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Bespoke Phantoms for Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab, one of the most luxurious hotels, has received four new bespoke model Phantom Rolls-Royce’s into its already extensive luxury vehicle range. The iconic hotel has enlarged the fleet of Phantoms to ten – all of which have custom-made features specifically crafted to reflect the unique opulence of the hotel. The four Special [...]

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Raw eggs thrown at Shareholders of PPR

Shareholders of Pinault Printemps Redoute (PPR), the French multinational holding company specializing in retail shops and luxury brands, were showered with raw eggs thrown by employees of the group protesting during their general assembly in Paris on May 7, 2009. The shareholders voted a dividend equivalent to 418 million euros (560 million US dollars) for [...]

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Rare blue diamond sells for record $9.5 million

A flawless blue diamond weighing 7.03 carats has sold for a record 10.5 million Swiss francs ($9.49 million), the highest price paid per carat for any gemstone at auction, Sotheby’s said. The rectangular-shaped blue stone, mounted on a platinum ring, is the rarest to enter the international market this year. The anonymous phone bidder, who [...]

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On Board for the Cannes Film Festival

Luxury yachts and boats are moored in the port of Cannes. The 62nd Cannes Film Festival runs from May 13-24. Reuters

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Boeing luxury jet sales drop

Boeing executive jet sales have plummeted in the slower economy, according to information from the 2009 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva Boeing sold eight new personal luxury jets since the show last year but had four orders cancel, leaving a net gain of four. This is an 87 percent drop from [...]

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Waza Miyabi Toilet Collection

Toto, the company well known for its innovative toilets, showcased the new, artistic Waza Miyabi collection at the KBIS (Kitchen/Bath Industry Show) 2009. The patterns for these toilet models are based on sho-chiku-bai, which means “pine, bamboo and plum” in Japanese. “Each toilet is hand-painted in vivid colors with intricate detailing, creating a piece of [...]

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