Monthly Archives: December 2011

New York Luxury Hotel room

Hotel Rates in New York City skyrocket ahead of NYE

New York Luxury Hotel room

New York may be officially the most popular place in the US to spend New Year, but travelers will still be paying through the nose for the privilege.

Staying in the Big Apple in 2012 will cost revelers up to 700 percent more than normal, price comparison site NewYorkHotels.org said this week.

On average, the 50 properties that have room availability are charging more than triple their regular rates, the website calculated.
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fukubukuro

Japan store offers $250k jewel lucky dip bag

fukubukuro

A Japanese department store is offering anyone with a quarter of a million dollars a lucky dip bag stuffed with expensive jewellery to ring in the New Year.

One lucky customer prepared to hand over a numerically significant 20.12 million yen ($259,000) can celebrate the turn of the year with a fistful of precious baubles.

The “fukubukuro” (lucky bag) — a feature of the New Year in Japan, one of the country’s most important holidays — will go on sale on January 2.
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Hennessy NyX

Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege Collection NyX Launch

Hennessy NyX

The Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege Collection NyX limited-edition bottle is created to reflect the world’s best-selling cognac’s contestant spirit and dynamical nature.

It follows the shiny Hennessy V.S.O.P Helios, the first product of Hennessy’s Privilege Collection which was inspired by the ancient Greek god of the sun.

The iconic cognac’s bottle is redesigned to present an extra class alcohol in a modern translucent platinum glass with metallic purple trim inspired by a starry night.
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Cognac glasses

Cognac glasses by Normann Copenhagen

Cognac glasses

These unusually shaped Normann Copenhagen glasses are designed to enhance the bouquet, temperature and volume of fine Cognac.

Designed by Rikke Hagen, these 11cm diameter glasses are beautifully crafted, with an innovative design that sees the glass having no stem.

“The shape of the glass increases the intimate experience of drinking cognac by accentuating the deep colour and movement of the liquid”.
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Tesla Model S photo

Tesla Roadster Final Edition

Tesla Model S photo

Electric car maker Tesla has announced a special edition model of its Roadster sports car, as it prepares for the debut of its new Model S (pictured above).

The brand, which created the world’s first high-performance electric car in the Roadster, will sell just 15 of the Final Edition Roadster models.

Although the specifications of the model haven’t been changed, it is finished in distinctive Atomic Red paint, dark stripes and exclusive anthracite aluminium wheels.
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cartier winter tale campaign 2011

Cartier Winter Tale Holiday Campaign 2011

cartier winter tale campaign 2011

Cartier released its Winter Tale video a few weeks ago. One version is found on YouTube and the other at www.cartier.wintertale.com.

The video shows the famous Cartier leopard running, walking and leaping through an icy terrain while products from the jeweler’s holiday collection emerge from under snow or in bubbles and are simply resting against the landscape.

In the YouTube version, consumers can click on the links that appear in the video to search for the “her,” “him” and “all” products.
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Laduree make up

“Les Merveilleuses de Ladurée” Makeup Line

Laduree make up

French luxury macaron brand Ladurée has announced the launch of a color cosmetics range called Les Merveilleuses de Laduree.

Created by Albion Cosmetics, the collection will include 20 different blush colors in the form of cameos as well as liquid foundation and lip color.

Laduree cosmetics

The range will launch in Japan this February before reaching Europe in fall 2012, followed by the US and elsewhere in Asia.

Ladurée’s decision to enter the cosmetics industry follows the launch in 2007 of a beauty line comprising items such as face and body cream using almonds to moisturize the skin, as well as selling home fragrances and candles.

Laduree petales de rose

Hennessy XO Mathusalem Arik Levy

Hennessy X.O. Mathusalem By Arik Levy

Hennessy XO Mathusalem Arik Levy

For its annually awaited, limited edition X.O (Extra Aged) cognac, Hennessy has for the second year commissioned special packaging from Arik Levy.

The RockRegeneration Hennessy X.O Mathusalem is directly inspired by Levy’s Rock furniture and object collection.

Hennessy has presented an XO limited edition at the beginning of each year since 2007. Only 300 bottles are available worldwide.
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Fan di Fendi Limited Edition

Fan di Fendi Limited Editions

Fan di Fendi Limited Edition

Fendi have released two limited edition versions of their fragrance Fan di Fendi. The first, priced at £120, is a 50ml bottle placed in a leather case with a zipper.

The second luxurious, limited edition is available in a leather coffret. Fan di Fendi is found in a 1 liter size, in a flacon shaped like the classic edition, composed of glass and gold-colored metal forming the logo of the brand.

The holiday edition in a leather coffret, size 1 liter can be obtained at a price of £1,485. An indulgent collector’s piece to please every Fendi aficionado!
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Chrysler 300 Luxury Series

Chrysler 300 Luxury Edition

Chrysler 300 Luxury Series

Chrysler is set to launch an Italian-inspired luxury version of its 300 Series flagship at the forthcoming North American International Auto Show (January 9-22).

The interior is decked out in black or “mochachino” Poltrona Frau “Foligno” leather from Italy and hand-sanded matte wood.

According to Chrysler, such features were “once limited to some of the most exotic Italian luxury cars” —  presumably a reference to Ferrari and Maserati, both owned by Chrysler’s parent Fiat.
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Bombay Sapphire BarBag

Bombay Sapphire Bar Bag

Bombay Sapphire BarBag

A proud collaboration between Barking Irons & Bombay Sapphire, the Bar Bag is inspired by classic gentry style of 19th Century London.

This highly-limited item was modeled after antique medical kits from the age of home-visiting doctors.

The Bar Bag simultaneously references the early medicinal remedies attributed to gin as well as the pride and skill that modern cocktail culture commands of its distinguished purveyors.
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Ferrari 360 Limo

Ferrari 360 Modena Limousine

Ferrari 360 Limo

This Ferrari 360 Modena limousine was created by cutting a regular 360 Modena in half and adding seats in the middle to provide interior room for eight people.

There is one large flat screen on-board plus several smaller screens set into the head rests. It also has a state of the art sound system and fibre optic disco lighting.

Estimated at £250,000 ($390,000), this is the fastest limousine in the world – it can hit a top speed of 166 mph.
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Foie Gras Rossini Burger

Foie gras burger in Japan

Foie Gras Rossini Burger

US fast-food chain Wendy’s, known for its square beef patties and baked potatoes, on Tuesday unveiled a foie gras burger as it sprang back into life in Japan.

Two years after shutting up shop because of falling profits, Wendy’s is hoping its exotic new menu will tickle the sophisticated Japanese palate.

The regular buns are still there but are joined by the foie gras burgers, which cost 1,280 yen ($16), and avocado and wasabi burgers (820 yen) as well as grilled chicken served with truffle and porcini mushroom sauce (920 yen).
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cinque suit

2012 menswear predictions: fashion to get slimline

cinque suit

US menswear manufacturers have noted an increase in male tailored clothing, with slimline suits set to dominate 2012.

A report published December 8 on WWD saw major American menswear retailers highlight an increasing trend towards flattering attire for gentlemen.

American market research company The NPD Group says tailored clothing sales rose more than 11 percent and sales of men’s tailored shirts rose more than 3 percent in the first half of 2011.
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