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Described as “The next generation of marketing for luxury brands” by the British media, The Luxury Network is the world’s leading luxury affinity marketing group. The Luxury Network is a private membership club, established in luxury capitals or countries around the world, within which premium companies work closely together at senior director level for mutual business and client development.


The Luxury Network’s objective is simple: To facilitate co-operation and exciting new business development activities between top-end companies. New business partnerships are created via strategic alignment, joint collaborations, product placements, endorsements, media sharing, B2B and B2C networking, sales and luxury showcase events and numerous other afďŹ nity marketing activities.


A Message

Fr om The Editor Dear Valued Readers,

It is with delight for us to announce the release of the 15th edition of our esteemed publication, The Luxury Network Magazine. This latest issue features the Nossa Senhora e o Menino (Madonna and Child) artwork by Roberto Custodio on the front cover, an exclusive Millionaire’s Gift Guide - holiday edition and some victorious events from The Luxury Network offices and our global members around the world. My personal top-picks that you should not miss checking out inside are the collaboration event of our offices in the UK and KSA, our partnership event with Financial Times in London, and the launch announcements of our offices in the Adriatic Sea region and Thailand. So sit back, relax, and enjoy, while we entertain you with our international magazine’s latest edition. Sincerely,

Fares Ghattas Global CEO, The Luxury Network International

Editor-in-chief, The Luxury Network International Magazine

@faresghattas @theluxurynetwork 4


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12 The Bentayga Hybrid 18 Al Bait Sharjah - How to Spend $ 68,000 22 The Millionaire’s Gift Guide 26 Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa 32 RL Fine Arts 38 How can you Dress for Success? 62 Lustica Bay, Montenegro 87 The Luxury Network X Financial Times 102 Ferrari F8 Tributo Launch 120 The Luxury Network Adria Launch


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I. Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé J. Kwanpen Raffles 1819 l $7,802 K. Jo Malone London Advent Calendar l $498 L. Pommery Brut Rose M. Sisko Chocolate Gift Box l $298.06 N. The Magic in Opal by Dalseen l $9,950 O. Diamond Ring by Canary Diamond l $546,000

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THE ART OF ARI LANKIN

KINDNESS by Ari Lankin 2017, 71 x 71 inches, 180 x 180 cms, acrylic on canvas


CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ABSTRACTION

REBIRTH by Ari Lankin 2016, 71 x 71 inches, 180 x 180 cms, acrylic on canvas


BENTLEY COMMENCES DELIVERIES OF THE BENTAYGA HYBRID, THE WORLD’S FIRST LUXURY PLUG-IN HYBRID Leader in the delivery of sustainable luxury mobility accelerates its journey towards electrification. Bentley to offer electrified variants of all models by 2023. Technologically advanced Bentayga has WLTP All Electric range of 39 km/24.23 miles (NEDC - 51km/31.7 miles). Most efficient Bentley ever returns CO2 emissions of just 79 g/ km. Pioneering model offers serene and unrestricted driving experience. Exquisite, handcrafted SUV from £133,100, €141,100 or $160,000.

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(Crewe, 01 October 2019) Bentley has confirmed that first deliveries of the Bentayga Hybrid SUV have now taken place, marking a significant milestone for the company as it leads the push towards the delivery of sustainable luxury mobility. As Bentley celebrates its centenary year, the pioneering Bentayga Hybrid is blazing the trail for the British brand’s journey into the next 100 years. The Bentayga Hybrid is not only the world’s first true luxury plug-in hybrid, but also the company’s most efficient model ever. Bentley’s focus on providing sustainable luxury mobility has seen it reprioritize its model plan to accelerate its journey towards electrification with the aim of offering a hybrid or electric variant of all models by 2023. The marque is targeting the introduction of the first ever fully electric Bentley by 2025. Bentley’s first plug-in hybrid model offers a best-of-both-worlds experience, combining a powerful new, 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine with an advanced electric motor that delivers an instantaneous response. The Bentayga Hybrid utilises future-focused technology to provide a unique, serenely quiet and luxurious driving experience. It is also the only plug-in hybrid vehicle in the world with 64 standard colours and unlimited bespoke options. Peter Bosch, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing, commented: “The delivery of the first Bentayga Hybrid models is an historic moment for Bentley, taking us a step closer to the roll-out of truly sustainable luxury mobility solutions. As we prepare for the next 100 years, we are investing significantly in new initiatives that reinforce our commitment to sustainability, as demonstrated by the visionary all-electric Bentley EXP 100 GT concept.” The Bentayga Hybrid represents a new chapter for Bentley, adopting new working practices, test procedures and specialist training which over 3,000 14

Bentley colleagues have undertaken. Bentley’s expanding headquarters in Crewe has also evolved, with infrastructure changes that include the addition of more than 50 charging points throughout the site. Bentayga Hybrid – Serenity Through Technology Handcrafted in Crewe, England the

Bentayga Hybrid is sculpted with an elegant, timeless execution that perfectly balances athleticism with confidence. The world’s most luxurious SUV also has the world’s finest automotive cabin, which is the epitome of modern British design and available with a range of unique personalisation options. Effortless performance and the same sure-footed, all-wheel drive ability


less driving experience that offers 700 Nm of combined torque, a top speed of 254 km/h (158 mph) and 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds). With a total driving range of 747 km (464 miles) and a WLTP Equivalent All Electric range of 39 km/24.23 miles (NEDC Electric Range of 51km/31.7 miles) on a single charge, the Hybrid adds a new dimension to the existing range of Bentayga models. Returning CO2 emissions of just 79 g/km (WLTP – weighted, combined), and 3.5 l/100km (80.7 mpg) on the WLTP weighted, combined cycle, it is Bentley’s most efficient model to date. The latest version of Bentley’s exquisitely appointed SUV has three hybrid drive modes. In EV Drive mode, it is driven only with energy supplied from the battery to the wheels via the electric motor. In Hybrid Mode the car uses information from the navigation system to intelligently optimise power usage from the battery and the petrol engine, giving maximum efficiency and range. In Hold mode the use of engine and electric power is balanced to maintain electric range for later use – for example on arriving in a city. In all modes energy is recovered to the battery through regeneration during deceleration. Leading The Way In Sustainable Luxury Mobility Whether it be through the introduction of alternative powertrain technologies, the use of sustainable materials and practices, or its award-winning work reducing the environmental impact of its factory, Bentley is focused on delivering sustainable luxury mobility. ensure a unique driving experience that combines the serenity of silent motoring with supreme levels of comfort and performance to deliver the ultimate grand touring experience. The Bentayga Hybrid’s efficient E Motor acts as both an electric motor and a power generator. Offering 94 kW peak power and 400 Nm

of torque, it allows swift and silent acceleration from stationary. The system provides instant torque response by eliminating engine turbo lag, while a state-of-the-art, high voltage battery is capable of recharging in just 2.5 hours. The E Motor is combined with a new 3.0-litre, turbocharged V6 petrol engine. The result is a seam-

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Al Bait Sharjah How to spend AED 250,000 / USD $68,000 on a weekend in Sharjah

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ome folk in the UAE spend the entirety of their weekends holed up in a cosy nook at home, recovering from the week’s worth of hustle, while others splash out like there’s no tomorrow. And while Dubai has long since been the epicentre of thingsto-do, its northern counter-Emirate, Sharjah, is rising the ranks on luxury recreation in a big and bold way. Having opened its traditional doors to the public at the end of 2018, Al Bait Sharjah, a GHM and The Leading Hotels of the World property, is a cornerstone of Arabian splendour, and has seen a bevy of luxury guests indulge in its homey privacy since its opening. Located in the Heart of Sharjah, the hotel’s ancient architecture has been delicately preserved, paying homage to its heritage while servicing the needs of a discerning 21st century traveler. All the indulgent mod cons sit alongside time-honoured antiquities giving you a blended experience of two worlds coming effortlessly together. Now, it might not seem like the most obvious thing to do a twoday break in Sharjah, but luxury travelers in the know are flocking to one of the only truly Emirati experiences, steeped in real tradition and history. You don’t have to be a multi-millionaire to lap up all that Al Bait has to offer, but if you want the most exclusive experience a cool AED250,000 (USD$68,063.75) will see you through this package perfectly – which is the equivalent of 1.5kg in gold.

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The weekend begins by arriving in style on a luxury yacht with exclusive welcome amenities featuring 24k edible gold – a fitting first impression. From the dock, a 1967 Mercedes Pullman – one of only 304 in the world – will transfer you directly to the hotel. Once at the resort you’ll be ushered to your home away from home. A standard room – as deluxe as it is, doesn’t compare to the entire, fully privatized Bait Al Midfa Heritage House you’ll be occupying during your stay. The suite will be strewn with flower decorations on a scale of a floral atelier and utterly personalized every which way you turn. From gold embroidered and initialed wardrobes and slippers, to a personalized engraved jewelry set from the renowned local designer in The Jewellery Shop located within the resort. While enjoying your splendor, you’ll be served with The Al Bait Tray for Two – complete with a gold twist, including one of the most expensive desserts in the world adorned in gold and jewels, replete with the most expensive organic ingredients – but for now, the secret of what it is exactly, remains tight lipped.

You’ll be lathered in a private exotic couple’s spa retreat within your already secluded Heritage House. Depending on your preference (and the weather), you have the choice of the treatment outdoors or in one of the atmospheric rooms in the spa.

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The next morning will find you stirring from your specially imported AED80,795 (USD$22,000 mattress – which boasts two extra hours of sleep as opposed to a normal bed – to a curated breakfast served out at sea on a yacht. Back on land, you’ll be escorted to a private calligraphy class with (again) gold back at the resort. Having mastered the art of calligraphy, you can wander past the only surviving hundred year-old round windtower in the region, to a private lunch held in the heart of the kitchen at Al Bait Sharjah, where you’ll interact with the Chef and see his deft skills at play, as your dish comes to life. The afternoon will find you whisked off to have a fitting for a tailor-made abaya and kandoora, the female and male tradition dress, by a famous Arab fashion designer, which will then be shipped anywhere you’d like, once it’s ready. The day will draw to a close with a curated dinner picnic on a private island in Sharjah with a private musician and butler service while you watch the sun dip into the horizon. Naturally, a royal bathing ceremony will greet you upon your return to the resort. Your day of departure will begin with a spiritual awakening ceremony at a private pool with a spot of yoga, smoothly taking you to a romantic breakfast in the privacy of the Heritage House. All you’ll need to do is rest and relax in the lead up to your departure, upon which a custom farewell gift from Al Bait Sharjah will be given as a token of your unique stay. 20


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part of Sotheby's International Realty network that successfully operates in Croatia with over 300 luxury real estate and investment projects in its portfolio. Being surrounded by high class and exquisitely designed luxury villas is a demanding job. One must always be on top of all the global trends and acquire only the best property that Croatia offers. Besides the largest luxury portfolio in Croatia, the agency prides with expertise, professionalism, market knowledge, following global trends, as well as a wide range of services that guarantee their customers exceptional service, with the highest level of privacy. The real estate trends are constantly changing and the markets are expanding so it is important to have a reliable partner in the process of buying a second home or investing in a project. Croatian market has experienced a growth in client interest over the past two years and I would say it is the right time for property investors and homebuyers. In a range of exquisite properties and market conditions, we can safely say that more and more people are competing to grab their investment opportunity in a touristic country such as Croatia. Especially popular are the UNESCO cities (Opatija, Split, Dubrovnik) and the islands. One of our points of pride is a full-range service that enables our clients to request and examine a full evaluation of a wanted property with an estimated return on investment if they want to reuse it for touristic purposes. Many clients decide to buy a property and use it as a second home for 6 months and rent it for other 6 months. Our brand is the place to go for all such investors since we can offer all of these required services in one place - says Croatia Sotheby's International Realty Director Marko PaĹžanin.

