Royal Caribbean‘s Splendour of the Seas is to become the first ship at sea to offer an iPad in every stateroom as part of a wider roll-out plan from the cruise line.
The ship, which will emerge from dry dock November 25, is set to offer passengers use of Apple’s hot-selling device in order to replace some of the services traditionally provided by phone, such as ordering room service and enquiring about menus.
Passengers will also be given the opportunity to browse events and activities aboard the ship, view shore excursions, check their onboard account and watch movies.
Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld will be global guest editor for Metro International newspapers this February.
He will spend one day working in the paper’s Paris newsroom for the Feb. 7 issue, with coverage to run in 22 countries across Europe, America and Asia.
Entitled “The World According to Karl,” the edition will feature illustrations and commentaries from the creator and will launch the paper’s coverage of the New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks.
Giorgio Armani has opened his flagship Armani hotel in Milan, a joint venture with the Dubai developer Emaar Properties.
Located in the 1937 building that also houses Armani’s Manzoni 31 flagship, the hotel covers 162,000 square feet over floors two to eight.
The “palazzo” hotel, which is in the centre of the Italian city, boasts 95 rooms with a focus on “luxury, calm and beauty”.
Jennifer Lopez is featured in the Italian automaker’s first commercial for the all-new 2012 Fiat 500 by Gucci.
The commercial, titled “Elegance,” is voiced-over by Lopez and highlights the Fiat 500 by Gucci limited edition, as Lopez drives through the streets of New York City.
The commercial parallels Chrysler Group LLC’s “Imported from Detroit” campaign, and is the third television ad Fiat has released starring Lopez.
Samsung has renewed its partnership with fashion brand Hugo Boss – first seen in the Samsung F480 – with the launch of a new Hugo Boss Samsung Galaxy Ace.
The phone features an overall matter black finish and the back of the device features a specially treated and textured pattern.
The user interface has been customised and the device features special edition wallpapers and screensavers along with the whole altered look of the user interface.
The illy Art Collection was first started in 1992, stemming from the idea that art can enter the lives of people through a small object of daily use.
After more than 70 series of collectors’ cups were decorated by major international artists and young talents, in 2006 the Collection was extended to coffee cans: exclusive limited-edition works of art released twice a year.
The second decoration this year was created by Alioum Moussa. Moussa is an eclectic and multidisciplinary artist from Cameroon.
Porsche has released the first images of its 911 Carrera Cabriolet ahead of its debut at next year’s North American International Auto Show (January 9-22).
The convertible edition of the 911 Carrera uses a new roof mechanism considerably lighter than predecessors thanks to the use of magnesium in the hood frame.
The mechanism also uses two lightweight fabric-covered plastic panels which should make it stronger and more resistant to wind buffeting at high speeds.
A nearly two million dollar golden Christmas tree has been put on display for the holiday season in Tokyo.
Tokyo’s jewellery store Ginza Tanaka unveiled its 2.4 meters tall Golden Christmas Tree, which is made from 12 kilograms of pure gold, worth 1.95 million US dollars.
It took 15 craftsmen four and a half months to complete the creation. The store says it’s the most expensive Christmas tree they’ve ever created.
Ferrari plans to create one of the world’s most exclusive collector car clubs, according to reports.
The brand is looking to create a new group of its most elite customers who will be offered the best opportunities to get their hands on limited-edition models.
Ferrari plans to open it only to people who possess at least five of the eye-wateringly expensive Italian supercars. That amounts to around 300 people around the world.
A virtual Valentino museum will launch December 5, providing an insight into the world of the Italian fashion house.
Created by Valentino Garavani, who retired from his eponymous fashion house in 2008, and business partner Giancarlo Giammetti, the online museum will focus on 50 years of the fashion house.
Thanks to 3D technology, The Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum will give users the sensation of attending a real museum, featuring more than 300 dresses worn by Hollywood stars of past and present such as Julia Roberts and Sophia Loren.
An award-winning British cheese maker has created what’s being called the most expensive cheese in Britain with its Stilton Gold, a premium white Stilton made with edible gold leaf and gold-flecked cinnamon schnapps.
At £608 a kilo — Long Clawson’s Stilton Gold is bedecked in flecks of gold and is meant to be an extra luxurious addition to cheeseboards for the holiday season.
Rapper Drake has a penchant for sweaters made by the Italian fashion house and harbors ambitions to be part of Missoni‘s next capsule line.
The musician revealed his interest in a partnership with the label during an interview for the December issue of GQ.
“Hopefully Missoni hollers at me and we get a sweater line popping,” he told the publication, when discussing his frequent appearances in Missoni jumpers.
This is a coffee table containing the compacted remains of a Ferrari inside constructed by designer Charly Molinelli.
He came up with the idea after a customer asked him to design something “a bit special” for their front room.
He then sourced a wreck and built a wooden cabinet on wheels to present to his client – although the price of the swanky piece is unknown.
Simpson Marine celebrate the end of 2011 with the delivery of 5 Lagoon catamarans and launch parties for their new owners at the Royal Phuket Marina.
A Swan 42 will also be bearing the Simpson Marine colours during the King’s Cup Regatta, the country’s most prominent sailing event to be held in December.
A yacht owners Rendez Vous will take place in the beautiful and pristine Andaman islands on Dec 16 to 17 which will enable Azimut and Lagoon owners to get together.
Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey has placed an eight-room, 4,607-square-foot co-op unit inStreeterville up for rent for $15,000 a month.
She reportedly purchased the luxury apartment in the urban-upscale Streeterville neighborhood in 2006 for $5,600,000.
The sixth-floor co-op is one of 13 apartments in a Beaux Arts-style building that was built in 1913 and designed by architect Benjamin Marshall.
Ritz-Carlton is planning to open its third hotel in Japan in the ancient capital of Kyoto in spring 2014 by rebuilding the Hotel Fujita Kyoto, which closed in January.
The hotel will be built alongside the Kamogawa river, which is one of the most popular walking spots, particularly during the cherry blossom season in the spring.
Strict regulations on the construction of buildings within the metropolis — which remains one of the few low-rise cities in Japan — mean that the hotel will have a maximum of four floors above ground but a further three levels underground.
Italian luxury goods maker Tod’s teams up with lifestyle magazine Monocle to create a limited edition set of accessories.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 40th Anniversary watch will be officially unveiled January 2012 at SIHH in Geneva.
AP will be producing 40 of these special edition pieces featuring a platinum case and an extra-thin movement (the 3.05mm) that has been meticulously skeletonized.
Audi is to put a five-door version of its compact A1 on sale next year, the company confirmed November 18.
The Audi A1 Sportback will add a family touch to the brand’s popular A1, which is dogfighting for market share with the likes of the BMW 1 Series.
Aimed at a ‘young, urban public’, the A1 is slightly taller than its three-door sibling and has been made more spacious inside, offered with either four or five seats.
British racing marque Lotus, which produces the iconic Lotus Elise sports car, has announced the opening of its first China showroom.
The company launched the new showroom earlier this month, featuring six models that have previously only been available in China through other dealers.
The Elise R, Elise SC, Evora, Evora IPS, Exige S 240 and the Exige S 260 wlll be on display at the store, which is in Beijing’s fashionable Chaoyang district.