Luxury watch superstore to target Chinese in Paris

Luxury Swiss retail giant Richemont, owner of such brands as Cartier, Piaget and Jaeger-LeCoultre, is to open the world’s largest shop for luxury watches in Paris. Business Montres quoted an internal memo saying a three-storey 2,200 square metre (24,000 square foot) shop would open early 2013. The shop would take over the premises of the … Continued

Hotel chain invites guests to steal artwork

As research has proved, guests will steal plenty of things from hotels given the chance — but most would draw the line at a piece of art valued in the thousands. One hotel, however, is inviting guests to steal art, in a clever promotion drawn up by Art Series Hotels, an Australian chain, for the … Continued

Fabergé launches first ad campaign

Fabergé has unveiled its first advertising campaign shot by famed fashion photographer Mario Testino and creative-directed by Fabergé’s Katharina Flohr. Rising Russian-Lithuanian model Bee Gee appears in the ads, wearing resplendent pieces from the Les Fabuleuses de Fabergé and Les Saisons Russes collections. “The campaign captures the intense and emotive glamour and story-telling that characterizes … Continued

Etihad puts chefs on its planes

Etihad Airways has hired 110 cinternational chefs, some of whom have worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, to cook in its Diamond First Class cabins. They are already working on flights to London, Sydney, Melbourne and Paris and will be introduced across all other First-class destinations by early next year. The chefs work from a pantry, stocked … Continued

Hotel sells most expensive dessert

A wealthy businessman has purchased a wildly extravagant chocolate pudding glazed with edible gold and strawberry champagne caviar for a record £22,000. Carl Weininger splashed out on the world’s most expensive dessert for his 60th birthday – and as a treat for himself after his three-year relationship ended. He bought the cake from Lindeth Howe … Continued

Chanel Makeup Remover Pads

Chanel’s Le Coton pads, at $20 a package, boast a Japanese-design, handpicked Egyptian cotton and an inner filling “comprised of lightly entwined, elastic Australian fibers,” according to Chanel’s website. Each cotton pad features the Chanel logo.

Dolce & Gabbana Jewelry 2011 Campaign

Italian model Bianca Balti stars in the Fall/Winter 2011 Dolce & Gabbana jewelry advertisements lensed by Giampaolo Sgura. The images capture Bianca getting ready in lingerie inspired looks and crafted jewerly featuring tri-color gold, rubies, sapphires and pearls.

$100,000 Bill On The Streets of NYC

Artist John Baldessari has plastered a fake $100,000 bill on a billboard next to Manhattan’s High Line elevated park, on 10th Avenue at West 18th Street. $100,000 bills actually exist. They were printed during the Great Depression but never publicly circulated.

Chanel Iman Unveils Million Dollar DKNY Fragrance

Model Chanel Iman unveiled what has been dubbed the world’s first million-dollar fragrance bottle in New York on December 5. The 21-year-old was accompanied by bodyguards to present a specially designed version of the latest fragrance Golden Delicious at DKNY’s New York flagship store. Inspired by the New York skyline and designed by jeweler Martin … Continued

Ferrari F430 Tattooed by Philippe Pasqua

French artisan Philippe Pasqua has unveiled his latest work of art: a Ferrari F430 that’s been covered in skin-colored leather and exquisitely tattooed. For all car enthusiasts, this one-off creation shall be on display at the Galerie Laurent Strouk, Paris around the middle of January 2012.

Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Collection

Dolce & Gabbana have launched the Velvet Collection, a series of six haute parfumerie scents, each inspired by various parts of Italy. The scents are a masterful mix of amber, citrus, floral, woody and spiced essences which recreate the Mediterranean mood. The names of the fragrances are: Velvet Vetiver, Velvet Patchouli, Velvet Wood, Velvet Desire, … Continued

J-Lo first customer of Morocco Mall

Jennifer Lopez has inaugurated in Casablanca the Morocco Mall, billed as Africa’s largest shopping centre and among the world’s top five. After Princess Lalla Meryem officially opened the mall on Thursday, the US star became its first customer and capped the glitzy launch with a private concert. The sprawling megamall, which sits on 10 hectares … Continued

Red Ribbon Limited Edition Grand Marnier 2011

Grand Marnier is celebrating this year’s winter holiday season with the ninth annual limited edition of its classic Cordon Rouge. The bottle makes a bold transition from its usual brown and red seal, to brilliant white, with a red ribbon elegantly wrapped around its sleek curves. The new red ribbon design 70cl bottle will be … Continued

First European Mondrian Hotel to Open in London

Contemporary hotel chain Mondrian is to open its first property in Europe in London, the company has confirmed. The luxury Mondrian London is to be located inside the iconic Sea Containers house, a huge building located on the South Bank of the River Thames. Morgan’s Hotel Group will open the 360-room Mondrian London in early … Continued

Dior x Anselm Reyle

Christian Dior have launched a one-off accessories line in collaboration with conceptual German artist Anselm Reyle. Reyle has been given carte blanche to create a collection of accessories utilising his use of colour and texture. The collection will include everything from wallets and clutches up to full sized handbags and shopper totes.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Dragon

The Swiss watch maker brand Jaquet Droz is celebrating the Chinese New Year with the Petite Heure Minute Dragon. Clearly intended for the Chinese market, this is a limited edition of 88 pieces featuring a painted scene of two imperial dragons fighting over a pearl. They are set against an ivory background of Grand Feu enamel. Subtle touches … Continued

Infiniti set to debut wireless charging

Infiniti is to debut inductive charging on its forthcoming electric vehicle model, according to reports. The Nissan-owned luxury manufacturer is set to launch its own electric vehicle in 2014, to offer a high-class counterpoint to the pioneering Nissan Leaf. In an industry-first, it looks like that model will be able to charge wirelessly using ‘inductive’ … Continued

Fleet of Ferraris ruined in Japan sportscar pileup

A fleet of luxury sportscars has been involved in one of the most expensive accidents in history after an astonishing multi-car pile-up in Japan. The wreck included several Ferrari 355s, Ferrari F430s, Ferrari F360, Ferrari F512, Lamborghini Diablo and three Mercedes models as well as a Nissan Skyline. The Ferrari driver reportedly lost control round … Continued

Hit restaurant Noma launches travel guide

Copenhagen restaurant Noma, widely regarded as among the world’s top gastronomic establishments, has launched a city guide. The restaurant has created a guidebook to the Danish capital in a tie-up with travel booking site Momondo, which is also based in the city. The guide is written by Noma’s international staff and features reviews of their … Continued