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A Transatlantic Love Story

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The Shakespeare of English furniture makers

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RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE COLLECTION

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u FASHION Ralph & Russo Ready to Wear Paris 2018 Modern, Upscale Swimwear Jimmy Choo SS2018 Campaign

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u TRAVEL Charter Like a Millionaire The Ritz-Carlton Takes to the Seas In Search of New Adventures

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u LIVING Peggy & David Rockefeller’s Collection A Translantic Love Story Art Basel

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u DINING The Rise of English Sparkling Wine Waste Not, Want Not

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u POWER Effortless Everywhere - Rolls Royce Cullinan The Family Car of the Future

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u SPORT All the Queen’s Horses Wealth on the Water, The F1 of the Open Seas

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u HOME Louis Vuitton Debuts Home Goods Collection The Safe Alternative

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FASHION There are numerous brands of luxury clothing spread throughout the entire world that influence the fashion industry and it is they who dictate the trends you see sashaying along the high streets and catwalks. Luxury Living Magazine goes behind the scenes to bring you not just fashion reviews but some of the fashion world’s best kept secrets.

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RALPH & RUSSO READY TO WEAR 2018 PARIS

u 2018, has been a big year for the global luxury brand Ralph & Russo. Their fluid, elegant gowns beloved by the rich and famous adorning the shoulders of celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, who wore a Ralph & Russo suit to Buckingham Palace when she was presented with her honorary damehood by the Queen, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kyle Minogue to name but a few have always commanded attention but it was American actress Meghan Markel’s choice of dress an embroidered Ralph & Russo diaphanous dress for her official engagement pictures with Prince Harry and the media speculation that they were designers of her wedding dress, which brought a new spotlight to their work propelling them further onto the world’s fashion stage. 15


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Some would say the meteoric rise of Ralph & Russo has been nothing short of miraculous in just 10years Australian’s Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo the dynamic duo behind the brand have turned their small couture atelier into one of British fashion’s biggest success stories and a global haute couture house. Based in London, their floor-sweeping dresses which are hand-stitched over thousands of hours, using techniques that are centuries old and exquisitely embellished are among the world’s most exclusive dresses – and should you need to enquire about the price then sadly it is not the dress for you! Another highlight of the year (and we are only in spring!) is the launch of the brands two ready-to-wear collection which were launched on the catwalks of Paris. The Spring/Summer 2018 Prêt-à-Porter collection fuses traditionalism and contemporary artistry, re-interpreting signature styles from the little black dress to the classic tuxedo jacket. Techniques found at the forefront of fabric innovation combine neoclassical undertones with revolutionary compositions, as hints of golden brocade transpose onto jet-black laminated tweed. Interspersed with crisp whites, the collection highlights flashes of red, electric metallic blues, and blush florals offset with icy silver embellishments.

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The autumn-winter 18-19 collection (as shown) celebrates the glamour and sensuality of today’s women. Comprised of thirty-five looks, the second Prêt-à-Porter collection explores plongé leather separates, multi-use biker jackets, and off-theshoulder gowns; in addition to asymmetric knits and open fronted cascading bouquet skirts, which feature as key silhouettes. The collection’s emphasis is on daywear for the woman who’s constantly traveling to different climates who needs to transition from day-to-evening. This season’s colour palette is derived from minerals: shimmering ice-pastels, flashes of mirrored gold, and traces of hyper-glossed jet black. Contrasting textures can also be found throughout as feminine smoky pink cashmere turtlenecks oppose oversized hound’s-tooth outerwear, whilst liquid double satin silk tuxedos and crunchy metallic leather skirts ensure our cosmopolitan muse knows no bounds. Bespoke debossed buttons highlight the house codes of traditionalism and creativity, offset by rubberised leather details heeding to adventure. Free-spirited yet bold, the Ralph & Russo woman is equipped to encounter the farthest corners of this world. The brand is also planning to open boutiques around the world where the readyto-wear collections will retail.

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BATHING BEAUTIES u SWIMSUITS THROUGH THE AGES

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It’s that time of year again: The weather’s hot, the pool’s open, and the beaches are packed ... which means one thing the women all over the world are sucking in their stomachs and bracing themselves for one of the more demoralizing experiences in life: trying on bathing suits.

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Nowadays, you can find just about any type of swimsuit to fit your style and shape with an array of materials, style and character... But was it always like that? With this in mind we look at how the style of swimsuits along with the perception of body has changed from its origins in the 1800’s to today. It was in the mid 1800’s when swimsuits were first created, women wore full-length gowns with weights sewn in the hem to keep their dresses from rising in the water. At the time, the body was viewed as sacred and women were banned from showing any skin. However, at the start of the twentieth century, as more and more women began to want to participate in water sports, such as swimming and diving, the garments became too bulky for swift swimming. As the years progressed though, breathable cotton replaced wool jersey; and the body gradually became more exposed with rising hemlines and figure-flattering garments. When French Designer Louis Reard created the first bikini in 1946, women showing more skin became increasingly acceptable, although his bikini was still seen as provocative, made from four triangles of cotton printed with newspaper type and fitted into packaging the size of a matchbox. As swimwear bared more of women’s figures, it also highlighted their physical problem areas, giving corset makers a reason to design swimsuits with elastic panels designed to hold in women’s stomachs and bra cups providing added bust support.

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As the 1980s progressed, female swimwear developed an increasingly narrower front and higher leg line, displaying more and more of women’s buttocks. During this decade, the Brazilian tanga - a slightly fuller-coverage precursor to the thong bikinis of later decades - began to emerge as popular style. The ’80s also saw the introduction of layered swimwear composed of two or more individual pieces that offered next to no concealment on their owN but, when worn together, provided a modicum of modesty. After the scandalous suits of the ’80s, the 1990s swimwear seemed downright demure and perhaps no swimsuit-wearing individual better personified the 1990s more so than Pamela Anderson as C.J. Parker on Baywatch. Though her red one-piece was cut high enough on the bottom to reveal her hipbones, it was about as tame an outfit as Anderson has ever worn to date! Today, walking around in a tiny swimsuit is no longer taboo because women are encouraged to show more skin and be proud in it. The bikini is not simply a swimsuit anymore, but a public garment worn for tanning, playing, and glamour. Perhaps current models of swimwear seem inevitable, and some even too complicated to get into at all, but it has been like that throughout the centuries in the whole world: sizes, shapes and forms impact. 25


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One glance, and you know a dress or bikini is the work of Zimmermann. Founded in 1991 by Australian sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann, the dynamic label stays true to its original vision: sophisticated femininity, strong silhouettes, clever colour combinations and delicate original prints. Quickly they gained a strong and loyal following - smart, sartorially savvy women with an eye for quality fabrics and clever cutting.

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Gottex, the iconic swimwear brand, was established in 1956 and since its birth has always been associated with quality, fashionable and glamorous après wear. Since its creation Gottex has been, and still remains to be the key brand on retailers’ vendor matrixes, and is showcased at Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week, where it is seen as a fashion leader in swimwear

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Sophisticated fashionistas all over the world have been spotted wearing luxe bikinis and bohemian chic cover ups from ViX since designer Paula Hermanny stepped onto the swim scene in 1998. ViX’s sexy collection of resort wear for women features some of the most forward-thinking spins on beach fashion today. The swimsuit line shines, incorporating super-hot tortoiseshell details and cutting-edge materials like resin to accentuate ViX’s trademark leather and gold accessories. The ViX collections include a number of flowy beach cover ups and dresses, sarongs, hats, bags and sandals, perfect for the pool and the palapa alike. ViX has a long roster of celebrity fans and has additionally been featured in publications including Vogue, Elle, InStyle, People, and Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition.

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Aqua Di Lara by award-winning designer, Reyhan Sofraci, is one of designer swimwear’s most celebrated names. The Aqua Di Lara line was created to enhance the beauty of the feminine form with its original yet sophisticated styles made to be wearable both in and out of the water. For Aqua Di Lara, luxury means not only high-style but also high-quality and manufacturing excellence.

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Etihad Airways recently launched a new Emirati designed loungewear collection at an exclusive reception held last night at the Abu Dhabi’s The Louvre. The stylish new line by Emirati brand “A Friend of Mine” by Xpoze will be offered to the airline’s guests on all First Class flights, and also to those staying in The Residence on board the Airbus A380 fleet.

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The loungewear collection was designed by “A Friend of Mine” by Xpoze following an extensive brief from the airline, which was seeking innovative and striking designs for inflight apparel which would be comfortable, functional, and would follow the same attention to detail and design principles held by Etihad Airways. Importantly, the creations would have to be high-quality, wearable on-board for relaxing and sleeping, yet be simple and stylish enough to be worn outdoors or matched with other items of clothing. Linda Celestino, Etihad Airways Vice President Guest Experience and Delivery, said: “We are thrilled to be launching the new Etihad loungewear. In today’s throw-away culture, it has never been more important for us to challenge the norms and to create clothing which can be enjoyed inflight, yet be strong and trendy enough to be kept and worn again as a bespoke item, whether relaxing at home or out with friends. This is something uniquely Etihad and reinforces our position as the airline of innovation and choice.” The new loungewear is inspired by the simplicity, clean lines and timeless elegance of traditional Emirati dress, cleverly combined with current global trends to create an aesthetic unique to Etihad. Simple, earthy colours have been used to ensure that the pieces in the collection complement all skin tones, and can be easily matched with other items of clothing for everyday wear. Made of anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic Modal, the loungewear is free of unnecessary stitching and embellishments and is crease-resistant and breathable. A Friend of Mine by Xpoze was founded by Rawdha Al Shaffar, Buthaina Al Marri and Fatma Al Muddhareb. In November 2017, the young Emirati brand was announced as the winner of a major competition launched by Etihad Airways in partnership with leading UAE fashion magazine Zahrat Al Khaleej to identify the best local talent to create the new designs. The competition drew almost 71,000 votes via the publication’s social media channels.

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Baselworld 2018 showcased some stunning creations by luxury brands including, Rolex, Omega, Chanel & Choppard here we present our selection of this year’s haute horlogerie NIURA - LImITED EDITION drawing on his mastery of jewellery and watchmaking, swiss setter and goldsmith andreas altmann thrives on the challenge of creating unique and beautifully unusual timepieces. Niura is an ode to sensual femininity and his first timepiece. The watch features hinges that allow it to perfectly encircle the wrist of its wearer. These articulated case edges enclose a 5N red gold casing measuring 35mm across, with a transparent sapphire dial and caseback. The watch is powered by a Giberg Flying Tourbillon ‘Trilevis 6118’ manufacture Calibre, made in-house and designed to ensure a power reserve of 72 hours. a fine structure, entirely set with diamonds, links the edges of the case to the lizard leather strap, on which a diamond-studded drop balances delicately. its original design and highly technical expertise make this a unique piece of time-keeping jewellery. Niura swinging frame casing, designed by Vivian müller. movement Functions Case

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manual-winding mechanical movement, double-barrel Giberg Flying Tourbillon ‘Trilevis 6118’ manufacture Calibre, 21’600 Vib/h, Power reserve of 72 hours Hours, minutes, flying tourbillon

5N red gold, 35mm, diameter of the entire structure covering the 47x97mm casing, ruby cabochon crown and second decorative crown positioned symmetrically, case encrusted with 2,156 diamonds (8.7 cts) and 76 rubies. Water-resistant to 30 metres (3 bar/100 ft) Glare-free glass and sapphire caseback

Garnet-coloured lizard leather. Red pin buckle encrusted with 68 diamonds

AROUND THE WORLD, FLOWER The places that we visit leave unforgettable impressions on our mind. The many tastes of foreign cuisine leave us tingling for more, while the touch of exquisite silk imprints exotic tenderness on our skin. This year, BiJoUmoNTRe, and its new around the World Collection are here to accompany you on the countless special adventures you will embark on. BiJoUmoNTRe pays homage to these life-long memories by ornamenting its watches with flowers symbolizing the national culture of the five featured countries: switzerland, France, italy, China or Japan. The flowery Charms are carefully crafted with mother-ofpearl, as well as sets of radiant coloured sapphires and natural diamonds. The rich diversity of culture is materialized through the five strong colourways, one for each country, which let you find the perfect match for your own inner colour. movement Functions Case dial

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swiss Quartz eTa e01.701 calibre

stainless steel, outer ring set with 82 diamonds, lugs set with 16 diamonds, 38 mm. sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 m/100 ft). stainless steel, outer ring set with 82 diamonds, lugs set with 16 diamonds, 38 mm. sapphire crystal. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 m/100 ft)

inner ring white mother-of-pearl set with 37 diamonds, miniature edelweiss set with 4 yellow sapphire & 2 diamonds. middle ring engraved mother-of-pearl edelweiss set with 21 diamonds, 4 yellow sapphires & 3 light tsavorite garnet (switzerland model) Green, orange, light purple, light blue or pink leather

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ST-TROpEz™ “INvISIbLE” dubbed “invisible” after their exclusive invisible diamond setting crimping system, this latest and certainly most glamorous iteration in the CHaRRiol st-Tropez™ collection comes lavishly bejeweled. attached to its baguette-cut diamond covered white gold case is a chain – a unique feature shared by all st-Tropez™ models – with large princess-cut diamonds also invisibly set into white gold. in fact, the total of 135 white baguettecut diamonds, set into the bezel, case-band, integrated lug structure, as well as the accompanying chain with Charriol’s invisible setting make for a truly stunning aesthetic. Coming in at just 30 millimeters wide and adorned with 12 princess-cut diamond hour markers and a white motherof-pearl dial for that much added texture and luster, the CHaRRiol st-Tropez “invisible” is as timeless as the diamonds that encapsulate its beauty. inside of it is a swiss eTa quartz movement with indications for the hours, minutes and subsidiary seconds, while attached to its beautifully set exterior is a 6-cable stainless steel bracelet with two white gold décors. movement Functions Case dial Bracelet/strap

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White gold, set with 135 baguette-cut diamonds, 30 mm diameter White mother-of-pearl, set with 12 princess-cut diamonds, small seconds at 6 o’clock

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HARRy WINSTON EmERALD Harry Winston has a legacy as one of the world’s most important purveyors of diamonds, and the swatch Group is keeping that heritage alive. Jewelled watches remain an important part of the company, including the new emerald watch with diamonds, combined with the soft touch of pink sapphire. The art deco lines of the eight-sided case, set with 53 brilliantcut diamonds, are a tribute to the emerald-cut, the favorite diamond shape of Harry Winston, who founded the company in 1932. The emerald shape is repeated on the dial as an outline composed of 44 brilliant cut diamonds set into a background of white mother-of-pearl. The frame is accented by pink sapphires, set at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and a larger, emerald-cut pink sapphire at the 12 o’clock position. The matching pink satin strap wraps around the wrist twice, reflecting a current trend in ladies’ watches. movement Functions Case

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18k white gold, 17.8 mm x 24 mm, set with 53 brilliant-cut diamonds. sapphire crystal with antireflective coating on both sides. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 m/100ft) White mother-of-pearl, 44 brilliant-cut diamonds, 3 brilliant-cut pink sapphires, 1 emerald-cut pink sapphire

Pink satin double tour, 18k white gold pin buckle set with 11 brilliant-cut diamonds


HAppy SpORT This year marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic Happy sport, the watch with freely moving diamonds between two sapphire crystals over the dial. To celebrate the milestone, CHoPaRd has fitted the watch with an in-house automatic movement, with functions that include hours, minutes and a graceful sweep seconds hand. The movement is visible through the sapphire crystal on the caseback, a rare visual treat on a ladies’ watch. The dial is made of rare textured mother-of-pearl that has naturally occurring wave-like motifs. There are four case options, including stainless steel, 18k gold or a combination of the two metals, with or without diamonds. The mother-of-pearl dials can be white or in a soft pastel shade of either pink or blue. Five bezel-set diamonds move freely between sapphire crystals over the dial. movement Functions Case

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in-house Chopard mechanical movement with automatic winding 09.01-C, 159 components, 27 jewels, 25,200 vib/h (3.5Hz), 42-hour power reserve Hours, minutes, seconds

Four references in 30 mm wide and 10.95 mm thick, including: diamond-set stainless steel; stainless-steel and 18k rose gold; 18k rose gold; diamond-set 18k rose gold. With glare-proof sapphire crystals over dial and exhibition caseback with screws and Happy sport logo. Waterresistant to 30 metres (3 bar/100ft)

light blue, light pink or white textured mother-of-pearl, with gilded or rhodium-plated Roman numerals and hour markers, gilded or rhodium-plated cone-shaped hours, minutes and sweep seconds hands

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In 2018, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture once again highlights the expertise of its Rare Handcrafts “Métiers Rares” artisans with a series of three Reverso watches. Both sides of each piece feature miniature reproductions of paintings by the Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler in remarkable engraving and enamelling.

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Remarkable guillochage work is featured on the front of the piece. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s artisan guillocheur has embellished the dial with the help of a century-old machine requiring considerable expertise and years of experience. The dial’s small lozenges, giving the illusion as though they have been weaved, were created with finesse and delicate rendering. The engraving was then covered in translucent enamel. The colour of which, was carefully chosen to match the painting’s tone recreated on the reverse side. On the reverse of the watch, the handcrafted engraving continues, with lines tracing out an elegant frame for each of the enamelled paintings. This incredible work is unique on each model, enhancing the reproduced paintings, it is also a fitting supplement to the three gadroons so emblematic of the Reverso watch. An Art Deco icon to showcase the work of a master

With its emblematic Art Deco styling, faceted appliqué hour-markers, Dauphine hands and railtrack minute circle at the heart of the dial, the Reverso Tribute Enamel is a sophisticated and original canvas for the work of the Rare Handcrafts “Métiers Rares” enamellers. This is the continuation of the JaegerLeCoultre Manufacture’s series of enamelled Reverso watches. These three new pieces, devoted to Ferdinand Hodler, will certainly catch the eye of art lovers. This is yet, another way to share the precious expertise of the Rare Handcrafts “Métiers Rares” practiced under the Manufacture’s roof, and to express the Grande Maison’s openness to the world of art and culture. Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918), a Swiss painter honoured in 2018

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Ferdinand Hodler’s death, who passed away in Geneva in 1918. It is an opportunity for the art world, and more particularly for the main Swiss museums, to pay tribute to this major figure of symbolism and emblematic painter of Switzerland. Jaeger-LeCoultre pays tribute to a Swiss artist whose depiction of Switzerland’s lakes and mountains brings memories of the Vallée de Joux – birthplace of Jaeger-LeCoultre Manufacture in 1833. With the parallelism of the landscapes he paints, Ferdinand Hodler shares his vision of the nature’s order. A clear and simple expression of the world, revealing a universal dimension present in each of his pieces.

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a work of art in Grand feu enamel The Reverso Tribute Enamel series was inspired by Ferdinand Hodler’s masterpiece. To remind one of the majestic serenity emanating from Hodler’s work, artisan enamellers spent more than fifty hours on each watch reproducing the Master’s paintings as faithfully as possible. Each painting presented particular challenges for Jaeger-LeCoultre’s enamellers. The main difficulty emerged from having to feature a large original painting on the 3cm2 surface area of the Reverso. Lake Geneva with Mont Blanc in the Morning Light, 1918 (74 x 150 cm)

For this oil on canvas, obtaining the exact same pink and gold morning light was essential; it required a lot of effort. A light and very tender grey was chosen for the front of the watch, harmonising with the painting’s colours. As sky and lake seem to blend, this painting’s interesting play of light was expressed through small spots of colour transcribing the landscape’s depiction of peace and quiet. Lake Thun with Symmetric Reflections Before Sunrise, 1904 (89 x 100cm)

This painting gives prominence to a brighter scenery, the artisan’s work focused on the creation of blue shades revealing the mountains. The way that the transparency of the water lets the rocks appear in a foreground of green shades is truly remarkable, and it inspired the artisan enameller to seek out a pine green colour to decorate the dial on the front. Ferdinand Hodler’s typical work on symmetry can be easily identified through this enamelled work. Lake Thun, Symmetric Reflection, 1909 (67.5 x 92)

The third painting depicts the Alps mountains’ reflection in the water catching the last day light.The mirror effect and the blue and white shades’ softness call to mind the tranquillity of Lake de Joux. A translucent enamel in light sky blue was chosen to cover the guilloché.

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To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Mascaro have teamed up with ‘It girl’ Olivia Palmermo to release a new Summer 2018 capsule collection for its millennial line ‘Pretty Ballerinas’

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The capsule collection titled ‘Eight models for eight moments ‘was handpicked by Olivia and features a gorgeous selection of eight new shoe styles along with the complementary outfits that echo her own personal style. From cute leopardprint ballet flats to floral-embroidered mules. 1. Ella DiamonDs & PEarls €199 These pointed-toed shoes come in lustrous black suede and are adorned with diamond and pearl details. 2. Ella Polka Dots €119.00 These backless mules feature a pointed-toe silhouette and a charming polka-dot print. 3. Ella aqua stuDDED sliDE. €199.00 Crafted in gorgeous aqua blue suede, these backless shoes feature pointed toes and studded embellishments. 4. rosario lEoParD & rED €199.00 An icon within the brand these pretty Ballerinas leopard-print flats are adorned with red trim 5. Ella ElEctric sailor suEDE flats €169.00 This particular style features a nautical-inspired design courtesy of the gold embroidered anchor on each shoe. Crafted in royal blue suede, these flats also have a pointed-toe silhouette, textile lining and rubber soles. 6. Ella birD of ParaDisE on nuDE €169.00 Crafted in nude soft leather, these pointed-toed mules feature gorgeous floral embroidery of an orchid and a bird of paradise inspired by the Peruvian jungle. 7. christy black & whitE lacE €179.00 A creation of sport aesthetics, these shoes feature a laceup design, thick white soles and sheer black lace for a sultry finish. 8. Ella zEbra tassEl loafEr €219.00 These shoes come in black-and-white suede and feature a pointed-toe silhouette and a beautiful zebra print. They also have multicolred tassel details and contrasting orange grosgrain trims.

