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ISSUE NUMBER 95 - MAY 2018

JUST A THOUGHT

Dear Passionate Readers, “You’ve got a fast car. I’ve gotta plan to get us outta here!!” Remember that song from Tracy Chapman? Writing you this letter, I cannot but replay those words over and over again! Is it because the world is running too fast or is it that eternal drive within me that keeps on surging no matter how much I try to suppress it!? And I wonder... Why this persistent desire to be out of the here and now that has been haunting me since adolescence? Is it Escapism? Or is it a longing for the more? The first reflects weakness, and I, as a human being, do acknowledge I am feeble. The second reflects the innate instinct for evolution, and I, as a human being, do acknowledge I am nothing but an energy and potential. And in the whirlwind of my mind, all I need is a fast car... To those who desire the more, press on that pedal and enjoy the ride with us, Until next issue……

Zeina Mokaddam Managing Director


ON THE COVER: May 2018 The Automotive Edition - for over a century now the automobile has been the defining icon of the world. It reflects its era’s styles and tastes, and its use increasingly reflects the vision of a future society. Our 2028 issue of The Automobile Edition will, for sure, bear little in common with our 2018 edition. In the future, perhaps, we’ll all be driving electric or at least hybrid cars. Perhaps WE won’t be driving at all the future looks very autonomous indeed. But, one thing that has never changed throughout the decades is the passion cars engender. This issue of Men’s Passion presents a reflection of that passion.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Nouf Al-Hajri LEGAL CONSULTANT Khaled Al-Kandari Al-Kandari Law Firm PUBLISHED BY

MANAGING DIRECTOR Zeina Mokaddam GENERAL MANAGER Chimene Ibrahim MANAGING EDITOR Simon Balsom EDITOR Rawan Qabazard

CONTENTS The Automotive Edition 12

It’s a power trip A wry look at how the genders view motoring

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Ferrari - Racing Pedigree with Mohammad Dawleh, Ferrari Kuwait

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Bentley - Best in Class Abdulrahman AlZabin, Bentley Kuwait

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Gilbert Rahme Motoring Writer

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Stars of Geneva The most significant premieres

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Longines Conquest V.H.P. Beautiful New Freaks Laureato Skeleton Ceramic Rado True Thinline Nature Collection Hamilton Khaki Pilot Auto Day Date Hublot’s Match of Friendship IWC x Bradley Cooper Campaign

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Style Hugo Boss Salvatore Ferragamo Corneliani Paul Smith Lewis Hamilton joins Tommy Hilfiger Louis Vuitton - Accessorize your style

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BMW’s Geneva Days Our two stand-outs at 2018’s salon

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People Dr. AlAnoud AlSharekh

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McLaren BP23 Speed Form Bespoke Sculpture

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Sail Lendy Cowes Week 2018

The all-new 2018 Navigator Experience it all and more right here in Kuwait

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Culture Abdullah Al Mutairi The Middle East’s Best Spaces

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Porsche conquers the Nordschleife 911 GT3 RS sets a lap time of 6:56.4

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Fly Etihad Airways goes ‘Weqaya’

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Brabham Automotive A legend redefined

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Concierge Mandarin Oriental Paris Mandarin Oriental London

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Range Rover and Jaguar win at GQ Awards at the GQ Car of the Year

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The Drifter Hamad Al-Hajri extols road and track safety

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Wellness The ultimate guide to healthy aging Some diets you should never try The pleasure in the pain

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The Luxe Review 48 50

Watches Omega’s Watch on a Mission Jaeger-LeCoultre’s “Métiers Rares”

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Trending on passionsarabia.com The online home of Men’s Passion

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Events

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CONTRIBUTOR Zahra Husain IN-HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY Maher Al-Nouri

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very automobile is merely the sum of its parts. Look too closely and you’ll see nothing. Step back to enjoy the full beauty. Each car, each part, each angle looks different to each and every one of us. They provoke emotions like little else in life and (deep breath), they separate the sexes. Why do men and women have such different connections to the cars they drive? Perhaps this tongue-in-cheek analysis provides an explanation. Or perhaps it doesn’t. You decide. Which man ever wept when he sold his car for a better one? I know of none. His new car will be his new passion – this is the way of the automotive world since, largely, it’s just the way a man’s emotions work. The excitement of a new car imbues the man with renewed youth, and (because no man ever upgraded to a slower car) its increased performance refreshes his vitality. In all seriousness though who, male or female, didn’t feel younger behind the wheel of a new, faster and sexier automobile? Why men can’t just leave it at that, and feel instead obliged to add large spotlights, huge aerofoils and shiny wheel trims, is perhaps the topic for a different discussion – one on evolution. Women have a different relationship with cars. They’ll forget to monitor tyre pressure, overlook the importance of checking the oil from time to time, wonder how to refill the washer bottle and neglect the service schedule. But they don’t intentionally mistreat or disrespect their automobiles. For sure, you don’t hear women boasting about the time they blew an engine or wrote off a car. The woman who scrapes a wheel trim against a kerb, bumps the exit sign on the way out of the car park or drains the battery by leaving the headlights on overnight, can take comfort in feeling nothing other than mild embarrassment. The man who writes off a car or blows up its engine take pride in their stupidity and will find themselves admired for it.

A man and his car become partners in crime. Theirs is an intense relationship, a Bonnie and Clyde love affair involving a seemingly innocuous series of transgressions of motoring laws. No man forgets the first time he got busted by a speed camera, nor the first time he parked illegally and got away with it. To a man, these are rites of passage in the same vein as first love. Even sharing the space within his car becomes an issue. Men don’t share gladly. If it’s not a loud sigh from the accompanying female, it’s going to be a silent gripping of the door handle in preparation for his partner’s swift exit at the first opportunity. The inner voice begging her man to “please slow down, please don’t go through this red light, please don’t race every car away from the lights” manages to take the shine off any new car experience. Today’s essential satnavs are the man’s best friend – a soft and sultry female voice will whisper directions as he travels through new cities, inviting a right turn here, a slight left there, but they’ll never tell him to slow down. The man who can never remember to put his socks in the laundry basket will be the same man who allows no detritus to languish in his automobile. While unable to rinse out his coffee cup, he can nonetheless spend hours hosing down his car, lathering it up with soap, rinsing, polishing, and repeating. His car cannot shine too brightly. Even unseen corners of his car – high up under the wheel-arches and within hidden quadrants of the engine bay – glisten as brightly as his new pair of Guccis. The man who cannot tell you the colour of his wife’s eyes is the same man who can reel off the minutest details of the specification of his car – even before you’ve asked to hear them. He knows what cars his own is up against, and equally he knows he’s not the kind of man to have bought the wrong car. Bad drivers are other drivers. And this is automotive passion. A blinding love affair with motoring and cars. It’s not about transportation, and they’re not a matter of life or death. For many men, cars are much more important even than this. And it is to those men, and the more enlightened but no less passionate motorists of both genders, that we dedicate this edition of Men’s Passion.


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Step back and enjoy the long view in The Automotive Edition of Men’s Passion.

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Ferrari - Racing Pedigree

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with Mohammad Dawleh, General Manager, Ferrari Kuwait

l-Zayani Trading Company, the official Ferrari importer to Kuwait for the last two decades, is in the midst of an outstanding year on the roads. We spoke to Mohammed Dawleh, General Manager for Ferrari, Kuwait, to get the inside scoop on what’s new and exciting at everyone’s favourite Italian luxury sports car company in 2018.

“A Ferrari is not a car, it’s a dream!” Mohammad Dawleh, General Manager - Ferrari, Kuwait

Ferrari - perhaps the most evocative name in motoring history. It’s the first car every young boy dreams of owning. Zahra Husain learns more about Ferrari in Kuwait today with General Manager Mohammad Dawleh.

The first half of the year has been all about the Ferrari 812 Superfast, the new model that made its debut at 2017’s Geneva Motor Show. With 800 cv and performance figures of 0 – 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, it is the fastest and most powerful road-going Ferrari ever. The 812 was Ferrari’s big news last year, so much so that all the units of the car have already been presold in Kuwait. Another new model to watch out for this year is the Ferrari Portofino, which will be replacing Ferrari’s much-loved California and California T models. Scheduled to arrive in Kuwait for July, the Portofino promises to surprise and delight its customers. This new V8 GT is all set to dominate its segment thanks to a perfect combination of outright performance and versatility, making it both a luxury drive and an everyday utility car, one that might just make its driver the owner of the “Most Impressive Car on the Road” award. Capable of unleashing a massive 600 cv and sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds, the Portofino is the most powerful convertible to combine the advantages of a retractable hard top, a roomy

boot and generous cockpit space complete with two rear seats, suitable for short trips. However, Ferrari’s big surprise so far this year is the 488 Pista – the model takes its name from the Italian word for ‘track’. Powered by the most powerful V8 engine in the Maranello marque’s history, it is designed specifically to testify Ferrari’s unparalleled heritage in motor sports. This car is specifically allocated to only the most loyal of Ferrari’s customers. As much as Al-Zayani understands that it deals with a very special kind of customer that appreciates the luxury and cutting edge technology that owning a Ferrari can add to your driving experience, they also understand the need to attract new customers. Considering Ferrari is a highly aspirational machine it makes good business sense to be able to offer a slightly affordable price range to appeal to an alternate customer base in the market – this is where Ferrari Approved Vehicles fill the gap.


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“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Enzo Ferrari (1898-1988) Top: Ferrari 812 Superfast Below: Ferrari Portofino

Ferrari’s Approved Vehicles are pre-owned cars, sold through Al-Zayani Trading Company. Each car in this category goes through a rigorous 190-point check, ensuring they have retained their original status both in terms of performance and appearance. This system of selling approved vehicles works in the favour of both new and old customers. “A few years ago, we started encouraging our customers to trade in their old cars for new ones. The trade-in gives them an opportunity to upgrade, helping us source used Ferraris that could be sold at a slightly more affordable range. Most of our new customers start with pre-owned cars and graduate to new ones,” said Mohammad Dawleh. All approved vehicles are sold with warranty and buying it directly from Al-Zayani means peace of mind is a part of the deal. Over the last few years, the approved car segment for AlZayani has become a very important part of their business. What initially started out as an initiative to bring in the used Ferrari cars and keep the customer within their network has turned into a community of Ferrari enthusiasts, where

many of the buyers are collectors looking for specific older models. For every 10 new cars sold by Al-Zayani they sell six preowned cars. A ratio they plan to bring to 1:1 within the next 2-3 years. A total Ferrari fanatic, it is clear from the way Mohammad talks about the cars that this is more than just a day job for him. Having worked in the automotive industry in Kuwait since 1985 and with Ferrari since 2009, Mohammad possesses a unique understanding of the Ferrari customer. However, ask him to pick his favourite and he’ll look at you as if you’ve have asked him to do the impossible. “If I were in a mood for adventure, I would zoom around in the 488 Pista, if I wanted to show clients around the city the Portofino would be my best bet, if I was looking for some real muscle but also needed down time, the 812 is ideal. It’s not possible to pick one, I want them all!” said Mohammad with the conviction of someone who truly believes that what he is selling is not just a car but a cherished dream.

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Bentley - Best in Class Abdulrahman AlZabin, Sales Manager, Bentley Kuwait

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t’s been a steady start to 2018 for Bentley Kuwait, but things are just about to pick up… and how!

The new Continental GT is an entirely new car from the ground up. With a dual clutch eight-speed gearbox, active all-wheel drive and latest technological updates, this sporty new GT is almost like going back to basics for Bentley. In keeping with Bentley’s race car heritage, the newer version sits lower, is more agile and drives like a sports car.

Arriving early June, the all new Bentley Continental GT and the Bentayga V8 are set to take Kuwait by storm.

However, the model that everyone has been waiting for is the Bentley Bentayga V8. Starting off at the slightly lower price point with a twin turbocharged, 4.0-litre petrol engine, this new addition to the Bentley line-up is sure to attract a whole new generation of buyers. Everything offered in the W12 is also available with the V8, including the clever electric active roll control suspension tech along with all the other customizable options that Bentley extends to its customers.

We sat down with Abdulrahman AlZabin, Bentley Sales Manager at Al-Zayani Trading Company, Kuwait, to learn more about what’s up and coming with the brand this year.