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SEASIDE VILLA COLLECTIONS AT SHANGRI-LA’S BORACAY RESORT & SPA

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tions for families. With villas dotting the vicinity of the main freeform pool, garden and private beach, these accommodations paint a perfect holiday to create loving memories with the people you hold dearest. Whether on holiday with family or friends, the One- and Two-Bedroom Pool Villas have well-appointed indoor and outdoor space that perfectly cater to families or a small group. Bungalow in style with local design accents and interiors, akin to the famed Filipino bahay kubo (nipa hut), these pool villas have an outdoor infinity pool, garden and gazebo for intimate gatherings, and merely steps away from the resort’s main pool and the exclusive Banyugan beach. Oceanview Sanctuary Collection Nestled on the clifftop amongst a sea of foliage, the Oceanview Sanctuary Collection villas afford exquisite seascape views, with convenient access to the resort’s ultimate wellness villa – CHI, The Spa. The stunning Ocean Villa and the one of a kind Beach Villa present themselves as the idyllic choices for families or groups. Set at the top of a cliff, the two-bedroom Ocean Villa has unparalleled views of the resort’s private Banyugan Beach, unobstructed by anything apart from the villa’s tropical flora and fauna. From above, the Ocean Villa lets guests watch the world go by at an elevated vantage, with sights of passing paraws (local outrigger boats) with endless ocean blues and sunset views in the distance. The iconic Two-Bedroom Beach Villa is the only villa that sits right on the shores, with its own direct access to Banyugan Beach, making it one of the most coveted villas at the resort. Guests may walk out to the lanai, enjoy a relaxing dip in the villa’s infinity pool, with the beach a few steps away. Where the other villas are pictures of peaceful retreats, the Presidential Villa resembles an exclusive hideaway almost like a private resort, hidden away in an area that overlooks the stunning sea. The Presidential Villa is a combination of three individual villas set in lush and expansive outdoor spaces – a common villa for the living and dining areas, a master bedroom and a guest room, surrounding a Cliffside infinity pool that looks out to the sea and the horizon. The viewing deck at the top of the garden features an amazing dining area with stunning views of the magical Boracay sunsets. For inquiries and reservations on the Villa Collections, log on to www.shangri-la.com/dlp/villa-collections/ or e-mail reservations.slbo@shangri-la. com. For updates on the resort, follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ShangriLaBoracay. 30


Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 100 hotels with a room inventory of over 41,000. Shangri-La hotels are fivestar deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, Bahrain, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. For more information, visit www.shangri-la.com.

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Nossa Senhora e o Menino

Nossa Senhora e o Menino (Madonna and Child) in a fantastical tropical forest - Our Lady gazes to the heavens as the fluttering birds gently crown Her. The representation of Madonna and Child, so revered throughout the world, is expressed here in a unique and different way, a very contemporary vision of loveliness. The immaculate and precise detail, the poetical conception of the Coronation of Our Lady, the sparkling eyes of the Child, the shimmering exotic robe encrusted with a myriad butterflies and jewels, all combine toward an exquisite expression full of emotion and joy. Roberto Custodio’s art transports the viewer into a fantastical and magical world where we are astonished by his mastery of collage and the brilliance of his imagination.


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At once graphic, cartographic and hemispherical, the Globetrotter Night gives its display of world times over to the night. Beneath a crystal dome, this timepiece plays on nocturnal nuances and city lights. In the 1780s, John Arnold contributed to the great revolution in ocean navigation with his marine chronometers. The Globetrotter Night reflects this historical legacy with its cartographic features and world times. As night follows day, Arnold & Son cloaks its Globetrotter in darkness, spectacularly showcasing our northern hemisphere when shrouded in vesperal shadow. Panoramic vision Beneath a large sapphire crystal dome, an arch supports a half-globe in shades of grey and blue. It depicts the continents, the seas and the lights of the large cities located north of the equator. On the edge of the planet, a sapphire ring breaks down the 24 hours of a day. Transparent between 6 am and 6 pm, a metal treatment has been used to darken it, indicating the night-time hours. Together, the hemisphere and ring display the time in one part of the world, represented in a highly original way. In the absence of a dedicated hand or city disc, the time is read geographically in accordance with the continents.

held in place by screws with polished heads and chamfered slots. Watchmaking ergonomics These finishes are echoed extensively on the A&S6022 self-winding calibre powering the Globetrotter Night. Entirely developed and produced by the Arnold & Son Manufacture, it has a nocturnal style thanks to the widespread use of NAC-type surface treatments. The bridges are polished and chamfered, finished with Côtes de Genève stripes and coloured grey. The skeletonised oscillating weight is engraved and treated chemically with ADLC black and NAC grey to obtain a two-tone appearance using a matt straight-grained finish. Beyond these aesthetic details, what makes the A&S6022 calibre special is its easy setting, thanks to a three-position crown. The first winds the movement. The second adjusts the local time hand by one-hour jumps either clockwise or anti-clockwise. The third regulates the hours and minutes in addition to the planet’s rotation. When travelling to a different time zone, the second position enables the wearer to change local time while keeping world time synchronised. In the interests of fairness, Arnold & Son can also provide a “southern hemisphere” version of its Globetrotter Night on request at the same price.

The Earth by night The Globetrotter Night offers a realistic and meticulously rendered interpretation of a three-dimensional map enclosed in a 45 mm steel case. Chemical engraving has been used on the half-globe to outline the continents. The raised parts have undergone a deepgrey galvanic treatment before being hand-lacquered in a black-grey hue, while the oceans are lacquered in grey-blue. Finally, the city lights twinkling in the northern hemisphere are represented by hand-applied silver sparkles. The decorative touches and finishes adorning the Globetrotter Night extend beyond the Earth itself. The chapter ring is circular satin-brushed and the hands, despite being mostly concealed beneath the halfglobe, are polished and accentuated by red lacquered tips. The large double-foot bridge supporting the halfglobe is a spectacular feature in itself that lends structure to the overall appearance of this timepiece. It is circular satin-brushed and chamfered by hand and 35


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HOW CAN YOU DRESS FOR SUCCESS? Your time is precious – if you’re going to invest time in something, you want to come out with a winning result. So, if you’re thinking about visiting a tailor for the first time, it’s great to know ahead of time what to expect. So here’s what to ask your tailor – so you walk away with the suit that you really want. 1. Which colours suit me? Because it’s not just about finding a colour you like. You may love magnolia and it may look great on your walls, but it might not be such a good match for your skin tone. Plus, it isn’t just a matter of being dark skinned or light skinned or somewhere in between. Everyone has an undertone to their skin, too. Generally, those with a light complexion should avoid grey suits as they can be draining. Those with olive toned or darker skin have a little more flexibility when it comes to suitable hues. However, it’s always advised to avoid tone-on-tone looks. Just like pastel shades wash out paler skin, brown won’t provide enough contrast for medium skin tones. Your tailor will offer a professional colour consultation to guide you when selecting the final fabric. 2. And what about pattern? A good tailor will only suggest patterns to complement or enhance your size and shape. Shorter guys can look to pinstripes, which help to elongate the frame. If you’re larger or oval shaped, it’s best to stay away from unflattering horizontal 38

stripes. The windowpane check looks smart and stylish on most, whilst also helping extra-slim frames look larger. If it’s your very first suit, we’d recommend starting classic in a universally flattering colour such as navy. As your tailored arsenal grows, you can begin to experiment with herringbone or chalk stripes for a confident stance. 3. Which style works for my body shape? This question is imperative so you can walk out of your tailors feeling confident in a suit you love – that’s suited to your individual height and size. If you’re on the shorter side, look to a smaller trouser


break that can help you look a little bit taller. Narrow shoulders? Peak lapels can help broaden this area. For tall men, make sure the leg length and sleeves are long enough so it’s clear the suit was professionally tailored and not bought off the rack. And while the double-breasted blazer works well on certain body frames, larger men should usually stick to single-breasted designs for a slimmer take. 4. And how can I make sure my suit stands out from the crowd? Your final question… and one that means your tailor is intent on creating the very best suit around. Of course, the cut, fit and the quality of fabrics used all have a part to play in giving your new suit the ‘wow’ factor.

You’re looking for the perfect blend of your personal style preferences with something that will stand the test of time. Those with a sartorial eye know that it’s all in the details. Nothing gives away bad quality like poor stitching, for instance. Remember, there’s a deep heritage to tailoring so ask where your tailor trained in his craft and the background of the company – if you hear words like ‘Mayfair’ then you know you’re joining distinguished clientele. So now it’s time to meet your tailor, armed with these four key questions that are going to result in a superlative suit. 39


LUXURY

New Zealand IF LUXURY IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE HEART, AROHA LUXURY TOURS SPEAKS YOURS. In whatever form you seek luxury, it should excite your heart, make it flutter with something akin to great joy. This language of luxury is different for us all. From a dip in a clear blue sea, to a wine-tasting in the country side, dining on fresh-seafood on a private yacht to enjoying an aged single malt. From fishing to flying or shopping in exclusive, by appointment-only boutiques. All this is possible, and more. Aroha luxury tours are designed with the individual in mind; each journey tailored to perfection to suit unique needs and desires of our guests.

NOTHING IS TOO MUCH Blanket Bay Waterfalls, South Island.

If adrenalin-sport is on your agenda, we can tailor something that includes a day spent racing around a purpose-built race-track at Highlands motorsport. Steering a 4-cylinder Radical SR3, similar to the Le Mans vehicles, with aerodynamic bodywork for increased downforce, reduced drag and slick tires for exhilarating corners. Your holiday could also include taking a helicopter trip to the very top of a mountain to ski down at break-neck speed. With Aroha tours, nothing is too much. And rest assured that when you want to slow the pace, we can ease you into leisure. Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell, South Island


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Perhaps being flown by helicopter to fish in the remotest rivers on the South Island. With time to relax, and the silence to tame your mind back into shape, savoring the view of the mountains, the swish of the wind in the grass and the sumptuous pleasure of landing the big one.

End each day with an exquisite fine-dining experience, quaffing on some of New Zealand’s best wines direct from the cellar door. And finally, lay your body down on fine sheets, in a gorgeous boutique hotel, with nothing but the mighty skies filled with a million stars for company. Our selection of boutique hotels and lodges are featured among the very best that New Zealand has to offer, the options range from small boutique elegance in gorgeous cosmopolitan settings to luxurious lodges, nestled in pristine valleys. Whatever your next luxury trip, rest assured that your desires are in the best hands. The team from Aroha Luxury Tours has spent many years creating New Zealand based bespoke journeys in a country that is designed to deliver on dreams. Our team goes the extra mile to ensure that we fully understand you and your expectations, and then we connect you with the real New Zealand. You can rest assured that all of the details are taken care of.

The Lindus, Ahuriri Valley, South Island.

Experience a fulfilling and enriching New Zealand journey that will be deeply personal. Our curators make sure everything is running smoothly behind the scenes to ensure you can relax and enjoy your trip. We design experiences for those who desire new adventures with all the details carefully overseen by an expert planner.

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At Råda military airfield deep in the forests of Sweden, Koenigsegg has set a new 0-400-0 km/h world record when a Koenigsegg Regera completed the run in 31.49 seconds on Monday this week. This was 1.8 seconds faster than Koenigsegg’s previously unbeaten record, set by the Agera RS in 2017. CEO and founder Christian von Koenigsegg believe that the car can perform even better under the right conditions. On Monday, September 23rd, a Koenigsegg Regera accelerated from 0 to 400 km/h and back to 0 in 31.49 seconds at Råda airfield close to the town of Lidköping. The car was driven by Koenigsegg factory driver Sonny Persson. Almost two years ago Koenigsegg set a new 0-400-0 km/h record using a production Agera RS in Nevada. The record was a fantastic 33.29 seconds. This time around the Koenigsegg Regera gets to show what it is made of.

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CEO and Founder Christian von Koenigsegg comments: “This was a good opportunity to showcase the true capability of the Regera’s one-of-a-kind Direct Drive transmission. As the Regera only has one gear we had to make use of it from standstill to the record top speed of 403 km/h (or 250 mph) limited by rpm. The car reaches its top speed like there is no tomorrow, but then there are no more gears. This actually suits the philosophy behind the Regera, which is ‘whoever gets to 400 km/h first wins’. Priority has been given to acceleration and drivability between 0-400 km/h – no more, no less. At any given time, the Regera can and will accelerate harder in that speed range than any other production car known to us.” It is worthwhile to note that this specific car is a fully homologated production car with its luxurious fittings and seats still intact. The

only modifications were a roll cage and a four-point harness for driver safety. The conditions were perfect – sunny with almost no wind. The 2000 m long track was a shutdown military airfield at 70 m elevation. To have enough runway we used a stretch of taxiway as a starting area in order to gain an extra length of around 300 m to make the runway long and safe enough. As this runway is normally unused and dormant, the surface was not great for traction. Furthermore, it was not possible to drive in a straight line, as some bumps had to be avoided. Low grip level, swerving around bumps and general unevenness naturally takes away from ideal acceleration times. Despite challenging track conditions, the Regera only took 22.87 seconds to accelerate to 400 km/h over 1613.2 m. Deceleration to a controlled stop took just 8.62 seconds over distance of 435.26 m.


The total distance used for 0-4000 km/h was 2048.46 m. In better conditions a total length of under an unbelievable 2000 m should be fully achievable with the Regera. Christian von Koenigsegg continues: “What is really impressive is how incredible the Regera brakes – 8.62 seconds from 400 km/h to 0 km/h is just unheard of. It is a testament to the Regera’s balance, suspension, aerodynamics and of course its in-house design and built Koenigsegg brake callipers. The proven numbers now show the greatness of the Regera. Having said that, we know we can improve these already impressive numbers on a track with better conditions.”

hand along the airstrip as further precaution. Sonny Persson, a long term Koenigsegg factory driver and former three-time Swedish Karting Championship winner, comments, “The record is proof of how the Direct Drive transmission gives the driver seamless power on command. The car is truly a dream to drive. The stability during acceleration and braking is from another world.”

