Monthly Archives: October 2011

San Spirito Island

Buy an island near Venice for $28 Million

San Spirito Island

San Spirito Island, situated in a lagoon that is a ten-minute boat ride to Venice’s San Marco Square, is now for sale with an asking price of €28 million.

The private island has 3,500 square meters of existing historical structures and the potential of an additional 4,500 square meters of new construction.

“The island could become the location of a prestigious hotel or could see the realisation of luxury residential units.”
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The Ritz-Carlton opens its first hotel in Saudi Arabia

saudi arabia ritz carlton hotel lobby

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company will open its first hotel in Saudi Arabia, The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh on October 24.

The palatial hotel, with 493 rooms and suites, is situated next to the Diplomatic Quarter and adjacent to the King Abdul Aziz Convention Centre.

The hotel’s stately architecture is modeled on traditional palaces with ochre facades blending gracefully with the verdant landscape of the gardens.
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blackberry porsche design

Porsche Design P’9981 Blackberry

blackberry porsche design

Research in Motion, in collaboration with Porsche Design, launched its latest BlackBerry smartphone Porsche Design P’9981.

The exterior is made up of a forged stainless steel frame and the rear is covered with hand-wrapped leather. It also boasts of a laser cut QWERTY keyboard.

The P’9981 comes fully functional with 8 GB of hard-drive memory, a 1.2 GHz processor, as well as Dual-Band Wi-Fi capabilities and offering 720p HD video.
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shanghai tang nespresso

Shanghai Tang for Nespresso Dragon Collection

shanghai tang nespresso

International lifestyle brands Nespresso and Shanghai Tang have joined forces for the first time to create the Shanghai Tang for Nespresso Dragon Collection.

This collection brings together Nespresso’s much loved capsule coffees and Shanghai Tang’s contemporary luxury interpretations of Chinese heritage

It has been specially created to celebrate the spirit of coffee inline with the upcoming Lunar Chinese New Year and the auspicious Year of the Dragon.
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Cathay Pacific Swire Hotel inflight menu

Cathay Pacific to serve restaurant meals in the sky

Cathay Pacific Swire Hotel inflight menu

Cathay Pacific is to introduce meals from some of Hong Kong’s top restaurants on board its flights.

Although airlines regularly draft in celebrity chefs to create in-flight menus, recreating cuisine served at ground level is a trickier business not least because of the logistics of preparing food in an aircraft galley and the different way it tastes at 35,000 feet.

But bravely, Cathay Pacific has decided to give it a shot, promising to put a selection of dishes from the restaurant menus of luxury chain Swire Hotels on some of its planes departing Hong Kong between November 1 and January 31 2012.
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AMVOX5 World Chronograph LMP1

Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX5 World Chronograph LMP1

AMVOX5 World Chronograph LMP1

The partnership between Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin Racing celebrates its seventh year of existence with the AMVOX5 World Chronograph LMP1.

Powering the AMVOX 5 is the self-winding Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 752 which runs at 28,800 vph has a 65-hour power reserve, 279 parts, 41 jewels and a pink gold oscillating weight.

Limited to 250 pieces only, the 44mm x 15mm watch sports an AR-coated sapphire crystal dome and 50 meters of water resistance.
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Perrier Jouet belle epoque Princier

The Royal Wedding Perrier Jouet Bottle

Perrier Jouet belle epoque Princier

The royal wedding Perrier Jouet Champagne is the latest limited edition bottle for the Monaco’s Royal Wedding that took place earlier this summer.

The symbolic choice by the Perrier Jouet house was born from a love story between the founder, Pierre-Nicolas Perrier and Adèle Jouët over two hundred years ago.

For fans of Prince Albert II, or just lovers of good Champagne, it is now possible to buy one of the bottles.
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eleMMent palazzo

World’s Most Expensive Motorhome

eleMMent palazzo

The world’s most expensive motorhome – the eleMMent palazzo – has gone up for sale for a whopping $2.6 million.

The 40ft long palace on wheels designed by Marchi Mobile features an ensuite master bedroom, pop-up roof terrace, underfloor heating and a bar.

The luxurious vehicle has also an en suite bathroom, rainfall shower, separate toilet, lounge and driver’s cab complete with bunk bed.
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Prada earrings

Prada to release jewelry range

Prada earrings

Italian fashion house Prada is readying its first jewelry collection for the holiday season. It will be priced from from $448.

Pieces,including necklaces, cuffs, earrings, bracelets and brooches in everything from patent to crocodile leather, will be going on sale in November.

See the designs on French actress Léa Seydoux in Prada’s latest resort collection video below.
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Elisa Sednaoui

Elisa Sednaoui for Cavalli Gold

Elisa Sednaoui

Model and actress Elisa Sednaoui will be the face of Roberto Cavalli‘s signature fragrance, which will be released in early 2012.

