MAGAZINE   Luxury News & Reviews

Jan 27th

Audemars Piguet Millenary Minute Repeater

By Skorpyo
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Minute repeaters might have been invented out of sheer necessity back in the 17th century to help tell time in the dark or to visually impaired, but today after 400 years they are fashionably extremely desirable despite being superfluous.

And Audemars Piguet Millenary Minute Repeater dressed in rose gold is nothing short of sheer beauty. Audemars Piguet embraced the complicated mechanism of minute repeater ever since it was founded back in 1875 and the technology has played a significant part in the legacy of the watchmaker.

The new Millenary Minute Repeater model with AP escapement carries on the mechanical brilliance which has been a long standing tradition of the company.

The hand wound wrist watch has an oval casing in rose gold and an endearing three-dimensional structure that complements the complicated movement featuring Audemars Piguet’s proprietary escapement, double balance spring, striking mechanism and gongs. The repeater mechanism, which is the timepiece’s central feature, has been purpose built for this watch with its sliding trigger at 9 o’clock as usual but the striking barrel at 2 o’clock. The main dial of the minute repeater is enamel with black Romans and rail track which is cut into by the smaller subsidiary dial for the small seconds as well as the escapement. The Millenary Minute Repeater has been priced at $496,800.

Jan 22nd

Top 10 Hotels in the World 2014

By Skorpyo
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The Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, Switzerland, tops TripAdvisor’s list of the top 10 hotels in the world for 2014.

In the site’s latest Travelers’ Choice Awards, Italy boasted the most unique hotel winners with 152 properties given top marks by TripAdvisor travelers.

The UK followed close behind with 145 accommodations listed, while the US and France tied with 144 award-winners.

More than 7,120 properties were given honors across seven categories spanning top hotels, bargain hotels, bed and breakfasts, family, luxury, romantic and small hotels.

The Grand Hotel Kronenhof is a five-star, ultra-luxurious property located 1,800 meters above sea level near the resort town of St. Moritz in Switzerland. The hotel received a 97 percent approval rating among guests.

“Few grand hotels seamlessly blend old-world charm and modern conveniences as well as the Kronenhof. The property is as impressive as the surrounding mountains,” wrote one enamored guest.

Registered as an historic landmark, the Kronenhof dates back to 1848 and rises spectacularly from within a forest of pine and larch trees.

In lavish, neo-baroque style, gold-gilded rooms at the palatial property offer panoramic views of the mountains as well as the Bernina and Roseg glaciers.

Top 10 Hotels in the World

1. Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina, Switzerland

2. The Upper House, Hong Kong, China

3. Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Lankanfushi, Maldives

4. Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

5. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

6. Casa Gangotena, Quito, Ecuador

7. Lindos Blu, Lindos, Greece

8. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta de Mita, Mexico

9. The Oberoi, Mumbai, Mumbai, India

10. Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Jan 20th

AB Yachts’ Latest Launches Deliver Speed and Style

By Skorpyo
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AB Yachts, one of the shipyards of Italy’s Fipa Group, recently delivered a pair of sporty vessels that further solidify the company’s position as a leading builder of stylish, high-performance cruisers.

The yachts, christened Ecrider and Seafire, are the fourth launches in their respective hull series, the AB 116 and AB 140.

The AB 116 is the yard’s second-largest model, and Ecrider is a shining example. It accommodates nine guests in four cabins, and features an eclectic and minimalist interior from Fipa Group designers. The interior is replete with light-colored woods and fabrics with a variety of organic elements, such as tree-branch-like design accents on furnishings. Ecrider boasts a triple-engine arrangement capable of delivering a maximum speed of 50 knots.

Seafire has an overall length of nearly 140 feet, with a deep-V hull and superstructure made using fiberglass, carbon fiber, and Kevlar. The yacht reaches a staggering top speed of 46 knots under power of three 2,600 hp engines. And while Seafire is configured to sleep as many as 10 guests, the AB 140 model—the largest in the builder’s portfolio—can be configured to accommodate up to 12 guests, with virtually limitless options for interior design and amenities.

Visits: www.abyachts.com

Jan 17th

G.H. Mumm’s The Champagne of Champs: No.1 Night Edition

By Skorpyo
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Recognised by its cordon rouge — the distinctive red sash, the history of the House has always been one of adventure driven by the shared passion and courage of its founders.

With its Champagne Protocoles, G.H.MUMM injects rituals with magic and infuses them with conviviality.