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CHROnOgRApH Ref. 7150/250R For almost ten years, Patek Philippe has been offering women timepieces that are both elegant and striking – high quality chronographs with a classic architecture, featuring a column-wheel and horizontal coupling. Today, the Geneva manufacture unveils a new addition to its collection, the 7150/250R chronograph. Its once cushion-shaped case has been redesigned and is now round, in 18-carat rose gold, graced with 72 diamonds set into the bezel. The silvered opaline dial subtly evokes a vintage spirit that is understated and timeless. At once contemporary and classic, this timepiece features hours, minutes, 30-minute counters, small seconds and chronograph functions, all powered by the CH 29-535 PS caliber, a hand-wound mechanical movement. In homage to the tradition of classic chronographs, Patek Philippe has endowed its timepiece with a pulsometric scale that can measure the rhythms of an active life or the beating of the wearer’s heart. Movement

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Hand-wound mechanical, caliber CH 29-535 PS, 270 components, 33 jewels, 28,800 vph (4 Hz), chronograph with column-wheel, Gyromax® balance, Breguet balance-spring. Power reserve of 65 hours minimum Hours, minutes, chronograph, small seconds and pulsometer

5N rose gold (18k), 38 mm, bezel set with 72 pure Top Wesselton diamonds (0.78 ct). Sapphire crystal and case back. Water-resistant up to 30 metres (3 bar/100 ft) Silvered opaline, rose gold applied numerals (18k), Breguet-type hour and minute hands in polished rose gold, chronograph hands, counters and small seconds in black nickel-plated white gold Alligator with large glossy mink grey scales, rose gold pin buckle (18k) set with 27 diamonds (0.21 ct)

OCTO FiniSSimO AuTOmATiC SAnDbLASTED The Octo Finissimo, with the world’s thinnest automatic movement, is now available in a subtle, sandblasted finish over steel that enhances the modern elegance of its design. The sandblasting technique tone-down the gleam of the metal with a mattstyle approach, giving the rhodium-plated steel version an elegant, silky shimmer. The finish is also applied to the bracelet links, which are as supple as leather, and taper in size from the 40 mm case to the clasp. The Octo Finissimo Automatic, already a cult favourite, is driven by the world’s thinnest automatic movement, the Bulgari BVL Calibre 138 Finissimo. Movement

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Manufacture automatic calibre BVL 138 Finissimo with platinum micro-rotor, 21,600 vib/h (3 Hz). Adorned with Côtes de Genève motif, chamfered bridges and circulargrained baseplate, 60-hour power reserve

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Sandblasted rhodium-plated steel, 40mm, thickness 5.15 mm, transparent case back. Steel crown with ceramic inlay. Waterresistant to 30 metres (3 bar/100 ft) Steel dial, faceted black rhodium-plated hands

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gLObETROTTER The Globetrotter reimagines the world-time complication as a modernday navigational instrument. Just as Arnold & Son’s marine chronometers accompanied early explorers on their journeys – including James Cook to the Pacific Ocean and Sir John Franklin to the icy waters of Northern Canada – the Globetrotter world timer is designed for today’s globetrotting adventurers. Part of the Arnold & Son Instrument collection, the central focus of the watch is a large arched bridge that spans and supports a three-dimensional domed dial. This world time dome depicts the Earth’s continents and oceans from the North Pole and is made of brass, textured by chemical etching with a mask, followed by polishing and lacquering. The globe rotates, along with a transparent 24-hour ring that lines up with the red hour hand to indicate the second time zone. Movement

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ALAgARO - Limited Edition Following on from Giberg Swiss Noble Forge, gemsetter and goldsmith Andreas Altmann created a new watchmaking brand that crafts exceptional, unusual and unique timepieces designed like works of art. Giberg Haute Horlogerie reinvents time itself with Alagaro, its first men’s timepiece complete with a caliber made in-house, the Giberg Flying Tourbillon “Trilevis 6118”. Alagaro is an irresistible, masculine reflection of its wearer, an enthralling play on light and transparency with a sapphire dial and caseback that reveal the whirling tourbillon at 6 o’clock to the admiring eye. The gray ceramic sapphire flange encloses a circle of 70 diamonds which echo the brilliant-cut diamond hour-marker at 11 o’clock. The 3N yellow gold case is delicately attached to a brown alligator strap. This is a single original piece. A personalized version of the Alagaro may however be made to orde Movement

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Hand-wound mechanical movement, double-barrel Giberg Flying Tourbillon “Trilevis 6118” Manufacture Caliber, 21,600 Vib/h, Power reserve of 72 hours Hours, minutes, flying tourbillon

3N yellow gold, 42.7 mm diameter. Diamond 11 hour-marker (0.06 carats) and a circle of 70 diamonds on the dial (0.65 carats). Water-resistant up to 30 metres (3 bar/100 ft) Anti-reflective glass and sapphire caseback

Brown alligator. 3N yellow gold pin buckle

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Exclusive mechanical automatic A&S6022 calibre, 29 jewels, 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz), hand chamfered bridges and polished edges, fine circular graining and Côtes de Genève rayonnantes, dial plate NAC treated with large circular finishing, circular satin-finished wheels, screws with bevelled and mirror-polished heads, 45-hour power reserve Hours, minutes, 3D world-time indication on the earth

Stainless steel, 45 mm diameter and 6.55 mm thickness. Cambered sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, sapphire back. Water resistant to 30 metres (3 bar/100 ft)

Central globe crafted from a rounded piece of brass that is shaped, via chemical etching, and then polished to resemble the Earth’s continents and oceans. The mountainous areas are sandblasted to create depth, and the oceans lacquered blue Hand-aged blue calf leather


AgOnium “in mEmORiAm HR gigER” Daniel Strom presents In Memoriam HR Giger watch, one of the final projects on which the Swiss artist HR Giger worked before his death in 2014. A veritable “wrist sculpture”, the timepiece features HR Giger’s legendary biomechanoid creature. Acclaimed for his “fantastic-realism” works, HR Giger shot to fame with his creation of the monster in Ridley Scott’s 1979 film, Alien, for which he won an Oscar the following year. Deeply saddened by the death of this man, who had also become his friend, Daniel Strom waited three years before presenting the watch that they had created together. This exceptional creation, produced in 99 pieces is hand-worked in the silver case, the elongated skulls of the biomecanoid creature extend from the lugs, while its body parts are etched into the case middle. The entirely hand-worked, in silver casted dial was inspired by another of HR Giger’s works, and one of his best-known: the “ELP II” canvas painted with an airbrush in a single night. This creation is the sixth opus of Daniel Strom’s Agonium collection. Movement

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3 dimensional dial in silver 925 from HR Gigers work “Brain Salad Surgery” of 1973. Steel rhodium plated with SuperLuminova

Alligator Hornback black with pin buckle handmade in silver 925

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CHAMPIONSHIP COLLABORATION u Following the success of its previous capsule collections Tommy Hilfiger has this time teamed up with four-times Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton for a new menswear collection.

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Known for his eccentric taste in fashion British F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has been named the New Global Menswear Ambassador for American designer and label Tommy Hilfiger.

u The partnership reflects Tommy Hilfiger’s strategic commitment to build on its strong menswear heritage and further drive the global growth of its men’s business, bringing the next generation of fans to the brand. “I have always admired Lewis’ incredible endurance during the race, as well as his unique style off the track, which speak to the new generation of Tommy Guys,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “He has built his incredible career as a racing driver with passion, dedication and extremely hard work – values that I embraced when founding my brand. We have a history with Formula One, and this partnership builds on our heritage of collaborations within the world of motor sport.” Lewis’s career achievements have put him in an elite group of global athletes, and he is regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers in history. He holds the record for all-time most pole positions, career points and most wins at different circuits. He has won at least one Grand Prix in every season he has competed in. Lewis Hamilton connects with more than 17 million fans through the incredible reach of his social media channels, offering his audience a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Formula One racing world and his personal life. “I believe in the power of fashion and innovation to celebrate individuality and break conventions, like Tommy Hilfiger,” said Lewis Hamilton. “Tommy’s designs inspire me to be bold in every outfit that I put together outside of the racing track, expressing my creativity and eclectic style with confidence. His groundbreaking TOMMYNOW experiential events are one-of-a-kind, and I’m very excited to partner with such visionary brand.” The SS 2018 TOMMY HILFIGER men’s offering celebrates Tommy Hilfiger’s love of motor sports, where speed and immediacy fuse with a touch of vintage nostalgia. The collection, which premiered at TOMMYNOW “DRIVE” during Milan Fashion Week earlier this year gives nod to the Formula One racing pit crew, with heritage work wear and a strong focus on denim. Street styles are born from the iconic shapes, bold colours and streamlined graphics of speed racers. Looking at the traditional American automobile culture, clothing is reinvented for a collection that fulfils the needs of today’s fast-paced lifestyle. Tommy Hilfiger has a history with Formula One, most recently announcing a multi-year strategic partnership as the Official Apparel Partner for the four-time World Champions Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. The brand previously sponsored the Lotus Formula One team from 1991 to 1994, and was the first non-automotive brand to sponsor Ferrari’s Formula One team, including uniforms created by the designer himself, in 1998. 59


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REINVENTING THE RVLES Bvlgari launches its new Bulgari B.Zero1 jewellery collection fronted by supermodel Bella Hadid

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She has been a muse for Bvlgari since 2017, charismatic and powerfully beautiful just like her favourite ring, Bella Hadid defines herself through her natural unconventionality just like Bvlagri itself. The Roman jeweller launched the B.ZERO1 Design Legend jewellery collection in 1999 designed by the late architectural legend Zaha Hadid. Combining Zaha Hadid’s architectural genius and BVLGARI’s jewellery-making prowess, B.zero1 showcased the shared vision of these two design legends with sculpted lines and undulating gold waves, their designs took inspiration from the ancient Roman Colosseum and blended it with Italian modernity. Over the years fresh iterations of the designs have evolved with the newest the “Labyrinth Collection”

THE B.ZERO1 LAByRInTH COLLECTIOn The B.zero1 line celebrates the new millennium, an era of which Bella is a perfect representation. Since her meteoric rise, Bella has established herself as one of the industry’s most in-demand models and epitomises the spirit of B.zero1 with her striking looks, her independence and individualism. Reinventing the rules in everything she does, Bella doesn’t care about being rebellious; she wants to live her own way. Wearing B. zero1 for Bulgari, Bella believes like the Roman jeweller that jewellery can inspire women to make their own rules: “B.zero1 represents my powerful side, the one that proclaims difference in the face of conformity.” The Labyrinth collection includes rings and pendant necklaces that continue the B.Zero1 legacy through edgy and stylish but wearable designs. The collection introduces fresh additions to include bracelets, hoop earrings, and mini-rings that wear as pendant necklaces using rose gold, white gold and diamonds to create bold that effortlessly catch the eye and add Bulgari’s unapologetically luxurious touch to any look. In this exclusive video, Hadid shares a behind-the-scenes interview about the ad campaign and collection.

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JIMMY CHOO PRESENTS ITS SS2018 CAMPAIGN u Jimmy Choo shares the Spring Summer 2018 Women’s and Men’s campaign starring models Anja Rubik and Clément Chabernaud. Two provocateurs in one city, the glossy environs of New York’s apartment life form the backdrop. Surfaces are mirrored and shine, signalling the glamour inherent to Jimmy Choo. 65


A light hearted nod to the stylish voyeurism of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 classic thriller Rear Window, is wittily played out for our time. Who’s watching who? Self-aware and mutually assertive, their sexy and entertaining vignettes are captured by British photographer Craig McDean. Confident in the tease, their parallel lives unfold. The power of the unknown dressed with high sophistication- architectural heels have purpose, paired with frisson- inducing satins and cashmeres, and subtle lo-fi shimmer. There’s an art to intrigue, yes, but the thrill of the tease is incomparable. Who dares-flirts, and wins.

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“Anja encapsulates the confident style and spirit of the Jimmy Choo woman in her urban habitat. She’s playfully provocative and comfortable in her own skin captured by Craig McDean in natural moments of cat and mouse with Clément.” Sandra Choi, Creative Director

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One of the greatest pleasures of life is being able to travel the world and wonder in awe at its beauty. From faraway exotic lands to exclusive destinations, resorts, spas, villas for your family vacation or romantic getaway Luxuary Living Magazine features some of the world’s finest luxury hotels and travel destinations.

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Nowhere provides the same sense of total escape while also offering the promise of so many possibilities, all paired with a beautiful beach setting and intuitive service. Gracing a pristine stretch of white-sand coastline along the beaches of New Providence Cable, The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is the Bahamans newest luxury resort offering private beach access, a host of leisure pursuits on both land and sea, and curated programming designed to highlight Bahamian culture. 72 LUXURY LIVING


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Opened in April 2017 the $4.2 billion resort development encompasses three primary properties; The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar; Baha Mar Casino and the sumptuous ESPA Spa along with various sports and leisure facilities, multiple restaurants, bars and lounges and the Baha Mar Convention, Art and Entertainment Center.

u THE GrANd HyATT BAHA MAr The distinct East and West Towers of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar consist of 230 suites and 1,800 contemporary styled rooms featuring high-end amenities and stunning beach and ocean views. Each offers lavish amenities, contemporary décor and outdoor balconies for guests to enjoy the fresh ocean air and views of the beach, resort pools, dramatic fountain shows and royal Blue Golf Club. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar manages The Baha Mar Convention, Art and Entertainment Centre, the destination’s 200,000 square foot indoor and outdoor convention facility, and connects directly to Baha Mar Casino, the largest casino in the Caribbean and 20 various bars and restaurants. With five expansive resort pools for guests, including Blue Hole, inspired by the natural saltwater blue holes of the Bahamas, luxury poolside cabanas and a half mile of pristine sandy beaches Grand Hyatt Baha Mar provides a sanctuary to unwind and enjoy the tropical surroundings.

rElAx ANd rEjuvENATE For guests who simply want to relax and unwind Baha Mar provides the first flagship ESPA spa in the Caribbean. With over 30,000-square foot ESPA at Baha Mar features 24 private treatment rooms, saunas and steam rooms, relaxation zones, and experience showers. drawing on ESPA’s philosophy of creating bespoke spa experiences that reflect the culture and geography of the destination, ESPA at Baha Mar offers signature treatments inspired by The Bahamas. 74 LUXURY LIVING


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BAHA MAr CASiNO Play the nights away at Baha Mar Casino the largest casino in the Caribbean. Guests can expect a thrilling yet refined gaming environment at Baha Mar Casino, rivalling the top gaming destinations in the world. Boasting 100,000 square feet of gaming excitement with more than 1,000 state-ofthe-art slot machines, 126 table games, race and sports betting, mobile gaming, exclusive high roller gaming salons and sophisticated restaurants and bars throughout the casino floor. The casino’s island-inspired design is further complimented by natural daylight and breath-taking pool and ocean views. The casino features butler service in the high-end gaming areas, high-limit betting and private gaming salons, luxury retail and gourmet culinary and cocktail offerings. live table games include Black jack, roulette, Baccarat and Craps.

BAHA MAr’S WOrld OF FlAvOurS Baha Mar encompasses a diverse collection of culinary offerings, from full-service and casual dining to pool-side and late-night bars. The assortment of food & beverage from over twelve outlets at Baha Mar showcases a Caribbean escape with delectable options from morning to night. The first wave of Baha Mar culinary offerings includes Three Tides, a seafood-forward Mediterranean all-day restaurant; The Swimming Pig, a modern riff on the British gastropub; drift, offering Pan-latin flavours in a casual setting; Palms, beach-side upscale dining; Conch Shack and daq Shack, for local Bahamian flavours; Stix Noodle Bar, authentic Chinese; Blue Note, a live jazz bar; Out island Bar, paying homage to the history of Nassau and Churchill, a rum and cigar lounge. Guests will also delight in craft cocktail offerings throughout the expansive selection of bars, including H2O, Elixir, Bar Noir, and The lynden. 76 LUXURY LIVING


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luxury AT iTS FiNEST Experience the best of the Bahamas at Baha Mar with unprecedented services, offerings and amenities. luxury retail outlets throughout the resort include rolex, Bulgari and john Bull featuring david yurman. royal Blue Golf Club, a jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, is uniquely designed as two courses in one. The front nine holes feature dramatic views of undulating fairways, rolling white sand dunes, brackish ponds and glimpses of a turquoise Atlantic Ocean. The back nine showcases a very different look; players navigate stunning limestone “moonscapes” through dense jungle and steep downhill terrain to get to the island green on the 16th hole, which precariously borders lake Cunningham. The course spans 7,189 yards, and the beauty, difficulty and challenges make the course enjoyable for golfers of all levels. The resort destination’s dramatic fountains and show lakes are positioned along the regal entry drive leading to the grand porte-cochère entrance of Baha Mar. The high-powered fountains shooting water 110 feet into the air will transform Baha Mar’s entryway into a full array of color, while cutting edge high-tech laser technology projects the dramatic, Bahamian-inspired dance onto walls of water accompanied by an original musical composition.

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FIND YOUR MUSE

INTRODUCING SILVER MUSE With less than 300 suites, Silver Muse is the epitome of Silversea excellence. A small, intimate ship with uncompromised levels of service, comfort, design and accommodation, offering tailor-made experiences to last a lifetime. From tranquil niches and observation areas to an unprecedented spacious pool deck, outdoor lounges and three open-air restaurants, our tailor-made outdoor spaces have been conceived so that time spent aboard is most definitely, time well spent .

Intimate Ship • Ocean-view Suites • Butler Service • Complimentary Beverages • Menu by Relais & Châteaux • Included Gratuities

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When you think of the Maldives your thoughts immediately turn to white sands, turquoise seas and of course the overwater bungalows. A luxury destination favoured by honeymooners The Maldives has long been associated as a bucket list destination.

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Through our development of the world’s first undersea residence, we continue to shine a light on the Maldives as a luxury destination as well as a cultural and natural wonder for global travellers Stefano Ruzza, General Manager at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is perhaps one of the most famous of the resorts within the archipelago primarily because it is home to the world’s first undersea restaurant, Ithaa which is located 16feet below sea level, well the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has taken this submersible trend further with the launch of what is believed to be the world’s first underwater sea residence. Aptly named THE MURAKA or coral in Dhivehi, the local language of the Maldives, the undersea residence promises to give guests an intimate and immersive experience of one of the Earth’s most breath-taking marine environments. Muraka will be designed to blend into its environment, giving guests’ unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean at every turn. With vibrant colours and a diverse array of marine life all around, Muraka’s residents will be able to sleep alongside the wonders of the abundant and colourful marine life that inhabit the sea. The undersea residence will be a two-level structure comprised of space above the sea level and an undersea suite designed for sleeping under the ocean’s surface. The undersea suite will feature a king size bedroom, living area, bathroom and spiral staircase that leads to the upper level living room. The undersea bedroom floor level sits five meters (16.4 feet) below sea level will provide uninterrupted views of the surrounding marine environment. With the adoption of state-of-the-art technology, Muraka’s distinct design is akin to Ithaa’s with the curved acrylic dome, which boasts 180-degree panoramic views of the wonders of the Indian Ocean’s intricate marine life. Muraka’s upper level will features a twin-size bedroom, bathroom, powder room, gym, butler’s quarters, private security quarters, integrated living room, kitchen, bar and dining, which features a deck that purposely faces the direction of the sunset for optimal viewing pleasure. On the opposite side of the villa sits the relaxation deck that faces the direction of sunrise and is complete with an infinity swimming pool. The upper level also contains an additional king size bedroom and bathroom, which boasts a masterfully appointed ocean-facing bathtub, ideal for soaking in views of the endless horizon. In total, Muraka can accommodate up to nine guests. 82 LUXURY LIVING


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A private apartment in First Class. That’s Flying Reimagined.

In the First Apartment on our A380 you can relax in a large leather armchair before retiring to the comfort of a separate bed, dressed with all-natural be linen. Enjoy a seven-course tasting menu prepared by our Inflight Chef. Take a refreshing shower in the First Class bathroom before landing.

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FREEDOM AWAITS u Four seasons resort Seychelles at Desroches Island invites travellers to escape, explore and connect

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Chances are that if you’ve gazed longingly at a stock image of a white sand beach fringed with palm trees looking out onto impossibly blue waters, that picture was taken in Seychelles

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As the only resort on this lush tropical island, Four Seasons offers a nearly unlimited world of natural wonders, recreational enjoyment, culinary pleasures, an immersive spa experience and much more

u Afloat in crystal clear waters in the Outer Islands of Seychelles and seemingly worlds away from everyday noise, stress and obligation, the new Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island – the only resort on the entire island – is the quintessential tropical escape, while also providing every modern comfort and luxury, and plenty to discover for today’s active travellers. “Chances are that if you’ve gazed longingly at a stock image of a white sand beach fringed with palm trees looking out onto impossibly blue waters, that picture was taken in Seychelles,” says Edward Linsley, a world traveller who has now settled on Desroches Island as the Resort’s General Manager. “And the dream only gets better when you get here, put your toes in the sand, breathe in the clean air, swim the warm waters, trek through the jungle and finally fall into restful sleep beneath a canopy of stars. At Four Seasons, our entire mission is to create the perfect holiday for our guests, to realise all of their island fantasies and ensure that they’ll remember their stay with us for a lifetime.” Four Seasons sprawls over the southwestern portion of a 402 hectare (933 acre), sparsely populated and virtually untouched tropical paradise just 35 minutes by scenic flight from the international airport on Mahé island.

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An ISLAnD HOME

Set in the heart of a lost Eden, Four Seasons Resorts Seychelles offers guests an unrivalled luxury hotel experience nestled in a natural jungle environment. Taking “rustic chic” to a new level of luxury, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is home to a variety of accommodations for families, couples and friends travelling together. One and two bedroom suites as well as a selection of villas with private plunge pools are dotted along the Sunset Beach or the Coral Beach (best for those who never want to miss a sunrise), and for larger parties, there are three, four and five bedroom villas as well as the fabulously appointed seven bedroom Presidential Villa. Each epitomises an effortless island lifestyle, inviting guests to live barefoot from arrival until it’s time to go home, with indoor-outdoor spaces, sand at the doorstep, and vintage decorative touches evoking the era of 19th century explorers of the islands.

