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THE WATCH EDITION It’s about time


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ISSUE NUMBER 85 - APRIL 2017

JUST A THOUGHT Dear Passionate Readers, Every year, in April, we present you with ‘The Watch Edition’; introducing the latest from the masters of time. And every year, I pause to reflect on just that… Time. A year older, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who just like me, just like all of us, is subject to the passing of time. “When I was 20 I was...” and he continued vehemently to describe those energy-charged days full of enthusiasm that knew no limits nor boundaries. I watched him talk with a sceptical eye and a faint sarcastic smile. Without saying a word, he understood. His tone changed and so did the direction of his thoughts. Reflecting, he conceded life is about stages, and only when we learn to stop looking back can we start to not only enjoy the moment but to explore all the possibilities of tomorrow. And then he drew a very interesting parable; when a caterpillar metamorphoses into a butterfly, it must shed its own skin to break free. It cannot look back and reminisce over the times when it ruled the earth, it now has the open skies to conquer! And indeed… our skies defy time. And, while the masters of time try to encapsulate the beauty of our times, they too go far beyond the ticking of the seconds and present us, within a small diameter, a calculation of the planets and the universe, mechanisms that are so complex, that instil in us the beauty of wonder and awe as we ask ourselves… “How do I make the most out of my time?” To the timeless in each one of us, I dedicate this issue, Till next issue,

Zeina Mokaddam Managing Director


ON THE COVER:

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Amera Al-Awadhi April 2017 This month we reflect on the very best from the rarified world of horology. There can be few industries that rely quite so much on a fine mixture of heritage and precision. To see inside the case of a watch is to truly appreciate the passion (and patience) of the men and women who design and build these tiny engines. While the edition salutes the passionate collectors whose appreciation of this precise work keep the industry moving, we salute equal those who create the mini-masterpieces.

LEGAL CONSULTANT Khaled Al-Kandari Al-Kandari Law Firm PUBLISHED BY

MANAGING DIRECTOR Zeina Mokaddam GENERAL MANAGER Chimene Ibrahim BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Nouf Al-Hajri GROUP CREATIVE DIRECTOR Yousif Abdulsaid

THE WATCH EDITION It’s about time

MANAGING EDITOR Simon Balsom CONTENTS 12 T he Wa tc h Wo rd with Abdul Mohsen Behbehani 18

Baselworld – The View from the Top with François Thiébaud, Ricardo Guadalupe, and Walter von Känel

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The Best of Times with Shahzad Gidwani

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Baselworld – The News of the Brands

29 Oris 30 Chopard 32 Zenith 3 4 Breguet 36 Hublot 38 JaquetDroz

24 Omega

40 Rado

26 Blancpain

42 Tissot

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Frédérique Constant

28 Hamilton

Baselworld in Brief

EDITORIAL MANAGER Aradhna Singh CONTRIBUTORS MaryAnn D’Silva CREATIVE DIRECTOR Nidal Al-Shaker HEAD OF PHOTOGRAPHY Maher Al-Nouri PRODUCTION MANAGER Jad Nahhas PH7 is a specialized publishing house based in Kuwait. Telephone +(965) 2572 0810 Fax +(965) 2572 0860 Website www.ph7-kw.com To maintain the desired quality of our publication, your contribution and feedback are welcomed. Please email your suggestions to zeina@ph7-kw.com For advertising, do not hesitate to contact info@ph7-kw.com For subscription, please email your details to info@ph7-kw.com PH7 wishes to state that the opinions expressed in MEN’S PASSION are those of the authors concerned and not necessarily those of the publisher. BPA Audited - 2015


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Kuwait’s Green Oil Revolution With Khaled Al Mashaan, Vice- Chairman and CEO, ALARGAN International Real Estate

52 A 911 for the road and track The new Porsche 911 GT3 54 A Smooth, Silent Killer Porsche Panamera – the sports car among luxury saloons 56 McLaren 720S revealed The dawn of a new era for McLaren’s super series 60 Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept The Luxury Electric Vehicle 62 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Sublimely elegant and high performance Grand Tourer 66 Rolls Royce Uniquely tailored and engineered 68 Audi Q2 – new SUV for a new segment 70 Alberto Morillas Gucci’s Guilty - one of a kind 74 Best Foot Forward with Luca Rossetti, CEO Fratelli Rossetti

76 Corneliani Spring Summer2017 Collection 80 Light, Free and Shot with Color The new boss campaign takes a clear step into spring/summer 82 The Sicily bag exclusive to Kuwait stores 83 Paul Smith A suit to travel 84 Down to the Wire Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East 88 Call-Out to All of Kuwait’s Drifters Red Bull Car Park Drift is back! 90 Turkey’s Delight Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum reopens for the season 92 Baros Maldives The Original Maldivian Resort 94 ZEITGEIST 96 Events 108 Listings


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The Watch Word

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with Abdul Mohsen Behbehani

bdul Mohsen Behbehani, Director of the Behbehani Group, is better placed than most in the region to deliver an assessment of the current state of the watch sector both here and globally. The Behbehani Group’s collection of watch brands reads like the Who’s Who of the very best from the world of horology and features some of the world’s most desirable brands such as Cartier, Hublot, Korloff, Omega, Panerai. Far from a passive observer, Abdul Mohsen is actively involved in brand relationship and development. Who could be better to open our annual Watch Edition than him?


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How do you view the past two or three years with respect to the evolution of the watch sector? What are the headlines?

• IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph A gold-cased design that makes us precisely set the time to the very second.

The Swiss watch brands are exploring different approaches that will help them gain additional market share and new customers. For example, the introduction of Swiss-made smart watches, and an increase in examples of a new sector of limited edition watches - those linked through a special association with another brand or to a country. Importantly too, Swiss brands are introducing a new price entry point that is igniting new desires. In terms of creativity, which recent models do you feel stand out as highlights? Earlier this year we visited Geneva for SIHH 2017; my personal highlights were: • Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time The classic-looking dial hides a complicated tourbillon movement within a tourbillon.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Tourbillon Universal Time

IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph

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Excalibur Spider Pirelli Double Flying Tourbillon • Excalibur Spider Pirelli – Double Flying Tourbillon Two watches that were developed in partnership with the legendary makers of high-performance tires, Pirelli.

Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon • Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon A skeleton dial it houses an ambitious complication at 10 o’clock that gives the illusion of a tourbillon floating in space.

Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days 49mm • Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days 49mm Developed the lightness and durability of its carbotech material to a high point. Limited to 50 pieces with a 5o year’s guarantee.


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Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual Pour Le Mérite • Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual Pour Le Mérite In my opinion this is the most complex watch of 2017

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• Ulysse Nardin Regatta The patented chronograph of the new Regatta is optimised for sailing races and can be set from one to 10 minutes as a sweep countdown.

Ulysse Nardin Regatta Where do you place the importance of so-called ‘smart watches’ in the future development of luxury watch brands? We believe that smart watches are attracting a lot of individuals who would otherwise have never thought of wearing a wristwatch. So, this will help the future of watchmaking and luxury watchmaking. When you look at your brands, who is more successful combining contemporary relevance while maintaining traditions? All our brands add to our Group, each has a long history, traditions, and values. Moreover, we see different contemporary novelties from each brand every year. What do you see as the challenges that lay ahead for the watch industry globally and in the region? Globally, the challenges are the world economy and individual

• Piaget Altiplano 60 In 2017 Piaget marks the true anniversary the watch celebrates: 60 years since Piaget released their 9P movement in 1957.

Piaget Altiplano 60 purchasing confidence. Our local challenges for the Group will always remain the same: - providing the best service - offering the right brands and the best collection - having a different range of pieces to suit our loyal customers How do you feel the region is placed to offer the industry security of future short- and medium-term growth? This can be identified by each brand; hence we try to follow the brand philosophy and objectives on the same. And, specifically, what is the Behbehani Group currently engaged in with watch brands that should excite us for the future? We will have special Kuwait Limited Editions from specific brands as well as other activations with special collaborations.


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Baselworld – The View from the Top with François Thiébaud, Ricardo Guadalupe, and Walter von Känel

François Thiébaud, CEO of Tissot The new Tissot Ballade features a silicon balance spring, a first for Tissot. Can you share details? Belonging to the Swatch Group, we benefit from the expertise of industrial production companies within the Group. So, we have years of experience in producing high-precision and ultra-reliable mechanical watches, which has earned us many prizes in the International Chronometry Competition. This has led us to produce the silicon balance spring, allowing for a greater precision and guaranteeing longevity. How is that important? It is a revolution for our price segment, using a technology only seen in high-end watches up until now. We continue to offer “gold value at silver price” so that many may afford a Tissot watch. What are the most important debuts in terms of technique, design, and sport? We also launch the Swissmatic movement for new models of TissotEverytime and V8 and the new sporty 44 millimeterTissot Gentleman line. In design, we are proud of the Tissot T-Race Cycling for our cycling partnerships (road, track, mountain bike, BMX and Tour de France). Our new T-Touch Expert Solar has new military green and navy blue versions. Besides 20 tactile functions, they offer scratchresistant ceramic bezels with a luminescent compass and extra-light hypoallergenic titanium cases.


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Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot

Walter von Känel, CEO of Longines

What are the most important introductions for 2017 and how do these underscore your brand DNA? This year, we are celebrating “the Art of Fusion” and recently presented a new timepiece in Magic Gold, which is our scratchproof gold. During Baselworld, we are showcasing more innovation with the Big Bang Unico Sapphire, but now in various colours. We will continue to create and develop new models based on sapphire. We have been the first brand to launch a complete sapphire watch last year, with 500 pieces in transparent sapphire and 500 pieces in black sapphire. We have been able to industrialize this material in quantities. This year, we continue the development by presenting the Big Bang Unico Red Sapphire and the Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire. We also continue our growth in football, which is, of course, one of our main pillars.

2017 is Longines’ 185th anniversary. How is it celebrating? 2017 is special not only for our anniversary but also for the 60th anniversary of our iconic Flagship collection and the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic solo flight, timed by Longines. Two watches in limited and numbered editions commemorate them: The Flagship Heritage – 60th Anniversary 1957-2017 and the Longines Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch 1927-2017 – 90th Anniversary.

Will you be expanding on your relationship with Ferrari? This year, the most important introduction is really linked to our partnership with Ferrari. Ferrari will commemorate their 70th anniversary in 2017, and we decided together with Flavio Manzoni and his design team at Ferrari to really create a completely new watch dedicated to this celebration. I think the result is impressive. The watch, being unveiled here at Baselworld, is neither a Big Bang nor a Classic Fusion – it is really a completely new concept, very high-end. We use a complicated movement: a chronograph tourbillon. We are offering it in three different models: titanium, King Gold, and carbon. Each is limited to 70 pieces. Our big event here on Thursday was about kicking off this celebration and paying tribute to this incredible brand. We will also have various celebrations all around the world during the year.

Please tell us what else is new product-wise. We have a new Conquest VHP (‘Very High Precision’), a great Longines success since the 1980s. Our new VHP movement, made for Longines by ETA, has anti-magnetic properties, is impact-resistant, has a perpetual calendar and a long-life battery. We are proudly launching this unique movement in newly designed Conquest sport watches, in four sizes with four different dials. In three-hand and chronograph versions, it is perfect for sports enthusiasts. A new collection – Record – offers four sizes for men and women, and seven dials for every taste. All use automatic calibers by ETA, made exclusively for Longines in 2017, and have a chronometer certificate by COSC. Just for ladies, we have a modern and bold oval watch in stainless steel and rose gold, in two sizes, in our Symphonette series.

For our anniversary, we have the ‘On This Day’ campaign on our website. Each day presents a story from the brand’s history. At Baselworld, we are launching ‘In This Year’. You can enter a date be-tween 1832 and 2017 and find models made by Longines that year.

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The Best of Times with Shahzad Gidwani

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e view our watches as amongst our most highly-regarded acquisitions. We pore for hours and hours comparing the technical and aesthetic merits of one brand over another - all the while knowing that watchmaking is an art as much as it is an exact science. We do this for passion, we do this for fun. What of those who are charged with making such choices as part of their business life. Those men (and very occasionally women) responsible for making the choices over what we may or may not see in our local stores? We sat amidst Baselworld with one such gentleman - Morad Yousuf Behbehani Group’s Trading Division General Manager, Shahzad Gidwani. As things turn out, our passion is more than matched by that of Shahzad. He’d arrived in Basel a day earlier than us, and had already had a full 24 hours more through which to judge the temperature of the novelties for 2017. Was he excited? Greatly. “We’ve seen some very, very nice watches already” he expressed, citing as an example Omega’s rather special trilogy. A 60th-anniversary homage to their Speedmaster, Railmaster and Seamaster 300 models. “We’ve also seen an increase in the number of entry-level watches. This is very important” he adds. This presents a large potential for attracting the youth, or other firsttime buyers, who want to buy a luxury watch but for whom it may be too expensive. This year many brands added keenly-priced models expressly for this purpose – and they’ve achieved this without touching their successful top-end models. Everyone wins. “Zenith has come up with some nice new pieces, while Longines (also celebrating an anniversary – the 60th of its Flagship model) came to Basel with line-extensions”. Shahzad was impressed. “A few new models, plus a focus on details - straps, dials”. Omega’s look-back to the 60s was a trend followed by other brands too. Where he saw this, Shahzad reflected that this was the brands tapping into buyer’s emotions. They’re also giving the youth the chance to connect with histor y. Attracting a new generation of watch-buyers is key to the industry’s future existence. “Today’s new customers are tomorrow’s important collectors”, he says. And if they become part of the passion now, they’ll become the big spenders in years to come. “And buyers are loyal to their


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brands. Omega, Zenith, and Hublot have loyal followings in Kuwait – buyers will own other brands too, but they’re always aware of and interested in their number one choice of brand.” Hublot’s big news was the renewal of their famed partnership with Ferrari for another five years. “This form of brand association works well and is increasing. “This form of brand association works well and is increasing. At the Geneva Motor Show, Zenith announced a partnership with Range Rover too”. To Shahzad and his team, Baselworld represents a highly important week. They’ll place initial orders here, and find that here and SIHH is the best places to learn what’s ontrend for the year ahead. Of course, with his and the Behbehani family’s long association with the watch industry, these days offer an ideal time to renew bonds and to give and receive feedback on what’s hot and what’s not. Every year the Baselworld show turns up a handful of new brands, each pitching to become the Breguet for future generations. While he keeps a keen eye on who’s doing what, he’s not here to pick up additional brands – and they’d have to fight hard for his attention. To have a conversation with Shahzad, here at Basel or indeed back in one of the group’s Kuwait stores, is to have a conversation with a man well-versed in the ways of the watch industry, and there’s much knowledge to be gained by listening to a man for whom this is more than simply ‘business’, it too is a passion. We conclude that a role such as Shahzad’s can only be conducted by one with an equal passion, and heightened knowledge, of those whom they seek to serve.

