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Dear Reader, Dear Readers, Welcome to our Autumn edition. Seasonal changes aside, autumn for Project Luxury & Art stands for many wonderful and exciting themes we would like to share with you. As temperatures drop, and we all get back to our usual routines of work and travels, Project Luxury & Art is pleased to include a collecton of articles for your reading pleasure covering travel destinations to places such as Phuket and Kyoto or truffel haunts in Italy, elite auction houses Christie’s and Koller, and enjoyable activities such as spa parties or attending the Monaco Yacht Show. The features herein are certain to both inform and entertain you as we kick-off the fall. Relish our articles about perfect autumn outfits from Armani, Dior or Michael Kors, talented artists and photographers from England, Hungary and Germany amongst others, useful Korean beauty tips, important fashion highlights from fall runway shows, some timely business topics, the latest automobiles and gadgets, and much more.
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You’ll see some surprising announcements too, from floating villas and pet cloning to robotic advances that are bound to keep you curious for more. We strive to give you a flavour for what is happening in the most important lifestyle categories, but also to introduce some innovative concepts and companies you may not have read about before.
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GOOD TO KNOW Swiss Finesse at Koller Auctions Swiss art auctions
Christie's Dubai Celebrating 10 years
Tim Hall Landscapes that leave you breathless
New York's Hotel Art Collection Gramercy Park Hotel
Zsuzsanna Udvarhelyi Expressive creations
Christopher Forbes & Château de Balleroy Historic renovation
Maximilian Wiedemann Artistic master of words
Art Fair Calendar
Ona Sadkowsky Humor and pizzaz
Reto Guntli's Eye on Beauty Global photographic feats
Marina Sculpture Bright celebrations of joy
Fashion DESIGNER PROFILES 46 Michael Kors A fashion sensation
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Fall Collection 2016 Armani & Dior Fall Collection Highlights A summary of what's in
The Magic and Magnificence Behind Every Diamond Inside look at the world of diamonds
Luxury Rebranding in a Digital Age Carl F. Bucherer case study
Must Haves Top picks for men and women
Private Parties in the Spa A fun new way to celebrate
Korea's Best Beauty Secrets Basic tips to remember
Amazing Nuts Nutritional boost
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The Most Expensive Watches in the World Fascinating facts
Dazzling Diamonds Five sparkling wonders
Magic Table with Michelin Stars Dining with the chefs
Truffle Hunting in Italy Delicious truffle excursions
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Matcha, Green Tea, Ginko, Flax, Chia Healthy fixes and remedies
107 Morgan EV3 1909 Edition Retro automotive bliss
Champagne as an Investment Exquisite and lucrative
108 Premiere of Prototype at Pebble Beach Maybach steals the show
Zurich's 4th Immobilienball Raising funds for children
IN THE AIR 110 Gulfstream G550 Boardroom in the sky 112 Bell 525 Relentless Luxury helicopter
Monaco Yacht Show Spectacular yachts and cars
Superyachts Four wonders at sea
114 zai Luxurious skis and business thoughts
100 The Floating Seahorse Aquarium views for your new residence
116 Gadgets & More Our favourites for autumn
118 Make Your Dog Immortal Pet cloning
104 Bentley Bentayga Sheer driving pleasure
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Travel HOTELS, RESORTS & CITYSCAPES 120 The 13 in Macau The most grandiose new hotel
Business 136 Incubators in Europe Boosting business 138 We, the Modern Enlightened Kings Cire Trudon's finest candles
TOP DESTINATIONS 124 The Hot Colours of Autumn Foliage Splendour in all colours 126 Amanpuri, Phuket Heaven in Thailand 132 Gstaad Fall stop before snowfall 134 Luxury Trains On board in utmost luxury
140 Ready Robots A peek into Autonomous Systems Lab BUSINESS PROFILES 143 Bill Gates Inspiring leader 144 Samih Sawiris Real estate development expert
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TIM HALL CAPTIVATING LANDSCAPES British Fine Art photographer Tim Hall’s landscapes make you see the world with new eyes. Capturing nature in its true glory, from high mountain peaks to soothing landscapes and seascapes, Hall’s photographs will make you dream, or travel.
natural and urban world as well as those who inhabit them. The influence of painting in Hall’s work stems from his studies of Art History at England’s Manchester University. The intention to strike an emotional or spiritual chord is evident in much of his landscape work, itself inspired by Rothko and Turner.
© Tim Hall
Hall specialises in landscape, travel and portraiture. His aim to see the world through the lens of a camera was inspired by the romance of 19th century travellers and, more recently, National Geographic photographers. His works are a lyrical response to the places and people that he has visited and show his deep interest in the
Artist's photo © Tom Luddington
With over twenty-five years of experience as a projectbased photographer, his pictures are often conceived as a series, exhibited as a collective body or bought as single pieces. Hall lives in London and is represented by contemporary art galleries across Europe, South East Asia and the USA. In addition to special projects and commissions, Hall regularly takes photographs for prestigious corporate clients such as Martini, the luxurious Regent, Strand and Aurelio hotels, Porto Montenegro, Lech Tourism and Frauenschuh, to name but a few. Many of Hall’s pieces are hanging in top locations such as Barclays Bank, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and Standard Chartered Bank. Additionally, he has produced and participated in close to a dozen book projects and is preparing for the launch of his upcoming book with TeNeues, entitled “Beyond the Clouds”, a 208 page hardcover book with 120 black and white and colour photos due out in October.
During the 1990’s, Tim lived in Southeast Asia for seven years and worked on publications and exhibitions focusing on Vietnam, Cambodia, Mandalay, Hanoi and Hong Kong, and the indigenous people from those regions. In January 2012, Tim travelled to Jodhpur to document the wonders of the Blue City. Tim’s landscape photography began in Morocco in 2004 with his “Dune and Oasis” series. By 2006, the focus was directed towards the British landscape with the “Coast and Storm” series. These large-scale prints present the natural world in an abstract manner, blurring the line between photography and painting. From Asia and Africa, Hall began shooting Europe’s stunning Alpine wonders as well as intriguing cityscapes from around the world. Tim’s work is collected worldwide by institutions and private individuals such as Willy Bogner. His works are available as limited edition prints, each signed, numbered and dated. www.timhallphotography.com
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ZSUZSANNA UDVARHELYI Hungarian artist Zsuzsanna, known in international art circles under the name Zsud, paints portraits that reveal another level of intimacy and transparency dance and work off some steam in an effort to avoid breaking down in tears. I want to capture the pride, vanity and joy, but also the fleeting, the elusive. I'm interested in people who take the time for happiness and for sadness. I want the viewer to remember times in his life when he experienced such feelings.”
“I'm not looking for extreme stories, I want to paint everyday life. I want my models to show their inner being, to express their hopes and fears. I like the awkward gait of young girls on their high heels. I love seeing people
She studied art in Budapest and Vienna, and also in the French city of Nancy. Zsud has exhibited in the US, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Monaco, Italy, France and Qatar.
© Zsuzsanna Udvarhelyi
Udvarhelyi says: “On busy workdays, I move around picking out strangers’ faces, looking at them, trying to imagine their story. Sometimes, if I get inspired, I ask them to sit for me. This doesn't mean I paint their faces. I'm not interested in portraiture, I just want to capture their souls, their hearts.”
Her delicately textured creations produce an elegant aura that unfolds into a fragile and exquisite atmosphere for visitors to her exhibitions. Zsud portrays many of her visions through the classically matured decorative world of Art Nouveau. Zsud has also applied her natural talent for expression and authenticity to cityscapes and flowers. Zsud has caught the attention of the art world because of her ability to capture more than what is visible at first glance. Pale colours and stylised Art Nouveau ornaments frequently highlight her work, and the see-through, somewhat blurred silver becomes nearly luminescent when we approach a painting. Colours such as violet, sea-green and sand-yellow contrast with opalescent backgrounds, suggesting the beauty of radiance, light and clarity. Zsud’s motto is: “The role of a painter is not to show what we all can see, but what we are unable to see but are able to know.” Intuition, consciousness and symbolism are universal themes, but Zsud’s goal is to reach the world of instinct and to evoke heroic figures through the common symbols of mankind. Her work is archaic and progressive, timeless, emotional and pure.
Zsud experiments with different techniques. Frescoes, reliefs, oil-paint and the colour of gold offer her an array of possibilities. For the artist, this experimentation is more like a reform than an uncertainty. Zsud says: “I’ve already found my way; I only have to walk it.” Elements of pre-raphaelism as well as the aesthetics of Art Nouveau and of the 'Fauves' are to be found in her work, as the standing, elongated picture surface serves as a vehicle for elegance and aloofness. A legacy from Art Nouveau is the slightly 'sfumato' outline of some of the faces portrayed as the keepers of hidden secrets. In some works, there is also an intentional avoidance of representing a materialistic and everyday world. There is something enchanting about Zsud's work. The spell is uninterrupted from the moment when our first glance discovers the painting with a faint feeling of 'déjà vu' to the time when we are committed to uncovering its highly detailed textures. In an era of contempt for the 'harmonious' and the 'beautiful', Zsud succeeds in achieving an intensity of romantic expressions. Many who value her work would say that she harbours a deep artistic instinct and possesses a core aesthetic integrity. She manages to interpret western European culture and she presents it enriched with Hungarian flavours. www.udvarhelyi.com
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MAXIMILIAN WIEDEMANN TURNING THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN “Money talks but has nothing to say” Wiedemann’s captivating art captures today’s zeitgeist, addressing topics that often others dare not undertake. Through his canvases and other works, Wiedemann observes and highlights human identity and society. His wit, humour and sarcasm show through everything he creates. Wiedemann fires strong messages about love, money, power, status symbols, fashion, celebrities and other age old questions throughout his masterpieces. The artist possesses the enormous gift of being able to transform simple concepts into stimulus for multiple senses. Wiedemann creates paintings, silkscreens, neon lights, installations and sculptures and is currently also playing with photography and film. He has gone beyond tradtional and the predictable into a realm of his own. Born in Frankfurt in 1977 to an English mother and a German father, Wiedemann grew up in a home with divergent personalities and cultures, which have shaped his youth greatly. Wiedemann's talent and passion was evident early on. As a 17-year-old graffiti artist, Wiedemann displayed his enthusiasm and energy through spray paint.
I Saw the Truth
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Closer to God in Heels
He has since worked with all sorts of materials, on various artistic and musical avant-garde projects, and is also a graphic designer and advertising concept man. Maximilian’s inspiration comes from daily life, his family, friends and the locations he visits. He is mainly based in London, Frankfurt and Miami.
True 'wordsmith' Maximilian shares, “My art revolves between the ambivalence of today’s materialism and status-oriented
© Maximilian Wiedemann
“IT’S ALL ABOUT MESSAGING” Maximilan’s main muse and focus in his works and collection are all those themes we juggle with today. It’s easy to perceive his advertising background in the sharp, concise communication his works shout out. Sentences such as “the only pain is champagne” reflect his mastery of words. “I love combining words in art, that’s how the Vogue magazine works came along,” shares Wiedemann. “I like art that is thoughtful and intelligent, and refers to today’s habitat in society.”
society, versus the values of real love and integrity... I believe art should provoke thoughts about the current times we live in.” Maximilian Wiedemann moves as much in international hotspots and celebrity circles, as his artwork does. Designer Karl Lagerfeld introduced the artist to the editor of French Vogue, Karin Roitfeld, who quickly snatched up a work. Tamara Mellon, founder of Jimmy Choo, HSH Prince Albert II, the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi and Petra Ecclestone are a few names among his many fans and collectors. Wiedemann’s work includes an international campaign for the VH1 Divas concert in New York. He painted Miley Cyrus, Adele, Kelly Clarkson to name a few. His thought-provoking phrases have also caught the attention of corporate clients such as BMW, Topshop and Coca-Cola. In Europe and America, Maximilian Weidemann has curated collective exhibitions, but also individual exhibitions since 1999. His works are part of prominent private collections around the world and his pieces are shown in galleries around the world. MONEY AND LOVE: “YOU CAN BREAK MY HEART BUT NOT THE BANK”
Wiedemann is an equally keen observer of a changing morality in politics and banking. This theme he takes up in his series “Greedy as a pig”, with works such as “American Excess” or “Love sucks. Cash rules”. Maximilian Wiedemann has just completed a series of sculptures and installations, with the spectacular installation “Expensive Shit” and typographical large sculpture “CASH”. Maximilan is very active in charity work, raising funds with HSH Prince Albert II for the victims of the Earthquake in Nepal whereby his Grace Kelly portrait raised a whopping 36,000 euros, receiving a commission for a diamond dust Dove painting for the United Nations in Den Haag, Netherlands as well as being one of the artists to be featured at the Cinema for Peace Gala this coming February in Berlin. Wiedemann will have a new exciting clothing collaboration launching in early 2017. The artist is managed by Katherine D. Schade, partner of ACC Art Management, based in New York and Munich. For further artist collaborations, commissions and projects, please email: email@example.com www.maximilianwiedemann.com
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ONA SADKOWSKY Taking streets, residences and corporate clients by storm, this talented young artist creates humoristic, refreshing and funky drawings, paintings and contemporary urban art that stand apart boldly from the crowd.
Born in Zurich in 1992, Ona Sadkowsky has already gathered a strong following despite her young age and is considered one of todayâ€™s most aspiring young artists in Switzerland. Her distinctive drawing style is wellappreciated not only within the Swiss urban art scene, but also through both solo and group shows at galleries and at art fairs in Spain, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Switzerland and the US. Ona also participates regularly in live performances where she paints murals for special events and for a variety of audiences. Ona grew up in the old city centre in a family of artists, in a world of daily painting and creativity, spending holidays and many weekends in her grandfatherâ€™s atelier and her weekdays in the apartment that served as her motherâ€™s studio. She always knew that art would play an important part in her life.
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She began her journey towards her current art style by first creating simple pencil on paper comics, usually filled with frivolous and sometimes perverse content, and then moved on to acrylic paintings on canvas using MOLOTOWTM markers and to other illustrations. The frivolous element has persisted. Before becoming an artist, Ona worked as a short and long haul flight attendant holding positions as purser, stewardess and maître de cabine, all of which ingrained in her a huge respect for the concept of time and progress. She decided to leave the airline because of her increasing passion to produce art and the heavy workload involved in her art projects.
She says: “As a child, I would get bored of playing football in the street, and soon I even got headaches from many TV shows. So, I decided to take a pen and paper and just simply start drawing”. Ona, who paints every day, admits “Drawing and painting is my life. If I could not pursue art as I do now, I would not be the person I am.” Her style is considered colourful and imaginative. Her subjects are humanlike beings who, despite their comiclike style, have a certain difficult-to-explain melancholy or sadness. The viewer often senses some sort of social taboo. Nudity, sexuality and notoriety pop up. “My art is sharp, loud, fresh and naughty”, says Ona. Her childhood comics and drawings have developed in recent years to include more figures, surrounded by a black line. Some call her characters 'monsters'. Instead, Ona calls them 'special characters'. For Ona, they have nothing to do with gender. The 'Boobies' for example, one series of her endearing characters, were originally created for an exhibition in Zurich but she liked them so much she just carried on. The figures in her drawings,
© Ona Sadkowsky
The artist works in her own studio in Zurich and continues various professional activities in the field of design. Ona has worked with prestigious names such as Disney, Coop, Havas, Absolut Vodka, Ikea and Rüegg & Nägeli. She has executed many other projects for Zurich based firms. She also creates graphic and textile designs. She is developing her own shirts, cloth bags and shoes, but her painting always comes first. Ona, who is self-trained in art history and theory, modestly declares that she just loves to create. She
started drawing for no reason and without any specific goal.
prints and paintings are noisy, fresh, crazy, cheeky and bold and are often characterised by cryptic humour. Their relatively concise style is somewhere between graffiti, comics and character design. The art is timeless. “My work is spontaneous... Often, I meet my characters in the dream world, i.e. in the phase of falling asleep. So, they come mainly from my subconscious. Every picture, every figure is a self-portrait.” Ona strives to show how art and ideas can arise spontaneously. She wants to make her work as perfect as possible. She aims for an image or drawing that is similar to a simple print. Even upon close inspection, no one would notice that the whole thing is painted or drawn. Ona is planning many more exhibitions, commissioned orders and special projects, and then a first step towards going abroad. Switzerland has applauded her vivid imagination, but it remains a conservative market. She has her eyes set on the US (Los Angeles, Miami and NY), where she senses an openness that can inspire her further. Ona promises that she will take brush, canvas, street wall, room wall and her colours, and keep on working!
Project Luxury & Art grabbed Ona on the go, for a couple of key questions: WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE MOST INTERESTING ART MOVEMENT OR TREND OCCURING IN THE ART WORLD TODAY? I do not follow any trend or pay attention to what's hot or in demand. I pay attention to my own evolution and stay true to myself just as my style always remains authentic. I paint that which makes sense for me at the moment. I feel free. I paint spontaneously what in that instant I feel is right and appropriate. WHAT WILL YOUR MAIN THEMES BE IN YOUR CURRENT AND FUTURE PRODUCTIONS? I'm currently working on a new series called “The sitting graces”, female-like figures sitting on chairs. The pictures are dedicated to various people who are important to me. I always develop myself further. New characters. New colours. But what always remains constant is my handwriting and my line. In short, that which makes me recognisable... that black line. www.ona-sadkowsky.com
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RETO GUNTLI’S EYE ON BEAUTY Swiss photographer and multilingual world citizen Reto Guntli travels all continents for book productions, hotel shoots and magazine reportages on exclusive architecture, interiors, people, art, design and travel.