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For those looking to explore all the island has to offer on land and sea the Castaway Centre is the first stop for any adventurers. The headquarters for water sports including scuba diving, stand-up paddle boarding and ocean fishing; cycling treks through 15 kilometres (9 miles) of trails; or nature walks led by a member of the Island Conservation Society. underwater explorers can join WiseOceans Marine Educator Hannah Harries for guided snorkelling. At the nearby Discovery Centre, the naturally curious can learn about the unique Seychelles flora, fauna and sea life, as well as the history of Desroches Island, before heading out to the Tortoise Sanctuary to meet the locals or visiting a tiny Creole Village, where local craftspeople operate a furniture workshop. With 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) of pristine white sand beaches circling the island, plus plenty of quiet groves for a shady repast, island picnics are a must, so the culinary team provide a selection of portable goodies, fresh and ready to go each morning at the Resort’s Deli. Happier just to laze in the sun? Four Seasons attendants are always on hand at the outdoor pool and resort beach, ready to offer complimentary frozen treats or cold drinks and snacks from the pool bar and grill. young castaways aged 4 to 12 will love playing together at the kids for All Seasons facility, including an outdoor playground, recreation pavilion and air-conditioned relaxation rooms, where Four Seasons staff supervise a daily program of games, discovery and exploration. There’s also a Teen Centre, ensuring that every member of the family has a place to call their own among myriad options to enjoy together.

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A highlight of any stay is surely dinner amid the panoramic views at the remote Lighthouse on the southern tip of Desroches Island, where the evening may begin with drinks at the circular bar terrace on the first floor. Then head downstairs to the main restaurant for dining indoors or out on the lawn terrace, where freshly grilled or cooked meat and fish – plus a seafood raw bar - is prepared under the watchful eye of Head Chef Olivier Barré and his brigade. Chef Barré, an avid fisherman, also invites guests to join him in catching their own fresh seafood, which he will prepare for them personally to enjoy later that day. At Claudine, the Mediterranean coast is the inspiration for a menu of French, Italian, Portuguese, Greek and Spanish specialities created in the open kitchen at breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a special children’s menu of tasty, healthy options both parents and kids will approve. The Bar offers poolside refreshments by day, the ideal spot for a sunset cocktail, and evenings enjoying Creole tapas, cigars and shisha. The Deli is the place for grab-and-go fare to be enjoyed on a day out, or to stock up for in-villa enjoyment. And of course, 24-hour room service and custom catering is also available.

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THE CIRCLE OF COnnECTIOn SPA

A haven of wellbeing the Circle of Connection Spa where massages, facials and body treatments are only the beginning, the organic Circle of Connection Spa has created a series of Sensory Connection Rituals designed to calm, to refresh and detoxify, to relax and restore, to invigorate, balance and more. Skilled therapists work with each guest to identify their needs and wants, customising the spa experience to each individual. yoga programs with in-house yogi Ganga Sadhuka include Hatha, nidra, Meditation, Pranayama and Ashtanga in a dedicated pavilion or on the beach, and there is also a fully-equipped fitness studio for weight and cardio training. There is also an open-air floodlit tennis court for day or evening play. Be among the first to experience this ultra-private island experience: For a limited time, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is offering a Breakfast & Dinner included package, and the full-board Paradise Escape offer. With the opening of its second resort paired with Four Seasons Resort Seychelles on MahĂŠ, Four Seasons also offers the only opportunity for seamless island hopping between two luxury resorts in Seychelles.

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Sat upon the deck of a superyacht of the coast of an exotic location sipping champagne can only be described as the most exclusive way to vacation. And, just like any other vacation there are numerous tastes and of course budgets to suit. So if you’re searching for amazing entertainment options, the best super yacht spa or a yacht that will turn heads everywhere you go these superyachts are just for you. But be warned they cost over a million euros to rent a week!

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The five most expensive yacht charters‌ Solandge PRICe: Chartered from ₏1.000,000 per week STaTS: length: 85.1m (279 ft), lurssen, launched 2013, 12 guests and 29 crew CRUSIng: Mediterranean, Caribbean award-winning and a firm favourite among her guests, Solandge has developed a significant reputation as one of the leading superyachts available for charter. With balanced proportions that encase a vast selection of versatile outdoor living, dining, and entertainment areas. Her panoramic upper deck plays host to a chic beach club area with a customised dance floor, Jacuzzi, and wet bar, whilst the bridge deck is ideal for relaxation thanks to the exception spa facilities which comprise of; sauna, steam room, beauty salon, massage room and gym, which opens on to a grand outdoor pool. and casual al fresco dining with a spacious seating area. Setting out to create a number of spaces in which family and friends are able to spend time together, she also includes a number of bars, buffet areas, and even a large swimming pool, so whether guests want to party or unwind together, there is a dedicated section.

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PHoenIx 2 PRICe: Chartered from €1.100,000 per week STaTS: length: 90m (295 ft), lurssen, launched 2010, 12 guests and 28 crew CRUSIng: Mediterranean, Caribbean Styled like a new York duplex the two floor master suite steals the show in this art deco inspired interior created by Winch design. The sweeping suite allows for unrivalled views, while the two levels are connected by a private staircase. outside, her generous deck areas play host to a wide range of amenities including an outdoor bar and ample space for sun-lounging and relaxing there’s a huge swimming pool, spa pool and outdoor cinema. Phoenix 2’simpressive leisure and entertainment facilities make her the ideal charter yacht for socialising and entertaining with family and friends. Managed for charter by: Moran Yacht & Ship 97


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KISMeT PRICe: Chartered from â‚Ź1.200,000 per week STaTS: length: 95.2m, lurssen, launched 2014, 12 guests and 28 crew CRUSIng: Caribbean Built with corporate entertainment and charter in mind, Kismet stretches over five decks suitable for parties of up to 270 guests. Boasting harmonious lines Kismet was designed by the world-renowned and well-respected designer, espen oeino with her opulent and striking interior design created by equally respected Reymond langton studio. one of the most notable features on the interior is the spectacular main deck piano lounge with double-height ceiling, sweeping stairwell and huge light walls. The elegant formal dining room is another spectacular area that offers seating for all guests on board and boasts a fire place to add to the warm and elegant overall ambiance. Her outdoor spaces provide all the amenities you would expect to find in a modern charter yacht such as a mosaic-tiled pool with a unique inset Jacuzzi, bamboo swing and amply seating. another unique addition to the exterior is a secondary helipad right which doubles up as the basketball court, while the helipad on the bridge deck can easily be converted into a great outdoor lounging area.

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HeRe SoMeS THe SUn PRICe: Chartered from €1.300,000 per week STaTS: length: 83m (272 ft), amels, launched 2016, 12 guests and 24 crew Western Mediterranean delivered as part of leading dutch shipyard amels’ limited edition series, Here Comes The Sun became the shipyard’s largest yacht to date boasting sleek curves and elongated deck spaces. Timeless styling, beautiful furnishings and sumptuous seating feature throughout creating an elegant and comfortable atmosphere. among special features of this jewel belongs a 43-metre dedicated owner’s deck with 300 square metres of luxury space, a large 26-metre sun deck with an eight-person spa pool and with 200 square metres of deck space, a generous 87-square metre Beach Club, as well as a landing helipad additionally, she boasts an infinity pool, sundeck Jacuzzi and indoor cinema. not to mention the endless entertaining spaces both above and below deck. Managed for charter by: Fraser 99


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QUeen MIRI PRICe: Chartered from €1,825,000 per week length: 91.5m (300 ft), neorion Shipyards, launched 2010, 36 guests and 36 crew CRUSIng: French Riviera, Sardinia & Corsica and the amalfi Coast Measuring 85 meters in length back when she was known as delma, Queen Miri has been lengthened to 91.5 meters over the course of the 16-month long refit at amico Shipyard replacing even the yacht’s original engine. Spread across five decks her expansive spaces offer every sort of socializing and entertainment facility imaginable. The beautiful sundeck hosts a Jacuzzi spa, bar, TV’s entertainment system including karaoke facilities and dance floor and a huge seawater pool. The bridge deck features a wonderful salon for formal and informal entertaining with multi zoned areas for gatherings, bar, games table and gives direct access to the bridge deck al fresco dining for 36 guests complete with BBQ and outdoor cooking facilities. She also boasts a state of the art gallery a perfectly equipped wine cellar, a children’s room with soft play area, a large gym a very comfortable beach club, ideal to dive in or to access water sports and a perfectly equipped spa with beauty room and hairdresser.

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The UK’s first peer-to-peer yacht charter platform, celebrates its 1st birthday, after first year of success

u As the UK’s first peer-to-peer yacht charter platform, Borrow a Boat which launched publicly at the London Boat Show in January 2017, has since been growing fast and is currently listing over 13,000 boats in 60 countries, and has also found time to complete two successful rounds of crowdfunding to cement their position at the forefront of the new yacht charter sharing economy. Borrow a Boat is opening up boating making it more flexible and accessible, and not only provides the Mediterranean and Caribbean sailing holidays often favoured by families, but also a range of motor yachts and river boats across the world, from Thailand and Myanmar to the Norwegian fjords and Cornwall, and boats are available for short durations, at short notice, and with or without skippers on board. Following their recent crowdfunding round on Crowdcube which saw Borrow a Boat secure 700 investors and raise £470k in equity investment in just over on month, the company is looking to the future following a very promising first year. After a successful career in various sustainability start-ups, entrepreneur Matt Ovenden decided to pursue his next technology start-up in boating – something he knows a thing or two about as a lifelong boater. Having met boat owners across the globe who shared the frustrations of high running costs and minimal time spent on board, as well as the tedium of visiting the same location, Matt decided to create the UK’s first boat charter platform which not only offered sailing yachts but also motor yachts and river boats and RIBs, that are more accessible and at a reduced cost to their competitors. Having experienced the joy of sailing the Mediterranean with his own young family of 4 children, Matt recognised a gap in the market for affordable, accessible charters not just in the popular Mediterranean destinations but across the world in the most far flung and beautiful destinations. 102 LUXURY LIVING


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Affordability, accessibility and maximum choice and flexibility are the core philosophies of Borrow a Boat and key accelerators of the global sharing economy that the platform champions. Borrow a Boat offers flexible duration bookings and time on board, offering short stays, long trips and last minute bookings, a unique selling point for the platform’s customer base who seek experiential travel that suits their lifestyle. Investor and yacht expert Sam Fortescue comments: “Borrow A Boat can really shake up the market and get people on to boats who wouldn’t have had the opportunity in the past. It’s high time the sharing economy was brought to boating and that’s what Borrow A Boat are going to do.”

u NEW APP LAUNCH Borrow a Boat, has most recently announced the launch of its new app which enables customers to search for boats near to them making chartering a boat an even more accessible experience. Launching on 10th May 2018, the new app which is the first of its kind in the UK enables users to select a boat wherever they are in the world. This summer, get ready to borrow one of the 17,000+ boats in over 60+ countries with just the click of a button. The Borrow a Boat app will use location services to find the nearest available boats to each user. For example, users in Mallorca will be notified what the weather forecast is for the week, what boats are available and the nearest vessel to their location. Unlike other boat charter platforms Borrow a Boat doesn’t have minimum use requirements meaning users can charter a yacht for just a day should they want a break from their holiday villa to see the island from a different perspective. Borrow A Boat is the only peer-to-peer charter company in the UK offering such flexible bookings, short term usage and such a wide variety of boats. The launch of the app is the next step for CEO Matt Ovenden on his mission to make boating a more accessible and affordable experience for a broader audience. CEO Matt Ovenden comments: “This app will revolutionize the charter market by opening up access to boats, which we see parked in marinas the world over, almost always underused. People will be able to take this app on holiday with them or use from the comfort of their own home, and be able to access boats from the palm of their hand in an instant, without the burden of ownership!” The Borrow a Boat app will be available in the App Store and Google Play Store for all Apple and Android devices.

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AUDEMARS PIGUET TO OPEN LUXURY HOTEL Nestled in the idyllic slopes of Western Switzerlands Vallée de Joux, work is already underway on the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers. The prestigious 7,000 square metre complex designed by BIG, the company who last year brought us the LEGO House, will stand next to the luxury watch manufacturer’s museum. As part of the hotel’s design, five zigzagging volumes, which will contain 65 hotel rooms, traverse a gently sloping exterior path, leading directly to the museum as well as the region’s ski trails. Leisure amenities will include two restaurants, a bar, a spa and a conference centre – with each tucked under the inclined slabs and oriented towards the light “to become individual destinations accessible along the exterior path.”

The hotel and museum will provide visitor facilities beside the Audemars Piguet workshop, where the company has been based since its establishment in 1875. Completion of the Hotel des Horlogers is expected by 2020.

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A NATURE-INSPIRED REFUGE This summer, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts will open its first hotel in Baja California Sur, a spectacular resort called Solaz. Nestled on a coveted 34 acres or prime beachfront overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Solaz Resort highlights The Luxury Collection’s impressive expansion in Mexico, where the brand now boasts a total portfolio of seven hotels throughout Baja California Sur, Campeche, Mexico City, and Yucatan. This high-end retreat comprises of 128 luxury rooms and 21 extravagant residences.

The resort promises spacious guest rooms, a wonderful spa and wellness centre, as well as unforgettable dining experiences and cooking experiences. Culinary offerings at Solaz Resort will be as authentically inspired as the property itself. Six unique restaurants and lounges are designed for visitors with discerning palates. Executive Chef Pedro Joaquin Arceyut and his team will present freshly caught fish and seafood at Al Pairo; traditional and contemporary Baja fare and tapas at Cascabel; and a “Dinner Grill” featuring dry-aged steaks, local live lobsters, and the sea’s freshest fish at Mako. Those looking for lively libations can enjoy perfectly paired cocktails and an impressive wine program at La Cava, the ideal place to cap off the day with a selection of more than 2,500 vintages — many of which are local to the region. A restorative travel destination - Guests of Solaz Resort will at once notice the striking architecture, which seamlessly blends the destination’s unique landscape where the desert meets the sea. An undulating structure—with its endemic landscaping and rooftop gardens, sustainable choice of endangered flora, and quiet tree-lined pathways that meander to the sea—mimic the flowing waters and desert dunes. The Los Cabos resort is designed in contemporary Mexican style using warm indigenous woods and tones to provide a transformative immersion into the local environment, while a wrapping infinite pool meets the endless stretch of sand. For more information visit : www.solazloscabos.com 107


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SWEET DREAMS Ever fancied spending the night aboard a luxury yacht? In most cases the answer would be YES followed quickly by but it’s just too expensive, well thanks to a peer – peer boat rental company “Beds on Board” now you can…

u Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few years you will have heard of the phenomenon that is AirBnB, a peer – peer accommodation sharing site, well now boat owners have clocked on to this lucrative idea and through Beds on Board are cashing in on their empty quarters. The concept is quite brilliant, through the Boats on Board platform boat owners can connect with people seeking accommodation offering them a room aboard their vacant vessels moored within its marina, sadly the boats do not leave their mooring, it is just accommodation agreement but staying aboard a luxury vessels isn’t something many people get to experience. Launched in 2015 by brothers Tim and Jason Ludlow and – with the backing of multi-millionaire Sir Peter Ogden – the peer-to-peer platform has expanded exponentially with thousands of members and boats in over 66 countries with Australia & America adding most recently to its list of countries. As a renter the process couldn’t be easier all you need to do is sign up and start searching, for boat owners it offers a unique way to offset the cost of ownership. Owners can list either a bunk, cabin or entire boat for rent and given that, boats spend 90 per cent of time sitting berthed at a marina, unused, racking up enormous berthing fees it’s a boat owners dream. Their prices are pretty competitive too, with prices ranging from under £150 per night to thousands. For more information visit: www.bedsonboard.com

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GREAT RAIL JOURNEYS TAKES TO THE WATER WITH ITS INAUGURAL RIVER CRUISE PROGRAMME

Combine rail travel and a river cruise for the ultimate in relaxation There is nothing quite as relaxing as a European river cruise. Savour ever-changing scenery along the tranquil banks of the River Seine or travel effortlessly past the majestic castles and enticing vineyards of the Rhine. Rail cruise experts, Great Rail Journey who recently held their inaugural river cruise have launched several luxury programmes that offer the best of both worlds. Train and cruise holidays that combine the luxury of a cruise with the convenience of a train.

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There are a range of cruises along the Rhine and Danube rivers to choose from, each including accommodation on board an award-winning Amadeus Silver Class of ship, which are amongst the finest 5-Star vessels sailing Europe’s waterways. They have been specifically designed to provide the highest level of comfort and convenience throughout your river cruise with each vessel boasting top-of-the-range, wellmaintained facilities, including some of the largest and most comfortable equipped cabins available. Additional itineraries include tours along the Waterways of Belgium and Holland.

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First-ever luxury space hotel, aurora station, to offer authentic astronaut experiences Plans for the first-ever luxury space hotel were introduced during the Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California, earlier this year. Named after the magical light phenomenon that illuminates the Earth’s polar skies, Aurora Station is being developed by Orion Span and the company’s team of space industry veterans, who have over 140 years of human space experience. The first fully modular space station to ever debut, Aurora Station will operate as the first luxury hotel in space. The exclusive hotel will host six people at a time – including two crew members. Space travellers will enjoy a completely authentic, once-in-a-lifetime astronaut experience with extraordinary adventure during their 12-day journey. Launching in 2021 prices are expected to start from around $9.5million per person / $791,666 per night. Fully refundable deposits of $80,000 are now being accepted. While in space, Aurora Station guests will soar 200 miles above the Earth’s surface in Low Earth Orbit, or LEO, where they will be able to see stunning views of the Earth. During the stay on Aurora Station, travellers will enjoy the exhilaration of zero gravity and fly freely throughout Aurora Station, gaze at the northern and southern aurora through the many windows, soar over their hometowns, take part in research experiments such as growing food while in orbit (which they can take home with them as the ultimate souvenir), revel in a virtual reality experience on the holodeck, and stay in touch or live stream with their loved ones back home via high-speed wireless Internet access. The hotel will orbit Earth every 90 minutes, meaning those aboard will see an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours. On return to Earth, guests will be treated to a hero’s welcome home. Prior to take-off, those set to travel on Aurora Station will enjoy a three-month Orion Span Astronaut Certification (OSAC). Phase one of the certification program is done online, making space travel easier than ever. The next portion will be completed in-person at Orion Span’s state-of-the-art training facility in Houston, Texas. The final certification is completed during a traveller’s stay on Aurora Station.

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There are a range of cruises along the Rhine and Danube rivers to choose from, each including accommodation on board an award-winning Amadeus Silver Class of ship, which are amongst the finest 5-Star vessels sailing Europe’s waterways. They have been specifically designed to provide the highest level of comfort and convenience throughout your river cruise with each vessel boasting top-of-the-range, wellmaintained facilities, including some of the largest and most comfortable equipped cabins available. Additional itineraries include tours along the Waterways of Belgium and Holland.

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THE RITZ-CARLTON TAKES TO THE SEA u First luxury hotel brand to offer bespoke yacht experiences

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Setting sail in 2019, custom-built luxury yachts will bring the iconic Ritz-Carlton service and style to unique and distinguished destinations around the world.

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The luxury hospitality service will launch the first of three lavish cruising yachts as part of the new The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, with plans to welcome its first guests in 2020, distinguishing itself as the only provider of luxury accommodations both on land and at sea.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will have a distinctive personality and the vessels are sure to be true stand outs in some of the most glamorous ports around the world.This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service. Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

Itineraries are being developed with an intent to combine the lifestyle of The Ritz-Carlton’s luxury resorts and the casual freedom of a yachting vacation. Calling at intimate and signature destinations alike, voyages will range from seven to ten days. The first ship will cruise a wide variety of destinations depending on the season, including the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Due to the intimate size of the vessel, the yacht will call at unique locations typically not accessible to large cruise ships, from Capri and Portofino to St. Barths and the old town of Cartagena. With a relaxed pace, that includes both overnight and daytime ports of call, guests will be offered a uniquely curated destination experience. The specially designed small capacity vessel will measure 190-meters, accommodate up to 298 passengers, and feature 149 suites, each with its own private balcony. The yacht will also feature two 138 square-meter lavish duplex penthouse suites, with modern craftsmanship and interior finishes jointly designed by The Ritz-Carlton and leading cruise ship design firm, Tillberg Design of Sweden. The onboard experience will reflect the sublime comfort and unparalleled level of individualized guest service for which the iconic Ritz-Carlton brand is recognized; a first in the cruise industry.

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Throughout the journey, guests will indulge in a cruising style that is unparalleled in the ultra-luxury cruise and private yachting sectors. The Ritz-Carlton yachts will feature a restaurant by Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the three Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg; a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa; and a Panorama Lounge and wine bar, offering a wide variety of on-board entertainment. Additionally, the yacht will offer one-of-a-kind curated destination journeys through collaborations with local chefs, musicians and artists, allowing guests to experience the locations in unique and experiential ways, both onboard and ashore.

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Despite having spent a lifetime exploring the world, there are still places Geoffrey Kent, founder of Abercrombie & Kent, longs to experience in person.

“I can’t think of a more fulfilling way to discover a new destination than by sharing the experience with people that share my passion for travel adventure,”

explains A&K founder Geoffrey Kent. This impulse has led him to design a new exclusive journey by private jet: Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition. Fifty guests will join him on a globe-spanning journey from the lush rainforests and pristine beaches of Nicaragua to the medieval heritage of Georgia, aboard an exclusively-chartered jet. While local staff on-the-ground guarantee access to people and sites beyond the reach of the average traveller to deliver the most memorable local experience.