Koenigsegg Regera The Koenigsegg Regera combines a powerful twin-turbo V8 combustion engine with three electric motors and cutting-edge battery power in a patent-pending powertrain technology called Koenigsegg Direct Drive. This revolutionary technology removes the traditional gearbox, making the Regera lighter, more efficient and more fun to drive than more normal hybrid solutions..

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SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLDâ„¢ INTRODUCES WINTER SUN ESCAPES

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Lennox Miami Beach, Miami, USA 119 rooms from £263 per night including breakfast www.slh.com Opened August 2019 [October 2019] Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) welcomes five new hotels this month combining stylish designs and breathtaking views with buzzing bars and outstanding restaurants. Revel in the pure indulgence of a Mayan Clay Bath Day at KASA Hotel Riviera Maya (Mexico), discover the beauty of Lago Di Como aboard a Riva motorboat at Vista Palazzo (Italy) or savour Caribbean delicacies by the pool at S Hotel Jamaica. Whichever getaway one might choose, these SLH hotels offer an abundance of winter sun and intense experiences designed to spark all the senses.

Located on Miami’s iconic Collins Avenue, Lennox Miami Beach boasts original 1930s Art Deco design and offers 119 contemporary guestrooms, 13 of these complemented by a balcony offering sweeping views of the buzzing streets of Miami Beach. At the centre of the property’s four interconnected buildings, a Mediterranean-style courtyard features a 12ft swimming pool and poolside bar offering al fresco dining and serving innovative cocktails. The rooms are enhanced by handcrafted furnishings from Patagonia, natural elements and eco-friendly and upcycled materials meticulously curated by acclaimed Argentinian interior designer Juan Ciavarella. The hotel has collaborated with William Roam to provide vegan, nature-made amenities in each bathroom. William Roam is a partner of American Forrest, a non-profit conservation dedicated to protecting and restoring healthy forest ecosystems. Thanks to this partnership, American Forest has committed to planting one tree for every hotel room at Lennox Miami Beach. SLH Insider Tip: Guests should pay a visit to The Art Deco Museum in Miami Beach offering tourists a glimpse into the renowned architectural history and landscape of the city. After visiting the museum, put your newfound knowledge to the test with a 90-minute official Art Deco District walking tour taking you inside many of the area’s historic hotels, restaurants and shops. Lennox Miami Beach

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S Hotel Jamaica, Montego Bay, Jamaica 120 rooms from £188 per night including breakfast www.slh.com Opened 27th January 2019 Overlooking Jamaica’s famed Doctor’s Cave beach, S Hotel Jamaica artfully combines urban sophistication and Caribbean cool, offering guests an authentic Jamaican cultural experience. On display throughout are works by local artists Tamara Harding, who used wood recycled from trees removed from the property during construction, and Michael Thompson, whose funky hand-painted murals and prints make each floor come alive. The 120 rooms and suites invite relaxation with special touches such as record players with Bob Marley’s “Legend” albums and fresh daisies in Red Stripe (local beer) bottles. Unique to S Hotel Jamaica are the gorgeous Irie Baths, three subterranean marble plunge pools, reminiscent of ancient baths, consisting of varying temperatures (warm, hot and cold) offering kinetic energy therapy while aiding circulation. Products used in the therapies feature locally made products including 100% pure cold-pressed Jamaican coconut oil and Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. SLH Insider Tip: The hotel’s Sky Pool, with its gorgeous glass-enclosed pool and rooftop beach vistas, is the perfect place to settle into a swing or a plush cabana, order an Appleton rum and savour the sunset.

KASA Hotel Riviera Maya, Puerto Aventuras, Mexico 37 rooms from £128 per night including breakfast www.slh.com Opening October 2019 Opening in October 2019, KASA Hotel Riviera Maya sits in the exclusive beach, marine and golf community of Puerto Aventuras. This private gated community is an emerging area on the Riviera Maya, away from the crowds in an area of lush tropical foliage, with a smart sailing community, full-service marina, golf course and uncrowded beach. The family-friendly hotel features an infinity-edged pool and a swim-up bar, with lots of toys for the little ones to use both in and out of the pool. A worldclass restaurant and bar, Kocina, overseen by Chef Gilberto Canto serves three meals daily with a menu oriented towards modern Mexican cuisine using seafood and local Mayan ingredients such as Chaya and chocolate delicacies. Adventurous guests can also experience swimming with the dolphins at the Dolphin Discovery programme, located at the beach. The concierge at KASA Hotel Riviera Maya is skilled at arranging local adventures in the Riviera Maya including cenote diving, biking explorations of the area’s Mayan ruins, Mexican cooking classes and diving with sea turtles in Akumal. SLH Insider Tip: Revel in the pure indulgence of a Mayan Clay Bath Day with an interactive healing spa experience designed to energize, hydrate and detoxify the skin. Mayan Clay has been used in the jungles of Mexico’s Riviera Maya in purifying bathing rituals since ancient times as a natural way to detoxify and mineralize the body.

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KASA Hotel Parota, Tulum, Mexico 39 rooms from £127 per night www.slh.com

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KASA Hotel Parota is a family-friendly, luxury boutique hotel set among the uncrowded beaches and world-class restaurants of Tulum. Situated in the exclusive Aldea Zamá neighbourhood, the 39-suite hotel is designed to give guests the feeling of staying in a “home away from home,” providing a casual yet professional approach to service. At KASA Hotel Parota, guests can enjoy the signature infinity-edge swimming pool that has a swim-up bar and restaurant, a shallow “beach” area for sun loungers and a place for children to play, or they can take one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles to explore the nearby shops, restaurants and bars in Tulum. The hotel’s Kocina restaurant serves everything from mouth-watering smoothie bowls, banana pancakes to seasonal octopus, ceviche or shrimp tacos. Their selection of cocktails and artisanal craft beers from local Mexico brew masters cannot be found anywhere else in the world and their specialty mezcal, tequila or rum signature cocktails, crafted from local organic herbs, fruits and tinctures, will be sure to leave guests wanting more. SLH Insider Tip: Only 45 minutes from the hotel, guests can find one of the largest protected areas in Mexico, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere filled with natural wonders, and a variety of wildlife such as iguanas, lizards, crocodiles and sea turtles, frigates, pelicans, cormorants, herons, egrets, ospreys and many more.

Vista Palazzo Lago Di Como, Lago Di Como, Italy 18 rooms from £463 per night including breakfast www.slh.com

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Situated in a stunning 19th century Venetian-style Palazzo that has long been one of the most photographed structures on Lake Como, Vista Palazzo Lago di Como is the Italian town’s first five-star hotel and is open year-round. Vista enjoys a convenient central position next to the lively Piazza Cavour, the historical main square of Como, with a unique lakefront location offering panoramic views of world famous Lake Como from the romantic balustrades and Juliet balconies of the 18 hotel rooms and suites. Oozing effortless glamour, the rooms showcase the best in Italian craftsmanship, with intricate hand-hewn marquetry on the wooden floors, glass walls and hand-embroidered Italian bed sheets. The hotel’s Infinity Bar offers an extensive selection of cocktails influenced by the Lake Como area such as the “Up into the River”, a whisky cocktail inspired by the migration of salmon with Tio Pepe sherry and pomegranate syrup or the “Green Mizu” cocktail combining Asian accents of Kombu, wasabi and matcha tea. SLH Insider Tip: Hotel guests can indulge in the services of a personal shopper, who can escort them through retail attractions in Como or further afield to Milan or Lugano in Switzerland. Sight-seeing options are also available on Lake Como, with tours via both Riva speed boats and seaplanes, which can be arranged through the hotel’s concierge.

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Discover Montenegro EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER

Montenegro’s diverse and unspoiled nature lends itself to a variety of sports and activities for everybody’s taste and preference. Ranging from relaxed sunset sailing trips with a glass of champagne in hand, over adrenaline-filled extreme sports that make you challenge your own possibilities, to taking a walk back down the memory lane and discovering centuries old cities and their stories – Montenegro has it all and Discover Montenegro team found the best way to combine business and fun. Modern tourists look for and expect different things from a visit to a destination such as Montenegro. Some seek adventure, some just want convenience, some are looking for extreme privacy but all of them, at one point or another, want to experience the natural beauty of the destination. And that’s where Discover Montenegro steps in. Discover Montenegro successfully entangle land, sea and air services into one exclusive unit, giving their guests a truly one-of-a-kind perspective of Montenegro.


Besides offering exceptional helicopter and charter services, Discover Montenegro prides itself in land and sea charters, tailor made excursions and organization of extraordinary events. However, the team’s main focus and expertise lies in planning custom-made events and personalized holidays. Discover Montenegro team assists their clients to the furthest extent in creating memorable, magical celebrations, events and holidays that will, usually, exceed expectations. When it comes to a country so diverse in what it has to offer, Discover Montenegro stands firmly by the belief that one of the best ways to truly breathe in all that Montenegro is - is by air, and by helicopter specifically.

However, the most popular and sought for flights are the scenic ones, particularly those to the North of the country, especially Zabljak and Tara Canyon, since the North is what makes this country so visually special. In the past years Montenegro has been trying to connect destinations reachable by helicopter with many signature activities such as Tara Canyon rafting and visits to 5 national parks existing in the country, sailing in one and only Boka Bay fiord or roaming through the sizzling Budva Riviera. We are proud of the country, we are increasing Montenegro’s brand value and prominence by introducing this destination to a new class of tourist, and we will continue to work toward seeing Montenegro become a true year-round tourist and investment destination. +382 67 251 002 info@discovermontenegro.com


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sponder chip and the contents rise elegantly upwards as if touched by magic.

Within the impressive facade of its towering silhouette, one discovers a fascinating and unusual design that blends cutting edge innovative technology with a fine selection of highest-quality materials.

With the ILLUSION, BUBEN&ZORWEG’s passion for innovative design finds clear expression in many details - such as the drawers that pivot outwards to one side to present you with their contents. And if one would like to swap a favourite watch during the day? No problem; two or, if prefered, four TIME MOVER® in the table safe make it easy to store and select the right choice.

Considered by many as a sculptural piece of modern design in its own right, the ILLUSION has a hidden purpose that most observers cannot immediately discern. A purpose that might seem like an unexpected illusion capable of playing with one‘s senses! As is often the case in daily life, there are occasions when one wants to protect certain valuables - watches, jewellery, accessories, or perhaps documents or cash – without the effort of going to a safe. Place it on a desk, in a dressing room or use it as an eye-catcher in the living room just for the pleasure of its owner. It blends in perfectly. That is, until the hidden safe is unlocked by way of a fingerprint or a tran54

Since its launch, the ILLUSION has held a presence in the most prestigious and exclusive exhibitions around the world. This illustrious World Tour will now see the Masterpiece exhibited in the esteemed SIAR, the “Salon Internacional de Alta Relojeria” in Mexico City between the 15th and the 17th of October. From this first-class reference point for Haute Horlogerie events in America, the ILLUSION will then travel to Dusseldorf, Germany, where the newly created Watchtime Dusseldorf exhibition will take place from the 25th to the 27th of October.


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FIRETREE LAUNCHES RICH, SINGLE-ESTATE CHOCOLATE FROM THE VOLCANIC PACIFIC ISLANDS AND MADAGASCAR ‘REDEFINING TASTE’ WITH A SMOOTH, RICH DARK CHOCOLATE, WHICH IS ALSO DAIRY-FREE AND VEGAN-FRIENDLY

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ondon, – Firetree, the UK’s new super-premium chocolate brand, is delighted to announce the launch of its single-estate, volcanic chocolate range, and was pleased to showcase its chocolate to the guests at the TLN KSA event, with all of them going home with some in their goodie bags. Firetree’s superior tasting cocoa beans are sourced from small, island estates in the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’* and Madagascar, where the volcanic terroirs produce cocoa beans with natural flavours that change, develop, and linger on the palate with a sophisticated taste. For chocolate connoisseurs, Firetree chocolate is akin to tasting fine wines, single malt whiskies, champagnes, Cognacs, and premium, artisan coffees. On the remote, volcanic islands, the cacao tree or “firetree,” is immediately identifiable with its flame-hued pods, bright yellow, orange, and red is symbolic of nature’s flames. It is in the uniquely rich, porous, volcanic soil that the firetree thrives and produces beans of the highest calibre. The cocoa beans are expertly selected by Firetree farmers and masterfully crafted by skilful chocolatiers to enhance, develop, and bend the taste and create a smooth, rich chocolate, which is distinct in its depth and complexity, whilst also being dairy-free and vegan-friendly. The good farming practices and craft manufacturing process includes fermentation, the drying process in the tropical sun, whole bean roasting in the shell to lock in the flavour, and slow conching. Firetree works closely and directly with all their farmers to ensure the best, sustainable agricultural practice. They take social responsibility seriously to ensure that the farmers are paid a significant premium, appropriate to the quality of the beans, necessary to support their families and invest in their business. Firetree was founded in 2017 by David Zulman, Martyn O’Dare, and Aidan Bishop who have unique experience and pedigree in the chocolate market. Due to the founders’ wealth of experience in cocoa processing,

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chocolate manufacture, chocolate knowledge and passion, their ambition is to create depth to the tasting experience by educating their audience, building their knowledge and appreciation of chocolate. They are committed to producing first-class tasting chocolate with the best inherent flavours and aromas on the market, as well as bringing a sense of wonder and discovery back into chocolate. Founder and Managing Director, David Zulman said: “We are delighted to be launching our range of exceptional and one-ofa-kind volcanic, single-estate chocolate. The cocoa beans are from far-flung Pacific islands and Madagascar, and the chocolate is dairy free and vegan friendly. We’ve put great effort into redefining, enhancing, and bending the conventional taste as we know it, and creating a smooth, rich and unique tasting experience, which is distinct in its depth and complexity.” The natural range is made up of seven 65g bars and contains no additives or flavourings. They are dairy free, suitable for vegans and lactose intolerant people, as well as being halal and kosher certified. The chocolate is produced in a nut-free factory using only cocoa beans, cocoa butter, un-refined cane sugar and sunflower lecithin. The packaging is distinctive with seven unique artworks by Berlin-based artist Andreas Fischer to differentiate and represent each of the flavour profiles, for example plum, citrus, truffle, and honey. Each artwork represents the taste nuances of each profile using colour, texture and semiotics.