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Baselworld – The News of the Brands

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aselworld 2017, the premier trendsetting show for the entire global watch and jewellery industry, was inaugurated today for the 100th time this year. Baselworld has grown into the unequalled and unrivalled international platform for global key players from the world of watches and jewellery, diamonds, gemstones, pearls, machines, and supplies. This is where professionals from all over the world convene to take the pulse of the industry, be inspired by the trendsetting innovations and creations, many of which are first unveiled at Baselworld, and to discover new trends.


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A major media magnet, the show attracts thousands of journalists from television, print and digital ever y year that spread the word of the latest collections around the world instantly creating an unparalleled global impact. Creations and collections showcased at Baselworld set the trends for the coming 12 months. This year’s show presented a slew of new launches and new technologies – combined with respect for the traditions of the watchmaker. Here, we bring you our opening highlights from key brands. Stay tuned to menspassion-online.com for regular updates, and be sure to keep an eye on upcoming editions of Men’s Passion magazine as we continue to unwrap the best of this year’s new launches over the coming months.

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t is instantly recognisable and universally admired. Watch buyers are drawn to it. Collectors are driven and inspired by it. But what has made the OMEGA Speedmaster perhaps the most famous and desirable chronograph in the world? Even if you ignore its historical importance, the watch is still anchored by a timeless design that has endured for 60 years. Evolution may have produced different variations, but these are just some of the “classic” Speedmaster features that have helped create an icon.

Twisted Lugs Since 1964, the “twisted lugs” of the Speedmaster have given the watch a truly distinctive look. Their addition enabled the creation of an asymmetric case that provides extra strength and protects the crown and pushers. Tachymeter Scale The Speedmaster was the first watch in the world to take the tachymeter scale off the dial and place it on the bezel. The change was initiated with racing car drivers in mind and this is where the “Speedmaster” name originates. Pure Dial Loved by watch fans for its understated simplicity, the classic triple-register Speedmaster design delivers superb readability thanks to its black dial with luminous markers and contrasting hands. Domed Glass The glass that protects the dial is cleverly domed to give the impression of an overall thinner watch. Over the years, both hesalite and sapphire-crystal glass has been used. Hands Aside from the Broad Arrow and Alpha hands associated with early models, it is the Baton style hands that have been most used. Slim and elegantly flat, they further add to the uncomplicated design. True to OMEGA tradition, every new Speedmaster carries the spirit and design inspiration of the models that came before. In the new Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer, this is immediately clear when you view the dial.

The distinctive minute-track style on this stainless steel watch first appeared on a 1968 Speedmaster model. Linked to the Speedmaster’s motor racing heritage, it returns again, this time on a matt-black dial. Other notable features on the dial include the orange markings and bevelled 18K white gold arrowhead indexes that are filled with white Super-LumiNova. For this model, the subdials have also been slightly expanded for improved readability and the 44.25 mm case is thinner than previous versions thanks to the work done on the sapphire crystal in particular. The polished ceramic bezel features a brushed Liquidmetal® tachymeter scale as well as distinctive orange wording that matches the colour of the varnished hands and tip of the second’s hand. Around the wrist, there is a black leather strap that contains a section of orange rubber through the middle. A milling tool has then been used to create micro perforations through the constructed strap that reveal the orange rubber inside. This perforated design provides the perfect sporty look and also has the benefit of aerating the wearer’s skin. The Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer represents the next Speedmaster model with Master Chronometer certification. Driven by the calibre 9900, the watch and its movement have reached the Swiss industry’s highest standard of precision, performance, and magnetic resistance, as approved by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).


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Blancpain

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lancpain and its Métiers d’Art Workshop present a new one-of-a-kind model crafted in gold and in the brand’s cherished shakudō alloy, depicting a “battle of the queen cows” staged in front of the iconic Matterhorn.

Shakudō and rokushō Shakudō is an alloy composed of gold and copper. Historically it was employed to adorn sword sheathes, decorative objects and jewelry. The artisans engraved the shakudō and added other ornamentation. On the new Blancpain timepiece, the dial appliques depicting the cow fight are fashioned in gold and hand-engraved. They are affixed to the shakudō dial and held in place by miniature feet. Once joined together, these three elements of the dial are given a rokushō patina, which is a copper salt bath into which the dial is dipped. The tint and its intensity are determined by the number of dipping treatments

and their duration. It is the studied eye and artistic sensitivity of the engraver that determine the nuances and depth of the rokushō treatment. The Blancpain logo and the Matterhorn are hand-engraved on the shakudō dial by an in-house artisan working with extremely accurate tools. The cows’ necklace is in yellow gold, incorporated into the red gold cow applique using the damascening technique, which consists of hollowing a cavity into the applique to be filled with another metal, in this case, yellow gold. The latter is then meticulously hammered into the cavity in order to spread it uniformly and thereby smoothen the surface of the applique that will then be engraved and polished, also by hand.


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Frédérique Constant

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rédérique Constant, the Swiss luxury watchmaker, is premiering its first-ever automatic flyback chronograph, starring its new calibre FC-760. Both are inspired by those of the 1930s but go beyond traditional chronograph construction. The brand’s watchmakers spent six years – in design, prototypes, making components, and assembly – on the calibre, flyback complication, and timepiece. The FC-760 has a modular construction, 233 components (96 for the flyback), a rotor operating in both directions, and 38-hour power reserve.

Instead of a traditional column wheel to control start, stop and reset functions, it has a patented star-shaped device to ensure smooth operation. And, in place of the traditional clutch connecting movement and gearing, the designers created a swiveling mechanism with two toothed pinions. The pusher at 4 o’clock, when pressed once, disengages the clutch, resets the chronograph to zero, and re-engages the clutch when released, thus providing yet another example of FC-760’s unique construction. The dial of the 42 mm watch features “Clous de Paris” guilloché decoration, a date, and hand-polished Breguetstyle hands. There are two styles, casual and more classical, in stainless steel or rose gold-plated stainless steel. The FC760 has perlage and Côtes de Genève patterns, visible in a see-through case back.

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Hamilton

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he Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind Auto Chrono is an all-black addition to the popular Khaki Aviation series of pilot’s watches. The robust, 45 mm wide case is made of black PVD coated stainless steel.

The strap is black leather and the dial is black with contrasting silver details, including metal overlays with two-tone brushed metal over the counters and two-tone metal detailing on the day/date aperture at 9 o’clock. The timepiece is driven by calibre H-21– a modified version of the renowned ETA 7750 automatic chronograph calibre – with an increased 60-hour power reserve and a day/date function. An innovative calculator for drift angle helps pilots

to accurately calculate and record crosswinds, which can deflect the flight path of an aircraft. This function makes use of the bezel. The watch also includes classic aviation design elements, such as oversized numerals and plenty of SuperLumiNova on the hour, minute and central chronograph seconds hands. It is water-resistant down to 100 metres, and the dial is covered by a sapphire crystal with double antireflective coating.


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Oris

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t Baselworld 2017, Oris continued its proud watch making tradition by officially unveiling Artelier Calibre113, the fourth in the company’s series of highly innovative, high-functioning watches powered by in-house developed movements. Calibre 113 shares the same base architecture as Oris Calibres 110, 111 and 112, but features a novel business calendar, showing the day, date, week and month of the year.

Because it’s an Oris, Calibre 113 will be industrially produced to the highest standards of Swiss watchmaking and offer customers who appreciate those traditions incomparable value. Despite its sophistication, the Artelier Calibre 113 is also a ‘realwatch for real people’. Calibre 113 will have a 43mm multi-piece stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal glass and case back so the watch’s bold movement design can be seen in all its industrial glory. It will have apertures at 12 and 9 o’clock for the day and date indications, while the same central pointer hand will show the week and month. The hand has a red tip that corresponds to a gauge around the outside

of the dial. Oris has engineered Calibre 113 so that all of these functions, as well as time setting and winding, can be operated through a single crown. ‘Oris has a long and proud watchmaking tradition. Calibre 113 is another big step for us, becoming Oris’s fourth fully in-house developed movement in as many years. This is an exciting time for Oris and Oris customers. Our Centre of Excellence is now firmly established as a home for our most talented watchmakers and a pillar on which we will continue to build our future as a mechanical watch company.’ Ulrich W. Herzog, Chairman, Oris

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Chopard

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he undisputed Chopard sports icon since 1988, the Mille Miglia collection was reinvented in 2015 as the new Mille Miglia GTS (Grand Turismo Sport) collection. Composed of eminently masculine watches powered by COSC-certified ‘engines’, it asserted a unique and powerful style drawn from the design of the cars having taken part in the historical Mille Miglia between 1940 and 1957.

The vintage details of the new Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition forge its singular character and make it an elegant ‘all-road’ high-performance watch. Issued in a limited series of 1,000 in steel, this sporty chronograph water-resistant to 100 metres flaunts its imposing lines in a 44 mm-diameter case, completed with traditionally-shaped pushers inspired by car engines, a large fluted crown resembling a fuel tank cap, and a bezel with an aluminium insert bearing the tachymetric scale. The latter provides an indication useful to drivers in measuring average speed, a decisive factor in endurance racing. Readability is an essential attribute of a watch designed for competition, and this silver-toned dial with its engine-turned finish is enlivened by broad baton-type hands and applied hour-markers painted with Superluminova to ensure perfect legibility in all circumstances. The traditional engine-turned motif composed of tiny overlapping circles, as well as the font on the snailed counters, evoke a classic car dashboard, enhanced by the contrasting bright red accents of the Mille Milgia logo, the central sweep-seconds hand, and the chronograph hand.

In a further reference to the automobile world, its short streamlined lugs smoothly hugging the wrist embrace a black rubber strap with a 1960s Dunlop racing tyre-tread motif on the steel version, secured by a steel folding clasp. The exclusive precision of a certified movement The Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition hum to the tune of a highprecision watch ‘engine’ chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Certification institute (COSC). Beating at the rate of 28,800 vibrations/hour, the mechanical selfwinding chronograph movement powers the hours, minutes, chronograph, tachymeter and date functions, while ensuring 48 hours of autonomy. This high-performance mechanism is housed in a case with a solid back secured by eight screws and engraved with the famous chequered flag that is waved when a car crosses the finishing line, with the arrow-shaped Mille Miglia logo, as well as the inscription “Mille Miglia 1927-2017”. The resolutely sporty, functional and sophisticated Mille Miglia 2017 Race Edition is a limited edition that has the classic racing spirit firmly embedded in its mechanical genes. 


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he brand forges ahead with an exciting and all-new El Primero calibre – designed to lure even the most discerning of watch lovers. Pilot Collection: the Pilot Extra Special Chronograph An imposing bronze case, a wide ratcheted easily adjustable crown, oversized luminescent numerals, and a high-beat El Primero mechanism: the new “Pilot” by Zenith proudly flaunts the DNA of a line of airborne conquerors.

As one of the first historical watchmakers to be organised as a full-fledged Manufacturer, Zenith has a legacy of more than 150 years upon which to draw. It naturally celebrates this heritage by periodically relaunching some of its iconic vintage models.

In 2017, this famous aviator’s watch with its distinctive design expresses its trailblazing style in chronograph mode. With its sandblasted black dial and its khaki green oily nubuck leather strap, it showcases a neo-retro look fuelled by an adventurous spirit. Exactly like that of the aviation pioneers that the Manufacture accompanied right from the early days of flight.

The case of this exclusive edition now frames two dial options: tropical brown or blue sunray-patterned with rhodium-coated baton hands. However, its key difference lies in the fact that it beats to the lively rhythm of 36,000 vibrations per hour, dictated by the automatic high-beat El Primero Calibre 4069.

With its noble bearing and vintage patina, the new Pilot Extra Special Chronograph is imbued with the intrepid heritage of high-flying heroes. A natural heir to the onboard instruments developed by Zenith in the early years of aeronautics and known for their precision, sturdiness and outstanding legibility, this chronograph – with its virile bronze case, its high-frequency El Primero ‘engine’ and its black dial bearing green-emission SLN Arabic numerals – sports the vigorous typology of these iconic pilot’s watches.

Regulated and adjusted to meet chronometer standards, this 254-par t column wheel chronograph calibre – wound by an oscillating weight adorned with “Côtes de Genève” – drives an extremely accurate tenth-of-asecond display and has an over 50-hour power reserve. Its high-frequency mechanism is housed in a 38 mmdiameter vintage-style steel case that is water-resistant to 50 meters and features a fluted crown as well as two round pushers.

Heritage 146 Subtly reinterpreting a historical model, the Heritage 146 is a unique offering combining the best of the Manufacture’s past: design, history and a true rarity.

The screw-down sapphire crystal case back has an antireflective treatment on both sides. The final touch is set by a racing-style strap in a choice of brown or blue rubber-lined calfskin leather.


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he Breguet essence lies in a constant process of creation and tireless innovation, always remaining ahead of one’s time, while at the same time observing the rules of excellence in engineering and visual harmony which Breguet defined, and which has given birth to the modern art of watchmaking. Marine 5887

Tradition Dame 7038

Case in 950 platinum with delicately fluted caseband. Sapphire-crystal caseback, 43.9mm diameter. Waterresistant to 10 bars (100m).

Case in 18k rose gold with delicately fluted caseband. Bezel set with 68 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.895 ct). Crown set with a watch movement jewel.

Blue dial in gold, engine-turned. Individually numbered and signed Breguet. Hours chapter with Roman numerals and luminescent dots. Breguet facetted hands in 18k gold with luminescent material. Running solar hand with the faceted golden sun. Days of the week in an aperture between 10 and 11 o’clock. Months and leap-year cycle in an aperture between 1 and 2 o’clock. Retrograde dates indication on an arc running from 9 to 3 o’clock. Power reserve in an aperture between 7 and 9 o’clock.

