Monthly Archives: February 2011

amble

Amble IPhone Travel App By Louis Vuitton

amble

The inventor of art du voyage, Louis Vuitton have released an iphone application to follow up their iconic City Guides.

This ground-breaking application, Amble, calls to all the elegant travellers out there to “see the world through the eyes of Louis Vuitton“.

Amble is a free app in which users document and share their travel adventures by creating an ‘Amble’ – a memory or journey recorded on the iPhone in photo, video, audio or notes.
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Jose Ignacio

Quiet Uruguay beach town booms with celebrities

Jose Ignacio

On Uruguay’s Atlantic coast, a beach town is booming with celebrities and high-rolling foreigners willing to pay millions of dollars for a piece of this bohemian but ultra-chic getaway.

In the past decade, Jose Ignacio — 180 kilometers (110 miles) east of Montevideo — has become a refuge for members of the jet set in the region who want to escape noisy Punta del Este, the old line resort 40 kilometers (25 miles) away.

Colombian singer Shakira, television producer Marcelo Tinelli, Argentine magnate Amalia Fortabat and French actress Dominique Sanda own properties in the area.
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Omega Hour Vision Blue

Omega Hour Vision Blue

Omega Hour Vision Blue

The Omega Hour Vision Blue wristwatch is a special edition of the Hour Vision watch, part of Omega’s De Ville collection.

The beauty of the movement is visible through the sapphire crystal case back as well as through sapphire glass apertures in the side of the watch case.

The Hour Vision Blue is also special because it is produced in support of ORBIS International’s fight against preventable blindness in developing countries.
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Hublot Sledge

Hublot Sledge

Hublot Sledge

Hublot and ECAL, the Lausanne University of Art and Design, have teamed up for this limited edition limited edition sledge that is perfect for hitting the slopes on.

Following on from the Hublot skis and the Hublot All Black Bike, the Hublot Sledge unites these “sporting heavyweights”, genuine jewels of technology and design, just like Hublot watches.

The Hublot Sledge features ash wood for the structure, hand-sewn leather for the seat, carbon fibre for the handles and steel for the runners.
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Chelsea Hotel New York

NY’s storied Chelsea Hotel hits market

Chelsea Hotel New York

New York‘s storied Chelsea Hotel, the classic haunt of artists and hell-raising performers, is for sale and, perhaps, so is its soul.

The 12-floor building with the neon sign “Hotel Chelsea” is a landmark in Manhattan thanks to its long list of famous residents.

Playwright Arthur Miller and singers Janis Joplin and Patti Smith were among those living there. Poet Dylan Thomas died there, as did Nancy, the girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious.
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Louis Vuitton store Ginza

Japan’s young generation closes ‘luxury wallet’

Louis Vuitton store Ginza

According to a Women’s Wear Daily report, young Japanese shoppers are less impressed by designer brands and more value-driven than their parents.

The consulting firm McKinsey & Co. already reported last July that “almost 30 percent of shoppers under 30 in Japan named price as the most important factor they consider when shopping, compared to just 21 percent for those over age 50″.

As a result of its economic collapse, Japan’s per-head spending has radically declined — a trend that will continue — with the luxury market being particularly affected, having shrunk by 23 percent between 2006 and 2010.
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Louis Vuitton Shanghai shopping mall

China biggest luxury goods market by 2020

Louis Vuitton Shanghai shopping mall

China will be the world’s biggest luxury goods market by 2020 as its economy booms and an emerging middle class spends a growing chunk of their cash on high-end items.

Over the next decade, Chinese consumers — including a surging number of billionaires — will account for 44 percent of global spending on goods such as bags, vehicles, watches, shoes and clothes, the report by brokerage CLSA said.

The nation’s luxury goods sector was worth $25 billion in 2009, or about 10% of the world market, including purchases by consumers in HK, Macau and Taiwan.
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Luxury Yacht Sirius

Dmitry Medvedev Buys $42 Million Megayacht

Luxury Yacht Sirius

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has purchased a 53m superyacht valued at approximately $42 million as a venue to host world leaders in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Kremlin bought the boat last year, the Guardian reports. The explorer type superyacht, which is presently called Leo Fun, will be renamed as yacht Sirius.

