprofile red cards, Beckham had – at 8:42pm on 18 May 2013 – officially retired. But there are retirements. And there are retirements. Fast forward 18 months, when US business magazine Forbes reported the biggest annual earnings of Beckham’s career, a barely comprehensible €61m (€19m more than his previous best in 2012), making him the second-highest-paid retired sportsman in the world – behind Nike billionaire Michael Jordan. With business assets in fashion, beverages, leisure and a sporting franchise in development, 2015 could see him crack the €88,3m mark. This, despite having not kicked a ball competitively since leaving that pitch in Paris. Welcome to David Beckham 2.0 – entrepreneur, business, brand.

New Ventures “I was a footballer for 22 years but the success I had created something for me off the field as well,” said Beckham recently. “This is a


Beckham posing for his H&M Clothes Range

echoes hip-hop entrepreneur Sean Combs’ association with Ciroc vodka, which netted Diddy over €48.5m from Diageo in 2014 alone.

passage of my life where I’m going into the business world. It’s a different kind of excitement to stepping on the pitch. Nothing will, or can, replace that.” And yet, at 40, Beckham has never been busier. He left football a champion – the 2013 French title his tenth and final league medal. As a player, he was distinguished by incredibly accurate delivery allied to a tremendous work ethic. Off the field, he was marked by an underestimated ability to seize an opportunity to heighten his profile. Upon seeing the Spice Girls’ “Say You’ll Be There” video in 1996, he ambitiously informed team-mates that “Posh” was the woman he would marry. Significantly higher profile at the time, Victoria provided David with a springboard to fame beyond football’s confines. The former England captain was always a master manipulator of image, whether being suspiciously conspicuous in so many goal celebrations, or simply making a provocative style choice. His 2003 decision to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid came

when being a Galactico was the ultimate accolade for superstar footballers (as opposed to actual trophies, as his one in four La Liga seasons testifies). Even the LA Galaxy move was a calculated risk – thrusting him into football’s final frontier but also the American mass consciousness.

Choosing LA Provided David Beckham with the Chance to Position Himself Among Hollywood’s A List Retirement from professional sport is just the next step in the Beckham journey, and it is now allowing him to explore his entrepreneurial ambitions, switching attention from familiar endorsements (two decades with Adidas, one with Coty’s Beckham fragrances) to expansive ventures in new markets. “Timing is everything,” says Paul Smith, CEO of celebrity marketing analysts Repucom. “Moves to Real Madrid and LA Galaxy were timed to perfection, where his profile was established in ideal conditions to either be among football’s elite, or as an ambassador for a growing sport. Choosing LA provided Beckham with the chance to position himself among Hollywood’s A list.” Beckham, never short of ambition in his playing career, is no longer satisfied simply selling his image to H&M or Breitling, or closer to home with Sky Sports and Sainsbury’s. In 2014, he negotiated a retail partnership with Hong Kong giants Global Brands Limited to control a 50% stake of a range of lifestyle brands built around his image and influence. “Beckham increasingly plays a significant role in his business ventures,” says Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor of Forbes. “Yes, he will use his own likeness to promote his partners but he increasingly wants to control equity stakes in deals instead of just being the face of a product.”

Emporio Armani Underwear ads (with wife Victoria)

Not that the face isn’t still one of his key assets. October 2014 saw Beckham riding through the Scottish Highlands doing his best Daniel Craig impression for Haig Club whisky. The Guy Ritchie advert (Skyfall reimagined with hipsters and Alt-J) heralded the relaunch of the single-grain whisky distillers, into which drinks giants Diageo had pumped €89.5m – plus secured Beckham as a “strategist”. His partnership

Team Beckham Aware of this crossover appeal, Beckham has been able to negotiate better deals by offering brand direction in addition to endorsement. But this is something that was only achievable via a painstakingly constructed public and commercial image. Behind every great man is, they say, a great woman. And behind the Beckhams is an even greater team of public relations and marketing gurus. Victoria has been integral to Brand Beckham, not just in forming one half of the celebrity package but also financially rivalling her husband since moving into fashion. Her self-titled fashion label has twice been named Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards and generates over €76.5m a year in revenue. The ups and downs of their marriage have been well documented, but their relationship works symbiotically to support each other’s post-music and sport careers. Footwork Productions Ltd, whose sole revenue is the “exploitation of David Beckham’s name and image rights”, was set up in 2003, following his split with agents SFX. Victoria, as company secretary, ensures David, as employee, is paid almost the entirety of profit (€18m in 2013). Team Beckham is now bolstered by a new generation, with the rising public profiles of aspiring footballer Brooklyn, 17, and Burberry model Romeo, 13. Central to the 40-year-old’s commercial strength is his ability to switch between the roles of family man, sex symbol, sports star and Hollywood matinee idol. “His personality now represents maturity, a man who can already look back at an illustrious career,” says Repucom’s Paul Smith. “He can play the father figure, his family name is now intrinsic in the world of fashion and his sons are becoming celebrities in their own right. As they grow, so too will David’s ‘legacy’.”

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Revitalising a low-key brand to attack the high-end spirit market is a major challenge, but the presence of Beckham opens lucrative, hard-to-crack territories such as China, where he is already the face of Jaguar, the Chinese Super League and China Auto Rental. Repucom, who analyse public perception of celebrities across global markets representing over 1.6 billion people, rank Beckham as their No.1 celebrity for endorsements and trendsetting, particularly in new overseas territories. “In the UK, his profile since retirement has noticeably dropped,” says Smith. “In the US, however, retirement has had the reverse effect. In 2008, only 81.6% of Americans knew who he was but around his retirement in 2013, awareness spiked at 88.9%. This huge jump shows that his MLS gamble has certainly paid off and is paying dividends. He is today one of the most marketable celebrities on the planet.”


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Jaguar – another brand for David Beckham

“Team Beckham” was originally coined by Simon Fuller – the sports and entertainment entrepreneur – who recognised that together, David and Victoria could grow a brand way beyond the confines of sport and music. Infamous for creating Pop Idol and the Spice Girls, Fuller became their key advisor with his two management companies, 19 and XIX, overseeing most of their career moves since 2003.

Team Beckham is Now Bolstered by a New Generation, with the Rising Profiles of Brooklyn, 17, and Romeo, 13 The enigmatic Fuller, born in Hastings but raised on an army base in Ghana, conquered the sporting

world in a way few appreciate. He manages Britain’s biggest stars, such as Andy Murray and Sir Bradley Wiggins, and secured Steve McManaman’s groundbreaking Bosman transfer out of Liverpool. Far more than just a Mr 10 Per Cent, Fuller holds an equal partnership in the Haig Club and Global Brands deals, bringing the vision and acumen where Beckham brings image and influence. It was Fuller who negotiated Beckham’s 2007 LA Galaxy transfer, which not only opened the US commercial market but also the opportunity for their most ambitious and challenging project yet: the launch of a Miami MLS franchise.

Taking Miami Even today, David Beckham’s LA Galaxy deal drops jaws. Among the huge figures (€198m for an initial five years), a clause passed almost unnoticed containing an option to purchase an MLS franchise for a discount €20.4m. Eight years on, this appears a masterstroke, given the €48.5m Manchester City paid – with the New York Yankees baseball team – to launch their New York City expansion in 2013. Beckham’s choice of Miami also looks shrewd, with South Florida’s soccer-mad two million-plus Hispanic population an instant potential fanbase. At the franchise unveiling in February 2014, it certainly seemed Beckham was back in the game. “Sport remains at the core of what Beckham represents,” Forbes’ Kurt Badenhausen believes. “The plan was always likely to be selling a chunk of his


A global money-making machine, with a clearly defined idea of his own brand and a handpicked team around him, every action he takes will be strategised. He’s not quite Richard Branson yet, but David Beckham is a man with a plan. Whether it’s cars and airlines next – as Repucom predict – or something unexpected, it will most likely be another victory for the man who walked from that Paris pitch in tears. Retirement, in his own words, has “been fun so far”. In excess €166m-worth of fun, to be exact.

MLS franchise to capitalise on the discounted option he has to buy. But he would remain an owner and a significant part of the franchise going forward.” Yet 16 months since that initial fanfare, Beckham remains “frustrated” with the inability to secure the most important asset for any new sport franchise: a stadium. A spectacular 25,000-seater seafront location was rejected as “inappropriate” by the city mayor, while red tape held up efforts to find another space to develop plans are now well underway to build Beckham and Fuller’s dream stadium [Previously, the ground share options were unappealing, with Miami Dolphins’ 75,540-seat Sun Life Stadium and the local university’s 20,000-seater being too big and too underdeveloped respectively]. It had originally been a rare and chastening defeat for Team Beckham, who are used to doors swinging open at the mention of the B-word. But they stayed quiet, with little public lobbying, and worked through local opinion seems and the political complexity of Florida State politics. Thankfull the MLS are no longer getting twitchy safe in knowing thaBeckham is still a huge asset to the league. Ultimately, Miami is just another business opportunity for Beckham. While the situation would be enough to drive many to reach for a bottle of Haig Club, ultimately he would walk away before being dragged into a very public failure. ‘It’s been fun’.

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Despite this, with a growing business empire and a brand that grows stronger with each new socialmedia account and venture launched, it would take a brave person to bet against Beckham Empire succeeding in Miami. Whether we will again see him involved in English football, given he declares “no interest” in coaching or management, is up for debate. But then, Beckham is no longer English property.


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5 Coolest watches of Baselworld 2016

Baselworld is the world’s largest jewellery and watch fair. Each year all of the big brands gather to show off their latest timepieces. These pieces are mechanical marvels that display extreme craftsmanship. Times are tough for the watch industry, with economic instability and systemic issues of product over-production to blame. You’d think that major watch brands would buckle down on spending and merely focus on selling what already works but despite that, watch companies are constantly proving that there is still magic in the watch industry.

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Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T

This model forms part of a new concept now being created: affordable Haute Horlogerie and it symbolises technology, exemplary quality, performance, manufacture expertise, and the perfect mastery of industrial processes and manufacturing costs which have made it the only COSC (regulator that checks watches for accuracy) automatic chronograph with flying Tourbillon produced by the Swiss watch industry for less than €15,000. The watch will have a 45mm wide case produced from steel and titanium combined with a black alligator strap sewn onto rubber and waterproof to 100 metres.


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Breguet Tradition 7087BR /G1/9XV Répétition Minutes Tourbillon

Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph

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With its latest model introduced at Baselworld 2016, the Tradition Répétition Minutes Tourbillon 7087, Breguet pioneers an entirely new way of construction by building a timepiece around a predetermined sound. The Tradition Répétition Minutes Tourbillon 7087 contains six new patents and five new elements including reworked gong springs that are strikes vertically, toward the bezel. The timepiece also contains an acoustic chamber built into the case, which increases the sound of the minute repeater while filtering out sounds from the mechanism itself. The case measures 44mm in diametre and is forged from rose cold at a price of €425,000.

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The watch has a 39.5mm case made from 18k white gold and blue leather alligator strap. The world time complication allows the wearer to track the time zone of multiple cities around the world at a glance. The wearer can use the pusher located at the 10 o’clock position to adjust the time of the cities by a 1 hour increment, allowing for a quick time zone adjustment. Patek Phillipe have only ever made one watch with a world timer and chronograph that is known. It was made in the in 1940s Patek have used this vintage model as the inspiration for creating the new model in 2016. This watch has a price tag of €65,000.

Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon Ulysse Nardin has been inspired by the world of boating at least a few dozen times over the years, and new interpretations continue to manifest from that, such as this Ulysse Nardin Grand Deck Marine Tourbillon. The Grand Deck takes this nautical inspiration to a new level, using tiny winches and cables to drive the retrograde minutes needle across the expansive dial. Those cables are made from tiny strands of Dyneema, a high-strength fiber that is actually used for sailboat rigging. The dial is made from teak wood, as found on boat decks for centuries. This watch comes in a 44mm-wide 18k white gold case limited to just 18 pieces and at a price of €280,000.

Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire

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Hublot has created the Big Bang Unico Sapphire straight from sapphire, without losing sapphire’s unique and rare character. The case middle, bezel and back of the Big Bang Unico Sapphire are cut from blocks of sapphire, a material which is almost as hard and scratch-resistant as diamond. Only a few pieces forming the spine of the watch are made from titanium: the screws, the crown, which is over-molded with silicon, and the buckle. Its skeleton dial, made from transparent resin, reveals all the gears of the movement and its finishes. Complementing its ethereal silhouette, its strap – transparent – is invisible so that the skin can be seen through it. Available as a 500-piece limited edition, the Big Bang Unico Sapphire is water-resistant to 50 metres and priced at €50,000.


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Kuvée: The Smart Wine Bottle that Keeps Wine Fresh

A fresh bottle of wine is great, but it usually spoils within three to five days of popping the cork. A Boston startup has now redesigned the wine bottle to make it smarter and keep wine fresh for up to 30 days. Kuvée is a wine dispenser that prevents oxygen from seeping inside and users just insert one of the wines into the Kuvée Bottle and pour – as simple as placing a coffee capsule in a Nespresso machine.

The entire system consists of a Kuvée bottle and 750ml Kuvée wines. To enjoy your wine using the device, simply slip one of the hand-selected California wines into the Kuvée Bottle and pour. The patented valve system prevents oxygen from touching the wine, so it stays fresh for a full 30 days. As a result, consumers can open multiple wines and enjoy them without fear that the leftovers will spoil. The Bottle is designed with a Wi-Fi connected touch screen on the front that shares food pairing and serving tips. It also notifies you the number of glasses left in each wine and tells the story of how each wine was made. The Kuvée wine collection features 50 different wines from some of the best wineries in California, such as Boony Doon Vineyard, Schug, B.R Cohn and Pine Ridge.


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masters of the golden age

Dutch designer Marcel Wanders’ work is known for its entrepreneurial ingenuity. His latest collaboration is an art publication – launching initially in a limited edition – with Amsterdam’s renowned Rijksmuseum, home to Golden Age artists such as Rembrandt, van Ruysdael, Steen and Hals. A “coffee-table” edition of the book (€125) will be available from September, but a limited edition (€6,500, 70cm x 50cm x 9cm) was launched last April, crafted in leather with silver plating and printed with high-pigmented inks. The museum’s Gallery of Honour is the source of the collaboration, a place where “the masters of the Golden Age hang between portraits of unknown craftsmen,” says Dutch art history expert Marko Kassenaar, who explains that the building’s original architect, Pierre Cuypers, “wanted to show that creativity and inspiration are attainable for everyone”.


His approach to this latest project – three years in the making – is markedly similar, bringing together the ideas of 30 global designers, thought leaders and craftspeople in Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age. The contributors have turned their attention to iconic paintings from the Rijksmuseum, including Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and Vermeer’s The Milkmaid.

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picks up on the image of the mother in Steen’s The Feast of Saint Nicholas (below).

Seeing the contributors’ perceptive reactions to the works has the same thrill as eavesdropping on visitors to an exhibition, except that, instead of craning your neck to see over someone’s shoulder, the works are available close up, in glorious colour, using fine printing techniques. Also available to order is an art edition (price on request, 70cm x 50cm x 9cm), which is crafted completely by hand in leather with gold plating and handwritten calligraphy – essentially your own manuscript. Like the limited edition, it comes with a specially designed table stand, protective sleeve, white gloves and Behind the Scenes book, which will appeal to collectors. Bespoke elements include calligraphy in the buyer’s language of choice, the addition of a family coat of arms and unique artworks by the book’s contributors. “It’s a book about how the greatest masterpieces influence how we see the world today,” says Wanders. In this, it is on its way to being a work of art in its own right.

Experimental chef Ferran Adrià comments on a van Dijck still life (above) and compares food in a painting to food on a plate – “The plate and the painting share almost everything, except for smell and taste”; cult filmmaker and photographer Anton Corbijn is drawn to the play of light and dark in van Ruisdael’s Winter Landscape; and designer Angela Missoni

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It’s a design philosophy that chimes well with Wanders’ own as he believes in the collaboration between the designer, craftsperson and user, therefore rejecting old dogmas. Moooi, the platform for global design talent of which Wanders is co-founder and art director, is a prime example of how he likes to work. Combining the talents of 30 designers, Moooi is known for its daring, playful but timeless furniture and lighting designs.


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AN EXCEPTIONAL WATCH FOR LEGENDARY ROCKERS “licking tongue” with its red lips framing white was designed in 1970 by the artist John Pasche to express the rebellious spirit of the Stones. Hand-engraved Roman numerals mark the quarter-hours on the offset time display at 12 o’clock, while the small seconds tick by at 9 o’clock at the centre of the intersecting, overlaid crosses on the Union Jack flag.

ACADEMY CHRISTOPHE COLOMB TRIBUTE TO THE ROLLING STONES In a historical event on the international rock’n’roll scene, the legendary Rolling Stones will be giving a milestone performance in Cuba on March 25th 2016. To mark this unique concert, Zenith is unveiling an exclusive series dedicated to the partnership it has been enjoying with the British band since 2014. Representing a compendium of technical and artisanal brilliance, watchmaking prowess meets artistic craftsmanship in a prestigious model featuring a patented Gravity Control gyroscopic module and a high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour. A partner in every kind of challenge, Zenith has been strapped to the wrists of adventurers and trailblazers for more than 150 years. This is strikingly true of

the partnership established with rock music’s living legends – The Rolling Stones – that the brand with the guiding star has been accompanying on stages around the world since 2014. Thus, when the renowned English band is giving a concert in Cuba for the first time ever in their legendary career, Zenith is naturally right there beside them. A first foray onto the island for the British group”. As a wind of openness and freedom is blowing across Cuba, this open-air concert by the rock legends is a powerful symbol that will go down in the history books. To accentuate the legendary nature of this event, the Manufacture is dedicating one of its prestigious timepieces to the stellar musicians. An exclusive five-piece limited edition of the Academy

Christophe Colomb model by Zenith combines cutting-edge mechanics and top-flight artistry in a vibrant tribute to the global rock stars. Signature symbols Providing a perfect illustration of Zenith’s creative daring, the enamel dial of the Academy Christophe Colomb Tribute to The Rolling Stones highlights the excellence of the artistic crafts cultivated within the Manufacture in Le Locle. Its generous 45mm diametre rose gold case is topped by a domed sapphire crystal. The famous Rolling Stones logo, topped by a dedicated displaying the 50-hour power reserve, appears to burst out of the enamelled base adorned with the British flag. Now an instantly recognisable symbol of rock, the

Legendary precision The exceptional nature of the Academy Christophe Colomb Tribute to The Rolling Stones is powered by a movement combining two mechanisms guaranteeing extreme precision: a regulating organ with a high oscillating frequency (36,000 vibrations per hour) dividing up time into tenth-of-a-second segments, and a patented Gravity Control gyroscopic module that neutralises the effects of gravity on the rate of the watch. These horological feats are performed by the manual-winding El Primero Calibre 8804 comprising 308 parts of which 171 are devoted to the gyroscopic module. Framed by a case that is water-resistant to 30 metres, this exceptional display is punctuated by hand-engraved applied hour-markers swept over by gold-plated and faceted hands. Crafted by artisans gifted with remarkable dexterity, each Academy Christophe Colomb Tribute to The Rolling Stones is a one-of-a-kind model, to which a rubber-lined brown alligator leather with a rose gold triple folding clasp sets the perfect finishing touch.

Information: VE Very Exclusive Nicosia – Limassol – Tel: 22897361


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Pavlos Kontides

Sailing into history books 1.When did you start to think you could be a great Laser sailor? In 2007 at the ISAF Youth world championship where I won the gold medal, made me realise that I can reach the top if I work and train hard. 2. How crucial is physical fitness at the upper levels of Laser racing? High fitness level is a must if you want to be one of the top Laser sailors, but being fit does not guarantee success as sailing is a sport which depends on many different

factors such as strategy, starting, tactics, technique in several conditions, meteorology etc. 3. What’s a typical day of training for you? I start my day by hitting the gym or cycling long distances early in the morning, then sailing, and in the afternoon fitness according to sailing intensity. 4. What differentiates you from your competitors? Important competitions motivate me rather than filling me up with stress.

5. What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not sailing? Spend time with my girlfriend, friends and family. 6. Where do you place sports in their importance in your life? That is, would you say that sports are more important than your family or friends? Sailing is part of my life as is my family and friends. I have been sailing for so many years, I spent a lot of time away from home but my family and friends are


always supportive and they all know how grateful I am and how much I love them. Sailing will come to an end eventually but family and friends will last forever. 7. Where would you like to take your career? More singlehanded classes or more fully crewed sailing? For now, I am focusing on Olympic sailing and obviously preparing for Rio. Once Rio Olympic Games are over, it would be easier to think about the future but I believe I will be participating also for Tokyo Olympics in Laser and I would love to be part of the America’s Cup one day. 8. Sports are full of superstitions, from athletes who perform a specific routine before every game to ones who consider certain items to be lucky or unlucky. Do you have any? I used to consider my cap as my lucky charm. When I lost it and sailed really bad, I almost lost the European medal. After that, I changed my way of thinking because our minds are so powerful... we can choose what is important or not. However, sometimes I like to follow the same routines if a competition starts well.

10. What keeps you motivated? My goals to reach the top and win an Olympic gold medal keep me motivated. The feeling of achieving the ultimate distinction in sports is by far the best emotion a human being can experience and it cannot be compared with anything else. Moments of sadness are much more compared to happy moments in the life of professional athletes, but those joyful moments are so powerful that boost you with motivation all the time. 11. What was the best advice you were ever given? Always enjoy what you are doing and do it for yourself. 12. How do you set your goals? I constantly try to outdo my best achievements. Always aim higher than your comfort zone and only if you push yourself out of this zone you have any chance of being successful. 13. Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by? Always do it for yourself.


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14. Have you ever felt like quitting? If yes, what kept you in it? I have never felt quitting. My goals always help me overcome big obstacles even when I had really hard times with injuries and undesirable results. 15. After you won a medal in London 2012 have you noticed more people sailing in Cyprus? What do you think it needs to be done to bring more people to the sport? Definitely much more people showed interest, and the numbers of participants in sailing have also increased but there is plenty of room for improvement. We need infrastructure to be able to teach all youths how to sail, but this of course requires substantial amount of capital. 16. If you could be an Olympic athlete in any other sport what would have been? I think Tennis is a sport that I really admire as it also depends on numerous factors, just like sailing.

