Monthly Archives: January 2011

Skema Business School

French Business School Offers Luxury Degree in China

Skema Business School

The phrase “made in China,” once anathema to luxury brands for its suggestion of counterfeiting, is acquiring new meaning in the context of professional education.

Beginning in September of 2011, Skema Business School , which is among the largest of France’s Grandes Écoles, will offer the degree of master of science in luxury and fashion management at its Suzhou campus in China.

The yearlong program includes a compulsory three-month internship at an Asia-based firm and is designed to combine French managerial experience with China’s tradition of fine craftsmanship with valuable materials like silk and porcelain.
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Warhol Charles Diana

Warhol portraits of Charles and Diana go on sale

Warhol Charles Diana

Two matching portraits of princess Diana and Prince Charles by pop art icon Andy Warhol have gone on display for the first time since 1982, ahead of being sold.

The paintings show Charles in naval attire against a blue background. His first wife Diana wears a formal dress and is pictured against a pink background.

They were made using synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on canvas and marked the couple’s wedding in 1981.
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TripAdvisor airlines

TripAdvisor to Allow Users to Rate Airlines

TripAdvisor airlines

Consumers are now able to rate airlines using review site TripAdvisor in the same way they can rate hotels, the site confirmed January 12.

In a move which will see traveler reviews displayed alongside the flights that it sells, the Expedia-owned travel giant has added a new feature that allows travellers to rate airlines on different categories.

Users will be able to offer their thoughts on service areas such as baggage handling, check-in experience, in-flight amenities, punctuality and seat comfort.
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Cunard cruise ships New York Harbor

Cruising predicted to grow in 2011

Cunard cruise ships New York Harbor

As three of the world’s newest cruise liners just steamed into New York harbour, the organization representing the world’s cruise lines is expecting a record 2011.

New Yorkers were treated to a fireworks display to celebrate the simultaneous visit of Cunard‘s Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth to the city.

It is only the second time in history that Cunard’s fleet has been in the same place at the same time.
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louis vuitton campaign Louis Vuitton Spring 2011 Campaign

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 Ad Campaign

louis vuitton campaign Louis Vuitton Spring 2011 Campaign

Louis Vuitton has a trio of leading models including Freja Beha Erichsen, Kristen McMenamy and Raquel Zimmermann for its spring 2011 campaign.

In front of Steven Meisel’s lens, the group invites us into their boudoir full of colorful accessories and eastern inspired garments.
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cartier china

2011 Hurun Best of the Best Awards

cartier china

Luxury-brand awareness is growing among China’s super rich, who recognize 20% more of the lavish brands than they did last year, according to the Hurun Report.

The 2011 Best of The Best Survey, which interviewed 401 Chinese mainland millionaires, each with assets of more than 10 million yuan ($1.5 million), said the super rich in China are developing more sophisticated tastes in luxury products.

“Chinese entrepreneurs are getting more and more sophisticated, discerning and confident in their personal style, and what they aspire to, as they try to turn new money into old money,” said Rupert Hoogewerf, founder of the Hurun Report.
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CTK06

New luxury watches brand, The Chinese Timekeeper

CTK06

The Chinese Timekeeper (CTK), a new luxury watch brand, has launched its first collection of exclusive mechanical timepieces.

The Hong Kong luxury house carries on China’s fine watchmaking tradition with its unconventional timepieces crafted in China.

CTK draws inspiration from the ancient scholar Su Song’s work. Su Song was a renowned Chinese astronomer of the Song Dynasty.
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Swissotel

Where to buy your favorite hotel’s bedding

Swissotel

Increasingly, travellers who wake up in a luxurious hotel bed can head home and order the accessories to recreate the experience for themselves at home.

This week, Swiss luxury hotel chain Swissotel announced its first online shop Swissotel At Home, selling bed linen, towers and bathrobes used in its hotels, as well as Swissotel branded items such as mugs, candles or silk scarves.

Swissotel’s shop will compete against some of the biggest names in the accommodation industry for the chance to sell its own products to guests and fans.
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Superyacht Reverie

Superyacht Reverie is up for sale

Superyacht Reverie

Michael White of the Ocean Independence has listed the 70 metre Reverie for sale with an asking price of $75,000,000.

Massive volume and interior space, as well as huge deck areas set her apart. The luxury superyacht has been meticulously maintained and sensibly upgraded.

