Monthly Archives: December 2011

cartier panther ad campaign

Luxury watch superstore to target Chinese in Paris

cartier panther ad campaign

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 landmark Old England shop near the Place Vendome, famous for its luxury watch shops and hugely popular with Middle Eastern and Asian tourists, in particular Chinese.
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Banksy no ball games

Hotel chain invites guests to steal artwork

Banksy no ball games

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 summer.

Guests who book a room at the chain’s properties between December 15 and January 15 are being challenged to ‘steal’ a Banksy print worth AU$15,000, with the promise that they can keep it if they successfully pull off the heist.
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faberge ad campaign

Fabergé launches first ad campaign

faberge 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 all contemporary Fabergé creations,” says the company in a release.
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Etihad first-class passengers

Etihad puts chefs on its planes

Etihad first-class passengers

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 with prime cuts of meat, sauces, par-cooked items, spices and freshly chopped vegetables along with specialized tools such as a a whisk and foamer.
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most expensive chocolate pudding

Hotel sells most expensive dessert

most expensive chocolate pudding

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 Country House Hotel in Windermere, Cumbria – the former home of the children’s author Beatrix Potter.
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Stella Tennant Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel Paris-Bombay Metiers d’Art show

Stella Tennant Karl Lagerfeld

The annual Chanel Metier D’Arts premiere took place in the Galerie Courbe at Paris’s Grand Palais Tuesday December 6 with an India-themed luxury show.

Models, adorned with accessories including head-jewellery and turbans – also for men – walked the epic runway sporting the 2012 pre-fall collection.

Guests sat at banquet tables, which doubled as a runway, complete with chandeliers, opulent candlesticks – and a feast fit for a Maharaja.
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Chanel Iman

Chanel Iman Unveils Million Dollar DKNY Fragrance

Chanel Iman

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 Katz, the bottle is adorned with 2,909 rare jewels from across the globe, including 2,700 white diamonds, 183 yellow sapphires and a 2.43-carat yellow canary diamond.
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Velvet Collection

Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Collection

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, Velvet Sublime and Velvet Love.
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jennifer lopez on the floor

J-Lo first customer of Morocco Mall

jennifer lopez on the floor

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 of land facing the Atlantic Ocean, aims to attract 14 million visitors a year and become one top tourist destinations.
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Limited Edition Grand Marnier 2011

Red Ribbon Limited Edition Grand Marnier 2011

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 available in selected wholesalers and luxury retail outlets. The price tag of this Grand Marnier special edition is at $59.
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Sea Containers House London

First European Mondrian Hotel to Open in London

Sea Containers House 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 2014, pumping approximately $15 million into the conversion.
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jaquet droz petite heure dragon watch

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Dragon

jaquet droz petite heure dragon watch

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 of red enhance the powerful imagery of the drawing.
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infiniti electric car

Infiniti set to debut wireless charging

infiniti electric car

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’ technology, reports Popular Mechanics.
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ferrari car crash

Fleet of Ferraris ruined in Japan sportscar pileup

ferrari car crash

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 a wet curve of China Road in Yamaguchi Prefecture when he hit a median creating a catastrophic chain reaction.
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Noma Momondo Guide Copenhagen

Hit restaurant Noma launches travel guide

Noma Momondo Guide Copenhagen

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 favorite places in the city, with the restaurant’s manager Peter Kreiner saying that the book contains “angles that may even surprise a native.”
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