BACKGROUND Name: Pavlos Kontides Date of Birth: 11/02/1990 Home location: Limassol, Cyprus Sport: Laser, Sailing Profession & educational background: Athlete, BEng Engineering (ship science) Years in sport: 16 reatest achievement: G Silver medal Olympics, Silver medal senior world championship, Bronze medal European championship, several world cup medals


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If I were you… Michael Virardi Trainer | Speaker | Author www.michaelvirardi.com In almost every biography you read, whether the subject is a great leader, a successful businessman or even a well-known celebrity, you will invariably come across a reference to the person who inspired, motivated or encouraged the subject of the book to follow the path she eventually took. Everyone who has ever achieved anything can point to someone else who was the catalyst for their future success and I can include myself here. In my case, that ‘someone’ was Dr. Sen Gupta, who has had an immense impact on my professional career. It all started in 1992 when she entered my University lecture room to begin our child psychology course. Dr. Gupta made an instant impression on all the students when she asked us to move all the desks and chairs to one side and to lie face down on the floor. It felt like a scene from a bank robbery! Her ultimate goal was to make me and my fellow students experience the world as children do: by literally looking up at “giant” adults and seeing everything from a child’s point of view – low on the ground and with an acute sense of wonder about everything. What better way to teach child psychology than taking such a first step in empathy. I didn’t realise it at the time but Dr. Gupta’s teaching method turned out to be a crucial aspect of how I would develop many of my own ideas and my particular presentation style. The concept that we should try to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes in order to understand them is not limited to children and child psychology. In essence, Dr. Gupta was teaching us the philosophy of the Golden Rule, which states that we should treat others as we would like others to treat us. By seeing the world from the perspective of our lecture room floor, we, her students, were able to “become” children and thus understand better how we would like to be treated by our adult selves. There was, of course, much more to Dr. Gupta’s teaching style than getting her students to lie on the floor. I have never forgotten the inspiring way in which she put over her messages. I later discovered that, like many successful public speakers, she employed the VHF model, where V stands for visual, H stands for hearing and F stands for feeling. Scientists have determined that 51% of the information we absorb is obtained through visual stimuli and only 7% through hearing (i.e. intonation, etc). Remarkably, most presenters never make much use of the third stimulus, feeling, even though it accounts for 42% of the information we receive and remember. I now use this method myself and, when coaching public speakers, I get my students to write down right all the points they want to raise in their speech, and then find a way of balancing them in the “right” or “left” column, so that they combine them as interesting statistics or stories/quotations that keep the audience captivated. Why does this work? It is because, as scientists have also discovered, we may talk at a speed of 150 words per minute but, as listeners, we can

hear up to 1,000 words per minute. If you are not an interesting and captivating speaker (which means that you don’t know what the left and right sides of the brain do and how to stimulate them), you make it easy for the conference delegates’ or students’ minds to wander. It could be argued that, when giving a lecture or leading a seminar, it is very difficult to use more than visual and hearing stimuli but there are ways of making an audience remember the speaker and especially the speech by ‘igniting’ the feeling part, as I did at a recent seminar that I gave in Jordan. It is important to understand that the right and left sides of our brain deal with different types of information and to ensure that, as public speakers, we provide enough variety in the material we give an audience so that they use the full potential of their minds. So, having balanced my messages with stories and memorable quotations (which are processed by the right side of the brain) and statistics (processed by the left) so as to keep the audience focused, and by using body language (more visual stimulus) and varied intonation (more hearing stimulus), I ended by giving each of the 150 participants a chance to remember me using another sense – in this case, taste, as they enjoyed a delicious Brazilian truffle (see the photo!) Little did I know, on the day that my fellow students and I rather reluctantly lay down on that hard lecture room floor, that I was about to gain a life lesson that proved to be one of the key driving forces behind my subsequent career. Almost 250 years ago, Benjamin Franklin wrote: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” Thank you Dr. Gupta, wherever you are, for involving me. I will always remember you with endless gratitude and appreciation.



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Because you are one of us Photography: Marios Ioannides, Marios Ioannides Studios | Location: Belvedere Residences | Special Thanks: Carla

At Imperio, we strive to understand how everything works, what people like and expect from us, and seek first hand experiences. We do everything possible for our clients, and we wanted to show this through our campaign. We check their properties to make sure that they are up to standard before they are delivered to them, and we do this because we feel that the clients are a part of us. And what better way to show this than a photoshoot at the construction site! We arranged for furniture to be moved to


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Belvedere Residences, which at the time was under construction. With extreme caution and pristine precision, we had transformed the construction site into a serene living space. Yiannis and Antonis, the two directors at Imperio, and Carla, a guest Labrador Retriever, were photographed at the newly transformed apartment in a series of events.

They started off with their business attire – since they just came home from work – with Carla at their side. Then, they proceeded to a more relaxed setting, where they rested on the sofa whilst reading a newspaper, getting informed about international news, watching videos on a tablet and discussing about their day. Once they unwound and were ready for more action, they enjoyed a drink at home before going out for a dinner or an early night in.

This is because they want to make sure that every apartment is up to the utmost standards before they are delivered to our clients. And since we treat every apartment as if it was our own and we feel that our clients are part of us, we have chosen the slogan “Because you are one of us” to accompany the campaign, as it describes exactly what we do! Because you are one of us…


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Fast, spacious, affordable, sustainable and with an endless view of the sky. But there is a catch; you will have to wait!

Tesla will shortly be adding a third model to its current range of two cars but with quite different ambitions compared to the expensive and luxurious Model S and Model X that are already on market.

after CEO Elon Musk revealed the car at a Tesla event in Los Angeles in March 2016.

The Model 3 is being advertised as the “affordable” Tesla and represents the firm’s biggest leap yet. The new vehicle is designed to push the company onto the fringes of the mainstream, mass production car industry. Expectations are high and so is the pre-launch hype train. Almost 400,000 people have showed their interest in owning a Model 3 by putting down a deposit,

Power, charging, and range First of all the car will have a minimum range of 346km on a single charge. That’s smaller than the range you get on versions of the firm’s larger Model S saloon, but much better than some of the cars the Model 3 will compete against like the Nissan Leaf, which currently has a 172km range or the BMW i3 which has 130km range. However,

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it won’t be a surprise if rival manufacturers step up their game in time for the Model 3’s release, releasing updated electric cars with comparable range. Tesla will offer the Model 3 with two different drivetrain options. A rear-wheel-drive version will form the cheapest versions of the car, but a dual-motor all-wheel-drive Model 3 too. The dual motor versions of the Model S claim a better range, so dual motor of Model 3 are expected to advance on that 346km minimum.

Power wise, Tesla claims that the base car will do 0-100 km/h in less than six seconds, and that during a ride in an allwheel-drive variant a 0-100 km/h blast felt over in around four and a half seconds. Battery pack details are set to be revealed closer to launch, or possibly at part two of the car’s reveal, which will take place at a currently unspecified date. Tesla has begun to rapidly expand its “Supercharger” charging station networks in the wake of the Model 3 reveal, with plans

to quadruple the current infrastructure to 15,000 stations within the next two years. Interior and tech Tesla was keen to showcase the car’s exterior design at its first reveal event for the Model 3, and the extremely minimalist, almost bare interior there’s no real dashboard, only a large centrally mounted screen. According to Musk the car’s interior will “feel like a spaceship”. The Model 3 will come with Autopilot as standard. Autopilot will allow Model 3 to


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steer within a lane, change lanes with the simple tap of a turn signal, and manage speed by using active, traffic-aware cruise control. Digital control of motors, brakes, and steering helps avoid collisions from the front and sides, and prevents the car from wandering off the road. Autopilot also enables the car to scan for a parking space and parallel park on command.

the company is taking pre-orders for the vehicle at €1,000 per car. There have been strong indications as to what to expect regarding the car’s price. In the US, Tesla will sell the car for a starting price of around $35,000. This would translate to under €30,000 in the EU, but a price closer to €35,000 is more likely. This is, of course, is just the starting price. Many Model 3 buyers are expected to pay much more.

Prices Arguably the most important aspect of the Model 3 is its pricing strategy. Presently,

Release Late 2017 is as specific as Tesla has been so far, so those putting down deposits now will be

waiting over a year to take delivery of their cars. However, many could be left waiting until 2018 and beyond for their Model 3 if the same manufacturing niggles which have beset previous Tesla launches creep into the Model 3 production line. This is one of the biggest questions looming over the company ahead of the car’s official launch and a favourite with sceptics – can Tesla actually deliver its first mass production car on time? Given the large pre-order figures, many will have their fingers crossed.


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The Good the Bad & the down right Vulgar Salone del Mobile 2016 new-money which unfortunately tend to favour obese and loud design. Then we have the known Fashion Brands. The colour of money that is being spend on furnishings has moved them to discover a flair in furniture making. Their proposals vary from the safe and pleasing to the nouveau riche.  Another trend which is seeping in and has been making inroads for some time now in Art and Architecture is the concept of the ‘shock of the new’, design driven by surprise rather than rational... Not a good idea. Fortunately there are still some inspiring examples leading a new design take on interiors and furniture, some inspired by a retrospective approach on much loved furniture of the sixties and seventies, other from images and materials from around the world or new techniques and new materials.   Notable are makers which are introducing new materials, exquisite marbles and wood, fine detailing, interesting and unique finishes with grain woods, brass, copper, raw metal and raw fibreglass. This makes them unique in their approach, edgy, and very difficult to copy and reproduce.

Hundred of thousands of visitors mostly Designers, Manufacturers, Architects, Interior Designers and buyers flogged again as every April for their yearly pilgrimage to Milan for the Solone del Mobile 2016.   The mother of all exhibitions on furniture and design is widely regarded as the place to see where the industry is heading and where new trends, innovation and ideas are born.   This at least is what our Italian friends would like us to think. Scratch under the shiny veneer and few fine vine glasses later, they will confidentially whisper that some things do not feel right and it’s certainly not the Prosecco.

Below are some of our personal favourites, at least the ones we had time to see on a very busy week. Some are established brands other are new and experimental, all making their mark and doing their part to influence the Design world.

HENGE The journey of HENGE started only a few years ago with a view to create modern timeless pieces with excellent craftsmanship with unparallel detailing. Under the direction of famous designer Massimo Castagna the brand once again uses precious and unique materials

The customary after the exhibition get-together where celebrated Designers, Manufacturers, Architects and Buyers, mingle and review, gossip exchange ideas and loosen up after a long exhausting week have been turned in to publicity, promotion events were the champagne flows in abundance, party girls get priority over innovators and designers and new money show off their new trophy girlfriends.   We enjoy party girls and new money as the next person but for the first time after decades, designers and innovators are for the last two years being dancing to their tune and design is in danger to loosing its edge.   The results of this can be clearly seen in the Halls of Salone del Mobile and this year was certainly not a vintage year for design. Par a few exceptions for which we highlight below a lot of manufacturers are taking design back to the dark ages promoting Vulgar designs, dressed up in glitter and priced accordingly to attract the HENGE Sofa


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tional appeal and keeps its fanatical followers happy by moving a step further every year. Timeless furniture, unparallel leathers, unique materials and a design that makes most of the established brands look pale and stagnant.

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such as fossils, woods, brass, burnished H-Silver Web Grey stone as well as Murano glass to make uniquely beautiful furniture and lighting.

GERVASONI Easy going, down to earth, organic, there is something familiar and friendly about Gervasoni and the touch of Paola Navone is evident and comforting.

Mos Design Baxter Corner Sofa

Mos Design A small company, creating affordable low tables and wall panels with individual unique finishes.

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Rossana Kitchens

Baxter Known for their superior leather furniture, they have grown under the guidance of Paolo Bestetti and the brilliance of a number of famous Designers, in an influential force, in the Design world. Designers, as Paola Navone, Cristophe Delcourt, Draga e Aurel, Massimiliano e Doriana Fuksas, Roberto Lazzeroni, to mention a few, have over the last few years managed to create the ‘Baxter Design philosophy’ by introducing ethnic influences to modern design. Baxter has an interna-

Rossana Kitchens Rossana kitchens, a high end proposal, very architectural, benefitting from Massimo Castagna’s design philosophy. Spectacular long kitchen with sliding volumes that reveal all the necessary parts of a modern kitchen.

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A new award winning landmark for the business world of Limassol has been completed. Noble Centre, awarded as the Best Office Development in Europe, is the ultimate destination for new and established companies who wish to conduct their business in the right environment, one which will add value to their organisations and team members. This impressive business tower combines superior architectural design and state-of-theart technology. Designed with innovative facilities, provides unique spaces with contemporary glass facades. These sound-insulating surfaces of glass give the impression that you are located far from the hustle and bustle of Limassol, while being right in the middle of it. The building offers over 472 square metres of retail space on the ground floor, and more than 1,700 square metres of contemporary office space over 4 floors.

