Monthly Archives: February 2011

Dolce Gabbana sunglass Naomi Campbell

Dolce&Gabbana Animalier 2011 eyewear collection

Dolce Gabbana sunglass Naomi Campbell

Having become a signature of the Dolce&Gabbana brand over the years, the Animalier print sets the tone for the new S/S 2011 sunglass and optical collections.

The sunglasses collection includes three models ranging from a more masculine, aviator style to Sixties-inspired and rounded silhouettes, all expressed through a color palette of poppy red, slate blue, purple orchid, yellow ochre and sapphire.

The ad campaign features Naomi Campbell shot against a balmy Mediterranean backdrop by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
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Gucci Grammys

The “i-Gucci” Grammy Edition Watch

Gucci Grammys

In recognition of the partnership between Gucci and the Recording Academy, a special edition collection of i-Gucci Grammy watches has been designed by Creative Director Frida Giannini.

The cutting-edge I-Gucci timepiece features a new yellow PVD stainless-steel case that compliments the wide black or white rubber strap which sports the Grammy and Gucci logos.

On the large double-layout digital display is a special tag commemorating the Grammy partnership.
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W-London

W Hotels debuts on London’s Leicester Square

W-London

W Hotels opened its 40th hotel and new flagship in London February 14, bringing the brand’s design-led luxury to the colorful streets of Soho.

The 192-room property stands ten stories tall above the city’s famous Leicester Square and is covered in translucent glass which changes color according to the time of day and the ambience of the area.

The new landmark is designed to establish Starwood’s W Hotels as a truly international luxury design hotel chain.
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Intermarine 55 yacht

Intermarine 55 by BMW DesignworksUSA

Intermarine 55 yacht

Brazilian yacht maker Intermarine has collaborated with BMW DesignworksUSA to develop an ultra luxury yacht that has been dubbed Intermarine 55.

Intermarine 55 is inspired by modern architecture and automotive surfacing, such as the BMW X6, and is scheduled to go on sale this July.

Highlights of the new yacht include two head compartments along with a master suite having queen sized bed and an enclosed shower.
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Singapore casino Resorts World Sentosa

Singapore’s casino gamble pays off one year on

Singapore casino Resorts World Sentosa

Just one year after opening its first casino, Singapore has emerged as Asia’s hottest new gambling capital with a revamped cityscape and billions of dollars pouring into the economy.

“Singapore has made a dramatic entry to the casino gaming market,” financial consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a report estimating the city-state’s casino gaming market at $2.8 billion in 2010.

The first casino opened in Malaysian-controlled Resorts World Sentosa on February 14, 2010, with US-based Las Vegas Sands following two months later as the world economy was still clawing itself out of recession.
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2010 Porsche Panamera

New Porsche hybrid confirmed for Geneva

2010 Porsche Panamera

Porsche looks set to reconfirm its commitment to hybrid technology at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, according to a statement issued February 11.

The German luxury automaker confirmed to journalists that it would launch a “parallel full hybrid model” at the show.

Porsche said that the new model is being launched in the wake of the success of the Cayenne S Hybrid, unveiled at last year’s Geneva Show, which has received fairly good reviews in Europe and the US.
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Marlow and Sons

Don’t just eat dinner — wear it

Marlow and Sons

If you really loved your meal at one New York restaurant, you can now walk out with the skin of the animal you ate.

Marlow & Sons, an eaterie in the city’s trendy Williamsburg neighborhood, wants clients to be able to remember their meals forever by purchasing items such as bags made from the hide of cows and other animals served up from the kitchen.

“We want something people could enjoy beyond their dinner,” Kate Huling, wife of the owner, told AFP. “They come in, they eat, they leave and usually think of something else. So the bags really preserve and honor that animal.”
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billboard luxury diamond watches

Luxury watchmakers follow the money to Asia

piaget commercial China

A measure of any Asian businessman is the time he keeps and, far more importantly, the watch he wears to mark it.

A handshake can be soft or firm but will likely soon be followed by a glance to the wrist to see the watch wrapped around it, especially in China.

