Luxury Facts http://www.luxuryfacts.com The Unique, The Exquisite And The Rare Bottega Veneta opens refurbished boutique at Emporio Mall in New Delhi http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5934 Bottega veneta DLF Emporio mall



December 13, 2019: Bottega Veneta sets a new definition of opulence and grandeur in the heart of India with the opening of its newly revamped boutique at Emporio Mall in New Delhi. Having established its presence in India in 2007, Bottega Veneta’s newly imagined store in Delhi measures 904 square feet and showcases a wide range of pieces for both men and women.



Bringing in a new sense of openness and modernity with this reimagined space, it stands as a modish symbol of fine aesthetics with expansive windows framed in the House’s three-dimensional Intrecciato motif. The airy interior continues the theme of lightness with pale Marmorino walls, sleek lighting in the ceiling and furnished floors of natural oak wood and ivory Limestone. New display tables made from pale natural-hued oak wood and glass punctuate the luxurious surrounds. The store has created a new definition of enhancing artisanal variations, textures and materials. Bottega Veneta’s finest bags, small leather goods, luggage, shoes, jewellery, eyewear, fragrances and accessories can be found curated for all. 



Bottega veneta DLF Emporio mall



Creative Director Daniel Lee’s latest Pre Spring ’20 collection draws focus on continuation, evolution and refinement. The colour palette is light and warm, largely in sandstone neutrals, shades of tan, harmonious black and white, natural hues of pistachio, limoncello and sage green. The precise pieces with fluid fabrics evoke the touch of tenderness. Knitwear - like leather, an area of Bottega Veneta expertise with entirely knitted dresses, sensitively draped against the skin and for menswear with robust, classic outerwear in luxurious fabrics with high-performance technical detailing offers a distinct taste. The elevated collection with its shapes and concepts establishes a fresh tint for the luxury house.


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An ecological breakthrough, PanGaia launches flower-filled puffers http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5932 Pangaia flower-filled puffer jackets



December 12, 2019: A new brand has come up on the radar of LuxuryFacts, and we are supremely excited about this one!



Launched globally in December 2018, PanGaia advocates a sustainable, cruelty free ethos and innovative textile technologies. The pioneer brand has now launched its latest range FLWRDWN, which includes puffer, down jackets made with biodegradable material instead of the standard goose feather. 



Comprising of short and long length oversized puffer jackets in 3 colourways, the new outerwear is filled with flower petals, PanGaia’s patented breakthrough vegan technology Flowerdown, which is a cruelty-free alternative to goose and duck down.



Pangaia ecological sustainable clothing



Flowerdown is created with natural wild flowers, a bio-polymer and infused with aerogel for performance and durability. The technology brings together science and nature to achieve a soft microstructure material with extraordinary thermal insulation properties. It is certified hypoallergenic, fully breathable and has great biocompatibility with your skin.



PanGaia, in general, focuses on basics including a core range of t-shirts, hoodies and track pants, made with recycled materials, and providing innovative alternatives resource such as seaweed fibres and peppermint oil treatments.



Combining the spirit of Generation Z and Millennial fashion, with the simplicity and design ethos of technology, PanGaia hopes to help consumers live a more sustainable life, while inspiring perspective into topics such as the fashion industry’s role in global warming and animal cruelty, along with giving back 1% of proceeds to a non-profit against plastic pollution.



Pangaia white puffer jacket



FLWRDWN is available now on the brand’s website.


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Crowne Plaza Today Okhla celebrates winter chills with 'The Gossip Grill' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5931 December 12, 2019: As winter descends over urban Delhi, Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi’s ‘Grill Night’ at ChaoBella is the best excuse for some winter socializing.



Crowne Plaza Okhla Grill nights



The chefs at ChaoBella have curated the most impeccable Grill experience, filled with the juiciest skewers. Gorge onto some scrumptious Squid, Crab Stick, Prawn, Fish, Spring Chicken, Lamb Chops, Pork Ribs and Tournedos paired with plethora of refreshing salads.



Adding a vegetarian angle to its grill menu, the restaurant offers delicious vegetarian options such as Butter Nut, Zucchini, Water Chestnut, Bell Pepper, Cottage Cheese, Tofu, Palm Hearts and Asparagus paired with the classic Mash Potatoes and Grilled Tomatoes.



Available from December 16 to 24, 2019, the grills will certainly cheer you up for the festive season. 



Coordinates: Community Centre, Plot No 1, Pocket A, Okhla I, Rangpuri Extention B-Block Pocket-4, New Delhi, India


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Delhi Art Gallery discusses societal changes in 1970s via exhibition http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5930 December 12, 2019: DAG, one of India’s leading art galleries, has amalgamated the second exhibition in its series, which reveals how political upheavals and rising confidence in the era of the 1970s affected art.  



Krishna Reddy Delhi Art Gallery



The exhibition consists of 40 pieces of artworks showcasing a period of major movements, periods and geographies of art practice in India and by Indian artists overseas, across decades. The exhibition is hosted at their recently unveiled gallery at The Claridges in New Delhi, until January 25, 2020.



The Seventies show focuses on artists such as Satish Gujral, J. Sultan Ali, Altaf Mohammedi, Avinash Chandra, Shanti Dave, Laxman Pai, Tyeb Mehta, Krishna Reddy and many more.



Coordinates: The Claridges, 12, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi, India


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Marriott to debut more than 30 luxury hotels in 2020 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5929 December 11, 2019: Marriott International has announced its projection to open more than 30 luxury properties in 2020. But before doing so, Marriott collaborated with trend forecasters at The Future Laboratory to better understand the attitudinal shifts that are creating a new genre of travelers. Tina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer and Luxury Portfolio Leader, Marriott International said, “The concept of transformative travel – travel motivated and defined by a shift in perspective, self-reflection and development – has become more pronounced and it has given rise to The Purposeful Luxurian, a new breed of traveler that is more progressive, proactive, and looking to affect positive change. This new global explorer views travel as a way to improve physical and mental wellbeing, as well as a means to do good.” 



Marriott International new hotels 2020



Going ahead with this philosophy, in the coming year, The Ritz-Carlton is expected to bring its legendary service to Morocco for the first time, with the planned opening of The Ritz-Carlton Rabat, Dar es Salam in the country’s dynamic capital. The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko is slated to expand the brand’s footprint in Japan, while a highly anticipated property in Mexico City is expected to give guests a unique way to experience the Mexican capital. Overlooking Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley is slated to grow the brand’s resort portfolio, while the brand also anticipates an opening in Nanjing, China, expects to see the completion of a major renovation of The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, and continues to work towards the inaugural voyage of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection expected in June 2020.  



Offering modern glamour and sophisticated design, the St. Regis brand expects to introduce St. Regis to Cairo, a destination that has long allured travelers with its enthralling history. Additionally, St. Regis expects to expand its resort portfolio with the anticipated opening of The St. Regis Kanai Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm is also slated to open in 2020, bringing highly bespoke service and beloved signature rituals to the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates.



Marriott International new hotels 2020



W Hotels recently announced plans to transform W New York – Union Square into a cutting-edge W Hotels showcase, advancing a larger strategy to redefine and reinvigorate the W portfolio in North America. Also underway is the exciting addition of W Nashville to the brand’s growing portfolio. The brand continues to trailblaze its way around the globe with expected openings in Philadelphia, Toronto, Chengdu, and Melbourne. The brand is also slated to debut in Italy with the planned openings of W Milan and W Rome.

 

Created through a collaboration between boutique hotel creator and innovator Ian Schrager and Marriott International, EDITION, the lifestyle brand of Marriott, is slated to bring its distinct point of view to the in-demand destination of Reykjavik in 2020, along with Tokyo and Dubai.



Marriott International new hotels 2020



The Luxury Collection anticipates openings in coveted locations spanning the globe, including Nashville and Budapest, Hungary, as well as Hobart, Australia – a destination that signals the future of luxury travel.



Inspired by the principles of mindfulness, JW Marriott is a haven designed to let guests focus on feeling whole – present in mind, nourished in body and revitalized in spirit. Expected to reach more than 115 hotels by 2022, the year 2020 is slated to be a period of rapid growth for the brand, with planned U.S. openings in Savannah, Orlando and Anaheim, in addition to global destinations ranging from Istanbul and Danang, Vietnam, to Nara, Japan, Muscat, Oman and Monterrey, Mexico.


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Manish Malhotra Makeup by MyGlamm launches a vibrant 2020 Celebration collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5928 December 11, 2019: Combining forces to offer golds to violets, Indian designer Manish Malhotra and European beauty brand MyGlamm brings a brilliant treat to all its loyalists and beauty enthusiasts by expanding the product line of Manish Malhotra Haute Couture Makeup by MyGlamm with the 2020 Celebration Edit.



Manish Malhotra Haute Couture Makeup by MyGlamm



With this launch, the Manish Malhotra Haute Couture Makeup line has now doubled in size with 100 SKUs. From all-rounder lip/eye/cheek metallic chalks, glitter eyeliners and liquid matte lipsticks to gold mascara topcoats and a face & body luminizer, this is quite an all-encompassing collection.



All the products will be exclusively available at MyGlamm website, Manish Malhotra flagship stores in Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad, as well as MyGlamm retail outlets across India.



Manish Malhotra Haute Couture Makeup by MyGlamm



The highlight of this collection is India’s first ever all-purpose chalk formulation Manish Malhotra Metallic Chalk. Presented in a special edition pack, the metallic chalk breaks away from the brand’s black and rose gold signature packaging. These unique colourful chalks will be available in copper, rose, violet, gold, and pink, which can be used on the lips, eyes and cheeks.



Manish Malhotra Beauty has added 18 more eye shadow shades to the existing 18 hues. The bestseller 9-in-1 shimmering eye shadow palettes presents a convincing case for creating a seamless day to night look.



Manish Malhotra Haute Couture Makeup by MyGlamm



To add a dramatic oomph to the eyelashes, one can choose the Manish Malhotra Glitter Mascara Topcoat, which coats lashes in gold glitter, certain to add that sparkle to your entire personality!


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Fendi's new campaign sees its Ffluid sneaker in action http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5927 Fendi ffluid sneakers



December 11, 2019: Bringing its sneakers to the forefront this festive season, Fendi has launched the new FENDI FFluid sneakers, inspired by Millennials’ genderless attitude.



Launched with an energetic video set in a colourful gym, two friends embody the youth culture’s desire of being boundary-less. Jumping, running and chatting together, they express a casual yet edgy attitude by wearing the new FENDI FFluid. 



Fendi ffluid sneakers



Combining high-tech details inspired by fluidness, these shoes are perfect for the everyday life of the new generations, from going to the gym to unexpected travel adventures.


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Luxury resorts brand Aman announces new hotel in Miami http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5925 December 9, 2019: The luxury hotel and resort brand Aman has announced a new urban sanctuary: Aman Miami, which will encompass an Aman hotel complete with a collection of branded residences on Miami Beach. The project is expected to welcome its first hotel guests and residents in 2023.



Aman Miami proposed site



Occupying the site of the former Versailles Hotel, the project will span across two buildings at 3425 Collins Avenue, which sits adjacent to the Faena District, a prime four-block stretch of Miami Beach, which has become a revolutionary cultural neighbourhood. Aman Miami will represent Aman’s second urban location in the United States, joining Aman New York, a hotel with branded residences currently under construction in Manhattan’s iconic Crown Building and scheduled to open in Q4 2020. Aman also operates Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah.



Vladislav Doronin, Chairman and CEO of Aman said, “Aman Miami will give our guests the opportunity to connect with Aman in a culturally rich urban environment, while also serving as a gateway to Amanera in the Dominican Republic and Amanyara in the Turks & Caicos.”



Like Aman New York, the hotel and its residences will be run by Aman under the leadership of Mr. Doronin, and his real-estate development firm, OKO Group, the sole developer on the project. Having both entities, Aman and OKO Group, under his stable, will enable Vladislav Doronin – an international real-estate developer in the realms of luxury residential, commercial and hospitality properties – to progress cohesively and develop Aman Miami in his true vision.


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TUMI & Chris Pratt collaborate on exclusive collection for APAC & the Middle East http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5924 Tumi X Chris Pratt luggage collection



December 9, 2019: Luggage brand TUMI has expanded its collaboration with Hollywood actor Chris Pratt to create a unique collection for Asia Pacific & The Middle East. The TUMI x Chris Pratt collection was designed by Chris Pratt and TUMI Creative Director, Victor Sanz and features a 9-piece, ultra-exclusive capsule inspired by Chris’ personal packing style.



“On my travels, it’s important to have something that roots me and makes me feel like I’m at home - my luggage is one of those things because it’s one of the only constants I have in my hotel room. I live out of my TUMI and the things it carries remind me of home. Anywhere I go, I can turn my hotel room into my bedroom, and it always comes out of the same luggage. After using TUMI for the past ten years, it was really exciting for me to get to design my own line and create my own TUMI with all the personal touches I love.” said Mr. Pratt. 



The TUMI x Chris Pratt collection is defined by striking orange accents that brilliantly adorn each piece. This signature shade, personally chosen by Mr. Pratt, will remain his exclusive color throughout all his collaboration pieces. The limited-edition collection is available at TUMI retail stores and TUMI.com.



Tumi X Chris Pratt luggage collection



The 2-in-1 Backpack Duffel is a convertible style that is easily worn as a backpack or carried as a duffel with carry straps that tuck away when not in use. Made with recycled nylon and recycled PET materials, the backpack has a USB port for charging devices, which is the first time ever TUMI has implemented a USB port in a bag style. Other cool design features include two special waterproof-lined pockets with air vents for shoes, wet clothing or a water bottle (at the bottom and left hand side of the bag). It comes in two versions – a limited and numbered Large 2-in-1 Backpack Duffel, as well as a more compact Small 2-in-1 Backpack Duffel.



The Short Trip Front Lid Expandable Packing Case and International Front Lid Expandable Carry On are exclusive travel cases created with recycled materials. Both cases have dual-access to the main compartment, which is possible through a split case opening and a front lid opening – catering to different packing styles. Grab handles on the outside of the case and at the bottom make it super easy to pull the bag off the luggage carousel or store the Carry On in the overhead compartment on a plane. Inside the bags, helpful flaps pop up to keep belongings organized. A zipper expansion feature on both cases provides 2 inches of additional space. In addition, the Carry-On features a USB port for charging devices on the go. 



For a stylish laptop carrier, the Large Travel Laptop Case is perfect. With a removable sleeve for laptops up to 15”, a zipper opening to the large main compartment and a gusseted front zipper pocket for items you use the most, the brief is a super versatile travel and business companion. Other features include a padded tablet pocket and multiple pockets for accessories, including a water-resistant external pocket for an umbrella or water bottle.



Tumi X Chris Pratt luggage collection



The Reno Kit can hold all your personal accessories from shower and skincare products to personal items. The waterproof U-zip pocket also means that wet items can be kept contained and separate. Its side clip can also be used to attach to a towel rail.



Complementing the travel cases are Packing Cubes in three different sizes. Useful and fun accessories such as the S’well 17oz Bottle and Rubik’s Cube round out the assortment to give travelers all the tools they need to enjoy their journey. For China, an exclusive TUMI x Chris Pratt Surefire Flashlight will also be available in the collection’s signature Orange as a functional yet stylish accessory. 


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Missoni announces the launch of its watches http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5922 December 4, 2019: Luxury fashion brand Missoni has announced a license agreement with Timex Group for the creation, development and distribution of a line of watches.



missoni watches 2020



To be available from Fall 2020 at Missoni boutiques, authorized retailers and online, the watches will combine the impeccable precision of a Swiss Made movement with a Made in Italy design, characterized by the unmistakable aesthetics of Missoni, such as zigzag patterns, combinations of textures, materials and colors, prints and lettering.

 

“I am particularly proud of the debut of this new line of watches, which adds a new, important element to the mosaic of the Missoni world. Today more than ever, the watch is a fashion accessory able to express the style of the wearer, showing their taste and personality. We will bring a touch of color to the time of our customers”, says Angela Missoni, President and Creative Director of Missoni.



“We are thrilled to add an iconic brand like Missoni to Timex Group Luxury Division. We look forward to combining our expertise in luxury watchmaking with the iconic designs of Missoni and to bring a watch collection, which expresses the multicolor aesthetic and contemporary luxury vision of the brand, to consumers around the world”, says Tobias Reiss-Schmidt, President & CEO of Timex Group.


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Tod's presents its SS20 Resort collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5921 December 4, 2019: Highlighting traditions and classics, the new SS20 Resort collection by Tod’s celebrates everyday simplicity as the ultimate luxury.



Tod's SS20 Resort collection shoes



The art and craftsmanship of saddlery are the accessories focus. The iconic letter T, featured throughout the collection on driving shoes and on moccasins emphasizes the qualities of Tod’s brand: Tradition, Talent and Time.



Tod's SS20 Resort collection crossbody bag



From Gommino and Moccasin for men and women, to vibrant sneakers to Tod’s Cross-body and D-Bag, the collection is made artisanal. Calf leather and suede feature majorly in the collection, donned in colors such as vacchetta, cognac, mousse, burgundy, chocolate brown and taupe.



Tod's SS20 Resort collection sneakers


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Indian designer duo Falguni Shane Peacock unveil Mumbai store http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5920 Falguni Shane Peacock mumbai store



December 4, 2019: Soon after opening their flagship store in New Delhi, designer duo Falguni Shane Peacock have launched their Flagship store in Mumbai's fashion district Kala Ghoda.



As the label embarks on their 15th anniversary, Falguni Shane Peacock have gradually reinforced their place as a leading luxury couture designers in the industry. Their design sensibility of blending edgy, intricately detailed western cuts and Indian embellishments has won them many accolades in the industry, besides an enviable roster of international celebrity clients.



Falguni Shane Peacock mumbai store



Designed by designer Gauri Khan, this new destination store houses the label's signature couture gowns, bridal wear, saris and a limited edition of occasion wear for men. The heritage structure, colossal antique chandelier, customised décor in the hues of powder pink with speckles of gold and luxurious individualistic nooks is what primarily makes the 6,000 sq.ft. Flagship store of Falguni Shane Peacock stand tall.



Brass peacock motifs and the FSP logo can be found at multiple spaces, beginning from the door to the ultimate end of the store. Custom flooring from luxury marble brand Arnaya has been weaved into the store design. All the elements were executed by architect duo, Komal and Amit Malwade – partners of PCA Group, a design firm based out of Mumbai. 



Falguni Shane Peacock mumbai store



Coordinates: Next to Gallery 7, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai


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Panerai unveils two special editions dedicated to MS Dhoni http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5918 November 30, 2019: Appointing Indian cricketer MS Dhoni as its brand ambassador in 2018, Officine Panerai has cemented the relationship by introducing two special edition watches: the Luminor GMT – 44 mm (PAM01056) and the Luminor Chrono Flyback – 44 mm (PAM01057), for India only.



Panerai Luminor editions for MS Dhoni 2019



The MS Dhoni special editions are an extension of Panerai’s eminent ‘Luminor’ family. The two new watches reflect the dynamic dual personality of MS Dhoni: determined, dependable and confident in the field. This duality is expressed by the fundamental characteristics of the Luminor GMT – 44 mm (PAM01056) which is tough and reliable with its case of solid AISI 316L stainless steel; and the Luminor Chrono Flyback – 44 mm (PAM01057), which is naturally more sophisticated but just as good-looking with its case made of GoldtechTM, a gold alloy developed by the Panerai Laboratorio di Idee.



Water-resistant to 30 bar, a depth of about 300 metres, or 5 bar, a depth of about 50 metres, each of the new Luminor MS Dhoni watches has an alligator leather strap, semi-matt black with green stitching. An additional strap in military green rubber is also supplied, together with a special tool for changing it and a screwdriver to remove the pin buckle.



Panerai Luminor editions for MS Dhoni 2019



Common features of the two Luminor are the green dial which coherently fits Panerai’s DNA and MS Dhoni’s favourite colour, as well as a clear reminder to the Indian flag and the case-back which is engraved with MS Dhoni’s signature, his cricketing image and the number 183 that symbolizing his highest score in One-Day international Cricket, make the special edition models a clear tribute to the Indian athlete.



The two novelties, Panerai Luminor Flyback and Panerai Luminor GMT, respectively available in 77 and 251 pieces, are exclusive to Panerai points of sales in India.


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IWC's special edition watch pays tribute to Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5917 November 30, 2019: Sporting a jewel-toned ruby red dial, IWC Schaffhausen presents the “Lewis Hamilton” Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition. The special design, limited to 100 watches, combines a black ceramic case and a Bordeaux-red dial with a crown and a case-back ring made of 18-carat 5N gold. 



IWC Special edition watch Lewis hamilton



A six-time Formula One world champion, Lewis Hamilton doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to fashion and lifestyle. Luxurious streetwear, trendy suits and unusual accessories – with his daring and expressive sense of style, Mr. Hamilton uses fashion as a way to communicate his distinct point of view on global culture. This watch, therefore, was designed by him and IWC together.



“This partnership with IWC was incredibly exciting for me, and it’s been an honour to collaborate so closely with the watchmakers in Schaffhausen,” said Mr. Hamilton. “Together, we’ve designed a beautiful timepiece which combines two things I am really passionate about – craftsmanship and design – and I am so pleased with the result.”



The “Lewis Hamilton” Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition features a case made of black zirconium oxide ceramic. The gold-plated hands and the case back, rotor and characteristic “cone crown” are made of 18-carat 5N gold. The watch, with a generous diameter of 46.5 millimetres, has a Bordeaux-red textile strap to be worn around the wrist.



IWC Special edition watch Lewis hamilton



The IWC 52615 manufacture calibre ensures that the watch rate is accurate. Its Pellaton winding system, fitted with components made from zirconium oxide ceramic, builds up a power reserve of seven days in two barrels. The perpetual calendar, made of only about 80 components, displays the date, day, month and year to four figures, as well as showing the lunar phase. 



The mechanical programme autonomously recognizes that different months are different lengths, and adds a leap day every four years at the end of February. The double moon phase display simultaneously shows the lunar phase in the northern and southern hemispheres and will only deviate from the moon’s actual orbit by a single day after 577.5 years. All displays are perfectly synchronised and can be easily adjusted via the crown if the watch is not worn for a prolonged period.


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Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, London, makes Christmas & New Year a wonderful celebration http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5916 Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, London Afternoon tea



November 30, 2019: Inviting guests for a celebratory extravaganza, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London is offering a sparkling line up of experiences this festive season.



For this Christmas, decorations coloured in metallic silver, white and millennial pink will fill the hotel as will scents of cinnamon and pine. Coupled with a visit from Santa Clause on Christmas Day, the festivities at the hotel are set to make this Christmas one to remember.



Partnering with London Glassblowing Studio, the hotel has devised an overnight stay where you can make your own glass Christmas bauble at the studio. Additionally, you can also donate your old glass baubles to benefit the Guys and St Thomas’s Charity.



Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, London festive dinner dish



Let London’s highest theatre performance dazzle you this festive season, as the ‘Revels in Hand’ team return to present ‘Christmas in the Clouds’. Commissioned especially for the festive period, Four Calling Birds transports guests to the Midwinter soirée of Richard Bleak, whose festive preparations are about to take a turn for the hilarious. Enjoy a night of elegance, glamour and comedy, without ever having to leave the hotel!



A delicious, special festive afternoon tea and an overnight stay will make Christmas special as you indulge in freshly made sandwiches and baked scones alongside delicate Christmas treats while enjoying views of London.



The hotel’s TING restaurant is offering a delicious four-course meal with perfectly paired fine wines. Dishes include feathered game terrine, artichoke and truffle risotto, venison loin and Cornish halibut. The restaurant’s Christmas Day lunch celebrates the best of British fare, which includes traditional roast Norfolk turkey and homemade Christmas pudding with brandy butter.



The cherry on the cake is the hotel’s Glass Christmas Tree. Working with students of the MA Interior and Spatial Design course at Chelsea College of Arts, the concept was inspired by novelist James Hilton’s book ‘The Lost Horizon’ and the hotel’s Glass Christmas theme. The ginkgo tree, a species native to China, was selected as the base for the seasonal installation to symbolise the meeting of East and West and a collective search for serenity – motifs explored in Hilton’s novel. Hundreds of glass bottles were recycled from the hotel’s restaurants and integrated into the design to promote sustainability in a season of excess.



Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, London dessert for dinner



Taking the festivities to a new crescendo, New Year at Shangri-La at the Shard is defined by glamorous parties. Party like its 1977 at GŌNG Bar’s Studio 52 NYE event, hosted live by internationally renowned drag acts including Sadie Sinner, Vinegar Strokes and more! Dress in glamour and dance like nobody’s watching to disco tunes at London’s highest hotel bar that will transform into the famous Studio 54 club for one night only.



Or you can dress to impress as we take you on a simulated first-class flight back in time to the glamourous 1950s for the NYE party of the century. Feast on an extravagant six course menu and an interactive dessert buffet, all paired with fine wine pairings. Enjoy live entertainment and 50’s style revelry, hosted by esteemed drag queen Michael Twaits, high in the sky at REN Room.



To read more about the offers and events during the festive season, visit the hotel’s website.



It’s definitely a special time to be in London!


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Indian carpet brand Hands opens boutique in Dubai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5915 Hands carpet boutique Dubai



November 27, 2019: Creating handmade carpets in India, Hands has now launched a boutique in Dubai. Located in the Dubai Design District, the brand has furnished the store with its latest collections, continuing a legacy of luxury projects that Hands is known for - weaving luxury carpets and rugs for prestigious palaces, hotels, institutions, and residences. 



Hands carpets are handcrafted using fine New Zealand wool which is known for its superior quality and the flexibility that it allows in design, colour and pattern. This wool is often merged with bamboo or botanical silk.



Hands carpet boutique Dubai



The design philosophy of Hands is about creating tactile art that inspires joy, experienced through the unique qualities of fine materials, and a mastery of skills. 



Hands also offers bespoke services, enabling one to own a carpet that’s completely made to order, from design to size and form.


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The Oetker Collection of hotels present a tribute to Karl Lagerfeld http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5914 November 27, 2019: Honoring the legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away at the beginning of the year, the Oetker Collection and curator Kiki Kausch are hosting a fascinating exhibition, titled ‘Karl Cool’. 



Karl Cool Exhibition Germany



The legendary fashion designer’s indescribable creativity and extravagant lifestyle influenced people around the globe. Available to view until January 6, 2020, the exhibition is being held in Baden-Baden’s Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa. During a week-long process, prominent artists used light, granite, canvas, photographs and bronze to create works especially for this event as a personal tribute to Karl Lagerfeld.



Among the exhibitors are contemporary artist Gregor Hildebrandt, international graffiti artist MadC, light artist Susanne Rottenbacher, and Berlin’s photo artist Kiki Kausch, whose first work was in fact a portrait of Lagerfeld.



Karl Cool Exhibition Germany



Mr. Lagerfeld left behind a rich treasure of artworks, collector’s items and photographs including little-known images for Rolls Royce that are being made available for the exhibition for the first time by publisher and Lagerfeld confidant Gerhard Steidl.



An extract of the Karl Cool tribute will go on display at Le Bristol Paris at the start of 2020. The Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc will also show Karl Lagerfeld’s signed, 14-part Rolls Royce series from April 16 to May 16, 2020. Guests of Oetker Collection of hotels will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase the works. The prices range between €5000 and €33,000.



Karl Cool Exhibition Germany



Mr. Steidl reminisces, “Fashion was of course the subject of his professional photographs. We used the term ‘private photographs’ for anything else. These were portraits of people whom he liked as well as abstractions, architecture and landscapes. Of all these photographic worlds it was the abstractions that I liked best."


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Fendi's new campaign takes Baguette on a Roman holiday http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5913 Fendi Baguette campaign 2019 rome



November 26, 2019: From the iconic Trevi Fountain to the imposing Fendi HQ in Rome, Kiernan Shipka takes a trip in the magical city with her real-life best friend, the movie director Christian Coppola, in the new episode of #BaguetteFriendsForever!



Weary in her glamorous hotel room, Kiernan is day-dreaming surrounded by her Baguette bags, when she is suddenly snapped out of it by a honk at her window. Waiting for her on a yellow Vespa scooter is Christian, her best friend, ready to ride out for their Roman adventure.



Fendi Baguette campaign 2019 rome



Together they explore Rome eating gelato in the typical narrow lanes of the city, tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain and make a wish, all the way up to Palazzo Della Civiltà Italiana, FENDI headquarter, where they play along its arches and statues.



Fendi Baguette campaign 2019 rome fendi HQ



The FF embossed large and mini Baguette in pink and blue pastel shades, and the newly added Men’s one in brown leather with a surprising touch of the Nano Baguette worn as a belt – all these versions of the Baguette skip gaily along with the two explorers.




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Missoni launches first store in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5912 Missoni store Marina Bay Sands Singapore



November 26, 2019: Luxury fashion brand Missoni sets its sight on Asia with the launch of their first flagship store in Singapore at luxury mall The Shoppes by Marina Bay Sands. This marks a new retail milestone for the luxury Italian brand that has been well loved internationally for its vibrant knitwear designs. 



The new store, located in the Luxury Zone of the mall, was personally designed and conceptualised by Angela Missoni herself, showcasing the most iconic elements of the brand while harmoniously bringing together the characteristics of the space in which it stands. The boutique features Missoni’s Womenswear, Menswear, Beachwear and Accessories collections alongside the new M Missoni collection designed by Margherita Maccapani Missoni.



“It’s very exciting to have this opportunity to bring the Missoni brand to Singapore’s most iconic luxury mall. Singapore is the perfect location for us to debut our flagship boutique and we hope this will open up new doors for Missoni to expand the brand within the whole Southeast Asia region,” Angela Missoni said.


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The iconic Sunflowers jacket by Yves Saint Laurent to be auctioned http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5911 November 26, 2019: Inspired by and a tribute to Vincent van Gogh, Yves Saint Laurent’s Sunflower jacket has seen much praise. Now up for auction by Christie’s. The jacket is estimated to be sold anywhere between €80,000 to 120,000 on November 27, 2019.



Yves Saint Laurent Sunflower Jacket inspired by Vincent van Gogh



On the occasion of his Spring-Summer 1988 Collection, which was paying tribute to the great masters and here more specifically to van Gogh, the great fashion designer conceived two jackets inspired by the artist’s favorite patterns: Irises and Sunflowers.



Van Gogh was influenced by Japonism, as would be Yves Saint Laurent later on. This movement, born during the 1867 Universal Exhibition, inspired the painter considerably. Indeed, the golden-brown nuances of Japanese prints and the bright colors of the South of France resulted in the creation of his Sunflowers series.



The jacket is specifically inspired by van Gogh’s ‘Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers’, one of his last paintings and the last one of the seven paintings series to be sold on the market. This work, which was the most expensive art piece ever auctioned in 1987, (£29 million, which now equals to around £62 million), revealed the painting to the public and inspired Yves Saint Laurent who, the following year, dedicated this Haute Couture masterpiece to the master.



Yves Saint Laurent Sunflower Jacket inspired by Vincent van Gogh



This magnificent jacket with a yellow organza background entirely embroidered with glass beads, sequins, rockeries and ribbons, lined with yellow silk satin, of incredible delicacy, is the result of the exceptional savoir-faire of one of the greatest embroidery houses in the world: Maison Lesage.



More than 600 hours of work were necessary to create this jacket’s multiple nuances and details, making it one of the Haute Couture’s greatest achievements. Therefore, it counts among the most exceptional designer pieces in the world.



Apart from the Sunflowers jacket worn by Naomi Campbell on the runway in 1988, currently in the collections of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, not more than four copies have been made.


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Ulysse Nardin launches the Blue Eyed Anchor, special edition for India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5910 Ulysse Nardin Blue Eyed Anchor India Limited Edition



November 25, 2019: Offering the country a mechanical solution of disconcerting purity, Ulysse Nardin has introduced a special edition of the Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar watch for India, in a striking version of Rose Gold & Steel. Simple to use with a correction forward and backward, this piece is imbued with the values of innovation, reliability and high-precision. Its UN-153 calibre is entirely manufactured in-house—including the Silicium balance-spring.



Halfway between a perpetual calendar, which doesn’t need correcting before the year 2100, and a simple calendar that requires five manual adjustments a year, the annual calendar is mechanically programmed for one year: it recognises months composed of 30 and 31 days, but not February. It therefore only needs to be corrected once a year.



But where classic devices involve up to thirty components, Ulysse Nardin has developed a system containing around only a dozen elements. Taking forward from the simple calendar developed for the UN-118 calibre, the annual calendar needed only three additional wheels.



Ulysse Nardin Blue Eyed Anchor India Limited Edition



The new UN-153 calibre beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour, proof of its extreme precision. The model also includes a chronograph feature.



An incarnation of the extraordinary history of the manufacturer, this limited edition of 50 pieces is equipped with the latest technological advances in chronometry, conveying the ever vibrant spirit of Ulysse Nardin.


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Australia's beachfront Bather's Pavilion re-opens http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5909 Bather's Pavilion Australia Louis Roederer Terrace



November 25, 2019: Located in Balmoral in Australia, luxury dining establishment Bathers’ Pavilion has re-opened after a significant transformation. The grand dame of the north shore plans to deliver the best of coastal dining in Australia through several new concepts, ranging from beach snacks right through to fine dining, with an exciting new line-up of talent both in the kitchen and front of house.



New interiors and floor plan create a series of spaces that unfold from the casual to more formal. The fine dining restaurant and adjoining private dining room, The Good Room, flow through to a new Chef’s Table for 12. This is a unique Bather’s experience with a bespoke menu paired with wine by the sommelier. There’s a 350-strong wine list and water views from every seat.



Bather's Pavilion Australia Cocktails



The restaurant spills into a new lounge and bar with 25 wines by the glass, a 20-strong cocktail list with five non-alcoholic cocktails in partnership, and a snacks menu that includes Ortiz Spanish anchovy focaccia fingers and Emmenthal cheese gougères. The former café has grown up into Bathers’ Bistro, created for breakfast catch ups, long lunches, and family dinners with mussels, parfait, and riesling-cured salmon alongside steak and chips, whole roast chicken and gourmet pizzas.



For the first time, the incredible panoramic first floor “Louis Roederer Terrace” opens to the public on Sundays for lunch. Expect Champagne, chilled Gulf prawns, steak frites, and people watching along the Balmoral waterfront. This adjoins the reinvigorated events and functions space for up to 170 guests by the water.



Bather's Pavilion Australia Chefs Table



The expanded Kiosk at Bathers’ now offers takeaway beach picnic hampers, artisan ice pops, fish and chips, as well as Bathers’ Pavilion merchandise. The adjoining Sunroom is the perfect respite for sandy feet and wet bums to catch some shade and transforms into a casual bistro private dining space.



The interiors remains sympathetic to the building’s 1920s heritage and Mediterranean charm. Its coastal location is celebrated with pastel blue and white stripes and sailboat walnut detailing. Custom and designer furniture pieces are carefully curated amongst a selection of significant contemporary Australian artworks to retain the grand home feel. The upstairs gallery remains open to the public with a revolving series of artworks from local and renowned artists.



Bather's Pavilion Australia fine dining


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Converting methane into energy, BMW & Straus Organic Dairy Farm deliver sustainability goals http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5908 November 25, 2019: The BMW Group and California’s Straus Organic Dairy Farm have announced a partnership that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from farming while simultaneously delivering the cleanest possible fuel to electric vehicle (EV) drivers in California. 



BMW electric vehicle Straus Organic Dairy farm



A methane biodigester at Straus Organic Dairy Farm captures methane from cow manure, which would otherwise enter the atmosphere as a powerful greenhouse gas. This methane is transformed into renewable energy, which is exported to the public power grid, replacing the need for fossil fuels. By delivering a ‘double’ emissions reduction, biodigesters can produce electricity that has negative carbon intensity, according the California Air Resources Board.



“With the current climate change crisis; the relationship that we’re forging with BMW is essential,” said Albert Straus, founder and CEO of Straus Family Creamery. “In addition to being a great collaboration, we are developing the blueprint for a model that can generate revenue for other farmers throughout California.”



Over the coming years, the BMW Group anticipates that the renewable energy generated by partnerships like this will equal the electricity needs of every BMW and MINI electric vehicle in the state of California. 



For the BMW Group, this initiative is a further step in facilitating the use of renewable energy for electric vehicles. The BMW ChargeForward pilot program, which operates in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, makes it possible for participating owners to charge their vehicles with as much solar energy as possible, while also helping the stability of the public electricity grid.


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Bonhams to auction Art deco jewellery from Cartier & Lacloche http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5907 Art Deco Aquamarine Diamond Necklace Cartier



November 22, 2019: Granting a rare vision into Art Deco jewelry styles from 1900s, coveted pieces from Cartier and Lacloche Frère, along with jewels with an impressive provenance, will go under the hammer at Bonhams London Jewels sale on December 4, 2019.



Leading the sale is a spectacular Art Deco Aquamarine and Diamond Necklace by Cartier, dated circa 1940, estimated at £100,000 - 150,000, and a pair of Art Deco Aquamarine and Diamond Drop Earrings, also by Cartier, circa 1935, estimated at £40,000 - 60,000.



Art Deco Diamond Enamel Bracelet Lacloche



Two further sale highlights that are anticipated to capture interest from buyers globally are by Lacloche Frères, a name synonymous with creating some of the finest and most creative jewellery in the Art Deco period. Lacloche Frères was one of 30 out of 400 companies selected to exhibit at the seminal Exposition des Art Décoratifs in Paris in 1925. During the exhibition, objets and innovative jewellery created by Lacloche Frères received great acclaim, with the company winning a Grand Prix for their display of fabulous jewels.



Bonhams will offer An Art Deco Diamond, Enamel and Gem-Set Picture Bracelet attributed to Lacloche Frères, estimated at £120,000 - 150,000.  Dated 1925, this bracelet is an example of the fascination with exoticism that had swept through French creative design in the early 1920s. Its articulated panels are pavé-set with diamonds, overlaid with cherry blossom motifs, with black enamel branches, cabochon ruby blooms and cabochon emerald leaves. 



Art Deco Emerald Diamond Necklace Cartier



A private collection 24 of Art Deco timepieces, 22 of which are by Cartier, will feature in the sale.  Dating from 1908 through to the end of the Art Deco period, these timepieces represent the pinnacle of luxury, elegance and craftsmanship that Cartier, and a select few major Parisian jewellery houses, were associated with in the early decades of the 20th century.



Clocks are also on the offer. Louis Cartier’s collaboration with master clockmaker Maurice Couët helped catapult Cartier’s table clocks to the highest level of inspired craftsmanship, sophistication and refined beauty. Of royal provenance, An Art Deco Nephrite and Gold Grande Sonnerie Desk Clock by Cartier, circa 1925, is expected to catch the eyes of buyers at Bonhams. This clock belonged to Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of King George V and Queen Mary, and younger brother of King Edward VIII and King George VI, and has a pre-sale estimate of £50,000 - 80,000.



Art Deco Aquamarine Diamond Earrings Cartier



A historic Emerald (of Mughal provenance), Rock Crystal and Diamond Necklace by Cartier, 1912, from The Collection of Vita Sackville-West, the gifted poet, novelist, writer and renowned gardener is also part of the sale.



The auction will offer a total of 168 lots. 


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Six Senses Bhutan welcomes its 4th lodge, Six Senses Gangtey http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5906 November 22, 2019: As intrigue towards Bhutan increases, travel options are gaining steam as well. Following the successful launch of three lodges in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha earlier in 2019, Six Senses Bhutan has now opened its fourth lodge, Six Senses Gangtey.



Six Senses Gangtey Bhutan Bird watching bridge



Launched in October, this is when black-necked cranes arrive from Tibet to enjoy the clear skies and pleasant weather. Indeed, the new lodge is called the “Traditional Bird Watching Bridge” due to its cantilevered bridge-like building and floor-to-ceiling windows. This prime perch sits at an elevation of 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) and offers unobstructed, 180-degree views of the cranes’ nesting grounds and valley below. Characterized by rolling hills, pine forests and grassy marshlands dotted with rural villages, the glacial Phobjikha valley is a designated conservation area.



The design is inspired by Bhutanese farmhouse architecture and incorporates local stone and hand-hewn timber. It uses traditional building techniques to blend with its natural setting. Dining areas along with a library and games room have been incorporated.



The lodge is furnished with eight suites, each with a valley-facing, panoramic view, and a private outdoor balcony equipped with daybeds as well as binoculars for bird watching. There is also a two-bedroom villa with its own private spa treatment facilities. Interiors are subtle with uncluttered lines and a natural palette of earth tones and warm fabrics. Weathered timber floors and textured walls set the backdrop, while comfy leather armchairs and footstools invite guests to unwind after days spent trekking and exploring. Bukhari stoves and locally-woven throws add extra warmth.



Six Senses Gangtey Bhutan lodge suite



Six Senses Gangtey boasts a dedicated spa featuring two swedana rooms designed specifically for herb-infused steam therapies. The inclusion of a sodalite crystal sets positive intentions through breathing and meditation. This is followed by Bhutanese chanting and singing bowls, promoting stillness, happiness and well-being.



The lodge’s signature restaurant Baa Zam – “bridge” in Dzongkha – features hearty western and locally-influenced dishes, such as the Charred Pumpkin Risotto made with local short grained white rice and Bjobchee Takthuk, a signature Bhutanese pasta-like dish of organic potatoes and buckwheat from the valley.



While trekking and hiking, you can decide to stay at Six Senses Gangtey for the entire visit. Six Senses, however, offers the option of planning a tailor-made circuit of all four lodges. Six Senses Bhutan anticipates the opening of its fifth lodge in Bumthang in March 2020.



Adding further encouragement, Six Senses Bhutan is offering a special preferred rate for Indian residents only, from October 13, 2019 to February 29, 2020.


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Christian Louboutin launches new sneaker - HAPPYRUI http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5904 Happyrui Christian Louboutin Sneakers



November 21, 2019: Welcoming the festive season with a new sneaker, Christian Louboutin’s HAPPYRUI low-top is set to spearhead the Maison’s sneaker offering for Spring/Summer 2020.



Following the immensely successful RED RUNNER which took its cues from the world of running and the AURELIEN inspired by the basketball courts, Christian Louboutin once again returns to sports to create the HAPPYRUI.



Happyrui Christian Louboutin Sneakers



This season, the designer pays tribute to the iconic tennis shoe that made fashion history both on and off the courts in the 70s. Boasting a new specially developed rubber platform outsole and a singular upper, the HAPPYRUI low-top sneaker is stylish and easy to wear.



Its new metallic CL signature echoes 1970s’ varsity letters. The contrasting toe cap and singular eyelet system nod to vintage retro style. The HAPPYRUI mixes materials and textures including suede, lamé leather and a shimmering sequin body, while some versions also come with signature spike-adorned a toe cap.



Happyrui Christian Louboutin Sneakers


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Louis XIII remakes rare oak Tiercons for the next century http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5903 Louis XIII cognac



November 21, 2019: Louis XIII, one of the finest cognacs in existence, takes their traditions and values seriously. Continuing to preserve their recipe, LOUIS XIII’s Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau has remade their Tiercons, to be continued to be used by the next generation of cellar masters.



The eaux-de-vie for LOUIS XIII Cognac are matured in dedicated French oak casks. The most exceptional are aged in the rarest casks LOUIS XIII possesses: the tierçons. The centennial tierçons were originally used to transport the cognac arranged three by three on horse-drawn carriages - hence the name. Handmade in the French oak forests, they play a critical role in the aromatic development of LOUIS XIII cognac. Their fine staves allow the delicate exchange between the eaux-de-vie, the wood and the cool air in the cellars. A tierçon is irreplaceable. As the years go by, they have to be carefully restored using the old staves of another: a sacrifice that led Mr. Loiseau to find out how to recreate them.



Baptiste Loiseau, Louis XIII Cellar Master



The journey starts with the seed of a rare and special oak in the Limousin forest. It takes between 150 to 180 years of slow, steady growth before these trees reach the ideal shape and size for felling. After the logs have been split, the LOUIS XIII Wood Masters select the perfect planks. They are stacked and left to dry in the open air for 3 years to acquire their full aromatic potential. Only then can they be transformed into staves and bent into their barrel shape. Next comes the heating process, when the unique oaken identity of a LOUIS XIII tierçon is revealed. 



Louis XIII oak Tiercons heating process



On completion, each new tierçon is filled with their young, finest and richest Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie and left to mature. Over time, it gradually releases the full scope of its aromas and woody notes. When the tierçon is getting older, as of 50 years, it will be filled with our older finest and richest Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie which will reach the perfect ageing development and which will be part of the LOUIS XIII blend in the future, when myriad aromas intertwine to create a magnificent final blend.


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Crowne Plaza in Okhla, New Delhi, hosts Lucknow Food Festival http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5902 Korma Sheermal Lucknow Indian food

November 20, 2019 – A 15-day food festival which unravels the mysteries of Qaisar Bagh Palace and explores the royal etiquettes of dining and living is the Jashn-E-Lucknow food festival at Edesia, Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla. Embark a culinary journey to the city of ‘Chikan’ and ‘Kebabs’ as they recreate the culinary bylanes of Hazratganj, Chowk and Aminabad right here in Delhi.



Feast like a Nawab as the ‘Bawarchis’ (Chefs) at Edesia whip up secret recipes from the royal ‘Dastarkhwans’ and iconic eateries of Lucknow. The secret recipes include Galauti Kebab with Ulta tawa paratha, Murgh Malai Kebab, Baked Badam ka shorba, Paya Yakhani Shorba, Murgh Lucknawi Korma, Sheermal, Taftan, Kulfi and the list of delicacies are endless!



Sultani dal roti parantha Lucknow Indian food



An ode to the last Nawab of Awadh Wajid Ali Shah, Edesia has been transformed to the spectacular Qaisar Bagh palace built by the Nawab himself with mesmerizing royal elements which include: Royal Dastarkhwan/Bawarchi Khana, Pari Khana (where queens used to live), Jilaun Khana (Jail), Madhushala (the bar), Royal décor elements such as Bughhi, Meena Bazaar (Marketplace to buy Lucknawi Chikankari kurtas and other regional handicrafts) 



Mr. Sumit Sinha, Director of Food and Beverage, Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla said, “Regional cuisines are witnessing an unprecedented popularity in the last few months. With Jashn-E-Lucknow, we give our guests a taste from the royal kitchens of Awadh. We are also recreating the iconic street food joints of Lucknow as they are the soul of the cuisine.” 



The festival will continue till November 30, 2019.



 


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Faberge unveils new festive Star Lockets http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5901 November 20, 2019: The Russian jewellery brand, Fabergé has introduced two new pieces to their celebrated Festive collection – the 18k Rose Gold Locket with Diamond Set Star Surprise and the Palais Tsarskoye Selo 18k Yellow Gold Locket with Teal Enamel and Diamond Set Star Surprise. Continuing with their tradition of producing miniature egg pendants, these new Star lockets are a playful way to create your own legacy and festive traditions, becoming future heirlooms.



Faberge Star Locket 2019

 

These delicate lockets – perfect for gifting – open to reveal a white gold and diamond Star surprise inside. The minimalistic 18k Rose Gold Locket with Diamond Set Star Surprise features a Gemfields ruby set within the button which opens the locket.

 

In contrast, the bold Palais Tsarskoye Selo 18k Yellow Gold Locket with Teal Enamel and Diamond Set Star Surprise features a painstakingly hand painted lustrous enamel in a wintery teal, with shining diamonds set within the gold motifs. Highlighting Fabergé's joy of surprise, the star is 'en tremblant' – creating heightened sparkle and liveliness as the wearer moves.



Faberge Star Locket 2019



These new pendants take inspiration from the Polar Star. This timeless celestial constant has been used for thousands of years to help travellers find their way home – which is, after all, the most important journey of the season.

 

Prices start at approximately $6,500.


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Continuing with their partnership, adidas X Missoni Vol. 2 is launched http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5900 adidas X Missoni Vol 2 colorful sneaker shoes



November 20, 2019: Following the success of the first collaboration, which quickly turned the knitted Ultraboost sneaker into a cult favorite, the latest adidas x MISSONI collection features an even more extensive offering.



The adidas x MISSONI partnership interprets sportswear in a contemporary way; redefining classic running garment silhouettes, and transforming colors into a living matter that follows and frees movements. Energy, strength and agility are emphasized and enhanced with form fitting pieces, all brought to life in iconic Missoni colors. For Vol. 2, the new Pulseboost sneaker has been perfectly engineered.



The latest adidas x MISSONI campaign captures the vivacity of the collection through powerful imagery and a futuristic video, encapsulating the energetic spirit of the collection. The choreography and contemporary dance movements appear to project themselves toward the camera lens as if, at times, the action will break through.





Time to get the colour power coursing through your feet!


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The Ritz-Carlton debuts its 100th hotel in Perth http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5899 The Ritz-Carlton Perth Australia Overview



November 19, 2019: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C opened the gates of The Ritz-Carlton in Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, overlooking the city's beautiful Swan River and Kings Park. The opening of the hotel also marks the 100th Ritz-Carlton property globally and heralds a much-anticipated return of the iconic luxury brand to Australia.



Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader, The Ritz-Carlton, said, "Perth as a destination has so much to offer the luxury traveler, from its stunning landscapes to its superior produce and wine. Our Ladies and Gentlemen at The Ritz-Carlton, Perth are looking forward to providing guests with enriching experiences that are deeply engrained in the local culture and destination and which will create unforgettable memories."

 

Guests can enjoy a bike ride to the famous Blue Boatshed at Crawley Edge, go foraging with one of the hotel's chefs, or enjoy a luxury picnic. The hotel offers 205 elegantly-appointed guestrooms including 19 suites, which feature sweeping city and Swan River views. The rooms boast Frette bedlinens and bath amenities by iconic British luxury brand Asprey. The design of The Ritz-Carlton, Perth draws multi-sensory inspirations from the stunning natural beauty of Western Australia. In the lobby, soaring 13-meter high ceilings and a custom chandelier echo the cascading waters of the Karijini gorges in the state's remote Pilbara  region. 



The Ritz-Carlton Perth Australia Guestroom

 

A 277-square-meter signature Ritz-Carlton Suite is the epitome of luxury living, offering separate sleeping, living and entertainment areas where floor-to-ceiling windows offer magnificent vistas and fill the space with natural light. The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge will feature mixology demonstrations, five culinary presentations per day, as well as personalized excursions and journeys of wellbeing. The club also features a unique outdoor alfresco terrace with stunning views.

 

The dining scene in Perth is set to be lit on fire with Hearth, the hotel's signature restaurant and lounge which offers bold new interpretations of the classic Australian barbecue. Acclaimed Western Australian Executive Chef Jed Gerrard will take guests on a gourmet journey that celebrates the stories of local culture and traditions, showcasing the finest and freshest produce from the region's farmers, fishermen and artisans. Songbird is set to become Perth's go-to cocktail venue and hotspot for sunset drinks, with an extensive drinks list featuring local spirits, craft beers and wines. Evening views over the Swan River will be accompanied with original cocktails that focus on native Australian botanicals, created in-house by a team of expert mixologists.

 

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Perth will allow guests to nurture the body and invigorate the mind with treatments inspired by Australia's finest natural healing products in four specialized treatment rooms. The spa also a modern fitness centre and yoga studio for post-flight stretches and meditation.



The Ritz-Carlton Perth Australia Exterior



The impressive Elizabeth Quay Ballroom is available as a single space or three smaller rooms. The Bell Tower and Swan River rooms are also customizable, all with stunning views over Elizabeth Quay.


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Ermenegildo Zegna unveils its new concept boutique in New Delhi http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5898 Ermenegildo Zegna New Delhi boutique



November 19, 2019: Revamping its decade old store, Ermenegildo Zegna has launched its new concept boutique in New Delhi, inside the DLF Emporio Mall. With its first renewal in a decade, this bold revamp of the New Delhi space represents an opportunity to strengthen Zegna's retail presence in India and reflects its ongoing commitment to this important market for the brand. 



The 150 square meters of luxury retail space and a contemporary mix of exclusive design elements, the New Delhi boutique, designed by Zegna's in-house architects, conveys the Ermenegildo Zegna brand DNA and showcases the entire range of collections through a full journey, from Ermenegildo Zegna XXX collection to Z Zegna, from the Ermenegildo Zegna contemporary formalwear to the latest in leisurewear and a wide range of textile and leather accessories. 



Ermenegildo Zegna New Delhi boutique

 

Customers can also experience the exclusive services of Su Misura and Personalization, conceived to meet the needs of a man who looks for high quality standards and enjoys the privilege of choosing his own fabrics and finishes to create his personal look.


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Gucci launches Oviparity, limited-edition artbook by Yorgos Lanthimos http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5897 November 19, 2019 : Inspired by the vision of Gucci's Creative Director Alessandro Michele, Greek photographer, film and stage director, producer, and screenwriter Yorgos Lanthimos has created a striking and thought provoking portfolio of images for the brand’s Cruise 2020 collection, shot at the Leda Gallery of Villa Albani Torlonia in Rome. Gucci gives it a form of an artbook.



Gucci Oviparity Yorgos Lanthimos 



Villa Albani Torlonia was designed in the mid-18th century by the architect Carlo Marchionni and was influenced by key figures such as Giovanni Battista Nolli, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Johann Joachim Winckelmann. The villa was a cultural powerhouse, hosting countless discussions on the rise of the new neoclassical style, concerts, dances and masked comedies.

 

The artbook’s title, Oviparity, nods to the Greek myth of Leda and the Swan, as it is a zoological term meaning the production of eggs by an animal. In some versions of the story, Leda, having been seduced by Zeus in the form of a swan, lays two eggs from which two of her children are hatched.



Gucci Oviparity Yorgos Lanthimos

 

Ms. Lanthimos' images depict elderly men and women whose powdered white skin mimics the pallor of marble. They pose like statues or artists' models and interact with young people wearing colourful and patterned Gucci outfits, who are in the full flush of youth.



Often these young and aged bodies embrace or touch each other tenderly, prompting the viewer to consider the relationship between the eternal, beautiful sculpted statues and their transient, living subject matter: humanity.

 

The atmosphere of sumptuous, historical art and culture is perfectly captured by Mr. Lanthimos' lens. No stranger to theatricality, Mr. Lanthimos has not only written and made films – and is an award winner at Cannes and an Academy Award nominee – but has also directed theatre. His blackly comedic style is compelling and unsettling, and well suited to the surreal dreamscape that Mr. Michele has created around Gucci.



Gucci Oviparity Yorgos Lanthimos coffee table book

 

Priced at €70 (£60; $80), Oviparity will be distributed by IDEA Books, a London-based independent publisher. It will also be available at Gucci Garden in Florence and Gucci Wooster in New York.


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Rolls-Royce adds Cullinan to the Black Badge family http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5895 Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan front view



November 15, 2019: Introducing a more powerful, distinct version of its highly popular Cullinan, Rolls-Royce has added the model to its Black Badge family – a darker version of the brand, which doesn’t compromise yet on the core values of the brand. 



Created to satisfy overwhelming demand from younger, more adventurous clients, Cullinan in its silver badge guise, was launched to global acclaim in 2018. This super-luxury SUV how now been transformed to assume a stronger, Black Badge personality.



The achieve Black Badge’s dark shade, multiple layers of paint and lacquer are meticulously applied and hand-polished 10 times, representing the most comprehensive surface finish process ever applied to a solid paint colour. The Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, which has also undergone transformation for this special class of vehicles, is presented in high gloss black chrome. For the first time this finish extends onto its mounting plate, creating the darkest Black Badge yet.



Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan side view



The ‘Double R’ badge on the front, flanks and aft invert to become silver-on-black, while chrome surfaces such as the front grille surround, side frame finishers, boot handle, boot trim, lower air inlet finisher and exhaust pipes are darkened. While they appear black, the vertical grille bars remain polished, reflecting the blackened surfaces that surround them to add a frisson of movement that hints at the motor car’s dynamic intent.



The overall effect artfully emphasizes the imposing proportions and confident stance of the car. This is further dramatised by all-new 22-inch forged alloy wheels, reserved exclusively for Black Badge Cullinan. The gloss black and polished design also creates the perfect stage for the marque’s first ever coloured brake caliper. The high gloss Red paint has been specifically developed to withstand the rigours of elevated temperatures generated by the motor car’s uprated braking system while still offering a perfectly smooth finish befitting of Rolls-Royce.



Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan interior



And then there is Black Badge Cullinan’s Technical Carbon veneer. As said by Sir Henry Royce, “When it does not exist, design it”, a collaboration between the marque’s designers, engineers and craftspeople saw the creation of a new luxury material. A naked-weave carbon-fibre finish has been developed to create highly accurate repeating geometrical shapes that produce a powerful three-dimensional effect. Each leaf of Technical Carbon is finished with six coats of lacquer before being left to cure for 72 hours, then hand-polished to Rolls-Royce’s hallmark mirror finish. This process takes 21 days and is only deemed complete once every piece is inspected by a craftsperson to ensure complete reflective uniformity across each of the 23 pieces within the car.



The Starlight Headliner casts a low light over the lavish leather seats. Presented in fine Black leather, handwoven with 1344 fibre optic lights, it is a true reflection of the sky at night and incorporates eight brilliant white shooting stars that dart at random predominantly over the front occupants.



For the Black Badge Cullinan, Rolls-Royce created a bold new leather colour, Forge Yellow. The Infinity lemniscate motif is embroidered into the fold-down rear arm-rest. This simple but potent symbol is also incorporated in the illuminated treadplates and engraved on the brushed and darkened steel clock case. 



Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan interior



Black Badge is far more than an aesthetic treatment. Key to the visceral thrill of Black Badge Cullinan is the Architecture of Luxury, Rolls-Royce’s proprietary all-aluminium architecture that not only delivers extraordinary body stiffness but its flexibility and scalability allowed Cullinan to be fitted with all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering in its silver badged guise. These dynamic features have been comprehensively re-engineered for Black Badge.



The Architecture of Luxury has been engineered to meet size and weight requirements of different propulsion systems. When the driver presses the ‘Low’ button situated on the gear selection stalk, they unlock Black Badge Cullinan’s full suite of technologies. This is asserted by the proud amplification of the motor car’s 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 through an entirely new exhaust system, announcing its arrival with a deep, authoritative basso profundo.



The twin-turbo V12 of Black Badge Cullinan generates an extra 29PS creating a total output of 600PS. A further 50NM of torque has been added to the system, bringing the total to a 900NM.



Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan back side



Black Badge Cullinan benefits from a Bespoke transmission and throttle treatment that creates a sense of urgency without ever undermining its Rolls-Royce peerage. To bolster confidence when exploiting Cullinan’s alter ego, the braking bite point has been raised and pedal travel decreased. Redesigned brake disc ventilation also allows consistency in these changes while braking at elevated temperatures.



Black Badge Cullinan is now available to commission.





The concept of Black Badge was launched with Wraith and Ghost in 2016 followed by Dawn in 2017. The Black Badge family defines taste patterns of a new generation of super-luxury consumer. These unapologetic and highly dynamic products responded to those who refused to be defined by traditional codes of luxury. This highly successful alter ego is codified by the mathematical symbol that represents a potential infinity, which is placed discreetly within the motor car’s interior.


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The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai offers Lebanese cuisine with Chef Ali Elbourji http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5894 November 15, 2019: Luxury hotel, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai brings Chef Ali Elbourji, of Ayamna, from Atlantis, The Palm Dubai, to the Souk restaurant from November 20 to 24, 2019 for a special Middle Eastern showcase.



Lebanese cuisine Mezzeh



Chef Ali will collaborate with Taj’s Souk’s own Chef Simoun Chakour to offer guests the opportunity to explore the finer nuances of Middle Eastern cuisine. Chef Ali is known for his innovative cuisine that pays homage to the tastes, flavours and traditions of Lebanon. Chef Simoun, also a Lebanese master chef, has spent more than ten years in India and has been instrumental in making Souk the city favourite that it is today.



The rooftop experience at the Souk will feature an elaborate Levantine menu created by both Chef Ali & Chef Simoun. Guests can experience flavours of authentic Lebanese cuisine with a fresh, modern twist with dishes including traditional mezze, flavour-packed appetizers, soups, Lebanese mixed grills, and classic Lebanese desserts. Popular dishes such as Shrimp Kunafa and lobster with saffron will also feature on the menu.



Coordinates: Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Time: 12:30-15:00hrs & 19:00-23:30hrs

For reservations:  Call +91 22 6665 3272


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Raniwala 1881 launches Ready-to-Wear line with jadau & polki http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5893 Raniwala 1881 Ready to wear jewelry line



November 15, 2019: Taking time-honored techniques and materials such as jadau and polki, and fusing them with contemporary designs, Raniwala 1881 has launched a modern, ready-to-wear line of jewelry. 



The Ready-to-Wear line comprises pieces of ‘everyday jadau’, allowing the category to stay fashionably versatile outside traditional occasions and bridal functions. This spirited, head-turning collection draws inspiration from bold Art Deco styles, alongside traditional motifs such as the crescent, peacock, lotus, paisley and star. The exquisite range of chic earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and more, are crafted with 14k gold, jadau, flat-cut polki diamonds, blue sapphires, corals and emeralds, amongst others.



Raniwala 1881 Ready to wear jewelry line



Created for the pragmatic, urban Millennial who is always on the go, these pieces seamlessly travel from an elegant luncheon to an evening gala. These modern ‘heirlooms’ can be easily passed down from one generation to another, in the same way that traditional polki and jadau jewellery have been.



The ready-to-wear line is available at the Raniwala 1881 experience centre in Jaipur, and will be showcased at select exhibitions and pop-ups across India.


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Gucci launches a new line of small stores - Gucci Pin http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5892 Gucci Pin Flora Hong Kong Holiday 2019



November 14, 2019: You know how we put a pin on the map – for destinations we have traveled or want to travel in the future? With the same inspiration, Gucci announced a series of temporary stores named Gucci Pin, inspired by the pins seen on interactive digital maps, which will launch in different waves during the upcoming year.



The Gucci Pins will engage with shoppers in cities over the world. The stores will be revealed throughout the seasons in diverse iterations and in major locations such as Paris, Seoul and Hong Kong as well as cities which don’t have a Gucci store. 



For every Gucci Pin location, an accompanying immersive digital interactive activation will further enhance the experience, including new innovations in AR technology explored for some stores in 2020.



Gucci-personalized pins, featuring the patterns of the themed stores, will appear on Google Maps in some countries to further highlight the location. Additionally, a special section on the Gucci App will immerse the user in a unique digital experience, with AR and filters planned for Snapchat and Instagram, allowing users on different digital platforms to experiment with Gucci Pin themes.



Gucci Pin Flora Hong Kong Holiday 2019



The first Gucci Pin stores, dedicated to the 2019 Gift Giving collection, celebrate the famed Flora pattern marrying it with the Ophidia, one of the House’s beloved lines of handbags, distinguished by the GG motif and the Web stripe. Interestingly, the floral design was hand drawn by illustrator Vittorio Accornero in 1966 for a silk scarf, a one-of-a-kind gift for Princess Grace Kelly. Inside Gucci Pin Gift Giving locations are a lineup of women’s ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories – featuring women’s bags in differing silhouettes including a new jewelry case, small leather goods such as wallets and card holders crafted in GG motif printed with the flowers and insects of Flora, in brilliant colors, and trimmed with red, yellow or white leather. 



Gucci Pin Gift Giving will open in five locations beginning with Hong Kong Canton, leading on to Fukuoka Iwataya in Japan, Seognam Hyundai Pangyo in Korea, Denver Cherry Creek Shopping Center in the US, and Paris Galeries Lafayette, France.



In early 2020, the next wave of Gucci Pins will celebrate Chinese New Year. For the Gucci Pin Mickey Mouse, the Disney character is printed on a collection of ready to wear, shoes and accessories, crafted from GG motif. The Gucci Pin Mickey Mouse locations will feature a baggage carousel style conveyor belt built into their structures. Gucci Pin GG Psychedelic stores will open between late January and March 2020, and will be dedicated to luggage, accessories and ready-to-wear with the all-over multicolour GG and stars motif.


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Michael Kors drops a versatile #MKGO Sea & Ski collection for the holidays http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5891 November 14, 2019: Just in time for the holiday season, Michael Kors has launched its dynamic #MKGO Sea & Ski capsule collection, which will surely please all travellers.



Michael Kors #MKGO Sea Ski Capsule Collection



The new capsule offers the best of both worlds with pieces designed for sea, ski or—for the ultimate globe-trotter—both. Featuring pieces which will satisfy all weather conditions, #MKGO Sea & Ski has a fresh mix of sporty silhouettes like cozy ski sweaters, sleek bikini separates, rich faux fur coats and glossy puffer jackets.



The capsule’s color palette includes bold sapphire, twilight blue and classic black and white. Add pops of bright dandelion to brighten even the coldest days. 



Michael Kors #MKGO Sea Ski Capsule Collection Bella Hadid



For accessories, the season’s utilitarian backpacks, barrel bags and belt bags take you effortlessly from slopes to sand and back again. And depending on your destination, pom-pom beanies, snow boots, surf sneakers, leather trainers and sunglasses add the perfect finishing touch.



The new capsule is available in Michael Kors stores worldwide and on MichaelKors.com


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Miele launches Generation 7000 built-in appliances http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5889 November 13, 2019: Innovating to create and execute the most advanced home appliances, Miele has launched its Generation 7000 built-in appliances, which make cooking simpler and more intuitive than before. 



Miele Generation 7000 oven with camera



To give an example, Miele has devised the first camera, which is able to withstand the intense heat of a pyrolytic oven. What’s more, a clever guardian watches over cakes as they bake to ensure they never become too dry. The in-oven camera relays images in HD quality to a smartphone: This allows the current state of food to be assessed and temperatures and degrees of doneness tweaked remotely. Miele is the only manufacturer with a camera compatible with pyrolytic self-cleaning where temperatures can reach 440°C. At the end of a programme, the oven door is automatically opened, a cooling fan sets in, reducing the temperature in the oven fast and, if requested, switches to food-warming mode. This prevents residual heat causing food to overcook. Loaves of bread and succulent roasts come out of the oven done to perfection, even if you forget to take the food out of the oven or guests are late.



The new induction hobs can cater for up to 6 pots and pans placed and moved around anywhere on the ceramic glass screen, dispensing with the need to select or join rings. 



Miele Generation 7000 induction hob



The new G 7000 dishwashers go about their work almost autonomously as they dispense and start automatically if their owner so wishes. To achieve this, these models are equipped with an automatic dispensing system with a reach of around 20 cycles. This way, they adapt flexibly to everyday needs, as regular starts are programmable, but can also be started impromptu from the convenience of a smartphone. 



Coffee connoisseurs will welcome the first built-in fully automatic machine able to process three on-board bean types and does away with the cumbersome tasks of cleaning and descaling. Descaling, the irksome chore of cleaning milk lines and degreasing the brew unit, is now fully automatic on Miele’s new models, thanks to special cartridges.



The Generation 7000 spans the entire gamut of built-in appliances, including ovens, induction hob units, dishwashers, steam ovens, microwave units, coffee machines and many more. The large majority of new Miele kitchen appliances are connectivity-enabled using WiFi. Alongside remote controls, the Miele@mobile app gives users access to more than 1200 inspirational recipes. Ingredients can be ordered from a delivery service straight from the app. With RemoteService, future software updates can be downloaded to an appliance for installation with great ease. This makes installing new applications or services much easier. 



Miele Generation 7000 oven with camera



Generation 7000 built-in appliances are available in four design lines (PureLine, VitroLine, ArtLine and ContourLine) as well as in three colours (graphite grey, obsidian black, brilliant white).


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JW Marriott debuts in Maldives with a new resort http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5888 JW Marriott Maldives Resort Spa Overview



November 13, 2019: Luxury hotel brand, JW Marriott, has opened JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa on Vagaru island, Shaviyani atoll in the Maldives, debuting the brand in the area. The new resort is located just 55 minutes via seaplane from the capital of Male, Maldives.          



The new JW Marriott hotel features 60 villas, starting at approximately 2,520 sq. feet, which include private pools and wooden sunbathing decks. Duplex Overwater Pool Villas and single-story Overwater Pool Villas are set on stilts overlooking the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, with a choice of sunrise or sunset views. Beach Pool Villas and Duplex Beach Pool Villa come with direct access to the pristine white sandy beaches of the private island.



JW Marriott Maldives Resort Spa Overwater villa



The resort draws inspiration from the natural surroundings and local Maldivian culture, incorporating colors and materials that highlight the island. Thatched roofs on villas are reminiscent of inverted dhoni boats, the traditional Maldivian wooden fishing vessels, and slanted roof tips recall white herons dipping their heads into the water.   



The resort offers an array of fitness and spa amenities. The resort’s overwater gym, open-air pavilion, daily workout classes, yoga sessions and easy movement and breathing exercises will provide guests with numerous opportunities to relax and reconnect with their surroundings. The signature Spa by JW is a sanctuary for indulging in head-to-toe pampering and luxurious treatments.



The JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa offers five restaurants, featuring a remarkable array of fine-dining choices; from classic Maldivian seafood to exotic Thai cuisine on a treetop restaurant, wood-fired brick oven pizzas and Japanese teppanyaki, along with a chef's garden to supply the resort with daily fresh produce. Three full-service bars will serve up old and new world wines with over 300 labels to choose from, fine Japanese sake and handcrafted cocktails with over 98 different types of rum available. Guests can also enjoy 24-hour in-villa dining services.



JW Marriott Maldives Resort Spa villa interior



To entertain children, Little Griffins, a Family by JW kids club, features a 43 foot-long pirate ship, kids sleeping area, a servery, games and educational activities. Adults, on the other hand, can enjoy an adults-only infinity pool, as well as a clubhouse complete with a cigar room, shisha room and billiards table.



The private island where the JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa sits holds a stunning natural reef just meters from the shore teeming with sea life for guests to take in. An on-site marine biologist oversees the health of the reef along with organizing diving and snorkeling excursions and other water sports.


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Aman launches Camp Sarika at Amangiri in Utah http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5887 Amangiri Camp Sarika Utah



November 12, 2019: A serene resort encircled by the raw wilderness of the Utah desert, Amangiri has drawn travellers to Utah’s starkly beautiful landscape of deep canyons and vermillion rock formations for a decade. To herald its 10th anniversary, the resort will soon welcome guests to Camp Sarika by Amangiri – 10 tented-pavilions with individual private plunge pools on a luxury encampment surrounded by 600 hectares of raw wilderness in the heart of the desert, close to Amangiri.



Opening in April 2020, Camp Sarika will offer its own main pavilion and restaurant, two spa suites, one main swimming pool and a Jacuzziset in unparalleled proximity to nature. The camp is located a 30- minute hike or five-minute drive from Amangiri, and while guests at the camp enjoy full access to the resort’s facilities whenever they desire, everything they need will be conveniently located at Camp Sarika. 



Amangiri Camp Sarika Utah bathroom



Camp Sarika aims to  encourage a private and peaceful connection to its dramatic surroundings. The camp includes five one-bedroom tented pavilions and five two-bedroom tented pavilions. Designed by luxury travel company Luxury Frontiers, the tented pavilions will mimic the spaciousness and clean lines of Amangiri, where natural materials reflect the light-transforming, undulating surface of the desert outside. 



Paying homage to the wilderness setting, the open kitchen will feature a rotisserie grill, with dishes served on cedar and slate carving boards. Reserved for residents of the camp during the day, the restaurant will also be open to resort guests for dinner. Two spa suites will offer an extensive menu of spa therapies inspired by traditional Navajo wellness practices, while yoga and guided meditation will be offered al fresco, allowing guests to reground themselves within the astounding natural beauty of the Utah desert. 



Amangiri Camp Sarika Utah pool



The camp will also enable a deeper immersion in Native American culture, with storytelling and star gazing around the fire every evening. The intimacy exclusive to Camp Sarika, with inspired facilities and unbounded access to Utah’s vast expanses of magical scenery at its doorstep, makes the camp the ideal destination for larger groups or families desiring a private insight into the destination or a very special place for an important celebration. 



A salon, a yoga pavilion and a comprehensive gym finish Camp Sarika, which will surely add a new dimension to the extraordinary all-season destination of Utah, providing another setting in which to embrace the pristine and astonishing beauty of the American Southwest.


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Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh becomes Airbnb's first royal host http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5886 City Palace Jaipur Rajasthan



November 12, 2019: The 300 year old City Palace of Jaipur, home to Jaipur’s Royal Family, is steeped in history, and located in the heart of Jaipur, Rajasthan. From November 23, 2019, the Gudliya Suite at the City Palace will become accessible to outside guests, and will be available to be booked for the first time ever on Airbnb, with His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh becoming the first Maharaja to offer a stay at his palace on Airbnb, in order to help support the women’s empowerment initiatives of the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation.



Guests will be able to book and stay in the luxurious Gudliya Suite, located within one of the private sections of a royal palace that, until now, has been used for the royals and their special guests. The Suite includes its own lounge, kitchen, luxurious bathroom and private, indoor swimming pool.



Gudliya Suite City Palace Jaipur Rajasthan



Guests will truly get to experience what it’s like to live like royalty as they would be hosted by the down-to-earth modern Royal, the dapper, polo-playing 21-year old Maharajah Padmanabh Singh..  



Built in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of the city of Jaipur, the City Palace exemplifies the best of 18th century Rajput architecture with and other architectural influences of later periods. The interiors contain ornate chambers, large and airy reception halls, crystal chandeliers, gilded wall decorations, intricate carvings and in addition to the royal residence, the sprawling palace complex houses a large, internationally recognised museum.



Guests will be looked after by a private butler and guide who will arrange curated city experiences including shopping tours, guided walks through local museums and other excursions.  Authentic Rajasthani meals may be enjoyed on a terrace offering an amazing view of the surrounding Aravalli hills and forts overlooking the palace, and peaceful afternoon tea can be had in the company of the resident peacocks who live in the Palace’s lush gardens. 



City Palace Jaipur Rajasthan



The Palace has never been available to be booked by outside guests before. Proceeds from each booking will go to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting rural women and artisans in Rajasthan. 




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Wellness resort brand, Chiva-Som, announces Zulal Wellness Resort, Qatar http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5885 Zulal Wellness Resort Qatar



November 11, 2019: The renowned luxury wellness resort brand, Chiva-Som International Health Resort, has announced the launch of a new wellness destination in Qatar and its largest wellness destination, the Middle East’s first full-immersion wellness resort, and the world’s first centre for Traditional Arabic Integrative Medicine (TAIM), slated to open in the second quarter of 2020. 



Msheireb Properties, a leading developer in Qatar, has appointed Chiva-Som to operate and manage Zulal Wellness Resort in Khasooma, a private coastal location to the north of Qatar. The name “Zulal”, which refers to “purified water”, is inspired by a people’s historic journey in the continuous search for water, the seed of life - a concept that encapsulates the history, culture and heritage of Qatar. 



Zulal Wellness Resort Qatar



The new Zulal Wellness Resort will offer high international service standards rooted in traditional Qatari hospitality. Spanning 280,000 square metres, the resort is around one hour drive from Qatar’s international hub in of Doha. A specially developed menu of Arabic and Mediterranean wellness cuisine, as well as cutting-edge architecture and services inspired by local heritage, will ensure the position of Zulal Wellness Resort as a true showcase of Qatari culture.



Zulal Wellness Resort will actively cater to families alongside its adults-only offer. The estate will feature a Family Wellness Resort with 120 guestrooms and suites which will welcome guests of all ages, promoting family bonding through shared experiences while also offering dedicated children’s activities. The development of the family offer presents an opportunity for families to experience, learn and practice wellness together, introducing children to healthy living from an early age. The adjacent Wellness Resort with 60 suites and villas will cater to individuals, couples and groups of adult wellness travelers looking for total immersion and world-class programmes and facilities.



