Luxury Facts http://www.luxuryfacts.com The Unique, The Exquisite And The Rare LVMH, Prada & Cartier partner on Aura, the first global luxury blockchain http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6382 April 21, 2021: Luxury conglomerate LVMH has joined forces with Prada and Cartier (part of Richemont) to develop Aura Blockchain Consortium, the world’s first global luxury blockchain. This unprecedented collaboration between competitors represents a single, innovative solution to shared challenges of communicating information on authenticity, responsible sourcing and sustainability in a secure, digital format. The objective is to provide consumers with a high level of transparency and traceability throughout the lifecycle of a product.



LVMH blockchain



The state-of-the-art technology of Aura Blockchain matches a product ID to a client ID, providing the infrastructure – through a chain of secure, non-reproducible, digital blocks – to enable consumers to access the history of a product and proof of its authenticity at every step of the value chain, from raw materials to point of sale, and even more. Consumers can thus follow the entire lifecycle of a product. Aura represents a new way for luxury brands to communicate directly to consumers, telling a unique story around the quality of their materials, craftsmanship and creativity, and strengthening the relationship between client and brand.



Aura Blockchain Consortium is a multi-nodal, private blockchain secured by ConsenSys technology and Microsoft. Aura is open to all luxury brands, offering flexibility to support companies of varying sizes and adapt to individual needs.



Among LVMH Maisons, Hublot, Bvlgari and Louis Vuitton are already active on the platform. Hublot, for example, has launched a digital e-warranty, which is stored in the Aura infrastructure and allows customers to verify the authenticity of their watch via a simple photo taken with a mobile phone. Brands using Aura develop their own experience according to their specificities and customer expectations. They also maintain their own data and adhere to the strictest standards of client privacy, since information stored on the blockchain cannot be changed, tampered with, or hacked.


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Michael Kors introduces its 40th Anniversary Fall/Winter 2021 Collection with ‘Opening Night’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6381 April 21, 2021: If there is one thing we all have been dreaming about since the pandemic struck, it’s that feeling of stepping out at night again, all dressed up, for that fabulous party. ‘Opening night’ was, therefore, the theme of Michael Kors’ 40th anniversary collection for Fall/Winter 2021. Shot in the heart of the Broadway to a musical performance by singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright, the show immersed guests in a true The Devil Wears Prada inspiration.



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



“For my 40th anniversary collection, I was really thinking about the joy in getting dressed up and stepping out for a night on the town,” says Michael Kors. “Whether you’re going to the office, having a casual dinner in the neighborhood or are in fact ready to go to a party again, this collection is all about making every moment a special occasion and feeling confident, glamorous and upbeat. There’s a sense of timelessness and big-city optimism that has been a linchpin of Michael Kors since the very beginning—a yin-and-yang balance between opulence and simplicity, something that’s laid-back and at the same time luxurious.”



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



The runway film, directed by longtime collaborator Alexandre de Betak and produced by Bureau Future, shined a light on the unique glamour and energy of Broadway, one of New York City’s most beloved industries and among the hardest hit by the pandemic. “The theater is the heartbeat and the pulse of New York City and an endless source of inspiration for me, so to see Broadway shut down has been really heartbreaking,” says Mr. Kors. 



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



The collection, in a true MK style, is glamourous, replete with figure hugging dresses, silver streaked suits, shimmering gowns, and voluminous shearlings that will cozy you up in those winter nights. Monochromatic neutrals are accented with metallic gold and silver accents. Pinstripes, houndstooth, zebra and leopard prints make the collection bold. Trenches and cashmeres, boots, strappy open-toes and sleek miniaudieres spell big city shine. 



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



In support of the theater industry, Michael Kors, the company, has made a donation to The Actors Fund, a national organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Mr. Kors also made a personal donation to The Fund.


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Chopard makes Julia Roberts the ambassador for the Happy Sport watch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6380 Julia Roberts Chopard Happy Watch



April 21, 2021: Watchmaker and jeweler Chopard has paired its popular Happy Sport watch with actress Julia Roberts. The brilliant actress has bewitched audiences world over with her dazzling smile and natural acting instincts. This film legend was welcomed to the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 with a sense of honour and emotion. The first time she strode up the famous steps of the Palais de Festival in Cannes – barefoot and wearing an off-the-shoulder black dress highlighting a Chopard Haute Joaillerie emerald and diamond necklace – has become one of the most memorable red carpet events in recent editions of the Festival. Since then, she has uniquely personified the ultimate free-spirited woman.



It comes with no wonder then that passionate film-lover Caroline Scheufele asked Julia Roberts to embody the face of the Happy Sport woman when launching new versions of the iconic watch. Ms. Scheufele said, “It was her and nobody else! Julia Roberts was the only person I felt could convey the spirit that I see in Happy Sport.” 



Julia Roberts Chopard Happy Watch



The new Happy Sport campaign, featuring Ms. Roberts, has been shot under the artistic direction of Xavier Dolan – another Cannes Film Festival renowned director. Known for the intensity with which he conveys his protagonists’ emotions through the camera, The short film shows how Ms. Roberts instinctively related to the Joie de Vivre inherent in Happy Sport watches. The still photo shoot has been shot by photographer Shayne Laverdière.


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A diamond ring with an incredibly rare Blue-Gray Diamond could fetch $350,000 at Heritage Auctions http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6379 Blue-Gray Diamond ring for auction



April 21, 2021: A spectacular Fancy Blue-Gray Diamond, Diamond, Platinum Ring could bring $350,000 or more at Heritage Auctions’ upcoming Spring Fine Jewelry Auction on May 3, 2021.



“Blue diamonds are very, very rare,” said Jill Burgum, Senior Director of Fine Jewelry at Heritage Auctions. “The color is impacted by the presence of boron in the lattice of the stone, which is formed extremely deep within the earth’s surface. It is rare to mine a blue diamond, let alone one with such distinct color, and this is a breathtaking example.”



The awe-inspiring ring features a pear-shaped fancy blue-gray diamond weighing 1.38 carats nestled between pear-shaped diamonds weighing a combined 1.41 carats, all set in platinum.



“Not only is the blue-gray diamond absolutely magnificent, but the stones on each side are D color, internally flawless,” Ms. Burgum said. “For someone looking for perfect stones, this ring fits the bill.”



Blue Diamond ring for auction



The ring is one of two blue diamond lots in the auction, which also includes a Fancy Blue Diamond, Diamond, Platinum Ring (estimate: $30,000-50,000). It features an oval-shaped fancy blue diamond weighing 0.73 carat, flanked by full-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.30 carat, set in platinum.


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Gucci celebrates a century with a collection that spans 100 years of high fashion http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6377 April 21, 2021: Encapsulating 100 years in a single collection is no small feat. Yet Alessandro Michele manages to do with Aria – a phenomenal collection that celebrates Gucci’s 100 years of existence. 



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



From the equestrian heritage of the brand and the flapper Hollywood looks, to the modern glamour of 1990s-2000s and Mr. Michele’s very own floral designs, each look is a flood gate of memories. The collection not just celebrates a centenary, but different eras which the brand has seen.



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



The collection is dreamy, scintillating, seductive, glittering, attractive and everything that Gucci has ever been. From power dressing to exaggerated maximalism, Aria takes you into a world of stupendous high fashion. 



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Calling it a ‘hacking’ job, Mr. Michele says Gucci is akin to an alchemist’s factory, “where everything connects to everything.” But perhaps, the most iconic aspect of this collection is Gucci’s collaboration with Balenciaga. Several jackets with sharp shoulders and a nipped waist advertised the Balenciaga logo. A long coat, similarly tailored, mashed up Gucci’s double-G monogram with Balenciaga branding. 



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



The Gucci logo has been given much of the centrestage. Romantic and fantastic at the same time, Mr. Michele has indeed combined sequined fabrics with lace and golden chains with equestrian straps to bring forth Gucci’s earlier guardians – from Guccio Gucci to Tom Ford. No look is the same, yet utterly familiar with hidden house codes and emotions. 



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Mr. Michele’s show notes indeed reference to this cross-inspiration: “I have plundered the nonconformist rigour of Demna Gvasalia and the sexual tension of Tom Ford; I have lingered over the anthropological implications of what shines, working on the brightness of fabrics; I have celebrated the equestrian world of Gucci transfiguring it into a fetish cosmogony; I have sublimated Marilyn Monroe’s silhouette and old Hollywood’s glamour; I sabotaged the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie and the codes of men’s tailoring.”



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



A collection that is as magnificent as Gucci’s much-popular history, it is a story to view, a piece to cherish.


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Yeezy sneakers designed and worn by Kanye West, valued at over $1 million, to be auctioned http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6373 Kanye West Yeezy auction



April 13, 2021: Kanye West sneakers help transform athletic shoes into coveted fashion items. One particular example is now to be auctioned by Sotheby's. Estimated to be worth more than $1 million, this pair of shoes is the prototype of the Yeezy series designed by Mr. West and Mark Smith for Nike and revealed at the 2008 Grammy Awards.



Sotheby’s declared that the Nike Air Yeezy 1 prototype will be sold privately. The auction house called them one of the most valuable sneakers of all time.



In recent years, sneakers have become collectibles and joined more traditional goods such as art, wine, and jewelry in auction houses. Last May, Sotheby’s sold a pair of 1985 Air Jordan 1s designed and worn by the basketball player Michael Jordan, for what was then a world-record of $560,000.



Kanye West Yeezy auction



The Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes in black leather and size 12 has a Yeezy belt on the front foot and a distinctive pink Y-shaped lace medallion. A custom lasered wooden box is included, which features a design and etching by the Yeezy 1 creator, Mark Smith. These shoes were worn during Mr. West's emotional performances in "Hey Mama" and "Stronger" at the 2008 Grammy Awards, which caused a social media sensation among fashionistas.



The shoes are being auctioned by New York sneakerhead and collector Ryan Chang. The prototype sneakers will be exhibited in Hong Kong from April 16 to 21. 


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House of Rugs & Gur Organics unveil a sustainable collection of rugs - Kairos http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6372 House of Rugs Eartha



April 13, 2021: House of Rugs, a new e-commerce platform founded by Aishwarya Gupta, has collaborated with Gur Organics by Pernia Qureshi, to create a collection of rugs that are influenced by nature, and are tranquil and exquisite.



To promote sustainability and commit more towards zero-waste emissions, the young entrepreneurs have created hand-made and long-lasting products. Called Kairos, the collection of rugs celebrates the essence of simple and minimal design using eco-friendly materials as well as promotes women’s education – a prime concern harboured by Ms. Gupta. Parts of the sale proceeds will go towards a women’s college Ms. Gupta’s family is building in Badhohi.



House of Rugs carpets



Designed by Ms. Qureshi, she says, “I was inspired by Japanese minimalism. To form it as art, I chose Japandi – the combination of Scandinavian functionality and Japanese rustic minimalism to create a feeling of art, nature and simplicity. The fusion creates the perfect blend of function and form, focusing on clean lines, bright spaces and light colours. Calming, tranquil, and peaceful palettes are typically chosen, and when brighter colours are incorporated, they are done so meaningfully and subtly.” 



The collection sees touches of Art Deco, which when combined by Japandi, gives a sophisticated edge of bold and pastel shades full of textures offering a cozy and relaxed vibe. Where Japandi tends to be neutral, the rich colour palette from Art Deco gives the room more warmth.



House of Rugs carpets



Two of the dhurries from the collection are made of PET yarn derived from recycled plastic, while three rugs are in a combination of wool and jasmine silk, and one in wool and viscose.



The collection is available on House of Rugs website.


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Falguni Shane Peacock’s latest couture collection is an ode to Udaipur http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6371 Falguni Shane Peacock bridal wear 2021



April 9, 2021: To celebrate everlasting love and the feelings it evokes, Falguni Shane Peacock unveils their latest bespoke wedding collection ‘Mon Amour Jag Niwas’. The magnificent palace of Jag Niwas, famously known as the Taj Lake Palace, nestled amidst the Lake Pichola in Udaipur gives the stunning backdrops that make the romance around weddings come to life! 



Falguni Shane Peacock bridal wear 2021



Falguni Shane Peacock’s latest bespoke wedding collection is a fitting ode to the breathtaking brides and their dream weddings. Together the couple can make a statement of royal, head-turning elegance. 



Falguni Shane Peacock bridal wear 2021



The collection is inspired by the palace, and the rich flora and fauna in and around Jag Niwas. It offers motifs depicting the architectural marvels of the domes and arches, the filigree works in the pillars, the carvings at the doorways and windows, mirrors and other ornate elaborations. 



Falguni Shane Peacock bridal wear 2021



The color palette is royal where traditional classic bridal shades of deep reds and golden sunsets join sky blues and dainty pinks. 



Falguni Shane Peacock bridal wear 2021



The bride can choose a signature ball gown style bespoke red Lehenga while the groom can select from a collection that is equally ornate, rich, and yet subtle. 



Falguni Shane Peacock bridal wear 2021



The signature Sherwani portions with stunning tone embroidery allow enhancing the groom’s appearance with fine, elaborate jewellery or a traditional Saafa or a dupatta. When paired with a signature gold-dusted Bundi, it completes the royal appearance.


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Dazzling jewellery owned by the Countess of Rosse to be auctioned http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6370 Countess of Rosse cameo bracelet



The Onyx Cameo, Enamel, Pearl, and Diamond bracelet from the mid-19th century, owned by Countess of Rosse





April 9, 2021: An impressive set of jewels from Countess of Rosse, mother-in-law of Princess Margaret of the British Royal Family, will be auctioned at Bonhams. It includes two pieces from the collection of socialite Anne Parsons: an emerald, pearl, and diamond bangle from the end of the 19th century; and an onyx Cameo, enamel, pearl, and diamond bracelet from the mid-19th century. The pieces will be brought to sale in London on April 28, nearly 30 years after her death in 1992.



The cameo bracelet, which also once belonged to Adrian Hope of the famous Anglo-Dutch banking dynasty, is worth £15,000-20,000, and the estimated value of the emerald bangle is £20,000-30,000.



Countess of Rosse emerald bangle



The Emerald, Pearl, and Diamond bangle from the end of the 19th century, owned by Countess of Rosse





The 19th-century onyx cameo, enamel, pearls, and diamonds bracelet has been seen at many weddings. In 1935, Michael Parsons, 6th Earl of Rosse, himself a descendent of the illustrious Hopes, gave it to his bride, the then Anne Armstrong-Jones. The bracelet is a symbol of a successful marriage - the lion proffering its paw to Eros is an allegory, expressing that love conquers all.



When her son, photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones, later the 1st Earl of Snowdon, married Princess Margaret in 1960, the Countess can be seen wearing both the bracelets in the Cecil Beaton's wedding photos – both clearly visible, one on each wrist. 



Spinel and Diamond ring



Pieces offered in the sale also include a Spinel and Diamond Ring worth £10,000- £15,000, as well as 19th-century spinel and diamond necklaces and bracelets estimated to be between £150,000- £250,000.



Bulgari Serpentine bracelet



The sale will also include Property from an Important Private Collection of Bulgari. Leading the selection is an Emerald and Diamond Ring, which is expected to fetch between £180,000-£250,000. Other attractions include mother-of-pearl and diamond 'serpentine' bracelets, valued at an estimate of £30,000-£50,000.


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Good Earth celebrates Spring with a new range of drinkware http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6369 April 9, 2021: Celebrating the pastel hues of Spring, Good Earth’s charming springtime essentials for High Tea & Coffee afternoons and handcrafted art-glassware for sundown cocktails personify refined elegance.



Good Earth floral Tea Set



The exquisite Camellia tea set, inspired by Camellia Sinensis (the scientific name of the plant which produces tea leaves), is decorated with perfect flowers and has a golden hue. The long flowering period and evergreen leaves symbolize sophistication and perfection. 



Ideal for those English tea times, the fine bone china Camellia tea set includes an antique round teapot and six delicate cups and saucers, as well as a small pot for sugar and milk. The collection is handmade and decorated with 24-carat gold accents.



Good Earth floral coffee Set



The 1800s transformed coffee drinking into an art. The Wild Himalaya Demitasse coffee set from Good Earth reflects that classic sophistication. The magical deep purple brings to life the wild Himalayan foliage, with exquisite poppies and wild irises depicted in 4 delicate coffee cups, saucers, and silver plated spoons. The hand-painted patterns are decorated with 24-carat gold finishing.



Good earth glassware for cockatils



Presenting glassware from Bollenglass Design, this exquisite collection is handmade to reflect Czech traditions. Czech glass is considered to be one of the most complex examples of glass art in the world. Their glass cutting technique and the practice of blowing glass on furnaces are considered to be signs of excellence. Each style is mouth-blown in traditional workshops. The collection includes eye-catching cocktail glasses, dessert bowls, and vases, which are specially designed for families that romanticize tradition and style. 


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Drawing cues from its Spring 2021 Couture collection, Fendi launches a ready-to-wear interpretation http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6368 April 7, 2021: For his first couture show at Fendi, designer Kim Jones had assembled quite the crop of names to present his designs for the storied Italian label. Fendi is now launching a Capsule Collection that translates the sensibility of the couture designs into ready-to-wear. 



Fendi ready to wear capsule collection 2021



The capsule will be exclusively available for two weeks only and in strictly limited quantities at selected boutiques across the globe from April 15, 2021.



Fendi ready to wear capsule collection 2021



Simpler and timeless, the capsule collection focuses on a neutral color palette, with silhouettes matching to the original collection. Ballerina slippers embossed with Karligraphy beaded monograms, or knee-high satin boots, are evolved from the styles presented at Couture, while a new collection of baroque pearl jewellery, frozen in resin and embossed with rhinestones, is introduced. 