In addition to the Continental GT and Bentayga V8 models, Bentley’s all time best-seller the Flying Spur also sees an update with the Flying Spur W12 S. The first four-door Bentley to achieve a top speed in excess of 322 kph, with added power and torque, the car never compromises on the refined Bentley experience. The Flying Spur W12 S is the perfect balance between all the driving satisfaction of a GT and the range,


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“To build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class.” W. O. Bentley (1888-1971)

Clockwise from top left: - Continental GT - Bentayga V8 - Flying Spur

The other segment working extremely well for Al-Zayani is the certified Bentley pre-owned program. With an extensive checkpoint list and a minimum one-year warranty, the brand is attracting a much younger customer base. Also, trade-ins have seen a rise in the number of customers wanting to upgrade their cars.

with its audience. “Bentley is all about going the extra mile, a little bit further than others would, to deliver a product that is unique; a practice that we follow through even in terms of our customer experience. A friendly environment, sales people who understand a customer’s apprehensions and know how to address them are all integral part of the buyer’s journey. The Bentley experience has to start from the first customer touchpoint, which may not even be in the showroom but through a phone call,” said Abdulrahman AlZabin.

While unparalleled luxury and performance offered by Bentley are legendary, the reason customers in Kuwait keep coming back has a lot to do with their experience at Al-Zayani. The relationship between Al-Zayani and Bentley dates back to the early 60s, giving the national importer a deep understanding of the brand, what it stands for and how it wishes to engage

Abdulrahman understands what makes Bentley truly unique is the effort the marque puts into perfecting the details and creating class, making him the perfect man to head Bentley Sales in Kuwait. He also recognises the need to hire the right people to be able to take the brand to its customers in the most authentic way. After all, Bentley is all about offering a best-in-class experience.

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First car? In 1995 I bought a white, 1962 VW Beetle. I’d seen it every day as I passed by, it never moved. If it was going to be mine it would need a lot of fixing up, but I decided it was exactly the car I wanted. I managed to find the owner and, although he was too ill and was never going to drive it again, he didn’t want to sell it either – he wanted to give it to his son. I found the son in Belgium, and he agreed to sell it to me. I bought it for $3,000 and then started on the job of changing and replacing everything over the next year before I could even drive it. At some point this passion became a living for you. What happened first? I started as a freelance writer with the Lebanese motoring magazine – AutoLiban. Then, after two or three years, in 2005, I bought the magazine from the owners. What is your schedule during a typical month? Every month is different. It depends on the manufacturers and their plans for new launches. One month might include trips to Dubai, Europe and the States. For sure, there’s a lot of travel and I go where the cars are. It sounds glamorous, and I guess it is. Being constantly on the move is part of my life. I sometimes think I’d like to travel a little less, spend a bit more time with my family, but every time I get an email from a manufacturer… I just can’t say no!

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Which was your most memorable drive? One of my best experiences was around three years ago in Iceland with the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It was minus 21 degrees, and the only place to drive was on the snow and ice. It was a great time for me to discover a new country, a new culture as well as a new car. And what a great place to push that car – a perfect location.

ith over 15 years expereince as a motoring journalist under his belt, on top of a lifetime of passion for cars and motorbikes, Gilbert Rahme has driven all those cars you ever hoped to drive, and more. He’s Beirut-based, but rarely at home. You’re most likely to find him at an airport lounge, behind the wheel of the latest luxury, sporty and just every-day model, or at his workstation editing the words of a review or uploading videos for his highly-regarded YouTube channel.

Over the years you’ve been a motoring writer, technology has advanced hugely – and not only amongst the cars themselves, but also your reporting. The most notable change has come in the power and relative ease of video production – coupled with social media. We have to work much harder now. When it was only the magazine, we used to go, drive the car, they’d send us a few photos, sometimes they’d send us some B-roll footage if in case we wanted to create a video. Some weeks later we’d publish it in a magazine. Today, with technology and social media we have to constantly take photos to post, produce short videos for uploading during the drive, and I produce a series of ‘Drive With Me…’ videos for my YouTube channel. All of these need updating all of the time. Thankfully, the technology is easily available and easy to use – for me it’s mostly GoPro and the latest iPhone… plus some clever video-editing software.

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Everyone wants your job though! I get many messages, every day, from people asking what I’ve done in my life to get to this position. They ask what my major was, where I studied – but this isn’t what it’s about. It’s about passion! I’d advise any young student who’s thinking they’d like to do my job, the best course to go for is to study mechanical engineering. That way they’ll learn about HOW cars work – then he can move to doing test drives, he’ll understand more about the science of why a car behaves the way it does in certain conditions, and about how the engineering makes the car everything that it is. What about where you’re reviewing a car, how truthful can you actually be? I know there are some in the region who don’t criticize the cars they drive, and it’s certainly easier to only focus on the positive points of any car. But, if there’s something I notice that doesn’t reflect the brand, then I’ll say it. If it’s my opinion, it’s worth sharing. No one benefits by reading a review that basically just says “this is a bad car”, but if it’s a balanced critique then everyone benefits – both manufacturer and reader or viewer. Reader’s know when someone isn’t being truthful. Which car has most surprised you? Well, I was coming off a series of very nice drives with a line of supercars, and next on my list was the Honda Accord. You can imagine the thought of it didn’t get my heart pumping, but once it got in to the car I found it was really good to drive. Honda know how to work technology to its best advantage. It’s a regular car for a family man, but comes with a fine drive and plenty of high-tech under the hood and in the cabin. A tough question now. Of the cars you’ve driven – pick two. Okay, of supercars I’ve driven, the Ferrari 458 Speciale is still my favourite. When this car was launched (2009) it was so far ahead of all others in performance levels. The technology was amazing. The gearbox was so fast – it almost changed as quickly as you could think about it. For a regular car, a sportscar, I’d go for the BMW M3 or M4 – for me these are still the best sportscars ever made. Even when they made the M5, M6 and M7, the M3 and M4 remained the best. The weight distribution was always perfect. I have a 2010 normally-aspirated V8. I think this is the best of the best. 420hp, but you can drive it every day. Best roads to drive on? I had a great time with Porsche on the roads from Stuttgart to the Black Forest. Amazing roads, amazing scenery – and in the home of Porsche. I’d keep going back there to drive any car, or motorbike, on those roads and enjoy it more every time.

“I like to drive, I’m not a very good passenger. It’s that simple”. Gilbert Rahme

Follow Gilbert at: Instagram: @autoliban Twitter: @autoliban YouTube: @autoliban Facebook: @autoliban

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Stars of Geneva

Our pick of the most significant (and sometimes just fun) global premieres

Jaguar I-Pace

Corbellati Missile

Jaguar took the wraps off the production I-Pace at the Geneva auto show. If it looks familiar that’s because the car is virtually identical to the concept car precursor of the same name that made its debut in late 2016. It’s quite an achievement, but one that was considered from the program outset.

A hypercar made by family-owned Italian carmaker Corbellati. The Missile is claimed to be the most powerful series production sports car. The low carbon fibre body, just 1.17 m high, sits on a carbon fibre chassis. A 9.0 V8 twin-turbo RWD engine delivers 1,800 hp and 2,350 Nm.

The I-Pace project started as a vision for what the future could look like for the brand. As Tesla products have blazed the path of desirability for electric cars - once seen as a choice for environmentalists – it’s now clear that the future of the automobile is electric. Not only are they more environmentally efficient, but their performance capabilities and packaging has proven to be superior to conventional front-engine cars. When a company is also ready to take on the establishment head-on and create a design that’s original, well balanced and practical based on the aforementioned criteria, it’s a recipe for success.

It’s not a brand you’re probably familiar with, but it is known to artists, art enthusiasts, and jewel collectors. History aside, the family brand has decided to branch out into the automotive world, and its first attempt is a big one with a car that’s billed with the high expectation of being the world’s fastest car, Buggati, Koenigsegg, and Hennessey be damned. Little about the car is known at this point, but it does sport a purely Italian design and promises 1,800 horsepower and a top speed that breaches the 310-mph range. The power credentials are certainly there, but whether or not it will live up to the hype remains to be seen.


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Range Rover SV Coupé

Morgan Plus 8 50th

Land Rover will build just 999 of these luxurious full-sized SV Coupés. In its 70th year, the British carmaker is thereby paying tribute to the first Range Rover, originally built back in 1969 with just two doors and a tailgate.

The Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition celebrates 50 years of a motoring icon and pays homage to Morgan’s most popular 4 wheeled model over the last half-century.

Born from Land Rover’s modernist design philosophy, Range Rover SV Coupé is a celebration of the Range Rover bloodline. Assembled and hand finished by Special Vehicle Operations, this is a limited edition vehicle that is unmatched in its class. Each part of it has been meticulously considered. Superb materials, captivating details, and bespoke colour combinations have all been used to create something that is eminently collectable. Range Rover SV Coupé’s official world debut presentation was on the 6th March at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Welcome to rarity.

Production will be limited to just 50 examples, each one hand-built and carrying a unique model number. The Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary is a fitting combination of craftsmanship, luxury and technology. A lightweight aluminium chassis and 4.8-litre BMW engine sit beneath the traditional Morgan body. At just 1,100kg, the Plus 8 is one of the lightest V8 passenger cars in the world and is capable of 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. The Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition will be the last Morgan vehicle to feature the naturally aspirated BMW V8 engine.

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Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder

E’Mobile Microlino

Drop-top version of the high-performance Huracan model unveiled in Geneva in 2017. The 5.2 V10 engine thumps out 640 hp and comes with a new matching chassis. Lightweight throughout, thanks to a high proportion of forged composite and cut carbon fibres.

This is not a car! Inspired by bubble cars from the 50ies like the ISO Isetta and Heinkel Trojan, the Microlino combines the advantages of a motorbike with those of a car. It was designed to be the ideal vehicle for daily distances, like commuting to work or shopping.

It is the most track-focused drop-top supercar to leave the gates of Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata Bolognese factory yet.

The Microlino has two seats, a kerb weight of 450 kg, a range of 120 or 215 kilometers (bigger battery) and a maximum speed of 90 km/h, which is more than enough for an urban environment.

The new model adds a folding fabric soft top to the circuithoned chassis of the Performante, mixing its sharpened handling with the more visceral experience of open-top motoring. The car retains the unique bodykit of the Performante, with forged carbonfibre used for the front spoiler and rear wing, as well as the car’s prominent rear diffuser, but chopping off the roof has encouraged the fitment of two rear buttresses.

With just 2.4 meters length, the Microlino is ideal for crossparking, the front-entrance enables getting out directly on the sidewalk. The selling price is around 12’000 Euros, less than a car, but a bit more than a motorbike. The Microlino can be recharged at any conventional domestic power socket in four hours, with a Type 2 connector in just one hour. The Microlino guarantees smiles n’ more.


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David Brown Automotive Speedback Silverstone

PAL-V Liberty

Limited to up to 10 examples, Speedback Silverstone Edition takes inspiration from the jet age and classic racers. A pure performance, handbuilt Grand Tourer, delivering 601 hp for a drive that is on-demand, responsive and exhilarating.

This innovative flying car is a combination of modern helicopter technology and active tilting technology for road driving. Patented rotor folding technology ensures that the PAL-V Liberty, measuring 4 x 2 x 1.61 m, is well-suited for everyday inner city driving.

Speedback Silverstone Edition has been track-tuned to inspire pure driving emotion. A true performance Grand Tourer, optimised for crossing continents with ease, whilst rewarding those drivers who enjoy a more involved experience. With added power and a dynamic suspension set-up, Speedback Silverstone Edition is a car with both elegance and agility. Performance-optimised suspension is enhanced by the fully automated Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, adaptive dynamics, advanced performance brakes and an active rear differential allowing Speedback Silverstone Edition to connect the driver to the road surface by offering enhanced dynamic feedback.

The first PAL-V Liberty models on the market will be the limited Edition. The limited Edition marks the launch of the flying car era. Worldwide, only 90 vehicles of this edition will be sold. After the delivery of the limited Edition models, PAL-V will start the delivery of the PAL-V Liberty Sports models. The PAL-V Liberty delivered to your doorstep complies with the existing regulations for both flying and driving. In other words, it is ready to be instantly enjoyed. Airborne or gliding through the winding roads just minutes later. Pure excitement without delay.