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Taking in nine destinations over the course of 25 days the expedition will visit Miami | Emerald Coast, Nicaragua | Patagonia, Chile | Easter Island | Queenstown, New Zealand | Perth, Australia | Kerala, India | Musandam Peninsula, Oman | Tbilisi, Georgia | New York

“We’ll be circling the world to explore destinations I’ve always wanted to experience in person, as well as a few of my favourites, which we’ll offer up in an entirely new way,” says Kent. “I’m particularly looking forward to returning to Oman, where I served while in the British Army.” Geoffrey Kent Beginning in Miami, the first stop is Nicaragua, to explore the stunning Emerald Coast, with its dramatic national parks, volcanoes, and vibrant colonial-era towns. Then it’s on to the vast wilderness of Chilean Patagonia with its breath-taking landscapes and great ice fields. On Easter Island guests share a vibrant cultural tradition among the mystical statues. New Zealand offers a choice of thrilling adventures before flying directly to the celebrated vineyards of Western Australia’s Margaret River. In the Indian state of Kerala guests travel far off the beaten path to experience the spiritual side of India. Then a celebration of the rich history of the Sultanate of Oman from the desert to the coast before ending at the cultural crossroads of East and West in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. “Every three days we have planned a choice of Design Your Day® adventures, from hiking through the rainforests of Nicaragua to taking part in a sailing on the Swan River,” explains Kent. “Our goal is for each destination to outdo the one before.”

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PRIVILEGED ACCESS Private jet travel with Abercrombie & Kent allows for a more authentic and intimate journey, filled with invitation-only events, events, including an opportunity to witness a traditional boat race in southern India, as well as a private choral performance in Georgia – all arranged exclusively for A&K guests. One of A&K’s most experienced Tour Directors orchestrates the journey from start to finish. On the ground, guests are divided into smaller parties of no more than 16, each led by a Tour Manager and assisted by expert local guides who share their personal stories and lend insight beyond any guidebook. A photographer travels with the group to capture professional-quality images, while an on-board physician is available to assist with any medical issues. As part of A&K’s Travelling Bell Boy® service, a dedicated Luggage Manager oversees the handling of the luggage between every destination.

ONE-OF-A-KIND ACCOmmODATIONS Accommodations reflect the distinctive character of each destination and offer authentic hospitality with the exclusive use of several properties, including Explora Rapa Nui in Easter Island, an ecofriendly lodge that reflects traditional designs; COMO the Treasury in Australia, a Victorian-era state house turned cutting-edge hotel; and Kumarakom Lake Resort in India, composed of traditionally styled, luxury 16th-century villas. Guests may also take advantage of A&K’s complimentary laundry service, Traveller’s Valet® at several points throughout the itinerary.

FINE DINING & ENTERTAINmENT Meals are more than just a chance to dine at the end of the day – there are a feast for the senses, with local entertainment and stunning natural backdrops. Picnic on the slopes of a dormant volcano, enjoy a torchlit feast on the shores of Easter Island and savor an authentic Australian barbecue with a view of the Royal Perth Yacht Club. A&K partners with local chefs to showcase the finest ingredients and pair local wines to guarantee top-notch dining in even the most remote locales.

LUXURY IN THE AIR Travelling by private jet allows guests to experience far more than a conventional itinerary -- with greater comfort and ease. On-board comforts of the privately-chartered Icelandair Boeing 757200ER are 50 custom-designed Italian leather seats equipped with personal massage system, 4-way adjustable headrests and lumbar support, that open to fully lie-flat beds 6.5’ long (79” pitch). Additional seating enables each guest to socialize in comfort with their travel companions, while a full privacy screen and extra-high seat back provide undisturbed rest. Guests enjoy a fully stocked, open bar featuring top-shelf wine and spirits, in addition to first-class meal service that includes personalized espresso drinks. Completing the best-in-class in-flight experience is a dedicated cabin crew with a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:8. A range of amenities are offered, designed to make guests feel at home, including Bose headphones and iPads loaded with music and movies. Abercrombie & Kent was a private jet pioneer, introducing the first Royal Air Tour in 1989. Today A&K is one of the most experienced companies in the luxury private jet business, having designed and operated dozens of programs on a variety of luxury aircraft to destinations around the world, as well as custom-designed jet itineraries for families and private groups.

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Eventually all these objects which have brought so much pleasure to Peggy and me will go out into the world and will again be available to other caretakers who, hopefully, will derive the same satisfaction and joy from them as we have over these past several decades. DavID ROCkEFELLER 1992

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Gathered over a lifetime and handed down from previous generations, the art collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller reflects the Rockefeller family’s deep, life-long passion for Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works of art, American paintings, English and European furniture, Asian works of art, European ceramics and Chinese export porcelain, silver, and American decorative arts and furniture.

Following the death of one of America’s favourite sons David Rockefeller in 2017, this vast collection which consists of over 2,000 pieces was offered for sale at the flagship auction rooms of Christie’s within the Rockefeller Centre in New York City with all proceeds to be donated to a number of philanthropies Rockefeller and his wife, Peggy had supported during their lifetimes. Dubbed the “sale of the century” and held over the course of three days the art collection has become the most valuable set of private works ever sold at auction, raking in $832 million beating the record previously held by the Yves Saint Laurent Collection, which, in 2009, yielded a grand total of $484 million. The event began with some of the finest and rarest masterpieces ever put up for sale with paintings by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Georgia O’Keeffe auctioned off, with many reaching record prices for the legendary artists. Monet’s “Water Lilies in Bloom,” completed between 1914 and 1917, sold for a record $84.6 million and Henri Matisse’s “Odalisque reclining with magnolias” sold for a record $80.7 million. The highlight of the auction was the sale of a 1905 Picasso “Fillette à la Corbeille Fleurie” (Young Girl with a Flower Basket), which sold for $115m, one of the most expensive Picassos ever sold at auction Due to the sheer size of the collection, auctions were categorized into several lots; English & European Furniture, Ceramics and Decorations Part I and the Art of the Americas Evening Sale the Fine Art Day Sale, English & European Furniture, Ceramics and Decorations Part II and Travel and Americana. Another highlight of the sale was the auction of the Sèvres porcelain ‘Marly Rouge’ service which again broke a world auction record for 19th-century porcelain, selling for $1,812,500. Commissioned by Napoleon I the original 256 – piece collection was delivered to Napoleon in October 1809 at the palace of Fontainebleau, where the Emperor had retired to after the gruelling negotiations of the Treaty of Vienna, which ended hostilities between France and Austria. Today, only one dolphin-footed compote and six plates remain at Fontainebleau, although plates have appeared on the art market in recent years, the 22 piece collection includes important pieces from the original delivery not seen on the art market since Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, David’s mother, acquired the part-service more than 75 years ago. 128 LUXURY LIVING


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aUCTION HIGHLIGHTS Fillette à la Corbeille Fleurie Artist: Pablo Picasso | Painted: 1905 The most valuable piece of artwork in the collection Fillette à la corbeille fleurie, was painted during Picasso’s rose period when Picasso was at his peak albeit still living as a pauper. The painting had hung in the living room of Rockefeller’s grand Manhattan home on the Upper East Side for decades. Purchased from the estate of Gertrude Stein in 1968, meaning the painting has only had two owner.

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Nymphéas en Fleur Artist: Claude Monet | Painted: 1914-1917 During a business trip to Paris in 1956, the Rockefellers purchased this serene scene, painted by Monet in his Giverny garden against the backdrop of the First World War. Among the largest and most brilliantly coloured works Monet produced, the purchase helped reinvigorate interest in the artist’s later works, paintings of water lilies done in broad brushstrokes, because that style of painting was all the rage with the New York School of Abstract Expressionism dominating the art scene at the time. The painting had hung at the Rockefeller’s Hudson Pines estate in Sleepy Hollow, near the bottom of grand, winding staircase

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The Rivals Artist: Diego Rivera’s | Painted: 1931 Commissioned by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller in 1931, and later presented as a wedding present to her son David and his wife Peggy, the Mexican artist’s traditional festival scene spent decades hanging in the living room of the couple’s home in Maine. Setting a new world record for the artist and in the process became the highest priced Latin American artwork in auction history. It sold for $9,762,500.

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aBOUT PEGGY aND DavID ROCkEFELLER

Courting Peggy McGrath provided me with a very pleasant diversion and eventually with the most important relationship of my life DavID ROCkEFELLER

David Rockefeller (1915-2017) is remembered as one of the United States’ most deeply engaged and influential civic leaders. In the 1950s and 1960s he spearheaded the rebuilding and revitalisation of Wall Street and that area’s emergence as the world’s financial capital, and later founded the Partnership for New York City to foster cooperation between the private sector and government. David Rockefeller led Chase Manhattan Bank for more than a decade, successfully expanding the bank’s international operations to more than 100 countries. As a philanthropist, he provided visionary leadership and financial support to various organisations, serving as chairman for many years of Rockefeller University, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and The Museum of Modern Art. David was the last surviving grandson of John D. Rockefeller, the great industrialist who consolidated the American petroleum industry and founded the Standard Oil Company in the 19th century, subsequently building a fortune that made him one of America’s first billionaires and his family one of the richest and most influential in the nation’s history. Peggy McGrath Rockefeller (1915-1996) was a dedicated conservationist, a board member of the American Farmland Trust in Washington, and was a founder of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust in Topsham, Maine. David and Peggy married in 1940 and for more than half a century were true partners in family, philanthropy and art. The Peggy and David Rockefeller Collection represents two individuals’ extraordinary dialogue with art and the world — a staggering collecting achievement extending across geography, history and medium. In its breadth and depth, it is unrivalled in modern times, encompassing thousands of works held at the Rockefellers’ residences in Manhattan, Pocantico Hills, the Hudson Valley, Maine, and beyond. It is a testament to Peggy and David’s knowledge, passion and connoisseurship that they lived surrounded by masterpieces of the art-historical canon. David’s philanthropy was rooted in his belief in the power of individuals and communities to create a better world — the continuation of John D. Rockefeller, Senior’s ‘art of giving’. He was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Grand Cross of the French Legion of Honour, the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, and numerous other awards. In 2010 David signed the Giving Pledge, further confirming his plans to direct the majority of his personal wealth towards philanthropy. He noted at the time: ‘Our family continues to be united in the belief that those who have benefited the most from our nation’s economic system have a special responsibility to give back to our society in meaningful ways.’ 133


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u It was back in 1945 that Sir Winston Churchill coined the phrase “Special Relationship� a term used to illustrate the unity between the United States & the United Kingdom. Jump forward 73-years and the royal event of the year the marriage between HRH Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle has solidified this union even further. 136 LUXURY LIVING


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Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Ben Stansall)

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For the thousands of visitors who lined the streets of Windsor to the millions who watched the ceremony from the comfort of their home the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday 19th May 2018, was truly a once in a lifetime experience. The bride was effortlessly beautiful with a grace that belies her years, the young prince was dashing and charming and no one watching the event could deny how in love the happy couple looked.

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It is said that it took just one date for Prince Harry to fall head over heels in love with Meghan, followed swiftly by a romantic break to Botswana, Harry declared “the stars had aligned.” By Royal standards the courtship of Harry and Meghan has indeed been a whirlwind romance having met only two years ago in 2016, but in Meghan the young prince seems to have found his soul-mate, a companion of whom he appears to be completely at ease with. Despite Prince Harry being one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors at the time of meeting Ms Markle, both were taken aback. She was 34 and a divorcee of three years; he 31 and with a list of young girls behind him and his 10-year army career over. Neither had really heard of the other, Harry had never watched Suits, the US television legal drama series she had starred in since 2011, and whilst Meghan knew of the Royal family she did not know that much about the young prince.

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with Meghan and discussed what her future could entail being married to HRH, having watched his mother’s life ruined by the press he was indeed worried for Meghan, both his previous partners Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy had found the media scrutiny too much to bear but in Meghan it is said he found “huge relief ” in having finally found someone who is comfortable with the pressure and lifelong job that he comes attached with, because, for Meghan living in the public eye is a job she seems extremely at ease with, her experience in the world of celebrity has helped her transition into the Royal family and it is this experience which will help her and the prince in the years to come strike a balance between a public and private life. So what does the future hold for the young couple? Well for those who witnessed the wedding, a change is coming. Meghan is a young, independent women who like Harry’s mother before her will help to modernize and change the Royal family. Subtly changes have already been felt after all who would have thought that a Royal wedding would have had an African-American Pastor preach from the pulpit but during the wedding ceremony US pastor Michael Curry delivered a passionate oratory about the importance of love that left many royal traditionalists slightly bemused and Prince William suppressing the giggles. Of course life for Meghan will indeed look drastically different from her life before she met her husband. She has moved from the United States to the United Kingdom, gained British citizenship, and had to give up her acting career to become a full-time royal, but for a girl like a Meghan I cannot imagine she will stand still, she has already declared her intention to “hit the ground running” with her work to empower girls and women across the UK and alongside Prince Harry will help to promote his numerous charities , including the Invictus Games to support veterans and the Heads Together mental health campaign of which he is both patrons off. One major job for the young couple which was announced by the queen last month is the appointment of Prince Harry to youth ambassador for the Commonwealth, the organization of former British colonies that is headed by the queen and is close to her heart. Harry’s new role will include championing the more than 60% of the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion people under 30, and as a biracial American, Meghan is the perfect fit as Harry’s wife representing the monarch across the multiracial countries around the globe.

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Another month, another art fair... But this art fair isn’t just any old fair, because the month of June is that time of the year that art lovers and collectors await eagerly WHY? Because the art fair held this month is Art Basel, the world’s premier art fair and event that brings together hundreds of the world’s leading galleries showing the works of over thousands of artists.

u Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel today stages the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary art, sited in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. Art Basel’s engagement has expanded beyond art fairs through a number of new initiatives. In 2014, Art Basel launched its Crowdfunding Initiative which catalysed much needed support for outstanding non-commercial art projects worldwide and helped garner pledges in excess of USD 2 million in support of around 70 art projects from around the globe – from Bogotá to Ho Chi Minh City, San José and Kabul. For Art Basel Cities, launched in 2016, Art Basel is working with selected partner cities to develop vibrant and content-driven programs specific to the individual city. Connecting them to the global art world through Art Basel’s expertise and network, Art Basel Cities supports its partners to develop their unique cultural landscape. For this its 49th annual edition in Switzerland from June 14–17, Art Basel has unveiled its line-up of exhibitors with the total up slightly to 293 galleries (compared to 291 last year), hailing from 35 countries across Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Africa.

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GALLERIES The anchor of Art Basel’s show is its Galleries sector. Visitors will discover a breadth of Modern and contemporary works including paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, prints, photography, video and digital art. This year seventeen galleries are joining the fair for the first time including White Space Beijing, Freedman Fitzpatrick (Los Angeles), Essex Street (New York), Hosfelt Gallery (San Francisco), and Franklin Parrasch Gallery (New York). 1.

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EDITION Leading publishers of editioned works, prints, and multiples exhibit the results of their collaboration with renowned artists, providing visitors the opportunity to see significant, and rare publications. 1.

1. ALAN CRIStEA GALLERY Jan Dibbets Land 0°-135° & Sea 0°-135°, 2009. Courtesy Jan Dibbets and Alan Cristea Gallery, London 2. CARoLINA NItSCH Louise Bourgeois, Ode à l’Oubli (Ode to Forgetting), 2004. Courtesy of the gallery 2.

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STATEMENTS Statements present exciting new solo projects by emerging artists, who are eligible to receive the prestigious Baloise Art Prize. The Baloise Group acquires artworks by the award-winning artists, which it then donates to important European art institutions. 1.

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FEATURE This sector showcases projects from established and historical artists are precisely curated by gallerists in the Feature sector. Projects may include solo presentations, juxtapositions, and thematic exhibits from artists representing a wide range of cultures, generations, and artistic approaches. Among the 17 new exhibitors at the fair are New York’s Essex Street, Los Angeles and Paris’s Freedman Fitzpatrick, Dusseldorf ’s Galerie Max Mayer, London’s 1.

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UNLIMITED This year, Art Basel will introduce a new site for its “Unlimited” sector, Art Basel’s pioneering exhibition platform for projects that transcend the classical art-show stand, including massive sculpture and paintings, video projections, large-scale installations, and live performances. This year’s edition of will consist of 71 large-scale projects. Curated for the seventh consecutive year by Gianni Jetzer, Curatorat-Large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., the sector will feature a wide range of presentations, from seminal pieces from the past to work created especially for Art Basel. Renowned as well as emerging artists will participate, including: Matthew Barney, Yto Barrada, Daniel Buren, Horia Damian, Camille Henrot, Jenny Holzer, Mark Leckey, Lee Ufan, Inge Mahn, Lygia Pape, Jon Rafman, Michael Rakowitz, Martine Syms and Barthélémy toguo Further highlights include Polly Apfelbaum’s strips of textile that are combined to form a colourfully woven painting; Rashid Johnson’s tropical enclave containing various unexpected elements from sculptures made with shea butter to video portraits; Katherine Bernhardt’s monumental painting with tropical birds, cuddly robots and cigarette stubs, which at once editorializes and summarizes modern culture and the artist herself; an interactive multimedia installation by Nedko Solakov comprising nine sofas in the shapes of the nine Chinese characters constituting the phrase ‘I miss Socialism, maybe’; and Yu Hong’s large-scale painting depicting a famous Chinese fable widely cited in both modern Chinese art history and Chinese Communist narratives. The work focuses on how the Socialist narrative still perseveres in Chinese society and explores the ways its ideology corresponds to the visual legacy of Soviet Socialist Realist heritage.

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u HIGH PERFORMANCE SOUND You might not be able to experience the pleasure & thrill of driving a Lamborghini everyday but now you can appreciate the sound and Italian style & flair with the Ixoost Esavox Lamborghini Speaker System. Meticulous research of the Lamborghini design has led to the creation of an object that immediately recalls the style of this renowned car designer. Crafted from a carbon monocoque chassis, two handmade wooden side cabinets, and an original Lamborghini exhaust, it outputs sound as loud and detailed as one of the Italian sports cars. It has 800 wats of total power spread across two 1-inch tweeters, two 6.5-inch full-range drivers, two 8” woofers, and a massive 15-inch downward-facing sub. Powered on with a start button like the ones used in the cars, it accepts audio over Bluetooth or RCA inputs and is available in four exclusive colours – black, orange, red or yellow. Available from €19,900.00

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DISCOVER THE COLOURS & BEAUTY OF SICILY Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana have teamed up with Smeg for a third instalment of their “Made in Italy” collection to unveil the ‘Divina Cucina’ collection. Back In February, the two unveiled a second collaborative kitchen appliance capsule and are now following suit with a pattern-heavy Victoria range cooker, extractor hood, and Smeg’s world-renowned FAB28 fridge. The appliances have been crafted in celebration of the rich Italian heritage of both brands. The first iteration draws inspiration from the region’s maiolica ceramic pottery, emulated in an ocean blue and pearl white pattern with each appliance decorated with depictions of Mount Etna, the picturesque ruins of the Greek temple of Castor and Pollux in the Valley of the Temples, plus imagery steeped in mythology. The second vibrant design points to classic Sicilian decorations and geometric shapes known as Crocchi, with illustrations of lemons, pears, and cherries dotted throughout. The delicate floral motifs are inspired by vegetation and landscapes of Southern Italy. Sicilian puppet theatre and traditional hand-painted carts are heavily featured with dominant fiery red and orange tones. Divina Cucina will be available to purchase later in the year

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THE CRAFT OF TRAVELLING Elegance, craftsmanship, intelligence and vision collide to mark the 130th anniversary of the iconic Parker Duofold.

What began in 1888 as George S. Parker’s simple mantra of striving to make a better and more inspirational pen, is today celebrated with the limited edition release of 1,300 unique Duofold “The Craft of Travelling” limited edition masterpieces. Each pen pays tribute to their founder’s relentless curiosity about the world, passion for travel and global cultures, and commitment to the craft of writing. From Tahiti to Tonga, the New Caledonian Islands to China, George always used his faithful Duofold to document his experiences in a travel journal. He believed this not only preserved his memories, but also strengthened them. The thrill of travelling and his appreciation for global cultures inspired George’s creativity and many of his iconic designs for Parker. 150 LUXURY LIVING


INSPIRED DESIGN Each of the Duofold’s 22 hand-assembled components have been carefully crafted to make it nothing less than extraordinary. The barrel is a lovely shade of blue and features a world map with laser-engraved details connoting Parker’s travels. The cap and other appointments are gold-plated, and the cap is laser-engraved with a meridian-like pattern. A two-carat lapis lazuli, which perfectly complements the shade of the barrel, is set in the cap crown. The arrow-style clip is a Parker classic, and the nib is 18-karat gold to insure smooth and comfortable writing. Presented in a luxurious gift box inspired by vintage-style luggage, the box lid features a world map highlighting all the countries George visited during his global travels with two faux leather house central sections detailed within to house the pen and a complimentary bottle of ink Available from £2,695.00

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THE WORLDS BIGGEST 4K WIDESCREEN TV C Seed isn’t your standard household name which isn’t a complete surprise given that not many households could afford the company’s products. A perfect case in point is the new C Seed Blade 262, the world’s largest 4K widescreen TV. The “262” refers to a world record screen diagonal of 262 inches or 6,65 meters. It has a width of 20.16 ft (6.14) m and height of 8.44 ft (2.57 m), so it’s full size is 4096 x 1716-pixel resolution. The display also boasts black LED technology providing a 5,000:1 contrast ratio and pumps out 800 nits of brightness. Six integrated high-end speakers add total quality sound in a 7.1. or 9.1 cinema surround environment. C Seed has also managed to almost completely eliminate the bezel on three sides, with the only blemish a black bar that extends 6.1 in (15 cm) from the bottom and runs the length of the screen. For the full cinema experience, the TV comes with a motorized custom fabric cover that folds away at a push of a button on the remote, as well as a 4K media server built in. If you have a wall big enough, you’ll need some pretty strong brackets to hold the TV in place as it weighs in at a hefty 1,764 lb (800 kg). Available now prices start from €490,000

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MY SPACE – MY SOUND Crafted for power and designed for portability the new Beoplay P6 is a powerful speaker designed to deliver Bang & Olufsen’s deep and dynamic signature sound anywhere you might take it. Created in collaboration with Danish industrial designer Cecilie Manz, the Beoplay P6 wireless speaker, offers Bluetooth connectivity with your go-to music-playing device. The anodized and pearl-blasted aluminium shell is available in either black or soft natural colours. The Beoplay P6 speaker benefits from a double layered premium leather strap, adding to the contrast and beauty of this piece. Its unique shape allows this device to be used standing, within your own home, or anywheree on the move and displays a simple and user-friendly interface, with integrated flex buttons. The buttons themselves enable smart features- Five integrated buttons can be found on the top edge, and these are used for power, volume control, Bluetooth pairing and a OneTouch button which can be used to access Siri or Google Assistant, accept/reject calls or switch between ToneTouch EQ presets which can be adjusted in the companion Beoplay app. Destined for people wanting to experience their favourite sounds anywhere, anytime the Beoplay P6 also provides up to 16 hours of playtime Available from €399.00

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DINING Exploring the culture of taste and the pleasures of conviviality. Dining reviews some of the world’s finest restaurants, chefs and wines.