Sapphire-crystal caseback. 37mm diameter. Welded lugs with screw bars. Water-resistant to 3 bars (30m). Dial in natural white mother-of-pearl, engine-turned and offset at 12 o’clock. Individually numbered and signed Breguet. Hours chapter with Arabic Breguet numerals. Breguet open-tipped hands in gold.

Self-winding movement with running equation of time, perpetual calendar, tourbillon and 80-hour power reserve, Cal. 581DPE. Numbered and signed Breguet. Small seconds and the equation of time cam on the tourbillon axis. 16¾ lignes. 57 jewels. Silicon escapement wheel and inverted lateral lever with silicon pallets. Silicon balance spring. Balance frequency 4Hz. Adjusted in 6 positions. Alligator leather strap with gold folding clasp.

Self-winding movement, Cal. 505SR. Numbered and signed Breguet. Retrograde seconds engraved on the movement face. 14½ lignes. 38 jewels. 50-hour power reserve. Inverted in-line lever escapement with silicon pallets. Breguet balance spring in silicon. Balance frequency 3Hz. Adjusted in 6 positions. Alligator leather strap with gold pin buckle set with 19 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.135 ct).


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o celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, the Italian marque and its partner Hublot are presenting a new original collection. Conceived with the same approach used for designing a car at the Ferrari Design Centre and integrating Hublot’s watchmaking expertise, the Techframe Ferrari 70 years Tourbillon Chronograph opens a new chapter in the partnership that unites Hublot and Ferrari. The Techframe Ferrari 70 Years is available in three versions — King Gold, PEEK Carbon, and Titanium — each of which is produced in 70 limited editions. It is destined to be a collector’s item.

Designed by Ferrari and crafted by Hublot. This is the principle that prevailed for the design and perfecting of the new Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph. A team effort that began with Ferrari in Maranello and ended in Nyon with Hublot. This new line in Hublot’s collections is intended to offer a watch that is deeply rooted in Ferrari’s DNA—combining strength, performance, and agility—while being produced and perfected by the Hublot manufacture. A perfect fusion of the automotive and watchmaking worlds. The Ferrari Design Approach Created and designed by Ferrari, under the leadership of Head of Design Flavio Manzoni, the new Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is like one of the supercars produced in Maranello. And with good reason: this watch was designed by Ferrari using the same creative processes as that used to develop a new sports car. The starting point for the designers was the Hublot movement—the “engine” of the watch—around which they freely designed a high-performance chassis. Like that of a Ferrari, its lattice structure—that is unique in the world of watchmaking—offers maximum strength for minimal weight. “The styling of the Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph underlines the performances of the watch and no component is there by chance”, explains Flavio Manzoni. Thus, the black structure on the dial holds the chronograph counters and offers excellent legibility. The crown at 4 o’clock —raised

by a black PVD Titanium insert decorated with the famous Prancing Horse—reduces the size of the watch to the greatest possible extent, and increases its aerodynamic look. Finally, the red push-button is strategically placed to facilitate its use— even when driving—and makes the design more ergonomic. Under the bonnet of this thoroughbred Beyond its design, which is true to Ferrari’s design philosophy, Techframe Ferrari 70 Years Tourbillon Chronograph is the epitome of fine watchmaking. Under the bonnet of this thoroughbred is a Tourbillon Chronograph driven by a movement that was designed and developed by Hublot: the new HUB6311 calibre with manual winding—253 components —offer 5 days of power reserve. The single-button chronograph—one button for the start-stop-reset functions—that is considered as the best of the best by specialists, is handled by an original lever in Ferrari red anodised aluminium. The Ferrari logo is clearly visible at the 9 o’clock position whilst the Hublot logo is at 5 o’clock. The sapphire dial reveals the cutting-edge mechanics that it shelters, and an external raised section holds the timer. A matt black block designed by Ferrari, affixed to the sapphire holds a race-inspired twin half-second counter at 3 o’clock, the minutes counter at 11 o’clock and the column wheel at 1 o’clock—the brain controlling this sleek chronograph with tangential coupling.


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his year, the brand integrates what certainly is the most poetical complication in their very poetical watch, unique in its display, the Grande Seconde. Based on the now iconic 8-shaped dials, with a second larger than the rest of the time, what the brand has done is a perfect example of integration. Indeed, this moon-phase feels like it has always been part of the concept, as a natural evolution of the watch… Here is the new JaquetDroz Grande Seconde Moon. And you already know that it is a perfectly achieved watch by just reading this introduction. Admittedly, this new JaquetDroz Grande Seconde Moon isn’t renewing the overall concept of the Swatch-owned brand. In fact, it is a rather simple evolution of a watch that we already know for some years. Yes, this moon-phase display feels more a detail than a revolution. But still, from time to time, a detail can create ce-je-ne-sais-quoi that transform a design and make it even more desirable. This happened with the Grande Seconde Moon, which feels like the adult, achieved version of the 8-shaped dial timepieces.

iterations, with a 43mm diameter (large for some, but 39mm editions also exist). The finishing, entirely polished, is flawless and adjustments between the different parts of the case are perfectly executed. The diameter, rather large on paper, is manageable for the most wrist, even if smaller ones will certainly benefit from the 39mm versions. Yet, the lugs are curved, allowing for a great comfort. It is secured to the wrist by the usual non-stitched alligator strap, as clean as the rest of the watch.

The new JaquetDroz Grande Seconde Moon is based on the same architecture as the JaquetDroz Grande Seconde Quantieme and the JaquetDroz Grande Seconde Dual Time that we already covered here, on Monochrome, two watches that we praised for their elegance, their presence on the wrist, their comfort and the beauty of their movements. The specificity of these watches, apart from their unique display, comes from this surprising combination of modernity, timeless appeal and sensation of sleekness, without feeling void either. This minimalistic approach, which remains the same on all the versions, even those with added complications, is what makes the JaquetDroz Grande Seconde highly desirable. Thus, it’s with pleasure that we welcome this moon evolution.

The display of the JaquetDroz Grande Seconde Moon is based on the iconic 8 figure, with the hours indicated in a smaller sub-dial at 12. Don’t worry, as the legibility remains extremely clear. As guessed by its name, the star of the show is the second sub-dial, oversized and placed on the lower half of the dial. It is the perfect location to integrate complications, such as a date-by-hand, a second timezone, and now a moon phase, combined with a date on its periphery. The complication is here used in a precise version (1-day deviation every 122 years) and is, to my tastes, perfectly integrated on the dial. First of all, it benefits from a large size (larger than most of the watches on the market) and from a more central position than the usual 6 o’clock window. This gives the watch a certain uniqueness and some appeal, as balanced differently. This is where a detail can change it all.

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ado is adding two new timepieces to its distinctive DiaMaster Grande Seconde family – welcome news for watch aficionados who cultivate a gentlemanly aesthetic. The RadoDiaMaster Grande Seconde is notable for its asymmetrical dial design, which features two stacked subdials, one for hours and minutes and the other for seconds. Updated details make these two new models a beautiful reminder that time is of the essence: Roman numerals have been added, and a sunray pattern in greyish brown or strong blue frames the subdials. The 43 mm case is outfitted with a colour-coordinated leather bracelet in either brown or black for an overall look that is at once edgy yet comfortingly familiar. A time for comfort The DiaMaster Grande Seconde is crafted from one of Rado’s signature materials, plasma high-tech ceramic. To create this extraordinary material, finished white ceramic components are fired in a plasma oven, where gasses activated at 20,000°C give rise to an otherworldly metallic shine on the surface – without using any metal at all.

This means that the DiaMaster Grande Seconde has the look of a classic metal wristwatch while offering the benefits of hightech ceramic construction. High-tech ceramic is 25% lighter than steel, which creates a wearing experience that is as easy on the eye as it feels on the wrist. High-tech ceramic weds this impressive lightness with an equally impressive level of scratch resistance, resulting in a material that is up to five times harder than steel. Rado’s ceramic timepieces are also hypoallergenic and adapt readily to the temperature of the body, making them comfortable to wear and gentle against the skin. Reminiscent of the pocket watches of yesteryear, the DiaMaster Grande Seconde would be equally at home propped up on a nightstand next to rumpled linen sheets or paired with a cascade of cozy handspun cashmere layers. Refined and dependable, this is the ideal piece for men and women seeking a watch with a softly masculine look to accompany them for a lifetime.


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Tissot

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ycling is a sport of endurance and speed that touches many people from those looking for a healthy and environmentally friendly way to travel to enthusiasts all the way to professionals. It is one of the reasons Tissot has been involved in the world of cycling for over 50 years. This watch is inspired by the discipline and dedicated to one of its most popular races, the Tour de France, for which Tissot is the Official Timekeeper. It has an unmistakeably athletic design and bears the yellow and black colours of the race, with its official logo engraved on the case back. The Tissot T-Race Cycling Tour de France Special Edition has a fitting aerodynamic and ergonomic design. The large hands make time precise and easy to read. It has a sporty dial with three counters on a black tar effect background, illustrating the roads. Details of the bicycles, such as the fork in the frame, are reflected in the bracelet and lugs, while the outside of the dial and the tachymeter bezel represent the wheel that is set on a carbon ring. Features go all the way to brake levers integrated into the pushers and the cassette on the case back and on the crown. The back of the bracelet reminds us of the chain. It’s time to grab your bike, your watch and be on your way! The Tissot T-Race MotoGPTM Automatic Limited Edition 2017 acknowledges the successful partnership between Tissot and MotoGP with a watch that has a winning attitude. It earns the first place on the podium with its

rose gold PVD case. Its golden attributes also emphasize some of the iconic bike features of the watch such as the dashboard counters on the carbon like a dial, the footrest pushers, and the rear suspension rode illustrated in the bracelet’s attachment to the case. The dynamism and speed the watch is inspired by, are reflected in the tyre tread bracelet. No details are left out. They go all the way to the automatic movement, visible through the transparent rim-like back case. The brake disk, as well as having its place on the bezel, is also portrayed on the oscillating mass, with the lines illustrating further tyre treads. It would take a lot of breaking to stop this piece from winning. It is an exceptional watch, with only 2017 pieces like it. As a collector’s item, it comes in a special helmet box. It’s time to bring out your winning attitude to earn this watch!


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Connected to the cloud The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 is the newest result of the TAG Heuer and Intel collaboration. “It is a seamless integration of TAG Heuer heritage in Swiss watchmaking and Intel’s history of technology innovation,” says Jerry Bautista, Head of the New Devices Group at Intel. “It packs innovation without sacrificing style.” Watch connoisseurs can personalize their Connected Modular 45

with a choice of modules, horns, bracelets, and buckles that allow for hundreds of design combinations, plus they can make the most of TAG Heuer Studio’s rich selection of watch faces. The water-resistant (5 ATM) watch also packs Android Wear 2.0, with Intel software and middleware delivering additional intelligent capabilities. Connected to the cloud, a smart scheduling app helps users stay organized via contextually-aware up-dates. Built-in GPS means no phone is needed to track workouts or navigate a route, and Near Field Communications technology enables contactless payments.


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Space mission

Bright faces

When MB&F’s Maximilian Büsser and L’Epée 1839’s Arnaud Nicolas got together, the face of modern clockmaking changed forever: this is the team that has brought us inventive and crazy timekeepers like the Balthazar, Melchior, and Sher-man robots, Starfleet Machine, and naturally the Arachnophobia spider-shaped clock.

Carl F. Bucherer brings color into play. The classic Manero PowerReser ve sees the addition of two vivid models in limited editions. The manufacturing model with integrated power reser ve display features elaborate dials in bright midnight blue and luminous pine green.

And now the more than 175-year-old company and the eleven-year-old boutique brand introduce the next crazy chapter in clocks: Destination Moon. This timepiece tells the story of Büsser’s overactive childhood imagination, transporting us to a place where any torpedo-shaped item can suddenly be-come a rocket. And a rocket can become a precision clock. And then there’s Neil, a solid silver space-suited little figure that magnetically attaches to the boarding ladder that connects the crown to the movement. Neil is movable and can be “played with” at will.

The Manero PowerReserve is an authentic manufacture product. Its centerpiece is the CFB A1011 caliber automatic movement. It belongs to the CFB A1000 movement family, entirely designed as well as developed by Carl F. Bucherer, and first presented in 2008. Its special features include the peripheral oscillating weight winding in both directions, allowing the movement a power reserve of at least 55 hours – or more than two full days – when fully wound. The remaining power reserve is shown in a semicircular display at 3 o’clock.

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The fascination of gold

Bell & Ross takes to the track As the official watch partner of the Renault Sports Formula One Team, Bell & Ross is expanding its collaboration with the French team and unveiling an all-new high-performance watch line inspired by the steering wheel of the new Renault RS17 F1 car. With a bold use of colour to code all of the information the watch delivers, Bell & Ross gives the driver (or the wearer) immediately recognizable in-formation with no risk of error. Each function – time, chronograph, date, seconds and power reserve indication – has a different designated colour, ensuring the display is exceptionally clear and easy to decipher. The latest watch in the line-up is the hand-wound BRX1 Tourbillon Chronograph RS17 fitted with rocker-like pushbuttons. It is made of lightweight Carbone Forgé, titanium and ceramic, which are identical to the materials used in the Grand Prix racing cars. Each of the colours used for the watches is found on the Renault cars.

Gold follows steel: the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona was introduced last year in stainless steel with a Cerachrom bezel in ceramic. This year Rolex launches three new versions in yellow, white and Everose gold. The precious metal’s opulent shimmer is skilfully continued on the watch’s dial, which gleams tone-in-tone in champagne, steely grey or rose. The elegance gains a sporty note from the black Cerachrom bezel, which is made of ceramic and engraved with a tachymeter scale. Blending high technology and sleek aesthetics, this latest evolution pays tribute to the heritage of this legendary chronograph. The wristband is another special feature: each of the three new variants is affixed to the innovative Oysterflex bracelet, which uniquely combines the robustness and reliability of a metal bracelet with the flexibility, comfort, and charisma of an elastomer strap. At its core lies an extraordinarily elastic metal blade, over-moulded with the high-performance black elastomer. The case houses Calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. The new Cosmograph Daytona is covered by Rolex’s Superlative Chronometer certification.