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The Bespoke Porcelain Company Tableware at the pinnacle of personalisation

“People aren’t entertaining in the same way they used to, but that means it’s more important that when you do it, you do it right,” says Jill Fenichell, founder and head designer of The Bespoke Porcelain Company. For years, Brooklyn-based Fenichell was an antiques dealer specialising in European ceramics, and when she couldn’t find the pieces to match a client’s stylistic request, she would have them made. This happened often enough that, 20 years ago, she started a business focusing exclusively on custom porcelain designs. Homes painted onto plates with a border colour that matches crockery made by Royal Crown Derby in the 19th century? No problem. A pattern that resembles your favourite necklace? Doable. Just about anything a client wants – whether the for their home, yacht or private jet – Fenichell can create it. Except a monogram. It’s not

that she can’t do it – she’s just not a fan of the look, unless it incorporates other decorative elements. “The monogram might have been an old-world way of personalising homewares, but I think if you really want to distinguish yourself from other people today, the whole composition has to reflect something personal to you,” she suggests, politely. The process takes anywhere from a few months to an entire year, depending on the complexity of the design and how many pieces are required (she’s done single items, like a mug or punch bowl, but also complete services). It begins with a “discovery phase”, where clients are asked questions that range from the practical (“How and where will you use these pieces?”) to the personal (“What kind of memories do you want the porcelain to evoke when you use it?”). Once the design is approved, a trial copy is made before Fenichell decides which of her affiliated workshops will produce the final

designs – based on the materials required whether gilt work (the use of 24ct gold is not uncommon) or handpainting is involved. She then oversees every single step of the process to ensure a happy ending – be it a yellow tea set depicting birds found on Florida’s Key West, with 23ct gold gilding; an interpretation of an 18th-century Royal Worcester pattern on dessert plates; cups and saucers for an opera fan, for whom the swagged scarlet reminded him of the curtain at La Scala; or a Georgian-style dinner service with a border design based on an 1830s Wedgwood creamware soup tureen, but made bolder and bigger.


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CONSTANTINOS YIANNIKOURIS: Butterflies have been freed

Constantinos Yiannikouris is one of the most acclaimed Cypriot artists who lives and works in France. He studied at the School of Fine Arts (Ecole des Beux–Arts) in Paris. Besides painting, Yiannikouris also deals with tapisserie, mosaic and fresco. His works can be found in various public and private collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, at the Fonds Regional D’Art Contemporain as well as in collections in England, America, Australia, Greece, The Netherlands, Germany and Cyprus. The paintings of Yiannikouris are buoyant and lyrical. Colours are fresh and limpid and even a brush mark can denote form, an edge to a form, a suggestion of many things. The flecks of paint and mottled surfaces are floating over the canvas as if surrounding the images in their own mystery, where a fine, sensitive, nervous line

holds a face in antiquity. A band of blue gives a pictorial weight and also is the evening sky. His huge canvas bounces with glory and he succeeds in using so many pigments and textures without losing any tension at all. And yet the tension is deliciously counterbalanced by a relaxed, floating feeling as if you are caught amongst the sun’s rays in a beautiful garden where the windows of a greenhouse add diamonds to the foliage. He uses the light seen through shutters to travel in unison across his canvas. Figurative shapes do appear now and again, but they are not essential. Perhaps they are there to urge us to join the halcyon splendour. But it is the magic of chance and the physical impression which gives these works their sensual beauty. When the colour is forced into a small space, the effect is dazzling and when spread over the largest canvases it is as if butterflies have been freed.

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limassol’s Marine protected paradise Photographs: Department of Fisheries and Marine Research

In an effort to enhance fish stocks and the marine biodiversity of Limassol, the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR) saw the need of the creation of Marine Protected Areas with Artificial Reefs. Artificial reefs have the same characteristics as natural reefs that act as nursery grounds by providing space for reproduction, growth, feeding and refuge for marine organism.


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The Marine Protected Area in Limassol consists of two artificial shipwrecks, Lady Thetis and Constandis, and one artificial reef where scuba diving lovers can jump head first in the magical waters of Limassol. Lady Thetis, a Cypriot passenger ship, sunk in February 2014 to be used as a recreational dive site, can be accessed via a vessel from the marina adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Lady Thetis lies in 19 metres of water and has large openings for novice and advanced divers with easy swim-throughs and penetration options for the adventurous types.

Constandis, a fishing trawler, sunk along with Lady Thetis in February 2014 can also be accessed via a vessel from the marina adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. She lies in 23 metres of water and has some great things to view on the outside. There are also some easy penetration options for adventurous divers. Both vessels have been deployed in Dasoudi area and are very popular with divers and snorkelers. Between the two artificial shipwrecks, lies an artificial reef that consists of deliber-


What is truly remarkable is the great number of divers who come from all around the world just to dive in the striking waters of the island. Cyprus offers divers more than 50 scuba diving locations for discovery, these are just a few. Throw out the anchor!

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ately submerged structures with flat surfaces and cervices, amphorae and other shapes made out of marine cement, steel, limestone and clay. Nature is taking over these structures with marine biodiversity constantly expanding and consequently enhancing fish stocks and marine life. Needless to say that fishing is not allowed in the Marine Protected Areas!


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6 brilliant ways to style your bookshelf From classic to modern and with extremely unique structure and design, bookshelves might be one of the most important pieces in a home. While bookshelves are a great place to stash your books, they can also serve as a decorative element. The key to transforming a bookshelf into a functional piece of furniture is to strike the right balance between form and function. Here are 6 stylish ideas to get you started.

1. Books

Some fashion and design books deserve to stand out as an accessory on your bookshelf.


3. Picture Frames

Shelves that are very high need taller accessories; vases or books placed horizontally can do the trick.

4. Something Green Place on your shelves different picture frames, both small and big. But be careful not to overdo it!

5. Unique Objects Decorate your bookshelf with a fake plant or a flower vase.

6. Beautiful Boxes

Alongside the books, place some unique objects such as unique sculptures or even crystal to add a different aesthetics to the room. If your shelves need to store paperwork or other small items that shouldn’t see the light of day, hide them in a series of stylish boxes and make your bookshelf both functional and beautiful.

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ready to cut a stylish swath through the ocean

The Dutch company has partnered with Aston Martin’s new consulting business to develop the AM37 luxury sports yacht based on Aston Martin’s supercars.

The AM37 is 11 metres (37 feet) long and will be offered with three powertrain options: a pair of 370-hp Mercury diesel engines; a pair of 430-hp Mercury gasoline engines; and, for ultimate performance, a pair of 520-hp Mercury gasoline engines. Quintessence has quoted a top speed of 52 knots (approximately 96.5 km/h), according to Motor Authority. The AM37 also mirrors the high-tech interior of Aston’s cars. The cockpit features multiple digital screens surrounding a 15-inch touchscreen that controls key functions. A number of features can also be controlled remotely. There’s also an electronic anchor system and a swimming platform that deploys at the push of a button. Leather and wood was used for the seating, steering wheel, decking and trim. The hull is made of high-tech composite with epoxy resin and carbon structural parts. More carbon is used for a three-piece panel that covers up the cockpit and deploys automatically as needed.



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butterfly foundation

Change the Game The Butterfly Foundation has hosted with great success the charity basketball game “Change the Game” between people with disabilities and nondisabled that took place on Sunday 8th of May, at the Linopetra Lyceum stadium. The event held under the auspices of the Cyprus Sport Organisation (KOA) and was honoured by the attendace of the President of the Republic of Cyprus. During the quatrerly breaks, there was a foul-shoot competition between famous professional basketball players, actors, journalists, presenters and politicians, including the President. Butterfly Foundation’s president, Elis Misirlis said “This day forms just a small part of a big effort for raising awareness and realisation on the matter. Through this initiative, I believe we have managed to achieve it, and for that we are very thankful”. For 2016, the Butterfly Foundation supports the Cyprus Paraplegics Organisation (Ο.ΠΑ.Κ) with the intension of making Limassol more accessible and receptive for all citizens. Proud sponsors of the event: IMPERIO and OPAP Cyprus. Special thanks to Love Fm Cyprus, ALFAMEGA, MetaQuotes, TRUST Insurance, PKF Savvides & Co Limited, Marangos & Hadjipapa LLC, KPMG, Ernst & Young, KEAN, S’wich, Cup-a-Cake, Blue Apple and CrossFit Limassol.


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plexiglas made in Greece

Urania Gazelli, as you will see her being mentioned by famous fashionistas and magazines around the world, designs clutch bags that one of a kind. After all, this is what made her beautiful designs so successful. With studies in industrial design and a bachelor from Middlesex University of London, she has deep understanding of precise, high quality workmanship and aesthetics which is evident in each bag. It all started in 2011, when Gazelli, hearkened to one of the most subversive trends of last season, the plexiglass bags, took the trend into another level by creating unique patterns, shapes and colours. The result was beautifully handcrafted clutch bags, with each piece being a possible “it item” to be held in the hands

of women who want to be original. Her clutch bags were held by the hands of very important women in the fashion industry, such as Anna Dello Russo and the famous fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni. Both her studies in industrial design and the years spent working at her father’s side with her favourite material, plexi glass, have contributed in the creation of her plexiglass handmade clutch bags, all made at her family business “Ranol” in Athens, Greece. Urania Gazelli’s talent and uniqueness have drawn the attention of Italian Vogue, which chose her as one of the “Vogue Talents” of 2013, giving her thus the opportunity to present her spring/summer collection at the famous Palazzo Morando.


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Get Smart!, Brian Tracy Publisher: TarchePerigee The mind is a muscle that needs training to reach its full potential by Brian Tracy. Tracy’s latest book is actually all about brain training and changing negative thinking patterns/ habits so as to achieve maximum potential. Tracy adds, “Your mind is like a muscle. To develop it so that it functions at a higher level, you must place demands on it, the same as lifting weights for muscle building”.

The Hapiness Equation, Neil Pasricha Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons Counterintuitive ideas that may change your future if you implement them by Neil Pasricha. Pasricha’s formula for a happy life is ‘Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything’ With this book, he says that he can change the way you think about your career, relationships, family and indeed, your happiness.

The Art of People, Dave Kerpen Publisher: Portofolio Penguin

Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness, Suzy Favor Hamilton Publisher: Dey Street Books

In our connected world, those with ‘people skills’ will come out on top. The book which has generously been described as being like How to win Friends and Influence People for today’s world, reveals the eleven accessible people skills that will get you more of what you want at work, at home, and in life, once you possess them.

The former middle distance Olympic runner and high-end escort speaks out for the first time about her battle with mental illness, and how mania controlled and compelled her in competition, but also in life. This is a heartbreakingly honest yet hopeful memoir reminiscent of Manic, Electroboy, and An Unquiet Mind.

The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse, Mohamed El-Erian Publisher: Random House Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian, one of the world’s most influential economic thinkers and the author of When Markets Collide, has written a roadmap to what lies ahead and the decisions we must make now to stave off the next global economic and financial crisis.

Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends, Martin Lindstrom Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Martin Lindstrom, a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, harnesses the power of “small data” in his quest to discover the next big thing. Hired by the world’s leading brands to find out what makes their customers tick, Martin Lindstrom spends 300 nights a year in strangers’ homes, carefully observing every detail in order to uncover their hidden desires, and, ultimately, the clues to a multi-million dollar product.


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top 3 burgers in limassol Burger lovers rejoice!

Limassol has been established as the metropolis of Cyprus. The outgoing mentality of its residents has allowed for a plethora of establishments catering to many different entertainment styles but one thing Limassolians know well is how to eat their burger! Wondering where to sink your teeth into juicy, melty, beef and cheese goodness? Read on!