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THE RISE of ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE u Step aside, champagne - English sparkling wine can rival the best in the world, with its distinctive terroir and character impressing critics and connoisseurs

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Britain, it may surprise some to learn, punches well above its weight in wine production, with more than 4,900 acres of land under vine in England and Wales producing in excess of five million bottles annually. And the stars of its offering?

The sparkling varieties

u The rise of the English sparkling wine industry has seen its bottles move from “plucky outsider” status to champagne-beating cellar essentials, claiming a record number of international trophies along the way. England is fizzing, and the world is taking notice. An impressive statistic illustrates the health of the English wine industry as a whole: one million vines were planted in 2017, the most ever planted in one year in the UK. “These are exciting times for English sparkling wine,” says Chris Munro, Head of Christie’s London Wine Department. “Investments by champagne houses such as Taittinger and Pommery demonstrate confidence in its potential.”

TAsTE TEsTIng With the key regions under vine including sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Dorset, and Cornwall, much has been made of the success of the wines in blind-tasting competitions, with the editions from English sparkling wine producers often trumping their more illustrious French counterparts. “Without doubt, the fact that English sparkling wine has been doing so well in tastings and competitions endorses the quality of the products and creates a lot of interest,” says Julia Trustram Eve, marketing director at English Wine Producers, which promotes English wines. sparkling wine accounts for 66 percent of English wine production, and currently five percent of all English wine is exported, with a target to increase that figure tenfold by 2020. English sparkling wine sales were up 11 percent in 2015 and grew eight percent in 2016, notes Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and spirit Trade Association. While English sparkling shares the grapes and similar soil and climate to the Champagne region, winemakers are not trying to produce a champagne analogue. English sparkling has its own distinctive profile—crisp, refreshing, and tasting of an English hedgerow. 157


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AWARD-WInnIng TERRoIR East sussex-based Ridgeview Estate’s vines were planted in 1995 on the south Downs, an area well suited for growing the traditional champagne varietals. “The chalk-and-clay soils are an advantage in our terroir and also work as a micro-climate,” explains Mardi Roberts, Ridgeview’s marketing and communications director. “What we have in England is a cool climate that allows us to have a long growing season to maximize the ripeness of the grapes, while our cool evenings maintain a lovely balance of acidity.” Ridgeview caused a stir in 2010 when its grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2006 won the top accolade for sparkling wine at the Decanter World Wine Awards, beating more than 700 entrants, including top champagne houses. Dermot sugrue, winemaker at the Wiston Estate, West sussex, says English sparkling wines are much more like vintage champagnes, rather than the typical non-vintage bruts. “Vintage champagnes get the choicest, ripest, smallest yields of grapes from the best sites, whereas our grapes are like that naturally: small yields, great terroir, full of concentration and flavour,” sugrue explains.

“English sparkling wine is inherently special—it’s a fact.”

This helps to explain the rumours in recent years of champagne houses eyeing up land in the UK for sparkling production. Indeed, Taittinger planted its first vines in Kent in 2017. A joint venture with UK agency and importer Hatch Mansfield, the first bottles from its Domaine Evremond will be released in 2023. 158 LUXURY LIVING


A PLACE AT THE ToP TABLEs The growing profile of English sparkling wine producers has seen their wines increasingly served at top functions in the UK and beyond, with Cornwall’s Camel Valley Pinot noir rosé poured at a state banquet held at Buckingham Palace in July 2017, and the estate’s Cornwall Brut served the following day at a reception in celebration of the Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday. Bolney Wine Estate, based in the heart of West sussex, is one of the longest established English sparkling wine vineyards. “Comparisons with champagne have helped the UK sparkling category,” says owner and winemaker sam Linter. “The UK pub group Fuller’s recently replaced its champagne house pour with English sparkling wine, and this includes our Bolney Wine Estate Cuvée Rosé and Bolney Bubbly wines.” The accolades continue to rack up: Ridgeview and Kent’s Chapel Down are official suppliers to 10 Downing street; Wiston Estate was used by the Queen to launch the cruise liner Britannia; and a blind tasting in Paris in 2016 saw experts judge the English sparkling as better than champagne in two out of three categories, with the other category declared as a tie. While the momentum continues apace, everyone involved in the industry is upbeat, as Ridgeview’s Roberts sums up: “our sparkling wine can rival the very best in the world, while still maintaining the unique characteristic of being English.”

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POMMERY BECOMES THE FIRST CHAMPAGNE HOUSE TO RELEASE ENGLISH FIZZ u Champagne producer Vranken-Pommery Monopole have released their first English sparkling wine from the south coast of England.

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Madame Pommery aptly noted that a glass of cooled champagne was the highlight of any given moment. Already an established champagne house at the time of husband’s death in 1858 Louise Pommery took over the running of the business proving herself to be a very astute businesswomen with a focus on conquering the English Market. 160 years later this dream has come true. Following the appointment of the maison’s 10th winemaker Clément Pierlot the house revealed its plans to put down roots in England in 2014, announcing a partnership with Hampshire’s Hattingley Valley to use their facilities to produce its first English sparkler – Louis Pommery England, its name pays homage to Pommery’s founder. At the same time, Pommery was shoring up the purchase of a 40-hectare site called Pinglestone in Alresford, Hampshire. It will be several years before the Pinglestone vineyard bears fruit, with the first harvest expected in 2021 and full production from 2024, but Pommery is taking a long-term view of the project. “The weather and climate is not completely the same [as Champagne] at the moment, but with climate change we assume that in 10 to 30 years it will be very different and it will be qualitatively interesting to produce sparkling wines in the UK,” said Julien Lonneux, Vranken Pommery UK’s CEO. In the meantime, Pommery has scoured the English countryside, dabbling with grapes mainly from Hampshire, but also Essex and Sussex, to produce its first Louis Pommery Brut – a traditionalmethod English sparkling wine made from a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. However while Pommery’s Pinglestone vineyard is predominantly planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, Pierlot has a wild card up his sleeve – one hectare of Pinot Gris. “It’s one of the varieties in Champagne but it’s not very widespread at all,” he explained. “We spoke to wine growers in the UK and they have some good experience with Pinot Gris, and it’s a very good variety in Alsace”. Taittinger is, so far, the only other Champagne house to have laid down winemaking roots in England, having planted vines 20ha of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier at its Kentish estate, Domaine Evremond, last year, which will rise to 40ha over the next two to three years. However the house is yet to unveil the fruits of its labour in the form of a wine, with its first wines expected to be released in 2023. 164 LUXURY LIVING


With England’s south coast being watched by wine producers, Lonneux is aware that Pommery’s success could pave the way for more houses to set sail to the south coast, but is confident that Pommery’s global reach gives it the unique ability to venture outside of Champagne. Indeed, the launch of Louis Pommery from England follows the introduction to the market of Pommery’s first sparkling wine from California, also called Louis Pommery, which was released last year through a partnership with Cava giant Codorniu’s Napa-based winery, Artesa. While Pommery’s English wine project is still in its infancy, Lonneux is confident in its progression, but realistic. “We will never produce thousands of bottles here in the UK,” he said. “We wanted to produce something that’s different and that adds value to what we do globally. The first launch of Louis Pommery England is limited to just 20,000 bottles so far.

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FINE DINING IN MALAYSIA HAS REACHED NEW HEIGHTS

Many of us dread the thought of airplane food it can be the stuff of nightmares, however dining aboard this particular plane will certainly change your mind.

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Plane in the City a new attraction set in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur’s an up and coming trendy area lets diners experience fine dining & freshly-prepared meals aboard an actual Boeing 737. The plane is ground based so it doesn’t actually take off but it promises to take your taste-buds on a journey of discovery. Open on weekdays and weekends, Plane in the City serves up three-course meals just like any normal in-flight menu based on Economy, Business Class and First Class. Each category includes perks and benefits with First Class offering the most, since it is also the most expensive. The meals are prepared by the chefs of the Le Meridien Kuala Lampur “Food, in our tradition, is something sacred, it’s not about the nutrients or calories. It’s about sharing, honesty and identity. Hence the philosophy of cooking has to be an intimate experience thus the idea behind the menu for dining in the plane is all about – creating an honest and intimate experience for the diners through the food,” said Chef Antoine Rodriquez, Executive Chef of Le’ Meridien Kuala Lumpur. An Economy meal will set you back by RM199 (£37.00), the Business Class menu will cost RM399 (£74.00) will the most expensive option of course, the First Class at a price of RM999 (£186.00). Each class also offers additional incentives, such as a visit to the he Aircraft’s cockpit, a wing walk or a stay at 5-star hotel Le Meridien. Dining experiences are held twice daily lasting approx. 90 minutes. Each session holds 20 people and unfortunately single bookings are not accepted as a minimum reservation requires two persons but private sessions are available upon request. Plane In The City also plans to launch celebratory packages such as for birthdays and anniversaries. Event companies and the public may also book the aircraft as a venue for private/ corporate events fitting up to 60 pax at one time.

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ROYAL WEDDING WHISKEY To celebrate the royal wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Royal Salute has blended an exclusive $10,000 whiskey Royal Salute, owned by Pernod Ricard have announced the Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition, a special expression created in honour of the happy occasion. Presented in a Darlington crystal decanter, Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition is a blend of some of the oldest and rarest whiskies from the brand’s collection. The edition blends malt whiskies aged, 55, 36 and 33 years old, with the latter two corresponding to the current ages of the royal couple. In homage to Markle’s American heritage the blend has been fully matured in American Oak casks a first for the brand. Just 70 bottles of this special edition have been released with each engraved and individually numbered. The Dartington crystal decanters have been skilfully decorated with roses (the Queen’s favourite flower), thistles (significant to Scotland) and barley (representing Scottish whiskey), as well as daffodils and California poppies represent the couple themselves. “Since its creation in 1953 in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, Royal Salute has enjoyed a long and proud heritage of celebrating historic British royal events,” said brand ambassador The Duke of Argyll. “We believe this remarkable new blend is a perfect tribute to such a special moment in history.”

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TABASCO CELEBRATES ITS 150TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW DIAMOND RESERVE RED SAUCE AIn 1868 Edmund McIlhenny harvested his first tabasco pepper crop from which he created a piquant sauce to enliven the flavours in foods for family and friends. The creation of this simple sauce would unwittingly change the way the world eats forever. Today, 150 years later, the same three ingredients that made his TABASCO Sauce – tabasco peppers, salt and vinegar – are aged and bottled by Edmund’s family on Avery Island, the process virtually unchanged. To commemorate the anniversary, the company has created a limited edition Diamond Reserve Red Sauce which comes in a miniature Champagne bottle. It’s not the just the bottle that’s fancy though, Diamond reserve is made from tabasco peppers that have aged in barrels for as long as 15 years. The long aging period allows them to develop in flavour and complexity. Even the peppers chosen are special – with their colour, texture and robustness being considered before they were picked at Avery Island for this special sauce. The aged peppers are combined with sparkling white wine vinegar, before being sealed into their in their very special gold foil topped bottles. Tabasco boasts that this scintillating and celebratory sauce differs from run-of-the-mill Tabasco sauce in its “exceptional complexity,” but doesn’t diverge from the trademark vibrancy that makes all Tabasco sauce so dear to our hearts and tongues.

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VEUVE CLICQUOT ROSÉ CELEBRATES ITS 200TH ANNIVERSARY Two hundred years ago Madame Clicquot created the world’s first blended rosé champagne, an iconic champagne we all know today as the Veuve Clicquot Rosé. To celebrate this unique anniversary, the French champagne house has released an anniversary limited edition bottle Ice Bucket Cake. Designed to resemble a birthday cake, the coffret comes with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé inside and mirrors the pink hues that set this Rosé apart. The company has also launched a new limited edition jeroboam format for Veuve Clicquot Rosé non-vintage which boasts a chic black anniversary foil around the bottle neck which contains a hidden message.

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WaNt Not In the excessive world of luxury, waste is not a word you tend to hear often, it’s akin to telling a banker “greed is not good!” but over the last few years the zero waste movement has gained such momentum that even fine dining chefs, restaurateurs and pioneers have stopped to take stock. The way we view our food today has undergone a revolution, now more than ever we have become conscience of dimishing stocks, world famine, the impact of climate change on agriculture and of course price. Figures show that we throw away a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food across the world each year, world hunger is again on the rise affecting 815 million people or 11percent of the population and this hunger is not just occurring in war-torn countries but in our own towns and cities alike. The demand and need for soup kitchens and food banks has also risen and now affects even some of the world’s most desirable places to live. Maybe it is the rise in global immigration why some of our world’s most affluent towns are struggling to feed themselves but it is this increase in poverty that has given fuel to the “the fight against food waste” movement and inspired a wave of innovative food-conscious entrepreneurs to find new ways of reaping the full benefits of what we sow.

Leading the fight is chef Massimo Bottura’s the chef/owner of Italy’s Osteria Francescana restaurant rated No. 1 among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2016 and Nº2 in 2017. Bottura is the founder of Food for Soul, a non-profit that seeks to eliminate food waste in support of social inclusion and individual well-being. It began as a project during the Expo 2015 in Milan, of which the theme was “Feed the Planet.” Working with inspiring artist Bottura turned an abandon theatre into a soup kitchen serving meals to the homeless using food donated by supermarkets which were either close to their sell-by date, were misshapen or damaged. 174 LUXURY LIVING


Over the following two years, Food for Soul has gone on to open two additional dining halls, each raising enough attention to help fund the next. During the 2016 Summer Olympics, Refettorio Gastromotiva was opened in Rio’s disadvantaged Lapa neighbourhood, working with Brazilian social entrepreneur David Hertz, Bottura along with his squad of accomplished chefs and volunteers intercepted ingredients from the Olympic Village that would’ve otherwise been thrown away, and cooked up experimental, nutritious three-course meals for the city’s homeless and socially vulnerable, and last year working alongside the charity group The Felix Project he has helped revamp the St Cuthbert’s Centre in Earl’s Court, London to provide three-course lunches for rough sleepers using surplus and waste food from local supermarkets and wholesalers.

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Most recently prolific chef-turned-TV personality Anthony Bourdain, new documentary titled WASTED! which explores what it calls one of the greatest problems of the 21st century -

“the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change.”

In a nutshell it highlights how to use ingredients more efficiently eliminating waste and it is this new wave of food professionals, celebrities and organizations who can help educate and lead the way for our future to help us all reduce our food waste so that no one need ever go hungry again.

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INNOVATIVE FOOD DEVELOPMENTS Using your loaf ! - Bread is one of the most perishable goods on our shelves simply because of its short shelf life and astonishingly 46 million slices of bread are thrown away every year. Following a trip to Belgium food waste activist and British Author Trustram Stuart came upon the idea of using surplus bread to make beer and Toast Ale was born. Teaming up with bakeries and sandwich producers to use their leftovers to brew craft beer Toast Ale now creates four varieties: a lager called Much Kneaded; Bloomin’ Lovely, a session IPA; Purebread, a pale ale and an American Pale Ale for its newly opened New York satellite brewery. All profits going to food waste charity Feedback.

www.toastale.com Caffeine Fuel - Coffee shops are everywhere and surprisingly spent coffee granules are a great fuel resource. UK start-up company founded in 2014 and led by Arthur Kay has taped into this market with Bio Bean who working with several leading coffee shops recycles one in 10 cups of coffee drunk in the UK to produce carbon –neutral biomass products Following a partnership with SHELL, Bio-Bean now produces enough biofuel to help power some of London’s buses. www.bio-bean.com Zesty Fashion - The rind and seeds of Sicily’s most famous citrus fruit, the humble orange, are being used in a range of greener, healthier clothing fibres. Founded in 2017 Orange Fiber is a company creating sustainable yarns and fabrics from citrus by products by utilising the citrus waste (leftovers from juice extraction). More than 700,000 tons of citrus juice by product is produced in Italy alone each year which would either end up in landfill or cattle feed now thanks to a patented process the cellulose extracts are spun into polymers to create a new zesty fabric. Recently Salvatore Ferragamo has incorporated these fabrics into its collection for sustainable design. www.orangefiber.it 177


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POWER Fast and fabulous, Power exudes everything one aspires from a luxurious life. Fast cars, fast yachts and private jets, what more could one ask for!

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Maserati revealed the first Levante built around a V8 engine at the New York International Auto Show. It is the Levante Trofeo, the ultimate Maserati of SUVs, capable of accelerating in style from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and reaching a top speed of over 300 km/h. 181


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Equipped with one of the most powerful engines ever fitted in a Maserati a 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine, the Levante Trofeo is definitely one of the fastest SUVs ever built with a top speed of over 300 km/h. Thanks to its remarkable weight/power ratio of 3.6 kg/hp the Trofeo needs only 3.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h and only 34.5 metres of braking distance to get back to a complete stop. The engine boasts the highest output per litre (156 hp/litre) of any Maserati powerplant ever produced and, like all Maserati gasoline engines, is assembled by Ferrari in Maranello, Italy. The chassis of this fastest Levante ever has been tuned to handle the higher power output and provides an exhilarating driving experience with no compromise in terms of comfort. This tuning ensures the Levante Trofeo continues to embody the essence of the Maserati GranTurismo philosophy with supercar performance. The unmistakable Levante design has reached new levels of sportiness in this top of the line Trofeo. The elegant restyling was mainly focused on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper and is underlined by the 22-inch forged aluminium “Orione” wheels – the largest ever fitted on a Maserati – available in both polished and matte finishes. The side air intakes in the lower fascia feature a new, more aggressive design, defined by two aerodynamic wings that give a sense of further stability, visually “pushing” the weight of the car’s nose towards the massive front wheels. And to help improve the airflow distribution, Trofeo is outfitted with carbon fibre side bezel blades and a carbon fibre splitter. The rear end also looks wider and more muscular with a sharper carbon fibre horizontal element and body-color lower extractor that embrace the oval quad exhaust tips. In front, the Levante Trofeo has Full Matrix LED headlights, a front grille with double vertical bars in a piano black finish and lower honeycomb mesh fascia, as well as body color door handles, oval exhaust tips in a dark finish and performance painted brake calipers in red, blue, black, silver or yellow. And to cap it off, specific “Saetta” Trofeo logos adorn the iconic c-pillars of the coupé styled SUV. Interior designers have come up with elegant ways to create a distinctive environment within the Levante Trofeo cabin. The sculpted sport seats feature a premium full-grain “Pieno Fiore” natural leather available in black, red and tan, all with contrast stitching and “Trofeo” logo stitched on the headrests. “Pieno Fiore” is like no other leather used in the automotive industry for its natural, soft feel and for the unique character it develops throughout the years. A new matte carbon fibre trim and paddle shifters, specific instrument cluster graphics, floor mats with metal Trofeo badges and a Maserati clock with a unique dial elegantly underline the exclusive sporty character of this extraordinary Levante, which is outfitted with a standard 1,280-watt, 17-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium surround sound audio system for exceptional listening enjoyment. A Launch Edition will be available for those who really want something special. Natural “Pieno Fiore” leather sport seats are available in black, tan or red with contrast stitching. Black leather with blue or yellow stitching is exclusive to the launch edition. The Launch Edition also features a badge, integrated on the centre console featuring the customer’s name.

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Chiron Sport u The CHIRON SPORT is BUGATTI’s breath-taking new interpretation of the 1,500 PS super sports car, unveiled at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. A firmer chassis setting combined with lightweight components provide even sharper handling and exhilarating agility – without compromising the CHIRON’s uniquely luxurious character.

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Offering significantly improved handling and even greater agility with no change in the power or performance data, Bugatti has developed a dynamic handling package and reduced the weight of its car by about 18 kilograms. As a result, the Chiron Sport reaches higher cornering speeds, however the main differences between the appearance of the Chiron Sport and the standard version are a new wheel design and new four-pipe exhaust deflector. “We have developed the Chiron Sport for customers wanting an even sportier driving experience with their Chiron, with improved lateral dynamics on winding roads,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “What was important for us was to leave unchanged the unique character of the Chiron, its combination of ultimate performance, longitudinal acceleration and maximum speed with luxury, comfort and everyday usability.”

Dynamic hanDling PackagE anD lightER WEight makE chiROn SPORt faStER The Chiron Sport benefits from a new dynamic handling package. The Bugatti developers have defined a stiffer suspension. This includes a new control strategy for the shock absorbers, which react 10 percent more stiffly than on the Chiron on average. The steering has also been modified without sacrificing its outstanding direct feel and its calculable performance. These new settings only take effect in the Handling mode of the Chiron Sport, which is therefore distinguished from the EB mode more clearly for the driver. In addition to these changes, the rear-axle differential has been optimised and the car now features a Dynamic Torque Vectoring function that distributes torque individually to the wheels on each side, significantly improving the steering behaviour and agility of the vehicle, especially in tight curves. This change is effective in all driving modes. 187


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One of the modifications which make the Chiron Sport more nimble is a weight reduction of about 18 kilograms, thanks to the use of new lightweight parts. The greatest savings were possible as a result of the new lightweight wheels, together with increased use of carbon fibre, for example for the stabiliser, the intercooler cover or the newly developed windscreen wipers. The Chiron Sport also features lighter glass in the rear window and a new, lighter exhaust deflector. As a result, the Chiron Sport has become even more responsive and corners even faster. On the handling course of the Nardò test circuit, Bugatti developers recorded a lap time which is five seconds faster than the base Chiron model. Due to its design the Nardò circuit is especially well-suited as a reference track for the Chiron, as the super sports car can reach its full handling potential even at cornering speeds in excess of 200 km/h.

nEW WhEEl RimS anD ExhauSt DEflEctOR DiStinguiSh chiROn SPORt fROm chiROn At first glance, the Chiron Sport can be recognised by its new “Course” alloy wheel rims and the new exhaust deflector, which has four round tailpipes instead of the rectangular design used on the Chiron. In addition, the Sport version has a number of design features that underline its identity as a Chiron Sport. For example, the engine starter button and the driving mode selector knob on the steering wheel as well as the marketing plate have an anodised black finish, the “Sport” logo is in evidence on the door sill strips and there is an insert on the central console with an embroidered “Chiron Sport” logo. The basic price of the Chiron Sport is €2.65 million net. In addition, there is an optional colour and trim package allowing customers to individually tailor the sporty appearance of their Chiron Sport. It is planned to deliver the first vehicles to customers at the end of the year.