Fendi ready to wear capsule collection 2021



Limited-edition iterations of the iconic Baguette and Peekaboo styles see the bags trimmed in pearls or rendered in prints inspired by the Bloomsbury Group’s Sussex home of Charleston House. 



Fendi ready to wear capsule collection 2021



The collection will be available at Fendi stores in London’s New Bond Street, Paris’ Avenue Montaigne, Seoul’s Galleria, Tokyo’s G6, Hong Kong’s Landmark, Shanghai’s Plaza 66, Beijing’s SKP,  Miami’s Bal Harbour and Beverly Hills’ Rodeo.


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TUMI & McLaren unveil their Luggage Capsule collaboration http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6367 April 7, 2021: There’s nothing better than a weekend road trip in a McLaren. Surely you require special luggage that perfectly fits your ride. Taking inspiration from this, high-end luggage manufacturer Tumi has teamed up with luxury supercar maker and Formula 1 team, McLaren, to create a capsule-shaped luggage series that fully embodies the spirit of each brand and is extremely stylish, allowing you to travel anytime, anywhere. 



Tumi McLaren collection



Design, combined with cutting-edge technology and enhanced with a focused aesthetic defines the TUMI brand. Both companies take the pursuit of excellence seriously, regardless of cost, which is the basis of this collaboration series. 



The new series includes nine items, including a sports bag, a backpack with an integrated USB port, and a travel suit. 



Tumi McLaren collection



Each piece is specially designed. It combines the road and racing elements of the car manufacturer, such as CCX6 carbon fiber accents and the iconic papaya orange colorway. The Aero International Expandable 4 Wheel Carry-O, for example, has a sturdy thermoplastic composite shell and exposes an internal compression strap inspired by the six-point racing harness of the brand's exclusive racing car. Other supercar-inspired items include a utility pouch, a small packing cube, and an expandable organizer.



Tumi McLaren collection



“At McLaren, we focus on developing a clear design language and selecting materials that match the performance of our vehicles and define their performance,” said Rob Melville, brand design director. "We want to capture these aspects through Tumi, so we spent a lot of time analyzing and perfecting all aspects of this series."


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Chandon India unveils new visual identity http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6365 Chandon India  



April 5, 2021: Seven years after making its debut in India, Chandon, LVMH’s sparkling-wine Maison, has launched a new brand identity with beautifully updated packaging that is as exquisite as the liquid within.

 

In a statement, the company stated that its fresh label design reinforces “the brand’s unparalleled quality and consistent craftsmanship”. 



Chandon India

 

Chandon’s new visual identity pays tribute to the brand’s expansive winery community with its seven points ‘star’, representative of Chandon’s six globally renowned wineries across Argentina, Brazil, California, Australia, China, and India. The mark celebrates the brand's premium position as the world's largest sparkling wine estate with 1400Ha solely dedicated to growing grape varieties dedicated to bubbles.



Born as an Argentinian winery in 1959, the brand always looks for pioneering, unexpected lands, and brings up innovative techniques to delight its customers. Consequently, CHANDON's dynamic new look and feel mirror the brand's values while simultaneously delighting loyal consumers and attracting adventurous new shoppers with its eye-catching vertical design. 



Chandon India

 Today, the company is a diverse community of explorers with winemakers representing seven nationalities across six countries spanning four continents.


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Christie’s & Sotheby’s to offer imperial jewels in May http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6364 April 5, 2021: On May 31, a collection of sapphires and diamonds jewelry once owned by Stephanie de Beauharnais, the adopted daughter of Napoleon Bonaparte who married Prince Charles of Baden in 1806, will be offered at a Christie’s live auction in Geneva. 



Christies crown auction



The pieces will be sold in separate lots that includes nine pieces: a tiara, one collier, one pair of earrings, two pendants and brooches as well as one ring and one bracelet. An important sapphire crown of Maria II Queen of Portugal, set with a remarkable Burmese sapphire in the center, is also on offer. These exclusive pieces were crafted in the 1800s with a total of 38 sapphires originating from Ceylon.



Stephanie de Beauharnais, who became the Grand Duchess of Baden, was the niece of Josephine de Beauharnais, who married Napoleon Bonaparte in 1796. Stephanie was born in 1789, but sadly her mother died just two years later. Sent to live with nuns in the French countryside, her aunt Josephine soon took her in and raised her in Versailles and Paris.



However, a month before her own wedding, she was adopted by Napoleon and became Her Imperial Highness Princess Stephanie Napoleon, which made it possible for her to marry Prince Charles of Baden. 



Sapphire suite auction Christies



The provenance of the sapphire and diamond jewelry is quite interesting: in between boxes of jewels, a written record was found. It states that they were given to Stephanie by her cousin Hortense de Beauharnais, a known jewelry lover who was immortalized in paintings wearing “precious belts.” Later the statement continues that “Hortense’s financial papers, which are kept in the Napoleon archive in Paris, give evidence of her fortune between 1817 and 1837, the year she passed away. They show that she left Paris in 1816 with little money, but a lot of jewelry.”



After Stephanie died in 1860, the sapphire parure was passed to her second daughter, Josephine, Princess of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen. The present-day tiara was probably once a belt; in Napoleon’s court, women wore belts high up, directly under their bust.



In Josephine’s will, she left the sapphire set to her eldest son, Léopold. Around this time, the crown with detachable brooches from Queen Maria da Gloria of Portugal joined the collection. The tiara is estimated to sell for CHF 140,000–250,000 ($149,000–$266,000), while the crown is estimated to fetch CHF 170,000–350,000 ($180,000–$372,000).



Turning into a grand month, May will also see the auction of a royal tiara by Sotheby’s, which has passed down through generations of the Royal family of Italy. The diamond and pearl tiara will be offered with an estimate of $1-1.5 million (CHF 930,000 – 1,395,000) as part of Sotheby’s “Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels” auction in Geneva on May 11.



Italy royal family tiara auction by Sothebys



Dating to the second half of the 19th century, the tiara hails an extraordinary provenance, having belonged to two Royal Collections of Europe, and steeped in the rich history of the House of Savoy, among the world’s oldest royal families. Likely to have been presented to Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo as a wedding gift on the occasion of her marriage to Amadeo I of Savoy, Duke of Aoste, later King of Spain (1870-1873) in 1867, the natural pearl and diamond tiara, which has remained with the family for over 150 years, is believed to have been created by Musy Padre e Figli – Court Jeweller of Turin, and one of the oldest goldsmiths in Europe. It is composed of graduated scroll motifs set with cushion-shaped, circular- and single-cut diamonds, framing eleven slightly baroque drop-shaped natural pearls.


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Lady Gaga collaborates with Dom Perignon http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6363 Lady Gaga Dom Perignon



April 1, 2021: The 35-year-old Lady Gaga is making her mark on the world of vintage champagne through an exciting collaboration with Dom Pérignon.



This collaboration is definitely the beginning of an inspiring story that is far from over and the main idea behind coming together is to celebrate creative freedom, a force to share and be shared, a force to open up new horizons. A radical declaration of freedom, this collaboration aims to be a source of inspiration, power, and force.



In the promotional image, the superstar is holding a 2006 vintage sparkling rosé in a deep purple-tinted bottle. However, there is no official declaration about how her limited-edition bottles will look like. The duo will be launching limited edition bottles and a sculpture designed by the ‘Mother Monster’ – as Lady Gaga is lovingly called by her fans – on April 6.



This collaboration was natural for the storied champagne maker. Lady Gaga and Dom Pérignon are brought together by the profound realization that a creative pursuit without craft, without work, cannot be fully realized. And that the work itself is the noblest reward. This collaboration is above all the collision of two effervescent energies in a celebration of creativity.



This collaboration will also benefit pop superstar’s “Born This Way Foundation” as with her avant-grade creativity and bold voice, she stands as an advocate for the LGBT+ community and has joined the fight against the pandemic. This multi-faceted artist reinvents herself, again and again, pursuing her desires and commitments.


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The largest, flawless purple-pink diamond is up for auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6362 April 1, 2021: The unprecedented sized 15.81 carat Sakura diamond, the largest of its kind, is going under the hammer soon. This naturally coloured purple-pink diamond is amongst the rarest and most valuable gemstones. It will be offered at Christie’s upcoming Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels Live Auction on May 23. 



Sakura purple pink diamond



Fewer than 10% of pink diamonds weigh more than 1/5 of a carat, but this Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink diamond is an unprecedented 15.81 carats. Its estimated value is US$25 million to 38 million. The diamond’s exceptional rarity, extraordinary optical transparency, brilliant colour, and enormous size make it an exceptionally important and eternal masterpiece of nature.

 

This glorious purple-pink gem is graded ‘fancy vivid’ for its perfect display of strong saturation and remarkable pink hue with a secondary colour of purple, resembling the fascinating colour of cherry blossoms — appropriately coinciding with spring. Its unique expression of mesmerizing beauty undoubtedly captures the hearts of discerning connoisseurs and collectors worldwide.


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Kross Studio brings alive your Star Wars dreams with the Death Star Tourbillon http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6360 Kross Studio Death Star Tourbillon



March 26, 2021: The Swiss company Kross Studio that is “determined in creating innovative and exclusive art objects”, had made its debut with the Batmobile clock in 2020. Now, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, the brand has produced a 10-piece series of Death Star-inspired Ultimate Collector Set. 



The officially licensed set consists of the Death Star Tourbillon watch and an authentic kyber crystal movie prop from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the 2016 film about the conception of the original Death Star, and it was the first standalone Star Wars movie not directly connected to the Skywalker saga. Together, the two are very much something for diehard Star Wars fans who happen to like watches.



Kross Studio Death Star Tourbillon

 

Kross Studio took up the challenge of the central tourbillon - a mechanical complication honoring the prominent Death Star. Featured in a 45 mm black DLC coated grade 5 titanium case, the captivating Death Star-inspired Tourbillon cage makes one revolution per minute. On the surface of the Death Star-inspired Tourbillon, a green super laser cannon stands reminiscent of the space station’s kyber crystal enabling power. 

 

The house-developed manual-winding mechanical movement delivers a robust 5-day power reserve. The hands have been affixed to a peripheral display that orbits 360 degrees around the tourbillon. Furthermore, the hour hand takes the shape of an Imperial-Class Star Destroyer, the bane of the rebellion, while the minute hand appears as a Super-Class Star Destroyer, able to carry no less than 38,000 stormtroopers. 



At last, the fixed hour's wheel, filled with white superluminova "blue emission”, is inspired by the lighting halls embedded in the Imperial vessels. A traditional crown system has been replaced by an ingenious, inset push-button system. Kross Studio developed a D-ring-shaped crown on the case back for winding the watch, stowed out of sight to help maintain the timepiece’s sleek, space-age styling.

 

These clean lines are also preserved by cleverly hiding quick-release buttons on the underside of the case. Moreover, the watch is available with interchangeable bands in black, grey, and orange. 



Kross Studio Death Star Collection Set

The Kross Studio Death Star Container is hand-assembled with 700 parts, all handmade and hand-painted  





Kross Studio conceived an official reproduction of the famed containers, made of wood and aluminum, which were featured on screen in Rogue One. Kross states that these props have never been made available to the public, until now. Altogether 700 parts were required to produce each container, scaled to half the original film dimensions of 3.94 feet long (1.20 meters). The process was fully hand-assembled and hand-painted, the containers embody the iconic saga story down to the smallest detail. 

 

Every aspect of these substantial art objects, like fine sculptures, have been thoroughly conceptualized and executed with immersive details that take the viewer into the Star Wars galaxy, from the electronic control panel to the backlit manifest panel inscribed in the Aurebesh language of the Galactic Empire. 



Kross Studio Death Star Collection Set Kyber crystal

The original Kyber Crystal movie prop that comes as a part of the Collector Set  





Inside, the container is divided into nine storage units. Three interior sections secure three removable capsules, containing: the Death Star Tourbillon watch, three accompanying timepiece straps sets, and the genuine movie prop kyber crystal.



The other 6 free storage spaces within the crate offer ample storage space for collectors to house their personal Star Wars collectibles and ephemera, secured within a removable top cover.



Priced at an incredible $150,000, the entire offering is certainly worth it!


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MB&F celebrates 10 years of Legacy Machines with LMX http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6359 MB&F LMX 2021



March 26, 2021: MB&F’s first Legacy Machine was dropped way back in 2011 - the first creation of a new collection - alongside the existing Horological Machines. Now, 10 years later, the new MB&F LMX celebrates a decade of innovation with the Legacy Machine collection, utilising the same expression comprising a central flying balance wheel and two dials, although everything else is different.



Echoing the traits of the first Legacy Machine No.1 but in an entirely new execution, LMX features two time zones on tilted dials, along with a rotating hemispherical 7-day power reserve indicator allowing the choice of day-of-the-week or numerical indication - in a sleek case design taken from the LM FlyingT and LM Thunderdome.



MB&F LMX 2021



LMX is available in two limited launch editions: 18 pieces in 18k red gold with black dial and 33 pieces in grade 5 titanium with blue-green dial.



LMX reveals functional elements such as the battle-axe-shaped escapement bridge and gear-train components. Three large wheels are particularly visible: two are set in motion when setting the time on the corresponding time display, while the gear at 6 o’clock is the common seconds’ wheel. Under its sapphire crystal dome, a new bespoke 13.4mm balance wheel with inertia blocks.



MB&F LMX 2021



In a nod to the world-first vertical power reserve indicator of Legacy Machine No. 1, LMX features a novel three-dimensional display showcasing the impressive seven days (168 hours) of power reserve. There is the option between two modes of counting down the power reserve: two markers are positioned on opposite sides of a hemisphere; one framed by an arched scale numbered 1 to 7, another with a scale showing the days of the week.



This complex and novel interplay of components is given an additional level of intricacy, by the rotation of the entire power-reserve display itself. This allows wearers to adjust the orientation of the indication, making the day-of-the-week or numeric scale more visible when LMX is on the wrist.




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Hublot releases second timepiece in collaboration with street artist Shepard Fairey http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6358 Hublot Shepard Fairey Mandala watch



March 26, 2021: Aiming to carry his designs to different levels and mediums, street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey's trichromatic, propaganda-style pieces have a vision for action and empowerment.



In his second collaboration with Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot, the brilliant American artist’s design takes on a message of harmony and hope. The limited edition watch’s mandala emblem serves to represent the nature of time within the mind, symbolizing natural cycles of life and unity between different cultures. The concept seems more relevant now than ever.



Hublot Shepard Fairey Mandala watch



The Classic Fusion Chronograph Shepard Fairey timepiece is Hublot’s third watch in collaboration with an artist as part of its “Hublot Loves Art” program. It's their second time working with Mr. Fairey. Engraved on the watch’s exterior is an expansion of Shepard Fairey’s mandala design. The case contains black brushed titanium, offering a metallic finish in Hublot's signature material. 



Mr. Fairey’s signature “Star Gear” mark is subtly engraved in the center of the watch. True to his style, the design beautifully mixes the ornamental symbol with an urban art form.



Hublot Shepard Fairey Mandala watch



“I wanted to integrate the art of the mandala into the piece as, for me, this evokes the connection between the inner self and the outer world,” Mr. Fairey remarked. “A powerful concept to consider when looking at a watch and thinking about time.”



The artist chose to donate some of the funds to Amnesty International, an NGO that campaigns to put an end to human rights violations. The organization’s mission falls under the watch engraving’s theme of global and cultural unity.


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Moynat launches first Nicholas Knightly designs http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6357 Moynat new collection 2021



March 26, 2021: After appointing ex-Louis Vuitton designer Nicholas Knightly last year, French label Moynat has launched his first collection for the brand. Created by the artisans at the Moynat atelier, the collection includes contemporary interpretations of the Maison’s signature designs since 1849.



Out of the latest creations by Mr. Knightly, the new Le Flori bag evokes the founder Pauline Moynat’s spirit of freedom and discovery with a removable crossbody strap, the detailing of the handle giving way to the sensual form of the lock mechanism.



Le Limousine is named after the brand’s first invention in 1902 of the eponymous trunk, with an elegant convex bottom made as an exact fit for an automobile body and available on prior order in a color to match the car.



Four years later came the Moynat Wheel Trunk, particularly designed to elegantly hide a spare tire. Nicholas Knightly’s modern take is La Wheel, a playful round minaudière that is fantastic for a nocturnal escapade. Another bag designed as a miniature Moynat souvenir is La Little Suitcase, encapsulating the entire story of Moynat in its hard sided frame. The trunkmaker’s traditional savoir-faire is meticulously replicated in miniature scale, including a matching pouch inside the bag, a tribute to Pauline Moynat’s brilliant idea in 1890 to fasten a red leather pouch onto the interior bottom of her trunks where owners could keep their travel documents.



Moynat new collection 2021



These two miniatures are made in the Toile 1920 canvas with the famed M monogram, a signature motif designed by Art Deco artist Henri Rapin, who joined Moynat in 1905. Henri Rapin was so much ahead of his time that examples of his lettering in the archive still look breathtakingly modern.



The prolific avant-garde artist also created the Moynat medallion logo found notably at the center of the metal locks on the new Voyage handbag and the bucket-shaped Le Baluchon. Designed for modern women on the go, the tactile button mechanism opens and shuts at the push of a finger. These creations become veritable treasures for contemporary travellers.


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‘Collection One’ marks a new era for Swarovski with Giovanna Engelbert http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6354 March 24, 2021: The luxury crystal company, Swarovski, which turned 125 recently, has begun a new era with a dramatic new vision by unveiling its first-ever collection under the creative direction of fashion stylist Giovanna Engelbert. 



