Monthly Archives: November 2011

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The World’s 50 Best Bars 2011

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Drinks International, based out of the UK, has published its version of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards, with the World’s 50 Best Bars list.

From secretive speakeasies that require walking through phone booths, wardrobes and hidden, unmarked doors, editors and bar professionals around the world selected their picks for the best bars around the world.

While New York and London dominate the top 10 list, watering holes from 16 countries are represented along the way, including bars from France, Spain, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Russia.
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De Bethune Dream Watch IV

De Bethune Dream Watch IV iPhone case

De Bethune Dream Watch IV

De Bethune has released the Dream Watch IV, an iPhone 4S case that features a mechanical clock as well as protection for your phone… and your brain!

Clearly inspired by the unique piece made for Only Watch 2011 (below), the pocket watch face is made from blued titanium with gold and diamond stars.

The Dream Watch IV also provides electromagnetic protection for the user by reducing the physiological impact of its potentially damaging waves.
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Lufthansa windowside bed First Class

Lufthansa offers new First Class cabin

Lufthansa windowside bed First Class

Last week Lufthansa sent its first retrofitted 747-400 from Hong Kong to Frankfurt and those flying first class were in for quite a surprise.

Where previously these planes catered for 16 passengers in their ultra-luxury section, now they are fitted out for just eight and that means a full-length, window-side bed next to the seat, among other treats.

Lufthansa’s move comes as the likes of Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air New Zealand and Air Canada have done away with first class cabins in favor of expanded business class facilities.

At the same time other carriers such as Qantas, Air France and British Airways have removed some first class seating from selected planes and increased the space available to business class.

With the European debt crisis affecting all airlines, Lufthansa is hoping the changes will attract more and more passengers from the South China region “and to attract more passengers to pay a full fare we need to offer an ever great product”.

According to market researchers China Elite Focus there are more than one million “Chinese Luxury Tourists,” who fly first or business class.

“Chinese tourists are big spenders, they are travelling more and seeking new venues. Traditionally, CLTs have holidayed mainly in Asia but are beginning to look further afield to Europe, the USA, Middle East and Australia,” said the company.

Lufthansa has not forgotten its business class passengers either. The airline is planning to roll out its first full flatbeds in business class in its B747-8 planes which are due to come into service early in 2012.

Perrelet Turbine Poker

Perrelet Turbine Poker Watch

Perrelet Turbine Poker

Just released is the Perrelet Turbine Poker watch, a piece which makes very clever use of the brands aeronautical-inspired 12 blade double rotor dial.

A selection of cards are hidden beneath the rotor blades which constantly revolves thus obscuring the cards which will not be revealed until the rotor stops.

Perrelet offers three dial options featuring different card hands. The case is in DLC coated stainless steel and has a rubber strap.
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Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Oscar de la Renta to receive Artistry of Fashion award

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Oscar de la Renta will follow in the footsteps of Valentino and Karl Lagerfeld by receiving the prestigious Artistry of Fashion award on September 12, 2012.

Organized by The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York every September, the Artistry of Fashion award has become a key date in the style calendar and signposts the beginning of Fall Fashion Week.

The creator’s previous gongs include The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)’s Lifetime Achievement Award back in 1990.
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Black Cancan Millésime 2000

Piper Heidsieck – Black Cancan Millesime 2000

Black Cancan Millésime 2000

Jean Paul Gaultier has collaborated with Champagne brand Piper-Heidsieck on two new bottles – Black Cancan Millésime 2000 and the Piper-Heidsieck French Cancan.

The Cabaret-inspired French Cancan bottle is dressed in black latex, fishnets and ruby masquerade mask at the neck.

The Black Cancan Millésime 2000’s adornments include a Swarovski Crystallized stocking, a studded collar of diamond-cut crystals, and a JPG seal.
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Fairmont Le Labo

Fairmont teams up with Le Labo

Fairmont Le Labo

Luxury hotel chain Fairmont, which operates 60 hotels around the world, has announced a partnership with New York perfumer Le Labo for its in-room amenities.

The brand announced Novermber 3 that Le Labo’s Rose 31, a Wallpaper magazine Best Perfume of the Year, would be the base of its amenity kits from this fall.

The “warm, spicy floral and woodsy” products included in the lineup will be shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion and soap products.
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white Italian truffle

As Italian stocks crash, truffle prices go up

white Italian truffle

Italian stock markets are sharply down this year, but the price of white truffle has doubled to 3,000 euros ($4,100) per kilogram in just a week.