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BMW’s Geneva Days

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Our two stand-outs from BMW at 2018’s salon

f there’s one marque that seriously looks forward to Geneva, it’s BMW. Time and time again they keep secrets up their sleeve, and bounce on to the Swiss motor’s shows stage revealing their metal (and, increasingly, composite) motoring boxes of delights to the world’s press. Here are two of the most notable reveals from this year. The i8 Roadster

Show premiere in Europe for the new BMW i8 Roadster (fuel consumption combined: 2.1 l/100 km [134.5 mpg imp]; power consumption combined: 14.5 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 46 g/km) and new BMW i8 Coupe (fuel consumption combined: 1.9 l/100 km [148.7 mpg imp]; power consumption combined: 14.0 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 42 g/km): Captivating appeal of the pioneering and world’s most successful plug-in hybrid sports car can now also be experienced with the roof down; BMW i8 Roadster features specific suspension set-up, gullwing doors, a windscreen frame made from carbon-fibrereinforced plastic (CFRP) and an electrically operated soft-top; both models feature further developed BMW eDrive technology delivering enhanced dynamics and an even more intensive electric driving experience.


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World premiere for the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe: Study car offers a look ahead to the most alluring and exotic variant of the new BMW 8 Series.

The M8 Gran Coupe World premiere for the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe: Study car offers a look

ahead to the most alluring and exotic variant of the new BMW 8 Series;

emotionally compelling exterior design combines the core values of BMW M

with elegance and luxury; dynamically stretched proportions; bonnet with muscular contours; large air intakes;

Salève Vert paint finish appears to change in colour, combines with gold-

coloured elements; visually prominent shoulder sections; CFRP roof; rear with

powerful, imposing presence; concept

study previews the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and BMW M8 Gran Coupe, which will be presented in 2019

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McLaren BP23 ‘Speed Form’: bespoke sculpture capturing velocity and luxury arrives with future owners of new McLaren Hyper-GT

ith over 100 hours taken to create each ‘Speed Form’, including over 30 hours of expert hand-polishing, this bespoke sculpture captures velocity and luxury and provides a glimpse of the new McLaren HyperGT. This ‘money-can’t-buy’ BP23 sculpture has been produced for 106 confirmed buyers of new, yetto-be-named, McLaren Hyper-GT - the most luxurious McLaren ever.

Future owners of the still-to-be unveiled McLaren Hyper-GT, codenamed BP23, have each received a sculpture of the car’s evocative and luxurious yet sporting interior. The BP23 ‘Speed Form’ also features a hint of the bodywork design that will make the next Ultimate Series McLaren the most aerodynamic car ever from the marque and help it to achieve the highest top speed of any McLaren, at more than 243mph. The BP23 ‘Speed Form’ provides an early hint of the luxury and imagination that extends under the skin of the vehicle to its icon-eclipsing interior, which is arranged in the same three-seat, central driving position layout as the McLaren F1 that inspired it. As befits a gift associated with such a rare car, examples of the BP23 Speed Form – which are individually numbered – will not be available to buy. This three-dimensional piece of art, which measures 400mm

x 205mm x 80mm and weighs a proud 3.6kg, is a product of ‘extreme craftsmanship’, created in the true spirit of leadingedge McLaren automotive design. Each piece is machined using the latest 5-axis CNC cutting technology but hand-assembled and finished, reliant on the interaction of human hands, eyes and skills for the achievement of excellence. Each McLaren BP23 ‘Speed Form’ took more than 100 hours to create, with 30 hours of expert hand-polishing alone. A craftsman has checked each sculpture to achieve an exceptional standard of build, and the highest quality possible. The entire BP23 allocation of 106 – the same volume as the number of McLaren F1’s sold – was spoken for within weeks of the petrol-electric hybrid car being announced. Unlike McLaren Sports Series and Super Series cars, which have an alphanumerical nomenclature, BP23 will carry an as-yet unannounced name that will be disclosed nearer to its reveal.


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‘Money-can’t-buy’ BP23 sculpture produced for 106 confirmed buyers of new, yet-to-be-named, McLaren Hyper-GT. Over 100 hours to create each ‘Speed Form’, including 30 hours of expert hand-polishing. Glimpse of exquisitely detailed interior of the fastest and most luxurious McLaren ever.

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he all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator is not a car. It is a seamlessly pristine reflection of your lifestyle, preferences and habits. Lincoln believe that luxury extends far beyond material possessions. That is why the 2018 Navigator was augmented with intuitive features, luxurious accents and an exclusive collection of services. These liberating benefits are designed to uncomplicated your life and make each day effortless and empowering so that you can soak up every brilliant and wonderful moment along the way. The all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator is not a sports drive; however, its twin-turbocharged 3.5L engine is capable of producing 450-horsepower, representing a number of firsts for Lincoln, including electronic control of a turbocharged engine and dual-point fuel injection. With the addition of a new 10-speed transmission, drivers and passengers will experience a smooth and controlled ride with this impressive engine power plus the 10-speed transmission.


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New 911 GT3 RS sets a lap time of 6:56.4 minutes

n April 16 the Porsche 911 GT3 RS set another benchmark for road-approved sports cars at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in Germany: Porsche works race driver Kévin Estre set a lap time in 6:56.4 minutes with the 520 hp GT3 RS. The Frenchman’s lap time was 24 seconds faster than the best time achieved with the previous GT3 RS model. Most powerful 911 with normally aspirated engine sets benchmark at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife

Porsche development driver Lars Kern was sharing driving duties with Estre. Following the 918 Spyder and the 911 GT2 RS, the new GT3 RS is the third production Porsche sports car with a notarised lap time of less than seven minutes on the world’s most demanding race track, known as the ‘Green Hell’. As is customary for record drives, the time was measured around the 20.6-kilometre lap. Frank Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars, commented; “No other Porsche model gets as close to racing as the new GT3 RS. Many innovative ideas from top-level motorsport were transferred; for example, from the 911 GT3 R. This is what our philosophy for GT models is about: Highest technology must be fascinating but tangible. In this regard there is no harder test for our ideas than the Nordschleife.” Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Model Line, added; “All four lap times of both drivers were below seven minutes and only tenths of a second apart. This proves not only the outstanding power of the GT3 RS, but also its extraordinary driveability at the limit. A perfectly composed overall system allows for highly dynamic performance even with a relatively modest engine power. For a driver, each of the car’s thousands of parts have to feel like one – that’s an unbeatable strength of the GT3 RS. And what especially delights me is how much fun Lars and Kévin had when driving that car.”

29-year old Estre began the record lap at 11:40 am in ideal conditions, with 14 degree Celsius ambient and 18 degree Celsius track temperature. “This lap was a sensational experience for me”, he revealed afterwards. “Through the fast corners and on the brakes in particular, the GT3 RS is unbelievably close to our racing car GT3 R. This is also thanks to the new generation of tyres for road going sports cars. I like the engine of the GT3 RS a lot. Up to 9,000 revs per minute from a six-cylinder engine just feels fantastic. The sound is a dream and the torque is massive.” Since 2016 Kévin Estre belongs to the squad of Porsche works drivers. He competes with the Porsche 911 RSR in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) that includes the Le Mans 24-Hours. In the ADAC GT Masters he races the 911 GT3 R. At the Nürburgring the 911 GT3 RS was equipped with the latest generation of Michelin Pilot Sport tyres. Optimised especially for track day use, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R is fully compliant with relevant EU and US law. The tyre (265/35 ZR 20 front and


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325/30 ZR 21 rear) can soon be ordered at every Porsche Centre and selected dealers or tyre fitters. Its approved fitments include 911 GT3 RS and 911 GT2 RS. The 911 GT3 RS with motorsport-bred chassis and 383-kW (520-hp), four-litre, high- speed naturally aspirated engine had its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in early March this year. The high-performance sports car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 312 km/h.

Since its construction (1925 - 1927), the Nordschleife has enjoyed a reputation as a terrifying and merciless route through the Eifel forests. The Formula 1 pilot Sir Jackie Stewart – a three-time world champion in 1969, 1971 and 1973 – was so impressed by the circuit that he gave it the name which it will probably never lose: Green Hell (Grüne Hölle).

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A legend redefined

ust two weeks ahead of its global unveiling, Brabham Automotive has released headline figures for the Brabham BT62, along with a photograph which gives a glimpse of its first car. Follow Brabham Automotive to see the reveal of the BT62 in early May: @brabhamauto

The teaser image shows the rear of a low-slung, race-inspired car. The BT62’s thin LED accent tail lights are reflected in its extreme carbon fibre rear wing, which points to the car’s performance potential. With performance characteristics that point to the potency of the car, the new Brabham is pure-bred for the track and capable of setting blistering lap times, designed and engineered to demand more from the driver and reward the limited few who will rise to its challenge. The BT62 boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 730ps per tonne, a dry weight of just 972kg and is powered by a Brabham naturally-aspirated 5.4 litre capacity V8 engine. With its performance-optimised body and aggressive aerodynamic package, the Brabham BT62 delivers over 1200kg of downforce. Saving additional weight and with additive performance, the BT62’s brakes are carbon/carbon – a current Formula 1 technology that was first introduced

to the sport by Brabham in 1976 – featuring six pistons front and rear. Celebrating seventy years since Sir Jack Brabham launched his racing career in Australia in 1948, production of the Brabham BT62 will be limited to just seventy cars. With a price of £1m plus local taxes, and before options, orders are being taken now, and first deliveries are expected later this year. Owners of the BT62 will join a Brabham driver development programme which will enable them to fully exploit the performance of the vehicle on the track. Immediately following its reveal, the all-new Brabham BT62 will be on show at a prestigious central London location on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 May, amidst a breath-taking assembly of historic Brabham racing cars and memorabilia. Open to the general public, and with admission by ticket only, places are limited and demand is likely to be very high.


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Range Rover and Jaguar win at GQ

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Jaguar Land Rover - awards at the GQ Car of the Year

aguar Land Rover has won two trophies at the GQ Car of the Year Awards. The luxurious and capable new Range Rover Velar won the ‘Climb Every Mountain in Luxury Award’, while Jaguar’s zero-emissions E-type Zero was named as ‘Best Use of Electricity Since the Lightbulb.’

In March 2017, the Range Rover Velar became the first car to ever be launched and displayed at the London Design Museum. Created with balanced proportions and elegant lines, the Velar brings unprecedented glamour and modernity to the Range Rover family, but without losing the famous go-anywhere ability of every Land Rover. GQ magazine said of the Range Rover Velar: “That it can cruise effortlessly through any urban landscape is a given, but when called upon, it can also conquer where mountain goats fear to tread. We love the new Velar.” Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: “Our continued evolution is driven by a relentless focus on creating highly desirable vehicles our customers will love for life. The Range Rover Velar brings a new dimension of modernity to the Range Rover family with an abundance of innovative technologies, all making this vehicle a joy to drive and be driven in. We’re honoured that the arbiters of style at GQ have recognised the tireless endeavours of our designers and engineers who have delivered a vehicle with compelling design, tailored technology and relevant innovation which come together to create a vehicle of instant desirability.” The Jaguar E-type Zero is a modern reinvention of Jaguar’s most iconic vehicle, fitted with a new zero emissions, allelectric powertrain. Built by Jaguar Land Rover Classic, the E-type Zero boasts an advanced lithium-ion battery pack with the same weight and dimensions as the original car’s XK six-cylinder engine. Weighing in at around 46kg less than a traditional E-type, the Zero can accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds. Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “E-type Zero demonstrates Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s commitment to future-proofing classic car ownership. It combines the renowned

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performance through electrification. This unique combination creates a breathtaking driving sensation. We’re delighted that E-type Zero has the approval of the knowledgeable team at British GQ.”