For more information please visit: www.firetreechocolate.com *The world’s most active volcanoes lie along what’s called the Ring of Fire. Wrapped around the Pacific Ocean, shaped like a horseshoe, the Ring of Fire stretches 25,000 miles from New Zealand in the south to Alaska in the north. 57


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Experience the North Island’s finest like never before with a luxury eleven-day experience across some of New Zealand’s most exceptional spots with Heletranz Helicopters and Touch of Spice. Experts in crafting luxury stays and experiences, Touch of Spice have hand-picked three phenomenal destinations and luxury accommodations, that show off the very that New Heli-Dining Zealand has to offer.

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Rest easy at Ataahua Lodge, where a touch of Amalfi lies just outside of Tauranga city. A short one hour chopper ride from Auckland, the Bay of Plenty region is home to some of New Zealand’s finest beaches, wines and Kiwi produce.

The Italian inspired lodge where family, food and beauty form the heart of the home, is the ultimate haven to escape the everyday. With six Venice-inspired bedroom suites, a swimming pool, spa pool, cinema, private gym, and tennis court, no expense has been spared in the crafting of this Italian home. Take flight from the Bay of Plenty with New Zealand’s premium helicopter service company Heletranz Helicopters transporting guests in style to the next quintessential North Island destination; New Zealand’s Bay of Islands.

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The subtropical micro-region known for its undeveloped beaches and charming towns offers Otaha Beachfront Lodge – a hidden gem located on a private white sand beach. 15 minutes from the heart of Keri Keri, the contemporary Otaha Beachfront Lodge is a holiday-makers paradise. Boasting five beautifully appointed bedroom and ensuites, internal and external facing decks; not to mention the idyllic private beach on the doorstep of the property. End the excursion of a lifetime with a final stop at the North Island’s Muriwai Beach. Often referred to as the surfer’s paradise of the North Island, Muriwai is a haven of undisturbed ocean views. Nestled into the eastern side of Muriwai beach, the Mediterranean inspired Muriwai Estate has all the essential ingredients of a luxury resort hideaway. Seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, expansive decks, a self-contained pool house and salt-water pool, the estate is an entertainer’s heaven. Enjoy five days of surfing, horse riding on the beach, and a degustation dinner cooked by your own private chef, before travelling home via your private chopper transfer. A tour exuding luxury, inimitability and some of New Zealand’s finest destinations ascertains paradise really is in our very own backyard.

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LUÅ TICA BAY, MONTENEGRO: OVER 86 PERCENT INCREASE IN PRICES IN SEVEN YEARS AND HIGHLY COMPETITIVE RENTAL YIELD, AMONG HIGHEST IN EUROPE Property buyers flocking to Montenegro as the government plans to launch a new citizenship by investment scheme

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ondon, Luštica Bay, the rapidly expanding Montenegrin marina town, is reporting a staggering 86.3% in average prices in the completed Marina Village since sales started in 2012. Construction is now focused on Centrale, the commercial and administrative hub, and culture centre. Upon completion, the coastal town will feature 2,000 residences, seven hotels, two marinas, an 18-hole golf course, and lifestyle facilities. The €1.1 bn marina development, which is the first greenfield development in Montenegro, boasts some of the lowest square metre prices in Europe, with average rental yield in Montenegro reaching approximately 7.5%. These re-

turns compete with many European countries, and are even higher than Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece, and only beaten by Moldova and Ukraine, neither of which can compare with Montenegro’s natural, tourism and economic potential. According to industry sources, such as Dream Montenegro (Savills Associate), the prices of non-prime homes in the coastal region, have risen from 1000 to 3000 EUR per sq m due to the influx of luxury residential developments. A key attractive benefit is that buying property in Montenegro, whatever the value, comes with a oneyear residence permit. Additional financial perks are that the tax system has become one of the most at-

tractive in Europe, with a flat-rate income and 9% corporate tax. Buying and registering property is easy, and foreign investors are treated as equals with Montenegrin citizens. Furthermore, buying and selling is always conducted in Euros, so there is limited foreign exchange risk. Another alluring factor for some is that Montenegro is likely to be the next country to join the EU, although their currency is already the Euro. Ahmed Zaki, Head of Sales & Marketing at Luštica Bay commented on the impact of this exponential increase in interest in Montenegro on the world stage: “There has been a staggering Y-O-Y increase in sales at Luštica Bay of more than 100%, with a significant shift in demand for more expensive units, 63


and surge in leads of 385%, which is more than the last three years combined. We are delighted to have now sold over 300 units to buyers from 38 different nationalities. In Montenegro, we are unrivalled terms of what we are offering – this isn’t just a destination for holidaymakers, we are building a town with all the facilities you could imagine, including the country’s first 18-hole golf course designed by Gary Player with triple aspect views of azure coloured waters. We are truly redefining the residential landscape not just in Montenegro, but across the Balkans.” International buyer demand is expected to continue rising, due to the launch of new flight routes from across Europe such as from Brussels, Krakow, Munich, Frankfurt, London, Oslo and Stockholm, the Far East (through Belgrade), as well as the launch of direct flights from the United Arab Emirates. Currently, Montenegro is attracting a lot of international attention due to the government planning to launch a new citizenship by investment scheme. Citizenship by investment offers individuals the opportunity to obtain Montenegrin nationality, in return for investment in the country’s real estate, plus a donation to fund an aspect of its development. It is set to launch this year, but the details are still being finalised, and it is likely that the Montenegro Citizenship by Investment programme* will be limited to just 64

2,000 applications and the proposed scheme to run for only three years ending in 2021. As regards travel, Montenegro is now one of the fastest-growing tourist economies in the world, with approximate 10% Y-O-Y increase with number of tourists reaching 2.3M in 2018 according to Montenegrin Statistical Office, and 11.9 million overnight stays last year. It was also ranked by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as no. 3 in the world for tourism growth, with a 12.7% Y-O-Y increase in visitor numbers, plus it has an ever-growing reputation as a high-end luxury destination, which the launch of the five-star Chedi is testament to. While owners and guests at Luštica Bay enjoy embracing the Montenegrin saying: Samo Polako – to slow down and live in the here and now, the construction rate will continue to increase at pace until The long-term vision reaches its planned completion timeline, with its seventh hotel aimed to complete by 2032.

For more information please visit: www.lusticabay.com *Early indications suggest that a donation of €100,000 will be required, followed by a real estate investment of €450,000 in the coastal region of the country, alongside a fee of €15,000. It is planned that the benefits of the scheme can be extended not just to the individual but also to their family. For an additional €10,000 per person, four family members can be added, and further family members for up to €50,000. The donation will be used to help funder underdeveloped local government departments, while the investment funds will support development projects in the country’s northern and central areas, with the largest amount reserved for projects in the capital Podgorica, and the coastal region, including that around our own Luštica Bay. The programme will also benefit tourism, agriculture and manufacturing, create new jobs and help to improve the quality of life of all citizens.


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NEW Member ROYALE LIMOUSINES JOIN THE LUXURY NETWORK AUSTRALIA

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ounded in 1989, Royale Limousines has grown to be the largest privately-owned luxury fleet company in Australia. Since then, they have had the honour of assisting thousands of customers to reach their destination. From the latest model Mercedes S classes, BMW 7 series to luxury Mercedes V-Classes and Mercedes Sprinters, they have the right vehicle for your needs. For their chauffeurs, the experience is all about the journey. They proudly make convenience, comfort, and safety their highest priority; from the right temperature inside of your car to playing your favourite sounds, it is your time to relax and enjoy the comfort of the softest leather seating in the luxury vehicle of your choice. While they specialise in airport and city transfers, roadshows, conferences and events, private tours and concierge service for VIPs, the most important aspect of their business, is specialising in you, their customer. They pride themselves in being locally-based in each of the major cities and conveniently open 24×7 / 365 days a year. “30 years ago, we began our journey as a small boutique limousine company with a handful of account clients. Back then, a Cloud was in the sky, Google was a sound you made at babies to make them laugh, and SMs were Sunny Mornings. In the past 30 years, Royale Limousines has reached unreachable heights, stands tall and proud as one of the leaders in the industry. It is without a doubt that our teams’ dedication and support have brought us to who we are today; the most prestigious hire car company in Australia.” – John Bartolotta It is all about YOUR journey, let them take you there!

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EXCELLENCE FROM EXPERIENCE: CENTRAL YACHT JOINS THE LUXURY NETWORK THAILAND

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entral Yacht is unique in the yacht industry with management able to speak from practical experience giving their clients immediate advice based on years of front-line involvement as Engineers, Captains, Designers, Brokers, and even Racers. Central Yacht are not just salesmen, they have worked diligently to achieve international recognition in all aspects of the yacht industry from operation (building and running Robb Report Best of Best Charter yacht 60m Xanadu),

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management (project management of Showboat Design Awards Best Technical Project for 65m diesel-electric ABB Azipod Ambrosia), multiple design awards for 55m Lady Candy and Jade959 and also championships in numerous international sailing regattas as professional sailors. With their unrivalled practical knowledge they are able to understand exactly what the client really needs and, more importantly, provide workable solutions efficiently and quickly, whether

recommending the most suitable yacht on the broker market, a sublime charter experience, design and build a complete custom megayacht or just manage their yachts in the most professional way. Central Yacht’s Asia based management has combined experience over 50 years in the region and also has team members in Europe to support their yachts and new build projects in Holland, Germany, Italy, France, and the UK.


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THAI YANG PROPERTY IS HONORED TO JOIN THE LUXURY NETWORK THAILAND

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or more than 10 years, Thai Yang Property have gathered a wealth of knowledge focused primarily upon Thailand’s residential and commercial real estate markets. Committed to providing diligent, impartial assessments for each property we offer, Thai Yang Property have developed a reputation as one of the foremost, trustworthy Real Estate agents in Phuket. Our highly professional and dedicated team of experts are passionate and privileged to offer superb homes and bespoke packages tailored to each individual client’s requirements.

With the huge demand from emerging market properties, combined with low regional taxation and comparatively competitive pricing, we continue to recommend Thailand as an excellent destination to explore investment opportunities. There are the added benefits which come from having strong demand for rental properties, which translate into average annual rental yields of between 5 to 10%. Thai Yang Property is delighted to be in the positon of having an extensive array of unique and exclusive properties awaiting the more discerning buyer.

Phuket is commonly referred to as the Pearl of Asia and it’s easy to comprehend why. With diverse picturesque geography, outstanding natural beauty, unparalleled beaches, excellent marine facilities, superior local infrastructure and Phuket’s famous nightlife and entertainment options, it’s easy to appreciate. Phuket has rapidly developed and now offers world class shopping, international schools and excellent sporting amenities with activities to suit all interests. Thai Yang Property has long been a well-respected, specialist Real Estate organisation providing first class service to as our clientele. Having the benefit of multiple offices located across Phuket and a diverse portfolio of properties suitable to meet the needs of most desired designs, tastes or budgets. We more than happy to assist and guide clients to find properties which best match their individual search criterion. We are very proud of our reputation and of the quality of services which we provide. So whether you are seeking something different, exclusive, stylish, sophisticated, luxurious, or purely looking for the best investment opportunities currently on offer or any combination thereof, you can rely on the local knowledge, dedication, expertise and services of Thai Yang Property. 71


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THE LUXURY NETWORK AUSTRALIA WELCOMES IQ GLOBAL “At The iQ Group Global, our diverse expertise creates new paths leading to the edge of human discovery. What starts here changes the word,” CEO Dr George Syrmalis said.