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Kuwait’s Green Oil Revolution

With Khaled Al Mashaan, Vice-Chairman and CEO, ALARGAN International Real Estate

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ast century’s discovery and extraction of black oil made Kuwait, and the region, the economic and social powerhouse that it is today. A very different 21st-century scientific approach and process of extraction are generating another oil for the benefit of Kuwait – argan oil. It’s a green revolution being led by one of the nation’s leading real estate companies, the appropriately named Alargan, and this is no mere coincidence.


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Part of many corporate social responsibility programmes under the wing of Alargan, the reintroduction of the tree to the region has taken on a life of its own and drawn much global interest. Their partnership with the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) to plant the trees was part of the objective to create more greenery in the desert and to expand it to the oil extraction of the argan. A long-term project, there are currently 10,000 argan trees under management. Always, the argan tree lives up to its other name – ‘the tree of hope’. Khaled Al Mashaan tells us more.

second to fourth stages. With our involvement it went from lab to the greenhouse; from greenhouse to shed house, and from there it was planted outside. This process is known as the ‘hardening’ process. Our collaboration with KISR started in 2011, and the first planting of the fields was in 2013.

“The whole idea started with KISR as part of their mandate to introduce new species to Kuwait. The argan is just one of them. The argan is a very slow growing tree when young but then grows to become a resilient and beneficial tree. It has many different uses and benefits.

We were very careful about extracting the oil. The traditional method of production involves the grinding of the fruit. As they grind, they add water, then sieve it to extract the oil. The new way uses machinery. The advantage of the first process is that it delivers cold pressed’ oil. The negative side is that it is diluted with water. Cold pressing conserves all the antioxidants the natural way. The machinery manufacturers advised us to take the central shaft up to 80 degrees – this additional heat would mean we were able to extract more oil. However, I’ve maintained a temperature of not more than 50 degrees. What I do is warm the seeds slightly – it’s a cold process. I extract less oil but it’s more natural.

It used to grow in the northern Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, so was present in the region before, but for some reason it became extinct. Now it is only to be found in a very particular area of Morocco where there exist hundreds of kilometers of argan forests. It was a very big challenge to be able to reintroduce this in Kuwait. Other countries have tried but failed. France, Canada and so many other countries nearer to home– all failed. These countries are the largest importers of Moroccan argan oil. So, the succesful attempt to reproduce it genetically in the KISR laboratories was a big breakthrough. It was necessary to reproduce the argan genetically for the simple reason that it is forbidden to export the plant from Morocco. Moroccan’s consider it their ‘green oil’, and it is part of their national heritage and pride. They will never accept any exportation of plants – only the oil. When KISR moved to their second stage, beyond the lab, we at Alargan were captivated by the project and sponsored the

The first crop of fruit was achieved at the end of 2014, and the first production of oil was from the seeds of 2015 and 2016. This first extraction was done only last month March 2017.

Argan is generally sold as two types of oil. One is produced from an unprocessed and natural seed; this is the finest and is used for cosmetic products. The second type is a roasted seed – when they are roasted you heighten the aromas, and you’re able to produce more oil. This type of oil is edible and can be used on the hair and body too. An advantage is that it is also less expensive. We are still testing the roasted seeds. Our relationship with KISR has been a great success. We’ve developed a very resilient tree and grow it in the best of conditions. We’ve had little incidence of plants dying overall, and experience not more than 2% annually.

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On the farm here we use water drawn from a well. The water has a salinity of 7,000 particles per million. Just to give you an idea, the potable water we drink at home has 500 particles per million. If we left this untreated, argan simply would not grow – it needs sweet water. We also looked into using recycled water - but that was not enough – so we’ve installed a reverse osmosis system that produces 100,000 gallons per day. The problem with reverse osmosis is what to do with the ‘prime’ water, the reject. It creates 40% sweet water – which we use and 60% very salty – which is a potential problem. Often people would reinject this waste into the ground – but this pollutes the soil. Some let it flow naturally across the surface of the ground, but this adds a lot of salt to the earth. We did something different – the ‘prime’ carries around 12,000 parts per million. We wanted to reduce that before spreading it on the ground. So, we divert it to our lake, and

we dilute it with the water that comes from the well. We reduce it to around 9,000. Some plants can take this salinity too, so we use it to water them. A key detail about our agran is that we are growing here without chemicals – organically. The oil we produce is 100% pure. Even the ‘waste’ from the process has uses. Some can be used as animal feed, and the hard shell of the seed can be used as a replacement for firewood. The biggest challenge we have is that we’ve run out of space. KISR allowed us to plant the trees two metres apart, but they should even be 5 metres apart, minimum. Our facility here is 100,000 square metres, and we’re using 50,000. We need to move these plants to a larger facility, one that is 400,000 square metres. We’re talking with KISR to see if they, or the government, could provide us with this land. We can’t expand here. The production of argan is giving Kuwait a potential new source of hard currency. This is another oil. Kuwait’s green oil”


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A 911 for the road and track The new Porsche 911 GT3

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he Porsche 911 GT3 delivers motorsport-like performance, a systematic lightweight construction and an unfiltered driving experience. In the new generation of the radical two-seater, the connection between everyday driving and the racetrack is more intense. At the heart of the enhanced model is a four-litre flat, six-cylinder engine. The extremely high-revving naturally aspirated unit with 500 hp (368 kW) remains virtually unchanged from the thoroughbred 911 GT3 Cup racing car.


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A redesigned chassis with rear-axle steering and the systematic lightweight construction are specifically tuned to convert the engine power into superior driving dynamics. Developed on the same test track and manufactured on the same production line as the racing cars, Porsche’s motorsport technology has once again been incorporated into a road-approved sports car. The majority of Porsche GT drivers also like to take their sports cars for a spin on the racetrack, which is where the new 911 GT3 really comes into its own, thanks to a weight-to-power ratio of 2.86 kg/hp (3.88 kg/kW). With seven-speed double-clutch transmission (PDK) as standard, which has been specifically tuned for use in the GT, the two-seater can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. It boasts a top speed of 318 km/h and weighs 1,430 kg (with a full tank of fuel). For proponents of pure unadulterated driving, Porsche also offers the 911 GT3 with a six-speed sports manual gearbox. This enables the highperformance 911 to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 320 km/h. Fast on the corners, stable on the straights: Rigid chassis with rear-axle steering The chassis of the new 911 GT3 benefits from Porsche’s motor racing experience which has been reworked for even better driving dynamics. The new two-seater sits around 25 mm lower than the 911 Carrera S. In addition to the further refined basic design, the chassis also boasts superior handling characteristics, thanks in large part to the active rear-axle steering. Depending on the speed, it steers either in the opposite or the same direction as the front wheels, thereby improving the

vehicle’s agility and stability. The dynamic engine mounts and the rear differential lock also boost the car’s driving dynamics. Appearance wise, the 911 GT3 leaves little doubt as to its purpose. The dominant carbon rear wing emphasises the sports car’s aerodynamic form. The lightweight front end and front spoiler have been optimised for an even better airflow. Further aerodynamic enhancements are evident on the lightweight rear end with exhaust air openings and on the new diffusor. Interior: Experience centre for exceptional driving dynamics The interior of the new high-performance sports car is tailored to the 911 GT3 driving experience. The GT sports steering wheel with a diameter of 360 mm originates from the 918 Spyder. Both the driver and passenger experience the dynamics in Porsche Sports seats plus featuring enhanced seat side bolsters and mechanical fore/aft adjustment. The seat height and backrests are adjusted electronically. Porsche offers three additional seat variants for the 911 GT3: The adaptive Sports seats Plus boast electrical adjustment of all seat functions (18-way). The second option is sports bucket seats with folding backrest, integrated thorax airbag and manual fore/aft adjustment. The third variant is full bucket seats made from light carbon fibre-reinforced plastic in the carbonweave finish. Market launch and prices The 911 GT3 is available to order now. It will be launched in Kuwait from mid-July, with a starting price of KWD 44,500.

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A Smooth, Silent Killer

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Porsche Panamera – the sports car among luxury saloons

ver the years, we’ve driven the Panamera across an eclectic mix of terrain – from the tortuous twists of the Harz mountains to Germany’s unrestricted autobahns. Across Lebanon in one hit from the beach to mountain-top, and around one of the region’s Grand Prix circuits. On each occasion, the Panamera behaved impeccably – with faultless precision. When something is this good, many would be tempted to leave it as it is – but this isn’t the way of the automobile industry today, and has never been Porsche’s style. For 2017, our favourite Gran Turismo just got better.


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For a real-world test, we got the chance to take the new Panamera 4S out onto the streets of the city of Kuwait. No mountains, no hairpin bends, no opportunities to open the throttle and test the close to 289km/h maximum speed (we promise we didn’t!); instead speed bumps, potholes, drain covers and heavy traffic. Yet, here we found the Panamera to be just as much in its element – again impeccable, faultless and, above all, silkysmooth as it floated above the worst this urban jungle’s roads could throw at it. Does it cosset? Does it make its passengers feel they’re in a world of their own? Yes – in bucket loads. Why is it so good? The new Porsche Panamera was developed for sports car drivers who appreciate four doors and four seats. And for saloon drivers who prefer sporty handling. Opposites which the Panamera reconciles in superior style. It is a sports car and luxury saloon in one – Gran Turismo rethought and realigned. The second generation Panamera is the performance icon of the luxury class. To accomplish this, Porsche has systematically improved the Panamera concept – with a four-door car that has been redesigned and restyled down to the last detail. Its engines and transmissions have been re-engineered, its chassis perfected, and its display and control concept reinterpreted for the future with multi-touch gesture control. The new Panamera once again extends the boundaries between an ambitious sports car and a comfortable cruising car with technical highlights such as rear axle steering, electromechanical roll stabilisation, and a three-chamber air suspension. Concept Four-door sports car. The four-seat Gran Turismo concept combines the performance of a high-performance sports car with the comfort of a luxury saloon. The tailgate, folding rear seat backrests and up to 1,304 litres of luggage volume make the Panamera the most versatile model in its class.

Design New evolutionary stage of the Panamera concept. Expressively designed – and body with extended, dynamic proportions, flared shoulders, athletic flanks, and a much faster roofline. This “flyline” which is typical of Porsche cars creates a stylistic link to the 911 design icon. Body in aluminium/steel hybrid construction: door panels, bonnet, boot lid, wings, side panels and roof all consist of aluminium. Powertrain Three new twin-turbo engines. Panamera 4S: 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine with 324 kW (440 hp). Panamera Turbo: 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine with 404 kW (550 hp). Panamera 4S Diesel: 4.0-litre V8 diesel engine with 310 kW (422 hp). New Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) with eight speeds and all-wheel drive for all models Chassis The broad spread between performance and comfort sets standards in the luxury segment. New features include rear axle steering, three-chamber air suspension, the electromechanical roll stabilisation system Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) as well as networking of all chassis systems via 4D Chassis Control. Electrics and electronics New Porsche Advanced Cockpit and state-of-the-art connectivity. Black panel surfaces and interactive displays combine the visuality and intuitive operation of smartphones with the practical aspects of controlling an automobile. New LED Matrix headlights and new assistance systems such as InnoDrive and Night Vision Assist. Features Standard: 19-inch (4S and 4S Diesel) and 20-inch wheels (Turbo), LED headlights and LED headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (Turbo), LED rear lights, rain sensor, automatic boot lid, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with online navigation and Porsche Connect Plus (online services and app networking with smartphone), 150-watt sound system, keyless engine starting system, part-leather seats (4S and 4S Diesel) or all-leather upholstery (Turbo).

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McLaren 720S revealed The dawn of a new era for McLaren’s super series

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he new McLaren 720S made its global debut at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show, introducing the second-generation of McLaren’s Super Series and simultaneously raising previously accepted limits of performance in the supercar sector.


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“Super Series is the core of the McLaren business and personifies the blend of extreme performance, crafted luxury and unparalleled driver involvement that is the McLaren heartland. This is the first time we have replaced a product family and the new 720S is absolutely true to McLaren’s pioneering spirit in being a revolutionary leap forwards, both for our brand and the supercar segment.” Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive The unveiling of McLaren’s new supercar confirms both the 720S name and 720PS horsepower of the first model in the second-generation McLaren Super Series, details which have been teased online in recent months. The Surrey, An England-based manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports, and supercars, has issued a series of six press releases since January, each accompanied by an image or film containing a numerical reference - and it can now be revealed that 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 6 equals 720… The new 720S is lighter, faster and even more dynamically capable than its McLaren 650S predecessor, with unparalleled levels of interior space and sophistication and a breadth and depth of abilities that will engage and exhilarate the driver. One glance at the 720S identifies it as a bold reinterpretation of McLaren’s design language; rooted in aerodynamic principles, the beautiful form has nothing superfluous about it: immediately and undeniably a McLaren, the new 720S is arguably the most distinctive and remarkable McLaren yet.

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One of the key points in the design of the new Super Series is the absence of radiator intakes on the side of the car; this function is carried out instead by the unique ‘double-skin’ aerodynamic form of the dihedral doors, which channel air to the high-temperature radiators that cool the midmounted engine. The new M480T engine powering the 720S continues the lineage of McLaren’s multiple-award-winning, twinturbocharged V8 engine series. The 4.0-litre engine, which has 41 percent new part content compared to the 3.8-litre engine that continues to feature in the McLaren Sports Series, generates a maximum of 720PS and 770Nm of torque. Performance is truly astonishing: standstill to 100km/h (62mph) takes less than 3 seconds and just 5 seconds later the car has passed the 200km/h (124mph) mark on its way to a maximum speed of 341km/h (212mph). Braking is equally impressive, the new 720S coming to a halt from 200km/h (124mph) in just 4.6 seconds, covering 117m. Additionally, the extreme efficiency of the engine also goes beyond mere velocity: the new McLaren 720S delivers 10.7 litres/km combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions of just 249g/km in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).