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“The sport of drifting and started seven years ago in Kuwait, but it was not at a high standard. It started to develop fully three years ago,” says Al-Hajri. He points out that to be a skilled drifter, a driver must train in the same way any athlete would. He’s a sportsman, and uses exercise and a health regime including running, walking and avoiding smoking. His is a sport that requires physical effort in the car. Safety is paramount too. “Motor sport requires a lot of focus to see it is done safely and to its best” he said. “Our goal is to spread awareness among the amateur on the best ways to practice this sport in order to reduce accidents,” he said. “Today we have the Kuwait Sports Club circuit, a fully integrated circuit that allows all enthusiasts to practice motorsports freely.” As for age restrictions, his sport requires a driver’s license, while karting can be practiced by anyone at any age and is divided into three categories: beginners, semi-professionals and professionals. “We don’t benefit from full support,” he says. “Unlike the foreign countries, we still lack awareness of this sport.” Al Hajri has participated in a number of Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other indoor competitions in Kuwait, as well as his first participation recently in Britain.

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Hamad Al-Hajri extols safety on the road and track

uwaiti champion Hamad Al-Hajri only began to participate in motorsport seven years ago yet, already, he has been able to participate in a number of Arab races and score a series of wins. Al Hajri’s ambition does not stop here, instead he also hopes to spread the culture of motor sport and identify its positivity to society.

And the presence of women in this sport, one contestant achieved centers, this sport few women and the challenge of the woman update the woman a different feeling because the loss is harder, the feeling of fear is more than the young and when you win be a bit of a challenge, “One of my goals is to raise awareness and reduce car accidents. Also, of course, I want to excel in everything and continue to improve. I want Kuwait to be known as the best.” He’s keen to make the youth aware of using dedicated facilities and avoiding the use of public places to practice in. “I encourage them to go to the clubs dedicated to motor sport, they’ll receive the best advice about safety, even sponsorship, and details of races and championships.” This in place, Al-Hajri sees a reduction in road accidents and needless deaths and injuries.


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Omega’s Watch on a Mission

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Speedmaster CK 2998 Limited Edition

ontinuing the evolution of one of its most popular watch designs, OMEGA is proudly unveiling its new Speedmaster CK 2998 Limited Edition. The original OMEGA CK 2998 was released in 1959 and, for collectors, it has since become one of the most sought-after vintage Speedmasters in the world. With its Alpha hands, symmetrical case and dark bezel, it has always had a strong following amongst the most admiring watch enthusiasts. The model also has a particularly notable reputation as the “first OMEGA in space”. In 1962, astronaut Walter “Wally” Schirra made history when he wore his own personal Speedmaster CK 2998 during the “Sigma 7” mission of the Mercury program.


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The OMEGA Speedmaster is one of OMEGA’s most iconic timepieces. Having been a part of all six lunar missions, the legendary Speedmaster is an impressive representation of the brand’s adventurous pioneering spirit.

Today, OMEGA has used this classic model as inspiration for its newest timepiece. So many of the iconic features have been retained, yet the watch is on a mission to reach new fans, through several updates to its stunning design. All three subdials are black, as well as the minutes track and the polished ceramic bezel with its white enamel pulsometer scale. There is also a black leather strap with a white rubber interior that has been micro-perforated. The pulsometer scale, which is used to check a person’s heartbeats per minute, has particular relevance to the CK 2998. With the original models, customers were able to choose from four different versions of the timing bezel (including tachymeter, pulsometer, decimal or telemeter). Therefore, this new model remains in-line with that design heritage. The polished and brushed stainless steel case is complemented by a lightly sand-blasted silvery dial that also houses a number of exquisite features. Firstly, blackened “Alpha” hands are used for the hours and minutes, while sand-blasted rhodium-plated “Alpha” hands are used on the subdials. The chronograph seconds hand comes in varnished red. The hour and minute hands, as well as the blackened indexes, also include Super-LumiNova for increased visibility in dark conditions. 2,998 of these collectable watches have been produced and each unique Limited Edition number can be found on the caseback, along with the original Seahorse medallion and a “SPEEDMASTER” engraving. Finally, it’s important to note that the heritage of this model continues on the inside. Each Limited Edition is driven by the OMEGA Calibre 1861, a movement that is deeply rooted in the history of the “Moonwatch”. Now, its adventure will continue through wearers of this new timepiece.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre’s “Métiers Rares” Celebrating the work of Ferdinand Hodler

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n 2018, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture once again highlights the expertise of its Rare Handcrafts “Métiers Rares” artisans with a series of three Reverso watches. Both sides of each piece feature miniature reproductions of paintings by the Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler in remarkable engraving and enamelling. In a fitting commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Hodler’s death, landscapes of mountains and lakes, so characteristic of the painter’s work, were chosen to decorate the case of the Reverso Tribute Enamel. This watch, with its iconic Art Deco styling, features a white gold case that was specially created to serve as a canvas for the enamel miniature. The three models are each issued in eight-piece limited editions. Remarkable guillochage work is featured on the front of the piece. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s artisan guillocheur has embellished

the dial with the help of a century-old machine requiring considerable expertise and years of experience. The dial’s small lozenges, giving the illusion as though they have been weaved, were created with finesse and delicate rendering. The engraving was then covered in translucent enamel. The colour of which, was carefully chosen to match the painting’s tone recreated on the reverse side. On the reverse of the watch, the handcrafted engraving continues, with lines tracing out an elegant frame for each of the enamelled paintings. This incredible work is unique on each model, enhancing the reproduced paintings, it is also a fitting supplement to the three gadroons so emblematic of the Reverso watch. The Reverso Tribute Enamel series was inspired by Ferdinand Hodler’s masterpiece. To remind one of the majestic serenity emanating from Hodler’s work, artisan enamellers spent more than fifty hours on each watch reproducing the Master’s paintings as faithfully as possible. Each painting presented particular challenges for JaegerLeCoultre’s enamellers. The main difficulty emerged from having to feature a large original painting on the 3cm2 surface area of the Reverso.


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Longines Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

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s Official Partner and Timekeeper of the XXI Commonwealth Games, Longines is proud to launch the Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. This special edition is meant as a tribute to this multi-sport event where athletes from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will gather.

The Conquest V.H.P. represents a new achievement in the field of quartz, combining great precision, high technicality and a

sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance. Based on its many years of experience with quartz, Longines is revisiting a success story from the 80s. With the Conquest V.H.P. (Very

High Precision), it is marking a return to a technology in which it was a pioneer and expert, particularly through its timekeeping activities.

The Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

is equipped with an exclusive movement renowned for its high degree of precision for an analog watch (± 5 s/yr) and its ability

to reset its hands after an impact or exposure to a magnetic field,

using the GPD (gear position detection) system. These attractive The watch 43-mm-diameter features are likely responsible for its exceptional movement caseback displays an status, to which a very long battery life and a perpetual calendar engraving of the Gold Coast must be added. In the true essence of Conquest, the ultimate 2018 logo with the mention sports line, this exceptional timepiece brings together high “Gold Coast 2018 XXI technicality and dynamic aesthetic. The Conquest V.H.P. has thus Commonwealth Games”. A steel bracelet with a folding positioned itself as the standard-bearer of extreme precision. safety clasp completes this exceptional piece. Bearing the colours of this great international sporting event’s brightly colourful logo and blue koala mascot, the Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games model boasts a black dial with a red V.H.P.mention , orange indexes and blue accents on the watch hands, dial and flange indexes.

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he Freak universe is ever widening and ever wilder. A new quartet of Freak Out timepieces is on the Ulysse Nardin launch pad, ready to rocket Team Freak out into the great unknown. Get your Freak on! Fasten your seatbelts: the Freak is no longer a single timepiece. It’s an entire collection ! After the FREAK VISION launch at SIHH 2018 and the new FREAK VISION CORAL BAY, four new FREAK OUT timepieces, each armed with the in-house manual-wind caliber UN-205, are now joining the most maverick collection in Haute Horlogerie. All the game-changing Freak Out oddities are in place: no crown, dial or hands, a “flying carousel” tourbillon (the baguette movement rotates on its own axis) and superlight silici-um technology. Freak architecture replaces traditional anchor and anchor wheel with two silicium impulse wheels in the center. Both wheels have 18 engaging teeth, each activating an alternator that transmits its energy to the balance staff — first in one direction, then the other. Requiring no lubrication, the structure ensures that force is always released in the direction of the balance rotation, thereby minimizing friction. The silici-um hairspring beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz) and is only very slightly disturbed. The amount of disturbance is reduced to a minimum thanks to the low lift angle. Located between the lugs above the lower strap, a small lock is used to liberate the rotating bezel. This simply and precisely adjusts the hours and minutes when turned in either direction. The barrel, which of-fers a 7-day power reserve, is wound using the rear caseback bezel mounted on ball bearings. Unlike the earlier Freak Cruiser model in gold, the new FREAK OUT collection is forged from titanium, opening the Freak universe to a wider audience. Also new is the restyled case and bezel—borrowed from the Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2 Concept Watch—and the matching bar tack loop stitchings on the sailcloth straps.


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irard-Perregaux is about to introduce its emblematic Laureato Skeleton model to the world of ceramics. Thus attired, the iconic Girard-Perregaux casual chic skeletonworked watch is also establishing itself in the world of black‌ while preserving the transparent side of its nature. The Laureato has a personality all its own. Its genetic code drives evolutions in various details of its appearance, while never distorting its essence. The Laureato is defined by a polished octagonal bezel fitted on an integrated case, meaning with no lugs or loops. The use of ceramics further accentuates its ergonomic qualities. This noble technical material is at once light, virtually scratchproof and extremely well tolerated by the skin. Its extreme hardness nonetheless makes it a material that is extremely hard to shape, especially when it comes to following the complex volumes of the Laureato. Despite the challenges, Girard-Perregaux chose to carve out the octagonal bezel and the shape of the bracelet links from a solid block of material, as well as to give them the required textures. As a horological icon, Laureato continues playing with contemporary codes. An architectural watch right the way through to the curves of its eminently visible movement, it adopts this new material like an extension of its inherent nature. It absorbs the structural and ergonomic benefits of ceramic and applies them to the service of wearer comfort. The absolute fashion colour and a must-have for professional watches, black suits the Laureato as if were born that way‌ In its black livery, the Laureato Skeleton Ceramic explores whole new fields of expression. More understated and more technical, it draws upon the infinite possibilities afforded by ceramics. Girard-Perregaux thus provides a reminder that sporting chic is not merely an expression or an empty phrase. The Laureato Skeleton Ceramic is a sports watch and a chic watch in equal measure.

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Rado True Thinline Nature Collection Inspired by nature, realised by Rado

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he Rado True Thinline Nature Collection is a beautiful fusion of nature and innovation taking the essence of Rado, and blending elements of the natural world into its design. The fruits of a creative partnership with Grandi Giardini Italiani - an organisation that promotes the rich heritage of grand Italian gardens - these additions to the True Thinline Collection celebrate the intersection between design and nature. In our increasingly urbanised lives, great pleasure can be taken from experiencing the vibrant colours of nature. The Rado designers took the very best elements of the natural world and

worked to incorporate this aesthetic into these new True Thinline models.

Whether it be the rich taupe brown of Earth, the deep midnight

blue of Water, or the verdant green of Leaf, each colour

Although the palette is simple and comes from nature, recreating these colours consistently in high-tech ceramic is incredibly difficult and, currently, only Rado has the expertise. To complement the lustrous cases and bracelets, each piece in the collection involves a unique dial treatment that echoes the natural world. Water gains a painted Mother-of-Pearl dial that evokes the ebb and flow of the open sea, Earth boasts a metallised coating, which reflects and refracts light beautifully, and Leaf sports green Mother-of-Pearl with a leaf structure applied to its underside which shimmers brilliantly in the light. The True Thinline is, in many ways, the ultimate Rado with its full high-tech ceramic construction, pioneering monobloc case and its lightness and thinness working in perfect harmony with its durable and scratch-resistant properties. Now, with the influence of nature, each piece subtly evokes beautiful aspects of the natural world, transforming these timepieces into something truly special, a calming and regenerative visual treat for the wrists of nature lovers.