Swarovski Collection I 2021



“I am thrilled to be leading the creative vision of a cultural powerhouse like Swarovski in the future,” Ms. Engelbert had said during her appointment.



The brand is focusing most of its marketing efforts on its jewellery line. Swarovski is mainly known for pieces that resonate with the masses: simple, everyday signature pieces. 



Swarovski Collection I 2021

 

As part of the Wonderlab, an imagined space "where science and magic meet" — Swarovski dropped Collection One, which showcases rings, necklaces, and bracelets in a dazzling array of hues such as green, purple, yellow, and red, that manifest the fundamental but magical properties of the crystal. An inventive approach to scale, cut and color creates a hyper-chunky, hyper-expressive, and hyper-versatile collection that invites the world to tap into their creativity with a sense of grandeur and play.



Swarovski Collection I 2021



The designs are a reflection of Ms. Engelbert’s personal bold street style and the vibrant direction Swarovski wants to head towards in 2021 and beyond. Complex designs, layered placements, oversized cuts and a vibrant play of shades define this collection.



Swarovski Collection I 2021



"I wanted to explore the fundamental geometry of crystal and its potential as a material," Ms. Engelbert said. "Looking at Daniel Swarovski's first drawings was an absolute inspiration, discovering the magic of his early inventions and understanding the power of his dream to create something the world had never seen. 


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Burberry unveils exclusive designs for the popular Honor of Kings game http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6353 March 23, 2021: Burberry has revealed two exclusive designs for Honor of Kings, which marks the mobile games’ first co-creation with a luxury brand on their ‘Legend’ skin offering.



Burberry Honor of Kings



Burberry’s CEO, Riccardo Tisci, has exclusively designed two skins for the mobile game’s popular star, Yao, wearing a classic cotton gabardine off-the-shoulder trench coat in Burberry beige and House check, styled with a cropped top, shorts and thigh-high boots. Titled the ‘Spirit of the Forest and Ocean’ Legend skin for Yao, it was created using one of the runway looks from the house’s Spring/ Summer 2021 collection ‘In Bloom’ – a collection inspired by thoughts of regeneration, dynamic youth and reconnecting with nature.



However, for Yao’s second look, she is wearing look 9 from Tisci’s spring/summer 2021 collection for Burberry, a warm royal blue collarless trench coat and bib-front trousers, with a crystal-embroidered vest and black leather wader boots. Fans of the game can buy the look as the trench coat and trousers are available to purchase online and in stores in mainland China.



Remarking on the project, Mr. Tisci said, “I am excited to see how technology has found a way to build and nurture the core human needs of personal and emotional connections. Honor of Kings has created an incredible digital world where we can find a new way to dream with our Burberry community. The power of creativity is that it can open spaces and push boundaries, and I am so excited to have designed exclusive skins that will bring Burberry house codes into this immersive universe.” 



Burberry Honor of Kings



The collaboration draws upon Burberry’s exploration of the relationship between humans and nature and its continued affinity to the outdoors. Honor of King’s character Yao embodies the spirit of nature as she can take the form of a deer, which is also an expression of the Burberry animal kingdom house code.



The exclusive Burberry skins will be available to purchase for all Honor of Kings players in mainland China. The skins will then remain part of the players’ permanent collection.



This collaboration marks the second between the luxury fashion house and Chinese technology giant Tencent. In November 2019, Burberry and Tencent had partnered to develop social retail in China, which offers unique experiences that connect luxury customers’ social and online lives to their physical environments, powered by Tencent technology.





UPDATE (March 25, 2021): Since this article was published, Tencent has discontinued its partnership with Burberry. The special Burberry skins are no longer available on the Honor of Kings game.


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Lamborghini’s wallpaper collection by Zambaiti Parati is graphic, 3D & vibrant http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6352 Lamborghini wallpaper



March 23, 2021: Italy’s sports car manufacturer Lamborghini and luxury wall coverings designer Zambaiti Parati have collaborated to produce a new collection of wallpaper and decorative panels. 



However, this second collaboration draws on the iconic aesthetic characteristics of the Sant’Agata Bolognese car manufacturer, to create an evocative 2021 collection in gray, shades of copper, and different tones of green with a natural effect. 



Lamborghini wallpaper



The two luxurious brands’ association is based on the shared essence of modernity and strong design, reflecting tastes and trends found in both the furnishing and automotive industries for new materials, such as carbon fiber and metals with different finishes. Working hand-in-hand closely with Lamborghini’s Centro Stile, both the brands presented the first wallpaper collection in January 2019 and the second in February 2021. 



Lamborghini wallpaper



Fetching details from Lamborghini models such as the carbon fiber materials and even specific car parts, the Centro Stile scanned pieces and translated their lines into graphic effects on the wallpapers. Out of all collections from Zambaiti Parati, three-dimensional and tactile effects are peculiar to the solidity and thickness of its wallpaper products: qualities that reflect the technical materials used by the prestigious car brand. 



Lamborghini wallpaper



The wallpapers are available in rolls of seven square meters on non-woven support that allows direct gluing and quick and easy replacement. The materials are fireproof and thus suitable for dining and hospitality applications.


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Luminary jewelry designer Elsa Peretti passed away at 80 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6351 March 22, 2021: The famed Italian jewelry designer behind some of Tiffany & Co’s elegant pieces, Elsa Peretti, passed away on March 18 in Spain, as per a statement from the company. She was 80 years old.



Elsa Peretti



Elsa Peretti at home in New York City (Vogue, 1976, Horst P. Horst)





She was a member of the Tiffany family since the yard line began in 1974. “Elsa was not only a designer but a way of life,” Tiffany & Co. said, describing her as “a woman who was larger-than-life”. 



A masterful artisan, Ms. Peretti bought revolution in the ecosystem of jewelry design. Over the past 50 years, she crafted several innovative designs and her collections of organic, sensual forms have rejuvenated generations. She explored nature with the acumen of a scientist and the vision of a sculptor.



She was deeply inspired by nature, the relationship between nature and style for her was profoundly personal, and drew inspirations from items such as a bean, a bone, an apple, vases or lighters, scorpions, and snakes, but aimed to return to the world by creating innovative jewellery like cufflinks, bracelets, vases or lighters, appealing necklaces, and rings, often in sterling silver, a metal which gratified her and she favored to popularize it as a luxury choice. However, her cuff bracelets, bean designs, and open-heart pendants are the most appreciated work among all of them.

 

A successful model in the beginning of her career, who breathed life into every creation she wore, Ms. Peretti was also the president and founder of Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation, which supported projects related to human rights, environmental conservation and arts, and cultural preservation. She believed that protecting the planet was a “duty of all said humanity”.

 

“We could do so much better”, she said. “I’m trying to do something good.”


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Indian brand Harit Zaveri Jewellers’ new collection signifies celebrations http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6350 Harit Zaveri Jewellery collection



March 22, 2021: Ahmedabad-based jewellery house, Harit Zaveri Jewellers, has unveiled their new heritage jewellery line - Jashn. Jashn is a Hind-Urdu term that gives a sense of happiness and celebration of the finest. 



Harit Zaveri Jewellery collection



Keeping in mind modernity and aesthetics, this intricate collection pays homage to a regal design, showcasing these extraordinary pieces for the upcoming bridal season.



Harit Zaveri Jewellery collection



The brand is well-known for creating timeless jewels with expert craftsmanship, and this collection is confined to stand the test of time and tradition. Consequently, the jeweller's statement, classic sets are the most popular pieces for versatile brides-to-be who are looking for coordinated jewellery, which not only adorn them during bridal functions, but even years later as a standalone piece. 



Harit Zaveri Jewellery collection



As a classic family treasure, pieces from this collection can be passed down and worn over the years owing to the royal look and attention to detail. The Jashn range comprises layered rani haars, polki choker sets, rings, bangles, and maangtikas



Harit Zaveri Jewellery collection



Flawlessly encrusted in 18kt gold along with a combination of emeralds and rubies, the elegant, heirloom jewellery collection is deeply rooted in Indian culture. 


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Lush fabrics & a refined color palette define Punit Balana’s latest collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6348 March 17, 2021: Combining modernism, minimalism and aestheticism, Indian designer Punit Balana’s creations are rooted in Indian culture. Inspired by the local arts of Jaipur and Rajasthan as a whole, he has combined fashion with the need to make conscious choices, thus giving birth to the brand’s latest Spring/Summer edit ‘Mandana’.



Punit Balana Mandana fashion collection 



Inspired by one of the oldest forms of art in India - ‘Mandana’, this collection celebrates traditional prints with the revival of hand-block motifs. Shades of nature dominate this collection – ranging from greens to ivories to pinks,  personifying  joy, elation and bliss. Rooted in the principles of comfort and wearability, Mandana is an edit of lehengas, sarees, kurta sets and contemporary prét wear that are easy to move in comfortably. The brand has also designed a head-turner pant-suit to be a part of this collection. 



Punit Balana Mandana fashion collection



Making a sustainable choice, for Mandana, the brand has only made use of the existing blocks that were already available at the manufacturing unit for over 10 years, to create this entire collection. In terms of fabrics, the brand has incorporated sustainable cotton in this collection which contributes to conscious consumption, thus making this collection a responsibly sourced and produced one.



Punit Balana Mandana fashion collection



Modest yet extravagant, Mandana is understated with distinctive charm, while being rooted in the traditional craftsmanship of India.



Punit Balana Mandana fashion collection


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Sotheby’s spirits auction achieves $508,750 for three one-of-a-kind bottles http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6347 Macallan Sothebys auction



March 17, 2021: Although the lots consisted of multiple rare bottles, Sotheby’s latest spirits auction in New York achieved much to celebrate. A specialty lot comprising a one-of-a-kind bottle of 1967 whisky from The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection, created in collaboration with the globally renowned British pop artist, Sir Peter Blake, achieved $437,500.



A New Era of Advertising bottle is one of only 13 original bottles from this newly-launched whisky and art collection, and was offered alongside a print donated by Sir Peter Blake as well as a bespoke VIP experience at The Macallan Estate in Speyside, Scotland. Proceeds of this sale will benefit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s diversity, equity, access and inclusion initiatives, with the objective to increase both free access and outreach to a variety of diverse audiences within the New York metropolitan area. Audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy free admission to the Guggenheim Museum on select Saturdays through a new initiative, ‘Saturday on the House’.



Macallan Sothebys auction



Igor Boyadjian, Managing Director for The Macallan, said: “The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection is an extraordinary art and whisky collaboration with globally renowned British pop artist, Sir Peter Blake that celebrates The Macallan’s rich legacy and Sir Peter Blake’s remarkable contribution to the art world.”



The excitement continued just six lots later, when a unique bottle of D’USSÉ Cognac sold for $52,500, with proceeds benefiting the Shawn Carter Foundation – the charity launched by the acclaimed artist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur “JAY-Z” to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education at institutions of higher learning. 



D'USSE 1969 Jay Z signed bottle



Bottled in celebration of Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter’s 50th birthday on December 4, 2019, “Bottle No. 1” of the D'USSÉ 1969 Anniversaire Limited Edition Grande Champagne Cognac is the only bottle in the collection to also carry Mr. Carter’s engraved signature, and the first to be made available for public sale. A Cognac connoisseur, Mr. Carter first tasted the unique Grande Champagne Cognac many years ago and found it so remarkable that he noted it must be reserved for a momentous occasion. D'USSÉ surprised him with the first ever bottle in celebration of his 50th birthday. Just 50 bottles were issued to mark this milestone, the majority of which were given to his family and friends. The Cognac comes housed in a diamond-shaped cut crystal bottle, adorned with 24 karat gold leaf wrapping on the neck and decorated with the symbol of Le Croix de Lorraine, the historic French emblem of courage, honour and perseverance.



D'USSE 1969 Jay Z signed bottle



Immediately following the D’USSÉ Cognac, a Masterpiece Hennessy X.O Decanter designed by Frank Gehry achieved $18,750. Proceeds from the sale of the decanter will benefit the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) as part of Hennessy’s Unfinished Business initiative. Launched last May, the initiative is committed to help small businesses power through the immediate financial challenges of COVID-19 and help ensure they have the resources needed to get back on their feet.



Hennessy cognac by frank gehry



On offer from the AABDC, this stunning decanter and its original design moulds were created by the architect extraordinaire in collaboration with Hennessy to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the storied brand’s most recognized expression, the X.O or “Extra Old”. Mr. Gehry’s gold and glass glorifier mixes contrasting themes of movement and freedom of form to clothe this bottle – Bottle #1 of only 150 decanters produced – in a second skin. The contours around the X.O Decanter evoke the River Charente – which once carried precious cognac barrels to maritime trading routes – and illuminate the deep colour of the Cognac within. To house the Masterpiece Decanter, he called on the cardboard design skills showcased in his Easy Edges furniture line to create a protective case.


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Payal Singhal’s Spring-Summer ’21 captures the new state of mind http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6346 Payal Singhal Spring Summer 2021 collection



March 17, 2021: Reflecting the signature design aesthetics of the designer, Payal Singhal’s latest Spring Summer 2021 collection is a carefully crafted kaleidoscope of colors and tassels. Taking hints from the idea of a new life, a ‘new normal’ that everyone is looking forward to, this new collection was unveiled with a vintage, Gucci-ish campaign on Instagram.



Payal Singhal Spring Summer 2021 collection



The collection sports bright Kilim prints and textured surface designs on crepes and silks. Vibrant purples, pinks, corals, and yellows radiate a new, albeit restrained hope. The mix of trademark athleisure and traditional Indian silhouettes offer the perfect look for this new life as we now know it.



Payal Singhal Spring Summer 2021 collection



Highlighting intricate, delicate details, the New Normal PSSS21 Collection is perfect for intimate gatherings.


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Zenith and Felipe Pantone together create a highly chromatic timepiece http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6345 Zenith Defy 21 Felipe Pantone



March 12, 2021: A sensation in the world of contemporary art, Argentinian-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone’s work is coveted by art-lovers and those with an eye for radical design. The artist has now reimagined Zenith’s most advanced chronograph.



The result is the DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone, a strikingly colourful creation that is all about playing with frequencies - visually and mechanically. With its 1/100th of a second El Primero 21 chronograph movement beating at an extremely high frequency of 360’000 vibrations per hour for unrivalled precision, the DEFY 21 is a logical choice of canvas onto which Felipe Pantone could express his “visible spectrum concept”, where all the detectable frequencies of light and its refracted colours come into play with the highest-frequency chronograph in production. 



Zenith Defy 21 Felipe Pantone



Limited to 100 pieces, the watch employs new techniques previously unheard of in watchmaking. One of its most striking features are the multi-coloured bridges, a signature trait in Pantone’s work. Using the principal of interference colours, the coating on the bridges reflects a gradient of metallic rainbow tones. Requiring months of trials and finding the appropriate solution with specialists to achieve this rainbow effect, the DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone is the first watch to ever use this innovative kind of three-dimensional PVD with silicon particles as a surface treatment on a movement to produce a spectrum of perfectly transitioning colours. While the process has been standardized, each piece will take on slightly different colours, essentially becoming a unique work of art.



The central hour and minute hands take on an intentionally distorted look resembling the lightning bolts that figure in much of Pantone’s work with a rainbow gradient of colours applied through the same state-of-the-art process as the movement’s bridges. Both the unusual shape and scale of the hands, as well as the precise application of the gradient PVD so that the colours transition perfectly between the different segments of the hands, proved far more challenging to create than anyone could have anticipated. But the engineers at Zenith refused to compromise even the littlest details. In the process, the development of this collaborative edition allowed Zenith to think out of the box and accomplish several world-firsts in watchmaking.



Zenith Defy 21 Felipe Pantone



The moiré optical effect produced by thin alternating white and black bands is a recurring theme in Felipe Pantone’s paintings and sculptures, which has been miniaturized and reproduced on the top bridges and portions of the dial of the DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone, using fine laser-engraving and lacquering techniques so precise that they provide an optical illusion of fluidic movement in the contrast of the stripes. The open dial is no less dynamic, with a mix of gradient and block colours on the markers and counters.



The black ceramic DEFY 21 features a grid pattern engraved on the bezel, and “FP#1” engraved on the four corners of the case, denoting “Felipe Pantone El Primero”. Allowing the various details of the chromatic dial and movement to stand out, the artist opted for a black textured rubber strap with a warped grid motif.




For those who prefer an even bolder look that matches the striking tones of the dial and movement, a second rubber strap is offered, with a central insert that goes from dark grey to a flash of all the colours in the spectrum, depending on the angle of light. 



The DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone will drop on March 15, 2021 at Zenith boutiques around the world as well as on the Zenith online shop.


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Sotheby’s to offer Stuart Weitzman’s ‘Three Treasures’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6344 Stuart Weitzman collection auction rare coin stamps



March 12, 2021: Sotheby’s New York will be presenting Three Treasures – Collected by Stuart Weitzman, a dedicated live auction of three legendary treasures from the personal collection of the renowned fashion designer and collector. On June 8, 2021 Sotheby’s will offer the fabled and elusive 1933 Double Eagle Coin, which set a world record when it last sold at auction in 2002, and the only example that is legally sanctioned by the United States government for private ownership; the sole-surviving example of the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, the most famous and valuable stamp in the world; and The Inverted Jenny Plate Block, the most well-known and sought-after American stamp rarity. 



Iconic as they are rare, the Double Eagle and the British Guiana will be offered with estimates of $10/15 million each and are poised to set new world auction records in their respective categories, and the Inverted Jenny will carry an estimate of $5/7 million, set to eclipse its own record for an American philatelic item.