Aman at the Summer Palace, Beising
Aman Canal Grande, Venice Datai Resort Lawkhavi, Malysia
With over 40 books in the past 20 years, Guntli is one of the most accomplished photographers of luxurious lifestyles in the capital cities of the world. For his teNeues book, “Living in Style Paris” , he had Caroline Sarkozy opening doors to the best homes in Paris. His latest book “Ottoman Chic” by Assouline, depicts the opulent, lavish style of the Ottoman empire. Guntli regularly contributes to magazines such as Architectural Digest, Vogue, Casa Vogue, Elle Decoration, Traveller Condé Nast, Architektur&Wohnen and Swiss Universe. © Reto Guntli
Reto Guntli became interested in photography in the 80s when he attended drama school in New York.
To earn a living, he began to take portraits for talented friends who needed them for agencies. Guntli travelled to India and, from there, his breakthrough came relatively quickly. At the time, many of the maharaja’s palaces were being converted into luxury hotels. Since he was one of the first to photograph this, he was given access to many magazines. The two books of Taschen Verlag’s “Inside Asia” are used by architects and designers as a specialist bible on Asian design. For this project, Guntli travelled for nine months through seventeen Asian countries in search of exceptional architecture. He went in and out of palaces, fishing villages, modern homes, magnificent resorts, ancient monasteries and temples. He personally gave the books to the Dalai Lama. For Guntli, this trip was the most adventurous and fascinating of his life. Guntli has photographed lifestyles in the world’s most important locations, showing stunning homes, palaces, hotels, resorts and gardens, but also libraries and book shops in Europe. Each time, he gets his viewers to dream. Guntli says: “I am often surrounded by the most beautiful things in this world, which is a real privilege and joy. Recognising beauty in all forms is a motivation and with photography I can share my enthusiasm.” Harmonious composition and choice of content, as well as the right use of natural light, all come very naturally to Guntli. He brings a spontaneous informality and alchemy into play, revealing his passion. Some say he has an emotional approach to the camera which exposes the inner life and atmosphere of a room or an object.
designers, musicians and writers who like having a media platform for their creativity. Guntli has been personally received by Kirk Douglas, Oscar Niemeyer, Tadao Ando, Ted Turner, Paulo Coehlio, Pedro Allmodovar, Lenny Kravitz, Erwin Wurm, Kim Catrall, Roberto Cavalli, the Ferragamo family and many others. A genuine interest in the arts brings Guntli into contact with some of the most famous contemporary artists and collectors in the world. He collaborates with his friend, Marina Abramovic (her “Cleaning the floor” photograph, shot by Guntli with the Rolls Royce of cameras, the Swiss Alpa, has become iconic), and travels with Francesca von Habsurg to the Biennale to cover her TBA21 collection. Guntli occasionally shows his work in exhibitions and group shows such as the “Allure” collection at the Amerika Haus, Berlin, or at the Marta Herford Museum in Germany. He had a retrospective at the Urs von Unger Gallery in Saanen, Gstaad earlier this year. Many of the world’s top hotel groups and resorts hire Guntli for their branding and advertising campaigns. He has forged solid relationships with Amanresorts, Chedi/ GHM, Regent, Four Seasons and others. Commissioned for preopening shoots, he is often the first guest ever in properties such as the Aman Canal Grande in Venice. In Switzerland, the latest luxury hotels such as the Chedi Andermatt, the Alpina Gstaad, and also established houses like the Widder in Zurich or the Beau-Rivage Lausanne, rely on his photographic style. For Guntli, photography is both a profession and a passion. His personal and professional lives are virtually inseparable, so his job never feels like work.
Guntli is very fond of working with artists, architects, www.retoguntli.com
Legian Resort, Bali
Porto Montenegro, Marina
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SWISS FINESSE AT KOLLER AUCTIONS Swiss-based, family owned Koller Auctions is a great springboard for getting into collecting Swiss art Koller Auctions, the largest Swiss auction house, has been at the heart of Switzerland’s art scene since it was founded in Zurich almost sixty years ago. During this time, Koller has managed to grow in importance by adapting to the ever-evolving art market, while remaining in the hands of the same family and maintaining a stellar reputation. For the past fifteen years, Koller has been managed by second-generation Cyril Koller. Cyril has conferred a resolutely modern image on the company, developing departments such as PostWar & Contemporary Art, Impressionist & Modern Art, Design and Wristwatches, while assuring Koller’s traditional strengths in fields such as Old Master paintings, fine furniture, jewellery and Asian art. “There are clear advantages to buying and selling art in Switzerland” says Cyril Koller, “from the intelligent use of import and export laws, to the efficient and practical freeport system, to one of the lowest VAT rates in Europe, we are fortunate to be able to offer excellent conditions to our customers.” The results of Koller’s
auctions reflect this: the list of world record prices is impressive, and Koller’s Zurich auction results are often in line with those realised in London or New York. Swiss Art is a collecting category that is unique to Switzerland and it is also one of the most dynamic in the current market. From the start, Koller has made Swiss Art one of its specialities and recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of its dedicated Swiss Art auctions with a world record price, 4.05 million Swiss Francs for a triptych by Giovanni Giacometti. Giacometti, the father of artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti, painted the three-part landscape in 1904 for the luxury hotel Waldhaus Flims in the Swiss Grison Alps. “For eighty years the painting was forgotten” explains Cyril Koller: “It was taken down and put into storage shortly after it was installed, possibly because Giacometti’s style – very modern for the time – was perceived as being a bit too avant-garde for the hotel’s more conservative guests.”
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Giovanni Giacometti, Panorama of Flims
Felix Vallotton, Brume de matin aux Andelys
Felix Vallotton, Le phare, soir
Koller has made numerous records at Swiss art sales. The public can often continue to enjoy these works once they change hands. â€œA particularity about Swiss Art collectors is that they often lend works from their private collections to public exhibitionsâ€? says Cyril Koller. This was very good news to the residents of the region of the Hotel Waldhaus, who were concerned about the important work disappearing forever into a private collection. That a leading Swiss auction house would offer Swiss Art is perhaps a given, but what is surprising about this collecting field is its importance to the overall art market.
Paul Klee, Ein Magier experimentierend Albert Anker, Turmstunde in Ins
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The Swiss can hardly be characterised as patriotic flag-wavers, but they are very often proud of their heritage and they are avid collectors of what they consider to be the best their country has to offer. While some Swiss artists, such as Ferdinand Hodler, Felix Vallotton, Paul Klee and Alberto Giacometti achieved fame and success abroad, many others like Albert Anker, Giovanni Segantini and Giovanni Giacometti worked mainly in their homeland, but they are no less well-loved by Swiss collectors because of this. The world auction record for a painting by the 19th century Bernese artist, Albert Anker, set in 2013 by Koller, is a staggering 7.5 million Swiss Francs. In that year alone, Koller realised over 26 million Swiss Francs in sales of Swiss art. Alongside these million-dollar paintings, there are dozens of Swiss artists not well-known outside the country but whose exquisite works have graced the homes of Swiss collectors for centuries.
The Western Swiss and Valais schools of painting produced many fine artists such as Ernst Bieler, François Bocion, Alexandre Calame and François Diday, all of whose works sell regularly in the five and six figures in Koller’s auctions. Each school has its own style: the Geneva school of Calame and Diday is characterised by dramatic Romantic-style landscapes, while Valais painters like Bieler and Raphael Ritz preferred to depict local residents in traditional costume against a majestic mountainous backdrop. Collectors outside the country are taking a serious interest. Switzerland has been described as combining the light of Italy with the skies of Northern Europe. These unique atmospheric conditions have attracted artists from other countries, such as England’s J.M.W. Turner. Others, such as Gustave Courbet and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, came to Switzerland to escape political turmoil or war. The Dada movement was started in Zurich during World War I by a group of artists in exile, along with several Swiss artists, and it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Today, Switzerland remains a flourishing centre for contemporary art, and Zürich was chosen as the host of the Manifesta 11 art biennale. Its position on the crossroads of Europe has inspired a particular character in its inhabitants as well as its art – steeped in tradition yet open to innovation – which also aptly describes the philosophy of Koller Auctions in its approach to the art market of the coming century.
Paul Klee, Vier Türme
Albert Anker, Girl with a basket in the woods Alberto Giacometti, Portrait de Pierre Josse
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CHRISTIE’S Dubai CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF AUCTIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
By establishing and committing to providing a platform to promote Middle Eastern art to a global audience, Christie’s has played an important part in nurturing this now well-established market.
The year 2016 is rather special for Christie’s with its 250th anniversary, combined with regional anniversary celebrations taking place in Hong Kong and Dubai. This March, the oldest fine art auction house in the world marked its 10th anniversary in Dubai, and its 20th sale season, at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in the heart of Dubai.
Fatih Moudarres, Untitled
It was at this event that the Christie’s management team understood the need to expand its then 240 year-old business into this fast-evolving region. Within a year, a representative office was opened, the first of any international auction house in the region, in early April 2005. On 24 May 2006 at 7 pm, Dubai experienced its first ever art auction in the Middle East, when Jussi Pylkkänen, now Christie’s Global President, stepped onto the rostrum and opened the auction by announcing lot 1,
It all started back in May 2004, when Christie’s was invited to conduct the Gulf’s first art-meets-charity gala auction for ‘Camel Caravan’, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. That night, 39 painted model camels were sold and raised a total of $1.3 million (AED4.8 million) for different
charities, still one of the highest amounts raised during one charity event in the region.
Mahmoud Said, Les Chadoufs
a painting by Shakir Hassan Al-Said (Iraq, 1925-2004), entitled “The Peasant”, which sold for three times its low estimate, a relieved start to a new adventure. It was followed by 128 lots, and the auction totaled $8.5 million with 53 new world auction records set for artists from the region. The first sale also included the first ever lot selling for over AED 1 million when “Where the two oceans meet” by Egyptian artist Ahmed Moustafa sold to a collector in the room. In every sale since, the support from artists and collectors from the region and the rest of the world has ensured that the auctions will remain an important event on the global art calendar.
secret wherever we do business. It is a great tribute to Dubai, to the government bodies, collectors, fairs, gallerists and most importantly the artists, that we have collectively built a market that back in 2006 when I stepped into the rostrum, I could only have dreamt of.” A year later, in January 2007, Christie’s added another sale category to its offering, Jewels and Watches. Still running after 10 years but in a slightly modified way, jewels are available via the Private Sale channel that Christie’s is offering aside the auction business, and watches have become a stand-alone auction, taking place twice a year.
Jussi Pylkkänen, Global President of Christie’s recalls, “I clearly remember the moment just before our first auction in Dubai…. We all knew it was a risk. At the time there were only a handful of galleries in Dubai, none of the great museums had been envisioned. We were even unsure if the auction concept and the bidding process would be understood by our new clients. But what we did have was great art, and that is always the
And again the following year, the highest price for any work sold at auction in the Middle East was achieved, when “The Wall (Oh Persepolis)” by Parviz Tanavoli sold for over $2.8 million. Over the past 10 years, Dubai’s cultural scene has flourished beyond normal standards.
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The “Sarajevo” triptych is undeniably the most important and the most ambitious work produced by El-Nagdi in terms of complexity, monumentality, expression and subject matter. El-Nagdi, a Muslim Egyptian painter, represents the slaughter of his Bosniak brothers in Sarajevo with the traditionally Christian format of the triptych, a theme that no other artist has ever dared to paint on such a vast scale. El-Nagdi’s “Sarajevo” is without doubt one of the most poignant depictions of the horrors of war ever painted since 1937, when Pablo Picasso completed his iconic piece “Guernica”.
Mahmoud Saïd, Les derviches tourneurs
The 20th Sale Season in March 2016, NOW AND TEN, marked a decade of dealing with art from the region by presenting a curated sale, which offered the 40 best works by leading Middle Eastern artists from private collections to celebrate Middle Eastern art from over the past 100 years. The auction was highlighted by a nearly 11-metre long and 3-metre high triptych, entitled “Sarajevo” by Omar El-Nagdi (Egyptian, b. 1931), painted in April 1992, selling for $1,145,000 with a pre-sale estimate of $400,000 to 600,000, and setting a new world auction record for the artist at auction.
The next sale season in Dubai will take place on October 18 and 19 at the Emirates Jumeirah Towers Hotel. A presale exhibition will be held Sunday October 16, and is open to the public.
Nja Mahdaoui, Graphemes
Art fairs, Design Days, a design district, 60 to 80 internationally operating galleries, museum projects and private foundations have all joined the scene. By committing to regular sale seasons and investing in a team of local specialists and a senior management team based in Dubai, Christie’s has helped from the start to nurture and grow what is now a truly international market place.
Art from the Middle East is widely exhibited today in major institutions around the world. International galleries are supporting artists from this region by showcasing their work in London, Paris, New York, Amsterdam and Berlin, to name a few cities. Middle Eastern galleries are participating more frequently in art fairs around the globe. This means that art from the Middle East is being enjoyed by a larger group of collectors and art enthusiasts, which is a fantastic achievement in just 10 years!
Standing Figure (Girl), Jewad Selim
Parviz Tanavoli, Poet and Cage Fahr El-Nissa Zei, Break of the Atom and Vegetal Life
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NEW YORK’S IMPRESSIVE HOTEL ART COLLECTION An exceptional array of contemporary masterpieces at the Gramercy Park Hotel Located in the heart of New York City, Gramercy Park Hotel has been home to creative minds and distinguished guests for nearly a century. The hotel is a modern take on a traditional grand New York hotel, with its custom-designed, handcrafted furnishings and rotating collection of 20th century artwork. Every room features unique luxury amenities, imported Italian linens and exquisite hand selected artwork.
A. Warhol, Dr. Carlo Monzino
The Gramercy Park neighbourhood is a quiet, tree-lined area alive with history. Guests are minutes from Union Square, SoHo shopping and the trendy boutiques and New York restaurants of the East Village. For a retreat from the bustle of the city, guests receive exclusive access to Manhattan’s only private park, Gramercy Park, which offers a moment of privacy in the heart of NYC.
Damien Hirst, Cholesteryl Palmiltoleate
© Gramercy Park Hotel
The hotel’s 21st century facelift from Oscar-nominated director and artist Julian Schnabel focused on a distinct Renaissance-revival concept incorporating the vivid colours of the era with bold hues on the walls, upholstery and carpets. The furniture was specially imported from markets around the world. The result is an ambiance that is regal, relaxed and ultimately, transporting.
One of the truly historic hotels in New York, Gramercy Park Hotel opened its doors in 1925. Since then, it has hosted some of the world’s most influential stars, from Humphrey Bogart, Babe Ruth and John F. Kennedy to musicians like the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Madonna and U2, giving it the legendary rock-and-roll edge it maintains today.
Gramercy Terrace Drawing Room
Gramercy Park Hotel offers a rare opportunity to experience museum-quality art in an intimate environment. In its lobby, guest rooms, event spaces and bars, guests will find masterpieces by artists from Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat to Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, Richard Prince, Enoc Perez and Tom Wesselman.
With the exception of Hirst, the collection is weighted toward contemporary American masters whose hallmarks include bold palettes, oversized imagery, the mixing of high and low culture and unconventional materials. The world-class work on display is constantly changing, ensuring that guests never experience the same hotel twice.
Damien Hirst, Oral Cancer
Damien Hirst & Annika Newell
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CHRISTOPHER FORBES & CHATEAU DE BALLEROY Château de Balleroy, acquired in 1970 by Christopher Forbes’s father, Malcolm Forbes of the Forbes publishing empire, has hosted innumerable international business leaders, artists, celebrities and prominent heads of state.
© Reto Guntli
Château de Balleroy, a seventeenth-century château in Balleroy, Normandy, France, built from 1626 to 1636, is registered as a historical monument by the French government. Designed by architect, François Mansart, the castle is an architectural gem. Built in schist and pierre de Caen with brick chimneys, it consists of a central pavilion topped by a roof lantern and two lower wings. Other structures are set around the gardens. One of the pavilions hosts Malcolm Forbes’ Balloon Museum, containing documents on the Montgolfier brothers. The garden is listed as one of the 300 most beautiful gardens in France, 'Jardins Remarquables', by the French Ministry of Culture,
and was designed by Henri Duchene, inspired by the designs of André le Nôtre, Louis XIV’s gardener. According to many historians, the Château de Balleroy inspired the construction of the Château de Versailles. Before the Forbes family’s arrival, the Château boasted well-known occupants such as François-Timoléon (son of Jean III de Choisy), Princess Françoise de Blacas, and Albert de Balleroy (19th century animal painter and friend of Eduard Manet). Novelist, critic and essayist Marcel Proust visited the castle, as did painter Paul Helleu. Malcolm Forbes took part in the Liberation, falling in love with the Château de Balleroy before buying it.
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Christopher Forbes, who received the Insignia of Officer in the Legion of Honour on behalf of the President of France in recognition of his devotion to French culture and his daily commitment to FrenchAmerican cooperation and friendship, is currently Vice Chairman of FORBES Media LLC.