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Hamilton Khaki Pilot Auto Day Date Authentic aviation look and feel

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he year 2018 is a big one in aviation for Hamilton as they celebrate 100 years of timing the skies. With our 2018 Khaki Pilot collection we’re bringing together the very best of classic Hamilton aviation look and feel from collections past and adding a modern twist to create pilots’ watches that perfectly represent American spirit and Swiss precision. Functionality is guaranteed at Hamilton and the new models have H-40 automatic movements with extended 80-hour power reserves so they’re ready to fly again even after a long weekend of downtime. The new sand-colored Super-LumiNova® indexes and numerals glow neon green in the dark and offer enhanced readability to ensure an accurate dial reading even during night flights. With ultra-readable dials, and the day displayed at 12

o’clock, they’re reminiscent of analog cockpit instruments from vintage aircraft while the new color schemes and

PVD treatment offer a modern take. Dark brown PVD treated stainless steel with a brandy brown leather strap; Steel with a desert brown leather strap and full steel with a metal bracelet are the three versions that make up the collection.

This new collection also sees the introduction of the next

generation of Hamilton leather straps. Inspired by the leather flying jackets worn by top U.S. military pilots, the rugged,

lived-in look of the straps is authentic to the look of leather that

has spent a life in the cockpit under the stresses, strains and G-force experienced by pilots. With stylish hot stamping on the leather, the desert and brandy brown straps blend perfectly with the brown hues of the cases and dials.

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Hall 4 at Baselworld turned into a football pitch After the gardens of the Palais Royal in Paris, it was at the Mecca of the watch-making world—where Hublot unveiled its Football watch dedicated to the FIFA 2018 World CupTM— that the Swiss watchmaker blew the whistle to start this special game held in this original location.

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ith 85 days to go before the first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ kicks off, Hublot brought together the friends of the brand to celebrate the beautiful game. A Match of Friendship. Two one-off teams for an encounter that all football fans could have only dreamed of. True to its motto “First, Unique, Different”, Hublot invited Usain Bolt to play in his first game of football. The world sprinting champion, who is a football lover, put his feet to the service of José Mourinho’s team. Diego Maradona managed the opposing team. The match was refereed by Nicola Rizzoli and his Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ smart watch. There are some sporting moments in history that live on forever and Hublot knows better than anybody how to create these moments!

Hublot inspired Baselworld, the players and the public with the passion for real sport, the beautiful game that unites us all. The format for a legendary game bringing together stars from the world of football and Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, under coaches Diego Maradona and José Mourinho. Maradona’s team - Tino Asprilla, Roberto Carlos, Hernan Crespo, Gianni Infantino, Christian Karembeu, Marco Materazzi, Gaizka Mendieta, Angelo Peruzzi, and David Trezeguet José Mourinho’s team - Usain Bolt, Vitor Baía, Stéphane Chapuisat, Marcel Desailly, Damien Duff, Robbie Keane, Patrick Kluivert, Richard Orlinski and Alexei Smertin. Everything was in place, from the 4th official’s panel to the official FIFA World CupTM mascot, Zabivaka and the recently unveiled Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM watch that gave a live demonstration of its functions. Hublot’s smart technology gave international referee Nicola Rizzoli notifications from Goal Line Technology live throughout this Match of Friendship, just as it will during the FIFA 2018 World CupTM. According to protocol, the two teams exchanged pennants at the start of the game. Going beyond pure ritual, this was a symbol of a friendly game held under the banner of friendship. At half-time, a freestyle football demonstration confirmed that anything can be done with a football: a performance from the “Freestyle Football” group, made up of 5 Polish football free stylers with incredible skills, presented an extract from their show that has already toured the world. At the end of the game, the spirit and contagious energy of football was kept alive with the Cuban hip hop of the group Orishas who set the pitch alight, before DJ Teddy-O—another friend of the brand—spun the decks to produce his mix for the evening.


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1 Match The Match of Friendship 30’ of game time 2x 15’ with a 10’ half-time break 2 Coaches Diego Maradona, José Mourinho 2 Teams 18 Legends and Stars from the world of football 1 International referee Nicola Rizzoli 2 Masters of ceremonies, 2 Friends of the brand Michel Pont, Alan Shearer 1 Watch The Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

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IWC x Bradley Cooper Campaign Christian Soemmer, Managing Director, Cadillac Middle East

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n April, IWC Schaffhausen kicked off a worldwide omnichannel advertising campaign with actor Bradley Cooper. This is the first time that the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has produced such an extensive on and offline campaign with a single ambassador as the face of the brand. Shot in the desert outside Los Angeles, the campaign features strong imagery such as Cooper on a motorbike in front of a vintage aeroplane. It underscores IWC’s appeal to free-spirited individuals who dislike borders and limits and are eager to take on challenges instead. With the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Le Petit Prince”, the advertisements also feature one of the most iconic timepieces from the Schaffhausenbased company.

At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) held

With a strong personality and character traits such as a

Cooper as a new brand ambassador.

embodies IWC’s core values. “With this campaign, we

in Geneva in January, IWC Schaffhausen welcomed Bradley

Now, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer is strengthening the partnership by rolling out a comprehensive marketing campaign with the four-time Oscar nominee. This marks

the first time that IWC has produced such an extensive omnichannel campaign with one brand ambassador.

Bradley Cooper is no stranger to the IWC brand: “I have

pioneering spirit, confidence and vitality, Cooper perfectly

continue to develop the emotional storytelling around our brand. We could not have imagined a better partner than

Bradley to present our high-quality mechanical timepieces,

such as our Pilot’s Watches, to a growing and global audience,” explains Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.

Strong visuals underscore

been wearing IWC watches for the past 15 years. When this

the brand’s growing appeal

came up, it made sense and I was excited by the creative. I

The campaign was produced during a multi-day shoot on the

collaboration was proposed and the idea of the campaign was happy to help bring Christoph’s vision to life.”

outskirts of Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert. It centres on


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With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of Haute Horlogerie at their finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design.

Bradley Cooper, seen riding his motorbike through the desert – fuelled only by his adventurous and free spirit.

Watch Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW501002) on Bradley

With the campaign story and visuals, IWC makes a bold statement, demonstrating that, thanks to its authenticity and uniqueness, it strongly appeals to individuals who are open-minded, curious and adventurous and who live life to the fullest.

With an impressive case diameter of 46 millimetres, this

Swiss photographer Marco Grob shot the impressive visuals. Grob, who lives in New York City, is famous for his portraits, having worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

movement, featuring an efficient Pellaton automatic winding

The remarkable co-star of the campaign is the IWC Big Pilot’s

Cooper’s wrist.

timepiece features a characteristic blue dial, which has

become the trademark of IWC’s special editions in tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s most famous literary work.

The watch is powered by the IWC-manufactured 52110-calibre system with ceramic parts.

With the help of two barrels, it builds up a power reserve of 7 days and its soft-iron inner case provides optimal protection against magnetic fields.

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Hugo Boss

The Summer of Ease rolls on... What would one give for a cool breeze right about now? Just imagine yourself on a boat, floating serenely into uncharted waters — isn’t that better?

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apturing the mood of a mellow summer’s day, BOSS Menswear heads to the seaside for Spring/Summer 2018 in a collection entitled ‘Summer of Ease’. Silhouettes become looser and are marked by nautical detail for a lighter look for the new season.


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The brand’s strict tailored lines get an even softer take. Tailoring presents subtly oversized shapes, featuring loose-cut jackets and wide-leg pants. Slimmer designs still play a role but get a softer touch thanks to tapered fits.

It’s not just the silhouettes and fabrics that lighten the mood, but combinations and color. Slouchy knitwear completes tailoring along with sneakers and sandals, while nautical outerwear adds a sportswear touch.

The double-breasted suit is back, balancing sartorial flair and perfect ease. Softening the look and reducing the weight, unlined constructions ensure the clean designs sit well within its summer environment in both form and function.

Take a rubberized fisherman’s jacket over a suit, or a longline cotton raincoat with voluminous trousers and a slub-texture jersey sweater. Playing with the notion of nautical outerwear, a standout anorak in rubber-look nappa leather is paired with a shirt and neatly tailored trousers with sporty piping.

A spectrum of suits in garment-dyed cotton takes the sartorial icon into summer territory. These softly constructed suits are dyed once finished, resulting in shades with subtle variations in saturation for a beautifully easy-going finish. Fabric is key in this easier approach to suiting with lightweight paper-touch cotton, summer linen and modern seersucker textures.

Ingo Wilts: “There’s so much going on in the world right now, we want a kind of easiness and lightness in terms of clothes. We came up with this summer of ease.”

Breton stripes and color blocking are explored with a playful edge in nautical blues and yellows, sunset orange and signal red. Inspired by the weather-beaten hues of the coastline, cypress green, mid and cool blues and khaki ground the collection, while brilliant white fades into sunbleached cream, smoked pearl and flint-stone shades.

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Salvatore Ferragamo Menswear, Spring Summer 2018

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he leisurely lifestyle and understated elegance typical of the sun-kissed Riviera, from Italy across France, runs through the Ferragamo Spring-Summer 2018 men’s collection designed by Guillaume Meilland. Escapism at its best interpreted with a timeless yet timely appeal that conjures images of Alain Delon and Marcello Mastroianni in all their laid-back glamour.

Setting the mood is a breezy palette of earth-tones, ivory, gentle pinks and light blues that nod at traditional men’s shirting fabrics, plus flashes of hazy blues and deep mahogany.

From formal to casual, silhouettes are light, easy and deconstructed underscoring a work-into-week-end versatility and cool edge, defined by a crop of inventive fabrics and by signature details that are deeply intertwined with Ferragamo’s leather heritage and expertise. Inspired by life at the seaside, in solids or decorated with subtle marine patterns featuring wreathes of corals and seahorses, they are used for Bermuda shorts, coats and jackets. In a similar vein, spongy textures add a distinctive twist to a range of airy poloshirts and zipped cardigans. The shoes are quintessentially Ferragamo with rubber-soled penny loafers and booties adorned with the signature “Gancino” in organic materials such as wood and horn and clean lace-ups and slip-on moccasins in suede. Bags are structured and practical with mixes of canvas and leather in contrasting shades. From the promenade to the runway, the collection is at ode to a light-hearted elegance, redefining the house’s core values through a mix of legacy and immediacy.


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Corneliani

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Fluiditiy and movement

his highly dominant and defining characteristic of our times, this continual rhythm of change, seems to dictate the beat of a new style. The collective rules fade away before our eyes, and before we can construct new ones, each of us seeks assurance in our own personal identities. This is reflected in the way we choose to portray ourselves. Fashion responds to this, offering concepts suited to the new geographic and existential nomadic restlessness, creating everyday objects that adapt to a variety of conditions, indulging us with elegance and delicacy. Being a part of the Corneliani look is like belonging to a club where elective affinity determines membership. .


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The idea of fluidity and movement has been the inspiration for the next season, which offers a fully coordinated wardrobe that flows from a metropolitan look to one of leisure. The story we have dreamed up is of a voyage, through city and desert, structured in three chapters and written with the language of color, in pigments borrowed from an impressionist painting. SPRING TIME: This is dominated by cool tones: nuanced shades of the new “whale” blue are matched with masculine grays which are illuminated with an oil green accent, exclusively used for the accessories and knits. Techniques: New pinstripes with frisé effect and interrupted lines give a modern signature to traditional tailored fabrics. The crisp blues are conceived alongside warm grays and browns, in a series of proposals exploring the theme of windowpane patterns. Clever handling of the tones underlines textural contrasts, and new structures give a dynamism to fabrics and yarns, creating a look that is both casual and elegant. Strong contrasts, such as beige and black, hint at an identity that is sporty, yet sophisticated. Violet-toned inky hues run through the entire collection, creating a surprising harmony. Emphasis on detail creates a synthesis between sportswear and tailored garments: hydro zips, nylon with prints extracted from traditional drapery, and cottons with a membrane add functionality, while maintaining a tailored look. SUNNY TIME: The colors become bolder and blend to create new color combinations. The various shades of oil green illuminate and determine the balance of color. They are combined with all the shades of gray, from pale to black. Weightlessness is the dominant characteristic: garments are airy, and constructed in impalpable nylons, fabrics have strong mat weave textures and structures that are reminiscent of patterns created in sand blown by the wind. FULL SUMMER: A full-blown summer style is dominated by burnt tones of “terracotta” coupled with the purest white, and natural desert tones enriched with “tuareg blue” and ocher. The soft silhouette and natural fabrics contribute to the overriding sense of extreme sophistication and relaxation.

