Monthly Archives: May 2012

McLaren MP4-12C abu dhabi

Watch the McLaren MP4-12C in the desert

McLaren MP4-12C abu dhabi

To celebrate the launch of McLaren in the Middle East, the British marque has released this promotional film titled ‘The Perfect Line’.

McLaren has chosen a beautiful landscape and an even more beautiful road in order to promote its MP4-12C into the Middle East, and the supercar eventually finds its way to the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
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crown jewels london

Designers Rework the Queen’s Crown

crown jewels london

Bulgari, Mulberry and Valentino are just some of the luxury labels to have reinterpreted Queen Elizabeth II’s crown ahead of her upcoming Diamond Jubilee.

Luxury London department store Harrods has filled its windows with 31 one-off crowns made exclusively by an array of iconic British and international designers ranging from Paul Smith to Valentino.
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Roll Royce Starlight Headliner photo

Rolls Royce’s New Starlight Headliner

Roll Royce Starlight Headliner photo

The Starlight Headliner is a factory-installed option on the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe or Sedan that turns the roof of your luxury car into a panoramic starry night.

“Creating an illusion of a dazzling night sky, hundreds of fibre optic lights shine through the perforated leather on the roof.”

“The brightness of these Roll Royce-created stars can be adjusted to complement the moods and the needs of the owner.”

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Royal Salute Diamond Jubilee bottle

Royal Salute launch Diamond Jubilee bottle

Royal Salute Diamond Jubilee bottle

Created in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Salute is this year continuing with tradition by celebrating the Queen’s 60 year reign with the launch of the Royal Salute Diamond Jubilee Limited Edition.

The bottle is made from hand-blown and hand-cut crystal and is finished with a show-stopping solid cut crystal stopper. It is presented in a hand-crafted display box.
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mixed compote of raw and stewed fruits

Pierre Hermé creates desserts for ANA Airways

mixed compote of raw and stewed fruits

The man who’s been described as the ‘Picasso’ of the pastry world has been tapped by All Nippon Airways to cater its dessert menu.

Passengers on international flights traveling in First and Business Class will tuck into a range of in-flight desserts created by French pastry wizard Pierre Hermé, best known for his inventive macaron flavors and gourmet cakes.

The trio of desserts will debut in June for First Class customers and in September for Business Class passengers.
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Yves Saint Laurent Resort 2012 Collection

Hedi Slimane keeping first YSL resort line for buyers

Yves Saint Laurent Resort 2012 Collection

Newly appointed Yves Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane will present his upcoming women’s resort line to selected buyers only.

Since it was announced back in March that Slimane would be returning to the label by replacing Stefano Pilati as creative director, fashionistas have been eager to catch a glimpse of his new creations for the house.
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Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati

Abarth 695 Maserati Edition

Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati

Three years after the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari, Fiat-owned performance brand Abarth has launched a special-edition model based on luxury supercar brand Maserati.

The Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati is a tricked-out version of the Fiat 500 which layers in Abarth performance touches and an admittedly-impressive Maserati veneer.

Somewhat reminiscent of the Aston-Martin Cygnet, the Tributo Maserati is a convertible model finished in a color exclusive to Maserati, Pontevecchio Bordeaux.
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Usain Bolt

Hublot King Power Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

With a strap made from the same gold leather as the shoes he wore for his world record setting sprint in 2008, the new Hublot Usain Bolt Watch is officially here.

The Hublot King Power Usain Bolt was developed in close consultation with the three-time Olympic champion and Swiss luxury watch brand ambassador.

The new watch contains Hublot’s HUB4100 chronograph movement, incorporates several signature elements that are representative of Bolt.
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prada suits everyone

Roman Polanski unveils Prada short film

prada suits everyone

Prada unveiled a special short film directed by Roman Polanski and starring British actors Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Kingsley at the Cannes Film Festival May 21.

The film sees a Prada-clad Bonham Carter’s character visiting a psychiatrist (played by Kingsley) to discuss a bad dream.

The doctor isn’t listening though, as he becomes captivated by her purple fur coat, which he eventually tries on before the tagline ‘Prada Suits Everyone’ fills the screen.
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Krug flanerie

Krug unveils the Flânerie champagne cooler

Krug flanerie

Krug has listened to Krug Lovers, who love to share and appreciate their favourite champagne in unexpected places, and has created the Krug Flânerie.

The House has played with the codes of luxury leatherwork to create this practical and ingenious “must have” article.

Bearing the Krug stamp, its adjustable shoulder strap gives the option of carrying it slung across the shoulder or held in the hand.
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Marina Bay Cruise Center stands

Singapore eyes Asia cruise market with new terminal

Marina Bay Cruise Center stands

A multi-million-dollar cruise terminal capable of accommodating the world’s largest luxury cruise liners will start operating this weekend, officials said Tuesday.

The opening of the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore will allow the city-state to tap Asia’s growing cruise industry while it will also provide thousands of new jobs.

On Saturday, the Sg$500 million ($395 million) terminal will welcome its first ship — the Royal Caribbean International’s 138,000-tonne Voyager of the Seas luxury liner.
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Dubai Princess Tower

Dubai’s Princess Tower tallest residential building

Princess Tower dubai

Dubai, which already claims the world’s highest building, has set a new record with Princess Tower, which the Guinness World Records website said on Monday was the world’s tallest residential building.

“Princess Tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is 413.4 metres (1,356 feet) high and has 101 storeys above ground, dedicated to residential use,” Guinness said.
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Porsche 918 Spyder prototype

Porsche 918 Spyder prototype

Porsche 918 Spyder prototype

First seen as a concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the 918 Spyder is a plug-in hybrid supercar that will enter production at the end of September 2013.

The new 918 Spyder is built around a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic monocoque and features fully adaptive aerodynamics and an adaptive rear-axle steering.

Porsche has announced that the production version will feature an enlarged 4.6-liter V-8 engine pumping out close to 570 horsepower.
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MINI Roadster Franca Sozzani

2012 Life Ball MINI Roadster by Franca Sozzani

MINI Roadster Franca Sozzani

For the past 11 years, Mini has been one of the major sponsors of the European Life Ball to support HIV/AIDS research.

Part of that sponsorship has been the sale of a one-of-a-kind special-edition car designed by some of the biggest names in fashion.

This year, Mini had commissioned Italian Vogue’s chief editor Franca Sozzani to customize the new Mini Roadster. The model was presented at the 20th annual Life Ball event in Vienna and was auctioned to raise €54,000 for AIDS charity.
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Louis Vuitton London flagship store

Top 10 Most Valuable Luxury Brands in the World

Louis Vuitton London flagship store

Louis Vuitton, the French maker of laminated canvas handbags, was named the world’s most valuable luxury brand for a seventh consecutive year.

The brand, owned by LVMH, is worth $25.9 billion, a 7 percent increase from 2011, according to Millward Brown Optimor’s 2012 BrandZ study.

Hermes, in which LVMH owns a stake, rose to second place with a value of $19.1 billion, up 61 percent on last year. Rolex, the closely-held Swiss watch brand, was ranked third at $7.17 billion, a 36 percent gain.
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Decanter to launch Chinese version of its website

Chinese wine professionals

In a sign of the wine times, one of the world’s most authoritative wine publications, Decanter, said it plans to launch a Chinese version of its website.

The move comes after another top wine publication, described as the wine bible for the French, La Revue du Vin de France, launched a Chinese version of its magazine last year.
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