Zulal Wellness Resort Qatar



The resort’s design reflects a local inspiration while echoing the principles of the Chiva-Som flagship in Thailand. Landscaping will feature ponds and water features arranged around a series of serene shaded walled gardens; a narrative inspired by memories of sea-bound travelers finding welcoming shelter in local villages. 



Staying true to Chiva-Som’s core principles, the resort will operate sustainably and adhere to environmentally friendly practices, as well as use some locally developed specialty products. Exceptional facilities will set a new standard for health resorts the world over, featuring fully integrated holistic programmes alongside state-of-the-art international treatments.


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Catherine Zeta-Jones & daughter Carys Douglas feature in the new Fendi campaign http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5884 November 11, 2019: Taking ahead its Peekaboo campaign of featuring families and relationships, FENDI, this time, featured the iconic, Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and her daughter Carys Douglas.



Fendi Peekaboo Catherine Zeta-Jones Carys Douglas



As the pretty duo arrive in Rome with their Peekaboo bags, Catherine and Carys show their unique yet special bond celebrating the renovation of life by blending tradition and innovation and recalling the FENDI dualism and DNA.



They share a unique, playful camaraderie as they elegantly dance under the colonnade of Palazzo Altemps, a Roman historical building and share moments among the statues of Palazzo Della Civiltà Italiana, the FENDI HQ in Rome.



From the regular shape to the XS version, the Peekaboo bag is lit-up by the distinctive Pequin, FENDI signature logo-no-logo pattern. Elegant and iconic, the Pequin embodies the timeless beauty of Catherine Zeta-Jones and her daughter reflecting their powerful connection.



Shot for the very first time together, the Douglas girls give to this episode a beautiful vibe, shaping the story with their strong yet delicate attitude and making it a real unforgettable family memory.



Watch the video on our YouTube channel.




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Aman presents their Private Jet http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5883 Aman Private Jet Exterior



November 8, 2019: The world’s most remote destinations are often its most exceptional. And Aman’s dedication to offering ease of access and the finest service available has now taken to the skies, with the launch of the Aman Private Jet – an airborne extension of the Aman resort philosophy. Introduced long after Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts launched their private jet, the Aman jet will prove to be no less luxurious.



Available for charter to facilitate existing multi-destination Aman journeys, to creating bespoke itineraries incorporating several Aman destinations around the world, or for use between non-Aman destinations, journeys can be tailored specifically to the needs and interests of its guests. Each booking is fully customisable and every itinerary flexible, with passengers having access to their very own Aman Jet Concierge, who will plan every detail of their travels.



Aman Private Jet Interior



Aman’s Bombardier Global 5000 seats a maximum of 12 passengers. The Aman Private Jet is best in-class in terms of speed, range and field performance, promising the smoothest ride possible for a restful flight.



To celebrate the launch of the jet, Aman has curated four new journeys, incorporating multiple Aman properties, that explore some of the world’s most beguiling destinations in a unique and insightful Aman way. These include ‘Bali & Beyond’, ‘The Secrets of China’, ‘Indochina Past & Present’, and ‘From the Himalayas to the Sea’. 



Aman Private Jet Interior



Apart from all flights, private transfers and accommodation at Aman properties, each of these journeys includes private tours of key cultural sites plus a host of exclusive privileges at each resort. These range from personalised spa treatments and traditional blessing ceremonies, to unique culinary and cultural experiences.



 


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Wellness integrated private club Bian to launch in Chicago http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5882 Bian Chicago



November 8, 2019: BIÂN, a luxury private member’s club opening in downtown Chicago in 2020, aims to offer an innovative and peerless approach to the concept of living well.



Envisioned by Principals Robb Leone, Joseph Fisher and Kevin Boehm and Partner Mar Soraparu, Chief Medical Officer Angelo Costas, MD and Aesthetic Medical Director Julius Few, MD, BIÂN is built on a foundation of holistic wellness, vitality and social wellbeing. The club weaves Eastern and Western philosophies; concierge medicine; a signature apothecary; extensive yoga, fitness, pilates and studio programming; chef-driven food and beverage offerings; cutting edge therapeutic modalities; luxurious spa and beauty services and grand social gathering spaces – all in one dynamic, design forward space.



Bian Chicago Bar



The name BIÂN is derived from a legendary Chinese physician from 300BC, Bian Que, who had a multidisciplinary approach to medicine, incorporating acupuncture, meditation and yoga with traditional medical philosophies. He is also credited as the first person to take a patient's pulse as an early diagnostic check of health.



The first of its kind, the 21,000 square foot BIÂN offers an elite level of comprehensiveness as well as collaborative health and wellness plans for members. Members can experience areas like vibrant dining/social areas; a bustling bar; a listening room with more than 1500 vinyl records organized by mood and experienced through a Macintosh sound system; a fireplace nook for reading or quiet conversation; a nap room for restorative sleep and more. BIÂN members will also enjoy networking opportunities, unique workshops and other programming that make up a thriving, like-minded community.



Apart from multi-purpose fitness studios and areas, an array of healing treatments and services, such as Cryotherapy and LED light bed therapy are available at BIAN. The club’s spa features restorative experiences ranging from Rolfing and gua sha to silk peels and rejuvenating facials. Members can also take advantage of medical grade offerings inclusive of BOTOX, fillers, body toning/sculpting, micro-needling, laser treatments, non-invasive surgical procedures and soon-to-be-announced treatments exclusively available to BIÂN members.



Bian Chicago listening room



BIÂN has collaborated with the Boka Restaurant Group for their food and drink program. A curated selection of natural food and beverage offerings includes energizing smoothies, juices and elixirs; organic wine and spirits; artisanal coffee and tea and an extensive food menu developed by Michelin-starred Chef Lee Wolen. A holistic apothecary will also present BIÂN specialty products, along with Chinese and Western herbs and tinctures. 



Several medical services are available to all members, such as blood diagnostics, IV treatments and vitamin shots. For BIÂN Concierge Medical Members, doctors, medical staff and an on-site lab serve all acute and preventative primary care needs, including an annual executive physical, same-day/next-day appointments and other exclusive services.


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A. Lange & Soehne launches new watch concept, Odysseus http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5881 A. Lange & Sohne Odysseus watch 2019



November 7, 2019: In a huge new beginning for the heritage German watchmaker A. Lange & Soehne, the brand has launched a new timepiece concept called Odysseus, the sixth one (after Lange 1, Saxonia, 1815, Richard Lange and Zeitwerk) in its repertoire. For the first timepiece in stainless steel, the Saxon watchmakers developed a tailor-made self-winding movement with a large day-of-week and date display.



The ODYSSEUS is a sporty-elegant watch. The prominent design of the stainless-steel case with a diameter of 40.5 mm and a height of 11.1 mm, featuring an integrated stainless-steel bracelet, embraces traditional brand elements and reinterprets them. This applies particularly to the sculpted, slightly cantilevered middle band of the three-part case. Its surfaces are decorated with a satin contour finish and the edges are emphasised with a chamfer. Specially sealed, tapered buttons for correcting the date and the day of week are arranged at 2 and 4 o’clock.



A. Lange & Sohne Odysseus watch 2019



The Odysseus is the first Lange watch with a water-resistant case and a screw-down crown, exposed to a test pressure of 12 bar.



Located on the right, the Lange outsize date in the classic double aperture is complemented with an equally large day-of-week display on the left. The outer verticals of the frames echo the curvature of the bezel. The typical Lange font is used for both displays. The newly developed mechanism consists of 99 individual parts.



The dial is made of brass and has several levels with different surfaces. Just like the outer scale of the subsidiary seconds dial, the notched baton appliques made of white gold lie above concentric lines, a technique called azurage. They contrast against the grained inner surfaces of the main and subsidiary dial. A bevelled, argenté-coloured flange ring with a printed minute scale frames the dial. The number 60, printed in red at 12 o'clock, provides a colourful accent. 



A. Lange & Sohne Odysseus watch 2019



The stainless-steel bracelet’s length can be adjusted in small steps, up to 7 millimetres, thanks to a safety deployant buckle. By pressing the pusher embossed with the Lange signature, the bracelet can be pulled or pushed to adjust the desired length. It is not necessary to open the buckle. The bracelet can also be extended by adding further links.



The Odysseus’ new L155.1 DATOMATIC manufacture caliber features a unidirectionally winding central rotor with a centrifugal mass in platinum. When fully wound, the mainspring barrel delivers a maximum power reserve of 50 hours. To guarantee high rate accuracy regardless of external factors, the new self-winding calibre operates at a frequency of 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour. The newly designed balance is regulated with four countersunk poising screws that are flush with the outside of the balance-wheel rim. This design reduces turbulence despite the higher frequency. Together with the freely oscillating balance spring made in-house, the minimised air resistance has a positive impact on the movement’s rate accuracy and energy efficiency.



A. Lange & Sohne Odysseus watch 2019 mechanism



The oscillation system of the ODYSSEUS is held by a balance wheel bridge secured at two points. It is manually engraved with a wave motif. Other movement decorations also express the concept of combining traditional facets with new ones.


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The Ritz-Carlton opens in Pune, India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5880 The Ritz-Carlton Pune India exterior



November 7, 2019: Opening up in the dynamic, growing city of Pune, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel has launched its second hotel in India. 



Situated in the heart of Pune’s downtown and across from the prestigious Poona Golf Club, the hotel is ideally located for travelers seeking to take in the sights and unique experiences of this metropolis. 



In the classic Ritz-Carlton style, the hotel’s design reflects a seamless union of classical grandeur and timeless sophistication, offering both traditional and modern points of view. Design motifs inspired by Indian silhouettes and classic chandeliers gracefully evoke a local design sense. Celebrating the history and spirit of the city, guests will be invited every evening to toast to golden hour at Aasma, the hotel’s rooftop lounge, where they can learn the meaning behind the venue’s name and enjoy skyline views. Locally relevant experiences such as a sourcing trip for sustainable ingredients or a joint golf tour with a Pro at the adjoining Golf course are also available for guests.



The hotel features 198 guestrooms and 35 plush suites, designed to be refined and relaxing sanctuaries that are also the largest in the city. The Ritz-Carlton, Pune’s Presidential Suite is spread across 3,154 sq. ft and includes two bedrooms, a walk in closet, a spacious living room and dining area, private bar and in-suite treatment room. Guests staying on the Club Level floors will enjoy access to a signature Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, an urban sanctuary on the 18th floor that features picturesque views of the golf course, private check-in, a dedicated Club Concierge, and a variety of culinary presentations throughout the day.



The Ritz-Carlton Pune India guestroom



The Ritz-Carlton, Pune captures the essence of the destination with five signature dining experiences. Gourmet world cuisine at Three Kitchens and Bar welcomes guests by offering three residential-style kitchens. The modern Japanese restaurant Ukiyo features a long sushi counter and robata grill complemented by an expansive selection of sake while The Ritz-Carlton Tea Lounge brings the time-honored custom of afternoon tea to the city. Vida Bar & Grill is a craft cocktail destination and Aasma, the rooftop lounge, serves Indian cuisine, which are inventive adaptations from the royal kitchens of India.



The 25,000 sq. ft. wellness floor includes a Fitness Studio and Yoga Deck. The Ritz-Carlton Spa with its 8 treatment rooms and Express Pods combines bespoke services, custom facials and unique treatments steeped in Ayurveda traditions.



The hotel also boasts 35,000 square feet of banquet facilities suited to gatherings of all kinds, from business meetings to social affairs. With access to a beautiful outdoor foyer and deck area, the ballrooms are perfect for intimate gatherings and romantic weddings alike.


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Good Earth celebrates 10 years of Sustain with fashion presentation http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5879 Good Earth Sindhu Indian traditional wear



November 7, 2019: Indian brand Good Earth celebrated ten years of its clothing label – Sustain by hosting its first independent fashion presentation – SINDHU. The collection traversed the history of India through fabrics, motifs, weaves, embellishments, and clothing, as seen through the Good Earth lens. 



The 72 ensembles showcased during the show included Good Earth’s first-ever Menswear collection. Speaking on this milestone, Mrs Anita Lal, Founder and Creative Director, Good Earth said, "SINDHU…is a tribute to the nomadic groups, travellers, traders, innovators, patrons, lovers, artisans, so many who were intermediaries of a multitude of ideas and innovations from one place to another; the Banjaras, Rabaris, Kutchis, gypsy tribes like the Romani and numerous others with intermingled stories, that have enriched our culture and rendered our heritage unparalleled."



Good Earth Sindhu Indian traditional wear



The pivotal craft of the collection is Ajrak, a time-honoured craft of the communities of Kutch, that has been explored in new, contemporary prints and patterns recreated in different mediums such as the Fostat Brocade, a 15th century, hand-blocked Ajrakh pattern originally from Gujarat, but found in Fustat Egypt, which has been reinterpreted in silk brocade by the master weavers of Benaras.



The second leitmotif that ties the collection is Ajrakh Mingora, named after a region in Swat valley, which is a signature pattern of clouds, lotuses, dots, and fish scales created in traditional hand-blocked Ajrakh in natural dyes. Besides Ajrak, Sindhu showcased the richness of crafts from across the country - traditional Mashru from Bhuj along with lighter cotton silk stripes in bright jewel tones handwoven in Benaras, Bandhini tie-and-dye with highlights of the painstaking rai-dana variety from Bhuj, and the folk Chaand (crescent Moon) motif from Bikaner, Punjabi Phulkari, Sindhi taanka (embroidery), Rabari mirrorwork, folk beading, varq, leheriya and hand-block prints. 



Good Earth Sindhu Indian traditional lehenga



Sindhu presented a multitude of traditional and contemporary silhouettes. Salwars, knee-length kurtas (pashka), chogas, large shawls or chadars, long jackets, kediyo tops with long dresses, dushalas, lehengas, angrakhas, and saris were seen in traditional womenswear. While a range of structured jackets, pants, short tops, overlays, and flowing maxis were some of the contemporized silhouettes of the collection.  



Good Earth’s debut Menswear line, Abeer, is designed for the global traveller, rooted in culture, featured structured jackets, draped tunics and trousers, kurtas, shirts and jumpsuits. 



Good Earth Sindhu Indian traditional menswear



Traditional Madder, Indigo, and Syahi (inky charcoal), with additions of ochre, rani pink (fuchsia), and emerald and jade greens created a truly Indic colour palette for Sindhu. Tie-ups, tassels, embroidered ponchos (trouser cuffs), delicate crochet potlis in metallic zari, and motifs of peacocks, camels, and desert palms in Zardozi made for a vision of ancient, artisanal splendour. 

 

Select styles of the Sindhu collection have launched at Good Earth Khan Market. The collection will be retailed through pret drops across the year and also via bespoke orders.


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Tod's announces Walter Chiapponi as new Creative Director http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5877 Walter chiapponi Tod's Creative DirectorNovember 4, 2019: Luxury leather and fashion brand Tod’s has announced the appointment of Walter Chiapponi as Creative Director of the women's and men's collections of the brand, starting from the Autumn-Winter 2020/21 collection.



Having worked with Valentino, Gucci and Bottega Veneta previously, Mr. Chiapponi does have an impressive era of experience behind his back. 



Diego Della Valle, President of Tod's Group, states: "Walter Chiapponi is a talented Italian creative who knows and is able to combine Tod’s Italian lifestyle with a touch of modernity, without ever losing sight of the high quality and craftsmanship that represents the brand’s DNA.”


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The Postcard Hotel goes international, announces expansion http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5876 The Postcard Hotel Galle Sri Lanka



November 4, 2019: A recent entrant in the Indian luxury hotel space, The Postcard Hotel, is all set to receive guests in Sri Lanka and Bhutan. After starting three hotels in Goa, the brand’s first international venture will be the stunning mountain setting of Bhutan and the historic town of Galle in Sri Lanka. 



With over Rs 1,000 crores of assets under management today and projects underway across South Asia, The Postcard Hotel is looking at owning or managing over USD 1 Billion (Rs 7,000 crores) of assets in 5 years. The Postcard Hotel is on track to open 50 hotels in 5 years in experiential destinations across the world. The investment will be a mix of buying off the asset, taking a long term lease on the asset or managing it as a management company. 



The Postcard Dewa in Bhutan has 15 suites, located with a spectacular hilltop view of the Thimphu valley and surrounding forests. The hotel is a comfortable 40 minute drive from the Paro International airport. As the only carbon negative country in the world, 72% of Bhutan is forest covered. 



The Postcard Hotel Dewa Bhutan



The Postcard Galle, in Sri Lanka, positioned above a beautiful lagoon, offers 180 degree vistas of the Indian Ocean. Inspired by the city that surrounds the hotel, this Postcard has 10 intimate suites offering the view and the sound of the ocean along with true Sri Lankan hospitality by passionate local experts. The city of Galle is extraordinarily diverse. From the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Galle Fort; the vast range of beaches that cater to exciting water sports; lively bars or complete relaxation on tranquil beaches. There are also secluded coves and unspoiled spots for the ultimate escape. Blue whales can be sighted just two hours away from the hotel. 



Transformative experiences and local community are at the heart of The Postcard Hotel's offering. Each hotel will offer unique experiences that are true to its surroundings, giving guests a sense of the neighbourhood and the destination in a way never seen before. The experience within the hotel, too, is in keeping with the times, resulting in no set breakfast hours, no buffets and definitely no sugary welcome drinks. In its place, will be authentic local experiences, from food, to design, to artisanal welcome cocktails, to defining your own check in and check out hours and immersions with the local community.


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Ulysse Nardin presents the Hourstriker Phantom with Devialet http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5875 Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Phantom



November 4, 2019: Partnering with Devialet, the French company that creates high definition audio with its luxury speakers, watchmakers Ulysse Nardin are creating a limited edition of striking watches, which provide an enhanced audible experience as well!



The resulting Hourstriker Phantom provides an exceptional acoustic performance which makes it an unparalleled striking watch in the watchmaking industry. The watch rings on the hour and half-hour on command, not only telling you the time, but also hearing it.



Ulysse Nardin Hourstriker Phantom



With a classic striking mechanism, a hammer hits a timbre generating sound frequencies, when emitted, tells the time on command. However, in the Hourstriker Phantom, the heel of the timbre is fixed by a system of torsion arms that change the direction of the action forces induced by the timbre vibrations. In a classic system, the forces produced are essentially in the watch’s movement, which generates a small amount of air that is then displaced by the various components of the watch. With the Hourstriker Phantom, the action forces created by the timbre find their way outside of the watch itself. These forces are vigorously transferred using a transmission arm to a thin membrane, which is found on the bottom side of the watch. As the membrane has a large surface area, a large amount of air is displaced, which results in a high sound level. One could compare this to a loudspeaker and its cone and membrane.



The bottom side of the watch is perforated with eight openings under its membrane that allows the sound to travel and contains the UN-610 automatic manufacture movement. The result is stunning and all the sonic potential of this timepiece appears to be released, amplified, and enhanced. Its fully polished 43 mm titanium case also amplifies the sound and extends its resonance to 85 decibels, an unrivaled level of sound in the world of watchmaking.



The watch’s face is adorned with a satin-brushed anthracite dial inspired by German physicist and musician Ernst Chladni’s figures, formed by the materialization of vibratory waves. Hidden under this sculpted lace-like net, tinted glass obscures the watch’s movement for an ultra-contemporary look. At three o’clock, a small rose gold chip disappears and reappears depending on whether you want to activate or deactivate the striking mechanism (ON/OFF button). Costing CHF 72,500, the piece is enhanced by a black alligator strap and will be sold as a limited edition of 85 pieces, evoking the 85 decibels that it majestically reaches.


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RJ unveils first in-house tourbillon with a Spider Man inspired watch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5873 RJ Arraw Spider Man watch



October 31, 2019: The wildly worshipped MARVEL Studios chose RJ to create Haute Horlogerie watches inspired by the amazing Spider-Man. The second MARVEL collaboration timepiece created by RJ, the new ARRAW Spider-Man Tourbillon, channels Spider-Man's iconic style through every component, down to its plates, bridges, and gear. The launch also marks RJ's first movement manufactured completely in-house. The innovative Spider-Man inspired central tourbillon movement was developed and produced wholly in-house at the new RJ Studio in Eysin, located on the shores of Lake Geneva.



Marco Tedeschi, CEO and Creative Director of RJ comments, "For the first time, a character and his universe inspired us not only in the aesthetics, but also in the technicality of the movement. And it is no coincidence that we have chosen a tourbillon: light, rapid and ethereal. Its increased power reserve of more than six days makes a fitting tribute to Spider-Man's own endurance and performance."



RJ Arraw Spider Man watch



The hours and minutes are displayed in a unique peripheral format, made possible by a planetary gear system that orbits 360° around the tourbillon. The movement's construction is entirely and uniquely coaxial. A 12-factor gear ratio allows the planetary minutes system to empower the progression of the hours. The hands have been shaped to mimic the legs of the Spider icon.

The grade 5 titanium tourbillon cage and the going train wheels feature an openwork design shaped like a spider web, emphasizing lightness. Affixed on the main plate, the black eyes of the Spider-Man mask stand out thanks to their distinctive contrast finishing. Made in a 45 mm case adorned with the RJ BUMPERS in rubber, the ARRAW Spider-Man tourbillon is available in two materials with each version limited to only 10 pieces.



The first, in red, is crafted in a high-performance composite that combines superposed layers of black carbon and red fiberglass. The second variation is made entirely of carbon in stealth black. Its shimmering grey and anthracite tone imparts the piece with a strong yet sleek look, perfectly suited to Spider-Man.



The ARRAW Spider-Man Tourbillon case has no crown. This mechanism enables faster winding than with a traditional crown. To set the time, the wearer presses a concealed push button under the strap at 6 o'clock while turning the hoop in either direction.



RJ Arraw Spider Man watch webbed box



For the first time the ARRAW watch box has also been customized with Spider-Man's attributes. Made of black wood, the watch box resembles a spider thanks to the eight spider legs fixed to the side. Spider-Man's web and logo are also engraved on the lid. Inside the box, the watch appears captured in a spider web made of steel. This part is removeable, making the watch box easy to repurpose as desired.


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Artists to gather in Cape Town for Rolex Arts Weekend http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5872 October 31, 2019: More than 200 renowned artists and arts leaders from South Africa and around the world will gather at Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre Centre on February 8 and 9 to attend the Rolex Arts Weekend. The Arts Weekend, a series of public events – talks, readings, exhibitions and performances, including two world premieres – will feature the work of the 2018−2019 protégés of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative with their mentors. 



Rolex Arts Weekend Berlin



The two-day celebration is the culmination of the current cycle of the programme, which pairs master artists with emerging artists in several disciplines for a period of creative exchange in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. 



Through the various events, the protégés will demonstrate the insights they learned from their mentors over the course of the mentoring period. This interchange between generations is integral to Rolex’s dedication to passing on knowledge, in this case, perpetuating excellence in the arts. 



The Rolex Arts Weekend is being curated this year by Fruzsina Szép, the Hungarian born Festival and Artistic Director of Lollapalooza Berlin who also served as an Arts Initiative nominator, helping to identify suitable potential protégés for the programme in 2018−2019. 



The mentor and protegee pairings include protégée Khoudia Touré, a pioneer in urban street dance, under the mentorship of Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. Architecture protégée Mariam Kamara, originally from Niger, will be accompanied by mentor Ghanaian-born British architect Sir David Adjaye. Under literature, mentor Colm Tóibín helped fellow Irishman and protégé Colin Barrett completed his first novel, The English Brothers. Music protégé Marcus Gilmore, an innovative young drummer from the United States, has been mentored by Indian musician Zakir Hussain.



Along with the vivid performances and discussions in these four disciplines, attendees will also have the opportunity to hear international artists debating the role of culture in society and the interdisciplinary nature of their work in two separate panel discussions led by Prof. Homi Bhabha of Harvard University.


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Gaurav Gupta unveils his first store in Hyderabad http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5871 Gaurav Gupta store in Hyderabad



October 31, 2019: Banjara Hills, one of the most elite neighbourhoods of Hyderabad, is adding to the glory to ace couturier Gaurav Gupta’s new couture store. Launching his first store in Hyderabad, the Gaurav Gupta franchise store will be an experiential retail space unraveling the couturier's dreamscape, with an added focus on bridal couture, occasion wear and bespoke customization.

 

Marking 15 years of merging indigenous Indian construction and embellishing techniques with his idea of the future, Gaurav Gupta has continuously delivered a world that is Indian at its core and boundless in its form. An avant-garde hybrid of the sari and gown, his sari-gown has been spotted everywhere from the red carpet to wedding cocktails, and quickly gained ground as a wedding wardrobe must-have. Today, he has expanded his repertoire to include jewellery, led sustainability in his creations, and launched more stores in the country.

 

Architecturally, as an ode to the city of Nizams, the romance of the regal old and new have been brought together in a harmonious contrast. The store is outlined with curvilinear walls, beveled mirror edges are interspersed in the space to create a feeling of infinity.



Gaurav Gupta store in Hyderabad

  

Commenting on the Hyderabad opening, Gaurav Gupta said, "I have always been enamored by the regal opulence and history of Hyderabad along with the elegance with which people dress here even today. I am delighted to be here in this exciting market to showcase our avant-garde couture, to the modern functionality of our bridal wear and occasion wear. We promote the idea that you can use your wedding outfits multiple times."

 

This location will be the brand's fifth store as an addition to the four Gaurav Gupta stores currently operating at Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli and DLF Emporio in New Delhi, Kala Ghoda in Mumbai and the recently launched Galleria 1190 in Kolkata. 



 


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Sotheby's International Realty expands into Cyprus http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5869 October 29, 2019: The Sotheby's International Realty network currently has more than 23,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in nearly 1,000 offices in 71 countries and territories worldwide. Broadening the horizons even further, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC announced its expanding presence in Europe with the opening of Cyprus Sotheby's International Realty. Cyprus Sotheby's International Realty is owned and led by Andrey Manukovskiy, chairman, and Anastasia Yianni, chief executive officer, who have practiced real estate in Cyprus for 19 years.



Cyprus



"The luxury real estate market in Cyprus continues to grow due to the appeal of the Mediterranean lifestyle, the sunny climate and our hospitable culture," said Ms. Yianni. "From a global perspective, we are noticing interest from Europe, China, India, and Russia.” 



Cyprus Sotheby's International Realty is located in Pafos and will serve the luxury residential markets of Limassol, Pafos, Nicosia, Larnaca and Agia Napa." Cyprus continues to attract high-net-worth individuals from a variety of markets around the world due to its strategic location and high quality, high yield investment opportunities," said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby's International Realty.



In 2018, the brand achieved a record global sales volume of $112 billion. Cyprus Sotheby's International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm's brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby's auction house and worldwide Sotheby's International Realty marketing programs.


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Jaeger-LeCoultre presents a watch made with a meteorite http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5868 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3



October 29, 2019: In 2013, Jaeger-LeCoultre first introduced the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 to mark the maison's 180th anniversary. Combining a third-generation interpretation of the Gyrotourbillon with an intriguing and highly unusual instantaneous digital display chronograph, it represents mechanical sophistication of the highest order. But still, Jaeger-LeCoultre wanted to move ahead. 



Jaeger-LeCoultre is now presenting a new version of the Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3, which marries the technical tour-de-force of its signature multi-axis tourbillon to the finest of artistic craftsmanship. The Gyrotourbillon 3 harnesses the exceptional skills of the manufacture's Métiers Rares artisans to elevate the rare and precious timepiece to a new level. With various elements of the dial showcasing hand-guillochage, engraving and grand feu enamel, this new model introduces the rarely seen craft of meteorite inlay.



On the dial side, the intriguing geometric markings of the silvery-grey meteorite are complemented by the subtle glitter of deep blue aventurine and the glow of pure white grand feu enamel. This harmonious interplay of materials, colour and surface pattern is complemented by the warmth and richness of the pink gold case and dial details.



Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3



Found in Namibia, the Gibeon meteorite chosen for this watch is an iron-nickel alloy with an octahedrite crystal structure, formed by the cooling of the asteroid fragment in outer space over the course of billions of years before it crashed to earth in prehistoric times. The abstract geometric patterns of the intersecting crystal structures shimmer gently when the material catches the light, their irregular arrangement making every slice of meteorite subtly different from all others.



It is on the back of the movement that the meteorite truly takes centre stage. A lively yet subtle mixture of colour and texture – blued screws, ruby jewels, the shiny aspect of the hand-chamfered and hand-polished jewel countersinks, bridges and plates, and the matt finish of the brushed borders of the German silver plates – offsets the abstract geometric patterns of the meteorite, which adorns all of the plates and bridges.



It is work of the utmost refinement and precision, measured in fractions of a millimetre.


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Inspired by Egypt, Christian Louboutin introduces Elisa http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5866 October 24, 2019: “Egypt was my first imaginary world. Nefertiti, the pyramids, hieroglyphs... I dreamed of it every day,” says Christian Louboutin. No wonder then that the designer has created a fascinating handbag inspired by that magnificence. 



Christian Louboutin Elisa handbag 2019



Launching for Spring/Summer 2020, Mr. Louboutin’s brand-new handbag Elisa is set to capture imaginations. The bag is named after Elisa Sednaoui, Christian Louboutin’s muse and Ambassador, but also a mother, model, actress, social entrepreneur and film director of Italian, Egyptian and French descent. 



Details of the handbag evoke the splendour of ancient Egypt, including the twist lock clasp. Imagined as a mystical talisman, its lines echo the rounded rectangular contours of the pharaoh's cartouche. Inspired by hieroglyphs, the iconic CL signature is reworked in the shape of a celestial disc. Endowed with an accordion pleat for greater versatility, the sophisticated architecture of the Elisa bag mirrors the proud lines of the Amon temple in Luxor.



Christian Louboutin Elisa handbag 2019



Elisa’s flat bracelet-like gold chain speaks of Parisian elegance and doubles Elisa’s purpose as a piece of jewellery. Whether large, small, mini or belt bag, the Elisa adapts to the many lifestyles and needs of the modern woman. The colours and materials range from the iconic Louboutin red to softer shades of pink and pale grey.



The Elisa bag will be available online from October 29, 2019 and in Christian Louboutin boutiques all over the world from November 2, 2019.


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Franck Muller announces Ranveer Singh as brand ambassador http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5865 Ranveer Singh for Franck MullerOctober 24, 2019: Combining its creative forces to create complicated timepieces with another complex personality, watchmaker Franck Muller has shaken hands with Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, to further expand its presence in India.



Viraal Rajan, Managing Director, Time Avenue Pvt Ltd who has partnered with Franck Muller to open its first boutique in India, said, “We are elated to welcome Ranveer Singh as the Brand Master of Franck Muller in India. He is synonymous with youth, fun and perfection, just like the Franck Muller brand which wows the watch world with boldness, creativity and exceptional know how.”



The Franck Muller boutique, located at Palladium Mall, Mumbai, houses some of the most exquisite watches of Franck Muller - from the Vanguard, Master Square, Crazy Hours, Colour Dreams to the Long Island.


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Missoni launches new brand, M Missoni http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5864 October 24, 2019: Italian fashion brand Missoni recently launched a new side of Missoni, Missoni M. Considered as a piece of the Missoni DNA, this new fragment will ignite new stories, takes and interpretations.



Missoni M fashion style



M Missoni is a free-spirited angle, using the archive as a lively place and a treasure trove, irreverently playing with authorized appropriation. The familiar Missoni codes are flipped and turned into a new aesthetic, experimenting with bits and pieces that are recycled, repurposed and upcycled: scarves turn into dresses, leftover yarns into pullovers, furnishing fabrics into coats. Scraps of different fabrics are sawn together. 



Missoni M fashion style



An old perfume ad is used as a print, surplus buttons are amassed into necklaces. Old logos, long lost prints get a new life. The approach is fun and free, contemporary and responsible to booth, translating into pieces of clothing that can be mixed and matched according to individual whims, making the needs of daily life, everywhere, easy and playful.

  

M Missoni, ultimately, is an open source, ready to be reused, remixed, respected for days on end.


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Marriott's Autograph Collection welcomes second hotel in Australia http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5861 October 18, 2019 - Marriott International recently announced the opening of Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection. Midnight Hotel is the first Marriott International hotel to open in Canberra, Australia's capital city. It is situated in Braddon, one of Canberra's emerging inner-city suburbs, that buzzes with culture and creativity.



Midnight Hotel Autograph Collection Canberra Australia



Midnight Hotel features 199 premium guest rooms, as well as a signature restaurant and bar. Designed by acclaimed Australian architects, Fender Katsalidis Architects, Midnight Hotel's design and décor is highly sculptural, contemporary and combines contrasting materials in polished concrete, glass, metal and brass finishings. Created solely for Midnight Hotel, guest rooms feature custom-made artworks from artist Thomas Bucich's Relic series that incorporates natural materials, including reclaimed wood and bark plated in copper or nickel. Original artworks also adorn the common areas, including multimedia, neon-lit artworks from Australian artist Tom Adair's Uncovering Braddon series, which capture Canberra's cultural neighborhoods. 



To continue their fitness regime while traveling, guests also have access to a heated, indoor pool with cabana style seating, a sauna and shared and private gym spaces. 



Midnight Hotel Autograph Collection Canberra Australia

 

The hotel’s signature restaurant, Braddon Merchant, is a bright, modern deli-style eatery with a smart European feel. Offering a thoughtful menu comprised of fresh, simple dishes as well as a range of deli produce, boutique products and to-go options, Braddon Merchant champions fresh produce and local suppliers. For an evening cocktail, Midnight Bar presents an evocative, dark and moody bar for visitors and locals. Offering a curated seasonal menu crafted with locally sourced ingredients and a selection of local and international wines, cocktails and beers, Midnight Bar is a stylish destination for cocktails as well as nibbles.

 

"Midnight Hotel is the first premium brand delivered by the company and an exciting addition to Canberra," said Rien Donkin, General Manager of Iconic Hotels, "Midnight Hotel is unique in design, thoughtful in spirit and affords a prime inner-city location with exemplary guest service. We are proud to be recognised as part of Marriott International's Autograph Collection and excited to share our city's story with our global guests,"


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Fendi Baguette goes tiny! http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5860 Fendi Nano Baguette



October 18, 2019: The iconic Baguette bag designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi in 1997 has now been shrunk in a tiny and quirky Nano-sized version. Perfectly embodying the brand’s creativity and irony, the Nano Baguette plays with the proportions of the legendary bag while staying loyal to its unique style and DNA.



Adapting to the millennial taste of nowadays, the Nano Baguette is a bold fashion statement that mirrors the quality and craftsmanship of its regular-sized version, requiring even more attention and eye for detail. Extremely versatile, it can be worn in multiple ways: crossbody thanks to the detachable fine chain strap, or paired with the other bags with the practical clip and buckle on the back. 



Fendi nano baguette



The infinite variations of materials – from iconic Selleria leather to precious croco – and colours celebrate the identity and pursue the evolution of the Baguette in the year of its bold comeback. 



The Nano Baguette is available in FENDI boutiques worldwide and on fendi.com.


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Gucci announces its Carbon Neutrality http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5859 October 18, 2019: Luxury brand Gucci has been operationally embedding its long-term sustainability strategy into the business over the last few years and has taken some next ambitious step to become entirely carbon neutral, recognising that additional measures are required in the immediate, given the urgent need for climate action. Gucci is, therefore, offsetting all remaining Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions annually from its own operations and the entire supply chain through four critically important REDD+ projects that support forest conservation around the world. As an unprecedented commitment to sustainability leadership in luxury and fashion, Gucci’s supply chain has become carbon neutral. 



Gucci Carbon Neutrality



Gucci was one of the first luxury brands to adopt the Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L), which acts as a benchmark to measure progress, during the implementation of Gucci’s 10-year sustainability strategy (2015-2025). A series of 2025 targets were created as a driver of this strategy against a 2015 EP&L baseline, including an objective to reduce GHG emissions by 50%. GHG emissions were also reduced by 16% and currently account for 35% of Gucci’s total footprint. Significantly, the supply chain is responsible for the bulk of these emissions (around 90%) as is generally the case with all luxury fashion companies. Gucci has made significant inroads in line with its targets over the last years and with its new carbon neutral approach, the company will continue to focus on avoiding and reducing its GHG emissions as a priority to reach its target by 2025. 



 “A new era of corporate accountability is upon us and we need to be diligent in taking all steps to mitigate our impacts, including being transparent and responsible for our GHG emissions across our supply chains,” said Marco Bizzarri, President & CEO of Gucci. 



As the first priority in its carbon neutral approach, Gucci has implemented a series of initiatives around low-impact alternative and sustainable materials, sustainable sourcing, and manufacturing efficiencies to avoid and reduce its impacts across the supply chain. These initiatives have already shown promising results by avoiding around 440,125 tons of CO2 in 2018 and they will be continuously amplified. Then, on an annual basis, as a final measure to enhance these efforts, Gucci will offset the remaining GHG emissions across the entire supply chain supporting the conservation and restoration of vital ecosystems around the world.


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RJ celebrates Batman's 80th anniversary in Paris with its Villains Watch Series http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5855 September 9, 2019: Call it a like-minded partnership, Swiss watchmaker RJ marked the 80th anniversary of Batman with a special event held at its newly opened Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées concept store in Paris. Until September 22, fans have the opportunity to see and experience RJ’s new collaboration watches created with DC Comics to celebrate two of the Dark Knight’s greatest nemeses: ARRAW Two-Face and ARRAW The Joker.



Batman and RJ watches event in Paris



By joining forces with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, RJ combines high-horology and iconic DC characters. The RJ X BATMAN VILLAINS collection was built on the global success of their first Batman watch collaboration project with Warner Bros. Consumer Products in 2014, which was launched to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman. 



For the 80th anniversary, RJ channels its dark side with the RJ X BATMAN VILLAINS. Each limited to only 100 pieces per series, both the ARRAW watches are the first collaboration watches to be presented in an ARRAW watch case.



RJ Arraw Joker watch



The Joker chronograph, inspired by the criminal mastermind, perfectly reproduces the aesthetic of the comic strip Super-Villain. Design cues from his flamboyant character appear through the watch, from his lethal razor-tipped playing cards to his striking facial make-up. The dial is a stylistic reinterpretation of The Joker’s face, with an intricately airbrushed finish that evokes the make-up of the Gotham villain. 



RJ Arraw Joker watch



The 45 mm ARRAW Joker case is crowned by a titanium bezel that is laser engraved with an intentionally chaotic The Joker motif. The ARRAW hands are also uniquely stylized with playing card “Aces” at their tips. The back of the titanium case features a bold laser-engraved portrait of the Joker himself. As part of the collectors’ edition, the watch comes with an exclusive deck of The Joker playing cards.



RJ Arraw Two-Face watch



The Two-Face watch is a remarkable interpretation of the complex and conflicted villain and former Gotham City district attorney who was once one of Batman’s biggest allies, now turned nemesis. RJ designed the ARRAW Two-Face to be instantly recognizable with a distressed outer bezel, in which the laser-engraved titanium bezel and calf leather strap have been intentionally structured along the right-hand side to echo the symmetrical disfiguring of Two-Face. The clean, structured left side carries a laser-engraved coin, which Two-Face famously flips to make life and death decisions. 



RJ Arraw Two-Face watch



On the watch this coin serves as a rotating second hand. Like the watch itself, the calf leather strap is designed to present one clean and one distressed side. The straps that come with the ARRAW Two-Face can easily be swapped by simultaneously pressing the screws with the Batman logo on the watch lugs. As part of the collectors’ edition, each watch comes with an exclusive double-headed coin.


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Rare diamond jewels highlight Bonhams' Jewels Sale in New York http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5854 September 9, 2019: As the Fall auction season advances, Bonhams announces highlights of its upcoming sale of New York Jewels on September 26, featuring exceptional diamonds and colored stones, an array of antique and modern jewelry, together with signed pieces by great houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, and Tiffany & Co. The sale comprises 144 lots with estimates ranging from $3,000 up to $1.2 million. 



Blue diamond ring Sotheby's auction 2019



Highlighting the sale is a rare fancy colored diamond and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels from a private collection (estimate: $800,000-1,200,000). The emerald cut diamond is accented by round brilliant-cut diamonds.



The Van Cleef & Arpels section of the sale also includes a very fine emerald-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond ring, weighing 6.09 carats; a fine carved emerald, pearl and diamond necklace; an oval-shaped Burma sapphire ring weighing approximately 21.56 carats; and an iconic 18k gold and ruby butterfly brooch, circa 1940.



diamond emerald onyx bracelet Sotheby's auction 2019



The sale features a selection of diamonds in a variety of cuts and colors, including a fine unmounted round brilliant-cut diamond weighing 11.11 carats with E color and VS2 clarity; a cushion-shaped modified brilliant-cut Fancy Deep Pink diamond ring weighing 2.42 carats and an impressive Fancy Yellow diamond ring weighing 24.64 carats.



Highlighting the Art Deco section includes a very fine diamond, emerald and onyx bracelet, circa 1925, and two lots from the estate of Joseph Schildkraut, a German silent film actor. The first lot is an elegant gentleman’s smoking set decorated with diamonds, circa 1925, comprising of a black lacquer lighter and cigarette case signed Cartier NY, and an onyx cigarette holder still containing an original monogrammed cigarette. The second lot is a diamond and enameled open face pocket watch made by Cartier circa 1925, also monogrammed with Joseph’s initials.



pearl emerald engraved necklace Sotheby's auction 2019



A highlight exhibition tour will start at Bonhams Los Angeles on September 6-9, then to Bonhams Hong Kong on September 16-18 by appointment only, leading up to the full exhibition at Bonhams New York starting September 21 at noon.


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Ulysse Nardin explores daring materials for its new Executive Free Wheel Limited Editions http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5853 Ulysse Nardin Executive Free Wheel Tourbillon Osmium Limited Edition



September 9, 2019: Bold watchmaker Ulysse Nardin’s Executive Tourbillon Free Wheel has been known to be a mechanical mastery, a symphony of aesthetic artistry and a highly functional work of art. A tour de force in mechanical watchmaking, the Free Wheel has a fantastically futuristic movement that makes it the Swiss watch manufacture’s most refined and audacious timepiece to date.



Supplementing the perfect mechanism, Ulysse Nardin gives a new shine to its Executive Free Wheel by using four daring materials on its dial and barrel cover, making it a visual feast. It is manufactured in a limited edition of just 18 timepieces for each design.



The Osmium version has a dial made from osmium - which is not only the world’s heaviest metal but also the rarest, densest, most stable element. This version of the Free Wheel has a white gold case which frames the diamond-like osmium crystals. Osmium is a trace element found in alloys mostly in the platinum group and used by manufacturers when extreme hardness is required. Offering a textured, sparkling look, the watch is an engineering and esthetical marvel.



Ulysse Nardin Executive Free Wheel Tourbillon Aventurine Limited Edition



The next one, displaying a deep blue aventurine dial, is reminiscent of the starry night sky. A form of translucent quartz, the name “aventurine” derives from the Italian a ventura, which can mean “by chance” or simply “let the adventure begin”. Used before in the Ulysse Nardin men’s Blue Aventurine Genghis Khan 789-80, this mineral’s aventurescence provides a shimmering effect, much similar to what you would witness on the ocean’s surface in the dark of night.



Ulysse Nardin Executive Free Wheel Tourbillon Straw Marquetry Limited Edition



Our particular favorite, the third style of the Free Wheel is made using a rare, 17th-century technique, once practiced by nuns in convents. Straw marquetry has been revived and used by Ulysse Nardin to adorn the face of one of its Free Wheel models. Lightweight straw means there is no issue of pressure on the dial and barrel cover. The face design uses shiny, black-dyed straw – every stalk cut and prepared painstakingly by specialized artisans – adding a sleek, masculine veneer to the dial.



Ulysse Nardin Free Wheel Executive Carbonium Limited Edition



The fourth version is composed of an aeronautical-grade carbon fibers, Carbonium, which is approximately twice as light as aluminum. The carbon and pre-pregnated resin composite is made with ecologically-sourced components, making a markedly smaller impact on the environment than any conventional carbon composite. Aesthetically stunning, Carbonium Gold is a product of the intimate fusion of carbon filaments and gold particles within a thermosetting matrix. The resulting gold-veined effect is bold and elegant.


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Sotheby's to auction The Ultimate Whisky Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5852 Sotheby's Whisky collection auction



September 9, 2019: Fine scotch whiskey has never been out of demand. Acquiescing to the trend, Sotheby’s is presenting The Ultimate Whisky Collection, one of the most valuable collection of whisky ever to be sold at auction. A most comprehensive range of prestigious Scotch whisky coming from a private ‘cellar’, the collection is estimated to bring in the region of $4.8 million.



The sale will open for online bidding on September 27, 2019, and culminate in a live auction on October 24 at the Olympia event space in West Kensington, London, alongside RM Sotheby’s sale of collectible motor cars on the same day, an annual highlight on the European collector car calendar since 2007.



Sotheby's Whisky collection auction Macallan in Lalique



The Ultimate Whisky Collection is defined by its strong representation of The Macallan bottlings. Comprising half of the lots in the sale and with a combined estimated value in excess of £2.2 million, this is the most comprehensive collection of the Macallan Fine and Rare series ever offered at auction. 



The outstanding line-up is headed by the originally-labelled 60 years old The Macallan 1926 from cask #263. Cask 263 yielded only 40 bottles, considered the ‘holy grail’ of whiskies; 12 bottles were labelled by Peter Blake, 12 by Valerio Adami, and two bottles were sold individually and given private labels, one of which was hand-painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon. The remaining 14 were bottled as the anchor for the Fine and Rare series and labelled as such, making them the oldest bottles in the iconic ‘Fine and Rare’ series, both by age and by vintage. 



In the last two years, three versions containing liquid from Cask 263 have all broken records at auction, but the fourth bottling from this cask has not been seen at auction for over a decade. The Macallan 60 Years Old, Fine & Rare Series is the only bottle required to complete both the full collections of bottlings from cask 263 and the Fine and Rare vertical, a series to which The Macallan is continuing to add releases annually.



Sotheby's Whisky collection auction Macallan Rare Miniature bottles



Another beautiful part of the collection is two complete Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collections presented in bespoke, hand-made cabinets commissioned by Sotheby’s and designed by British craftsman James Laycock. A rare collection of Macallan Fine and Rare Miniature bottles in an exclusively commissioned lockable wall-mounted cabinet, also designed by Mr. Laycock, is also part of the auction.



Glenfiddich and Balvenie’s oldest bottlings, including Balvenie 50 year old 1937, Glenfiddich 50 year old (1st and 2nd releases), and Glenfiddich 64 year old 1937 are available under the hammer, so are Silvano Samaroli’s iconic releases, including Bowmore 18 year Bouquet, Laphroaig 15 year old Sherry Cask 1967, Laphroaig 1970, Springbank 12 year old and Ardbeg Sherry Wood 1974.


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Gucci & Saks Fifth Avenue collaborate for special collections & Gucci's first genderless perfume http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5850 Gucci & Saks Fifth Avenue window display



September 5, 2019: Gucci and Saks Fifth Avenue have joined forces to celebrate Gucci ready-to-wear and accessories at Saks, as well as the House’s first genderless fragrance, Gucci Mémoire d'une Odeur.



The exclusive Gucci collection designed for Saks features 22 one-of-a-kind looks and accessories for men and women. Showing Alessandro Michele’s signature style language, these collectable looks feature ornate colorful fabrics, modern tailoring and standout outerwear pieces, including capes and coats. Specially created accessories for Saks include Gucci Zumi top handle bags crafted in precious skins, a sandal with a leaf motif that wraps around the ankle, mules with a crystal studded tiger head on the toe and the Gucci Grip watch. 



Gucci & Saks Fifth Avenue window display

 

Transcending gender and time, Gucci Mémoire d'une Odeur blends Roman Chamomile and Indian Coral Jasmine to establish a new olfactive family, Mineral Aromatic, which is a mix of scents and emotions: airy, musky, transparent and authentic. This new modern fragrance will be available for purchase at Saks Fifth Avenue New York.



To celebrate further, Gucci will take over the iconic department store with dedicated windows and in-store displays. The windows on Fifth Avenue, 50th and 49th Streets will highlight the Saks exclusive ready-to-wear and accessories, Gucci Mémoire d’une Odeur and Gucci Beauty. The windows will include green hand-brushed boiserie, green carpeting and velvet curved sofas, vintage TVs, and mannequins in Gucci ready-to-wear and lipstick. The special Gucci in-store installations will include handbags, Gucci Mémoire d’une Odeur, Saks exclusive women’s ready-to-wear, men’s ready-to-wear, and shoes. 



Gucci & Saks Fifth Avenue window display for genderless perfume



Gucci’s Saks Fifth Avenue New York takeover will be on display through September 23, 2019.


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Bonhams London Jewels Sale to highlight rubies, sapphires & Mario Buccellati http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5849 A ruby and diamond bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels

 

September 5, 2019: Following suit on Bonhams’ weakness for coloured gemstones, the Bonhams London Jewels sale this September will be led by with Van Cleef & Arpels’ rubies, Kashmir sapphires and Colombian emeralds, all going under the hammer on September 24, 2019. 



Our eyes are caught by a superior collection of “Mystery-Set” jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels. The mystery setting is their most famous invention, encapsulating Van Cleef & Arpels’ spirit for innovation and exceptional craftsmanship. It includes a ruby and diamond bracelet (est. $120,000-180,000); a ruby and diamond ‘Bellegarde’ necklace (est. $49,000-73,000); a ruby and diamond Bombé ring (est. $24,000-36,000); a pair of ruby and diamond ‘Lampion’ earrings (est. $36,000-49,000); and a ruby and diamond ‘Noeud Ruban’ brooch (est. $30,000-43,000).



A ruby and diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels



Two impressive Kashmir sapphires are also expected to garner attention.  The first, a Sapphire and Diamond Three-Stone Ring, features an oval-cut sapphire, weighing 5.16 carats, set between brilliant-cut diamonds. It is estimated at $97,000-150,000 and accompanied by three reports confirming its Kashmir origin and no evidence of heat treatment. The second ring, also a Sapphire and Diamond Three-Stone Ring, dated circa 1900, boasts a cushion-shaped sapphire, weighing 4.46 carats, set between cushion-shaped diamonds, with smaller old brilliant-cut diamond highlights. It has a pre-sale estimate of $120,000-180,000 and is accompanied by four reports stating that the sapphire is of Kashmir origin, with no indications of heating.



A diamond and emerald brooch by Hennell



Emeralds are represented by two notable pieces in the sale: the first, an Emerald and Diamond Bracelet by Graff, set with a row of step-cut Colombian emeralds and diamonds, estimated at $120,000-180,000. The second, an Art Deco Emerald, Diamond and Enamel Brooch by Hennell, the distinguished British jeweller, is dated circa 1925 and contains an engraved emerald, dated 1813-14, which is thought to have been presented by the Mughal Emperor Akbar II to Lady Mary Hood. It has a pre-sale estimate of £40,000-60,000 (US$49,000-73,000). 



Along with all this magnificence, 20 pieces from the private collection of the Buccellati family are set to be offered at Bonhams this September. The lots, all designed by the great Mario Buccellati, the “Prince of Goldsmiths” himself, date from 1919 to the 1960s, and span Buccellati’s meteoric rise from a small firm operating in Milan to one of the world’s most recognised jewellery houses.



Bangles by Mario Buccellati



Highlights from Buccellati include a Varicoloured Gold and Multi Gem-Set Bangle by Mario Buccellati, circa 1930-1940, estimated at $9,700-15,000. The bangle, set with cushion-shaped and circular-cut amethyst and varicoloured tourmalines, features three of the elaborate engraving Buccellati is perhaps best known for: ‘modellato’, ‘rigato’ and ‘ornato’. 



A silver gold emerald necessaire by Buccellati

 

The sale is not complete with the artistic brooches by Andrew Grima and a superb one by Lalique as well.


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The Oberoi, Mumbai offers a Caribbean repast this September http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5848 Signature dish by Chef Marcel Ravin



September 5, 2019: As is the penchant of The Oberoi, Mumbai to invite illustrious chefs, the Michelin starred Chef Marcel Ravin is making an appearance at Vetro, to offer a unique compilation of his travel recipes across the Caribbean islands and the Southern seas.



Chef Marcel combines the culinary style of his Caribbean origins with the treasures of the southern land and sea, and brings them to Monaco. Marcel Ravin brought with him the memory of dishes from his native land: spices, produce and remarkable recipes. 



Signature dish by Chef Marcel Ravin



Cooking seasonal fruits and vegetables, which are freshly harvested from local sources, is a top priority for Chef Marcel. At the Blue Bay, the signature restaurant of Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, the plants picked close to the restaurant are at the centre of the dish; the meat and fish are accompaniments.



Highlighting this unique Creole cuisine in a contemporary, beautiful way, Chef Marcel will be offering dishes such as ‘Calalou soup with herbs and okra’, ‘Langoustine, Moringa plan stew with fish eggs’, ‘Interpretation of a Chicken Colombo with Madras Rice’, and ‘Avocado soufflé with vanilla ice cream’.



Signature dish by Chef Marcel Ravin



The special culinary showcase will be offered at Vetro between September 26 to 29, 2019. The menu will be available as a Lunch Menu Du Jour which will feature a 3 course tasting menu at Rs. 2500 plus taxes and Dinner will showcase a 4 course Chef’s Gourmand menu at Rs.4500 plus taxes. Each course may also be paired with a selection of old and new world wines.



*The images presented here do not showcase the special menu for The Oberoi, Mumbai, but some signature dishes by Chef Marcel Ravin


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Sotheby's to auction extraordinary jewels from an Asian American collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5847 Cartier sapphire diamond brooch auction Sotheby's



September 4, 2019: Sotheby’s is all set to unveil a group of extraordinary jewels from an Important Asian American collection, coming to auction this autumn in New York and Geneva. This extensive jewellery collection was assembled by a prominent female collector, who over the course of five decades acquired important pieces from top jewellery houses – in particular

Cartier. She also greatly admired the work of Van Cleef & Arpels and owned several jewels by ‘the King of Diamonds’, Harry Winston. 



On the one hand, she purchased a core of more substantial, classically styled pieces adorned with important diamonds and gemstones; and on the other, she was drawn to light-hearted jewels, which she treasured and enjoyed wearing on a regular basis.



Cartier sapphire diamond bracelet auction Sotheby's



At the heart of the collection is an extraordinary Art Deco sapphire and diamond bracelet created by Cartier in 1927 – during what many consider the golden era for the prestigious jewellery house. The bracelet is adorned with a sensational Burmese sapphire weighing 47.07 carats, flanked by two stunning pear-shaped white diamonds weighing 9.27 and 8.60 carats respectively (estimate: $2-3 million).



The collection will be divided between Sotheby’s sale of Fine Jewels in New York on September 25, and the flagship auction of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva on November 11 and 13. Highlights from the collection will go on view for the first time in New York and Los Angeles in September. This will be followed by an international tour with stops in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, London and Geneva.



gem set cartier suite of jewelry sotheby's auction



Another exquisite Art Deco piece by Cartier: a sapphire and diamond brooch from 1937, is also part of the collection (estimate $150,000 – 250,000). A fine, intricate, vibrant Gem-set and Diamond suite (Cartier, France) comprising a necklace suspending a 72.70-carat pear-shaped aquamarine, a 39-carat aquamarine ring and pair of multi-colored stone earrings (estimate $70,000 - 90,000) will be available at the New York sale.


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Home decor brand Beyond Designs unveils a grand Living Room http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5846 Beyond Designs Living Room decor



September 4, 2019: Indian home décor brand Beyond Designs has unveiled a grand new living room design that is opulent with majestic accessories and materials. 



In line with their signature style, the designers use timeless, luxe materials like brass, onyx, crystals, velvet fabrics, leathers, etc., to compose a mesmerizing palatial space adorned with statement furniture pieces, accessories and furnishings. 



Beyond Designs Living Room decor



The sofa in wood is finished in antique gold polish and is done up in velvet fabric upholstery. The elegant leather chair has antique rivets, while the other one in wood has floral fabric upholstery. The side tables with brass base are fitted with glass top, while the center table with a gleaming onyx stone top is supported by cutwork glass legs. 



The grand chandelier in the corner is made of brass and crystals. The fireplace crafted out of stone has a mirror in wood with gold leafing work on its mantel.



Beyond Designs Living Room decor onyx table



Classical elements and styles are put together to create a contemporary space. The ornamentation, jewel tones and precious materials and finishes still create a functional and livable space.



Coordinates: Khasra –No 432,433, 434, Ground Floor, Sultanpur (Pillar No.P 89), M.G. Road, New Delhi


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BMW introduces the 2020 i3s Edition Roadstyle & i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5845 BMW i3 and i8 cars



September 4, 2019: Luxury car manufacturer BMW has introduced two exclusive editions to its BMW i lineup of electric and PHEV vehicles. The i3s Edition RoadStyle takes the quickest and sportiest i3, the purely electric s model, and adds aggressive Fluid Black paint with exclusive details not available before. Just under 1000 units of the special edition i3s will be available worldwide. The i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition will be available in Coupe and Roadster models, both featuring a very elegant combination of E-Copper trim with special details and interior touches. The i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition will be available in limited 200 units globally, on first-come, first-serve basis.



The i3s Edition RoadStyle features Fluid Black exterior paint with E-Copper finishing touches to the kidney grille inlays, front bumper air deflectors and side skirt accents. The 20-inch double-spoke light alloy BMW i wheels are finished in Jet Black. The cabin features a Dalbergia Brown natural leather interior with a Dark Oak matt fine wood trim and exclusive headrests embroidered with “Edition RoadStyle”.



BMW i3 and i8 cars



The all-electric i3s is powered by an eDrive motor producing 181 hp @ 4,100 rpm and 199 lb-ft of torque from 0 rpm. A 120 Ah / 42.2 kWh battery allows for a range of up to 153 miles and a 0 to 60 mph sprint of 6.8 seconds.



The BMW i3s uses recycled plastics, renewable raw materials and natural fibers, thus giving priority to sustainability. Over 80 percent of the surfaces visible to the passengers are made from recycled materials or renewable resources.



BMW i3 and i8 cars



The BMW i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition is the final chapter in the story of a very special car which, since its launch in 2014, has become the world’s most successful plug-in-hybrid sports car. Both the i8 Coupe and Convertible feature Sophisto Grey metallic paint with E-Copper accents applied to the 20-inch radial-spoke BMW i light alloy wheels, kidney grille inserts and side skirt accent. The tailgate inlay is finished in High-gloss Black while C-pillar trim elements in Shadowline. The brake calipers are also painted High-gloss Black and feature blue detailing and BMW i badging.



BMW i3 and i8 cars interiors



The door sill plates display the words “Ultimate Sophisto Edition” and an interior badge adds the car’s status as being “1 of 200”. E-Copper detailing carries into the i8’s interior. The i8 Coupe and Convertible Ultimate Sophisto Edition combine 369 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque with all-wheel drive, a CFRP passenger cell and an aluminum chassis to deliver an emotion-stirring, visceral driving experience. The i8 Coupe will sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.2 seconds with the Roadster right behind in 4.4 seconds, all while delivering 69 MPGe.



BMW i3 and i8 cars


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MB&F & L'Epee 1839 come together for a futuristic piece, inspired by T-Rex http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5843 MB&F & L'Epee 1839 T-Rex clock



August 29, 2019: Collaborating for their 11th piece together, MB&F and clockmaker L’Épée 1839, this time, took inspiration from prehistory. Unveiling T-Rex, this animated clock has a minimalist clock-face of Murano glass and steel, suspended between two jointed legs that end in taloned feet — much like the (almost) comical appearance of T-Rex. 



The name, however, also inspires feelings of the confluence of power and presence conveyed in the taut limbs of this clock. The literal time capsule formed by the spherical, skeletonised body is a subliminal yet insistent allusion to the fossilised bones that contain all we know of a prehistoric era. 



Two slim steel hands arch outwards from the centre of the Murano glass dial, indicating the hours and minutes. Behind the dial is a 138-component movement by L’Épée 1839, crowned by a balance beating at the rate of 2.5Hz (18,000vph). The clock is wound with a key at the back of the movement for a maximum power reserve of eight days, while time-setting is accomplished at the centre of the dial with the same key.



MB&F & L'Epee 1839 T-Rex clock engine



The legs of T-Rex are modelled directly on actual Tyrannosaurus Rex bones, using 3D scans of fossilised dinosaur skeletons as references to create verisimilitude in the final design. Alternating polished and sandblasted segments allow light to interact with the legs in such a way that make T-Rex seem agile and coiled to move, although the entire clock itself weighs approximately 2kg and its joints are fixed in place for stability. 



Designer Maximilian Maertens was the creative incubator for the eventual rise of T-Rex as the 11th collaboration between MB&F and L’Épée 1839. The 1993 film Jurassic Park was a big influence on Mr. Maertens, being the first movie he remembered watching as a child. In the course of designing T-Rex, he even came up with a little backstory to inform the process of developing the perfect balance of mechanical and organic visual elements. “The story takes off from ideas given to me by past projects of MB&F, that we have a pilot in his starship discovering new planets. Eventually he got so far out in space that the only way back to Earth was via a black hole, but it time-warped him back to the time of dinosaurs and the starship was fused with a hatching dinosaur egg. You see the remnants of the starship in the body of the clock and the movement, the dinosaur appears via the legs, and even the black hole remains part of the design, via the dial that sinks inwards towards the centre where time originates”.



MB&F & L'Epee 1839 T-Rex clock



This fascinating T-Rex clock comes in three limited editions of 100 pieces each, with Murano glass dials in green, deep blue or red, for a retail price of CHF 22’500 + VAT


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Tag Heuer becomes Title & Timing Partner of the Porsche Formula E team http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5842 August 27, 2019: Luxury brands TAG Heuer and Porsche have entered a long-term agreement for their Formula E engagement, as the Swiss luxury watchmaker becomes Title and Timing Partner. The Porsche works entry into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/2020 will be under the name of TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team.



Tag Heuer Porsche partnership



Both brands have a list of shared achievements throughout their history of involvement in motor racing. For Porsche, a noteworthy highlight is the “TAG-Turbo made by Porsche” which powered Formula 1 cars in the 1980s and won two Constructors’ Championships (1984 and 1985) and three Drivers’ Championships (1984-1986). The Swiss watchmaker, Heuer, was already involved in motorsports in the 1970s, teaming up with Jo Siffert who drove for Porsche from 1966 to 1971 and won a number of endurance races, as well as contributing to Porsche’s victory in the 1969 in the World Sportscar Championships. In the 1990s, TAG Heuer became a sponsor of the Porsche Supercup and still continues its role as partner for several Porsche Cups today. 



Tag Heuer is also one of the founding partners of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, which continues to gain momentum and fans all over the world.



Stéphane Bianchi (CEO of LVMH Watch making division and CEO of TAG Heuer), said, “We are truly honored to begin our partnership with Porsche, a move which further strengthens our presence in Formula E. Beyond sharing the same passion for motorsport and having the same challenger spirit, our two brands have the same uncompromising love for quality and technology. TAG Heuer is looking forward to supporting the team on its journey into Formula E and the upcoming races.”



We are looking forward quite eagerly to the new car that will be born out of this partnership!


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Good Earth extends collaboration with Soneva Fushi via new collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5841 Good Earth X Soneva apparel collection



August 27, 2019: After the launch of a pop-up shop at Soneva Fushi earlier this summer, Indian brand Good Earth, announced an extension of its collaboration with Soneva, by launching the Good Earth X Soneva Holiday Edit, a capsule collection, spanning both Home and Apparel. The Holiday Edit has been designed by the Good Earth design team over a year and travels to the Maldives. 



The color palette for the Holiday Edit represents the hues of the lush, tropical island home to Soneva Fushi. The collection is reminiscent of turquoise waters, white sands, blue lagoons and wild flowers, in tones of aquamarines and emerald greens to vibrant fuchsias and whites. Corals, tropical foliage and the gorgeous island flowers – Hibiscus, Frangipani, Palms and Sea Jasmines are all artfully commemorated as motifs and prints across the home collection as well as the apparel line.



Good Earth X Soneva home collection



The Good Earth x Soneva Apparel line is replete with flowy silhouettes, ranging from Kaftans, Overlays, shift dresses, shirts, Bali pants & shorts in aquas, sea greens and cerise in lightweight Mulmul, Crepe and fine Tissue Chanderi fabrics. Accents of embroidery and shimmer add a hint of understated glamour to the collection, making each outfit perfect for an afternoon soaking in the sun or a candle-lit dinner under a canopy of stars. Scarves, bandanas, and bags also form the capsule collection. 



Again offering the easy island lifestyle in homeware, the Good Earth x Soneva Home collection offers collectibles across Dining, Décor & Gifting categories. 



The collaboration celebrates the symmetry of both brands’ influences for the conscious world traveler. Rooted in the philosophy of mindful living, the foundation of the Good Earth x Soneva Holiday Edit is to evoke a sense of wonder and responsibility towards nature.



Good Earth X Soneva home collection



The collection will be available across Good Earth stores in India and worldwide on its web-boutique, as a travel capsule under the umbrella annual collection – Maladvipa, to be launched in September.



The collection will also be available for international travelers at the Good Earth x Soneva pop-up at Soneva Fushi, Maldives.


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Jaeger-LeCoultre presents a fully gem-set version of Rendez-Vous Moon http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5840 August 23, 2019: To coincide with the 76th Venice International Film Festival – La Biennale di Venezia, watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre is presenting a dazzling new interpretation of that most beloved of astronomical complications, the moon phase.



Jaeger-LeCoultre Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon



The new Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon pays tribute to feminine strength and beauty, presenting the watchmaker’s emblematic moon phase function in a magnificent new setting. Echoing the serene beauty of the night sky, the icy sparkle of diamonds is warmed by pink gold and complemented by glowing white mother of pearl.



This new, fully gem-set interpretation of Dazzling Rendez-Vous follows the launch of Dazzling Rendez-Vous Night & Day (in white gold or pink gold) and Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon (in white gold) at SIHH in January this year, followed by the ruby-set Dazzling Rendez-Vous Red, on the occasion of Shanghai International Film Festival in June.



The Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon bezel comprises 108 diamonds, forming two concentric rings around the watch case. Designed to maximise the presence of each stone, the claw setting allows light to pass through the diamonds from every angle, while minimising the visible metal. In Dazzling Rendez-Vous the fine gold claws hold the diamonds high, giving an impression that they’re almost floating around the watch case, rather than anchored to it. To complete the case, diamonds are also set into the lugs and the winding crown.



Jaeger-LeCoultre Dazzling Rendez-Vous Moon



The fully-set bracelet is a masterpiece in itself: Jaeger-LeCoultre’s gem-setters have bezel-set 310 diamonds (22.27 carats), linking them seamlessly together to form a river of diamonds that wraps around the wrist as softly as a ribbon. The moonlight-white mother-of-pearl dial abounds with subtle details: on an outer ring, diamonds mark the hours; on the main hours ring, each of the applied pink gold numerals is set on a separate mother-of-pearl ‘tile’, all anchored by an inner circle of 47 diamonds.



Visible through an opening at 6 o’clock, the new design features a shiny mother-of-pearl moon floating against a starry aventurine night sky, and playing hide-and-seek behind a cloud of carved mother-of-pearl as it cycles through its different phases over the course of a month.


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Sotheby's collaborates with Anna Hu for the Magnificent Jewels & Jadeite 2019 sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5839 August 23, 2019: Sotheby’s Hong Kong has collaborated with Chinese haute joallierie artist, Anna Hu to offer her latest jewellery creations, titled Silk Road Music Collection, at its Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn Sale. Specially commissioned for this collaboration, the collection features five pieces inspired by the musical and cultural exchanges that took place on the Silk Road - an ancient trade route connecting the East and West. 



Anna Hu Dunhuang Pipa necklace



Leading the collection is The Dunhuang Pipa Necklace, designed and mounted by Anna Hu, set with a 100.02-carat fancy intense yellow diamond (est. US$5 – 6.25 million), which will go under the hammer on October 7 in Hong Kong. Transformable into a brooch and an earring, the necklace is designed for modern-day women who appreciate intricate designs with a versatile twist.



Ms. Hu, comments, “It is absolutely a pleasure to collaborate with Sotheby’s on this project, and be given the opportunity to work with the 100.02 carat yellow diamond, which is a true gift from nature. I want this collection to speak to my Chinese root, and I thought the beauty of jewels could be enhanced with a touch of the traditional yet exotic music that once flowed through the Silk Road.”



Anna Hu Magpie brooch



Another beautiful piece is the ‘Conch Pearl, Gem Set and Diamond Brooch, Blue Magpie’ (est. US$190,000 – 225,000), inspired by an antique Blue-and-White Flower-Bird motif on a circle-squared porcelain plate from the National Museum of History, as well as the works of Giuseppe Castiglione, the Jesuit missionary and painter at the imperial court of China, Anna extracted the essence of Eastern arts and applied it in the design of the Blue Magpie Brooch. Paved with over 500 gems, two blue Magpies perch on delicate tree branches, resulting in a colourful creation that combines Chinese aesthetics and Western aristocracy.



Anna Hu Appassionata ruby ring



A ruby and diamond ring, Appassionata (est. US$80,000 – 100,000), takes inspiration from romantic piano blues, where Ms. Hu plays with five rare rubies, which represent the black piano keys, to create this beautiful musical jewellery. Outlined with diamonds, the ring glides over three fingers elegantly as a wonderful interpretation of a classical jazz riff.


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Rolls-Royce's Ghost sunsets with a final limited edition collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5836 Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith limited edition collection



August 20, 2019: As is the nature of Rolls-Royce, the marquee brand is bidding adieu to its highly popular and majestic model Ghost, as it approaches its remarkable 10 year tenure. 



In doing so, the marque is offering collectors an extremely limited Zenith Collector’s Edition of Rolls-Royce Ghost. The Collection of just 50 Zeniths will feature the highest levels of Bespoke ever seen on a Ghost Collection car.



From the Silver Ghost, the motor car that established the moniker of ‘The Best Car in the World’ over 100 years ago, to 200EX, the experimental car that introduced the concept of a contemporary expression of this nameplate at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009, Ghost has offered patrons of the marque a modern, lithe and driver-focused Rolls-Royce. When production of Ghost began in 2009, patrons across the world were drawn to its elegant lines and it quickly became, and remains to this day, the most successful Rolls-Royce motor car ever to be built. The reduction in average age of a Rolls-Royce customer to around 43 is in part testament to Ghost’s global success.



Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith limited edition collection ingot



The new Ghost Zenith Collection draws many references from 200EX, with perhaps the most significant being the inclusion of a commemorative ingot, made from the original 200EX Spirit of Ecstasy, melted down and set in to the centre console of each of the 50 Zeniths. The Collection’s own Spirit of Ecstasy and clock are engraved with the name of this highly anticipated collection.



Furthermore, 200EX is immortalized in a complex engraving on the centre console of Ghost Zenith. A blueprint inspired artwork enlarged to a point of abstraction has been divided into 50 distinct parts, allowing each Ghost Zenith customer their own personal and individual work of art. 



Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith limited edition collection center console



In the interiors, ambient light emits through perforated leather enhancing the architectural elegance of Ghost’s interior. One will also encounter a complex piece of marquetry, created by the master craftsmen and women in the marque’s legendary woodshop. Available in either wood, Technical fibre or piano finished veneer, the door marquetry transitions from the driver’s suite to passenger suite, emphasizing the dual nature to Ghost.



The famed starlight headliner is presented in a unique Shooting Star configuration. Shooting stars fire at random across the cabin roof, adding an extraordinary sense of theatre. This surprise and delight feature consists of over 1,340 individually mapped and hand-woven fibre optic lights.



Rolls Royce Ghost Zenith limited edition collection interiors



Reminiscent of its Phantom counterpart, The Ghost Zenith Collection’s exterior styling takes on a new interpretation of its own - a special two-tone application with a gloss-contrast paint finish. Patrons may select three different colour-ways, Iguazu Blue with Andalusian White, Premiere Silver with Arctic White or a daring Bohemian Red with Black Diamond, with multiple variants available highlighting the flexibility of the model. 



These extraordinary motor cars, which represent the final opportunity to acquire this landmark, transformative luxury product, are currently being hand-crafted. The order books for this seminal Collection will close imminently.


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Designer duo from Jade launch 'Monica & Karishma Couture' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5834 Monica & Karishma Couture lehenga



August 13, 2019: Monica Shah and Karishma Swali are known for their Indian luxury label Jade. Coming from the same house, the duo have now launched ‘Monica & Karishma Couture’ – a label set to elevate the bridal dressing experience for the New Age bride. 



The label is conceptualised with an aim to reinvent Indian artistry and enhance the entire experience of crafting a bridal outfit from scratch, through limited-edition handcrafted pieces that have high artisanal value. Under Monica & Karishma Couture, the designers will co-create the outfit with the bride, making the process immersive and experiential for her. 



Monica & Karishma Couture lehenga



At any point, one can find only three pieces of any Monica & Karishma Couture outfit. The entire packaging will be personalised too – intricately crafted ensembles will be lovingly packed in a special trunk, along with a hand-painted sketch designed and signed by the designers. The outfit transcends from being a mere piece of clothing to a keepsake in the couture connoisseur’s collection. 



Launching their first collection under the label, La Muse Mystique, it includes contemporary embroidered jackets, A-line lehengas lush with opulence and regalia, airy and ethereal sheath skirts, sarees that drape around the body like second-skin, Victorian blouses, Mughal-inspired Anarkalis, and lacy gowns that feel like soft breeze on the skin. 



Monica & Karishma Couture lehenga



The palette of La Muse Mystique offers the perfect festive mood with the fantastical hues of Midnight Green, Lunar Silver, Coral Rose, Turquoise, Fuchsia Pink, Aegean Blue, Mandarin Orange, Garnet Red, Twilight Purple, Persian Violet, Insignia Blue, Emerald Green and Oxblood, among many others.



Most of the collection under the 'M&K Couture' line is crafted using the Ek Taar technique, where pieces are intricately crafted with just one thread. Ek Taar as a technique is not only complex and laborious, but also versatile. It’s been a part of the communities from Kashmir to Kutch for ages, who used it for every kind of clothing – from everyday clothes to their own bridal trousseaus. Each piece can take up to 9000 man-hours to create.



Monica & Karishma Couture lehenga



On the idea for a separate label made exclusively for brides, Ms. Shah shares, “We completed ten years in Indian fashion last year. We felt like it was time to take things to the next level. We wanted to go a step further in not only bringing a bride’s dream wedding outfit to life, but also building a unique experience for her."


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Forevermark unveils six short films on 'Moving Giants' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5833 Elephants in Venetia Limpopo Natural Reserve



August 13, 2019: Coinciding with World Elephant Day 2019, Forevermark, the diamond brand from De Beers Group, has unveiled a compelling six-part short film series revealing the epic journey of one of the world’s keystone species, elephants, as they embark on one of the largest and longest translocations ever undertaken in South Africa. 



In 2018, De Beers Group announced that it was commencing a major conservation initiative titled Moving Giants that would see around 200 elephants translocated from its Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (VLNR) in South Africa to a national park in Mozambique co-managed by NGO Peace Parks Foundation and the Mozambique government. The aim of the initiative, which would take around three years to complete, is to protect and sustain the natural habitat, and the future survival of the animals and plants it supports, at the VLNR, while helping to facilitate the restoration of the elephant population in Mozambique.



Elephants in Venetia Limpopo Natural Reserve



The six-part film series tells the moving story of the first 48 elephants and what it takes to translocate these majestic creatures a staggering 1,700km to Zinave National Park. Each episode is told through the eyes and experiences of the varied group of experts, partners and collaborators involved in the project.

 

In July 2019, De Beers Group announced that it had successfully carried out its second translocation as part of Moving Giants, translocating a further 53 elephants from VLNR in South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique.



To watch all the six films, visit the Forevermark website.