The magnificent Reverie has very versatile accommodation for between 18 and 24 guests in 8 cabins with a further two staff or guest cabins.
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La Brasserie hong kong

La Brasserie – Best French Restaurant in Hong Kong

La Brasserie hong kong

This traditional, Parisian-style brasserie French restaurant has already had an established following in Hong Kong.

You can enjoy signature dishes like, Bouillabaisse, Steak Tartar, French Mussel, Crepe Suzette or the Souffle!

La Brasserie differentiates itself from other French restaurants in Hong Kong by featuring old-world dishes rarely available in the city such as pressed duck.
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RitzCarlton Dubai International Financial Centre

New Ritz-Carlton Hotel Opens In Dubai

RitzCarlton Dubai International Financial Centre

After much anticipation and years of preparation, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) officially opens its doors today.

The 341-room hotel, with 124 executive residences, is the second Ritz-Carlton in Dubai and the sixth property in the region for the luxury hotel company.

This hotel is directly linked to the Dubai International Financial Centre and No. 5, the hotel bar is located in the prime welcoming position at the end of this pathway.
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Vertu Ascent Ferrari GT

Vertu Ascent Ferrari GT

Vertu Ascent Ferrari GT

The British cell phone manufacturer Vertu has once again partnered with Ferrari to release the Ascent Ferrari GT handset.

Inspired by the equally high-end Italian cars, the Vertu Ascent Ferrari GT has a body made made forged titanium with a matte black PVD finish.

The black and red hand-sewn leather ornaments use the exact same leather as the Ferrari interiors.
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HM2 Sapphire Vision

MB&F Reveals The HM2 “Final Editions”

HM2 Sapphire Vision

First launched in 2008, Horological Machine No2 revolutionized the world of haute horlogerie with its distinctive rectangular shape, flying buttresses, dual portholes and modular construction.

The crystal-clear sapphire case of HM2-SV then took the revolution even further by offering unprecedented visual access into the meticulously hand-finished, 349-component engine powering the indications on HM2’s iconic twin dials.

But all good things come to an end and, after three very successful years, Horological Machine No2 takes one last bow on center stage with two final limited editions.
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Caveman iPad Case black

Caveman iPad Cases

Caveman iPad Case black

Caveman Case Co, Arizona-based makers of handmade leather-bound iPad cases, announces its first cover for the iPad with Caveman.

The case itself delivers in its promise as an elegant, sharp and sophisticated light weight case for your device – it weighs under a pound!

Along with a luxurious, screen friendly, velvet interior, Caveman has a durable moleskine straps which firmly hooks the iPad in place on the inside.
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baume et mercier capeland chronograph red gold automatic watch

Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph

baume et mercier capeland chronograph red gold automatic watch

The new Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph watch is a modern re-interpretation of the classic monopusher produced by the brand in 1948.

The 42mm red gold or stainless steel case surrounds the intricately detailed dial that contributes to the Capeland’s distinguished presence.

The blue (or gold) “Breguet-style” hands, dark brown (or black) alligator strap and sapphire-crystal display back add to the overall aesthetic.
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Hennessy VSOP Helios

Hennessy VSOP Helios

Hennessy VSOP Helios

The world’s leading cognac house Hennessy has launched the Hennessy V.S.O.P Hélios, the first of the “Privilège Collection by Hennessy”.

An exclusive new bottle will be released each year from this collection to reveal exceptional and exciting facets of this most famous V.S.O.P cognac in the world.

Hennessy V.S.O.P Hélios has varnished its bottle in a layer of silver, colored to resemble pink gold, and thus giving it a brilliant and constantly changing reflection.
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sls amg e-cell

Mercedes-Benz unveils SLS AMG E-Cell

sls amg e-cell

Mercedes-Benz has finally unveiled its next-gen electric vehicle, the SLS AMG E-Cell, which is on display at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-CELL is part of Mercedes-AMG’s “AMG Performance 2015” strategy that aims to continually reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

Power for the E-Cell will be provided by four electric motors – all located at the rear of the vehicle – that are capable of revving to 12,000 rpm.
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Marchon 3D glasses

Marchon glasses go 3D chic

Marchon 3D glasses

Marchon – the world’s third-largest eyewear firm – is making 3D movie viewing chic with designer glasses fit for fashionistas.

The US-based firm unveiled a collection of 3D glasses at the television-crazed Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that runs through Sunday in Las Vegas.

“We believe in the fact that anything you put on your face should be extremely fashionable,” Cristin Lyons of Marchon said.
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