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qualified nuclear medicine physician with more than 20 years’ experience in bioscience research and innovation, Dr George Syrmalis knew that to create the medicines of tomorrow, he had to design a new kind of enterprise. In 2011, Dr Syrmalis founded The iQ Group Global in Sydney, to converge investment banking, scientific discovery, corporate advisory and commercialisation to bring medical innovations to the world. A diverse team of experts, they work together to find, fund, and develop bioscience discoveries into life-changing medical innovations – and take them to the people who need them most. With four listings on two stock exchanges and expertise in private banking, financial planning, and equities analysis, The iQ Group Global creates opportunities to bring unique innovations to global healthcare markets.

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e are very excited to announce Waverley BMW as our newest member at The Luxury Network Australia. At Waverley BMW, they understand how exciting owning a new BMW can be, so whether it is your first BMW or you’re looking to update, it should always be an enjoyable experience. Their friendly and approachable team are fluent in many languages and happy to work with you to determine the best options for you. Their well-appointed showroom is designed to showcase the latest range of BMW models, options and colours. They also stock a large range of pre-owned vehicles, including many makes and models to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. Their Service Department is equipped with the latest technology and headed up by qualified BMW Master Technicians, so your vehicle is in very capable hands. While they take care of your vehicle you can choose from a range of options to make servicing your vehicle hassle-free. Their Service While You Wait program, is all about convenience. They can have your vehicle ready

within 90 minutes* to ensure minimal disruption to your day. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, daily newspapers and refreshments from 7.15am. Interactive Service Consultation at your vehicle provides a transparent 360° service experience. In order to keep you moving, you can book a complimentary loan vehicle, or utilise their Uber service* Waverley BMW is conveniently located just off the Monash Freeway at Springvale Road and Ferntree Gully Road, Glen Waverley. Experience an unrivaled location to test drive your next BMW. Onsite parking is available and they are quick and easy to reach no matter which direction you are coming from: • 26 minutes from the Melbourne CBD (along the Monash Freeway) • 9 minutes from Eastlink • 18 minutes from Berwick • Waverley BMW looks forward to working with you.

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TOUCH OF SPICE JOINS THE LUXURY NETWORK AUSTRALIA Touch of Spice was founded in 2005, by Jacqui Spice (recently named a Conde Nast Traveller Travel Specialist for the 7th time). Jacqui remains the companies Managing Director, bringing her 14 years of knowledge in both luxury and travel, to everything the Touch of Spice team crafts.

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Touch of Spice are the market leaders for luxury stays, curated experiences and bespoke events in New Zealand and they have recently expanded their offering to include both Australia & Fiji. Their award-winning accommodation portfolio includes everything

from self-catered luxury homes to fully-staffed private residences, glamping getaways to private islands, boutique hotels to world-class luxury lodges. Recognised by global giants Virtuoso as New Zealand’s only Villa partner, their award-winning collection of accommodation is the best in the region.


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As industry leaders in bespoke events, their dedicated events team spends their time curating innovative and show-stopping events throughout New Zealand. Touch of Spice is a full-service Destination Management Company (DMC) taking care of everything from luxury accommodation, transfers, exclusive activities to bespoke gala dinners. They craft moments that are rare to find and impossible to forget. “We believe time is one of life’s last true luxuries – and so we want to help people spend more time enjoy-

ing those rare moments in life with those that matter most. Our Travel Designers make people’s wildest dreams a reality – sleeping at the foot of the Southern Alps in a luxury Lodge, letting loose on a private island or running down the hallways and bombing in the pool of one of our exclusive private Residence Collection homes. Our difference lies in our people – experts in crafting luxury stays, bespoke experiences and events – their passion is in crafting your individual story. From receiving a pho-

to of a multi-generational family with smiles on their faces and Lake Wakatipu as their backdrop, to seeing one of our homes transformed, making someone’s wildest dreams a reality – we love what we do and pride ourselves at being the best in the business. Currently in the mix – a rock concert on a mountain top, and a glamorous gala dinner in a shearing shed – but that is all we can say for now – discretion is key after all.” – Jacqui Spice Founder & Managing Director

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One of The Luxury Network Singapore’s members, Asia’s leading yachting and lifestyle show, the Singapore Yacht Show (SYS) will return for its 10th Anniversary edition from 19-22 March 2020. The four-day event provides nautical lifestyle seekers with an unrivalled opportunity to discover some of the world’s finest superyachts and best-known boating brands. Much more than just a display of yachts and boats in a marina, it is a highly social, funfilled gathering, with glamourous parties and a dazzling display of prestigious products and lifestyle brands – supercars, high fashion, fine art and exquisite timepieces.

Since its creation, the Singapore Yacht Show has developed collaborations with a wide-range of dynamic brands and leading companies who share the same high standards and values.

Of course, the firm favourites such as the Supercar Parade, Gala Evening and on-water Demo Platform will still be featured in the programme. Companies looking to grow their network of prospective clients and raise their brand profile in Asia, speak with the Singapore Yacht Show team to see how you can benefit from its powerful marketing platform.

For the Show’s milestone edition, participants can anticipate a busier schedule of events for all age groups. Visitors can expect to see more brand collaborations, whether it be pop-up bars, product sampling, celebrity chefs etc. Contact the SYS team to find out how you can take part in the next edition: info@singaporeyachtshow.com For more information visit: www.singaporeyachtshow.com


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LUSTICA BAY COLLABORATED WITH THE LUXURY NETWORK UK AND THE LUXURY NETWORK KSA IN LONDON

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n a balmy August evening, A Summer Soirée was held at The Court in London’s Mayfair, where Lustica Bay, Montenegro’s newest luxury development partnered with The Luxury Network and Dalseen Jewellery for an extraordinary experience, taking an immersive look into Montenegro’s latest luxury project. Between a roster of High Net Worth (HNW) individuals and the elite from Saudi Arabia, the atmosphere was electric as guests engaged with Lustica Bay’s emerging 690-hectare marina town in Montenegro. The luxury project is offering 1,500 apartments, villas and townhouses, seven hotels, two marinas, a signature Gary Player designed 18-hole golf course and a range of public facilities including a school and medical facility. Montenegro, situated in the heart of the Adriatic Sea, is a country upping its game at the moment with highend developments filling its coastline with luxury amenities. Lustica Bay is set to become Montenegro’s only greenfield investment project, which boasts energy-efficient architecture, and the biggest investment volume development in the country yet ($1.3 billion) which will host a few thousand residents after completion. Properties range in size from studios (44m2) to four bedrooms (201m2) and prices starting from $154,000. The glittering event was a chance for VIP guests to fully absorb themselves in the Lustica Bay experience, 80

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grows in new retail and entertainment offerings, it is attracting buyers from all over the world, too – including 33 nationalities, many of which are from the Gulf. While VIP guests networked and discovered Lustica Bay, a number of showcases were on display. Dalseen Jewellery, hailing from Egypt, presented a prestigious collection of mesmerising jewellery from diamonds, gemstones and opulent necklaces, fit for a Middle Eastern style icon. Alongside, an appearance was also made by Benton and Johnson – an arbiter of traditional artisan embroidery seamlessly blending luxurious cloths and innovative thinking for discernible gentlemen. The guests enjoyed viewing the exquisite artworks by Bradley Theodore, and finally, Bed of Roses Luxury Concierge presented its services as a goto portal dedicated providing unrivalled access to the world of luxury, from hotels, restaurants to bespoke transportation and exclusive club memberships.

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THE LUXURY NETWORK NEW ZEALAND HOSTED A DAZZLING ‘MOON FESTIVAL DINNER’ AT RED WALL 1939

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he Luxury Network, in collaboration with members, Scarlett Wood, and Royal Reed, hosted a dazzling ‘Moon Festival Dinner’ at Red Wall 1939. Royal Reed, from Prestige Law, guided us through sacred Chinese traditions which are celebrated and performed during traditional Chinese holidays. Doting a sought-after evening; guests learnt about gifting, and common misconceptions by western society in traditional Chinese protocol, which made for thought provoking conversation, and an insightful yet entertaining speech. Guests were treated to a beautifully artistic, and moreish four course dinner; a combination of top local and international produce infused with Chinese methods and enhanced with quality spices curating an incredible feast. The decadent menu included; crab cakes with red ginger as an entree, two delicious main options of Black truffle braised jumbo prawns, and Red Wall 1939 signature wagyu beef. Sweet endings were met, with the evening finishing off with grade A dessert, of fresh avocado mousse with New Zealand Manuka honey, accompanied by fresh raspberry ice cream. After an entertaining and highly enjoyable evening, guests went home equipped with a luxurious gift bag from La Mer and Jo Malone London.

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THE LUXURY NETWORK EXPANDS IN THAILAND

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he world’s leading luxury affinity marketing and business networking group, The Luxury Network, celebrates another milestone by expanding its global growth by officially opening a new office in the Kingdom of Thailand. The agreement was signed between TLN International Global CEO, H.E. Fares Ghattas and TLN Thailand GM, Elena Trunova in July 2019. Elena is currently a partner in the Premier Asia Law Firm located in Phuket, Thailand, although, her focus is now squarely on increasing awareness of The Luxury Network and expanding the membership base. Even prior to Thailand officially joining TLN, there has been substantial interest from prospective partners within the Kingdom to the opportunities which members can offer. The Luxury Network is delighted at the prospect of opening the new Kingdom of Thailand Office which is strategically located in the centre of the ASEAN region. Thailand is a powerhouse economy within the region with foreign investment increasing compounded annual growth rate of 9.72% over the past decade. GDP has been growing without pause for the past 5 years with a healthy rate of 4.5% growth anticipated in 2019. In addition to a strong export-driven economy, Thailand has the added benefit substantial interest from tourists and expats wishing to find a little bit of paradise to call their home. Investment in quality luxury resorts, hotels and accommodation have been growing rapidly completing the market for quality luxury items and experiences. Living in Thailand is very fortunate. The Kingdom of Thailand has a kind welcoming culture with approximately 90% of Thais being Buddhist, which greatly influences the culture of the country. There is a strong belief in non-violence, kindness and compassion which are deeply ingrained into everyday life. Thai’s are some of the nicest people you will ever encounter. They’re always happy, smiling, extremely polite, and helpful. You will feel relaxed and safe in Thailand. They call Thailand the “Land of Thousand Smiles” for good reason. The Luxury Network was launched in London in 2007. It covers areas of the luxury market such as private jets, yachting, motor concierge, health & beauty, wealth management, premium real estate, exclusive travel, golf, jewellery & watches, entertainment, fashion, and many more. Having built up quite an impressive reputation with more than 20 years of experience and offices across Europe, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, America, and parts of Africa, their membership portfolio boasts the world’s leading brands including Ferrari, Bentley, Cartier, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Bvlgari, Porsche, Bang & Olufsen, Sunseeker, Azimut Yachts, Panerai, Etihad Airlines, Rolls-Royce, Zenith, Sothebys Realty, and Tom Ford amongst others. 83


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A NIGHT OUT AT THE RACES WITH THE LUXURY NETWORK SINGAPORE

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n August 16, 2019, The Luxury Network and the Diplomatic Council hosted a oneof-a-kind event for 70 of its guests – Red and White Affair by the Diplomatic Council – in celebration of Singapore’s 54th National Day at the Singapore Turf Club. Founded in 1842, Singapore Turf Club (STC) at Kranji is Singapore’s only racecourse and holds both day and night live horse races. Invited guests were treated to a specially curated all silver-white theme that exuded class and luxe. The closeddoor event took place in the VIP Suite on level 4 of the Grandstand, which offered a bird’s eye view of the racetrack, and provided a private ambience for them to network and mingle. Guests were also treated to a rare experience – up close and personal with the race horses at the horse parade ring, followed by exciting trackside action as the horses raced towards the finishing line. The event ended on a high note with Best Dressed Male and Female awarded to Dr Bernard Cheong and Gerti Iwatake. Nominees for best dress Male and Female included Bentley Cheng & Mark Hashemi and Joanne Sim & Serene Tan. A night out at the races against a scenic backdrop at the Singapore Turf Club definitely did not disappoint.

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LOTUS DINING CHINESE ETIQUETTE DINNER

On Thursday evening, Lotus Dining Group hosted some guests of The Luxury Network China Division in their stunning venue, The Gardens by Lotus, in their private Blue Room. Guests enjoyed an evening of refined Chinese dining whilst speaker Royal Reed, Lawyer to Chinese Billionaires, shared her insights into dealing with Chinese customers, their staff, and the importance of wining, dinning and gifting in the Chinese culture and how to build loyalty, friendship and business. The evening was filled with laughter, great people, food and wine. Thank you to our wonderful guests for joining us.