From opening the bottle to making a toast, G.H.Mumm seeks to intensify the champagne moment. Inspired by the victory and the celebration of Grand Prix champions, G.H.Mumm will be launching the Cordon Rouge in a special edition named No. 1 Night Edition, in limited quantities.

To celebrate the New Year and the launch of the limited No. 1 Night Edition, G.H.Mumm Brand Ambassadors will be on a lookout for winners at Zouk on every Wednesday, starting from 15th January 2014. If you are being identified as a winner, you will be handed a card with one of the following messages:

“You’re dressed in a winning combination.”

“You look like you win over friends easily.”

“You move like a winner.”

“Your winning smile shines through.”

The Champagne Of Champs No 1 Night Edition

With this trump card, you will be able to enjoy a complimentary glass of G.H.Mumm No. 1Night Edition champagne. With every bottle of champagne opened, the guest will then pop the confetti canon to release golden streamers into the air – partying like a true champion.

Jan 16th

Bugatti Fashion Collection Debuts in Milan at “The Magic of La Vie en Bleu” Event

By Skorpyo
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Now, instead of just showing up to a party in a Bugatti, you could actually be doing so while wearing Bugatti.

Yes, Bugatti Automobiles has expanded into the fashion world with their first Fall/Winter 2014-15 collection. To celebrate the luxury brand’s full menswear and accessories collection, they partnered with L’Uomo Vogue to create the exclusive “The Magic of La Vie en Bleu” event.

Held on Saturday, January 11, the presentation took place in the historic house museum of the 19th century author and poet Alessandro Manzoni. Paying homage to the brand’s distinctive color, the blue-themed night was filled with celebrities such as actor Stephen Dorff, Anna Dello Russo, Gaia Trussardi, Dean and Dan Caten, Moncler Chairman Remo Ruffini, the President of the Italian National Chamber of Fashion Mario Boselli, who walked down a uniquely blue carpet.

Welcoming the guests was L'Uomo Vogue Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani and Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. President Wolfgang Schreiber. Making its debut, the Ettore Bugatti line, showed guests its impressive tailoring on fine Italian fabrics from Biella. Also included in the night was the ultra-chic sportswear line, Bugatti Extreme Performance outdoor which combines high-tech treatments and processes with luxurious materials. Who said you can’t look good while working out?

A first for the automobile manufacturer, the collection represents their founder, Ettore Bugatti’s vision and the heritage of the brand that was established over 100 years ago in France. With a French savoir-vivre attitude, German engineering and Italian creativity, the apparel and accessories embody a collection that is both sophisticated and imaginatively avant-garde.

To get your new digs, you’ll have to stop into an exclusive Bugatti boutique, the first two being in Hong Kong and Beijing, or visit a flagship store and corner shops in fine departments stores around the world.

Jan 14th

2014 Porsche 911 Targa Debuts At Detroit Auto Show: Video, Live Photos

By Skorpyo
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Along with coupe and convertible variants, the half-way-house Targa model has long been a staple of the Porsche 911 range--since 1965 in fact, when the first "safety cabriolet" made its debut at that year's Frankfurt Auto Show.

The 2014 Detroit Auto Show marks the debut of the latest variant, the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa. Visually, the new Targa models tread familiar ground--combining the traditional 911 shape we know and love with a unique B-pillar design and wrap-around rear screen, a format common to several generations of the 911 Targa. At the press of a button, the roof's center section slides back and stows itself behind the rear seats, keeping the car's sleek lines intact and maintaining the utility so appreciated by 911 owners.

A soft top and glass rear window form each part of the mechanism. When in action, the window flips open and tilts, allowing the soft top to slide past and furl itself into a compartment behind the rear seats, at which point the window closes once again. The whole process takes 19 seconds and can only be done while stationary. Lightweight fabric and a magnesium frame ensure the mechanism doesn't add a great deal to the 911's mass.

Two Targa models will be available at launch, the 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S. Those familiar with Porsche naming conventions will note that each is all-wheel drive only, and each features the wider track of the all-wheel-drive coupes and convertibles to accommodate the beefier drivetrain. Porsche Traction Management keeps the efforts of the two engines in check--the 350 horsepower, 3.4-liter Targa 4 and 400 horsepower, 3.8-liter 4S providing more than enough performance to trouble the tires.

The former reaches 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and tops out at a no-doubt blustery 175 mph, while the Targa 4S hits 60 in 4.2 seconds, on its way to 183 mph. Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission is also available on each, aiding acceleration but shaving an unnoticeable 1 mph from the top speed of each. Chassis tuning specific to the Targa helps the 911 keep its composure in the turns, while Porsche Torque Vectoring and the optional performance-orientated Sport Chrono package also feature.