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Paul Smith

SS18 at Paris Fashion Week

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awaiian graphics are a reference to Paul’s early visits to New York in the Seventies, when he’d return to England with trunks of Hawaiian shirts sourced from SoHo.The billowing shapes and vivid prints on the shirts were popular with customers picking up pieces for Northern Soul nights at Wigan Casino or Sheffield’s King Mojo. This kitsch thrift later gave way to Paul’s own unique floral print shirts, which fast became a design signature.

Floral and aquatic motifs are embroidered onto the satin lapels of tuxedos, hand-painted on leather and appliquéd onto tote bags. The ocean print also makes an appearance on technical outerwear developed in collaboration with factories specializing in performance-wear, bringing modernity and functionality to the collection. A midnight beach scene on landscape jacquard from Italy’s Limonta mill appears on a bomber jacket for men and blazer for women.The irreverence of Paul Smith is injected in Japanese fish tin graphics on cross-body box bags, belts, shirt pockets and more.The palette of the collection graduates from soft pastels of cornflower blue and dusty pink through to midnight-


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“What I adore is mixing the unexpected, things you don’t imagine should go together” Sir Paul Smith

tones and French navy, climaxing with striking yellow and hot turquoise. Tailoring shapes for both men and women nod to Eighties pieces from the Paul Smith archive, in particular the notched lapels, low break points and squared shoulders. Patch-worked floral print dresses play with louche summer shirt collar shapes and Japanese carp dive across silk georgette slips. Patterned linings take on new life on a brushed cotton twopiece suit for women, where tropical flowers are reverse printed, appearing sun- bleached on the outside but in full colour on the inside. A relaxed, surf spirit continues across deck chair striped beach bags, printed espadrilles and colourful sandals. Post-punk and pop dominates the soundtrack with the inclusion of tracks by The Cure and David Essex whilstThe Beatles’ Octopus’s Garden echoes the aquatic theme.

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Lewis Hamilton joins Tommy Hilfiger Becomes new global brand ambassador

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ommy Hilfiger has announced that British Formula One racing driver and four-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton as the new global brand ambassador for TOMMY HILFIGER men’s starting Spring 2018. The partnership reflects Tommy Hilfiger’s strategic commitment to build on its strong menswear heritage and further drive the global growth of its men’s business, bringing the next generation of fans to the brand. Why partner with Tommy Hilfiger? TOMMY HILFIGER is an iconic American brand that was impossible to miss as a kid, whether you were into fashion or not. Fashion is a growing love for me, and having attended the TOMMYNOW runway event for several seasons, I’m always amazed at how the brand is able to reinvent itself with every collection and through innovative technology. That takes a lot of creativity, and I’m super excited to join the TOMMY HILFIGER family. What do you like about Tommy Hilfiger designs? I like to stand out from the crowd, and Tommy Hilfiger’s cool, all-American designs allow me to add an effortless yet sophisticated twist to my outfits. From perfectly tailored suits to playful and elevated pieces, it’s a brand that caters for any occasion.

Lewis Hamilton’s fashion advice: “Why wear the same as everyone else? Fashion is about experimenting. Men should be confident about trying out new things. Do whatever suits your personality and your emotions, and take the time to find your style. Don’t try to be someone else. That’s all that matters.”

What are your favorite pieces from Spring 2018 pieces? I’m a big fan of light outerwear, like the versatile bright blue hooded jacket with racing stripe details from TOMMY HILFIGER Sportswear. I love the reversible satin bomber jacket from HILFIGER COLLECTION, which can dress up any look. What do you have in common with Tommy Hilfiger (the designer)? I’ve always admired how Tommy never gave up on his dreams of building a global lifestyle brand, even when times were tough. I believe that when you get knocked down, it’s not how you fall that matters, but how you get back up,


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and Tommy and I both take life lessons away from these moments. Always believe in yourself, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your goals. What is your first memory of Tommy Hilfiger? Growing up I remember seeing the iconic Tommy Hilfiger flag on clothes that celebrities wore, like hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg and Aaliyah. You got in a car with Gigi for the Spring 2018 campaign – what did you think of her driving skills? We had a laugh! Gigi was great behind the wheel even though she was quite nervous. It’s always fun sitting in the passenger seat and letting someone else roll with it. Where does your love of fashion come from? Growing up, all my family’s money went into racing, buying tires and fuel, so fashion is something I was quite oblivious to. I started exploring fashion in my early 20s, and I’ve grown to feel more confident about experimenting with different styles, and just being myself. I’m fortunate to have friends who work in the fashion industry, and I’m constantly fascinated by their creativity. What connection do you see between sport and fashion? Fashion is like racing, it never sleeps. In Formula One, fashion is not something teams and racing drivers necessarily focus on, but I’m obsessed with style. I always make sure to look classy in my race suit. What are five fashion essentials you cannot live without? Everyone should have a well-tailored suit. Wear it with a freshly pressed shirt and a great watch, and you can’t go wrong. A pair of well-fitted jeans is always a wardrobe essential. When I’m at home, I’m very casual and love to relax in tracksuits. I don’t like to dress like everyone else so I pick bright colors and patterns, adding my personal twist to the outfit.

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Louis Vuitton

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Accessorize your style

s always with Louis Vuitton, some of the standout pieces from their Paris Fashion Week show were the accessories. The collection on show featured an array of summer ready goods including chunky sandals and sunglasses. The 2018 spring/ summer collection also boasted everything up to and including the the brand’s signature luggage. The footwear range, which includes both LV sneakers and creepers along with the sandals, is another standout area of the accessories collection. As well as the classic Louis Vuitton logo print, other products also come with the brand’s name printed in an ’90s aesthetic.


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Dr. AlAnoud AlSharekh Empowered Women Empower Women

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omen in Kuwait are ready to take back their power and Dr. AlAnoud AlSharekh is leading them to the political corridors they may one day occupy, writes Zahra Husain.


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“The time for a change is here, and the women of Kuwait are more than ready” Dr. AlAnoud AlSharekh

An award winning human rights activist, an active voice on gender equality, a warrior for women’s empowerment movements and one of the founders of the Abolish 153, Dr. AlSharekh has now taken on the role of a mentor, helping Kuwaiti women with political ambitions acquire the skills and know-how they need to run for important offices in the country. From Co-ops, municipality, and NGOs, to Boards of Chamber of Commerce, and even the National Assembly. Empowering Kuwaiti Women in Politics (EKWIP), is a program supported by Dr. AlSharekh’s Ibtkar Strategic Consultancy, a company that works towards helping people fulfil their political ambitions. “There is real push for women in Kuwait to come ahead and take leadership positions. Through the New Kuwait 2035 program, the government itself is pushing for women’s empowerment. So when the opportunity arose, it only seemed natural for me to rise up to the challenge, and run a program that will help women in acquiring key decision making positions in the country. The time for a change is here, and the women of Kuwait are more than ready,” said Dr. AlSharekh, shedding light on the program. When it comes to gender equality and women’s empowerment in Kuwait, in Dr. AlSharekh’s opinion the biggest challenge is that there aren’t enough women in power positions. And even though there are men in public offices who are supportive of the cause, they don’t necessarily understand what it is like to be in a women’s shoes. Therefore, the best way to empower women, is through empowered women. Through an exhaustive selection process, 15 women from the initial 70 applicants have been chosen for the pilot edition of the EKWIP program. The program, which will run for

nine-months, will see these women going through rigorous training on subjects including public speaking, campaigning, logistics, and media interactions to name a few. The training will also include a two-week module in the United States where candidates will meet women leaders making their voices heard on the international podium. “We want the candidates to get exposure to what it is like to be on an international stage. The challenges those women have gone through to get themselves seen and heard I think will really inspire our candidates. The women leaders we want to create through this program should be of international caliber. When it comes to our ambitions with regards to our candidates, we are reaching for the sky,” emphasized Dr. AlSharekh. With ages ranging between early 20s to late 50s, the two things all the candidates have in common are, one – political ambition, two – commitment. “Nine months is a long time, and even so, it is only the beginning. Once the candidates complete the training, we at Ibtikar will start working on a strategic roadmap for them to be able to reach the offices they aspire to be in. Ideally we want our 15 candidates to reach 15 offices, and mentor 15 more women, who will then pay it forward to 15 more and on and on we go, until we reach a point where women can make themselves heard. Where we can drive real change on the policy-making level. No more just mere spectators but the makers of our own destiny and of the daughters to come after us.” In a country where, thus far, politics has been a man’s playground, Dr. AlSharekh, is trying to level the playing field. The fact is that there is strength in numbers, and the numbers of Kuwaiti women who want to bring about a real and quantifiable change in their society is on the rise.

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Lendy Cowes Week 2018

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World’s largest regatta

owes Week Ltd, the organisers of Lendy Cowes Week, the world’s largest regatta and a highlight of the British Summer Season, has announced its intention to work towards making the event more sustainable with the launch of a new sustainability initiative. Lendy Cowes Week has an impact on the water and on the shoreside with 100,000 people visiting during the regatta. CWL firmly believes that an event of this size should play its part in spreading the message about sustainability and minimising its own impact on the environment. Working with the event sponsors and four Official Venues: Cowes Parade, Cowes Yacht Haven, Northwood House and Shepards Wharf, CWL will be raising awareness of sustainability issues and highlighting how we can all help to make a difference, both on and off the water. Some of the initiatives planned for 2018 include installation of more water filling stations for the general public and competitors and improved waste recycling around the town. CWL has already made changes at its base, Regatta House, by switching to a sustainably sourced electricity provider, putting a comprehensive recycling programme in place and committing to no single use plastics in Regatta House itself. The Official Venues are committed to help reduce the use of polystyrene, Styrofoam and plastic cutlery and are looking into the wider use of reusable drinks cups that were trialled at the main Cowes Yacht Haven Bar in 2017. Banning the use of plastic straws across the event is also a key objective. The official charity, The 1851 Trust, will be inspiring young visitors to Lendy Cowes Week through a series of hands-on sustainability workshops, to excite them to become innovators of the future and stewards of the environment.


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CWL is also working closely with The Green Blue, the RYA and British Marine’s Joint environment initiative, and has signed up to the Sailors for the Sea ‘Clean Regattas Programme’, a voluntary, self-assessment tool that provides a system to benchmark what the environmental footprint is today and set goals for the future. Kate Johnson, Commercial & Marketing Director for CWL said, “Sustainability is a real area of focus for us, and we know that it is high on the priority list of our competitors too. We believe that as a large flagship regatta we need to do what we can to minimise our impact on the environment and our waters, and set an example to others. We’re proud to be putting in place a sustainability initiative from 2018, and we will be building on this with further initiatives added over the coming years. It’s something that can only be achieved by working together, and we look forward to collaborating with our Official Venues, Sponsors and competitors to further this agenda within our sport.”

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Abdullah Al Mutairi

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The making of future history

or Abdullah Al Mutairi, ‘art is the reflection of the society we live in’. Not just his interpretation of the present but his own participation and contribution to it. Through his latest exhibition, Abdullah tries to make an ambitious attempt at predicting what it is that our future generations will identify us with, what will grace the museum displays 500 years from now. The making of a future history. “We are all so are wasteful. Generally, I am interested in what’s

thought that crosses a spectators mind on seeing an art piece

I was thinking about the process of perfecting an image, the

from almost every exhibit in this show. Not one to take himself

thrown away or discarded, whether it’s physical or emotional. question of presentation both on individual as well as on a larger cultural scale. What’s thrown away when a particular narrative is written? asks Abdullah.

His second solo exhibition is a natural progression from his debut show ‘Byproducts of Development’, where he focused

on environmental pollution and how it affects the way we live. Through his current show he re-evaluates how a region and

and ‘reality seldom is perfect,’ is a statement that screams out too seriously, the show also has humorous undertones. Plastic bags fused together form shapes that are left to the viewers

interpretation and chemical structures that can be rearranged

to form a thousand different compounds, grace the wall of

his imaginary future museum. Paper bags with drawings of symbols most used today, represent pictographic equivalents of what our early ancestors might have drawn on cave walls.

time’s history is officially documented. The exhibit presents an

From a millennial who was creating collages on Tumblr a

second-hand materials and daily disposables while considering

Abdullah says what most attracts him about art is its visual

alternate view of the future history of Kuwait through the use of

the physical and mental volatility resulting from development and our constant saturation with information. “Using new materials to create art has always made me uncomfortable,”

says Abdullah, who is also a self proclaimed hoarder. A lot of the material he has used for his current exhibition are things he has saved for years, or bought at a flee market. He believes that these materials although not pristine or perfect, will form a greater connect with his viewer.