“Elisa is self-confident and she has an amazing personality. She has got this animal side, she is enthusiastic, really sexy with a stunning body and hypnotic eyes.”

“She is the woman every woman would like to be, so she is the real Cavalli woman,” the designer said of his house’s new spokesmodel.
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hermes petit h

Hermes Petit h collection

hermes petit h

Hermès has launched a new collection dubbed “Petit h”, a series of “unidentified poetic objects” formed from defective inventory and factory-floor leftovers.

Various artists have created a series of one-of-a-kind handcrafted accessories and toys ranging from leather stuffed animals to porcelain beaded bracelets.

The items are part of the Petit h collection, which is being presented at the Madison Avenue store in New York from November 2 to 23.
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Crowne Plaza in New York Times Square

InterContinental confirms new hotel brand next year

Crowne Plaza in New York Times Square

InterContinental, the world’s largest hotel firm and the name behind hotel brands such as Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, is set to launch a new chain next year.

In a speech at the firm’s annual conference in Las Vegas, IHG’s America’s boss confirmed to staff that a new hotel brand was on the way.

“If you’re on a cereal aisle, and you’re Post (Foods LLC) or Kellogg (Co.), you want to dominate as much as you can of that shelf space,” Kirk Kinsell said.
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Blancpain X fathoms watch

Blancpain X Fathoms Dive Watch

Blancpain X fathoms watch

Renowned Swiss watchmaker Blancpain has unveiled the X Fathoms dive watch, the most high-performance mechanical diving watch ever produced.

The waterproof masterpiece was launched on Tuesday (25 October) in the depths of the Aquarium at the Dubai Mall in the U.A.E.

The new watch provides professional divers with all the accuracy of an electronic device, while employing the traditional skills of the Swiss mechanical watch industry.
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Jumeirah Ocean Pearls

Jumeirah opens above-sea ‘Ocean Pearls’

Jumeirah Ocean Pearls

Jumeirah has opened a new cluster of ‘water villas’, dubbed ‘Ocean Pearls’, at its all-suite Jumeirah Dhevanafushi hotel in the Maldives.

Designed to make visitors feel as if they are in the middle of the ocean, the new villas sit on platforms suspended directly above the water, nearly a kilometer offshore from the main resort.

The cluster of villas is connected by a decking walkway, which allows residents to easily access the shared infinity pool, bar, seafood restaurant, elevated library and spa treatment rooms, which are also suspended above the water.
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michael jackson top dead earner

Michael Jackson is world’s top dead earner

michael jackson top dead earner

For the second year in a row, Michael Jackson has topped Forbes magazine‘s list of top-earning dead celebrities.

The King of Pop, who died two years ago at the age of 50, brought in $170 million for his estate over the past 12 months, enough to place him ahead of every other pop music act of the past year — both living and dead — except for Irish rock band U2.

Elvis came in second place, earning $55 million, thanks to his songbook and a hit Las Vegas stage production featuring his tunes mounted by Cirque de Soleil.
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Sony 3D Viewer Harrods

Sony Personal 3D Viewer hits Harrod’s in London

Sony 3D Viewer Harrods

Sony‘s Personal 3D Viewer has gone on sale a couple of weeks early at Harrod’s, one of London’s most iconic stores.

Sony’s HMZ-T1 feature two 0.7 inch, ultra-small high definition colour OLED displays (1280 x 720), giving the impression of a 750 inch 3D cinema screen.

Audio is supplied through two ear pieces, and the device promises a virtual 5.1 surround sound experience.
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Rolls-Royce model range

Rolls-Royce heads to South America

Rolls-Royce model range

Ultra-luxury brand Rolls-Royce has announced that it is to enter South America for the first time in its history.

Its first dealerships were likely to open earlier next year, during a visit to the continent by Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös.

Rolls-Royce models will be sold by dealerships operated by the Via Italia group in Brazil and Williamson Balfour Motors in Chile.

Müller-Ötvös said “Brazil and Chile have seen impressive economic growth, with an increasing demand from discerning customers for pinnacle luxury products.”
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Old Pulteney whisky

Pulteney single malt is “world’s best whisky”

Old Pulteney whisky

A single malt whisky produced by a distillery in a remote part of Scotland has beaten 1,200 whiskies from around the world to be crowned World Whisky of the Year.

The Old Pulteney whisky produced by the Pulteney distillery in Wick, northern Scotland, took the top spot in Jim Murray’s respected 2012 Whisky Bible.

Despite Scotland’s reputation as the home of whisky, it is only the second time a Scottish distillery has won the coveted title.
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