The yacht was built by Proteksan-Turquoise and Turquoise Yacht Construction for an Italian businessman and launched back in 2009.
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Chocolate Smart Q-Pot

Smart ForTwo chocolate for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate Smart Q-Pot

Mercedes Benz on Wednesday unveiled a chocolate-themed version of its Smart car in Tokyo, just a couple of weeks before Valentine’s Day.

In Japan, there’s a tradition which says that women have to buy chocolate for men on this occasion.

Designed by designer Tadaaki Wakamutsu of Japanese luxury jeweler/chocolatier Q-Pot, the unique Smart city car features a special chocolate-themed paint scheme.
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Dubai the world islands

In Dubai, the state of The World is in dispute

state of The World dubai

A cluster of 300 artificial islands off Dubai‘s coast in the shape of a global map is stable, its developer Nakheel insists, despite a court claim alleging that “The World” was neglected and eroding away.

“There is no issue with the stability of The World islands that are approximately 70 percent sold and handed over,” a Nakheel spokesman said.

“The island purchasers (have) the responsibility to proceed with their developments in due course,” he added.
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Pershing 115

Pershing Launches New 115’ Powered by Rolls-Royce

Pershing 115

Italian superyacht builder Pershing has launched a new hull in its flagship 115’ range with all the bells and whistles plus a gut-busting engine upgrade.

Fitted with twin diesel MTUs delivering a total of 7,400 hp together with the applied thrust of the two Kamewa Rolls-Royce water-jet propellers, the standard model has an impressive maximum velocity of about 38 knots.

The new 115’ features an additional Vericor TF50 gas turbine, typically used in the aeronautical sector, with a central water-jet propeller producing an additional 5,100 hp, for a total top speed of 52 knots.
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cathay pacific airport lounge hongkong

Hong Kong airport lounge tops world’s best

cathay pacific airport lounge hongkong

The Wing airport lounge at Hong Kong International Airport has been chosen as the best in the world by guidebook publisher Frommers.

In a guide compiled for USA Today, Frommer’s picked the world’s top ten executive lounges, putting Cathay Pacific‘s 4,500 square meter facility in first place.

Reserved for Cathay’s first and business class passengers, the lounge offers individual bath and shower rooms with their own minibars.
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Maybach 62 India

Mercedes relaunches premium Maybach in India

Maybach 62 India

German carmaker Mercedes Benz reintroduced its hyper-luxury Maybach car in India on Tuesday, pitching it at the country’s growing number of super-rich.

The car, which can touch speeds of 275 kilometres (170 miles) an hour, will be priced at up to 51 million rupees ($1.1 million).

“There are customers out there who can afford the unparalleled luxury of this car,” said Mercedes Benz India chief executive Peter Honegg at the launch, saying the company was aiming its cars at those who can afford private jets.
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burberry ad Jourdan Dunn Sacha MBaye

Burberry Spring Summer 2011 Ad Campaign

burberry ad Jourdan Dunn Sacha MBaye

Updated – Here’s the Burberry Spring/Summer 2011 ad campaign, shot on Brighton beach by famed fashion photographer Mario Testino.

This is the first ever evolving campaign for Burberry, new cast members will be revealed every month. the first pair are models Cara Delevingne and Jacob Young.

Besides Burberry Prorsum new ads also feature Burberry London, Burberry Brit and Burberry accessories.
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Trump Ocean Club Panama photo

Virgin Hotels ‘at least two years away’

Virgin hotels

Sir Richard Branson has said that his much-anticipated new hotel brand Virgin Hotels is still two years away from launching.

He told the American Lodging and Investment Summit that finding sites for the new hotel chain wasn’t proving easy, although he did confirm a few places where travelers will be able to enjoy Virgin’s almost-legendary hospitality.

San Diego and Washington DC are likely candidates, and Branson also announced that one of the the first sites will be in New Mexico, overlooking the spaceport which will send his Virgin Galactic tourist flights into space.
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Moet Chandon Valentine Day Gift Set

Moët & Chandon – Rosé Impérial Graffiti Gift Set

Moet Chandon Valentine Day Gift Set

Moët & Chandon’s Message On A Bottle gift set is perfect for Valentine’s Day or to celebrate special occasions.

This premium champagne set comes with two flutes, a rosé Impérial bottle with special-edition rose pink sleeve and a gold marker to personalise your present with a message – all beautifully displayed in an elegant, rose-tinted gift box.

The suggested retail price of this Valentine Day Graffiti Kit is $120. It will be available for purchase at wines & spirits shops throughout New York City until Feb 14th.
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