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McLaren’s expertise in carbon fibre structures – every road car built by the British manufacturer since the McLaren F1 in 1993 has had a carbon fibre chassis – underpins the construction of the new 720S; the architecture of the car is based on a new carbon fibre ‘tub’ and upper structure, the McLaren Monocage II. This technology delivers extreme strength and rigidity in a lightweight structure and is the ideal base for any supercar. A range of aluminium alloys is also used extensively in the chassis, as well as for some body panels. A new generation of McLaren’s Proactive Chassis Control, new suspension and the established excellence of McLaren’s power-assisted, electro-hydraulic steering, all combine to deliver huge reserves of grip, balance, and performance and an unmatched breadth of dynamic capabilities. The hand-crafted luxury inherent in a McLaren, with the authenticity of fine leathers and machined aluminium, is complemented by the revolutionary new McLaren Driver Interface, which comprises a Folding Driver Display and Central Infotainment Screen. In combination with a cabin environment that establishes new standards in the supercar segment for visibility, space and comfort, these attributes give the new McLaren 720S an incredible degree of usability and validate its claim to be a most complete supercar on sale today.

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Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept The Luxury Electric Vehicle

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entley Motors has shared its ambition to define the electric luxury segment with the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The EXP 12 Speed 6e is a concept to show that Bentley is defining electric motoring in the luxury sector, with the appropriate technology, high-quality materials and refinement levels you’d expect from a true Bentley. This concept enables us to engage with luxury customers and gathers feedback on our approach. “Bentley is committed to offering an electric model in its future portfolio and we are interested in receiving feedback on this concept,” Dürheimer concluded.


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The Luxury of Electric: Effortless, Exclusive and Exhilarating An all-electric Bentley will not compromise the quality, refinement and high-performance levels expected of the luxury brand. These renowned Bentley characteristics such as immediate, effortless surge of torque and grand touring range will be combined with new high-performance technology such as rapid inductive charging and state-ofthe-art onboard concierge-style services for an effortless ownership experience.

The car’s intelligent infotainment system is the central brain to access many real world services using connected-car Apps.

Bentley’s vision is for customers to benefit from highspeed inductive charging and provide a range sufficient for grand touring requirements. An electric Bentley would, for example, be able to drive between London and Paris or Milan and Monaco on a single charge and the onboard experience will be enhanced for both driver and passenger thanks to the integration of state-of-the-art technology.

The exterior design is an expression of muscular, athletic surfaces inspired by contemporary architecture, the natural world and the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages. It represents a natural evolution of Bentley’s design DNA and signifies future design direction, taking the famous power-line and haunch to new levels of drama and tension. When combined with muscular proportions and an athletic stance through the use of a short front overhang, long bonnet, low grille and wide rear, the exterior styling hints at the high-performance potential of the car.

A fusion of cutting-edge technology and beautiful materials is evident right throughout EXP 12 Speed 6e’s luxuriously appointed cabin, ensuring that the brand’s use of technology is not cold or emotionless. The entire central console, for example, is hewn from a solid piece of elegantly curved glass encompassing a high-definition OLED screen. All of the car’s principle on board controls is accessible from here, including navigation, entertainment, and climate control. Handmade, cut-glass sections on the steering wheel contain the controls for media, communications, navigation and car set-up. There are also two buttons featured at the top of the cut-away steering wheel, one offering an instant performance boost and the other the ability to limit speed, in urban areas for example. The passenger, meanwhile, has their own control panel on the front fascia with access to social media, email, and entertainment. Exquisite copper elements around the gear selector, Bentley Dynamic Drive dial and in the door veneer panels are integrated into the cabin to highlight the electric performance potential of the concept’s advanced new power train.

Designing the Future of Luxury On the outside, the iconic Bentley mesh grille features a complex 3D geometry and smoked finish with copper highlights that identify the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e as a fully electric vehicle. When the car is running the ‘6e’ logo illuminates in a striking, vibrant white.

The twin bonnet scoops act as highly effective heat sinks that supply additional cooling to the battery and power train. The wing mirrors – which are cameras rather than traditional reflective glass – are exceptionally sleek and were inspired by the sculptural form of stealth aircraft fuselages. When rapid inductive charging is not available, EXP 12 Speed 6e can be connected to a mains AC power supply via the auxiliary charging point, subtly concealed behind the rear number plate. A Commitment to an Electric Future Bentley believes that the concept will open discussions with luxury car buyers of the future – millennial, members of Generation C and the rising affluent in developing economies - to understand the desired expectations from a future electric luxury car ownership experience. The luxury brand’s electric car strategy includes the introduction of PHEV models across the Bentley model range over the next few years, starting with the Bentayga in 2018.

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Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Sublimely elegant and high performance Grand Tourer

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ith its class-leading performance, versatility in all driving conditions and sublime elegance, with the GTC4Lusso Ferrari have presented a unique car, a whole new world. Impressively smooth and comfortable when you need it to be, yet breathtakingly quick and capable when you want it to be, it is the first true 24/7 Ferrari. It’s the real deal, a gran turismo you can drive all day, every day.


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The Ferrari GTC4Lusso, a four-seater which hails a major evolution of the sporting Grand Tourer concept by integrating rear-wheel steering with four-wheel drive for the first time this is a car designed for clients wanting to experience the pleasure of driving a Ferrari anywhere, anytime, be it on short spins or long journeys, snowy mountain roads or city streets, alone or in the company of three lucky passengers. Drivers

who demand exceptional power but refuse to compromise on in-car comfort, sporty elegance and impeccable detailing. In short, the GTC4Lusso brings unprecedented versatility to Ferrari driving, like the FF before it which won the Prancing Horse a new, younger client base that, significantly, also makes greater use of its cars, clocking up 30% higher mileage than average.

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The GTC4Lusso’s name references illustrious predecessors, such as the 330 GTC or its 2+2 sister model, the 330 GT – one of Enzo Ferrari’s favourites – and the 250 GT BerlinettaLusso, which represented a sublime combination of elegance and high performance. The number 4 alludes to the car’s four comfortable seats. Engine The GTC4Lusso’s 12-cylinder engine delivers smooth, consistent power, punching out a massive 690 cv at 8,000 rpm. Both its 2.6 kg/cv weight-to-power ratio and its 13.5:1 compression ratio set new records for the category. Maximum torque is 697 Nm at 5,750 rpm with 80% already available at just 1,750 rpm for superb responsiveness even at low revs. The soundtrack brilliantly reflects the car’s multifaceted personality: it is rich and powerful in performance driving and discreet yet harmonious in the city.


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Dynamics The Ferrari GTC4Lusso is an exceptionally versatile car in every kind of grip condition thanks to the Ferrari-patented 4RM Evo four-wheel drive system which is integrated with rear-wheel steering for the first time.

with the tail pipes to lend a sense of imposing power to the rear. Dynamically chiselled crease lines create a diapason theme along the car’s flanks, breaking up the optical mass, accentuating the muscular wheelarch and imparting a sculpted athleticism.

The GTC4Lusso’s high levels of performance are also due in part to new aerodynamic solutions, not least a new front grille with integrated air intakes to improve the efficiency of the radiating masses, the air vents on the wing that recall those of the 330 GTC, a roof-mounted rear spoiler, and a new triple-fence diffuser. The combined effect of these features is a Cd value that is substantially lower than on the FF.

Interior Meticulous attention to design and carefully executed detailing has produced a cabin that is a flawless triumph of sporty luxury. Its Dual Cockpit architecture is another first, designed to enhance the shared driving experience for both driver and passenger, with the latter having their own generous optional display with a plethora of functions. That innovative architecture aside, the cabin’s most striking feature is the beautiful craftsmanship of the materials which have been painstakingly selected and combined to enrich the atmosphere on board.

Style Penned by Ferrari Design, the GTC4Lusso is a further refinement of the shooting brake coupé, reinterpreting the concept with an extremely streamlined, tapered shape that gives it an almost fastback-like silhouette. Its sporty soul is underscored by the forms and styling of the rear where the curve of the roof has been lowered whilst retaining enough volume to guarantee exceptional space and comfort for all four occupants, as well as an ample luggage compartment. Ferrari’s signature twin rear lights adorn the tail. These not only emphasise the car’s muscular shoulders and broaden it horizontally, but work visually

Generous wraparound seats guarantee all four occupants exceptional comfort and room, creating the same ambience as a luxurious living space. The GTC4Lusso also debuts the new Infotainment platform featuring a 10.25” HD screen with capacitive touch technology. The new steering wheel is more compact thanks to a smaller air bag and the integrated controls are more ergonomic than ever, making for an even sportier driving experience.

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Rolls Royce Uniquely tailored and engineered

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t this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Rolls-Royce showed why it is considered to be the world’s leading luxury house by showcasing the full breadth of its bespoke capabilities. The facets of bespoke tailoring, Bespoke engineering, and Bespoke jewellery demonstrated to every connoisseur who commissions a Rolls-Royce that they can count on having their desire for a truly personal motor car, that reflects who they are, fulfilled in the most fitting manner to them. In short, they can be assured that Bespoke is Rolls-Royce.


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‘Dawn – Inspired by Fashion’, with its Spring/Summer 2017 collection of three colour schemes, showed how Bespoke means complementing the fine couture our patrons wear from day to day. Wraith Black Badge, a motor car Bespoke-engineered to suit its younger, edgier customers will demonstrate that at RollsRoyce, Bespoke is anything but skin deep. And one patron allowed Rolls-Royce to show the Geneva crowds that only they can “create the unimaginable” by showing the Elegance, the ultimate expression of luxury with the world’s first Diamond paint finish. Such cars are considered works of art by their collectors and owners, and in homage to this status, Belgian artist, Charles Kaisin, created a bespoke sculpture for the Rolls-Royce Art Programme that adorned the Rolls-Royce stand for the duration of the Geneva Salon. Haute Couture meets Rolls-Royce For the first time at a public motor show, The House of Rolls-Royce presents its full Spring/Summer 2017 Couture collection that is ‘Dawn - Inspired by Fashion’. The world of Fashion and Rolls-Royce has created a shared value of providing their clients with the ability to have the finest luxury goods, tailored to their tastes and lifestyles. It is Rolls-Royce clients who are seen in the front rows of the best Couture shows, a part of the world’s fashion elite. As today’s tastemakers, it is their take on design and style which transforms the direction fashion moves in. Design Director, Giles Taylor, and his team of talented designers at the Home of Rolls-Royce in West Sussex, who are responsible for the most intricate embroideries and textiles offered by the brand, carefully selected Andalusian White, a pure colour from the eclectic palette of the RollsRoyce paints, to be the canvas for the motor car accented in three vibrant colours; Mugello Red, Cobalt Blue and Mandarin. The 2017 Geneva Motor Show is the first time all three choices have been seen together.

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Audi Q2 – new SUV for a new segment

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udi has extended its Q family with a compact SUV, and we got to travel to Bahrain to try it out for ourselves. The Audi Q2 is an urban-type vehicle for everyday driving and recreation, bundling a progressive design with a high level of functionality. Connectivity, infotainment, and assistance systems are on the level of full-size class.


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Robust look: the exterior design - The result: a powerful SUV that shows a lot of vertices and edges. At the front, a strong image is created by the Singleframe grille in octagonal design that is positioned high as well as large air inlets. Especially eye-catching is the low roof that descends and merges into the C-pillars with color offset blades. This contrast accentuates the sportiness of the Audi Q2. The rear body terminates in a dynamic way with a long roof spoiler and a diffuser that has an underbody-protection look. In a side view, the high shoulder line is especially eye-catching as are the concave flanks in the door area. The latter emphasize the wheel housings and thereby the quattro character of the compact SUV. The vehicle measures 1.51 meterstall and 1.79 meterswide. The overhangs are short with a vehicle length of 4.19 meters and a wheelbase of 2.60 meters, which means it will fit in any parking space. Functional: the interior - The interior of the Q2, whichtakes up the taut and angular form language of the exterior, offers space for five. The four doors open wide, entry is comfortable and visibility is good, however seating positions for the driver and front passenger are sporty. The luggage compartment can handle 405 liters of cargo, and luggage capacity increases to 1,050 liters when the rear bench seat back is folded. Options include a power tailgate and a three-way split of the rear bench backrests. The middle segment also serves as a throughloading facility – practical for transporting skis or shelving. MMI navigation plus: user operation that is a lot of fun Operating the Q2 is simple and ergonomic: The MMI screen is positioned high on the instrument panel as standard. Its size depends on the infotainment system that is ordered. Its functions are controlled by a rotary/push-button control, two buttons and two rocker switches on the center tunnel. MMI navigation plus with MMI touch tops the infotainment range. Its menu structure and the touchpad on the rotary/ push-button control that allows scrolling and zooming make operating it a pleasure. Natural language operation and MMI search are just as intuitive. Often just a few characters need to be input to arrive at the desired function. Brilliant displays: Audi virtual cockpit and head-up display - The Audi virtual cockpit is available as an alternative to the easy-to-read analog instruments. Its 12.3-inch screen displays highly detailed, brilliant graphics and offers two display modes: One focuses on the tachometer and speedometer, and the other emphasizes infotainment and/or navigation data. The view is changed using the multifunction steering wheel. In addition to the fully digital instrument cluster and top infotainment system, a third technology from the full-size class has been implemented – the head-up display. It projects important information onto a glass panel in the driver’s direct field of vision. This information can include navigation data, the vehicle speed and warning messages. Full-size-class technologies: the driver assistance systems - The driver assistance systems for the Q2 come

from the full-size class. Audi pre sense front uses radar to recognize hazardous situations that can occur with crossing pedestrians or other vehicles in front of the car. The system warns the driver and initiates hard braking if necessary – down to a standstill at low speeds. The systems are also multifaceted and offer high performance. Audi has bundled the most popular ones in the assistance package, including adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go function. The first system operates with radar support to maintain a desired distance to the vehicle ahead. Audi side assist monitors lane changes by radar, and the video camerabased Audi active lane assist helps the driver to stay on track in the driving lane. If the driver does not react to the warnings from the lane departure warning system, the new emergency assist brings the Audi Q2 to a stop autonomously. The driver gets additional support from the latest-generation park assist. It can manoeuvre the compact SUV into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. Cross traffic assist rear comes into play when the driver wants to reverse out of a perpendicular parking spot. It monitors the traffic behind the car with its radar sensors. Top solutions: chassis - Progressive steering is standard in all versions; in this system the toothing of the steering rack is designed to vary the steering gear ratio according to the steering input. With large steering movements it is more direct, making driving more dynamic. The 2.0 TFSI come standard with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The hydraulic multi-plate clutch with its electronic control transfers torque nearly entirely to the front wheels in normal driving, but it can redirect torque in a 50:50 ratio to the rear axle steplessly and lightning fast, if necessary. This is how the quattro drive unites driving pleasure and driving safety, taking them to a new level. Wheel-selective torque control, an intelligent sub-function of the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC), rounds out the quattro range of functions. The optional Audi drive select handling system lets the driver choose between five modes: auto, comfort, dynamic, efficiency and individual. It influences a variety of vehicle systems, including the steering and gear shift characteristics as well as the optional suspension with adaptive damper control. With ESC Offroad mode and nearly 15 centimeters of ground clearance, the Q2 is also well-suited to rugged terrain. Individual style: exterior and interior - Q2 customers can configure the look of their car according to their wishes in many aspects. Add-on parts, which vary according to the trim line, give the SUV a sporty or typical off-road appearance. The two lines design and sport are positioned above the base car. The Q2 is even further differentiated in the design selection or the S line sport package. The S line exterior package highlights the agile stature of the SUV.