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Fendi launches the new Kan U style handbag http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5832 Fendi Kan U bag



August 9, 2019: Luxury brand FENDI has launched a new style of handbag for the season with the Kan U bag. Presented for the first time in the FENDI Prefall 2019 Collection, this multifunctional shape is ready to become the new contemporary style of the brand.



Its timeless structural design merges with modern functionality through the practical flap closure, enriched by the iconic FF logo metallic buckle and a hot stamped FENDI Roma signature, giving the bag a distinctive FENDI trait.



Fendi Kan U handbag



Kan U comes in smooth leather versions - available in a modern colour-palette, from brick red to beautiful purple - and in luxurious black styles in shiny leather



Kan U is available in three sizes. The Large, featuring an adjustable leather strap with metallic buttons. The Regular, including the adjustable leather strap and an aged-gold chain handle. The Mini, with a long and sliding aged-gold chain. All straps and chains are removable, allowing the bags to be worn multiple ways.


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Ralph Lauren introduces RL50 handbag this season http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5831 August 9, 2019: Designing a special handbag to celebrate Ralph Lauren 50th anniversary, the RL50 handbag is available in the market in a combination of materials and colours. 



Ralph Lauren RL50 handbag



The RL50 handbag is symbolic of the designer’s personal mission to create “enduring style” – and it’s already been seen on the arms of the celebrity set around the world. The RL50 tote fuses equestrian details and leather craftmanship that are central to the brand’s heritage with an air of practical sophistication for the modern woman.



Ralph Lauren RL50 handbag



Inspired by Lauren’s vintage travel bag, the streamlined silhouette of the RL50 is functional. With its belted body and curved topline, the design comes in four sizes (mini, medium, large and oversized) and a variety of materials (including calfskin, ayers snakeskin, alligator and ostrich) to suit all tastes.


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Manish Malhotra forays into bridal jewelry with Raniwala 1881 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5830 August 9, 2019: Indian designer Manish Malhotra, after several other associations, has ventured into bridal jewellery in collaboration with Raniwala 1881, a heritage jewellery brand from Jaipur. The entire range will first be available exclusively at Manish Malhotra’s flagship store in New Delhi. 



Manish Malhotra Bridal Jewelry



The launch of this new jewellery line follows his latest launch of Manish Malhotra haute-couture make-up.



The collection will comprise a wide array of necklaces, earrings, rings, pendant sets, maangtikas, maathapattis, bracelets, bangles, brooches, buttons, cufflinks for men, and more. The first chapter of this association pays tribute to heritage jewellery making techniques and captures the beauty of handcrafted jadau



Manish Malhotra Bridal Jewelry



The collection will also include an expansive range of chandbalis, danglers, studs, jhumkis, kadas, chokers, layered necklaces in a combination of uncut polkis; perfected in traditional jadaau and open setting. 



Making of Manish Malhotra Bridal Jewelry



Commenting on starting his own jewellery line, designer Manish Malhotra said, “During my early days, I used to create jewellery for actors, create matching beads, put little crystals, break the big pieces and string together other materials to create something that complements the garment. So, this came like a natural progression to me. It took a while to come up with this but finally, I’m glad to present my own idea of a modern Indian jewellery, that best reflects the spirit of today’s young yet eclectic, audacious and enriching global citizens."


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IWC Schaffhausen introduces new watch for the right wrist http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5829 IWC Right Hander watchAugust 9, 2019: In a first for the brand, IWC Schaffhausen has presented a new version of its Big Pilot’s Watch to be worn on the right wrist, known as the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Right-hander”. 



It has a generously proportioned case diameter of 46.2 mm, and the same eye-catching design seen throughout the family, which imitates easy-to-read cockpit instruments. The twist in this revised edition is the positioning of the crown, which is located on the left-hand side of the case. The “Right-hander” is much more practical to operate for those who wear their watch on the right wrist



Driven by an IWC-manufactured 52010 calibre, the “Right-hander” has a stainless-steel case with a soft-iron inner case, which protects the movement against the effects of magnetic fields. The automatic Pellaton winding is fitted with ceramic components and builds up a seven-day power reserve in the twin barrels.



The strap is crafted in black calfskin leather. The slate-coloured dial features a power-reserve display situated at “9 o’clock”, a small seconds hand at “3 o’clock”, and a date display at “6 o’clock”. The luminescent indices and hands guarantee optimum legibility.



The new watch - released as an edition of 250 pieces - is available at IWC boutiques and authorised retailers from August 2019 with three months exclusivity in Australia and France.


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Ritu Kumar introduces debut Home Collection with a signature style http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5828 Ritu Kumar Home Collection Dinner Set



August 9, 2019: Indian designer Ritu Kumar has expanded her passion for Indian textiles and designs by introducing Ritu Kumar Home, a contemporary take on traditional Indian fabrics, architecture and motifs. Featuring a wide range of bed linen, wallpapers, table ware and home décor, the collection comprises a versatile and modern selection of pieces.

 

Seen through a vintage lens, Ritu Kumar Home evokes nostalgia of long summer days, decadent winter nights, the leisurely strolls around the street avenues of Calcutta which would often lead one to the imposing Victoria Memorial. It reminds one of the pitter patter of monsoon days and mornings in quiet nooks.



Ritu Kumar Home Collection Furnishings



Researched and recreated from museum quality Indian textiles, the Ritu Kumar Home collection takes inspiration from the Jamaavar shawls of Kashmir, the city of Nawabs and the jaalis of the havelis of Lucknow, the exquisite crafts of Masulipatnam and the vegetable printed Kalamkaris – a craft that can never grow old with its stylized plant and animal motifs. The repertoire from Sanganer and Bagru School of Rajasthan has been heavily researched and recreated as well.



Ritu Kumar Home creates ethereal pieces in many tones of cracked white, porcelain, marigold yellows, dusty rose and mehendi to meenakari jewel tones. The colors are rustic, organic and are inspired from vegetable dyed bases.



Ritu Kumar Home Collection Dinner Set



The collection is available at select Ritu Kumar stores and online at www.ritukumar.com.


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Thai Pavilion restaurant opens pop-up at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5826 August 7, 2019: Taj Hotel’s iconic Thai Pavilion restaurant has opened a pop-up at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives, to offer islanders a taste of authentic Thai cuisine. The pop-up is available till August 17, 2019. 



Thai Green Curry at Thai Pavilion Mumbai India



Standing tall for the last 25 years, Thai Pavilion was introduced after intensive cuisine and culture study in the 1990s. It was the first Thai restaurant that opened in India and has been the talk of the town since the last two and a half decades. 



Chef Sheroy Kermani, along with the team at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, has worked together to bring in a number of Thai delicacies for an unforgettable dining experience. He shares, “The best of ingredients have been flown directly from Thailand specially for this pop up to ensure that our guests savor some of the finest and authentic royal Thai cuisine at our over water restaurant Deep End.”



Enjoy an excellent pairing of food including appetizers and soups such as Crispy soft-shell crab with pomelo salad, Tempura prawns with tamarind sauce, Raw mango and water chestnut salad to Spinach and sweet corn soup. Seafood and meat lovers will savor Lobster with pepper garlic, Crispy fried fish with tangy sauce and Thai herbs, Classic Thai style roast duck on a bed of spinach, Stir fried pork with chilli garlic & holy basil and Crab meat in roast curry paste. From the Pepper and tamarind fried edamame, Potatoes flavoured with ginger, Peppers & mushroom in light soy to Palm hearts with cashew nuts, vegetarians have a whole array of flavor-packed varieties.



Deep End Restaurant at Taj Exotica Maldives



The pop-up will also offer set vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus. The non-vegetarian meal includes Grilled chicken supreme with peanut sauce, Spicy prawns’ soup flavoured with lemon grass and birds eye chillies, Lamb shank with basil and chilli and Thai red curry with an option of prawns or chicken. The vegetarian meal includes Corn cakes flavoured with red curry paste & Thai herbs, Spinach & sweet corn soup, Palm hearts with cashew nuts and Thai green curry with vegetables.



Don’t miss inventive desserts such as Diced water chestnut with coconut cream, Warm Toffee pudding, Lemon grass crème brulee, Macaroon flavored soft centered chocolate dollops, Exotic cut fruit platter and Trio of gourmet ice-creams & sorbets to end the meal on a sweet note.


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Inspired by adventure & romance, Faberge launches collection to celebrate Eid http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5825 August 7, 2019: In celebration of Eid al-Adha, jewelry and watchmaker Fabergé has launched the Crescent Collection, which includes an 18k yellow gold pendant, ring and earrings.



Faberge Crescent Collection pendant diamonds emerald



These hand-crafted pieces are inspired by an enchanting story from the early 1960s, when a mysterious former French secret service officer, Charles Antoine Roger Luzarche d'Azay, gave his collection of 18 exquisite Fabergé cigarette cases to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Years later, friends of M. Luzarche d'Azay explained that Charles had been in love with the glamorous French aristocrat Princess Cécile Murat – who was already married.



Faberge Crescent Collection ring diamonds emerald



Fabergé was inspired by his devotion and by the enigmatic symbols that decorate the cases, including crescent moons and a golden map of the Nile with precious gems marking cities along its course. Curators are still unsure as to the symbol’s meanings. Does they symbolise midnight trysts or covert adventures? Fabergé prefers to leave those questions unanswered and to celebrate the crescent moon as a symbol of beauty and devotion, while the emerald has long been associated with eternity, the heart and the renewal of love.



The Crescent Collection displays delicate patterns and superb workmanship, with elegantly detailed, fluted 18k yellow gold crescent moons, picked out by a line of diamond pave with a sparkling emerald star nestling in the new moon’s curving arms.



Faberge Crescent Collection earrings diamonds emerald



The collection is launching in August 2019 to coincide with Eid al-Adha and will be available exclusively at the Fabergé concession in Harrods, the Fabergé boutique in the Dubai Mall, and online at faberge.com.


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Fendi invites Mr. Doodle to give it a makeover http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5824 August 7, 2019: As part of its ‘F is for… FENDI’ campaign, Italian brand FENDI invited Mr. Doodle for an iconic performance at its headquarters.



Fendi Peekaboo Mr. Doodle



25-year-old artist form London, Sam Cox aka Mr Doodle is an artist known for his unique style of drawing doodles. He doodles walls, rooms, furniture, vehicles, buildings and anything he can get his hands on, all the way up to this latest extreme makeover of the FENDI HQ.



Captured in a fun video, Mr. Doodle takes his pen to create giant mirrored letters spelling out FENDI, ROMA and FF, the iconic FENDI double F. Two days of drawing in a never-ending creative stream. He doodles designing character by character and connecting all the drawings together to give life to the all-over spectacular Doodle’s pattern in black and yellow tones.



But what captures our eye is the iconic Fendi Peekaboo also going through the makeover! For the design of his Peekaboo bag, Mr. Cox mixes elements from his creative world, DoodleLand with the FENDI universe. Small funny creatures in black and white give life to the pattern on the bag, contrasted by a strong use of yellow on FENDI, FF and ROMA. The Peekaboo Bag featuring this “repetitive” pattern seems to show two identical sides, while each element is different from the other, resulting in a one-of-a-kind Peekaboo bag.


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Aman to debut in Saudi Arabia with three new resorts http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5823 AlUla Saudi Arabia



August 7, 2019: Debuting in the deserts of Saudi Arabia in 2023, Aman has partnered with the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), to develop three distinct resorts in North West Saudi Arabia, in AlUla, a place of extraordinary natural and human heritage.



The three resorts will offer an incomparable insight into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its magnificent unspoilt natural landscapes and archaeological sites, which have long remained undiscovered. The architectural developments by Aman will include a tented camp; a sublime resort close to AlUla’s spectacular heritage areas; and a ranch-style desert resort nestled in an otherworldly setting.



Hegra AlUla Saudi Arabia



AlUla covers 22,561sq km, and includes a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and ancient cultural heritage sites dating back thousands of years to when the Lihyan and Nabataean Kingdoms reigned. The most well-known and recognised site in AlUla is Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 52-hectare ancient city, Hegra was the principal southern city of the Nabataean Kingdom and comprises more than 100 well-preserved tombs with elaborate façades cut from the sandstone outcrops surrounding the 2nd century BC walled urban settlement.



Elephant Rock Saudi Arabia



All three projects will embrace eco-tourism standards in line with RCU’s commitment to sensitive development. Aman aims to ensure its destinations are pervaded by a tranquil simplicity offering unmatched opportunities for exploration and discovery.


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Latique launches new bridal jewelry collection 'Blooming Fables' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5821 Latique Indian Bridal Jewelry Polki Cuff



August 5, 2019: Every bride knows just how she wants to look on her wedding day, and the perfect dress is always incomplete without the right jewelry. Keeping this in mind, Latique has launched their new bridal jewelry collection “Blooming Fables”. 



Transcending through time and history, the collection is an ode to the Indian heritage with the sole purpose of adorning the modern contemporary bride. Keeping in touch with tradition, the purest and softest gold is hammered into fine sheets and mounded around diamonds and gemstones. 



Latique Indian Bridal Jewelry Polki necklace



With the endeavor to create jewelry that compliments the wearers’ personality, the brand’s founder and designer, Latika Khanna and her master craftsmen have perfected this art over the years making pieces befit for a queen. 



Latique Indian Bridal Jewelry Polki earrings



Available at: The Oberoi, 443, Udyog Vihar Phase 5, Sector 19, Gurugram, Haryana


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Gucci presents Imitatio Vitae, a book by Marina Cicogna http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5820 Gucci Imitatio Vitae Marina Cicogno

 

August 2, 2019: Alessandro Michele and film producer, screenwriter and photographer Marina Cicogna together present IMITATIO VITAE, an editorial project, dedicated to the ancient Venetian capitals of the Palazzo Ducale (the Doge’s Palace).



Giving us various glimpses of everyday life in the fourteenth century, from life in the fields to marital relations and family groups, cosmology and astrological houses, the capitals of Palazzo Ducale take us back in time. Sculpted by unknown but extraordinary masters, forever exciting, enabling us to touch a distant past, they are deemed a “course of divinity and of natural history” by English art critic John Ruskin.



Gucci Imitatio Vitae Marina Cicogno front cover

 

These masterpieces of Italian Gothic graced the Palace until the end of the 19th century before being removed to protect them from the ravages of time. Photographs by Ms. Cicogna as well as those drawn from the CameraphotoArte archive tell us about these works of art, one by one, like the frames of a film sequence. These are collected in a volume which is a result of Mr. Michele’s passion for antiquity, Marina’s “discovery” of works of art of unexpected originality and beauty, produced by Gucci, in collaboration with Venetian publisher Marsilio. 

 

This is a Venice which has been captured over the centuries in the writings of famous poets, writers and critics; an extraordinary Venice. Film director Pier Luigi Pizzi rediscovered them after more than a century and showed them to Ms. Cicogna, who made them the inspiration behind this book project.



Gucci Imitatio Vitae Marina Cicogno back

 

The book contains a collection of images, commentary, contributing short texts, thoughts, reactions, and reflections by prominent international figures from the world of cinema, culture, art and contemporary society. “In the 14th century, only a privileged few could read or write. Forget photography, cinema,” Ms. Cicogna observes in her introduction, “and let’s reflect on the fact that these artisans could describe animals, warriors, ladies, zodiac signs, men from other cultures and religions, as well as baskets filled with flowers, fruits, vegetables just by carving them into stone. Who wouldn’t be enchanted?”. 



Gucci Imitatio Vitae Marina Cicogno



The volume, which will be available in Italy from mid-September 2019 and abroad from February 2020, examines and reveals the inextricable relationship between art and life.


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Exhibition on Ramayana to be hosted at The MET http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5819 Ramayana paintings at The MET New York



August 2, 2019: Ramayana, the major epic from the Indian subcontinent, will be the focus of an upcoming exhibition opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Drawn from The MET collection, the exhibition will showcase 30 outstanding paintings that narrate the heroic and adventurous tale of Rama's rescue of his beloved wife, Sita from the evil king Ravana. Together with his brother Lakshmana and his ally Hanuman, Rama assembled a massive army of monkeys and bears, and traveled to Sri Lanka to confront Ravana and rescue Sita. The Ramayana also poses deep philosophical questions about kingship, morality, and Rama's role as a divine manifestation (avatar) of God Vishnu.



The works, presented in the exhibition, were produced for the Rajput and Pahari courts of north India between the 17th and 19th centuries. They include a rare 19th-century painting titled Tantric Form of Monkey God Hanuman, a recent gift from Steven Kossak and a new addition to The Met collection, which is a highlight of the exhibition, being displayed publicly for the first time. The paintings and textiles that will be on view capture the collective visual imagination of court artists in their efforts to give form to the dramatic 2,500-year-old Sanskrit narrative, which consists of more than 24,000 verses.



The exhibition, being held between August 10 and August 23, is made possible by The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation Fund and organized by Kurt Behrendt, Associate Curator in the Department of. Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with the hopes of bringing a touch of wonder and magic that is the Ramayana. 



Exhibit Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, South Asian Exhibition Gallery, Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries, Gallery 251, Floor 3


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ChaoBella hosts 'Travelling Dimsums' festival in New Delhi http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5818 Black Diamonds Dimsums ChaoBella Crowne Plaza Okhla hotel



August 2, 2019: ChaoBella, at Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla, is hosting the ‘Travelling Dimsums’ festival this monsoon with a wide selection of steamy delights. 



According to Chef Sumit Sinha, Travelling Dimsums is an endeavor to bring out hidden gems such as Duck Dumplings and Flower Dumplings from twelve regions of China including Beijing, Shanghai and many others. 



Duck Dimsums ChaoBella Crowne Plaza Okhla hotel



The menu includes some never heard before variants such as Black Diamond that takes its colour from the edible squid ink and Rainbow Dimsums that uses extracts from seven flowers in its coating. 



Other interesting dim sums at the festival would be - artistic Flower Dim sums, therapeutic Chicken Shiitake Pouch and many more. A special Travelling Dimsums guide narrates the tale of origin of each Dimsum from mainland China in order to take the guests on a culinary journey to the land of Dimsums. 



Mushroom Bao ChaoBella Crowne Plaza Okhla hotel



The festival will take place from August 5 to August 20 between 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm and 7 pm to 11:45 pm. 


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Gaurav Gupta debuts fine jewellery collection at India Couture Week 2019 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5816 July 31, 2019: Gaurav Gupta who is a leading beacon of dramatic, cultural shift in the way the modern Indian bride and groom wear couture, celebrates the brand’s 15th year with his new couture collection “Undercurrent”. The collection was showcased at FDCI India Couture Week, for which Gaurav has drawn inspiration from the fierce, rhythmic, concentric waves of the ocean. With an avant-garde lens, the collection defines sculpting as a science of new couture. 



Gaurav Gupta India Couture Week 2019



Epitomizing Mr. Gupta’s vision of the glocal bride, a charismatic, graceful yet playful and well-travelled intellectual who wants to have fun, was global influencer and founder of Post for Change, Diipa Khosla. She was seen in an unending ethereal lehenga, layered in ombre hues of champagne, which was handcrafted with 150 meters of organza and finely embroidered with pearls. The perfect accent for this was a special Liberation necklace, designed by Mr. Gupta in the shape of wings interwoven together, stylized to project the movement of a bird gracefully taking flight. Each piece of this necklace was set under a microscope, a delicate combination of rose cut and full cut diamonds - 8000 pieces in all, created over eight months. The highlight of this Gaurav Gupta construction is that every feather is scooped from the backside to keep the necklace light on the wearer.



Diana Penty for Gaurav Gupta India Couture Week 2019



A vision in green-gray, actor Diana Penty concluded the show in the night’s highlight piece, a sculpted mermaid gown, in light organza, layered in the brand’s indigenous techniques. Japanese iridescent bugle beads, placed all over her look, lent an electric yet feminine glitter to her look. This was accessorized with statement ear cuffs from Gaurav Gupta Occasions Fine Jewelry, sculpting the ear with three exquisitely woven and specially shaped diamonds.



Gaurav Gupta India Couture Week 2019



The outfits, that instill a feeling of movement and depth of layers, fantasy and dimension are perfectly molded to flatter and fit the body well in shades of violet and lava red. The collection also boasts of bold ivory whites and ecru which the modern bride embraces as she accents it with Gaurav Gupta Occasions Fine Jewelry.



Gaurav Gupta India Couture Week 2019



In this collection, Gaurav adds a dramatic flamboyance to his menswear. The GG groom in all his dapperness, is a true embodiment of a Centaur. With futuristic embellished tuxedos, classic embroidered bandhgalas and sherwanis in aureate jacquards, smooth velvets and brilliant suiting make a confident statement. The colors are kept classic in monochromatic blacks, whites, ivory and midnight blues.


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Tarun Tahiliani & Swarovski present 'Bloom' at India Couture Week 2019 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5815 July 31, 2019: The new Indian bride envisions her wedding as a special extension of her personality, with unique décor, lush colors and candid memories to treasure for life. Personalization is in ever sliver, from invitations to keepsakes. Tarun Tahiliani’s new collection “Bloom”, captures the metamorphosis of the Indian bride with a synthesis of different cultures, a reflection of today’s generation.



Tarun Tahiliani India Couture Week 2019

  

A collection with more than 80 pieces spanning bridal couture, occasion and festive wear, heralded the coming together of technique, craftsmanship and innovation with lightweight lehengas and shararas, to anarkalis and fusion-style jumpsuits. 



Tarun Tahiliani India Couture Week 2019

 

Mr. Tahiliani’s ‘non-show-stopper-show-stopper’ donned a simple but stunning ‘work in progress’ white tulle gown paired with a dainty net mask meant to cover the face and emphasize the outfit, making a statement about its own identity and of the craft and workmanship that has gone into its making. 



Tarun Tahiliani India Couture Week 2019

 

In this collection, the new bride steals the show in soft pastels like peach, dusty rose, blush pink, a rich palette of electric blue, deep violet and plum and earthy Indian hues. Diverse embroidery styles – from Kashmir-inspired Kashida, to Jammevar and Resham thread embroidery make sure the bride is not weighed down by her outfit. Floral motifs bring a glamorous exquisiteness and drama to each piece, as Swarovski crystals adorn customized crinolines for each lehenga. Juxtaposing iconic European construction with classic Indian styles, the new collection exemplifies an ‘India Modern’ aesthetic. 



Tarun Tahiliani India Couture Week 2019

 

“We Indians love the winking light, the luminescence and sparkle of a diamond, especially for weddings. And so, it is an honour once again to collaborate with Swarovski to create magical garments using traditional Indian techniques.” says Mr. Tahiliani.



Tarun Tahiliani India Couture Week 2019

 

The Tarun Tahiliani man is understated elegance, with special emphasis on fine fabrics and impeccable tailoring. This season, the menswear collection from Tarun Tahiliani focuses on fitted tone-on-tone sherwanis, Mughal-inspired kurtas with multiple fabric layers in different heights, pre-constructed kamarbandhs and period-inspired stoles to make the groom look his part perfectly.



Tarun Tahiliani India Couture Week 2019



 


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India Jones Mumbai welcomes aboard Chef David Wang http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5814 India Jones Mumbai new Chinese menu



Chef David Wang for India Jones



July 31, 2019: India Jones at Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai has recently welcomed on board Chef David Wang as their Chinese MasterChef. With over three decades of experience, Chef Wang showcases the fine flavors from cultural melting points of Beijing and Hangzhou, in China, as well as from shores of Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Jakarta. 



At India Jones, his signature menu highlights include the Cantonese Style Grouper done two ways, Seven Spiced Soft-Shell Crab, Sichuan Style Crackling Duck and more. Adept with Shanghai style and Cantonese cuisines, he is an expert at the traditional Peking duck. Chef Tang is all about the techniques and processes, which guests can see at the India Jones show kitchen as he tosses and fries traditional and authentic food just for them.


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de GRISOGONO presents a high jewelry Mediterranean collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5812 de Grisogono Mediterranean high jewelry collection ring



July 25, 2019: This summer, watch and jewelry brand de GRISOGONO, celebrates its roots by presenting unique Haute Joaillerie creations featuring turquoise. Constantly inspired by its Mediterranean heritage, de GRISOGONO cultivates a love of colors, shades and contrasts which have been its identity since it began. It combines these gems with the warmth, richness and voluptuousness of Mediterranean flora and the magnificence of the sea. 



A generous and sensual necklace is made of 11 cabochon-cut turquoises, carefully selected for its size and depth of color forming a spectacular creation. The dainty and graceful brilliant-cut diamond evokes perfection and richness. 



de Grisogono Mediterranean high jewelry collection necklace



Composing a set with the turquoise necklace, a ring picks up the fan motif emblematic of the Ventaglio collection, unfurling on either side of the gem, the pleats of the fan are composed of diamonds, pink sapphires and brilliant-cut amethysts. What better jewel to accompany you for a seaside summer cocktail? 



de Grisogono Mediterranean high jewelry collection earring



The two turquoise drops in the earring evoke the grace of a sea or ocean waves. Sapphires and snow-set emeralds rub shoulders like two sensual currents rising towards the ear. Retaining a light and flowing feel thanks to a titanium structure, they perfectly flatter faces gently tanned by the Mediterranean sun.


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Tumi launches the 19 Degree Aluminum in a striking shade http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5811 TUMI Banyon Leaf 19 Degree Aluminum luggage set



July 25, 2019: This Fall, TUMI introduces a unique seasonal color in 19 Degree Aluminum - Banyon Leaf. 



The 19 Degree Aluminum features a reinforced frame case design, snap closures, and die-cast corner caps for additional protection. The expertly appointed interior features lightweight lining with embossed diamond pattern that complements its striking exterior. This Fall 2019 season, TUMI celebrates the feeling of Enlightenment, constantly strives to pursue a deeper understanding of how its customers live and travel. TUMI’s goal is to provide its customers with freedom—from worry, frustration, and distraction.



TUMI Banyon Leaf 19 Degree Aluminum luggage set



As a frequent traveler and longtime TUMI user, Hollywood actor Chris Pratt endorses the brand. Past April, Chris Pratt showed off his pre-journey packing skills in a lighthearted video in preparation for his first trip to Hong Kong kicking off TUMI’s regional campaign. This Fall, he returns as the star of TUMI’s Asia Pacific and Middle East campaign to appreciate all the details that go into perfecting the journey. “I live out of my TUMI – it allows me to effortlessly move through my journey and makes me feel at home wherever I go,” says Mr. Pratt.


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Louis Vuitton to release the Multi Pochette Accessoires in October http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5809 Louis Vuitton Multi Pochette handbag



July 24, 2019: In October 2019, Louis Vuitton is launching the Multi Pochette Accessoires (a French term meaning, “multi pouch accessory”). Chic and customizable, it is perfect for city life and modern living. It adapts itself to situations, desires, the time of day or even different ways of dressing. It is based on a contemporary reinterpretation of the House’s iconic pouch, the Pochette, now experimenting with layering and a cross-body style.



This time, it is available in an entirely customizable version, combined with two detachable elements: a miniature version of the pouch and a round coin purse with a zip. The two straps can be worn in two ways and it is also possible to combine different elements. Firstly, a jacquard sports handle (featuring the “Louis Vuitton Malletier” signature), available in two colors, green and pink, make it the perfect companion for city outings, and secondly, a delicate chain for evening fun.



Louis Vuitton Multi Pochette luxury handbag

 

The historic Monogram also lends itself, featured in its classic size and in miniature on the back of the coin purse. The unique accessory will be available worldwide and outlines a contemporary and evolving femininity that is in constant motion.


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Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla release new fine jewelry collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5807 July 19, 2019: Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, one of India's most coveted couturiers, have expanded their fine jewellery segment with a new collection – The White Whisper. 



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla The White Whisper pearl collection



The collection, which draws inspiration from the delicacy of chikankari embroidery and its floral motifs, is a spectacularly refined expression of a unique craft, made of natural pearls. The designs have been bought to life in collaboration with Saboo.



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla The White Whisper pearl collection



This collection is deeply romantic and every piece in this collection has been designed by the duo. “I believe this meeting of Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla’s exceptional design aesthetic with our treasure trove of exquisite diamonds and gemstones, impeccable craftsmanship and devotion to detail in fabrication will create a new benchmark for beauty in fine jewels,” says Krishna Saboo, who has a seven decade long legacy of creating master pieces in the world of jewels. 



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla The White Whisper pearl collection


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Jaipur Jewels opens first franchise store in Varanasi http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5806 Jaipur Jewels store Varanasi



July 19, 2019: As Tier 2 and tier 3 cities continue appearing on the radar of luxury brands, Indian luxury brand, Jaipur Jewels, has opened a franchise store at Yashri Jewelers in the cultural capital of India, Varanasi. The boutique, that spreads over a space of 2400 sq. ft, features the finest collections in jadau, gold, diamonds and gemstones. 



Jadau kada by Jaipur JewelsJaipur Jewels, with a legacy of over 150 years, has been exhibiting in Varanasi for years. They believe this new relationship will strengthen their connect with the esteemed customers and tourists in Varanasi and the neighboring towns.



The brand’s heritage of royalty and luxury are reflected by the contemporary elegance of the boutique. The display includes popular collections like Kanaka, Historique and Signature Collection. Each collection is unique and depicts endless stories of culture and inheritance. Featuring a bridal lounge, the boutique offers an imitable experience along with customization of bespoke wedding jewelry. 


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Adidas by Stella McCartney takes sustainable fashion to a new level http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5805 July 18, 2019: At a time when there is a continued push to create a more sustainable future, the world is producing an estimated 92 million tonnes of textile waste every year. Keeping this in mind, Adidas by Stella McCartney and partners are helping create more sustainable design solutions. 



adidas by Stella McCartney Biofabric Tennis Dress



The unveiling of the Infinite Hoodie, a 100% recyclable hoodie and Biofabric Tennis Dress, created with Microsilk and cellulose blended yarn, created in partnership with Evrnu and Bolt Threads respectively, coincide with the launch of the adidas by Stella McCartney Fall/Winter 2019 collection. 



This collection features innovative fabrics, created in sustainable ways, without compromising on performance and style. Adidas’ focus has been on designs made with repurposed plastic, which can be remade and can be biodegraded. These three aspects will remain to be the focus areas for the sports brand.



adidas by Stella McCartney Infinite Hoodie



The inspiration behind the current line was simple - create products that not only perform for the athlete, but also for the world at large. Adidas aims to combine the brand’s sports industry expertise with specialist knowledge to bring about a waste-free world. Ms. McCartney, with her long history of making nature-friendly apparel, is certainly the perfect designer to partner with for.



“Fashion is one of the most harmful industries to the environment. We can’t wait any longer to search for answers and alternatives. By creating a truly open approach to solving the problem of textile waste, we can help empower the industry at large to bring more sustainable practices into reality. With adidas by Stella McCartney we’re creating high performance products that also safeguard the future of the planet,” Ms. McCartney said.


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MB&F launches Legacy Machine No.2 in Red Gold Blue http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5804 MB&F Legacy Machine 2 in red gold blue



July 18, 2019: The first edition of MB&F’s Legacy Machine No.2, launched in 2013, is still one of the most forward-looking expressions of traditional mechanical watchmaking in the market. The brand had created one version of the LM2 in 18k red gold then. Six years later, MB&F has come back to the beautiful precious metal with the LM2 Red Gold Blue. 



For MB&F, Legacy Machines are wondrous tributes to the inventions by the greatest watchmakers in history, such as Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823), Ferdinand Berthoud (1727-1807) and Antide Janvier (1751-1835). The contemporary look endowed by the otherworldly appearance of Legacy Machine No.2's dual flying balances, suspended high above the dial from four gracefully arcing arms may at first appear paradoxical. However, the LM2 is a timepiece tracing its lineage back over 250 years having one of the rarest mechanisms in the history of watchmaking: the dual regulator. 



MB&F Legacy Machine 2 in red gold blue



The stars of the LM2 are undoubtedly the dual “flying” balance wheels. The two fully independent regulating systems beat at their own rate. The complex movement was conceived for MB&F by award-winning watchmakers Jean-François Mojon and Kari Voutilainen. Limited to just 12 pieces, LM2 Red Gold Blue offers a more elegant take on the original industrial aesthetic of the first LM2s and will be the last-ever LM2 to be crafted in 18K red gold.


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The Merchant of Venice releases fragrance Imperial Emerald http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5803 Imperial Emerald fragrance by The Merchant of Venice



July 18, 2019: Luxury fragrance house, The Merchant of Venice, is launching an all-new scent, Imperial Emerald. Its creator, perfumer Jordi Fernandez, has masterfully bottled a timeless fragrance befitting royalty with notes of Egyptian Jasmine and Lily of the Valley and White Musk as the base. 



Inspired by the beauty and majesty of the peacock, a symbol of immortality and regal bearing, this mystical composition is enclosed in a beautifully decorated bottle of over-lapping peacock feathers. 



Imperial Emerald fragrance by The Merchant of Venice



Imperial Emerald pays homage to the foreign lands, whose histories are inextricably connected with that of Venice, using raw materials rarely used in perfumery. This new scent, that upkeeps the brand’s mission, offering customers an original olfactory experience, will be available in the UK from September. 



This floral fragrance will be available for £250 at Harrods from September 2019 onwards.


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Good Earth India announces two new exciting ventures http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5801 July 16, 2019: Good Earth, founded by Anita Lal in 1996, celebrates the heritage of India and Asia through its unique design stories. The leading design house has recently announced two new exciting ventures. 



Good Earth pop up at Soneva Fushi Maldives



Firstly, it is collaborating with Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, as a part of which, Soneva Fushi in Maldives will host a Good Earth pop-up shop at the resort. It is the first milestone in a larger association between the two, including a special holiday edit collection launch in August. Together they will share a glimpse of the brand, including bestsellers to signature products, consciously created for world travelers looking for design-led, thoughtful products while on a holiday. This curated collection will be available at Soneva Fushi until November. Common values and a shared belief in slow living and reconnecting with nature make them a perfect match.



First Blush by Anavila at Good Earth



Concurrently, Good Earth will be presenting the exclusive launch of a festive collection, “First Blush” by Anavila Misra. The collection includes saris, blouses and apparels made using techniques like printing, Khatwa and pleating that give subtle yet beautiful textures to the flowy silhouettes, complimented by soulful Indian hues like vermilion, cinnamon and cardamom. Along with New Delhi, the exclusive launch is also planned in the vibrant cities of Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. 



First Blush by Anavila at Good Earth



We hope you have a Good experience!


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WOMO, Italian men's cosmetics brand, enters India with Genesis Luxury http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5798 WOMO Mens Products



July 12, 2019: At a time when Indian men have been paying attention to personal wellness and appearance, WOMO, the men's cosmetics brand owned by Percassi, has signed an exclusive long-term agreement with Genesis Luxury, a Reliance Brands Limited company, for its entry into India. 



This agreement with Genesis Luxury foresees multichannel opportunities in India and the opening of a flagship store in Mumbai by the first half of 2020 with WOMO’s product lines and the services of Bullfrog, the barbershop acquired by Percassi in 2014. 



WOMO Mens Products



Sanjay Kapoor, Founder and President of Genesis Luxury, believes that WOMO and Bullfrog enter the Indian market at a perfect time as its male consumers become increasingly image conscious. 



 


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Christie's New York to auction the collection of Lee Radziwill http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5797 Lee Radziwill Christie's auctionJuly 12, 2019: Auction house Christie's has been entrusted with the sale of The Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill in October 2019. The personal collection of the late Ms. Radziwill will be featured in a dedicated exhibition and sale at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center, New York to celebrate her singular elegance, style and intellectual curiosity.



Ms. Radziwill, whose connoisseurship and love of art was nurtured from a young age, was regarded as one of the world’s greatest style icons. The contents of the collection offer a glimpse into Ms. Radziwill’s fascinating life, spanning her years as a prominent socialite, princess, designer, and are witness to a momentous era in American history. The collection includes fine and decorative art from her homes in Paris and New York along with books, costume jewelry, photography and memorabilia.



The sale content details of this landmark auction will be announced in the coming weeks with a complete sale catalogue available in September 2019. Christie’s invites an international audience of collectors, designers, tastemakers, and admirers to pay tribute to such an extraordinary life and legacy. 


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Switzerland's Grand Hotel Quellenhof reopens after renovation http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5796 Grand Hotel Quellenhof Fireplace



July 11, 2019: The completely renovated Grand Hotel Quellenhof has reopened its doors after comprehensive renovations that took place over a short period of 5 months and called for an investment of CHF 45 million. 



The story of Grand Resort Bad Ragaz began with the discovery of the 36.5-degree thermal water in the Tamina gorge 777 years ago. Famed Swiss interior designer, Claudio Carbone, designed the new concept, centred around both the hotel’s history and its thermal water. A total of three new thermal water fountains, a continuous flow of fresh thermal water for consumption, were installed throughout the resort during the renovations. The new furniture, curtains and light fixtures perfectly harmonize the history of the hotel and its modern, stylish interior.  Over 150 years, countless statesmen, movie stars and royal family members have enjoyed their stay at the Quellenhof, one of the crown jewels of the Swiss luxury hotel industry. 



Grand Hotel Quellenhof King Suite



The hotel now offers two new restaurants – Verve by Sven and Memories, conceived by top chef Sven Wassmer. Memories will celebrate contemporary Alpine cuisine while Verve by sven will focus on health and lifestyle cuisine. The interior of Verve is characterized by natural materials and a subtle color palette with highlights such as a living wall. The hotel bar, at the center of the restaurant, is harmoniously integrated into the space. Sustainability being the need of the hour, the restaurants are consciously moving away from the traditional breakfast buffet and offering breakfast options with fixed items instead. 



A charming glass wine cellar, which can hold around 4,000 bottles and an elegant reception desk, have been added with the aim of making the spaces on the ground floor, the heart of the hotel. The fireplace in the middle of the hotel lobby, illuminated by hundreds of Swarovski crystals, is surrounded by comfortable yet stylish lounge chairs. Unusual light fixtures, inspired by nature, create an entirely new atmosphere in the Grand Hotel Quellenhof. A 16-meter-high chandelier in the lobby, with 2,500 clear and blue spheres of various sizes, presides over all four floors, calling to mind the image of a flowing waterfall. A new King Suite has been added, with which, the entire resort now boasts a total of five top suites. 



Grand Hotel Quellenhof Chandelier



The renovated hotel, completely booked in the first few days, has received extremely positive initial feedback from guests, who were particularly enthusiastic about the new restaurants. The renovations have successfully preserved the history of the Grand Hotel Quellenhof, while allowing it to continue to grow at the same time. 


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The Lodhi, New Delhi offers a taste of Japan this monsoon http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5795 Caterpillar roll Japanese sushi



July 11, 2019: Renowned Japanese stalwart Chef Noboru Ozeki, who has spent more than 1,00,000 hours mastering the intricacies of Japanese cuisine, is geared to take guests on a delicious journey, providing all with a classic dining experience straight from Japan to the heart of New Delhi. 



From Soba noodles and Maguro Sashimi to Hamachi Carpaccio and Seaweed salad, the all-new signature menu at Elan, a restaurant at The Lodhi, New Delhi, ensures a traditional Japanese experience.  



Spicy tuna uramaki Japanese sushi



Treat yourself to a Japanese lunch or dinner this monsoon between July 10 to August 31, 2019. A meal for two, or should we say, a gastronomical trip to Japan, will cost you INR 4,000 (plus taxes). Bon voyage!


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Gucci opens first High Jewelry boutique in Place Vendome, Paris http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5792 Gucci Place Vendome High Jewelry Boutique



July 8, 2019: Place Vendôme, the iconic epicenter of high jewelry, welcomes Gucci’s first high jewelry boutique designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele. 



The new boutique displays the brand’s first high jewelry collection, called Hortus Deliciarum, which comprises of more than 200 one-of-a-kind pieces. Mr. Michele’s passion and poetic vision come through, using personally sourced unique stones that are at the heart of this new collection. The collection is trio themed; paying homage to classical emblems of eternal love and the majesty of the animal kingdom, while being centered on singular solitaires re-defined with maximalist allure.



Gucci Place Vendome High Jewelry Boutique



The boutique at 16 Place Vendome is elegantly muted, contrasting the distinct, saturating hues in Gucci’s boutiques across the world. It is designed to dramatically illuminate the col-orful vibrancy of the jewelry itself. Within the collection, colored gemstones evoke a spec-trum of colors of a mythical garden in full bloom. The brand’s fine jewellery collections will also be available at the boutique.



Gucci Place Vendome High Jewelry Boutique



Even though the boutique is lavish and much different from Mr. Michele’s other store de-signs, the jewelry itself is as bold and vivid as his apparel collections. This new step signals the arrival of Gucci’s savoir-faire into the universe of high jewelry. 



Gucci Place Vendome High Jewelry Boutique


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Be your own perfumer with Jo Malone London this summer! http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5791 Jo Malone London Fragrance Combining PaletteJuly 8, 2019: Perfume brand Jo Malone London’s new Fragrance Combining Palette is a sleek, travel-ready palette to effortlessly encase two solid perfumes for scent on-the-go. The British brand offers choice of two, from a selection of ten of the brands most-loved scents, such as Pomegranate Noir, English Pear & Freesia, Nectarine Blossom & Honey, Peony & Blush Suede, Mimosa & Cardamom, and Oud & Bergamot. 



The customers can then create their own irresistible pair. The new solid perfume formula has a light, smooth texture containing pure beeswax which ensures a rich scent when applied to the skin. The fragrances can be worn solo or layered together to create a compelling combination. When you want to try a new combination, simply use the enclosed pin to pop the two scents out of the palette, and purchase refills from the brand.



Each pair costs INR 2400 and is available at Jo Malone London boutiques in Palladium Mall in Mumbai, and Select Citywalk Mall and Promenade Mall in New Delhi.



Tip? Jo Malone London recommends applying the richer scent of the two first when mixing them up!


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Missoni indulges in the world of Italian fashion with new book http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5790 Missoni book 2019



July 5, 2019: Massimiliano Capella, Professor of Costume and Fashion History at the Bergamo University, Italy, has released his new book, “Missoni, La Grande Moda Italiana” to give us a dip into the world of great Italian fashion. The book is a special edition limited to 899 hand numbered copies. Each copy is unique, enriched with exclusive original fabrics provided by the fashion house, and applied by craftsmen.



It is conceived as an element of design including original fabrics, drawings, graphics, color trials, dress patterns that dialogue with one another. The aim is to celebrate language and style that has become a mode of artistic expression, cultural and social revolution since the early 1950s when Rosita and Ottavio Missoni first stepped into fashion.



The thematic sections of the book, each introduced by text that includes the words of the Missonis themselves, highlight the critical artistic decisions that contributed to the success and recognizability of their fashion house.



Offering a look into the past and history of the brand, what you will find here is a kind of illustrated timeline with varied features that have underpinned the Missonis’ international triumphs. The section “From the Runway Scandal of 1967 to the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award in 1973”, covers the fundamental steps that led the house to global visibility, from imaginative collections for the home to important collaborations with the world of cinema and theatre.



The Missonis’ creative path naturally made its way to the exhibition spaces of great museums, as we see in the celebratory section of the pictorial and graphic art by Ottavio Missoni and in the final section of the book, ‘An Artful Style’. Maria Pezzi said at the end of the 1970s, that even though Missoni’s creation are pieces worthy of a museum, “wear them, too”. The volume illustrates just how Missonis’ fashion became contemporary language, visual culture that has become an integral part of our history.


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Gigi Hadid is the new face of Michael Kors' Wonderlust http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5789 Michael Kors Gigi Hadid Wonderlust perfume



July 5, 2019: Michael Kors’ Wonderlust, launching in summer 2019, is the brand’s new eau de parfum, which is going to be endorsed by the vivacious supermodel Gigi Hadid. 



Wonderlust is an oriental gourmand fragrance that aims to capture an infinite desire for adventure. Being a blend of luxurious blossoms with delectably spiced notes, each ingredient charts a course to far-off destinations. It is an everyday escape to never-ending explorations with exotic notes such as Pink Pepper, Sri Lankan Sandalwood and Italian Bergamot to name a few.



Michael Kors Gigi Hadid Wonderlust perfumeMs. Hadid describes the parfum as a “vacation in a bottle”, as she modeled for the campaign that was shot in Turks and Caicos by Inez & Vinoodh. Michael Kors’ jet-set aesthetic and Ms. Hadid’s own adventurous spirit make her the perfect ambassador for Wonderlust. According to Michael Kors, Ms. Hadid has all qualities one wants in a travel partner, making her the perfect face for the fragrance.



The brand is set to introduce Michael Kors Wonderlust Sublime in August 2019. It is a sensual, oriental, floral fragrance. It has notes of bold dianthus flower—the heart of every Michael Kors Wonderlust fragrance and the exotic Tiaré flower from Tahiti. The luminous orange flowers wrap and transport you to the time of the golden hour allowing you to let go and experience it to the fullest.


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Beyond Designs unveils an extraordinary Bar Room collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5787 Beyond Designs Bar Room Decor



July 3, 2019: Indian luxury interiors and furniture brand, Beyond Designs, has unveiled a stunning bar room that is extravagant in its design, materials and feel.



Composed like an art work using exquisite materials like semi-precious onyx stone, brass, frosted mirror glass tiles, bevelled mirror, leather and velvet, the designers create a marvelous space that immerses you in a world of edgy sensations.



Beyond Designs Bar Room Decor



Experts at fusing breathtaking materials in unforeseen, imaginative ways, Beyond Designs makes the bar into a place where art, design and creativity are expressed in a unique manner. The bar counter is made of onyx stone with a brass top, the base in wood with frosted mirror tiles. The bar stools are upholstered in mustard velvet fabric, with wooden and brass legs. The hanging lights feature cutwork glass while the wall unit for bottles and glasses are shaped with bevelled mirror and glass. The mirrors have a wooden frame with black matt finish and brass borders.



Beyond Designs Bar Room Decor



The ornateness, coupled with perfect cocktail recipes, will make your bar room the centre of the house. 



Coordinates: Khasra –No 432,433, 434, Ground Floor, Sultanpur (Pillar No. P 89), M.G. Road, New Delhi, India

Tel: +91-11-26804180, 26804183


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Ortaea uses Mozambique rubies for new collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5786 Mozambique ruby cuff by Ortaea



July 3, 2019: One of the most beautiful and radiant stones found on earth is the ruby, a stone that is best known for its striking color. Besides being the birthstone of July, rubies have also been associated with longevity and career success. With all of these aspects, one could not help but feel elated at the sight of a ruby. 



Mozambique ruby earrings by OrtaeaHitting the stage now is the Mozambique ruby, a stone that outshines all the other rubies in terms of color, size, and brilliance. What makes this ruby extremely unique is its silk inclusions, increasing the net worth and rarity of the stone. 



Jewellery designer Ortaea is using the Mozambique rubies against a backdrop of 18kt white gold in their new ruby jewelry set. The cuff sees a harmonius dance between diamonds and rubies, while the earrings see an abstract tumble of diamonds and rubies together.



The collection is available at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge.


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Gucci introduces Augmented Reality on its app for shoes http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5785 July 1, 2019: Luxury brand Gucci is strutting the way forward in digital communications, retail and technology. Very recently, the brand’s app has introduced a pioneering augmented reality technology that allows customers to virtually “try on” its Ace sneakers. 



Gucci App Sneakers Try On



The technology will allow Gucci to provide an engaging experience and an opportunity for customers to interact with upcoming shoe collections. Wannaby, Gucci’s technology partner for this launch, has recently released an accurate shoe AR Try-on technology that was acknowledged by industry leaders and AR professionals all over the world.



Gucci App Sneakers Try On



The Gucci App will enable users to explore what different models of Ace sneakers might look like to wear, through augmented reality. People can pick the Ace sneakers of their choice on screen, point their mobile device’s camera at their feet and virtually “try-on” the selected pair. The technology – available only on iOS - allows Gucci to present the newest models of the Ace to its. Linked to the Gucci website, customers can immediately purchase the Ace sneakers of their choice.



Customers can also take photos of themselves “wearing” their favourite Ace models and share these on social media platforms.


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The first LVMH Swiss Watch Manufactures Exhibition to be held in Dubai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5784 July 1, 2019: Stéphane Bianchi, President of the LVMH Watch Division, and Jean-Christophe Babin, President of the Bvlgari Group, have announced the first LVMH Swiss Watch Manufactures Exhibition, which will take place in Dubai at Bvlgari Hotel in January 2020. 



LVMH Watch Exhibition in Dubai



The exhibition will include Bvlgari, TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith. The four watch brands will introduce their latest watchmaking efforts to the international media and retail partners at the exhibition. 



“In between Geneva in January and Basel in March, we have had in the recent years two major product presentations in the first quarter. This early discovery of our strategies, news and novelties has allowed our media and retail partners to better plan the year ahead and as such we have decided on this set up for 2020 to balance the scheduling of the other events”, declared Mr. Babin.



LVMH Watch Exhibition in Dubai



Bvlgari, TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith, however, have also confirmed their presence at Baselworld 2020, which will happen in late April/early May. “We remain very supportive and loyal to Baselworld and the Swiss watchmaking industry. However, it was not possible for us to go 13 months without a global presentation of our products and brands. This additional event further confirms the LVMH commitment to the strategic and profitable watch category,” said Mr. Bianchi.


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MB&F introduces the HM7 Aquapod in Platinum Red http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5783 MB&F HM7 Aquapod Red



July 1, 2019: Machine maker MB&F has never disappointed watch connoisseurs, and they are sure to be pleased with the arrival of the HM7 Aquapod Platinum Red. 



Unlike its Titanium Blue, Red Gold and Titanium Green predecessors, the HM7 Aquapod Platinum Red has an eye-catching red bezel, made in sapphire crystal, and is equipped with interchangeable rubber straps, which come in red, black, or white. Further, it boasts three-dimensional numerals for the hours and minutes and a tourbillon bridge, which is also made in sapphire crystal. The flying tourbillon of the HM7 engine is revealed like never before, highlighted by a halo of high-luminosity AGT.



MB&F HM7 Aquapod Red



The self-winding, 391-component engine of HM7 Platinum Red was developed entirely in-house at MB&F. HM7 Platinum Red will be made in a limited series of 25 pieces.



Beyond all of these features, perhaps the HM7 Aquapod Platinum Red’s most unique feature is that it is modeled after a jellyfish. 



Interested customers should know that its current retail price is CHF 155,000 + VAT (USD 165,000 / EUR 144,000 before taxes). Happy buying! 


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Tom Brady tackles new role as IWC Schauffhausen's global ambassador http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5781 Tom Brady for IWC Schaffhausen



June 27, 2019: Tom Brady, the well-renowned American football player who has already taken home six Super Bowl titles, four Super Bowl MVP Awards, three League MVP Awards, and 16 Division titles, is now partaking in a new venture off the football field: serving as a Global Ambassador for IWC Schaffhausen, the Schaffhausen, Switzerland-based watch manufacturer. 



IWC Schaffhausen’s CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr is extremely pleased with Mr. Brady joining the company, as he stated, “Tom Brady is arguably the best quarterback of all time, but also an admired role model. On the field, his focus is on performance and precision; off the field, he is a true gentleman, incredible father and husband while also embodying elegance and style.”



Mr. Brady proved that the feeling was mutual. “I am honored to be partnering with IWC Schaffhausen, a brand I’ve long admired, not only for their timeless design but their precise engineering and attention to detail,” said Mr. Brady. His collection includes several IWC watches, among them a Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Miramar and the iconic Portugieser Perpetual Calendar. 



Mr. Brady is more than qualified for the role as he never fails to display his exceptional style during public events. This cooperation will surely merit great success for both the star athlete and watch company. 


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George Daniels' Space Traveller I to lead Sotheby's 'Masterworks of Time' auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5780 George Daniels' Space Traveller I Pocket watch



June 26, 2019: Chronicling the history of watchmaking from the Renaissance through to the present day and embracing each of the European epicentres of the watchmaking industry over time, an extraordinary collection of over 800 long-unseen pieces – unparalleled in its scope and comprehensiveness - will be offered in four dedicated sales by Sotheby’s at various locations (London, Geneva, New York and Hong Kong between July 2019 and October 2020).



‘Masterworks of Time’ encompasses all the ground-breaking technological and artistic innovations of the last 500 years: from early watches with German ‘stackfreeds’, to double dialled astronomical timepieces, superb enamels, form watches, musical and automata pieces, tourbillons, and complicated timepieces. The watchmakers represented read as a ‘Who’s Who’ of international horological giants, including A. Lange & Söhne, Abraham Louis Breguet, Ferdinand Berthoud, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, and Frères Rochat, through to the 20th century horological legend, George Daniels. 



George Daniels' Space Traveller I Pocket watchSpeaking of which, the sale is headlined by the legendary George Daniels Space Traveller I. Mr. Daniels, the pre-eminent horologist of the 20th century, completed the Space Traveller I in 1982 to commemorate the 1969 American moon landing. The watch was described by Daniels as “the kind of watch you would need on your package tour to Mars”.



Widely regarded as the greatest watchmaker of the 20th century, Mr. Daniels is internationally recognised for his many contributions to the horological world, working entirely alone to create his exceptional watches. He made a mere 23 pocket watches during his life time, and of them all, it is the Space Traveller that is the most revered. Space Traveller I is not only one of the most technically accomplished watches of all time, it is was also of enormous personal significance to Mr. Daniels, who treasured it and often wore it as a showpiece. 



The Space Traveller was built with both solar and sidereal time, equation of time, and phases of the moon, as well as utilising Mr. Daniels’ famous independent double wheel escapement, which has captivated collectors since its inception in 1974. With this piece, the watchmaker created an extremely precise watch without the high number of wheels and trains normally necessary for precision timepieces. The pocket watch is estimated at $900,000 to 1.2 million. Where this watch finally goes remains to be seen!


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Christian Louboutin's new Festiloubi collection is a bright burst of pop! http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5779 Christian Louboutin Festiloubi Fall 2019 collection



June 26, 2019: Trust Christian Louboutin to open the season with a playful, tongue-in-cheek style of accessories. Continuing on from the Fall-Winter 2019 theme of his extraordinary journeys, the Festiloubi collection is a celebration of joy, optimism and unbridled creativity.



Christian Louboutin Festiloubi Fall 2019 collection



These new pieces are bursting with colours and materials recalling the vitality of youth. From rainbow patterns to colour-blocked styles, the vibrant hues on women’s shoes and handbags evoke the thrill of amusement parks and fairgrounds. Over on men’s, Cyclade blue and the Maison’s signature Loubi red also have a starring role, playing out in sneakers and slides.



Christian Louboutin Festiloubi Fall 2019 collection



With a focus on summer styles, espadrilles are a star attraction offering an elegant interpretation of the collection’s theme. Gros grain ankle ties and featherlight cork platforms exemplify Mr. Louboutin’s constant pursuit of the perfect line. In women’s sandals, the new innovative colour pop bubble heel uses cutting edge technology to express the idea of levity as a direct visual interpretation.



Christian Louboutin Festiloubi Fall 2019 collection



From vivid sneakers to city shoes, men’s styles experiment with materials and textures: lame leathers, lurex and high-shine embellishments radiate light, quilted and python effect satins offer a refined sense of luxury and colourful prints.



Christian Louboutin Festiloubi Fall 2019 collection



Handbags and accessories also get the feel-good treatment, with the Marie Jane bucket bag returning in a hand-crafted rainbow patchwork assembled from the Maison’s iconic soles. The Paloma tote is revisited with a transparent PVC body and bold eye-catching colours, while the men’s Kypipouch hints to Christian’s love of travel and antiques.



Christian Louboutin Festiloubi Fall 2019 collection



The Festiloubi collection is available worldwide at Christian Louboutin website and boutiques.



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Iconic wellness resort, Chiva-Som, to reopen its doors http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5778 Chiva-Som Thailand bedroom



June 26, 2019: One of the earliest example of providing a healthy lifestyle, Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand, has announced the resort will reopen its doors on October 15, 2019, ahead of the originally planned date of November 1, 2019. This date will mark the completion of the top-to-toe renovation – the first major works since its inauguration 24 years ago. 



The resort is being reimagined with Chiva-Som’s new signature interiors, which use teak, Thai silk and bamboo, complemented by a light and airy, calming and contemporary colour palette. The latest work includes changes to the Health & Wellness area, which is being uplifted with more natural light. The Spa and Physiotherapy treatment rooms will be refined and refreshed, including the addition of a new hydrotherapy suite and flotation chamber, while the Bathing Pavilion will now incorporate a sunbed area at one end under a glass roof, separate male and female changing rooms plus a brand new hydro pool delivering new hydrotherapy functions. The Niranlada Medi-Spa will welcome a warm, luxurious and relaxing atmosphere, home to the very discreet facial analysis room, various treatment rooms and a make-up room for guests requiring a little extra pampering.



Chiva-Som Thailand exterior



The last of the public areas, the popular Taste of Siam restaurant, is being reconfigured to accommodate additional seaside tables for up to 100 guests. The open kitchen will be brought indoors to create a casual, interactive dining experience, while an improved layout ensures guests will always enjoy uninterrupted sea views, come rain or shine.



Those who wish to experience Chiva-Som’s new era can avail an exclusive offer to celebrate the early reopening on October 15, 2019 and save up to THB 11,500 per person per night, along with receiving a wellness voucher of THB 1,000 per person per night.



Chiva-Som Thailand spa

 

For more information and reservation, email at reservation@chivasom.com or call the resort at +66 (0) 3253-6536.


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The Oberoi Mumbai hosts 'Confessions of a Culinary Traveller' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5775 France Corn Puree with veggies Vetro MumbaiJune 24, 2019: Mentored by the celebrated 7 time Michelin star awarded Chef Carme Ruscalleda, among others, Chef Christian Stoop is one of the most innovative new chefs in The Oberoi Group. The Oberoi, Mumbai is welcoming Chef Stoop from The Oberoi, New Delhi to Vetro at The Oberoi, Mumbai. 



Chef Christiaan Stoop’s menu promises to take diners on a four-course trip through various European countries. Of German origin and having worked in acclaimed kitchens in Europe, Chef Stoop brings a fresh perspective to the various cuisines. Fresh Spring vegetables on a bed of Corn Purée are accompanied by a small dollop of Black garlic reduction. France is represented by the Lamb Loin with Potato Gratin and mint jus, while the subtle flavours from the United Kingdom are represented by Poached cucumber topped by a sweet note of Seabuckthorn and crunch of Hazelnut. And three kinds of mustard come together to form the punchy sauce from Spain, accompanied with Confit Salmon and Puffed Amaranth.



And, as all journeys must to end at home, the German chef completes the four-course menu with his version of Bavarian crème served with a raspberry sorbet and fresh thyme leaves.



German Bavarian Creme with raspberry Vetro MumbaiOther European signature dishes include the Pressed lamb shoulder with Potato gratin,  pickled red cabbage and red wine jus; Barbequed Eggplant with BBQ sauce, Feta Cheese and Pine Nuts; Confit Salmon with pickled seasonal vegetables, mustard sauce, Black garlic and puffed amaranth; and the White leek veloute with mushroom croustarde and pistachio. 



The menu brings in a variety of ingredients, flavours and textures, with every course distinctly different from the previous one. The week long showcase will see the finer nuances of European cuisine that combines traditionalism revisited with creativeness, with a focus on only the finest seasonal ingredients, that celebrates the culinary art of European gastronomy.



The special culinary showcase will entail Chef Christiaan Stoop’s Tasting menus at Vetro, between July 11 to 14, 2019. Each course may also be paired with a selection of old and new world wines from the ‘Best of Europe’ by the hotel’s Sommelier. 


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Christie's achieves $109,271,875 for Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5774 Mughal Collection auctioned by Christie's



June 21, 2019: Following the success of the global tour, specially designed New York exhibition, and a marathon twelve-hour auction, Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence achieved $109,271,875, with 93% sold by lot and 92% sold by value, establishing the highest total for any auction of Indian art and Mughal objects, and the second highest auction total for a private jewelry collection. Sale registrants came from 45 countries across five continents and there was extensive participation across all sale channels with notable institutional bidding. Over the course of the sale, three world auction records were set for Indian works of art and 29 lots achieved over $1 million. 



Mughal Collection auctioned by Christie's



The top lot of the sale was A Belle Époque Devant-de-corsage, by Cartier, Paris, 1912, which sold for $10,603,500 to a private collector in the room. Additional top lots included The Mirror of Paradise, 52.58 carats, D Color, IF, which achieved $6,517,500; The Shah Jahan Dagger which sold for $3,375,000, establishing the record price for an Indian jade object and record for a piece with Shah Jahan provenance; An Antique Imperial Spinel, Pearl and Emerald Necklace, which realized $3,015,000; and the Golconda Diamond Rivière Necklace, from the collection of the Nizams of Hyderabad, which sold for $2,415,000. Other notable results included important signed pieces by Cartier, including A Spinel, Natural Pearl, Diamond and Emerald Bead ‘Imperial Moghul Necklace’ and Earrings, that sold for $1,935,000. 



Mughal Collection auctioned by Christie's



Contemporary pieces by JAR and Bhagat were also 100% sold, greatly exceeding estimates. Impressive prices were achieved for bejeweled Mughal objects including An Enameled and Gem Set Model of a Parrot, which realized $1,035,000; and an Enameled and Gem Set Huqqa, that achieved $759,000, establishing the world auction record for an Indian huqqa. Drawing key inspirations from the Maharaja of Indore and his palace Manik Bagh (‘Palace of Rubies’), the bespoke New York exhibition evoked the artistic dialogue of the East and the West with the incorporation of Jalis, latticed screens, dreamlike floral installations including an orchid canopy, juxtaposed with art deco influences, featuring luxurious marquetry, brass light fixtures, and lacquer-paneled cases, paying homage to architectural notes found from Indore to Rockefeller Center. 



Mughal Collection auctioned by Christie's



Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer of Christie’s, said, “We are very honored to have been entrusted with this magnificent and diverse selection of jewels, art and objects from the larger Al Thani Collection. The strong results today, after twelve hours of non-stop bidding, in front of a packed room and with phone and online bidders from all over the world, reflect the exceptional quality of this special collection and position it among the most storied private collections ever featured at auction.”



Mughal Collection auctioned by Christie's



The Al Thani are the ruling family of Qatar.



Mughal Collection auctioned by Christie's


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Ermenegildo Zegna launches hand-threaded Claudio sneakers http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5773 June 21, 2019: Ermenegildo Zegna’s latest sneaker - Claudio - is inspired by the combination of streetwear and luxury craftsmanship. My Claudio is an evolution of the brand, with hand-threaded lace, and fully personalised features, in honour of the craftsmanship that defines Zegna.  



Zegna Claudio sneaker



Zegna continues its XXX iconography, matching the sole with its icon. The shoe is extremely light, with the illusion of a heavy silhouette, and My Claudio’s hand-threaded laces reflect the artisanal value that defines Zegna Leather Accessories. Marked by its iconic thread of lace, My Claudio is a canvas for streetwear and sneaker enthusiasts alike. Selecting from a range of 12 colour laces, 10 colour smooth calf leathers, 3 colour midsoles, much can be personalised. Zegna allows crafting each piece of the sneaker as per your individuality: this is where sophistication meets relevance. 



Zegna Claudio sneaker



Its light touch and versatile design mean you can wear with a suit, a t-shirt, jeans, or trousers. Dress up or down for all occasions and events. 


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Ralph Lauren presented with an honorary UK knighthood http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5772 Ralph Lauren KBE knighthoodJune 21, 2019: Over his career spanning more than five decades, Ralph Lauren has been recognized with the Key to the City of New York from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, for his outstanding civic contributions, and the French Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, in recognition of his contributions as a designer, business leader, and philanthropist. And now, he has been made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) for Services to Fashion. Mr. Lauren was presented with the honorary knighthood insignia by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Mr. Lauren is the first American fashion designer to be recognized with an honorary knighthood.



Mr. Lauren's philanthropic commitment focuses on those suffering disproportionately from cancer because they lack access to quality health care. Ralph Lauren Corporation established the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Ralph Lauren Corporation, in partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, established the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care in Harlem, New York.



Other notable American recipients of an honorary UK knighthood or damehood include former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush; former New York City Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudolph Giuliani; Angelina Jolie; Steven Spielberg; Bill and Melinda Gates; and Angela Ahrendts. 


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Gucci collaborates with Melet Mercantile on Montauk Space http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5771 June 21, 2019: Gucci and Melet Mercantile’s shared vision for bringing communities together and connecting the past with the present – across decades, cultures and genres – melding common values in a spirit of pure reciprocity has got the form of a creative collaboration. Gucci x Melet Mercantile brings a new and unexpected experience to the East End in New York, that would not be possible without the support of the Montauk fixture and icon Bob Melet. 



Gucci Melet Mercantile Summer 2019 collection



Melet Mercantile Montauk Outpost is well-known to locals as a destination for rare vintage finds. The space features an array of bespoke oddities including art prints, vinyl records and books carefully sourced from the corners of the world by founder Bob Melet himself. 



The space will feature a highly-curated selection of Gucci merchandise with a focus on the Towards Summer collection, as well as a range of vintage goods from Bob’s personal collection. The Towards Summer collection captures the essence of effortless warm-weather dressing. Utilizing materials such as straw matt, wicker, and canvas, this playful selection encompasses a large range of categories including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, handbags, accessories, shoes, jewelry, childrenswear and more. 



Gucci Melet Mercantile Summer 2019 collection



The distinct store concept and visual treatment were designed exclusively for the Montauk space. Dusty Blue walls and fixtures adorned with Melet’s signature wall-mounted fish and vintage skateboards are complemented by ornate clothing rails and floral prints from Gucci’s PreFall 2019 collection. These elements live harmoniously together among the existing aesthetic of Melet Mercantile while introducing Gucci’s free-spirited ethos to Montauk. Gucci x Melet Mercantile will be open from July 3 – July 28, 11am – 6pm daily and is located at 102 Industrial Road in Montauk, New York.


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Ermenegildo Zegna presents SS'20 Couture collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5768 June 18, 2019: With millions of tons of clothes going into trash, coupled with the imminent need to keep up with trends and fashion dynamics, the consequences are gruesome and unfavourable. Hence, major fashion houses are now taking up the reigns to create change. The Ermenegildo Zegna XXX SS’20 show is where the brand takes up the challenge. 



Ermenegildo Zegna SS 20 Couture collection



The runway unfolds below extremely high ceilings that once hosted Area Falck: a monument to steely modernity that over the years slowly turned into a metropolitan wasteland. The dismissed area, however, will soon be re-qualified by Milanosesto into a hub for health and science, along with green and residential areas, gaining a new continuity with the city and a new meaning, reverting from waste to opportunity. It is the same philosophy Zegna is applying to textile resources, to create new fabrics from existing ones. #UseTheExisting is the byword. 



The silhouette is neat: boxy blousons, voluminous coats, sleek three-button blazers and slim one-button jackets with 3D patch pockets are paired with lean yet soft trousers or fuller ones. Generous pockets migrate from the sportier items onto tailored ones while tailored details move to sport pieces, suggesting a mix of categories that expands the possibilities of use. Knits increase the modularity of modern dressing. Firm yet extremely light fabrics - wools, technical silks - enhance the precision of the lines and the weightlessness of the sartorial construction, with flattened crinkles, photoprints of graphic assemblages and progressive stripe patterns giving rhythm to the surfaces. 



Ermenegildo Zegna SS 20 Couture collection



The “Achill” suit, entirely made with wool remnants from Zegna’s Achill farm, discarded during the process of suit making and then remixed and rewoven, fully closes the circle of traceability and sustainability. In keeping with the functional mood, accessories are pragmatic: boldsoled printed boots or derbies; signature Claudio sneakers; wearable notebooks and pouches in small geometric shapes. The color palette matches that of industrial elegance with mineral hues of cement, steel, carbon and matt black with earthy tones of brass, rust, red blaze, sand and matt gold and light notes of nude, aqua, leaf green, teal and oxidized copper. 



Ermenegildo Zegna SS 20 Couture collection



“It is our duty as denizens of this world to live responsibly” - says Zegna’s Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori – “I want to do it using the creative means I have at my disposal, which extend from the materiality of fabricmaking, to the exquisite technicality of tailoring to the highly communicative aspect of show-making. Everything is connected, and everything conveys the same idea: we do not need to create the new from scratch, but we can reuse and reinvent the existing, getting progressive fabrics out of discarded ones, translating traditional techniques into innovative lifetime tailoring, turning an abandoned place into an area of creation”.


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Michael Kors presents Resort 2020 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5767 June 18, 2019: The American luxury clothing brand, Michael Kors, recently showcased its Resort 2020 collection at Academy Mansion in New York. The collection was a take of the brand on silhouettes and structures to emphasise femininity and power. 



Michael Kors Resort 2020 collection



With a strong focus on tailoring, using elegant men’s wear fabrics like glen plaids and checks yet incorporating feminine tropes in peplums and ruffles, adding flourish to shoulders and the closures of coats and jackets. 



Michael Kors Resort 2020 collection



To blur out the line between masculine and feminine, Mr. Kors used punk embellishments with prim polka-dots, added ruffle trims to otherwise strictly cut jackets and coats, creating a bridge between different eras: Shoulders conjured the can-do 1940s, and sequins brought to mind the disco slink of the ’70s, which were also a reference for his lively Fall outing. 



Michael Kors Resort 2020 collection



Michael Kors Resort 2020 collection



This was a demonstrative collection, all the way down to the collectible studded Aran sweaters.



Michael Kors Resort 2020 collection


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Paul Smith designs for Men in Black: International http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5766 Paul Smith Men in Black International costume



June 18, 2019: Employing bespoke tailoring for the Men in Black secret agents appearing in Sony Pictures’ ‘Men in Black: International’, the British luxury apparel brand, Paul Smith, has created a capsule collection of apparel and accessories featuring a host of aliens and icons from the film.



Paul Smith Men in Black International tieIn collaboration with costume designer Penny Rose, Paul Smith supplies the universe’s most formidable alien-policing organisation with tailoring to suit their intergalactic work. Together, Mr. Smith and Ms. Rose designed custom pieces for five of the agency’s most illustrious men and women in black, as well as outfitting the wider cast of crime-fighters. They have designed tailoring for Agents H and M. Agent H challenges the constrictions of the Men in Black uniform with a colourful lining (a known feature of Paul Smith tailoring) and a pair of Paul Smith signature stripe socks that give an irreverent finish. Agent M wears a two-button double-breasted trouser suit.



To accompany the suits, a wide variety of accessories were created that include recognizable Paul Smith designs infused with icons from the franchise. Accessories include a black tie with a repeated sunglass graphic, a pocket square and a lightweight scarf that come with a colourful motif featuring a host of alien characters, a money clip and cufflinks that all feature the new Men in Black logo, socks in four bold colours with alien motifs embroidered above the ankle, and an alien print leather wallet and iPhone case.



Paul Smith Men in Black International cuff linksPaul has embellished the signature charm shirt by replacing the traditional buttons with sunglasses, aliens and Men in Black logo charms. The capsule collection features pieces for men, women and children and centers on Paul Smith’s “A Suit To Travel In.” Additionally, casual pieces in the collection include an alien print hoodie and sweatshirt, plus a refined polo shirt.



The Paul Smith and Men in Black: International capsule collection is available at PaulSmith.com and selected Paul Smith shops and wholesale partners now.


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Ulysse Nardin extends the Diver Chronometer collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5765 Ulysse Nardin Diver white watch Fred Buyle



June 18, 2019: Already a favorite among free spirits, the Diver by watchmaker Ulysse Nardin has a contemporary and eye-catching appearance both outside and in. In addition to the deep blue and all-black versions, this line now includes the Diver Great White. 



Ulysse Nardin Diver white watchThe Diver Chronometer redefines functional elegance with its audacious design. A diving watch crafted to withstand up to three hundred meters of potentially deadly water pressure, its inverted, concave bezel with domed sapphire glass is a breakthrough in exquisite watchmaking. The face heralds the mechanical marvel of the UN-118 movement with its silicium technology - a specialty of the Manufacture - within its 44 mm case, visible through the open back.



Superluminova on the indexes and hands makes the hours and minutes visible, not only in the dark of night, but also at great depths. The face is adorned with a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock and a date and small seconds at 6 o’clock, all nestled within the unidirectional rotating bezel.  



The numbers on the face have been redrawn to read 0-15-30-45. Even the rubber and titanium strap of the Diver has been cleverly reworked with the clasp replaced by a pin buckle and streamlined with just one easily identifiable Ulysse Nardin signature “element”.  Sturdy, blue rubber guards protect the crown. 



Ulysse Nardin Diver white watch Fred BuyleThe Diver Great is a limited edition of 300 pieces. 



Free diver and Ulysse Nardin ambassador Fred Buyle said, “The main advantage of freediving is that we don’t have a lot of gear. I basically only travel with a wetsuit, dive watch, a pair of fins, a mask, and of course my photo equipment. A dive watch is the most crucial accessory for a free diver. When you’re freediving, you have a special relationship to time—sometimes it passes fast and other times it seems to slow down or even stop. Your watch almost becomes a friend, so I am always wearing my Ulysse Nardin Diver timepieces. I rely on my watch to monitor my perception of time. An automatic watch is key as it gives you the peace of mind that you won’t run out of battery in the middle of a remote expedition.”


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Grand Hotel Quellenhof to get two new fine dining restaurants http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5763 June 14, 2019: Two-Michelin starred Chef Sven Wassmer, the Culinary Director at the Grand Hotel Quellenhof in Switzerland, is all set to launch two new restaurants at the 150 year old, renovated hotel.  The signature restaurant will be called Memories, and it will be one of Switzerland’s first gourmet restaurants where diners without a reservation also can try and grab a spot, as the coveted counter seats around the open show kitchen will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Chef Wassmer’s new health and lifestyle restaurant – Verve by Sven – was also announced at the same time.



Chef Sven Wessmer team



A visit to Chef Wassmer’s signature restaurant is intended to be an experience that guests will remember for the rest of their lives. “Memories and emotions are closely intertwined – and that’s what my team and I want to evoke in our guests,” he said. 



The interior design is also an expression of Chef Wassmer’s personality and the atmosphere he wants to create at Memories: “I’m very approachable. The restaurant is supposed to resemble my living room – so there’s no dress code. I want my guests to feel completely at ease. I’m keen to enter into a dialogue with them and enable them to take part in creating memories of their evening in my restaurant.” The open show kitchen of Memories, in particular the six counter seats, are designed to encourage this one-on-one contact. The first come, first served concept at the open kitchen’s counter is a novelty on the Swiss fine-dining scene, offering spontaneous diners a chance to grab one of these sought-after seats on the same evening. “Nowadays, people make plans on the spur of the moment,” says Marco R. Zanolari, General Manager of the hotel. So there is a need to provide guests with the kind of flexible dining option that they are looking for. 



Sven Wessmer restaurant concept



The interior also pays tribute to the Grand Hotel Quellenhof’s 150-year history, with the wooden parquet sourced from the original Quellenhof, which opened on July 10, 1869. After a long period of meticulous restoration, it has found a new home in Memories.



On five evenings each week, guests will be able to enjoy a seasonal 9- or 12-course meal at Memories. 



In addition to his signature restaurant, Chef Wassmer is also opening a new health and lifestyle restaurant – Verve by Sven – at the Grand Hotel Quellenhof. “Healthy cuisine is no longer a question of abstention, although this notion is still uppermost in many people’s minds,” says Chef Wassmer. Instead, the aim is to show guests how delicious conscious and healthy nutrition can be. “We work with authentic products that are sourced from producers we know, and prepare them in a very gentle and sustainable way. But we don’t want our cuisine to be dogmatic. We’re rather trying to convince guests with its simple and clear style,” explains Chef Wassmer. 