Truffle hunters say the increase is due to low average rainfall in areas where truffle is found, as well as higher demand — particularly from buyers in Asia where truffle tastes have taken off, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The price is now at around 3,000 euros for large truffles and some 2,500 euros per kilogramme for smaller tubers — far higher than last year.
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Emilio Pucci Ad Campaign Fall Winter 2011 2012

Pucci won’t rule out affordable line

Emilio Pucci Ad Campaign Fall Winter 2011 2012

Pucci creative director Peter Dundas wouldn’t rule out collaborating with a department store on a low-cost line.

Since the success of fashion house Missoni’s Target collaboration, fashionistas have been desperate to know which other designers will be following suite.

Dundas has revealed to website styleite that although collaborations aren’t at the forefront of his mind right now, one could well happen eventually.
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Shanghai Tang Mongolian Village hong kong

Pop-Up Mongolian Village By Shanghai Tang

Shanghai Tang Mongolian Village hong kong

They may now not have a formal home but the people at Hong Kong’s Shanghai Tang brand are still making consumers sit up and take notice.

After 17 years at the Pedder Building in Central, Shanghai Tang lost the bid for the space to Abercrombie & Fitch, which will pay two and half times the previous rent.

And now Shanghai Tang takes up residence from Friday night on Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour — inside a series of Mongolia “gers” or traditional houses.
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luxury watch boutique Mumbai

Brand-addicted Indians propel luxury sector

luxury watch boutique Mumbai

India’s luxury sales are expected to expand by a scorching 20 percent annually until 2015, as brand-smitten consumers snap up big names to flaunt their wealth.

Luxury sales were slow to take off in India a decade ago, disappointing retailers who had rushed into what they hoped would be the next China — a vast market of over a billion people with an eye for status symbols.

But now Indian consumers “are quickly catching up with global trends”, according to Neelesh Hundekari, author of the recent “Indian Luxury Review” report.
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Tom Ford to dress James Bond for new “Skyfall”

james bond tuxedo Tom ford

Tom Ford “could not be happier” about dressing Daniel Craig in upcoming Bond movie Skyfall, scheduled for international release late 2012.

It was revealed November 3 that the designer will be reprising his styling duties for the spy thriller, which is currently being filmed and stars the British actor along with new Bond girls Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris.

Tom Ford dressed current 007 Craig in Quantum of Solace in 2008. He thinks the fictional spy perfectly encompasses his eponymous label’s sleek aesthetic.
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Crystal Christmas dress

A Crystal Christmas by Swarovski at Harrods

A Crystal Christmas by Swarovski at Harrods

A dress costing £230,000, embellished with more than 150,000 Swarovski crystals, will go on display at Harrods this week as part of its Crystal Christmas event.

The Ralph & Russo-designed dress will be the centrepiece of the department store’s Swarovski-sponsored window displays over the festive season.

The dress, inspired by the decadence of the Twenties, took more than 25 people working on it and is the result of hundreds of hours of man hours.
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2012 Porsche 911

Porsche To Reveal A New Model at LA Auto Show

2012 Porsche 911

Porsche has confirmed that it is to stage the world premiere of a new model at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The German automaker will put the spotlight on a new model “boasting impressive performance and dynamic looks, exuding unadulterated driving pleasure.”

Many bloggers and fans predict that the model could be a Cabriolet version of the Porsche 911, which has been seen testing recently.
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Dupuy Vintage 1940 cognac

Dupuy Vintage 1940 French cognac

Dupuy Vintage 1940 cognac

The most exclusive spirits in the world, including a French cognac from the Second World War, will be featured at the largest wine and spirits fair in Asia this week.

As one of only two bottles in the world, the Dupuy Vintage 1940 will be shown off at the Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Fair this week.

Described as an unblended cognac with a fresh, mineral smell and a light peppery note, the vintage cognac is said to melt on the palate and end with a woody finish.
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dassault falcon 2000s business jet

Dassault Falcon 2000S

dassault falcon 2000s business jet

Dassault has unveiled the Falcon 2000S with the goal of creating a full-size Falcon with a midsize price ideally suited for an eight-hour flight.

With a price tag of under $25 million, Dassault claims the Falcon 2000S will feature the largest cabin, longest range and best performance in its class .

New inboard wing slats and high-Mach blended winglets enhance aerodynamic efficiency, so the 2000S can get in and out of small, convenient airports.
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IWC Schaffhausen Portugues Yacht Club Chrono ref390212

IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph

IWC Schaffhausen Portugues Yacht Club Chrono ref390212

IWC Schaffhausen, the sponsor of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team, has released the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012″

The Volvo Ocean Race is an exciting around-the-world race covering over 39,000 miles through some of the world’s most treacherous waters.

The Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph is powered by the rugged IWC-manufactured 89360-calibre movement and is water-resistant to 6 bar.
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