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Alberto Morillas Gucci’s Guilty - one of a kind

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uilty is a one of a kind perfume because it was especially created for Alessandro Michele. The journey of this perfume started when Alberto Morillas went to meet Alessandro and he asked: “can you create a perfume especially for me, that is like no other?” Alessandro wanted to have a warm leather blend, not too commercial with a special mix of wood and something that reflected the Gucci spirit. We mixed the leather and wood in the first session and added other scents of oud and patchouli. The formula of the fragrance is very simple, it doesn’t have many elements and it only took three or four sessions with Alessandro to create the perfume. I met with him in Rome and he knows perfume very well, he personally collects them. With this perfume, he wanted to mix very simple elements to give the impression of a handmade perfume. When creating a fragrance, it is very important to smell the different elements and we used a new molecule of patchouli that only Gucci has, it is very warm, deep and unique


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Is this the first time you used this molecule? Yes, this is the first time we have used this molecule in such a large quantity. We have created another fragrance with this molecule but in very small amounts. We used a lot for Guilty and this makes it a very expensive molecule. Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind this fragrance? The inspiration of this fragrance is ‘Gucci’, it is my inspiration to create the emotion of Gucci and of Alessandro Michele. I proposed a direction and I have a collection of the old Italian perfumes, wood from Rome, leather from Tuscany and when I smelt this perfume I knew how I wanted to mix it. In your opinion, who is the absolute man and what is your opinion about the media campaign? It is a very sophisticated and sexy scent and the perfume is the emotion that is spread, an image of Gucci. I have met hundreds of perfume designers but this is the first time I

met someone who loves, understands and wants to create a perfume that is different. Other designers do not have the same culture when it comes to what they want in a perfume. Perhaps it is because other designers are more strategic or marketing focused. When I met Alessandro, everyone was a bit apprehensive because this was the first time that a perfumer had created a fragrance with Alessandro. In our first meeting, we made around 30 different fragrance experiments very quickly, and sometimes this is the best way because when too many elements are mixed into one bottle it becomes complicated. How long have you been making fragrances? What year did you start? Oh, for many, many, many, many years but I still have the same passion, maybe even more. I believe if you don’t have the passion you cannot make perfumes. You need to believe in it every single day. How did you start? I started my company in Geneva as an autodidact.

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How long have you been making fragrances? As a career? I don’t know, I can’t even remember, sometimes I forget maybe 45 years or even more. Was it your first career? Did you study this? Yes, it was, I believe that to create perfumes you have to hold a great passion otherwise you can’t do it every day, and I always need to have a number of preparations. If you have to describe the perfume in one word, what would it be? Unique, different, with a lot of emotions. It is really the signature of Alessandro Michaele, this is the most important element of Guilty. I know we talked about the molecules and you said it’s quite a complicated science, but how much of making this per fume was sacked and how much is an ar t? The most impor tant par t is the matter, and the quality of the emotion as well as the patchouli and the other elements. Making a par ticular module that nobody can duplicate and one that is new is also ver y impor tant when creating a per fume. One like Acqua di Gio, where the most impor tant molecule is water, and all per fumes these days have a water-like effect. The molecule we created for Guilty is ver y different, it is a wood leather blend that nobody can buy anywhere else. There are so many per fumes that come into the market ever y year, so when launching a new fragrance you need to be different and memorable. Read more of the story at menspassion-online.com


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Gucci Guilty Absolute Guilty / Not guilty

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new dawn has broken over Gucci Guilty. The fragrances convey the liberated message of #GuiltyNotGuilty: an attitude of feeling completely free. From this revolution, a new scent is born. Created for a man who defines his own masculinity, Gucci introduces Gucci Guilty Absolute: a modern declaration of self-expression and emancipated sexuality. Born out of a special collaboration between creative director Alessandro Michele and maître perfumeur Alberto Morillas, Gucci Guilty Absolute embodies the liberated man it is made for—an innovative expression of a men’s woody scent. The master perfumer and Alessandro Michele share the same approach to their craft: an unceasing passion to create, and an unflinching attitude to do so beyond the traditional rules of fashion and fragrance. Like Alessandro Michele’s collections, there is a mix of messages behind the scent. A leather hero ingredient is an homage to the ultimate Gucci material; while the flacon is finished with details inspired by the codes of a refined lounge; the sensorial textures and colors of cigars and cognac. The Essence Alberto Morillas lends his high artistic sensibility to Gucci Guilty Absolute. A renegade fragrance in the men’s highly populated woody olfactory category, the scent breaks the mold of a traditional woody construction. To set it apart, the master perfumer created a blend with a structure that remains unchanged from the first time it is applied to the skin. To do this Alberto Morillas defined the scent with two leading notes, custom-mixing a Leather accord Woodleather™ as a tribute to the House’s leather-making roots, and a rare type of a common perfumery note, Goldenwood™, a new natural extract of the Nootka Cypress. Discovering the ingredient under an old bell jar in the Royal Botanical Gardens’ archive, Alberto Morillas selected it especially for Gucci Guilty Absolute. The resulting scent features ultra-dry woody notes with depth and complexity. Intensifying the fragrance’s composition are three forms of Patchouli oils with sweet, dark and earthy character, and Vetiver, the fresh and earthy grass from woods. The Bottle Rituals and traditions from a masculine world, the textures and colors of cigars and cognacs inspire the bottle design. The

smooth flask style lines of the original and best-selling Gucci Guilty fragrance take the same shape for Guilty Absolute, the flacon filled with an Absolute rich cognac-hued scent and finished with a shiny black cap. A tobacco military-colored outer carton features black interlocking Gs. The Campaign Conveying the dreamy mood of the new Gucci Guilty campaign, Jared Leto’s mirrored reflection is an enigmatic gaze. Captured by photographer Glen Luchford, the awardwinning actor conveys a feeling of contemporary masculinity that spirals through the House: assured, individual and freespirited. Jared Leto wears distinct tailoring and accents from the design lexicon of Alessandro Michele: a piped edged jacket, shirt with a folded neck-tie and decorative rings. Images and video of the bottle reprise the Gucci collections’ style of mixing eras and aesthetics. The ornate setting reveals vintage apothecary bottles and bell jars, showing the elements of the fragrance in an unconventional way.

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Best Foot Forward with Luca Rossetti, CEO Fratelli Rossetti

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ratelli Rossetti was founded in 1953 by the visionary genius Renzo Rossetti in Parabiago, just outside Milan. At the time, a national fashion industry was just beginning to develop in Italy. Today the second generation of the family, brothers Diego, Dario, and Luca oversee the company. With their dedication and devotion, they have taken the company to its 60th anniversary and beyond. Today, across the globe, the brand is synonymous with style, embodying the values of unparalleled craftsmanship. We met with the company’s CEO and son of the founder, Luca Rossetti at their boutique located at Arraya Centre, Ground Floor. • Italy, and particularly its fashion sector, holds tight to the enduring model of the ‘family run business’. What advantages do you feel this gives you and your brothers in running your business? For us, a family business is very important – especially in shoes – because of shoemaking, especially men’s shoes, is a kind of art. It’s very important to pass the know-how from generation to generation. Also, inside the factory, amongst workers, there are a lot of families working there too. This kind of business benefits from the family arrangement. Also, the signature style of Fratelli Rossetti shoes has remained constant through the generations – by keeping this within the family, the generations act like a filter, making sure we stay true to our Fratelli Rossetti style and ethos. We have the same taste and the same feeling. • How do you, Diego and Dario divide responsibility? What’s the secret to making it work? When we work together as brothers, there’s no secret - it is easy. But, as we move to the next generations – when cousin work with cousins, this may be different. As brothers, we’ve worked together since we were young – after school and even during our long summer vacations. Now I am the CEO, but I work together with Dario on the creation of the collection, and Diego has been working on our international develop, now he is the President. He’s nine years older than me, Dario is seven years older than me – being the youngest I’m a bit more active! We meet every week or two weeks – I may be more operational but we’re all aware and all involved all the time.


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• What do you feel distinguishes Fratelli Rossetti from other high-end global shoe brands? What do you point to as being your unique DNA? I think one of our distinguishing factors is that we’re not global! We sell 50% of our products in Italy. We’re very well-known at home – I think this is strength. I think it is important that a brand that is identified as ‘Made in Italy’ is strong in Italy. There are no other companies like us any longer. We tell our history to the clients – this is important too.

• How do you balance tradition with contemporary and improvements of techniques in manufacture? Which is the priority for you? The way of constructing shoes has not really changed over the years. The changes are more detailed. For example, in the 60s our father made the first shoes with a fabric lining. Today we still construct the shoes using traditional techniques. The shoes are updated from the original models – but we’re careful not to make too many changes. The last few years we’ve been working on the painting of the shoes. We’ve developed new techniques for this. Sometimes we start with completely white shoes, and we add the colour by hand. With others, we dip the shoe completely. We colour the sole and the lining the same. We’ve also developed techniques for woven shoes. We’ve improved craftsmanship rather than introduced contemporary techniques – that’s all.

beauty too. We were educated by our father to keep an eye on the details – it’s in our blood. • How truly global is the company today? How significant in the Middle East, and how do you see this growing? As I mentioned, we don’t really see ourselves as global. We’re a very small company. We want to develop the Middle East – this is an important step. We’re here in Kuwait, at Galleries Lafayette in Dubai, and Dubai Mall as well. But I think it’s important to still focus on Italy. People expect to see us there – they come to Italy for us. We need still to focus on having the most beautiful shops in the most beautiful cities in our own country. A key part of Fratelli Rossetti’s success is that we are not everywhere. • Which are the key models we should be looking at to stay ahead of the style curve this season?

• What is it about the Italian people that they continue, generation after generation, delivering style and flair that most other nations can only dream of matching?

For us, the very important items are our iconic shoes. Our father established the company around loafers. Our father re-invented these shoes – he was the first to offer a contemporary and lightweight version. Today, you’ll find loafers from many brands. But in the 60s we made them relevant. He created them with a very thin sole, very soft, and unlined – this became the classic loafer. Today’s style remains true to these. In the 60s we became known for adding tassels to our loafers – another iconic detail. This is our model ‘Brera’ – for us, it is a very iconic and timeless shoe. Seasonally we’ll add something new – something with the leather or the stitching. But they’re always recognisably Fratelli Rossetti – but always innovative.

People have said that we have so much history, and so much appreciation for quality going back many, many years. We know

Fratelli Rossetti is in Dubai Mall both at Level Shoes and Galeries Lafayette and in Kuwait at Arraya Centre

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Corneliani

Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

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here are many ways to take one’s place in the world. Choosing, Corneliani means doing so in a way that is discreet and informed. By giving traditional codes their dues and harmoniously blending craftsmanship and technology, Corneliani’s style means garments that are predominantly deconstructed and unlined, and therefore extremely light, thanks to exclusive fabrics such as Flawless1 and Savor2. Double-breasted, single-breasted with two buttons, frisé and printed yarns, pinstripes and overchecks are all present in the most classic colours, including blue and desert shades ranging from burnt earth to dark brown, with flashes of shaded emerald.


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Three themes for Spring Summer 2017 Sartoria3 This segment of the collection is designed for the man who makes details his distinguishing feature. Here, Corneliani’s own defining characteristic - the marriage of craftsmanship and technology - is particularly brought to the fore. Work performed by hand, such as the shoulder and armhole construction; help make the experience of dressing well every day an exclusive one, using a language that can only really be understood by those who already know what the best means. The personalised packaging underscores the sense of uniqueness.

Savor This precious fabric and its extraordinary properties, conventionally used on business garments, show off all its powers of versatility in this capsule collection, proving to be the perfect solution for more casual designs as well. From the traditional suit to the pea coat, from the jacket to the car coat: the purpose may differ, but it’s totally comfortable fit remains the same. Light living Destructured and multifunctional: the jacket is as light and soft as a shirt and has been enhanced with the iconic chest piece in three contrasting fabrics, detachable as in the Identity Jacket, making it adaptable to a range of climatic conditions.


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1.Flawless: A wool Super 160’s fabric, which, by employing nanotechnology to treat the yarn, becomes waterproof, antistain and non-creasing. 2.Savor: A pure wool Super 140’s fabric that is extraordinarily elastic thanks to the manufacturing processes adopted, even though no synthetic materials are used in its construction. 3.The main technical characteristics of the Sartoria project are: •Canvassing. This is the most important step in creating a sartorial garment as it joins the fabric front to the canvas toemphasize the rounded shape and flow of the chest, making the garment comfortable thanks also to the use of a very light canvas. •Armhole construction. The canvas and the shoulder pad must be sewn by hand to make the armhole softer.Hand-sewn chain stitches add comfort and preciousness while the tailor’s skilled hands give the fabric its looseness. •Boat-shaped breast pocket. •Fabric edge on inside pocket opening.It protects the jacket over time, without making the garment any less sartorial. •Undercollar flap. It emphasizes the clean lines of the collar and helps it last over time. •Ironing. The skilled craftsmanship employed in the ironing stage underscores the meticulous attention paid to creating a sartorial garment and acts as a support to the rounder and fuller chest, the softness of the armholes and in the shoulder, and the symmetrical perfection of the collar. •Basting. An essential element of the sartorial world, it is something that is emphasized.