Diners are served food that is not only sustainably produced, but also purchased on a fair-trade basis and, wherever possible, grown according to biodynamic principles of agriculture. In addition, Chef Wassmer and Verve head chef Sebastian Titz are keen to combat food waste and work according to leaf-to-root and nose-to-tail principles, i.e. they use the whole plant and less well-known cuts of meat in their cuisine too. While the Memories restaurant offers vegetarian dishes but no vegan alternatives, Verve by Sven is consciously aimed at guests who have a variety of dietary preferences. Breakfast, in particular, will play a key role at the new restaurant: “With a view to health and sustainability, we are consciously moving away from the traditional breakfast buffet and offering breakfast options with fixed items instead,” reveals Chef Wassmer.



Chef Sven Wassmer food ideas



In future, the restaurant’s buzzing atmosphere will be enhanced by the integrated bar, at the rear of which will be a walk-in glass wine cellar with space for around 4,000 bottles. The bar will become the Grand Hotel Quellenhof’s latest attraction and is not only aimed at hotel guests, but also at a local clientele. Here, too, Chef Wassmer’s team is taking an unconventional approach: “Although we will be offering classic cocktails, our primary focus will be on creative drinks that contain little or no alcohol at all. We will serve them alongside contemporary bar snacks.” Amanda Wassmer-Bulgin, Wine Director at the Grand Hotel Quellenhof, knows that strong alcoholic drinks are less popular today. She will, therefore, even be offering the option of completely non-alcoholic beverages to accompany each course of the menu served at Memories – something that only very few restaurants offer.



Sven Wassmer’s signature restaurant Memories will be open from June 25, 2019, from 7 p.m. For more information about the restaurant and reservation enquiries, visit the restaurant’s website. Verve by Sven will be open daily from July 1, 2019, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. (breakfast), 12 noon to 2 p.m. (lunch), and 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. (dinner). The bar is open daily from 10 a.m. For further information about the Verve by Sven restaurant, visit the restaurant’s microsite. For reservation enquiries, please e-mail at restaurants@resortragaz.ch.


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Missoni presents a fearless Resort 2020 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5762 June 14, 2019: Named ‘Urban Safari’, luxury brand Missoni’s Resort 2020 collection indeed exemplifies the sophisticated, yet curious explorer in us. 



Missoni Resort 2020 Collection



The collection is relaxed and free-spirited where silhouettes and fabrics are easy flowing. Familiar Missoni motifs are re-interpreted to create new patterns, combining imagination and experimentation. The iconic codes of the Missoni DNA are updated with exotic influences.



True to the theme of the ‘safari’, the assortment has a tropical mood where zebra motifs, revisited leopard spots, multicolor foliage and the new Missoni artsy camouflage create a kaleidoscopic array of patterns juxtaposed to the brand’s signature bold geometries.



Missoni Resort 2020 Collection



Jacquard mini dresses are worn also as vests on fluid maxi dresses. Shirts take center stage: from the bowling styles shown in a patchwork of different materials to the fitted silhouettes with roomy sleeves and the more classic options punctuated with knitted details. They are paired with high-waisted pants or with the new skirt pants injected with an easy-chic attitude.



Micro aviator jackets crafted from sartorial fabrics introduce a mannish touch, while the classic tuxedo comes in a knitted version enriched with metallic accents.



Missoni Resort 2020 Collection



Sandals have leather laces which wrap around the ankle while mini bags have been developed in collaboration with Iacobella Gaetani. Silk scarves embellish the belts putting the focus on the waist, but also the hats and the bijoux, including metallic chokers and cuffs.



Like talismans, pendants reveal handmade decorations with a tribal spirit, while other metal and enamel good luck charms are embellished with zodiac signs.


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RJ's new Marine Mykonos watch is inspired by the Greek isles http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5760 RJ Marine Mykonos watch



June 12, 2019: Swiss luxury watchmaking brand RJ has captured the essence of summer life in the Greek isles in a 10-piece limited edition series from the ARRAW Marine collection. These timepieces were inspired by the most iconic symbols of Mykonos, from the blue of the Aegean Sea to the Greek windmills and the mighty rocks that form the Cyclades island. 



RJ Marine Mykonos watchEach ARRAW Marine Mykonos special edition case, crafted in grade 5 titanium, comes adorned with the signature rubber RJ Bumpers that define the ARRAW collection. The unique composite bezel combines sand with a high-performance resin created in-house by RJ. The unique sand-infused bezel is secured to the case with a metal grid whose shape alludes to the iconic windmills of Mykonos. This hue refers both to the color of the sea as well as the legendary blue of Mykonos. The chronograph counters have been rhodium-plated to coordinate with the arrow-shaped, satin-finished hands, so that the limited-editions remain faithful to the ARRAW Marine family.



The RJ-2040 self-winding chronograph movement displays a 30-minute counter at 9 o'clock, a 12-hour counter with a date aperture at 6 o'clock, and a small seconds counter at 3 o'clock. The transparent sapphire crystal case back allows a fascinating look at the oscillating weight, designed to reference the iconic windmills of Mykonos. The ARRAW Marine Mykonos special edition comes with a blue alligator strap that has been manually patinated to project the same casual ease that characterizes life in the Greek isles. 



Only 10 ARRAW Marine Mykonos special edition watches will be available throughout the world, sold exclusively at Kessaris in Mykonos and Nammos Beach.


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Paul & Shark launches a three-drop collection with Greg Lauren http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5759 June 12, 2019: The Italian apparel brand, Paul & Shark, has collaborated with Greg Lauren, the multi-talented American artist, designer and actor, to create a menswear collection that will be delivered over three drops spanning till June 2020.



Greg Lauren & Paul & Shark



The first drop of the collection, which will in in stores, features seven designs, representing Mr. Lauren’s signature deconstructed/reconstructed aesthetic. These unique pieces are handmade in Mr. Lauren’s workshop in Los Angeles which include hoodies, work jacket, two pairs of pants, a peacoat and a beanie. Barneys New York, Kith Miami, L’Eclaireur, H. Lorenzo, Browns, Joyce, Antonioli, Dover Street Market Ginza and Corso Como Seoul will be carrying the collection. 



The second drop will be presented on June 20 during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris, being available in the market only after January 2020. The third and the final drop will be revealed in June 2020.



Greg Lauren & Paul & Shark



“Greg Lauren has shown great respect and enthusiasm for what Paul & Shark represents and he has managed to create a perfect alchemy between his personal vision and the style of the brand, as well as building a marvellous relationship with our style department,” said Andrea Dini, President and CEO of Paul & Shark.



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Michael Kors launches #MKGO Rainbow Pride collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5758 June 12, 2019: Inspired by Pride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that launched the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world, Michael Kors’ new #MKGO Rainbow celebrates inclusion, diversity and the vibrancy and vitality of the LGBTQ+ community. 



Michael Kors #MKGO Rainbow Pride collection



Bright, optimistic hues and rainbow motifs lend energy and graphic appeal to classic silhouettes, casual-cool separates and signature logo accessories. Key products include a sequined T-shirt dress, star-speckled high-top sneakers, a rainbow-quilted Whitney shoulder bag and more. 



In support of the community and the principles that inspired #MKGO Rainbow, Michael Kors has designed a special #MKGO Rainbow Pride T-shirt. For each of these shirts sold, Michael Kors will donate 100% of profits to God’s Love We Deliver, a non-profit organization and longstanding pillar of the LGBTQ+ community that cooks and delivers 1.8 million meals annually to those too sick to shop or cook for themselves throughout the New York metropolitan area. Designer Michael Kors has been personally involved with the organisation for over 30 years. Founded in 1985, the non-profit was initially dedicated to serving those with HIV/AIDS. 



Bella Hadid in Michael Kors #MKGO Rainbow Pride collection



“Pride is about celebrating your authentic self and remembering all the incredible people who came before us to get us where we are today.This capsule is about getting dressed with joy and celebrating each other,” says Michael Kors.


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Gemfields partners with Valani, Misahara & Paul Morelli http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5752 June 6, 2019: Gemfields, a leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones, has collaborated with various fine jewellery brands for some very exciting collections, all of which were on display at Couture Las Vegas recently.



Valani ruby earrings



New York-based jewellery brand, Valani, specialises in innovative, bespoke pieces. Heena Shah, Valani’s designer, has a love of emeralds – favouring special cuts for her intricate rings. The Andromeda and Temps Perdu collections are inspired by nostalgia. The Andromeda series took shape after a moment’s discovery of a shared fascination with celestial formations by Ms. Shah and her son. The collection attempts to capture a glimpse of the galaxy with magnificent gemstones. Temps Perdu draws upon floral and lace motifs, handcrafted to amplify the beauty of the centre gem. The bewitching Crosby Pair earrings feature two mesmerising Zambian emeralds, totalling 6.71ct, while the Arduin Ruby Set presents an arresting array of over 11ct of perfectly matched rubies with 6ct diamonds set in 18k white gold.



Valani emerald rings



“Sourcing emeralds and rubies from Gemfields supports Valani Atelier’s mission of responsible sourcing and transparency in the jewellery industry. Collaborating with people around the world to create incredibly rich pieces in a sustainable way that is equitable and uses materials responsibly is the most rewarding aspect of my career,” Ms. Shah said. 



Gemfields has also collaborated with Misahara, again a New York fine jewellery house, in three one-of-a-kind new designs for Misahara’s bespoke TIME Collection. Time is an essential element in Gemfields’ Zambian emeralds, which were forged more than 450 million years ago deep in the Earth’s crust. Lepa Galeb-Roskopp, Mishara’s founder and designer, was inspired by protecting Mother Earth. Her designs honour the passing of time to call attention to the sustainability issues facing the world. Galeb-Roskopp said, “Misahara is committed to using only the highest quality gemstones and working with Gemfields has allowed us access to the very best the world has to offer. I also prefer to use gemstones with spectacular intense colour that provide an added aura of sophistication." 



Paul Morelli emerald earrings



Misahara’s handcrafted suite features the Serene Eyes Ring, with 10.67ct emeralds and .80ct white diamonds set in 18k oxidised yellow gold; Calming Climbers Earrings, with 3.01ct emeralds and .20ct white diamonds set in 18k yellow gold and the Waterfall Necklace, with 6.27ct emeralds and white diamonds set in 18k yellow gold. Misahara’s measure of future success is based on sustainable practices at every level of the supply chain. 



Paul Morelli emerald earrings



The 35-year old fine jewellery House of Paul Morelli is rooted in his parents’ family tradition of hand stitched theatre costumes. Paul Morelli’s luxury fine jewellery - from made-to-order, to timeless classics, to signature pieces – blends this tradition with current influences. On display at Couture Las Vegas for the first time, the brand showcased a dazzling ring featuring a 5.88ct Zambian emerald framed by 7 carats of diamonds set in platinum. Paul said, “Emeralds have been sought after and prized for centuries. Ancient civilisations independently held this quintessentially green gemstone in the highest esteem."


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Gucci presents Cruise Collection 2020 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5751 June 6, 2019: Italian luxury brand Gucci has been encouraging liberal thoughts and freedom. The brand has associated with several groups and organisations to take a stand for what is right. Alessandro Michele, the brand’s creative director, has left no occasion to express his support for things and activities he believes in. Last year the brand donated $500,000 to March For Our Lives, a gun violence prevention organisation. This year, he has taken a step forward to raise his voice to fight for the freedom of women. 



Gucci Cruise 2020 collection



The brand’s latest Cruise Collection 2020, thus, celebrates the freedom of women. The right for freedom to live by their choice and their rule. The collection was a glass shattering take on the way women are miscontruted in the society. Midway through the show, a purple jacquard pantsuit with ‘My Body, My Choice’ splashed in big bold letters came down the runway. This was followed by ensembles with a uterus embroidered on the front of the dresses. In place of the ovaries were blooming pink flowers. 



Gucci Cruise 2020 collection



This year's show location, at The Capitoline Museums in Rome, adds up to the list of historical places that Gucci has chosen to present their collections in. The Capitoline Museum is considered to be one of the first museums in the world and poses to be a very personal memory of Mr. Michele.



Gucci Cruise 2020 collection\\


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Rolls Royce unveils the Wraith Eagle VIII collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5750 Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle VIII cars



June 6, 2019: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled its latest collection car, Wraith Eagle VIII, on the shores of Lake Como at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. This masterpiece by Rolls-Royce, a collection of just 50 Wraith Eagle VIII motor cars, will tell the epic tale of one of the most pivotal moments of the 20th century.



Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown braved uncharted skies to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919. Alcock and Brown flew non-stop from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland in a modified First World War Vickers Vimy bomber aircraft. The bi-plane was powered by twin 20.3 litre, 350 bhp, Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines. It is from this remarkable engine that this collection takes its name, marking 100 years of this highly unanticipated adventure!



Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle VIII car



The exterior of the Wraith Eagle VIII Collection Car is evocative of Alcock and Brown’s compelling night time adventure. Swathed in Gunmetal with a Selby Grey upper two-tone, the colours are separated by a brass feature line. The black grille vanes draw immediate reference to the Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engine cowling on the Vickers Vimy aircraft, the wheels are part polished with a translucent shadow finish. Within, the finely executed interior mirrors the exterior hue.



Selby Grey and black leather are accented by brass, redolent of the brass sextant so integral to the success of the transatlantic journey. Executed in a contemporary fashion, the material populates key areas throughout the cockpit of the Collection. Brass speaker covers depict the estimated flight distance of 1,880 miles and ‘RR’ monograms are embroidered in brass coloured thread onto headrests. A flash of brass complements the navigator door paniers, while the door of the driver includes a brass plaque with Churchill’s quote commending the duo’s remarkable achievements.



Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle VIII car



Inspired by the night time flight of the heroes, the fascia represents a modern-day abstract interpretation of the view the pair would have enjoyed as finally, their craft cleared the thick fog and cloud. In a fusion of contemporary and traditional practises, Smoked Eucalyptus wood is vacuum metalized in gold before being inlaid with silver and copper, to depict the rich detail seen in night time images of the Earth from above. The scene extends to the centre console providing both an emotive and immersive experience for today’s occupants – the cockpit is in perspective with the headliner. 



Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle VIII car



Below, the brass-stitched quilted sides of the centre tunnel provide a direct nod to the V12 engined Vickers Vimy. The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective has masterfully fabricated a clock with an iced background effect which glows a faint green in night time driving conditions. The red hour hand sits atop compass inspired lines on the clock’s fascia, while the landing location coordinates are engraved below. Just 50 of these highly collectable motor cars will be created for discerning collectors.


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Zoya presents jewelry inspired by folktales from world over http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5748 Diamond ruby ear cuffs Zoya



June 5, 2019: Renowned for translating design inspiration into rare pieces with impeccable craftsmanship, Zoya, the diamond boutique from the House of Tata, is captivated by the curious and imaginative stories that have been told and retold over generations. Thus, the brand created “A Treasury of Tales”, a jewelry collection that finds its muse in the rich and varied tapestry of folktales from around the world. This glamourous line of wearable jewellery is sculpted in gold and diamonds with the finest stones such as fancy cut diamonds, topaz, tanzanite and yellow sapphires.



ruby tanzanite ring Zoya



Looking West, the course of the radiant sun and moon is imprinted using yellow sapphires and diamonds in pieces inspired by the Norwegian fairy-tale – East of the Sun and West of the Moon. The occult plumage of the firebird that glows brightly emitting red, yellow and orange gleams; and the three galloping horses that depict the transition from day to night from Russian Folktales inspire a range of rings and earrings crafted using diamonds, rubies and sapphires. 



Diamond tanzanite ring Zoya



Twelve Dancing Princesses of the German folklore are portrayed in boat shaped diamond earrings and jhumkas settled with alternate diamonds and rubies. The intricately designed huggies earrings depict the elegant beauty of the swans of the German fairytale – Wild Swans. On the other hand, in the folklore of Native American tribes’ turtles are considered lucky, often associated with healing, wisdom and spiritual knowledge. 



Turning East, the Japanese stories - Matsuyuma Mirror and The Firefly Princess sparkle with themes of love and contentment. The gleaming earrings in diamonds are reminiscent of flickering fireflies and the cyclic journey of life while the imagery of mirror reflections has been captured in rings crafted in the finest rubies. 



Wild swan earrings Zoya



The popular Chinese mooncake made during the mid-autumn festival is seen in a motif used to design a ring while a rose inspired cut-out in a gold topped ring renders the Chinese folktale – The Blue Rose. Inspired by the great adventures of the Arabian Sailor, Sinbad on the ocean, leaning diamond lines curve into waves symbolizing the powerful water of the sea. The truly heroic tale of Scheherazade has been used in designing earrings with a beautifully placed emerald at its heart.


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London jewelry brand Ortaea launches bridal collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5747 June 5, 2019: The UK-based fine jewellery brand, Ortaea, has unveiled a beautiful bridal collection, featuring one of the most sought after gemstones, the pink diamond. This precious gem is known for bringing beauty and harmony to the wearer, making it the perfect partner to a proposal or as wedding day jewellery.



Ortaea Bridal Collection with Pink Diamonds Wedding ring



Showcasing Ortaea’s expert craftsmanship and ability to celebrate the unique beauty of each stone, the range includes a series of 18kt white gold and pink diamond rings and earrings. Full of meaning and symbolism, and evoking a sense of eternity, the diamond ring is also symbol of Venus, the Goddess of Love. 



Ortaea Bridal Collection with Pink Diamonds earrings



Ortaea offers three variations on the diamond ring including a modern, square cut ring; a tear drop ring set in white and pink diamond pave; and a pear shaped pink diamond ring, set in a cluster of white diamonds.



Creative Director Mita Vohra said, “The pink hue represents the colour of unconditional love, which is what I love most about these gems.” 



Ortaea Bridal Collection with Pink Diamonds Wedding ring



The new Bridal range is available at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge.


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Michael Kors launches PVC Handbag collection for monsoons http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5746 Michael Kors PVC Handbag 2019



June 4, 2019: The Whitney, introduced this past summer, is one of the most iconic handbag from Michael Kors. Designed as a 24/7, work-to-weekend bag, the Whitney combines a sophisticated silhouette with on-the-go versatility. The Whitney satchel is now updated for the season in clear PVC with crocodile-embossed leather trim and a matching center compartment. Complete with a detachable shoulder strap, this structured silhouette features winged side gussets for architectural shape.



Michael Kors PVC Handbag 2019



Along with Whitney, the clear collection makes its presence across different styles. The Ginny crossbody strikes the perfect balance between understated and luxe, with a compact design that’s rendered in PVC and crocodile-embossed leather.



Michael Kors PVC Handbag 2019



This Monsoon, the Michael Kors PVC collection will be available in Optic White, Chestnut Mel and Olive Crocodile Embossed trims across shoulder bags and crossbody styles in Michael Kors stores worldwide.


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Ralph Lauren unveils new Pride Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5745 Ralph Lauren Pride collectionJune 4, 2019: Ralph Lauren Corporation and The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation have a long-standing history of supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. The company also stands with the United Nations global standards for business protecting the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community in the workplace and has been a proud sponsor of the AIDS Walk New York since 1990.



For decades, the iconic Polo shirt has been used as a global symbol to help raise millions of dollars for philanthropic and social impact, including funding breast cancer research and care through the Pink Pony Fund, raising funds for global disaster relief, and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.



This year, Polo Ralph Lauren unveiled the Pride capsule collection, a five-piece gender-neutral collection for adults and children as well as a dedicated marketing campaign that celebrates individuality and inclusion. The company has partnered with Stonewall Community Foundation on this collection and will donate a percentage of the purchase price of the various collection items to benefit LGBTQIA+ organizations around the world.



Ralph Lauren Pride collectionThe marketing campaign features a diverse group of individuals including freeskier, Olympic medalist, and activist Gus Kenworthy; ballet dancer Harper Watters; writer, comedian, and actress Patti Harrison; photographer and model Jacob Bixenman; actress Josie Totah; and Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) affiliates Evrisha, Tyriq, and Cory, all shot by photographer Cass Bird. Each featured individual is deeply rooted in the LGBTQIA+ community and celebrated for their individuality. 



One hundred percent of the purchase price from the sale of each graphic tee and 50% of the purchase price from the sale of each Polo shirt, hoodie, hat, and tote will be donated to Stonewall Community Foundation, benefitting an international network of LGBTQIA+ organizations.


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Panerai launches new version of the Luminor Marina http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5744 Panerai Luminor Marina stainless steel



June 4, 2019: Panerai’s iconic watch, the Luminor Marina, is now available in a new version. It is strong and robust, like the stainless steel of which the case and bracelet are made, with the P.9010 Manufacture automatic mechanical movement. The new Luminor will be available in sizes of 42 or 44 millimetres, water-resistant to 10 bar (100 metres ) and 30 bar (300 metres) respectively.



The new Luminor Marina has a brand new silver-coloured dial, with a special brushed finish formed of vertical stripes, and large figures covered with white luminous material ensuring excellent visibility at night and underwater. Symmetrical with the date at 3 o’clock is the counter at 9 o’clock in which the blue small seconds hand rotates, blue being the colour of Panerai and the sea, the element with which the brand has always been historically linked. The case, made of AISI 316L stainless steel, an alloy particularly resistant to corrosion, has the classic Panerai design, unmistakable thanks to the “bridge” device which protects the winding crown, and it is fitted with a perfectly integrated metal bracelet. 



Panerai Luminor Marina stainless steel



On the back of the case, the bidirectional oscillating weight of the P.9010 Manufacture movement, automatic with a power reserve of three days, can be admired through a sapphire glass porthole. The calibre has the device for stopping the balance wheel to synchronise the watch and the mechanism for rapidly adjusting the hour hand, which can be moved forwards or backwards without interfering with the running of the minute hand. This particular function, very useful when setting the time or changing the time zone, also enables the date to be adjusted very quickly.


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Cunard collaborates with milliner Stephen Jones OBE http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5743 Stephen Jones OBE for Cunard hatMay 30, 2019: Born in Cheshire, Stephen Jones burst on to the London fashion scene during its explosion of street style in the late seventies. By day, he was a student at St Martins; after dark he was one of that era's uncompromising style-blazers at the legendary Blitz nightclub - always crowned with a striking hat of his own idiosyncratic design. Nearly 40 years later, Mr. Jones's era-defining edge continues to attract a celebrity clientele which includes, Rihanna, Tilda Swinton and the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.



Stephen Jones OBE has now collaborated with luxury British cruise line Cunard to create a stunning millinery masterpiece that has been unveiled on-board Cunard’s magnificent flagship, Queen Mary 2.



“I wanted to design something that was strong and bold - yet elegant and regal, like a crown. The hat is a nod to the beauty of the sea but also the glamour of ocean travel that Cunard epitomises. The look and feel is modern and contemporary and could be for the British Social Season. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the hat being worn at Gold Cup Day, Royal Ascot in a few weeks time,” said Mr Jones.



Stephen Jones OBE for Cunard hatMr. Jones has incorporated a variety of materials into the headpiece, mirroring the designer's own preoccupation with creating designs that appeal to fashionable women who are confident in their wardrobe choices. He works for many clients and some of the most legendary fashion houses including Dior and Vivienne Westwood. Mr Jones will headline Cunard’s annual Transatlantic Fashion Week which departs New York on the July 28, arriving in to Southampton seven days later on the August 4, 2019. 



The hat will form part of Mr Jones’s glittering runway shows on board. Mr. Jones will also be taking guests through his distinguished career via a series of talks and Q&As. He will be joined during the fashion week by some other celebrated names in fashion including Stuart Weitzman, Hilary Alexander OBE and Lindy Woodhead.


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Santa Monica's Oceana Beach Club renovated and open http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5742 Oceana Santa Monica hotel restaurant and bar



May 30, 2019: Where the sun-kissed ocean meets the prestige of walkable Montana Avenue, Santa Monica’s most coveted neighborhood north of Wilshire Boulevard, Oceana Beach Club reopens its gates with all-new entrance and lobby; 70 striking guest suites with ocean views and custom high-end furnishings; a private indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar curated by a famed Santa Monica restauranteur; lush outdoor courtyard lounge with swimming pool and stylish social gathering space; a state-of-the-art fitness studio and spa; and space for intimate events.



Oceana Santa Monica hotel guest suite



A secluded Santa Monica haven for world travelers, celebrities and titans of industry since opening across from the beach on fabled Ocean Avenue in 1996, the hotel has shaken up itself with oceanside glamour and relaxed 5-star luxury as it debuts as ‘Oceana’ with a $25 million head-to-toe transformation. 



Oceana’s gorgeous new design from interior designer Anna Busta of Busta Studio in New York City sees elegant modern design across every inch of the beachside home-away-from-home. The lobby features mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean and outdoor courtyard lounge with pool while offering a stunning living room setting with a hanging glass light installation by Alison Berger, contemporary fire pit and cerused oak wood ship lap paneling. A sleek indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar curated by a notable Santa Monica restauranteur will be a members-only destination unto itself that is available exclusively to hotel guests. 



Oceana Santa Monica hotel guest suite bathroom



Seventy guest suites – many offering ocean views – and eight room types ranging from studio suites (500 square feet) to two-bedroom ocean-view suites (up to 1,700 square feet) feature hanging swings beside front doors; a sumptuous color palette with soothing neutrals, blues and bold geometric patterns; all custom high-end furnishings and accent pieces including rich velvet sofas, four-poster beds, luxe minibar cabinets and hand-tufted rugs from Nepal; captivating artwork commissioned from Los Angeles artists and international photographers; Loro Piana bedding and Frette linens; spa-inspired bathrooms with Bottega Veneta amenities; and a state-of-the-art technology package. Framed by lush greenery and blooms from landscape architecture firm Perry Guillot of the Hamptons, the outdoor courtyard lounge offers a swimming pool, alfresco dining and cocktails, fire pits and James Perse upholstered teak furniture.  



Oceana Santa Monica hotel guest suite bar cabinet



“We are thrilled to soon welcome world travelers to the new Oceana that will offer exclusive access to the best of Santa Monica’s celebrated beach lifestyle,” said Jim Lippman, Chairman & CEO of owner and operator JRK Hotel Group. “With an authentic take on intimate, residential-style luxury steps from the Pacific Ocean, Oceana will bring a new caliber of five-star hospitality to the iconic beaches of Southern California.”   


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Go pineapple with Preferred Hotels & Resorts' International Pineapple Week http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5741 International Pineapple WeekMay 30, 2019: The pineapple became the emblem of hospitality more than 500 years ago when seafarers sought places to relax in port towns and would look for homes that had pineapples hung in their entrance, a signal that those friendly locals would welcome them for a meal or place to sleep. Since then, the pineapple has been used to express that ‘you are welcome here’ in a multitude of ways, including depictions in monuments and the designs of doors, gates, and entryways across cities worldwide. Preferred Hotels & Resorts, a consortium of independent hotels, has announced International Pineapple Week, a multi-channel celebration of the symbolism behind its logo, the pineapple. 



Running from June 1 to 9, 2019, the first International Pineapple Week aims to raise wider awareness of the Preferred brand among global audiences that are seeking authentic, independent luxury hotel and travel experiences through a series of interactive and rewarding initiatives that will be offered at member hotels around the world.



The Preferred Pineapple Cocktail Series welcomes guests to enjoy original pineapple-flavored cocktails (or mocktails) that have been crafted by some of the most creative mixologists at more than 100 hotel bars globally throughout International Pineapple Week. Some participating hotels include NoMo SoHo in New York City; The Hari Hotel London in the United Kingdom; EAST, Beijing in China; Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California; Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach in Hawaii; Carneros Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California; Hotel EQ, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and more.



An evening turndown is a quintessential marker of the luxury hotel experience and during International Pineapple Week, guests staying at 19 participating hotels will enjoy a special turndown gift, compliments of Preferred. Provided at hotels ranging from Royalton Hotel New York and Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans to Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Cancun and Porta Hotel Antigua in Guatemala, Preferred will surprise and delight guests for one or two nights between June 1 and 9 with a silky eye mask and a bedtime story via a creative postcard that shares the history of the pineapple, along with an exclusive offer to claim 5,000 Pineapple Points as a bonus for enrolling in I Prefer.



As a regional treat for residents of New York City and visitors, Preferred Hotels & Resorts has teamed up with Brooklyn-based, spice-forward artisanal ice cream shop Malai to launch a globally inspired flavor-of-the-month: Preferred Pineapple Pink Peppercorn. This bright, pineapple-infused ice cream aims will be available for purchase throughout the month of June at Malai’s new storefront in Cobble Hill (268 Smith St.) To kick off International Pineapple Week on Saturday, June 1, two pop-up carts will be staged at Preferred member hotels NoMo SoHo on Crosby Street and the newly opened Hotel Henri in Nomad, inviting all to enjoy one free scoop per person between 1-2pm, or purchase the pineapple flavor, along with Malai’s signature flavor Sweet Milk, from 2-5pm. 



For more information on International Pineapple Week, visit the microsite.


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de Grisogono launches Tondo by Night timepieces http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5739 May 29, 2019: Luxury jewelry and watchmaking brand de GRISOGONO keeps creating trends that have put it at the forefront of the industry, both in terms of technical innovations and breathtaking designs. TONDO BY NIGHT collection, thus, by de GRISOGONO is a line that is at once playful, luxurious and technical. 



de Grisogono Tondo by Night timepiece green



The refined art of gemsetting blends smoothly with the technical sophistication of an exclusive in-house movement specially developed to display a gemset oscillating weight on the front side. de GRISOGONO pulls off an authentic master stroke by offering an innovative and vibrant interpretation of its contemporary baroque style.



The spectacular models sparkle both by day and night, thanks to an original pearly photoluminescent composite fiberglass material, an innovative and exclusive luminescent material, enriched with small pieces of mother-of-pearl that give a stunning finish. 



de Grisogono Tondo by Night timepiece blue



Available in several variations: white, yellow, pink, green, purple and orange, the iridescent luminous material on the case and buckle, professionally tested to ensure total comfort, soaks up the daylight in order to lend it a glamorous glow when evening falls. The black diamond on the crown, the Galuchat strap and the distinctive design of the Tondo case all stamp the collection with the hallmark of the inimitable de GRISOGONO style. 



These radiant and playful oval-shaped timepieces sparkle with a row of 48 gems on the bezel as well as 60 precious stones arranged in three rows on the oscillating weight.


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Tod's recreates the classic Gommino with a new campaign http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5737 Tod's My Ride red Gomminos



May 22, 2019: Italian luxury accessories maker Tod’s has reimagined their iconic Gommino – the original driving shoe – with a series of films, called #FollowMyRide, showing personalities doing what they love best. 



Tod’s Gommino was created with the intention of combining classic Italian style with a beautifully crafted shoe that can be worn on any occasion. Its trademark is a sole covered with 133 rubber “pebbles”, giving it its distinctive look. The Gommino is a symbol of the mindset of freedom, letting go, and embracing one’s own passion.



Tod's My Ride Tong Dawei



This casual-chic moccasin took inspiration from the driving shoes used in the 1950s and has been worn by those who cherish the quality of craft and time, while enjoying the freedom and adventure of life. The short films shot in New York explore the idea of motion and begs the question, “What drives you?”. Seen through the lens of health and wellness guru Taryn Toomey, restaurateur Louis Levy, artist Richard Phillips, actor Tong Dawei and model Katrin Thormann, each character expresses their own clear passion through motion. 



Wearing pale pink leather Gommino, Ms. Toomey is captured in her studio before she begins her weekly fitness class. Mr. Levy escapes the city on his motorcycle with his red suede lace-ups in tow. Mr. Dawei explores New York city wearing the denim shoe. Mr. Phillips is seen leaving his art studio wearing the navy suede shoe for a quick ride in his vintage Porsche, while Ms. Thormann bikes through the streets of the West Village wearing beige suede Gommino. And don’t miss her little baby, also clad in tiny little Tod’s Gomminos!




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The Balvenie Stories & a $60,000 suite stay - can't get more luxurious! http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5736 The Balvenie Stories range of whisky



May 22, 2019: Age is a driving factor when it comes to whisky. And age is a symbol of experiences and stories. No pun intended to Game of Thrones of course. But coming back to the brand in our hand right now, The Balvenie has always remained true to the techniques passed down by its craftsmen from generation to generation. It remains a place run by people – where human touch, skill, and emotion prevail over machine and automation. In this way, each whisky produced by the Scottish whisky brand tells a human story, evolving with the protagonists and developing unexpected twists through years of maturation. The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky has therefore announced the launch of The Balvenie Stories – a collection of three single malt whiskies representing tales of character, endeavor and craft created at the Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland.



The Balvenie Stories collection will be comprised of the following three expressions: The Sweet Toast of American Oak (aged 12 years - $59.99), The Week of Peat (aged 14 years - $99), and A Day of Dark Barley (aged 26 years - $799). Drinkers will have the unique opportunity to hear these stories in full, as told by the protagonists involved, via audio conversations recorded between them and The Balvenie Global Ambassador Gemma Paterson.



The Balvenie Stories range of whisky

  

To commemorate the Stories launch in the U.S., The Balvenie has partnered with Celebrated Experiences, a premier luxury travel company, to offer a once-in-a-lifetime whisky experience in New York City. The Stories Suite, the location of which will remain secret until booked, will be an immersive experience for guests. Artwork for the Stories range will be displayed throughout and will complement sweeping NYC skyline views. Pieces of the distillery and materials of The Balvenie Stories range, such as peat and barley, will be incorporated into the three-storey penthouse’s designer décor elements, and traditional amenities will have a Balvenie twist. 



Available as a highly exclusive two-night package on June 19 and June 20, 2019, whisky enthusiasts who book the $60,000 secret suite will be treated to a guided tasting of the Stories range with The Balvenie Apprentice Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie alongside a multi-course dinner in the suite's dining room, a chauffeured tour to some of the city's best-known speakeasies specializing in Scotch, and a rare bottle of The Balvenie signed by Malt Master David C. Stewart.  



The Balvenie Stories Suite experience new york manhattan



The Balvenie Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE said, "The Balvenie Stories collection tells these tales in liquid form, giving whisky drinkers across the globe a special glimpse into the unique and very human nature of how we produce our whisky. Each expression in the collection reflects this by telling its own story via first-hand accounts and recollections of the many people involved."


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Gucci launches sunglasses inspired by the style of Elton John http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5735 May 22, 2019: Elton John is synonymous with energy and eccentric fashion. Now, inspired by the peacock style, and audacious and magnetic personality of the British rock icon, Gucci celebrates the artist with two models of sunglasses that resonate with the extravagant wardrobe of this showman.



Gucci Elton John sunglasses



The first style of sunglasses has a heart shape and a shiny, dark blue glitter frame decorated with Swarovski crystals, and solid cherry lenses. The second is an oversized square model with a shiny, solid blue frame decorated with tangerine-coloured Swarovski crystals, and gradient orange lenses.



Gucci Elton John sunglasses



These pieces are a further example of the brand’s on-going relationship with Elton John, which began last year with a series of looks created for the Spring Summer 2019 fashion show taking inspiration from pieces in the musician’s personal archive. There followed totes featuring record-cover art from the artist’s back catalogue, and then the brand was invited to create the entire wardrobe for Elton John’s three-year final tour, the global Farewell Yellow Brick Road performances.



Gucci Elton John Rocketman costume



In another huge step, Taron Egerton will be seen in select Gucci outfits in the movie ‘Rocketman’, which is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. 



Images © Gucci & 2019 Paramount Pictures Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved.


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Breitling launches a limited edition Superocean Heritage http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5734 May 21, 2019: The Superocean Heritage Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition timepiece is part of one of watchmaking's greatest legacies, but it is even more than that: it is a beautifully timed call to action, reminding each of us that we can all play an important role in maintaining healthy oceans and clean beaches. The luxury Swiss watchmaking brand, Breitling has launched its Superocean Heritage Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition watch in Bali with the support of its high-profile Surfers Squad members Kelly Slater, Sally Fitzgibbons, and Stephanie Gilmore. 



Breitling Bali Beach clean up



Working with the conservation group Ocean Conservancy, Breitling organized a beach clean-up to celebrate the launch of the chronograph, which is limited to 1000 pieces. Instead of another glittery event, we have a cleaner beach now. About 100 Breitling guests and hundreds of volunteers from Bali and the surrounding region were a part of the cleanup effort which resulted in hundreds of kilograms of trash and plastic being removed from the beach.



The Superocean Heritage Ocean Conservancy Limited Edition is distinguished by a caseback engraved with the Ocean Conservancy logo and the limited edition "1 OF 1000" numbers. The chronograph, which is powered by a Breitling Caliber 13 mechanical movement, features an ultra-hard scratch- and shock-resistant unidirectional rotating bezel with a luminescent central dot at 12 o'clock, a particularly useful feature for divers. This dot, as well as the minute and hour hands, are coated with Super-LumiNova and emit a blue light instead of the standard green. 



Breitling Superocean Heritage Limited Edition watch



The color variation complements the design of the watch, whose silver-colored dial is enhanced by a blue "Superocean" inscription. There are also blue accents and a blue central second hand as well as tone-on-tone subdials with blue or nickel-plated accents. The straps are extremely durable, and the ECONYL yarn material can be recycled indefinitely.



Kelly Slater, arguably the most successful surfer of all time, said: "I always say – and I believe that I can speak on behalf of the entire Surfers Squad – that beaches are, in effect, our offices. What we have seen here and on beaches and in oceans around the world is shocking, and I would like to thank Breitling and Ocean Conservancy for their shared fight against plastic pollution. Everyone can contribute to a cleaner environment – for ourselves and for future generations."


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Indian designer Ranna Gill launches flagship store in Mumbai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5733 May 21, 2019: An alumnus of the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, Ranna Gill launched her label 'RANNA GILL' two decades ago. The designer launched her flagship store in South Mumbai for her eponymous label at the luxury and lifestyle destination Palladium in Lower Parel. 



Ranna Gill Palladium Mumbai store



A leading pret label with international acclaim, it is synonymous with style and panache for the modern woman of today, as she juggles multiple roles in a day's work.



Ranna Gill is all about understated exuberance and good taste. Celebrating the season with special laces and ruffles, the Summer Spring 2019 is a collection of pleats smocked panels on shirts and peasant blouses; pleasantly draped floral printed dresses; exquisite lace embroidered silk chiffon dresses with flattering waists; oriental floral prints with floral embroidery; appliqué flowers and frills; forest prints on peasant sleeves and of course Rana Gill "staples", the classic button downs. 



Ranna Gill Palladium Mumbai store



"Summer is all about staying cool and cheery while the temperatures soar. This collection is flattering, with an easy-going elegance without compromising on comfort, with several enchanting elements," says Ms. Gill.


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Tag Heuer revamps Carrera Lady timepieces http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5732 Cara Delevingne for Tag Heuer Carrera watchMay 21, 2019: Elegant and enduring, Tag Heuer’s popular Carrera Lady timepiece features a new design that enhances the entire 36 mm collection. From bold colours to the improved readability of the dial, the revamped Carrera Lady timepieces, available with a quartz or automatic movement, deftly combine performance and style. 



The dial is available in white mother-of-pearl, purple, blue, grey and black, and is perfectly legible thanks to its markedly pure design. A seconds scale is printed on the flange around the dial, and is surrounded by either a smooth or diamond-set bezel. A final detail that sets the new Carrera Lady wristwatches apart from their predecessors is the date window at 3 o’clock – the frame boasts an intriguing trapezoidal shape, as opposed to the square shape of the original.



These watches are available with purple, taupe or grey alligator leather straps, while quilted calfskin straps in black or blue also give a feminine touch to the overall look. The models powered by an automatic movement are available with a taupe-coloured alligator leather strap or a stainless-steel bracelet. Tag Heuer has also introduced a new folding clasp for leather straps, which is thinner than previous models.



The watch is being endorsed by model, actress and Tag Heuer Brand Ambassador Cara Delevingne. She said, “For me a watch is not only a fashion accessory, it’s also something that reflects who you are and your way of life. In that regard, I like my watch to be daring, bold, and noticeable. The first thing you notice when you look at the Carrera watches is the design, the lines, the elegance without being too classic. I really like the touch of color, the stainless steel bracelet, and how you can wear them with different looks throughout the day”.


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The Merchant of Venice launches fragrance, Red Potion http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5729 Red Potion Merchant of Venice



May 16, 2019: The colour red symbolises fire-coloured sunsets reflected in the ripples of the lagoon, the red velvets of the gondolas, the Venetian flag charged with the Golden Lion of St. Mark’s passant across a red background, the nobility of Venice, the warm natural pigment of red Venetian buildings, and the colour often used in Italian Renaissance paintings. Taking that inspiration, The Merchant of Venice has introduced its latest fragrance – Red Potion.



New to the range in the signature Murano Collection bottle, this heady scent captures orange blossom, rosemary, and the caramel-esque notes of the hardy immortelle. These raw scents travel the seas from North Africa across the Mediterranean into Venice, following the trade route of La Muda del Trafego, which is the source of inspiration of this particular fragrance, named after the iconic symbols of RED, which permeate the city of Venice. 



Red Potion, thus, has Golden Immortelle, Orange, Marigold as the top notes, while Orange flowers, Rosemary, Honeysuckle bind the fragrance with Tonka beans, Sandalwood, and Lichen Accord.


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Chicago's Yugen introduces new menu with favorites http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5728 Chawanmushi Yugen Chicago



May 16, 2019: As the weather heats up, a new five-course tasting menu has been introduced at the contemporary Japanese restaurant, Yūgen. Inspired by favorites from the restaurant's decadent 10-course offering, the five-course menu is thoughtfully curated and beautifully presented while still capturing Chef Mari Katsumura's unique, bold and elevated flavors. 



The scrumptious five-course meal will include Canapés like Tako Yaki, Crab Motoyaki, Tamago Yaki, Beef Jerky. While the main course dishes will include dishes like Seaweed Salad (Oyster, Celery Root, Watermelon Radish), Sashimi (Frozen Japanese Citrus, Okinawa Sea Grape, Buddha's Hand), Crab Rice (Alaskan King Crab, Salmon Roe, Puffed Grain Furikake), Chawanmushi (Santa Barbara Uni, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Asian Pear), and Dry-Aged Lamb (Spring Onion, Prune, Nasturtium)



Crab Rice Yugen Chicago menuEvery meal is incomplete without a good delicious dessert. So this spring, Pastry Chef Jeanine Lamadieu created two new desserts sure to be the perfect end to a memorable meal. Guests will be delighted by ‘Strawberry’ (Kefir Sorbet, Strawberry Streusel, Strawberry Jus) and ‘Goat’ (Honey Cream, Goat's Milk, Smoked Cashew.)



"While not all guests have the time to sit for 10 full courses, we still wanted to offer them a chance to experience some of the most beloved dishes on the menu, which is why we added the five-course option. Additionally, those who enjoy the traditional 10-course experience can look forward to a refreshed selection of new seasonal dishes," said Chef Katsumura.

 

Coordinates: 652 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL, USA


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Gucci launches collaborative music-based project #GucciGig http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5727 GucciGig music project



May 16, 2019: Introducing its new music based project, #GucciGig is created in the same spirit of Gucci’s other collaborative projects such as #GucciGram, #24HourAce and #TFWGucci. For the project, 12 musicians from all over the world were asked to represent their personal experience of live performance through exclusive shoots, videos or artwork, pairing with collaborating partners - artists, illustrators, photographers, videomakers and graphic designers.



Creative Director Alessandro Michele invited musicians and artists to work together to produce original work for Gucci’s digital channels. The results take many forms, from photography to illustration to video; the genres referenced include backstage and onstage reportage, fan art and gig flyer design. Inside their #GucciGig works, the musicians celebrate the most individual styles from the current Gucci eyewear collection. 



GucciGig music project



The designs have a distinctly rock ‘n’ roll spirit: oversized squared shapes decorated with beautiful pearled acetates, rich crystal pavés and colourful leather details. In addition to the squared pieces, with their on-stage look, a selection of street-style aviator models echoes the theme of bold shapes combined with rich colours. The launch of #GucciGig synchronizes with the debut of Gucci’s Spotify account: each musician from the project will create a playlist with an unexpected theme. 



The musicians and bands of #GucciGig, who hail from diverse countries, include Alex Cameron (in collaboration with Jemima Kirke and Jack Ladder); Yves Tumor (with Jordan Hemingway); Curtis Harding (with Matt Correia and John Zabawa); band Amyl and the Sniffers (with Jamie Wdziekonski)—lead singer Amy Taylor and bass player Gus Romer; Cole Alexander of Black Lips and Crush (with Ariana Papademetropoulos); Lou Doillon; Jehnny Beth (with Johnny Hostile); band Kikagaku Moyo (with Alessio Vitelli); Weyes Blood (with Taylor Giali); Populous (with Odd Arts), Connie Constance (with Sophie Jones and Morgan Benjamin); Merry Lamb Lamb (with Somewhere Nowhere Studio).


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Spice Route at The Imperial New Delhi launches its annual Mango menu http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5726 Fried Prawns Spice Route Imperial New DelhiMay 16, 2019: Mangoes are the life of summers, ripe or raw. The Spice Route at The Imperial New Delhi yet again invites guests to indulge in a menu that promises to steal hearts with specialties put together with ripe or raw mangoes, complemented with chef's specials. 



Ushering in the mango mood as it reaches a crescendo with Chef Veena Arora's 'Summer Collection Menu' at the Spice Route, the oomph of this king of fruits has been relished over two decades with mango mania in South East Asian recipes. This season's new menu features creations inspired from the regions of Kerala, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.



Be sure to sample dishes such as the Yum Mamuang Kung Heng (spicy raw mango salad with dry shrimp), Pariappu Maambalam (yellow dal simmered with raw and ripe mango, tempered with mustard seed and curry leaves), Fried Yera (crispy prawn served with spicy ripe mango chutney), Maambalam Pavakka (wok fried bitter gourd with kerala spices and sliver of raw mango), Tom Som Mamuang (chicken soup flavoured with raw mango, cherry tomato, white onion, lemongrass, galangal, kafir lime leaves and fresh cilantro) and more. 



yellow dal with Mango Spice Route Imperial New DelhiChef Veena has delicately balanced spices with mango in all her offerings, for a heavenly treat. Some old favourites have also been retained in the menu, such as Amba Curry (chef's special Sri Lankan raw mango and assorted vegetable curry), Ga Xao Hot Dieu (stir-fried chicken with fresh mangoes and cashew nuts Vietnamese style), and Pla-e-Saan (crispy fillets of sole served with spicy palm sugar and shredded raw mango sauce, garnished with fresh green mint).



The longtime resident, lovable chef at Spice Route, Chef Veena said, "The interesting raw and ripe mango based recipes are refreshing like the advent of summer ought to be and a celebration of the season of course. Most of them are my own creations, wonderfully complemented by rice, chicken, prawns, sole fish, veggies and exotic spices. Also, as I hail from Thailand, I want to reflect the love of blending Thai cuisine with fruits, in my menu."



 


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Tod's debuts 'Library' boutique at Hudson Yards, New York http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5724 Hudson Yards, New York



May 10, 2019: Introducing a new style of boutique space, Italian luxury brand Tod’s has debuted its Library boutique in the Shops at Hudson Yards, New York’s newest, avant-garde destination for shopping, dining and culture. This marks the 14th U.S. boutique for the company, and the second in New York City.



The 1,600 sq ft Tod’s Library has been designed in a way so as to communicate the brand’s philosophy from the first step inside. This is evident from the moment one grasps the leather-clad handles of the soaring glass doors, and steps over the threshold into the boutique. The store employs natural materials and pays meticulous attention to detail, from the subtly veined Italian marble floors to the polished concrete walls, the rich teak shelving and spotless white travertine that covers every mirror-polished stainless steel table.



Tod's boutique Hudson yards New York



Vacchetta leather, used for decades by Tod’s highly skilled artisans to craft some of the most distinct products from the brand, is generously used throughout the space, covering walls, drawers and vertical trunks. An elegant bookshelf anchors the easternmost wall, providing a showcase for a library of tools traditionally used in the production of fine leather goods, as well as the brand’s iconic styles.



Tod's Library is the first example of a new boutique layout. 



Tod's Library boutique New York



Coordinates: 20 Hudson Yards, New York, NY, USA


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All Things Nice organises an evening with whisky legend Jim Murray http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5723 Jim Murray Whisky Tasting All Things NiceMay 10, 2019: All Things Nice, an educating platform which exposes Indian consumers to fine foods and beverages, is curating an unforgettable experience with Jim Murray, a highly acclaimed whisky connoisseur, world’s leading whisky critic and author of ‘The Whisky Bible’. 



Mr. Murray has embarked on a two-city tour of India, with All Things Nice, hosting four exclusive blind tastings, beginning with Mumbai on May 15 and 16, and in Delhi on May 17 and 18.



The events will be hosted in Delhi at the Pullman New Delhi Aerocity, wherein the Pullman’s culinary team will curate exotic delicacies such as Texas rubbed lamb skewers, Blue swimmer crab & avocado toasts, Macadamia dukkha, Jalapeno and Manchego ‘croquets’ red pepper aioli and more to be paired with the fine spirits.



In Mumbai, the event will be hosted at the Sofitel Mumbai BKC. The hotel’s culinary team will whip up delicacies such as Chicken Liver Pâté in Gougères, Duck Confit Croquettas with Smoked Aioli, Braised Pork Tacos and Wild Mushroom Risotto which will balance well with the whiskies.



Sommelier Nikhil Agarwal, CEO of All Things Nice, said, “Bringing Jim Murray to India is a true pleasure because we get to share his expertise and passion for whisky with our members and partners who are whisky aficionados themselves. These unique events with Jim Murray fulfil our endeavour to propel consumption and understanding of high quality whisky in India.’



Price: INR 5,000 all-inclusive per event

To reserve, email at info@allthingsnice.in or call +919820698883


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Louis Vuitton's fragrance Les Sables Roses is an ode to Middle East http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5722 Les Sables Roses Louis Vuitton perfume



May 9, 2019: After Ombre Nomade, Louis Vuitton’s master perfumer, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, pays tribute to the olfactory heritage of the Middle East with Les Sables Roses. Fascinated by the scents, rites and traditions of a several thousand year-old perfume culture, he has orchestrated a composition of contrasts centred around the rose, oud and ambergris - three raw materials that have traversed time and geography to express “something eternal”. 



Les Sables Roses Louis Vuitton perfumeEnamoured by the natural ingredients that have surrounded him ever since his childhood in Grasse, France, Mr. Belletrud sources the most precious ones from the four corners of the world and strives to enhance them in each of his creations. “At Louis Vuitton, perfumes are about contrast. One element enhances another, and vice-versa,” he notes. 



Les Sables Roses has notes of Rosa Centifolia absolute, Bulgarian rose, Oud, Ambergris, Black pepper, Saffron. It is a perfume of resolutely simple architecture, to better underscore the richness of its ingredients: a duo of rose and oud, accentuated by ambergris. 



The perfume launches in June for the Indian market and is priced at INR 26,000 ($370) for 100ml bottle and INR 40,000 ($570) for 200ml bottle.


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Perry's Steakhouse & Grille offers new dessert - Blazing Baked Alaska http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5719 Perry's Steakhouse & Grille Blazing Baked AlaskaMay 7, 2019 - Known for offering exceptional dining experiences and signature flaming tableside desserts since 1979, Perry's Steakhouse & Grille has a new addition to its dessert menu - its newest signature dessert, the Baked Alaska for Two. 



Charles Ranhofer, a French Chef who was working in New York City, holds claim to the original Baked Alaska creation in 1867. The dessert was originally served to celebrate the United States' purchase of Alaska. Chef Ranhofer's version of the dessert included slices of sponge cake or pound cake topped with a ball-shaped build of ice cream or sherbet enclosed in meringue then flambéed or baked until browned.



This iconic retro dessert is rarely seen in its original form now. However, Perry’s has added its own twist to this creative dessert. Instead of a classic sponge cake, celebrity Chef Rick Moonen, Perry's Master Development Chef, has introduced a citrus shortbread. The ice cream also has been replaced with a frozen lemon custard and covered with a vanilla bean cloud of meringue. Baked and then flamed tableside with Grand Marnier, it is time to experience this Rare and Well Done Baked Alaska for Two. 



Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has 20 locations across United States. 


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Blush sticks join the Manish Malhotra X MyGlamm collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5718 May 7, 2019: The Manish Malhotra X MyGlamm collection is getting better with each day. The newest members of the family are Romance and Seduction, pearl finish blush sticks that melt easily into the skin and last for hours, and Bedazzled, a pearl finish highlighter stick. 



Manish Malhotra X MyGlamm Champagne Highlighter



The blush sticks’ soft, velvety tone and subtle ultrafine pearl shimmer lends a natural glow to your face, like you're blushing from within. It’s light enough for that nude office look and glam enough for the after-party. Versatile and easy to use, the blush stick is a must-have in your makeup kit. The formula is free from parabens, mineral oil, D5 and nano-ingredients.



Manish Malhotra X MyGlamm Pink blush stick



Talking about the shades, Romance is a cool pink that gives you a fresh-faced appeal, while Seduction is a warm peach that gives you a subtle glow. Bedazzled is a champagne shade with a hi-shine finish. 


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Gucci launches new lipsticks at Doubles Club in New York http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5716 May 6, 2019: Italian Fashion brand Gucci hosted a party to launch its new lipstick collections, the first debut from a new Gucci Makeup line, ideated under a contemporary manifesto of beauty by Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele. 



Gucci Balm Lipstick No More Orchard shade



Cloaked in richly textured décor that evokes the year it opened, in 1976, the event took place in the private Doubles Club in New York. This intriguing location fittingly customized to welcome Gucci’s guests and celebrate the new chapter of the Gucci Beauty story, starting with lipsticks. 



Gucci’s three new lipstick collections are in diverse formulations: Rouge à Lèvres Satin with a satin finish, Rouge à Lèvres Voile with a sheer finish, and Baume à Lèvres, a lip balm with a translucent finish.



Gucci Lipstick red shade



The campaign, which was shot by Martin Parr, stars Dani Miller, the lead singer of punk band Surfbort, whose music touches on politics, sexuality, mental health and social media, and models Mae Lapres, Achok Majak and Ellia Sophia Coggins. These contemporary faces attended the event together with Mr. Michele and the new Gucci Global Makeup Artist, Thomas de Kluyver. 



Inside the club, with 58 shades to choose from, the guests tried the lipsticks on at vintage-inspired makeup stations, assisted by Mr. de Kluyvers’ team.


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MB&F launches the Legacy Machine 'Split Escapement' in Titanium Green http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5715 MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement in Titanium Green



May 6, 2019: MB&F followers are not unfamiliar with the Legacy Machine ‘Split Escapement’ time machine. This luxury mechanical watch brand has made sure that there is one distinctive technical constant with every single watch in the MB&F Legacy Machine collection. The functions may vary, and different complications come to the fore in each edition, but the suspended balance wheel remains literally and metaphorically above everything else. In Legacy Machine Split Escapement, this feature is not only highlighted, but raised to another level of achievement.



MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement in Titanium GreenWhat is rather less traditional is its construction. Unlike most of the other suspended balances in the Legacy Machine collection, the balance of LM Split Escapement seems to oscillate on its own, without any visible intake of energy. The essential remaining parts of the escapement, which provide the driving impulse – anchor and escape wheel – are concealed on the opposite side of the movement, almost 12 mm below; hence the name ‘Split Escapement’.



Having originally launched in 2017 in four white gold ‘frosted’ editions, the brand has launched the 2019 edition in titanium green. The latest grade 5 titanium edition with green CVD-treated dial is decorated with a spectacular sun-ray finish, which catches the light from alternating angles and makes the dial colour vary between blue and green. Rarity in design...


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A private collection of Kashmir shawls to be sold at Christie's http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5714 May 6, 2019: Kashmir is known for its aesthetic beauty, staggering culture and handmade pashmina shawls. Christie's brings perhaps the most significant collection of shawls ever to be offered at auction. Dating back from the 17th to the late 19th century, these hand-woven, decorated Kashmir shawls were created as items of luxury. Traditionally worn by men and women, these treasured heirlooms were handed down in the family for generations, prized for the very fine quality of wool used and their intricate embroidered decoration. The high level of craftsmanship achieved by Kashmiri weavers remains unmatched anywhere in the world. 



Kashmir shawls on auction at Christie's



Known in Kashmir as 'pashmina', the shawls are hand-woven from the softest, warmest, light-weight fabric spun from the fine under-hair of high-altitude goats. The weaving of this fine fabric into shawls is thought to have been done in Kashmir since the 1st century AD and remains in practice even today. 



Highlights include an early 19thcentury square shawl with a remarkable and unusual pattern which combines the stripes with the central moon design (estimate £7,000-£10,000). Moon shawls are known to have been modelled after a type of 16th century carpet from the Ottoman court in Cairo. Striped examples were especially valued by members of the royal court of Jaipur in Rajasthan. Moon shawls were also very popular in Western markets, especially with fashionable ladies in Britain in the late 18th and 19th centuries, to be worn as accessories with their gowns. Further highlights include a 17th century Mughal long shawl border fragment comprising eleven singular floral motifs woven on an ivory ground.



Kashmir shawls on auction at Christie's



Comprising 85 lots with prices ranging from £1,000 – 12,000, the online sale will be open for bidding between June 11-18.


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Four Seasons Hotels open 2nd property in India in Bengaluru http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5713 May 2, 2019: Opening a second opulent location in India, Four Seasons Hotel has opened its doors in Bengaluru within the new landmark destination Embassy ONE. The new property encompasses the 230-room Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru, 105 Four Seasons Private Residences and commercial and luxury retail space.



Superior Room Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru



Developed by Embassy Group, Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru features interiors by Yabu Pushelberg, complemented by a curated collection of paintings, prints and sculptures by more than 25 contemporary Indian artists throughout the hotel. 



Set within 5.6 acres of landscaped gardens and water features including an (100 feet) outdoor pool, the hotel panorama mirrors the city’s unique combination of modern urban architecture dotted with parks and gardens.



The 191 rooms and 39 suites are sunlit, with crisp lines and thoughtful details designed for today’s luxury traveller. All accommodations feature the fully customisable Four Seasons Bed with a choice of plush, signature mattress topper to ensure a good night’s rest.



Bathrooms Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru



Led by Executive Chef Stéphane Calvet, the culinary team brings an international outlook to the table at Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru. At CUR8, guests are welcomed into a design led indoor/outdoor restaurant as the drama unfolds with chefs on show at the numerous open kitchens. At the lobby level, The Lobby Lounge and Terrace, promises the city’s best afternoon tea, as well as the Four Seasons special blend of teas, coffees and light fare around the clock. The moist Travel Cakes are the highlight here along with scones made from vanilla pods sourced from Kerala. For the spirited connoisseur, lively conversation is paired with the world’s finest whiskies at The Collection every evening. There’s also the Pool Bar offering tropical refreshments amid the Hotel’s green gardens.



Far & East highlights the dining experience at Four Seasons, bringing together a melange of Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines, as well as classic dishes such as the expertly prepared Peking duck. For a nightcap, Copitas offers late night cocktails, as well as sundowners and shared platters with a view on the 21st floor terrace for the after-work crowd.



Poolside at Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru



Take a break at Infuse Spa, an uplifting hideaway tucked behind a cascading waterfall, featuring 11 treatment rooms where trained therapists offer experiences ranging from massages to body scrubs, polishes and wraps. The Coffee Scrub harness the rich powers of locally grown coffee from nearby Coorg while the sensual Candle Massage will relax you to the core. 



With 16,574 square feet of event spaces accommodating as many as 1,000 guests, Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru is ideally positioned for business functions, multi-day conferences, weddings and other social events. 



Coordinates: 8, Bellary Rd, Dena Bank Colony, Ganganagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India


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Christie's to auction royal pieces from Rothschild collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5712 Cabinet belonging to Philip V King of Spain part of Rothschild collection Christie's auction



May 2, 2019: Collected, preserved and treasured over generations, the Rothschild family is parting with some of its royal pieces to auction them at Christie’s. This landmark sale comprises of approximately 57 lots, each with exceptional provenance, including important European furniture, works of art and old master paintings. Holding some beautiful stories behind them, most of these pieces were collected by Baron Gustave de Rothschild (1829-1911).



Hailed by many a social climbers, the Christie’s auction personifies the spirit of le goût Rothschild – meaning the ‘Rothschild taste’ – that has influenced many European and American interiors since the 19th century. With estimates ranging from £10,000 to £2.5 million, select highlights will be on view in Hong Kong from May 24-27, followed by the London preview which opens to the public on 29 June. The auction will commence in London on July 4, 2019.



Marie Antoinette table part of Rothschild collection Christie's auction



Charles Cator, Deputy Chairman of Christie’s International said, “The Rothschild name is synonymous with collecting at the very highest level, with many of the world’s greatest works of art having a Rothschild provenance. Their fabled name is added to the extraordinary roll call of illustrious owners of these masterpieces, so many of them Royal, from Louis XV and Marie Antoinette to William Beckford and Prince Demidoff.”



The main highlight of the sale is a pair of royal Flemish tortoiseshell, brass and pewter inlaid marquetry and giltwood cabinets, which were commissioned in Antwerp in 1713 for Philip V King of Spain, the second son of the Grand Dauphin and grandson of Louis XIV (estimate: £1.5 – 2.5 million). Also part of the sale is a Louis XVI ormolu-mounted mahogany table à écrire, circa 1780, commissioned by the unpopular Queen Marie Antoinette of France, and created by Jean-Henri Riesener, the Queen’s favoured cabinet-maker (estimate: £600,000-1,000,000). Giving it proven authenticity is Marie Antoinette’s garde-meuble brand which was applied to her personal furniture after 1784.



Casket belonging to William Beckford part of Rothschild collection Christie's auction



Traditionally from the Spanish Royal family, and part of a very small group of luxurious 18th furniture incorporating Sèvres porcelain plaques is a Louis XVI ormolu, Sèvres porcelain and marquetry guéridon, circa 1782-83, by one of the most famous ébénistes of the late 18th century, Martin Carlin (estimate: £400,000-600,000). An important German silver-gilt double-cup, mark of Hans Beutmuller, Nuremberg, 1594-1602, was in the collections of both Baron Mayer Carl von Rothschild and Baroness James de Rothschild, and is now up for auction (estimate: £200,000-300,000). 



A Venetian rectangular parcel-gilt, gilt-bronze and rock crystal casket from 1600 belonged to the renowned collector and author William Beckford in the early 19th century (estimate: £100,000- 150,000). The casket is made of precious rock crystal and shows off Islamic-inspired lacquer decoration. When this casket was sold in the celebrated Fonthill Abbey sale of 1823, it was said to have come from the collection of Pope Paul V Borghese, who could have commissioned it himself. 



Fragonard part of Rothschild collection Christie's auction



The Rothschild collection also includes some legendary old master paintings, including Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s vibrantly coloured and masterfully executed Dans les blés, which is a masterpiece of the artist’s full maturity (estimate: £700,000-1 million). It is an outstanding example of the artist’s small-scale ‘boudoir’ pictures, that are recognized as his most original and lasting contribution to the history of art.


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Fendi & Gentle Monster launch capsule collection of sunglasses http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5710 April 30, 2019: Collaborating with Korean sunglasses brand Gentle Monster, luxury brand Fendi, along with optical manufacturer Safilo, has announced the launch of GENTLE FENDI, a one-of-a-kind collection of sunglasses. 



Gentle Fendi Sunglasses



The GENTLE FENDI Capsule Collection is comprised of two unisex styles that embody a perfect balance between innovative design and exquisite craftsmanship, combining Fendi’s DNA with Gentle Monster unpredictable aesthetic. GENTLE FENDI NO.1 are hyper-fashion metal and acetate sunglasses, surfing the current trend of small shapes and bold logos, while GENTLE FENDI NO.2 are metal sunglasses that combine a strong fashion attitude with an easy-to-wear look. 



The GENTLE FENDI Capsule Collection is being marketed with an innovative video art-directed by collective Russian artists AES+F, renowned for combining multiple forms of tools, including sculptures, photography, architecture and media technology. 



Gentle Fendi Sunglasses



The launch of the GENTLE FENDI will also be celebrated with two special events taking place in Gentle Monster stores in Seoul and Beijing respectively on May 7 and May 14. The events will include special animations and set-up. A GENTLE FENDI Caffè will also take centre stage in Seoul starting from May 7 until the end of July, where visitors will have the chance to taste a customized GENTLE FENDI original Steccolecco Gelato bar and other custom-made desserts and beverages. On the other hand, an interactive installation called ‘The Observer’ will land in front of the Gentle Monster flagship store in Beijing. Starting from May 7 until June 1, a performance will be activated from ‘The Observer’ by live performers. They will hand out custom made ice-creams to the purchasing customers of the GENTLE FENDI sunglasses or to all visitors posting on social medias with the official hashtags.



Custom rotating installations will also be executed at selected Fendi and Gentle Monster boutiques worldwide, among which Fendi Roma Palazzo, New York Madison and Gentle Monster London and Dubai stores are included. Infusing the boutiques with an industrial and futuristic aesthetic, the installations will feature a 360° rotating structure with life-like mannequins wearing GENTLE FENDI sunglasses. 



Gentle Fendi Sunglasses



The GENTLE FENDI Capsule Collection will be available starting from early May 2019 in Fendi and Gentle Monster boutiques along with select optic stores worldwide.


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Belonging to Coco Chanel once, this rock crystal deer is up for sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5709 Crystal Rock Deer belonging to Coco ChanelApril 30, 2019: Known for her extraordinary vision, grace and persona, there is a lot to say about the fashion revolutionizer Coco (Gabrielle) Chanel. Her possessions hold unparalleled importance in the world of fashion and style. One such style symbol is going under the hammer at Christie’s Asian Art department’s next sale - a rock crystal deer from the former personal collection of Ms. Chanel. 



Executed during the Qing dynasty, the statuette which will be sold on June 12 at Christie’s Paris. It represents a seating deer with its head turned to the right, holding a branch of lingzhi in its mouth (estimate: €2,000-3,000). Presented under a glass protection, the auspicious animal symbolizing longevity has adorned the coffee table of Coco Chanel’s suite at the Ritz Hotel for years. 



Tiphaine Nicoul and Camille de Foresta, Specialists of the Asian Art department : “We are delighted to present this rock crystal deer which was sitting in Coco Chanel’s living room for years. Considering the amazing result realised for the biscuit monkey sold last year [for €112,500], this crystal deer will certainly seduce Asian art lovers as well as Coco Chanel’s numerous admirers, a beautiful testimony of her refined, eclectic and timeless taste.” 



Coco Chanel with rock crystal deer



Ms. Chanel, well known for liberating women through her simple and practical creations, had a unique taste for interior decoration, as shown by the numerous photographs of her apartments rue Cambon and at the Ritz. She was an outstanding collector of decorative art, design furniture and Asian works of art, as shown by her magnificent collection of 32 Coromandel lacquer screens.


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Ralph Lauren unveils the Earth Polo http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5706 April 26, 2019: For decades, the iconic Polo shirt has been used as a global symbol to help raise millions of dollars for philanthropic and social impact, including breast cancer research and care through the Pink Pony Fund, raising funds for global disaster relief, and supporting the LGBTQ community. Ralph Lauren is now reimagining it with Mother Nature in mind. 



Ralph Lauren Earth Polo for men



The brand has introduced the Earth Polo, which is crafted from thread derived entirely from recycled plastic bottles and dyed in an innovative process that uses zero water. Each Earth Polo is made from an average of 12 plastic bottles. The company is committed to remove 170 million plastic bottles from landfills and oceans by 2025.

 

"Plastic waste is a major issue threatening the environment – we want to be part of the solution and utilize an innovative approach to create something valuable," said David Lauren, Chief Innovation Officer.

 

The Earth Polo was produced in partnership with First Mile, an organization focused on sustainability and positive social impact. First Mile works with entrepreneurs in low-income communities to collect recyclable plastic bottles, which are then processed through a unique and eco-friendly manufacturing program and turned into high-quality yarn and ultimately fabric.



Ralph Lauren Polo eco-friendly fashion sustainable fashion

 

"When Ralph founded our company more than 50 years ago, he did so with the idea that whatever we create is meant to be worn, loved, and passed on for generations. It's with this spirit of timelessness that we approach sustainability," added Halide Algaoz, executive vice president, chief supply chain and sustainability officer at Ralph Lauren.

 

The Earth Polo is available in retail stores globally and on RalphLauren.com in four colors: green, white, navy and light blue.


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Payal Singhal launches her debut menswear collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5704 April 22, 2019: “There was an overwhelming demand for menswear from our brides,” said Indian fashion designer Payal Singhal on the launch of her debut collection for men. 



Payal Singhal Menswear collection



Using history and culture as her starting points, Payal Singhal approaches tradition with a renewed outlook to give every collection present-day relevance. After having her finger on the pulse of what the millennial girl looking for, Ms. Singhal decided to extend her signature aesthetic to menswear as well. 



The brand's menswear collection furthers their ethos of contemporising Indian wear. The maiden collection is centred around floral sherwanis, bandi sets, and silk kurta sets in signature house prints and pastel colours with light embellishments. Complementing the clothing is a selection of men's accessories like ties, pocket squares and safas. The entire range is a playful and tongue-in-cheek take on conventional menswear.



Payal Singhal Menswear collection floral Sherwani

 

"It retains the essence of what the brand stands for, and is designed for the confident, metrosexual Indian man, or the one who lets his wife do all the shopping!" says the designer.



Payal Singhal aims to break the mould where men are usually deemed appropriate to wear solid patterns and neutral shades. Her signature has always been vibrant patterns, and she remains true to it in her first menswear collection as well. Rendering a dramatic yet sophisticated collection, we are sure the pieces will resonate with the youthful men of India.


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Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla hosts 'Taste of Sichuan' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5703 Kung Pao Chicken Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla



April 19, 2019: Electrified with fiery flavours of chilies and lip-tingling Sichuan peppercorns, ‘Sichuanese’ is undoubtedly China’s most thrilling regional cuisine. The heart of the local cooking style lies in the artful mixing of flavours. Chefs at ChaoBella at Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla are attempting to recreate the bold flavours from the mainland with their festival ‘Taste of Sichuan’ from April 21 to May 5, 2019.



According to the hotel’s Chef Sumit Sinha, “Only in Sichuan can one find one hundred dishes, each with one flavor, and one dish containing all the hundred flavours. The secret to latter is in cooking and flavoring each ingredient separately, or in small groupings, then combining them.”



Mapo Tofu Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla



Relish the stimulating Sichuanese dishes peppered with sweet, sour, savory and nutty seasonings such as Seafood Wonton Soup, Burnt Garlic Clear Vegetable Soup, Sichuan Crispy Turnip Cake, Water Chestnut and chives dumplings, Mapo tofu, Kung Pao Chicken, Fuqi Feipia, Shui Zhu Yu, Xinjiang Style Lamb Chops, Chocó gluten rice dumpling and many more.



Coordinates: Plot No 1, Community Center, Pocket A, Okhla Phase I, Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi, India

Timings: 12:30 pm to 3 pm and 7 pm to 11:45 pm

Meal for two: INR 2500 plus taxes


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Bonhams auctions Anouska Hempel's South Indian jewelry collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5702 South Indian Hair Braid JewelryApril 19, 2019: It was a common tradition in South India to equate the braid and the serpent together to represent wealth and fertility. An impressive Repoussé gold hair braid ornament, set with rubies, dating from the 19th century, would have been worn by Hindu brides and Bharatnatyam dancers. It forms a part of the collection of beautiful South Indian Jewellery, belonging to the distinguished interior designer, Anouska Hempel.



Offered at Bonhams Islamic and Indian Sale on April 30 in London, the collection, represents a wealth of rare gold pieces from the 19th and 20thcentury. The splendid South Indian temple pieces, that can be seen in Lots 129-132, were often decorated with serpents and fine repoussé depictions of gods and mythical beasts. 



Anouska Hempel commented, "Having travelled and worked in Turkey and restored a small palace in Istanbul, this jewellery collection has influenced my lighting designs, tap designs and floor patterns. Gardens with Mughal touch and various other elements of design have come from this collection. Hopefully it will reach new owners with the same enthusiasm and excitement."



South Indian Wedding jewlery



Oliver White, Head of Bonhams Islamic and Indian sale, said, "We are delighted to offer this wonderful collection in our sale. It should be admired not only for its masterful craftmanship, but also as a representation of the social and religious belief systems of Southern India."



Anouska Hempel, a.k.a Lady Weinberg, is a prolific interior designer and hotelier, who has impressive projects in her name. From outfitting the magnificent stores of Van Cleef & Arpels and Louis Vuitton, to a yacht named Beluga, to palatial residences, Anouska Hempel has a keen and unique eye for design.


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Swarovski & Nida Mahmood launch collection under Confluence http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5701 April 17, 2019: Taking inspiration from the many intricate styles of art like filigree, Mughal architecture, Indian vintage style marble engravings with a hint of art nouveau and art deco, Confluence has launched the Nida Mahmood collection - India Electric. 



Nida Mahmood Swarovski Confluence collection



Indian designer Ms. Mahmood’s collection for Confluence is inspired by various crafts such as the metal work of Moradabad and the detailing in Mughal and Rajasthan architecture. The jewellery is carefully crafted with vibrant colours of India, represented by the detailed enamel work and use of Swarovski crystals.



For the collection, Ms. Mahmood chose the patina range of crystals from Swarovski’s reppertoire as it gives the pieces a decadent opulence and is reminiscent of the old mirrors found in heritage architecture. The patina crystals have been set in metalwork that is inspired from ornate window mouldings. The jewellery pieces give the look of ornate antiques with sleek lacquered finishes.



Nida Mahmood Swarovski Confluence collection



With the collection launch, Nida Mahmood joins CONFLUENCE's existing designer portfolio of 15 designers, including Amrapali, Gaurav Gupta, Isharya, JJ Valaya, Manish Arora, Rohit Bal, Shivan & Narresh, Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani and more.


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Christian Louboutin & Sabyasachi present their 4th collaboration http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5699 April 11, 2019: Taking their friendship ahead, Parisian accessories designer Christian Louboutin and Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee collaborated again for the fourth time, combining their creative synergy to produce a beautiful amalgamation of Indian and Parisian style craftmanship.



Christian Louboutin X Sabyasachi 2019



Sabyasachi’s Fall Winter 2019 collection celebrates 20 years of the brand by drawing inspiration from his first collection “Kashgaar Bazaar”. Reinterpreting gypsies, global nomads and performing artists, the collection is whimsical and perfectly paired with a striking array of shoes and bags, created in collaboration with Mr. Louboutin. Presented in a variety of materials embellished with hand-sewn embroidery and sequins, the result is vibrant and elaborate.



Christian Louboutin X Sabyasachi 2019



For this collaboration Christian Louboutin applied intricate and bold prints on the Espadrille and the Jessica knee-high boots. The Loubiqueen, a slim platform and lofty stiletto, appear in dusty rose, deep brown and an olive green in nappa leather, while the satin version is presented in alluring jewel tones to match the shades of the collection. The Gena round-toe pump, playfully embroidered in floral prints of multicolor and sequins, is perfect for dancing the night away.



Christian Louboutin X Sabyasachi 2019



Carefully constructed to match the artisanal vegetable dyed prints, brocades and casement, the women’s and men’s shoes are created with soft nappa leather, while the rich embroidered prints make them beautifully apt for Indian weddings. 



The women’s bag collection sees the Marie Jane bucket in exclusive styles for India. The embroidered bucket bag, available in eight colors takes a cultural spin on gypsy fashion accompanied with the Indian-style tassel called latkan. Regal velvet versions of the bag with Louboutin’s signature logo are embroidered by Sabyasachi. The nappa leather Marie Jane is mounted with Louboutin statement diamond spikes and the fringe models comes in hues of red-brown to harmonize with the traditional Indian bridal colors.



Christian Louboutin X Sabyasachi 2019



The Marie Jane bucket bags shown on the runway will be exclusively sold in India in Christian Louboutin Boutiques starting from June 2019.


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Ermenegildo Zegna unveils 5 perfumes inspired by diverse cultures http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5697 Zegna perfumes 2019



April 10, 2019: Taking matters beyond interior décor, Ermenegildo Zegna and The Estée Lauder Companies presented the new Essenze Eau de Parfum collection during Salone del Mobile, by celebrating the launch with a dynamic fragrance installation designed and fabricated by Zegna and The Estée Lauder Companies, inspired by material exploration house The Unseen.