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Woodman There are quite a few English pubs in Limassol, but not all get it as right as Woodman. Woodman has done a great job in marrying the essence of a traditional pub with the Limassolian sunny weather. Woodman gave a lot of emphasis on its beer collection and food offerings. There is a comprehensive lager stock, including the author’s favourite Budvar. The Woodman Burger is a 200g of high quality delicious beef. It is accompanied with a side of coleslaw and thin fried potatoes. For the hungrier patron, there are more variants of the burger that comes with bacon and cheese. The burger is housed in a solid fresh bun, dressed with a complimentary salad and a homemade tomato sauce. A bite of a medium cooked Woodman burger is a ticket for ballet of taste buds. The delicious savoury meat is pleasantly complemented by the sweet sauce, while the fresh salad offers the necessary lube for easy digestion. A sip of lager washes down the bite, as if the velvet curtain drops, preparing for the next act. Soon the burger is over, often leaving the gourmand satisfyingly full. If you are looking for a delicious English pub burger, in a matching enjoyable atmosphere, then Woodmans is the place to go. Georgiou A’, Limassol 4047 | T: +357 25 879082 | http://www.woodmancyprus.com/


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Cookhouse In the heart of the city centre, The Cookhouse gives off a modern American diner vibe that instantly makes each customer feel right at home. Although one of the main reasons to visit The Cookhouse is for its brunch which is served throughout the day, it also excels in other dishes and especially in its freshly made burger. Cookhouse serves one of the best and juicy burgers, a freshly made patty that explodes with taste as soon as you bite into it. The burger is accompanied by salad and freshly made beetroot and potato crisps which are to die for. The Cookhouse 112 Gladstonos, Limassol 3032 Daily 7am-7.30pm, Sunday 10am-4pm T: +357 25353434


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Red Truck Catering Red Truck, as its name suggests, is a red Citroen HY Van, commonly known as “Nez de Cochon” or “Pig’s Snout” a light truck built in 1971 and carefully restored and converted to a fully functioning catering unit. Due to its nature, the Red Truck is movable and can cater for private parties and events. When they are not hired for private functions, Red Truck can be spotted in specific locations announced through their social media channels. If uncertain, a call away will unleash your inner hound and guide you to this glorious food truck or they can even come to your door! Their 100% beef patties are prepared daily and on the spot, moments before being chargrilled and are served with caramelised onions, lettuce, tomato and creamy barbeque sauce. For the true burger aficionados, bacon and cheddar cheese can be added as optional to taste. The Monument, their new iconic burger is a flame-broiled beef patty, smoked-paprika coleslaw, blue cheese and bacon-onion jam. A gorgeous delight sent straight from heaven... If you are lucky enough to spot it, you have to pay a tribute to their juicy handmade burgers. T: +357 99 998850 | http://www.redtruckcatering.com/


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travel made easy: a bluetooth journey

Bluesmart Black Edition Bluesmart raised more than €1.77m on Indiegogo in 2014 for its connected carry-on bag. Now, two years later, the company’s improving upon that luggage with the release of its Bluesmart Black Edition. Bluesmart is a competent multitasker, incorporating nifty functions such as a built-in scale and a charging port for gadgets. Bluesmart Black Edition comes with significant OS updates that improve GPS precision, battery performance, light behaviours, and overall performance. Design was the real focus of the bag’s release. The Black Edition’s exterior combines nylon and polyester with a double layer of PU coating, which makes the suitcase water- and scratch-resistant, Bluesmart says. It also comes with a removable mesh liner, and the company claims the Black Edition’s high-density microfiber protects electronics from scratches, dust, and dirt.

Plenty of companies recognise this niche market. Samsung and Samsonite are reportedly working together to manufacture bags that are tracked through satellites, and Raden unveiled its connected luggage earlier this year. Unlike Raden, which relies on a mesh network to hunt down lost bags, Bluesmart relies on 3G and GPS radios to track luggage.


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Noke A Utah company called Fūz Designs (as in, “fuse”) has taken on the challenge of making a smart padlock that unlocks via an app on any iPhone, Android phone, or Windows phone with Bluetooth 4.0. While seemingly simple, it’s a daunting ask for one big reason: Unlike your Bluetooth headset or your Jambox, which can exhibit a few pairing or signal hiccups with no great consequences, a lock has to work all the time, every time, without fail. Lock up your bike with a keyless Bluetooth lock and suddenly it refuses to operate properly? You’re stranded—or worse, bikeless.

The device appeals to anyone seeking a keyless lifestyle - either by proactive choice, or simply because they’re the type of person who’s always losing their keys anyway. Fūz Designs calls its padlock the Noke (as in, “no key”). The design is simple, which is important. As a backup, in case your phone dies, you’re asked to program a combination when you first set up the lock. The combination consists of a sequence of short and long presses on the shackle. The Noke itself is powered a standard watch battery that lasts about a year.


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Doing business in cyprus

Cyprus is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea having a very advantageous geographical location since it is in the middle of three continents Europe, Asia and Africa. A sovereign European country, with a rich cultural heritage over the last centuries, being an international financial centre, having a very well-developed infrastructure and a highly educated workforce. The country has a presidential system, with the President being elected every five years, and a written constitution which safeguards the political stability, the human rights, including the right of ownership of private property, and the independence of the courts and the parliament. Cyprus has a strong legal framework which is based on UK law since the island had been a British colony until 1960, fully harmonised with the European Union Directives. The country joined the European Union in 2004 while in 2008 it joined the Economic Monetary Union (Eurozone). Additionally, Cyprus is a member of the WTO, the World Bank, the Commonwealth, the Council of Europe, the UN, the IMF, the EBRD (the organisation maintains offices in Cyprus and has already invested in the country’s financial sector) and a founding member of OSCE. There is a competitive modern and transparent legal, financial and regulatory framework, highly skilled, educated and multilingual workforce and excellent telecommunications systems. The country has two modern, fully operational and busy (especially during summer) airports in Larnaca and Paphos while the main port is located in Limassol.

Cyprus has a very competitive tax system and one of the lowest corporate tax rates in Europe, 12.5%. All business expenses are allowed for tax purposes, while special tax exemptions e.g. for dividend income and profit on sales of shares, make it very attractive. The advance ruling practice and the extended treaty network makes Cyprus a targeted destination for holding, financing, trading and intellectual property companies. Professional services, tourism and shipping industries have shown resilience in the financial crisis while the construction and real estate industries are showing strong signals of rebounding. The fiscal indicators are improving, well above the targets set by the institutional creditors of Cyprus (IMF, European Commission and European Central Bank) and

the economy is entering a path of recovery. The Economic Adjustment Program was successfully completed early this year and the economy grew on an average growth of 1.6% overall in 2015 after a period of more than three years of negative growth rates. According to the European Commission report, Growth is expected to be stronger in 2016 and 2017, driven by both domestic and external sources. It is forecasted to gain momentum gradually and reach 2.0% in 2017. Additionally, as per the Land Registry data the property sale contracts recorded an increase of 19% in 2015 while the first quarter of 2016 recorded an increase of 24%. Significant growth was also recorded in sales to foreign buyers with an almost four-fold increase.


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favourable investment conditions and providing very attractive incentives. There are no capital controls for the banking system and the funds can freely move in and out of Cyprus. The country as a member of the European Union applies all the directives for the free transfer of goods and funds within the Union. Additionally, the Central Bank of Cyprus is a member of the European Central Bank and applies all relevant rules and regulations in relation to anti money laundering measures. It shall be emphasised that all systemic financial institutions in Cyprus are directly monitored by the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM).

A significant increase in the number of applications for new companies was also recorded in March. According to data by the Department of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver of the Republic of Cyprus, the number of applications for registration of a new company increased in March 2016 by 23% compared to March 2015. Data shows that this was an increase for the seventh consecutive month. Several structural reforms are undergoing in Cyprus since 2012, including a privatization plan for telecommunications, the ports and the electricity market, an enhancement of Budgetary Framework, to safeguard fiscal discipline, a labor market reform, to contain wage costs, pension reforms to ensure long-term sustainability, a health care sector reform and a reform

of the public sector, to improve service delivery to businesses and citizens. Public sector reform is undertaken to uplift any bureaucratic obstacles and enhance the efficiency of the processes. The review is undertaken by the World Bank and UK Government officials and the proposals are implemented by the Government. Actually, the reforms at the Companies Registrar are nearly finished and the registration of companies can be performed within 48 hours, electronically. Foreign direct investment in the last decade has been increasing, since it is encouraged by the Governmental authorities and liberalised for some time. The governments in Cyprus are always aiming in generating a business friendly environment, supporting private initiatives through maintaining

Cyprus has very well established procedures for providing work permits while specific programs have been developed for granting naturalization by investment and permanent residency through a fast-track process. Foreign investors can use the common forms of business vehicles to conduct business in Cyprus such as partnership, sole proprietorship, Limited Liability Company and a permanent establishment. Additionally there is an increasing number of investment firms that are licensed by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission. A new legislation governing the Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) was enacted which replaces in its entirety the existing International Collective Investment Schemes Law of 1999. The legislation modernises the regulatory aspects of AIFs in Cyprus while also expanding the options available for fund promoters. It brings Cyprus up to par with other competitive EU investment funds jurisdictions.

For more information, please contact KPMG | www.kpmg.com.cy | T: 25869000


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once a crossfitter always a crossfitter

CrossFit is a training program that builds strength and conditioning through extremely varied and challenging workouts. Each day the workout will test a different part of your functional strength or conditioning, not specialising in one particular thing, but rather with the goal of building a body that’s capable of practically anything and everything. This is when we call prepare for the unknown. Fitness is about performing well at any and every task imaginable. Many people are fit in a single pathway. CrossFitters seek to be fit in all of them. We have used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and former cage fighters. We scale load and intensity, we don’t change programs. Rather than having one

workout for older women and another for hardcore athletes, there’s ONE workout each day that is completely scalable based on your skill. For example, if the workout calls for squats with 60kg but you can only do squats with the bar (20kg), then that’s where you will start. If you are injured and can’t do squats at all, a similar movement will be substituted, and if the number of reps is too many for your current ability, that will be reduced. As you get stronger and more experienced you will work your way towards eventually doing the workouts as prescribed. It gets you to do things you wouldn’t do on your own. You might never go running or rowing on your own – but if it’s in the


WOD (Workout Of the Day), you will. Also, you will get to do things that you would never do before (such as yoga classes, or spending a Saturday afternoon doing swimming sprints at the sea) because it will help you get a better time on a WOD later on. CrossFit Limassol is the first CrossFit affiliate gym in Cyprus and organises local and international competitions (FitXlevel 2012, CrossFit Limassol Guaba Beach Bar 2013, Aphrodite Games 2014, Cyprus Throwdown 2014, WodWars Europe 2015 & 2016) in Cyprus. CrossFit Limassol organises sports seminars (Weightlifting, Gymnastics, Nutrition & Psychology lessons, etc), and Fitness Bootcamps in other countries. CrossFit Limassol is open from 7am to 9.30pm every day and some hours during the weekend. CrossFit Limassol 9 Shakespeare street, Limassol, T: 25 340271


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Dyson is giving the humble hairdryer a makeover

The Dyson specialist research centre used:

1610 km of real human hair used in tesing Renowned for its bagless vacuum cleaners, U.K based Dyson is using its technical expertise to entice a whole new market: hair and personal care. The Supersonic looks strikingly different from any other hairdryer on the market. It looks stylish and elegant with a surprisingly small nozzle to dry the hair. That’s down to some of that superior technology, including the motor which is tiny enough to fit into the base of the hairdryer’s handle. The Supersonic uses Air Multiplier technology – like the Dyson hand dryers, for ex-

ample. This means it amplifies the volume of air three times as it passes through the dryer, so the hair are dried in shorter time. According to Dyson the hairdryer uses intelligent heat control. The temperature of the air being powered into the hair is checked 20 times a second to ensure it never gets so hot that it can damage hair follicles. The downside is that this innovative hairdryer is quite expensive. Besides, Dyson products are never budget options, though they arguably offer strong value thanks to the superior technology inside, and this is no exception – it costs €399.

103 engineers working on the product

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Photographer Omar Robles has over 135,000 followers on Instagram, and we’re not surprised, because his latest series of photographs documenting ballet dancers on the streets of Cuba is nothing short of majestic.

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“Their dancers are just some of the best dancers in the world,” writes Robles on his Blog. “Perhaps it is because movement and rhythm runs in their afro-caribbean blood, but most likely it is due to the Russian school of training which is part of their heritage.”