Stuart Weitzman collection auction rare coin stamps



Richard Austin, Sotheby’s Global Head of Books & Manuscripts, commented: “As the most aspirational objects in their respective collecting fields and each with their own illustrious provenance, the Double Eagle, the British Guiana and the Inverted Jenny all hold an indelible place in history, and in our collective imagination…It is a testament to Stuart’s perennial passion and dedication to his childhood ambition of acquiring these prized pieces that we are able to create a special moment to share their stories with the world at once.”



Desginer Stuart Weitzman added, “I had a life-long dream of collecting the single greatest rarities in the two great collecting areas of stamps and coins and then placing these extraordinary treasures, hidden away for decades, on continuous public view. I determined to do that, and I did that. That was my dream. Today my dream is to leave a legacy of charitable works to which the proceeds from the sales of these treasures will go.”



Stuart Weitzman collection auction rare coin stamps



Mr. Weitzman is a life-long philatelist and numismatist with a deep appreciation for one-of-a-kind objects. Growing up collecting stamps and coins at an early age in Queens, New York, he fulfilled his boyhood pursuits at the highest echelon with his acquisition of the Double Eagle in 2002 and the British Guiana and Inverted Jenny Plate Block in 2014. Mr. Weitzman had loaned the British Guiana to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum where it has been on public display since 2015 in its own special exhibition. He also loaned the Double Eagle first to the Federal Reserve in Manhattan and then later to the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library. The Double Eagle has been exhibited at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library since 2013 and was joined by the Inverted Jenny in 2014 following Mr. Weitzman’s acquisition of the plate block.



Stuart Weitzman collection auction rare coin stamps

 

All of the seller’s proceeds will benefit charitable ventures, including The Weitzman Family Foundation, which supports medical research and higher education such as the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Other major Foundation projects include a museum in Madrid, the first of its kind, devoted to Spanish Judaica.




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Expedition company Explora offers itineraries to the word’s largest salt flat and driest desert across Chile & Bolivia http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6343 Explora luxury travel itineraries salt flats



March 12, 2021: Offering serenity, awe and adventure, the Travesía Explora Atacama & Uyuni private guided nomadic journey from Explora, takes travelers across the border of Chile and Bolivia. Running 7 to 11 nights, Travesía Explora Atacama & Uyuni invites travelers to witness the endless white expanse of the Uyuni Salt Flat, the world’s largest salt flat, and the Atacama Desert, the world’s driest desert, with mesmerizing scenery and explorations from every angle along the way.

 

Like Explora hotels in remote destinations across South America, Explora Travesías are inspired by the art of travel, celebrating remote-yet-culturally rich regions. 



Explora luxury travel itineraries driest desert



Available in either direction from Uyuni, Bolivia to Calama, Chile, the journey weaves along the Qhapaqnan section of the ancient Inca trail through a supernatural highland world both sheer in its immensity and dotted with volcanoes, vibrantly colorful lagoons, flamboyances of flamingos, steaming geysers, and monumental rock formations. 

 

Hiking, biking, and excursions by van take travelers to local villages and breathtaking terrain, including places so removed even some locals don’t know about them. Connecting with farmers and experiencing their ancient cultures is also a highlight, with travel along old community trails and opportunities to learn about quinoa cultivation and highlands shepherds, and savor a culinary experience from Bolivian Chef Mauricio Lópex of Ancestral restaurant in La Paz. True adventurers will be tempted by a hike to Tunupa volcano, a sacred protector of local villages.



Explora luxury travel itineraries Explora homes hotels



The Travesia Explora Atacama & Uyuni route includes two new Explora Mountain Homes and one new Explora lodge purpose-built for adventure and set in isolated locations in the Andes. The two Explora Mountain Homes, Ramaditas and Chituca, are essential spaces of prefabricated, minimalistic, and light construction to ensure as little interference as possible with the ground beneath and the surrounding territory. Each private Explora Mountain Home is arrayed for comfort and restoration, with space for up to 8 travelers in 4 bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms, as well as a separate dining area serving indigenous cuisine created from local ingredients and a lounge pouring local wines. The new Explora lodge, Explora Uyuni, has 6 rooms and can host up to 12 travelers. 



Explora luxury travel itineraries fauna



Explora offers Travesía Explora Atacama & Uyuni with departures available daily. Each traveler (or couple) will travel in their own 4x4 vehicle with a private local driver and Explora-trained, bilingual guide (English and Spanish). The season runs April 15-December 15. The all-inclusive rates range from USD $6,104 to USD $8,008 per person, depending on the length of the journey. For more information, to make reservations, email Explora.


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Indian designers Sarah & Sandeep introduce first couture collection for ‘Power Brides’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6341 Sarah & Sandeep Bridal collection



March 10, 2021: Indian designer label Sarah & Sandeep has announced the launch of its Summer Festive 21 collection ‘Equivalence’ with contemporary styles for both brides and grooms. With this collection, the designers wished to capture the change in the distribution of power amongst men and women, not only in the workplace, but also when it comes to Indian family dynamics. 



Always focusing on power and structure in their design aesthetics, the new concept couture bridal styles are a reflection of their previous menswear collections. 



Sarah & Sandeep Bridal collection



Some signature concept pieces include the Couture Bridal Power Suit, The Power Lehenga, The Bandhgala Saree & The Palazzo Power Lehenga. The Power Lehengas have embroidered panels, blouses with suit lapels, statement pleated drapes and a truly signature Sarah & Sandeep bridal look - a full sleeve bandhgala blouse paired with a lehenga with geometric hand worked artistry. 



Sarah & Sandeep Bridal collection



Tuxedos have been reimagined for brides looking to elevate their style quotient. A concept ensemble that represents this new design approach is a white fully embroidered Off-Shoulder Double Breasted Tuxedo styled with a veil as Sarah & Sandeep attempt to break the norms of what can pass off as an Indian bridal look.  



The styles for grooms are flawless and have an essence of their own with Bandhgalas with fabric manipulation and Kurta Bandi Sets with pleats on the hem.



Sarah & Sandeep Bridal collection



Equivalence is now available to shop directly at the Sarah & Sandeep flagship store in Khar(West).


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A salute to the incredible bravery of healthcare workers, Banksy’s Game Changer to be auctioned http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6340 March 10, 2021: On May 6, 2020, during the first wave of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a painting by Banksy was mysteriously sent to Southampton General Hospital in UK. ‘Game Changer’ was accompanied by a note: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.” The street artist donated the artwork to the hospital as a thank-you to the staff. Now Banksy is auctioning the original canvas to raise funds to benefit NHS (National Healthcare Service) charities, while a reproduction of the work remains in Southampton Hospital.



Banksy Game Changer painting auction



The iconic artwork, reflective of our current times, will be offered at Christie’s 20th Century Art Evening Sale on March 23, with a pre-sale estimate of £2,500,000-3,500,000. 



Appearing at a time when countries across the world applauded their frontline workers from their doorsteps during the first global lockdown, and painted rainbows in support, Game Changer spoke directly to the international zeitgeist. Until now, the work has only been seen in person by frontline medical staff and those admitted to hospital for treatment: the auction marks Game Changer's first appearance outside of the hospital. 



The hand-painted Game Changer shows a young boy playing with a selection of superhero dolls. In the painting, Batman and Spiderman lie discarded in a bin; instead, the child clutches a new idol. A masked nurse dressed in the international uniform of the Red Cross soars to the rescue, her cape fluttering and arm outstretched towards the sky. 



Katharine Arnold, Co-Head, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Europe: “Game Changer is a universal tribute to all those fighting worldwide on the frontline of this crisis. At a time when we can dare to hope once more, and look at life beyond the pandemic, it is important to reflect on the many symbols of strength and hope we have seen internationally since the beginning of 2020. Banksy’s Game Changer was a beacon of light for the staff and patients at Southampton General Hospital and it was the artist’s wish to then auction it with proceeds benefitting the NHS. The work pays tribute to the strength and resilience of those who have demonstrated true leadership throughout the pandemic, the staff of our vital NHS, the nation’s true heroes. At the same time, our young protagonist engaged in the simple pleasure of playing with his action figures, captures the other side of this pandemic, the focus on family, friends and loved ones.”



An image of quiet poignancy, the composition is monochrome, save for the red cross that glows from the nurse’s uniform. It captures a moment of unstudied innocence, as the boy appears to look towards a brighter dawn, safe in the knowledge that real superheroes do walk among us. As an artwork, it will remain forever a symbol of its time: a reminder of the world’s real game changers, and of the vital work they perform.


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Elie Saab's debut collection of wallpapers is now available in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6339 March 10, 2021: Fashion maven Elie Saab entered the world of wallpapers in 2020, and now the collection is available in India as well through UDC Homes. The collection is produced by Zambaiti Parati.



Elie Saab wallpaper designs



The wallpapers, indicative of the Lebanese designer’s magnanimous designs, has enthralling textures. Defining nature and architecture, the project is a long journey into imagination. The mysticism of Beirut meets the elegance of Made in Italy with fine touches of Parisian chicness.  



Elie Saab wallpaper designs



The wallpaper collection contours into gold and metallic with a very feminine touch in a neutral palette, reminiscing the brand's signature style. It is a fusion of contemporary, vintage and classical nuances with intricate designs, elegant textures and regal self-prints.



Elie Saab wallpaper designs



The exclusive collection is a seamless blend of art deco influences, contemporary designs and mural paintings, thus playing their part in creating an impressive décor.



Coordinates: UDC IMPEX LLP- No.99, third floor, Shiva market, Pitampura, Delhi-110034


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Sotheby’s to valuate & auction Karl Lagerfeld's estate http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6337 March 9, 2021: Auction house Sotheby's has been presented the mandate to valuate and auction property from the residences of legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld.



Karl Lagerfeld portrait



The valuation (planned to last two months) will be followed by an auction in Monaco to highlight the designer’s strong connection to the Principality and the Sovereign family. This inaugural sale will take place in the second half of 2021.

 

The designer, loved and revered by many, had passed away on February 19, 2019.


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Redefining traditional brunches, Shangri-La New Delhi introduces Moonlight Brunch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6336 Moonlight Brunch Shangri-La New Delhi



March 9, 2021: If you thought brunches could only be a day thing, think again. Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi is introducing the Moonlight Brunch, a bespoke experience at the hotel's restaurants Sorrento and Grappa. Diners can relish the eclectic Italian spread and enjoy groovy beats amidst the pleasing moon-lit outdoor seating on Grappa’s gorgeous patio.

 

The Moonlight Brunch is served from sundown until wee-hours into the night. The innovative night brunch offers a line-up of scrumptious hand-picked Italian delicacies such as Anti Pasti, Insalata, Cheese course, handmade pasta and Neapolitan pizzas. The brunch will be aided with a grilling station and specially curated desserts. Innovative cocktails will set the mood right along with live music from DJ Sunny Trehan.



Moonlight Brunch Shangri-La New Delhi

 

Available every Saturday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Grappa and Sorrento, the Moonlight Brunch starts at INR 3,500.


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Euphor by Amit Aggarwal is a well-defined collection for the modern millennial generation http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6335 March 4, 2021: Indian designer Amit Aggarwal, known for his unique take on Indian fashion, has launched his latest collection ‘Euphor’. Taking inspiration from the pacifying, relaxing effects that nature has on our overwhelmed, stressed senses in today’s corporate, cut-throat world, the collection captures the current state of mind quite well.



Amit Aggarwal 2021 fashion



Mr. Aggarwal explores the therapeutic balance of botanicals - the visual and mental unleashing rendered by flowers. The collection draws heavily from scientific journals that describe the physiological effects of nature on human health. In bringing this collection to life, Mr. Aggarwal taps into his deep understanding of couture and an experimentation of traditional print and embroidery techniques. 



Amit Aggarwal 2021 fashion



Amit Aggarwal 2021 fashion



“This past year has pushed us to explore the limits of what we’re capable of in a constantly heightened state of mind. Unwinding has become a conscious, forceful choice. I used fashion as a canvas to explore this escape into a reality that was our shared collective in the past decades before industrialisation. To me ‘Euphor’ is the exploration of time into a mental state. It’s brought to life through delightful material and precise karigari,” he explains.



Amit Aggarwal 2021 fashion



Innovating with technique, Euphor prints over hand embellished fabric to create unique surface textures. The collection also uses metallic cording moulded to create organic patterns. With the color pallete of Blush Lisianthus, Fuchsia, Mint, Emerald and Camella, the collection brings nature’s calm into our everyday life.



Amit Aggarwal 2021 fashion


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Tarun Tahiliani’s Spring-Summer 2021 collection is light, ethereal http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6334 Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



March 4, 2021: Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani launched his S/S 2021 collection – Timelessness – on Instagram via a virtual fashion show. Presenting his patrons with a light yet exquisite collection, the audience was enraptured by the simplicity of the designs. 



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

For the past two and half decades, Mr. Tahiliani has keenly focused on creating hancrafted creations while maintaining their lightness and concentrating on the ease of wear for brides on their special day. Never compromising on the garments’ movement and fluidity, he has found ways to work with traditional and modern techniques to create these veritable pieces of art in motion. 



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

During the last year, Mr. Tahiliani revisited techniques that he has employed for a long time in his work and come up with more advanced application methods to artisanal crafts such as ari, kashida, kasab, chikankari and others. And with the change in focus –from large weddings to more intimate set-ups with a handful of guests, every bride is now focusing on the quality of what she will wear and how comfortable she will be so that she can let loose and truly enjoy her own special day. Mr. Tahiliani’s new styles of applications help him do just that.



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

Speaking on the collection, Mr. Tahiliani says, “Persian jaali in monuments has always been of great inspiration to me and I love to find ways to incorporate it in my design work. This season I have used laser-cut jaalis in 3-4 tones on light silk, accentuated with kasab and kundan and the use of precisely cut gota, not only to ensure the sumptuousness of these techniques but also to maintain lightness in the final garment.”



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

With the easing of restrictions and a year of staying indoor, the weddings of 2021 will be all about colour, brightness and sunny outdoors. Using playful pastels and metallics and reds, the latest Tarun Tahiliani collection is full of hand-embroidered pieces. While the traditional red lehengas have a fine tulle base with silks and bandhani adorned with the use of kundan with handloom textures in intricate Benarasi brocades. For the day wedding and other functions, the Tarun Tahiliani atelier presents a fun range of pastels and metallics. 



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

The silhouettes that make up the collection include lightweight lehengas, shararas, peplum blouses, concept saris, newly structured drapes and anarkalis.



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

Using a unique fusion of ari and kasab and chikan on signature, hand-painted Tarun Tahiliani prints, there is an infusion of handlooms such as Chanderi squares and stripes as well as unique Kanjivaram weaves along with bandhini. The designer experiments with greater use of gota, kundan and dull metallics and thread-work to bring a soft fluffiness and drama to each of the pieces. 



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

Completing the bride’s looks, the collection also comprises a range of bejewelled evening clutch bags, bucket potlis and jewelled belts. With unusual handles, splashes of navratan, innovative latkan and fringing, each of these is a statement piece in itself.



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

  

The collection also includes elegant designs for men with sherwanis, kurta sets, bundi and bandhgalas in raw silk, mutka silk, linen and much more. An unlikely choice, linen also makes an appearancs in the men’s collection. Pale brocades, woven in antique zari and trademark Tarun Tahiliani chikankari in shades of pale blush onion and ivory set the menswear apart.



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

The brand Tarun Tahiliani has recently been invested into by Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd (ABFRL). The company will acquire a 33% stake in the couture business for Rs. 67 crore (approximately $9.25 million).


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Fellows Auctioneers to host a talk on London’s Lost Jewels http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6333 March 4, 2021: If ancient, vintage jewels always fascinated the historian in you, then Fellow’s upcoming event will certainly enchant you.



Over 100-years ago, in 1912, a cache of magnificent jewels was discovered on a building side in Cheapside, London. The objects are evocative reminders of London’s past, which had been undisturbed for 300 years. The hoard was discovered during a demolition of a 17th century timber-framed building in Cheapside near St Paul’s Cathedral.



London's Lost Jewels talk by Fellows



The talk at Fellows will divulge how The Cheapside Hoard gives the perfect insight into the Elizabethan and early Stuart jewellers’ trade, life, and fashion in London. Hazel Forsyth, the Senior Curator of the Medieval and Early-Modern Collections at the Museum of London, will be enlightening the audience with some facts and opinions. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a Freeman of the City of London; a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths' and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Pewterers.



London's Lost Jewels talk by Fellows



Alexandra Whittaker, PR & Communications Manager at Fellows Auctioneers, said: “I’m very much looking forward this event. It is perfect for our audience as it will detail the phenomenal story behind London’s lost jewels. Following the success of our talk on the jewellery of Henry VIII’s wives, I know that there is a lot of interest in jewellery of this era. Now, more than ever, we could all do with escapism from the current climate. What could better for that than an hour or so of learning about an intriguing part of the UK’s jewellery history.”



Ms. Forsyth has worked on numerous exhibitions in this country and abroad and has published widely on a range of subjects including: London’s Lost Jewels: The Cheapside Hoard (2013) and Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Surviving the Great Fire of London (2016).



London's Lost Jewels talk by Fellows



In the last year, Fellows has hosted many fascinating talks via Zoom with historians, jewellers, and horologists. These events have covered topics such as the Jewellery of Henry VIII’s Wives, Watches For War, and Forensic Jewellery. 



Tickets and more information on the event are available via the Fellows website.