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THE LUXURY NETWORK NEW ZEALAND PREVIEWS THE EXCLUSIVE LA MER ARTISTIC COLLABORATION WITH SORRENTI

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n September, members of The Luxury Network NZ and their guests attended an exclusive private preview of the new limited edition La Mer product range featuring art from emerging photographer Gray Sorrenti, daughter of Mario Sorrenti. This artistic collaboration continued the theme “Edge of the Sea” with chef Des Harris wowing guests with his ocean themed dinner, perfectly accompanied by Tantalus Estate wines from Waiheke. Guests were able to wander around the luxurious Gaggenau showroom while viewing Gray Sorrenti’s latest photographs, exclusive to La Mer, and left with a special La Mer goodie bag.

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AN INSPIRING CONVERSATION ON THE FUTURE OF LUXURY

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n the 15th of October, an Inspiring Conversation on the Future of Luxury shined a spotlight on the state of Nigeria’s dynamic luxury sector with insights from global brands, retailers and pioneering visionaries on overcoming the barriers to entry, ethical luxury practices and building transparent, sustainable and value-driven business partnerships at The Connaught, Mayfair. This event was presented by Financial Times, in partnership with The Luxury Network.

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THE LUXURY NETWORK UAE OCTOBER 2019 B2B

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fter a quiet summer away, The Luxury Network UAE hit the ground running again on event season with a B2B hosted by LUXHABITAT held at the Gaggenau Showroom at Oberoi Centre in Dubai’s Business Bay. As it is always the procedure for The Luxury Network UAE’s B2Bs, it was a full-day affair of meeting and greeting the network’s newest members, catching up after a hiatus and conversing on affinity marketing opportunities. It began with Juan Perez, The Luxury Network UAE¹s CEO, ushering members in with a warm and inviting welcome around an open-style conference setting overlooking Dubai’s sparkling towers. Perez formally introduced each brand-member and handed over to TLN UAE’s exclusive public relations arm, Evoke International‘s Managing Director Leah Tedrow, who covered the extensive list of upcoming events to look forward to, including a luxury day on the exclusive Sir Bani Yas Island, just off the coast of Abu Dhabi.

Newest members gave pithy presentations on their outstanding presence in the region and how fellow members can leverage their expertise in joint partnerships. Onboard this season are Saxo Bank and IG Limited, both of whom are world-leading online trading and investment providers, giving you opportunities to access thousands of financial markets. Between other members taking to the floor talking through their brand’s happenings, moves in the market and plans for the future, members were treated to a rich buffet of wholesome and mouthwatering food catered by Sarabeth’s,¬ the legendary taste of NYC founded on passion and perfection. Also present at the luxury event were other seasoned members of The Luxury Network UAE: Al Bait Sharjah, The MotorHub, Natura Bissé, Quantum Impact Investing, Ascots & Chapels, Huriya Private and Palma Holding.

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MEMBERS Affairs VACHERON CONSTANTIN’S HISTORIQUES CORNES DE VACHE 1955 Born in 1955 in the effervescence of the post-war years, the “Cornes de vache” model, named after the characteristic shape of its lugs, quickly established itself as one of the emblematic chronographs of its time. Bearing reference 6087 and produced in extremely limited numbers, it is today one of the most sought-after models among devotees of the Maison. In the vintage spirit of its Historiques collection, Vacheron Constantin is offering a reissue of this steel piece characterised by a blend of tradition and stylistic originality. An Exclusive Collection Vacheron Constantin wished to give tangible reality to its heritage by creating the Historiques Collection in 2006. Paying tribute to the archetypes that have marked the evolution of the Maison, the collection highlights the richness of the Manufacture’s technical and aesthetic heritage through contemporary reinterpretations of its emblematic models. Aimed above all at connoisseurs looking for pieces imbued with a vintage spirit, Historiques watches are exclusive by nature. Over the years, various models such as the famous American 1921 or the Ultra-fine 94

1955 have thus been given a new lease on life. Offbeat Classicism The reference 6087 released in 1955 is one of these legendary watches. It was the Manufacture’s first water-resistant chronograph and currently one of the pieces most coveted by collectors due to its very limited production. Equipped

with manual-winding Calibre 492, the model offered a singular blend of technical rigour and creative audacity, particularly due to the evocative shape of its cow hornshaped lugs. This duality between the traditional architecture of a double-pusher chronograph featuring a dial bearing 30-minute and small seconds counters, together with its unconventional design, vividly expressed the stylistic originality based on subtly off beat classicism that Vacheron Constantin has consistently cultivated throughout its history. Unprecedented Collaboration After two first reissues in platinum in 2015 and 18K 4N pink gold in 2016, the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 model now returns in a steel version emphasising its vintage inspiration. Water-resistant to 30 metres, the case has a more contemporary 38.5 mm diameter than the 35 mm of the original and naturally bears the distinctive lugs reminiscent of cow horns securing it to the strap. The crafting of the latter was entrusted to the Milanese luxury leather goods Maison, Serapian, founded in 1928, which shares the values of excellence cherished by Vacheron Con-


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stantin. A dark brown calf leather strap whose patina blends with the retro look of the model was chosen and Serapian also treated the second loop of the strap to the ‘attacco’ shape featured on its handbag handles – a signature nod to the famous Milanese leather goods manufacturer’s first collaboration with a watchmaker. Chronograph Calibre 1142 The Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 watch is powered by the manual-winding 1142 chronograph calibre with a 48-hour power reserve. In keeping with the grand watchmaking tradition, the short-time measuring mechanism is controlled by a column-wheel, adorned with a screw head shaped like a Maltese cross, the Vacheron Constantin emblem. Entirely bevelled and hand-decorated, with circular-grained finishes on the dial side and Côtes de Genève on the back, this 164-component movement beating at a rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz) can be admired through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback framed by a ten-sided bezel. The model offers timekeeping functions including small seconds, as well as a chronograph with a central seconds hand and minute counter. A tachymeter scale (serving to determine average speed over a known distance) on a 1000-metre base surrounds the chronograph counter featuring blued steel hands for optimal legibility. A white min95


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ute-circle punctuated with dark red numerals highlights the tone of the grey velvet-finished opaline dial, embellished with two snailed counters and bearing applied gold Roman numerals and hour-markers. Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 in a Nutshell As part of its Historiques collection, Vacheron Constantin presents a steel version of its emblematic “Cornes de vache� model, the Maison’s first water-resistant chronograph launched in 1955. Immediately recognisable by its distinctive cow horn-like lugs, this model is now one of the most sought-after among collectors. This reissue, aesthetically faithful to the original, is adapted to current watchmaking standards. The diameter of the case, which is water-resistant to 30 metres, has been increased to 38.5 mm. It now houses manual-winding chronograph Calibre 1142, beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour and endowed with a 48hour power reserve. This movement powers timekeeping functions including small seconds as well as chronograph functions with a central seconds hand and minutes counter appearing on a grey velvet-finish opaline dial, embellished with two snailed counters and a white counter. The crafting of the strap in patinated dark brown calf leather was entrusted to the traditional Milanese leather goods Maison Serapian, founded in 1928, which has thus undertaken its first collaborative endeavour with Vacheron Constantin. 96


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A SUPERB EVENT FEATURING TLN AUSTRALIA MEMBERS KAY & BURTON AND ABERCROMBIE & KENT On Thursday, 19th September, The Luxury Network member Kay & Burton hosted the first of their Speaker Series at Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club. The presentation featured Ivor Ries (Senior Research Analyst at Morgan Financial) and Sujata Raman (Regional Managing Director- Australia/Asia Pacific at Abercrombie & Kent). It was an evening that stimulated the mind and inspired the heart.

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EXPERIENCE OF LUXURY WITH KWANPEN

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WANPEN celebrated its long-time customers with an exclusive private event at the KWANPEN Flagship boutique at The Shoppes Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Showcasing the KWANPEN Edge Mini bag during the event, in its array of selected components and colours, guests were presented with special insights to the construction behind a KWANPEN bag. From threads to hardware, quality and integrity were evident in the display. Guests were also offered the opportunity to reimagine and personalize the Edge Mini bag through an event-exclusive special-order service rewarded to KWANPEN’S loyal patrons. Together with KWANPEN’s brand ambassadors and its very own in-house designer present at the event, guests were able to discuss their selections and explore their styles while being guided with expert advice to help curate new looks and tailor a bag suiting their individuality. Since the founding of KWANPEN in 1938, all its creations have been exclusively crafted within its Singa-

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pore workshop where the Kwan family, designers and craftsmen proudly upholds the tradition of craftsmanship and quality affiliated with the brand. All special-ordered bags are expected to be ready by January 2020 and KWANPEN is thrilled to present these beautifully customized bags to their new owners, wishing them new-found enjoyment in carrying their own unique creations.


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INVESTING IN PARADISE WITH STYLE, CHARACTER AND SOUL.

CHARN ISSARA AND BABA BEACH CLUB

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harn Issara is one of the Kingdom of Thailand’s premier developers with multiple exclusive and class leading properties within their portfolio. Their designs benefit from years of experience in carefully crafting superb resort lifestyle residences, hotels, resorts, condominiums, commercial properties and villas. They match these with offering management and unpanelled after sale services to meet the expectations of the more discerning international and local clientele.

tom designed in a Chino-Portuguese and Shanghai Tang aesthetic to create a unique, modern and cozy home-away-from-home.

For something extraordinary, the BaBa Beach Club Phuket an exclusive high-end luxury Residential, Beachfront Hotel.

The beach club features an exquisite world class restaurant & bar and beachfront swimming pools including In-room Spa & Fitness facilities. The residents can enjoy a wide range of the finest personal services and facilities.

“Baba” translates in Thai to “Son”. The owner of Charn Issara, Mr Songkran Issara built this property in collaboration and in adoration for his son Vorasit “Wan” Issara. The resounding theme throughout this Hotel is a love of music entwined with enjoyment of a luxurious lifestyle and happiness. The result is a Music Lover’s Hotel and Villas operating in the style of a luxury beach club. “If we’d build a traditional hotel, it would be boring, but a beach club-themed hotel is not. We are trying to create a fun product. We want a bit more upbeat theme, revolving around music,” explains Wan. Located on pristine beachfront on Natai Beach, commanding breathtaking views of the Northern tip of Phuket, on a 2km unspoiled beach. Baba Beach Club Phuket is comprised of private luxury Two Bedroom Pool Villas and Five Bedroom Beachfront Villas, cus100

Just 20 minutes north of Phuket International Airport, Baba Beach Club is surrounded by a lush tropical environment in an area rich in natural beauty and unforgettable charm which is emerging as a prime extension of Phuket. Natai Beach has been recognized as one of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in Phuket.

The Baba Beach Club offers much more than just a luxury hotel and villas. Literally you are steps away from vibrant, classy and upbeat party settings including world renowned DJ’s. Twice a week you can join in Phuket’s most fashionable party events, with just phenomenal sound and lighting and service. For those craving some excitement Baba Beach Club is the place to be….being a magnet for local and international celebrities to such events as the vibrant CIRCOLOCO parties which are held every January. Baba Beach Club, Phuket offers a truly unique luxury lifestyle investment, embraced within an exclusive world class resort hotel setting. In addition to being a prime investment opportunity, the calm luxurious surrounds of these properties truly need to be experienced in person to be fully appreciated. Why not


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take a well-earned break and consider turning your dreams into reality by exploring the rare opportunities this exclusive quality resort lifestyle has on offer for you? Exclusively for members and close affiliates to the Luxury Network we offer very attractive accommodation deals so you can experience for yourself the Baba Beach Club. For more information and tailored packages to your needs feel free to drop a line to Elena who is the

General Manager for The Luxury Network Thailand: elena@theluxurynetworkthailand.com or call: +66 63 548 2079. If you would like more information about the Baba Beach Club Investment and Lifestyle possibilities, you can visit us on-line : www.bababeachclub.com For arguably Thailand’s best property developments you can explore more here: https://charnissara.com/

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n Wednesday August 29th 2019, The Luxury Network and their guests were some of the lucky 300 invitees who gathered at White Bay Cruise Terminal for an immersive Ferrari experience paying homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history and unveiling the Ferrari F8 Tributo for the first time on Australian soil. This all-encompassing event allowed guests to delve deeper into Ferrari’s antiquity and see the progression of its most influential engine over the years. Guests were greeted by a custom red light installation leading them into the concealed ‘birdcage’. Soon after, Herbert Appleroth Chief Executive Officer for Ferrari Australasia, addressed attendees. As the intensity of the forthcoming reveal grew, guests welcomed the commanding roar of the F8 engine; the curtains then dropped unveiling the new Ferrari F8 Tributo. “We are extremely proud to bring the much anticipated Ferrari F8 Tributo to Australian shores. This vehicle pays homage to our history. The Ferrari F8 Tributo brings the exhilarating performance of the best 8-cylinder in the world to all drivers, with unprecedented handling and superior ride comfort.” Said Herbert Appleroth, Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari Australasia. A reveal like no other, the Ferrari F8 Tributo joined a 102

prestigious line up of the past V8 models provided by local private collectors. The cars on display included the Ferrari 308 GTB 1975, Ferrari 328 GTS 1985, Ferrari 348 TB 1989, Ferrari F355 Berlinetta 1994, Ferrari 360 Modena 1999, Ferrari F430 2004, Ferrari 458 Italia 2009 and finally the Ferrari 488 GTB 2015. A line up of this stature is rare to come by, offering a once in a lifetime preview for guests. Guests enjoyed an evening full of glamour. A decadent Ferrari red floral arrangement by esteemed master floral artist George Low draped the ceiling and bar, where guests were served GH Mumm Chamagne and Italian Negroni’s. A feast