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Heesen From day one, Heesen has pursued a consistent mission: to create yachts with exceptional standards of engineering and meticulous attention to detail. To achieve this, skilled hands, driven by passion for perfection, make all the difference. Custom or semi-custom, each yacht is built entirely in-house and renowned for exceptional performance in speed, range and stability.

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THE ROLLS-ROYCE CULLINAN u

When Rolls-Royce announced three years ago that it would launch Cullinan, it did so in the knowledge that its customers around the world had asked it to build “The Rolls-Royce of SUVs”, with luxury, performance and usability not seen before in the SUV market. Many of these customers were younger, very successful high-net-worth individuals who are heavily engaged in the experience economy, and wanted a Rolls-Royce that would take them to the ends of the Earth in ultimate luxury. 192 LUXURY LIVING


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Automotive mobility has always been a fast moving and dynamic business, with new concepts – such as SUVs – appearing with great regularity. But those new concepts need to be perfected in order to be adopted by those customers who will accept no compromise – the patrons of true luxury. Hence the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

u What is Cullinan? The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is Rolls-Royce as it’s never seen before. When Sir Henry Royce said, “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it”, he could have had Cullinan in mind. Making luxury Effortless, Everywhere engendered an evolution in Rolls-Royce’s approach to creating an authentic Rolls-Royce SUV. The most obvious sign of this was the radical rear of Cullinan. For the first time a Rolls-Royce has an opening tailgate, called ‘The Clasp’. In a nod to the era when luggage was mounted on the exterior of the motor-car, so the occupants did not travel with their belongings, the rear profile of Cullinan is a two-part, ‘D-Back’ format, with the bustle denoting the place of the luggage. ‘The Clasp’ opens and closes in its two sections automatically at the touch of the key fob button. The rear passenger compartment of Cullinan has been designed to offer the best seat in the house for the owner’s particular needs. Two rear configurations are offered – Lounge Seats or Individual Seats. The Lounge Seat configuration is the more functional of the two options. With space for three passengers in the rear, it will likely be more attractive to families. The rear seats also fold down – a first for Rolls-Royce. The seats fold electronically in a number of configurations by pressing the appropriate button in the boot or rear door pocket. One press sees each backrest effortlessly fold down, whist at the same time moving the headrests upwards to avoid making an imprint on the seat cushion. Both seat backs can be folded completely, creating a flat load area or in a 2/3 and 1/3 split, increasing practicality even further. Rear passengers can still travel with a long load, or use the carpeted seat back as an occasional table on which to rest their precious personal items.

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For those who intend to transport large items back from their adventures, the rear of Cullinan offers a large amount of space in different arrangements. The rear compartment or boot area offers a standard 560 litres of space, growing to 600 with the parcel shelf removed. Furthermore, the base of the rear seats sits higher than the boot floor, so even with both rear seats folded, the items in the boot cannot slip forward and are safely contained, unlike in any other SUV. But for those wishing to carry a long item back from their trip – whether it be a Mark Rothko from the Art Gallery or a newly discovered artefact from the latest archaeological dig – a loading length of 2245mm and load capacity of 1930 litres is accessed by electronically raising the boot floor to meet the seat base, allowing the item to slide through effortlessly. Rolls-Royce’s investment in making the rear of Cullinan effortlessly and ultimately practical has the side benefit of offering a loading length longer than a Range Rover Vogue Extended Wheelbase. A very practical Rolls-Royce indeed. Knowing that the Rolls-Royce customer expects to bespoke his or her Cullinan, a second rear configuration is offered. The Individual Seat configuration is for those who value the ultimate luxury an SUV can offer over practicality. The two individual rear seats are separated by a Fixed Rear Centre Console incorporating a drinks cabinet with Rolls-Royce whisky glasses and decanter, champagne flutes and refrigerator. The seats also move in a number of planes to offer ultimate comfort whilst travelling in the rear. One final feature brings Rolls-Royce’s ultimate level of luxury to this configuration of Cullinan, creating the first truly “three-box” SUV. Inspired by the age when one never travelled with one’s luggage, a glass partition isolates the passenger cabin from the luggage compartment, creating an inner ecosystem for the occupants. In addition to enhanced and class-leading silence within the cabin, a further benefit becomes clear in the hottest and coldest of environments. Thanks to the sealed cabin created by the glass partition wall, the occupants can remain in the optimum temperature even when the luggage compartment stands open. 195


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adventure aWaits Cullinan awakes at the touch of the unlock button on the Bespoke key, or indeed by simply reaching out to its beautifully tactile stainless steel door handle. It lowers itself by 40mm to make entry effortless as the iconic Rolls-Royce coach doors stand open to welcome driver and passengers to their adventure. Having stepped directly into the cabin, thanks to the wide aperture of the doors and completely flat floor, driver and passengers press the door closing button to seal themselves within the sanctuary of Cullinan’s cabin. Or one touch of the sensor on the exterior door handles will see the doors automatically close themselves from outside. A touch of the start button then elevates Cullinan 40mm to its standard, commanding ride height, placing its occupants in the perfect position from which to see the world as it drives off. The driver instantly recognises Cullinan as a driver’s car thanks to its thicker, smaller steering wheel. It’s heated, pliant rim hints at epic voyages which Cullinan is all too eager to begin, whilst heated and ventilated seats mean passengers will be perfectly acclimatised. From their commanding position at the helm of Cullinan, all equipment and technology is clearly seen and reached by the driver. All information is clearly communicated by the latest generation of digital instruments, with the displays themselves designed with clear and beautiful virtual needles, Rolls-Royce jewellery-like chaplets and clear lettering. The central information screen is for the first time touch sensitive, allowing the driver to quickly select functions, map views and vehicle set-up whilst on the trail. This portal can still be controlled from the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy controller which nestles on the central console with the ‘Off-Road’ button, Hill Descent Control button and Air Suspension height adjustment controls. A host of other cutting-edge technology makes Rolls-Royce Cullinan the most technologically advanced car of its type in the world. Further equipment includes: Night Vision and Vision Assist including daytime and night-time Wildlife & Pedestrian warning; Alertness Assistant; a 4-Camera system with Panoramic View, all-round visibility and helicopter view; Active Cruise Control; Collision Warning; Cross-Traffic Warning, Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning; an industry leading 7x3 High-Resolution Head-Up Display, WiFi hotspot, and of course the latest Navigation and Entertainment Systems.

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For those not behind the wheel, the world’s most spectacular scenery is to be seen from a privileged position. Those in the rear sit higher than those in the front of the car on Rolls-Royce’s Pavilion Seating, enjoying grandstand views of their surroundings thanks to the large glazed area of Cullinan’s side windows and industry-leading panoramic glass roof. And if they wish to locate themselves or their latest far-flung discovery, they can zero in on their location on the rear touchscreen map. Also, no photographic opportunity will be missed as all electronic devices can be charged via the five USB ports around the cabin, whilst phones can be wirelessly charged in the front of the cabin. Arriving at their remote destination, the occupants can descend without dirtying their trouser legs as both front and rear coach doors wrap low under the sill of Cullinan, ensuring that all dirt remains on the outside of the door. A feature only Rolls-Royce would have considered.

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the ‘MagiC Carpet ride’ taken off-road The integration of new technologies into the architecture was also key to ensuring the fundamental quality of Cullinan as Effortless, Everywhere. The engineering team began by creating a drivetrain that would bring Rolls-Royce’s famous ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ off-road. “The drivetrain system we engineered for Cullinan had one key job to do,” explains Caroline Krismer, Engineering Project Leader for Cullinan. “To bring the famed Rolls-Royce ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ to all other terrains possible, while ensuring class-leading on-road behaviour in the SUV sector.” Rolls-Royce’s celebrated Magic Carpet Ride impresses off-road as well as on-road thanks to the new lighter architecture, and the latest generation of self-levelling air suspension. Through a thorough reengineering of the existing air suspension system – including adding larger air struts with more air volume to cushion the blows of the toughest of terrains – the strengthening of drive and prop shafts, the inclusion of drive to the front wheels as well as the back for the first time in Rolls-Royce history, and the complete reworking of the new 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce engine to deliver just the right level of torque (850Nm) at the lowest possible revolutions (1,600rpm), the Rolls-Royce engineering team has ensured Cullinan will take owners to places no modern Rolls-Royce owner has travelled in luxury before. The suspension makes millions of calculations every second as it continuously varies the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system – reacting to body and wheel acceleration, steering inputs and camera information. A new double-wishbone front axle and 5-link rear axle deliver astounding levels of control over lateral roll and shear forces and deliver incredible agility and stability, as does the addition of four-wheel steering, all contributing to incredible drivability and nimbleness. In the case of driving off-road, the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system uses an air compression system to actively push down any wheel it detects losing traction to ensure every wheel is constantly in contact with the ground and maximum torque is being provided to all wheels. The final piece of the puzzle of ensuring that the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is Effortless, Everywhere is one single button. Known within Rolls-Royce as the ‘Everywhere’ button, one single push is all it takes to harness all the aforementioned peerless Rolls-Royce engineering and unleash all of Cullinan’s off-road capability. Once engaged, the driver can finesse the off-road setting to glide over any situation, whether it be rough track, gravel, wet grass, mud, snow or sand delivering all 850Nm of torque to all four wheels without interruption. And faced with deep snow, sand or the need to ford streams, Cullinan delivers the deepest wading depth of any super-luxury SUV at 540mm thanks to its highest ride height.

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THE FAMILY CAR OF THE FUTURE u It seems that flying cars are everywhere at the moment and the latest conceptual version to cross our desk is the Slovakian based new AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL a mix between a helicopter and super-car.

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Designed as an electric four-seater vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) concept vehicle the flying car also serves as a traditional road vehicle when not in the sky. Looking long and sleek, the 5.0 VTOL has two electrically driven rotors which are mounted on wings that swing into place. The concept also features a rear-mounted pusher propeller for forward thrust. AeroMobil says the wings provide “maximum efficiency in flight” while the two rear tails offer enhanced flight control and stability. The concept is also slated to have an adaptive suspension to provide smooth landings and take-offs. The futuristic styling continues in the interior as the flying car has a relatively stark cockpit with a rectangular steering wheel, wood trim and an assortment of high-tech displays. AeroMobil says each person will have access to a “personalized in-flight experience” as they can use one of the model’s various screens to stay connected with the outside world. AeroMobil says its flying car will have a 100-mile range and whilst the car has primarily been designed for the flying taxi market, AeroMobil also believe this could be the family car of the future with hopes to roll the model out within the next seven – ten years in line with the reality of building and scaling the infrastructure and regulation for such innovative personal transportation.

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Vertical take-off and lift assistance motors on the tips of the wings for expanded flight performance and quality Adaptive wings that ensure maximum efficiency in flight, improving safety and maximising electric range Rear extension and control surface for enhanced flight control, stability and in-flight comfort Adaptive suspension geometry for smooth landing and take-off improving occupant comfort Battery package and drivetrain optimisation for fleet use to maximise utilisation in both urban and inter-urban use cases.

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A NEW ERA OF SAILING Raise your standards and sail above the waves at 40 knots in full comfort. With an avant-garde propulsion system the FOILER is redefining sailing and day cruising.

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An impressively styled blend of hybrid diesel-electric propulsion with a retractable hydrofoil system that, quite literally, elevates the luxury yacht above the waves is a radical evolution from any regular yacht. The hydro-foiling system, enabling the boat to fly 1.5m above the water, provides an unmatched experience, where speed and reactivity are the centrepieces. In hydrofoil mode the yacht can purportedly cruise comfortably through waves up to 1.5 m (4.9 ft) high while maintaining stability for passengers who don’t want to spill their champagne. Referred to as “the flying yacht” the FOILER made its world debut at the 2018 Dubai International Boat Show. Its fully carbon fibre hull is designed not only for a 007 look, but is also promised for easier take-off, a smooth landing, and comfortable sailing without using the foils.

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The yacht reportedly has a 40-knot top speed with the United Arab Emirates-based builder claiming that the FOILER virtually eliminates seasickness for guests, even in choppy waters. Its two 320hp hybrid engines give the FOILER the speed and power needed, while also being able to cruise in full electric mode, and reduce the overall fuel consumption by 20% over a traditional yacht. The yacht’s hybrid propulsion also has less environmental impact than a diesel-only yacht and, at hydro-foiling speeds, has a reported 20 percent better fuel efficiency. Her decreased drag from a traditional yacht also contributes to that number. Hydro-foiling speeds start at 18 knots with cruising levelling off at 30 knots, at which point the yacht will reportedly be able to travel 130 nautical miles off her 300-liter (79-gallon) fuel tank. Enata says that at 20 knots, the yacht will travel 260 nautical miles. And for those who will be behind the wheel, the builder says that “it’s easier to drive than a regular yacht as there is no lag between the steering wheel and the FOILER turning similar to a comfortable sports car.” Delivery of the FOILER takes as little as 12 months after ordering For more information visit www.foiler.com Images and video provided courtesy of Enata

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Heesen believes passionately in marrying performance with efficiency. We do this is different ways. In the case of 50m Project Nova, the world’s first Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) with hybrid propulsion, it is achieved by combining diesel and electrical propulsion. The result is a unique, high-performance, supremely quiet displacement yacht with reduced environmental impact. This stunning piece of technology is wrapped in an elegant design package with exterior lines by Omega Architects, interior design by Sinot Yacht Design, and interior styling by Cristiano Gatto.

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The term hybrid signifies a drivetrain that draws on two or more power sources for propulsion and hotel needs, commonly diesel engines and electric motors, which can be used together or individually. When we consider such systems, the emphasis is usually on energy saving and reducing emissions. This is relevant in a hybrid car, but hybrid propulsion at sea has a wider set of aims. Thanks to her two water-cooled DC electric shaft motors of 127 kW each, Project Nova will cruise at speeds up to 9 knots using the generators alone, and burn just 45 litres of fuel per hour with a corresponding reduction in emissions. On longer passages up to speeds of 15.7 knots, the shaft motors can also be used as generators to service the hotel loads, with a consequent saving in fuel. But from an owner’s perspective, fuel efficiency is arguably not the key attraction of her hybrid system. We researched hybrid systems intensively before proceeding with Project Nova,” says Erik van Mourik, Cost Accounting Manager at Heesen. “This meant attending the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Conference in Amsterdam and Florida and approaching different suppliers. What emerged from this research is that in a yachting context, the main advantage of hybrid propulsion is the enhanced comfort that the option of silent cruising provides.” And Project Nova will be exceptionally quiet. In electric mode, the noise levels in the owner’s stateroom will be an astounding 46dB. To illustrate just how quiet this is, when the project was first presented at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show, Heesen engaged the services of Professor Barry Smith, who co-directs the Centre for the Study of the Senses (CENSES) in London, which includes neuroscientists and psychologists on its research staff. “Forty-six decibels is the sound of softly falling rain,” explained Prof. Smith. “That’s a sound we like, a sound the ear is very happy with. Compare that to ordinary conversation, which is 60 decibels, or a slightly noisy restaurant of around 80 decibels.” In the quest for quiet, some hybrid yacht systems also use lithium-ion battery banks. These provide completely silent power, but their output is usually limited to providing the hotel loads when at anchor, which was not Heesen’s primary objective. “One of the first questions we asked was whether we want to also cruise in silent mode, and for how long?” explains Peter van der Zanden, Heesen’s General Manager of Design & Development “You might want to do an 8-hour overnight crossing with the engines switched off. That would require a lot of batteries, which are expensive, heavy and take up space. However, we have designed into the powertrain the option of plugging in a battery bank at a later date.” Project Nova was sold to her enthusiastic owner in July 2016 and is on schedule to launch in April this year. The short delivery time is thanks to the fact that Heesen was able to start construction in anticipation of the market demand for hybrid propulsion, and a sistership (hull #18650) is already in build. “The advantage we have at Heesen is that we could start building Project Nova on speculation,” concludes Erik van Mourik. “It’s one thing to have that technical knowledge on paper, but quite another to put it into practice.” 213


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A SHOWER OF AWARDS FOR 50M HOME

Recognised as the most innovative hybrid yacht in 2017, 50m Home is an award-winning masterpiece. The first superyacht to pair the ground-breaking Fast Displacement Hull Form with hybrid propulsion, she offers both fuel efficiency and quiet cruising. The plethora of awards she has now received are a testament to Heesen’s commitment to invest in smart technology, and a reflection of the yard’s position at the forefront of superyacht development. Recipient of no less than five international accolades since her summer delivery, Home was awarded the 2017 Baccarat SuperYacht World Trophy at the Monaco Yacht Show. Sophie Cotelle, Baccarat’s lighting and furniture business unit vice president described the yacht as “a symbol of innovation, excellence and uniqueness – values shared by Baccarat”. Also at the show, HSH Prince Albert stepped aboard to congratulate the shipyard and designers on receipt of the RINA Green Award for Home’s eco-friendly exterior design, while World Yachts bestowed the vessel with the Most Innovative Yacht award. Continuing to make waves in 2018, Home won Best Naval Architecture Displacement and Best Ecological Design & Operation Innovation at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards in Kitzbühel in January. With Home described by the judges as a “clear-cut winner on nearly all the categories under scrutiny” within naval architecture, Heesen was acknowledged as showing “clear determination to excel in this arena”, as well as being “brave” for submitting a design in a new category that seeks to reduce environmental impact. For more information visit: www.heesenyachts.com 215


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This year Aston Martin celebrate 70 years of its world-famous DB bloodline, as the luxury British marque unveiled its latest DB family of sports cars for the first time at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show – the V12 and V8-powered DB11 coupe and DB11 Volante.

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Did you know that the famous DB letters stand for David Brown, referring to the legendary British industrialist David Brown who bought the company in 1947. Over time, the DB brand has become as iconic as the Aston Martin wings themselves’ and still continues with the launch of the new DB11 model.

u Brown’s legacy has meant that over the last 70 years, DB-badged Aston Martins have become among the most coveted of all cars, with just under half of all Aston Martin’s produced adorning the famous letters. Driven and adored by thousands of loyal Aston Martin customers worldwide, including the world’s greatest secret agent 007. DB Aston Martin’s have also won some of motorsport’s greatest prizes, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Sports Car Championship. Aston Martin President & CEO Dr. Andy Palmer said, “For 70 years, DB has remained at the core of Aston Martin’s DNA and continues to represent a mark of quality, performance and above all, Aston Martin’s heritage. The DB11 Coupes and Volante you see here today in Beijing are no different. They carry the same virtues of their predecessors and are the product of the same passion that David Brown gave this great British company during his tenure. DB is and always will be an important cornerstone of this business, as we continue to move forward into our Second Century of crafted world-class sports cars”.

Top: Sean Connery with the DB5. Credited to Aston Martin. Bottom left: Aston Martin DBR1 at 1959 LeMans. Credit AMHT. Bottom right: Two Litre Sports later known as DB1. Credit AMHT

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David Brown took over the eponymously titled engineering firm founded by his grandfather in 1860. A petrol-head to his bones, Brown built his first car aged just 17 by fitting an engine and gearbox into a chassis he had welded himself. He called the result the ‘Davbro’. Continuing into a career of engineering and manufacturing, the announcement that David Brown had bought Aston Martin came on Valentine’s Day in 1947. Paying the princely sum of £20,500 for the company, Brown had the facilities, technical know-how and capital needed to create the all new generation of Aston Martins essential to securing the company’s future. After also obtaining Lagonda for £52,500, Brown acquired the WO Bentley-designed 2.6-litre twin-cam straight six engine, which was vital to the success of his new cars. The first car announced on Brown’s watch was already under development when he arrived. Launched as the 2-litre Sports in 1948, the car was retrospectively referred to as ‘DB1’ from 1950. However, it was the DB2 of 1949 whose beauty, performance, handling and quality established the Aston Martin character for the post-war generation, realising Brown’s vision for the company; one that exists in scarcely altered form to this day. The DB2 survived in continually updated form until it was replaced in 1959 by the faster, even more svelte DB4, the first new production Aston Martin to be built on the Newport Pagnell site the company still occupies to this day. Though there were five distinct series, including the DB4 GT, the DB4 was replaced by the DB5 in 1963, the year in which it was also immortalised by its gadget-laden appearance in the third James Bond film Goldfinger. The DB5 in turn lasted two short years before the larger, more spacious and comfortable DB6 took over the reins.

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The William Towns-designed DBS of 1967 was intended to become an additional model to run alongside the DB6, but the V8 engine designed for it would not be ready for another two years and went on sale powered by the DB6’s six-cylinder engine. The DB6 would stay in production until 1970, eventually selling in far larger numbers than either the DB4 or DB5. The DBS was a complete departure – larger, wider, equipped with a De Dion rear axle and, after the 1969 launch of the DBS V8, a four-cam V8 engine that would stay in production until the 21st century. Sir David Brown – who had been knighted in 1968 – reluctantly sold Aston Martin in 1972 and it would be 23 years before his initials would appear on the marque’s cars again. After chairman Walter Hayes offered Brown the title of Honorary Life President, Brown granted Aston Martin’s use of his initials once more, affording a new Aston Martin the greatest possible start in life. It was called the DB7. Unfortunately, Brown didn’t live to see it after passing in 1993, the year before the model went on sale. By the time a completely new Aston Martin was ready in 2003 – the first built at its Gaydon headquarters – the advance in technology, quality and performance was so great, Aston Martin jumped the DB8 number and called the new car DB9. The DB9 begat the second DBS and Bond’s first Gaydonbuilt company car, while the V8 Vantage-based DB10 earned the honour of becoming 007’s first ever fully bespoke road car. With the new DB11 and soon to-be-launched DBS Superleggera, the DB brand continues to form the backbone of Aston Martin’s Second Century Plan. Today, the DB nomenclature is as fundamental a part of Aston Martin as it was 70 years ago. Not just not just as a core component of the Aston Martin product range, but a key part of its identity too.