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Prominent Indian artists come under the spotlight in Christie’s South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6332 MF Hussain art auction



Untitled by MF Husain; estimated at $120,000 to $180,000





March 4, 2021: Throughout March, auction house Christie’s is holding its traditional South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Sale on March 17 as Live auction, which will be accompanied by an online sale which is open for bidding until March 18. Additionally Christie’s will offer an online sale entitled Calligraphy: Art in writing which will include works by South Asian, Middle Eastern artist and Islamic art opening for bidding on March 17 until April 7.



FN Souza art auction



Untitled by FN Souza; estimated at $150,000 to $250,000





Christie’s South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art auction celebrates a wide variety of artistic practices from the South Asian subcontinent and its diaspora across the 20th and 21st centuries.



The online sale includes excellent modern works on paper by artists Maqbool Fida Husain, Francis Newton Souza, Manjit Bawa, Prabhakar Barwe and Jogen Chowdhury, alongside those by their mentors and pioneers of regional schools like Abdul Rahman Chughtai, Walter Langhammer, Nek Chand, K.G. Ramanujam and Kamrul Hasan. Of particular note are early works by Souza, K.H. Ara and Satish Gujral, originally from the collection of the eminent critic Rudy von Leyden.



Amrita Sher-Gil art auction



'Portrait of Denyse' by Amrita Sher-Gil; estimated at $1,800,000 to $2,800,000





Rounding out the online catalogue is a section of exceptional works by modern Pakistani artists including Zahoor ul Akhlaq, Jamil Naqsh, Ismail Gulgee and Ahmed Parvez, and a group of contemporary works by artists including Surendran Nair, Nilima Sheikh, Arpana Caur and Paresh Maity.



Part I of the live auction is led by important early works by Amrita Sher-Gil (a recently discovered ‘Portrait of Denyse’ circa 1932), Tyeb Mehta (Confidant, 1962) and Francis Newton Souza (Family, 1946). Also included are exceptional examples by modern masters Maqbool Fida Husain, Sayed Haider Raza and Narayan Shridhar Bendre. Also featured is a fine group of paintings by Krishen Khanna from the collection of Arthur and Lilly Banwell, acquired directly from the artist over the course of a long family friendship and held privately for over half a century. A diverse contemporary section includes impressive prints and a sculpture by Zarina, and significant works by the region’s most renowned practitioners like Atul Dodiya, Anju Dodiya, Ranjani Shettar, Jitish Kallat and Subodh Gupta, to name a few.



christies art auction 2021



Abstract Collage by Benodebehari Mukherjee; estimated at $12,000 to $18,000







Part II includes a significant collection of works by Benodebehari Mukherjee (1904-1980) from the Mrinalini Mukherjee Foundation. Ethereal landscapes by this pioneer of modern Indian art are complemented by a group of figurative works and nature studies representing every phase of his career. Particularly important are collages, sketches and prints from the final stage of his life, executed after the artist’s complete loss of eyesight.


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Lakmé Fashion Week & FDCI join hands http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6329 Lakme Fashion Week FDCI 2021 combined fashion week 



March 1, 2021: Combining forces for a positive change, Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) - organised by Lakmé & RISE Worldwide (formerly IMG Reliance) - and Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) will present a joint schedule this season at Lakmé Fashion Week. The Phygital Fashion Week will take place from March 16-21, 2021. The event will have a special “unity logo” designed to mark this occasion.



The joint schedule and lineup will comprise the best of curation and designers from Delhi, Mumbai and across India. FDCI & Lakmé Fashion Week will jointly present the Opening Show on March 16, and will culminate with the Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale on March 21. The event will also feature the prestigious talent discovery programme GenNext for designers as well as promote modelling talent through FDCI’s #GetNoticed Model Hunt besides other innovations. Both FDCI and LFW will continue their buyer programmes launched last season as well.



Lakme Fashion Week FDCI 2021 combined fashion week



Sunil Sethi, Chairman, FDCI, commented, “The Fashion Design Council of India for decades has tirelessly worked to make the design industry lead from the front and leave a global footprint. The pandemic has darkened the clouds, this will add a silver lining to the business of fashion and help sharpen the needs of the fast changing world. Lakmé, RISE Worldwide and FDCI will now have a shared purpose and belonging as we both reinvent the wheel in uncertain times. We are delighted to present this fashion week together.”

 

Jaspreet Chandok, Head – Lifestyle Businesses at RISE Worldwide, said, “RISE Worldwide’s ultimate goal is the development of eco-systems that we operate in and we feel this partnership will help elevate the fashion industry to new heights. We are glad to partner with the FDCI and look forward to jointly present Lakmé Fashion Week this season, as we RISE as one."


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Swarovski reveals new logo & brand identity http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6328 March 1, 2021: With a rich 126 year old history in innovation and crystal cutting, Swarovski has redesigned its brand identity to charge ahead with its next chapter—a bold vision that celebrates crystal in all its forms. The new Swarovski debuts under the helm of Creative Director, Giovanna Engelbert, with a joyful universe that invites you to ‘ignite your dreams.’



Swarovski new brand logo



A long-standing beacon of the brand’s self-expression, the Swarovski Swan is reimagined through the filter of the Wonderlab, Ms. Engelbert’s imaginary crystal world. In her own words, “The Wonderlab is where science and magic meet, where extra and elegance collide, it is a feeling of wonder that everyone should experience as we invite them into our new world at Swarovski.”



The new Swarovski Swan turns to face the brand’s new direction head on, poised to take flight. Evolving from its most recent iteration, it takes on a streamlined form – with an elongated neck and positioning crafted to reinforce the brand’s ever-forward momentum.



The finishing touch of Swarovski’s new brand icon comes in the form of a candylike octagon wrapping. Representing rebirth, the octagon is an immediate nod to a faceted crystal, evoking the unrivalled craftsmanship of Swarovski’s master cutters.



The Swarovski Wonderlab comes alive with the unveiling of 28 Instant Wonder stores in key global markets. Beginning with Milan’s Galleria (which opened on February 23, 2021), a further 27 store openings will follow across North America, Europe and APAC—including new locations in Paris and New York.



Designed to reflect the brand’s upcoming campaign and new visual identity, guests will be welcomed into a sensorial retail space enhanced by vibrant colors and textures, metallic sculptures, and innovative materials that work together to encourage exploration and self-expression. Swarovski’s Instant Wonder stores realize joyful wonder, a candy-like dreamscape filled with the full spectrum of crystal lifestyle pieces—loose components, jewelry, watches, figurines and accessories— and furnished with a captivating backdrop of Swarovski’s octagonal logo silhouette, created from the new packaging.



Swarovski’s Instant Wonder store unveilings will be supported by both live and digital activations, including virtual tours, sneak previews of collection pieces and lifestyle content to further immerse and engage customers. Designed in partnership with Paris-based Villa Eugenie, these stores will create an emotive stirring of magic for customers.


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Glorifying the art & architecture of Rajasthan, AMPM’s Spring Summer 2021 collection has a minimalistic appeal http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6327 March 1, 2021: With the designer duo belonging to the magical state of Rajasthan, Ankur and Priyanka Modi of AMPM have taken inspiration comes from the land of majestic palaces, rugged forts, golden sand and a scorching sun for its Spring Summer 2021 collection.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



Called Aārthai, the name is a culmination of two words - ‘art’ a recurring source of inspiration and ‘athai,’a Marwari origin word meaning ‘here’. Aārthai simply means ‘art lies here’.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



The collection takes cues from the vibrant artistic heritage of the royal state. There are two key inspiration stories followed throughout the season, the art of Pichwai and of the Amer Fort in Jaipur. While Pichwai is characterized by its beautiful motifs from mythological tales, the Amer Fort is known for its intricately decorated doors, ceilings and archways. 



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



“Being a Marwari myself, I’ve experienced Rajasthan in many different ways throughout my life. I have travelled there, lived there, been schooled there, but the one thing that’s remained a constant has been my sense of awe at the sheer width and variation of art, craft, topography and culture that this desert land has to offer,” says Priyanka Modi.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



The traditionally busy artform of Pichwai is reimagined in a unique minimal rendition for the collection. Motifs for the summer range feature details from fabled stepwells and jharokha laden havelis.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



Through Aārthai, art and architecture transcend into a modern, more abstract realization. The strokes are free and intuitive but strike a nuanced balance, forming a very contemporary portrait of Rajasthan.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



Cowled jackets and tunics play canvas to dreamy prints. The signature AMPM pre-draped saree is heightened by intricate surface design. Each motif is painstakingly hand drawn and stylized to have a life of its own. The playful monkeys, majestic horses, lush banana leaves and art inspired from patterned floors and temple facades are drawn in hues of pearl ivory, purple, burgundy and sage.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



“So many times over nearly two decades, I’ve thought of exploring Rajasthan. And every single time I was overwhelmed by the number of possibilities it presented and the fact that I’d have to whittle it down to fit into a collection. So I kept pushing it into the future. For most of us, it took an unforeseen global event to realize that we cannot wait for a perfect time for things to happen; and how out of control we truly are of our own lives. I had seen Jai Khanna’s work at his solo show some time ago and saw how beautifully he had taken a traditionally busy and colorful artform, and depicted it so minimally, so emotively. That spark of inspiration came right there,” explains Ms. Modi.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



The collection features summer shirts, godet palazzos and soft drapery that has now become a house signature. Soft chanderis and sumptuous silks, are punctuated by silk satin embroidery, applique dori work and gold faux leather embossing.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



Gold-plated coiled brooches, plush buttons and beautiful branch fasteners add a luxe element. The classic corset belts and shoes are also amplified with exotic charms and figurines.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion


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Serapian’s Fall-Winter 2021/22 collection is a vibrant mosaic of accessories & furniture http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6326 February 26, 2021: The new Serapian season is a tribute to Milano, the brand’s birthplace, thus capturing the soul of Milano, its elegant understatement and the outstanding ability of the inhabitants to create, design and innovate. Milanese photographer Guido Taroni puts together the project #MilanoBySerapian, picturing 20 friends of the brand interpreting the collection.



Serapian Milano Fall Winter 2021-22



Either born and raised in Milano or eventually moved to the city, they all share with Serapian the same passion for style, creativity and authenticity. And they led the photographer to their most loved or secret places, in an exciting visual exploration of what being Milanese means.



Serapian Milano Fall Winter 2021-22



Protagonists include Amina Marazzi Gandolfi (photographer), Angelica Morandini (lawyer), Claudia D’Arpizio (partner Bain & Company), Derek Castiglioni (landscape designer), Enrica Stabile (vintage dealer), Federico Sigali (interior designer), Ferruccio Laviani (architect), Francesca Mapelli (journalist), Giampiero Bodino (artistic director), Gile Bae (pianist), Guido Taroni (photographer), Imen Boulahrajne (media expert & co-founder Will), Luchino Visconti (entrepreneur) and Sava Bisazza Terracini (communication & events), Luna Bonaccorsi (entrepreneur), Madina Visconti di Modrone (jewellery designer) Marta Sala (interior designer), Micol Sabbadini (jewellery designer), and Umberta Gnutti Beretta (philanthropist and entrepreneur).



Serapian Milano Fall Winter 2021-22



The Women’s collection highlights once again the Mosaico craft with its hand-woven soft nappa stripes. Some symbols of Milano turn into color references, like Nero Brera, recalling the artists’ originality in experimenting with bold hues, such as fuchsia, yellow and mint green. Nero Villa Mozart pays homage to the unsurpassed beauty of Serapian’s headquarters, where bronze, blush and yellow resemble its precious marbles. 



Serapian Milano Fall Winter 2021-22



Cuoio Prezioso is a marriage of nude, bronze and gold inspired by the extraordinary mosaics of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, where the Futuristic cultural movement was born, and which is now celebrated by the orange shades of Arancio Futurista. Then a declaration of love from Serapian to the city comes from Rosso Milanese, a passionate variation on red with touches of white and coral. 



Serapian Milano Fall Winter 2021-22



Nero Brera and Nero Villa Mozart also come with a fringed décor on the hem on both Secret and Mini Secret models, while new shapes get the spotlight: the super light Hobo Secret and the Nano Secret, the micro version of one of Serapian’s top sellers, developed in a wide color range. Plus, the Soft Diamante, with a chain strap and soft side folds, and the Soft Pouch, an ultra-light pochette, with two woven leather ties.



Serapian Milano Fall Winter 2021-22



As a special project, Serapian joins forces with Azucena, a Milanese brand by architects Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Ignazio Gardella and Corrado Corradi Dell’Acquas. Serapian’s artisans enhanced an extraordinary piece of Italian interior design, the Catilina Chair presented in Milano by Caccia Dominioni at the beginning of the 1950s at the Triennale. Serapian and Azucena, both linked to Milano, re-read the iconic chair with a new cushion where the sides are enriched by the Mosaico craft, playing with color combinations from the iconic black & white to touches of fuchsia, mint, red, bronze or navy blue.


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Fabergé’s Cosmic Curve collection takes inspiration from ancient beliefs http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6325 February 26, 2021: Inspired by the belief that every gemstone contains energy from one of the planets in our solar system, Fabergé has launched the Cosmic Curve collection of rings. Set with tsavorites, a rainbow of coloured sapphires and Gemfields’ Zambian emeralds and Mozambican rubies, these rings are available in 18k yellow, white and rose gold. In line with this belief, which has its origin in ancient times, it is hoped that the energy from the gemstones will help the wearer to increase their sense of wellbeing and happiness.



Faberge Cosmic Colour Collection



It was the Babylonians who, thousands of years ago, believed that gemstones were guarantors of health and joy: their unusual colours and scarcity contributed to this idea that they were associated with magical powers. Today, it is still believed that the healing powers of gemstones derive from the special cosmic influences of their associated ruling planets.



This belief is corroborated by ancient Indian gemmological texts as well, which explain that white light is composed of seven primary and two secondary colours blended together. The primary colours are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet; the secondary colours are ultra-violet and infra-red. The former become visible in the form of a rainbow, but the latter two always remain invisible. These nine colours are thought of as the cosmic matrix, and are the very essence of the nine planets; and it is through these bright hues that the planets radiate their energy and influence.



Faberge Cosmic Curve Collection



Gemstones constitute the most condensed form of concentrated colour and thus can provide a limitless source of cosmic colour rays. In ancient Indian texts, gemstones with their corresponding colours were said to possess powers that could be used in a targeted manner to heal symptoms of certain illnesses.



For example, if the Sun (Surya) is exalted in a horoscope, it is believed a person will be well-read, strong, and compassionate. Red is the cosmic colour transmitted by rubies, and red colour waves are hot, and therefore reputed to be useful in curing diseases caused by excessive cold and moisture in the body, including colds, anaemia, low blood pressure and heart and circulatory problems. In addition, solar gemstones confer courage and eliminate sadness.



Faberge Cosmic Curve Collection



When Saturn (Shani) is exalted, one will be charitable, lavish and affectionate. Violet is the cosmic colour transmitted by blue sapphires and other natural blue and violet gems. Violet colour waves are related to Saturn, the planet believed to govern the entire nervous system. Saturn Astral Talismans are known to help strengthen a person’s nervous system.



Ideal to be stacked or worn alone, the Cosmic Curve collection is available from £4,600/$6,000 and can be purchased at faberge.com. Virtual appointments are also available to view the rings or find out more about your colour.


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Burberry’s Autumn/Winter 2021 menswear collection reminisces the outdoors http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6323 February 22, 2021: The recently presented Burberry Autumn/Winter 2021 menswear collection by Riccardo Tisci, Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer, honours a connection to the outdoors. The young and vibrant menswear collection reinvents traditions. 



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 Menswear



“For my first Burberry menswear-focused collection, I wanted to celebrate the freedom of expression. Enclosed indoors, I dreamt of the outdoors and its beauty, fuelled by the thought of the creativity that comes when we are together,” said Mr. Tisci.



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 Menswear



With a focus on outerwear, the clothes are engineered to reflect motion and activity – with pleats, panels and fringes – as if moving in the wind. The tailoring has a sense of twisted classicism, while Burberry’s quintessential house codes – the trench coat and Burberry beige – are evolved.



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 Menswear



The Burberry animal kingdom, a signature house code, is once again revisited through prints and shapes – a nod to the wilderness. Deer motifs inspire the silhouettes of knitted beanies, while boots and sneakers on moulded soles are also sculpted to resemble hooves. The collection’s distinct palette is tonal and rich, including Burberry beige, bark brown, oxblood burgundy, city greys and shirting shades of pale blue and pink. 



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 Menswear



“This collection is an homage to the relationship between humanity and nature, where we can break free and come together to discover new forms of expression. It’s for those who are defining their own path, whose strength and energy have inspired this Burberry collection,” explains Mr. Tisci.



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 Menswear


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Debuting in the Pink City, the newly opened Leela Palace Jaipur is a grand sight http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6322 The Leela Palace Jaipur



February 22, 2021: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts have unveiled The Leela Palace Jaipur, which has gone through extensive refurbishment and enhancements, as it opens to travelers looking for a post-pandemic vacation.



Located amidst tranquil environs near the Amber fort on Delhi-Jaipur highway, The Leela Palace Jaipur is set against the majestic backdrop of the Aravalli range, on over 8 acres of landscaped gardens. Within easy driving distance from Delhi, the hotel is within easy distance from historical places of interest, buzzing bazaars brimming with textiles, art and handicrafts and the famous silver and gemstone markets.



The Leela Palace Jaipur



Inspired by the royal Rajputana heritage, the design of the hotel pays homage to the intricacies of regional craftsmanship. From the 400-year-old heritage craft of Thikri, the art of inlaying mirrors, to the traditional Shekhawati paintings that adorn the walls to the glimmering domes that have been carefully crafted with silver foiling, every detail evokes a sense of place and majestic splendour. 