Christopher ‘Kip’ Forbes has successfully contributed to developing the family firm which was founded by his grandfather Bertie Charles Forbes in 1917. Today FORBES is internationally recognised for its Rich Lists and, above all, for supplying in-depth economic and financial analysis to the business world.
Christopher Forbes is a successful businessman who has always been interested in art and collecting. From the beginning, he worked with his father on the lengthy and extensive restoration of the Château. He was with his father when he decided to purchase Balleroy. Being the only member of the family to speak French, and given his passion for French history, it was quite natural that Christopher Forbes should oversee the Château’s gradual restoration and refurbishment. Christopher Forbes is a committed patron of the arts, highly appreciative of French elegance and refinement.
A top honours graduate of Princeton with a Bachelors Degree in Art History, Christopher Forbes later received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from New Hampshire College. He has published several works on the famous eggs of Peter Carl Fabergé (his family had the world’s largest collection). He is active in several cultural associations: Princeton University Art Museum, the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the National Jewelry Institute, American Friends of the Château de Compiègne, and, of course, American Friends of the Louvre.
The most challenging part of the renovations were adding electricity, plumbing and heating to such a historic structure, as well as updating elements such as internet access. “One wants to enjoy the 17th century environment with the comforts of the 20th and 21st centuries”, admits Forbes, who is very committed to ensuring the future of the castle for generations to come.
Each year, the Château welcomes thousands of visitors to discover the life of four centuries ago. They can climb the world’s first cantilevered staircase, admire a dovecote with 1,600 stone nests, and stroll through the gardens or walk to the former stables, which were transformed into the Balloon Museum by Malcolm Forbes, who was a world-renowned pilot and the first person to cross the United States in a single hot-air balloon.
© Reto Guntli
Christopher Forbes also welcomes artists from around the world, who find inspiration there to create their art. Christopher Forbes has served as the Founding Chairman of the American Friends of the Louvre for more than a dozen years. Thanks to him, the Louvre has received significant funding, allowing it to welcome more visitors, enhance its collections and increase research programs. Forbes is considered one of the best ambassadors for one of France’s most cherished cultural treasures. Additionally, he established the International Council of the Louvre, supporting the Louvre’s international projects. Napoleon III and the Second Empire are another one of Christopher Forbes’s French passions, ever since his father gave him a portrait of Napoleon III for his 16th birthday. He has since become an expert on the life and work of Napoleon III. Christopher Forbes has an impressive collection of material relating to this key period in French history. He enjoys pointing out that Napoleon III, although a little-known political figure, occupied a unique position in history by being both the last French sovereign and the first democratically elected President of the Republic.
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rt Fair Calendar
October 28th to October 31st, 2016
October 22nd to October 25th, 2016
October 3rd to October 9th, 2016
Vienna Vienna Fair October 6th to October 9th, 2016
Taipei Art Taipei November 12th to November 15th, 2016
Istanbul Contemporary Istanbul
November 10th to November 13th, 2016
Frieze Art Fair and Masters London October 6th to October 9th, 2016
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Artissima Turin November 4th to November 6th, 2016
October 27th to October 30th, 2016
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MICHAEL KORS The man who built a $1 billion fashion empire by Ruth Elvin
Â© Michael Kors
Fall Winter 2016 Collection
Michael Kors is among fashion’s bona fide elite. With a billion dollar fashion empire, a stellar client list including Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie, an impressive 8.4 million followers on Instagram, and over 600 stores worldwide, you’d be forgiven for expecting Kors to have an air of haughty exclusivity about him. In reality, a closer look reveals a down-toearth designer committed to championing ‘accessible luxury’ in the fashion world. His inherent love of people from all walks of life has seen him win countless friends and fans, as well as global recognition for his extensive charitable work. Born Karl Anderson, Michael Kors grew up a stone’s throw from the Big Apple, in Merrick, Long Island. A child model and actor, he showed an early eye for fashion and, in 1977, enrolled at the famous Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. The rest, as they say, is history. Following graduation, he started his own label in 1981, with his first runway show in 1984 receiving widespread acclaim for his 'elegant but minimal dressing'. In the following years, he experienced dramatic career highs
and lows, from becoming creative director for luxury French brand, Céline, to filing for bankruptcy in 1993. Since relaunching his namesake company in 1997, his success has been consistently stratospheric, with highlights including finding TV fame as a judge on the Emmy award-winning show, Project Runway, and joining the likes of Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and Valentine in 2014 as a member of fashion royalty’s billionaires club. The Michael Kors line has steadily expanded and now includes womenswear, menswear, sportswear, bags, shoes, sunglasses, jewellery, beauty products and even fragrances. His overarching aesthetic is one of modern polished luxury, uniquely combining classic elegance with a distinctive, sporty edge. It is his desire to make his line accessible to all that has been one of the keys to his success. Kors cares about being inclusive, his clothes come in a wide range of sizes from petite to plus-size (unlike many luxury fashion houses, which only cater for the smallest sizes) and are priced at the affordable end of the luxury market.
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Michael Kors Shop, Regent Street - London
simultaneous love of elegance and modernity, with a beautiful historic façade and a sumptuous modern interior.
In an interview with the Evening Standard, Kors explains, “for a lot of fashion people, price and the idea of wearability and saleability are dirty words. As are age, size, height. I never felt that way, even a long time ago.”
While Michael Kors most certainly lives among the A-listers, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Jessica Parker among his large crowd of friends, he is also deeply devoted to his philanthropic work. For over 26 years, he has helped fund New York charity God’s Love We Deliver in their aim to deliver muchneeded meals to those suffering from AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. In 2013, he partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme to tackle the issue of global poverty, launching campaigns such as
While his designs may be accessible, they embody luxury, as do his spectacular stores. In May 2016, he launched his newest European flagship store in London’s Regent Street. It perfectly represents his
Fall Winter 2016 Collection
© Michael Kors
This season’s must-have Michael Kors ‘Brooklyn’ bag is priced at $398, a far cry from the thousands of dollars at which other designer handbags retail.
‘Watch Hunger Stop’ and ‘Selfless Selfie’. Kors pledged to personally donate 100 meals for each ‘Selfless Selfie’ posted on World Food Day and has so far helped fund over five million meals to hungry children worldwide. Named one of TIME’s most influential people in 2013, Michael Kors has proved he has influence far beyond the fashion world, and has used it to give something back to those less fortunate than himself. And that seems to be the essence of his charm and success: he loves to help, to please and to delight everyone, from clients to consumers to charities.
Fall Winter 2016 Collection
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FALL COLLECTION 2016
top designers & trends
'Black Velvet' is the name of the new Armani collection, which is magnificent, elegant, mysterious and dreamy. The collection combines the clean lines for which Armani is associated with the Bohemian flair of the rich, velvet material. The fabric surfaces are animated, arousing curiosity. Also eye-catching are the black ties, which are used in different ways, as well as the shiny nude-coloured ankle boots with black pointed hat. The essence of Armani, the contrast between patterns and opulent embellishments, assures the usual elegance of the timeless Armani Chic.
DIOR Dior Homme’s Creative Director Van Assche has mixed different elements together for this collection. Under dimmed red neon lights and the rhythmn of electronic music, the catwalk models showcased a palette of black, red and white noble materials, checkered Rob-Roy tartans, classical Oxford bags converted into skater pants, and traditional knitting patterns with a rebellious side. “The collection uses elements of the past and transports it into the present,” said Van Assche. “It is thought provoking, about where we are now...”
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FALL COLLECTION by Lisa Jansson
Fall is finally here. Bittersweet or not, this season allows us to maximise an outfit a little more lavishly as opposed to summertime’s lighter attire. There is no reason to worry about the winter ahead: with high-shiny PVC and expressive symbols, we are heading towards a very colourful fall. In other words, your wardrobe won’t have time to take another break.
It might seem like a jungle, but it’s not. Just as with your female counterparts, you probably already have the season’s ‘must haves’ in your closet: the suit, sporting outfit, après-ski pullover, pajamas and the bomber jacket. This fall’s fashions allow you to combine suit pants with plaid patterns together with a simple t-shirt and a sporty puffer jacket à la Calvin Klein.
Satin sleepwear has been seen all over the catwalk. We are in love with the styling of Dolce & Gabbana who combine nightwear with a sleek black wool coat. Oversized fur was also a big item swirling down the catwalks of the big fashion houses. You can easily wear it by dressing it down with sneakers and a plain outfit underneath. The style of mixing sportswear with sophisticated, fine handcrafted items makes an outfit look less complicated and gives you that sought-after attitude of not having a look that is too figured out, but more a relaxed style with a lot of that laid-back attitude. At last, don’t forget the details, like this year’s key item: the silk neckerchiefs. Wear them together in earthy autumn colours and pop up the outfit with one of the season’s most popular colours: couture-red, mustardyellow, purple, sky blue and metallic. Combine your outfit with silky satin, velvet material and, as always, don’t overwork it. This fall is all about looking a little bit like, “sorry, I overslept.”
© Dior, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Zegna, Gucci, DKNY, Valentino
This season, the trends are designed for the man of today. He has a busy life where job, sport activities and that aperitivo in the evening must work with the outfit. So, his lifestyle requires an ‘omni-outfit’, the one that works for more than just one occasion. This season the designers have simplified the hectic life for the man with class, taste and high standards. The result is an easy way of mixing an outfit in a both hedonic and utilitarian way.
WOMEN’S A welcoming activity when the temperature drops is to bring out favourite items from the closet, the ones that never go out of fashion, then add to them with the new must-have items of the season. You may prefer to focus on updating the details, like earrings and other accessories that are in the spotlight this fall, or, to go for a re-vamp of the whole wardrobe. Either way, this season will be easy to adapt to, either with your own worked-out style or your special adaptations. The ’70s are still in, along with pastel, grand palettes of yellows, long slim scarves, fringes, pleats, fishnets, laces and layers. What’s new? This fall, designers have put a big effort into the details, and they haven’t been shy: the gothic theme is all over the runways and is not apologising for its arrival. Lady Gaga mounted the Marc Jacobs catwalk with a gothic killer attitude and makeup that would make Gene Simmons click the copy and paste button ASAP. The Victorian theme, with its dark appearance and dramatic dresses, has been adapted by many designers this fall. One of the other major big trends this season emerging on catwalks in New York, and called out as a definite trend in Paris, is the ’80s!
Are oversized suits and defined shoulders still embarrassingly fresh in your minds (you had said that you wouldn’t embrace it again for all the tea in China)? You can relax, we have handpicked the sophisticated key pieces to invest in for this fall. In fact, not only is the suit oversized this season, even the choker-necklace is: the ‘live now, die later’ attitude is still strong and we are not ready to let go of the ’90s yet. It is spiced up with a high-shiny vinyl fetish-style à la Louis Vuitton and Dior. And if this were not enough, the corset is back, an item that would make Coco Chanel turn in her grave. So ready or not, we are about to enter a fantastic fall. Fashionistas will (in their velvet military inspired jackets) spice it all up in an overload of fur matched with granddad plaids, some after-ski and folklore, coloured in dusty earth colours together with animalistic prints and the season’s key colours: purple, bubble-gum pink, couture red, grand palettes of yellow, and sky blue. Lose yourself in a biker-babe mood, and why not wrap it all up in a pie-crust collar in that Victorian style. Convinced yet? Yes, you got this.
Ermenegildo Zegna Two-piece suit
The graffiato texture Trofeo wool suit in charcoal has a notch lapel, two-button front and basted sleeves. The front flap pockets, chest welt pocket and doublevented back give you a professional and sleek look. It includes matching flat-front trousers.
Wear this timeless warm, checkered cashmere scarf with all your autumn jackets. Woven in Scotland.
ÂŠ Burberry, Versace; Ermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo via www.neimanmarcus.com
Dylan Blue captivates the sensual scents of the Miditerranean. Woody notes of ambrox envoke tradition, while exquisite citrus-bergamot and grapefruit give off modernity. Hints of black pepper, papyrus wood and incense mix with mineral musk, tonka beans and saffron to bring forth a man's individuality. 3
These red Palermo 2 tramezza special edition burnished calfskin chukka boots with Norwegian welt have a tapered round toe. With their lace-up fronts and flat stacked soles, these boots are a fine top-off to your autumn outfit.
Michael Kors Coat
This Italian made wool-blend base coat with metallic jacquard detailing will make a dazzling impression on those grey autumn days or nights. The golden floral pattern, the Âž length sleeves, flap pockets, buttoned cuffs and double-breasted front makes a sophisticated statement.
ÂŠ Michael Kors, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta via www.mytheresa.com
The Fendi 'Bag Bugs' are creating a stir worldwide. These cute creations are crafted from fur and add a whimsical finish to any outfit. This multi-coloured one has a leather strap with clip-on fastening and is made of mink fur and goat leather.
Dolce & Gabbana
This signature 'Dolce' box clutch is crafted from plush velvet with intricate metalwork and crystals on the front. It brings that ultra-glam vibe to your outfit. The clutch has magnetic fastening, is lined in fabric with an internal slot pocket and has protective feet.
Oscar de la Renta
The opulent crystal-embellished necklace has a certain art deco flair, and an inherently timeless sense of chic. Wear it with any evening dress or even a tailored suit, and your neckline will shine.
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Maison Michel Fedora Hat
The army greeen Kate fedora hat, made from luxe rabbit felt with grosgrain ribbon is the perfect chic addition for your fall look. The labelâ€™s logo is visible on its glossy black charm.
Gucci Shoulder bag
Linda Farrow Sunglasses
The glamourous over-sized white gold-plated cat-eye sunglasses have gradient tinted lenses for the perfect amount of drama and luxury.
Tom Ford Shoes These stunning, sexy black sequin pumps bridge the classical and elegant with the modern and fashionable. These extravagantly shaped stilettos have just the right touch of gold. The black shimmering mini-sequins piping from colour-coordinated leather shoes have an insole made of satin and leather.
ÂŠ Maison Michel, Gucci, Linda Farrow, Tom Ford via www.mytheresa.com
The Dionyus shoulder bag in soft pink suede with antique silver chain strap has a double tiger head decoration, giving it that extra little elegance and a sprinkle of the unexpected. Internal details include leather lining, two compartments, a zipped center comparment, push-lock fastening and a front pocket under the flap.
Silk dress This 100% silk dress with lace evokes romantic autumn elegance. Its paisley pattern and slim cut arms complement the floral lace touches.
This fabulous box, designed for collectors who want to enjoy all of the new creations, contains seven miniature bottles (10ml each) of the delightful Les Parfums scents: Rose des Vents, Turbulences, Dans la Peau, Apogée, Contre Moi, Matière Noire, Mille Feux. Les Parfums Louis Vuitton transmit journeys of emotions and aromatic adventures.
Belt © Chopard, Ballmain, Louis Vuitton; Etro via www.mytheresa.com
This embellished suede waist belt in pastel pink with gold is the right colour to wear with most of your autumn outfits. Peppered with historical Parisian references, decorated with gold baroque-inspired hardware, the belt defines your waist in the best of ways.
Ring Imperiale Collection The Imperiale Ring is a knock-out not to leave behind. In 18-carat rose gold, with amethysts and diamonds, intricate filigree work and elegant quartet of fancy-cut amethysts, this Imperiale ring is the quintessence of style and sophistication. Like finely woven lace, the sinuous lines of its motif are inspired by ancient embroideries and surrounded by two delicate bands of diamonds. 1
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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Paris Fashion Week (Mode à Paris)
Style Fashion Week Dubai
October 12th to October 18th, 2016
September 9th to October 7th, 2016
November 18th to November 22nd, 2016
Seoul Fashion Week October 16th to October 21st, 2016
Berlin Berlin Fashion Week
Milan Fashion Week
Style Fashion Week LA
September 23rd to September 29th, 2016
October 14th to October 18th, 2016
January 17th to January 19th, 2017 October 18th to October 22nd, 2016
Tel Aviv Fashion Week
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THE MOST EXPENSIVE WATCHES IN THE WORLD When it comes to the most expensive watches in the world, you know exactly what you are getting: unmatched technical brilliance with beautiful appearance The most expensive watches have an almost self-proclaimed title thanks to their intricacy and complicated designs. The following watches are incredible, and many are seen as collectibles or artworks. What makes a watch expensive? The valuable and rare parts, the amount of time it took to complete, the detailed level of its capabilities, and how unique the watch is or what attributable value it holds.
HUBLOT BIG BANG ($5,000,000) This watch stands out for its many diamonds; 1282 to be exact, more than 100 carats of baguette diamonds. The 6 square emerald cut diamonds on the bracelet are each over 3 carats. The rest of the bracelet is made of 782 baguette diamonds, totalling 45 carats. The case has 302 baguette diamonds, totalling 27 carats. The crown is set with 12 baguette diamonds totalling 0.67 carats, and a rose-cut diamond of 1.06 carats. And the dial is set with 179 baguette diamonds totalling 8.75 carats. It took over a full year to find the diamonds, sourced from all over the world and cut by a well renowned jeweller in New York.