The Ermenegildo Zegna Essenze Eau De Parfum collection is composed of five special fragrances, each highlighting an individual ingredient and featuring Zegna’s exclusive Bergamot, which is harvested from a single field in Calabria, Italy. The perfumes include Mediterranean Neroli, Indonesian Oud, Madras Cardamom, Florentine Iris and Italian Bergamot.



Zegna Essenza perfumes Madras Cardamom



During the launch event, which was hosted at the Ermenegildo Zegna Global Store in Milan, guests could explore each Essenze Eau de Parfum scent and the emotions it sparked with the installation, which was conceived from research by The Unseen. The installation explored new ways of visualizing scents that cannot be seen. Spread across five cubic spaces, one per parfum, each environment provided a sensorial experience through the use of colour to visualise emotions associated with a fragrance.



Mediterranean Neroli has a citrusy nose where Neroli and Estragon dramatically contrast the warmth of Saffron notes and dark smoky Incense. The Indonesian Oud is a slightly more opulent where Bergamot enhances the deep scents of Rose and Patchouli. The intensity of a precious Oud Accord is magnified by smoldering Amber notes. Spicy Green Cardamom and Italian Bergamot come together with Crisp Ambrox and rich Vanilla for Madras Cardamom. Florentine Iris is floral where Jasmine and notes of Violet combine with lasting woody depth. The Italian Bergamot, of course, has Bergamot heightened by the energy of spicy Pepper. Crisp Neroli and Rosemary weave aromatic mid notes as warm Vetiver and Tonka Bean finish with powerful depth and dimension.


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A 17.43 carat Kashmir sapphire to be auctioned at Bonhams http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5695 April 8, 2019: "Sapphires hailing from Kashmir are among the most highly-prized gems for serious connoisseurs,” saya Emily Barber, Director of Jewellery at Bonhams UK. A magnificent 17.43 carat Kashmir sapphire ring, dating from the late 19th to early 20th century, leads the first Bonhams Jewels sale in London this April 30, and is estimated at £300,000-400,000.



Kashmir sapphire ring for auction at Bonhams



Given its remarkable size together with the fact it comes from the mines of Kashmir, where the world's most sought after sapphires come from, it is expected to gain a lot of interest from buyers and collectors around the world during its pre-sale previews in Geneva, New York and Hong Kong.



A transformable necklace by Grassy for auction at Bonhams



Ms. Barber further continued, “After the discovery of the mine in the high Himalayan mountain region of northwest India in 1881 the majority of mining activity took place during the following decade, after which the supply was essentially exhausted. This makes them extremely rare and highly desirable to collectors who want to add an important sapphire to their collection."



Two Bees emerald ring for auction at Bonhams



The sale will also feature an exceptional collection of jewels from the British Modernist movement, dating from the 1960s to the 1980s. A Diamond and Gold Necklace by Charles De Temple, 1985; a Gold, Amethyst and Diamond Pendant from Andrew Grima; a Gold, Green Tourmaline and Diamond Bracelet by David Thomas; and an Emerald and Diamond 'Two Bees' ring by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. will also go under the hammer.


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House of Angadi launches Kanjeevaram blends for summer bride http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5694 April 8, 2019: ADVAYA from The House of Angadi, a traditional Kanjeevaram sari brand, unveils “ADVAYA 2019 Chapter 1”, a summer collection of sarees for those who’d like to drape a sari to stand out during summer weddings. 



House of Angadi Jamdani saree



Each “ADVAYA” design is infused with details that are peerless. The collection by House of Angadi focuses on a range of Kanjeevarams, Jamdhanis and Kotas that represent an evolved design language and sensibility. 



House of Angadi Kanjeevaram saree



This collection is created using real gold Zari, silk and Jamdani – the most expensive materials used in textiles – and are statement pieces that are meant to be heirlooms, pieces of history and will remain so for generations to come. Each design in the border or body is unique and one that is not in general circulation across generic Kanjeevarams.



House of Angadi, which has served royals before, is a heritage brand which is bringing Indian artisanal designs and textiles back in vogue. Having famously dressed Indian actress Deepika Padukone for her Konkani wedding, the brand has returned to the limelight with its traditional designs which is as relevant today as before.



 


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Gucci Decor opens temporary store in Milan http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5693 Gucci Decor store Milan



April 8, 2019: Coinciding with Salone del Mobile 2019, Gucci Décor has opened a temporary store in Milan, which is arranged over two floors and will remain open through June. Entirely dedicated to the Gucci Décor collection, the store will feature playful range of furniture, furnishings and decorative items from the House.



Gucci Décor is designed to bring the eclectic, romantic aesthetic of the House to life in a way that enables customers to creatively dress their own spaces. Located at 19 Via Santo Spirito, the temporary store will showcase both new releases and the established pieces that are always on offer. 



The store features walls decorated with Gucci patterned wallpaper and hanging blankets on sale, resembling tapestries. Furniture is a combination of pieces from the collection, restored antiques and purpose-built display units. The building’s original architectural details were also enhanced, thanks to the decorated, panelled doors, the coffered ceiling over the first floor and the marble fireplace, lending it the feel of a grand home.



Gucci Decor store Milan



To coincide with Milan’s Salone del Mobile 2019 and the opening of the Gucci Décor temporary store, the Gucci App’s new function for Apple devices directs users to discover evocative, historic places of Milan where a Gucci Décor product will appear as a virtual oversized sculpture on screen, together with information on the piece and the place. 



The Gucci Décor collection is also available in Gucci flagship stores and boutiques, online at gucci.com and in selected specialty stores.


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The Desmarais Collection under the hammer at Christie's Classic Week http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5691 Desmarais Collection in New York for auctionApril 5, 2019: Paul Desmarais Sr. (1927-2013) was the former CEO of Power Corporation of Canada, and Jacqueline Desmarais (1928-2018) was a philanthropist who was recognized as one of the most important patrons of Quebec's arts scene. Taking note of this influential couple’s prolific furniture and home décor collection, Christie's is presenting The Desmarais Collection: A pied-a-terre in New York, which encompasses a remarkable selection of furniture, paintings and porcelain that will be offered in a dedicated sale on April 30 in New York, during the Classic Week series of sales. 



The collection is from the New York pied-a-terre of the distinguished Canadian couple, which was decorated by the acclaimed interior designer Juan Pablo Molyneux. Comprised of more than 150 lots, the collection features a sumptuous and sophisticated group of French 18th and 19th century furniture by many of the best makers such as Riesener and Weisweiler, Sèvres porcelain, silver and paintings including works by the artists Francois Boucher and Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun. The also features a selection of deluxe upholstered custom furniture and accessories specially ordered by J.P. Molyneux Studio, with luxurious fabrics by makers such as Prelle and Antico Setificio.



Desmarais Collection Porcelain vases in New York for auctionJuan Pablo Molyneux, said: "It was a great pleasure working with Monsieur and Madame Desmarais on their New York home. Jacqueline Desmarais reflected a very strong personality in her taste, and had a very sophisticated approach when selecting styles, colors and objets d'art. We worked side-by-side to produce the correct environment for this exceptional collection of 18th and 19th century period furnishings."



Among the collection highlights the Riesener commode is a spectacular work: a Louis XVI masterpiece in ormolu and lush naturalistic marquetry that Jean-Henri Riesener made for the hôtel du Garde-Meuble (the administration in charge of furnishing royal residences) in 1774, the year he was appointed cabinetmaker for the King. It is estimated at from $700,000 to $1,000,000.



Other highlights include an elegant early 19th century vase from Russia's imperial stone-cutting workshops ($100,000-200,000) and one of the most complete 18th century Sèvres porcelain services still in private hands, decorated with images from the Comte de Buffon's Natural History of Birds ($120,000-180,000). Eighteenth-century paintings include a beautiful Portrait of a Young Girl by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun ($50,000-70,000), and Vénus et les amours ($150,000-200,000) by François Boucher, First Painter to the King under Louis XV.


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Faberge and The Ritz London offer a jeweled Easter treat http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5690 Faberge X The Ritz London Easter EggApril 4, 2019: With Easter around the corner, iconic brands Fabergé and The Ritz London have launched a unique experience to ignite the senses. John Williams MBE, Executive Chef at The Ritz London, has created an edible Eggs Fabergé dish, inspired by jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé’s iconic Mosaic Egg of 1914. 



The Mosaic Egg was one of the most technically sophisticated and extraordinary of all the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs, and took over a year to craft. It was the work of Fabergé’s first female designer, Alma Theresia Pihl, who was inspired by a petit point carpet she was embroidering as part of her marriage trousseau. Today, the Mosaic Egg is part of the British Royal Collection. The Mosaic egg pendant, which you can see in Chef William’s hand, is born from the Imperial Mosaic egg.



As inspired, Chef Williams’ luxurious Eggs Fabergé dish closely mirrors the multi-coloured Fabergé egg pendant. Using the inside of an egg shell as a mould, the delicate dish is created using a high level of technical expertise. The dish features a soft-boiled quail’s egg encased in a lobster mousseline, decorated with a circular pattern of vegetable gems (including aubergine, courgette and heritage carrot) which have been set into pasta to represent the colours and quilting of the ruby, tsavorite and fire opals gemstones set into the rose gold of the Fabergé egg pendant. The edible Eggs Fabergé is served on a bed of Oscietra caviar and finished with a langoustine à la nage sauce. 



Faberge X The Ritz London Easter Egg



Sean Gilbertson, CEO of Fabergé, says: “The story began in 1885 when Emperor Alexander III gifted Empress Maria Feodorovna a Fabergé golden egg for Easter. Today Fabergé continues the art of gifting with exquisite creations inspired by its illustrious heritage. We are delighted to see this tradition continue with a modern twist, both in the spectacular dish and menu John Williams has created and the Easter themed ‘pop up’ we are hosting over the Easter weekend.”



The Fabergé menu will be available during lunch service between April 15 until April 22 inclusive, for a maximum of 10 guests per service (due to the complexity of the dish) and is priced at £295 per person. An overnight residential Fabergé experience at The Ritz is also available for guests arriving between April 15 to 22, 2019, inclusive of the limited-edition Fabergé three-course menu in The Ritz Restaurant. 




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Payal Singhal presents Turkey-inspired collection 'Sanat' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5689 April 4, 2019: Ever since beginning of her design career, Indian designer Payal Singhal has accentuated and celebrated the Indian woman in a global context. To present her muse in the most sophisticated manner, she often takes inspiration from art and her travels. Her latest capsule collection 'Sanat' (meaning art in Turkish) travels to pre-historic Turkey to create a mood board of carpets, pottery and geometric motifs from the region, which also feature Persian and Greek nuances. 



Payal Singhal Sanat Collection



Fused with Ikat weaves from Pochampally, the-destination-wedding-meets-summer-getaway collection is a modern-day narrative on blending multi-faceted eastern inspirations.  



Payal Singhal Sanat Collection



Anatolia rugs and Ikat textiles heavily inspire the colour palette, but Ms. Singhal balances her go-to hues such as cranberry, black, stone and dusty rose with bursts of pop colours like coral, lime and pink. She recreates the imagery of a Turkish traveller of yore with balloon-sleeved tops and traveler dhoti pants, alongside updated house signatures like asymmetrical tunics, kurta-sharara sets, draped saris and lehenga sets.



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Sotheby's presents a flower motif jewelry exhibition http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5688 April 4, 2019: Flowers is the first thing that pops in our minds when we think of summer. Curated in partnership with Carol Woolton, the celebrated historian, author, and Contributing Director of Jewelry at British Vogue, ‘In Bloom’ offers an array of jewels that embody the vibrance and beauty of nature – from the sunny hue of daffodils to the painterly palette of blossoming irises. 



Van Cleef & Arpels Bracelet



Comprising 75 pieces, the collection will showcase vintage floral designs from distinguished houses such as Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb, Boucheron, Verdura, and Belperron, alongside exquisite pieces by leading contemporary designers from around the world, including Solange Azagury-Partridge, Neha Dani, Eliane Fattal, Fernando Jorge, Sabba, Jessica McCormack and Irene Neuwirth. 



Bina Goenka Hibiscus for Sotheby's



Young talents, such as Tatiana Verstraeten and Christopher Thompson Royds will feature alongside fine jewels by Dolce & Gabbana, exhibited for the first time. The show is further distinguished by unique pieces specifically commissioned from British artist Shaun Leane, Japanese master craftswoman Gimel and Indian designer Bina Goenka. All pieces on exhibition will be available for private sale, with prices ranging from $10,000 to $3 million. 



Gold clip brooch with rubies and sapphires



Ms. Carol Woolton said, “Flowers are one of the ways we measure particular moments of our lives, and jewelry is another. Small wonder that flowers are a recurring and significant theme in oeuvre of the jewelry designer, arguably the greatest leitmotif in the history of jewels, cropping up time and again studied from every angle for inventiveness and brilliance of color to be reimagined in fresh forms to suit the prevailing whims of fashion. I’ve often been drawn to comment on floral jewel trends and have explored antique naturalist and abstract approaches of design, as well as stories of flowers that stirred the crafting of a jewel, in my book Floral Jewels from the World’s Leading Designers, which sowed the idea for this exhibition. I’ve been delighted to work with Sotheby’s in curating this selling exhibition of magnificent antique and contemporary examples of floral jewels.”



Tatiana Verstraeten floral necklace



The exhibition will be held at Sotheby’s New York May 3 to 24, 2019.


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Louis Vuitton's latest perfumes are a breath of fresh air http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5686 April 3, 2019: After five successful fragrances, Louis Vuitton has upped the game with three new fresh summer fragrances: Sun Song, Cactus Garden and Afternoon Swim. A notion of endless holidays and marvellous destinations capture the sun, sky, gardens and sea. 



Louis Vuitton Sun Song Perfume   Louis Vuitton Cactus Garden Perfume



An enchanting triptych of pop colours and the scent of optimism. Their names carry the promise of adventure. For these three scents, Louis Vuitton’s Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud was inspired by California and its colourful, joyful and holiday vibes. 



The Sun song is “sun in a bottle” fragrance with notes of orange blossom, ciron and musk. Just like the rough exterior and wet interior of a cactus, Cactus Garden is a refreshing mix with bergamot, lemongrass, and  South American favourite matte tea. Afternoon Swim is like plunging into the ocean of the senses with notes of orange, bergamot and mandarin.



Louis Vuitton Afternoon Swim Perfume



LA based artist Alex Israel designs the outer packaging. The flacons and boxes come in vibrant yellow, green and blue, with drawings of a sun, cactus and wave.


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This diamond & aquamarine Faberge tiara is up for auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5682 Faberge Diamond Aquamarine TiaraApril 1, 2019: Made in 1904 as a wedding gift from Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1882-1945), this Fabergé tiara is of symbolic design with forget-me-not flowers tied with ribbon bows, signifying true and eternal love, pierced by arrows representing cupid. It was made as a token of endearment, attraction and affection to his bride Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Cumberland (1882-1963). 



The tiara is composed of nine graduated pear-shaped aquamarines, old, cushion and rose-cut diamonds. This historic tiara will be offered at auction for the first time in the upcoming Magnificent Jewels sale on 15 May in Geneva, and is offered with a pre-sale estimate of $230,000-340,000.



After a series of letters discussing the commission of a diamond and aquamarine tiara, a subsequent letter referred to a completion for the wedding on 7 June, as requested by the Grand Duke. Fabergé, however, declared that it was impossible to execute the commission in such a short time. On the day of the wedding, Princess Alexandra wore the traditional Hanoverian nuptial crown. The diamond-set coronet that had been in her family for more than a century was commissioned in 1761 for the wedding of King George III of England and Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The Fabergé tiara, her own special wedding gift from the Grand Duke, followed later.


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Kiehl's launches new Buttermask for lips http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5680 Kiehl's Buttermask for lipsMarch 28, 2019: There’s never a bad time to buy a lip balm. Kiehl’s launches a lip mask to join its lip portfolio. Buttermask For Lips is an intensive overnight lip treatment that improves dry flaky lips for smoother, softer lips by morning. 



“Whether you’re a lover of bold lip color or your lips experience the everyday wear and tear of the environment, Kiehl’s Buttermask for Lips is the perfect solution to soothe dry flaky lips in just one night. It also works as a quick, smoothing prep before applying a bold lip look. I always have my girls sleep with a thick layer of this on the night before an event so lips are prepped, conditioned, and red carpet ready,” shares Nina Park, Kiehl’s Global Consulting Makeup Artist. 



The lip mask has been tested to keep the lips hydrated for up to 8 hours. Formulated with Coconut Oil and Wild Mango Butter, the luxurious balm blankets dry, flaky lips with moisture, helping to restore a smoother texture and uncover softer, healthy-looking lip for all day hydration. 


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Jaipur Rugs & Matteo Cibic create vibrant handmade rugs http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5679 March 28, 2019: Indian handmade rug maker, Jaipur Rugs, and Italian designer Matteo Cibic have collaborated for an eclectic experiential trip to Rajasthan through handmade rugs. 



Jaipur Rugs Matteo Cibic collaboration



The collection, named Jaipur Wunderkammer, is inspired by Mr. Cibic’s visit to Jaipur. It is an installation that takes on a museum appearance, a room in the room with a collection of colors and shapes that overlap. The aim of this project is to communicate to the world the strong and quintessential heritage, culture and beauty behind Jaipur Rugs, its motherland and people.



Mr. Cibic has imbued his creative universe with the peculiar architecture and colour of the city in 24 unique carpets. He has taken the ancient paintings and the architectonic sundial (Jantar Mantar) of the pink city and worked with a local painter maestro to design this collection. 



Jaipur Rugs Matteo Cibic collaboration



The collaboration will be showcased at The Litta Variations / Opus 5 in Milan, curated by MoscaPartners from April 9 to 14, 2019. The exhibition will display projects and collections of 22 exhibitors, over 65 designers from the international scene coming from 11 nations.


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Breitling commemorates 20 years of non-stop global balloon flight http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5678 Breitling Cockpit B50 Orbiter limited edition watchMarch 28, 2019: It’s been twenty years since balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones safely landed their Breitling Orbiter 3 in a remote region of the Egyptian desert, becoming the first people to circumnavigate the globe non-stop in a balloon. And on each pilot's wrist was a Breitling Emergency. Breitling, who sponsored the unique journey –  celebrated this incredible feat of human ingenuity with the Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition, a SuperQuartz timepiece with features worthy of a true scientific and aeronautical milestone.



The SuperQuartz watch was launched on March 21, 2019, exactly 20 years after the Breitling Orbiter 3 set down in Egypt, completing a journey that had tantalized adventurers for centuries. Balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones accomplished something widely thought to be impossible. 

  

For Bertrand Piccard, the collaboration with Breitling combines friendship and loyalty. "When I started to dream of flying around the world non-stop in a balloon, Breitling supported me with passion. Now, 20 years later, we are still partnering through the Solar Impulse Foundation to create solutions for a better quality of life on this planet. Therefore, the new Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition is not only celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Breitling Orbiter 3, it is projecting us into new dimensions to explore."

 

The Breitling Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition watch has been crafted from striking black carbon-coated titanium and is limited to 213 pieces, a number chosen to commemorate the date the Breitling Orbiter 3 landed in Egypt. Presented on an orange rubber strap with a folding clasp and featuring an orange dial, the numerals, indexes, and hands are coated with luminescent Super-LumiNova, which makes them legible in any lighting conditions. The image of a balloon is superimposed on a globe on the caseback of the watch, along with the words “BREITLING ORBITER 3”. Around its perimeter is the legend, “FIRST NON-STOP FLIGHT AROUND THE WORLD – 20TH ANNIVERSARY – ETANCHE 100 M” as well as the limited-edition number.



Breitling Orbiter 3 for non-stop balloon flight



The watch is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B50: a thermocompensated SuperQuartz analog and digital display movement designed in-house that delivers ten times the accuracy of a standard quartz watch. The Cockpit B50 Orbiter is a COSC-certified chronometer that includes functions that will prove particularly useful even on the most extreme missions. In addition to the chronograph with split-time and flyback capabilities, this model features a second timezone display, a perpetual calendar, two alarms with buzzer and/or vibrate mode, a lap timer function and a countdown complete with its own alarm. The Cockpit B50 Orbiter is equipped with an electronic tachymeter, a countdown/count-up system, and a chrono flight device, which records flight times by memorizing departure and arrival times as well as the date.


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Fendi to launch Purple Sequin Baguette 2019 Re-Edition http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5676 March 27, 2019: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s purple sequin Baguette bag from the latest #BaguetteFriendsForever New York episode is finally back with a new contemporary look. 



Fendi Purple Sequin Baguette Bag 2019



Aspecial re-edition of the renowned bag that contributed to turning the Baguette into an icon is available for pre-order on fendi.com. The bag will be in FENDI boutiques worldwide starting from mid-July 2019. 



The 2019 re-edition of the purple sequin Baguette – created originally for the FENDI Fall/Winter 1999-00 Collection – presents a darker purple colour which pervades sequins in a range of shapes and sizes for a surprising 3D effect, while the signature FF logo buckle matches with the elegant gold metal details. Adapting to the modern lifestyle, the bag can now be worn cross-body, thanks to the detachable shoulder strap in purple leather, or hand-carried with the handle, also in purple leather.


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Cocoon Fine Rugs celebrates 10 years with new store in Jaipur http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5675 March 27, 2019: Opening its fourth rug gallery in India in Jaipur, Cocoon Fine Rugs celebrated its 10th anniversary with expansion. 



Cocoon Fine Rugs Jaipur store



The sophisticated environs of the gallery help explore the various collections at leisure. At Cocoon, every carpet has a story to tell and the rugs are crafted to engage you in their narrative and draw you into their warmth.



The store is designed by Architect Rachna Garg of Jaipur and emphasizes on providing a regal experience to their customers. The interiors of the store have been styled with natural lighting and lavish flooring that echoes the brand’s luxury aesthetic, creating a welcoming ambience.



Cocoon Fine Rugs Jaipur



A highlight of this sprawling 5000 sq ft space, is that it doubles up as a design studio, manufacturing hub, quality control and all other administrative processes for the export as well as retail business. Centrally located and in an upscale, quiet neighborhood, the gallery is 10 to 15 minutes from almost anywhere in the city. 



Talking about the launch, Founder of Cocoon Fine Rugs, Ayush Choudhary, says, “It was very important for me to be in a place that has rich history and resonates with the philosophy of the brand. The beauty of Jaipur is its royal lineage and heritage that has been home to and an inspiration for various designers – both Indian and international. Amidst the historical and romantic palaces and forts of the city, Cocoon’s latest store is sure to capture the imagination of the national as well the international design community and carpet aficionados.”



Cocoon’s various award-winning and signature collections are on display such as the best-selling Colors of Life, Chand LC, Isfahan, Superluxe, Urbane, Kasbah among others. The store is reflective of the Founder and Creative Director Ayush Choudhary’s vision and Rajasthani roots, amalgamated with an international aesthetic and design sensibility. 


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The Fortress Palace of Maharana Pratap restored into Gogunda Palace http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5674 Gogunda Palace Udaipur



March 26, 2019: Rajasthan is the land of the brave. Built in the 16th century, at the height of royal rule in Mewar,The Gogunda Palace is one of the very few fortresses in India that have been restored over years by talented artisans to retain their original floorings, murals, woodwork, artworks and even structure. This gorgeous yellow ochre fortress now nestles as an inviting edifice amidst pink bougainvilleas, making a vivid portrait of sheer grandeur. It is here that Maharana Pratap was coronated as king in 1572 and it is from here that he left for the historic Battle of Haldighati fought in 1576. 



Pool at Gogunda Palace Udaipur



Gogunda Palace is now a luxury hotel on the outskirts of Udaipur with 40 grand suites and rooms offering a treasure trove of experiences for connoisseurs of heritage, design and history, with each room having unique art, murals and craftsmanship from the vast repertoire of Mewar’s ancient artforms. 



Surrounded by the Aravalli range and the scenic farm lands of Gogunda, this destination hotel is the perfect escape into a world of history, revisited with all the luxurious, modern day fittings as well as an idyllic poolside, yoga sessions and a quintessentially Rajasthani décor spa (opening shortly).



Gogunda Palace Udaipur room and suites



Gogunda Palace boasts of a royal Rajput repast that is inspired by Mewar royalty’s favourite meats and vegetarian dishes, reminiscent of days where slow charcoal fires cooked game and recipes were handed down over generations to create dishes that are fragrant from flavouring ittars like chameli and juhi. The Palace includes two dining options – The Heritage Quarter and the Bougainvillea Bar.



Gogunda Palace Udaipur room and suites



Activities such as visits to nearby temples, jeep safari in Aravalli Hills, and village walks can be organised by the hotel.


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Watch with world's oldest whisky to be auctioned at Fellows' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5673 Louis Moinet watch with oldest whiskyMarch 26, 2019: After the watch containing world’s oldest rum, Fellows’ has brought another such collaboration in the addictive sector. This Louis Moinet stainless steel watch is one of 40 ever made, while the gold version has only 10 pieces. The Swiss watchmaking brand and Wealth Solutions collaborated to create watches containing single malt whisky reputed to be the oldest in the world. 



The historic whisky, dating back to 1862 and the age of steam, was distilled in Glenlivet, amongst the beautiful Scottish hills. The whisky capsule is placed on the 3 o'clock mark, and it perfectly complements the beautifully designed watch offering a taste of 19th century Scottish life. 



Michael Jagiela, Watch Specialist at Fellows’ Auctioneers, said: “This is one of several extremely rare watches we have up for auction on April 2nd. When Louis Moinet created The Whisky Watch, they combined their Swiss accuracy with the traditions of the Scottish art of distillation. There are many unique features which, when combined together, create a truly exquisite watch. I am sure the item will be very popular with watch and whisky enthusiasts alike. It is a brilliant opportunity for a collector to own some of this rare whisky."


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Gehna Jewellers collaborates with Arpita Mehta http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5672 Gehna Jewellers X Arpita Mehta



March 20, 2019: It’s an extraordinary event when legacy meets new age forces. One such collision happened when designer Arpita Mehra collaborated with jewellery brand Gehna, leading to a one-of-a-kind collaboration. 



Gehna Jewellers X Arpita Mehta jewelry designs



An exquisite collection of 26 fine jewellery pieces was launched with the designer's all-time favorite gemstone, the sparkling emerald. The emerald stones create depth in the pieces, adding instant aesthetic value. The entire collection is centered around this sparkling gemstone, ranging from minimalist dainty pieces to voluminous festive favorites, with polki elements balancing out the designs. 



Gehna Jewellers X Arpita Mehta jewelry designs



This collection is designed for the new-age woman who demands high quality of all that she adorns, and seeks functionality with fashion. 



Gehna Jewellers X Arpita Mehta Indian jewelry designs



Ms. Mehta brings her personal style signature to the collection, and adds a young, fun element to the collaborative process. She explains, "The lighter jewellery will look beautiful stacked up, while the dressier pieces look lovely just by themselves since they are unique and standout designs."


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Badgley Mischka to launch Resort 2021 collection aboard Cunard http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5671 March 20, 2019: Luxury cruise line Cunard brings glamour to the high seas with fashion icons Mark Badgley and James Mischka, who will headline the brand’s fifth annual Transatlantic Fashion Week on-board the flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2.



Badgley Mischka aboard Cunard



Badgley Mischka will launch their 2021 resort collection in an exclusive runway show, the first time a fashion collection has been launched on-board a Cunard ship. Badgley Mischka will also be available for Q&As with guests during the seven-night Transatlantic Crossing, which departs Southampton, on May 24 and arrives in New York on May 31, 2020. 



Hailed by Vogue as one of the “Top 10 American Designers”, Badgley Mischka have been seen on a range of A-list women, including Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Mirren and Ashley Judd.


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F.P. Journe launches experiential boutique in Miami http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5670 FP Journe Miami boutique



March 20, 2019: The Swiss luxury watch brand, F. P. Journe, opened the doors of its new experiential boutique in Miami for watch collectors and connoisseurs. The 2-story glass atrium and cigar lounge, features a fine and rare spirits bar, coined Bar Journe, and has partnered with Petrossian Caviar to provide shoppers with complex caviars – such as the nutty and fruitful Ossetra or flavorful Shassetra. 



FP Journe Miami boutique

 

The ‘only’ three-time winner of the Aiguille d'Or grand prize from the Fondation du Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, Francois-Paul Journe said, "Of course, the focus is on our watches, but we look to draw connections beyond the world of watchmaking to other areas that pursue passion and excellence in their fields. From the curated offerings at Bar Journe to events with crossover into tailoring, cars, cigars, and more, Maison F.P. Journe is a place to experience excellence." 



FP Journe Miami boutique



With an inscription certified on every F.P. Journe wristwatch, marking its original conception and rigorous craftsmanship, shoppers will be presented with a timepiece arcade, signifying the evolution of retail. At Maison F.P. Journe, Miami, guests can expect to find one-of-a-kind innovation and elevated artistry parallel to F.P. Journe's unprecedented watches.


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Lamborghini Day celebrated in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5669 March 20, 2019: For the very first time, Lamborghini Day was celebrated in Jaipur, India from February 23 to 24, to commemorate Lamborghini’s leadership in the super luxury car segment. Being present in the country for 10 years now, Lamborghini has sold 200 cars in the country over the past decade. 



Lamborghini Day Jaipur



The event was attended by Lamborghini’s customers as well as the global leadership team. Mr. Stefano Domenicali, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, said, “We are delighted to be strengthening our relationship with the growing number of super car enthusiasts in India through Lamborghini Day. It has been a very exciting journey over the last decade for Lamborghini and during the last 2 to 3 years the super luxury segment in India has witnessed very encouraging and exciting trends. In India, while the market is relatively small, in terms of consumer preferences it is as evolved as any other part of the world. The luxury customer is used to bespoke experiences and no one can offer this better than Lamborghini… From being the leader in the super sports car segment, to now leading the entire super luxury segment, Lamborghini has consistently grown in India and we will continue to exert our leadership in the coming years.”



Lamborghini Day Jaipur



To enhance the celebratory spirit, Lamborghini hosted a drive through the streets of Jaipur. Lamborghini has had many firsts in India over the decade. In 2016, the first Women’s Drive was held in Delhi; India was one of the few markets where Lamborghini Urus was first launched; and GIRO brought together like-minded Lamborghini owners for a driving experience of their Lamborghini in some of the most beautiful parts of the India.


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The Q Experiences to take travelers to the Polar Arctic http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5668 The Q Experiences Cruise to Arctic Pole



March 20, 2019: The Q Experiences, a bespoke travel company, is offering an 8 day expedition cruise called 80 Degrees North to the icy wilderness of the Arctic Fjords. Discover the Far North and the immense open spaces of the Polar Arctic which extends to the North Pole. One can discover the exceptional flora and fauna of the region, go on a trail of walruses and polar bears and admire a Tundra summer in all its glory! Guests can board the ship at Longyearbyen in Norway for the 8-day expedition cruise to the heart of Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago.  



Polar Arctic cruiseEvery aspect of the trip is crafted by The Q's experts – be it the gourmet chefs who will have dietary preferences on hand when they prepare meals, or a detailed list of all the clothing and gear that guests will need on the expedition – each detail is customized. 



When it comes to the cuisine on board, guests will be spoilt for choice with Indian cuisine being curated by the first Indian Michelin star Chef Atul Kochhar. He will be joined by the team of Alain Ducasse Enterprise to enhance the dining experience. Guests will have two stellar options to choose from - the sophisticated Gastronomic restaurant on Deck 2, and the more casual poolside restaurant on Deck 6 serving inspired cuisine and themed buffets.



The Q Experiences was founded in 2012 by Mr. Vasim Shaikh, who carries tales of 55 countries and seven continents that he has traveled to. The Q Experiences has also had the privilege of catering to some of the most distinguished personalities in India.



For more information, contact hello@theqexperiences.com


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Glenmorangie unveils Allta in its Private Edition series http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5667 Glenmorangie Allta Private EditionMarch 20, 2019: Yeast has always been a key ingredient in Scotch whisky. But over the years, its impact on taste has been all-but forgotten and emphasis placed on other aspects of whisky-making instead. The first whisky created from yeast growing wild on Glenmorangie’s own barley marks the tenth anniversary of the Highland Distillery’s pioneering Private Edition series. Now, in the collection’s rich, fruity tenth release Glenmorangie Allta, the Distillery reveals the importance of yeast to Scotch whisky’s myriad flavours.



As Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, walked the barley fields near the Distillery, he was inspired to collect a few ears of Cadboll barley and take them to the laboratory for analysis. There, he discovered Saccharomyces diaemath – a species of wild yeast unidentified until that point – and which, crucially, could be used for creating whisky. 



Dr. Bill was intrigued to discover this wild yeast’s effect on Glenmorangie’s spirit. So, he arranged for the yeast to be cultivated and, when the barley on which it had grown was ready for use in the Distillery, he brought them together in the whisky-making process, to create an exceptionally fragrant spirit. He then transferred this spirit into superior ex-bourbon barrels, including many second-fill casks, to showcase the fruity character given by the yeast. The rich, creamy whisky which emerged years later, unveils a new seam in Glenmorangie’s character.



Dr. Bill said, “Glenmorangie Allta is a worthy whisky with which to mark the Private Edition’s tenth anniversary. Yeast’s influence on taste has been overlooked for years, but it’s an area ripe for exploration. With a nose of biscuit, baking bread and floral notes, and rich tastes of vanilla, orange syrup and sweet chilli, Glenmorangie Allta opens up compelling possibilities for the future of Scotch whisky.”


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MB&F launches Legacy Machine FlyingT for women http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5666 MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT



March 18, 2019: 14 years ago, Maximilian Büsser started the rebellion called MB&F and created fiercely unconventional timepieces in a totally personal and selfish way: mechanical sculptures which only he needed to believe in. Mr. Büsser soon realised that during all those years, his entire family had been exclusively women: his mother, his wife and his two daughters. It was time to create a piece for the women in his life.



MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT This was challenging. Not only had he completely lost any reflexes as to how to create for anyone else, but he had to admit that he had no idea what a woman wants... there was no way he could create a piece trying to put himself in her shoes. He had to take a different approach and decided to integrate into this creation everything he loves in the women of his life. Most essentially, this boiled down to a surprising mix of energy on one hand, and elegance on the other... and of course, it had to remain a three-dimensional mechanical sculpture.

 

Legacy Machine FlyingT is their very first piece dedicated to women. Under a high-domed sapphire crystal and towering above a central pillar symbolising energy is a 60-second flying tourbillon, which gives the piece its name. At 7 o'clock and at 50 degrees, a delicate sub-dial with serpentine hands offers the time, but only to the wearer; a very intimate indication of the time. Underneath the slender 18K white gold case, the energy source of the 280-component automatic movement: a winding rotor in the shape of a sun, offers a generous 100 hours of power reserve.



The LM FlyingT launches in three 18K white gold versions: Diamond-set case with black lacquer dial plate (US$ 115,000); Fully diamond-set case and dial plate (US$ 145,000); and Fully baguette diamond-set case and dial plate (US$ 315,000).


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Calendar given as gift by Marie-Antoinette could fetch £10,000 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5665 March 18, 2019: Louis XVI (at this point, Dauphin for another year) was known to give out gold snuff boxes and ornately decorated calendars. A particular diamond and mother-of-pearl calendar, dated 1774, was given out at court by Louis Dauphin and Marie-Antoinette Dauphine, as a token of friendship to celebrate the New Year.



This Louis XV era calendar is up for sale in the Fellows’ inaugural Fine Jewellery auction on March 21. It was bought by the current owner in the Collection Marie-Antoinette at Christie's in Paris in 2015. The auction had a total price realised of €707,988. The calendar was also previously exhibited at the Palace of Versailles in 1955. With an estimate of £6,000 - £8,000, the calendar is one of many highlights included in the Fellows’ auction.



Nicola Whittaker, from Fellows Auctioneers, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer such a historically interesting piece in Fellows’ inaugural Fine Jewellery auction… Louis was known for giving extravagant gifts to his friends and that this calendar contains birthdays, social events and astrological information makes it very sentimental. This is the first time this piece has come to auction within the UK and we are excited to bring it to a British market given the recent surge in popularity of pieces connected to the couple."


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Aman launches Atma with Carnival of the Future in Venice http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5664 Aman Venice hotel event Atma



March 18, 2019: What do you think the world would look like in 2119? Luxury hospitality brand Aman displayed their version of how Venice would look in 2119 when they hosted the first in a series of immersive events under its new brand Atma, in Venice on March 1. The event, themed ‘Carnivale del Futuro’, was inspired by the annual Carnival of Venice. The festivities began with an intimate dinner at Aman Venice accompanied by a live performance from jazz-pop singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum who treated guests to a medley of his most renowned hits. 



Poppy Delevigne at Aman Venice event



Exiting Aman Venice through a futuristic tunnel of light, guests then boarded an armada of private boats, through the Grand Canal to the historic docks of Arsenale di Venezia - a complex of former shipyards and armories which were given a new lease of life for the night. 



The destination was transformed into Atma’s interpretation of the famous carnival in the future. An otherworldly setting was created by a cutting-edge production of kinetic lighting, vertical dancers performing on the historic brick walls, and 3D projection mapping on futuristic masks suspended on the walls, providing a glimpse of what the famous Carnival of Venice could like in 100-years’ time. Over 700 guests attended dressed as they would expect to be 100 years from now in 2119. 



Aman Venice hotel event Atma



Performances by award-winning DJs Peggy Gou, and Berlin-based house DJ and producer, Dixon provided the soundtrack to the evening, along with Bedouin and Bas Ibellini. Model and actress Poppy Delevingne, Tyrone Wood, Princess Lilly Wittgenstein, Game of Thrones actress Jazzy di Lisser, Jacobi Calthorpe, actor Tom Stourton, and Lucy Carr Ellison among others.


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Luxury group Puig to invest Rs 100 crore in Kama Ayurveda http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5663 March 12, 2019: The Spanish fashion and perfume company, Puig, is now partnering with Indian Ayurvedic brand, Kama Ayurveda. The Spanish company is investing in a minority share with the company. As part of its investment, Puig will infuse approximately INR 100 crore into Kama Ayurveda to further the company’s domestic and international expansion, as well as have the option to further increase its stake in the years ahead. With this investment Puig enters an emerging market with vast growth opportunity for beauty and personal care products, as well as fragrances.



Kama Ayurveda Puig investment



Kama Ayurveda was founded in 2002 by Vivek Sahni, Dave Chang, Rajshri Pathy and Vikram Goyal. The company’s offerings are rooted in the ancient Indian medical science of Ayurveda. Kama Ayurveda currently operates 52 stand-alone and shop-in-shop retail outlets across India and has a strong online presence as well. 



Marc Puig, Chairman and CEO said, “The partnership will enable us to offer Kama Ayurveda’s authentic Ayurvedic, plant-based, beauty and personal care products to a wide audience, a perspective that is in keeping with our commitment to sustainable, responsible business models. I wish to express my admiration for Vivek Sahni’s creativity and innovation in developing Kama Ayurveda, a brand which has deservedly earned the loyalty of India’s discerning beauty consumers.” 



Puig’s portfolio includes a combination of owned brands such as Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci, Paco Rabanne, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dries Van Noten, Penhaligon’s and L’Artisan Parfumeur; licenses such as Prada, Christian Louboutin, Comme des Garçons; and Lifestyle fragrances.


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Hennessy unveils 'The Seven Worlds' film by Ridley Scott http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5662 March 12, 2019: “Each drop of Hennessy X.O. is an Odyssey,” described the Oscar nominated director, Ridley Scott. Hennessy recently released an epic short film by the legendary director. 



Hennessy The Seven Worlds short film by Ridley Scott



All seven notes evocatively take shape under the iconic filmmaker’s direction, with his subversive sense of narrative, unique light, and knack for radical, and technical innovation. The seven notes, envisioned as individual worlds, are brought to life through wonderous and extreme physiography. The director leaves it to the viewer’s imagination if the film occurs in the future or the past, in reality or in a dreamscape as he takes us through vivid scenes offering snapshots of each world.



“I was attracted to this project because I was inspired by the potential for art and entertainment to bring this story to life,” said Ridley Scott. “Hennessy has a great product, and I was lucky enough to have the freedom to interpret this and create something amazing. I think people will be stunned when they see the film."



Hennessy The Seven Worlds short film by Ridley Scott



‘The Seven Worlds' production team includes global leaders in visual effects, Moving Picture Company (MPC), who previously collaborated with Scott on the films Alien, The Martian as well as Blade Runner and reunite with the director to design ‘out of this world’ effects through CGI. Composer Daniel Pemberton, who previously worked on Scott's film All the Money in the World and The Counselor, created a unique and unexpected score perfectly complimenting the director’s vision.


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Aston Martin launches DBS Superleggera TAG Heuer Edition http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5661 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera TAG Heuer edition



March 12, 2019: It’s been over 50 years of Aston Martin’s association with Swiss luxury watch company TAG Heuer. To commemorate this partnership, Aston Martin has launched the striking Aston Martin DBS Superleggera TAG Heuer Edition. Just 50 of these stunning sports cars, finished in Monaco Black paint with red accents, will be available globally and built to a luxurious fixed specification.



Each of the 50 cars will be accompanied with a limited edition TAG Heuer watch, the DBS Edition Carrera Heuer 02. Powered by a Calibre HEUER 02 Automatic manufacture movement, this exclusive timepiece presents a hexagonal cut-out face matching the grille of the DBS and an embossed black calf leather strap mirroring the leather inside the car. Like the car, the watch will have red detailing and will be strictly limited to 50 examples. 



Tag Heuer DBS Superleggera watch for Aston Martin

 

Nicknamed “the brute in a suit”, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is immaculately styled, obsessively engineered and outrageously potent.



The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera TAG Heuer Edition is priced at £295,000.


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Visionnaire introduces the Reverie Bedroom collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5659 March 11, 2019: If you are looking at raising the glam quotient of the most relaxing room in your home, then the Reverie bedroom collection from Visionnaire is sure to add luxury and sophistication. The Italian luxury furniture brand’s Reverie collection is part of its 2019 collection. 



Visionnaire Reverie Bedroom Collection



Conceptulized and designed by Italian designer Roberto Lazzeroni, the Reverie features luxurious bedroom furniture that includes a wing bed and bedside tables, cabinets, comfortable arm chairs, mirrors and accessories. 



The Reverie bed is upholstered in leather or fabric. It comes with a narrow Headboard divided into two horizontal sections with different inclinations. The external part of the Headboard can be covered in contrast leather or fabric. The bed is structured with polished lacquered wood and decorative satin brass corners. 



Luxury home bedroom decor



The bed is paired beautifully with the Nomos Bed side table. Mr. Lazzeroni has designed the Nomos chest of drawers for the perfect setting with six drawers with a semi-elliptical central body in curved wood on all sides. Its external surface is crafted with raised profiles and adorned with a marble top inserted in a solid oak wood frame, with black open-pore finish. The reflective part is “suspended” and made in three different colors. The surface is, in fact, divided into three chromatic sections with parts in natural mirror, pink and blue. The metal frame is separated from the mirror by four brass elements and its bottom is made of black wood. 


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Bobbi Brown launches Crushed Liquid Lipstick http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5658 Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid LipstickMarch 11, 2019: Makeup brand Bobbi Brown has been reinventing the world of beauty products in a different light. The brand constantly tries to make make up a more fun and easy process. While trying various combinations and formulas, Bobbi Brown has now launched their Crushed liquid lipstick. 



The look of a liquid lipstick meets the comfortable feel of a balm and the plumped-up sheen of a gloss with this new Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip. 



Created with a superfruit blend featuring cranberry, blueberry and raspberry extracts, this emollient-rich, full-coverage formula glides on with pure color pigments and offers nourishing comfort and moisture—both instantly and over time. The Crushed Liquid lip is available in 14 super saturated shades—from bare to bold to bright colours.


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Breitling unveils Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition watch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5657 March 11, 2019: Breitling and Britain’s Bentley Motors have had the longest-ever partnership between a watch brand and an automobile manufacturer. It started in 2003 when Breitling and Bentley launched their first watch collaboration. 



Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition Chronograph



At this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, Breitling introduced the Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition wristwatch, to commemorate the partnership and celebrate Bentley’s 100 years of luxury motoring excellence.



The Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition is an exceptional member of the Swiss watch brand’s elegant Premier collection. Produced in 18 k red gold and stainless-steel versions, some outstanding design features distinguish these limited-edition timepieces from all others. The elegant, unique brown elm burl dial with black subdials (a chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small-second subdial at 9 o’clock) is particularly eye-catching. These contrasting subdials indicate that the watches are powered by Breitling’s flagship Manufacture Caliber 01. The in-house mechanical movement delivers an impressive power reserve of approximately 70 hours.



Breitling Premier Bentley Centenary Limited Edition Chronograph



The movement is visible through a unique transparent caseback featuring a Bentley logo. The 18 k red gold version is engraved with a “ONE OF 200” inscription, while the stainless-steel version is inscribed “ONE OF 1000”, confirmation of the edition sizes for the watches.


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Louis Vuitton presents an abstract Winter 2019 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5653 March 7, 2019: Nicolas Ghesquière is one of the very few designers that showcase a collection that goes beyond words and imagination. The designer tried to locate the line between virtual and real worlds. The location for the season’s collection showcase was Centre Pompidou, the 4th arrondissement of Paris, in the Beaubourg area. 



Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2019 collection for women



And as fashion designers attempt to the paint a satire of the real world through their eclectic collections, Louis Vuitton’s Women’s Fall-Winter 2019 collection was also a collection of cultural references. 



Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2019 collection for women



Mr. Ghesquière correlated the venue to the story he wanted to narrate. The incredible feat of the Centre Pompidou that could also apply to fashion is the ID Code of fluidity, an architect’s glossary that’s both formal and fanciful. Green is water, blue is air, yellow is electricity. Red is human. 



Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2019 collection for women



 “Refinery” sweaters and “Carcass” dresses highlight the collection. The Monogram and the Damier oscillate on accessories in equal time. A graphic juxtaposition surfaces on the new “Monogram LV Pop” and the beginnings of the “The LV Arch”, a bag as classic as it is knowledgeable.



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The MET Gala 2019 exhibition to highlight impact of fashion http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5652 March 6, 2019: The Costume Institute Benefit - The Met Gala - will precede The Costume Institute's spring 2019 exhibition, Camp: Notes on Fashion, which will explore how fashion evolved from a place of marginality to become an important influence on mainstream culture. Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on 'Camp'" provides the framework for the exhibition, which will examine how fashion designers have used their métier as a vehicle to engage with camp in a myriad of compelling, humorous, and sometimes incongruous ways.



Jeremy Scott for Moschino at Met Gala 2019



"Camp's disruptive nature and subversion of modern aesthetic values has often been trivialized, but this exhibition will reveal that it has had a profound influence on both high art and popular culture," said Max Hollein, Director of The Met. "By tracing its evolution and highlighting its defining elements, the show will embody the ironic sensibilities of this audacious style, challenge conventional understandings of beauty and taste, and establish the critical role that this important genre has played in the history of art and fashion."



In celebration of the opening, The Costume Institute Benefit will take place on Monday, May 6. The evening's co-chairs will be Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles, Serena Williams, and Anna Wintour. The event is The Costume Institute's main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.



Jun Takahashi at Met Gala 2019



The exhibition will feature approximately 200 objects, including womenswear and menswear, as well as sculptures, paintings, and drawings dating from the 17th century to the present. Designers whose works will be featured in the exhibition include Virgil Abloh (for Off-White), Giorgio Armani, Manish Arora, Christopher Bailey (for Burberry), Cristóbal Balenciaga, Thom Browne, Sarah Burton (for Alexander McQueen), Gabrielle Chanel, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Christian Dior, John Galliano (for Maison Margiela, House of Dior, and his own label), Jean Paul Gaultier, Nicolas Ghesquière (for Louis Vuitton), Silvia Venturini Fendi (for Fendi), Donatella Versace (for Versace), Vivienne Westwood and many more.


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Modi Yoga Retreat open for guests in Rishikesh, India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5651 Modi Yoga Retreat Rishikesh India



March 6, 2019: Building a luxury hotel amidst one of world’s most enthralling places is a difficult job to accomplish. A refreshing addition to the Yoga Capital of the world, the Modi Yoga Retreat offers a combination of Yoga, nutrition, proactive healthcare and spa facilities for a personalized wellness experience. 



Modi Yoga Retreat Rishikesh India Presidential Suite Bathroom



Modi Yoga Retreat, a 29-room resort, is headlined by its 12,000 sq. ft spa which has 12 spa treatment rooms and is developed in association with WTS - the US-based Global Spa leader. WTS manages spas in iconic hotels like The Trump hotels in Chicago and Las Vegas, The Wyndham Grand Orlando, and MGM National Harbor Hotel in Washington DC. The spa rooms include 2 rooms equipped with Vichy Showers, 2 Ayurveda rooms, 6 international therapy rooms plus 2 consultation rooms.



Modi Yoga Retreat Rishikesh India Room



The resort’s 29 rooms provide a panoramic view of the Ganges and the Himalayas. The retreat also features a heated swimming pool for hydra therapies, a restaurant, a Wellness Café, a pool bar and a 1300 sq ft conference room for events. The eateries offer contemporary cuisine from around the world in addition to Indian regional and Ayurvedic food. The café serves a wide variety of healthy, organic, gluten-free and vegan options including meals especially recommended for specific treatments.



Modi Yoga Retreat Rishikesh India Rooftop



Dr. B.K. Modi (Founder-Chairman, Smart Group) said, "In today's day and age, wellbeing has a renewed significance. New technologies have changed the concept of ageing. And living happy, healthy and beyond 100 is now possible. To achieve the concept of 'beyond 100' one must be stress-free and have access to the right air, right nutrition, and right wellness practices. This was the thought behind the launch of the Modi Yoga Retreat."


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Sotheby's to offer the Cartier Wine Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5650 March 6, 2019: Wine is like love, the older the better. While we aren’t sure about the latter, Sotheby's is set to open a window onto the finest wines that France produced with the sale of the Cartier Wine Collection, as part of its Finest & Rarest Wines auction in London on March 20. 



Rare wines in Cartier Wine Collection



The wine collection was started several decades ago and has been enjoyed by those lucky enough to be entertained in Cartier's Paris boardroom. For the first time, Cartier is offering a selection of wines from its secret cellar, with each bottle bearing a specially designed sticker certifying its prestigious provenance. The entire proceeds from the sale are to benefit the Cartier Philanthropy Foundation, the company's grant-making foundation that works to improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable, particularly women and children, living in the least developed regions. The collection will present 250 lots comprising approximately 2,000 bottles, estimated to bring a combined total in the region of £250,000.

 

Serena Sutcliffe M.W., Honorary Chairman, Sotheby's Wine, said: "Connoisseurs of beautiful Cartier pieces are often also enthralled by exciting wine and we are thrilled to have been chosen to divulge the secrets of a niche collection that is scattered like precious stones with rare vintages."



Rare champagne in Cartier Wine Collection

  

The collection will include a line-up of both Left and Right Bank crus classés which continue through to more recent vintages, including 2009 and 2010. Grands Crus from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Faiveley, Guigal, Champagne, Cognac and Rhône will be part of the auction catalogue.


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Chicago's Le Colonial opens on E. Oak Street http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5649 March 4, 2019: Celebrating an exciting evolution in the establishment's 22-year journey, Chicago’s iconic Le Colonial restaurant has opened up at its new address at the luxurious E. Oak Street. 



Le Colonial Chicago



Le Colonial channels the seductive spirit and vivid flavors of 1920's French Colonial Southeast Asia. And its new home reveals an updated menu by Executive Chef/Partner Quoc Luong, stunning interiors by the award-winning Architect Mark Knauer and warm hospitality guided by Director of Operations/Wine Director Valerie Cao and the restaurant's first and only Maître d'/Partner Rafael Lopez. 



Guests will fondly recognize and enjoy newly envisioned items such as Cha Gio, crispy shrimp and pork roll with gulf Shrimp, pork, Asian mushrooms, mint, cilantro and chili lime sauce; Goi Ga, Vietnamese chicken and cabbage salad with lemongrass and ginger poached chicken breast, cabbage, grapefruit, toasted peanut, srispy shallots and sweet chili garlic vinaigrette; and Bo Luc Lac, shaking beef featuring Valverdi Farm greens, caramelized filet mignon, sweet onions, watercress and lime pepper vinaigrette. Le Colonial's full bar features an array of classic, contemporary and original cocktail creations.  

  

Perched above revered fine retailers Van Cleef & Arpels and Chanel, Le Colonial features 6,000 square feet of four distinct and colorful spaces, including an idyllic dining room and an all-season porch; an expansive bar and lounge; and the Monkey Parlour, a private and special chef's tasting room. 

  

Critically acclaimed Swedish muralist Jonas Wickman has filled the space with phenomenal artistic touches, creating original, contemporary murals and paintings based on themes that update the restaurant's Colonial Vietnamese architecture. Le Colonial's environment is made complete with dozens of black and white photographs, many of them oversized, procured from the family album of the governor of 1920's Indochina. 



Coordinates: 57 E. Oak Street, Chicago, IL, USA


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BMW Group & Daimler AG join forces for automated driving http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5648 March 04, 2019: The BMW Group has been working on highly automated driving since 2006, and has established a non-exclusive platform with technology specialists, suppliers and OEMs to take it to series maturity, while Daimler AG has been working on series development projects not only for specific Level 3 vehicles but also for Levels 4 and 5.



BMW Group and Daimler AG for automated driving 



The two companies have therefore decided to join forces and signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop next-generation technologies for driver assistance systems, automated driving on highways and parking features (up to SAE Level 4). 



The BMW Group and Daimler AG view their partnership as a long-term, strategic cooperation and aim to make next-level technologies widely available by the middle of the coming decade.



“As we continue to pursue our strategy, we are combining the expertise of two technology leaders. At the BMW Group, long-term partnerships within a flexible, scalable, non-exclusive platform are fundamental to advancing the industrialisation of autonomous driving. Combining the key expertise of our two companies will boost our innovative strength and speed up the spread of this technology,” said Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development.


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Grand Lange 1 celebrates 25th anniversary with new edition http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5647 March 4, 2019: 25 years ago, German watchmaking brand A. Lange & Söhne launched Grand Lange 1 in 1994. To mark the happy occasion of its 25th anniversary, the brand has introduced another watch to the Lange 1 watch family, a limited edition “Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase”. The anniversary model, featuring a lunar disc engraved by hand for the first time, brings the earth’s satellite into sharp focus.



A. Lange & Sohne Grand Lange 1 Moonphase



The Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase will be released in white gold with a limitation of 25 watches featuring an argenté-coloured dial in solid silver with printed deep-blue numerals and a white-gold lunar disc. Six stars and numerous small dots have been engraved by hand to create a starry sky. Together with the inlaid golden moon, the dial sports a unique three-dimensional night scene.



The moon-phase display, which is correct for 122.6 years, is also larger than that of its sister model and has moved from a subsidiary seconds dial to the main dial with the hour and minute display. The sapphire-crystal caseback reveals the calibre L095.3 that is meticulously decorated and twice assembled by hand with the typical characteristics of the LANGE 1 watch family. 



A. Lange & Sohne Grand Lange 1 Moonphase



The three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver decorated with Glashütte ribbing affords a view of the screw balance with a balance spring developed and manufactured in-house. This is held in place by a hand-engraved balance cock with a special engraving: the number “25” in the Lange-typical outsize date window, surrounded by a floral pattern. All engraved recesses are accentuated with a blue coating.


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Clinique signs Radhika Apte as brand ambassador for India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5645 Radhika Apte Brand ambassador CliniqueMarch 1, 2019: Clinique, the luxury skin care brand and prestige beauty leader, has signed Bollywood Actress, Radhika Apte as its first brand ambassador for India. 



According to Clinique, Ms. Apte exemplifies the brand’s philosophy of empowering, inspiring and delivering happiness to women by celebrating natural beauty through great skin.  



Rohan Vaziralli, General Manager, Estée Lauder Companies India, says, “Radhika is a trailblazer in her line of work - through the roles she portrays to empowering women to focus on inner beauty. She is fresh, dynamic, young, strong minded, natural and genuine, making her the perfect expression of Clinique. We’re delighted to welcome Radhika to the Clinique India family and am confident she will inspire millennial consumers in India and around the world.”



Clinique India aims to increase brand awareness, deepen consumer engagement and drive education on the importance of good skincare habits through a series of campaigns featuring Ms. Apte in 2019. 


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Art Institute Chicago exhibits two new Rembrandt portraits http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5644 March 1, 2019: The Dutch painter Rembrandt is known for his visual art and holds immense importance in the Dutch history and that of art as well. He complicated the genre, constructing identities through props, lighting, and ambiguous settings—leaving us to ask, “What is a portrait?” 



Rembrandt Self-Portrait



This spring, two portraits by Rembrandt van Rijn are visiting Art Institute Chicago from the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. The paintings, Portrait of a Boy and Self-Portrait, join the Art Institute’s own Old Man with a Gold Chain and Young Woman at an Open Half-Door for a look at Rembrandt’s approach to portraiture—one that is decidedly more complex than it may first appear. 



In his Self-Portrait of 1636–38 from the Norton Simon Museum, Rembrandt similarly portrayed himself in three-quarter profile, thoughtfully making eye contact with his audience from under a knitted brow. Although his likeness is faithful and familiar, his pose is affected, his left hand tucked into the breast of a costly and elaborate jacket.



Rembrandt Portrait of a Boy



The second painting, Portrait of a Boy, shows a boy with a roughly sketched pet, perhaps a bird or monkey, on his left shoulder. His ornate garb—a plumed hat and lace-collared shirt—is again from an earlier period. And yet, despite the theatrical costume and inclusion of the exotic pet, the portrait comes across as frank and honest.



The exhibition will be held at Art Institute Chicago from March 3 to June 9, 2019, from 10:30 am to 5 pm. 


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Bally Winter 2019 collection enraptures with Swiss history http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5643 March 1, 2019: The Autumn Winter 2019 collection, Peak Outlook, is Bally’s celebration of Swiss heritage and the mountains. The Mountain Peak motif, taken from a 1955 Bally logo, becomes a zigzag shoe welt and appears graphically across ready-to-wear and accessories. 



Bally Autumn Winter 2019 Mens Collection



With this collection, Bally recalls the sporty outdoor lifestyle of the 1990’s and memories of winter weekend escapes with friends. 



Bally Autumn Winter 2019 Mens Collection



A vintage 1930’s expedition map is restored in silk jacquard and ink-printed leather. Hiking boots are inspired by Bally’s 1930s and 40s archive. While the Hady presents a fashion-forward take on the traditional hiking boot (inspired by a 1943 archive model), the Hanni reflects a 1930’s hiking style with crochet laces, at home on city streets or groomed mountain trails. The hybrid Biasa sneaker boot with neoprene sock and eyelets make for a stylish yet practical message. The ready-to-wear witnesses chunky knit cardigans and scarfs are scattered with nostalgic Swiss motifs. The womenswear collection also includes the bags Harryet and Cecyle.



Bally Autumn Winter 2019 Womens Collection



Menswear, on the other hand, is about the architect of leather. Dynamic outerwear makes a statement with a buttery, angular cape and an oversized blouson jacket worn over a slim zip hoodie and sporty cargo trousers. A 1970s Bally Polar logo is a feature on caps and sweatshirts. The Maloja boots features Wet Ice Technology soles by Vibram and ground the shoe message for men alongside the Zermatt and Lyskamm themes. The Mountain Peak motif also features fur trims and shearling accents. Sporty hiking sneakers and curling boots complete the collection. The menswear has bags Hawke, High Point and Elevate. 



Bally Autumn Winter 2019 Womens Collection



The collection is led by colour, and draws inspiration from the portrait work of Norwegian photographer, Jarle Hagen.


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Christian Louboutin unveils collection inspired by Julio Le Parc http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5642 February 28, 2019: Artist Julio Le Parc is known for his love of optical illusions as a source of inspiration. Luxury accessories designer Christian Louboutin’s Spring Summer 2019 collection is an ode to the eclectic designer's love of optical illusions, inspired by the Kinetic Art movement. 



Christian Louboutin Spring Summer 2019 Optical Illusion



The collection showcases Mr. Louboutin's creativity and joyful sense of optimism. Playing on distortion, colour and contrasts, the graphic collection seems to be constantly on the move, shifting, changing and coming to life with the wearer's movement. Playful and energetic, the effect is larger than life, bringing Mr. Louboutin's iconoclastic vision into the real world.



Christian Louboutin Spring Summer 2019 Optical Illusion



Mixing bold tones and materials to create eye-catching designs, each piece strives to find the perfect line and is designed to take you by surprise, leading you where you least expect. 



Christian Louboutin Spring Summer 2019 Optical Illusion



From coquette stilettos to chunky-soled sneakers, bags and accessories, iconic silhouettes are reinterpreted for a bold new take. Vertical lines mesmerise and draw you in, light glints and glimmers on reflective surfaces and vivid pops of colours flash as the styles move. Just when you think you've got the whole picture, look again.


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Lily Gabriella Elia unveils first collection for Sotheby's Diamonds http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5641 Lily Gabriella Elia Optic Ring Sotheby's Diamonds



February 28, 2019: Incredibly rare and sought after by jewellery connoisseurs, yellow diamonds have played a key role in the history of jewellery, inspiring many designers and resulting in some amazing creations. Taking that lead, young Brazilian jeweller Lily Gabriella Elia unveiled her first capsule collection for Sotheby's Diamonds .



Lily Gabriella Elia Halcyon Earrings Sotheby's Diamonds‘An Ode to Yellow’ is a collection predominantly featuring rare yellow diamonds set in breath-taking designs inspired by art and architecture – two leitmotifs in predominant in Ms. Elia's aesthetics. Of various hues and shapes, the stones are a testament to Sotheby's Diamonds' unique ability to source and select diamonds of extraordinary beauty and rarity.

 

Patti Wong, Founder and Chairman of Sotheby’s Diamonds, said: “Lily is somewhat of an architect of light and colour. The jewels she has created perfectly capture Sotheby’s Diamonds’ unique signature, where diamonds are the masterpieces, always at the heart of the composition. Some say yellow is “the new Millennial pink”! With their resolute modernity, Lily’s creations will no doubt resonate to the young generation, but above all they celebrate the timeless and universal beauty of diamonds”.



Incredibly, one of the jewelry pieces includes the Holi Earrings, which is inspired by the riot of colours of the Hindu Holi festival. The earrings feature two cushion cut yellow diamonds. The jewels are set with a striking array of pink sapphires and white diamonds, while the use of enamel and 18 carat rose gold adds depth and texture to the composition. 



Lily Gabriella Elia Cubist Ring Sotheby's Diamonds



Celebrating jewellery as a form of art, the nine pieces in the collection are on view in Sotheby's London galleries until March 5, 2019, alongside works from Sotheby's forthcoming Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art sales. They will then be showcased at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre from March 29 until April 2.


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Bottega Veneta presents Fall 2019 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5640 February 28, 2019: Combining the human hand with technology and process, the result is simultaneously classic and contemporary. Italian luxury brand Bottega Veneta's Fall 2019 collection displayed a celebration of freedom, self-expression and sensuality. 



Bottega Veneta Fall Winter 2019 collection



The show, marked Creative Director Daniel Lee's first runway show for the house, is an exercise in elevated detail, noble materials and energetic silhouette. The season's palette is also a reflection on innovation where chemical hues and shimmering embellishment meet natural tones and everyday colour. 



Bottega Veneta Fall Winter 2019 collection



Leather and the house's Intrecciato weave is reinterpreted and evolved with polished dresses and layered knitwear pair with armour-like outerwear, sharp tailoring and confident accessories. 



Bottega Veneta Fall Winter 2019 collection

 

Ultimately, the aim of this season's collection is a simple one, to evoke emotion - pleasure and joy, desire and beauty.



Bottega Veneta Fall Winter 2019 collection


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Fendi presents Karl Lagerfeld's last collection for the brand http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5637 February 22, 2019: Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld are names that can never been taken apart from one another. The designer had put his life and soul in the brand. The Fall/Winter Collection is the final Collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld that encompasses his lifetime of dedication and creation from 1965 until today. In his perpetual search for beauty and innovation, Mr. Lagerfeld’s commitment to his craft never waned. 



Fendi Women Fall Winter 2019



Someone who was witty and controversial, Mr. Lagerfeld’s last collection for Fendi is a lesson in bringing back fitted silhouettes. Neutral tones lift through pale ivory tulle, warm cognac patent and terracotta calfskin to sublime shades of daffodil, sea green, tangerine and azure. Like petals or plumes, wallpaper prints become textures on cloque, organza and satin.



Fendi Women Fall Winter 2019



Drawn from a pagoda shoulder, zipped and double-breasted tailoring is nipped at the waist and threaded with floating bow belts. Diamond shapes abound in the shifting lines of transparency, pleating and latticework transposed, one over the other, as wrap knife-pleated skirts, monogram tulle bodysuits and laser cut leather outerwear. 



“The bond between Karl Lagerfeld and FENDI is fashion’s longest love story, one that will continue to touch our lives for years to come. I am profoundly saddened by his passing and deeply touched by his constant care and perseverance until the very end. When we called just a few days before the show, his only thoughts were on the richness and beauty of the Collection. It’s a true testament to his character. He shall be so missed,” said Silvia Venturini Fendi.



Fendi Women Fall Winter 2019



Designed in 1981, Mr. Lagerfeld’s curling ‘Karligraphy’ FF logo monogram appears on cabochon buttons and intarsia fur, as high-collared shift dresses whisper softly in diaphanous silk and honeycomb lace. The FENDI Women’s Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Accessories collection abounds with newness, as the Baguette is transformed in embossed pillow patent, topstitched vegetal leather and a multi-strap utility harness. The iconic Peekaboo also follows the season’s perforated techniques.



Fendi Women Fall Winter 2019



The show was ended with a video of Mr. Lagerfeld, recreating the first ever sketch he made for Fendi.




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Jaipur Rugs launches store in Mumbai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5636 February 22, 2019: What started as two-loom business in 1978 is an empire today with a social entrepreneurship model that employs 40,000 weavers across five Indian states. After their first store was launched in Delhi in 2016, the new boutique in Mumbai is Jaipur Rugs’ second flagship store.



Jaipur Rugs store in Mumbai



The new 4,000 sq ft store is minimalist with a focus on raw natural materials like cement, wood and metal. In keeping with the industrial theme, the store is designed by Mumbai-based interior designer Ravi Vazirani. The boutique also has an experiential chamber and seating space, where customers can design their own rugs and watch a weaver on the loom. The store will also have a gallery viewing of unseen rugs, either one-off exclusive pieces or heirloom pieces owned by the family, at the mezzanine level.



Speaking at the launch, Founder Nand Kishore Chaudhary says, "We are thrilled to finally open in Mumbai. While Jaipur Rugs Company is privileged to have its loyal patrons from the city who regularly shop online, I feel the offline experience will bring clients, old and new, closer to us, and see the brand in a different light. Each rug has a story to tell, and our endeavor has been to bring that narrative from the weaver, to the customer, in the most honest way possible." 



Jaipur Rugs store in Mumbai



The brand’s collections by Head of Design, Kavita Chaudhary, are on display, alongside the award-winning collections such as Project Error and The Unstring Collection series, and Lacuna rugs. One of the prized displays at the store is the recently launched Mysteries of Manchaha, at Maison et Objet in Paris. The series comprises of 85 hand-knotted rugs – in silk, bamboo silk, wool or a combination of these – crafted by their internationally acclaimed weavers. The flagship store will also feature special edition collections with designers such as Gauri Khan, Artemis, Jennifer Adams and Luli Sanchez.



Coordinates: 13 B/C, Sonam Studio, Sunmill compound, Sitaram Jadhav Marg, Lower Parel (W), Mumbai


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Gucci's Fall Winter 2019 collection focuses on masks http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5635 February 22, 2019: We all have been or are forced to be someone we aren’t - in other words - put on masks. The human tendency to showcase what we think people want to see is often misconstrued to being fake and superficial, but there could be other reasons to it. For Milan Fashion Week 2019, Italian luxury brand Gucci presented its Fall Winter collection, opening a new perspective through masks.



Gucci Fall Winter 2019 Masks



The collection plays on the lines of German philosopher Hannah Arendt, where she reminds us that we choose the mask through which we appear on the world’s stage. We define our subjectivity and our ethical and political placement through this shared appearance scene. When we show ourselves on the public scene, we reveal ourselves to each other in our plural identities. The visibility space, therefore, represents the condition of possibility of being together and, at the same time, different. 



Gucci Fall Winter 2019 Masks



The show space was characterized by a bright, elliptical wall composed of more than 120,000 LED light bulbs which was integrated with a 100-meter long mirrored runway similar to a shiny curved path. Covered from floor to ceiling with mirroring materials that endlessly reflect and refract lights and movements, the fascinating and dynamic space was illuminated by a kaleidoscope of lights.



Gucci Fall Winter 2019 Masks



The collection itself was characteristic of Alessandro Michele’s vintage influence, mixed with unorthodox usage of patterns, materials, colors, embroideries and silhouettes. Star War-ish ensembles ruled the runway with a variety of masks.



Gucci Fall Winter 2019 Masks



All images courtesy: Gucci


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Cartier "Travel with Style" comes to Jaipur in 2019 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5633 February 21, 2019: Love vintage automobiles and traveling in style? The Cartier Concours d'Elegance is for you. On February 24, 2019, Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan will host the event to display some astounding automobiles. This edition will again feature classic automobiles and motorcycles divided into various classes, comprising of 86 cars and 26 motorcycles.



Cartier Travel with Style Concours 2018



Mr. Manvendra Singh, who serves as a Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours, is also acting as the Curator for Cartier Travel With Style. He said, “With each edition, the response to Cartier ‘Travel with Style’ has been overwhelming. With the last edition at the land of pearls - Hyderabad, we have gone beyond Delhi and Mumbai. With this edition we are exploring the Land of the Maharajas - India’s pink city, Jaipur as a uniquely Indian event, promoting Indian automotive heritage.”



Setting the standard with their appreciation of fine form, exquisite style and exceptional design, the judging panel draws on the experience of some of the world’s leading designers, most successful industrialists, best known arbiters of taste, and most knowledgeable collectors of classic cars.



Cartier Travel with Style Concours 2018



The event will feature cars and motorcycles from the Pre- and Post-War classics from Europe and America, including Pre-War European Rolls-Royce to Classics made or assembled in India before 1965.


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Tom Ford Beauty launches exclusively in India with Sephora http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5632 Tom Ford Beauty collectionFebruary 20, 2019: The wait is over for all Tom Ford makeup fans! TOM FORD BEAUTY has launched cosmetics in Mumbai, India, exclusively with Sephora, in Palladium Mall. The new luxury counter features the latest TOM FORD cosmetics and signature fragrances, and the exclusive Private Blend Collection. 



After launching in Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi and Kolkata, the brand is slated to open four more doors in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Chennai respectively.



“When thinking about bringing TOM FORD BEAUTY to a new market, I really started thinking stylistically, what are the things that really are a part of me right now.  And right now, it is a very luxe, streamlined, minimalism,” said Tom Ford.



Housed in a freestanding chrome and ivory display case with graceful, edgy lines and a hint of Art Deco elegance is the opulent Cosmetics Collection. The current cosmetics range consists of three evergreen collections - the Classic Collection, the Soleil Collection and Extrême Collection. 



Tom Ford fragrances are prominently featured on illuminated display units made of Makassar Ebony with chrome shelving. These shelves showcase Tom Ford Signature Fragrances for women and men, and the exclusive Tom Ford Private Blend Collection. The latest additions of Tom Ford Ombré Leather Fragrance (from Signature Collection) and Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous (from Private Blend Collection) are also part of the offerings. 


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Christian Louboutin launches its first runner collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5631 Run Loubi Run 2019 for women



February 20, 2019: French luxury shoemaker Christian Louboutin debuted their first luxury runner collection for men and women ‘Run Loubi Run’ at the London Fashion Week 2019. Made for inner-city life, but with an insistence for individualism and a refusal to conform, the sneakers are about breaking convention in a crowd.



Christian Louboutin Run Loubi Run 2019 for women   Christian Louboutin Run Loubi Run 2019 for men



The brand has collaborated with Wonderland to produce a short film and still images featuring leading dance talents from the Royal Ballet: Principal dancer Lauren Cuthbertson and First Soloist Marcelino Sambé, who prove elegance is an attitude, even in audacious footwear. 



Christian Louboutin Run Loubi Run 2019 for women



Using a variety of design elements to create a fashionable runner that is like a painting on a blank canvas, Mr. Louboutin takes the traditional sneaker and gives it a glamourous avatar. Studs, stripes, shades – all have been converged to present stunning shoes for the millennials of the world.


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Technology meets savoir-faire in Fendi's FFreedom shoes http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5628 February 18, 2019: Born from the sculptural shoes presented during the FENDI Couture Fall/Winter 2018-19 show in Paris, the FFreedom Collection of shoes evolves including contemporary models made with elegant fabrics, modern colours and unique drawings that have appeared on the Spring/Summer 2019 catwalk. 



Fendi FFreedom Pink pumps



Taking inspiration from the namesake version of the FF logo, the silhouette is defined by a squared shape with slightly rounded corners and a sinuous heel with 3D details, a pure element of design that requires incredible workmanship. A plain white sole is colour-contrasted by a black finish which enhances the shoe like a real frame.



A technical material called “framis” – traditionally used in the sports world and applied through a heat-sealing process – injects ultra-feminine pumps in Lycra with graphism and three-dimensionality. The bold colour palette, from powder pink to fluorescent fuchsia, highlights the glamorous allure of the shoes.



Fendi FFreedom graphic sandals



The FFreedom logo becomes whispered on sandals and pumps with a patchwork pattern, realized with different materials, like Lycra and mesh in monocolor degradé tones, that are mixed and heat-sealed together. Textured rubber lines, applied through high-frequency and injection, infuse the shape with additional three-dimensionality. The upper presents a contrasting zig-zag embroidery that apparently looks like a seam, adding a graphic twist to the design of the FFreedom. The final sporty yet stylish touch is given by a removable rubber ankle strap with the word FENDI. 



Fendi FFreedom Orange pumps



The collection is available in FENDI boutiques worldwide and on fendi.com.


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Michael Kors Fall 2019 collection celebrates style & romance http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5627 February 18, 2019: New York City recently saw the Michael Kors’ Fall 2019 runway show at Cipriani Wall Street which was transformed into an old-school ballroom with distressed herringbone floors, velvet curtains, disco balls and chandeliers. From Barry Manilow’s finale performance to the Studio 54 capsule designs, the show was a celebration of individuality and romance. 



Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019



In keeping with the theme of the collection, Michael Kors partnered with renowned nightclub Studio 54 on a capsule of ready-to-wear and accessories for women and men. The era-defining club’s bold, graphic logo is treated in a multitude of ways, evoking extravagance. “From my first time at Studio 54, back in 1977, I knew that the mix of style, energy and glamour was truly special,” says Michael Kors. “There were no fashion rules, no dress code—people wore whatever they wanted, and it was almost always something glamorous and over-the-top.”



Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019



This year’s runway show also featured a fabulous finish courtesy of the legendary Barry Manilow. The singer/songwriter performed during the models’ finale walk, serenading the audience with a memorable rendition of his famous Copacabana song. Iconic supermodel and longtime muse Patti Hansen closed the show in her first runway walk since 1994.



Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019



From prints to monochromes, from sequins to metallic – the collection was indeed a dazzling mix of attitudes and styles.


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Kelly Hoppen designs interiors for Celebrity Cruises' new ship http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5625 February 15, 2019: Putting her mark on the oceans, British interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE has designed spaces for Celebrity Edge - the new ship by Celebrity Cruises. 