The Leela Palace Jaipur



The Leela Palace Jaipur houses 200 lavishly appointed rooms suites and villas. Villas with private plunge pools are the largest in the city, blending exquisite details with contemporary charm. Opulent décor and plush interiors are accentuated by bespoke elements such as delicately designed chandeliers. The Villas offer a true Leela Palace experience defined by the signature intuitive Palace Service, thoughtfully curated and delivered by the Palace Butlers.



The Leela Palace Jaipur



The rich culinary repertoire at The Leela Palace Jaipur seduces the palate with everything from the royal kitchens to traditional Indian to contemporary fine dining. Sukh Mahal offers delectable flavours, both Indian and international, thoughtfully crafted with the fresh ingredients. Mohan Mahal, the speciality Indian restaurant inspired by the famed Sheesh Mahal at Amber Fort, offers a magical dining experience. Lit only by candles, the iridescent ambience of the restaurant lends a unique charm as guests relish the most authentic Awadhi and Rajasthani cuisine. Hawa Mahal satiates the longing for an exclusive rooftop dining experience where sights and tastes are both tended to with charming warmth. The hotel will also open a contemporary Italian restaurant soon.



The Leela Palace Jaipur



The Leela Palace Jaipur boasts of over 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space including a stunning pillarless Grand Ballroom and verdant lawns, providing a superlative venue for celebrations, memorable weddings and bespoke events. The serene setting of The Leela Palace Jaipur makes it a beautiful vacation destination for families.


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Indian jewelry brand Studio Renn launches international e-commerce presence http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6321 Studio Renn ring



Bleeding Tooth Sapphire Ring by Studio Renn





February 19, 2021: Studio Renn, a proud Bombay-based jewelry design house, is offering its curious, atypical jewelry pieces globally with a new e-commerce platform



"The pandemic gave us the opportunity to fast-track our international roll-out – to go out beyond our borders and showcase our work to a wider audience," says Rahul Jhaveri, founder of Studio Renn. 



Studio Renn earring

Gemstone Puffball Sapphire Earrings by Studio Renn





True to the name Renn, which means rebirth, the Studio explores concepts and perspectives, realizing abstract ideas and feelings through fine jewelry. The design practice pursues development of jewelry as precious wearables that are beautifully imperfect.



Offered on the e-commerce platform is Studio Renn’s new collection – (An)otherness – which is inspired by a series of sketches, made for the Studio by contemporary artist Prashant Salvi.



Studio Renn ring



Boletus Sp Three Finger Ring by Studio Renn





Shadows, airgaps, volume and textures are used with finesse to lend life to the design. Diamonds, precious stones, gold and concrete merge and contrast to explore infinite possibilities. While the design probes tactile sensibilities and atrophy, reverse-set and hidden gemstones and asymmetric arrangements contemplate materials and techniques.



The collection in Volume I focuses on unheated Burmese ruby cabochons, Burmese sapphires and diamonds set in 18k white, yellow and rose gold with blackened and high-gloss finishes. Volume I, comprising 28 pieces, includes earrings, rings, bracelets, pendants, brooches, and collar clips.



Studio Renn collar clip



Boletus Sp Collar Clip by Studio Renn





The new e-commerce platform showcases the Studio’s unique vocabulary and universe to an international clientele. “The virtual store is a platform for us to share our work and show who we are. It is meant to tear down boundaries that were never really there, and to have our voices heard from afar,” explains Mr. Jhaveri.


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Part of Gucci’s Epilogue collection, the Ken Scott capsule is a burst of colors http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6320 February 19, 2021: Gucci has launched a selection of special pieces from its Epilogue collection incorporating the work of American fashion designer Ken Scott, who resided in Milan in the 1960s and 70s, where he created his colourful patterned fabrics and line. 



Gucci Ken Scott Collection 2021



Given the name ‘the gardener of fashion’, Mr. Scott would regularly feature large scale flowers in his creations, including peonies, roses, poppies and sunflowers. Designs from his archive appear on Epilogue’s clothing and accessories for men and women. Colour and floral patterns define the looks. The prints turn up unexpectedly on fleeces, on down jackets, evening gowns, as well as silk accessories including headbands and printed on bags.



Gucci Ken Scott Collection 2021



The Gucci Ken Scott collaboration is also applied to shoes. For men, the look is sporty and casual; a black cotton base fabric has been printed with contrasting gold lettering – the initials KS and GG – mixed with gold and silver flowers. This material also features for the Gucci Tennis 1977 in lace-up and slip-on models, and the Pursuit slide. The lace-up Tennis shoe also features the green-red-green House Web stripe. Then for another version of the Pursuit, and a Screener sneaker, a bright Ken Scott floral print called ‘Giardino d’Aprile’, translated as ‘April Garden’, displaying a combination of bright flowers, makes a powerful impact. The Screener sneaker has blue heels and a blue-red-blue House Web stripe, while the floral Pursuit slide features a large blue interlocking GG on each shoe.



Gucci Ken Scott Collection 2021



For women’s shoes and boots there are four different Ken Scott prints (‘Giardino d’Aprile’, ’Zia’, ‘Jenni’ and ‘Pomponica’), all featuring bright combinations of flowers in different colours, and all detailed with micro Ken Scott and Gucci script logos. These have been applied to a fabric base to create the materials for a number of footwear styles: sneakers (Rhyton, Ace and Screener), slides, loafers (Princetown and Jordaan), flats and high boots.



Gucci Ken Scott Collection 2021



For the soft accessories, silk carrés have been developed in different sizes, from small (70x70 cm), to classic (90x90 cm), to maxi (140x140 cm), to maximise the visibility of Mr. Scott’s prints. Furthermore, the offer is completed by colourful ribbons, cosy and refined shawls and stoles, headbands in lamé or cotton and characterful baseball caps and bucket hats. 



Gucci Ken Scott Collection 2021



Today, Ken Scott is a brand of Mantero, a renowned textile company, and designs from Mr. Scott’s rich archive are preserved by the Ken Scott Foundation, now based in Como.


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Moët & Chandon collaborates with Ambush for a new bottle design http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6318 Moet & Chandon X Ambush Champagne bottle design



February 15, 2021: Champagne house Moët & Chandon has collaborated with fashion designer Yoon Ahn of Ambush to reveal a new design of its bottles, which also supports the environment. The new limited-edition bottle of Impérial Moët & Chandon has a contemporary edge.



A brand born in 1743 with strong ties to history and heritage, Moët & Chandon’s association with Ms. Ahn is a bold, disruptive step for them. The new design of the iconic cuvee connects Moët & Chandon with the spirit of the times and speaks to the values championed by today’s generation.



Moet & Chandon X Ambush Champagne bottle design



The partnership between Moët & Chandon and Ambush is particularly momentous because it marks the first time in 152 years that the iconic bottle of Moët Impérial, born in 1869, has been redesigned by an artist. 



The Champagne house is also donating a portion of profits from sales of the limited-edition Moët & Chandon x AMBUSH to the World Land Trust, an international conservation charity that protects threatened natural habitats. The funds will be targeted to protecting the Canandé Reserve in the Ecuadorian Chocó Forest, a place as biodiverse as the Amazon rainforest but far more threatened. World Land Trust CEO Jonathan Barnard says that support from the Moët & Chandon x AMBUSH collaboration will have a direct impact on protecting fragile species and stopping deforestation. 



Moet & Chandon X Ambush Champagne bottle design



Ms. Anh says, “On my visit to Epernay, I saw the devotion of the people at Moët & Chandon to nature and to their precious terroir. This inspired me to select the World Land Trust to receive the support of the House, so that together we could help preserve other terroirs around the world.”



While the content of this limited edition is faithful to the Champagne region’s vineyards, Moët & Chandon gave Yoon carte blanche to redesign the bottle with her minimalist aesthetic. Yoon has given the bottle a deep black neck that contrasts with a new embossed white label. Her design resembles an open window which gives a glimpse into the golden liquid housed inside this delicate bottle.


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JJ Valaya launches another interpretation of Bursa for summer 2021 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6317 JJ Valaya Bursa Summer 2021



February 15, 2021: Crafting new interpretations of Bursa – Indian designer JJ Valaya’s winter 2020 collection – the new collection is richer, with more magnificence shining through. 



JJ Valaya Bursa Summer 2021



An ode to the culturally rich, elaborate Ottoman Empire, BURSA is an alluring tribute to Persian heritage. Mr. Valaya has long sought inspiration from the alluring alleys of Turkey for his collections. Keeping intact the inspiration points behind the former Bursa Collection, yet respecting the change of season, the collection plays with lighter silks and organzas in order to bring forth the requisite resplendence required for weddings and occasions that are being held in the new season.



JJ Valaya Bursa Summer 2021



While traditional colours like reds and its family are synonymous with Valaya, this collection also welcomes the changing season with open arms by celebrating soft summer shades and myriad hues. The collection utilises antiquated metals, gotta, silk threads and intricate gold embroidery for this new interpretation. 



JJ Valaya Bursa Summer 2021



This collection showcases a diverse range of modern cuts and styles. One such example is the use of faux leather and velvet patches, beautifully appliqued onto silk, which bestows a modern element to intricate bygone work. The modern cut blouses have interesting necklines and puffed sleeves. The collection also uses tulle and organza to provide that light sheen for the summer months. 



JJ Valaya Bursa Summer 2021



A fresh addition to this selection of lehengas, blouses, dupattas and sherwanis would be an assortment of embellished hair bands. However, the highlight of this collection is the EMROOZ (‘today’ in Persian) border which is a timeless bejeweled border carefully sewn into several pieces of the collection.



JJ Valaya Bursa Summer 2021


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Bvlgari offers a mix & match experience with Allegra, its new personalized fragrance collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6316 Bvlgari Allegra perfumes



February 11, 2021: Luxury brand Bvlgari has created an Italian sensorial experience with its new Bvlgari Allegra fragrance collection which includes five eaux de parfums and five magnifying essences. The parfums and essences can be combined to create a uniquely personal scent. 



“All roads lead to Rome, all magnificent ingredients lead to Rome, and all fragrances lead to Rome,” says Jacques Cavallier about his creations for Bvlgari. Inspired by the history and lifestyle of Italy, the master perfumer put his passion and art into crafting the collection.



Bvlgari Allegra perfumes 2021



Riva Solare has citrus-y notes, while Fiori d’Amore takes roses as its central focus. Amaretti and orange blossom are highlighted in Dolce Estasi while Rock’n’Rome has fruity notes. Fantasia Veneta, with patchouli, peach and vanilla, is perhaps the most complex of them all. 



The glass bottles are inspired by the sculptured elegance of Roman columns and the colors of precious gems. The five Magnifying essences have white bottles, symbolizing the purity of the ingredients: musk, bergamot, rose, patchouli and vanilla. The Bvlgari Allegra collection is made entirely in Europe and protected by packaging that uses recycled materials. The glass bottles are designed for recycling.


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Residential superyacht M/Y NJORD partners with health & wellness pioneer Chenot http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6315 MY Njord ship design



February 11, 2021: Ocean Residences Development Ltd. – creators of M/Y NJORD – and Chenot (HC International S.A.) have agreed a partnership to offer the very best in health and wellness on board M/Y NJORD, a private residential superyacht which is yet to be launched.



Chenot will operate from M/Y NJORD, offering a world-class medical spa facility, alongside their extensive health and wellness programmes. Their services include transformative wellbeing treatments, individually tailored holistic routines and preventative therapies, all based on the Chenot Method. This popular philosophy is about detoxing the body with the aim of anti-ageing, which it does by integrating and transmitting energetic, physical and emotional signals to the body. In addition, the Chenot diet, stimulate the body and mind to detoxify, rebalance and reset the body’s functions and physiology.



chenot health and wellness technique



Located on Deck 10 with stunning open-ended panoramic views, the 930 sq m Chenot facility is set within the signature Chenot interiors of modern understated luxury. In addition to the spa and wellness facilities, the yacht has a fully equipped and professionally staffed medical centre on Deck 3. M/Y Njord offers 118 residences in 21 different configurations.



While travelling, residents will be able to devote time to their health with bespoke holistic, dietary and physical treatments complemented by natural therapies to detox, de-stress, re-energise, reset and rebalance both body and mind. 



chenot health and wellness technique



“There is clearly a growing demand for a private, bespoke yachting lifestyle where residents, their families and guests can travel in a safe and healthy environment,” says COO of Ocean Residences Development, Alain Gruber. “M/Y NJORD will be very appealing to those who share a sense of adventure, desire personal enrichment and life-changing experiences. The partnership with Chenot will give our residents the assurance of receiving treatments based on profound scientific research at every level,” says Mr. Gruber. 



M/Y Njord ship exterior



At an enormous 293 metres length, M/Y NJORD will be the most technically advanced “green ship” operating at the highest environmental standards. The superyacht will offer multiple amenities, which includes a marina, yacht and sailing club, an expedition and dive centre with various watercraft including submersibles. Additionally, there is a professional-standard oceanographic research laboratory and a gyroscopic telescope housed in the top deck observatory. Six restaurants, a gourmet market and culinary studio will satiate the gourmet and food lover. The yacht accommodates up to two eight-seater twin-engine helicopters and four purpose-built luxury tenders. Further features include a high-speed satellite communication system, a range of sporting facilities including a fully equipped golf centre, pools, a gym, arts and craft centre, a library and theatre.


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The Simone Rocha x H&M collaboration reveals a collection full of delicate shades & details http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6314 February 11, 2021: Unveiling the full Simone Rocha x H&M collection, the pieces highlight the inspirations and emotions that have defined the Simone Rocha world. The collection is a cross-pollination of Rocha’s sensibilities and signatures. A tribute to Ireland, Hong Kong, texture, shape, tactility, history, family, intimacy and joy.



Simone Rocha X H&M black dress



Displaying her feelings for this special collection, Ms. Rocha says, “I hope that the items in this collection will be worn and treasured for years to come. They were all informed by ideas and inspirations that have shaped me and my brand over the last 10 years, and I am so excited to see them worn out-and-about and interpreted and styled in new ways.”



Simone Rocha X H&M boys shirt



This is a full wardrobe for the family - the first time Ms. Rocha has offered menswear and childrenswear, alongside her signature womenswear. For women, there are tulle dresses in pinks, tartan and classic black. There is a special fil coupe floral dress, with full puff sleeves, and day dresses in organic cotton with broderie anglaise detailing. For outerwear, there are classic trenches, and, as is signature in Rocha’s collection, a special pink coat, here in sparkling tweed. 



Simone Rocha X H&M white pearls



Apron tops and dresses in tulle can be layered over other items; from slim dresses, to check trousers and short cloque dresses. There are cosy bubble knits, and wool cardigans with pearl decorations around the neck.



Simone Rocha X H&M dress details



Everywhere, there are classic Rocha elements; special tinsels, sparkling embellishments, floral motifs, frills and spherical cut-outs and full skirts blooming from neat waists. For every day, there are spongy hoodies and joggers, and jersey t-shirts embellished with pearls.



Simone Rocha X H&M mens sweater



Menswear includes a reworked trench, with pearl embellishments on the collar, a rounded summer parka, Aran knits and cardigans, classic wool suiting and a vibrant checked blazer with matching drawstring trousers. There are shirting, hoodies and t-shirts in colour pallets of white, pink and black as well as some printed with photographs by Jacob Lillis.



Simone Rocha X H&M pink trench



Ms. Rocha spreads joy with refinement in her first ever childrenswear collection which includes miniaturised versions of some of her classics, including smocks and frill dresses. There are Aran knit jumpers, cosy cardigans with pearl shaped-buttons, soft joggers and sweatshirts, and a button-through puffer, in pink floral, crafted from recycled polyester. The tartan that runs through the collection reappears on tiny dungarees.



Simone Rocha X H&M girls pink dress



For accessories, there are twists on Rocha’s footwear staples: brogues with pearl-shaped embellishments, alongside feather decorated ballerinas and slides. The numerous sparkling choices for adorning hair and ears include beaded-bow earrings and matching tiaras, earrings decorated with real glass beads, flowers and hairslides, and sets of oversized bow hairclips.  Also available are neoprene totes with bow details on the straps and various coordinating socks to match the collection.



Simone Rocha X H&M plaid dress



“This feels like the perfect collection for this moment; a dynamic proposition from a female designer with such a clear sense of who she is, and what she wants to say. It is a joyful collection, that will hopefully enliven spirits and inspire,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson from H&M.



Simone Rocha X H&M mens trench



The Simone Rocha x H&M collection launches on March 11 and will be available at hm.com as well as on Myntra.


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Presenting rare meteorites under the hammer, Christie’s offers 75 lots http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6313 February 10, 2021: Offering a rare look into the wonders of space, Christie’s presents Deep Impact: Martian Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites, an online-only sale of rare meteorites open for bid until February 23, 2021. 



The sale will offer 72 of the 75 lots at no reserve, with estimates starting at $250. Included in Deep Impact is a meteorite that contains the oldest matter mankind can touch and another that contains the raw ingredients of our planets. There are a dozen offerings of the Moon and the planet Mars and another dozen from some of the most famous museums in the world — as well as meteorites containing gems from outer space.



Christie's oriented rock sale



A highlight from the sale is a highly aesthetic oriented stone meteorite (estimate: $50,000-80,000; offered at no reserve), weighing nearly 7.2kg (16lbs). Unlike 99% of all other meteorites, this meteorite did not tumble or invert as it plunged to Earth but maintained a stable orientation throughout its descent. The surface that faced Earth showcases elongated flight marks that radiate outwards.