ÂŠ Louis Moinet, Hublot
LOUIS MOINET METEORIS ($4,600,000) METEORIS, considered a piece of art, is composed of four tourbillon watches; Mars, Rosetta Stone, Asteroid and Moon. METEORIS unites the most legendary meteorites; one from the planet Mars, a lunar meteorite, a mysterious asteroid and the oldest meteorite ever found on earth, the 'Rosetta Stone'. The Moon tourbillon, the first to picture an authentic lunar meteorite, is distinguished by its dark structure featuring a number of fine occlusions. It is crafted in 18-carat rose gold and fitted wtih a hand-sewn crocodile leather strap lined wtih genuine alligator leather.
M ANUFACTUR E DE H AU TE H OR LOGER IE
TONDA METROPOLITAINE SELENE
Steel case set with diamonds Automatic movement Moon phase at 12hr Lace of Mother of Pearl dial HermÃ¨s calfskin strap Made in Switzerland parmigiani.ch
To mark its 20 th anniversary, Parmigiani Fleurier is unveiling the Tonda Chronor Anniversaire, its new integrated chronograph movement, a feat of watchmaking that very few of today’s manufactures are capable of achieving. With its first Anniversary model featuring a 5 Hertz gold movement, a split second function and a large date, Parmigiani Fleurier pays tribute to the tradition of the chronograph.
“Since the very start of our watchmaking adventure, the idea of creating an integrated Chronograph has always been close to my heart. This dream became a reality on the eve of our 20 th anniversary, and this is no coincidence – it is a reflection of our development as a manufacture. To successfully create an integrated chronograph, one must first master its imposing, meticulous assembly of constituent parts; not just their manufacture, but also their operation and function at the heart of a calibre; one must appreciate both their limits and potential. For this reason, an integrated chronograph is necessarily the work of an experienced manufacture. The Tonda Chronor Anniversaire is a reflection of 20 years of work.” — Michel Parmigiani
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DAZZLING DIAMONDS TO LEAVE YOU SPEECHLESS BUT SPARKLING by Emma Hudson
The five most expensive diamonds of all time: 2. THE HOPE DIAMOND
3. THE CULLINAN DIAMOND
The Pink Star, formerly known as the Steinmetz Pink, was much like other diamond, mined by De Beers Group, the best known diamond company in the world. It originated from a mine in South Africa in 1999, originally weighing 132.5 carats in its rough state. Pink Star was cut down to 59.60 carats by the Geneva based Steinmetz Diamond Group, taking 20 months to complete. The Gemological Institute of America graded the colour as Fancy Vivid Pink, making it the largest diamond of this kind. Its current value is approximately $72 million.
To this day, the Hope Diamond holds the title of one of the most famous diamonds in the world. It has records of ownership dating back over 400 years and has been referenced in popular culture for many years. Its unique and rare blue tone is the result of boron atoms, making it a highly desired and beloved diamond. Originating from India, the Hope Diamond weighs 45.52 carats and is worth an estimated $250 million.
The Cullinan Diamond is the largest rough diamond ever to be discovered, originating from the Premier No.2 diamond mine in South Africa. Its original weight before cutting was an astonishing 3,106.75 carats. This diamond was so big that it was cut into several stones, the largest of which was aptly named the Cullinan 1, weighing a whopping 530.4 carats, ranking it the largest polished diamond in the world at that time. It now comes second to the Golden Jubilee Diamond. The Cullinan is worth approximately $400 million.
ÂŠ Courtesy Sotheby's, De Beers
1. PINK STAR
© 3dart, De Beers
4. THE CENTENARY DIAMOND
5. THE MILLENNIUM STAR
The De Beers family is renowned for possessing a large share of the world’s diamonds; however, this diamond is one of the biggest of all. The De Beers Centenary Diamond is an incredible 273.85 carats, the third largest diamond to originate from the prestigious Premier Mine. This diamond has been graded D, the highest grade of colourless diamond. In addition, it has also been graded both internally and externally flawless, which adds tremendous value to its overall worth, now estimated at $100 million.
The Millennium Star is the second largest pear-shaped grade D colourless diamond, both internally and externally flawless. It was discovered in 1990 in Zaire, then purchased shortly after by none other than De Beers. It took nearly three years for the diamond to be cut from its original 77 carats, down to 203.4 carats. Still owned by De Beers, the diamond has not been listed as having had a single owner. However it is insured for £100 million.
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THE MAGIC AND MAGNIFICENCE BEHIND EVERY DIAMOND by Emma Hudson
The process that sees a rough diamond reborn into a glistening masterpiece is nothing short of spectacular. Once mined and sorted, a diamond takes on average about 5 months to reach the market. During this time it undergoes quite a transformative journey thanks to the skills, patience and precision of some of the worldâ€™s most elite sculptors: the diamond cutters. MASTERPIECE MAKERS A mere 20% of all diamonds that reach sorting centres are of gem quality. That is, they are at least 99.95% carbon and more than 99.99% pure. Rough diamonds that make the grade are transferred to centres where masterful diamond cutters set to work sculpting the untouched stones into dazzling statement pieces.
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THE ART OF CUTTING DIAMONDS The first stage in the process of transforming a rough diamond into a polished gem is planning. Diamond cutters employ state-of-the-art technology to assess and analyse the roughs, determining the optimum way to cut the diamonds to maximise their value. At this stage, cutters also decide on the final shape of the diamond. The most popular is the round cut, giving the gem a beautiful form which maximises its brightness. Brilliant, modified cuts are also possible; these include the oval, marquise, heart and pear. Recently, classic shapes such as the cushion, Asscher, and emerald cut, have all seen a resurgence in popularity, as too have fancy cuts such as the princess cut. With the aid of a three-dimensional model of the rough, the stone is cleaved along its weakest point into smaller, more manageable pieces.
This is done either with a steel blade, a rotating phosphorbronze saw or a laser. The cutter will then prime the gem for bruting, determining which part of the diamond will be the table (flat top) and which the girdle (outside rim). Its shape is formed by placing two diamonds on spinning axles that turn in opposite directions. They grind against one another to create the smooth finish of the girdle. The next stage is polishing the diamond. A spinning wheel coated in abrasive diamond powder smooths and creates the reflective facets that determine the gemâ€™s final shape. It then undergoes a process of blocking and brillianteering to perfect its aesthetic composition. The finished diamond is inspected and then sent to a gemological laboratory for grading. HIGH VALUE AND HIGHLY DESIRABLE DIAMONDS Diamond cutters are skilled artisans whose utmost attention to detail produces some of the most sought-after gemstones in the world. But what determines a diamondâ€™s value, and which ones are rare? Generally speaking, the cut, clarity (presence or absence of inclusions), carat (weight) and colour of a diamond determine its worth. But the actual chemical composition of the stone can also significantly affect its value. White diamonds vary considerably depending on their nitrogen content. These diamonds are graded on a scale from D (totally colourless) to Z (pale brown or yellow). The most valuable and rare have the least amount of nitrogen, which gives them a clear and transparent appearance, beautifully dispersing the light.
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COLOURED DIAMONDS White diamonds are not the only ones to be highly prized and valuable. â€˜Fancyâ€™ diamonds with an intense colour, command an extremely high value. Only a small number are released to the market every year; as a result, they sell for the highest price per carat than any other gemstone. Fancies obtain their colour because of an impurity or defect in their structure. This naturally occurring phenomenon creates an intensity of colour that varies on a grading scale from fancy light, fancy to fancy intense and fancy vivid. The more highly concentrated the colour within the stone, the more it is worth.
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RARE FANCIES Blue is one of the rarest fancies, with only 1 in 200,000 diamonds in the world possessing the colour. It is created when a small amount of boron is trapped in the crystal structure of a diamond. By contrast, green, purple and orange coloured diamonds form due to naturally occurring radiation in the rock where the diamond is present. It creates defects in the structure, which trap electrons that interact with the light to give the gem a coloured pigment. In the rarest stones, this colour penetrates the whole diamond. Other colours like red and pink result from a mechanical defect or stress in the diamond, caused by the tectonic forces that brought it to the surface. These defects trap electrons that interact with the light to produce pink or red shades. However, true red diamonds are extremely rare, most are a dark pink. With such skill and complex processes at work, it is easy to see why diamonds are so desirable and in some cases, uniquely rare.
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LUXURY REBRANDING IN A DIGITAL AGE THE CASE OF CARL F. BUCHERER by Tamar Koifman
Have you noticed that so many famous luxury brands, names such as Gucci, Buccellati, Saint Laurent, and Belmond have all made important shifts in their branding strategies in recent years? Have you wondered, why now? The answer lies in a number of factors. The first one is the changing media landscape around us. Companies that once relied solely on the prophetic words of fashion editors, glossy magazine ads, and beautiful billboards, have finally had to face the facts that in today’s fast-changing digital age, doing what was done before just because “it’s always been this way,” wasn’t going to cut it anymore. A second factor at play is a consumer shift to less conspicuous and more discreet branding. No longer can brands rely on their clients doing the advertising for them by carrying around logo-laden handbags. This is especially true for China, a major market for luxury goods. Shoppers there have become more discerning. Sales of Louis Vuitton products have taken a hit as increasingly worldly and sophisticated consumers see
them as 'commoditised and overpriced'. All of these factors add up to a challenging time for brands who have relied on their past to grow their future. Remaining relevant in a digital world means evolving, and often, rebranding. Executives who have been through a rebranding know that it can be a complicated shift. With many differing opinions from different stakeholders, cultural and intellectual property constraints, short deadlines to make the magic happen, and a limit to resources available it’s, well… tough. A recent example of a brand that has taken the reins in defining what its brand will mean now and in the future is Swiss luxury watchmaker, Carl F. Bucherer. The 128-year-old Swiss luxury watchmaker from Lucerne is probably best known for its retail conglomerate
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parent Bucherer. A leader in watch and jewellery sales in Western Europe, the Bucherer organisation, with its long-time experience in selling watches of all brands to eager consumers, was well attuned to develop a brand of its own. With key long-time brand values centred on craftsmanship and heritage, the time had come for the brand to build upon its strong foundation and develop a new identity that looked to the future. The new brand positioning was launched with a celebratory unveiling of its 'distinctly golden' look and it put Lucerne, the brand’s home at the heart of Switzerland, at the centre of its communication. Sascha Moeri, CEO of Carl F. Bucherer says: “Our mission is to shape the future with respect to the brand’s distinct heritage.” Carl F. Bucherer hired the digital strategy and marketing firm, Digital Luxury Group, to launch the new brand online. The various strategies and tactics applied made their approach interesting. Carl F. Bucherer’s new golden branding was unveiled during Baselworld 2016, an incredibly important event bringing 150,000 media, retailer, collector, and customer visitors to Basel, Switzerland over a period of eight days to enjoy the latest products from the watch and jewellery brands. It is quite a challenge to stand out from the crowd during this key industry event, but the brand recognised that digital was a key lever at this time of year.
A completely redesigned website was unveiled at www.carl-f-bucherer.com which has brought to life everything that the brand stands for. Key values centred around craftsmanship, the city of Lucerne, and the colour gold, are visualised in large, beautiful images. Not only does the site look fantastic, it has been performing well. When we compare the same time periods in 2015 and 2016 we see that site traffic has increased by 56%. The digital communication plan focused on maximising brand visibility by capitalising on the phenomenal reach of celebrity ambassadors and fans such as international actress Li Bingbing, Chinese superstar actor Jindong, and Gogoboi, one of China’s most wellrespected fashion bloggers. Leading luxury watch Instagrammers, like WatchAnish with over 1.5 million followers, showcased the brand during Baselworld. A campaign partnership, #BringMetoBaselworld, was executed with HODINKEE, one of the most reputable online media players for watches, whereby the site’s audience of watch aficionados was invited to enter a contest to join Carl F. Bucherer in Switzerland at Baselworld. Thousands of entries were received, allowing the watchmaker to make a deeper connection with fans and prospective clients. We will see digital playing a bigger role in rebranding strategy. Now the question is, who will be next to have a new brand reveal?
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PRIVATE PARTIES IN THE SPA by Polly Snell
There’s nothing quite like treating yourself to some much deserved time at the spa. The whole process of booking in can make you feel like you’re taking positive steps towards looking after yourself properly and being the best possible version of you. Often, going to an ordinary day spa can be a relaxing, tranquil, much-needed occasion. Whether you go on a
Sunday afternoon, after a tiring week at work, or if you squeeze it in one evening to catch up with friends, it can be the perfect way to truly unwind and let go of your weekly stresses. However, if you have an exciting occasion or milestone coming up and would like to do something slightly different, the fairly new concept of a private spa party could be the perfect option for you… People all over the world are opting for these alternative
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Tired of themed parties, or coming up with the right idea or venue for your next birthday or event? Why not treat all your guests to a day or night out together at the spa?
special events to combine the peaceful feeling of going to a spa with the delight of gathering with friends to socialise and drink cocktails. Private spa parties can be ideal for birthdays, hen dos or other upcoming social events, as you can include food, music, delicious drinks of your choice and other entertainment in your overall package to complete your party in style and have people talking for weeks! There are now hundreds of creative combinations to help you design a perfectly crafted party for you and your guests. The serenity and silence that comes with a normal trip to the spa is a magical thing, but when you’re trying to plan an event to remember, sometimes it’s nice to throw in a few touches that will be hard to forget. These private spa parties are often set up with individual beauty stations, featuring treatments like massages, manicures and facials, meaning you can circulate from one area to the next to get all the pampering you need, while casually sipping champagne, of course. Private spa parties are becoming more and more popular, and there’s really no event that’s not suitable. Guests can host these parties for their bridal or baby showers, bachelorette parties, sweet sixteens, birthday parties or even kid’s parties (perhaps minus the champagne and cocktails).
Or if there is no particular special occasion coming up, why not just get your best friends together and have a girls’ night out, spa style? With this style of party becoming more renowned and fashionable, there are numerous new spa services being introduced, making this the perfect time to start planning. There are endless treatments you can indulge in, including massages, manicures, pedicures, nail art, facials, eyebrow shaping, make-up application, a braiding bar, beauty consultations, henna tattoos, yoga, and even tarot card reading! Once you’ve chosen the perfect selection of decadent spa treatments to wow your friends, you will then need to think about entertainment. You could give everyone a goody bag to leave with, have a DJ or plug your iPod in, hire a private chef, have full catering, a chocolate fountain, full service bar and a photographer or videographer so you can keep these memories forever! This new trend is sweeping the world fast, so get planning now while it’s fresh. You could be the first of your friends to throw one…
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KOREA’S BEST BEAUTY SECRETS by Hilary Mills
The Korean population prioritises perfection, especially when it comes to physical appearance. Regarding looks as equally important as education, Koreans are renowned for their extreme emphasis on beauty. The natural beauty routine begins at a very young age and is responsible for their trademark flawless complexion. It comes as no surprise that the Korean beauty market is expanding, with people across the globe striving to achieve the standards set by the Koreans. Consumers’ desperation to gain gorgeous, glowing skin has led to the Korean beauty industry being in high demand on an international level. We reveal a selection of the best Korean skincare secrets, meaning that the beautiful skin you’ve always dreamed of can become a reality.
The Korean method involves using your cleansing lotion to carefully remove any make-up, rinsing your face afterwards. This should be followed by gently massaging a generous application of cleansing foam
Although fairly straightforward, this is a skincare sequence that many Korean women swear by, often crediting it as a contributor to their clear complexion. EXTRA CARE TO THE EYE AREA Females in Korea take extra care when it comes to the sensitive skin surrounding their eyes. This is an area prone to imperfections, including signs of tiredness and wrinkles, although the Korean beauty secret ensures they look immaculate. All you need to do is gently dab moisturiser to the eye area before bed each night, waving goodbye to unwanted fine lines, puffiness and dark circles. SUN PROTECTION FOR SKIN Sun causes devastating and irreparable damage to your skin, which is why Korean woman religiously apply sunscreen, regardless of the weather. Sunscreen provides protection from the harmful UV rays, reducing premature ageing of the skin while also significantly lowering the risk of skin cancer.
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CLEANSE, TONE AND MOISTURISE, KOREAN STYLE We all know never to go to bed with make-up on, which is why Korean women thoroughly cleanse their skin, removing not only their make-up but any germs picked up throughout the day. In fact, they consider cleansing to be so important that they do a second cleanse. Toner is treated as treasure by females from Korea, as they rely on its ability to encourage maximum absorption of the final product. Using an essence as opposed to a heavy moisturiser is common amongst Korean females. The essence is effective in ensuring skin remains radiant and free from imperfections.
onto your face. With the cleansing step complete, apply the toner, preparing your skin for the next step. To finish, simply spray the essence evenly over your face. Remember, consistency is crucial so be sure to repeat these steps daily.
LINKED: LIFESTYLE AND LOOKS Reaching levels of beauty and perfection that match the typical Korean requires healthy lifestyle choices in addition to daily skincare regimes. This involves eating a healthy, varied and balanced diet, avoiding foods with high fat, sugar and salt content. Korean cuisine is rich in vegetables and grains, which are both sources of essential nutrients. Dehydration has a huge impact on your skin, so it is important that you drink enough water. Our body is 60 per cent water and therefore you should aim to drink at least two litres a day.
Physical exercise also contributes to your appearance and, as expected, being active is important amongst Koreans. You should incorporate a minimum 30 minute brisk walk into each day. Finally, signs of worry and stress often become visible on your skin, and our fast-paced twenty-first century living is making this more common than ever before. Follow the Korean example and manage stress levels effectively with relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga.