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ROYAL CONNECTIONS u If polo is the sport of Kings than horse racing is most definitely a Royal passion

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u Today it’s not just kings who have a passion for horseracing, Queen Elizabeth of course owns several top thoroughbreds and has never missed a day at Royal Ascot -- one of the highlights of Britain’s racing calendar -- since her coronation 64 years ago, and then there’s countless princes, princesses, Sheiks & Sultans who are all involved in the sport but who dominates racings “Game of Thrones?”

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He has been dubbed the man who changed racing - Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, most commonly known as Sheikh Mohammed, ruler of Dubai and vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. He is also the founder of Godolphin – the world’s largest horse racing operation – and the architect behind the Dubai World Cup. For Sheikh Mohammed, horses and racing have long been a part of his life, an active participant in two different horse racing sports — Thoroughbred racing and long-distance endurance racing, Sheikh Mohammed dominance of the sport has been nothing short of swift and spectacular. Established in 1992, Godolphin, which is aptly named after one of the three Middle Eastern stallions from which all modern thoroughbreds are said to be descended, today has operations in six countries on four continents and some 1,500 employees all over the world. The scale is as impressive as the results. Since 1992, Godolphin horses have won more than 4,000 races, including more than 1,000 Stakes races and 250 Group 1s around the world. Over the years, Godolphin has bred several champions, including Dubai Millennium, who won the Dubai World Cup in 2000. Sheikh Mohammad considers him to be the best horse ever prepared by Godolphin. Today Team Godolphin has some 4,500 horses across its racing and breeding operations. Last year, Team Goldophin won close to 350 races more than every other royal family combined earning more than $14 million in prize money.

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Ranked second is Prince Khalid Abdullah Al Saud a member of Saudi Arabia’s House of Saud, owner of the prestigious Juddmonte Farms who since its founding in 1977 has enjoyed phenomenal success with some of the best horses in history, most notably British thoroughbred, Frankel, rated the greatest racehorse in decades, who was unbeaten in 14 starts with 10 Group 1 victories and a classic win on his record. To date Juddmonte has bred 106 individual Group/Grade 1 winners of 205 Group/Grade 1 races, including 25 Classic winners. Group/Grade 1 win number 200 and Classic winner number 25 came courtesy of fourth generation homebred Enable, who won the Oaks in 2017. During 2017 The House of Saud entered just 240, but secured 53 victories an impressive 22.08% win ratio* earning more than $2.8 million in prize money.

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Prized for its Arabians horses, Qatar has long been associated with the world of horse racing with several fractions of the ruling Al Thani family running independent equine operations.

Across Europe and the America’s the main operator is Qatar Racing headed up by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, the Qatar-based sheikh who has become an increasingly influential racing figure. Along with his three brothers he heads up Qatar Racing, Qatar Bloodstock & Pearl Bloodstock it is said his hunger for knowledge is extraordinary. During 2017 the Qatar Racing earnt nearly $2.5million in winnings so it is surprising to learn that Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, only watched his first horse race on TV in 2008 and attended his first meeting at the start of 2010. During that first year of racing, his horses won an impressive 26 per cent of the races he entered and the rest you can say it history.

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Generation after generation, the Royal Family has shared a profound passion for horses and HM Queen Elizabeth’s interest in racing is no secret. The 91-year-old monarch was given her first pony when she was 4 and won her first race as an owner in 1949 as a 23-yearold princess.

Over the past three decades she has won over $8.8 million and is one of the nation’s most successful owners with 1,700 winners to her name. An accomplished rider herself, she currently owns about 25 horses who are mostly stabled at the stud on the Sandringham estate in rural Norfolk. She has won all but one of the five British classic races -- the Epsom Derby is the only one to elude her. Last year she won 18 out of her 85 races taking home $530,000 in prize money however her most successful year was two years ago in 2016 when her winnings totalled $775,325, but possibly her greatest triumph was in 2013 when her horse “Estimate” won the Gold Cup during the Royal Ascot meeting the first time in the two centuries of the race it has been won by a reigning monarch.

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The house of Sabah Kuwait’s ruling family and owners of Al Areen Racing and managed by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Malek Al-Sabah currently have horses in training with David O’Meara, William Knight, John Quinn and Richard Fahey, he has owned a few horses in the past, but his involvement in British horse-racing has got altogether more serious over the past few years. Notable horses who have carried his colours since his first foray onto British scheme in 2013 have included Salateen, Areen Heart and Trading Point. In 2017 Al Areen Racing secured just five wins earning $110,480

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ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES u Her Majesty the Queens has held a life-long interest in horses dating back to her childhood when a scruffy, shaggy, stocky little Shetland Pony called Peggy was gifted to her and her sister Princess Margaret from their grandfather, King George V

80 years on Her Majesty’s passion for horses continues, she has the touch of a true horsewoman in everything she does with racing. She recognises her horses by sight, is fascinated by their mental and physical development and always talks in detail to the groom who looks after each one. She is a keen follower of the horse whisperer Monty Roberts and adopts many of his techniques on her foals and yearlings – for instance, leading them over a blue plastic sheet so they are not afraid of walking through water. This attention to detail has prevailed for the Queen has won over 1,600 races making her one of the most successful racehorse owners in history. 230 LUXURY LIVING


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When Elizabeth became monarch in 1952, she inherited the royal colours: purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, black velvet cap with gold fringe. These colours have gone on to see great success in the last 60 years whilst she has owned them. Her first winner came just months after she inherited the colours when choir Boy passed the winning post to claim the Wilburton Handicap at newmarket in May 1952. She has also won every one of the five British classic Races, many multiple times, except the Epsom Derby, a race that the Queen has yet to grasp finishing agonizingly close in the year of her coronation, 1953, where aureole finished second to Pinza. in 1954 and 1957, she was named British flat racing champion Owner, the first reigning monarch ever to do so twice. She also recently won the Racehorse Owners association Owner of the Year award in 2013 after her magnificent win with Estimate in the ascot gold cup. There are three races named in honour of the Queen, those being the Queen Elizabeth ii challenge cup Stakes, the Queen Elizabeth ii commemorative cup and the Queen Elizabeth ii Stakes.

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Royal ascot is said to be the first event that the Queen puts down on her calendar every year. The five day event begins each day with the Royal Procession – the arrival of The Queen and the Royal party in horse-drawn landaus, which parade along the track in front of the crowd. The Royal Procession dates back to the 1820s and the reign of King george iV. The Queen takes a close personal interest in the running of ascot and is kept informed of the order of running and the development of the racing programme at the Royal Meeting. as of yet, Her Majesty has had 22 winners at ascot, most recently Estimate. ascot has had royal connections for many hundreds of years when the course was founded by Queen anne in 1711.

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Her Majesty takes a particular interest in the breeding of her horses. Her horses are foaled at the Royal Stud in Sandringham before being trained at Hampshire and then passed on to Her Majesty’s trainers for racing. after the horse’s racing career is over, they are put into retirement in her care. today, The Queen has about twenty-five horses in training each season. The enthusiasm and interest of The Queen for racing and breeding has meant that she has had great success in the last fifty-one years. Her horses have won almost every major race in Britain; the two noticeable absences from her trophy cabinet are the Epsom Derby and the grand national. 231


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Dunfermline was a racehorse owned and bred by the Queen who won three races in her ten race career. She is regarded as one of the best horses that Her Majesty has raced as she won two of the five British classic Races in 1977, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee year. Dunfermline beat the Epsom Oaks against other fillies in June and later in September, added St. leger Stakes – beating the double Prix de l’arc de triomphe winner alleged. later that year Dunfermline was rated the three-year-old filly in Europe. She was one of the most prestigious and memorable success.

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Estimate has provided lots of racing glory for Her Majesty, most memorably the 2013 ascot gold cup. The Sir Michael Stout trained filly beat the other horses in an extremely close finish making the Queen the first reigning monarch to ever win the race in its 207 year history. as Estimate crossed the finishing line, the camera moved to the royal box to see the Queen in a moment of ecstatic joy as she claimed another victory. Estimate ended a dark spell, for the Queen, since her last domestic group 1 win was in 1977, by Dunfermline. Sadly with the highs inevitably comes the lows and in 2014 Estimate keen to retain its title from the previous year managed to secure second place at the gold cup however shortly after The Queen was stripped of her placement and required to pay back the £80,000 in prize money when Estimate tested positive for a banned substance. Estimate was retired later that year to the Royal stud. 232 LUXURY LIVING


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carlton House is a 6yo bay stallion trained by gai Waterhouse, when Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai asked to purchase Highland glen, a useful horse but no great champion, from the Queen, she offered him the horse as a present as a fellow head of state instead. The sheikh expressed his gratitude by sending her four yearlings a season away from their first start on the track. Who could have guessed that one of the four, from the hundreds of yearlings to pass through the sheikh’s immense bloodstock operation in 2009, would be carlton House who so far has managed to win 3 races in his career for the Queen.

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When sport meets glamor, the Swiss Alps become the setting for one of the most highly regarded tournaments of the season

A not-to-be-missed event, the Hublot Polo Gold Cup held in Gstaad is certainly one of the most spectacular summer events in Switzerland with over 6000 attendees. Taking place in a wonderful natural setting, four teams battle it out to win the tournament’s much-coveted Hublot watch. This year from August 16th to 19th, the 23rd edition of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup will be held as always on the grounds of the airfield of Gstaad-Saanen. The alpine 14-goal tournament, the highest level played on grass in Switzerland, promises to be thrilling. This year, two new teams will join the party The first will be the one of Faris Al Yabhouni, owner and patron of the Abu Dhabi Polo Team. In Gstaad, he will wear the colours of team Clinique La Prairie, new sponsor of the event. The Emirati has been playing at high level for more than 10 years and had a very good 2017/2018 season: finalist of the Dubai Gold Cup (18goal tournament) he had previously won the Emirates Polo Cup and the HH President Of UAE Polo Cup. These victories already position Faris Al Yabhouni as a serious candidate in this tournament he will discover for the first time this summer. The other new personality will be Marco Elser, president of the Arquedotto Romano Polo Club. The Italian will also quickly find his marks on the field of Gstaad, since he has already played in all corners of the world: France and Spain, but also Shanghai, Singapore, the United States and many more. In Gstaad, Marco Elser will play for team Gstaad Palace. Loyal friends and regulars of the Hublot Polo Gold Cup, the Swiss Piero Dilier and Andy Bihrer will alternately play under

the colours of watchmaker Hublot, title sponsor of the event. The other Swiss now subscribed to this tournament is none other than the titleholder, Cédric Schweri, who will once again play for team Banque Eric Sturdza, which had brought him luck last year. After five inconclusive attempts, he had finally won the coveted trophy and this year he will certainly do anything to keep it. The tournament will once again be very competitive. It will start on Thursday, August 16th with the qualifying matches and will continue Saturday, August 18th with the semi-finals and finish on Sunday, August 19th with the big final (and the subsidiary final). On Friday, August 17th, players will ride through the streets of Gstaad for the famous parade accompanied by fanfares and carriages. The second festive highlight of the weekend will be the Gala night that will take place on Saturday evening. The exhibitor village and the games will be accessible to everyone Pierre Genecand, President of the Polo Club Gstaad has expressed excitement in welcoming the new team to the games, “This year is going to be very special! Following Hublot’s initiative, I am thrilled to welcome a Chinese Team. Mr Shilai Liu has a fantastic Polo Club in Beijing. I was very impressed by the quality of the polo club and by his fantastic hospitality! I am honoured that he has accepted to come to play in Gstaad for Team Hublot. We will make sure to show him and his players what the Swiss hospitality is! This year’s event will definitively have a Chinese feel!” The Hublot Polo Gold Cup always displays great sport with fiercely contested matches, every team vying for the much coveted trophy. What shall this year’s outcome be?

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Earlier this year Mercedes unveiled its latest collaboration with Cigarette Racing, the 515 Project One. This $2 million superboat which has 3,100 total horsepower and can hit a top speed of 140 miles per hour is an evolution of what was once a smugglers choice of transport.

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Cigarette racing isn’t something new it first popped up in the 1960s and became a popular offshore water sport in the U.S. it was only in 1973 when boat builder Don Aronow started a racing circuit to test designs for his company that the “Cigarette Racing Team” was born. Made of Fibreglass, most cigarette boats range from between 30 to 50 feet (9 to 15 meters) long and about 8 feet (2 meters) long. They have a closed bow and usually hold no more than five people, however for racing it has three people who manage the vessel, the driver, the throttle man and the navigator. In the 1980s, “Miami Vice” exposed cigarette-style boats to a national audience that saw them as the epitome of reckless cool. As the boats were snapped up by everyone from celebrities to drugenforcement agents, manufacturers raised the horsepower, and race organizers focused on shorter courses where the boats race at higher speeds close to land. Legend has it that its sleek design, speed, and power helped earn the boats their infamous name because smugglers would use them to quickly sneak under radar and escape authorities as they brought their contraband, such as cigarettes, drugs and guns, across marine borders. Today, the offshore race series is regarded as a rich man’s sport not only because the boats can cost upwards of $1million but the expenses incurred such as fuel for one to participate can be astronomical. 238 LUXURY LIVING


The main offshore race series takes place along the three United States East Coasts with the Premier U.S. offshore race series: The Super Boat International is the oldest marine racing organization in North America. It has its season running from April to November. The races in this series are held in New York, Miami, Sarasota, Michigan City, and Cocoa Beach. It is one of the best offshore race series across the globe. East Coast Ocean Series: This series was formed as a result of the organizers teaming up. The East Coast Ocean Series binds three offshore occasions collectively to create a general trophy and point standings for sailors who race from Florida up to Newport. International there are several variations of the offshore racing boats used in the UK the British offshore racing series is held around the shores of Cornwall, Cowes & Poole & in New Zealand & Australia several vents take place throughout the year. Outside of the racing world the client list for Cigarette boats include some of the world’s richest, most famous and powerful. Baseball’s Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez has owned five Cigarettes. Former President George H.W. Bush was a Cigarette owner, as was President Richard Nixon. King Juan Carlos of Spain and the Crown Prince of Kuwait have also punched the waves in their Cigarettes. Singer Enrique Iglesias is also said to be a Cigarette aficionado. 239


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‘The Shakespeare of English furniture makers’ THOMAS CHIPPENDALE:

A CELEBRATION OF BRITISH CRAFTSMANSHIP AND DESIGN 1718-2018

u This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Chippendale Senior, here we discuss the life and legacy of the legendary cabinet-maker and furniture designer. 244 LUXURY LIVING


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Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) was the most famous and influential furnituremaker Britain has ever produced. He rose from humble origins in the town of Otley, Yorkshire to become furniture-maker to some of the most powerful and influential people of his day – aristocrats, politicians, businessmen, actors and royalty. His revolutionary book of designs, first published in 1754, made him famous throughout Europe and North America, and in the 19th and 20th centuries the name ‘Chippendale’ became a byword for fine quality furniture-making all over the world.

u Thomas Chippendale senior (he went on to call his eldest son Thomas) was baptised in Otley parish church on 5th June 1718. His family had long been involved in the wood-working and timber trades and he probably received a practical apprenticeship from his father. He may well have had further training with Richard Wood, the leading furniture maker in York, before moving to London. In 1748, he married a Catherine Redshaw and in due course they had nine children. Chippendale probably worked as a journeyman cabinet-maker and freelance designer before embarking on his great project, the publication of his lavish book The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director. This appeared in 1754 and illustrated 161 engraved plates of ‘Elegant and Useful Designs of Household Furniture in the Gothic, Chinese and Modern Taste’. It was almost immediately sold out and was reprinted in a second edition the following year. A third edition, with many new plates, appeared in 1762. Chippendale’s book was the first attempt in England to publish a publication of designs for furniture as a means of self-promotion. The result was that his business immediately became known to a wide circle of potential clients and for ever afterwards his name became a by-word for a distinctive rococo style.

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‘Chippendale also produced off-the-peg items for a more casual customer, such as his hexagonal tea tables sold at 4 guineas each’

Chippendale described himself as an ‘upholder’ which implied that he was able to supply his clients with furnishings of every kind. In effect, he was an entrepreneur running a large business employing perhaps as many as 50 in-house craftsmen and any number of out-workers. He was the artistic director of the enterprise, supervising the workforce and its production, appeasing clients and always keeping one step ahead of new fashions. Ideally, he preferred long-running commissions to equip large country or town houses from attic to basement, with grand pieces for the reception rooms (including wallpapers and textiles), ‘neat but substantially good’ items for the family rooms, and utilitarian objects for the servants. A number of houses bear witness to this practice to this day, for example Harewood House and Nostell Priory. But Chippendale also supplied ‘off the peg’ items to casual customers; he seems to have had a good line, for example, in elegant hexagonal tea or work tables selling at about four guineas each. He also had an important wholesale business importing large sheets of French mirror glass, by far the most expensive item in any furnishing scheme. He was even prepared to act as an undertaker for valued clients. Research to date has identified over seventy of Chippendale’s clients, their patronage being documented in invoices, payments in account books and entries in bank ledgers. About 600 pieces of furniture can be attributed to his workshop on the basis of documentation or convincing stylistic affinities, substantially more than any of his contemporaries or rivals. The development of his style can be traced from the Director-style rococo furniture made for Dumfries House (late 1750s), through the early Adam-inspired pieces for Sir Laurence Dundas (early-mid 1760s), to the mature neoClassicism of Harewood (early 1770s), leading ultimately to the super-refined elegance of Burton Constable (late 1770s). By this date, it seems likely that his son, Thomas Chippendale junior, was in control of the artistic side of the business. Chippendale senior died in 1778, having re-married the previous year and fathered another two children. 247


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MARKET VALUE The market for pieces by or firmly attributed to the great man has remained strong. A small chest might make in the low thousands of pounds, while the grandest pieces have been sold for many millions of pounds. ‘Dumfries House and its contents was sold for £45 million in 2007 by the Marquess of Bute — advised by Christie’s — to the Dumfries House Trust after the generous intervention of HRH The Prince of Wales and a number of other benefactors. While the house and land was valuable, the majority of the value was in the contents. In 2008 Christie’s broke the world auction record for Chippendale four times in one sale. All of the pieces of English furniture sold for in excess of £2 million are by Thomas Chippendale.

A pair of late George II giltwood pier glasses by Thomas Chippendale circa 1759. Sold for £2,000,000. At Christie’s private treaty sale in June 2007 248 LUXURY LIVING

A George II parcel-gilt padouk cabinet-on-stand, attributed to Thomas Chippendale, 17551760. Sold for £2,729,250 on 18 June 2008 at Christie’s in London


Above: The State Bed (1773) designed by Thomas Chippendale Senior for the State Bedroom at Harewood House. Costing £400 for the frame, furnishings and mattresses, the bed was the most expensive piece of furniture ever created by the Chippendale firm. The bed was fully restored in 1999 following a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund © Harewood House Trust. Photograph by Paul Barker

Left: A George III gilt-lacquered brass mounted fustic, rosewood, tulipwood and marquetry commode, by Thomas Chippendale circa 1770. Sold for £3,700,000 in December 2010 at Sotheby’s in London making it the most expensive piece of English furniture in the world 249


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“Les Petits nomades” u Luxury fashion label Louis Vuitton has been delving into the world of home interiors over the past few years and recently introduced its latest collection entitled Les Petits Nomades. The collection is comprised of luxurious, high-end home goods made by hand to ensure the highest of qualities—the range channels the luxury label’s focus on premium craftsmanship and to create the collection the brand reached out to a number of designers to collaborate such as; Humberto & Fernando Campana, Atelier Oï, Patricia Urquiola and Marcel Wanders. The Les Petits Nomades collection is comprised of pieces such as Atelier Oï’s leather flower bouquet and Marcel Wanders’ Diamond Mirrors. Every single high-end home accessory requires the careful craftsmanship of layering assembly done with materials such as leather, glass and metal. The collection also includes Humberto & Fernando Campana’s Tropical Vase and the two person “conversation” chair by André Fu with swooping leather-wrapped wooden arms. The chair’s curved shape is inspired by the movements of traditional Asian ribbon dances.

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Atelier Oï’s leather flower bouquet

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His prestigious list of projects includes, the Ritz Carlton in Tokyo, the Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas, and Beverly Hills Hotel in California, to name a few. His work has garnered worldwide acclaim, and has been the recipient of numerous accolades including, Outstanding Design Award from the British Interior Design Association in 2004, and Design Icon Award by World Market Center Las Vegas in 2011. His furnishings have been featured in a host of Hollywood film productions such as “Ocean’s 13,” “The Interview,” and “Casino Royale.” Christopher Guy furnishings have elevated the art of elegant living with presence in over 42 cities including showrooms throughout North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and has taken a forefront in the world of luxury furniture. To celebrate the brands 10th anniversary last year the brand have recently launched a collection of stunning new products. 255


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SWIRL Fashioned with an interlaced swirl of exquisite carving, this unique barrel back occasional chair is designed with comfort and exceptional style in mind.

CYRILLIIC This abstract mirror frame features continuous carving and polished edge mirror panes, with the exception of a central mirrorless void that forms a stunning contemporary wall piece.

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ARC DE TRIOMPHE A stunning sectional crescent shaped sofa, complete with Christopher’s signature “Chris-Cross” legs. The complication in the creation of such a magnificent curved piece is a triumph of contemporary design and meticulous craftsmanship.

SONGBIRDS An impressive, yet understated headboard with pierced contemporary songbirds set within an upholstered frame.

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Dramatic fluted circular fan mirror, so expertly carved into radiating folds that it could be taken for ruffled silk. Also available in a rectangular version

Inspired by the chainmail mini-dresses of the Swinging Sixties, this mirror makes a stunning addition to a contemporary setting, with 16 discs creating a square shape.