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Light, Free and Shot with Color The new boss campaign takes a clear step into spring/summer

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he BOSS Spring / Summer 2017 campaign sees the brand’s signature precision and clean sophistication brought into a bright new world under the artistic direction of Jason Wu. Captured by photographer Karim Sadli, the new campaign is shot against a backdrop of a vast open-air environment. Transparent screens in vivid colors are the only hint of a set and look to the modernist and architectural elements that have been a constant source of inspiration for BOSS. Inspired by David Hockney’s pool series, the color palette moves the campaign further into the summer. The menswear collection is characterized by earthy, masculine tones of khaki and gray, often highlighted with a touch of color. Fresh brights of electric blue, scarlet and bright forest green define the new womenswear. Ready-to-wear takes a distinctly unbuttoned approach. Men’s sporty designs are crafted from weightless parachuteinspired fabrics and tailoring features light, luxe materials, and soft constructions. For womenswear, sport and utility details meet perfectly undone tailoring, while feminine dresses are detailed with engineered pleats and asymmetric cut-outs, revealing sensual glimpses of skin. Accessories continue this mood. Sartorial briefcases and document holders in fine, textured leather complete the menswear looks. Women’s bags are relaxed and in vibrant color and effortlessly thrown over the shoulder. A laid-back iteration of the brand’s icon, the BOSS Bespoke bag, the new BOSS Bespoke Soft makes an appearance in a beautiful shade of red. BOSS Menswear introduces Victor Nylander, whose youthful and modern masculinity is a seamless match for the new collection. In her second campaign for BOSS Womenswear following the 2016 holiday campaign, Frederikke Sofie brings a soft and feminine beauty, but with an undeniably modern attitude – the essence of this season’s BOSS woman.


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The Sicily bag exclusive to Kuwait stores

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olce&Gabbana. leather bags and accessories are perfect for every occasion: from work to travel to exclusive events. The craftsmanship and iconic details make every piece unique. MEN’S PASSION have picked the Sicily bag as a must have this Spring season.

If you are in search of a bag for weekend trips, lean towards a sturdy leather carryall like Dolce & Gabbana’s Sicily. With its Italian leather patina and subtle silver hardware, it’s masculine and refined without being flashy. Spacious enough for short holidays, it will only look better each year as its leather ages.

Here’s all you need to know: Handheld leather Sicily line bag with a prominent grain: • Double inner compartment with a branded plate on the side • Zipper fastenings on both sides • Top handle and adjustable, detachable strap in leather


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Suit To Travel In returns for Spring Summer ’17 in a range of bold new colours for men and women with the same remarkable crease recovery. This season, the men’s suit is offered in a series of jewel colours including bottle green, turquoise, and damson. This is matched in the women’s collection, where turquoise, navy and bottle green versions are available.

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Down to the Wire Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East

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otorsport fans have been treated to a thrilling season of the region’s most competitive and most professional racing series, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East. As the season draws to a close at Bahrain International Circuit in April, we meet two drivers who have made their mark in 2017.


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Ryan Cullen What’s life like for a boy from Ireland now racing across the Middle East? Well, it’s a big thing coming from the UK which is where I actually live for most of my life. But it’s a different culture for sure. Everything is different – the weather, the language obviously, the food, the different laws, and the list can go on. However, there is no doubt that every person I have met so far has been great. At the race track, airports, hotels. The series does a great job at gathering drivers from all around the world to Middle Eastern tracks under a common passion, racing. We’ve had an international grid this year with 12 different nationalities, it’s been an exciting journey for sure, and we all get along. The final rounds are part of Bahrain’s F1 weekend. In the past, this would mean you’d be hoping to catch the eye of a Grand Prix team manager? Does motorsport still work this way, or is it more about the size of your wallet than your level of skill? I’ve raced on these weekends pretty much most of my career between GP3, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge the Middle East and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. I generally don’t think it works like this anymore that a driver gets noticed randomly by a Grand Prix team manager. Most of these opportunities come from who you know already and your connections within the sport/ industry – the size of your wallet does also play a significant role. It’s very much helped my career to be racing on these type of weekends but I never think about who’s watching, only my results matter. Drivers from the Middle East are under-represented in the global motorsport. Do you see things are changing for the better? I certainly think so. The more Europeans that come to race in the Middle East, the more experience drives from the region are

exposed to thus having an understanding of the competition that awaits them in tougher racing series like Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. It’s definitely changing for the better. The highpoint of the season so far? A highlight for me was getting the first pole position of the series in Bahrain International Circuit, Round 1. This meant a lot to me because it was a statement of “I was here to win”. Another highlight would be in the Dubai Autodrome Round 3 when I’ve had a double win during the weekend – from there I realized, that I’m able to win under any circumstance. Your 2014 season with Marussia was curtailed early. How did this, and the death of Jules Bianchi, affect you? I don’t think this just affected me. It affected the whole of motorsport to see such a character, talent nice and young guy be taken away. What lays ahead for you after the Porsche GT3 season wraps up? Where will we see you racing next? You will see me in Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. Maybe some endurance races like Le Mans and Spa 24h if the opportunity comes up. I’ve had a great season so far racing in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East this year and I’m very keen on building on my experience in 2017. This year we’ve seen some great but tough competition and it’s been the best way to kick start the year. How do you relax away from the circuit? I normally go to a restaurant and enjoy a nice meal. I love sushi so that’s a mini task for me to find a place that does it really nice. I don’t like to be glued to my phone too much. This is a secret but I actually watch a lot of random stuff on YouTube – it can be anything from old racing videos to Dragon Ball Z which I used to watch all the time as a kid.

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Al Faisal Al Zubair You’ve already won the GCC Porsche GT3 Rookie Championship standings as we enter the season’s final races. How does this make you feel? What pressure do you have on yourself in the final round? It was a great feeling to win the GCC Porsche GT3 Rookie Championship around early. It only solidified that I’m in it to win it. The introduction of this class is new to the series and for me, I think it was a great addition. Coming into the championship and driving these cars for the first time can be challenging, so competing against the more experienced drivers sometimes isn’t a realistic goal (at the start). However, now that we enter the last round of the season, I’m more than confident in myself and what I can do on the track against Gold category drivers as well – not just Silver, my class. The pressure that I currently have is a determination to win my class in Bahrain. I’m definitely working on my fitness and to get more time in the car in Barcelona ahead of Round 6. Winning the championship will surely be another tick in the box for my 2017 goals.


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The final rounds are part of Bahrain’s F1 weekend. Hoping to catch the eye of a team manager? I’ve had my fair share in single-seaters; I’ve done it in the past and I’m now more focused on GT racing and making the best out of the Porsche GT3 Championship Middle East championship. Having Round 6 be a part of the Bahrain Grand Prix is only an added bonus to the thrill of the race! Drivers from the Middle East are currently underrepresented in global motorsport. Are things changing for the better? I think things are definitely changing for the better with time. For me personally, I think being a part of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East season this year has definitely done well for me as I’ve realized it’s catching the eyes of GT managers. However, overall, as the world of motorsport continues to grow in the region, and attracting international drivers to take part which is working in the favor of this region. The highpoint of the season so far? Round 3, finishing in 2nd position overall in Dubai Autodrome was the happiest moment for me so far in this series. Amazing results for my first year of GT driving. The series has gone much better than we ever anticipated and with every race, we work on becoming quicker and quicker which is something I’m very pleased with and grateful for. Results have really proved that I’m not only there to complete against my class and win, but also fight with the overall top drivers in the lead. What lays ahead for you after the Porsche GT3 season wraps up? Where will we see you racing next? Though I can’t announce just yet where I’ll be driving next, I can confirm that I’ll be driving with Porsche. I will be racing a full championship along with taking part on around basis in others. 2017 should be a good year! This racing series has definitely been a great platform to join GT racing and racing with Porsche – the team has been super helpful for everyone between the mechanics, the engineers, driver coaches and other drivers that were very helpful!

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Call-Out to All of Kuwait’s Drifters Red Bull Car Park Drift is back!

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storm of roaring engines will bring Kuwait’s best drifters together in Red Bull Car Park Drift Championship 4 and 5 May at Sirbb Circuit. The participants will go through the final race in competitive rounds and only one winner will be selected to compete in the Regional Final, held in Qatar this year.


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Typically, judges will be focusing on a range of different criteria including drifting skills, car look, box, clipping point, pendulum, gate 1 and 2, car smoke and tire smoke. Drifting legend, Rally Champion, and Red Bull athlete Abdo Feghali will design the challenging track that will test the drifting skills of the competitors on a new level. During the final race, the luckiest driver and highest ranking in points will be crowned, taking into consideration all the driving and drifting talents, the engines’ roars, the external look of the car, the smoke produced by the friction of the tires and finally the audience’s excitement and cheers for the performance. Last year, twelve out of the best drifters in town, both amateurs, and professionals, participated in Kuwait’s national qualifier of Red Bull Car Park Drift event, which took place with nearly 2000 attendees around the track. Driving a Nissan 240SX, Mesyar Abu Shaibah claimed victory over his opponents after a twohour competition. Red Bull Car Park Drift Regional Final 2016 concluded with Omani Haitham Al Hadidi crowned as the ‘King of Drift’ where sold-out crowds lined the drifting track created at Port Sultan Qaboos, in Sultanate of Oman. The participants represented the best of the best drifting talent from Qatar, Kuwait, Mauritius, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman. They earned their place at the Final having topped their respective national qualifiers. Even if you are not a drifter yourself but enjoy witnessing the action, make sure not to miss the opportunity to witness exciting event at Sirbb Circuit. Keep yourself posted with the latest updates, follow us on @redbullkuwait on Instagram and Twitter, or visit their website: www.redbull.com/cpd. For tickets, please visit: www.eventat.com

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Turkey’s Delight

Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum reopens for the season

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ur favourite place to stay, the luxurious Turkish Riviera resort, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, opened for the summer season on 1 April, boasting brand new services. New fitness and wellness facilities, a butler service for every room category, a new partnership with Worldwide Kids and specially curated room packages are now available at the resort that overlooks the aptly named Paradise Bay. By booking the new Stay and Dine room package, guests can take advantage of the resort’s latest offerings and existing five-star amenities, including its exciting dining options.


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Surrounded by ancient olive groves and fragrant pine trees, and with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, the resort’s 129 guestrooms, apartments, suites and villas, each have their own outside space, some with infinity pools that seemingly blend into the blue of the Aegean Sea. The Sea View Rooms and Mediterranean Suites are the most spacious on the Bodrum Peninsula, and the opulent Presidential Villa is the ultimate in luxury travel. Harmoniously blending in with the resort’s garden feel, the accommodation combines Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s oriental style with an authentic Turkish look and offers the utmost in privacy and exclusivity. Centering on its two private white sand beaches and long shoreline, the resort’s many leisure pursuits range from diving and snorkeling to tennis and basketball. Managed jointly with Worldwide Kids, the resort’s children’s recreational groups includes the Kids Club for 4 to 11-year-olds, which features a fun and educational range of arts and crafts, nature and sports activities that are sure to introduce little ones to new discoveries and friendships. The Crèche Club for children aged from 4 months to 3 years is run by fully qualified, trained and experienced staff providing age appropriate activities for babies and toddlers to encourage learning through play. Children aged 12 to 17 years are given an opportunity to develop their independence and enjoy inspirational artistic pursuits at the Teens Club. With eight restaurants and bars, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum offers a tantalizing range of dining options. From a leisurely

snack at the Blue Beach Club & Bar to eating alfresco under the stars at Assaggio, the chic Italian restaurant perched over the azure waters of Paradise Bay, each eatery offers a distinctive dining experience. At Turkish fish and seafood restaurant, BodrumBalikçisi, diners enjoy seasonal dishes served in traditional style. The Pool Bar & Restaurant has a children’s dining area. Creative cocktails can be savoured at Mandarin Bar, while mouth-watering pastries and desserts can be found at the Mandarin Cake Shop. The resort’s beach venue, Blue Marlin Ibiza, Bodrum, is the place to chill out and enjoy great music. Winner of the spa category at the World Luxury Spa & Restaurant Awards 2016, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum is a sanctuary of serenity. Offering the most comprehensive range of wellness, beauty and massage programmes in the region, including Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s award-winning holistic spa treatments, it uses olive oil, sage and lavender from the resort’s gardens as ingredients in its own natural, handmade remedies. Guests can experience centuries-old Turkish water therapies in The Spa’s stunning hammam. New wellness services will be available. Elite conditioning coach, Ruben Tabares and his team, will help guests achieve their fitness goals through his results-driven training programme during the summer season, while celebrity pedicurist, Bastien Gonzalez, will provide his exclusive services for feet, hands, and nails till October. World-famous Tai Chi expert, Master Hu, will offer a holistic retreat with Zen Tea Ceremony during July and August.

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Baros Maldives The Original Maldivian Resort

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he Maldives is a short four-hour flight away from the GCC, making it the ideal destination for both long and short breaks alike. However, with so many new resorts opening it can get a little overwhelming when deciding which to visit.