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AMAZING NUTS SUPERFOOD AND BEAUTY SENSATION by Emma Hudson
Nuts are high in fibre and packed with protein and nutrients. Although they have always been part of a healthy diet, recent health and fitness trends appear responsible for propelling their popularity even further.
riboflavin, iron and vitamin E, and has no saturated fat or cholesterol. Its unique blend of nutrients and antioxidant properties can improve the appearance of skin, aid muscle recovery and promote digestion. Equally desirable are high-quality, preservative-free nut butters such as cashew, peanut, walnut and almond. They are an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 and protein, and they contain minerals like calcium and magnesium. When eaten regularly, they can help maintain blood sugar levels, manage cholesterol, and strengthen bones and joints to help prevent osteoporosis.
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The recommended daily serving of one or two handfuls is reportedly capable of delivering a myriad health benefits and can reduce the risk of developing chronic health problems such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Researchers from Harvard University claim that eating nuts can even increase a personâ€™s lifespan. However, these benefits are not exclusive to nuts in their raw form. Many popular derivatives, like nut milk and nut butter, maintain a similar nutrient profile to the nuts they contain. Championed by fitness gurus, sweet tasting almond milk is high in omega fatty acids and fibre; it contains
But the versatility of nuts does not stop there. Nut oils such as almond, macadamia and shea promote radiant skin and luscious hair, and are fast becoming a beauty staple. Rich in vitamin E, they can be found in products from luxury brands like Karmameju, Mia HĂśytĂś, RĂŠVive and La Prairie. These oils can be used to treat and soothe a range of skin and hair problems from acne, scars and signs of premature ageing, to frizz, dandruff and split ends.
While nuts have many great benefits, they can have unwanted effects. Nuts are calorie dense and contain tannins, phytates and selenium which can cause rapid weight gain, digestive distress or toxicity. Skin sensitivity to nut properties in beauty products is also possible. To enjoy the benefits and mediate the risks, eat nuts only in moderation and avoid entirely if allergic or sensitive to nut products.
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MAGIC TABLES WITH MICHELIN STARS… by Bev Walton
Vila Joya is located in the small village of Gale, just outside Albufeira on the Algarve in Portugal. With two Michelin stars, the restaurant is renowned for its Chef’s Table with a level of sophistication that is almost unequalled. Chef Dieter Koschina delivers elegant dishes such as langoustines served with a papaya-chilli vinaigrette, tuna sashimi marinated and served with ginger and lemongrass, and a plethora of other individual creations to tempt your taste buds. Your Chef’s Table can be located outside overlooking Gale Beach, or inside watching the brigade of chefs expertly preparing your meal.
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Chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, is known to stir emotions with his passion for food and slight eccentricity in the titles of his dishes. Considered to be in the top three restaurants in the world (some say No.1) and boasting three Michelin stars, this experience is not to be missed. Try one of the tasting menus to realise the full spectrum of Massimo’s cooking, which he defines as ‘art’. The ‘Tradition in Evolution’ menu is a celebration of the region, whilst the ‘Seasons’ menu takes you on a gastronomic tour of the world. Massimo loves to talk, so expect him to be omnipresent at your table.
Chef Dieter Koshina atVilla Vila Joya Koschina,
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One of the most memorable experiences is to be seated at the Chef’s Table in an exquisite restaurant. Our Top Five suggestions give you an idea of what to expect from this unique experience. Remember to book early in advance, up to several months, to ensure that you join the ranks of the elite.
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At Noma, Copenhagen, more than 40 chefs are dedicated to providing your meal. The Chef’s Table is located upstairs in a beautiful room with one long table. The delightful waiting staff explain every course in detail, and if there is anything you don’t like, they will substitute it. White asparagus, lobster and king crab feature, along with the strangely named ‘radish pie’. The Claridge’s hotel in London plays host to the cooperation of its renowned chef in their Restaurant Fera as well as in their six-seater Aulis development table, Simon Rogan. The Chef’s Table is situated close to the open-doored kitchen area, where you can see the chefs at work. Unlike other Chef’s Tables, you are treated here to the latest menu additions, or ‘work in
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progress’, as they like to call it. Seated at the heart of the action, this is a once in a lifetime experience to be savoured. You are able to interact fully with the chefs and enjoy their explanations of the newly created dishes. No list of top Chef’s Tables would be complete without one from Alain Ducasse, Restaurant Le Meurice, located in the heart of Paris. Here you truly see artistry at work with a clear view of the chefs in the kitchen. A private room accommodates up to eight guests, with a unique and intimate atmosphere. The ever-changing menus look simple on reading, but there is a complex elegance to every plate that you are served.
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TRUFFLE HUNTING IN ITALY GOING TO AN AUTUMN TRUFFLE FAIR IS A GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED by Martha Bakejian
Sant'Angelo in Vado, in central Italy's Le Marche region, holds one of the earliest fairs of the season, usually starting the second weekend of October and lasting throughout the month. Another good truffle fair in Le Marche starts at the end of October in Acqualagna, known as the truffle capital. Acqualagna also holds a small black truffle fair in February and a summer truffle fair in August.
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Alba holds the most famous white truffle fair in Italy, but there are many other smaller fairs celebrating the white truffle, tartufo bianco, held on weekends in late October and November. While fairs are centred on truffle selling, going to a fair is interesting even if you don't want to buy. Fairs often include music, parades or other entertainment, and a local food marketplace. Nothing beats the scent of fresh truffles that permeates the air, and a truffle fair is the perfect place to eat a fabulous meal based on very fresh truffles.
The relatively unknown Molise region, south of Le Marche, produces a large proportion of Italy's truffles. In 2008, a truffle weighing more than one kilogram was found in Molise, a record topped in 2014 by a truffle weighing almost twice as much found by Sabatino Truffles in central Italy's Umbria region. Several Molise towns hold truffle fairs in early November, including San Pietro Avellana, the â€˜home of the white truffleâ€™, also known for its summer truffle festival in August. In Tuscany, top towns that hold November white truffle fairs are San Miniato and San Giovanni d'Asso, a town that also has an interesting truffle museum, Museo del Tartufo, in the cellar of its fourteenth century castle. Piemonte, in northern Italy, is considered by truffle aficionados to be the top Italian region for truffles. Near Alba, the Langhe wine region is famous for its prized truffles and makes a fantastic autumn travel destination. Visit the village of Roddi, a truffle hunting centre, to see the outdoor educational display about truffles and truffle hunting. Roddi's castle houses the
International Culinary School of the White Truffle of Alba, and there's even a truffle hunting school for dogs, started in the late nineteenth century. For the ultimate truffle experience, stay at an inn owned by a truffle hunter. At Tra Arte e Querce in the art village of Monchiero, Piemonte, the smell of fresh truffles pervades the rooms and in the morning you can watch as Ezio brings in his truffles to sell and to grate over your fried egg, the perfect way to savour truffles. Guests can also sign up to go along with Ezio on a truffle hunt. Other recommended places to experience a truffle hunt are Castelfalfi Luxury Resort in Tuscany, through the Sabatino Company in Umbria, and Al Vecchio Convento Albergo Diffuso in the hills of EmiliaRomagna, another region where truffles and truffle fairs are found. Most luxury hotels in these regions can arrange truffle hunts, too.
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MATCHA, GREEN TEA, GINKO, FLAX, CHIA WHAT'S THE FAD? WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? by Polly Snell
It is important to work out which teas, herbs and ingredients can have a direct health benefit for you and which are just a media blown fad. This guide should break down some myths and explain which teas you should be drinking. MATCHA Matcha originates from China and is a finely ground powder of processed green tea. Many choose to drink matcha tea because it has a nutritional value equal to ten cups of regularly brewed green tea. When you drink matcha, your body ingests the entire leaf and you receive 100 per cent of the nutrients of the leaf. Matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea. Itâ€™s packed with antioxidants and has other benefits:
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It boosts metabolism and burns calories It detoxifies effectively and naturally It calms the mind and relaxes the body It is rich in fibre, chlorophyll and vitamins It enhances mood and aids concentration It provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium It prevents disease It lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
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GREEN TEA Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. Here are ten health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies: 1. It contains bioactive compounds that improve your health by reducing free radicals that speed up the ageing process 2. It can improve brain function and make you feel smarter 3. It improves physical performance 4. lowers your risk of cancer 5. It can lower your risk of brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's 6. It can kill bacteria to improve dental health and lower your risk of getting an infection 7. It can lower your risk of Type II diabetes 8. It can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease 9. It can help you lose weight 10. It can help you live longer!
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GINKO Ginkgo, or ginkgo biloba, is thought to be the oldest living tree in the world. Studies have shown this tree was around 200 million years ago, originating in China. The fruits, leaves and seeds of the tree are thought to have health benefitting properties: 1. The tea has a high amount of antioxidants, good for those wanting to feel and look young for longer 2. It helps stimulate and enhance the body’s blood circulation 3. It reduces the chance of clogged arteries, thereby protecting a person from heart attack 4. It can improve mood and reduce lethargy 5. It can improve your sense of well-being and mental alertness 6. It helps brain function, including fighting against depression, mood swings, anxiety and hormonal imbalance 7. Interestingly, due to the increased circulation factors, it can also cause higher libido in both men and women It’s easy to prepare and can be a great alternative to the tea you’re already drinking. Give it a go!
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FLAXSEED Flaxseeds have been eaten for around 6,000 years. They have benefits that can help improve digestion, give you clearer skin, lower cholesterol, reduce sugar cravings, balance hormones, fight cancer and promote weight loss … and that’s just the beginning! Flaxseeds are high in fibre, low in carbs They promote healthy skin and hair They help with weight loss They help to lower cholesterol They are gluten free They are good for digestive health They may reduce the risk of cancer They are high in omega-3 They can help fight the symptoms of menopause
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They have very few calories Almost all the carbs in them are fibre They are high in quality protein They lower the risk of heart disease They are high in important bone nutrients They can improve exercise performance as much as an energy drink can They are easy to add to your diet, by adding them to smoothies and soaked in fruit drinks
In conclusion, all of these ingredients have amazing health benefits that will have you feeling more nutritionally satisfied. The question is, how many of these can you manage to incorporate into your diet?
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CHAMPAGNE AS AN INVESTMENT ALTERNATIVE TO BORDEAUX AND BURGUNDY Fine wine investment opportunities exist beyond the traditional Bordeaux and Burgundy, and vintage Champagne presents a real alternative for the discerning investor. recent Chinese bull market, have seen huge instability in the market performance of some of these top wines over the last decade. Burgundy estates tend to be considerably smaller than those in Bordeaux. With lower production quantities come greater scarcity and demand. Vineyard land is divided into highly specific plots and subplots (climats), whose precise position can have a significant impact on the quality, and price, of the wine. Burgundy investment is best known for the legendary Domaine
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Fine wine has long been a popular option for investors looking to build a diversified portfolio, or indeed those with a taste for the finer things in life. The market for investment-grade wines is dominated by two major French regions: Bordeaux and Burgundy. Bordeaux is mainly represented on the secondary market by the Grands Crus Classés, or classified growths, and their equivalents. The five so-called ‘first growths’ of the historic 1855 classification account for a huge level of activity. External influences, notably the
de la Romanée-Conti, a single bottle of whose top wine can set an investor back well in excess of $10,000. There are many opportunities for investment outside these two dominant regions, and one of the most interesting is Champagne. Champagne is known for producing the world’s finest sparkling wines. Legendary houses such as Louis Roederer, Moët & Chandon and Taittinger produce superb examples, worthy of a place in any diversified fine wine investment portfolio. The region does not declare a vintage every year, and it is those special years in which a vintage is declared that should interest wine investors. Some of the truly excellent vintages in recent memory include 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2006. Wines from such vintages, with their high critics’ scores, are very attractive for investors. Production levels tend to be higher for vintage Champagne than for the top Bordeaux and Burgundy estates. As a result, the finest Champagne is usually quite affordable by comparison, and investors may get more bang (or fizz) for their money, particularly if that investor actually intends to drink some of his or her investment when the time comes!
While not to the extent of a Bordeaux or a Burgundy, fine Champagne is capable of considerable aging, and may give enjoyment for 20 to 30 years. As the wines enter their optimal drinking window and start to be consumed, demand can spike in the secondary market. Though small when compared to Bordeaux and Burgundy, the scale of investment in Champagne is not inconsiderable. The Liv-Ex Fine Wine 100 index, the leading industry benchmark for fine wine investment, counts no fewer than five Champagnes on its list of the world’s 100 most sought-after wines. These wines, Cristal 2004 and 2007, Dom Pérignon 2002 and 2004, and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2004, exemplify the significance of Champagne as a worthwhile alternative region for fine wine investors. As with any asset class, fine wine investment presents considerable risk. One distinct advantage that investors in wine have, however, is their ability to open, drink and enjoy their wine should the investment not perform exactly as planned. Champagne investors have the best of both worlds, as popping the cork of a vintage Champagne, or better still, sabering your bottle, is truly one of life’s great pleasures.
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ZURICH’S 4 IMMOBILIENBALL Zurich’s prestigious real estate Industry celebrates another grandiose season with a gala evening in support of the kidz planet charity
Apart from making great contacts on the dance floor, guests will be donating funds to an impressive charity project in India. Founded in 2010, the kidz planet association supports children and young people
through education as a means to achieve a better and more sustainable life for the students, their families and communities. Since the construction of a primary school near Calcutta in 2010, 143 children are being taught regularly. “It is important for me personally to donate a portion of my income to support disadvantaged children”, comments Thomas Denzler, President of kidz planet. Denzler is also the patron of the Immobilienball.
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On October 29, the Zurich real estate industry meets for the 4th year in a row to dance the night away for a good cause. This year’s venue is the exclusive Park Hyatt Hotel. The glittering ball has become an integral part of the autumnal gala season in Zurich.
Denzler travels regularly to India and personally oversees that the donations are being utilised as planned. He knows the names of each student in the Calcutta area elementary school and he has monitored the progress of the establishment since the project began. In addition to working on charity projects, Thomas Denzler is owner of Z체rich Real Estate Companies, Z체ri Immo AG and Eicher Generalunternehmung AG. Auctioneer Berthold M체ller, from Christie's Switzerland, encourages generous bidding for paintings made by pupils of the kidz planet school. Winners get to take these beautiful colourful drawings home. Swiss artist Kurt Laurenz Metzler also donated a work for the live auction. Immobilienball receives wonderful support from the Swiss celebrity scene and numerous highprofile guests.
Daniel Stucker, Thomas Denzler, Linda F채h, Martin Nydegger
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MONACO YACHT SHOW RENDEZ-VOUS WITH THE WORLDâ€™S MOST SPECTACULAR YACHTS, AND CARS TOO
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The Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) has taken place since 1991 in the iconic Port Hercules of the Principality of Monaco. It is the only place to admire, visit and purchase around 125 extraordinary once-off superyachts built by the world’s most respected shipyards. Each year, 40 new launches are unveiled to theworld at the show. This year’s show will commence on September 28 and run until October 1. Over 580 exhibiting companies and partners participate in the MYS, among them the world’s leading luxury yachting companies, the trendiest superyacht builders, yacht designers, luxury manufacturers and the most important brokerage houses. The Monaco Yacht Show is the one and only occasion in the year – and in the world – to discover the best of superyachts in the glamorous setting of Monaco.
The show has the privilege of benefiting from the recognition and the support of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. During shows in recent years, while the eyes and desires of wealthy visitors were riveted on the exhibition of 125 superyachts in Port Hercules, a quite different show was a daily event on the streets of the Principality: a magnificent parade of prestige limousines ferrying the show’s VIP clients between the MYS and the luxury hotels of the Principality. As a logical follow-up to the presence of these automotive brands at the MYS and their express desire to be associated with the show in recent years, the organisers of the 2016 MYS will launch the Car Deck, a totally new exhibition space dedicated solely to ultrahigh-quality vehicles.
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In its first year, the Car Deck will welcome prestigious brands like Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, RollsRoyce, Tesla and innovative vehicles such as the Upper Wish luxury limousine and armoured cars by the Centigon Group. Installed on Quai Rainier III in Port Hercules alongside the largest yachts in the show, the Car Deck will offer all visitors and exhibitors access to a 230 mÂ˛ indoor bar-lounge, while outside prestige cars will be on display, available for purchase or a test drive in the heart of the town. The launch of the Monaco Yacht Show's new exhibition area for prestige au obiles is an integral part of the
development strategy implemented three years ago to further enhance the show's ultra-high-level offering and thereby attract a new wealthy audience, both regional and international, to the quays of Port Hercules. On September 27, in Monaco, a new edition of the Monaco Yacht Summit will be organised by the Monaco Yacht Show. This revised format will have an exclusive audience composed of a few high-profile attendees. There will be thematic workshops run by expert speakers. The Monaco Yacht Show aims to discuss various aspects of superyachting today and will provide useful information to an audience deliberately limited to fifty guests.