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THE SAFE ALTERNATIVE

IntroducIng carl Kästner safe-furnIture A new genre ofSwim furniture luxury interiors Taken from the Summer 2018 Collection for - eu.zimmermannwear.com

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In 19th century Germany, the innovator and engineer Carl Kästner created the first burglar-proof, high security safe disguised as a piece of luxury furniture. After establishing his company in 1846, Carl Kästner would go on to employ the finest European engineers and craftspeople of his generation, creating sumptuous furniture incorporating hidden safes designed to protect the private treasures of wealthy business tycoons and the nobility, and constructing vast underground bank vaults for the national banks of Germany and Russia. At Salone del Mobile 2018, Carl Kästner will unveil its relaunch with the introduction of the first ever collection of Carl Kästner safe-furniture – an entirely new genre of furniture designed to safely conceal and house precious possessions. Each Carl Kästner creation is lovingly designed, engineered and crafted to fit seamlessly into 21st century luxury living or work spaces. At first glance, a piece of Carl Kästner safe-furniture is a beautiful, expertly crafted, contemporary design, available in a choice of woods and finishes. Yet, completely unseen until it is opened, are its discreet and sophisticated inner construction, its steel walls, secret compartments, hidden locking systems and hinge technology. For extra security and peace of mind, every Carl Kästner design comes with the option of integrating within it a fully-fledged high security safe, with walls of concrete and steel, a 10-bolt locking system and German VdS 1 security certification, all engineered to secure the furniture’s contents beyond a shadow of a doubt. Whether for handwritten letters from a departed loved one, heirloom jewellery or important business documents, a piece of Carl Kästner safe-furniture enables its owner to place valued items where no-one would even think of searching for them. All Carl Kästner safe-furniture is conceived and brought to life in the heart of Germany’s engineering region, under the direction of Carl Kästner’s owners who have extensive experience of interior design projects within palaces and yachts round the globe. Carl Kästner safe-furniture will be available in the world’s leading furniture and interior design boutiques and luxury department stores.

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AN ISLAND FIT FOR A PRINCE u The late singer Prince’s 10,000-Square-Foot island refuge Turks & Caicos Estate Is for Sale

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He was regarded as the ‘King of Pop’ and during his stellar career the late Grammy award winning musician, Prince who died suddenly in 2016, had amassed a large property portfolio. While Prince spent most of his time at his Paisley Park mansion in Minneapolis, he also owned a fiveacre island retreat located on the south shore of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. Designed to ensure the upmost privacy, this estate is a rare opportunity to surround yourself in natural beauty, combined with ultimate luxury and seclusion. Encompassing more than 10,000-square-feet, the five-acre compound includes six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a tennis court, two private beaches, and a 200-foot personal boat dock. Inside, the home is surprisingly subdued, sporting a style and materials typical of the Caribbean hideaway rather than the singer’s more recognizable, over-the-top style. Dark wood-beamed ceilings and walls of glass and doors that open wide to let in the sea breezes provide access to the various terraces, pool and outdoor living spaces only a step away. The guard house is located at the entrance where a customized purple driveway reminds welcoming guests he was indeed the Purple One. Located about 600 miles from Miami, the island is a popular vacation destination for Hollywood celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Christie Brinkley, and Eva Longoria. Fashion designer Donna Karen, Keith Richards and Bruce Willis have owned homes on the island. After trying for over a year to sell the property, Prince’s estate has decided to auction off property with an auction set to take place on July 12, 2018 at 5pm ET, according to Premiere Estates Auction Co., the company handling the sale. While there is no official starting bid, the property was on the market shortly after Prince’s death in 2016 for a reported $12 million. “How do you value a masterpiece like the Mona Lisa?’’ Todd Wohl, founder of Premiere Estates Auction Company, said in a statement. “The value is ultimately determined by the market—with a unique property like Prince’s Turks and Caicos estate, we anticipate significant interest and multiple bidders.” A $100,000 registration deposit is required to place a bid, but if you don’t end up purchasing the property the deposit will be refunded. For more information visit: www.premierestates.com

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RARE 18TH CENTURY BLUE PLAQUE HOME HITS THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 116 YEARS

Situated on Stamford Brook Gardens, a quaint thoroughfare adjacent to Stamford Brook Common, is The Brook, the former home of renowned artist and engraver, Lucien Pissarro. 271


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Dating back to 1760, the Grade II listed house was first erected as a collection of four prominent country homes that overlooked the once rolling fields of the Common and Stamford Brook, a tributary of the River Thames. Purchased in 1902, The Brook has been in the Anglo-French artist’s family for 116 years, however, is now on the market with leading West London estate agents Finlay Brewer for £2.95 million. Commemorated with a blue plaque in 1976 to mark the life and work of Pissarro, the c.2,800 sq. ft. home remains largely untouched from his time as the occupant. Spaced across two floors, the five-bedroom house retains its country charm, with original fireplaces and wood beams throughout, as well as an expansive garden measuring over 7,000 sq. ft., complete with separate large artist’s studio which has been fitted out with a private shower room, summer house and off street parking. Entered via a sumptuously planted front garden, the historic home also comprises a double reception room, study, five bedrooms, two bathrooms, utility/shower room and open-plan kitchen, breakfast and dining room.

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This home is perfect for those that err away from the modern look and style and want to obtain the almost impossible dream of traditional English country house in the heart of the city. When sitting in the garden you wouldn’t know you’re so close to the centre of London.

Commenting on the rarity of the home, Teresa Brewer, Partner at Finlay Brewer, commented: “Houses like this are not only rare to the market, but also hard to find anywhere else in London. You would expect to find a home of this style in the middle of the countryside, rather than in West London. For The Brook to have retained its original look and feel makes it a real gem. “This home is perfect for those that err away from the modern look and style and want to obtain the almost impossible dream of traditional English country house in the heart of the city. When sitting in the garden you wouldn’t know you’re so close to the centre of London.” The son of notable French Impressionist, Camille Pissarro, Lucien built a burgeoning art career in his youth in France, exhibiting at the Societé des Artistes Indépendants in Paris in 1886 and working with contemporaries such as Paul Signac and Vincent Van Gogh. After becoming good friends, Van Gogh dedicated his 1887 painting, Basket of Apples, to Pissarro. Moving to England permanently in 1890, Pissarro studied the work of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement, whilst also becoming a lecturer on impressionism at the Art Workers Guild. In 1897 he suffered a debilitating stroke, which rendered him unable to paint for several years. Viewing are strictly by appointment only, for more information on The Brook contact sole agents Finlay Brewer on 020 7371 4171 or visit: www.finlaybrewer.co.uk 274 LUXURY LIVING


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It wasn’t until he moved to The Brook in 1902, to be close to his daughter, that he took up painting again, with the home and the expansive greenery of the local area credited as his inspiration to pick up his brush once more. One of his most notable works since living at the home was ‘The Brook, Sunny Weather’. Pissarro’s career hit its peak in the 1920s and 30s, a period in which he exhibited at the Royal Academy continuously from 1934 until his death in 1944. In addition to his Impressionist paintings, Lucien Pissarro is known in art circles for his work as an engraver and publisher. He founded the Eragny Press in 1894 with his wife whilst they were living in Epping, later moving the works to The Brook. A dedicated building was constructed to house the press, which is still present as part of the grounds of the adjacent home. Famed for his coloured woodcuts and handwritten text, Pissarro went onto create a signature typeface in 1903, known as ‘Brook Type’, named after the home. The press published 32 books, including works by Christina Rossetti, Francis Bacon and Gustave Flaubert, creating only a few hundred copies of each. The area known as Stamford Brook sits on the main Roman Road through London onto Bath, which followed the same straight line as today’s Oxford Street through what is now Acton Green. Until the 19th century, Stamford Brook and the surrounding areas were made up of market gardens, small hamlets and country houses. It was this rural idyll that attracted Lucien Pissarro as a dedicated landscape artist. During his time at The Brook the surrounding area around began to develop into a burgeoning district of West London. The opening of Stamford Brook Underground station in 1912 saw the region connected to the city centre via the District Line. Still well-connected, The Brook is a five-minute walk to Stamford Brook station, 10 minutes from Turnham Green Terrace, whilst the retail expanse of Westfield London is a short drive away. The home is also close to several excellent schools, including Orchard House School, Latymer Upper School and the Godolphin and Latymer School.

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u Conceived some two years ago the idea behind the Gilt Club is quite simple to join members must be able to offer an asset of their own for exchange which is unobtainable elsewhere, this could be a stunning villa in the Caribbean, a luxury chalet in Verbier, a yacht on the Mediterranean or even a private island. Working on a points-based system members are then able to access other member’s prestigious homes or associated lifestyle assets to use as they wish. The beauty behind this concept is members of this exclusive club are granted access to vacation properties, yachts and even private jets that are not readily available on the open market. The Gilt Club allows only a select group of individual’s access to this club, all membership applications are subject to a verification and approval process, so it’s not as easy as you would think to get in. There is an annual membership fee and membership is flexible and designed around each member. There is no commission to pay, and no agency fees, and members can join as either an ‘Owner’ member who exchanges assets or a ‘Guest’ member however guest members need be proposed by an existing owner member or submit a request to The Gilt Club’s membership committee through thegiltclub.com

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An Immaculately Designed Six-Bedroom House in Wimbledon Village Lambourne Avenue, Wimbledon Village SW19 • Six en-suite bedrooms • Five sizable reception rooms • Gym, Jacuzzi and sauna room

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Two Newly Refurbished Two-Bedroom Apartments Bathurst Street, W2 • Two garden apartments • Large open plan reception/kitchen • Excellent natural light and outside space

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Luxurious New Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment Paddington Exchange, W2 • Latest development in the Paddington Basin • Spacious accommodation • Two en suite bathrooms

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A Fabulous Two-bedroom Flat In This Prestigious Belgravia Location Chesham Street, Belgravia, SW1 • Large Reception Room • Master Bedroom with en-suite • Second Double bedroom

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A Stunning Newly Refurbished Two-Bedroom Apartment In This Portered Block Ovington Court, Knightsbridge, London SW3 • Large reception room • Two spacious double bedrooms • Fabulous kitchen/dining room

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WORLD’S FINEST RESIDENCES! Conceived as the World’s Finest Residences, at the world’s finest resort, The Estates at Acqualina is offering luxurious mansions in the sky

The forthcoming arrival of the new $1.5 billion residential development in Sunny Isles Beach, The Estates at Acqualina is an exciting moment for aficionados of Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach and the refined oceanfront lifestyle it offers. Upon completion in 2020, The Estates at Acqualina will feature 245 exquisite residences which are now being offered for pre-construction or resale from $2 million to over $50 million! Exuding classic glamour and modern functionality, the residences, penthouses and residential homes offer exceptional levels of comfort, convenience and quality. The luxurious residences will range from three to seven bedrooms, spread across two, 50-story boutique towers, each featuring extraordinary terraces with breath-taking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean & city below. With nearly two million square feet of stone that has gone into the project, amenities include a full floor of amusements such as an ice-skating rink, a Formula One racing simulator, a golfing simulator, bowling lanes, a movie theatre and a Wall Street trading room. The roster of amenities also includes a 10,000-square-foot restaurant, a spa and fitness centre and a dramatic two-level lounge and entertainment venue featuring tiered seating surrounding multiple dance platforms, wine room, video walls with light installations and a 30-foot-long onyx bar. Dine in the Acqualina multiple on-site venues, casual or formal dining. 287


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Outdoors, play in the 5.6-acre back yard – a private oceanfront arena for enjoying the sporting life... or observing it from the meticulously landscaped side-lines. There are game areas for soccer, basketball and bocce, walking trails, multiple pools, individual cabanas, poolside and beachfront food and beverage services, a wave simulator, sculpture gardens and meditation zones. The Estates will be built in two phases beginning with the South Tower – also known as 777 Via Acqualina – and 888 Via Acqualina. The Phase One build-out will include many greatly improved floorplans, all with exquisite finishes, five-star services and unique amenities within Villa Acqualina, its extraordinary amenity complex that help to distinguish the Acqualina brand.

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Additionally, as a result of high demand for larger units and more customized features, 777 Via Acqualina will now be reconfigured to feature a total of 150 luxurious residences with square footage ranging from 2,910 to 5,595 square feet with larger balconies and extra bedrooms. It will also offer two single family homes as well as two two-story penthouses, all with private leisure pools. Each estate in the sky will be delivered furniture ready, and equipped with the finest appliances, imported stone countertops, smart-home technology and soaring ceilings. Each master suite will boast his-and-her bathroom suites with imported onyx countertops and walls and marble floors, a steam mist shower, a free-standing tub, an ocean-view shower and elaborate his-and-her dressing rooms. The tower will also feature an exquisite lobby designed by Karl Lagerfeld, the first condominium project in the United States to involve the iconic designer. Comprised of the Mansions at Acqualina and pre-construction Estates at Acqualina, is a spectacular oceanfront community which combines the classic ideals of art, architecture and hospitality and an award-winning lifestyle. Next door is the Acqualina Resort & Spa Recognized by TripAdvisor as ‘The Top Luxury Beachfront Hotel in the Continental U.S.’ and is listed as both a Forbes Five-Star Hotel and a AAA Five-Diamond Hotel.

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Nine grandly proportioned townhouses with stunning Georgian facades, Octagon’s latest London launch incorporates the highest specification and finishes as befitting the developer’s name. Offering views towards the River Thames and Barnes Wetland Centre from private roof terraces and balconies, these unique new homes range between 4,375 – 6,150 sq ft. With 4/5 bedrooms, an impressive kitchen/breakfast room and 4 formal reception rooms across 5 storeys, the lower ground floor is dedicated to leisure - including a gym, cinema/TV den and a covered courtyard garden. Each property features a private west backing walled garden with rear pedestrian access to the Thames towpath. Located within the Bishop’s Park Conservation Area, Bishops Row is just a short walk from Fulham’s vibrant centre, tube stations, bus services, and an excellent choice of local schooling.

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HAWAII’S $70 MILLION BEACH HOUSE! u Kauai’s 15-acre Hale ‘Ae Kai estate, with postcard views of the ocean and nearby lighthouse and private steps down to Secret Beach, is currently the most expensive house for sale in the state of Hawaii at $70 million.

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Representative of the perfect tropical island, Kauai has attracted many film and television producers who have made over 70 films there including Donovan’s Reef, Blue Hawaii, Jurassic World, The Thorn Birds and the pilot and first episode of Gilligan’s Island. Part of the mansion’s lushly planted acreage is devoted to a working farm of coconuts, bananas, white pineapple and citrus trees.

Built and owned by former co-chief executive of Morgan Stanley’s operations in the Asia-Pacific region, William H. Strong, the 11,708-square-foot house is made up of Balinese-style pavilions on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Kilauea Lighthouse. Upon arrival it is clear there is not a better property in the Hawaiian islands or perhaps anywhere in the world where the ultimate in privacy, function and views are offered. This home is a sanctuary, a haven. The bluff top location offers incredible views of pristine water a historic lighthouse and rich volcanic mountains, a world-class white sandy beach is at the end of your private steps. Constructed with wood-beamed vaulted ceilings, walls of glass and stone, it includes a two-story main pavilion, covered lanais and two guest pavilions with a total of four bedrooms and six and a half baths. The main living area in the central pavilion is on the upper floor with living and dining rooms, a large chef ’s kitchen, office and bedroom suite. The lower level has a media room, full bath, gym and a bar opening to a 1,600-square-foot pool and spa. The master suite is over 1,000 square feet and, in addition to the bedroom, has a living room and bar with the bath having both indoor and outdoor shower, lanai and large dressing room. The two guest pavilions feature king-sized beds, bar and refrigerator, full baths and lanais. The farm manager/caretaker’s two-bedroom, two-bath residence is nearby and surrounding farmland acts as a barrier between the gated compound and other development. There is plenty of land to add outdoor sports courts or additional buildings. Kauai, alternatively known as the Garden Isle, is geologically the oldest of the chain of main Hawaiian islands. Of the eight main islands, Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island of Hawaii, Kauai has always attracted people who enjoy lush vegetation, fresh organic foods, hiking through the Moloaa Forest Reserve and all manner of outdoor activities. When the Strong family are not in residence, they lease the property as a vacation rental for $10,000 a night. Hale ‘Ae Kai is listed for $70 million by Neal Norman of Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers. 296 LUXURY LIVING


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This fabulous Kings and Queens villa faces south and is located in a quiet cul-de-sac on the lower part of Sotogrande. The house has 660m2 built and sits on a large plot of 3423m2. It is front line onto the 7th fairway of the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, and only a few minutes’ drive from the Sotogrande Beach Clubs

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Trocadero and Octógono. It is a traditionally designed villa with a charming Andalusian patio, and is built over three floors. Each room benefits from the magnificent views of its manicured garden and pool area. It’s a bright house full of character.


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LANSDOWNE PLACE, IRELAND’S PREMIER RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT LAUNCHES ONTO THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET

Leading Irish developer Chartered Land is undertaking the global launch of Lansdowne Place, Dublin’s most luxurious residential development, located in the prominent district of Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

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Set on the historic site of the former Trinity College Botanical Gardens, Lansdowne Place is a collection of contemporary residential buildings comprising 215 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, including 24 spectacular penthouses. Setting a new standard of living in Ireland, the development has been designed by award-winning architecture practice O’Mahony Pike, whilst renowned London-based interiors studio Goddard Littlefair deliver the elegant interiors for their first project in Ireland. Ranging in size from 782 sq. ft. to 1,910 sq. ft., Lansdowne Place provides some of the largest private apartments in Dublin. Generous ceiling heights of 2.7 m (8.85 ft.), large floor-to-ceiling windows, sunrooms and balconies combine to create spacious light-filled homes. Bespoke light and dark palettes are available for the interior fit-out, with materials chosen inspired by the local area; a selection of fine stone and natural stone finishes, oak flooring and soft carpeting are thoughtfully crafted in a classic, contemporary setting.

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Typical units include open-plan living and dining rooms, as well as a kitchen with integrated Miele appliances. The majority of kitchens feature bespoke concealed larders with solid timber drawers, engraved with the Lansdowne Place emblem. Bedroom suites include in-built or walk-in wardrobes. Upper level apartments produce spectacular vistas across Dublin, whilst some enjoy views directly onto the impressive Aviva Stadium (home to the Irish national rugby and football teams) as well as some with breath-taking sea views across the bay. Discussing the interiors at Lansdowne Place, Martin Goddard, Director and Co-Founder of Goddard Littlefair, said: “With this being our first project in Ireland and one which carries such prestige, we wanted to establish a project design to create a unique result, which is a fusion of classic proportions and contemporary detailing, with a Dublin edge. “There really is nothing else in Ireland with quite the same feeling as Lansdowne Place, which is why we had to get the design right for the local market, as well as ensuring the development speaks the right language on a global level.” Residents benefit from world-class amenities and services at The Lansdowne Residents Club, a purpose-built leisure facility and 24-hour concierge service. Meeting the demands of even the most demanding lifestyles, the Residents’ Club, spaced across two floors, provides a classically-designed lounge, library, meeting room, cinema room, private dining room with separate kitchen, as well as a terraced area. The lower ground floor comprises a full-service spa, comprising a gymnasium, fitness studio, sauna, steam room and individual treatment rooms. The parking facility is located in the basement, which is accessible from street level. The dedicated concierge, supported by full-time staff maintaining the leisure and entertainment facilities, will ensure that residents receive 5-star service on a daily basis.

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Commenting on the international launch of Lansdowne Place, David Browne, New Homes Director at Savills Ireland, said: “Now could not be a better time to invest in the Irish residential market. As the fastest growing economy in the EU and with comparatively low price points and stronger yields than London, Paris or Amsterdam the city is a fantastic option for those looking for a European base. The residential apartments available at Lansdowne Place are second to none, whilst offering the same finishes and amenities as other high-end developments across the world.” Ivan Gaine, Managing Director at joint agents, Sherry FitzGerald New Homes, added: “Lansdowne Place is the jewel in the crown of the Dublin residential market and since launching to the local market, in June 2017, has achieved over €100 million of sales, all of which have been off-plan. One of the standout sales was the exchange of a €6.5 million penthouse in the Blake Building, which set a new record for a private sale apartment in Dublin.

Positioned behind the original railings iconic to Lansdowne Road, Lansdowne Place is divided into seven beautifully designed and luxuriously appointed residential buildings overlooking landscaped gardens. Respecting the character of the area and long history of the site, the use of traditional materials mirrors the elegant Victorian houses that fill the peaceful treelined streets of Ballsbridge.

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Michael Hussey, Director at O’Mahony Pike, commented: “We designed Lansdowne Place to create a legacy to this historic area of Dublin. The stand-alone pavilions and terraced residential buildings have been set within new landscaped gardens, which retain the original specimen trees, recalling the botanic history of the site; where the ordered and rhythmic elevations of brick and stone are in harmony with the existing context.” One of the most important aspects of Lansdowne Place is the landscaping, which includes garden squares, feature planting, landscaped lawns, seating areas and a water feature, as well as a children’s play area. A number of trees and plants are original specimens retained and preserved from the original Botanic Gardens that were present on the site for 150 years. One exceptionally rare specimen present at Lansdowne Place is a Strawberry Tree, which has been recognised as one of the great trees of the country and protected by the Tree Register of Ireland. The development itself pays further homage to the history of the site, with the individual buildings named after former prominent botanists of Trinity College.

On the south side of Ireland’s capital city, lies Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 an exceptional and unique area, currently in the midst of a rejuvenation programme, spearheaded by Chartered Land, which alongside Lansdowne Place is delivering a new luxury hotel and village quarter. Renowned for its mix of prestigious corporate office buildings and embassies, Ballsbridge is just 10 minutes from Dublin city centre and a 20-minute drive from Dublin International Airport. The area is also best known as being the home of the impressive AVIVA Stadium and the Royal Dublin Society Show Grounds which hosts the internationally renowned Dublin Horse Show. For those that enjoy the natural elements that Ireland has to offer, the Irish Coast and its stretch of scenic natural beaches, as well as some of the city’s many prestigious yacht clubs, are just 20 minutes away, with Wicklow Mountains National Park a one-hour drive and Sandymount Beach only five minutes away.

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