James Hyslop, Head of Science and Natural History, Christie’s, commented: “Everyone has an image in mind of how a meteorite "should look" – an extraterrestrial body frictionally heated while punching through Earth's atmosphere. Rarely do the objects survive this fiery descent look like that shared ideal seen in this meteorite. It is a wonder to behold and an honor to have been entrusted with its sale.”



Christie's gem rock sale



Also offered at no reserve is a large slice of a rock from Mars (estimate: $30,000-50,000) within which bubbles of impact glass contain Martian atmosphere; a large iron meteorite from Odessa, Texas — home of the single largest meteorite shower to have occurred in the U.S. (estimate: $40,000-60,000), and specimens from the Macovich Collection, the world’s foremost collection of aesthetic iron meteorites, several of which are offered for the first time at an auction.



There is also the most unlikely of meteorites: one that never hit the Earth. The day after the Tirhert meteorite shower in Morocco, a man took his young son to the site of the strewn field. While adults searched the ground, the young boy instead searched for some shade where he found the specimen now offered wedged between the branches of his shade tree (estimate: $15,000 – 25,000; offered at no reserve).



Christie's oriented rock sale



A Swedish meteorite from the core of a shattered asteroid was fashioned into a sphere. ;With its robust natural crystalline structure seen in three dimensions, this is literally an extraterrestrial crystal ball (estimate $14,000 – 18,000; offered at no reserve).


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Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla & Lodha Luxury co-design one of India's highest residence http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6312 Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Lodha Luxury highest luxury home design



February 10, 2021: Indian luxury real estate brand, Lodha Luxury, joined hands with designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla to create one of India’s highest residences. The grand designer residence at Lodha Ciel, the latest in Lodha Luxury’s ensemble titled Delos, exudes a heightened level of panache and refined elegance to create a bespoke living experience for luxury connoisseurs.  



Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla have made a significant mark in the interior design and furniture space. With this collaboration, Lodha Luxury and Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla brought magic into the 76th-floor sky villa at one of India’s highest residences, Lodha Ciel.



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Lodha Luxury highest luxury home design



Some eye-catching pieces at the residence include the Prabhavali, the antique Peacock, the Moghul Bracket, the Deepa Lakshmi Diya, the Marble Dwarpals and Dancing Elephants and Brass Birds. Unhindered city views from the high-rise residence complete the picture.



The stunning interiors in the residence have been carefully designed, keeping in mind both Lodha Luxury’s vision and trademark exclusivity and Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla’s exquisite design sensibilities. Inspired by Indian and Art Deco influences, this residence showcases both heritage and contemporary craftsmanship. Wood work by local artisans to outre modern brass furniture highlight fine tastes. Mirror installations play with natural light to amplify both the interiors and the stunning vistas of the Mumbai skyline. 



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Lodha Luxury highest luxury home design



Designers Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla say, “We believe that your home is the truest reflection of who you are, and your space must show the world who you are. During this pandemic’s difficult times as we spend more and more time at home, we wanted to create a sanctuary that showcases luxury at its highest pinnacle. A symphony of physical beauty and spiritual bliss, a perfect amalgamation."



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Lodha Luxury highest luxury home design


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Maserati launches the 2021 Ghibli range in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6311 Maserati Ghibli MY21 range



February 6, 2021: Taking life to the fast lane, luxury car maker Maserati has launched the renewed Ghibli MY21 range, while a new hybrid version will make fans swoon with thrill. 



The latest Ghibli model carries on the spirit that shaped its first incarnation in 1966. That means exclusive luxury, glorious style, progressive technology and of course, empowering performance. 



The 2021 restyled signature grille of the Ghibli bears the iconic Maserati Trident. Inspired by the Giugiaro-penned Maserati 3200 GT “boomerang” rear lights that pioneered the use of LED in the industry, the new MY21 tail lights are a delight. Featuring dynamically sculpted curves and gracefully flowing lines, it’s a striking coupé look. 



In addition to class-leading 3.0-litre V6 and V8 Petrol engines, an all-new 4-cylinder 2.0-litre engine with a 48V Hybrid system is now available. All powertrains offer everything you would expect of Maserati: massive power, snarling responsiveness, effortless long-distance refinement and impressive efficiency.



Maserati Ghibli MY21 range



The MY21 Ghibli is equipped with a comprehensive range of Level 2 ADAS, the highest level of autonomous driving currently permitted. It means even greater peace of mind in a variety of traffic conditions.



Nothing can compete with the Maserati engine note. You would listen back to it over and over, just like you’d do with your favourite song, as it sends shivers down your spine. 



Release and close the trunk with a foot movement in the area under the rear bumper. Sensors will detect your foot movement all along and underneath the central portion of the rear bumper - a system that will only operate when the key fob is within a 3-foot range.



Dramatically dark with sport-styled customizations inside and out, both the Nerissimo Package and the Nerissimo Carbon Package are designed to give your Maserati a more seductive, intimidating and aggressive look. An array of wheel rims allows each owner to add a personal touch to the vehicle. The Maserati range of boldly sculpted wheel rims emphasize the vehicle’s speed, power and style brilliantly.



Maserati Ghibli MY21 range



The central HD touch screen, enlarged from 8”4 with a ratio of 4:3 to 10”1 with a ratio of 16:10, is now frameless for a more contemporary look, with almost all the surrounding bezel removed. This new high-resolution display with multi-touch function carries a new graphic interface that mixes black with a golden color to enhance its elegance. There is a subtle but very sophisticated change to the instrument cluster, which now includes a large rev counter and speedometer on either side of a 7” TFT display with real anti-dazzle flat glass covers over the instruments.



Starting from the MY21 range, all Maserati cars are connected thanks to the new Maserati Connect program. Having the Maserati connected at all times enables an eye to be kept on the car’s health, and Maserati Connect will alert the driver when a service is due, improving the customer care experience. Maserati Connect also enhances safety and security, with assistance in emergencies and in case of car theft. With a Smartphone or Smartwatch, drivers can always stay in contact with their Maserati thanks to the Maserati Connect app; this is also possible from home via their virtual personal assistant (Amazon Alexa and Google Assist). Through the MIA (Maserati Intelligent Assistant) multimedia system, the Maserati Connect connected services deliver a new experience for the driver and passengers.



The spark of electrification ignites Maserati’s future: with the new Ghibli Hybrid, the Trident Brand enters the world of electrification. The new Ghibli Hybrid represents one of the most ambitious projects for Maserati. The new Ghibli Hybrid is introduced in India at a starting price of Rs 1.15 Crore and as the name suggests, is something new, electrifying, and fearless.



Maserati Ghibli MY21 range



The response to your desire for speed is 0.7 seconds faster compared to the Ghibli Diesel version, covering the 0-100 km/h in a mere 5.7s. They call it “mild”, but the Ghibli Hybrid excites with best in class power.



Thanks to its maximum power output of 330 hp and torque of 450 Nm delivered from just 1,500 rpm, the new Ghibli Hybrid’s performance data is very impressive: top speed of 255 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. 



Featuring a cold, high-tech grey shade with blue overtones, Grigio Evoluzione is a bespoke exterior paint that gives its elegant shape the evolution it embodies. And as electric sparks pass through the iconic triple side air vents, they make the Ghibli Hybrid unmistakably distinctive.


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Tag Heuer & Porsche enter a strong partnership fuelled by innovation http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6308 Tag Heuer Porsche Carrera Chronograph



February 4, 2021: Swiss luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer and the German sportscar manufacturer Porsche have announced their new partnership: an authentic alliance that builds over their common DNA in motorsports and racing. The holistic and long-term collaboration will range from competitions to product development. A new watch, the TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph, is unveiled as the first celebration of the iconic brands.



TAG Heuer CEO Frédéric Arnault says, “TAG Heuer and Porsche have common history and values, of course, but more importantly, we share an attitude. Like Porsche, we are disruptors at heart, always in pursuit of high performance. With this alliance, TAG Heuer and Porsche finally come together officially after decades of close encounters and will create unmatched experiences and products for customers and fans that are passionate about both our brands and what we stand for.”



Both brands have had a close relationship with the Carrera races. Porsche had a class win in the Carrera Panamericana race of 1954. In honour of its successful participation, Porsche calls its most powerful engine ‘Carrera’. Jack Heuer created the first Heuer Carrera chronograph in 1963, designed to let drivers tell the time at a glance in the heat of action. This ground-breaking timepiece and Porsche’s most powerful Carrera engine united Porsche and Heuer – for the first time – in the spirit of the ‘Carrera’ (or ‘race’).



Jack Heuer was also responsible for the Heuer Monaco, the first square-faced, water-resistant automatic chronograph watch. Its name evoked the Monaco Grand Prix as well as the Principality’s renowned Monte Carlo Rally, which Porsche won in three consecutive years, from 1968 to 1970, with its signature 911 model. 



Ferry Porsche Jo Siffert



Ferry Porsche & Jo Siffert





The Heuer Monaco’s innovations had come at a significant financial cost and as an alternative to an expensive advertising campaign, Jack Heuer further cemented his brand’s link to Porsche with a creative sponsorship arrangement with Fribourg, Switzerland-based racing driver and Porsche dealer Jo Siffert. In 2005, at the premiere of the film Jo Siffert: Live Fast – Die Young, Jack Heuer remembered the terms of their contract: “In exchange for CHF 25,000, he would put our logo on his car and suit. In addition, he could buy our watches at wholesale prices and resell them to his racing friends at a substantial profit. Which he did with great success because half of the F1 paddock was wearing Heuer watches by the end of the 1969 season!”



It was this connection that led Steve McQueen to wear the Heuer logo on his racing suit during the filming of Le Mans in 1970, in which he drove a Porsche 917. 



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Steve McQueen as Jo Siffert





In 1999, TAG Heuer, as a founding partner of the Formula E championship, helped raise the profile of thrilling single-seater races in electric cars. Porsche created its own Formula E team with TAG Heuer as title and timing partner in 2019, marking a starting point for an even more powerful and far-reaching collaboration. And now, the brands have announced an official brand partnership, celebrated by a special-edition timepiece.



The TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph picks up from a common inspiration between the two brands: Carrera. Based on TAG Heuer’s Carrera Sport Chronograph design, with its distinctive tachymeter scale engraved on the bezel, it introduces a number of features inspired by Porsche’s design essence. Porsche’s engraved inscription is visible on the bezel and the unmistakable font is also used for the indexes. The Porsche colours of red, black, and grey – which also recall historic Heuer models – are incorporated throughout the watch, and on clear display through the transparent cristal case back is the oscillating mass, which has been redesigned in affectionate tribute to Porsche’s celebrated steering wheel. It is printed with “Porsche” and “TAG Heuer”. The dial’s asphalt effect, created especially for this watch, perfectly expresses a passion for the road, while Arabic numerals suggest the numbers on the dashboard of fine Porsche sportscars.



Tag Heuer Porsche Carrera Chronograph



At the heart of this stunning timepiece is the in-house Calibre Heuer 02 manufacture movement with an impressive 80-hour power reserve. The chronograph mechanism’s vertical clutch and column wheel demonstrate the brands’ unflinching demand for absolute precision.



Finally, the TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph is a Special Edition watch and is delivered in bespoke packaging with colours and a style consistent with the remarkable watch inside. The black watch box features the logos of TAG Heuer and Porsche in white. Inside the box is a perfectly-sized black travel pouch with an unmistakably Porsche red interior.



The 2021 partnership will feature a rich portfolio of joint projects that reflect TAG Heuer’s and Porsche’s shared commitment to speed and precision sports.



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Tag Heuer & Porsche for Formula E





The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team made history in its debut season. It set a milestone at the opener in Diriyah (SA) in November 2019, when André Lotterer crossed the finish line in second place. In its second year, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team will not only continue to attract new fans to a circuit that pits all-electric cars against each other, but also fight for the World Championship. Behind the wheel of Porsche’s latest all-electric racecar, the 99X Electric, will be drivers André Lotterer and his new teammate, Pascal Wehrlein.



Porsche has long distinguished itself in endurance events and together with TAG Heuer its GT Team is well prepared for the coming FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The milestone year will also include series partnerships in ten editions of the worldwide one-make cup series Porsche Carrera Cup. In addition to physical competitions, TAG Heuer also engages in virtual racing by supporting the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup. 



TAG Heuer and Porsche also share a passion for golf and tennis. Tag Heuer will become the official partner of the many golf and tennis championships that Porsche hosts. 



Coming together for the benefit of their shared clients, TAG Heuer and Porsche are aiming to create unforgettable moments through different experience formats.


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Indian company Migrations launches their inaugural wilderness expedition to The Sundarbans http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6307 February 4, 2020: Migrations, an Indian travel company, has launched their Inaugural Journey, a luxury cruise to the world's largest protected Mangrove Forest, The Sundarbans, departing on February 26, 2021.



Inspired by the few pristine environments left in today’s world, Migrations aims to create immersive, sustainable and luxurious journeys with the goal of conservation through tourism. The company focuses on slow travel experiences, in environments where luxury travel has never existed before.



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The Sundarbans | ©Avijit Dutta





One of India’s most pristine and fascinating environments is the Sundarbans, a labyrinth of crisscrossing waterways that are home to an incredible amount of biodiversity, and hence recognized by UNESCO. 



The immersive 4 four-day experience in the Sundarbans by Migrations is designed to get beneath the surface of the land, exploring not just the wilderness, but connecting with its people and the extraordinary lives they lead in this beautiful yet raw landscape. From a chance of spotting the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, to interacting with some of India’s foremost conservationists, guests onboard will leave with memories of a lifetime, and the knowledge that their journey is contributing to the long- term conservation of this fragile ecosystem.



Mrs. Loveleen Arun Multani, Co- Founder of Migrations, says, “Some places pull you towards themselves and then change you forever! That happened to me last month when I was in the Sundarbans. As I cruised slowly through the creeks, I fell in love with every aspect of it; the mysterious mangroves, the elusive wildlife, the sunsets, the misty mornings, the genteel people who obviously lived a tough life fighting against the vagaries of nature. And I wondered how to open it up for sensitive, mindful travelers who would love this pristine bastion of India. From that thought at the core of which lies an inherent need to give back to the fragile destination has risen this passion project with the steadfast help of friends in the industry. A culmination of an innate desire to bring a very simplistic and yet enigmatic experience alive for whoever would value it.”



Antara luxury cruise



Ensuring luxury accommodation, Migrations has partnered with Antara Luxury River Cruises for this journey, to host travellers on board the Ganges Voyager I. Besides the lavish facilities on-board, which includes the ‘all-suite’ offering, French balconies, expansive social spaces, plush-on-board amenities, unique gastronomy experiences, wellness, sunrise yoga, butler service, expert led on-board and off-board activities; customization and personalization is part of the key offerings to guests. “Antara, derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Antar’ meaning ‘the distinction’, has been the source of inspiration for us to make a difference and take our guests on a journey to not just rediscover themselves but also discover parts of the country that have previously been inaccessible,” says Hemant Mediratta, COO & Founder Antara Cruises.



Mr. Keshav Arya, Co-Founder of Migrations is a second-generation travel entrepreneur, with a passion for wildlife exploration, diving, and all things luxury. He says, “In a world where travel has been democratized, rare experiences are exceedingly hard to come across, and Migrations creates precisely these moments, while still giving guests every creature comfort they can dream of.”



He further adds, “The Sundarbans have been a place that have fascinated me since I was a schoolboy and we were told tales of its famous man eaters. While the thought of coming face to face with the Royal Bengal Tiger still excites me, what I really hope for is to create sustainable luxury tourism in the area, that supports local livelihoods, and brings in a new relationship between man and cat.”



Antara luxury cruise accommodation



Accommodation aboard Antara Luxury Cruise





Sailing from and to Kolkata on board Antara Cruises, Migrations is now open to bookings for their Inaugural Journey to The Sundarbans, which sets sail from February 26 and docks back on March 1, 2021.



Committed to the safety and security of guests and the team, Assure Antara, a list of stringent health and safety protocol, including flexible bookings, is followed across all ships, services and experiences.


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Christie’s International Real Estate enters India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6306 Aspen luxury home



February 4, 2021: While the pandemic has created havoc in almost every industry in the world, including real estate, Christie’s International Real Estate announces its expansion into India through an affiliation with Delhi-based real estate firm, Himmat & Rohini Singh LLP.  



As the luxury real estate market experiences a resurgence the world over, this collaboration will serve connoisseurs of high-end homes, estates and villas in India.  



With the maturing of the Indian real estate market, discerning buyers and sellers of luxury properties are increasingly looking for the highest levels of professional and personalized services for their property transactions. And as high net worth Indians seek second-home opportunities not only within the country but throughout the world, the company can now assist with their luxury real estate needs by leveraging the global network of Christie’s International Real Estate specialists.



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Helena De Forton, director of regional operations for Europe, Middle East, Russia, India and Africa of Christie’s International Real Estate, said: “The business ethos of Himmat Singh and Rohini Chaudhri Singh are perfectly aligned with Christie’s values, making them the obvious choice to be invited to our network. They are sophisticated and expert advisors to their clients, understanding the need for discretion while fostering these important and on-going personal relationships. Their long-standing respect in the region’s real estate market makes them the ideal advisors for buyers and sellers of luxury real estate in the region.”



The luxury real estate market has grown substantially in India after the initial impact of the pandemic as buyers look for larger, more versatile spaces in which they can effectively combine their professional and personal lives as part of the growing work from home culture. The pandemic has also given rise to an added focus on the element of financial security of owning a home versus renting, thereby converting long time renters into buyers. These factors combined with regulatory benefits among others, have resulted in a renewed interest in the luxury real estate market in India.