A heavy slab of gold could be a marker that the person is from an inland city. A more expensive, understated watch could be a sign that they’re from the coastal cities of Shanghai, Shenzhen or Beijing.
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MBF Horological Machine No 3 Chocolate Frog

MB&F Horological Machine No 3 Chocolate Frog

MBF Horological Machine No 3 Chocolate Frog

The PuristS’ family of horology websites is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2011. A number of watchmakers and brands will be issuing limited edition or piece unique watches to commemorate a decade of PuristS independence on the horological scene. The first PuristS 10th watch announced is the Chocolate Frog from MB&F.
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embraer india ad

Private jet makers target India’s super-rich

embraer india ad

The growing list of billionaires in India is an enticing prospect for executive jet makers seeking to recover from a slump in demand caused by the financial crisis.

Prominent among exhibitors at the ongoing Aero India 2011 air show in Bangalore were manufacturers such as US-based Gulfstream and Brazil’s Embraer — both hoping to seduce corporate high-flyers with their luxury private planes.

The global private jet market had a hard landing in 2008-09, with jet prices plunging by up to 30 percent and actual flying time falling by an estimated 40 percent.
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Singapore brands as famous as LV on social media

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Local firms using Facebook and other social media to market themselves are garnering brand recognition on a par with luxury heavyweights like Gucci and Louis Vuitton, a study showed Thursday.

Findings by Firefly Millward Brown showed Singapore retail chains being identified alongside famous international labels as the most recognisable brands.

Social media users in Singapore placed yoghurt chain Soghurt and local grooming firm Juup Nails alongside famous names such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Adidas in terms of brand recognition, the study showed.
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temporary hotel London

Pop-Up hotel to open on London rooftop

temporary hotel London

Thanks to A Room for London design contest, the city’s visitors will be able to stay at a temporary one-bedroom apartment on the roof of the Southbank Centre.

The winning design is a draft by London-based David Kohn Architects and the artist Fiona Banner of a ‘houseboat’ on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Commissioned by Living Architecture and Artangel, the unusual shelter will be part of the London 2012 festival, with bookings opening September this year.
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Range Rover Autobiography photo

Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition

Range Rover Autobiography photo

Land Rover has announced plans to introduce the Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition at the Geneva Motor Show.

Designed to be the most luxurious SUV ever created, the Ultimate features a dark atlas grille, special badging, and exclusive 20-inch diamond-turned alloy wheels.

Land Rover has outfitted the SUV with a veritable first-class cabin that includes four individual buckets, separated front and back by middle console with aluminum tray tables and a drinks cooler in the back.
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picasso la lecture auction

“La Lecture” by Pablo Picasso sold for $ 40 million

picasso la lecture auction

A celebrated masterpiece by Pablo Picasso has sold at Sotheby’s auction house in London for £25.2 million ($40,5 million), more than double its pre-auction valuation.

“La Lecture” is a work from the Spanish painter’s “annus mirabilis,” 1932, and depicts the artist’s famous muse, Marie-Therese Walter.

Seven bidders vied for the coveted Picasso work, the hammer eventually coming down after six minutes of bidding to finalise the sale to an anonymous phone buyer.
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gondola venice

Head to Italy for Valentine’s romance

gondola venice

If you’re planning on whisking a loved one away this Valentine’s Day (February 14), Italy is the place to go according a new poll.

The survey, conducted by Skyscanner, revealed that a full third of the 1000 respondents questioned believed Italy was the world’s most romantic destination.

France, the more traditional getaway for the world’s romantics, took second place with 19 percent of the votes and the Caribbean took third place with nine percent.
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Yves Saint Laurent Love Caviar 2011

Yves Saint Laurent’s Prunier Caviar Love Tin 2011

Yves Saint Laurent Love Caviar 2011

Caviar House & Prunier have introduced their new caviar tin Love, inspired by one of the famous greetings cards of Yves Saint Laurent.

Since 1970 the incredible French designer has celebrated and shared love creating his own greetings cards for closed friends and family.

Perpetuating the spirit of this tradition since 2007 Caviar House & Prunier has reissued his drawings on a vintage edition of its caviar tin called Love.
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Porsche Boxster S Black Edition

Porsche Boxster S Black Edition

Porsche Boxster S Black Edition

After the recent revealing of the 911 Coupe and Cabriolet Black Editions, German automaker Porsche took the wraps off Porsche Boxster S Black Edition.

As the name suggests, black is everywhere covering areas normally not seen in this shade.

Production will be limited to 987 units and will be defined by a substantially larger range of standard equipment and exclusive options.
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