Celebrity Suite at Celebrity Edge Ship



Pushing the boundaries of cruise ship design, the incredibly popular and renowned Ms. Hoppen and visionary architect Tom Wright have mastered the exciting yet comfortable essence that defines Celebrity's modern luxury style. American interior designer Nate Berkus is Celebrity Edge's design ambassador.



Ms. Hoppen’s signature design philosophy and neutral palette can be seen on the ship’s staterooms, layered with small punchy accents of bright colours. Her design board included two Iconic Suites situated above the ship’s bridge spanning over 2,600 sq. ft. with two-bedrooms, two-bathrooms and mind- blowing views thanks to panoramic windows that envelop their dining room, living room and bedrooms. The 700 sq. ft. veranda will offer a 270-degree view of the ocean. 



Iconic Suite at Celebrity Edge Ship



Another new Suite Class will comprise of six split-level Edge Villas, which will offer stunning views from two stories of windows, private plunge pools and direct walk-out access to The Retreat Sundeck. These villas are literally situated at the edge of the Celebrity Edge.



Ms. Hoppen also designed two two-bedroom, two-bathroom Penthouse Suites with large soaking tubs on the veranda, large dual walk-through showers, and expansive walk-in closets, and the 146 large, outward-facing Sky Suites

 

The designer’s love of clean lines, geometric pattern, texture and vintage glamour has given the suites bespoke pieces of iconic furniture and the designer’s signature bed runners, curtains with contrasting borders, wrap details and stunning paneling.



Edge Villa at Celebrity Edge Ship



The Penthouse’s carefree and relaxed interiors will remind you of Santorini, Greece. The beautiful crisp blues and sculptural lighting, specifically created for the ship, compliment the stunning pieces of art and accessories that have been handpicked for the space. An extraordinary trunk, for example, which was found during Ms. Hoppen’s travels brings a personal touch to the penthouse. An extraordinary bathroom suite will allow to truly relax.



The pods within the Luminae Restaurant create a city feel and the organic blossom lights that unfold above the tables open up the space. Different finishes include beautiful marble inlays at the entrance. Curated art works selected for the restaurant and wood paneling gives it warmth. The spa at Celebrity Edge showcases organic marble wood that will automatically makes you feel relaxed and serene.



Dining for Suite Class at Celebrity Edge Ship



Celebrity Edge is sailing on Caribbean and European itineraries.


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The Oberoi, Mumbai offers the best of Sicilian cuisine http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5624 February 14, 2019: Brining some fresh whiffs from Italy, The Oberoi, Mumbai is welcoming Executive Chef Agostino D’Angelo from Ristorante Olivier at Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea from February 21 to 28, 2019 at Vetro.



Vetro Mumbai Sicilian Italian cuisine



Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea was built by an aristocratic family in 1830 among lush, subtropical gardens. Till today, Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea enjoys a reputation as one of the most romantic hotels in Taormina.



The exclusive Culinary Showcase at The Oberoi, Mumbai will have Chef D’Angelo celebrate fine Sicilian cuisine with dishes such as the Caponata, one of the most renowned and well known traditional vegetarian dishes of Sicily; Marinated sea bass with shaved fennel and orange segments; Burrata cheese and basil cream with grilled fruit (where the fruit is marinated with modern techniques, then vacuum packed to remove the internal oxygen and give the fruit a more intense flavour and colour); Traditional Sicilian style Cannoli and more.



Vetro Mumbai Sicilian Italian cuisine



The Special Chef Agostino D’Angelo Dégustation menus will be available as a Lunch Menu Du Jour, which will feature four courses at Rs. 2950 plus taxes, and Dinner will showcase a Chef’s Gourmand menu with five courses at Rs. 4950 plus taxes, per guest. A special Gala Dinner on February 23 will present six exquisite courses at Rs. 6950 plus taxes.



Coordinates: Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


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Ralph Lauren presents its Spring 2019 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5623 February 14, 2019: American luxury fashion brand Ralph Lauren debuted its Spring 2019 collection while transforming its Madison Avenue flagship store into Ralph’s Café, an immersive dining experience.



Ralph Lauren Spring 2019 gold dress



“To bring the fresh spirit and modern glamour of my Spring 2019 Women’s Collection to life I decided to share it in the charming environment of my new Ralph’s Café on Madison Avenue. I wanted to create an intimate experience to share my vision in a more personal way,” said Ralph Lauren.



The first floor of the store has been reimagined as Ralph’s Café which will serve breakfast as guests enjoy an intimate presentation of the new season.



Ralph Lauren Spring 2019 white pants



As is the signature of the 50 year old Ralph Lauren brand, the Spring 2019 Collection is about purity of design in unexpected silhouettes defined by bold contrasts of black, white, and gold. Iconic shapes are met with new proportions, including exaggerated, wide-leg trousers juxtaposed with sharp tailoring and fluid silk shapes.



Ralph’s Cafe is an expansion of Ralph’s coffee shop, which opened in December 2018. Reservations for the cafe will be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday, alongside exclusive presentations of the Spring 2019 Collection. Bookings can be made through OpenTable through the @RalphLauren Instagram.



Ralph Lauren Spring 2019 white dress



Items from the Spring 2019 collection will be immediately available on Ralphlauren.com, in global flagship stores and through top retail partners.


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Artificial Intelligence artwork on auction for the first time http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5622 February 14, 2019: Giving credence to the rapidly emerging field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Art, Sotheby’s London will offer the first self-contained, generative work of Artificial Intelligence ever to appear on the market, as part of the Contemporary Art Day Auction in London on March 6.



Artificial Intelligence artwork



Titled Memories of Passersby I, Mario Klingemann’s installation comprises a custom-made wooden console table which hosts an AI computer ‘brain’, and two framed screens upon which the machine’s output - disquieting portraits of imagined male and female faces - blur hypnotically into focus. 



A remarkable technological feat, the flow of faces on the screen are not predefined, but instead are a result of the AI creating its own unique output in real-time. The machine generates a new and never-repeating combination of portraits for as long as it is running. Imagine – a new artwork in your space every five minutes.



The conjured faces, however, have been influenced by portraits from the 17th to 19th centuries, as well as Mr. Klingemann’s own penchant for Surrealist works. Describing the work, the artist explains: “Memories of Passersby I houses a very powerful machine which creates paintings while you look at them, which I think is quite magical. Neural networks are involved, and you could say that they are the brushes that I’ve learned to use. The machine is in a cycle where it continuously creates new faces that start changing and fading away - it observes itself and creates a feedback loop. Of course, it’s hard for me let it out into the world without me by its side, but I trust that it’s ready to keep creating new portraits forever, as I always hoped it would do. I hope that when people sit and watch these fleeting faces pass by, they will get the same feeling I do”.



Artificial Intelligence artwork



The autonomous AI computer ‘brain’ consists of a system of neural networks, very similar to those of the human brain. The neural network is composed of a large number of highly interconnected processing elements, which cannot be programmed to perform a specific task, but instead learn by example.



The artwork is estimated at £30,000-40,000.


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Lamborghini launches the Huracan EVO in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5619 February 8, 2019 – Luxury sports car brand Automobili Lamborghini has launched the new Lamborghini Huracan EVO in India - the next generation V10 super sports car, based on the performance of the Huracén Performante and incorporating next-generation vehicle dynamic control and aerodynamics.



Lamborghini Huracan EVO



It goes without saying that the Huracan EVO makes an impactful presence with its design. “The all new Huracan EVO is much more agile, light and nimble than its predecessor. Lamborghini has gone the extra mile to bring out the best in this new supercar, both in terms of design dynamics and technology. The Huracan EVO is certainly an impressive upgrade from the Lamborghini stable. As the customer expectations for super Luxury cars evolves in India, we have received an overwhelming response, and Huracan EVO will further help establish a stronger connect with the growing number of super car enthusiasts in the country," says Mr. Sharad Agarwal, Head, Lamborghini India.



The Huracan EVO outputs 640 hp (470 kW) at 8,000 rpm with 600 Nm of torque delivered at 6,500 rpm. With a dry weight of 1,422 kg the Huracan EVO reaches a weight-to-power ratio of 2.22 kg/hp, accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and from 0-200 km/h in 9 seconds. Braking from 100 km/h to 0 is achieved in just 31.9 m, with a top speed of more than 325 km/h.



Lamborghini Huracan EVO 2019



The car features the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI): a Central Processing Unit that controls every aspect of the car’s dynamic behaviour, fully integrating all of the car’s dynamic systems and set-up to anticipate the next move and needs of the driver. Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI), a comprehensive set of accelerators and gyroscope sensors placed at the car’s center of gravity, has been enhanced to version 2.0. With improved precision, it monitors in real-time the dynamic vehicle attitude regarding lateral, longitudinal and vertical accelerations, as well as roll, pitch and yaw rate. A new advanced traction control system together with enhanced all-wheel drive and torque vectoring, allows traction to be directed to a single wheel as required.



Enhanced Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) allows agility at low speed, as well as maximum stability in high-speed cornering and under braking in the most severe conditions. The unique combination of all these systems is governed by Lamborghini’s LDVI to create a super-responsive car with unparalleled level of control. Processing data in real time, the Huracán EVO recognizes the driver’s intentions through steering wheel, brake and accelerator pedal inputs, engaged gear and the driving modes selected: STRADA, SPORT or CORSA.



External conditions are also determined through active suspension and all-wheel drive grip estimation function. All of this information is analysed by LDVI, which turns them into precise inputs for the vehicle dynamic system. Which means the car doesn’t just react, but predicts the best driving set-up for the next moment.



Lamborghini Huracan EVO luxury car 2019



The design of Huracan EVO defines the aerodynamic superiority and enhanced driving dynamics of the car. A new front bumper gives the car a low, assertive personality. The side profile of the Huracán EVO is articulately dynamic, featuring Lamborghini’s hexagon design references in the windows, the new wheel design and around the new side air intakes.



It is at the rear of the car that the Huracán EVO most distinctively evokes the power and dynamism that lies within. Reflecting the wide, open, naked rear seen in its race-car brother, the twin outlets of the new sports exhaust system are positioned high up in the car’s rear bumper. At the upper end of the tail an integrated, slotted spoiler provides enhanced air flow, clearly asserting the car’s aerodynamic abilities.



A new 8.4” HMI capacitive touchscreen, located in the centre console, puts connectivity at the driver’s fingertips, with multi-finger gesture control. Governing car functions including seats, climate and the status of the LDVI system in real-time. It also puts all infotainment, such as Apple CarPlay with smartphone integration, at the cabin occupants’ disposal.


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Michael Kors introduces Cece - its new handbag style http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5618 February 8, 2019: Luxury fashion brand Michael Kors has launched the Cece handbags – a new style for Spring 2019. 



Michael Kors Cece for Spring 2019



The modern silhouette of the bag comes with clean lines and soft curves. The structured rectangle shape is formed from gently folded edges and a curved flap closure. Heritage hardware, including a trunk-inspired pinch lock, a leather-wrapped key charm and a chain-link handle, lends an air of classic glamour to the sleek form. 



A very ‘envelope’ style bag we would say, the front pocket tucks into the bag’s interior along with the slip pocket at the back – making them easily accessible, yet safe and modish. A zippered inside pouch separates two internal compartments, making the compact bag as functional as it is chic.



Michael Kors Cece for Spring 2019



For Spring, the Cece will be offered in smooth leather, butterfly-embellished leather and smooth leather with pyramid studs, along with three sizes: an extra-small crossbody, a medium shoulder bag and a large shoulder bag.



The Cece is now available in Michael Kors stores worldwide.


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The Lodhi hotel in New Delhi unveils the 'Sultan Suite' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5617 February 8, 2019: The Lodhi, New Delhi, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, has launched the latest addition to their grand suites: “The Sultan Suite”.



The Lodhi Sultan Suite



This 4,400 square feet suite boasts two floors connected by a private elevator inside. With magnificent gold leafed walls, the living room is filled with natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows. It features a six-seater dining table, a grand Upright Piano, 86-inch TV and Bang & Olufsen 1400 watt speakers with acoustic lens technology for entertainment in exceptional style. If you need to host private soirées, the hotel’s Master Chefs can create exquisite culinary fare in the suite’s fully-equipped kitchen.



The suite encompasses two expansive bedrooms and the master bedroom has a private library, 65-inch OLED TV and B&O multiroom wireless speaker. Incredibly, the suite has its own fitness area and a massage and sauna in their own spa room. No need to search for relaxation elsewhere!



The Lodhi Sultan Suite Pool and Balcony



A plunge pool and balcony presenting panoramic views, along with a decorative fire place, spacious walk-in closet and cigar humidor complete the experience.



It goes without saying that the suite includes ultra high speed Wi-Fi, complete full bottle private bar, plush PLOH bathrobes, TWG tea selections, Illy espresso coffee machines, universal plug points, USB charging ports, air purifiers, large 5 fixture ‘spa inspired’ bathroom with bespoke amenities and TOTO automatic toilets.



The Lodhi Sultan Suite Master Bedroom



Art inspired by Indian history, art-deco furniture, wooden floorings with custom wool and silk carpets provide the ultimate opulence.


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Aman announces its third resort in Japan: Aman Kyoto http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5616 Aman Kyoto Accommodation Japan



February 5, 2019: Luxury hotels and resorts group, Aman, has announced its third resort in Japan with the launch of Aman Kyoto on November 1, 2019. The resort, with 24 rooms and two two-bedroom villas, draws on the country’s ryokan (traditional inn) and onsen (hot spring) concepts to provide an authentic yet contemporary Kyoto sanctuary. Situated in Japan’s ancient Imperial capital, Aman Kyoto is just a stone’s throw from the city’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.



Aman Kyoto is situated in a once-forgotten secret garden that provides a secluded retreat moments from the centre of Kyoto. Hidden at the foot of the symbolic Mountain of Hidari Daimonji in Kyoto’s north, the resort is nestled in forested grounds in the district of Takagamine, within walking distance of the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinkaku-ji Temple.



The 80-acre Aman Kyoto site comprises 72 acres of permanent forest and eight acres of exquisite gardens. Consisting of a series of standalone pavilions, each with a distinct function, Aman Kyoto includes separate Arrival, Living, Dining and Spa Pavilions, four Guest Pavilions housing 24 guest rooms offering leafy seclusion with garden-or-stream views, and two separate Pavilions overlooking the forest canopy housing a pair of two-bedroom villas of unparalleled luxury.



Aman Kyoto garden Japan



Each of Aman Kyoto’s 24 guest rooms and two villas is a contemporary reimagining of the traditional ryokan. Minimalist in their design, the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows framing the natural surroundings, tatami mats covering the floors, and tokonoma (alcoves where items for artistic appreciation are presented) providing a subtle focal point. The interiors are spacious and light-filled – ingeniously crafted to foster peace, relaxation and contemplation.



Aman Kyoto sitting JapanThe colour palette for interiors is neutral, complementing the work of local artisans: handmade raku tile panels grace the Living Pavilion and custom-made ceramic tiles decorate the restaurant. The ofuro bathtubs in each guest room are made of hinoki cypress wood, native to central Japan. All furniture pieces, including traditional Japanese lanterns, have been custom-designed. Carefully selected artefacts have been individually selected for each space.



Aman Kyoto’s signature restaurant in the Dining Pavilion will showcase Japanese haute cuisine, where multicourse dining experiences will make use of the finest hand-picked local produce. The convivial Living Pavilion with its central fireplace and glass doors opening onto the zen (ornate stone garden) will be no less inspired. Home-cooked Kyoto obanzai style cuisine will be served throughout the day, and guests can also enjoy afternoon tea and reserve bamboo picnic hampers to be enjoyed al-fresco in the garden or forest glades. The garden itself is ideal for outdoor events, from small private dinners and functions, to weddings, yoga and mindfulness sessions.



The natural spring water that flows near Aman Kyoto is central to the philosophy at the resort’s Aman Spa. Traditional onsen bathing facilities, using the water from a local spring, deliver relaxation, while a range of treatments tap into Japan’s plentiful natural apothecary – including Kyoto green tea, Tanba kuromame (black beans), local saké, and coldpressed tsubaki (camellia) oil.


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Fendi's #BaguetteFriendsForever Episode 3 is here! http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5615 February 5, 2019: After exclusively launching the second episode of the fun Fendi #BaguetteFriendsForever campaign, here is the third episode which features none other than Sarah Jessica Parker, who made the bag an icon in good measure.



Baguette Friends Forever Fendi Campaign



With the first two episodes being shot in Shanghai and Hong Kong, this one finds four friends in New York on the hunt for a sparkly something! Influencers Caro Daur and Natasha Lau, and models Ebonee Davis and Melissa Martinez, feature in this episode along with Ms. Parker. 



Proving that the love for Fendi’s Baguette knows no geographical boundaries, the campaign also showed how friends stick together through thick and thin – and of course, bound by their love for the Baguette. Watch the third episode below.




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Jewelry brand Ortaea launches Imperium Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5614 Ortaea Imperium Collection Birch tree inspiredFebruary 4, 2019: Luxury jewelry brand from London, Ortaea, has launched the Imperium Collection which will be available at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge. But what makes it such as special collection is the brand’s collaboration with HH Rostislav Romanoff. 



Founder and designer Mita Vohra was seeking to work on a collaborative creative process and in 2016 she was introduced to the artist HH Rostislav Romanoff, one of the last surviving members of the Russian Royal family. 



As a Russian artist specialising in landscapes, birch trees have long intrigued Mr. Romanoff. Through his art, Mr. Romanoff was seeking to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Nicholas II and in Autumn 2017, he journeyed to Russia on the Trans Siberian Express documenting his trip and the cycle of the birch trees. Ms. Vohra, consequently, re-created his impressions in the form of fine jewellery.



Ortaea Imperium Collection Birch tree inspiredIn Russian culture, the birch tree has a very special place. ‘Bereza’, the birch tree is a symbol of spring, light and purity. The Russians believe that the birch and birch bark are considered talismans against evil forces. Ortaea’s collection, therefore, reflects the birch trees in different seasons and also at different times of day.



The pieces themselves are works of art. The texturing of the jewelry pieces starts with a hand made wax mould. The texturing and form was crafted by artisans before casting and then refined by hand. The birch texturing is closely based on the manner in which the layers of the tree peel as they shed their bark.



The collection includes earrings and rings each crafted in 18kt gold. Four of the designs are produced in two variations of rose gold with white and champagne diamonds and with black gold, white diamonds and ruby. The piece de resistance is a signature piece - a sone-off cuff bangle crafted from black, rose and white gold combined with rubies and white and coloured diamonds which will launch next month. The inspiration for this piece was Mr. Romanoff’s final series of paintings for the collection which he filled with shapes and secret messages. 



The Imperium Collection is available exclusively at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge and internationally at the websites of Ortaea and Mr. Romanoff.


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Latique launches the Victorian collection of jewelry http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5613 February 4, 2019: Indian jewelry brand Latique knows how to play with grand themes. Presenting its new Victorian collection, Latique has infused its designs with the romantic theme of florals. 



Victorian jewelry collection by Latique



Created with rubies, diamonds and emeralds in sweeping designs, the collection is a visual feast. While there are dainty designs to play with, it’s the magnificent representation of florals which catch the eye more.



Victorian jewelry collection by Latique



The designs hold a universal appeal which would suit the tastes of an Indian bride along with those of fashionista at a luxury ‘do’.



Victorian jewelry collection by Latique



Available at: The Oberoi, 443, Udyog Vihar Phase 5, Sector 19, Gurugram, Haryana, India


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Anushree Reddy's Summer Wedding collection is delicate, floral http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5612 February 4, 2019: Playing on her forte, Indian designer Anushree Reddy’s Spring Summer 2019 collection ‘Atirah’ at Lakme Fashion Week is a perfect amalgamation of flowers and delicacy. 



Anushree Reddy Spring Summer 2019 Wedding Collection



Inspired by the rich traditions of the Mughal era, the collection yet has modern, clean silhouettes. Fabrics like pure silks, hand-woven cotton and organza, across a range of pastel colours including frosted almond (sang raza), apricot (zar) and celestial blue (fiza), are enhanced with intricate thread work embroidery infused with zardozi.



Anushree Reddy Spring Summer 2019 Wedding Collection



Gathered lehengas, gowns and menswear with ruffles and layering meet the needs of today’s confident bride and groom.



Anushree Reddy Spring Summer 2019 Wedding Collection



Indian actress Kangana Ranaut walked the ramp for Ms. Reddy, dressed in a warm pink delicately embroidered rose lehenga with floral jaali work. It took 11 hands and 395 hours to complete this particular creation.



Anushree Reddy Spring Summer 2019 Collection Kangana Ranaut


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MB&F & L'Epee 1839 introduce the Medusa Clock http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5610 MB&F and L'Epee Medusa ClockFebruary 1, 2019: In its tenth collaboration with Switzerland clockmaker, L’Epée 1839, MB&F takes inspiration from the beautiful jellyfish to create Medusa, a dual-configuration clock, housed in hand-blown Murano glass, that can be ceiling mounted or stood upon a desk. 



Introduced for the first time during SIHH 2019, the central mass of Medusa includes two rotating rings, one displaying the hours and the other displaying the minutes, which are visible through the dome, and the time is read off a single fixed indicator that extends over the rings. Like a jellyfish glowing in the abyss, Medusa glows in the dark thanks to Super-LumiNova. 



The movement of Medusa required over two years of development by L’Epée 1839. Whereas the other co-creations had separate points of winding and setting, Medusa required a combined system for winding and setting, since the glass dome limits access to the movement. Furthermore, in order to maximise the visual impact of the clock and reinforce the source of its design inspiration, the movement was engineered around a central axis, mimicking the radial symmetry of a jellyfish’s neural column.



Perfecting the glass exterior of Medusa – available in blue, green or pink – was as challenging as any aspect of its movement creation. The pink edition, in particular, required multiple stages of layering red and clear glasses to achieve exactly the right shade desired.



MB&F and L'Epee Medusa Clock SIHH 2019



The dome and tentacles have been crafted from the same glass to give them the same optical qualities. The Murano glass dome, though appearing to be extremely light and delicate, it can yet withstand the weight of a clock movement.



Medusa comes in three limited editions of 50 pieces, each in a different colour – blue, green and pink – chosen to reflect the natural hues of a jellyfish.


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Crowne Plaza Today Okhla celebrates Chinese New Year http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5609 February 1, 2019: Doing what it does best, ChaoBella at Crowne Plaza Today Okhla is hosting a grand feast to celebrate the Chinese New Year from February 4 to 14, 2019.



Mushroom Bao Crowne Plaza Today Okhla



Offering creative, delectable dishes such as Fiery Prawn, Cantonese Pork Ribs, Steamed Fish Roll, Mushroom Bao, Fire Rang Chicken, Baby Pokchoy and more, it’s going to be a happy start to the new year. 



According to Chef Swaminandan, Executive Chef, Crowne Plaza Today Okhla, “New Year dinner in

Chinese custom is extremely important as it is seen as a family reunion opportunity. All family members must come back. Even if they truly can’t, the rest of the family will leave their spot empty and place a spare set of utensils for them.”



Fiery Prawn Crowne Plaza Today Okhla



Who can say no to such beautiful traditions?



Coordinates: Community Centre, Plot No 1, Pocket A, Okhla Phase I, Okhla Industrial Area, New Delhi, India

Timings: 7 pm to 11:45 pm


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Kiehl's launches 99.8% naturally derived Micellar Water http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5608 Kiehl's natural Micellar waterFebruary 1, 2019: Expanding its line of facial cleansers, apothecary brand Kiehl’s has introduced its first micellar cleansing formula – the Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water, a powerful, yet gentle cleanser that uses micellar technology to instantly trap and lift away dirt, impurities and makeup with a cotton pad—no rinsing, rubbing or scrubbing necessary.



The no-rinse cleansing using micellar waters has been popular for some time in Europe, and the practice has gained popularity in the rest of the world in recent years. The Kiehl’s  micellar water is comprised of 99.8% naturally-derived ingredients, which not only removes impurities, but also hydrates the skin, which most other cleansers do not do. One of the best micellar waters in the market, the Kiehl’s Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water delivers 24 hour hydration, thanks to the addition of glycerin.



Infused with Thyme Essential Oil and Lemon Balm Floral Water, Herbal-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water has been formulated with a non-stripping, soap-free and sulfate-free micellar cleansing system. It is suitable for sensitive skin, non-comedogenic and ophthalmologist-tested for use around the eye area and dermatologist tested for use on the lip area.



In general, micellar water is soft water with micelles in it. And Micelles are tiny balls of oil that are attracted to dirt and oil, naturally lifting impurities out of the skin without requiring aggressive rubbing. The micelles make it possible for the water to function as a cleanser and makeup remover, and sometimes as a moisturizer as well. The best micellar waters don’t require you to ‘work them into the skin’ like traditional cleansers. Micelles behave almost like magnets, pulling out the impurities and dirt, while protecting the skin's natural barrier. 



Micellar water is especially perfect for people with sensitive or dry skin, during late nights and when traveling. Most micellar waters don’t use harsh chemicals. 



Apart from Kiehl’s, some of the brands offering best micellar waters are Dior, Vichy, Eau Thermale Avene and Darphin.


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Faberge launches special watch & locket for the Year of the Pig http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5606 Faberge Lady Levity watch with PigJanuary 30, 2019: Giving their touch to the Chinese zodiac sign of Pig, watch and jewelry maker Faberge has created two unique pieces – the Fabergé Lady Levity with Pig watch and the Palais Tsarskoye Selo Red Locket with Pig Surprise. 



Fabergé’s Lady Levity with Pig surprise is a new design for the popular Lady Levity timepiece which is a part of the Faberge Dalliance collection. Inspired by a silver gilt, enamel and rock crystal desk clock created by Peter Carl Fabergé, the Lady Levity with Pig is powered by a mechanical movement which allows there to be a space, where other watches place mechanics, freeing the timepiece to prominently feature unique designs in the centre.



For Chinese New Year, the pig motif takes centre stage, crafted in platinum on a domed bombé sapphire crystal set on a white mother-of-pearl dial. Incredibly, the pig motif is only visible to the wearer under certain light conditions and at particular angles.



Faberge egg pendant with PigThe Palais Tsarskoye Selo Red Locket with Pig Surprise features red guilloché enamel and 17 round white diamonds set in 18 karat yellow and rose gold. The locket opens with a gentle touch to reveal the traditional Fabergé surprise - a delicate pink enamel pig with dazzling diamond eyes. 



These two pieces commemorate Fabergé’s first individual creations for the Chinese New Year when, in 1911, master craftsman Francois Birbaum was commissioned by the royal court of Siam to make a series of objets and trinkets for the Year of the Pig. In 2016, Fabergé revived this tradition for Year of the Monkey and, in 2018, for the Year of the Dog – both of which still receive orders!



Both the limited edition pieces are now available to purchase and pre-order from faberge.com and across selected Faberge retailers.


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Balmain's Couture collection dazzles with million Swarovskis http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5604 January 28, 2019 - Who doesn’t love a little bling in their dress? And if it’s Balmain, that bling is to its stylish best. The Summer Spring Couture Week 2019 saw the Balmain collection encrusted with over 1 million Swarovski crystals and Swarovski Crystal Pearls. This is the first time in 16 years that Balmain has an entire collection with crystals.



Balmain Couture Spring Summer 2019 with Swarovski



Olivier Rousteing designed mini-dresses, trousers and tops which he exquisitely embellished with Swarovski stones: crystal pearls, sew-on stones, beads, flatbacks and cabochons in Crystal and Nacre shades. Amongst the various key looks featured a bold fully crystalized jumpsuit and jacket, a short jumpsuit covered in pearl cabochons and two futuristic pastel ensembles with transparent flatbacks. Further embellishment included jewelry, bibi hats with tiny shimmering beads and bags in crystal grids. 



Balmain Couture Spring Summer 2019 with Swarovski



Balmain Couture Spring Summer 2019 with Swarovski



Mr. Rousteing commented, “Couture remains as exclusive today as it has always been – a luxury well beyond the reach of most. Today’s collection relies on more than one million Swarovski crystal pearls, stones and beads for the intricate embroideries and embellishments. By pushing myself, my team and our atelier to the very limit to create these aspirational designs, I know that Balmain will be able to learn from these techniques, lessons and innovations. That is the great strength and incredible heritage of couture and why so many of Paris great houses have traditionally relied on the rigors of couture to advance the designs of all collections."



Balmain Couture Spring Summer 2019 with Swarovski


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Gauri Khan inaugurates Zoya's flagship store in Delhi http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5603 Zoya Jewelry store in New Delhi South ExJanuary 28, 2019 - Zoya, the jewelry brand from the House of Tata, has reopened its flagship store at Delhi, now located in South Extension. Designed as a minimalist gallery of fine art, spread over 4,600 square feet where each piece resonates with reflections of Zoya’s inspirations from its journey around the world, the boutique is home to Zoya’s rare masterpieces. Celebrated designer Gauri Khan was guest of honour for the evening. 



On this occasion, Zoya unveiled their two-part, fashion showcase by Zoya in collaboration with designer Monisha Jaising. Embellished gowns, lehengas, saris and cocktail dresses were paired with Zoya’s 6299 Hollywood Blvd., Whispers from the valley, Musee du Luxe and Pezzo D’Arte collections.  



Zoya Jewelry store in New Delhi South Ex



With three floors in Zoya’s signature tones of mushroom, champagne and orange, the store opens onto the ground floor presenting guests with its newer collections. A wide staircase or elevator leads to the basement unveiling a gallery of Zoya’s most iconic pieces. The first floor reveals the breadth of Zoya’s fine collections with an exclusive presentation of high value jewellery. 



Private viewing areas with sheer curtains allow customers to peruse the collections at leisure and with discretion, or to converse intimately with Zoya’s master designers at call to help them customize their chosen pieces, while partaking in personally-curated gourmet hors d’oeuvres and flutes of bubbly.



CK Venkatraman, CEO, Jewellery Division, Titan Company, said, “Zoya is a home-grown luxury brand, with an Indian heart and an eye on the world. It holds a cherished spot in the Titan story. With the aesthetic value of unique design and refined craftsmanship becoming sought after benchmarks of selection, we see great potential in Zoya’s growth. Delhi has always been a very important market for all of Titan’s jewellery brands, and we are delighted to offer our customers this beautiful new space to explore Zoya’s splendid treasures.”


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Ermenegildo Zegna launches its fully personalised sneaker http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5600 Zegna XXX personalised sneakersJanuary 24, 2019 - Luxury menswear leader, Ermenegildo Zegna, unveiled its first fully personalized sneakers at the XXX Winter 2019 fashion show called My Cesare. The sneakers are a new advancement to the athletic-inspired fashion footwear.



My Cesare has an innovative multi-material construction and can be customised with a host of Pantone colours for the logo. The overlapping mesh and leather upper, leather detailing, and extra-light rubber sole, makes My Cesare unique and personal. 



Zegna partnered with influencers such as American music artist Topaz Jonas, Latin-American singer A. Chal, and English poet/model Sonny Hall who shared their My Cesare moments. 



The personalised sneaker has the potential to tell million stories. You can get your personalised snaeaker via Zegna's interactive design application, making your footwear ready in 6-8 weeks.


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Jaeger-LeCoultre X Aston Martin watch to auction at Fellows http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5599 January 24, 2019 - For its upcoming Watch Sale on January 29, UK’s auction company Fellows is offering a unique Jaeger-LeCoultre watch created through a collaboration with Aston Martin. The limited edition watch could fetch anywhere between £7,000-10,000 at Fellows Auctioneers. 



The limited edition gentleman's platinum AMVOX 1 R-Alarm wrist watch is number 67 of 150 ever created, featuring the classic fascinating Aston Martin brand logo engraved on the case. 



The two companies collaborated in Paris following a motor show and elements of the watch were then designed to mirror Aston Martin cars – such as the dial resembling the luxury vehicle. Furthermore, the watch straps were made of the same leather used in the interior of the Aston Martin Vanquish S. The term AMVOX is a combination of Aston Martin and Memovox – a range of alarm timepieces released by Jaeger-LeCoultre.



Laura Bishop, Watch Manager at Fellows Auctioneers, said: “This is one of the coolest watches we have ever had up for auction. Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin managed to design a brilliant range of watches which perfectly combined the functional, admirable timepiece with the beautiful luxury sport cars which so many love. With Aston Martin’s headquarters being in Gaydon, (Warwickshire, West Midlands), it adds a nice local touch to the story too.” 


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Trident Hotel, Mumbai welcomes Argentine cuisine this month http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5598 Argentine food Trident Hotel MumbaiJanuary 24, 2019 – Trident Hotel, located at Nariman Point in Mumbai, has joined hands with the Consulate General of Argentina to welcome celebrated Chef Patricia Suarez from the acclaimed La Vid restaurant of Bodega Norton in Argentina.



The special culinary showcase at Trident’s all-day dining restaurant, Frangipani, will offer an exclusive  gourmet experience based on fresh, seasonal ingredients, with dishes created to showcase the best of Argentine cuisine. Guests can enjoy a selection of fine wines paired with lunch and dinner buffet selection at Frangipani that highlights traditional Argentinian cooking techniques with a contemporary flair, created by our Chef Patricia Suarez.



The menu includes dishes such as Stew lamb chop – potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples – Argentinian Chimichurri, Chicken tortellini with carrot cream and mushrooms, Roasted vegetables empanada, Humita – peanut meringue and a lot more. 

 

The special Argentinian lunch and dinner menu is available till February 3, 2019.



Coordinates: CR 2 Nariman Point, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


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Louis Vuitton presents Men's Fall Winter 2019 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5596 January 23, 2019: It was a show befitting a pop legend. Quite a theatric performance, Creative Director Virgil Abloh presented Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Fall Winter 2019 collection with live music, dancers and even an angry actor. 



Louis Vuitton Men's Fall Winter 2019 collection stars and stripes



Louis Vuitton Men's Fall Winter 2019 collection neon bag



Inspired by, and an ode to, the legendary pop star Michael Jackson, the collection progressed from monochromes to two-tones to a multi-colour extravaganza, much like the musician’s career itself. The collection even had some accessories which are instantly reminiscent of Mr. Jackson – bling gloves and a hat. 



Louis Vuitton Men's Fall Winter 2019 collection bling gloves   Louis Vuitton Men's Fall Winter 2019 collection polka hat



Wool, denim, cotton, cashmere have all been put together to create a collection which is oversized yet tailored. Black and white are juxtaposed with neon accessories. Wiz cartoon jumper, hoodie and scarf-shirt bring a spot of crazy to the stage. Skate trainers adorn the feet mostly. It’s a collection to see and feel the immense power Mr. Jackson still holds over us. And Mr. Abloh has captured it quite beautifully.



Louis Vuitton Men's Fall Winter 2019 collection



Louis Vuitton Men's Fall Winter 2019 collection cartoon jumper



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ITC Hotels presents The Last Experience of Gaggan http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5595 January 23, 2019: Having had a successful run, the two Michelin star Chef Gaggan Anand is closing his restaurant in Bangkok. As a last presentation of his creative flair, the much-loved chef is offering a 15 course menu through ITC Hotels. 



Gaggan in Bangkok food shot



Chef Gaggan is on a four-city culinary tour with ITC Hotels before closing his restaurant. The collaborative dinners are called the “Last Experience of Gaggan” as a final adieu. 



A one-of-its-kind repast of modernist and progressive re-interpretations of traditional Indian recipes by Gaggan Anand awaits diners at ITC Hotels in Mumbai and New Delhi now.



The restaurant Gaggan has been ranked No. 1 in The Asia's 50 Best Restaurants for four years in a row, and ranks 5th on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list of 2018.



Chef Gaggan’s menu will be offered at ITC Maratha, Mumbai on January 27, 2019 and at ITC Maurya, New Delhi on January 29, 2019.



Coordinates: ITC Maratha, Sahar Rd, Opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport, Ashok Nagar, Andheri East, Mumbai

Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM | 9:30 PM – 12:30 AM

For reservations:  Call 98211 55907 (limited tables)


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Amsterdam's Hotel TwentySeven marks 1st anniversary with 5 awards http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5591 Hotel TwentySeven Exterior



January 18, 2019 - The new luxury boutique hotel, Hotel TwentySeven, on Dam Square, boasts a significant location in Amsterdam, shared with the home of the Royal Palace. The hotel has been consciously constructed into the iconic building of De Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club (The Royal Industrial Club) where for decades, industry tycoons and entrepreneurs came together. 



Comprehending the heritage of its location and building (which dates back to 1913), the creators of the hotel have employed the richest, finest and most surreal design, directed and curated by award-winning Dutch designers Wim van de Oudeweetering and Cris van Amsterdam. Picture this: a grandiose hand-blown glass light sculpture chandelier plummets from the ceilings, through the atrium, down to the centre of the hotel, cascading along four floors. Their design sensibility has, therefore, won them World Wide Hospitality Awards’ “Best WoW Effect” of Luxury Hotels, along with the “Worlds Most Inspiring Design Hotel” by the World Boutique Hotel Awards.



Hotel TwentySeven Room design



Hotel TwentySeven offers extensive bespoke services, including private butlers, personal assistants, personal shoppers, personal trainers, and “insider” city-tour guides. Childcare is available where they can organise visits to museums or teach their young guests a new language. 



The hotel includes 16 suites, ranging from 45 sq. metres up to the largest suite of 219 sq. metres. A handmade 10cm thick door ensures each suite is fully soundproofed: which is a first for Europe. The suites all have colour-coordinated, handmade silk carpets, which cover the handmade wooden floors.



Hotel TwentySeven Bougainville restaurant



Bougainville at TwentySeven, led by rising star Executive Chef Tim Golsteijn, offers the finest gastronomic and visual experiences in town, and has now become a prestigious Michelin Star restaurant! Lendl Mijnhijmer, named the Best Sommelier of The Netherlands 2018, is the Wine Director. Bougainville is open to both the public and to hotel guests.



The signature bar, made of specialty cut onyx, is headed by Eric van Beek, awarded Best Bartender by Bacardi Legacy Global Challenge, and features a bespoke menu of delectable probiotic cocktails, and top-shelf spirits.



Hotel TwentySeven Bar



Owner and general manager Eric Toren sees Hotel TwentySeven as a dream come true. No wonder then that the visionnaire has received the award for the Best General Manager of Western Europe, from the World Luxury Hotel Awards.



And to truly compliment the magnum opus of Mr. Toren, the hotel has won the ‘Best Small Luxury Hotel of Europe’ by International Property Awards.


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The much-loved BMW MINI is 60 years old http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5589 January 17, 2019: It was the summer of ’59 when BMW launched the first classic Mini by sports car designer John Cooper and Alec Issigonis. The designer was sure that the design features of the new small car would benefit not just interior space but also the car's agile driving properties. It’s 2019 now, and the car has constantly reinvented itself – firmly rooted in tradition yet always open to change.



MINI Cooper 60 years edition



With design and equipment features that are both high-quality and exclusive, the MINI 60 Years Edition expresses the brand's sporting spirit – something that is a constant presence even in everyday urban traffic. Specific design features for the exterior and interior emphasise the authentic background and agile character of the original in the small car segment – Special edition as MINI 3 Door and MINI 5 Door, each available in four engine variants.



The design model's striking 60 Years logo appears not just on the left-hand bonnet stripe but also on the side scuttles of the turn indicators and on the door sill finishers at the driver and front passenger doors. Inside the car it can also be seen on the model-specific interior trim finishers, front headrests and steering wheel. 



Mini 60 years edition interiors



The anniversary design can also be seen in the LED logo projection which is visible when the driver's door is opened. The standard equipment of the edition vehicles includes a sports leather steering wheel along with sports seats in the leather finish MINI Yours Leather Lounge 60 Years and the exclusive colour Dark Maroon. 



See the old (the original 1959 Morris Mini-Minor) and the new chatting it up in this cute video, while seeing some features of the MINI 60 up and close.




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Tod's crafts pieces for the Year of the Pig http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5588 January 17, 2019: The luxury accessories brand Tod's is celebrating Chinese New Year with a special collection, which, of course, personifies the humble pig in cutesy ways. 



Tod's Year of the Pig collection



According to the Chinese zodiac, the pig is the symbol of wealth and fortune. The Tod’s collection includes a tiny leather charm in the shape of a pig, ready to stick to bags and smartphone cases. A special sneaker for women, in white or metallic pink, has also been personalized with leather wings.



The Gommino Bag Bauletto and three Round shoulder bags with removable shoulder straps are also a part of the assortment. Producing the collection in the ‘pig colors’ of white, pale powder and metallic pink, it’s going to be a pastel time of the year. 



Tod's Year of the Pig collection sneakers



The collection is available in select Tod's boutiques worldwide.


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Imperial Lamian celebrates Year of the Pig with special menu http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5587 Noodle Salad Toss at Imperial Lamian ChicagoJanuary 17, 2019: Imperial Lamian, the immensely popular luxury restaurant in Chicago, is set to celebrate Chinese New Year in all its glory. River North’s top Chinese destination is rolling out a special menu encompassing the traditions of the holiday. Available from February 2 through February 8, guests can partake in the luck of the New Year with these interesting dishes. 



Featured menu items include: Crispy Pork Puffs (pork wrapped and fried in a crispy cinnamon puff), Shrimp and Edamame Dumplings (rice flour wrappers filled with shrimp, edamame and preserved olive leaves), Shanghai Rice Cakes (fresh snow vegetables patted into a rice cake tossed in a garlic and oyster sauce) and Emperor's Lobster (a whole one-pound Maine lobster braised in a truffle butter with peppers, Shimeji mushrooms and fried garlic).

 

The most traditional (and colorful!) dish, Yee Sang or the Prosperity Toss Salad, is a symbol of good luck for the New Year as all guests are encouraged to help toss the salad together to truly attract good fortune. The dish combines a vegetable mix with fresh salmon and is tossed in a plum and mint sauce.

 

Reservations can be made here.



Coordinates: 6 West Hubbard, Chicago, IL, USA


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Rolls-Royce inaugurates flagship in Barcelona http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5585 January 14, 2019: In 2017, sales of luxury products and services in Spain rose by nearly 10% year-on-year, thus automobile giant, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, extended its presence in Spain. The brand has launched a new Barcelona showroom to serve a highly relevant market for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.



Rolls-Royce Cars Spain



Julian Jenkins, Regional Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, says, “Our new partner in Spain brings significant business experience to the brand and is well equipped to meet the demanding level of customer service expected from the marque. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Barcelona extends our presence across Western Europe, serving increased interest in the Rolls-Royce brand, our new models and our unrivalled capability in Bespoke. Much of which is being driven by a younger profile of entrepreneurs and industry leading professionals.”



The marque’s full portfolio of motor cars will be offered by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Barcelona, including the new Cullinan, the new model Phantom family (Phantom and Phantom Extended Wheelbase), the Ghost family (Ghost and Ghost Extended Wheelbase), Wraith, Dawn and the brand’s range of dynamic and bold Black Badge models. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Barcelona will offer both new and Provenance Pre-Owned cars, as well as full after-sales services.


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Zegna's Winter 2019 collection is imaginative, diverse http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5584 January 14, 2019: Ermenegildo Zegna, the Italian luxury retail brand, showcased their XXX Winter 2019 Collection. The collection is an amalagamation of various textiles. Knit being one of the base layers, cashmere, paper and leather; slogans and metropolitan scenes are turned into bold visual abstractions either as prints or jacquards.  



Ermenegildo Zegna Winter 2019 collection



Under the slogan #UseTheExisting, the collection, supported by the Zegna textile division, is almost entirely made with exclusive wool, cashmere and nylon fabrics created with innovative processes from pre-existing sources. The result is responsible fabrications that are recycled as well as recyclable.



Winter 2019 fashion for men



The exclusive fabrics give a dense, textural shimmer to a metropolitan palette of white, Felt, Commissar and Warsaw greys, Beluga black, Notte blue, khaki, Syberian green, lit by touches of Absinthe and Citrine quartz and amalgamated into fused compositions.



Ermenegildo Zegna Winter 2019 menswear



"Borders keep being narrowed throughout the world,” says Zegna Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori. “I felt the urge to advocate the power of openness and multiplicity through my own means as a fashion designer, expressing awareness and responsibility at every step of the creative process, from textile-making to devising new categories of clothing...In doing so, I keep perfecting my vision of the contemporary metropolitan wardrobe: an idea of tailoring for a cross-generation of global customers."


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Longines produces its 50,000,000th timepiece http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5583 January 14, 2019: Longines, the luxury Swiss watch brand, has a dedicated history and a strong tradition. The brand has been ever evolving and improving, helping to elevate them to the pinnacle of watchmaking with the production of the 50,000,000th Longines watch. 



Longines 50 millionth watch



The 50 millionth watch is a unique piece from The Longines Master Collection, the worthy heir to the brand's know-how, amassed through research into exacting technology and timeless elegance. The timepiece adds to the Longines Museum's considerable historical collection, housed within the company's walls in Saint-Imier (Switzerland).



The timepiece is intended to be an icon representing the brand's rich heritage and a preview of a new model available soon. This model houses the new and exclusive L897 automatic calibre within a 40 mm-diameter rose gold case while offering a 64-hour power reserve and displaying an annual calendar at 3 o'clock. The hours, minutes, and seconds move with the Longines signature blued-steel hands that stand out against a silvered dial stamped with a barleycorn motif. A commemorative inscription adorns the timepiece's transparent case back. 



Longines 50 millionth watch back inscription



In 2018, the winged hourglass brand therefore exceeded 50 million watches produced – a true testament to its longevity and legitimacy.


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Watches from the Queen's goldsmith up for auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5582 Jaeger-LeCoultre diamond watchJanuary 14, 2019: It’s great news for watch connoisseurs as watches belonging to one of the most renowned gold and silversmiths are due to go under the hammer at Fellows in Birmingham on January 29. 



Stuart Devlin (October 9, 1931- April 12, 2018) held a royal warrant to supply gold and jewels to the Queen of England and is seen as one of the most innovative and highly regarded jewellery and silver designers of the 20th century. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has described him as “Probably the most original and creative goldsmith of his time, and one of the greats of all time.” 



In the auction, a stunning diamond watch by Jaeger LeCoultre (his personal favorite)(£2,000 - £2,500) and a gentleman’s 18ct white gold watch by Ebel (£1,500 - £2,000) are up for auction from Devlin’s estate. 



Laura Bishop, Watch Manager at Fellows Auctioneers, said, “Devlin’s work is incredibly influential and a part of our country’s design history. The watches from his estate are very appealing, both in terms of their provenance and style. It is amazing to think that these watches were worn by one of this country’s greatest designers on a regular basis. Whoever buys these pieces is acquiring a piece of history.”


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Gucci celebrates Year of the Pig with a dedicated collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5581 Gucci Chinese New Year Pig 2019 accessories



January 14, 2019: For all the Gucci lovers from China, the Italian luxury brand has a dedicated collection of special items to reveal on February 5, the Chinese New Year. Gucci celebrates the Year of the Pig with different pig motifs embellishing the collection, either with one protagonist designed by Gucci or with the Walt Disney cartoon characters that first appeared in the animated United Artists short film Three Little Pigs, produced in 1933.



Gucci Chinese New Year Pig 2019 apparel

  

Women's pajamas, an intarsia knitwear piece, t-shirts and sweatshirts feature the Gucci designed character, as do scarves, beanies, socks and men's knitted cardigans and t-shirts. Walt Disney's Three Little Pigs appear on patches adorning ACE sneakers and Gucci Supreme backpacks, tote bags and wallets, as well as on a women's oversize denim shirt, men's shirts and a lightweight blouson. An exclusive watch also captures the Three Little Pigs on its dial.



Additionally, the original Disney poster has been printed on a white cotton t-shirt and woven on a sweater. To complete the offer, an exclusive eyewear style has also been created, reinterpreting one of the House's hexagonal shapes in a red shade, along with some special jewelry pieces.



Gucci Chinese New Year Pig 2019 collection



A campaign, shot by photographer Frank Lebon, depict a variety of characters leading luxurious New York lives in the company of their pet pigs. The pictures, taken in Manhattan, Central Park and in lavishly decorated apartments, are relaxed and carefree, speaking of a natural bond between man and animal.

 

The 35-item collection is being promoted in select Gucci stores worldwide. An exclusive pouch has also been launched in China, Hong Kong and Macau, on Gucci.com only. All items come with dedicated Chinese New Year packaging.


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Breitling gives ode to the golden era of commercial aviation http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5580 Breitling Navitimer Swissair Special Edition ChronographJanuary 14, 2019: Breitling, the luxury Swiss watchmaker has played an important role in the golden era of aviation, helping crews track the full range of calculations related to navigation. In the 1950s and 60s, commercial aviation experienced an unprecedented boom. The world suddenly became smaller as the dream of flying was no longer limited to a privileged elite. The brand has now created a capsule collection of Navitimer 1 Airline Editions that commemorate the most emblematic airlines of that time. 



Breitling's first capsule collection revives the cool and evocative style of the 1960s and 70s. The Navitimer 1 Airline Editions pay an affectionate tribute to the pioneers of civil aviation and celebrates the most emblematic airlines of the era, starting with Swissair.

 

The Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Swissair Edition features a transparent sapphire caseback with a printed Swissair logo. Its 43-millimeter stainless-steel case is presented with a black dial, silver subdials, and a vintage-inspired black leather strap or a stainless-steel mesh bracelet.

 

This first Breitling capsule collection will be available from April 2019 at Breitling boutiques and official retailers for a limited period of time. The Swissair Edition will be followed by more special editions inspired by other giants of aviation.


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Watches & Wonders Miami further expands for 2019 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5578 January 10, 2019: The second edition of Watches & Wonders Miami, created by the Fondation Haute Horlogerie (FHH) in partnership with the Miami Design District Associates (MDDA), is expected to be bigger and better, as new watch brands continue to confirm their participation for the 2019 event. There are 12 new comers this year including De Bethune, Dior, Girard-Perregaux, H. Moser & Cie., HYT, OMEGA, Roger Dubuis, Speake-Marin, Tiffany & Co., Ulysse Nardin, Zenith, and Turkish jeweler, Sevan Biçakçi, who recently launched a new luxury timepiece collection. 



Watches & Wonders Miami event



Brands including A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Bvlgari, Cartier, F.P. Journe, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Kari Voutilainen, Louis Vuitton, Panerai, Piaget, Romain Gauthier, RJ, Tag Heuer, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels will be returning exhibitors, bringing the total number of exhibiting brands to 29. The event will take place from February 16 through February 19, 2019.



Piaget will be displaying its record-breaking Altiplano Concept timepiece, the thinnest in the world. Dior will unveil a new personalization service for its Dior Grand Bal watch, allowing customers to design their own made-to-measure timepiece. Hublot will have artwork on display throughout the weekend from renowned artist, Michael Moebius. Jaeger-LeCoultre will showcase the maison’s know-how by featuring various craft stations in their boutique for guests to experience. Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Ulysse Nardin and Girard-Perregaux, is expected to attend Watches & Wonders Miami and host the global launch of a new watch from Ulysse Nardin, the X Collection, designed to appeal to a younger clientele. 



Five panel discussions will also be held over the course of the weekend and include topics such as ‘Can Women Save the Watch World,’ ‘What’s the Point of Watch Creation,’ and ‘Getting Your Super Collector All-Access Pass.’ Expert panelists will include collectors, executives from premier luxury brands and auction houses, major retailers and top journalists. There will be three workshops offered a day where attendees will have the hands-on opportunity to assemble and disassemble watch movements.  



watchmaking workshop at Watches & Wonders Miami



 “Watches & Wonders Miami unites the top luxury timepiece and jewelry brands for a spectacular weekend program…Watch aficionados will be able to view magnificent timepieces, many of which are being debuted in the US for the first time. Likewise, car enthusiasts attending from all parts of the world will not be disappointed with the unparalleled selection of exceptional cars at the Miami Concours,” said Craig Robins, CEO of Dacra Development and developer of the Miami Design District. 



Watches & Wonders Miami is also partnering with the 31st annual Miami Yacht Show that will relocate to a new, more expansive location at One Herald Plaza. The 2019 show will feature a 60-acre display, including a massive 67,000 sqf. exhibition space and nearly 500 yachts from the world’s foremost manufacturers and brokers.  For automobile enthusiasts, the Miami Concours will take place the same weekend in the Miami Design District and feature incredibly rare vintage, sports and exotic cars from some of America’s most respected collectors. 



It promises to be the ultimate weekend of luxury with watches, jewelry, exotic cars, and super yachts. For more information, visit the Miami Design District’s website.


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Chandon India launches the Rose Limited Edition http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5577 Chandon India Think Pink bottleJanuary 10, 2019: To celebrate five successful years in India, Chandon the French winery brand, has given India its very own Rosé varietal. ‘Think Pink’ is an India-themed bottle which draws inspiration from some of the country’s most recognisable symbols like the Peacock. The refined lotus pink in the bottle’s design represents all that is precious. The two hues blend beautifully together in the bottle’s design to expertly embody the true spirit of Chandon Rosé. 



The ornate design also draws from other inspirations – delicate inlay work in Mughal architecture, embellished bejewelled ornamentation from traditional  techniques such as jadau and polki, and handwoven textiles.



Chandon’s ‘Think Pink’ bottle for its Rosé is gender neutral, making it ideal for celebrations and for gifting to celebrate love, self-expression and confidence and to get the party started!



The ‘Think Pink’ bottle of rosé is available at select retail outlets and on-premise at F&B partners from January 2019 onwards in markets that Chandon is present in.


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Actor Patrick Dempsey joins KA/NOA as business partner http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5576 January 10, 2019: People have known Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey as a charming neurosurgeon in the famous TV-series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, but to add another dimension to him, Italian luxury men's slow wear brand, KA/NOA has welcomed Mr. Dempsey as their business partner. 



Patrick Dempsey for KA/NOA



Founded in 2017, KA/NOA is a fast-developing men's brand that is 100% Made in Italy, from the yarn to the label. KA/NOA prides itself on its key values of quality and simplicity, which instantly conquered the heart of Patrick Dempsey. Following the slow fashion philosophy, KA/NOA believes in creating garments that are sustainable, ethical and produced in a superior way such as to enlongate the life of the clothing. 



Patrick Dempsey business partner KA/NOA"I was captivated by KA/NOA's approach and brand values from the moment I made my first order online and was amazed by the quality and the attention to details. As a very detail-focused person, I have a strong connection to the brand's products, brand philosophy, and most importantly, the people driving it, along with a deep respect for all that has been achieved since its creation a year ago,” said Patrick Dempsey.



Bruno Grande, the owner of KA/NOA said, "It is a great honor to have touched the heart of someone like Patrick. His enthusiasm and recognition of the work we have been doing has been very rewarding for all of us.



 


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Gucci publishes Dapper Dan's Harlem with imagery of the town http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5575 January 8, 2019: Gucci announced the publication of a special limited-edition book dedicated to Dapper Dan, friend and partner of the brand. Produced by Gucci and shot by filmmaker and photographer Ari Marcopolous, Dapper Dan’s Harlem is the second book created together by them.



Dapper Dan's Harlem by Gucci book



The limited-edition book documents Mr. Marcopoulos’ journey through Harlem, Mr. Dan’s home and the location of his eponymous atelier, which Gucci helped the couturier to reopen in December 2017.



The book holds a host of original images shot on location in Harlem, portraits of friends of Gucci and Mr. Dan such as artist, director and designer Trevor Andrew, artist, poet and author Cleo Wade, restauranteur and Harlem chef Marcus Samuelsson, and businessman and author Steve Stoute.



Dapper Dan's Harlem by Gucci book



Dapper Dan’s Harlem is limited to 500 copies through IDEA. It will also be available at Gucci Garden in Florence and the Gucci Wooster Bookstore in New York. The best part? Mr. Dan will be present in person to greet guests and sign copies.



Price: €180 (£175; $200)


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3 Michelin star Georges Blanc comes to The Oberoi, Mumbai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5574 January 7, 2019: If you are a food devotee who can’t resist those beautifully plated culinary feats, then make sure you put The Oberoi, Mumbai in your GPS next week. You might not get a chance to sample the master food made by chefs of a 3 Michelin star restaurant again…for a long time. 



Georges Blanc dishes at The Oberoi Mumbai



Georges Blanc, a revered dining institution from France, is offering a special menu at Vetro, The Oberoi Mumbai’s Italian restaurant. Executive Chefs Olivier Chardigny and Florent Maréchau will be whipping up some delicious recipes, carefully offering enough vegetarian options as well, to ensure that India can get a taste of authentic French cuisine mixed with pure genius. 



And not just food, but its intricacies will also be discussed during their presence. The Culinary showcase & Conclave will entail Special Chef Georges Blanc Dégustation menus at Vetro, between January 17 to 20, 2019. The menu will be available as a Lunch Menu Du Jour which will feature a three course tasting menu at Rs. 3,000 and Dinner will showcase a Chef’s Gourmand menu with four courses at Rs. 5,000 per guest. A special Gala Dinner on the January 19, 2019 will present six exquisite courses at Rs. 7,500 and the ‘Best of Burgundy’ wine paired six course menu.



Poached eggs with Morels and Asparagus



The Conclave will include masterclasses and cooking demonstrations with industry discussion points on sustainability, use of locally sourced ingredients, French cooking techniques, the richness of traditional French cuisine and to cook authentic, consistent and delicious food. 



A selection of exquisite wines have also been flown in from France to pair with each course on offer, featuring the Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume, Château Malmaison Baron Nadine de Rothschild, Cru Bourgeois Superieur and Domaine George Lignier et fils Gevrey-Chambertin, amongst others.



Just to get you a bearing of what might be served on the table, the menu includes Artichaut frit au Cumin, condiment pourpre, mesclun (fried artichoke with cumin, beets sauce and salad mix); chaud-froid de St Jacques et Caviar, mousseline au Safran (Scallops Carpaccio and Caviar, Saffron sauce); Chou farci aux légumes du soleil, coulis de tomates fraîches (Stuffed cabbage with summer vegetable, fresh tomato coulis); Langoustines rôties, caviar d’aubergine, miroir Arabica (Roasted langoustines, eggplant caviar, arabica sauce); ending with desserts such as Île flottante aux Pralines roses (Floating island with pink pralines). 



Luxury seafood French cuisine dishes



One of the oldest restaurants in France, Georges Blanc knows the tradition and steadiness required to present delectable dishes day-after-day which will make patrons come back. You can’t go wrong with this meal. Ever. Reservations are in order.



Coordinates: The Oberoi, Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


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Enjoy Kumbh Mela in luxury with The Ultimate Travelling Camp http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5572 Evening aarti Ganges Kumbh Mela



January 4, 2019: India’s biggest religious festival, Kumbh Mela, is known as the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth and recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This cultural extravaganza is celebrated at four different cities in India, is held every three years, and draws throngs of devotees seeking spirituality and nirvana, bathing at sacred rivers to purify their sins.



The Allahabad Kumbh Mela scheduled to begin in January 2019 will be held at the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna, and Sarasvati rivers. Hindu holy men with dreadlocks and smoking from their chillums (pipes) or practising complex asanas are sights that greet you here. Incense and flower fragrances intersperse with the holy smoke from havan kunds (fire places), while vedic hymns, mantras, the blare of conchs and the ring of holy bells vibrate the environs.



Sadhus in a procession Kumbh Mela



If you wish to travel to the Mela, and still have all your creature comforts unlike the sadhus, then The Ultimate Travelling Camp (TUTC) will soon be traversing to the holy land to launch the ‘Sangam Nivas’ Camp. Positioned at the highest point of the Kumbh Mela, Sangam Nivas is on a hillock overlooking the confluence of the three rivers. The camp is at a one hour driving distance from the Allahabad airport, five hours from Lucknow and three hours from Varanasi. 



Choose from spacious 17 Luxury tents and 27 Super Luxury Deluxe tents equipped with modern amenities and ornate furnishings. The Sangam Nivas Camp offers unlimited Wi-Fi at the Reception Tent, 24/7 security and paramedic on site, 24/7 electricity, the library at Reception Tent, Wellness Center for rejuvenation and Temple for the evening aartis (prayer). Each tent has an ensuite bathroom with access to 24 hours running hot and cold water. One can choose from a one-night to a five-night itinerary with four packages available.



The Ultimate Travelling Camp tent Sangam Nivas



The camp has weaved in exclusive activities. Visit the various Akharas to get comprehensive view on the ideology and philosophy of different sects of Hinduism; partake in morning Yoga and Meditation classes; visit the Kumbh Mela on an early morning boat cruise; interact with Sadhus and Seers to understand the true essence of tapasya and self-sacrifice to attain self-realization; or capture the mystical milieu of humankind and faith on camera as part their photography excursions.



Guests at TUTC will be treated to unique culinary experience where vegetarian, including ‘satvik’ food, freshly baked breads, pies and cookies will be prepared. Sangam Nivas will be operational from January 10 to March 6, 2019.



To get more information on their various packages or to book your camp, visit the TUTC website.


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Latique launches Red Carpet Collection replete with diamonds http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5571 Latique Diamond luxury jewelryJanuary 3, 2019: Inspired by the inimitable charm of Audrey Hepburn, Indian luxury jewelry brand Latique has launched its Red Carpet Collection, which is not only made with passion and preciseness, but is also fantastically breathtaking, much like it muse.



Using 18k and 22k gold, and setting the designs with brilliant cut emeralds, rubies, diamonds and tanzanites, the Red Carpet Collection is dazzling.



Coordinates: The Oberoi, 443, Udyog Vihar Phase 5, Sector 19, Gurugram, Haryana, India


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Beyond Designs launches luxurious cutwork crystal lights http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5570 January 3, 2019: Indian luxury interiors and furniture brand Beyond Designs has introduced a collection of cutwork crystal lights that will illuminate homes revoking the era of Maharajas. The designs are inspired by the bygone era, yet making them suitable for eclectic décor themes as well.



Beyond Designs luxury lighting chandelier



Employing an antique design vocabulary, the chandeliers and floor lamps are quite oriental in feel. Bulbous creations showcase antique metal work in silver finish. Majestic and simply stunning, these lights ornaments will surely deck up your home in magnificent ways.



Coordinates: Khasra – No 432, 433, 434, Ground Floor, Sultanpur (Pillar No. P 89), M.G. Road, New Delhi, India


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Chicago's Portsmith talks about immigration through dinner http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5569 January 3, 2019: In a unique way and for a much-talked about topic, seafood-focused high-end restaurant Portsmith, is partnering with Benito Juarez Community Academy for a one-night only La Bestia Dinner on January 17, 2019. La Bestia, also known as “The Beast,” is a train route that thousands of people take each year from Central America to south of the US border as part of their migration. The dinner aims to celebrate the importance of immigrants in our country and pays homage to the courageous journey many take to travel to America.



Portsmith Chicago La Bestia Dinner



“The idea for this dinner came about after working in the restaurant industry for many years alongside a proud immigrant staff,” said Chef Nate Henssler. “Almost every person employed in our kitchen is an immigrant and many have children in CPS. In my career working throughout the United States, I’ve found that immigrants are the backbone of every kitchen.” 



According to the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, Illinois has more than 27,000 restaurants and more than 561,000 employees — nearly half of whom are immigrants. Chicago has the largest population of immigrants of Mexican descent in the U.S. outside of Los Angeles. 



Housed on the ground level of dana hotel and spa, the newly opened Portsmith selected the Benito Juarez Community Academy for their donations due to their student body being largely made up of children of immigrants. The restaurant donation will directly benefit the school’s mariachi ensemble, folkloric dance program and culinary program.



Chef Henssler has chosen six cities along the La Bestia train route as inspiration for the six-course dinner. The menu starts in Tapachula, in the state of Chiapas with a Striped Bass Crudo (Heart of Palm, Roasted Chili, Avocado, Corn Pudding, Cacao Dressing) and ends in Nogales, Sonora with a Mexican Coke Float (Churro, Cinnamon Ice Cream). Indulge in Grilled Shrimp Tamal and Squid Ink Pozole among other dishes.



Reservations for the La Bestia Dinner are available on Yelp Reservations for $100 per person with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Benito Juarez Community Academy. For more information about the La Bestia Dinner, visit portsmithchicago.com or call (312) 202-6050.


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Moet & Chandon's Mini-Matic pops out mini-champagne bottles http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5567 December 26, 2018: The French champagne House, Moet & Chandon, is launching an unconventional vending machine serving mini champagne bottles on demand.



Moet & Chandon mini-matic vending machine



With Moët Mini-matic, the world’s first champagne vending machine, consumers can pop out chilled mini champagne bottles at the press of a button. Tapping into the instant gratification consumer trend, it is a unique and quick way to share champagne with the world.



Designed in 2013, Moët Mini-matic made its first appearance at London’s Selfridges department store during the holiday season. Since then, the Moët Mini-matic has been popping up at stylish spots including film festival after-parties, luxury shopping destinations, benefit galas and sporting events.



Wrapped in gold and stocked with 350 Moët & Chandon 200ml mini bottles, Moët Mini-matic delivers its bubbly with a golden robotic arm carefully lowering the bottle and placing it into a small window at the bottom of the device. As a result, no shaking occurs in the delivery, leading to the perfect champagne-opening moment.



Along with the mini bottles, consumers also receive a shining golden sipper that turns the miniature bottle into a chic champagne flute. Et voila!


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Gucci reaches Pompeii & Herculaneum for Pre-Fall 2019 shoot http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5566 December 26, 2018: Vintage style and vibrant shades find their place in the historical cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, courtesy Alessandro Michele. 



Gucci Pre-Fall 2019 Campaign Pompeii Herculaneum



With American director and photographer Harmony Korine standing behind the lens, Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2019 collection was shot in the two legendary cities situates south of Italy, giving the animated collection a more grounded, traditional feel.



Gucci Pre-Fall 2019 Campaign Pompeii Herculaneum



A reason to shoot in such unexpected locations is that Gucci intends to preserve and promote these two ancient Roman cities, reviving their memory for the new generations and an increasingly interactive, digital audience.



Gucci Pre-Fall 2019 Campaign Pompeii Herculaneum



The collection itself, comprised of 80 looks, includes exotic kaftans and printed suits in which blazers are worn over elongated tunics. Sharp-shouldered and slim-fitted, this collection is quite a deviation from the current trend of oversized silhouettes. The evening offering is shining and starry with the use of velvet and sequins. Cyan, turquoise, red, burnt orange, verdant green – all varieties of colours and shades make an appearance with black and white.



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British Polo Day offers royalty, sportsmanship & luxury http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5564 December 21, 2018: The recently held British Polo Day turned out to be a popular affair as key figures in government, the aristocracy, diplomats, military, art and popular culture and fashion attended the sports event.



British Polo Day 2018 Jodhpur India



With Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre as the official timekeeper of the sports event, which was held in Jodhpur, India, it creates opportunities for business in emerging and growth markets, giving its partners access to international connections. British Polo Day is an ambitious and fast-growing company which partners with some of the world’s best brands such as Chelsea Barracks, VistaJet and hosted by His Highness The Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur.



In this year’s edition, guests were treated to the colours and vibrancy of Rajasthan, staying at the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Former England Captain and Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador Malcolm Borwick and His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, known to his friends as ‘Pacho’, graced the field. The first day on the field saw the Royal Salute team against Mayo College, helmed by Pacho Jaipur. But it was Pacho and his team that eventually lifted the Marwar Tropy.



On the evening of the second day, guests followed a procession of fire breathers, Rajasthani trumpeters and traditional Marwari horses to the battlements of one of India’s largest forts, the majestic Mehrangahr Fort. Peter Prentice, Royal Salute Global VIP Relationships Director & Chairman Keepers of The Quaich Society, led a traditional Royal Salute Quaich Experience to toast to His Highness and the Game of Kings.



The following day saw the British Army VistaJet team square off against Jodhpur II for the Umaid Bhawan Palace Cup. After a slow start, the action came in the fourth chukka, and with a minute to go the British Army took the lead by half a goal. With eleven seconds on the clock a sixty-yard penalty was awarded to Jodhpur, which they scored to settle the game by a half goal victory. Jodhpur I took on Mundota for the Yuvraj Shivraj Singh of Jodhpur plate, and strong play by Jodhpur saw them 5-2 up at the half. Jaipur came in strong in the second half and the game ended in an honourable draw. 



Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso watch for British Polo Day 2018



The agile ‘Sahara”, ridden by His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, was named Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ‘Best Playing Pony’. Following the prize-giving ceremony, guests sat down for a gala dinner on the lawns of the Umaid Bawan Palace hosted by His Highness Gaj Singh II Maharajah of Marwar-Jodhpur. 



Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso watch for British Polo Day 2018



A total of £38,000 was raised for Head Injuries Through Sport, a charity close to the heart of British Polo Day. Nader Iskander Jaeger-LeCoultre Brand Director, said, “We are pleased with our association with the British Polo Day, since we have a historical connection with the sport of Polo which was the inspiration of creating our Reverso collection. Since the beginning of the 1930s, the watch was born of a challenge, that of designing a model that could withstand the polo matches of the British Army officers in India, its dial smoothly concealed by reversing the case, to reveal a back that fully protects the face from possible mallet strokes. Jaeger-Le-Coultre has always been about finding a symbiosis between form and function and the Reverso embodies that and has been enchanting both men and women with an eye for beauty since its creation and today continues to offer the world a timeless aesthetic."


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SIHH and Baselworld to coordinate their dates from 2020 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5563 December 21, 2018: In an unprecedented, positive move for all those associated with the luxury watch industry, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva (SIHH) and Baselworld in Basel, the two major events in the watch industry, will synchronise their calendars from 2020. From that year, SIHH will be held from April 26 to 29 in Geneva, followed immediately by Baselworld from April 30 to May 5 in Basel. 



SIHH 2018 fair



Till now, SIHH happens in January, while Baselworld takes place in March every year. Getting the two shows together means that globally, media and watch industry professionals will only need to travel to Switzerland once. And also, all the watch trends will be defined in a span of two weeks, leading to less palpitations in watch lovers!



The calendars of the shows have been synchronised until 2024.


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New luxury hotel brand, The Postcard Hotel, begins in Goa http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5562 The Postcard Cuelim Goa luxury hotel



December 21, 2018: Hotelier Kapil Chopra, a former Oberoi Hotels president, has launche  his latest hospitality venture - The Postcard Hotel - a brand of intimate luxury hotels in India and the world. The hotel brand, which will be found in unique destinations by the sea, the mountains or in jungles, is beginning with Goa as the first location.



Grilled Pomfret dining at The Postcard Moira Goa luxury hotelTransformative experiences and local community are at the heart of The Postcard Hotel’s offering. Each hotel will offer unique experiences that honour its surroundings, giving guests a sense of the neighbourhood and the destination in a distinctive way. Redefining the rules of hospitality, there will be no set breakfast hours, no buffets, and no sugary welcome drinks at The Postcard Hotels. Instead, importance will be given to authentic local experiences, from food, to design, to artisanal welcome cocktails, to defining your own check in and check out hours and immersions with the local community.



Opening with quite a large impact, The Postcard Hotel opened the doors of three luxury hotels on the opening day. The three hotels are spread across unique areas in Goa. The Postcard Moira, nestled in one of the four heritage villages of Goa; The Postcard Velha, surrounded by 300 acres of virgin coconut plantations in old Goa; and further south, in keeping with its proposition of taking travellers back in time, The Postcard Cuelim, that houses a 350 year old chapel.



The brand aims to build and operate 50 hotels in the next five years. In the next 12 to 18 months, The Postcard Hotel will be present in Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Dhauladhar Mountain Range, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Sundarbans and Kanha.



Suite at The Postcard Moira Goa luxury hotel



All the partners chosen by The Postcard Hotel combine forces to present a rare, beautiful story behind the hotel brand. Ambuja Neotia Group and The Postcard Hotel will jointly deliver three hotels in Eastern and North Eastern India. Architect, Akshat Bhatt of Architecture Discipline, an award winning and internationally acclaimed studio was tasked with creating the spaces with sustainability at its core. Jas Arora, actor and designer, has created interesting uniforms for the staff by giving traditional Goan motifs a modern touch. The interiors of all The Postcard Hotels in Goa will have new photographs taken by Indian courtier and photographer JJ Valaya.



The Postcard Velha Goa luxury hotel



Wellness plays a crucial role in The Postcard experience, taking Mr. Chopra to the Coimbatore-based Purnarnava Ayurveda, who will create a healing program in the Goa properties, offering on site ayurvedic consultation and treatments for guests. Taking their wellness approach further, The hotels will be placing amenities by the Indian skincare brand, Forest Essentials.


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Bottega Veneta presents first collection by Daniel Lee http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5561 December 20, 2018: Bottega Veneta announced Daniel Lee as their Creative Director earlier this year and the fashion world has been on the edge of their seats to see Mr. Lee visualises for the brand. With the Pre-Fall 2019 collection, Mr. Lee beautifully encompasses the fundamental principles of Bottega Veneta - the identity, the legacy – with a fresh approach, along with respect for craftsmanship, exemplification of natural material, and an ode to Italian heritage. 



Bottega Veneta Pre Fall 2019 Womens Collection



 



Bottega Veneta Pre Fall 2019 Womens Collection



The collection is not too loud, colours are humble, natural - cordovan, espresso, amber and oxblood, punctuated with heightened shades and contrasted with chalk and Milanese black. The clothes are generous, warm with softer silhouettes. A sensuality is expressed throughout, be it coats or scarf-dresses. The Menswear toys with the concept of sprezzatura, an unstudied, natural ease that also informs the womenswear. There is extensive use of materials like cashmere and silk, wools, cottons, shearlings and every permutation of leather. The superlative leather working skills of Bottega Veneta’s artisans are expounded through accessories. Celebrating and exploring the intrecciato, methods of knotting, weaving, braiding are applied to a range of new handbags. 



Bottega Veneta Pre Fall 2019 Mens Collection



 



Bottega Veneta Pre Fall 2019 Mens Collection



They also feature in footwear, streamlined variations of classic men’s footwear, and for women sandals and pumps with a squared toe. The box clutches and high-handled totes are minimalistic and use natural qualities of material to achieve their effects. Hardware on handbags and belts draws on Milanese Reductionism, which is also present in jewelry, with hammered balls and chains in gold and silver. This Bottega Veneta collection demarcates an authentic, lifted wardrobe for today.


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Villeroy & Boch launches collections with an earthy look http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5559 Villeroy & Boch Manufacture Rock Gris Rouge collections 2018



December 17, 2018: Originality comes through high-quality craftsmanship, natural materials and surfaces, and strong colour accents. Based on this philosophy, Villeroy & Boch, the German luxury ceramic manufacturers, have launched their new collections - Manufacture Rock, Rouge and Gris.



Villeroy & Boch Manufacture Rock Gris Rouge collections 2018



All the articles of the Manufacture Rock, Rouge and Gris collections are each individually painted by hand with a colourful spiral design over the whole surface. A masculine looking collection, Villeroy & Boch offers highlights in a slate look. Manufacture Rock scores with ceramic material advantages because Manufacture Rock is not only offered in the natural, dark slate look, but also in the perfect Villeroy & Boch white and is of course, dishwasher and microwave-safe.



Villeroy & Boch Manufacture Rock Gris Rouge collections 2018



Combining shades such as charcoal with corals, and textures such as spirals with crinkled, these three collections can make a powerful impression on the dinner table.


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Chicago's spa at dana announces new enhancements http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5558 December 17, 2018: Spa at dana, in Chicago, announced the appointment of Anthony Anguille-Valles, DO as Spa Director. Mr. Anguille-Valles has previously led leadership roles in prominent hotel spas in Las Vegas including Caesar's Palace, Mandarin Oriental (now Waldorf Astoria) and The Cosmopolitan.



Spa lounge at dana hotel chicago



Along with the change in management, the spa has newly added features to enhance the guest experience. The innovative spa is taking its offerings to the next level with state-of-the-art additions such as Chromotherapy Showerheads, Modern Saunas with Himalayan Salt Walls and more, all under the direction of Mr. Anguille-Valles.