Robles had dreamt of visiting the country for a long time, and thanks to a grant from the Bessie Foundation he was recently able to fulfil this dream. “Cubans struggle incessantly to stay afloat. Yet much like the ballet dancers, they strive with a resilience and elegance that I’ve never seen before. This is exactly why Cuban ballet dancers have always been so great and through so many generations. Endurance simply resides in their blood.” http://omarzroblesblog.wordpress.com

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Heir to a long line of cognac-makers who were pioneers in luxury, Kilian decided to take up the torch of family tradition. Creating a new luxury brand was definitely a challenge worthy of his predecessors. After graduating, he went on to train with the greatest noses in perfumery and worked for the most prestigious perfume houses such as Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Alexander McQueen and Giorgio Armani.

The world of Kilian includes a total of 37 scents, spanning across 5 different fragrance collections: “L’Oeuvre Noire”, “Arabian Nights”, “Asian Tales”, “ln the Garden of Good & Evil” and “Addictive State of Mind”. True luxury should never be thrown away; it should be passed on from one generation to another. All Kilian bottles are reusable and refillable, making the brand a true statement of “eco-luxury”. When a customer buys a Kilian bottle, they can keep that bottle for their lifetime. True luxury should be the essential in the excessive!


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The world’s most expensive house 3 Helipads Air Traffic Control

Family Residence

Maintenance Floor Guest Apartment Swimming Pool with Spa & Gym

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India’s richest man, and Forbes’s fourth richest man, Mukesh Ambani, has built the world’s most expensive house in Mumbai. It is estimated to be worth €884m. The 27-story Mumbai pad consists of three helipads, a health club, dance studio, 50seat movie theater and underground parking lot with enough room for 160 cars. An American firm oversaw the interior design.

The house didn’t cost €884m to build, of course, but construction did cost millions of dollars. Given Mumbai’s astronomical property prices, the finished product is worth many times the construction tab. That’s where the billion-dollar figure comes in. The home is rumoured to have a wait staff of 600, bigger than the staff of many small companies.


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The house might be oversized, but it isn’t sprawling: It soars more than 168 metres, more resembling a condo tower than a luxurious mansion. Children might say it looks like Lego building blocks, the Daily News points out. Mr. Ambani could have afforded to go even bigger. According to Forbes magazine, Mr. Ambani’s €25.6 billion fortune makes him the fourth-richest man in the world. He runs Reliance Industries, a textile company that grew into what it says is “India’s largest private sector enterprise.” Not surprisingly, not everyone is a fan of the construction, which seems out of place in a country known for its poverty and slums. One local newspaper columnist labeled the building an “edifice to his ego,” while an editor of an Indian design magazine called it “obscenely lavish.” Ouch! But some stick up for the billionaire. “He can’t just walk into a cinema and watch a film like you or me,” the Guardian quotes an associate as saying. “So he has built a house to his requirements like anyone else would. It’s a question of convenience and requirements. It’s only a family home, just a big one. It’s just another home that someone is living in. It’s no big event.”


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Magic moments by Felix Hernandez Rodriguez

To be creative you have to keep your inner child alive. Mexican photographer Felix Hernandez Rodriguez is a grownup who’s never stopped playing. He creates his majestic photographs including small toys.


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Felix says that his photography is not “what exists there, but portray what exist in me”. The photographer creates magical scenes with the help of mundane products, such as flour to imitate snow or cigarette smokes to add some atmosphere. Felix mixes real and scaled models with the help of his vivid imagination and Photoshop. He uses a macro lens and the technique called “focus stacking”, when multiple photos are merged to create a wider focus. “It’s such a big pleasure to create; almost like a powerful drug… you soon become addicted to it.”


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The most impressive new buildings of the year

1. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Designed by the international architecture firm Snøhetta, the 21.9 square metres addition to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a striking complement to the institution’s existing building, which was completed by Swiss architect Mario Botta in 1995. Scheduled to open in May 2016, the €269.5 million expansion will triple the museum’s gallery space and include the new Pritzker Centre for Photography, as well as showcase some 600 artworks promised to the museum, among hundreds of other works already in the museum collection.

2. Tate Modern, London The Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron designed the Tate Modern’s new angular extension – located just south of the Tate’s current building – with a perforated brick lattice cladding all ten stories. Echoing to the height of the existing building’s iconic chimney, the new space rises 65 metres and features a network of windows that look like geometric cutouts in the façade.


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4. National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. The newest addition to the Smithsonian Institution is set to open next autumn on the National Mall, prominently placed just steps from the Washington Monument. The building design is the product of a collaboration of four firms that formed the Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup. The 39,000 square metre institution will house artefacts relating to African-American history and culture, drawing from the Smithsonian’s vast collection. A triple-height exhibition space is located underground and includes an oculus with a circular cascade of water, meant to inspire quiet contemplation.

3. Via 57West, New York Occupying a full city block at the western terminus of Manhattan’s 57th Street is the newest residential project designed by the Danish Architecture firm BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group. Officially titled “Via 57 West”, the building has been dubbed a “courtscraper” for melding the dual traditions of a European courtyard block with the American skyscraper. Rising asymmetrically from its north-eastern corner, the 32-story building evokes a pyramid shape and contains a lush central courtyard accessed via the third floor. The 93 square metre building, which directly overlooks the Hudson River, contains 709 residences.

5. Faena Forum, Miami Beach One of the most high-profile projects rising in South Florida is the Faena District, a massive full-service enclave developed by Argentine entrepreneur Alan Faena. Among the neighborhood’s upscale shops and luxury residences will be a 4,000 square metre cultural centre designed by OMA. Due for completion in April 2016, the building will feature two connected volumes (a cube and a cylinder) wrapped in a structural façade of crisscrossing arches and catenary curves. The forum will foster artistic collaborations and have the capacity to showcase bold new artworks and performance pieces.




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The world’s most expensive one way flight costs €35,000. Etihad Airways’ new route connecting Mumbai and New York City via Abu Dhabi has the distinction of having the most expensive ticket in the world for a commercial scheduled flight. The national carrier of the United Arab Emirates has broken its own record, which was first held for the flight on its New York City-Abu Dhabi route, where a seat on The Residence cost about €30,000. The 13 square metre suite includes a bedroom, a shower room, and a lounge area for up to two guests. Guests have a personal butler, and are allowed to adapt their in-flight dining menus and dietary requirements according preference before travelling. The meals are served on bespoke 24-ct gold plated porcelain tableware and cutlery, with signature crystal glassware. The bedroom houses a 32-inch TV monitor, a double bed with designer Italian linen and an ensuite bathroom with a full-height shower, bathroom amenities and a vanity unit. The ticket also includes luxury chauffeuring to and from the airport, a VIP service on the ground, private check-in and lounge, and a personal concierge to make travel bookings.


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8 Ultimate Things to Do in Cyprus!

Cyprus is a beautiful island, whatever time of year you visit, and there is something of interest for all the family. Whilst it is lovely just to relax by the hotel pool or on a beach in the shade of a sun umbrella, the magic of Aphrodite’s Island will tug at your curiosity begging you to discover her many secrets... Visit Kykkos Monastery and the ten UNESCO churches Kykkos Monastery nestles in the Troodos Mountains and is said to be the wealthiest Greek Orthodox monastery. Visitors are captivated by its serene character and wealth of treasures in its Byzantine Museum, and rising early to join the monks for their morning prayers is certainly a memorable experience. Situated in the mountains too, are the ten Byzantine painted churches with their steeply pitched roofs and marvellous wall frescoes, each one considered so special that it appears on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List.


Dive for it! The crystal clear waters that surround Cyprus are perfect for scuba diving and if you have never explored “life under the waves”, there are PADI and NAUI courses available through Diving Centres. There are both day and night dives available including fascinating cave systems and shipwrecks - including one of the top ten wrecks in the world. MS Zenobia lies just off the coast near Larnaca and was a Swedish ferry that sank in 42 metres of water on her maiden voyage, taking her cargo worth €2.6 million with her.

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Get on “the wild side” in Akamas The Akamas peninsula stands to the north-west of Paphos and is the perfect place to discover the diversity of the Cyprus landscape and wildlife. The Avakas Gorge lies on its southern fringes and is perfect early in the morning when the silence is broken only by goat bells. The Lara headland is where the successful turtle conservation project has been run by volunteers for more than 25 years. The project has successfully ensured the protection of the Green (Chelonas mydas) and Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) turtles that come ashore each summer to lay their precious clutches of eggs.


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Shakespeare at Curium The second century theatre perches on a clifftop and the sound of the waves below is just audible. The theatre has superb acoustics that have amazed modern specialists as it is possible to stand in the centre of the stage and to quietly speak and the words to be heard clearly throughout the theatre. Throughout the year, a variety of musical and dramatic performances are performed in the stunning setting of the theatre, including an annual performance of a popular Shakespearean play which has taken place each June since 1961 to raise funds for local charities.

Enjoy the Limassol Coastal Walk In recent years, the coast at Limassol has been sensitively renovated with a broad new walkway that is wheelchair - friendly and used by families, friends and joggers as the perfect meeting place for a leisurely stroll. The walk begins near the town’s castle and heads eastwards towards the archaeological site of Ancient Amathus and beyond, passing the gardens of many of the island’s top hotels.


Cheers to Cyprus wines! A few years ago, scientific tests by a team of Italian archaeologists on stone jars uncovered in Erimi (west of Limassol) confirmed that the island was the first country in Europe to produce wine and that it has done so since 3500 BC. The history of the island’s wines can be traced by visiting the Wine Museum in Erimi, the Commandaria Museum in the mountain village of Zoopygi, any of the wine producers which range in size, from small family-run wineries to the “big four” - ETKO, KEO, LOEL and SODAP and the Limassol Wine Festival which takes place every August, attracting wine lovers from all over Europe.

Swim in Nissi Beach! Located in the area of Ayia Napa, Nissi Beach is one of the most famous sandy beaches on the island. The name derives from the small islet near by the sea called Nissi. The length of the entire beach is approximately 500 metres with its waters being crystal clear blue, hence awarded with a blue flag designation. Nissi Beach attracts a large number of foreign and local clubbers who come to party on this area during summertime.

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Ski Cyprus! Cyprus is an island of contrasts, and whilst it is a popular winter sun destination, not so many people know that it offers good skiing too! Mount Olympus (1,952 metres) is the highest peak in the Troodos Mountains. From the beginning of January through March (and sometimes through April), the mountains are deep in snow and are transformed into a winter wonderland that is reminiscent of the Austrian Tyrol! There are four main ski slopes with six different runs all of Alpine standard and varying in length from 100 - 500 metres.


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Luca Agnelli hand builds electric bicycles with vintage 1950s pieces


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Agnelli Milano Bici by Luca Agnelli features a range of elegant electric bicycles using vintage components from the 1950s. The antique frames are repurposed to create functional, 1-of-1 pieces of art. Each bike consists of a frame and a decorative tank straight from the 50s with modern components, depending on the individual choices of each customer. The bike has LED lighting technology, rear disc brake and 36V battery from Panasonic, as well as leather or wood accessories such as the battery compartment. These bikes resolve technical and aesthetic problems by adapting to continual changes in function and form.


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Limassol as a modern city offers many activities, performances and events all year round. Here are some of the options offered by the city.

June

Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival Accommodating renowned dance companies from Europe, Cyprus and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, the Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival presents to the public of Cyprus the current trends and creations of contemporary dance. The festival is organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Rialto Theatre in cooperation with the embassies and cultural centres of the participating countries.

Russian – Cypriot Festival Every year thousands of people gather to celebrate the unique relationship between Russia and Cyprus in the Limassol Municipal Gardens.

3 on 3 Basketball Limassol 3on3 is a basketball tournament hosted in Limassol that takes place at the Molos promenade.


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Summer Dance Festival The Summer Dance Festival organised by Cyprus New Movement of Dance Groups, Dancers and Choreographers will take

Fengaros 2016 The much-anticipated Fengaros Festival, οne of the leading summer festivals of the island, returns for another year! The festival’s three stages will host more than thirty acts, while parallel events will enrich this musical weekend in the village of Kato Drys, in the Larnaca District.

