New interactive Chanel beauty site launches

Following the release of the highly successful short film Animating Chanel earlier this year, the brand’s beauty director Peter Philips has launched new interactive site, Chanel Makeup Confidential. Linking back to the luxury house’s main shopping page, the new destination features exclusive video content, backstage beauty looks and tutorials on how to recreate them, interviews … Continued

Hublot King Power Carbon Fiber Cathedral

To mark the 2011 Baselworld Fair Hublot is presenting a world first, with a minute repeater watch featuring two “Cathedral” type gongs, a tourbillon and column wheel chronograph, with carbon fiber bridges, in a case made from carbon fiber. This is a perfect illustration of “Fusion” between great watchmaking tradition and the technology of the … Continued

Aston Martin & Mobiado Luxury Phone

Aston Martin and luxury mobile phone maker Mobiado have announced that they have teamed up to produce a collection of luxury mobile handsets. Their first concept phone is called CTP002. It is basically one big, transparent sapphire glass with two titanium edges on the left and right. This phone shares a special connection with the … Continued

New 70-year-old malt unveiled

A family-owned whisky firm in Scotland has released what they say is one of the oldest single malts in the world and is selling the bottle for £13,000. The Glenlivet 70 Years Old is touted as the follow-up to their Mortlach single malt launched last year — the oldest in the world, say Gordon & … Continued

Lanvin’s new online store

After its recent store openings in Los Angeles, Milan and Beijing, Lanvin has launched its new European e-Lanvin store. Lanvin’s dynamic style, the spirit of Alber Elbaz, and the creative wealth of its collections are showcased in this new e-store. Indeed, Lanvin delights in so many ways. As a first stop, visitors should enter the … Continued

2011 Rolex Explorer II

The Rolex 216670 Explorer II marks the 40th anniversary of the original Explorer II. The case is enlarged to 42mm and houses the new Rolex caliber 3187 which is entirely designed and manufactured by Rolex. The Caliber 3187 includes recent Rolex innovations such as Paraflex shock absorbers and parachrom hairspring.

Fisker Karma begins production

The Fisker Karma electric sports car has entered production for the first time, it emerged this week. The Karma, a plug-in vehicle expected to provide serious competition to the Tesla Roadster, has been on the drawing board for years but could finally be with the first buyers by next month, according to reports from US-based … Continued

Perrier-Jouët Celebrates its 200th Anniversary

March 21st, the first day of spring, saw Champagne House Perrier-Jouët celebrate its bicentenary in Paris with the unveiling of Bi-Centenaire—the very first Living Legacy champagne designed to be passed on to future generations. Just 200 guests from 10 countries attended the private launch, set in the stunning glass courtyard of the iconic Ecole des … Continued

Aston Martin and Mobiado team up for luxury phone

The British luxury car brand Aston Martin and the luxury mobile phone manufacturer Mobiado are collaborating to produce a collection of luxury mobile handsets. Synergy between the two brands provides an ideal opportunity for Aston Martin to enter into the electronics sector, with an exclusive range planned to launch in May 2011 through a range … Continued

Hermes iPad 2 cases

French luxury brand Hermes is cashing in on the popularity of the iPad 2 with cases that cost more than the tablet itself. The Hermes Swift (left) is a slipcase made from calfskin leather that costs a whopping $820. It comes in 10 different colors. The Hermes Station (right) is a book-style cover, made from … Continued

Singapore’s Merlion transformed into a hotel

Singapore‘s Merlion is a mythical beast (that’s part mermaid, part lion) — frozen in time in the shape of an eight-meter tall statue — who is supposed to keep watch over the city’s waters and bring wealth and good fortune to its citizens. As of March, though, the Merlion will play a entirely different role … Continued

Watchmakers see strong 2011

Watchmakers gave upbeat forecasts for 2011 at the industry’s largest fair on Wednesday, although the deadly earthquake which hit key luxury consuming country Japan and Arab uprisings cast shadows over the expectations. Industry giants including Swatch and LVMH have all posted strong recoveries over 2010 and they are expecting the recovery to continue in 2011. … Continued

Champagne exports up nearly 20 percent

French exports of Champagne shot up 19.5 percent in 2010 after two years of sagging sales abroad due to the global economic crisis. Britain remained the top importer of genuine bubbly, buying 35.5 million of the 134.5 million bottles shipped outside France. Sales in Champagne’s number two overseas market, the United States, jumped nearly 35 … Continued

Tokyo’s fashion stores slowly reopen

According to local and international media, Tokyo‘s fashion business is gradually getting back to usual. After the earthquake hit Japan on March 11, many brands including Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Cartier acted to bring some of their executive staff back to their home countries and closed local boutiques. News outlets including WWD and Racked now … Continued

Jimmy Choo staying true to his roots

World-famous designer Jimmy Choo may have come a long way since working in his family’s humble shoemaking business in Malaysia, but he never forgot his dad’s dedication to perfect footwear. In fact, the Penang-born Choo, whose Haute Couture shoes are coveted by royalty and the likes of Madonna and Michelle Obama, says that shoemaking is … Continued

McLaren S-Works Venge Bicycle by Specialized

McLaren has teamed up with US bicycle manufacturer Specialized to create an aerodynamic road bike called the Venge. The racing road bicycle has been designed by Chris D’Aluisio and features an aerodynamic frame built entirely out of carbon fibre. The launch took place at the Formula One team’s HQ, two days ahead of Milan-San Remo, … Continued

TAG Heuer Gulf Meridist

The TAG Heuer Gulf Meridiist is the brand’s latest luxury cell phone that is inspired by Michael Delaney, Steve McQueen’s character in the 1971 film “Le Mans”. His character, Michael Delaney, drove for the Gulf team; he got behind the wheel of a speed machine that featured the iconic Gulf light blue and orange racing … Continued

Trump: I’d Pay $600 Million for White House

Billionaire business magnate Donald Trump is ready to shell out $600 million of his own cash to become President. He told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday that his name recognition would probably save him “hundreds of millions of dollars” compared with other candidates. The 64-year-old, who held the interview aboard his private jet, said … Continued

Keira Knightley’s full ‘Mademoiselle’ fragrance ad

Following on the heels of Blake Lively’s handbag campaign for Chanel, Keira Knightley is starring in a video for the commercial of the brand’s Mademoiselle fragrance. The commercial was directed by Joe Wright and shows the actress channeling an elegant superhero, wearing a beige catsuit and riding a motorcycle to her shoot at Chanel’s Paris … Continued