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for the eyes, guests enjoyed a selection of luxurious food offerings including a classic Italian Aperitivo bar serving beautifully curated antipasto plates of San Danielle prosciutto sliced to order with hand- rolled grissini, marinated Sicilian olives and aged parmesan. A custom caviar bar circled the room throughout the night, offering guests the Simon Johnson Caviar Masterclass guide through a tasting of the delicacy, demonstrating the subtle differences in types and regions. The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the new mid-rear-engined sports car that represents the highest expression of the Prancing

Horse’s classic two-seater berlinetta. It is a car with unique characteristics; making the exhilarating performance of the best 8-cylinder in the world accessible to all drivers, with unprecedented handling and superior ride comfort. Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the Ferrari F8 Tributo is essentially a bridge to a new design language that will continue to emphasize Ferrari’s key characteristics of high performance and extreme aerodynamic efficiency. In fact, the Ferrari F8 Tributo is the most aerodynamically efficient series-production mid-rear-engined berlinetta ever designed. “We truly expect this stunning new Ferrari V8 Sports car to become THE dream car for clients and fans around the world. The Ferrari Tributo truly embodies the pinnacle of Italian excellence and the V8 engine is seen as the very epitome of sportiness and driving pleasure. With maximum level of usability, outstanding design and innovative technologies, we will provide a new level of driving experience to our customers.” Said Dieter Knechtel, Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari Far East and Middle East Hub. What a special and unforgettable evening to celebrate the arrival of the Ferrari F8 Tributo! 103


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Simon Johnson Truffle Masterclass with David Coomer

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inter in Australia is a time for amazing food and wine experiences, and luckily for us, Australia is home to some of the most incredible truffle suppliers in the world. One of those is Western Australian chef and truffle producer David Coomer. Simon Johnson invited David to their newly launched Cooking School in Alexandria to host their Truffle Masterclass, which featured his famous black perigord truffles from the cool climate of Western Australia’s pristine Manjimup region.

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Guests were treated to four courses of beautiful dishes, including: + Duck Liver and truffle pate + Burrata with truffle and aged balsamic + Roasted brussel sprouts, truffle and pancetta + Cacio Pepe with shave truffles HW Speak wine merchants paired wines to each of the course, which elevated the evening for all those who attended. Among those who attended was local Sydney food blogger Chloe Su. Thank you to Simon Johnson for having us!


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LANGTON’S GRAND CRU BURGUNDY DINNER AT SOHO

angton’s had the pleasure of hosting Vincent Avenel, General Manager of Domaine Chanson Père et Fils for an evening of new release and back-vintage wines. Tasting red and white Burgundy at Doltone House SOHO @ Jones Bay Wharf in the heart of Sydney Harbour… there are worse ways to spend an evening. Everything that follows must be taken considering the limited context of Burgundy. Where ‘value’ is used, think ‘Burgundian value.’ Where ‘affordable’ is written, read ‘affordable for Burgundy.’ While Claret fanciers might say the world’s greatest wines hail from Bordeaux, Burgundy lovers will disagree. However, minuscule production volumes in Burgundy fall far short of global demand. What this does to the price is obvious. Domaine Chanson Père et Fils, established in 1750, is one of the five great Burgundy négociant houses. Though modest in scale compared to its competitors, Chanson still produces Grand Cru wines that can be accessed for prices in line with top tier Australian Pinot and Chardonnay. Vincent, whose background is in sales and marketing, took over from Guy du Courcel, who had raised the bar for Chanson since his 2002 appointment by owners, Bollinger. Yes, the Champagne house! We asked Vincent about the challenges of management around harvest time. ‘During two weeks, the decisions you are going to make in terms of when to pick, how many people you need, what kind of vinification we are going to do, will have a huge

and people very curious about Burgundy.’

impact on the next two or three years. So there is a lot of pressure.’ The pressure has increased with the temperature soaring across Europe. With heatwaves looking like the new normal, we asked Vincent how Chanson are planning to deal with climate change. ‘For this year [2019], it’s too early to tell. But what I can tell you is that for the last 20 years I have been working in Burgundy I have seen a huge change. A very good indication is picking dates. 20 years ago, we would start in the middle of September. Now we begin picking at the start of September and in some cases the end of August. So that is an indication that global warming is not just a concept, it is a reality. And, working with mother nature, we can really feel it.’ And the Chanson view of the Australian market for Burgundy? ‘For us, it’s obviously not a big volume. But it is a very good market for promoting and selling our premium wines. Actually, many of our customers are producers themselves and they buy our wines as we, in Burgundy, are considered the benchmark. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have become very trendy in the last ten years and Australia is obviously following that trend. And there are lots of good restaurants here, the cuisine level is very high

After talking to Vincent, we were joined by 60 guests of Langton’s for a masterclass dinner at SOHO @ Jones Bay Wharf. Vincent led the proceedings with a tasting of his latest Grand Cru and Premier Cru Bourgogne blanc and rouge. We were also treated to some back vintage wines that showed the development of the wine over just five years. If patience is your particular virtue, then cellaring these wines will reward over decades. Vincent also challenged some of the hallowed names of Burgundy with wines that don’t cost in the thousands, if not the tens-of-thousands (in fact, you’re lucky if you get them at that!). It was a common refrain of guests during the evening on the night; ‘Grand Cru Burgundy at this price? It’s great!’ After a few glasses, Vincent got the crowd going with a song, the details of which will remain a delightful memory for those in attendance. Next time, perhaps? For more than 30 years, Langton’s has been at the forefront of Australia’s fine wine scene through its groundbreaking wine auction events, involvement with Penfolds Re-corking Clinics and its highly influential Classification of Australian Wine. Langtons customers also have access to a complimentary personal Wine Broker. More than concierge service, a Langton’s broker has access to off-market pricing on rare and back-vintage wines. Explore the wines of Domaine Chanson in our portfolio or contact your Langton’s Wine Broker for different formats, back vintages and forthcoming premium events. 105


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INTRODUCING THE AUSTRALIAN TURF CLUBS’S THE ESTATE

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he Australian Turf Club’s Royal Randwick’s new grand and luxurious trackside precinct at Everest Carnival 2019. Enter a new and luxurious royal racing experience offering an exclusive trackside environment, best-in-class entertainment, the finest fare and exemplary service. With opulent design, stunning grounds, and uninterrupted trackside views – this is the ultimate raceday destination. Choose to entertain your guests in one of The Estate’s two prestigious venues, The Conservatory and The Manor.

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THE FRAGRANCE BUTLER The Luxury Network Nigeria is thrilled to announce another brilliant partnership within the network – a unique collaboration between the prestigious Wheatbaker and Montaigne Place, Nigeria’s foremost luxury skincare, cosmetics, fragrance and wellbeing retailer. The Fragrance Butler is an ultra modern and exciting new concept, available as a complimentary service at the Wheatbaker hotel from the moment a guest checks in or uses any of the hotel’s facilities. Upon request at the front desk, The Fragrance Butler will appear with an exquisite tray stacked with luxurious fragrances from perfume houses, such as Roja Parfums, The Merchant of Venice and The House of Oud. Guests can select a fragrance of their choice from the tray, to use while the butler waits, or purchase any of the fragrances for use later, and perhaps a gift for someone else.

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MCLAREN LAUNCHES THEIR NEW GT IN SYDNEY

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cLaren’s brand new GT has officially landed and was unveiled at the contemporary and sophisticated, Bar M in Rushcutters Bay. Guests were left in suspense, as a silk cover was slowly pulled away to reveal the sophisticated styling of McLaren’s unique interpretation of a modern Grand Tourer. And guests were not left disappointed! Lighter, faster and highly engaging to drive, the new McLaren GT challenges the conventions of the Grand Tourer category. Managing Director of Asia Pacific and China for McLaren Automotive, George Biggs, greeted guests, noting: “The McLaren GT is an exceptionally refined vehicle with class leading elegance and sophistication. The dynamic performance of this vehicle utilises the next generation of our pioneering Optimal Control Theory to deliver levels of ride comfort. It has been designed for drivers with a sense of adventure, who are seeking both performance and continent- crossing capa108


bility. The McLaren GT is the perfect companion for the great Australian road trip and we’re confident our customers will agree.” McLaren Global Marketing Director, Jamie Corstorphine, also attended the event, flying in from the UK to personally take Australian customers through the design journey of the new GT.

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A glance at the interior of the new model reveals a cosseting space designed to delight on longer journeys, but with all the essentials for focused, high performance driving; the seating position, location of controls and forward visibility are as important here as they are in any McLaren. The streamlined, electrically adjusted and heated seats, which are unique to the McLaren GT, have been engineered to meet the requirements of Grand Touring, optimised for long-distance comfort, with the perfect amount of support in combination with superb lateral control. As a first for McLaren, the new GT features storage space in both the front and rear of the vehicle, meaning it has the ability to easily house a golf bag or two pairs of 185cm skis and boots as well as luggage, plus a further 150 litres of storage at the front, enabling the new McLaren GT to accommodate a total of 570 litres. The launch event also coincided with the arrival of McLaren’s first bespoke luggage collection, displayed for the first time in Australia at this exclusive event. Designed especially for the McLaren GT by McLaren Special Operations, GT Luggage Set conforms to the brand’s highest’s standards of engineering, quality and exclusivity, and consists of four pieces, the garment case, the weekend bag, the cabin bag and the full-size golf bag. It was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all.

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ZENITH UNITES GEM-SETTING AND WATCHMAKING MASTERY IN THE DEFY HIGH JEWELRY SERIES

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hile we can’t give the gift of time itself, we can certainly make every passing moment that much more precious. Just in time for the holiday season, Zenith unveils a number of High Jewelry editions of two of its most emblematic pieces from the DEFY collection, the DEFY El Primero 21 and DEFY Classic. Whether as a his-and-hers set or an unforgettable gift for that special someone, these jewel embellished editions of the DEFY are sure to make a sparkling declaration of affection this winter.

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A jewel interpretation of the modern chronograph icon Already a statement piece with its unrivalled 100th of a second chronograph movement and resolutely contemporary looks, the DEFY El Primero 21 High Jewelry pushes boundaries even further. With a rose gold case entirely set with brilliant cut white diamonds and the bezel with baguette cut diamonds, this rendition of the DEFY El Primero 21 turns the exceptional into outstanding. And if diamonds aren’t enough, the DEFY El Primero 21 High Jewelry Rainbow is as joyfully festive as it is an enchant-

ing combination of watchmaking and gem-setting prowess coming seamlessly together. On the rose gold case, white diamonds of varying sizes are applied in a seemingly random pattern, in a technique known as snow setting. The bezel takes on the vibrant “rainbow” treatment, where 44 baguette-cut sapphires are meticulously picked and arranged in a progressive colour scheme that spans the entire visible light spectrum. This rainbow effect continues on to the open dial, where the hour markers are set with sapphires matching those on the bezel.


Members Affairs A skeleton with an alluring twist Perfectly proportioned and boasting a uniquely conceived open dial and movement, the DEFY Classic has all the makings of the perfect daily companion. Making this modern icon even more outstanding is the DEFY Classic High Jewelry, with a titanium case set with brilliant cut-diamonds and baguette diamonds on the bezel. This bejewelled edition retains the signature Zenith blue touches throughout, from the dial to the rubber and alligator leather strap.

rially produced “El Primero” automatic chronograph calibre. Always one step ahead, Zenith is writing a new chapter in its unique legacy by setting new standards of perfor-

mance and inspired design. Zenith is here to shape the future of Swiss watchmaking, accompanying those who dare to challenge time itself and reach for the stars.