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SUPERYACHTS THE PINNACLE OF LUXURY FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE Superyachts are the dream of many and a reality for others. A superyacht 100 metres long, with a top speed of 25 knots and a 50 person crew is reported to cost around 275 million USD on average and can cost its owner around 10% of the original purchase price per year to operate it. Consequently, superyachts are purchased by ultra-high net worth individuals. Middle Easterners represent the largest ownership group, followed closely by Americans and Russians, with Asian owners increasing significantly in number over the last few years.
ECLIPSE The Eclipse superyacht, constructed by Blohm + Voss, designed by Terence Disdale Design, belongs to the Russian businessman Roman Abramovich. Costing $500 million, the whole vessel is bullet and bomb proofed, and has five possible exits from the vessel. Also equipped with a missile defence system, and a three man leisure submarine, this boat is as safe as they come. Her length is 162.50 metres, and she can hit a top speed of 25 knots. With two helicopter pads, 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, several hot tubs and a disco hall that can be set up from the larger of the pools, her over 70 person crew needs to work hard. She is the largest vessel in the world to employ a rotor-based stabilisation system against roll motion at anchor and low cruise speeds. Rumour has it that the Eclipse is also equipped with an anti-paparazzi shield that is activated by camera flashlights.
KATARA Katara is known to be owned by the Emir of Qatar with a value of $300 million. Measuring 124 metres, the Katara can host 28 guests in 14 cabins and has a crew of 60 in 30 cabins. The Katara was built by LĂźrssen, designed by Espen Oieno and is said to have been decorated by the late Alberto Pinto. She can reach a max speed of 20 knots. The Katara has a two deck main saloon, and is frequently spotted with a Eurocopter. She is a superyacht that manages to stay somewhat mysterious with little detailed information readily available.
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LADY MOURA Lady Moura measures 105 metres. Built by Blohm + Voss, she is owned by Saudi Arabian businessman, billionaire and adviser to the Royal Family, Nasser Al-Rashid, who is founder of Rashid Engineering. Lady Moura has a steel hull and superstructure, and can achieve over 20 knots at max speed. Lady Moura can host 30 guests in its 15 cabins and 61 crew in 30 cabins. Her value is listed at 250 million USD. Notable features include a 24 metre dining room table made by Viscount Linley, nephew of Queen Elizabeth II, and six deck levels which contribute to her high internal volume for her length and beam. All logos and name plates of the yacht are gold plated with 24 carat gold. RISING SUN Constructed by LĂźrssen, the Rising Sun is owned by American business magnate, film producer, music executive and philanthropist David Geffen, and has a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure. The engine is comprised of four MTU 20V 8000 M90 engines which can take the boat up to 28 knots. She is said to have cost more than $290 million. She measures 138.40 metres and her crew numbers 45. The Rising Sun has 5 decks, containing 8,000 square metres of living space including a gym, a cinema, an extensive wine cellar, a basketball court and guest accommodation.
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THE FLOATING SEAHORSE THE WORLD’S FIRST UNDERWATER VILLA by Kelly Dunning
Part house, part boat, the Floating Seahorse is a revolutionary idea in luxury accommodation. It allows visitors to feel like they are living within a dazzling coral reef with bright tropical fish and sea turtles swimming around them. This amazing luxury property was unveiled at the Dubai International Boat Show in March 2015. By the time the project is complete in 2018, there will be more than 125 floating villas in total, costing approximately $2.9 million each. The ridiculously lavish Seahorse Villa consists of a main floor which is floating in the Persian Gulf, an upper deck above the water, and a lower level that is completely submerged in the water. The lower level has floor to ceiling windows for a stunning view of the colourful wildlife on the ocean floor. This is the first ever villa of its kind, offering an incredible underwater viewing experience.
The upper level has plenty of space to relax in the sunshine, while the middle deck has a fully fitted kitchen and dining room as well as a ladder for climbing in and out of the sea. Although the villas are located out in the ocean, guests can still stay connected with satellite television and high speed internet. Also, each villa has room service and butler service, and a personal chef is available on request. Can you imagine a more dreamy and luxurious holiday getaway? THE TZAR EDITION The Seahorse Villas are located within the Heart of Europe, which is a section of a man-made island called ‘The World’, built 2.5 miles off the coast of Dubai. The first Seahorse development was a huge hit and sold out within just eight months. The third phase of the project, the Tzar Edition, designed in the shape of a heart, will be launched.
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The semi-submerged homes in the Tzar Edition will be located on St. Petersburg Island, one of the six islands that make up the Heart of Europe. The stunning setting of St. Petersburg Island is reminiscent of the Maldives, with shallow turquoise lagoons, white sandy beaches and lush tropical gardens. For those who want to go a step further and live in a oneof-a-kind villa, it is possible to commission a Signature Edition Seahorse property that is custom-designed to your individual style and taste. Buyers can choose the number of rooms, bathrooms and kitchens, and tailor the interior layout to their unique needs.
A HOME FOR SEAHORSES As well as offering these luxurious villas for the ultrarich, the developers of the property will also be creating accommodation for actual seahorses. The retreat developers are working on an artificial coral reef that will be located beneath these high end homes. The reef will be a protected area where seahorses will be able to breed and flourish.
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BENTLEY BENTAYGA THE SUV THAT LITERALLY HAS IT ALL by Hilary Mills
When it comes to Bentley, the distinctive brand of extreme luxury, only the very best will do, and its first, newly released Bentayga is showing the world of SUVs exactly how it’s done. Bentley’s classic four-wheel drive boasts power and performance while maintaining the sleek and superior design we know and love.
For practically a century, Bentley has been perfecting the production of its prestigious cars, including the pre-war distinctive Blue Train and the 1952 R-Type Convertible, which is often remembered for its impressive 115 mph top speed, unheard of at the time. The Bentley Mark V was destined to be a top seller in the 1930s and was proudly referred to by many as the ‘silent sports car’. Disappointingly, the Second World War disrupted these hopes and saw a rather dismal number being produced, only seven of which are still around today. With delivery of such advanced and captivating cars historically, it comes as no surprise that Bentley has yet again created a vehicle catching everyone’s attention, the Bentayga, its first sport utility vehicle (SUV).
From the first glance, the exterior style and design make it immediately apparent that the Bentayga is a model from the luxurious Bentley brand. The appearance screams power and precision as this highend SUV boasts impressive performance both on and off-road. With its stupendously strong W12 engine, the
top speed is an unimaginable 187 mph. The 600bhp contributes to its jaw-dropping ability of achieving 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds. Supercars from Bentley are renowned for their class, style and sophistication, and of course the Bentayga is no different. This revolutionary, responsive four-wheel drive sports all of the features associated with the luxurious Bentley brand. As expected, the high quality hand-stitched full leather interior comes as a standard feature, along with the added comfort of heated seating throughout. The technically advanced touch screen enables easy control of the intelligent on-board computer, ensuring drivers have everything they could possibly require at their fingertips. The attractive LED lighting is a proud and popular choice, and it really goes without saying that Wi-Fi comes as standard. Every last detail is nothing less than perfect!
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The Bentley Bentayga really does have everything you could ever possibly require and desire. It offers complete comfort for everyone inside, regardless of whether you are driving around the city or on the wildest terrain, and is remarkably reliable in spite of driving conditions. The Dynamic Drive feature automatically adjusts the vehicle’s suspension, amazingly adapting to your environment. This SUV really does have it all!
This stunning and superior model, despite being described as the standard option, comes with already oversized 21 inches alloys; but for those who wish to make as massive an impact as possible, there is the added feature of upgrading to 22 inches. Further addons include a luxurious branded fly fishing kit to match your new Bentayga and a portable Bentley picnic table. This clearly brings the phrase ‘travelling in style’ to life.
MORGAN EV3 1909 EDITION Looking Back in Going Forward
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by David Layzelle Nostalgia marketing is big business. People can’t get enough of the products of yesteryear. Joining the retro revolution is the Morgan EV3 1909 Edition, a throwback to the Morgan two-seaters built up until 1939, but with the modern efficiency of a lightweight electric motor in place of the twin cylinder petrol engine of the cars they mimic. The bullet-style body is constructed primarily from composite carbon panels, taking its design cue from aero-engined racing cars from the 1930s and, with the reintroduction of their tail-lift feature, it is a modern car that carries all the credibility of a classic design. The 1909 Edition is basically the same as the EV3 launched at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but with a special paint scheme that celebrates the opening of Selfridges in London, with a black and bronze colour scheme that reflects the name plate on the shop. Described by Morgan as being a 'collector’s item', there are plans to build just nineteen of the 1909 models, making it one of the most exclusive cars in the world. With an expected purchase price of around £52,000, it’s well within the reach of many serious car collectors. The EV3 1909 is powered by two electric motors encased in forward-facing distinctive brass fins which aid cooling. It returns the same performance as the 2015 EV3, producing 102HP, which is sufficient to accelerate
the car up to 90 mph for a range of between 120 and 150 miles between charges, and only weighing a little less than 1,200 lbs! The cockpit is a luxurious mix of brushed aluminium and polished wood, with a central Magneto switch for forward, neutral and reverse selection. The introduction of a digital screen above the bank of functional switches gives the whole cockpit a retro-futuristic steampunk feel. At the front end, four large round headlights grace the frame around the brass cooling fins of the motors and add to the overall boldness of the design. Each car can be delivered with an exclusive gift pack featuring up to nine bespoke products that capture the flavour of 1920s’ motoring with modern day quality. Optional products include Dent driving gloves, Linda Farrow driving goggles, an Alexander McQueen driving scarf, a Karl Donohue helmet, George Cleverly shoes, and a waxed driving jacket made by Belstaff. The EV3 1909 will debut at Salon Privé Concours d'Elégance to be held at Blenheim Palace in the UK in September, before being officially launched at a special event to be held at the Birmingham branch of Selfridges on October 1. Morgan have created an intriguing blend of classic style and new materials to produce a stylish and instantly memorable car, but have packaged it with zero emissions credibility.
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PREMIERE OF PROTOTYPE AT PEBBLE BEACH MAYBACH STEALS THE SHOW by Hilary Mills
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 captivated car enthusiasts at the annual Californian-based Concours d’Elegance. Delivering on both power and performance, this concept coupe amazingly achieves speeds similar to those seen on a sporty Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class. This exquisite, emission-free design cannot be faulted with its awesome appearance and abundance of fantastic features. Measuring a massive 18 ft long and also much wider than most cars on the road, the exterior makes a mighty statement. The beautiful bodywork is specially shaped for optimum aerodynamic efficiency and the oversized 24 inch wheels from Concept IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) also serve this purpose, while looking sensational. The rich red paintwork perfectly complements the chrome and aluminium trim. LED headlights provide the perfect finishing touch, ensuring this car remains eye-catching during daylight and darkness, even from a distance. Despite its large, luxurious frame, the all-wheel drive Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 reaches 0 to 60 mph in under 4.0 seconds while producing a hefty 750hp. This electric concept car unbelievably boasts a top
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On August 16, the prestige Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 proudly made its first public appearance at the Monterey Peninsula Car Week. Providing the perfect prototype platform, the premiere proceeded to the picturesque and popular Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. This stunning show car literally stole the show! Mercedes-Benz are renowned for producing high performance cars of the finest quality and this is extremely evident in the new Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6. From the very first glance, this coupe screams style, speed and sophistication. Cleverly created to capture certain classic design features, this sleek concept car comes complete with both traditional and modern-day comforts.
speed of 155 mph, displaying power more commonly associated with a range of sport models. Using four electric motors, each powering one of the wheels, it produces zero emissions with a battery distance of more than 200 miles. Luxury leather interior and wooden trim enhance the overall experience, ensuring quality and comfort for the driver and passengers. Futuristic-style body sensors monitor factors such as body temperature, heart-rate and light intensity, automatically adjusting seat position, temperature and lighting in response. To further impress, there is a touch control option providing each individual access to their personal data. The on-board computer really has the wow-factor. The data is displayed digitally on the windscreen and can
be controlled with a variety of signals or sounds from anyone inside. To top it all off, tailor-made suitcases come with the car, compactly and cleverly stored inside the spacious compartments, with possible future additions to the custom-made accessory range. This really is taking luxury to a whole new level! If you have already fallen in love with the almighty Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 then you may want to consider having a look at the current models available. Your choice includes the Mercedes-Maybach S 500 and the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard, both from the 2015 line-up, or the top-of-the-range MercedesMaybach S 600 Pullman launched earlier this year. Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed the ultimate driving experience.
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For business leaders to compete in todayâ€™s worldwide marketplace, they need more than savvy to stay ahead of the competition. The Gulfstream G550 business jet can provide the advantage through its award-winning combination of speed, reliability, flexibility and unparalleled Gulfstream service and support. easing the impact of travel and helping passengers stay healthy and refreshed. In addition to serenity, flexibility is another hallmark of the G550 cabin. A variety of cabin configurations give operators the opportunity to tailor seating, berthing and work space to suit their mission needs. Need a crew rest area, private stateroom and conference area? The G550 can accommodate. The full-sized galley can be located in the front or rear of the aircraft, making it the only business jet in its class to offer that option. In-flight connectivity is also a must and comes as standard on the G550.
The large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G550 can fly at altitudes of up to 51,000 feet (15,545 metres) and at speeds up to Mach 0.885. It can travel 6,750 nautical miles (12,501 kilometres) with eight passengers and four crew members at Mach 0.80. Powered by two Rolls Royce BR710 engines, the aircraft links cities across continents, flying nonstop from Geneva or Zurich to Cape Town, Los Angeles, Tokyo or Buenos Aires, among other destinations. The cabin on the G550 also makes the difference. With 14 Gulfstream signature oval windows that allow natural light to pour into the cabin, the interior provides a restful, serene environment. The cabin is infused with 100% fresh air and maintains a low cabin altitude,
In addition to the G550â€™s speed, reliability and flexibility, Gulfstream Product Support offers topranked maintenance, repair and overhaul services worldwide. It is the largest company-owned product support network for business jets with more than 4,000 professionals, and operates a 24-hour, 365day Customer Contact Centre. No other business jet manufacturer offers a wider range of services, enhancements, spares, support functions and technical publications than Gulfstream.
In concert with business aviation services companies such as Jet Aviation and Altenrhein Aviation, Gulfstream has 30 factory-authorised service centres and authorised warranty facilities on six continents. The G550 has proved itself to be a valuable international business tool, and its popularity spans the world with more than 530 aircraft in service. Thanks to its reach, top-notch performance capabilities and vast support network, the G550 will get you there first.
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BELL 525 RELENTLESS RETHINKING THE IMAGINABLE Far beyond anything that exists today, the Bell 525 Relentless is a game-changer in the world of luxury helicopter transport. The equivalent of travelling in a five-star luxury resort, it embodies an entirely new level of innovation and design. The fastest and most spacious commercial helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter, sleek modern exteriors meet meticulously crafted interiors, resulting in an unforgettable in-flight experience. Fly-by-wire technology provides highly advanced safety and operating capabilities, while unparalleled range and unprecedented speed offer Bell 525 operators the highest standard in efficiency and functionality. Featuring the first fully-integrated touch screen avionics suite, the Garmin G5000HTM, the new Bell 525 is designed to operate safely and reliably with decreased pilot workload in austere environments, enhancing situational awareness and improving pilot integration. Best-in-class
payload, cabin, cargo volumes, and passenger comfort complement the technological advancements of the aircraft. The Bell 525 defines the super-medium class by combining best-in-class performance characteristics with the maximised situational awareness of the ARC Horizon flight deck. The VVIP “MAGnificent” interiors for the Bell 525 are configured at the Mecaer production studio in Monteprandone, where configuration options allow customers to choose a layout best suited to their needs. With oversize windows, large individual swivelling seats and options such as a wrap-around divan, the design capabilities bring rotorcraft interiors to a level previously
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associated only with high-end business jets. The Mecaer MAG specialty custom interior incorporates two proprietary products, a passive noise abatement system called SILENS, and an In-Flight Entertainment Enhanced Lounge (I-FEEL), which provides a fully customised interactive touch screen based entertainment, communication and flight information management system. As the worldâ€™s first and only fly-by-wire helicopter, the Bell 525 brings commercial airline levels of safety to the helicopter industry. The fly-by-wire system can actually determine an intelligent and informed aircraft response in a number of situations. It can automatically adjust commands to maximise flying precision and performance, resulting in a controlled, predictable response. Pilots can easily maintain flight conditions and make smooth transitions between conditions without being distracted by other key aspects of the cockpit. For example, if an engine loses power or an autorotation is needed, the aircraft can sense the situation and adjust instantaneously while the pilot begins to take appropriate action. Unprecedented technology aside, only Bell Helicopter offers customers the top-rated support and service that operators demand. The most comprehensive service network in the helicopter industry, support options include more than 100 global service centres, world-class and expanded training facilities, by-the-hour service plans, aircraft customisation, repair and overhaul services and more. The Bell 525 takes luxury helicopter transport to a new level.