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Commandaria Festival To celebrate the great Commandaria wine, there is an annual week-long festival which draws many crowds each year, both locals and tourists alike, to Lania Village. The festival programme includes traditional Greek and Cypriot music and dances, and traditional Cypriot delicacies.

Wine Festival Limassol has a history of wine making in Cyprus dating back to thousands of years. The famous festival takes place every year in September in the Municipal Garden of Limassol on the coastal road. Today’s wine festival is the equivalent of the celebrations which took place in ancient times, dedicated to the god of wine, Dionysus, and to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.

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place in Limassol and Nicosia this July. For ten consecutive days, the audience and dance fans will have the chance to wander around the town centres of Limassol and Nicosia, rediscover some old and forgotten pathways, historical landmarks and buildings, as these revive through the choreographies presented by the participating artists.

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Amathusia Festival Amathusia festival takes place in July every year. The Community Board of Ayios Tychonas organises the annual Amathusia Festival, whichis funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. It includes performances by Cypriot contemporary dance groups, top string quartets and Greek and Cypriot singers of both traditional and modern styles.

The 10th Cyprus Rialto World Music Festival The ethnic festival welcomes every year groups and musicians who share a rich cultural past and develop a contemporary musical present, with common origins and influences. The festival presents a series of events, mostly music, which draw their inspiration from the tradition of each country around the Mediterranean. In this framework emerge proximity and differences, and of course Cyprus serves as a bridge between them.

Cyprus Jazz & World Music Showcase Musicians present their original works to the public of Cyprus and international festival organisers, producers, reporters and many others from the jazz and world music scene. The aim of the Showcase is to increase the international exposure and visibility of Cypriot musicians and their work. Aside from this, an archive of audiovisual records will be created.


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Cyprus Rally The last 45 years Cyprus Rally is an event that takes place over a three day period on the streets of Limassol and the mountain roads of Troodos. The Cyprus Rally is one of the deciding races for the Gravel Master of Europe trophy.

Lemesia With innovations and new sports being at the centre of attention, the Limassol Municipality organisses “Lemesia”, one of the major international sporting events in Cyprus, for the 16th consecutive year. During the 10 days of “Lemesia”, athletes from several countries compete in a number of disciplines such as boxing, karate, triathlon, marathon, shooting, rhythmic gymnastics, and cycling.

December

Christmas Limassol enters the festive mood of Christmas and New Year in December with the illumination of the large Christmas tree in the square of Grigori Afxentiou outside the District Administration building. Events take place in many parts of the city, including Santa Claus handing out gifts to children and the Christmas train of Limassol Municipality travelling on various routess.

February

Limassol Carnival The Carnival is a great popular festival which has been celebrated in Limassol and all over Cyprus for more than a hundred years. The most exciting period of the year comprises of several Carnival celebrations that last for 10 days.


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Limassol Marathon The Limassol International Marathon GSO, the biggest athletic event in Cyprus, will take place along our coastal road, and athletes from around the world will participate. The marathon includes Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km Health Race, 5km City Race, 1km Student Race.

Cyprus Contemporary Dance Platform The contemporary dance platform is an event organised by the Cultural Services of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture in collaboration with the Rialto theatre. After a selection process, modern dance groups based in Cyprus present their new pieces by Cypriot choreographers.

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Cyprus Film Days International 2016 Cyprus Film Day is the official competition feature fiction film festival and it proudly holds the EFFE Festival label. It is co-organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Rialto Theatre. It consists of two main programmes: the International Competition section -Glocal Images- and the non-competitive section -Viewfinder-, which presents films that have been screened and awarded at major festivals over the past year. The festival also includes a National Competition Section, exclusively showcasing Cypriot productions. Special tributes, parallel screenings, master classes, workshops and musical events complete the program of the official International Film Festival of Cyprus.

Street Festival The Street Festival is the biggest event taking place in the streets of the city centre of Limassol and has been organised for 9 years now by Gifts and Gadgets and The Copy Shop. In the streets of Saripolou, designated walls will become the canvas and the inspiration for many street artists from all around the world. Impressive and colourful graffiti art make the streets stand out in the crowd.

Anthestiria Cypriots celebrate the spring return and the beauty of nature with Anthestiria, a festival inspired by the ancient celebration that was held in Athens in honour of Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility. The event features exhibitions, flower markets and shows. The main focus of Anthestiria is the flower parade with beautifully decorated floats and pedestrians carrying flowers.


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Scentology

Every city is unique. But together, they form the uniqueness, the vitality, the well-being and the high standard of living of the island. The smile on peoples’ faces, the culinary journeys and the scenery surrounded by the green mountains and the blue water make the island a pole of attraction for tourists. The purpose of the island is to keep memories engraved in peoples’ hearts. The following fragrances remind us something from yesterday’s memories and today’s new adventures.


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Nicosia

The capital city of the island is somewhat elegant. From their style to the places they frequent, the residents reveal a particularly elegant lifestyle. So, we recommend the two following fragrances that perfectly represent the women and men of Nicosia.

Woman EMPORIO ARMANI SHE A fresh blend of delicate florals, heliotrope, almond accents and a caressing wake of vanilla and cedar wood that melt together in perfect harmony.

Man DOLCE & GABBANA LIGHT BLUE LIPARI Light Blue Swimming in Lipari is as fresh as diving into the clear, crisp water of the Mediterranean. The fragrance embodies a sensual escape to the Aeoloian Islands where nature’s most prized beauty unfolds between alabaster stone, fragrant woods, and crystal waters, and where emotions come to life.


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Limassol

A beloved and an addictive city, Limassol has it all! Beautiful beaches along the city, hospitality and entertainment. The city of Carnival receives thousands of tourists both from Cyprus and abroad. The fragrances that we recommend are:

Woman EUPHORIA WOMAN Euphoria is about sexiness, fantasy, and being captivating. Sexy and sensual, euphoria speaks to the woman who has the urge to break free from everyday life - to provocatively be part of an exciting world filled with pleasure, surprise, and temptation. Her fragrance is a contrast between exotic fruits and seductive florals, for a rich, creamy, seductive signature.

Man AQUA DI GIO HOMME ESSENZA A new depth. Acqua di Gio Essenza is a concentrate of power and sensuality lengthening the Apollo myth. A new woody aquatic interpretation of the classic Acqua di Gio, sustained by pure notes of bergamot, vetiver and Atlas Cedar for the deepest intensity and sensuality.


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Larnaca

The beautiful city of Larnaca is characterised by the simple yet enjoyable daily lifestyle. With the element of the sea, the city exudes calmness and relaxation. The casual fragrances we recommend are:

Woman EAU DE LACOSTE SENSUELLE An elegant but casual appearance with a soft twist, this fragrance opens with pink pepper and tart blackcurrant. The fragrance of Turkish rose combines with the gentle essence of sweet pea before rounding off with nougatine blends with rich amber to provide the ideal fragrance for the evening ahead.

Man ROCHAS MAN Rochas Man is a sharp, oriental, woody fragrance that blends coffee and lavender, with low notes of amber and sandalwood. It is recommended for day wear.


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Paphos

The birthplace of Aphrodite could not be lacking of beauty. With many archaeological sites and tasty Mediterranean recipes, Paphos challenges you to seize the day. The Mediterranean fragrances we recommend are:

Woman SISLEY 2 Sparkling and Transparent, eau de Sisley 2 is a white-flower dress dotted with green notes. Its top note is very fresh and green, a combination of subtle spicy notes of Cardamon and Bergamot with their delicate sensuality, and an impertinent touch of Basil. Its heart is floral, fluid and transparent, composed of selected flowers of water lily, and is blended with Jasmine from Egypt, Cyclamen and Rose. Its base is a surprising combination of water and the mystery of chypre. It is a delicate harmony of sunny notes with the sensuality of Patchouli and Vetiver as well as the elegance of Cedar and Sandalwood.

Man BVLGARI AQVA POUR HOMME MARINE An exploration of water’s rich universe, that also calls to mind the precious Aquamarine gemstone. A luminous blue-green colour embodying the freshness, purity and brightness of nature’s element: water. A contemporary aromatic fragrance dedicated to men seeking a unique, crisp and vibrant freshness.



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a tribute to zaha One of the world’s most famous and impactful architects leaves behind a collection of wondrous, futuristic structures around the globe. Here are some of her highlights.

Born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1950, Zaha Hadid commenced her college studies at the American University in Beirut, in the field of mathematics. The first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, died at the age of 65. Hadid was best known for her public and institutional projects. To the many countries and cities that commissioned her sinuous, futuristic buildings, they became beacons of progress and culture. She moved to London in 1972 to study ar-

chitecture at the Architectural Association and upon graduation in 1977, she joined the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). She also taught at the Architectural Association (AA) with OMA collaborators Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis. She began her own practice in London in 1980 and won the prestigious competition for the Hong Kong Peak Club, a leisure and recreational centre in 1983. Painting and drawing, especially in her early period, are


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important techniques of investigation for her design work. Ever since her 1983 retrospective exhibition at the AA in London, her architecture has been shown in exhibitions worldwide and many of her works are held in important museum collections. Known as an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design, her work experiments with new spatial concepts intensifying existing urban landscapes and encompassing all fields of design, from the urban scale to interiors and furniture. She is well-known for many of her seminal built works, such as the Vitra Fire Station (1993), Weil am Rhein, Germany, the Mind Zone at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, UK, a ski jump in Innsbruck, Austria, the Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Maxxi, Rome The National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, known as the Maxxi museum, was completed in 2010. Photographer: Vincenzo Lombardo/Getty Images


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Galaxy Soho Building, Beijing Hadid’s Galaxy Soho, a 30,660 square metre retail office and entertainment building in Beijing. Photographer: zhuyongming/Getty Images/Moment RM

Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku The Heydar Aliyev Centre, a 57,500 square metre multiuse cultural centre in Azerbaijan, was completed in 2013. Photographer: Tom Pennington


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Messner Mountain Museum, Corones Set atop a mountain in South Tyrol, Italy, MMM Corones is the sixth outpost of Reinhold Messner’s mountain aeries. The building was completed in 2015. Photographer: Wist Haler

Parallel with her private practice, Hadid was actively involved in academics. She taught at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and acted as Visiting Professor at Yale University, Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Visual Arts in Hamburg. Bridge Pavilion, Zaragoza A 280 metre long coverage bridge in Zaragoza, Spain, completed in 2008. Photographer: View Pictures/UIG via Getty Images


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Baccarat Eye Vase

The round eye vase features resplendent undulations that expertly manipulate the Baccarat clear crystal to striking effect. This vase is a magnificent vessel for creating flower arrangements. Designed by Nicolas Triboulot, the extraordinary craftsmanship horizontal bevel cuts on the outside and vertical bevel cuts on the introduces a dazzling optical effect. The gleaming contours conjure a clear crystal cyclone, magnetically pulling you in like a vortex. Rendered all the more intricate in the light, the round eye Vase maximises the unpredictability of perception, evoking delight about what the eye can discern with shifts in luminosity. The entrancing attributes of the round eye vase are also characteristic of the Baccarat clear crystal eye votive.


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Belvedere Residences

Nob Elysia Residences Elysia Residences is designed to reflect the prestige of a high quality development boasting 15 marvelous apartments. The two buildings will bear an impressive long green garden that will lead to the communal swimming pool.

Ivy Residences Perched in the heart of Limassol, Ivy Residences stands at the intersection of design and sophistication, and at the peak of the signature Imperio service. Ivy Residences sets the standard for Limassol luxury apartments. This stylish residential creation is set to offer sweeping city views at high levels – from the generous amenity spaces on the second and third floors to the impressive penthouse. Residents will enjoy floor-to-ceiling vistas framed by Limassol’s coastline.

Residential Developments Commercial Developments Past Developments

Belvedere Residences Uninterrupted views in one of the best areas of Limassol. Apart from a unique panoramic view of Limassol, Belvedere Residences offers highly functional and contemporary apartments that will be enjoyed to the fullest.