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As one of the first three resorts to open in the Maldives archipelago, Baros Maldives remains a true reflection of authentic hospitality, offering a true representation of a luxury getaway in this phenomenal part of the world. Since its opening in December 1973, Baros quickly gained a reputation for its world-class personalised service and natural beauty. From the beginning, the resort was renowned for “its luxuriant tropical foliage and enchanting reefs”. This has only been enhanced over the past four decades and Baros today is acclaimed as one of the leading and most romantic resorts in the entire Maldives, winning many awards over the years, most recently being bestowed with nine honours at the 2016 TripAdvisor Awards including “Top 10 Luxury Hotel in the Maldives” and “Top 10 Hotels for Romance in the Maldives”. This is a testament to the hotel’s commitment to constantly deliver excellence to its guests. From the onset, you get the feeling that the resort is something special; Baros Maldives remains one of the easiest islands to reach from the capital of Male, only a 25-minute speedboat ride away, meaning you get more time for relaxing on the pristine, white sand beaches that the resort is famed for. After an extensive renovation in 2005, Baros offers a total of 75 villas including 30 magical over water villas and most notably, the award-winning Baros Residence Villa that offers the ultimate in beachside privacy and luxury. Furthermore, the resort prides itself on its offering of unique experiences that are tailor-made for its guests. Sail off into the sunset on a Nooma cruise, explore the watery depths of the Indian Ocean with a guided fishing trip, indulge in a romantic private dinner on the Piano Deck surrounded by the blue of the ocean or simply sit back and relax with an exclusive private cinema screening on a sandbank complete with obligatory bubbly and popcorn. Your Baros experience knows no limits, for anything and

everything can be arranged, and this is what sets this tiny island apart. The Maldives is known for its rich marine life, attracting divers and biologists from all over the world and the diving sites at Baros remain amongst the top ten in all the Maldives. In fact, the Dive Centre at Baros was one of the first professional and qualified diving centres in the archipelago. Their successful philosophy of careful exploration and dedicated conservation resulted in Divers Baros Maldives becoming a PADI five-star Gold Palm Dive Centre in 2008 and becoming the first resort with an Eco Dive Centre in the Maldives in 2010. Paying homage to the beauty of its surroundings, the property also offers the Maldivian Lounge which is a welcoming space that was created to give guests of Baros a sense of true Maldivian culture to further enhance their island experience. The lounge features local handicrafts, artwork and furniture in addition to photos of the Maldives before the start of the tourism trade and a fascinating collection of genuine antique maps of the islands. Through every aspect, Baros Maldives truly reflects the essence of the Maldives and remains one of its most astonishing destinations to visit. As, one couple that has visited Baros over 12 times quite simply put it: “The enjoyment of staying at Baros Maldives cannot be explained and has to be experienced firsthand. The island has a feeling of home and the fact that this ambience has not changed during two decades of visits keeps us coming back”. Baros Maldives not only evokes the spirit of the Indian Ocean, over the years it has become a home away from home in one of, if not the most beautiful part of the world for both new and repeat guests that become intoxicated by its beauty and exceptional attention-to-detail.

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ZEITGEIST Good design, where form and function come together so exquisitely, should always be celebrated.

This month Men’s Passion features some of the most desirable and well executed products that define the times in which we are living.

Bugatti x InnocenzoRifino and Lorenzo Ruggieri Vita citrus press

The inspiration for Vita came from the world far from breakfast time when seeking other scenarios where orange juice could be required. Working in Milan, the designers started from one of the trendiest moments in the city – aperitif time. At this point, it was the rotation of the juice extractor that suggested another rotation, that is, for pouring. Simply caressing Vita you can pour the juice into the small glass jug.

With the Vita, functions, and aesthetics combine with no compromise; both values have a high profile and each a strong identity because Bugatti would have accepted nothing less. The designer’s aim was to create an object which, just by its form, would create the amazement and curiosity of consumers, multiplying the fascination factor when they understand how to pour the juice. All this has an impact when realising that juicer functions remain intact, or even multiplied.


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Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait And in attendance of HE Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs

Kuwait Yacht Show 2017

returned for its 5th edition at Marsa Al Kout

The Fifth Edition of the Kuwait Yacht Show (KYS), Kuwait’s leading event for yacht and boat lovers, opened at Al Kout in Fahaheel with HE Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah official cutting of the ribbon on the 28th of March. After four years of growth, and as part of the Kuwait Yacht Show’s mission to continually expand and promote the nation’s marine sector, the show was held in Marsa Al Kout - part of Kuwait’s largest waterfront leisure and retail destination. Marsa Al Kout is a luxurious, state-of-the-art marina and yacht club with facilities for more than 150 boats. The marina sits right next door to Souq Al Kout the community hub of southern Kuwait with its stunning views, and Nag’at Al Kout, the area’s traditional fishing wharf where local fishermen ply their trade. With the addition of the upcoming Al Kout Mall and the 5-star Rotana Hotel, this unique blend of traditional and modern experiences will make up the largest waterfront leisure and retail destination in Kuwait, boasting a 1.6km stretch of immaculate beachfront.


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“The water presentation has 2017 yacht models mostly between the sizes of 50 to 95 feet which reflects the market’s needs here in Kuwait. SF Yachts are presenting Riviera 6000 and Monte Carle Yachts 86, Seas & Deserts are having a lineup of 7 Azimuts between the sizes of 43 to 95 feet, Sunseeker represented by Powerboat center is docking 2 brand new models 68 feet and 52 feet, Bader Al Yahya is displaying 3 Galeons and other boats by Suprema and Sealine and Alboom marine is displaying a collection of boats and yachts by Gulf Craft ranging between 36 and 63 feet. We also have fishing boats and jetboats for watersport lovers with brands like Robalo and Chaparral. Other brands include Searay and Boston Whaler by Seas & Deserts and IMG boats represented by their dealer Fahad Al Ghareeb.” said Nouf Al-Hajeri, Operations Director of the Kuwait Yacht Show organiser, PH7 Group

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The on land display features marine equipment, supplies and boats ranging between 20 feet to 50 feet from many brands including Gulf Master, Silsan and Halul. International brands include Cigarette, Jeaneau, Bombardier recreational products, American boat brand Axis, Mercury, Evinrude and Suzuki Engines, Kawasaki recreational products, navigational products, fishing, diving gear and much more. To entertain guests, there were on-stage competitions on a fishing simulator with great prizes from some of the exhibitors. The organisers also gave the stage to the Hawana Bahry team who organized debates, short talks and shared unique videos of sea adventures exclusively with KYS. “All this and more”, Al-Hajeri added, “we are looking forward to continuing to grow the Kuwait Yacht Show year after year. With the guidance of the President of the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers, Goetz Jungmichel, who also is the organizer of the Dusseldorf Boat Show, one of the largest boat shows in the world, we are surely looking forward to taking the show to the next level.”

A private initiative by PH7 Group, the Kuwait Yacht Show, has nonetheless secured enthusiastic support from the Kuwait’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry – a sure sign of the value the nation places on the marine economy, and an official acknowledgment of the value this now well-established yacht show has imbued on the international image of the nation. Al-Hajeri stressed the importance of the sponsors, media supporters and Al Kout’s management “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our automotive Sponsor Ali Alghanim & Sons; our media sponsor Al-Anbaa and our partners GIG Insurance, 4 Fest Contracting, MEN’S PASSION, VACATIONS and BAHRI for their continued support.” She continued, “Each person, organization or entity collaborating with KYS knows how vital a role they are playing in the success and continuation of the show. Every yacht owner who has agreed to free his space for KYS, every sponsor who has contributed in building KYS and every media partner who has helped in promoting the show locally, regionally or internationally has truly become a great ally and it is with honor that we thank each and every one of you.”


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TAG Heuer reveals new retail identity for first time in Kuwait

Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer celebrated the Grand Opening of its newly refurbished store at The Avenues Mall with its partner Trafalgar. Officially opening the boutique were Amer Al Ansari, Managing Director for Trafalgar, Luc Decroix, Vice President Sales for TAG Heuerand Nicolas Pic, Brand Director for TAG Heuer Middle-East. Staying true to the brand motto of “Don’t Crack Under Pressure”, the inauguration of the boutique reached its crescendo when Amer Al Ansari and Luc Decroix hit the punching ball to signify the official opening of the boutique. The TAG Heuer shield reinterpretations continue to the interior of the boutique. The monotones of TAG Heuer greys and blacks perfectly compliment the use of stone which is a reference to the brand’s Swiss roots of heritage and craftsmanship, whilst the mix of traditional and innovative materials embodies the brand’s spirit creating a vibrant showcase of the TAG Heuer collection. “Revealing our new retail concept for the first time in Kuwait is a symbol of the strong and trustful relationship with our Kuwaiti partner Trafalgar says Nicolas Pic. It allows us as well to showcase TAG Heuer’s dynamic retail strategy in the region.” “We are very excited and proud to have launched TAG Heuer’s newest concept boutique in Avenues, which is also the first in the Middle East. Selecting Kuwait as the debut is truly an honor and a testament to the country’s deep and long-standing fondness to the brand. This new look is bold, exciting, young and fresh.... all attributes of what TAG Heuer stands for” says Amer Al Ansari.


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Gucci Opens New Store at Bloomingdale’s Kuwait

The new store, at 360 Mall, is the first in Kuwait to feature the brand’s fully revitalized store vision, a concept redesign that was unveiled in September 2015 in Milan on Via Montenapoleone and sets the tone for the brand’s new retail environment. At 1,826 square feet, the store showcases a wide collection of women’s accessories including handbags, shoes, and silks. With a look that invites customers to feel welcome and relaxed, the interior design is discreet. Soft elements like upholster walls and velvet armchairs offset harder surfaces and industrial elements, such as rivets. Contemporary luxury is suggested not only by the employment of beautiful and idiosyncratic materials but also through a determinedly spare use of space. In keeping with the elegant and contemporary eclecticism that characterizes Gucci’s new collections, the store sees the combination of traditional and modern, industrial and romantic. The concept complements the product offering from Alessandro Michele, whose highly-anticipated Gucci Cruise 2017 collection will be one of the first available in the new space

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Porsche Exclusive Special event celebrates Porsche’s history of customisation Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, celebrated the brand’s heritage of exceptional customisation with a special event held at the prestigious C Club. Commencing with a display of unique Porsche sport cars including the 911 Sport Classic and 911 Speedster, guests were invited to witness an unveiling of the 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition. The limited model exemplifies the range of individualisation options available via the Porsche Exclusive program. Speaking at the event, Group General Manager of Porsche Centre Kuwait, Peter Green, stated: “As an Exclusive Flagship Dealer, we pride ourselves on offering the option of individualisation to all our customers and are thrilled to host this celebration of all things Porsche Exclusive. The 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition showcased here for the first time in Kuwait, brings to life the many customisation possibilities that can be explored when designing a Porsche.” As an Exclusive Flagship Dealer, now celebrating 60 Years of Excellence, Porsche Centre Kuwait, enables customers to personalise their Sports Cars right from the very beginning.

Peter Green, Group General Manager of Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company

Hussein Behbehani & Abdul Mohsen Behbehani inside the 911 Targa 4S

Abdul Mohsen Behbehani & H.E Ambassador Karlfried Bergner Federal Republic of Germany


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Fratelli Rossetti opens its first boutique in Kuwait City Fratelli Rossetti has expanded its presence within the Middle East with the opening of its first boutique in Kuwait City. The craft techniques used to create Fratelli Rossetti shoes inspired the composition, design, and materials of the store which is in the prestigious Arraya Centre, Kuwait. The Grand Opening was celebrated on March 22nd, 2017, in the presence of Luca Rossetti, Company’s CEO, the Italian Ambassador, and VIP guests. During the event, the Master Craftsman revealed some of the secrets of a timeless style. The opening was also an opportunity to discover the Spring Summer unique collection and best seller pieces. “The Kuwait opening is a fundamental step in Fratelli Rossetti’s expansion within the Middle East market, where the brand has already been warmly received. We are certain that customers will appreciate the quality, craftsmanship, and design of our products and the balance between tradition and innovation which is part of our Company”, explained Luca Rossetti.

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Kaftan Preview by Harvey Nichols Kuwait Kuwait’s Contemporary Art Platform was the place to be for kaftans at the end of March as they hosted Harvey Nichols Kuwait’s preview of exclusive kaftans from renowned regional designers including Bthaina, By Nouma, Dar Al Aseel, Double De, Elegant by Laila, Gold Dust, Helios, Hissa Zainal, Jamayel Al-Roudhan, Loodyana, Maison Chic, Mona Co., Montaha, Naazek, Monday, SSquared, and Q8.


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CAP Kuwait hosts Hani Zurob Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) hosted the opening night of Hani Zurob’s Zeft exhibition during March - the first Kuwait solo exhibition of the Paris-based painter - the exhibition continues until the 22nd of April 2017. Yasmina Reggad writes of the artist, “Hani Zurob has been a firsthand witness to recent critical events that have shaped his subjectivity. He eschews widely circulated media imagery in favour of using the medium of tar that is per se highly charged with contemporary narratives on the atrocity that go beyond the personal experience of the artist in Palestine. Besides serving to interrogate the medium of painting, the tar could be the ‘piece of evidence’ that provides “a reservoir of the real” for the viewers to activate their personal archive of imagery.”

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Listings Our carefully curated monthly list of events not to be missed.

Fresh What: Art exhibition by Karim Ghidinelli Where: Dar Al Funoon, Kuwait City When: from 3rd April 2017

Kerma, the first kingdom of Nubia What: Lecture by Matthieu Honeggel Where: Yarmouk Cultural Centre When: 10th April 2017

Fresh, as in renewed, innovative and free. Freshness as the liberation from stagnant and redundant policies and tendencies. Fresh as positive, peaceful and meaningful evolution. In this ever-certain world of absolute truths and populist totalitarianism, Karim offers no answer, merely the honesty of his journey, his reflections, and dilemmas.

Part of the DAI’s series of Monday night lectures. Professor Matthieu Honeggel teaches at the Institute of Archaeology, the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. He is also the head of the “Protection and valorization of the archaeological heritage of Kerma project”, supported by the Qatar-Sudan archaeological project.

Byproducts of Development What: Art exhibition by Abdullah Al-Mutairi Where: The Sultan Gallery, Subhan When: from 11th April 2017 Focusing on the impact industrial expansion has had on the bodies and identities of youth in the region, “Byproducts of Development” utilizes found materials, both digital and physical, to portray a theory of cultural transformation. The show aims to draw attention to the physiological repercussions of rapid urbanization; linking the effects of the oil industry to noticeable changes in the body. Additionally, digital connectivity is scrutinized as a locus of change, prompting shifts in self-image and methods of self-actualization that mirror the drastic changes in local landscapes. Male fragility is positioned as a reaction to, as well because of, rapid development, with youth caught between a changing ecology and digital influences. This is Abdullah Al-Mutairi’s first solo show.

Zeft What: Art exhibition by Hani Zurob Where: CAP Kuwait When: thru’ 22nd April 2017

Wednesday Music Live! What: Weekly Concert Night Where: Yarmouk Cultural Centre When: Every Wednesday thru’ April 2017

Hani’s practice provides an important voice in contemporary Palestinian culture, as well as a significant contribution to the creation of an Arab aesthetic. Ultimately, though, while Zurob’s art gives powerful expression to the Palestinian collective experience, it can also be seen in the context of universal themes of personal identity.

The weekly concerts held at DAI’s Yarmouk Cultural Centre are the highlight of the season for many people. Offering a great diversity of musical styles and origins, the concerts allow the audience to appreciate their favourite genre and discover new ones. Traditional music, classical music, jazz, opera.


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