Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat 500 Abarth sells out in US

Fiat 500 Abarth

The Fiat 500 Abarth has already sold out in the month since its launch in late April, with Chrysler halting orders from dealers.

Customers are to be put on a waiting list for the 2013 version with the factory unable to produce more than the 3,000 vehicles it promised.

The high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth will debut in the US for the first time at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Chrysler has confirmed.
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Jaeger-LeCoulture Atmos du Millenaire clock

Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos du Millenaire

Jaeger-LeCoulture Atmos du Millenaire clock

Jaeger-LeCoultre is celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s sixty years on the throne by creating a special Atmos du Millénaire clock issued in a limited edition of three pieces with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s lineage engraved on.

Displaying the hours, months and perpetual moon phase, this celestial millennium-bestriding mechanism, is destined to measure out the years one by one until 3000.
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Mini China Olympic Special Edition

MINI Launch China Olympic Special Edition

Mini China Olympic Special Edition

Mini’s Chinese outpost will celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games in London by launching a special-edition Mini Cooper hatchback.

The China Olympic Special Edition cars are based on a Mini Cooper with the 120-hp, 1.6-liter inline-four engine.

The model sports gold stripes on the roof to resemble an athletics track and a numbered “Mini China Olympic Special Edition” badge on the grill.
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Kevin McKidd

The Macallan Teams Up with Annie Leibovitz

Kevin McKidd

Single malt whisky brand The Macallan has commissioned famous photographer, Annie Leibovitz for the third edition of its Masters of Photography series.

The Masters of Photography: Annie Leibovitz Edition sees Leibovitz bring to life the essence of the brand through her unique photographer’s eye, with renowned Scottish actor Kevin McKidd cast in the role of leading man.
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London Goring Hotel

London’s Goring Hotel offers bath menu

London Goring Hotel

After the room service menu and the pillow menu, this one seemed almost inevitable: one London hotel is now offering a bath menu for the summer.

Designed to help guests scrub a day’s worth of London grit from their bodies, the package comes courtesy of the Goring Hotel and Molton Brown, two British institutions determined to offer guests something special this summer.
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Nespresso Naora Capsule

Nespresso Naora Limited edition 2012

Nespresso Naora Capsule

Naora is the latest Limited Edition coffee from Nespresso – a one-off unique blend outside the company’s collection of 16 permanent Grands Crus.

Nespresso introduces a Limited Edition three times a year for a short period of time, offering Club Members an exciting new taste experience and underlining the company’s expertise within the industry.
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tintin in america cover

1932′s Tintin in America cover fetches record price

tintin in america cover

A rare 1932 cover illustration of “Tintin in America” by Herge, the artist who dreamed up the boy reporter, on Saturday fetched a record $1.6 million at an auction in Paris.

“The work has been sold at 1,338,509.20 euros, costs included, by a person who wishes to remain anonymous,” a spokesman for the auctioneers, Artcurial, told AFP.

The previous owner, another Tintin collector, had bought it for 764,218 euros in 2008, which had until today stood as the record price in this domain.
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Atelier Joel Robuchon Four Seasons Hotel New York

Joël Robuchon to shutter New York restaurant

Atelier Joel Robuchon Four Seasons Hotel New York

Chef Joël Robuchon‘s only New York outpost of his Michelin-starred L’Atelier empire will be shuttering its doors this summer.

The Four Seasons Hotel New York has announced that it will ‘amicably part ways’ with the French chef as of June 30, whose restaurant L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon opened in the hotel in 2006. The restaurant earned a second Michelin star last year.
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Ferrari 599XX

Ferrari auction to raise money for Italy quake

Ferrari 599XX

Italian luxury sports carmaker Ferrari is organising a rare online auction to raise funds for victims of two earthquakes that left 23 people dead in Italy.

“Ferrari has decided to collect funds to help the families of victims of the quakes which hit the Emilia Romagna region with a big online auction open to bidders internationally,” the famous automaker said in a statement.

Among the “important and rare” items up for auction will be a Ferrari 599XX Evo, the latest of the luxury racing line’s track-only specials, usually only driven by select customers as part of the brand’s development process.
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Emirates new inflight entertainment screens

Emirates unveils world’s largest in-flight screens

Emirates new inflight screens

Emirates has unveiled the world’s widest seat-back television screens, to be installed on its new aircraft.

The new 12.1-inch screen is the largest economy class seatback system in the world, Emirates says, complete with high-definition displays — another first for the Dubai-based carrier.

New screens are also being installed in premium classes, Emirates said May 31, including a 27-inch widescreen in First Class and 20-inch screen in Business Class.
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Fendi baguette bags

The Fendi Baguette book

Fendi baguette bags

Italian fashion house Fendi is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its legendary Baguette handbag with a book called Fendi Baguette ($125).

Published by Rizzoli, the new book features 250 pages dedicated to the small, rectangular handbag that Silvia Venturini Fendi conceived back in 1997.

It is being billed as the catalogue raisonne for the Baguette, a comprehensive and exhaustive reference for all things Baguette.
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Warren Buffett photo

Buffett’s auction lunch now on its 13th year

Warren Buffett photo

For the 13th year, Warren Buffett, legendary investor and philanthropist, will host his charity power lunch to benefit San Francisco’s GLIDE.

The annual power lunch has raised over $11.5 million for GLIDE’s programs which directly help San Francisco’s neediest residents.  Last year’s winning bid on eBay set a world-record at $2,626,411.

Bidding for this year’s auction opens Sunday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. PDT, and will close on Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. PDT.
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BMW Brand Store George V Paris

First Ever BMW Brand Store Opens in Paris

BMW Brand Store George V Paris

BMW has opened a flagship store in Paris, set to be the first of an Apple-like network of ‘experience stores’.

The new 800-square-meter store is designed as part-showroom, part-tourist attraction and occupies a central location in one of Paris’s most desirable streets, the Avenue George V.

Among the retail store’s gleaming white walls and large display screens are several BMW models, ranging from sports cars to sedans, which visitors can get close to.
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Burberry Fall 2012 Campaign

Burberry Autumn Winter 2012 Campaign

Burberry Fall 2012 Campaign

Burberry has unveiled its new Fall/Winter 2012 campaign, which has been shot by Mario Testino. It stars actress Gabriella and musician Roo Panes.

The beautiful campaign is shot against the backdrop of Greenwich’s Royal Naval College in stylish black and white, with smoke, rain and fog.

It is the company’s first ‘click to buy’ advertisement. That means fans will be able to get their hands on the items featured in the digital adverts straight away.
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