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ble Centre Ivy Residences

Noble Centre The impressive business tower combines superior architectural design and state-of-theart technology. It is brilliantly designed with innovative facilities, providing unique spaces with contemporary glass facades. These uninterrupted sound-insulting surfaces of glass give the impression that you are located far from hustle and bustle of Limassol, while being right in the middle of it.

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Location: Ayia Phyla, Limassol Project Type: Apartments Bedrooms: 2 & 3 Delivery: September 2016


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Location: Ayios Athanasios, Limassol Project Type: Apartments Bedrooms: 2 & 3 Delivery: January 2017


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Location: Ayios Nectarios, Limassol Project Type: Apartments Bedrooms: 1, 3 & 4 Delivery: October 2017


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BEST OFFICE DEVELOPMENT EUROPE Noble Centre Imperio Properties

Noble Centre received a major international award in October 2010, when it was awarded as the Best Office Development in Europe by the International Property Awards, in London. Area: Town Centre, Limassol Type: Showrooms & Offices Delivery Date: Immediately


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Beautiful dresses extra-ordinary bags, dazzling shoes. One can never get enough of them and the possibilities are endless. For some, it’s an obsession. A ‘fashionable’ obsession, and while trends come and go, there are some items that we consider ‘the classics’. The ones that all women should have in their wardrobe; they are items that will take you through any fashion-crisis, or not, effortlessly, in an instant. These items never go out of trend; they are elegant but most importantly timeless. So here they are – 8+1 items we think, every woman MUST own:

1. The Forever Dress

3. The Ultimate Jacket

There is only one name that should come to her mind – Azzedine Alaïa. An Alaïa dress is simply a true work of art. It is brilliantly designed, stitched to perfection, oozing sophistication. Each Alaïa dress is iconic in its own category that will your body and make you feel like a “million dollars”.

The ultimate ‘it’ – a black blazer. Go for an impeccably fitted Balmain blazer –it will add an edgy chicness to your outfit.

The exquisite ‘Peekaboo’ Fendi satchel that combines leather and snakeskin could be that!

4. The Biker Jean

7. The Final Touch

More adventurous than blue jeans, yet yet still a classic choice: Biker Jeans! It is an edgy lowrise pair in faded dark-grey denim by Balmain. Forever!

Hat: A favourite accessory of many! Chic with a Parisian elegance, will complement your outfit. If you are a hat aficionado, a black Maison Michel, is a must to your collection.

2. The Casual Top An essential addition to your wardrobe – enduring to time, this top should take you from day to night looking naturally stylish. A white cotton top by Marni fits the description – it is versatile and elegant, with the knot detail adding a playful touch.

5. The Sexy Pumps A symbol of femininity and power – a sexy pair of pumps will take you places and if you are looking for an excuse to buy a new pair, we got you covered: Valentino Garavani. The ‘Rockstud’ pumps in beige will be ever-lasting addition to your wardrobe.

6. The Forever Bag

8. The Extra & Above Stay Golden by adding a glamorous finishing touch to your outfit: The shark tooth pendant by Givenchy is delicate, exclusive and impressive.

8+1. The Reflective Touch

Mirror sunglasses are here to stay – Dior’s ‘So Real’ makes the perfect pair to own – cool and luxurious.


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THE CYPRUS PERMANENT RESIDENCE PERMIT BY INVESTMENT By Petros Rialas

Obtaining the Cyprus Permanent Residence Permit (‘PRP’) Cyprus is conveniently located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. The Cyprus PRP is mainly aimed towards non-Europeans and is one of the most popular programs of its kind offered by any EU member state. In fact, since 2013 more than 2,000 applications have been approved under the fast track procedure.

once every two years, unlike other European countries that insist on residency for at least 3 months per year •  Tax residency based solely on number of days one stays in Cyprus each year (183 days). Foreigners who decide to also become Cyprus tax residents enjoy significant tax benefits and exemptions through their non-domicile status

The natural beauty of the island, its climate and local hospitality fused with a very attractive business and tax regime, constitute Cyprus as one of the most advantageous and sought after jurisdictions for business people requiring efficient access to Europe, nationals of troubled areas seeking security and a plan ‘B’, others for holiday or retirement purposes or even to permanently relocate on the island along with their families.

Why Cyprus for residency? •  Low crime rate •  Excellent Mediterranean weather and beautiful Blue Flag beaches •  High standard private international schools and universities •  Modern infrastructure with state of the art marinas and golf resorts •  High-end beachfront, city, village or mountain properties •  English widely spoken

There is no pre-requisite for someone to have lived on the island prior to the application of the Cyprus PRP. Furthermore, once the PRP is acquired, one has the option not to permanently reside in Cyprus, thus not becoming a tax resident. Moreover, at a later stage, the PRP holder has the opportunity to apply for the Cyprus passport based on the years of stay and not via the investment plan. Advantages of the PRP program •  Fast track process with PRP issuance within 2-3 months •  Life-long validity without the need for renewal •  Issued to spouse, dependent children and spouse parents •  No requirement to reside in Cyprus either before, during or after the application. The only requirement is for the applicant to visit Cyprus

Why Cyprus for business? •  EU member state •  Established International Business Centre with high level of professional services •  Primary hub to base operations for business in or through Cyprus •  Competitive costs for setting up and maintaining business substance •  Attractive and tested tax and legal systems for individuals and corporations •  Modern banking system The below information is intended to provide a brief guide only. Our specialists will be glad to assist you with their professional advice.


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1  Need to acquire residential property of at least €300,000 plus VAT (if applicable), and required proof of payment for the property of at least €200,000 plus VAT (where applicable) prior to application. Investor should provide proof that funds have been transferred to Cyprus from abroad. 2  Demonstrate annual income of €30,000 from salaries from abroad, pensions, stock shares, rents, etc. The minimum annual income is increased by €5,000 for each dependent person and by €8,000 for each spouse parent. Property Criteria a)  The property must be new and be purchased only from a land development company. b)  A married couple may instead purchase any one of the below:   •  up to 2 residential properties   •  a residential property and a shop up to 100 square metres   •  a residential property and an office up to 250 square metres The properties could be separate (i.e. not connected/joined) from each other and purchased from the same land development company.

3  Fixed three-year deposit of €30,000 with any bank approved in Cyprus. Conditions 1)  Submit a clean criminal record certificate for all family members who are co-applicants 2)  Submit a statement confirming that there is no intention to work or be engaged in any form of business in Cyprus 3)  Submit a copy of valid passport 4)  Submit a copy of valid temporary residence permit (if the applicant resides in Cyprus) 5)  Submit a curriculum vitae (including academic qualifications) 6)  Proof of health insurance in Cyprus 7)  Be present to Immigration Authorities for biometric data within a period of one year 8)  The investor must not take up employment or practice any profession or occupation in Cyprus FAQs Are PRP holders obligated to pay Cyprus tax on their international income? No, unless they spend 183 days in Cyprus in a year. There are significant tax advantages for foreigners who become Cyprus tax residents. What is the procedure for a PRP holder to apply for Citizenship based on the years of stay? The investor must have completed 7 years of legal residence in Cyprus prior to the date of

application and to have resided legally and continuously in Cyprus during the 12 months preceding the date of the application. Who are considered to be financially dependent adult children? Unmarried children aged between 18 and 25, who may prove that they are university students for at least 6 months after the application date. What is the ‘for so long’ PRP for dependents? Children who are financially dependent, may submit a separate application to obtain the ‘for so long’ PRP without the need to invest in additional real estate. In this case, the parents will need to prove additional income of at least €5,000 for each dependent child. The ‘for so long’ PRP will still remain valid even after the child turns 25 years old and even if he/she is no longer single and/or a student and/or financially dependent. However, the ‘for so long’ PRP is not inherited to next generations. Petros Rialas, BA, MSc, FCCA, TEP Director, Head of International Tax Planning Dept Totalserve Management Ltd petros.rialas@totalserve.eu www.totalserve.eu

Totalserve is an international service provider with a global presence of 13 offices in 11 countries. The Group offers corporate, international tax planning, trusts, shipping, property, immigration, financial, legal as well as accounting & audit services. Totalserve’s legal consultants specialise in the areas of immigration and property and have successfully assisted applicants to acquire either the PRP or Cyprus Naturalisation. For further inquiries please visit www.totalserve.eu or contact info@totalserve.eu


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dolce & gabbana transforms smeg’s FAB28 refrigerator into a work of art Dolce & Gabbana and SMEG have teamed for the design of a special edition of the FAB28 refrigerator, transforming it into a work of art. The two companies belong to two different creative sectors but are united by strong values and a tradition of “Made in Italy” excellence: sharing similar backgrounds rooted in the family and local territory, they have a deep respect for tradi-

tion and their creativity allows them to skilfully combine eras, different specialties, and sensibilities. The result of this partnership is the special FAB28 SMEG refrigerator with unique Dolce & Gabbana styling. Each refrigerator features images by six Sicilian artists:


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lemons, the trinacria symbol, cart wheels, medieval knights and battle scenes – all distinctive elements of the poetic marionette theatre and the Sicilian Cart as well as important aspects of the aesthetic of Domenico & Gabbana. The themes developed for each product are embellished with classic floral motifs. These 100 exclusive refrigerators which is the result of innovation and a meticulous eye for detail are one-of-a-kind products and the level of detail is so exquisite on the painted FAB28R-DG SMEGs, so is no surprise that each fridge in the luxe collection took a painstaking 240 hours to complete and are priced at ₏30,000.


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Kartell reveals plastic furniture designed for children

Design for children seems to be one of the key trends at this year’s Milan Design Week for the Italian design brand Kartell. The Kartell collection includes a rocking horse designed by Japanese design studio Nendo, which is based on I-beams used in building construction. It is composed of two curved surfaces – one forming the head and seat; the other providing the rocker – and a flat vertical section that joins the two.

A toy tractor called Testa Calda and a race car named Disco volante are made from sheets of tinted plastic, which are shaped into seats and chassis. Designed by Lissoni, the small four-wheeled rideable vehicles come in a range of colour combinations. French designer Starck’s iconic Louis Ghost chair for the brand is reinterpreted in miniature, and can be customised with


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graphics like drawings and photos laid onto the round seat back. Similar patterns can be applied to the tops of mini versions of Kartell’s range of tables, as well as the surfaces of fishbowl-shaped FL/Y lamp shades by Laviani. The collection also includes the simple plastic Airway swing, also by Starck, which appears to be moulded around the four colourful ropes it hangs from.


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Kay Bells lets you take a little bit of magic with you wherever you go. The Cork, an Ireland based maker, handcrafts tiny terrariums “using a range of strange and beautiful curiosities, found in the woods and on the mountain sides, combed from the windswept beaches and picked in the wild meadows”. Bells also does custom pieces, if you’re willing to send her your precious memories. She started experimenting with jewellery, working from her tiny spare room and setting up a stall at a local craft market every Saturday. She also started setting up the Etsy shop around this time and her jewellery was such an instant hit that three months later she was handing in her notice at work and taking the plunge into full time self-employment! “I’ve made custom jewellery with everything from ashes, to locks of hair and bridal flowers”, she stated.


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Each jewel has such an important story behind it. Her grandfather used to send her packages of crystals and gemstones for Christmas and her birthday which utterly delighted her while her dad built her a lovely glass cabinet to store all her specimens.


Drinklobby is a new modern and fashionable wine, beer and spirits store, located in a beautiful picturesque street in the heart of Limassol. It belongs to Takis Kyriakides & Co group of companies with expertise in imports and distribution of alcoholic beverages for 30 years. At Drinklobby you will find exquisite alcoholic beverages, mainly wines, from around the world that will suit all taste preferences. Whatever your event is, dinner for two, barbeque with friends, a big party, at Drinklobby you can find what you are looking for and at very reasonable prices. If they do not have the bottle you are after, they will try their very best to source it for you. Their goal is to create the best shopping experience for their customers, therefore should you wish your wine to be delivered to you or a friend they will get it there as quickly and carefully as possible.


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