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FINDING THE LINE ON AND OFF THE SLOPES Luxury ski leader zai is capturing fans both on the slopes and in business markets zai, a small Swiss company of just 12 full-time employees, sells a niche product to the most demanding clientele in the world, in an economic climate where many of its competitors are running for cover. From its humble beginnings in 2003 when the product line consisted of a single ski, zai has grown to a point where it is now regarded as a leader in the field. Much of this small company’s success boils down to the unique nature of its product. zai operates in a select market niche that demands game-changing design, quality and performance. zai meets, and frequently exceeds, its customers’ expectations thanks to a highly specialised production process, which no other ski maker comes close to emulating. It is a company whose workshop shares Hermès’s or other fashion houses’ serious, very meticulous and workmanship-oriented attention. zai has achieved breakthrough after breakthrough, including rockered piste ski design, solid granite cores, and surface materials made from natural rubber, felt and cellulose acetate. zai’s understanding of how to apply advanced carbon fibres in various forms is also unmatched. So when it comes to quality and innovation, zai is in a different league to mass production ski brands, a fact reflected in the higher retail price of its product. But is product excellence alone enough to make a company successful? The short answer is: No. If that were true, then zai would be able to just sit back and watch as the elite skis sell themselves. To find the real reasons for zai's success, you need to go deeper. Here are a few key factors that have helped zai get to where it is today. We don’t think zai would be ‘zai’ without them.
A STRONG SENSE OF MISSION The question of what drives zai in daily life and work is critical to everyone. At zai, it’s an easy one to answer. zai is here to build the very best skis possible. Often this means taking a path that might not be seen as logical or in line with market trends, or that others say is impossible. The simplicity and clarity of zai’s goal is reflected in the quality and functionality of all zai products. Having a clear mission, and the resilience to stick to it, is an important key to success.
SETTING VALUES IN STONE zai believes that every human is an important source of innovation. With not a single day without challenges, innovation demands a great deal of creative problem-solving. How can one be sure to make the correct decisions under pressure? Look no further than the zai poem, written for zai by the well-known local writer Leo Tuor*. STAYING AGILE The world is changing more rapidly than ever and you need to be prepared to adapt. This doesn’t mean abandoning core values but rather having the freedom and agility to manoeuvre around whatever challenges and obstacles are thrown in your path. At zai, innovation and adaptability is in its DNA. zai is constantly reviewing not just how it can improve products, but how it can improve as a business. zai’s clients, many of whom are business leaders themselves, see how the company reacts to change, and take inspiration from it. zai invites them to the factory in Disentis to see innovation and agility at work, and takes them skiing so they can experience it as a physical expression of joy. KEEPING IT HUMAN Being in tune with the latest technological developments means nothing if you lose touch with what it is to be human. The zai factory might be equipped with the most advanced machinery available, but the bulk of the work is done by hand, using tools and techniques that go back centuries and longer. Good ski-making requires technical expertise and artistry or craftsmanship, especially when working natural materials used at zai. Building in this pure, unadulterated way keeps zai grounded and keeps the product honest. There is no quality control better than the human eye. Working by hand also makes the result much more fulfilling, for zai and for the eventual owner. Visitors to the factory never fail to be moved by seeing the production team at work. DOING IT MORE, DOING IT BETTER Being good at what you do doesn’t mean you can afford to rest on your laurels. When a business stops developing and moving forward, it eventually stagnates as competitors catch up, customers lose interest and technology moves on. Intensifying can also mean diversifying. In recent years zai has worked hard to apply its values not just to its product, but to the way it lives, works and does business. What began as an exercise in self-improvement quickly evolved into something more. Today zai is proud to share its story and ideas across many platforms and by intensifying its strategy zai is not only developing its own business, it is also inspiring others to do the same.
* In the beginning was the mountain summits and steepness pinnacles and peaks stony, rocky ranges zai finds the line reading the mountain plays in the snow like jackdaws in the sky zai, the tougher ski a titan going his own way not willing to compromise not willing to die
Poem by: Leo Tuor
EASYBREATH (1) The Easybreath snorkelling mask allows you to see and breathe underwater just as well as you would on land. Many people have difficulties when breathing underwater through a snorkel, so Tribord invented Easybreath, the first full-face snorkeling mask to let you breathe through the nose and mouth. This innovative mask provides a large, unobstructed 180° field of vision and is prevented from fogging up by a dual air flow system identical to the ones found in domestic extraction fans. To stop water re-entering the snorkel, the mask is equipped with a mechanism which seals the top of the snorkel when submerged. The snorkel is highly visible to avoid any collisions on the surface, and is available in pink, blue and lagoon colours.
Kanoa has launched truly wireless Earphones and a Charging Case to make enjoying music even nicer and easier. Kanoa has cut all its cords to provide a seamless aural experience. The Earphones provide synchronised and low-latency sounds directly to your ears at a distance of up to 33 feet from any Bluetooth enabled device/phone/ Player. The Charging Case lets you simply drop your Earphones in to charge. Once in, they charge.
QUADROFOIL (3) The Quadrofoil is the first all-electric personal hydrofoiling watercraft. The Quadrofoil is thrilling, yet quiet and ecofriendly. Its silent motor and zero emissions enable it to ride on lakes, rivers, seas and in eco-zones where most motorboats and PWCs (personal water crafts) are not allowed. Using clean technology, the Quadrofoil comes with an all-electric outboard motor and special steering system, so not a drop of oil goes into the environment. It flies over water at a cost of €1 per hour and has hardly any annual maintenance costs. Aerodynamic design and precision engineering give it a cruising speed of up to 20 knots with several times better efficiency than the best PWC.
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MAKE YOUR DOG IMMORTAL by Scott Preston
A quick overview of pet cloning The idea of cloning scares many and fascinates others. A lot of what we hear about it comes from science fiction and our knowledge of what is possible with cloning is sketchy at best. Many people know Dolly the sheep was cloned back in the 90s and then everyone got bored with the whole thing. Things didn't end with Dolly though. Since Little Nicky the cat was successfully cloned in 2004 and Snuppy the puppy was born in 2005, scientists around the globe have been in the business of pet replication. For a hefty price tag of course, with one cloned pup coming in at between $50,000 and $100,000.
The animal that is born will be genetically identical to the animal the original cells were taken from. So there you have your cloned animal — be it a cow, a sheep, a cat or a dog. WHY GET A PET CLONED? Most cloning is done with cattle to keep a particularly good bull in the breeding pool and the same logic applies to dogs. If you have a dog that is the ideal mix of breeds or has a perfect set of eyes, then puppy cloning might be the solution for you. This way you won’t lose those unique characteristics forever. The main reason for most pet cloning is to never really have to let go of your beloved companion — but here is where cloning sometimes falls short. In 2009,
HOW DOES PET CLONING WORK? Pet cloning is not quite like the cloning of fiction where someone steps into a cubicle and their double steps out of another. Instead, the cloning process is more similar to IVF (in vitro fertilisation) treatment for humans. DNA is taken from an animal's cells (usually a skin cell) and placed in an egg cell extracted from another animal.
The egg cell will have been wiped clean of a nucleus so it only uses the inserted DNA when it is growing. This egg is then zapped in a lab until it becomes an embryo and then it is placed in a surrogate mother so she can give birth to it.
BioArts, the only company commercially offering pet cloning in the USA, stopped doing business. The main reason they gave for this was that there just wasn't enough demand from pet owners. With a clone, you get a genetic copy of your pet but you don't get the exact same pet. Personality and appearance are controlled by genetics. However, genetics are altered or activated by environment and a dog's behaviour is, in part, shaped by how it's reared. A cloned dog may look and act somewhat different from the dog you have now. For many this would defeat the point of cloning. You can clone biology. You can't clone upbringing or what we might think of as a dog's soul. If what you need is a dog that will be very similar to your current dog, only with its own quirks, then cloning might be for you. If you want your dog to stay the same forever, then you might be disappointed. HOW TO GET A DOG CLONED Cloning dogs is generally safe. It faces many of the same issues as IVF, but it can be done ethically and it is consistently successful if the right care is taken with the surrogate mother. While pet cloning is legal in the USA, it is not common. The Sooam Biotech research facility in South Korea
seems to be the go-to place for safe pet cloning. The company claims to have successfully cloned 700 dogs in 2015 and is keen to make the practice commonplace. Cloning is priced at $100,000, and in just over three months you could be raising your own cloned puppy. Sooam only clones dogs (cat owners, you may have to wait a bit longer or go to Genetic Savings & Clone). There is a short time period after a dog has died, at most 12 days, during which you can extract cells for cloning. Only a vet can extract cells from a living dog for cloning. The price for pet cloning has not changed much in the last decade and it's not likely to drop soon. Demand is still relatively low and ethical cloning takes a lot of work. Unlicensed dog cloners offering cut-rate prices should generally be avoided. TEACHING A NEW DOG OLD TRICKS Animal cloning is a reality that has made itself known in the pet and agricultural industry. As technology improves and the cloning process becomes more reliable, expect to start seeing doubles of the dogs you once knew. If cloning is for you, make sure to prepare for it before it is too late and to place your dog's cells in the hands of those you can trust.
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THE 13 IN MACAU THE WORLDâ€™S MOST LUXURIOUS HOTEL OPENS ITS DOORS by Kelly Dunning
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This $1.4 billion luxury French-influenced palace in a gambling paradise appeals to the ultra-rich. With stained glass artwork and candelabras in the bathrooms, a Rolls Royce Phantom and a chauffeur on call, a 24-hour butler and a velvet-canopied bed, guests at The 13 in Macau will feel like royalty. Each villa has a private elevator as well as a huge Roman bath that fits up to eight guests, under a baroque ceiling that is lit with a stunning crystal chandelier. Each of the butlers is certified by the English Guild of Butlers and the chauffeurs were also trained in England.
A “labour of love”, says billionaire hotel creator This hotel is the creation of Chinese billionaire Stephen Hung, known for his lavish lifestyle and collection of luxury cars. At a cost of over a billion pounds to construct, this is arguably the most luxurious hotel that has ever been built. Mr. Hung called it a “labour of love”, and he has put a lot of creativity and passion into perfecting every detail of this hotel.
Thirteen is his lucky number, which is why he has decided to give his hotel this name. Also, another origin of the name is the fact that the hotel’s design was inspired by the incredibly decadent Baroque style of Louis XII in France. Amenities fit for a king The hotel includes 200 huge multi-level villas and the only branch of L’Ambroisie, a legendary Parisian restaurant serving Michelin starred haute cuisine. It also features five other restaurants and bars. The hotel has a custom fleet of 30 Rolls Royce Phantoms, the largest such fleet in the world.
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Guests will enjoy a chauffeured service and complimentary transfers both on arrival and departure. The Villa de Stephen (named after the hotelâ€™s creator) is the largest at 30,000 square feet. The artwork and decor of every room is completely unique and each design detail in the hotel was created especially for The 13.
The 13 takes its place against the gleaming skyline of Macau and sets a new standard for luxury accommodation in this Chinese destination.
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A luxury landmark in Macau The hotel is located in Macau, a special administrative region of China on the southern coast.
This wealthy destination is known for its glittering resorts, high class dining and some of the most glamorous casinos in Asia. People travel from all over the world to enjoy the elegance and charm of Macau.
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THE HOT COLOURS OF AUTUMN FOLIAGE OUR PICKS FOR THE BEST PLACES TO EXPERIENCE DAZZLING DISPLAYS OF COLOUR by Olivia Werapermall
The hot summer days are gone, making way for another beautiful and spectacular season of autumnal colour. Don’t mind the chill: grab some warm clothes, pull on your walking boots and make your way to one or more of the following destinations to enjoy the colours that autumn has to offer before the bitter winds usher in the bleakness The hot summer days are gone, making way for another beautiful and spectacular season of autumnal colour. of winter. Don’t mind the chill: grab some warm clothes, pull on your walking boots and make your way to one or more of the following destinations to enjoy the colours that autumn has to offer before the bitter winds usher in the season of winter.
GASPÉ PENINSULA, QUEBEC, CANADA The maple trees along the coast of Quebec clothed in bright hues of red are reminiscent of Canada’s flag, showing off the red maple leaf. The Gaspé Peninsula lends the striking backdrop of the blue waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence, framing the vibrantly coloured trees and making it a living tapestry on nature's canvas. Hiking the Parc National de la Gaspésie affords you a magnificent view of the autumn leaves, while you can watch the seven types of whale that visit throughout October in the Forillon National Park.
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KYOTO, JAPAN Kyoto, located on the island of Honshu, is considered to be one of the best spots to take part in the leaf-viewing tradition called Koyo. Here, the awe-inspiring branches laden with vivid hues outline the slopes of the roofs of the ancient temples that make up Japan’s cultural heritage, marking centuries of imperial rule. Illuminations at night-time penetrate the dense branches’ translucent and colour-drenched foliage from around the middle of November to December, making it a sight to remember throughout the bleakness of winter.
SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA Why not take a drive along Arnold Drive through the Sonoma Valley and enjoy the multi-coloured canopies of maple and oak that colourfully line the drive? Here, in Sonoma County, the autumn leaves of both vines and trees are adorned with bright fiery hues, blending the multiple shades of autumn, colouring the countryside and vineyards, and harmonising with the October squash harvests.
BAVARIA, GERMANY The Alpine forests of southern Germany turn a riot of colour standing out against a backdrop of snowcovered mountains that any landscape artist will love to capture on canvas. Continue meandering along the 360 km Romantic Road, starting from the Franconia wine country where the vineyards themselves are likened to an artistâ€™s palette. Enjoy the wine festivities of the region, travelling south through centuries-old medieval towns such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Dinkelsbuhl. The autumn season offers a much more relaxed opportunity for leaf-viewing than the crowded tourist summertime.
JIUZHAIGOU VALLEY, SICHUAN PROVINCE, CHINA Some of China's most diverse fauna and flora can be seen in the Jiuzhaigou Valley when autumn reigns in a dramatic portrait of red-orange foliage that lends a lively contrast to emerald lakes and the rainbowhued Tibetan villageâ€™s prayer flags.
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AMANPURI, PHUKET AUTUMN TRAVEL AT AMAN’S EXCLUSIVE RESORTS In Sanskrit, Amanpuri means ‘place of peace’. It lies in a secluded coconut plantation by a private beach on Phuket’s west coast, a serene and restful setting, ideal for an autumn break or a well-deserved transformative retreat to recharge before winter. Since its opening in 1988, this Thai beach resort has established a reputation for personal service, fine cuisine and cruising, all of which complement the natural beauty of its tropical island surroundings. Located on the west coast of Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, Amanpuri, known as the 'Pearl of the South', looks out on the turquoise expanse of the Andaman Sea. The entrance sala, restaurants and bar overlook the resort’s main swimming pool. Amanpuri’s crescent beach lies at the foot of a cascading sweep of stone steps leading to the midnight-blue swimming pool and to the entrance sala. Drinks and light snacks are served beach- and pool-side. The Terrace faces the pool and it specialises in Thai cuisine while the Restaurant serves Italian food. The Bar enjoys beautiful views of the Andaman Sea.
Just steps from the beach, Naoki serves Kaiseki fare while the Beach Terrace offers al fresco dining at lunch-time. Overlooking Pansea Beach, Amanpuri’s intimate Beach Club features a 20m lap pool and a Thai sala with a cocktail bar and lounge seating. The Library houses over 1,000 books, from novels to works on Thai history and culture. The library lounge is a relaxing place for conversation and refreshments. The Boardroom is equipped with audio equipment and an LCD projector for meetings. Thai handicrafts are available for purchase in the Gallery. Set in a secluded coconut grove, Aman Spa, Amanresort’s first full-service spa, is a holistic sanctuary that nurtures both body and mind. Using exclusively prepared products made from only the purest of ingredients, Aman Spa offers an extensive selection of treatments.
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Complimentary yoga and meditation sessions are also offered in open-sided salas set high on the hillside. The state-of-the-art Gym features floor-to-ceiling windows with open views, a Pilates studio and a juice bar. Amanpuri provides Hobie Cats and equipment for windsurfing, snorkelling and kayaking. PADI-accredited dive programmes are available year-round. Six tennis courts are lit for night play and five internationalstandard golf courses are located within a 40-minute drive of Amanpuri.
Amanpuri’s own Aman Cruises fleet numbers more than 20 cruisers and sailing craft, one of the largest resort-owned fleets in Southeast Asia. Sailing, deepsea fishing, diving and overnight charters, with full crew, are all available. Maha Bhetra is a 90ft luxury cruiser with three air- conditioned cabins and a huge Thaistyle living sala on the top deck. It is ideal for cruising the islands and bays of Phang Nga and Krabi. The resort’s 40 Thai-styled pavilions and 32 private villas are interspersed throughout the plantation.
Each pavilion has an outdoor sala and sun deck, and is linked to the facilities by elevated walkways. Three of the pavilions feature their own private pools. All are surrounded by lush tropical vegetation providing shade and privacy. The elegant bedrooms lead to a spacious dressing area with twin vanity units. The bathrooms have a sunken bath and a separate shower. Most pavilions feature outdoor areas with day
beds. Every villa is different in layout, but all consist of a number of separate pavilions and they are located on varying levels around a private swimming pool. As Diane von Furstenberg once said, “... the Aman Resorts are all very luxurious, great places to go.” We’re ready to go there, are you?
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Since 20 years, the SASS CAFE proposes a unique concept in the Principality of Monaco: Restaurant, Piano Bar and Club. Inaugurated in 1993, the SASS CAFE owes its name to the owner “Sassa”, is a must of the Monegasque nights. In a refined décor with subdued lights, you can appreciate a traditional Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. Every night, Sassa, Yolande and their son Samy, the owners, welcome you in this exclusive and mythical place, in a distinguished and elegant décor.