Art according to Abdullah is all about the first impact, the first

few years ago, to a solo artist with two shows under his belt,

nature. “I am a product of two cultures, neither of which I have

been able to perfect. Having grown up speaking both English and Arabic, and not being able to master either, art gives me

the opportunity to connect with others beyond the use of words,” says Abdullah.

Constantly contradicting himself in conversation, Abdullah is a near perfect reflection of this era constituted by acute clashes

confusing our understanding of the price we pay for our contemporary lifestyle and how we choose to self-actualize.


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The exhibition will remain on display at The Sultan Gallery Kuwait until 10th May, 2018

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The Middle East’s Best Spaces

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Index Architecture and Design Awards picks the best

he Middle East’s most breathtaking architecture and design projects of the last 12 months were celebrated at the fifth annual INDEX Design & Architecture Awards in Dubai. Crowning the most awe-inspiring new builds, renovations and transformations of 2017/18, the INDEX awards paid tribute to the innovation and creativity of the designers elevating the region and its cities to rival the biggest international design hubs around the world. INDEX is the largest and longest running collection of interior, design and trend exhibitions in the Middle East. Established in 1990, INDEX is organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa.

Big winners included Dubai-based Bishop Design, who were named Design Firm of the Year; and Wilson Associates, whose Senior Vice President and Managing Director Isabel Pintado was crowned Design Leader of the Year. Pintado, who oversaw her firm’s relocation to a stunning new office in D3 last year, said: “It’s superb to have won because when you get an award like this, it’s an award of recognition by your peers. It means that they value what you do, all that extra effort, all those extra hours. “This award is the result of a great team. You can lead people but if they don’t have the talent or the willpower to excel, no matter what kind of leader you are, you will fail. So this award really belongs to me team.” Local projects taking home prizes included Dubai nightspot Lock, Stock and Barrel (designed by Broadway Interiors); the Smart Dubai offices in d3 (designed by dwp); and the impressive 118 development, home to an exclusive collection of fullfloor residences, based in the Burj Khalifa District, Downtown (designed by Signature D T Real Estate Development). Elsewhere in the Middle East, the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre in Kuwait won Best Cultural Design Project (designed by SSH), a new department store at ABC Verdun community mall in Beirut collected Best Retail Design Project (designed by

Kinnersley Kent Design) and the History of Science Centre in Oman was awarded Best Institutional, Sports or Educational Design Project (designed by Hoehler + alSalmy). 10Concepts young designer Israa Mahmoud was named INDEX Rising Star 2018. Samantha Kane-Macdonald, INDEX event director, said: “The scale at which the Middle East’s architectural and design offering has grown over the last two decades is down to the endless creativity and endeavour of the region’s buzzing design community. There really is nowhere else in the world that rivals the Middle East at this moment in time in regards to design ambition. “Our winners are those creators who over the last year have been at the forefront in continuing to drive the region into an exciting new era of design and architecture. And they are not alone in that: our entire longlist of more than 160 entries are testament to the brilliance and depth of talent we have here. I’d personally like to congratulate every entrant we had this year.” The awards ceremony – which was attended by more than 300 guests and sponsored by Boss Design; Hawa Sliding Solutions; Windows, Doors & Facades; the IE School of Architecture and Design and OFIS – took place on the second evening of the annual INDEX interior design exhibition.


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Best Cultural Design Project Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre Kuwait by SSH

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Best Hospitality Design Project Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai by WA International


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Best Restaurant Design Project Cho Gao Abu Dhabi by Creneau International

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Etihad Airways goes ‘Weqaya’

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First airline in the region to achieve Weqaya status

n a collaboration with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi with the aim of bringing healthy eating options on-board its flights, Etihad Airways has further enhanced its already outstanding food offering with the addition of ‘Weqaya’ menu items. In doing so, it becomes the first airline in the region to achieve Weqaya status. Abu Dhabi’s DoH’s Weqaya Nutrition Programme was launched in September 2013 to raise awareness about healthy food items available at food outlets in the Emirate, while encouraging the outlets to increase their healthy offerings.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has collaborated with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, to introduce ‘Weqaya,’ a range of healthy food items, on-board its flights and in its lounges in Abu Dhabi.

- Abu Dhabi in this initiative. As the first airline in the region to achieve Weqaya status, we are both honoured and excited to promote health and wellness not just in Abu Dhabi, but also onboard our flights.”

Weqaya, meaning ‘prevention,’ is a programme established by the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi with the aim of encouraging people to eat a healthy and balanced diet to promote good health and wellbeing.

Last year, Etihad introduced Weqaya food items to restaurants in its headquarters, further highlighting its commitment to the health and well-being of its employees.

Starting in April, Etihad Airways will begin to offer a number of Weqaya dishes on menus in First and Business Class longhaul and ultra-long haul outbound flights from Abu Dhabi, and First and Business Class lounges in Abu Dhabi International Airport. Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial, Etihad Airways, said: “Etihad consistently engages with its guests to better understand their needs, and then delivers products and services that exceeds their expectations. The addition of Weqaya menu items further enhances our F&B offering, and is a testimony to our airline’s commitment to continue to provide premium products to our guests.” Linda Celestino, Vice President Guest Experience & Delivery, added: “We are delighted to support the Department of Health

Dr. Omniyat Al Hajeri, Director of Public Health Division, said: “We are working at the Department of Health to increase the availability of healthy food options and promote a culture that embraces healthy eating among all groups in the society across the Emirate. Cooperation with Etihad Airways is a demonstration that following a healthy lifestyle is our ultimate goal and our efforts towards “a healthier Abu Dhabi” knows no boundaries or distances.” Al Hajeri added: “Our cooperation with Etihad Airways is growing stronger by opening new prospects for broadening our collaboration horizons. Last year we worked together on the implementation of “Weqaya Food Specifications”, in Etihad Airways restaurants and cafes. With the announcement of healthy meal options being offered on Etihad Airways flights, we take a step closer together towards the wellness and health of our community.”


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From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to 100 international passenger and cargo destinations with its fleet of 115 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, was established by Royal (Emiri) Decree in July 2003, and in 2017 carried 18.6 million passengers.

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Mandarin Oriental, Paris has been awarded the revered ‘Palace’ status, and is therefore officially recognised as one of the ten most exclusive hotels in the French capital.

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Spring chic in the world’s fashion capital

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ituated on rue Saint-Honoré and just steps from Place Vendôme, one of the most stylish districts in the world, Mandarin Oriental, Paris enjoys a wonderfully chic location. this five-star hotel is a celebration of Paris today, inspired by fashion and artistic creativity and underpinned by the brand’s legendary service.

Paris chic, Mandarin Oriental style. Combining chic modern style with art deco details and Oriental touches, its 98 rooms and 40 suites are among the most spacious in Paris. Located in Paris city centre, Mandarin Oriental, Paris is a palace hotel located in a historic building from the 30s. It offers an indoor landscaped garden, a 900 m² spa area and a gourmet restaurant awarded with 2 Michelin stars. It boasts a minimalist décor inspired by haute couture and renowned fashion houses. Parisian elegance joins Oriental refinement in the rooms and suites, which each have a unique décor. Tea and coffee making facilities, hair straighteners and a spacious bathroom feature in each accommodation and some of the suites also have a terrace and a panoramic view over Paris. The hotel offers a bar with a terrace and 2 restaurants, firstly the Camélia, where you can sample simple dishes prepared with fresh produce all day long and secondly the Sur Mésure Restaurant by Thierry Marx serving 5 to 9-course gourmet meals in a design atmosphere. A counter selling patisserie cakes is available on site. Several types of breakfast are available each morning including Chinese and Japanese options. A welcome drink is also offered upon arrival.


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In June 2018, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London will complete its multi-million pound renovation of the entire hotel. Inspired by the natural beauty of neighbouring Hyde Park, internationally renowned designer, Joyce Wang, has overseen the new design of all the rooms, suites and public areas.

Featuring 2 restaurants and a stunning spa, the luxury Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London overlooks Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. Knightsbridge Tube Station is a 2-minute walk away. With 8 treatment rooms, the spa and wellness centre has a state-of-the-art gym and a 17 m swimming pool. Guests can enjoy acclaimed British dishes at the Michelin starred restaurant by Heston Blumenthal. Authentic French cuisine is served in the Bar Boulud and award winning afternoon tea is served in The Rosebery Lounge. Cocktails are available from the contemporary Mandarin Bar. Knightsbridge Tube Station is a 2-minute walk away and the hotel is adjacent to the 350-acre Hyde Park, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is within a 5-minute walk of Sloane Street, Harrods, and Harvey Nichols. The Royal Albert Hall is 15 minutes’ stroll away and South Kensington’s famous museums are also nearby. This is their guests’ favourite part of London, according to independent reviews and is home to some great shopping.

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English elegance and sumptuous style

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ne of London’s most celebrated five-star hotels, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park exudes an enticing mix of elegance and luxury. With world-famous restaurants and a stunning spa, we offer a fashionable and timeless base in the centre of the British capital. Located in Belgravia, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Harrods.

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The ultimate guide to healthy aging

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Eat, sleep and think

s the Preventive and Anti-Aging medicine doctor Dr. Vicente Mera claims, it’s not about going against the natural cycle of aging, it’s about improving quality of life to prevent premature and disease ridden aging. How we age is influenced directly with our lifestyle choices. Whilst we can’t freeze time or impede cellular aging, we can dictate the rate at which this occurs. We all secretly want to look our best and delay the process of aging, and luckily for us, with the advice of the best experts in Aging and Preventive Medicine, we can discover what the best tricks to keeping our body as healthy as possible, for as long as possible are. We all know what the main aging triggers are, such as smoking, poor diet, regular alcohol consumption, stress, insomnia and pollution, but do we know what our body needs to stay youthful? Nutrient-rich diet According to Dr.Mera, adopting an anti-aging diet, rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can


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prevent the shortening of telomeres. Telomeres are the extreme ends of chromosomes, where most of our DNA is found, and as we age, they begin to shorten. They influence our general state of health, metabolism oxidation and cellular aging. The interesting fact is that they don’t necessarily correspond to our chronological age. In fact, if you’re aging faster than you’re supposed to because of lifestyle choices, your telomeres will be shorter than they should be. To prevent this from happening, your diet should be rich in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes, and you should include antiaging foods such as pomegranates, blueberries, spinach, kale, salmon, nuts, turmeric, avocado, mushrooms, cacao and maca root. Meditate Another less known factor that prevents premature aging is meditation. Studies show that practicing meditation

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telomerase, the enzyme that shortens telomeres, therefore, slowing down the process of aging. In addition, meditation helps reduce stress levels, a great aging accelerator. Sleep The most overlooked remedy to age prevention is sleep. In a society that takes sleep for granted, it’s becoming even more important to highlight the fact that sleep is a healing, restoring and rejuvenating therapy for our body. Lack of sleep doesn’t only increase blood pressure, weaken the immune system, worsen memory, and affect our hormonal levels and mood, but it also causes our cells to age faster. Luckily for us, aging isn’t out of our control and there is a lot that we can do on our behalf to prevent it from affecting us prematurely. With a balanced, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich diet, as well as meditation, sleep and exercising, we can keep our body feeling young from the inside out.

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We’re a sucker for the latest diet, always believing that this is The One. Should you get on this faddy-boat?