Adding a spectacular pop of colour to this holiday season is the DEFY Classic High Jewelry Rainbow, which is all about capturing the beauty of light in all its wavelengths. As white is the combination of all colours, it serves as the perfect backdrop for the rainbow effect on the DEFY Classic, with 48 unique baguette cut sapphires on the bezel arranged by colour graduation, complemented by brilliant white diamonds on the titanium case for the perfect scintillating touch. These rare gem-set versions of the DEFY collection will make their way to Zenith boutiques and retailers around the world starting from October 2019 and are sure to make it to the top of Christmas wish-lists. ZENITH: the future of Swiss watchmaking With innovation as its guiding star, Zenith features exceptional in-house developed and manufactured movements in all its watches, such as the DEFY Inventor with its monolithic oscillator of exceptional precision, and the DEFY El Primero 21 with its high-frequency 1/100th of a second chronograph. Since its establishment in 1865, Zenith has consistently redefined the notions of precision and innovation, including the first “Pilot Watch” at the dawn of aviation and the first se111


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SUPERYACHT CHARTERS OFFERED EXCLUSIVELY BY AHOY CLUB

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ffering special access to The Luxury Network members, Ahoy Club have exclusively secured the best and most versatile yachts available for charter in Sydney on Friday 13 December. Arguably the most popular day of the year for Christmas Parties and end of year functions, there is no better way to get into the festive spirit. Exclusively with Ahoy Club, The Luxury Network members are invited to book; QUANTUM, CORROBBORREE, ONE WORLD, SHADOW, GHOST I, GHOST II, WOLF, OSCAR II, ELEMENT, PROMETHEUS and COMMISSIONER II Allow Ahoy Club to take care of every detail, and prepare you for an unforgettable private yacht charter experience. For more information or to secure your booking, email concierge@ahoyclub.com or call +61 (02) 9372 3333. A family run business with decades of experience in yachting, Ahoy Club combines a seamless digital experience with seven-star luxury service. Charter any yacht, anywhere, for the best possible price with Ahoy Club – whether it be a day out on Sydney Harbour, cruising the Mediterranean or Caribbean for holiday, or pulling up trackside at the Monaco Grand Prix, Ahoy Club have yachts suitable for any occasion. The team are stationed around the world to provide 24/7 concierge services – from finding and booking the right yacht for you, to creating personalised, best of class itineraries, impossible restaurants bookings, private flying and more – Ahoy Club remain involved with your charter experience, every step of the way.

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SHARE THE JOY WITH HENSCHKE THIS FESTIVE SEASON

he Henschke family are offering their pinnacle wines in special gift boxes this festive season. The Christmas gifting range includes Mount Edelstone Shiraz, Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon, The Wheelwright Shiraz, Tappa Pass Shiraz and Abbotts Prayer Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. A special edition Chinese New Year gift box has also been developed for Mount Edelstone Shiraz, Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon and The Wheelwright Shiraz. Hill of Grace Shiraz and Hill of Roses Shiraz are also available in locally crafted wooden gift boxes.

maternal great-great grandfather Nicolaus Stanitzki. Mount Edelstone was planted in 1912 by one of our close neighbours, Ronald Angas, descendant of English landowner George Fife Angas. Both vineyards preserve a heritage lost to the old world when phylloxera raged through their lands. With Prue’s careful nurturing these ancient, ungrafted shiraz vines deliver wines of incomparable texture and complexity.” Stephen Henschke, fifth-generation winemaker. Please contact sales@henschke.com.au to receive the full Henschke gifting guide for 2019.

“Henschke reds bring joy, incredible memories and have a beautiful sense of adaptation to all different occasions. Their natural complex and powerful style, combined with a beautiful velvety touch is to me, the perfect foundation for a great moment of entertainment.” – Niels Sluiman, Head Sommelier, Jonah’s Restaurant at Whale Beach, Sydney. “We are incredibly fortunate in Australia as a relatively young winemaking country to be able to make wines from some of the oldest vines in the world. Our dry-grown gnarled vines – Centenarians and Ancestors on the Hill of Grace vineyard were planted by my 113


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AHOY CLUB ACTIVATES AT THE SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

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hoy Club, the world’s number one digital yacht charter platform, proudly exhibited HAMPTONS SYDNEY at the 2019 Sydney International Boat Show. The most unique vessel to hit Sydney Harbour, HAMPTONS boasts two large open-plan floors with over 200 square meters to explore and take in the ever-changing Sydney Harbour vista. With a modern beach house atmosphere, HAMPTONS is a one-of-a-kind experience. A family run business with decades of experience in yachting, Ahoy Club combines a seamless digital experience with seven-star luxury service. Charter any yacht, anywhere with Ahoy Club – whether it be a day out on Sydney Harbour, cruising the Mediterranean or Caribbean for holiday, or pulling up trackside at the Monaco Grand Prix, Ahoy 114

Club have yachts suitable for any occasion. The team are stationed around the world to provide 24/7 concierge services – from finding and booking the right yacht for you, to creating personalised, best of class itineraries, impossible restaurants bookings, private flying and more – Ahoy Club remain involved with your charter experience, every step of the way.


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IQ GROUP GLOBAL AMG DRIVE DAY

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ercedes-Benz Sydney took The Luxury Network Australia Members, The iQ Group Global and their clients to the stunning Southern Highlands for an AMG drive day, through the national park with beautiful pit stops along the way. Lunch was served at Links House Hotel in Bowral where they fuelled up for the scenic drive back to AMG Sydney. Find out how you can be a part of our next AMG Drive Day. Email: marketing@mbsydney.com.au

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PRANCING HORSE SUPERCAR DRIVE DAY EXPERIENCE, KIAMA AND SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS (NSW)

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iscover Kiama and the hinterland of the Southern Highlands on a 200km ‘Supercar Drive Day’, featuring a brand new Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 and a collection of supercars with Prancing Horse. Starting from the shores of Kiama – south of Sydney, experience an incredible drive day that ventures across a landscape of rolling hills, sleepy dairy farms and sub-tropical rainforests. Enjoy an espresso from Penny Whistler’s Cafe and a private introduction to a stable of supercars, before departing into the hinterland for Jamberoo and the dramatic escarpment rising behind it. Ascend Macquarie Pass; an often misty mountain road etched into fold-created cliffs that shelter waterfalls, thrilling hair-pin bends and sheer sandstone walls. Rise onto the plateau of the Southern Highlands for a leisurely stop at Burrawang General Store (est. 1867). Raid the delicious display of cakes and scones, paired with home-made jams and fresh cream. Slide behind the wheel of another exotic and follow the ribbon of tarmac that unravels into Kangaroo Valley. The sound of throttles opening simultaneously, the roar of engines and the crackling of exhausts bouncing over the Southern Highlands; finally arriving at the calm inlet of Gerroa estuary. 116

Event Inclusions • The latest-specification Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 and a collection of different supercars (max. 4) • An exhilarating 200km+ Supercar Drive Day from Kiama across the beautiful Southern Highlands and Kangaroo Valley • Morning tea at Burrawang General Store, with refreshments throughout the journey – package includes all dining and fuel expenses • Three course lunch for two at The Blue Swimmer at Seahaven Restaurant, overlooking the estuary entrance of Gerroa (1.5 hrs) • Private instruction and support via two-way UHF radio communication with a dedicated lead vehicle throughout the event • Comprehensive vehicle insurance – please note that we do not ask guests for a security deposit or bond (conditions apply) • Convenient pay-by-instalment arrangements available – only a deposit of A$500 is required to confirm your reservation Limited availability.


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UNDER The Spotlight TLN Adria Launches in a Glamorous Cocktail Event at the Chedi Lustica Bay, Montenegro

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e are delighted to announce the official launch of The Luxury Network Adria following a fantastic launch party on the 7th September 2019, hosted by Lustica Bay at The Chedi Luštica Bay Hotel in Montenegro. The Luxury Network International is the world’s leading luxury affinity marketing group and private membership club for luxury brands and high-end service providers. A private consortium of 60 semi non-competitive premium brands in each luxury capital of the world, working together at senior director level for mutual business and client development.

The Luxury Network was launched in London in 2007 and covers areas of the luxury market such as private jets, yachting, motor concierge, health & beauty, wealth management, premium real estate, exclusive travel, golf, jewellery & watches, entertainment, fashion, and many more. Having built up quite an impressive reputation with more than 20 years of experience and offices across Europe, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, America, and parts of Africa, their membership portfolio boasts the world’s leading brands including Ferrari, Johnnie Walker, Bentley, Cartier, Abercrombie & Kent, Qatar Airways, Bugatti, Mercedez Benz, Lamborghini, Lotus, Bvlgari, Porsche, BMW, Vertu, and Bang & Olufsen, amongst others. Officially launching in September, The Luxury Network Adria is set to carve a new face to the luxury sector in the region by forming a consortium of the finest home-grown and international luxury brands. The aim is to set a standard for the term ‘luxury’ inside the region and to create a platform that will facilitate discussion, interaction and collaboration between players across all luxury sectors. This will be achieved by fostering a more strategic approach to marketing activities by giving member brands direct access to valuable, pre-qualified, high net worth clients, both locally and internationally. The proposition of the Luxury Network Adria network is to cater to both luxury brands inside the region and luxury brands outside the region, who either wish to enter the market or to reach an International audience.


The cocktail reception at The Chedi Luštica Bay Hotel, Montenegro, commenced with an opening speech by Ana Roncevic, Managing Director of The Luxury Network Adria who commented,

“I am extremely happy and proud that The Luxury Network expanded in our region and that TLN Adria launched tonight. It is important for luxury brands and high-end service providers to reinvent themselves to remain relevant in today’s evolving luxury industry. This is where The Luxury Network can help. Creative relationship building among our members either on B2B or B2C basis gives them the opportunity to deliver the highest value products and services via extraordinary experiences that will make their clients feel special. We are very excited for all partnerships we will be creating together.“ Also, in attendance were the Global CEO of The Luxury Network International, Fares Ghattas, and Global Head of Business Development, Helena Warren, together with the Managing Director of The Luxury Network Italy, Silvia Lelli, and The Managing Director of The Luxury Network Thailand Elena Trunova. Each of whom are keen to collaborate with The Luxury Network Adria in their respective markets.

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The event was supported by The Luxury Network’s founding members Lustica Bay, Discover Montenegro and Pernod Ricard with senior directors from each brand represented on the night. Guests were served delicious Beefeater gin cocktails and Chivas Regal whiskey throughout the evening and treated to premium luxury cigars supplied by Cigar Club Mareva from Split, Croatia. Hrvoje Rodin, Sales Director for Pernod Ricard Adriatic commented “It is a pleasure to be a part of The Luxury Network as it is important to be amongst a relevant target audience and to spread the word of luxury and premium spirits. We see great opportunity for all of the brands and clients within the network to enjoy our drinks through our strategy to offer a “drinking experience” and to build passionate luxury brands and drive brand loyalty.”


Under The Spotlight With guest dancing into the night against the stunning backdrop of Lustica Bay marina, the Head of Sales and Marketing for Lustica Bay, Ahmed Zaki, demonstrated the importance of a local and international stage for the project when he said,

“It is an honour for us to welcome representatives from The Luxury Network branches worldwide to Lustica Bay. At the recent Luxury Network International Awards in Dubai, we were thrilled when our town received an award for The Best Development in Europe. One of the largest and most important projects in this part of Europe, Lustica Bay has established close cooperation with The Luxury Network. We held a joint event just last week in London bringing together networking circles from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. And of course, here today, we come together again with the formal launch of Luxury Network Adria. We hope that in celebration of our continued cooperation, you will enjoy this evening with us – meet, talk, share knowledge and expertise – so that we can, together, build on this exciting momentum in the development of Montenegro and this part of Europe.”

The following morning, guests were welcomed in Porto Montenegro by Anita Dekovic Moskov where they were guided through the Naval Heritage Museum after which they were served with refreshments in the beautiful setting of Porto Montenegro Yacht Club. Brand alignments, joint collaborations, product placements, media sharing, B2B and B2C networking events are just a few of the methods through which The Luxury Network plans to increase awareness and explore new business development opportunities for and among its members.


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Why Join The Luxury Network? The Luxury Network has been recognized by the British media as ‘the world’s leading luxury affinity marketing group’ and one of the most innovative formulas for the development of new businesses between luxury brands which share the same values, customers and target audience. We build meaningful business relationships and connections in the HNW and UNHW space with over 28 global offices and 500 exclusive member brands worldwide. With over a decade of experience in the international luxury industry facilitating access to new high-net-worth individuals, our team has developed thousands of strategies for countless companies. The importance of top-end strategic alliances for financial success is indisputable and yet most companies don’t have the time or the resources to create such ongoing business relationships. We are armed with the right connections to help you form new business alliances with many other luxury brands, to reach each other’s HNW pre-qualified private clients, and showcase your brand’s services and products at our luxury B2C sales or private client events. You will get the opportunity to entertain your clients and invite your prospects to our of B2C luxury events. The Luxury Network’s team will perform as your extended marketing arm to orchestrate successful collaborations by working closely with your own personal The Luxury Network account manager to develop your business and identify your targets. For more reasons to join The Luxury Network, please visit our website testimonials and success stories section. You may join The Luxury Network by filling in the form at www.tlnint.com/contact-us or email us at info@tlnint.com and we will take care of the rest for you. www.tln i n t.c om


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The Luxury Network Magazine Issue 15  

This latest issue features the Financial Times Summit 2019 in London and The Luxury Network launch events at the Adriatic Sea region and Tha...

The Luxury Network Magazine Issue 15  

This latest issue features the Financial Times Summit 2019 in London and The Luxury Network launch events at the Adriatic Sea region and Tha...