Discover a refined menu with Mediterranean and Italian dishes… It all seems peaceful... But at the dinner‘s end, the SASS CAFE spirit works and the metamorphosis begins... The musicians arrive, voices start to warm the atmosphere and the live music accompanies you… Then, our resident DJs begin their eclectic mixes to lead you until the end of night. Mythical place in the Principality of Monaco, the SASS CAFE is internationally known for its exclusive parties!
11, Avenue Princesse Grace - Monaco - +377 93 25 52 00 www.sasscafe.com - email@example.com
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GSTAAD GRANDEUR AND GLAMOUR IN THE SWISS ALPS WITH PEAKS AND SUMMITS OF SURPRISES Do not exclude the Swiss Alps this year as an autumn destination, even if you plan to go there for winter holidays. Gstaad’s tourism slogan, “Come up, slow down” is perfectly appropriate. Offering style and class, Gstaad is full of boundless autumn fun, unique events and challenging adventures for all tastes.
As proudly written on Gstaad’s practical and comprehensive tourism website, “the Gstaad brand today is synonymous with stylish charm and discreet understated luxury, which Gstaad’s famous royal guests and visitors from the worlds of film, art, sport and science have come to appreciate.” Yet, we agree, for those who want to just get away from it all, Gstaad’s genuinely Alpine and down-to-earth soul can be the
perfect cure for stressed or exhausted travellers, or those simply looking for a different kind of holiday experience. Easily accessible by car and train, as well as via nearby Saanen Airport, Gstaad is a short journey away from Geneva. Over 1,000 cultural events are available to visitors, as well as outstanding first-class hotels, Michelin-starred dining options and wonderful shopping in Gstaad’s traffic-free promenade. Prestigious international schools have also contributed to Gstaad’s position as a classic and classy holiday resort. L’Institut le Rosey, the John F. Kennedy School and the Gstaad International School help transmit the
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Naturally, Gstaad offers breathtaking winter wonderlands to enjoy during the colder seasons, but this Alpine jewel is just as spectacular during the fall. Gstaad provides its fortunate visitors with the utmost in luxury, combined with all the tranquillity, simplicity and beauty of mountain living.
Gstaad lifestyle and brand around the world. You may be surprised to learn that Gstaad even boasts its own yacht club, the Gstaad Yacht Club (GYC). Founded in 1998 by a group of sailing enthusiasts with strong links to the area, the GYC today lists over 400 members from over 20 countries. For those who prefer golfing, we suggest enjoying the Golfclub Gstaad’s 18 hole course, considered one of the Alp’s most beautiful terrains. Gstaad will host the 28th Country Night Gstaad in September, and other upcoming events include brass band and quartett concerts, cheese festivals, and culture nights. The Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad is planned for winter 2017, and Saveurs’ gourmet festival
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throughout the year. We are certain you will enjoy Gstaad so much that you may choose to come back in the summer as well to enjoy a myriad of events including the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series, the Ladies Championship Gstaad, WTA Women’s Tennis Tournament, the 60th Menuhin Festival Gstaad & Academy, the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad, and the world-renowned Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad. So whether you wish to hike, bike, sail, enjoy Gstaad traditions, such as cheesemaking or visiting one of its 200 farms, or just relax, come give the Swiss mountains a chance this autumn before the winter tourists descend.
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LUXURY TRAINS ELITE TRAIN TRAVEL IN JAPAN by Tabitha Buckley Japanese rail travel is set to reach a grand new level of luxury next year on the release of two brand new luxury trains. Already, the demand for tickets for journeys aboard these swanky cruise trains is very high, so booking in advance is advised!
As you enjoy your journey, there will be plenty of room to discover without even leaving the train. With suites, deluxe suites, a lounge, a dining room and observatory cars, you’ll never find yourself at a loss for things to do or places to go. Potentially the most novel part of the Shiki-Shima, the observatory cars are designed to give passengers the best possible view of the stunning scenery outside the train. Found at both the front and rear of the train, these carriages boast a glass ceiling and glass walls so that you won’t have to miss an inch of your glorious surroundings.
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TRAIN SUITE SHIKI-SHIMA Your journey aboard the Train Suite Shiki-Shima is one designed to showcase the local industries unique to each region it passes through, as well as the country’s unique culture and stunning natural scenery. What better way to enjoy all of these beautiful sights than aboard this luxurious train? If observing the sights from afar doesn’t appeal to you, you’ll be glad to hear that passengers aboard ShikiShima will also have the opportunity to get off the train every now and then to explore the various local areas which fall along the railway route. Explore the ShirakamiSanchi mountainous area or the Nikko Toshogu Shrine before climbing once more aboard your luxury cruise train and heading to your destination in style.
TWILIGHT EXPRESS MIZUKAZE Focus your exploration towards the west, and you’ll find the Sea of Japan, the Seto Inland Sea islands and the rich culture and stories of Matsue and Kyoto. These sights, and many more, can be enjoyed from your seat aboard the Twilight Express Mizukaze, a sophisticated ride with all the breath-taking quality of a luxury hotel.
Once on the train, passengers may enjoy the glamorous interior, fully decorated in an ‘art deco meets twenty-first century’ style. There are to be ten separate cars, including a lounge car, two sightseeing cars with outdoor viewing platforms, six sleeper cars and a dining car. Altogether, the train will have capacity for thirty people.
The name of the train, Mizukaze, translates literally as ‘fresh wind’ or ‘joyous wind which brings fortune’, a name which brings to mind images of a fresh, clean train, or a literal breath of fresh air.
These luxury cruise trains will be a far cry from the standard commuter trains in most modern cities and are sure to attract a vast number of passengers. We look forward to seeing where the concept of luxury transport will travel to next!
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INCUBATORS IN EUROPE by Tom Cropper
A growing number of business incubators aim to change the fortunes of Europe’s entrepreneurs.
across to Europe, there are now hundreds to be found across the continent, and they are very much needed. Entrepreneurs continue to struggle in Europe thanks to a combination of poor attitudes to risk, fear of failure and tight regulations. According to the Eurobarometer on Entrepreneurship, most Europeans (58%) say they would prefer to be an employee, whereas in America the figure is more or less reversed.
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When Gary Keery found himself craving a bowl of cereal while out and about in London, he hit upon a fantastic new business idea, a café which serves nothing but cereal. A few years later and his new café is thriving, but it could never have happened without the support of a business incubator in the form of Virgin Start-Ups. Incubators have been multiplying rapidly over the past ten years. First emerging in the US, but spreading
But the question is, how can businesses be sure to choose the right incubator for their needs? First things first: you need to understand the difference between an incubator and an accelerator. An accelerator programme is typically aimed at the earliest stage start-ups and might include mentorship, advice, support and some early stage finance. It might run over a few months and end with a demonstration day on which businesses show themselves off to potential new contacts and investors. One of the largest is StartUp Bootcamp. Beginning in Denmark, it has spread across the continent to become one of the largest accelerators in the world. Its programme begins with a â‚Ź15,000 investment from the boot camp to cover living expenses and six months in a supportive co-working space. In total, the startups benefit from â‚Ź1,000,000 in cash from corporate partners such as Google, PayPal, AWS and many others. The programme ends with a demo day in which they meet 500 investors, partners and mentors. Others include Seedcamp, Numa in Paris and Gamma Rebels in Warsaw. Incubators, on the other hand, are for later stage businesses. Like accelerators, they offer access to office space and mentorship, and they may also take equity in the business. However, there is no predetermined end to any programme and there will not be a demo day. Both these options can be enormously helpful for your business. They might be able to offer a source of startup capital that may not be accessible elsewhere, and
they provide mentorship and support from experts, which could prove invaluable to a small business owner. However, you may need to work hard to ensure you find the best programme for your business. The sheer number of schemes means there is significant variation in the quality of the options available. Some are good, some are bad. Equally, they must match the area you work in. Some will specialise in specific niches. For example, i5invest is an incubator focused on B2C, B2B and mobile internet ventures. All in all, though, a good incubator should have the following qualities. First, there should be a strong local infrastructure: Tech City at the Google Campus in London, for example, is close to students as well as a thriving local business community. It should have strong connections with universities, business schools and the business community. There also has to be a benefit for all parties. The entrepreneurs naturally benefit from advice and support, but the investors have to see a benefit in being granted access to a range of high quality pre-screened businesses which have already received professional support. The scene is still in its relatively early stages, which means it will continue to evolve and develop. More incubators will come onto the scene, offering an increasingly varied range of benefits to their stakeholders. As a business, itâ€™s all about assessing your needs and finding an incubator which best meets them.
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WE, THE MODERN ENLIGHTENED KINGS by Cyril Demaria
Founded in 1643, the Cire Trudon company was supplier of candles to the French “Sun King” Louis XIV. Today it is the oldest company still making luxury candles. Julien Pruvost, its Executive Director, enlightens us about the process of making this exclusive product. IN 'META-LUXURY' (PALGRAVE, 2012) MANFREDI RICCA AND REBECCA ROBINS DEFINE THE ESSENCE OF LUXURY AS THE COMBINATION OF A HISTORY, FOCUS, REAL RARITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP. DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS DEFINITION? IF SO, ARE CIRE TRUDON CANDLES A LUXURY PRODUCT? WHAT IS THE PLACE OF CANDLES IN THE WORLD OF LUXURY TODAY?
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Indeed, Cire Trudon fits the definition well. Our candles fulfil decorative and aspirational functions, both visually and olfactorily. While ostentation belongs to the world of luxury, more intimate and private relationships with our own selves always were, and increasingly are, a privileged part of that world. Scented candles are an expression of this, generally privately used for ourselves and those close to us. They are the expression of our own personal time. Our scented candles provide a form of intimate and aesthetic hospitality, for ourselves and for others.
CIRE TRUDON EMPHASISES CRAFTSMANSHIP AND QUALITY. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CIRE TRUDON CANDLE AND AN ORDINARY CANDLE? WHAT MAKES YOUR CANDLES SO SPECIAL? It is the same difference we find in any product when we compare rarity with mass-production. The difference is in the quality of the material used, the features and the excellence of the production process. Clients of Cire Trudon are looking for this: the quality of the product, but also the history and the stories it conveys. CRAFTSMANSHIP DEFINES THE PARAMETERS OF QUALITY, EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION. IS INNOVATION STILL POSSIBLE IN CIRE TRUDON CRAFTSMANSHIP? Absolutely. We innovate at each level of our production. For example, the shapes (La Promeneuse), the uses (our sprays), the materials (new natural waxes, research on new formulae), the quality of the production processes. We pay particular attention to working conditions and the impact on the environment. LUXURY PRODUCTS ARE ALSO DEFINED BY THEIR LONGEVITY. IN ESSENCE, A CANDLE IS USED AND DISAPPEARS. HOW DOES A LUXURY CANDLE MAKER SOLVE THIS PARADOX? Luxury products do not escape the basic definition of consumption: destruction through usage. Longevity, reliability and durability do not always characterise luxury. Gastronomy and floral composition are an example: luxury is often a perfect moment. Therefore, the question of longevity is relative. We fall in the same category as perfumes or cosmetics, whether luxurious or not, as we work with perishable ingredients.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY CIRE TRUDON CANDLES ARE SO RARE? They are rare because they represent a unique combination of elements of extreme quality. This combination does not exist anywhere else. The whole production set-up happens long before the candles are actually made. There is a long series of milestones such as the formula, the adaptation of the wick and the tests. The production is precise to the gram and to the tenth of a degree. Casting temperatures are adjusted according to the scents, formats, formulae and even the time of the year of production. A candle requires time and the human touch to be perfect: it takes a person to straighten and cut the wick, to polish and apply labels, etc.
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READY ROBOTS Prof. Dr. Roland Siegwart, Head of the Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) at worldrenowned ETH Zürich, has a laboratory full of walking, running, swimming, climbing, flying, moving robots that will leave you bewitched and inspired.
A small (5.6 m) hand-launchable fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle that can stay airborne for up to 10 days continuously by employing solar-electric propulsion techniques and advanced flight control and navigation technology.
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sFly This fully autonomous operation for micro helicopters in cities or other dense environments, requires flying at low altitude or indoors (without GPS) to actively explore unknown environments while avoiding collisions and creating maps. The goal is the capability of coordinated flight in small swarms.
Siegwart is co-founder of multiple successful spinoff companies in robotics and related fields and has been (and remains) a board member of various Swiss institutions and foundations. This openness to diverse external partners and entities is fundamental to ASLâ€™s research mentality and organisational structure. There are roughly 12 start-up offspring from the lab, in half of which Siegwart was a co-founder.
ASL has partnerships with innovation leaders such as Google, Disney Research Zurich, Bosch, Volkswagen, ABB and Hexagon Leica. The spin-off companies affiliated with ASL include Aerotainment Labs, Bluebotics, SpotMe, GE Inspection Robotics, Wingtra and Skybotix, which was recently acquired by GoPro. Siegwart stresses the importance of a long-term perspective and highly values collaboration with engineers, programmers and businesses who share that patience and an acceptance that seeing these robots in real-life applications can take ten years or more. He realises that the serious arrival of robots in our industrial and personal lives can be quite intimidating for some, but he is personally convinced that the longterm process behind the introduction of robots into our society, and the advantages they can bring, will help to ease any concern or resistance.
The butler robot made his debut in acting on stage with human beings, carrying a candle and for whom he served a drink. Showing off his functional and aesthetial design, Igor represents the services of industrial robots.
A quadrupedal robot designed for autonomous operation in challenging environments. Driven by special compliant and precisely torque controllable actuators, the system is capable of dynamic running and high-mobile climbing.
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BILL GATES Business Leader, Entrepreneur, Philantropist Microsoft is the result of Gates’ and Allen’s vision of “a computer on every desktop and in every home”. From MS-DOS, Windows and Xbox, to Office, Excel, Encarta, MSN, Skype and SharePoint, Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company, has changed the world for both individuals and companies. Gates is passionate about Microsoft’s work and will always be involved with the company, including his present role as a member of the board and technology advisor. Gates and his wife Melinda started the Gates Foundation in 2000 with a focus on the areas of greatest need and the ways in which to do the most good. From poverty and health to education, the foundation’s areas of concentration offer the opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life for billions of people. Gates has also taken on some projects to address issues that interest him, such as delivering clean energy to everyone who needs it. In all his work, he focuses on what he calls “catalytic philanthropy”. Gates has also been busy outside Microsoft and the Gates Foundation, founding Corbis, a digital imaging company; controlling Cascade Investments LLC, a private investment and holding company; founding the bgC3 LLC think-tank company; and working on ResearchGate, a social networking site for scientists. He helped launch TerraPower, a company that aims to provide a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy.
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His personal blog, gatesnotes is where Gates shares commentaries and information about the people he meets, literature and what he is learning. It offers a refreshing presentation, covering topics including saving lives, energy innovation, improving education and the books he is reading. Business magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, author and programmer, Bill Gates continues to inspire.
Bill Gates is one of the world’s most brilliant technologists, business leaders and philanthropists. In August this year, Gates was ranked the wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of USD 90 billion. Gates was born in Seattle, Washington in 1955, and grew up there with strong support from his family, who encouraged his early interest in computers. He dropped out of Harvard University to start Microsoft in 1975 with his childhood friend, Paul Allen. Gates is married to Melinda, with whom he started the charitable foundation bearing their names, and has three children.
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SAMIH SAWIRIS Chairman
Orascom Development is a leading developer of fully integrated destinations that include hotels, private villas and apartments, leisure facilities such as golf courses, marinas and supporting infrastructure. Orascom Development’s diversified portfolio of destinations is spread over nine jurisdictions (Switzerland, Egypt, Montenegro, England, Mauritius, Oman, UAE, Jordan and Morocco).
Samih Sawiris, born in Cairo, Egypt, the middle of the three sons of Onsi Sawiris, is the Chairman of Orascom Development Holding (ODH.SW), a Swiss-incorporated company listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX). He received his Diploma in Economic Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.
The Group currently owns 35 hotels, with 8,135 guestrooms and over 1,000 rooms under development in the different countries. ODH operates eight destinations: Andermatt in Switzerland; El Gouna, Taba Heights, Haram City and Makadi in Egypt; The Cove in the United Arab Emirates; Jebel Sifah and Salalah Beach in Oman. In addition, Samih is a member of Sawiris Foundation which was founded in April 2001, with an endowment from the Sawiris family, and is dedicated to social development. Over the years, the Andermatt project has attracted strong media interest. For many years, Andermatt was a well-kept secret, an alpine destination known only to those with inside connections. Owning a piece of it was merely a dream. However, in 2005, Andermatt entered a new, momentous stage in its history. In response to the withdrawal of the residential Swiss Army (which had been based in Andermatt since 1895) the Swiss Government decided to open up the region for development. Therefore, it turned to the respected Sawiris for advice on how to develop the area for tourism. Sawiris was so inspired by the beauty of the Urseren Valley that he took on the development as his own project.
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“When I was invited to consult for the Andermatt team, I didn't expect to come across a long-forgotten destination with such potential”, explains Sawiris. “The prospect of transforming this village into one of the Alps' hidden gems is incredibly exciting.”
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Published on Sep 23, 2016
International luxury lifestyle magazine, available quarterly (print and online) in English. Topics covered include art, travel, hospitality,...