The Grapefruit Diet: This citrus saw a rise in popularity in the ‘70s due to a diet that promised quick weight loss. According to Healthline, the premise of the Grapefruit Diet was to eat a grapefruit with every meal. The thought was that the grapefruit contained a special enzyme that burns fat fast. Although the diet may lead to weight loss, it isn’t because of the fruit. “Grapefruit has no special properties when it comes to weight loss,” Elisabetta Politi, nutrition manager of the Duke University’s Diet and Fitness Center, tells Health. The Scarsdale Diet: The Scarsdale Diet emphasized protein consumption and banned snacking, according to Healthline. Another rapid weight loss program, critics of the diet said it missed out on important macronutrients and was not sustainable in the long term. The Cabbage Soup Diet: The name says it all: you eat nothing but cabbage soup for seven to 10 days. According to Marie Claire, people claim to lose up to 10 pounds on the Cabbage Soup Diet - but not permanently. “Because the Cabbage Soup Diet has such a low calorie intake and virtually no protein, almost all weight lost on this diet will be water and muscle, not body fat,” personal trainer and fitness coach Scott Laidler tells the publication. The South Beach Diet: Cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston introduced the South Beach Diet - named after a poplar Miami spot - in 2003. According to the official site, the highprotein, low-carb diet began as a solution to “quick fix diets” that left people hungry: particularly, Atkins. Thought critics have found this to be a sustainable diet, Health reports that the South Beach Diet encourages consumption of processed vegetable oils, which could pose health risks. The Baby Food Diet: Baby food is conveniently portioned, making it the ideal snack for people watching their caloric intake. Or, at least, that’s the thought behind the Baby Food Diet, a meal plan in which you replace real food with its pureed counterpart. Although this diet ensures you eat your fruits and vegetables, Everyday Health noted that it lacks the fiber, fat, and protein required to keep you full and functioning.

Some diets you should never try

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...and some you should. Diets from history - why some of them never worked

hroughout the years, we’ve been inundated with stories of magical and mystical diets. Although one or two of these diets have stood the test of time, many fall into the fad category: they are popular for a minute, but become obsolete the minute they are proven to be ineffective and - in some cases - dangerous.


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Weight Loss: For one, the extra kick of hot sauce or a chopped jalapeno can make even the most bland diet food more palatable, causing you to be more likely to stick with your weight loss plan. In addition, they may jack up your metabolism. Studies show that the main compound in chilies, called capsaicin, has a thermogenic effect and may cause the body to burn bonus calories for 20 minutes post chow-down.

Spicy foods have health benefits, and so our bodies crave them. we look at some of the most-studied pluses...

Heart Health: Studies show that cultures that eat the most spicy food have much lower incidence of heart attack and stroke. Potential reasons: Chili peppers can reduce the damaging effects of LDL (bad cholesterol) and capsaicin may fight inflammation, which has been flagged as a risk factor for heart issues. Cancer Prevention: According to the American Association for Cancer Research, capsaicin has the ability to kill some cancer and leukemic cells. One particular spice, turmeric, found in curry powder and some mustards, may slow the spread of cancer and growth of tumors. “It has the same effects on the body as certain cancer drugs do.” says Gregory A. Plotnikoff, M.D., senior consultant for health care innovation at Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minnesota. Pair it with black pepper to absorb 2,000 percent more turmeric. Fantastic on roasted veggies or kebabs, or in soups. Lower Blood Pressure: Vitamins A and C strengthen the heart muscle walls, and the heat of the pepper increases blood flow throughout your body. All of this equals a stronger cardiovascular system. Fewer Blow-Your-Top Moments: Spicy foods boost production of feel-good hormones, such as serotonin. So they may help ease depression and stress. Not a fan of crazy-spicy food? You can still get the health benefits by adding spices with a more tolerable zing to your dishes. We love sliced ginger in a cup of tea, shrimp coated in cumin and coriander then sauteed in a skillet, adding red pepper flakes to stir-fry or whipping up a delish chicken curry.

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Why chili is good for you

picy foods are a bit of a mystery. Why is it that we find such pleasure in pain? I mean, these hot sauce bottles are plastered with words like “death” and “atomic”... and we like them. One theory is that it’s simply for the thrill - like riding a roller coaster or running a marathon. Humans, oddly, find pleasure in things that, on the surface, should be really freaking scary and painful.

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Trending on passionsarabia.com

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What’s trending at the home of Men’s Passion online

look at the hottest stories from the past month on Men’s Passion’s online home at passionsarabia.com. Follow us on Instagram @passions.arabia for a regular dose of the styles, the trends, the brands, the maisons and the marques... with stories of the passionate people who are maikng it happen. Ode to Etiquette Bibi Al Ghanim and Ma’ab Al Qassem are redefining etiquette in the region. Cultural awareness infused with a desire to elevate the play field of social and professional interactions with an added sense of finesse that can transform any form of setting into a fabulous experience; that’s where The House of Etiquette in Kuwait comes in.

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Boss - Summer of Ease Capturing the mood of a mellow summer’s day, BOSS Menswear heads to the seaside for Spring/Summer 2018 in a collection entitled ‘Summer of Ease’. Effortless, airy sartorialism is met with refined utilitarian detail in this highly crafted collection. With this higher-end collection, Wilts is positioning Boss as a lifestyle brand for the globetrotting guy.

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Tareq Al-Qallaf: A Global Champion’s Story “Burgan Bank’s continued support and conviction in my abilities has been the source of motivation. I am proud to associate my name and success with Burgan Bank, one of the largest social contributors to the betterment of the community and its youth” Tareq Al-Qallaf.

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Portofino - Designed to Delight The Ferrari Design Centre-penned Ferrari Portofino is an aggressively-styled car with a two-box fastback configuration – unprecedented in a coupé-convertible with a retractable hard top – that adds extra sleekness to its silhouette, lending it a sportier character without impinging on its elegance and dynamism.

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The Watch Edition – It’s complicated They say that life is simple – we just complicate it ourselves. But, sometimes, a little bit of complication adds to one’s quality of life and, when it comes to watchmaking, we’ve found that a little complication goes a long, long way writes Simon Balsom.

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Tashkeel Art Studio Tashkeel, the Dubai-based multi-disciplinary art studio established by Sheikha Lateefa bint Maktoum, has a busy art season ahead with several free-to-attend exhibitions, workshops and talks for the public. Tashkeel celebrates a decade of art and design practice with a milestone exhibition of commissions by 16 leading practitioners from the UAE and beyond whose own development has been integral to its story..

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Prostate Cancer - Let’s face it The more you know about the prostate and the normal development and function of the prostate, where it’s located, and what it’s attached to, the better you can understand how prostate cancer develops and impacts a man’s life over time – due either to cancer growth or as a result of treatments.

passionsarabia.com/prostate-cancer-lets-face

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The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum First ever Kuwait roadshow - an exclusive introduction

Vedat Asci, Chairman of Astas Holding, a luxury lifestyle developer and the developers of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, hosted a two-day series of private events in Kuwait at the end of April. Visiting Kuwait for the first time, Vedat invited a select group of guests to join him and discover the luxury and delights of the hotel and residences set on the edge of the Aegean Sea. Susanne Asci, of the developers Astas Holding, welcomed guests to ladies-only lunches at Dai Forni, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya on 23rd and 24th April as well as a mixed dinner at Dai Forni on the evening of the 23rd April.


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The luxuriously-appointed Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum Residences are available for private ownership and are fully serviced by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The Residences, located at Paradise Bay on the northern side of the Bodrum peninsula, include villas sized from 540 sqm on 1000 sqm land, to 760 sqm on 2,000 sqm land, and apartments from 210 sqm up to 450 sqm. Beautifully appointed, The Residences combine functionality with aesthetics to create an unparalleled ambiance and a truly unique lifestyle. Exuding minimalist elegance and offering a redefined Mediterranean lifestyle, The Residences at Mandarin Oriental,

Bodrum with the accompanying Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum resort hideaway - designed by the world famous architect Antonio Citterio - successfully create an authentic sense of place for a limited number of discerning international homeowners. The enchanting natural environment and superb sandy beaches of Paradise Bay ensure extraordinary experiences abound at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum all year round. Direct flights from Kuwait to Bodrum begin at the end June, with Kuwait Airways.

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Boucheron’s Grand Opening at 360 Mall, Kuwait

The Maison Boucheron hosted the grand opening of their new boutique at Kuwait’s 360 Mall on the evening of Tuesday 27th March 2018. As you’d expect, we were there.


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Abolish 153 Art Exhibition Art with a cause

An important date in the art and social calendar of Kuwait occurred on Monday 16th April with the hosting of the annual Abolish 153 art exhibition at the city’s ‘The Hub’ space. It’s also an event which, ultimately, aims to influence the humanitarian face of the country too. We were there.

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Abdullah Al Mutairi Solo show at Kuwait’s The Sultan Gallery

Artist Abdullah Al Mutairi’s latest works were the subject of a

grace the museum displays 500 years from now. The making

solo exhibition hosted in Kuwait at The Sultan Gallery during

of a future history.

April. Abdullah makes an ambitious attempt at predicting what it is that our future generations will identify us with, what will

The exhibition will remain on display at The Sultan Gallery Kuwait until 10th May, 2018


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Kuwait Formative Arts Spring Show 2018

Kuwait Formative Arts Society held their annual Spring Exhibition during April. Attended by artists and lumineries from the nation’s cultural sphere, the exhibition provided a rich diversity of works from across Kuwait’s artistic quarter of society.

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Lotus Arts De Vivre x Abdulla AlAwadi Handcrafted jewellery and home accessories

Kuwait architect, artist, designer and curator Abdullah AlAwadi added yet another string to his creative bow at the end of April when, at Dar al Funoon, he unveiled his exclusive

jewellery collaboration with Lotus Arts De Vivre in addition to presenting a curated selection of handcrafted jewellery and home accessories by the international and exquisite brand.


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Esmael Taqi at Kuwait’s Dar al Funoon

Glitched Aesthetics, an exhibition of works by Esmael Taqi, was held at Kuwait’s Dar al Funoon during April. Bright and bold, Esmael’s work takes cues from various art movements and aesthetic references. He describes his process of work as instantaneous - as images pop in to his mind he transfers them immediately to canvas.

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Our essential guide. What not to miss during May ABBA Sing-Along

What: Music concert

Where: National Museum Theatre, Kuwait When: 3 and 4 May 2018

Join AMG’s ABBA Sing-Along Concert at the National Museum Theatre on Thursday 3 May and Friday 4 May at 7.30 pm for

what is likely to be the most uproarious beginning to this year’s summer. Led by AMG choir and the Messilla Beach Blues Band, the phrase you’re least likely to hear is “Oh, I haven’t heard this one before!”

Top Pick

info@ahmadimusicgroup.com

Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah What: Cultural season

Where: Various venues across Kuwait When: thru’ May 2018

Now coming to the end of its 23rd annual cultural season, DAI

has always presented a veritable selection of activities to inspire individuals from all walks of life and every interest imaginable, these

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concerts,

educational

opportunities, workshops, cultural excursions, film screenings, theatrical productions, and special events. darmuseum.org.kw

Spamalot

What: Comedic musical

Where: Dubai Opera House, Dubai When: 2 - 5 May 2018

The funniest musical you will ever see. Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy

Grail, Spamalot is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a

divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences..

dubaiopera.com

Beirut Boat

What: Boat and yacht show

Where: Zaitounay Bay, Beirut When: 9 - 13 May 2018

Beirut Boat, the International Boat and Super Yacht Show, is the sole meeting place for the yachting industry in Lebanon with a

keen focus on accessible luxury in all its facets. Held from 9 to 13

May at the upscale Beirut Marina- Solidere, the 11th edition will host some of the internationally renowned yachting companies,

superyacht builders and designers, nautical suppliers, in addition to well-known brands. beirutboat.com

Peter Pan - The Musical What: Musical Where: Royal Opera House, Muscat, Oman When: 3 - 5 May 2018 Action-packed and exciting, this award-winning production of Peter Pan is for people of all ages. Directed by Maurizio Colombi with music of Edoardo Bennato, twenty performers on stage animate a magical realm with special effects that include Peter Pan flying in the air with ease. In this timeless tale, Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy companion, Tinkerbell, are chasing Peter’s shadow and fly through an open window into the nursery of the Darling family where the children, Wendy and her younger brothers Michael and John, are fast asleep - and wake up to a real dream. With a sprinkle of pixie dust, the children are taken across a starry sky on a fantastic journey that none of them will ever forget.. rohmuscat.org.om


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