 

Installed in both the men's and women's spa facilities, Himalayan salt walls have officially made their debut. Himalayan Salt draws out impurities within the skin and is a natural detoxifier. The combination shower and steamroom allows guests to extend their rejuvenation journey while soaking in the wet heat of the steam room with an instant cool down of being able to bathe. 



In all women's showers, chromotherapy will shine as its rooted therapeutic benefit is in the use of visual light, a minimal facet of the electromagnetic spectrum. This form of therapy has been characterized heavily in ancient texts and is believed to be secondary to the body's innate aura and ability to capture visual, color radiation. Certain colors align directly with each of the body's chakras or energy centers in order to create a state of balance. The chromotherapy showerheads now allow guests to select a color that they feel matches their energy.



In the Relaxation Lounge, spa at dana now offers Vitajuwel infused water. Not only a visually beautiful piece, the station has the natural ability to purify water based on the surroundings of the gem insert. The gems carry an energetic force to further cleanse the water on an incredibly detailed level for guests.



Coordinates: 660 North State Street, Chicago, IL


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Bobbi Brown presents their Holiday Collection 2018 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5557 Bobbi Brown Lip Shades Set 2018



December 13, 2018: This year Bobbi Brown has brought a lot for Holidays. The luxe makeup brand welcomes its shoppers for a delightful shopping of the varied and specially curated collection. The extensive collection includes a range of products, from makeup to skin care to holiday gifting.



Bobbi Brown Shade Palette 2018With the Decadent indulgences, Bobbi Brown brings back the cult favourite Highlighting Powder - a  pearl-pigment-infused luminizer that can be worn individually for a subtle sheen or layered to create a more intense glow. Along with the highlighting powder are the Luxe Lip Color, a range of ten clutch-sized tubes, from pale buff to poppy red to bright berry to give you the perfect portable lip wardrobe. Bronzing Powder in Golden Light and Illuminating Bronzers in Halo, Belize and Guava are your go-to products for the winters. Bobbi Brown has also introduced five make up tools in a set.



For the party season the holiday collection offers a pair of eye shadow palettes featureing eight shades, ranging from vivid mattes to eyecatching metallics and sheer shimmers to high-impact glitter. Starlight Crystal Eye Shadow Palette offers soft glowing options accented with glints of sparkle for day to night looks while Smokey Crystal Eye Shadow Palette includes a range of rich hues to achieve show-stopping smokey eyes. The versatile shadows blend easily and can be applied all over the lids, along lashlines as liner or onto brows to define them. Build and layer shades to create looks from subtle to super smokey. 



Bobbi Brown Skincare Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser Set 2018Made for the ultimate Bobbi Brown fan, the Deluxe Eye and Cheek Palette is packed with everything you need to get look combinations. From understated polish to over-the-top drama, you can achieve it all with 12 soft sparkling to dramatic metallic shadows and a trio of skin-warming blushes and bronzers, plus the perfect liquid liner and volumizing mascara. 



For skin care, Bobbi Brown has put together a few of their favorite things that give a healthy glow, making foolproof presents for your favorite friends and family. A nourishing skincare routine designed to pamper and protect skin through wintry weather, it includes the calming cleanser, conditioning toner and rich yet lightweight moisturizer, achieving a fresh-faced glow is as easy as 1-2-3. 



The Beach Fragrance Set would make every day a beach day with the sand jasmine and sea spray scented body scrub, lotion and shower gel, plus full-size fragrance. Get into the holiday season!


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Fendi Timepieces unveils the Run Away Table Clock http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5556 Fendi Run Away Table Clock 2018December 13, 2018: Table clocks are making a comeback into home décor. The first-ever collection of Fendi table clocks has been launched, drawing inspiration from the signature Run Away Watch collection by the luxury brand. 



Iconic yet functional, the Run Away Table Clock merges the worlds of horology and luxury interior design, giving life to the very first collection of table clocks of the Maison. 



The Run Away Table Clock combines architectural lines and shapes to celebrate the renowned F FENDI logo. The reverse F takes the stage on the curved off-centered dial of the clock, highlighting its bold character, while adding a unique flair to the room décor. The smooth and lustrous brown elaphe leather covering the bezel brings out the artisanal craftsmanship of the Roman Maison.



On the other hand, the two-tone version featuring a black dial and yellow-gold stainless steel crown, emphasizes FENDI’s expertise in color combinations. Revealing time in a creative way, the Run Away Table Clock will bring a touch of modernity to any home or office.


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Estee Lauder signs Diana Penty as Brand Ambassador for India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5554 December 10, 2018: Luxury skincare and makeup brand, Estée Lauder, has signed Bollywood actress and model, Diana Penty, as the first Brand Ambassador for India. Ms. Penty will feature in the brand’s campaigns across digital and in-store platforms. Her first campaign will be for Estée Lauder’s iconic Advanced Night Repair. 



Diana Penty for Estee Lauder in India



“We are thrilled to welcome Diana to Estée Lauder India as our first Brand Ambassador,” said Rohan Vaziralli, General Manager, Estée Lauder Companies India. “Her independence, confidence, sophistication and radiance reflect the modern Indian woman today and will bring a fresh attitude to our brand legacy and style. We’re excited to reveal our first campaign with Diana and truly believe she will help connect our brand with female consumers around the country.”



Diana will front the Advanced Night Repair and Pure Color Love Lipstick campaigns in India. She will also lead the DoubleWear Stay-in-Place Foundation campaign, joined by local influencers representing diverse backgrounds and skin tones.


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Kiehl's launches holiday collection with Andrew Bannecker http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5553 Kiehl's 2018 Holiday Collection with Andrew BanneckerDecember 10, 2018: The luxury apothecary brand, Kiehl’s, has unveiled its 2018 Holiday collection. This year, Kiehl’s kicks off the holiday season with ten limited edition products designed in collaboration with American graphic artist Andrew Bannecker. Through this collection, Kiehl’s and Mr. Bannecker united their mutual love for art to craft a series of beautifully designed Kiehl’s Limited Edition packaging. 



Returning this holiday are special edition Crème de Corps, Crème de Corps Whipped, Ultra Facial Cream, Calendula Toner, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Untinted and Simply Rose Butterstick Lip Treatment and Grapefruit, Lavender, and Coriander bar soaps. The Kiehl’s x Andrew Bannecker Holiday collection also includes customizable gift sets. A custom gift-wrapping service with Limited Edition Kiehl’s x Andrew Bannecker gift boxes is also available at Kiehl’s stores worldwide and select specialty retailers.



“Andrew is one of the most playfully sophisticated illustrators I have encountered,” stated Maria Gustafson, Senior Vice President, Global Creative for Kiehl’s. “The collection is a combination of edgy gift boxes, bold graphics, electric colors and unexpected hits of gold fold - it is a Kiehl’s Holiday wonderland!


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Christie's to auction Catherine Deneuve's YSL wardrobe http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5552 Catherine Deneuve with Yves Saint LaurentDecember 6, 2018: Christie's France announced the sale of French actress Catherine Deneuve's wardrobe, to be held on January 24, 2019. The dresses, suits and accessories are a testimony of the friendship between Ms. Deneuve and luxury brand Yves Saint Laurent, a relationship which lasted for several decades. 



Nearly 300 lots will be presented in total to the numerous connoisseurs and international collectors in Paris during Haute Couture Fashion Week. 



The wardrobe of Ms. Deneuve, in which clothes were designed between the end of the 1960s and the last show of Yves Saint Laurent in 2002, is mainly Haute Couture with several Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche pieces.



The highlight of the sale is a superb short beaded dress designed by Yves Saint Laurent for the Spring-Summer collection in 1969. This dress, worn by Ms. Deneuve when she met Alfred Hitchcock in 1969 in company of Philippe Noiret and François Truffaut, is estimated at €3,000-5,000.



A fine evening ensemble composed of a chiffon blouse, a scarf and a taffetas skirt will be one of the other highlights of the sale. Inspired by Russia, this ensemble is estimated at €3,000-5,000. Yves Saint Laurent and Ms. Deneuve lovers will also have the chance to acquire several accessories, evening bags, hats and pair of shoes worn by the French actress at different occasions.



Catherine Deneuve dress by Yves Saint Laurent for auction



Christie's will offer 120 lots during a live auction, in addition to an online sale accessible to digital bidders from January 23 to 30, 2019. Viewings will be held from January 19 to 23 from 10am to 6pm and January 24 from 10am to noon. 


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Nitin Kohli Home launches signature pieces of furniture http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5551 Nitin Kohli Home Emma bed



December 6, 2018: Known for their stunning furniture and interior products, Nitin Kohli Home has launched a new line of signature pieces of furniture which have interesting design features presented in an elegant manner.



Nitin Kohli Home Backlit mirrorSophisticated and opulent, the new pieces of furniture use the best materials, exquisite textures and unique styles. Modern designs incorporate hints of classic notes, rendering them timeless. 



The new launches include Infinity - a back lit mirror; Emma Bed - a sumptuous emerald green headboard with a checkered pattern; Leaf Ottoman - an elegant leaf-shaped ottoman in leather; and Ashley, Bedside Nesting Tables - an elliptical pair of bed side nesting tables with dramatic triangular legs in metal.



Coordinates: Ambawatta One, near Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi, India


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The Mark Hotel teams up with La Ligne for in-suite shopping http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5549 La Ligne collection for The Mark Hotel New YorkDecember 4, 2018: Luxury hotel, The Mark Hotel in New York, has teamed up with La Ligne, a New York City based lifestyle brand, on an innovative in-suite activation, allowing guests of the hotel to shop La Ligne directly from the comfort of their suites. 



Two La Ligne pieces, the Varsity Tee and Boudoir Pant, are featured in the Hotel’s suites and are available for purchase on the spot. 



The Mark Hotel was designed by French legendary designer Jacques Grange whose bold, black-and-white-striped marble floors contribute to the essence of The Mark Hotel - “Personality, style, timelessness”. With La Ligne’s affinity for stripes being showcased in their timeless collections again and again, it is but natural that the two brands should collaborate. 



The La Ligne x The Mark pieces can be purchased at leshop.themarkhotel.com and lalignenyc.com.


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Stanley Tucci joins Mandarin Oriental's global campaign http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5548 Stanley Tucci for Mandarin Oriental Hotel global ad campaignDecember 4, 2018: American actor, writer, producer and film director, Stanley Tucci, is the newest celebrity fan to join Mandarin Oriental's  global advertising campaign "He's a Fan/She's a Fan".



The campaign elegantly connects Mandarin Oriental's well-recognized symbol - the fan - with international celebrities who regularly stay at the Group's hotels. In appreciation of their support, the Group donates to each celebrity's individual choice of charity. Mr. Tucci has chosen the global UN refugee agency, UNHCR to benefit.

 

Mr. Tucci has won three Emmy and two Golden Globe awards and has also had a successful career behind the camera, including writing and directing the critically acclaimed Final Portrait. Part of well-loved movies such as The Devil Loves Prada and Hunger Games, he is a self-confessed foodie, and has published several cook books and loves finding "perfect places to eat".



 When asked to describe Mandarin Oriental, he simply refers to it as 'the lap of luxury', and cites his favourite hotel as Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.

  

Mandarin Oriental's existing fans include Morgan Freeman, Cecilia Bartoli, Christian Louboutin, Liam Neeson, Michelle Yeoh, Jane Seymour, Kenzo Takada, Vivienne Tam, Dame Helen Mirren and Dev Patel among others.


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Bottega Veneta opens its flagship store in Tokyo http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5546 Bottega Veneta Tokyo Ginza store facade



December 3, 2018: Bottega Veneta, the Italian luxury brand, will be opening its Tokyo flagship on December 8, 2018 at 5-6-1 Ginza Chuo-Ku. Set on six floors with 800 square meters of retail space, it will be the biggest Bottega Veneta store in Asia, showcasing an extensive range of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, handbags, small leather goods, luggage, eyewear, shoes, fragrance, jewelry along with the Home and Furniture collections. 



Bottega Veneta Tokyo Ginza store interiorsThe Tokyo flagship store is designed to reflect the character of its home city. The new store is housed within a sleek structure inspired by the Japanese capital’s futuristic and modernist architecture. The façade echoes the iconic intrecciato weave, created with over 900 silvery square metal panels with a “lunar” finish. The weave appears to dissolve to create openings for the windows and front entrance. 



The interior takes inspiration from Light and Space artists of the 1960s who explored a conceptual use of light and geometric shapes to create an environment. In the Tokyo flagship, space is framed by inclined and folding planes created with “Kyoto white” plaster and classic mineral plaster, nodding to both the local and Italian traditions. The clean and linear pattern of the natural oak flooring is inspired by Tamo, a local species of ash tree that produces a rare, precious wood with a distinctive grain. Display tables are made with hammered oak that has a unique honeycomb texture, a custom finish inspired by traditional Japanese workmanship. 



“We genuinely value our loyal clients in Japan which continues to be one of our most important markets in the world,” says Bottega Veneta CEO Claus-Dietrich Lahrs. “With a comprehensive selection in a unique and beautifully designed environment, the Ginza flagship is an investment in elevating and enhancing the shopping experience of our Japanese clients, and customers throughout Asia."



Bottega Veneta Tokyo Ginza store decor


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Michael Kors launches capsule collection #MKGO http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5545 Michael Kors #MKGO Collection Streetwear styleNovember 30, 2018: The American luxury lifestyle brand, Michael Kors, launched their #MKGO Bold collection. The collection has a casual-cool vibe throughout. With tough but luxurious hardware, the collection imbibes the true Michael Kors vibe. 



Relaxed silhouettes, high-impact logos and pragmatic backpacks and belts definitely have an edgy glamour. The garments are oversized with major details that define the perfect urban uniform.



The collection is inspired by the insouciance of early 1990s street style. The collection is available across Michael Kors stores and website from December.



Michael Kors #MKGO December 2018 capsule collection


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Michelin Chef Vineet Bhatia launches Mumbai-inspired menu http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5544 November 30,2018: Michelin Star Chef Vineet Bhatia launched 'Taste of Mumbai', an entire menu as an ode to the exotic city at Ziya, The Oberoi Mumbai. The menu entails all the amazingly unique and delicious delicacies from around Mumbai to create the true Mumbai magic for patrons at Ziya.



Taste of Mumbai Tiffin Vineet Bhatia Vegetarian menu



The Taste Of Mumbai tiffin looks to deliver the diverse tastes of the various communities living in Mumbai - oldest to the new, on your plate.



The menu consists of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes for the connoisseur’s delight with dishes like Koli Shrimp fry, Mutton Kalman, Tandoori Murg Tikki, Parsi dal and more in the non-vegetarian section, and Koli masala bhindi, Mattar Kachori, Undiyu, etc in the vegetarian section. 



Coordinates: Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


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Chopard launches special LUC model to honor Chinese Zodiac http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5543 Chopard LUC Perpetual T Spirit of Chinese ZodiacNovember 28, 2018: Celebrating traditional Chinese culture, Chopard introduces a new one-of-a-kind timepiece where the artisans of the Manufacture have created a case in ethical 18-carat rose gold, entirely hand-engraved and depicting the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. Inside it beats a highly sophisticated perpetual calendar tourbillon calibre with a nine-day power reserve. This exclusive work of art, a tribute to an age-old culture, is intended for the most discerning collectors. 



The watch represents a next-level expression of the Manufacture’s annual tradition of creating a L.U.C XP Urushi watch paying homage to the zodiac sign of the year. All the animals of the Chinese zodiac are depicted on this particular LUC model. This is achieved using the champlevé engraving technique, an art that calls for meticulous patience in order to hollow out tiny cavities in a subtle play on volutes and light effects. In all, the artisan devoted more than 210 hours to bring the 12 symbolic animals of the Chinese calendar to life on the gold case. The tiger’s head appears on the crown, for example, while its body follows the curve of the case middle. The space between the lugs is adorned with a dragon and a snake. Finally, a hand-sewn black alligator leather strap with a brown alligator lining lends an ultimate touch of elegance to this magnificently crafted watch.

 

This unique timepiece has been successfully submitted for testing by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute, as testified on the dial by the inscription ‘Chronometer’ – a noble attribute held in high esteem by Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. It also bears the ‘Poinçon de Genève’ hallmark, one of the Swiss watch industry’s most prestigious certifications, rewarding the quality of its construction as well as its impeccable execution.


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Lamborghini unveils the first Super SUV for racing http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5542 Lamborghini Urus ST-X Concept SUV racing car



November 28, 2018: During the 2018 World Finals, supercar maker Lamborghini unveiled the Urus ST-X Concept, the racing version of the first Super SUV in the brand’s history. The new format will debut in 2020 in Europe and the Middle East on specially prepared FIA-approved circuits, with an “arrive and drive” formula designed to offer driver-customers a complete package including car and technical support during the race weekends. 



The Urus ST-X Concept applies Lamborghini Squadra Corsa’s motorsport experience to a brand new segment. The Urus ST-X Concept has been mechanically optimized and equipped with all the FIA-approved safety elements, including steel roll cage, fire suppression system, and FT3 fuel tank. 



Lamborghini Urus ST-X Concept SUV racing car



Aesthetically, the Urus ST-X Concept is covered by the matt Verde Mantis (green) livery in addition to the hood in visible carbon fiber. Larger air intakes optimize the cooling of the V8 twin-turbo engine that is capable of delivering 650 CV and 850 Nm of torque. The overall look is completed by the rear wing, the lateral racing exhausts with a new hexagonal design, and 21” single-nut aluminum alloy wheels fitted with Pirelli tires.



The development of the racing configuration has also led to a 25% weight reduction compared with the production model. The light weight, along with the raised set-up and torsional stiffening provided by a roll cage integrated in the frame, contribute to making the Urus ST-X Concept a race car for track and off-road use without compromise. Its track debut will take place during the 2019 Lamborghini World Finals.


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Gucci partners with Comme des Garcons http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5540 Comme des Garcons Gucci shopper bagNovember 26, 2018: Gucci has announced a partnership with Japanese label Comme des Garçons in a project that meld their design codes in an intriguing way.



Comme des Garçons is known for its minimalist designs, while Gucci is recognised for its eclectic and decorative style. Driven by a desire to explore new creative possibilities, both Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele and his counterpart at Comme des Garçons, founder Rei Kawakubo, decided to experiment together.



Based on the foundation of a Comme des Garçons shopper, the brands have launched a unique piece which is personalised with a Gucci vertical green-red-green Web stripe. The shopper, which uses craft brown paper featuring a distinctive plastic ‘shell’ that gives it a contemporary, industrial appearance, sits in juxtaposition to Gucci’s storied stripe. The result is an idiosyncratic Made in Japan item that combines codes from the two Houses.  



In view of the holiday season, the shopper has already launched in Japan through Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market Ginza as a worldwide preview. The international roll-out of the style will follow on December 6 and also include the Gucci Garden in Florence as an exclusive location for the House. 


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Gucci launches limited edition book World (The Price of Love) http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5539 November 22, 2018: Luxury fashion brand Gucci announced the launch of the latest in its occasional series of limited-edition publications, WORLD (The Price of Love), named after the song by British postpunk band New Order. Showcasing imagery of the Gucci Cruise 2019 Collection and shot by the British documentary photographer Martin Parr in Cannes, the book comprises a portfolio of pictures bringing together models dressed in Gucci with images of passers-by and sunbathers as well as observational shots of the location, all seen through Mr. Parr’s idiosyncratic, ironic lens. 



Gucci luxury book Martin Parr photography



Martin Parr is known for his vibrant use of colour and the gentle, satirical humour that characterises his spontaneous imagery. For Gucci’s Cruise Collection, Mr. Parr travelled to France, where he captured the sun-worshipping world of the Riviera. Shooting around the city of Cannes and at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes Hotel and the Carlton Beach Club, Mr. Parr captured Gucci’s young, eclectic tribe of models in among the parasols, palm trees and seafront balconies, immersed in a world of ice cream, inflatable beach toys and sun cream.



Gucci luxury book Martin Parr photography

 

Distributed by IDEA, the London-based independent publisher, WORLD (The Price of Love) is limited to 1,000 copies. It will be also available at the newly opened Gucci Wooster Bookstore in New York, the Gucci Garden in Florence, through Dover Street Market in London, New York, Los Angeles, Ginza Tokyo and Singapore, select stores worldwide and via www.ideanow.online/store. Priced at £45, €55, $60 and ¥8,400+tax, the title will be sold from November 29 and launched at the Gucci Garden with a book signing event that evening in the presence of the photographer.


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New items grace the menu at Imperial Lamian, Chicago http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5538 November 22, 2018: Imperial Lamian is offering a new line up of fall menu items, adding to its already dynamic menu of fresh Chinese cuisine. Executive Chef Alan Tan incorporates warm, autumnal ingredients into various dinner dishes that are sure to transition diners into the colder months. 



Fall inspired menu at Imperial Lamian Chinese cuisine



Fall flavour-inspired dishes such as Peanut Lamian, with Ebi paste, a warming bone marrow broth and Imperial's house chili sauce; Red Snapper with a tangy tangerine peel sauce, Chinkiang vinegar, asparagus and crispy rice noodles; and zingy Cantonese Eggplant drizzled with soy, black vinegar, cardamom and black pepper are a part of the new menu. Other new main course items include, Nanking Chicken with curry leaves, edamame and black pepper, crunchy Coconut Chili Prawns crusted with coconut flakes, garlic and ginger and Scallops tossed with Chinese chives, XO sauce and red chili.

 

For a limited time-only brunch dish, the River North restaurant will offer Tang Bao, small pork dumplings swimming in pork broth and sprinkled with sesame, that will sure to be the perfect warm-up this season.

 

Imperial Lamian's new menu ties together new flavours with classic techniques that can't be matched. 



Coordinates: 6 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL, USA


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CFB launches the Heritage Tourbillon Double Peripheral watch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5535 November 16, 2018: Luxury Swiss watch brand Carl F. Bucherer has launched The Heritage Tourbillon Double Peripheral time piece in New York in the presence of Pascal Ravessoud of Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) – the brand’s new partner. 



Carl F Bucherer Heritage Tourbillon Double Peripheral 2018



The launch of this timepiece marks one of many highlights in the company's 130th anniversary year. Limited to only 88 watches, the special-edition masterpiece also marks the start of a new product range set to carry on Carl F. Bucherer's legacy: the Heritage collection.



The Heritage Tourbillon Double Peripheral is made with the CFB T3000 manufacture caliber, is chronometer with a diameter of 36.50 mm, height 4.60 mm, encrusted with 32 sapphires, and a power reserve of 65 hours. It is hand-engraved with 18k white gold bridge and a 22k rose gold rotor. It possesses the Louisiana alligator leather strap in dark brown, hand-stitched with an 18k rose gold folding pin buckle.


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Bobbi Brown launches Camo Luxe collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5534 November 16, 2018: Make-up brand Bobbi Brown has introduced the Camo Luxe collection, where inside the camo-patterned packaging you’ll find a fashion forward range of rich hues, metallic moments and dramatic details. 



Bobbi Brown Camo Luxe make up collection



Earthy eye shadows range from velvety matte to sparkle-infused, along with a gorgeous skin-warming version of their Highlighting Powder. Along with this are chromatic shadows, cool nail polish hues, and richly-pigmented lip colors. 



The new camo luxe eye and cheek palette is a mix of eye shadows and highlighting powder with a formula that glides on smoothly and blends easily, is densely pigmented, keeps its colour and can be layered for greater shade intensity. Formulated with a clear base and highly-reflective pearl pigments, the Highlighting Powder creates a radiant yet flattering glow. 



New luxe eye shadow multichrome Ultimate 3D effect with unprecedented visual depth and multidimensionality gives you an 8 hour wear colour true. 



The entire collection is available at all Bobbi Brown counters.


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Breitling & Bentley renew partnership with new chronograph http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5533 November 16, 2018: Breitling, the Swiss watchmaking company and Bentley, the British luxury automobile company, have collaborated once again for the B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green. 



B01 Chronograph Bentley Breitling with British racing green dial 2018



The two great brands have worked together since 2003, when Breitling became the first watchmaker entrusted to design an onboard clock for Bentley's flagship model, the Continental GT. The new chornograph is distinguished by its striking British racing green dial and is available with a choice of a stainless-steel bracelet or a British racing green leather strap that matches the dial. Contrasting sub dials are positioned at 3 and 9 o'clock, and a date window is found at 6 o'clock.



B01 Chronograph Bentley Breitling with British racing green dial 2018

  

In announcing the renewal of its long-standing partnership with Bentley, Breitling said that it would be integrating special Bentley editions into its core product offering rather than in a separate Breitling for Bentley collection. The first of these extraordinary watches is the Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley British Racing Green. Powered by Breitling's Manufacture Caliber 01 in-house mechanical movement, which is visible through a unique transparent case back with a metalized Bentley logo, the watch has an impressive 70-hour power reserve. These timepieces also have an engraved plate with a "Bentley" inscription. Inspiration for the design of the plate was taken from the dashboard of the historic supercharged 1929 "Blower" Bentley.


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Modern Indian art back at Christie's Hong Kong after 15 years http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5530 November 14, 2018: Modern Indian Art will be part of the Christie’s Hong Kong autumn sale season for the first time in 15 years this November. The leading Indian modernists showcased in the auction are S.H. Raza, M.F. Husain, F.N. Souza and Ram Kumar alongside Akbar Padamsee and Jagdish Swaminathan, among others. 



SH Raza Gestation for auction at Christie's Hong Kong



The sale is led by Syed Haider Raza's Gestation painted in 1989, following Mr. Raza's return to India after he had travelled the world and lived in France for more than 50 years. This painting is an iconic signature piece from the height of the artist's career when he began to use the elemental form of the bindu, framing it into complex arrangements of geometrical shapes and primary colours (estimate: HK$10,000,000-15,000,000 /$1,250,000-1,900,000).



Another highlight of the sale is F.N. Souza’s Untitled (Landscape), painted in 1962 during a period of intense experimentation while Mr. Souza was living in North London. This dynamic and vibrant composition captures the tension and exaltation the artist was experiencing at that time, a watershed moment in Mr. Souza’s life and artistic path (estimate: HK$2,400,000-4,000,000 / $310,000-510,000). 



FN Souza Landscape for auction at Christie's Hong Kong



Sonal Singh, Senior Specialist and Christie's Head of India, commented, "Over the past years, we have seen continuously growing interest from Asian collectors in this [Indian Modern art] category. Traditionally, Hong Kong was a venue for our sales and given the consistent results and growing demand for South Asian Modern Masters, we are very excited to add another sale venue to our annual auction calendar by bringing exceptional pieces to the collectors of this region".


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Mandarin Oriental Munich unveils chic cocktail bar, Ory http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5529 November 13, 2018: Mandarin Oriental, Munich has opened Ory, a chic new cocktail bar serving avant-garde drinks in a contemporary setting. Conceptualised by gastronome Maximilian Gradl, Ory is operated by his company Barschaft B17 GmbH. Ory has been designed by acclaimed architect Özgür Keles and his studio, Selektiv.



Ory at Mandarin Oriental Munich



Within Ory's eye-catching dark green and gold interiors, featuring brass fixtures, wood panels, red velvet seating and large potted-plants, guests will find a welcoming yet sophisticated atmosphere. Gelato containers at the bar and a filtered water fountain in the centre of the room are among Ory's distinctive features.

 

Ory's drinks menu is divided into four categories: Ory Classics features newly interpreted versions of famous cocktails, using different textures, such as coconut sorbet instead of cream or syrup. Ory Signature Drinks includes playful creations like the Royal Hawaiian, a traditional tiki cocktail of gin, almond, lemon and pineapple, refined with a roasted almond and Tonka orgeat and topped off with champagne. Ory Apero is a creative and light-hearted aperitif menu and Ory Highballs completes the quartet with refreshing versions of Gin and Tonic and other old-style favourites.



Ory at Mandarin Oriental Munich

  

The cocktails are supplemented by bar food dishes inspired by international comfort food, like Ribs Don’t Lie, pork ribs refined with plum, cilantro and lime, or The Coconut Knight, French toast with coconut milk and pineapple-rum marmalade.


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Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla presents Peshawari food festival http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5528 November 13, 2018: The national capital is all set to witness a culinary storm as the chefs at Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla dish out flavours from the ancient city of Peshwar. ‘Dawat-E-Peshawari’ at Edesia will transport the guests to the culinary bylanes of Peshawar and relish the rich, royal, astonishing flavours from the mainland. To add to the culinary aspect, the festival will also provide a glimpse into the cultural, artistic and historic aspects of the ancient city.



Murgh Biryani Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla



The rich taste of handpicked ingredients of the Peshawari cuisine will pamper your taste buds with sumptuous delicacies such as Lahori bhagichi kebab, Angare seekh kebab, Malika-a-dariya, (Shinwari) Sindhi chicken tikka, Kharode ka shorba, Chicken yakhni shorba, Maas dawat-e-khas, Mutton pukthan, Mutton Rizala cookkad, Chicken siyal court, Lahori machi curryKandhari rajma, Murg lahori dum biryani, Bokarkhani and Tafftan Khamiri roti, to name a few. The festival will be held from November 16 to 30, 2018. 



Seekh Kabab Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla



According to Executive Chef Swaminandan, “Peshawar, like Delhi, has an old walled city and a rich culinary tradition. It is famous for its Namak Mandi which is a cult place for delectable Pashtun flavours. Known for using minimum spices, the dishes are char-grilled or made in kadhai and are known for retaining the original flavor of the main ingredient. We are trying to recreate the Peshawari magic for our patrons."


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Heritage Auctions offers rare timepieces at Hong Kong sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5527 Patek Philippe white gold paved with diamonds for Heritage Auctions 2018November 13, 2018: A highly desirable contemporary Patek Philippe watche is expected to vie for top-lot honours in Heritage Auctions' December 10 Hong Kong Timepieces Auction. Pre-auction estimates indicate the auction could eclipse $1 million.



"This auction represents an extraordinary opportunity to launch collectible timepieces at Heritage Week – Hong Kong," Heritage Auctions Watches & Fine Timepieces Director Jim Wolf said. 



The Patek Philippe, Unused Single Sealed, Gold Chronograph With Perpetual Calendar, Moon Phases, Tachometer and 24 Hour Indication (reserve: $100,000) is the last Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph powered by the legendary Lemania movement, which is visible through the back of the case. The yellow gold version offered in this auction is considered the rarest of this extraordinary reference. A Patek Philippe, Fine and Rare Twenty4 White Gold And Pave Diamond Ladies Wristwatch Circa 2002 (reserve: $55,000) is a dazzling piece with more than 1,400 diamonds with a combined weight of a little more than 8 carats. 



Apart from these rare timepieces, a number of rather unique and important pieces like a Bovet à Fleurier, a Rolex, a Daniel Roth "Classique" Diamond & Sapphire White Gold Watch and a Piaget, Protocole XXL, Fine and Very Rare 18k White Gold and Diamond Square Bracelet Watch, circa 2000s will be part of the auction.


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Swarovski unveils key look for 2018 Victoria's Secret show http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5526 Swarovski look for Victoria's Secret fashion show 2018



November 13, 2018: Austrian crystals brand Swarovski has announced that Victoria's Secret Angel Romee Strijd would be wearing the official Swarovski Look at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Ms. Strijd will illuminate the runway as she transforms into a sparkling shooting star, adorned in over 125,000 Swarovski crystals, during the Celestial Angel section of the show.



Romee Strijd in Swarovski look for Victoria's Secret fashion show 2018This year's Swarovski Look, crafted by Barak, will include a full bodysuit silhouette hand-beaded with over 70,000 crystals from Swarovski resembling a star-strewn night sky. The long-sleeved bodice features a constellation of Swarovski crystals that runs diagonally from neck to hip, creating a celestial stardust effect. The crystals that were used to embellish the bodysuit come in a palette of sparkling clear Crystal and gleaming Silver Night. 



Breaking the traditional concept of paired wings, the handmade 3D mono-wing has been crafted to frame Romee as a seven-pointed silver star. With circular cut outs radiating from the centre to the outer points, each has an oversized, show-stopping Chessboard crystal suspended within it. The body of the star is studded with a myriad of round flatback stones, such as Xirius, Rivoli and Chessboard. The wing, crafted by Marian Hose, also known as "Killer", took a team of experts 150 hours to apply over 55,000 Swarovski crystals weighing a total of 20 pounds.



Additionally, Swarovski will partner with VS for the first time on the Fantasy Bra, which will be embellished with Swarovski Created Diamonds, as well as on the Fantasy bra commercial collection, available from November 29 in stores worldwide.


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Bovet unveils the limited OttantaSei platinum edition http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5525 Bovet OttantaSei Platinum Limited Edition watchNovember 12, 2018: The Ottantasei tourbillon is the latest creation born of the partnership between Bovet and Italian car design firm Pininfarina—which enables them to achieve the accuracy that characterizes this exceptional timepiece. To satisfy its collectors, the maison is offering an exceptional edition of the Ottantasei in platinum, limited to just 10 of 86 total movements manufactured.



Bovet’s artisans rose to multiple challenges, including the machining and three-dimensional decoration of the main plate. Bovet's technicians imagined an ingenious casing system that also significantly reduced the thickness of the timepiece, all without hindering the lateral transparency created by the original sapphire crystals along the case periphery. 



The technical specifications alone will satisfy the most demanding connoisseurs. A single barrel keeps the double-sided flying tourbillon revolving for more than 10 days. The tourbillon's architecture and design increase both the piece's accuracy and transparency, since its attachments are practically invisible. Lastly, a spherical differential halves the time it takes to wind the piece without increasing the torque of the winding mechanism. This plethora of innovations led to the filing of three international patents.



Bovet OttantaSei Platinum Limited Edition watch



Despite the enthusiasm generated by this collection, a total of only 86 timepieces are to be manufactured, out of which only 10 are manufactured in platinum. Out of respect for the maison's collectors, Pascal Raffy, owner of Bovet, took the bold decision to limit the series by the total number of movements. With this same focus on service, each Ottantasei benefits from a five-year international guarantee.


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BMW launches first-ever 8 series convertible http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5524 BMW 8 series convertible



November 8, 2018: German luxury automobile company BMW has introduced their first-ever BMW 8 Series Convertible. The soft-top, four-seat BMW M850i xDrive Convertible combines immense power and torque delivery from its updated 4.4L 8-cylinder turbocharged engine with tenacious grip and peerless poise from the advanced chassis, luxurious comfort and state-of-the-art innovations in technology, driver assistance and connectivity. 



The exterior design of the BMW 8 Series Convertible exudes a very modern form of sporting appeal, beautifully blended, with an air of exclusiveness and sensual allure. The BMW 8 Series Convertible features a standard automatically activated rollover protection system. The system activates the moment that data analysed by the central safety electronics indicate a risk of a roll-over.



BMW 8 series convertible



The luxurious side of the first-ever BMW 8 Series Convertible’s character is shown with the help of a wide array of distinctive optional extras. Newly designed climate seats for driver and front passenger are available as an upgrade to the standard heated seats. 


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Christian Louboutin presents Loubigraf collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5523 Loubigraf Bag by Christian Louboutin



November 8, 2018: As the streetwear mania captures the luxury world more and more, Christian Louboutin, the French luxury accessories brand, has presented Loubigraf, a collection of astounding shoes and handbags. Christian Louboutin has always represented freedom and style, this time, with a wild graffiti inspired collection. With Loubigraf, Christian Louboutin aims to celebrate artistic energy.



Loubigraf Sneaker for men by Christian LouboutinThe collection has a wide imprint of graphic patterns with strong hues and audacious line experimentations, that displays a communicative enthusiasm. The Rantus Orlato sneakers combine three prints and a black and white piping pushes the boundaries to an oh-so-daring stage, while the Marimalus pump is everything but well-behaved.

  

The vibrant accessories designed by Mr. Louboutin have the power to twist up any outfit. For her, the Paloma bag covered in brightly coloured strass. For him, the Kaloupouch in the iconic design of the collection: twice as many reasons to go on trendy explorations! Here and there, it peeps, round-lettered on the small Marie Jane bag or graffitied in popping colours. Mr. Louboutin has covered the whole city!


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Lladro launches new lighting collection inspired from jazz http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5521 Lladro Jamz Collection of LampsNovember 1, 2018: Lladró, the Spanish brand, has come up with the Jamz collection, a lighting collection inspired by jazz music to shape a unique selection of hanging, floor and reading lamps.



The combination of metals with porcelain screens, with three different models to choose from, portrays the shape of jazz instruments. The customization of the lamps symbolizes the free essence of this music, allowing improvisation for spontaneous creations.



Jamz Collection offers lamps of refined forms in white porcelain with metals in gold, silver or black in which light and craftsmanship come together to create different atmospheres. The entire collection is available on their official website


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Bonhams auctions Chameleon diamonds in Hong Kong http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5520 October 30, 2018: An important set of Chameleon diamonds will be presented at the forthcoming Rare Jewels and Jadeite sale at Bonhams Hong Kong on November 25. The exquisite diamond necklace features nine Chameleon diamonds weighing 13.87 carats total and is expected to fetch between HK$1,600,000 and HK$3,000,000. 



Chameleon diamonds on auction by Bonhams



"Chameleon diamonds are amongst the rarest and most mysterious of coloured diamonds. Depending on temperature and light conditions, the diamond's colour transforms from "olive" green to a mesmerising brownish yellow or yellow," explains Bonhams Asia Director of Jewellery, Graeme Thompson. "Due to their rarity, little gemmological information exists on Chameleon diamonds and scientists have yet to confirm the mechanism that causes their colour-changing behaviour." 

 

Sapphire and diamond brooch on auction by BonhamsAlongside this piece, the Hong Kong sale features an exceptional range of diamonds, coloured gemstones, and signed jewellery. There are more than 150 lots, from a cultured pearl and diamond necklace, to the finest jade bangle to be offered at auction this year. Bonhams presents a kaleidoscopic selection of rare coloured diamonds including an Intense Blue, three green diamonds, a 7 carat faint pink, and a striking collection of Vivid Yellows.



The sale also features an extensive but carefully curated selection of coloured gemstones including Kashmir Sapphires, Colombian Emeralds, Burmese Rubies, Sapphires, Spinels, Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline and Sri Lankan Padparadschas.



"Natural coloured diamonds can be found in almost every tone of the rainbow and can come in over 230 colour combinations. They are formed when certain elements are captured within the diamond structure as it is forming from carbon atoms and this process can produce the breathtaking and rare colours we see," Mr. Thompson adds. 


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A. Lange & Soehne launches Datograph Up/Down 'Lumen' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5516 A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Up/Down LumenOctober 24,2018: German watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne has launched a limited edition, Datograph Up/Down  “Lumen” which is capable of showing time even in darkness, thanks to its semi-transparent dial and luminous displays. 



What strikes the eye at first sight of the Datograph Up/Down is its vibrant yet harmoniously balanced dial design. The characteristic outsize-date display in the framed double aperture marks the tip of an equilateral triangle. Its baseline is defined by the two subsidiary dials for the seconds and the precisely jumping minute counter. 



The first ever noctilucent chronograph by Lange, the outstanding luminosity is achieved with a semi-transparent dial and a luminous compound that causes all displays to glow in the darkness – with a distinctive green hue that the human eye perceives as particularly pleasant. The hour and minute hands are filled with the luminous material; the chronograph sweep seconds hand is fully coated with the compound. The seconds hand and minute counter in blued steel revolve above subsidiary dials that are noctilucent, too. The minute scale, subdivided into fifth-of-a-second graduations, the concentric tachymeter scale and power-reserve arrow applique also glow in bright green. 



But the real stunner is the luminous outsize date. Composed of two separate display elements, the outsize date is designed to glow immediately after the midnight switching sequence as well. This is made possible with a luminous tens cross and a black printed units disc made of transparent glass which rotates above a luminous background. Both elements must be able to recharge during the day when they are positioned beneath the dial. When exposed to light, the entire mechanism is clearly visible. The switching action of the date display at midnight can be observed in detail. 


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Stephen Hawking's personal items to be auctioned by Christie's http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5515 Stephen Hawking's personal items on auction by Christie's



October 24, 2018:  A brilliant mind whose discoveries have shaped our understanding of the universe, Stephen Hawking, who died on March 14 this year, is one of the most well regarded physicists of all time. Christie’s is set to present a remarkable selection of 22 lots from the legendary physicist’s estate during an online sale entitled ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’, taking place between October 31 – November 8. 



The lots featured in Christie’s online sale range from the offprints (the scientist’s own printed copies) of his most important papers, including his seminal ‘Black hole explosions’ of 1974, to a selection of his medals and awards, a copy of his best-selling ‘A Brief History of Time’ (1988) signed with a thumbprint, a bomber jacket, and the script for one of his appearances on The Simpsons. Estimates in this auction start as low as £100. The last lot of the sale, one of Hawking’s iconic wheelchairs, will be sold to benefit the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.



Thomas Venning, Head of the Books and Manuscripts department, Christie’s London comments, “It has been a huge privilege for Christie’s to work on this selection of objects from the estate of one of the most brilliant minds of the last half-century. The lots selected for sale highlight Professor Hawking’s remarkable achievements in science alongside his unique personality and inspirational life story.” 



The online sale ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ will present offprints of his papers, alongside rare and important autograph letters and manuscripts by leading scientific forebears including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.


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Hakkasan opens at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5514 Hakkasan at Atlantis The Palm DubaiOctober 24,2018: The award-winning Cantonese restaurant, Hakkasan, has officially opened its doors at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. 



Located at the entrance to The Avenues, Hakkasan Dubai will feature an intimate restaurant and vibrant bar, segregated by intricate carved wooden screens and latticing, which echo the rich and glamorous interiors of the London flagship restaurant. 



The menu will feature signature dishes served in the traditional sharing style with Hakkasan approach, as well as a selection of dishes exclusive to the Dubai location. Signature dishes will include Peking duck served with Royal Beluga caviar, grilled Chilean sea bass cooked in honey and the famous stir-fried black pepper rib-eye beef. New and exclusive Dubai dishes will include crispy roasted chicken with garlic and sesame, osmanthus Wagyu beef rib eye and wok-fry Australian rack lamb with black garlic.



Hakkasan Dubai will also host a range of special experiences and weekly events including a daily Taste of Hakkasan menu, a Friday brunch and the signature Hakatini night.


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Mandarin Oriental launches Bavarian Driving Experience in BMW i8 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5512 October 22, 2018: Mandarin Oriental, Munich is offering sports car lovers an exclusive driving experience in a BMW i8 as part of a new luxury accommodation package. Through an exclusive partnership with Munich-based Sixt Rent a Car, guests can enjoy spending a day exploring Bavaria in the sporty version of the BMW plug-in hybrid series as part of the five-star hotel's German Autobahn Adventure offer.



BMW i8 Driving Experience



With a hotel-provided map of picturesque routes and famous sights, guests can enjoy driving through the scenic Bavarian countryside, finding old race tracks and taking a spin on the autobahn. Munich being the home of BMW, guests can visit the city's architecturally stunning BMW World, where the carmaker's current models are on display, and neighbouring BMW Museum to discover the company's engineering breakthroughs of the past.



Guests will receive a BMW-themed welcome treat on arrival, VIP car delivery and pick-up at the hotel and free valet-parking and battery charging as part of the German Autobahn Adventure package.



The German Autobahn Adventure package is priced from EUR 1,075 per night, which would include accommodation, daily breakfast for two, special BMW-themed welcome treat,  all the advantages of driving on the German autobahn in a BMW i8, available for 24 hours, including hotel delivery and pick up, no-queue tickets to the BMW Museum, and Map of scenic driving routes in Bavaria. 



BMW i8 at Mandarin Oriental Munich



The German Autobahn Adventure package is available for a minimum of two nights' stay until August 2019 and is subject to availability. Reservations can be made at the hotel’s website.


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Audemars Piguet launches the Carolina Bucci Limited Edition http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5511 October 22, 2018: Swiss luxury watch making company, Audemars Piguet, partnered with Italian jewellery designer Carolina Bucci, delivering another surprise with an eponymous 37mm limited edition Royal Oak in yellow gold.



Audemars Piguet Carolina Bucci Royal Oak Limited Edition 2018



The shiny, silver-toned mirror, framed with the shimmering sparkle of a Frosted Gold case and bracelet, replaces the trademark “Tapisserie” Royal Oak dial. Described by its designer as “rebellious” in character, this is an attention grabbing piece, made in the image of a woman of today: spontaneous, true-to-life and absolutely unapologetic.



Ms. Bucci’s original 2016 Frosted Gold design celebrated 40 years of Royal Oak for women. With this limited edition of 300 pieces, her design evolves in new directions. For the first time, the ‘diamond dust’ finish appears in yellow gold—the designer’s favourite version of this precious metal.



Audemars Piguet Carolina Bucci Limited Edition 2018 watch with bracelets



There’s novelty in the packaging as well, with a mirrored box bearing a Frosted Gold AP insignia. This mirrored box is also designed by Ms. Bucci, who believes in pulling out luxury watch packaging from the back of the closet to put it on display.



“For me, Royal Oak is the watch. I wear it all the time; it’s part of my style, my signature,” said Ms. Bucci. “It’s a fresh take on an icon made in the image of a contemporary woman. I know women with a great eye for keynote accessories who are going to love this. The mirror is always interacting with its environment, ever-changing according to what clothes you’re wearing, the décor of the room, the lighting, the time of day, the weather."


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Christie's Islamic & Indian arts sale offers jade jar, botany book http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5510 Jade Jar by Mughals on auction at Christie'sOctober 22, 2018: Christie's Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds auction, in London, will include an extensive range of rare and beautiful works that date from the 9th to the 19th century and cover a geographical area stretching from India in the East to Al-Andalus in modern Spain in the West. The sale comprises several private collections, including The Collection of Fatema Soudavar Farmanfarmaian, and the collection of Heinrich Jacoby, both of which demonstrate a collector's lifelong passion for Islamic art.



The leading auction pieces are a fine Mughal green lidded jar – an example of the hardstone carvings that were popular in the Mughal period, from the reign of the Emperor Akbar (estimate: £30,000-50,000). A painting of a holy man seated with a musician is a beautiful example of the affinity Mughals had for the subject in the 17th century. Such scenes were quite commonly included in Mughal albums. The painting is laid down in the text area of a page of exquisite illumination. This quality of refinement is usually associated with manuscripts produced in the royal Mughal kitabkhane (library) (estimate: £30,000-50,000).



Rare book on botany by Mughals on auction at Christie's



The collection also include KITAB AL-HASHA'ISH, a book of profound knowledge of botany. A Persian translation, Kitab al-Hasha'ish, of De Materia Medica of Dioscorides (estimate: £20,000-30,000), and a luminous painting of the Hindu goddess Bagalamukhi is an extraordinary addition to the Christie’s portfolio (estimate: £80,000-120,000).



The collection is open for a public preview until October 24, and the items would be auctoned on the October 25, 2018.


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Cifonelli announces Maharaja Padmanabh Singh as ambassador http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5509 Maharaja Padmanabh Singh for CifonelliOctober 22, 2018: French luxury menswear brand and tailoring house, Cifonelli, has engaged youth icon Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur as its global brand ambassador. The brand, regarded as one of the world's greatest suit makers, collaborated with the dynamic Maharaja as his royalty is reflective of the historical identity of the brand.



A 138 year old brand, Cifonelli, marked its entry in India in 2017 and has been dressing clients exclusively in the country via trunk shows or one on one fittings. Talking about the collaboration, Mr. Erwan Camphuis, CEO, Cifonelli, said, "India has a vast and rich tailoring culture and history which is also acknowledged across the world. His Highness Padmanabh Singh is an epitome of tailored fashion in India."   



Hindu inspiration is reflected in the richness of the fabrics, betting on exquisite lightweight materials such as silk, fine wool, suede, cotton and linen. The image of the Cifonelli man is reinventing himself with clothes more casual but always being faithful to his elegance with sartorial pieces.

         

Adding further, John Vizzone, Creative Director, Cifonelli, said, "Creating a line for His Highness has been a pleasure for us as we share a common passion for customisation, precision and emotional connect."    


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Audemars Piguet's Dream Team takes golf to new heights http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5508 Audemars Piguet Golf on the roof with glowing ballsOctober 19, 2018: The Swiss haute horlogerie brand, Audemars Piguet, sent eight of its golf ambassadors on an incredible mission, the Manhattan Masters. In the city that never sleeps, Ian Poulter prepared an implausible challenge for his fellow Dream Team members, Wesley Bryan, Patrick Cantlay, Emiliano Grillo, Tyrrell Hatton, Andrew Johnston, Xander Schauffele, and Peter Uihlein. 



Gathered on a rooftop facing Manhattan’s skyline, Audemars Piguet’s pro golfers showed off their skills and competitiveness in astonishing fashion, by firing glowing golf balls into Manhattan’s night sky to reach a moving target. Four highly skilled drone pilots, manoeuvring in absolute synchronisation, controlled the glowing target net – an extraordinary display of teamwork and technological power. 



With this innovative production, Audemars Piguet aimed to show its dominant role in pushing the sport’s boundaries. If you don’t believe what we are saying or can’t imagine it, watch this incredible video of the entire game.




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Alila Villas Koh Russey opens on the Cambodian Riviera http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5507 October 19, 2018: Hailed as one of the most anticipated openings, Alila Villas Koh Russey is set to open in November, residing on its own private island in the Koh Rong archipelago in Cambodia. The journey from tarmac to resort takes just a 20-minute private car transfer and speedboat ride from Sihanoukville Airport. 



Alila Villas Koh Russey One Bedroom Villa Cambodia



EarthCheck, an Australia-based organisation, has benchmarked and certified Alila Villa Koh Russey's areas of operational and environmental sustainability, as well as carbon dioxide emissions. Most of the island's natural foliage has been preserved, with the low-density structures accounting for just 15% of the 60-acres of lush grounds. Villa systems automatically adjust lighting and temperature when occupants enter or leave and a fishing exclusion zone is set at 200-metres around the resort to preserve the marine environment.



The 50-pavilion, 13-villa (two and four-bedroom) boutique resort has a strong Khmer influence. For foodies, there will be two specialty restaurants: Horizon – which will serve à la carte breakfast and dinners with an emphasis on French and French fusion fare – and the Beach Shack, a place for guests to kick back and enjoy Khmer cuisine, seafood and light dishes. Beachfront Spa Alila offers classic Spa Alila holistic treatments that nurture mind, body and soul.



Alila Villas Koh Russey One Bedroom Villa Pool Cambodia



Master architect Chioh-Hui Goh, of Singaporean firm Studiogoto, comments: "Like the relevance of the Krama (a patterned cloth widely used in Khmer life) to the Cambodian people, it has inspired much of the geometry in our design concept, in fusing the architecture, landscaping and interior works with the destination while paying  tribute to the local artisans."



The magical, intimate island of Koh Russey (Bamboo Island) is described by some as 'a jewel by the sea'.  Its dramatic headland is covered in lush, tropical forest with a kilometre of coppery powder-sand beaches bordering its stunning coastline. 


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Hotel Sahara Star launches Thali restaurant Manuhaar http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5506 October 19, 2018: Hotel Sahara Star in Mumbai has launched their latest thali restaurant, Manuhaar, specializing in serving vegetarian cuisine inspired from two states, Gujarat and Rajasthan. 



Manuhaar at Hotel Sahara Star



Manuhaar serves authentic Gujarati and Marwari cuisine. An extraordinary spread of the best vegetarian delicacies, thalis are usually considered the best way one can enjoy a scrumptious Indian meal. Experts in dal baati churma and gujarati kadhi, Manuhaar offers fine dining to those gourmands who enjoy signature vegetarian dishes.  



With thali lunch available from noon to 3pm, Manuhaar also serves from 6pm onwards until 11pm, specifically targeting Jain guests who prefer following the chauviyaar tradition. 



Coordinates: Opp Domestic Airport, Maharashtra, India


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Finolhu launches luxury 'Beach Bubble' tent in Maldives http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5504 Finolhu Beach Bubble Tent in MaldivesOctober 17, 2018: Finolhu, a luxury resort island in Maldives, unveiled a stunning new ‘Beach Bubble’ tent - the first of its kind in the archipelago - on a secluded stretch of its famed Fish & Crab Shack sandbank. Conceived and custom-designed by Eye In The Sky, the transparent inflatable bubble is a unique, inspiring environment where guests can enjoy an incredible, closer-to-nature experience - without compromising on high-spec design and luxurious creature comforts.



Constructed using super-strong, high tech polyester fabric, the Bubble Tent provides a UV-protected, fully waterproof, climate-controlled cocoon that offers guests a uniquely immersive nature experience. The Bubble is an exclusive worldwide patented Precontraint Serge Ferrari technology and has distinctive properties in terms of resistance, dimensional stability and light weight, eliminating deformation due to load and offering a longer useful life. The interiors feature custom-fitted wooden floors and bespoke furnishings, and a separate adjoining bubble bathroom with WC and shower. 



It is located in a secluded spot along Finolhu’s 1.5km sandpit, far from the buzz of the island’s iconic 1 OAK Beach Club. As part of the resort’s one-night Dream Eclipse experience,  a short sunset stroll leads guests to their very own Bubble Beach hideaway where they can relax, enjoy a beach BBQ with a Maldivian twist, and then retreat into their private bubble for an unforgettable night under endless stars. On waking up, guests can watch the sunrise over breakfast at the water’s edge.



Finolhu Beach Bubble Tent in Maldives luxury vacation



Price: US$600++ per couple


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Gemfields, Ressigeac, SSEF collaborate on traceability of rubies http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5503 Gemfields rubies mine to market tracingOctober 17, 2018: Ressigeac Gems, with the assistance of leading gemmological laboratory Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF, and Gemfields have collaborated for a new traceability project, to document the journey of rubies from mine to market. The collaboration aimed to document the journey of a coloured gemstone from mine to market - a procedure resulting in a new type of document provided by the Swiss laboratory.



“End consumers want to know where their products come from and initiatives such as this are important ways to test the physical traceability of gemstones from a miner to the jeweller,” says Jack Cunningham, Sustainability, Policy & Risk Director of Gemfields.



Ressigeac Gems purchased one of the finest lots of rough rubies at Gemfields’ latest auction in Singapore this June. Each stone was characterized and documented step-by-step from the rough state to the cut state until the stones were resubmitted to SSEF for final examination and issuance of a gemstone report for each individual cut ruby. “We believe traceability can be achieved by a joint effort of the industry and that each step can be important to create a new standard,” says Mariaveronica Favoroso Ressigeac, Director of Ressigeac Gems.


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Panerai opens its second boutique in Mumbai, India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5502 October 16, 2018: Panerai, the Florentine luxury watchmaking company, inaugurated its second boutique in Mumbai, India, at Palladium Mall. Panerai has collaborated with R&M Luxury, to deliver an exceptional retail experience for customers. The new boutique displays the collections of the Florentine company in a 350 sq. ft. area to enthusiasts and collectors. 



Panerai store Palladium Mall Mumbai India



The boutique remains consistent to the concept of interior design developed by Patricia Urquiola, the celebrated Spanish architect and designer, whose design is now adapted across all Panerai boutiques worldwide. The Spanish architect has used bronze and wood, undulating and transparent, a clear reference to the world of the sea - where the brand originates, as are the brass lights and the sales counters with their details of wood. The boutique also features a large Wall Clock, a large scale version of Panerai’s iconic watch dial. The latest of its watches, Panerai also displays the celebrated Fu watch for its consumers.



The boutique offers a luxurious, intimate space for clients which combines unique Italian design and Swiss watchmaking perfection, with each Panerai watch being as unique as the history it tells. With the new boutique in Mumbai, Panerai now has three boutiques in India, with the others located in Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai and The Chanakya Mall, New Delhi.


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Faberge presents a new addition to Visionnaire DTZ range http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5501 Faberge DTZ Visionnaire watch 2018 with two timezonesOctober 16, 2018: Fabergé, the Russian jewellery brand, presented a new addition to the highly sought-after Visionnaire DTZ range, the Visionnaire DTZ Yellow Gold. The new Visionnaire DTZ’s movement is developed exclusively by Agenhor Manufacture, merging modern technology with the brand’s culture and heritage. The design boasts a case comprised of 18 karat yellow gold with titanium, complimented by a classic blue facia - a definitive colour that never goes out of style. 



Timepieces Director, Aurélie Picaud, says, “I am excited to present this new addition to the incredibly successful Visionnaire DTZ range. This new piece adds a vintage twist on the classic style of the original design, while retaining the key elements that really characterise the Fabergé brand; heritage, ingenuity, surprise and craftsmanship; resulting in a distinctively powerful aesthetic.” 



The multi-purpose nature of the piece that allows time-keeping to run across two timezones marks its practicality. Staying true to Faberge’s philosophy of creating intrigue, the unique and intricate method in which the second time zone is seen on the watch can only be visible when the watch is seen at a right angle, a secret only the watch owner will know!



The strap, presented from vintage calf leather replaces the alligator skin, maintaining a skilfully crafted bold and contemporary look, while adding a distinguished vintage appeal. Made from 6924 calibre, specifically developed to fit the dimensions of the 43mm precious metal case, the wath is water resistant for up to 50m.


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Bally presents its Spring Summer 2019 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5500 October 16, 2018: Bally, a Swiss luxury fashion brand, presented their Spring Summer 2019 collection, which was a compilation of retro sportswear, inspired by 1970s and 80s colour photo hues, with a modern contemporary spin. 



Bally Spring Summer 2019 collection



The brand launched their eyewear with first-time eyewear partner Marcolin Group, reflecting laidback ease. The unisex styles juxtapose two very different silhouettes, each evoking a luxe retro cool. An oversized and square acetate frame, almost shield-like, allow for voyeuristic observance while revisited pilots with a geometric reflective lens shade the world in yellow and pink tones.



The womenswear offers quiet confidence and stylish strength. The shoes offer a variety of iconic sandals, pumps and boots. A structured urban city sandal called Otta, channels the retro vintage mood, holding a surprisingly flexible sole. The new Jordy stripe mule reflects Bally’s ribbon heritage and the Alexa family introduces a mod bootie with block heel and flat styles with scored mirrored leather inspired by an archive style from the 1939. 



Bally Spring Summer 2019 collection



The bags on the other hand, Cecyle – named after C.F. Bally’s wife, comes in diamond shape, with embossed studded leather, resurrected from a 1990s bag in new sizes and shapes catering to all occasions. The new Janelle adjustable cross-body bag in croc print calf skin plays sleek homage to Bally’s iconic Janelle buckle babouche completing the family. The brand has come out with Ready to wear, bags, eyewear, shoes and accessories with a vibe of the 70s and paying homage to all the important personalities of Bally’s life.


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MINI USA collaborates to promote literacy in Chicago http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5499 MINI USA partners for Chicago literacyOctober 15, 2018: MINI USA has partnered with Saatchi Art and the Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy to help promote literacy in Chicago, IL. The partnership, called the Library Project, will bring artistically painted mobile library units to public parks in Chicago’s South, West and North Division. 



The library units are painted by local area students as well as local and international artists from Saatchi Art, as part of the Chicago Park District’s Library Reading Initiative. The libraries will provide children in these communites with access to books by creating a space where books can be donated and shared for free.

 

“We understand that many children in urban communities do not have access to books to help them build their literary skills and inspire them,” said Terri Evans, Metro Marketing Manager, MINI USA Central Region. “By providing access to creativity and art, MINI USA is helping to make urban life better by enabling local students to think big and dream bigger through storytelling.”



Later this year, from October through December, MINI USA will also host a Book Drive at five Chicago Area MINI Dealerships.  Mobile Library Units will be placed in each dealership for book collections.  

 

For every book that is donated, MINI USA will match the book donation to a local Chicago Park District (or local Park or School in the area). The five dealers participating in the Book Drive include Patrick MINI in Schaumbarg, Bill Jacobs MINI in Naperville, Knauz MINI in Lake Bluff, MINI of Orland Park and MINI of Chicago.


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Ermenegildo Zegna presents Couture Summer 2019 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5498 October 15, 2018: Menswear brand Ermenegildo Zegna presented their Summer Spring 2019 collection at the Mondadori headquarters. This remarkable piece of was a telling backdrop for a collection that marries sharpness and functional ease with a pervading sense of lightness.



Ermenegildo Zegna Couture Summer 2019 Collection



Zegna’s Creative Director, Alessandro Sartori, keeps perfecting his vision of the contemporary metropolitan wardrobe, fusing the performance and speed of sports with the refinement, attention to detail and precious fabrications of couture tailoring. The silhouettes are capacious and airy, the mix of elements bold and personal. 



Ermenegildo Zegna Couture Summer 2019 Collection



Shirts and jackets collide in hybrid forms, with an oversize fit, experimental collars and playful double sleeves. Bombers and anoraks are matched with tailored high-waisted double pleat trousers, completely rewriting the template of the suit. The amalgamation of pale blue, Tropea pink, bow green, desert, sunflower yellow, mocha, nautical blue and loganberry red is painterly and individual.



Ermenegildo Zegna Couture Summer 2019 Collection

 

 "Creation for me always stems from a technical challenge. I am presenting shapes that are bold and voluminous, yet very light, in layers of meshes, wools, silks," says Mr.  Sartori.


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Forevermark partners with Tusk to support Africa's rhinos http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5497 October 15, 2018: Forevermark, the luxury diamond brand, is supporting the Tusk Rhino Trail, a central London wide art installation run by UK charity, Tusk, that aims to raise awareness of the critical threat facing the black and white rhino population in sub-Saharan Africa. 



Fragile by Dave White rhino figure for Forevermark



To celebrate this magnificent animal and raise vital funds to ensure the continued conservation of rhinos and their fellow African species, the Tusk Rhino Trail is supported by an invited list of internationally respected artists and designers who have specially designed, decorated and embellished 21 rhino sculptures.  



Dave White, who created his rhino design for Forevermark, has titled it Fragile. He says, “Reflecting a realistic vision from a distance, with an abstraction of expressive paint marks upon closer viewing, my work represents the fragile balance of order and chaos in the natural world and the impact that we are having on our environment. I hope that by inspiring generations of all ages with this project, it will be one small positive step to support Tusk in their vital work protecting endangered species.”



Fragile by Dave White for African rhino conservation project

 

The sculptures were displayed at a selection of iconic London sites including New Bond Street, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Carnaby Street and concluded with the celebration of World Rhino Day on September 22. It was followed by an auction in aid of Tusk on October 9 at an event hosted by leading London auction house, Christies. 


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Moschino [TV] H&M to be in market from November 8 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5496 Moschino [TV] H&M 2018 CollectionOctober 12, 2018: H&M, the American fast fashion brand announced their collaboration with Moschino, an Italian luxury brand in April 2017. Since then, the brands have been showing us sneak peeks about how the collection would be and what to expect from the unexpected collaboration. 



The collaboration was Jeremy Scott’s new venture after ending a long term association with Adidas and joining Moschino. The brands have released their lookbook for the collaboration, putting us at ease about what to expect! 



The collection is all Moschino in it’s true self. The entire collection sums up Mr. Scott’s love for bold and out there designs. The collection practically has everything bold and loud under the sun.



There are oversized sweatshirts, fur coats to undaunted accessories and bags. It’s all zips and MTV logos and our favourite Disney characters. The collection reproduces the 1980s in most relevant manner.



Moschino [TV] H&M 2018 CollectionIn an interview to Vogue, Mr. Scott said, “I thought about the mood of 'street', the mix and attitude of haute couture and humour, and the elements of bling bling accessories piled up on top of each other to capture and create the look I do on the catwalk. I thought of it like ingredients for a feast, and I wanted to include all the ingredients to make sure it had all the essence of a Moschino collection. You get cartoon characters, you get gold, bold Moschino jewellery, you get sequins and shiny things, and a mix and juxtaposition of elements you don't normally find together. Expect the unexpected!”



The collection is huge, with almost 50 pieces ranging from £25 to £300. With this collaboration not only are Moschino and H&M dimishing the gap between luxury and fast fashion brands but also giving new voice to creativity and expression of fashion. 


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The Leading Hotels of the World reveals new Loyalty Program http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5495 October 12, 2018: The Leading Hotels of the World has unveiled its renovated Leaders Club loyalty program where members receive enhanced benefits and exclusive access at the collection's more than 400 independent luxury hotels around the globe.



The Leading Hotels of the World Leaders Club



The redesign was inspired by current members' interests and amplifies relationships curated by Leading Hotels between like-minded curious travelers and independent hoteliers. The result is a more flexible Leaders Club program that recognizes and rewards members for their loyalty and provides upgraded benefits and exclusive access to the portfolio's more than 400 independent luxury hotels worldwide.

 

For an annual fee of USD 175, the Loyalty Program would allow members to accrue Leaders Club points on up to three rooms per reservation that can be applied towards stays at Leading Hotels' portfolio of individually-branded properties in more than 80 countries which includes benefits members have come to enjoy and expect, such as opportunities for room upgrade priority at arrival, early check-in and late check-out, daily continental breakfast for two, complimentary Wi-Fi, exclusive access to new hotels, Members Only and seasonal sales and lowest available rates.  



After a member spends USD 5,000 on qualifying stays, they are invited to Leaders Club Sterling. This unlocks 5 pre-arrival upgrades annually, as well as a five percent annual renewal points bonus on their qualifying annual spend in the previous membership year. Opportunities for further recognition and richer rewards will be available for Leaders Club's most loyal members.


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Michael Kors acquires Versace, renames to Capri Holdings Ltd http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5494 October 12, 2018: As you already know by now, Michael Kors Holdings Limited, a global  fashion luxury group, is taking over the Italian luxury fashion house Gianni Versace S.p.A. for a total enterprise value of Euro 1.83 billion or approximately US$ 2.12 billion.  



Donatella Versace at a show



John D. Idol, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Michael Kors Holdings Limited, said, “The acquisition of Versace is an important milestone for our group...We are excited to have Versace as part of our family of luxury brands, and we are committed to investing in its growth. With the full resources of our group, we believe that Versace will grow to over US$2.0 billion in revenues. We believe that the strength of the Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo brands, and the acquisition of Versace, position us to deliver multiple years of revenue and earnings growth.” 



Mr. Idol also confirmed that Donatella Versace would continue to hold the Creative Director position at the luxury fashion house. 



The group also announced that they are now taking a new name - Capri Holdings Limited (NYSE: CPRI). The name is inspired by the island of Capri, near Italy, which has long been recognized as an iconic, glamorous and luxury destination. As per the company’s statement, the island’s spectacular three rock formation, formed over 200 million years ago, is symbolic of the timeless heritage and strong foundation that is at the core of each of the three founder-led brands in the global fashion luxury group.



As part the Group’s long term strategy for Versace, initiatives include increasing the brand’s global retail footprint from approximately 200 to 300 stores, accelerating its e-commerce and omni-channel development, and expanding its men’s and women’s accessories and footwear from 35% to 60% of revenues. 



The acquisition, in turn, will help Capri Holdings to diversify largely in Europe (from 23% to 24%) and Asia (from 11% to 19%). 


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Lion of Punjab treasure leads Bonhams sale in London http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5493 Maharaja Ranjit Singh gold thread quiver for auctionOctober 11, 2018: A gold thread-embroidered, velvet-clad leather quiver and bow holder, almost certainly made for Maharajah Ranjit Singh, Lion of the Punjab, is among a wealth of Sikh treasures to be offered at Bonhams Islamic and Indian Art sale in London on October 23. 



Estimated at £80,000-120,000, it is believed that the Maharajah commissioned a quiver in 1838 to wear at the wedding of his eldest son and heir Kharak; and he appears to be wearing the one in the sale – or one extremely similar to it – in a painting of the same year by the French artist Alfred de Dreaux, now in the Louvre Museum in Paris. 

 

Bonhams Head of Indian and Islamic Art, Oliver White, said, "This is a wonderful piece from the fabled Treasury of Lahore, and all the circumstantial evidence points to it being the one made in 1838 for Ranjit Singh, Lion of the Punjab – the state's greatest and most famous leader. The quiver was made purely for ceremonial purposes, and appears to have been rarely worn. As a result, it is in excellent condition."   



Mughal emerald seal with Marian Hastings' name



Other highlights of the sale include, a Mughal emerald seal (made for, and bearing the name of, Marian Hastings, estimated at £20,000-30,000), The Lockwood Kipling Album (estimated at £100,000-150,000), and an emerald and seed-pearl necklace from the Lahore Treasury (estimated at £80,000-120,000).


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Rahul Mishra debuts at the Paris Fashion Week 2018 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5492 Rahul Mishra Spring Summer 2019 Paris Fashion WeekOctober 11, 2018: Indian designer Rahul Mishra debuted at the Paris Fashion Week this year with a collection titled “Gossamer”, which means the thin threads a spider weaves when building his web. 



The collection is a trip down the memory lane for the designer as childhood memories form the inspiration behind his entire collection.



He also calls this collection ‘homemade’ as it was all done by women back at his hometown in Lucknow, India.



The collection saw beautiful creations, some being embellished with Swarovski crystals.



“I wanted to take the craft of Chikankari and Daraz and elevate them to luxury fashion. Because memory is a luxury. The way we hold on to smells, colours and textures. Fashion, to me, is an expression of what makes me. As a nostalgist, I want to bring back the 1980s of living in a small village in a house with red cemented floor and white curtains,” said Mr. Mishra. 



Rahul Mishra Spring Summer 2019 Paris Fashion WeekRemembering the pond, peacocks, flora and fauna from his childhood home, Mr. Mishra has mixed the whites with colourful pieces.



Blue hydrangeas have found their way in this collection with hand-embroidered organza petals in shades of blue that were appliquéd onto light fabrics and embellished with Swarovski crystals. The crystals were again used to recreate a semblance of dewdrops on organza. 



The fine cotton and Jamdani used in the collection were woven in West Bengal, along with Maheshwari textiles in blue and white checks.


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Bobbi Brown introduces Luxe Lipsticks with new formulas http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5491 Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick in multiple shadesOctober 11, 2018: Bobbi Brown, the luxury cosmetics company has launched the Luxe Lipsticks in three stunning finishes with first-of-its-kind formula that deliver true pigment power yet comfortable wear. The result is a new class of luxurious lipsticks - Luxe Lip Matte Lipstick, Luxe Lip Liquid High Shine, and Luxe Lip Velvet Matte.



Luxe Matte Lip Color is a perfectly combination of oil-infused powders that offer a maximum matte look and feather-light feel. It glides on smoothly with pure powder pigments that are blended for intense color potency and 12-hour, smooth-as-silk wear and is available in 18 amazing shades. Luxe Liquid Lip High Shine Lacquer, on the other hand, give an illusion of your lips drenched in a liquid glow.



Luxe Liquid Lip Velvet Matte is the third finish Bobbi Brown offers. It’s a comfortable matte finish where fluid powder pigments derived from natural clay minerals are blended with Wild Mango extract, known for its softening properties, for creamy, smooth application that dries matte with 12-hour, extra-long wear and is available in nine shades across the color spectrum to get your best pick.


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Watch with world's oldest rum under the hammer at Fellows http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5490 October 10, 2018: British auction house, Fellows, announced that a gold ‘Rum’ watch containing a droplet of the world’s oldest rum will feature at its Watch Sale which takes place on October 30. The limited edition gentleman's 18ct rose gold ‘Rum’ wrist watch is estimated at £10,000 - £15,000 and is the second timepiece by Speake-Marin after the titanium Rum watch. 



Watch with world's oldest rum



The watch contains a droplet on the 11 hour mark containing 1780 Harewood Rum, which was certified by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest. It has a white dial with Roman numeral hour markers, as well as "Stand Fast The Holy Ghost" engraved. Wealth Solutions acquired bottles of the prestigious rum in 2011 after they had been found in an old cellar in the Harewood Estate near Leeds. They began the Rum watch project with Speake-Marin and decided to produce 59 watches containing the droplets – 49 in titanium and only 10 in rose gold.



Michael Jagiela, Watch Specialist at Fellows Auctioneers, said: “After the success of the titanium Rum watch, we are delighted to offer an even rarer, 18ct rose gold example. This particular watch is limited to only 10 examples and we are certain that it will create plenty of excitement in the saleroom.



The watch is available for public viewing at London and Birmingham on the following timings - 23 October, 12pm - 7pm (London); 27 October, 11am - 4pm (Birmingham); 29 October, 10am - 4pm (Birmingham); and 30 October, 8.30am - 11am (Birmingham).


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Frederique Constant launches Tourbillon for 30th anniversary http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5489 October 10, 2018: Swiss luxury watch brand, Frederique Constant, has launched a Limited Edition Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon, celebrating the brand’s 30th anniversary. 



Frederique Constant Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon 30th anniversary



The primary function of the timepiece is to counterbalance the errors due to the Earth's gravity on a movement in a vertical position. The titular mechanism of the timepiece is the new automatic FC-975 in-house movement - with a silicium escapement wheel and anchor, a smart weight balance wheel, and a Tourbillon cage. The watch is light, durable, antimagnetic and extremely resistant to temperature changes, achieveing a remarkable progress in precision.



Composed of 80 components, the Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon also displays the day, date and month and requires even less adjustment than an annual calendar, automatically adjusting itself to a leap year. The watch comes with a 4 day power reserve. 



The timepieces are presented in a substantial 42mm diameter 3 part case, available either in polished stainless steel, in 18k rose gold plated stainless steel or in 18k rose gold with a see-through case back. The Swiss-made calibers include 33 jewels and the movements are protected by a 5 ATM case for the stainless steel versions and a 3 ATM case for the 18k gold cases. Completely manufactured in house, the limited 30 pieces edition reflects on the 30 years of the manufacture's history.


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Christie's to auction Albert Einstein's God letter http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5488 October 9, 2018: Christie’s auction house announced the auction of one of the most important manuscripts by 20th century’s most famous thinker, Albert Einstein’s God Letter (Estimate: $1,000,000 - 1,500,000), on December 4, 2018. 



Albert Einstein's God Letter at Christie's



This letter was written a year before Einstein's death and was addressed to philosopher Eric Gutkind, talking about Einstein’s thoughts on religion, his Jewish identity, and his own search for meaning in life. It remains the most fully articulated expression of his religious and philosophical views.



Peter Klarnet, Senior Specialist Books & Manuscripts, Christie’s, remarks, “Christie’s is honored to present this important Albert Einstein letter at auction as it concerns themes that have been central to human enquiry since the dawn of human consciousness, and it is one of the definitive statements in the Religion vs Science debate.”



The letter stands as Einstein’s clearest and most important expression of his views on God, religion, and man’s eternal search for meaning. This letter will be on public view at Pace Gallery in San Francisco from November 1.


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Louis Vuitton presents their Spring Summer 2019 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5487 October 9, 2018: Luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton presented its Summer Spring 2019 collection at the Louvre Museum in Paris recently. Named ‘Assets’, models for the women’s show encircled the Louvre Pyramid. 



Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2019 Collection



True to the brand spirit, Nicolas Ghesquière presented a collection that celebrated voyage and the spirit of adventure. The collection played with volumes and graphics, the silhouettes enticed with the high of conquering the world. The amalgamation of adventure and the colors and motifs blended the territories creating the ideal geography or the ‘mirage’. 



Whites contrasted with bright shades, accessories ranged from small crossbody bags to bigger totes, buckled shoes, patterned heels and a very distinctive looking sneaker style stiletto.



Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2019 Collection



Celebrities Natalia Vodianova, Luke Evans, Nina Dobrev, Joe Jonas, Sophie Turner, Cate Blanchett and others were seen at the show supporting the house.


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Aman Resorts to launch skincare collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5486 October 9, 2018: Aman Resorts Houses and Residency announced the launch of a skincare collection, which is inspired by its constellation of hotels and resorts. The introducing collection includes 30 products celebrating the brand's 30th anniversary. 



Aman Hotels Resorts luxury Skincare Collection



Aman Skincare has been formulated using an exotic roll-call of natural, rare and precious ingredients, many of which have been wild harvested in various Aman destinations, such as from Bhutan to Morocco and from Venice to India.