Interior changes are minimal, and aside from the extra breeze inside--minimized with a manually-operated wind deflector mounted on the windshield frame--only the black fabric roof, Alcantara-lined Targa bar and airy curved rear screen should give the game away as you're driving.

The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 will have a starting price of $102,595, while the 2014 911 Targa 4S will set you back $117,195. Both prices include a destination charge of $995. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this summer.

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Jan 14th

Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2014 Ad Campaign

By Skorpyo
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Lensed by designer Domenico Dolce, supermodels Eva Herzigova and Bianca Balti Deeleuw pose for Dolce & Gabbana’s spring/summer 2014 campaign.

The campaign pays homage to Sicily, embodying the exuberance, gastronomy and local color of the Mediterranean’s largest island and playing with stereotypes for a tongue-in-cheek tone.

With their slender figures, the 40-year-old blonde and the 29-year-old brunette are hardly playing the part of stereotypical Italian mammas.

Along with models Catherine McNeil and Marine Deleeuw, they are all smiles as they pose nonchalantly in glamorous Dolce & Gabana fashions amidst bakers, shepherds and fishmongers.

In terms of the clothes, the campaign highlights the collection’s signature polka dots in multiple colors, as well as floral prints and prints with imagery inspired by Greco-Roman temples.

The models are perched atop tall platform sandals, next summer’s must-have footwear.

The menswear campaign, meanwhile, features Adam Senn, Tony Ward, Noah Mills and Evandro Soldati looking sharp in perfectly tailored suits. Both campaigns were shot by Domenico Dolce.

Jan 9th

Rolls-Royce announces limited-edition Ghost V Specification

By Skorpyo
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The Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification boasts greater power and will only be available for customers to commission for the next six months.

The company’s chief executive, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, says that the idea behind the limited edition is to celebrate “one of Ghost‘s defining characteristics: the exquisite 6.6-liter Rolls-Royce V12 engine.”

The car, which can be specified as a standard or extended wheelbase model, will feature a 30bph power increase over the standard edition, which translates into a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of 4.7 sec.

Owners will also be able to select one of five specially developed exterior paint colors for the car or to select one from the company’s existing 44,000-hue palette. The vehicle will also sit on exclusive 21-inch part-polished wheels and can be specified with visible chromed exhausts.

Providing a subtle clue to passengers that the car is a little more exclusive than an everyday Rolls-Royce are V-Specification motifs which appear on the door treadplates, on the steel inlays to the front multimedia screen lid and embroidered into the rear armrest.

Completing the look is an exclusively designed clock with a black crown surrounding the face. The order book for the V-Specification opens Wednesday but will close again in June.

Jan 5th

New Louis Vuitton Montaigne Bag

By Skorpyo
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Along with the Marais, the Montaigne bag is one of the new releases of the year.

Named after the glitzy Parisian avenue, this practical bag combines a smart, structured exterior with a spacious, well-organized interior making it ideal for business and women on the go. It can be carried in several ways – in the hand, on the arm or on the shoulder thanks to its removable cross-body strap. The BB version comes with an extra long strap which enables you to wear it across the body for a trendy look.

Montaigne features chic details such as natural cowhide leather trims, shiny golden brass hardware, burgundy-colored microfiber lining, one central zippered compartment with a padlock, two wide compartments, one double smartphone pocket, one flat pocket and protective bottom studs.

The Montaigne comes in three sizes: BB (11.4″ x 7.9″ x 5.1″), MM (13.0″ x 9.1″ x 5.9″) GM (15.4″ x 11.0″ x 6.3″). The bags are available in Louis Vuitton stores for US$2130, US$2270, and US$2420 for the BB, MM, and GM respectively.

Jan 3rd

Petrossian Paris introduces 10kg Caviar Tin

By Skorpyo
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The Parisian branch of the fine food retailer Petrossian, known for its prestigious caviar, has presented three extraordinarily generous tins of its star product. The largest, “Ivan the Terrible,” contains 10kg of Petrossian’s Tzar Imperial caviar, making it the world’s largest caviar tin according to its maker.

The other two tins in this unusual line are also named for tsars and tsarinas. “Catherine the Great” contains a whopping 5kg of the delicacy, while the one named after Alexander contains 2.5kg.

An exceptional product deserves exceptional packaging, of course. Each piece in this limited edition will be hand packed, and each label hand lithographed and numbered.

Each tin is prepared upon order, and prices are available on request. To put things into perspective, the least expensive caviar tin on Petrossian’s Paris website, containing just 12g, costs €24.