The new skincare collection includes face creams and serums, face masks, body oils, milk baths and pulse-point remedies.



The new Aman Skincare collection follows three distinct pathways that harness the natural settings of Aman's locations: mountains and deserts - grounding and earthy in their essence; oceans and seas - fresh, purifying and fluid; nature, forests and lush greenery - nourishing and renewing in the energy they offer.



Aman Hotels Resorts luxury Skincare Collection



Vladislav Doronin, Chairman and CEO of Aman, comments, "Aman has always delivered a transforming and holistic spa experience, one made all the more profound by the meditative yet dramatic surroundings of our resorts. As a pioneer of resort spas, we are experts in the field of wellness. Creating a bespoke range of skincare products was a natural step in our evolution and is born of many years' experience and research.”



The precious ingredients utilised include pearls, homeopathic metals, healing tree oils, amethyst, jade, frankincense and palo santo, in addition to alkalising, oxygen-rich spring water, wild-harvested Amazon butters and rainforest muds.



Aman Skincare is exclusively sold online via Aman.com/Skincare and across the brand’s resort boutiques.


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Gucci presents its SS 2019 show at Theatre Le Palace, Paris http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5485 Gucci Spring Summer 2019 Collection



October 8, 2018: Gucci presented its Spring-Summer collection at the historic location of Théâtre Le Palace in Paris. This collection was the last leg of the three-part homeage to France and the location seemed the best place to conclude it. Gucci began its tryst with France with its Pre-Fall collection in Jaunary recalling the student protests of 1968, and then Arles in the Cruise 2019 show.



Gucci Spring Summer 2019 Collection



The last show was presented as a tribute to Leo de Berardinis and Perla Peragallo, who have been the most passionate and transgressive, the most decadent and irregular dioscuri of the Italian experimental theatre. 



Their “theatre of contradiction” has been a place of permanent dissent. Their idea of theatre actually dares the established immobility, conformism and power. An anarchist and libertarian eye, wide open to the stream of life. Inspired so, the collection took us back to the 1970s and 80s. It was a theatre of contaminations, allegedly irrational and unstructured, that produces epiphanies and detonations.



The collection was inspired by not only Leo and Perla, but it also has references of Shakespeare, Rimbaud, Strindberg and Majakovskij. Frills, vivid colors, combining atypical motifs and silhouettes ruled the stage.


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MB&F announce Horological Machine No. 9 'Flow' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5484 MB&F Machine No. 9 Flow



October 8, 2018: MB&F announce the Horological Machine N°9 ‘Flow’, a watch, inspired by the dynamic profiles of automotive and aviation mid-century design. Reminiscent of a jet engine, the No. 9 is a complex combination of milled sapphires on a titanium case in alternating polished and satin finishes. It encloses an equally complex manual winding movement, developed fully in house. Each flank of Horological Machine N°9 is visible under elongated domes of sapphire crystal. 



MB&F Machine No. 9 FlowSitting perpendicular to the rest of the HM9 engine is the dial indicating hours and minutes, driven by conical gears that ensure precise engagement even when motion is put through a 90° planar translation. The winding and setting crown is located on the rear of the central body, its deep fluting providing ergonomic grip as well as aesthetic coherence with the overall design.



HM9 Flow treads the path first opened by the HM4 Thunderbolt and subsequently by the HM6 Space Pirate, utilising a geometrically complex combination of milled sapphire crystal and grade 5 titanium case elements. However, HM9 “Flow” debuts in two titanium editions limited to 33 pieces each: Air (comes with a dark movement and aviator-style dial) and Road (has a rose gold plated movement and a classic speedometer-style dial).


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The Landmark Mandarin Oriental offers in-house bottled water http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5483 Bottled water at The Landmark Mandarin OrientalOctober 8, 2018: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has started producing its own eco-friendly glass bottled water and is creating a rooftop garden to grow fresh food. Both initiatives form part of a long-term eco-strategy to provide guests with the best in sustainable luxury.The hotel has partnered with leading Swedish fresh water specialist, Nordaq FRESH, to introduce its own in-house, filtered and purified premium bottled water into guest rooms and suites along with bars, restaurants and spa.

 

Nordaq's patented filtration system removes impurities from local tap water, while retaining natural salts and minerals, making it healthy, refreshing and balanced in flavour. This is served to guests "still or sparkling" in reusable glass bottles. Filtering and bottling on-site eliminates the need for single use bottles and reduces carbon emissions generated by the traditional Hong Kong hotel approach of transporting bottled mineral water from Europe. When making trips out of the hotel, guests can use BPA-free compressive 'Grab & Go' impact resistant bottles or stainless steel alternatives and are encouraged to fill their bottles at the guest lobby's  complimentary 'central oasis' water dispenser.

 

The hotel has also joined forces with NGO Rooftop Republic to create a roof garden for growing fresh herbs, flowers and small vegetables. Organic matter normally disposed of in landfill will instead be used as fertilizer. A rooftop beehive will provide delicious honey and wax for candles.

 

The hotel has been taking many sustainability initiatives like banning plastic straws and use eco-friendly bamboo in place of the disposable plastic version in 2015. PDT, the hotel's newest bar, features reconditioned and recyclable furnishings, and provides reusable stainless steel straws for its excitingly cocktails and many more.

 

"Sustainability doesn't mean sacrificing luxury," says Archie Keswick, General Manager of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental.  "We believe we can protect the environment and maintain the highest level of guest experience and, as an industry leader, we are keen to play our part."



 


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Alila Anji offers 'GODIVA High Tea in a Box' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5482 September 20, 2018: The Alila Anji hotel in Zhejiang, China, brings joy to the palate with its latest pop-up lifestyle series. The resort has collaborated with Belgian chocolate brand GODIVA to create a premium high tea experience that combines the finest traditions of chocolate handcraftsmanship with a celebration of local Anji flavours. 



Godiva High Tea in a Box at Alila Anji



GODIVA High-Tea-In-A-Box features a curated selection of 10 delightful sweet and savoury specialties – Godiva Café Au Lait, Godiva Artisan Rouge, Godiva Signature Cake, and Godiva Lady Noir. Alila Anji's Local Head Chef Jason and his team have put together a selection of six scrumptious bites such as Pork and Bamboo Shoots Crispy Cake and Anji Green Tea Puff, alongside international flavours such as Chicken Caesar Roll, Melon with Prosciutto and Homemade Rice Cake, as well as seasonal fruit.



This High-Tea-In-A-Box is beautifully presented in a locally made bamboo box. Have your mobile phone ready to snap Instagram shots of this box of worldly treasures! The GODIVA High-Tea-In-A-Box, available from 11 am to 5 pm daily with limited availability, can be enjoyed in the Lobby Tea Lounge with a majestic view of Tianfu Lake. 


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IWC Schaffhausen to sponsor Silver Spitfire flight http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5481 September 19, 2018: Luxury watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen has become the main sponsor for "Silver Spitfire – The Longest Flight", brainchild of Steve Boultbee-Brooks and Matt Jones, founders of the Boultbee Flight Academy. Next summer, a carefully restored Spitfire, boasting a unique silver-chrome finish, will take off from London to embark on a round-the-world flight. 



IWC Schaffhausen Silver Spitfire Partnership



The aircraft, built in 1943, will cover more than 43,000 kilometres over several months, visiting about 30 countries on its way. 



"More than any other aircraft, the Spitfire symbolises man's dream of flying. She is a masterpiece of engineering, who was born ahead of her time and who continues to dazzle with her iconic design. We were instantly captivated by the ambitious idea of flying this aircraft around the world and we are excited to be able to help this adventure along its way," said Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.



The Boultbee Flight Academy is the first officially recognised Spitfire flying academy in the world.


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Sotheby's to launch new jewellery and watch sales in Paris http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5479 Sotheby's France Jewelry Watch Sale 2018September 13, 2018: Auction house Sotheby’s has announced a new sale dedicated to Jewellery and Watches in Paris this autumn. This new date in the auction calendar, entitled Joaillerie Paris, will coincide with a double-anniversary this year for Sotheby’s in France: the auction house’s 50 years on French soil, and 20 years in the historic Galerie Charpentier. 



To mark the occasion, Sotheby’s is presenting jewels and watches from the late 19th and 20th century, alongside a small selection of contemporary creations, by France’s illustrious jewellery houses such as Boucheron, Boivin, Cartier, M. Gérard, Sterlé, Van Cleef & Arpels and Chaumet, including jewels set with important diamonds, Kashmir sapphires and Burmese rubies.



The new sale will also highlight two celebrated French stars, offering several Art Déco jewels from the collection of star dancer and fashion icon Zizi Jeanmaire, as well as an evening bag given by actor Alain Delon to his longtime co-star and partner, New Wave muse, actress and director Mireille Darc, in the 1960s.



A diamond ring set with a Kashmir sapphire weighing 6.45 carats from around 1980 (estimate: €200,000-400,000) and a diamond solitaire, featuring a 5.17-carat pear-shaped stone, signed by Cartier (estimate: €250,000-350,000), are among the stand-out pieces.



Exclusive to Cartier’s prestigious Paris branch, a model A, pendule Mystérieuse clock, will be among the most highly anticipated lots in the sale (estimate: €350,000- 550,000). Embellished with agate, enamel and diamonds, it dates from the 1930s. Named for the secret mechanism cleverly hidden in their design, these clocks known as pendules Mystérieuses have long been a source of fascination: they bring together precious materials and ingenious design, the result of many long months of careful craftsmanship.


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Nykaa Luxe opens at The Chanakya, New Delhi http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5478 September 13, 2018: Indian online beauty retailer, Nykaa.com, has opened its flagship Nykaa Luxe store at The Chanakya mall, New Delhi.



Nykaa Luxe The Chanakya New Delhi



The store is spread over 2,500 sq. feet and offers luxury brand products across makeup, skincare and fragrances, including M.A.C Cosmetics, Estée Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Christian Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, Forest Essentials and Kama Ayurveda.



Nykaa Luxe The Chanakya New DelhiAs an exclusive offering, the store will have a shop-in-shop experience from Jo Malone London and Tom Ford.



This new retail concept resembles a luxurious beauty lounge. The signature feature of the store is the 100 sq. foot horseshoe shaped vanity area where customers can touch and feel products for a first-hand experience. Also featured is a dedicated social media section framed by the LED sign ‘Led by Dreams’. The store will regularly present new collections, preview offers, and host makeovers and exclusive reveals as unique experiences for customers.



Nykaa first introduced luxury beauty to the online consumer in 2016 with the launch of M.A.C Cosmetics, Clinique, Bobbi Brown and Estée Lauder. Since then it has expanded its portfolio to include over 50 luxury beauty brands across makeup, skincare and fragrances with the luxe category now accounting for over 15% of the total sales at Nykaa. Since 2015, Nykaa has opened 22 stores across India in two formats – Nykaa Luxe and Nykaa On Trend.


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Longchamp presents Spring/Summer 2019 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5477 Longchamp Spring/Summer 2019 collectionSeptember 13, 2018: Luxury fashion brand Longchamp recently presented its Spring Summer 2019 collection, which encompasses vibrant silhouettes of ‘70s glamour, a Californian spirit and an audacious sense of Parisian elegance.



Creative Director Sophie Delafontaine’s first runway show attempts to evoke dreamy desert drives and late nights in L.A. through airy feminine transparent animal print dresses on top of leather bikinis or fringed jackets worn over soft macramé dresses.



Ikat becomes a signature motif throughout the collection, printed on leather fringe and embroidered on delicate tulle fabrics.

 

Presenting brand new bag lines, the Amazone is adorned with stones, twisted with contrasting colorful materials while the Cavalcade is made with vivid colors and animal prints. Leather fringes are added to all accessories. 



The color palette is influenced by bright summer days. Rust-hued leathers are whipstitched with turquoise leather while black and white details lend an urban sense.



Longchamp Spring/Summer 2019 collection



The shoes in the collection — including graphic, suede gladiators and fur slippers — are flat to signify the ease of movement and a love of the outdoors.



Forty looks were created, all with an emphasis on Longchamp’s historic use of leather — considering Longchamp’s completion of 70 years in fashion.


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Ralph Lauren celebrates 50th anniversary in New York http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5475 Pooja Mor in Ralph Lauren 50th anniversary collectionSeptember 10, 2018: American luxury brand Ralph Lauren commemorated its 50th anniversary with a spectacular event set against the backdrop of Central Park’s Bethesda Terrace in New York.



The historic evening composed of an expansive runway show, an immersive digital installation, and an elegant seated dinner, all seamlessly integrated into the dramatic setting.



The special 50th Anniversary Collection articulated Mr. Lauren’s vision of American design and reiterated the themes and inspiration celebrated throughout his career.



The cinematic runway show showcased his latest women’s collection alongside Polo Ralph Lauren and Double RL for the first time. The presentation featured more than 150 models from multiple generations, with iconic faces from the brand’s formative years mixing with of-the-moment models, children and dogs.



“For my 50th anniversary, I wanted to create and share a runway experience that was deeply personal and a summation of the style I’ve always believed in: personal, authentic, and forever, in a place so quintessentially New York and so special to me—Central Park,” said Mr. Lauren.



Adjacent to the runway, an immersive digital installation honored the brand’s history and reflected on Mr. Lauren’s pioneering creativity. Guests mingled alongside a series of monolithic LED sculptures, displaying video cuts from 50 years of runway shows, surrounding a large-scale mirrored structure in the middle of the courtyard. Stepping into 50 Years of Reflection—within the mirrored box—guests were transported into the cinematic World of Ralph Lauren as more than 400 images and videos from the brand’s prolific archives moved across the walls.



Kaia Gerber in Ralph Lauren 50th anniversary collection



Following the runway show, a seated dinner set around Bethesda Fountain transported guests to an elegant Parisian outdoor café, in a setting inspired by the sophisticated yet casual elegance of the courtyard at Ralph’s, Mr. Lauren’s restaurant on Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris. A classic American menu inspired by The Polo Bar, Mr. Lauren’s restaurant in New York, featured filet mignon from his Double RL Ranch in Ridgway, Colorado.



Items from the 50th Anniversary Collection are available at RalphLauren.com and in global flagship stores, including New York, Beverly Hills, Dallas, Chicago, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Moscow, and through top retail partners including Saks, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.


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The Imperial New Delhi boutique offers new delights http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5474 September 10, 2018: The Imperial Boutique at The Imperial New Delhi hotel gets a makeover with homegrown accessories, apparels, coasters, antiques, oils and more. 



The Imperial New Delhi boutique



Infused with new vibrancy, the boutique displays The Imperial memorabilia featuring cushion covers of their restaurants, aprons, pouches, leather and linen handbags, jewelry box and card holders designed by French designer Cecile Olivieri. The memorabilia brings forth the iconic history The Imperial is known for. 



Explore the culture and traditions of India with the premium range of apparels, accessories, collectibles and coasters from Indian designer brand Vayu. SUFI, the hotel’s signature spa Ayurvedic oils, are also available. Extending the well-being range are the Indian Splendour natural and home-grown teas. 



The Imperial New Delhi boutique



The boutique will also showcase now a hand-picked range of pashmina and cotton shawls, procured originally from Kashmir. Feng shui items like brass and gem studded Ganesha, sleeping and blessing Buddha add to its wide range of products. 



Vijay Wanchoo, Sr. EVP &GM, The Imperial New Delhi says, “At The Imperial Boutique, our initiative is to bring forth not only tailored range of products but to present traditions, culture and ethos of India like no other. We have therefore revived it with some unique Indian brands complementing the range with our signature spa oils, to enhance shopping with us."


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Villeroy & Boch reintroduces the Wildrose for 270th anniversary http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5473 Villeroy & Boch Rose Sauvage collection 2018



September 10, 2018: As floral comes back in vogue for everything – from fashion to food styling, Villeroy & Boch celebrates its 270th anniversary by employing the beautiful wildrose for a special collection. 



The new collection has a country style with fresh design in four combinable décor variations: Heritage, Rénovée, Framboise and Blanche.



Villeroy & Boch Rose Sauvage collection 2018



The collections pick up the classic flower décor and turn it into a modern and simple form. Framboise also brings fresh colour into the game by presenting a wide, fresh berry. It’s a real fresh kick for the breakfast and coffee table. 



Exuding timeless style, the Blanche is perfect in white with the flower décor in relief of the well-known Wildrose. This series expands the concept of Rose Sauvage and invites loving combinations.


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Kate Spade New York Fall 2018 collection in store now http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5472 Kate Spade Fall 2018 collectionSeptember 7, 2018: In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Kate Spadae’s Fall collection is inspired by America’s beautiful prairies.



The collection exudes a sophisticated style through utilitarian fabrics, details and motifs and a sparkling twang unique to Nashville, Tennessee.



The Ready to wear colleection is an amalgamation of menswear-inspired shapes with feminine silhouettes in a palette of deep blues, faded pinks and russet browns.



Indigo denim is featured prominently throughout the collection from a boxy jacket with studs, a swingy skirt,  to a trim on a tweed suit.



Prints like the calico florals, patchwork and plaid capture the prairie spirit, especially when cast across dresses and blouses with lace, yokes and ruffles. A horse motif on a sweater and dress is a wildly likeable tie-back to the heart of the season.



Kate Spade Fall 2018 collectionThe Sam bag from 1993 is re-explored, giving birth to the summer’s bangle-handle style in luxurious suede with fringe detail and croc-embossed leather which comes in shearling, as well as black and deep red velvet. Alongwith a smooth leather boho bucket bag, Vanessa, the chain strap shoulder bag Marci is adorable too. The footwear includes studded suede mules and a knee-high leather boot with contrast piping.



This year’s jewelry collection is a stunning and cohesive collection of earrings. Sparkling dusters with rose bud detail live alongside pear-shaped pearl danglers and mismatched pairs. A dazzling duo features horses cascading with rhinestones, and hoops are reimagined in delicate sparkling stars and hearts. The brand has extended itself with phone cases adorned in sly foxes and bandana prints, calico florals and scenes of the open road.


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Zegna Group to acquire majority stake of Thom Browne http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5471 September 5, 2018: The Ermenegildo Zegna Group announced that it has reached an agreement with Sandbridge Capital and with Mr. Thom Browne for the acquisition of 85% of Thom Browne Inc, for an enterprise valuation of approximately half a billion dollars. Mr. Thom Browne will be the sole other shareholder, with the balance of the Company’s shares.



Thom Browne Fall 2018



The Thom Browne business will remain independently run. Mr. Thom Browne will continue in the same capacity as Chief Creative Officer and Rodrigo Bazan will retain his role as Chief Executive Officer.



Ermenegildo Zegna, Chief Executive Officer of the Zegna Group said: “In addition to the immediate benefits with regards to fabrics and manufacturing support we can leverage our global reach to further expand Thom Browne’s retail network. Most importantly, we share the same passion for excellence and impeccable, modern tailoring. Thom’s visionary approach and his unique point of view have enabled him to build and nurture the most loyal clientele. On this strong footing, and thanks to a thriving women’s business and strong appeal with millennials, we believe that we can build long-term value for all of our stakeholders.”



“Finally, I am very proud to oversee a rare major investment by an Italian luxury player in an American company. I have always been a strong admirer of the United States, and look forward to our strengthened presence here.”

 

Thom Browne, Founder and Chief Creative Officer said: “… I am very proud and excited for my new partnership with Zegna … I feel that their passion for only the best quality and craftsmanship is very much aligned with how I have always approached my collections … my conceptual approach to design and the long-term vision of growing a true luxury design-led collection for men and women is something we both feel strongly about as the future strength of Thom Browne ... with Zegna, Thom Browne will have a partner who not only understands the fundamentals of this business, but truly embodies them and brings the knowledge and skills of a global leader.”


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Rolls-Royce heightens the luxury of privacy in Phantom http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5470 Rolls-Royce Phantom with Privacy Options



September 5, 2018: The British luxury automobile brand, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, announced at the 2018 Chengdu Motor Show the introduction of the ‘Privacy Suite’ for the new Extended Wheelbase Phantom. As it has over the past 90 years, Phantom still stands as the most celebrated luxury item in the world. Its customers, the world’s most influential and enigmatic individuals – men and women – demand the ‘luxury of privacy’ wherever they travel. Expressing a deep understanding of this requirement, the marque has created the Privacy Suite, balancing function and luxury without compromising the space and comfort of rear passengers. 



Rolls-Royce Phantom with Privacy Options



Rolls-Royce has demonstrated the link between luxury and technology with the integration of Electrochromatic Glass, allowing front and rear cabins to be visually separated at the touch of a button. The rear occupant is offered the option to see through the glass and on to the road ahead or to instantly transform the glass to opaque, providing a highly sophisticated and absolute level of privacy.



Rolls-Royce Phantom with Privacy Options



The Privacy Suite also delivers the high levels of acoustic insulation, with a fully integrated Intercom System allowing communication on demand. A large aperture controlled solely by the rear passenger allows documents or other objects to be easily passed between the front and rear cabins. 



Rolls-Royce Phantom with Privacy Options



The rear cabin also includes two high definition 12-inch monitors linked to the motor car’s suite of fully connected software as well as an HDMI port that allows passengers to synchronise their secure personal devices. Rear Privacy Curtains have also been added allowing full closure of the side and rear window as well as a Rear Privacy Glass, extending discretion when the curtains are open.


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Bonhams auctions pink diamond & tiara from Churchill family http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5469 Diamond tiara owned by Churchill family for auction by Bonhams



September 4, 2018: An exceedingly rare and exceptionally beautiful fine Fancy Pink diamond weighing 5.03 carats, VS1 clarity, (estimated at £600,000-800,000) will headline Bonhams London Fine Jewellery sale on September 26, 2018. 



Emily Barber, Director of Jewellery at Bonhams UK, said: “This pink diamond, offered at auction for the first time, possesses an exceptional combination of characteristics. It is extremely unusual to find a pure pink diamond, of even saturation, with no secondary component colours, weighing over 5.00 carats. This diamond’s significant size and elegant, unmodified square cut, coupled with its high clarity grade distinguishes it further.”

 

Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet for auction by BonhamsAlongwith the pink diamond, a Belle Époque Diamond 'Meander' Tiara, circa 1900, (estimated at £80,000-120,000) and a second tiara - an Art Deco diamond tiara/necklace/brooch combination by Hennell, circa 1930, (estimated at £40,000-60,000) –  also from the Churchill family, will be under the hammer at the auction. 



Alongwith those, Bonhams will also be offering a Fancy-Coloured Diamond Three-Stone ring, circa 1910 (estimated at £80,000-120,000), a diamond 'Volutes' bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1954, (estimated at £110,000-150,000), and an Art Deco Diamond Rivière by Cartier, circa 1930, (estimated at £200,000-300,000).  A selection of bracelets, necklaces, brooches and rings from some of the biggest names in jewellery including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari and Chopard will also be offered in the sale.


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MB&F and L'Epee launch the new robot-clock Grant http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5468 MB&F and L'Epee Grant Robot-Clock



September 4,2018: Timekeepers MB&F and L’Epée have collaborated once again for Grant, a triple-tracked, Mad-Max-cross-Transformer robot clock on a mission. Grant is a robot with a time display on his shield, with no incessantly flashing digital numerals, no constantly spinning second hand. Grant transforms frantic chaos into relaxing hours and minutes, and that’s all the time you really need.



Grant being derived from a tanker with the same name, can also transform into one of three different modes: lying horizontally; crouching at 45 degrees; and sitting up 90 degrees. Grant’s time shield can always be set to a comfortable and optimal viewing angle. Whatever the angle, Grant’s highly polished clockwork is on full display, and you can follow every click and turn of the gears. The mainspring barrel click near his ‘belly button’ is particularly mesmerizing in operation. The isochronal oscillations of the regulator keeping time in Grant’s glass-domed ‘brain’ are evidence of the clockwork’s high precision. Watching Grant “thinking” in real time is a stress-relieving activity in itself.



MB&F and L'Epee Grant Robot-Clock



Hand finishing a clock movement is significantly more challenging than that of a wristwatch due to the larger surface areas of the clock components, but Grant surpasses all that with the stunining Geneva waves, anglage, polishing, sandblasting, plus circular and vertical satin finishing.



MB&F and L'Epee Grant Robot-Clock



His left arm holds a “you-really-don’t-want-to-mess-with-me” spinning disk, while his right arm clasps a removable grenade launcher. Grant even has a surprise up his sleeve: his grenade launcher is removable and doubles as the winding and time-setting key for his 8-day clockwork, which adds quite the aesthetic to the entire look. Grant is available in three limited editions of 50 pieces each in nickel, black and blue.


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Sans Souci launches Jasmine-Marigold light installation http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5467 Sans Souci Jasmine Marigold Light Chandelier



Sans Souci Jasmine Marigold Light ChandelierSeptember 4, 2018: Sans Souci, the Czech lighting giant, combines creative designs with dexterity to fill your home with the dynamic beauty of glass and crystal. This festive season, they unveil a chandelier that spreads the spirit of Diwali with grandeur and beauty. The chandelier is a collection of strings of white glass units that have yellow flowers at the bottom end, crossing each other in a DNA-like structure creating a grand dramatic effect.



While the star-shaped white units of the chandelier are in fact the jasmine flower, the yellow flowers at the bottom end are marigolds. Flowers have a special place in all Indian celebrations, especially during Diwali. Jasmine symbolises sensuality, grace and elegance, while the exotic marigold signifies new beginnings as it represents sunlight, creativity and passion. The chandelier is a sophisticated and contemporary rendering of the Indian spirit of celebration.


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Hermes unveils new Heure H Double Jeu watch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5466 Hermes Heure H Double Jeu watch



August 29, 2018: In tandem with its theme for the year of ‘Let’s Play’, Hermès has launched the playful and contemporary the Heure H Double Jeu watch, which carries within its square the paradox of lacquer and diamonds. The watch has two variants in black and white with a contrasting steel case and has subtly staged the letter H. 



Hermes Heure H Double Jeu watchWhether vertically adorned with 122 diamonds or embellished in its horizontal version with 93 diamonds on the case and 138 on the dial, it extends an invitation to temporal recreation by playing with tones and luminescence. 



The black and white editions are both elegant, classic and unique. The Heure H Double Jeu is an intelligent recreation of the 1996 version by Phillpe Monquet. With both of the variants being beautiful and amazing, we recommend the Vertical version of the Heure H Double Jeu watch. It’s simple yet classic.


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Titanic victim's pocket watch sold at Heritage Auctions http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5465 Titanic Ship pocket watch auctioned by Heritage AuctionsAugust 29, 2018: A pocket watch recovered from R.M.S. Titanic passenger Sinai Kantor, a Russian immigrant who got his wife to one of the liner’s few lifeboats before perishing in icy waters, sold for $57,500 on a winning bid cast by John Miottel, a collector of timepieces relating to the infamous disaster.



Heritage Auctions offered the pocket watch on August 25, in a public auction of important Americana memorabilia.



The pocket watch was sold by a direct descendant of Miriam and Sinai Kantor. Both from Vitebsk, Russia.



He was just 34 years old, and she just 24, when he paid £26 (roughly $3,666 today) for ticket No. 244367. The two were among 285 Second Class passengers and boarded the ship together in Southampton, England.



Titanic Ship pocket watch auctioned by Heritage AuctionsThe Swiss-made open-face silver-on-brass watch, with its original movement and a diameter of three inches, includes numerals that are Hebrew letters. The back cover has an embossed design that shows Moses holding the Ten Commandments. The watch’s movement is rusted, the result of immersion in salt water, and the hands are nearly all deteriorated and the dial is stained. The watch was sold with a letter of provenance from the descendant, who does not wish to be identified, along with copies of letters issued in the aftermath of the tragedy, sent to Miriam Kantor.



“It will take one of the primary spots in our collection,” Mr. Miottel said, where it will be added to the San Francisco Bay Area museum’s Ocean Liner Section, which is comprised of thousands of historic maritime artifacts and memorabilia. 


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Lamborghini unveils Aventador SVJ at Monterey Car Week http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5463 August 27,2018: The Italian luxury automobile brand, Lamborghini, has launched its Lamborghini Aventador SVJ at a worldwide premiere at Monterey Car Week in California. The new Aventador SVJ, where SV historically stands for Superveloce (Superfast), takes the ‘Jota’ suffix, denoting its track and performance superiority. It has already claimed its position as the Nürburgring-Nordschleife production car record holder, completing the 20.6 km lap in just 6:44.97 minutes.



Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 2019



Alongwith the SVJ, Lamborghini also introduced a special limited edition, named SVJ 63 in a unique color and trim, putting in evidence the rich use of carbon fiber and made in a limited number of just 63 in homage to Lamborghini’s founding year of 1963. 



The SVJ features an increase in power to 770 hp (566 kW) at maximum 8,500 rpm. The SVJ outputs 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm, while a dry weight of just 1,525 kg gives the SVJ a weight-to-power ratio of 1.98 kg/hp. The SVJ accelerates from standing to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.6 seconds.  A top speed of more than 350 km/h is complemented by a braking distance of 100 km/h to 0 in 30 meters. 



Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 2019



“The challenge to Lamborghini designers and engineers was to improve the purest essence of the Lamborghini super sports car, drawing on every inspiration from a space ship to a jet fighter: all the most exceptional examples of super-fast, super-athletic, aerodynamic superiority. The Aventador SVJ takes another step into the future, shaping the potential for super sports car development,” said Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Domenicali.


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BMW launches new BMW Z4 Roadster at Pebble Beach, CA http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5462 August 27, 2018: BMW unveiled the all-new 2019 BMW Z4 M40i First Edition, the latest chapter in the history of BMW Z Roadsters, which began thirty years ago with the production of the BMW Z1. The Z4 has athletic proportions and a new emotional design language. The open-top two-seater personifies the classic roadster concept. 



BMW Z4 Roadster 2019 First Edition



The latest generation of the BMW Roadster celebrated its World Premiere at precisely the same location that served as the stage for the World Premiere of the BMW Concept Z4 last year. 



The central sitting position for the driver, the low center of gravity, perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution - the new BMW Z4 fulfills these expectations in every aspect. Vertically stacked headlights, the BMW kidney grille sporting a mesh design, the long clamshell hood stretching over the front wheels, large air breathes on the front wheel arches and the distinctive spoiler integrated into the rear lid all contribute towards the characteristic look of the new BMW Z4. 



BMW Z4 Roadster 2019 First Edition Orange



It is powered with an updated version of BMW’s iconic 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder engine, producing enough horsepower and torque to propel the BMW Z4 M40i from 0-60mph in under 4.4 seconds (estimated), with a lot other features like the BMW M tuned sports suspension with electronically controlled dampers, M Sport braking system and an electronically controlled M Sport rear differential. 



The interior of the First Edition model features Vernasca black leather trim with decorative stitching and the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System.



Full Z4 model details and specifications will be announced on September 18, 2018. The all-new 2019 BMW Z4 30i will arrive in U.S. BMW Centers in Spring 2019 with the BMW Z4 M40i (including the First Edition) arriving in the Second Quarter.


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Timothy Oulton launches global flagship store in London http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5460 August 23, 2018: Timothy Oulton, the luxury British furniture making brand, is going to open the door to its worldwide flagship store in London from September 1, 2018, bringing a manifesto expression of everything it stands for: heritage, innovation, creativity and hospitality under one roof, in the historic Bluebird Garage on the storied King’s Road in Chelsea. 



Timothy Oulton Shabby Sofa



The brand and the venue share the same values of  pioneering spirit, fearlessness, and dedication to relevance which now have become a central part of its future presence in London and worldwide.



The new 7,200 sq ft gallery will feature the largest retail display of Timothy Oulton collections anywhere in the world, alongside certain limited editions exclusive to Bluebird, such as the daring Westminster Jack’dN Brok’n sofa, the effortlessly sophisticated Shabby modular sofa, the iconic Aviator Tomcat chair, the timeless Saddle chair in Buck’dN Brok’n, the floor-standing Rex mirror, and the Odeon chandelier. 



The store would also display  an aray of antiques from Rare by Oulton, procured and curated by Tim, and includes part of one of the world’s largest collections of customised Louis Vuitton trunks alongwith many other exemplery works of art.



Timothy Oulton Rex Mirror



Mr. Oulton says, “Inviting people into our home has always been at the core of our ethos, so we’re passionate that the gallery at Bluebird shows our home at its absolute best, and is not only a great furniture destination but it’s also a place to host and connect with people.” 



Timothy Oulton has been evolving since 2008, marking 10 years since its first opening in Los Angeles. The brand is also present in some of the world’s great cities including New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Sydney, New Delhi, Moscow, and in London at Heal’s, Harrods, and now Bluebird.


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Jewelry from Katherine Domyan's estate up for auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5459 Katharine Domyan rock and diamond bracelets for auctionAugust 23, 2018: Jewelry from the estate of two-time Olympic Gold medalist, Katherine Domyan, will go under the hammer at Bonhams New York this September. More than 60 pieces of jewelry dating from the 1970s to the early 2000s form part of the collection, which were purchased by Ms. Domyan and her husband throughout their 56-year marriage as they travelled between New York, Beverly Hills, Paris and the South of France. 



Notable pieces from the world's most famous jewelry houses including Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels and David Webb feature in the collection which, in total, is estimated at between $2,100,000 and $3,150,000. 



In total, 36 lots will be offered in the auction including a carved rock crystal chimera bangle estimated at $60,000-$80,000 and an emerald and diamond necklace estimated at $80,000-$120,000.



Katharine Domyan emerald necklace for auction BonhamsA number of impressive pieces by Harry Winston include a 23.13ct emerald cut diamond ring estimated at $250,000-$350,000; an 86.83ct diamond fringe necklace estimated at $350,000-$550,000; a 66.20ct diamond fringe necklace estimated at $250,000-$350,000 and a pair of diamond cluster earrings estimated at $150,000-$250,000.



The sale will take place at Bonhams New York on September 21, 2018 after previews at Bonhams Los Angeles (5-10 September), Bonhams Geneva (11-12 September) and Bonhams New York (16-20 September).


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Jaeger-LeCoultre launches new Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5458 Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon DuofaceAugust 20, 2018: To mark its 185th anniversary, Jaeger-LeCoultre launches the new Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface, a highly anticipated version of the Reverso Tribute. The new vision of the iconic model brings together the flying tourbillon with the Duoface concept. Equipped with the new manually wound calibre, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 847, this unique timepiece will be kept to a mere fifty pieces.



Remarkable in more ways than one, the technical feat achieved here is maintaining the tourbillon’s moving carriage and its sprung balance through the use of an ingenious ball-bearing system, all while still offering the freedom to express oneself fully on the back of the watch.



A single watch that offers two-time zones on two separate dials is at the heart of this revolutionary concept. The design of the Duoface has been completely revamped, resulting in an entirely new layout so that all the various components can fit into a platinum case measuring a mere 9.15 millimetres. The result is two hand-fittings in a single movement brought together with a grand complication.



Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface



A blue sunrayed dial and silvered hand-applied hour-markers adorn the front side, with Dauphine hands that seem to step aside as the haunting spectacle of the flying tourbillon takes centre stage. On the opposite side, the grained dial and Côtes de Genève finishes make the perfect housing for emblematic functions like a second time zone, small seconds, or the day/night indicator discreetly nestled at 2 o’clock.   


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Jo Malone launches the Honeysuckle & Davana fragrance http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5457 Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Davana fragranceAugust 20, 2018: Jo Malone, the British fragrance brand, has launched their new limited edition fragrance - Honeysuckle & Davana. The fragrance is a fresh and sweet scent. The sunny yellow and soft peachy shades of untamed honeysuckle is bottled in Honeysuckle & Davana. Perfect to be worn alone or paired with another.



The fragrance has the wildness of honeysuckle, winding through the English countryside, climbing, twisting, ever more alluring after dark. Fresh with rose and the aromatic, fruity twist of davana. The top notes are that of Davana, while the heart is the Honeysuckle and the base is Moss.



The fragrance will be available from September 2018 in two sizes - 30ml and 100ml. The brand has launched the same fragrance in a candle as well.


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Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla hosts Biryani festival http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5456 August 20, 2018: Crowne Plaza Today at Okhla, New Delhi is hosting an enticing Biryani festival for its patrons at the Edesia multi cuisine restaurant. The bold flavours of Biryani have been complimented with delicious salans and crunchy papads for a true gastronomic indulgence.



Crowne Plaza Delhi Okhla Biryani festival



The festival offers sumptuous vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections such as Awadhi Khurchan Murgh Biryani with chicken Korma, Hydrabadi Gosht Motiya Biryani with Mutton Yakhani, Nawabi Sea Food (Prawn) Biryani, Lucknawi Kathal Ki Biryani, Rajasthani Makkai Biryani Lajwab with Mirch Baigan ka salan, and Hyderabadi Teen Khumbi Biryani with Baigan ka salan. You can enjoy this delicacy along with your favorite pint of beer. 



The ‘Jashn-e-Biryani’ festival is on-going till August 31, 2018 from 12 noon to 11pm.



Coordinates: Plot No. 1, Community Centre Phase - 1, Okhla, New Delhi, India


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Aston Martin reintroduces DBS Superleggera http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5455 August 20,2018: Luxury automobile company Aston Martin, has reintroduced the DBS Superleggera, reviving an iconic nameplate that first appeared in 1967, while Touring’s famous mark – Superleggera – will once again adorn the bonnet of an Aston Martin, which pays homage to the historic super lightweight construction technology of the famous Italian coachbuilder. 



Aston Martin DBS Superleggera



A look that’s perfectly matched by epic performance courtesy of Aston Martin’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, it is tuned to produce tremendous power and immense torque for breath-taking response and extraordinary in-gear performance. Using immaculately sculpted carbon fibre body panels, this latest model is blessed with muscular, highly individual styling.



DBS Superleggera has a commanding and powerful sound character, particularly in the more aggressive dynamic modes. It has the capability of a maximum speed of 211mph. While being resolutely modern in design and engineering, DBS Superleggera expresses itself with an explicit design language. One that combines compelling curves with advanced aerodynamics for a sleek shape that both cheats the wind and clamps the car to the road. Set low and and as far back in the chassis as possible to optimise the centre-of-gravity and weight distribution, this high-performance engine develops 725PS at 6500rpm and 900Nm from 1800-5000rpm. 



Both the powertrain and chassis have a choice of three dynamic modes – GT, Sport and Sport Plus - which can be selected by the driver to intensify or relax DBS Superleggera’s responses according to the needs of the driver.  



Aston Martin DBS Superleggera



DBS Superleggera features a high level of craftsmanship with extensive scope for personalisation via a generous choice of options. Supple, aromatic leather and Alcantara upholstery comes as standard, as do the Sports Plus performance seats and steering wheel. There is also a choice of striking Designer Specifications, with specially chosen colour and trim combinations selected by the Aston Martin Design Team to accentuate certain aspects of DBS Superleggera’s character. 



Priced at INR 5,30,00,000 in India, deliveries of DBS Superleggera are scheduled to begin in Q3 2018.


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One&Only Nyungwe House to open in Rwanda, Africa http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5452 August 15, 2018: One&Only Nyungwe House Resort, located alongside the vast and ancient Nyungwe rainforest in the dramatic mountainous landscapes of Rwanda’s southwest, will start welcoming guests on October 1, 2018.



One&Only Nyungwe House Resort Rwanda



One&Only Nyungwe House is built within the lush green expanse of a working tea plantation, promising once-in-a-lifetime experience in one of the world’s most exceptional natural locations, being surrounded by awe-inspiring jungle views, with inspired farm-to-table dining, and spa and wellness offerings that embrace nature and local traditions. 



The 23 guest rooms and suites at One&Only Nyungwe House are all designed to fit harmoniously within the natural surroundings, utilising local African craftsmanship inspired by Rwanda and offering a contemporary look and feel.

 

Experiences include the opportunity for guests to participate in Umuganda - a nationwide initiative in Rwanda in which locals spend the last Saturday morning of every month working in the local community, giving back in some way, from developing infrastructure to environmental protection. 



One&Only Nyungwe House Resort Rwanda



Guests can also enjoy trekking with chimpanzee and rare monkey populations through the ancient forest, along with a wide range of remote outdoor pursuits from bird-watching, to a canopy treetop walk at the very top of the rainforest.



“We have created an ultra-luxury oasis which celebrates every possible moment of this remote jungle environment from sunrise breakfasts, or treehouse yoga, enjoying soothing indigenous spa therapies in the warm tropical air, through to evening cocktails by a crackling fire pit,” says Philippe Zuber, President and Chief Operating Officer, One&Only Resorts. 


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Stephen Silver presents fall-inspired jewelry collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5449 Stephen Silver Green Amber earringsAugust 11,2018: Gemologist Stephen Silver and his team have handcrafted jewelry designs with rare and precious gemstones sourced from Mr. Silver’s world-wide network. This fall, Mr. Silver has curated an exquisite collection of colored gems in autumnal hues as striking as the changing leaves, but more enduring. 



From golden citrine and champagne diamond to crisp harvest peridot, green amber, and rich, russet pyrope-spessartine garnet, the colors of the harvest season come alive in Stephen Silver’s hand-crafted fine jewelry. 



The fall collection is a plethora of beautiful pieces including citrine and diamond teardrop earrings, green amber drops statement earrings, and a one-of-a-kind cushion cut pyrope-spessartine garnet ring. The collection used the most unique, rare and precious stones of high quality. The magnificent pieces showcase the desginer’s expertise in diamond and color gemstone-cutting and jewelry design.


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Designer duo Ashima-Leena launch Khwabeeda collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5448 August 11, 2018: Indian designer duo Ashima Leena have launched the Khwabeeda Haute Couture collection, which is an ode to the classic woman who is artistic, sophisticated yet substantial. She radiates majestic epiphany, constructing that classic ‘nazakat’ (elegance). 



The collection is a magnificent manifestation of grace, legacy and timeless beauty with rich hues, intricate craftsmanship and brocades in shimmering gold and silver. The journey of the sumptuous odhnis (drapes) is seen through unfettered jeweled colors with embroidery realized by the hands of skilled karigars (craftsmen). 



The color palette embraces ivory and pastel pink in one collection and hues of exquisite gold dominating the entire collection. Pastels merge with bold color such as maroon to represent royalty in the contemporary era.



Being inspired by the Mughal legacy, without depending on the archives, is clearly evident from the collection. Without forsaking vivacity, Ashima-Leena’s couture collection 2018 is translated through a classic aesthetic and tailored to a woman who is charismatic and influential.


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Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla offers 'Flavours from Spain' festival http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5447 August 8,2018: Copper Bar Lounge at Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla has come up with a fascinating fusion of two of Spain’s most sought after delicacies - Tapas and Sangria - this August. 



Tapas and Sangria at Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla



The delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian platter consist of Herb Crusted Lavash, Beetroot Roulade with onion Confit, Tomato Bocconcini Bruschetta, Crisp Vegetable Sliders, Chilli chicken toast, BBQ Fish Sliders, Butter prawn Bruschetta, and more. You can choose from classic Red and White Sangrias - Sangria Bianca and Sangria Pinto - to pair with these flavourful culinary treats.



The Lounge has also introduced new flavors of fruity Sangria such as White Lightning, a classic combination of white wine and vodka infused with spices and fresh fruits; The Vacation Sangria, a conventional blend of Red wine and Cointreau with fresh cranberry juice; Peach Mango Sangria, a mix of wine, vodka along with fresh peach and mango and; Silver Sangria, a traditional blend of Gin And White Wine with Fresh Green Apples and Black Berries. 



These treats are available only till August 31, 2018 from noon to midnight. The unique and modern take on these delicacies will not only make your mouth water but also take you on delicious ride.



Coordinates: Plot No.1, Community Centre, Okhla Phase - l, New Delhi, India


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Jewelry brand Zoya presents 'Pezzo D'Arte' collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5446 Zoya Pezzo D'Arte diamond bracelet jewelry



Zoya Pezzo D'Arte diamond pendant jewelry August 8, 2018: Zoya, the luxury diamond brand from Indian conglomerate Tata, has launched their Pezzo D'Arte (Piece of Art) collection. Pieces in the collection are inspired from rich Italian heritage and style. Each piece has a facet of history and a story to tell.



The pieces are inspired by contemporary interpretations of classical Italian structures such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Forum, the iconic double helix staircase at the Vatican, Florence’s baptistery, Sienna’s cathedral and the Pantheon. The architecturally inspired jewelry is modern, showcasing design which is absolutely original.



The pieces are a product of immaculate craftsmanship and hard work. They are unique, rare and display a sense of style and legacy with them. The rings and bracelets are a beautiful blend of precious stones and metals.


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Forest Essentials launches Ayurvedic, organic cotton sheet masks http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5443 Forest Essentials Ayurvedic sheet masksAugust 3, 2018: Indian Ayurvedic skincare brand, Forest Essentials, has introduced the country’s first Ayurvedic sheet masks made from biodegradable organic cotton cellulose, in three variants, each addressing a specific skin concern. 



The organic cotton cellulose is better able to adhere to skin, helping the mask to perform better after just one application, and are based on ‘Kashyams’, or herbal decoctions, mentioned in Ayurveda. “The thought behind creating the first ever Ayurvedic Sheet Masks in India was to revive this ancient Indian ritual of masking for skin that is so perfectly fit for today’s fast paced lifestyle,” says Mira Kulkarni, Chief Managing Director, Forest Essentials India. 



Ojas, created using the process of ‘fermentation’, is Anti-Ageing mask and contains the Vayasthapana Age Arresting Complex. With ingredients such as gotukola, amla, guduchi, haritaki, sage, dawana, green tea and acai fruit extract, it helps smoothen fine lines leaving the skin feeling lifted, firm, plumped and deeply nourished. 



Tejasvi made using the ‘cold infusion’ process, is the Lightening & Brightening mask and contains the Varnya Brightening Solution Complex. Turmeric, anantmool, mulethi, saffron, nagkesar, olive, and arnica in this sheet mask brighten uneven skintone and help remove pigmentation. 



Sundari, made using the ‘steam distillation’ process, is the Hydrating mask and contains the Tvachya Super Vital Complex. With ingredients such as ghrit kumari, olive, shahtoot with algae extract, this sheet mask deeply hydrates and visibly revitalizes dehydrated skin. 



These unisex sheet masks are clinically proven to immediately increase hydration levels of the skin by 40% after just one use. The masks are priced at INR 395 each or INR 999 for the trio.


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Luggage brand TUMI Travels to Scandinavia for Fall 2018 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5442 TUMI Fall 2018 collectionAugust 03, 2018: TUMI, an American luggage brand, has launched its latest travel collection, inspired by the simplicity, functionality and minimalism of Scandinavian design. The TUMI Fall 2018 Travel collection takes inspiration from the region and explores the relationship between the technical and the handcrafted. The collection is a study in color, texture and tone. It gives a new take on camouflage, classic florals modernized with shifting contrasts and reflective pops, and subtle texture play.



Latitude is re-introduced in this year’s fall collection in an elegant Blush color beautifully accented with Rose Gold trim, adding a strong feminine touch to the assortment. Made from Self-Reinforced Poly-Propylene (SRPP Ballistic), an ultra-durable material that is both lightweight and strong, Latitude is executed in a timeless, modern design. 



The TUMI Merge collection brings in a cohesive collaboration of form and function. The inspiration for Merge came from TUMI’s design team as they looked to unite the concepts of work-life balance and work-life integration. For Fall 2018, this polished and dynamic collection introduces a new Wheeled Duffel style, available in both a Carry-On and Packing Case.



TUMI Fall 2018 collectionAdditionally, Fall 2018 introduces exciting new colors and prints in Merge: Charcoal Restoration, a deep combination of graphical elements with dark neutral undertones. The new colors will be offered over the range of Merge styles, including the Wheeled Duffel Carry-On, Wheeled Duffel Packing Case, Wheeled Backpack, International Expandable Carry-On, Continental Expandable Carry-On, Short Trip Expandable Packing Case, Wheeled Duffel, and Extended Trip Expandable Packing Case. 



This fall, 19 Degree Aluminum is introduced in unique and exciting new seasonal colors such as Ember and limited-edition Fall Foliage. Offered in International Carry-On, Short Trip Packing Case and Extended Trip Packing Case (Ember only) sizes, this aluminum assortment features a reinforced framecase design—with two snap closures for carry-on bags and three snap closures for check-in bags—and die-cast corner caps for additional protection. The interior is expertly appointed with fine aesthetics and organizational features including a lightweight lining with an embossed diamond pattern.


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Designer Manish Malhotra presents couture collection Zween http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5441 August 03, 2018: During a private showcase, Indian designer Manish Malhotra presented his latest haute couture collection named Zween at JW Marriott hotel in Juhu, Mumbai. Mr Malhotra dedictated this collection as an ode to Middle-Eastern mysticism. 



Manish Malhotra Haute Couture 2018-19 Zween



The entire collection floored the audience with 3-D embellishments, vibrant tassels and feathers, swirls of sequins and Swarovski crystals, along with intricate floral threadwork embroidery completely in sync with Mr. Malhotra’s signature style of ensembles in silk, organza, velvet and net fabrics. The color palette saw exquisite shades of rusty orange, sandy gold, olive green, ivory, lavender and tropical blue. 



Manish Malhotra Haute Couture 2018-19 Zween



The lehengas were a beautiful combination of ruffled blouses or contemporary corset bustier. The men wore structured silhouettes with the Western jackets exhibiting an oriental style, made in dreamy shades of ivory, black and teal.



Manish Malhotra Haute Couture 2018-19 Zween



This year marks the 13th year of Mr. Malhotra’s’s label and he claims that Zween highlights the beauty and splendor of the Middle East. The show stoppers of this collection were Indian actors Salman Khan (in a printed black sherwani) and a very stunning Katrina Kaif (in an olive green embroidered lehenga). As is always true with Mr. Malhotra’s shows, this show was also attended by many Bollywood celebrities like Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Shabana Azmi, Janhvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan to name a few. 


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Fossil Group announces agreement with BMW for watches http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5440 BMW Watches & Fossil GroupAugust 3, 2018: Fossil Group has announced a global licensing agreement with Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft (BMW) for the design, development and distribution of BMW branded watches and smartwatches through 2023. 



Fossil has previously collaborated with brands like Marc Jacobs, Puma and Emporio Armani. In this collaboration, Fossil Group will design and distribute BMW branded watches and accessories with the first collections available in 2019. The collections will be sold globally in more than 4,000 BMW retail channels and through key retailers in Fossil’s global network.



It will be interesting to see how Fossil Group will bring the same precision and style to BMW watches as the cars exhibit.


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Fendi launches new member to the Peekaboo range - Peekaboo X-Lite http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5438 Fendi Peekaboo X-LiteJuly 31, 2018: Fendi, the Italian luxury brand, launched the newest member to the Peekaboo family, the Peekaboo X-Lite, on the mark of its 10th anniversary celebration. The X-Lite was presented first at the Women’s Fall/Winter 2018-2019 catwalk. While maintaining its emblematic look and allure, the Peekaboo’s design is deconstructed in a modern and functional hobo-shaped silhouette which is lightened from the original central bar and middle frame that have always been part of the bag. The result is a strong yet extremely soft to touch structure.  



The colour palette of the Peekaboo X-Lite reflects the minimal and urban feel of the bag, with neutral hues – such as black, moss green, brown and beige – colour-contrasted by the only internal pocket in pastel, neutral tones or iconic FF logo jacquard. In some variations, the FF logo also embellishes the internal lining in soft shearling. 



The frontal closure, characterized by the iconic Peekaboo twist lock, is in a chic ‘bite’ version, while the details on the side feature an aerodynamic diamond-cut design. Peekaboo X-Lite will be available in Fendi boutiques worldwide and on fendi.com from August 20, 2018.


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Ethos inaugurates Rolex boutique at The Chanakya, New Delhi http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5437 July 26, 2018: Luxury Swiss brand Rolex was inaugurated at Ethos Summit at the luxury mall The Chanakya in New Delhi. The new Rolex boutique presents some of the most exquisite timepieces ever made. 



Rolex Boutique The Chanakya New Delhi



At the heart of the showroom, the Oyster Perpetual models form the core of a wide display of legendary timepieces that embody the essence of Rolex. The atmosphere in the boutique mirrors the undersea world, one in which Rolex has deep history as the inventor of the first-ever waterproof wristwatch, the iconic Oyster. 



Mr. Yasho Saboo, Managing Director, Ethos said, “Rolex represents the finest in watchmaking and we are immensely proud to bring this finesse alive through this place. We look forward to many more such milestones in this flourishing partnership between Rolex and Ethos.”



Rolex Boutique The Chanakya New Delhi



Designed to deliver the best Rolex experience, visitors can explore a large selection of Rolex watches at the boutique, where knowledgeable staff will ensure that the shopping experience matches international standards.


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Cipriani Homood's Outdoor Collection launched in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5436 Cipriani Homood Outdoor Furniture Collection



July 26, 2018: Home décor store Ottimo has introduced Italian luxury brand, Cipriani Homood, for the first time in Indian capital, New Delhi, with the brand’s latest collection of Outdoor Furniture. True to its legacy of creating sophisticated designs with understated opulence, the outdoor collection is a stunning addition to your home.



The entire collection is realized with a woven structure and velvet fabric upholstery. The Daybed Amalfi is a dreamy creation, while The Miami Pranzo dining table has a linear structure, combined with woven chairs and a chandelier that has a metal structure. The Miami Terezza outdoor seating comprises a supremely comfortable sofa and chairs with elegant curves. The upholstery is offered a contrasting colour scheme. The sunbed, again, is a woven structure with velvet fabric and comes with a sun visor.



Cipriani Homood Outdoor Furniture Collection



Each of the pieces represent sleek, modern design, showcasing the best of Italian craftsmanship. 


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De Beers Group with Peace Parks Foundation translocates elephants http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5434 July 24, 2018: Diamond mining company, De Beers Group, has begun to transport 200 elephants across 1,500km from its Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (VLNR) in South Africa to Mozambique. The operation, one of the largest elephant translocations ever recorded in South Africa, is part of a conservation initiative to protect wildlife in South Africa and help restore Mozambique’s elephant population.



Elephants on the move at Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve



For the first phase of the project, approximately 60 elephants will be transported in July and August from VLNR to Zinave National Park in central Mozambique. The remaining elephants will be moved to conservation areas that hold sufficient elephant carrying capacity within Mozambique from next year. 



The main reason of relocation is that VLNR has the capacity of 60 elephants without adversely damaging the eco-system and there are currently 270 elephants in the reserve.



Peace Parks Foundation, a leading not-for-profit organization will assist De Beers Group with the translocation, and co-manage Zinave National Park, ensuring the elephants’ social groups aren’t disturbed, and that they flourish in their new habitat through ongoing monitoring of their wellbeing and enhanced protection efforts. As part of its investment in the elephant translocation initiative, De Beers Group is also providing Peace Parks Foundation with US$500,000 over five years towards anti-poaching support, which will include the hiring and training of new park rangers, and the opening of new access roads to increase patrol coverage. 



Elephant herd at Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve



Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group, said: “There is no greater symbol of Africa than the majestic elephant. For us to be able to help secure their future in Mozambique, while also ensuring other species at our Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve can flourish, is something every employee of De Beers Group is proud of."


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Alexander McQueen introduces the Oversized Runner for women http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5431 Alexander McQueen Oversized Runner Shoe for Women



July 20, 2018: British Fashion brand, Alexander McQueen, has introduced their Oversized Runner shoes for women in stores. These are an extension of the previous oversized sneakers from the same brand.  



Alexander McQueen Oversized Runner Shoe for WomenThe oversized runner follow a similar pattern like the sneaker with clean lines, exaggerated proportions and bold contrasting colours. The shoe retains the oversized silhouette and sculpted sole. The styles for this season are crafted in smooth leather in white and tonal pink or all over lust red. The rubber sole is stamped with a signature leopard print design and the brand’s logo.



Continuing on the trend of oversized shoes, the runner is the perfect addition to the brand’s collection.  


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Zega at Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel offers dim sums and draughts http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5430 Dim sums at Zega Sheraton Hyderabad HotelJuly 19, 2018: For avid lovers of the delicately wrapped delicacy, the Dim Sum is back at the Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel’s Zega. The Marriott International hotel offers a variety of delicious, bite sized dim sums to satiate your taste buds. To go along with the delicious dim sums is some chilled beer. 



The menu will offer a diverse selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian varieties such as Prawn and Water chest nut Crystal Wrap, Barbequed Chicken and Scallions Baked Bao, Steamed Napa Cabbage Wraps and more, promising to take guests on a delicious savoury journey.



The indulgence is limited though, from July 20 to July 27, 2018 at the Zega, Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel from 7 p.m. to 11p.m.



Coordinates: 115/1, Nanakramguda Rd, Financial District, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Telangana, India


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Michael Kors launches the Rory capsule collection for Leos http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5429 Michael Kors Rory collection for Leo 2018July 19, 2018: American luxury fashion brand, Michael Kors, has announced its upcoming capsule collection, bearing an original piece of hardware named ‘Rory’, celebrating its namesake designer’s astrological sign, Leo. 



Pieces in this capsule collection are adorned with a lion head motif wearing aviator sunglasses. The collection is luxurious, edgy and represents not only the astrological sign, but also Mr Kors' style.



The collection bewitches you with the classic combination of black and gold detailing. Ruled by the sun, Leos are known from their character, royalty and playfulness. Rory offers this exact distinctive character to Michael Kors’ accessories, illustrating the persona of a Leo. 



The collection will consist of two handbags, two footwear and two watches, and will be available across stores from August 2018.


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Etihad Airways employs WhatsApp to communicate with customers http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5428 July 19, 2018: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has launched a WhatsApp Business solution, allowing guests to communicate instantly with the airline via the popular messaging app.



Etihad Airways Whatsapp service



The new service is an enhanced offering to premium guests when they are at Abu Dhabi International Airport, allowing them to chat with the airline’s agents about their flights in a fast, personal and efficient way. In addition to communicating with customer service agents, the WhatsApp service will be expanded in the future to enable guests to receive important messages like flight reminders by opting into WhatsApp communications on the Etihad Airways booking confirmation option.



During the initial trial phase, the Etihad Airways WhatsApp number will be exhibited at Premium check-in at Abu Dhabi Airport.


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Asian Society Museum presents exhibition on Modernism in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5427 MF Husain Peasant Couple Asian Society MuseumJuly 19, 2018: Marking the wave of change after Indian independence, the Asian Society Museum in New York is presenting a landmark exhibition of more than 80 works by members of the Progressive Artists’ Group, which was formed in Bombay in 1947. The group was formed to give impetus to modern art in India, examine the ideology of Progressives and survey the artists from different backgrounds while finding a common cause at that time. 



The works in the exhibition are primarily oil paintings from the 1940s-1990s, to call attention to the tremendous work of the artists that represent the visual form of India as a secular, diverse, united and international country, with each artist having their own distinctive style.



The exhibition holds conspicuous works of art by the six core members of the group, K. H. Ara, S. K. Bakre, H. A. Gade, M. F. Husain, S. H. Raza, and F. N. Souza, as well as later members V. S. Gaitonde, Krishen Khanna, Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta, Akbar Padamsee, and Mohan Samant. Along with these masterpieces, works from the Asian Society Museum Collection - Rajput miniatures, a sandstone figure, two Chola bronzes, and a Japanese landscape hanging scroll - are included to manifest how the Progressives were inspired by art to create a visual language of new India. 



An illustrated catalogue featuring the essays by leading scholars of Indian art and modern history will also be available during the exhibition.


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Gucci launches the vintage-style Gucci-Dapper Dan collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5426 Gucci Dapper Dan collection 2018



July 17, 2018: Italian Luxury brand Gucci has launched its Gucci-Dapper Dan collection, an homage to the celebrated designer. Gucci has re-created designs that display Mr Dan’s style, his curiosity and cultural adventurousness, which is now amalgamated with Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s vintage vision.



Gucci Dapper Dan collection 2018The Gucci-Dapper Dan collection takes its cues from garments Mr Dan was known for - the jackets and luxurious track suits – and has ‘Guccified’ them in Gucci’s exquisite materials, and by replacing Dapper Dan’s decorations with Gucci designs. 



The denims have washes prominent in the 1980s and 90s while canvas jackets use the GG jacquard with a gold light nappa leather. When Mr Michele asked Mr Dan to express some words which he felt should represent the collection, he responded with the quote in Latin, “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” translating to “Out of many, one”. 



Along with clothes, a plethora of accessories such as coloured backpacks and belt bags, baseball caps, bucket hats, and large eyewear with Swarovski crystals and a Dapper Dan logo on the arms highlight the collection. Gold medallion with woven gold chains feature lion heads and the face of a bearded Greek God.   



Gucci Dapper Dan collection 2018



To drive this new collaboration, photographer Ari Markopoulos did a special photoshoot. Inspired from Mr Dan’s history on new York’s Harlem Street, where the brand has a store, the pictures are also shot in the streets of Harlem to maintain the aesthetic of the original photographs. The Gucci-Dapper Dan collection is available online and across stores with a special packaging of a yellow Gucci logo and web stripe background.


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InterContinental Hotel Group enters Sri Lanka with new hotel http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5425 July 17, 2018: Pearl Grand Tower Hotel (Pvt) Ltd has signed a management agreement with the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), bringing the brand back to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. This amalgamation will give birth to one of the tallest luxury hotels in Colombo, with 42 floors, and within short distance from all important locations like the city centre, domestic and international airports.



InterContinental Hotel Group to open hotel in Colombo



The luxurious hotel is said to be completed by 2019, spread across 480,000 sq. ft. and will feature 307 rooms and 47 suites. InterContinental Colombo will also have eloquent meeting and banqueting facilities to accommodate 400 guests within an impressive area of 12,000 sq. ft. area. Additionally the hotel will also have a gymnasium, spa for guests, and an outdoor pool. All the rooms are well adorned with modern amenities to ensure a rather magnificent overview of the Indian Ocean. The hotel, further, will spoil guests with six dining options and three speciality restaurants.



On the occasion, Sudeep Jain. Vice President Development, South West Asia, IHG  said “With a great location coupled with the best in class amenities and highest level of service that the brand is associated with, we are confident of offering the finest luxury experiences to our guests, when we open our door in 2019."


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A. Lange & Soehne introduces 1815 Tourbillon with enamel dial http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5423 A. Lange and Soehne 1815 Tourbillon white enamel dialJuly 13, 2018: A. Lange & Söhne, the German luxury watch making brand, has launched their 1815 Tourbillon watch with a white enamel dial. The company has produced only 100 pieces of this near to perfect watch.



The 1815 Tourbillon watch was announced in 2014, and they deliver a piece to remember. The large aperture at 6 o’clock reveals the one-minute tourbillon and is an impression of its complexity. The Tourbillon works on the Zero-Reset mechanism integrated with the patented stop-second mechanism by Lange. The piece is adorned with the classic sapphire-crystal caseback showcasing the calibre L102.1 which has an energy reserve of 70 plus hours.



The 1815 Tourbillon is not only technically advanced but is also a luxurious watch with blued steel hands contrasting against the bright white enamel dial. The intricate micromechanics show stalwart performance.


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Bobbi Brown offers a Mediterranean glow with new collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5422 July 13, 2018: Bobbi Brown, a cult classic cosmetic brand from the United States, has launched their all new Limited edition Dreaming in the Capri Collection. The collection is inspired from the Mediterranean region and promises to send you into the pleasant, sea-side Italy with the products it has to offer. 



Bobbi Brown Dreaming in Capri collection



The collection consists of quite a range of products, including the gorgeous and amazingly pigmented Capri Eye-shadow palette, which has nine beautiful shades, spread from natural cream to a rich navy. To add to the canvas is the Dual-ended Long-wear Liner which they claim to be water, sweat and humidity-resistant and available in four different variants. The All Over Glow is not only luminous but also hydrating and lightweight. To complete the luminous skin and navy eye-liner with a red lip, is the bold and dashing orange-red nail polish Pomodoro. 



Bobbi Brown sure knows how to slay the makeup game with each collection they put up. The effective formulations and luxurious packaging will compel you to have them for yourself.


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Gucci Decor adds new pieces to its vast collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5420 Folding screen by Gucci DecorJuly 11, 2018: Gucci, the Italian luxury brand, has now launched an extension to its Décor collection. The newly added pieces are a pure work of art and beautiful intricacy. Their new pieces use materials or motifs from the brand’s ready-to-wear or other runway collections. Gucci Décor offers siblings to its existing products and also other new ranges.



The collection offers a wide range of variety, retaining House signature motifs like the tiger, beetles and patterns like the Gucci Flora design and the Herbarium print.



The entire range is crafted to perfection with almost 60 hours in the making of one capitonné porter’s chair. Other new additions are magnificent vases with detailed snake handles, porcelain scented candle holders, crockery, various wallpapers and more.



Capitonne porter's chair by Gucci DecorGiving into the demand for unique artifacts, Gucci Décor also offers a number of ornamental folding screens, created to partition living spaces, covered in patterned fabric or lurex jacquard.



Gucci believes there are no rules when it is about fashion or home décor. The House imbibes itself and gives you a glimpse of how well-blended the clothes look with Gucci Home Décor.



The extension of the décor collection is intricate, delicate and beautiful.


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Watchmaker MB&F releases a program for pre-owned watches http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5419 July 10, 2018: Forget the headache of authenticating MB&F second-hand items from buyers. Now, MB&F has their own section of authenticated, limited-edition timepieces that have become impossible to find. 



MB&F pre-owned watches program



The timepieces sold by MB&F will be completely serviced and refurbished, have a 2 year unconditional warranty, reassurance of perfect working condition, and free shipping to anywhere in the world. 



With the first few pieces selling out quickly after going live online, you might want to bookmark the page in order to land one of these impeccably-made machines.


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Sotheby's hosts first ever auction composed only of Gold http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5418 Kate Moss Head made with gold



July 10, 2018: Titled ‘The Midas Touch’, Sotheby’s is organizing the first ever auction dedicated entirely to gold, the precious metal known for its’ non-corrodible and highly versatile features, whicht have mesmerised designers, artists, and those in power for over six millenia. 



This auction will tell the story of gold throughout time with an unrivalled history. Not only seen as power and status, gold has also been forged to represent the divine and sacred. The unique sale will be staged on October 17 and will coincide with an online sale, open for bidding from October 9-19, 2018.  All lots will also be exhibited ahead of time in Sotheby’s London galleries.


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The House of Things collaborates with Good Earth in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5417 Pichwai by The House of ThingsJuly 9, 2018: “It’s less what the eye sees and more what the soul feels.” 



This encapsulates the artistic works from the collaboration between The House of Things and India’s leading design house, Good Earth. Using its traditions to portray nature, history and design, the curated Pichwais from The House of Things are luxurious, intense and exclusively sold from July 1 - August 1, 2018 on Good Earth’s online shop



The traditional and contemporary Pichwais (textile hangings) are works in adoration of Lord Krishna, elaborating his life scenes intricately and with devotion. These works not only bring an elegant look to the home, but also harmony and peace.


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Falguni Shane Peacock launches collection Amour de Junagarh http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5416 Amour de Junagarh by Falguni Shane PeacockJuly 9, 2018: Indian designer duo, Falguni and Shane Peacock, have launched a new collection, which features a medley between the wants of a Parisian queen and the grand palace of Junargh.



Taking inspiration from Junagarh in Rajasthan, which is filled with peacocks, colors and carnival assemblies, the collection offers sheer luxury of attire fit for a queen on any street or city. Varnishes with refined stones and pearls, they are resplendent with 13th century wonders of romance. 



The chrome applique technique on the collection was derived from the traditional mela from the walls of the Juna Mahal.



Muted tones of prancing pastel colours, soft shades of yellow, mauve, taupe, ice blue, seafoam, fawn, light salmon, blush, ash grey, carnation pink are complemented with coral and stark hues like brick red, fuchsia, chestnut, Tuscan gold and cerulean blue. The looks are unique and innovational. 



Marked in tradition, these looks embrace modern Indian brides with confidence and certainty.


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Fendi presents Fendi Gelato, its latest bag charms http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5415 July 9, 2018: Luxury brand Fendi is presenting its latest creation in its already fun world of bag charms: Fendi Gelato. Presented in the Pre Fall 2018 collection, the charms are inspired by the Italian word for ice-cream.



Fendi Gelato Bag Charms



The Fendi Gelato charms are characterized by a color-block design, enhanced by wavy stripes that outline a playful game of precious materials, shaved mink and lapin fur, and fresh color combinations: turquoise with pink, yellow with blue or red with white.



A contrasting leather lace with a Fendi logo tag enables the bag charm to hang on bags or suitcases. The charms are available in Fendi boutiques worldwide and on fendi.com from July 2018.


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Watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre partners with Casa Fagliano http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5412 Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Duetto Medium



June 30, 2018: Jaeger-LeCoultre, the luxury Swiss watch and clock manufacturer, has partnered with Casa Fagliano, renowned Argentinian bootmakers. In celebration of this collaboration, Jaeger-LeCoultre invited Clare Milford Haven, Polo player and friend of the brand, to enhance her iconic Reverso Classic Duetto Medium with a Casa Fagliano strap. 



Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic Medium Small SecondsThe elegant subtlety of the classic timepieces is embellished with unique cordovan leather straps, demonstrating the unrivalled craft tradition of Casa Fagliano. The Reverso Class Small Seconds watch features a highly readable dial with glass suitable enough for sports like Polo. The steel case back can be personalized with engravings, making these watches special gifts. 



The Reverso Classic Duoface has room for two different time zones and indicators for daytime or nighttime. Its pure design is radiantly matched by the Fagliano Collection chocolate brown leather straps. The Reverso Tribute Small Seconds is rejoining the collection with its’ “railroad” timer on the dial revealing a subtle blue shade from the translucent lacquer. All the watches are natural, comfortable and well-crafted. These watches will face time and never go out of style.


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Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson's 'Victory Watch' to be auctioned http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5411 Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson's Victory Watch



June 30, 2018: The Victory Watch, worn by British hero Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson in history’s greatest naval battle, is to be auctioned this July 4 by Sotheby’s International Watch Division. Being the timepiece carried by the Admiral during the Battle of Trafalgar, the price will start between £250,000 – 450,000.



Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson's Victory WatchThe admiral had commanded his fleet to synchronise their watches to the time of his Emery pocket watch No. 1104, which he possibly acquired in 1798. He was stripped of this possession after being shot in the battle and later dying on the ship. 



The history held in this timepiece is one of immeasurable importance. Currently held in a carriage clock, it has passed through Mr. Nelson’s family until reaching the hands of the British government. Sure to be the most prestigious auction of decorative arts this year, guests will find many interesting and important relics at this event.


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Breitling opens first flagship boutique in Beijing http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5410 June 28, 2018: After half a year of construction, the first Breitling flagship boutique opens in Beijing. Known for its mechanically precise Swiss watches, the opening in Beijing proves the gaining popularity of the brand in Asia. The store is also the brand’s first in the continent.



Breitling store Beijing, China



Among the 100 guests in attendance was Actress Han Xue who said, “A wristwatch is a man’s best friend and should reflect a professional attitude, a dedication to precision, and a rich heritage, all of which I find with Breitling.”



The boutique displays more than 200 exquisite timepieces for shoppers including the new Navitmer 8 novelties and exclusive limited editions. In the heart of WF Central, the boutique has a modern, artful representation from inside and out, revamping their long withstanding heritage of admired watches and stylish designs.



Breitling store Beijing, China



There is even a full-sized replica of a jet seen against the backdrop of the Serpentine Pavilion Bejing in accord with their partnership with the Breitling Jet Team.



Breitling’s Design Director, Guy Bove, is hoping to appeal to longtime fans and welcome new ones. It seems they are off to a great start.



Breitling store Beijing, China


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Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in Switzerland opens new Family Spa http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5409 June 28, 2018: The popular Grand Resort Bad Ragaz has now opened a New Family Spa, giving a place for families to relax and have fun with their space. The luxury resort, known as a Wellness Destination by Swiss Tourism, expanded to create a two-floor playground and swimming area for infants and children. 



Grand Resort Bad Ragaz Switzerland childrens pool



These pools range from 0.2 to 1.3 metres and sit at a soothing 33 degrees, where kids can enjoy activities such as Mermaid swimming, Aqua Latin dance, Saturday evening kids’ parties, and professional swimming lessons. Children can also get special massages such as the Funny Choco or Sweet Honey or manicures/pedicures with trendy nail polish and sparkling jewels. 



Children over 16 can relax in the Helenabath, a 36.5 degree thermal water pool. Other activities range from baking and reading to table games and more. There are a plethora of activities for your children to play and relax while you get some R&R. 



Grand Resort Bad Ragaz Switzerland toddlers pool



The new Family Room costs CHF 850 including breakfast and many wellbeing and experience costs. To book call: +41 (0)81 303 30 30 or email reservation@resortragaz.ch.


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Paul Smith reveals its Spring Summer 2019 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5408 June 27, 2018: Luxury brand Paul Smith presented its SS19 line on the runway at Paris Fashion Week. The line centres on tailoring for men and women. Mr Smith takes gone-by trends such as, “big shoulders, big lapels and even bigger checks, wacky colours, and weird buttons” and reinvents them in a more comfortable, light-weight, everyday style. 



Paul Smith Spring Summer 2019 collection



Across the men’s outerwear looks in the line, Mr Smith uses his photo skills by placing photos taken by himself and his father, to create unique, meaningful prints. Fluid dresses and coats for women take on a more silky, painterly style. 



Paul Smith Spring Summer 2019 collection



Each style is specific and tuned into the interests of Mr. Smith. The creativity stems from his obsessions with cycling, London music movements of the 70s and 80s, and the fine details of British design. Combining these styles with ease and functionality, the line becomes versatile for any occasion.  



Paul Smith Spring Summer 2019 collection



Shoes involve a twist in shape and proportion on the casual British loafers, Chelsea boot and a new lace-up ankle boot for women introduced in snakeskin.



Paul Smith Spring Summer 2019 collection


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Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge launches new look this summer http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5407 June 27, 2018: Belmond Salute Elephant Lodge, one of three safari experiences in the heart of Chobe National Park, Botswana, has unveiled its new-look this season. In the midst of the wilderness, the lodge includes 12 tented rooms, spa, lounge, bar, open pool deck, fire-pit, and a wildlife viewing hide overlooking the watering hole.



Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge



The unique viewing hide gives guests a view of wildlife at eye-level featuring lions, elephants, cheetahs, hyenas and antelope. Acclaimed wildlife photographer Stephen Tuengler will be capturing photos of the wildlife in celebration of the re-opening. 



Tucked beside the mysterious Savute Channel, the Belmond oasis uses local materials, a 95% solar grid system, and sustainable design popping with dramatic, rich textures and colours contrasting with the natural Savannah tones. Explorers can relax and document their daily safari adventures in bedrooms featuring writing desks and four-poster beds.



Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge



Prices start from $970 per person per night, based on two sharing on a fully inclusive basis. Rate includes two daily game drives, all meals, drinks, laundry, insurance and park fees and VAT. For bookings visit belmond.com or call 0845-077-2222.


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W Hotels host Wake Up Call festival in three cities http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5406 W Hotels Wake Up Call festival 2018June 27, 2018: W Hotels will be hosting the first ever hotel music festival at their locations in Hollywood, Barcelona, and Bali. The festival, WAKE UP CALL, will feature multiple big name artists such as Phantogram, Charli XCX, Chromeo (DJ Set), Betty Who, León and Dancing Pineapple Presents: Codeko, Papa Ya (DJ Set), Cristofi and Phil N Good.



Specific locations include special artists as well including Martin Solveig, Thomas Jack, Boston Bun in W Hollywood (Sept. 1-3); Pete Tong, Angus & Julia Stone in W Barcelona (Sept. 21-23); and Sam Feldt and Nightmares on Wax (DJ Set) in W Bali (Oct. 4-6).



Get your groove on at the luxurious W, true to its ‘Whatever/Whenever’ mentality, enhanced with exclusive dishes and deli