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Sans Souci’s new chandelier embodies the spirit of the Spanish Flamenco dancers http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6304 Sans Souci Flamenco chandelier



February 2, 2021: Czech lighting giant Sans Souci, well-known for crafting bespoke decorative lighting fixtures, glass objects and architecture features, has launched the stunning new chandelier Flamenco.



Designed by Jiri Krisica, Flamenco features hand-blown glass pieces in a whimsical optical pattern, which are hung from the ceiling with polished stainless steel strings. Smitten with Spainʼs sights as well as its culture, Krisica was particularly touched by Andalusian flamenco dancers. Their performance, filled with emotion and passion, prompted him to imprint the movement and atmosphere into glass. This piece has been formed to resemble the undulation of the dancersʼ skirts. The edges are equally waved, enhancing the overall dynamism.



Sans Souci Flamenco chandelier



The Flamenco chandelier is available in two optical patterns, both evocative of Spain’s flamenco dancers. This distinctive lighting is striking and exudes a strong character. Furthermore, the Flamenco chandelier can be customised in various sizes and colours.



Available at: Sans Souci Sro – India


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Coral to moonstone, Hindman Auctions presents jewelry by Tony Duquette, Christopher Walling, and Nicholas Varney http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6303 JAR white resin earrings



JAR white resin arum earclips





February 2, 2021: Taking place on February 9, 2021 at their Palm Beach, Florida location, Chicago-based Hindman Auctions’ latest sale will feature 116 lots with vibrant statement jewelry from renowned designers such as Tony Duquette, Christopher Walling, Nicholas Varney, de Grisogono, Evelyn Clothier, and more. With a range of distinct pieces, the sale is full of brightly hued jewelry for the bold collector. 



Tony Duquette brooch Hindman auctions



Tony Duquette multigem and coral brooch





Jewelry designed by legendary artist and designer Tony Duquette – known for his interiors, stage settings, costumes, jewelry, and more – will be among the standout pieces offered in the sale. A magnificent Duquette moonstone and opal pendant/brooch is estimated at $5,000-7,000. Another lively piece is a multigem and coral brooch with a blue fluorite at the center surrounded by green citrines (estimate is $6,000-$8,000).



Christopher walling brooch Hindman auctions



Christopher Walling cultured biwa pearl, blue chalcedony and diamond-brooch





A number of pieces by influential jewelry designer Christopher Walling will be offered in the auction, including a cultured biwa pearl, diamond, and sapphire bracelet (estimate is $4,000-6,000). Additional pieces by Walling include a bright coral bead necklace and a cultured biwa pearl, blue chalcedony, and diamond brooch (estimates are $2,500-3,500 and $1,500-2500 respectively).



Nicholas varney brooch Hindman auctions



Nicholas Varney multigem Bird of Paradise brooch





The sophisticated yet whimsical designs of Nicholas Varney will also be featured in the sale. One outstanding design is Varney’s abalone, diamond, colored diamond, and sapphire Bird of Paradise brooch (estimate is $6,000-8,000). A multigem 'brick' bracelet is another striking piece that consists of three rows of links containing cultured biwa pearls surrounded by round brilliant cut diamonds and colored diamonds with an elongated opal for the clasp (estimate is $6,000-8,000).



de grisogono bracelet Hindman auctions



de Grisogono brown leather and diamond Allegra bracelet





Other notable pieces in the auction include a pair of Evelyn Clothier cultured baroque pearl and diamond flamingo brooches (estimate is $3,000-5,000); a pair of Elizabeth Locke yellow gold, intaglio, and cultured pearl earclips (estimate is $2,000-3,000); a de Grisogono brown leather and diamond 'Allegra' bracelet (estimate is $4,000-6,000); an Angela Pintaldi multistrand emerald bead necklace (estimate is $4,000-6,000); and a pair of JAR, white resin arum earclips (estimate is $3,000-5,000).



Evelyn Clothier brooch Hindman auctions



Evelyn Clothier cultured baroque pearl and diamond flamingo brooches





Bidding for the auction will begin at 10am ET. Bidders will be able to participate via absentee bid, by phone, or live online through the Digital Bid Room.


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Parisian jewelry brand FRED celebrates love with a ‘new’ Pretty Woman collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6302 Fred Pretty Woman collection of jewelry 2021



February 2, 2021: FRED, an LVMH-owned jewelry brand, has relaunched a new Pretty Woman collection of jewelry and high jewelry, a tribute to the cult movie. This bold declaration of love features the “heart within a heart” motif in rubellites and diamonds for the high jewelry pieces, and white and pink gold for the jewelry creations. 



Julia Roberts Pretty Woman Diamond Ruby necklace



Julia Roberts wearing the iconic diamond and ruby necklace by Fred in the movie 'Pretty Woman'





The iconic ruby and diamond necklace by Fred, which featured in the 1990 movie ‘Pretty Woman’, has become an iconic piece of jewelry. “When our Rodeo Drive boutique in Beverly Hills received a visit in 1990 from the production team of the film Pretty Woman, who were looking for a jewelry piece for the leading actress, we had no idea that the ruby and diamond hearts necklace they chose would become such a special part of the movie, thanks to Julia Roberts’ legendary burst of laughter and Richard Gere’s elegance,” says Valérie Samuel, Vice-President and Artistic Director of FRED. 



Fred Pretty Woman collection of jewelry 2021



The iconic necklace was named after the movie that immortalized it and has inspired fresh reinterpretations over the years. With its “Your way, Your love” spirit, the 2021 Pretty Woman collection symbolizes freedom through creativity. It’s high jewelry that can be worn every day, mixing and matching to change looks, and endless ways to wear the pieces. 



The 22 exceptional high jewelry pieces revisit the original necklace with diamonds and rubellites – precious gemstones in the tourmaline family said to open the heart chakra. With a pink magenta hue that morphs to purple depending on the light, rubellite symbolizes the different facets of love. 



Fred Pretty Woman collection of jewelry 2021



The star of the collection is the Audacious necklace. With 554 diamonds and eight heart-cut rubellites, the necklace transforms into different jewels with seven detachable hearts that become earrings, a broach, a lapel pin or a sautoir. With its 659 diamonds and 11 rubellites, the Glamourous necklace takes over 340 hours of craftsmanship to complete. The original necklace from the Pretty Woman film has also been reprised in a flow of hearts paved with 992 diamonds, with 17 beating rubellite hearts set inside. 



Emma Roberts Fred Pretty Woman collection of jewelry 2021



Actress Emma Roberts for Fred's new Pretty Woman collection





The collection includes a dazzling array of cuff bracelets, broaches, rings and earrings. Embodying this new take of the collection is actress Emma Roberts, the niece of Julia Roberts.


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Guided by literature & a radical love story, Fendi’s Couture Spring Summer 2021 collection romances the viewer http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6300 January 28, 2021: The Bloomsbury Group, a group of English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists, created in the beginning of the 20th century, heralded ideas and thoughts that were considered revolutionary by many. Among the many liberal ideas that they professed, there was a love story that practiced what the group preached. That of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West.



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Reflecting on this transcendent romance and timeless creativity, for his debut Fendi collection, Kim Jones draws on the renegade British sensibility of the Bloomsbury Group while paying homage to the history of the Roman maison. 



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



For Fendi Couture Spring / Summer 2021, Mr. Jones takes cues from Orlando, Virginia Woolf’s literary masterpiece, which is often considered as “the longest and the most charming love letter in history” to Vita Sackville-West. Adopting the time-travelling, binary-blurring novel as a central motif, temporalities are warped while exquisite femininity and masculine androgyny appear as fluid choices.



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Orlando’s literary conceits are directly interspersed throughout the collection: sometimes in the form of metal-bound book clutches, sometimes lines from the text inscribed into Mother of Pearl minaudières or leather boots.



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Extracts from letters written between Virginia and Vita during their decades-long courtship are read aloud by friends and family of Fendi throughout the Max Richter composition that scores the show.



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Motifs discovered at Charleston farmhouse–the Sussex home of the Bloomsbury set, located only a short distance from where Mr. Jones spent much of his childhood – are revived and recontextualised through ornately beaded boots and hand-painted heels; the Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant frescoes which decorate its walls adapted into embroidered embellishments on gowns.



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



“I like how this family of people–and particularly these two pioneering sisters [Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell]–moved things forward,” notes Mr. Jones. “I admire the way that they lived their lives, the freedom that they created for themselves and the art that they left behind for the world.”



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



The hand-printed, marble-bound books published by Virginia and Leonard Woolf for Hogarth Press – displayed at the show’s accompanying literary exhibition – offer a seamless segue into classical Italian aesthetics. Mirroring the marble palette of Rome’s Galleria Borghese, whose Bernini sculptures inform the dramatic deshabillé drapery found in the collection, they showcase the harmony between the two movements (so fascinated was Vanessa Bell by Italian Classicism that she would paint in the Borghese gardens, or reprise Old Masters to hang on the walls of Charleston).



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Visible in woven jacquards and on silken gowns; through intarsia furs and hand-beaded tailoring, marbles become a key component in the collection’s visual language.



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



The 19 Victorian, baroque style looks are injected with freedom, pride and a defiance of the bourgeois. Gowns, while being delicately embroidered, have a sense of power and confidence. Sequinned or pearl-encrusted overlays are tantalizing. Organzas shine with gracefulness. Clutches are embroidered with pearls, graced with fringes. Hair ornaments and jewellery are vintage, wistful, dramatic.



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Not forgetting the legend of Karl Lagerfeld, Karligraphy monograms taken from Mr. Lagerfeld’s final collection are beaded onto boots.


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Incorporating all the elements of romance, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese unveils a $22,000 Valentine’s Day experience http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6299 Sofitel Rome champagne bar



January 28, 2021: From art to jewellery to champagne, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese’s ultimate romantic getaway offers amourous ingredients in its Over-The-Top Valentine’s Day Experience. For €20,000 (approximately $22,147 USD), inclusions range from a custom jewelry shopping experience, helicopter tour to one of Rome’s countryside vineyards, bath for two in Roman donkey milk, private viewing of Caravaggio’s only fresco, extravagant floral display insuite by renowned Roman florist Flavia Bruni, and much more. The couple will be staying in Sofitel Rome’s Venus or Cupid Suite, inspired by the Roman Divinities and with amenities befitting the gods to boot.



Cazzaniga brooch



A Cazzaniga brooch auctioned by Sotheby's in 2006





In collaboration with luxury jeweler Cazzaniga, an Italian family-owned atelier, the experience includes a personal shopping trip at its studio off the famed Piazza del Popolo. During the visit, guests will meet Paolo Cazzaniga, son of founder Angelo Giorgio Cazzaniga, to collaborate on a custom design. If the guest purchases a selection, they can don their wares during a night out among Italian society with Angelo’s grandson Giorgio Cazzaniga. The evening will start at Cazzaniga’s luxury private residence to learn more about the family history before venturing to dinner at one of Rome’s hottest restaurants.



History and art lovers will appreciate a private tour of the Boncompagni Ludovisi family-owned Villa Aurora to admire incomparable artwork in the form of Michelangelo sculptures and Caravaggio’s only ceiling fresco. The experience rounds out with a nighttime drive through the city, past its illuminated monuments, including fountain Fontana dell'Acqua Paola and Giardino degli Aranci, and a Roman Holiday Movie Tour, where guests can see the most memorable locations from the Audrey Hepburn film on a vintage Vespa.



sofitel rome valentines day package



If serenity is what you seek, escape the city on a helicopter to one of the countryside’s vineyards for a private tasting and tour, as well as a picnic in the middle of the vineyard.



The Cupid Suite comes with books by Italian poet Alda Merini and more. The Venus Suite boasts décor and amenities that hint of beauty and sensuality, including indulgent skincare products and body treatments to enhance the mood, and more. Also included insuite is a candle-adorned bath in Donkey Milk, believed to be an elixir of long life that helps rejuvenate the skin as well as reduce wrinkles. Cleopatra reportedly bathed in donkey milk every day to preserve her beauty and youthful looks. Dinner on the suite’s private terrace with panoramic views of Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica, completes the experience.



Sofitel Rome suite



For more information on Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, visit the hotel website.


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Resplendent Ceylon from Sri Lanka launches bespoke, private jet experiential journeys http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6298 Resplendent Ceylon resort Sri Lanka



January 28, 2021: As Sri Lanka reopens its doors with safety protocols, no minimum stays and no restrictive quarantine, Resplendent Ceylon – a hospitality group owned by Dilmah Tea Company - has partnered with Jetpooling to launch bespoke, private jet experiential journeys for Indian travellers. 



Sole member of Relais & Chateaux in Sri Lanka. Resplendent Ceylon has been curating a range of authentic experiences with distinctive hospitality over the years, while consistently contributing towards local communities and the environment. Its properties - Ceylon Tea Trails, Cape Weligama and Wild Coast Tented Lodge - offer an enchanting circuit in the destination - from tea fields to clifftop beach and safari lodge. The brand’s SafeStay initiative implemented across the three resorts ensures the health and safety of all guests, teams, their families, and local communities.



Resplendent Ceylon resort Sri Lanka



As an example, the private jet experiential package curated for Ceylon Tea Trails invites guests to escape to the magical heart of the Ceylon tea region. Perched at an altitude of 1250 meters, this boutique resort consists of restored colonial era tea planters’ bungalows. This one-of-a-kind experience includes a 7-night fully inclusive stay and accommodation at one of the three bungalows. During the stay, guests can choose from a range of signature activities such as - indulgent dining experiences that include tea infused dinner or tea planter’s picnic lunch, kayaking and hiking for adventure enthusiasts, heritage city excursions and a guided tour of the Dunkeld Tea Factory. 



Resplendent Ceylon’s collaboration with Jetpooling adds to the luxe quotient by providing specially crafted journeys via private jets to whisk the guests away for an ultimate vacation. Guests can choose to fly from Delhi or Mumbai to Colombo in a Dassault Falcon 2000 (12-seater) or an Embraer Legacy 650 (13-seater), respectively. Once in Colombo, their transfers to Ceylon Tea Trails will be via a helicopter ride. This package starts at Rs. 22.5 lakh++ for a couple.



Resplendent Ceylon resort Sri Lanka



All three properties in the Resplendent Ceylon collection are a part of the certified list and look forward to welcoming back international and Indian guests in 2021.


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London’s McQueens Flowers creates a £5000 Valentine’s Day floral extravaganza http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6297 McQueens Flowers London Valentines Day



January 28, 2021: Nothing can confess love more than a beautifully arranged bouquet of flowers. And then McQueens Flowers amplifies that by providing multiple bouquets to spread over as you choose!



Exclusive to lovers in London, McQueens Flowers’ ‘Display of Affection’ is a glorious collection of captivating hand-crafted bouquets in different sizes - delivered to your home in a selection of beautiful, almost 25 vases, brimming with the finest roses and seasonal tulips for you to arrange, however and wherever you choose. 



McQueens Flowers London Valentines Day



Along with fabulous flowers, you’ll also receive a generous bag of velvety rose petals for you to scatter in the bath, on the bed, on the floor, or wherever the mood takes you, a bottle of delectable Belle Epoque Rosé by Perrier-Jouët and a box of delicious Charbonnel et Walker Salted Caramel Truffles.



McQueens Flowers’ Chief Romance Officer Gina Hardy explains, “This year more than ever, Valentine’s Day will be about indulging the one you love at home, and we wanted to make sure that loved-up couples can celebrate that in style. Display of Affection is a very special collection and the culmination of our signature Valentine’s Day designs.”



McQueens Flowers London Valentines Day



Costing £5000, Display of Affection is available to preorder online. Limited to ten couples only, it must be pre-booked by February 10, 2021.


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Magnificent, historic, property from the collection of the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma to be offered at Sotheby’s http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6295 Patricia Mountbatten John Knatchbull



(L) Patricia Mountbatten and John Knatchbull at their wedding | (R) The couple with friends and family at their wedding





January 26, 2021: The 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, great niece of Russia’s last Tsarina, first cousin to Prince Philip and the daughter of Britain’s last Viceroy of India, the late Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten was born into a dazzling dynasty of royal and political relations. Over her eminent life at the very heart of Britain’s cultural establishment, she is known and remembered for her “unwavering perseverance and beguiling sense of humour”.



Her collection of curiosities and precious objects, amassed with her usual sense of keen, will now be going under the hammer by Sotheby’s on March 24, 2021. 



Gold enamel elephants Patricia Mountbatten



A pair of jewelled gold and enamel elephants, Jaipur, 1946 (est. £2,000-3,000)





The eldest daughter of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900-1979), and glamorous heiress turned philanthropist Edwina Ashley (1900-1960), Patricia had an unconventional upbringing. In 1943, at the age of 19, Patricia entered the Women's Royal Navy Service. It was there that she met, and fell in love with, John Knatchbull, 7th Lord Brabourne (1924-2005) – an encounter that sparked an enduring love affair and an almost 60-year marriage. As a Captain in the armed forces, Brabourne had worked for Patricia’s father in India, and later became an Academy-Award nominated film producer, behind titles such as A Passage to India and Agatha Christie adaptations Death on the Nile and Murder on the Orient Express. Their wedding at Romsey Abbey in 1946 was witnessed by thousands, with members of the public lining the streets. The Archbishop of Canterbury officiated over a ceremony which saw the King and Queen in attendance, the Royal princesses Elizabeth and Margaret among the bridesmaids and Prince Philip as an usher. 



When Patricia inherited her father’s peerages, the pair became one of the very few married couples in England each of whom held a peerage in his or her own right and the custodians of two great inheritances. John’s included Mersham le Hatch, an elegant house by Robert Adam in the Kent countryside, where the Knatchbull family had settled in the 15th century. Furnished by the great Thomas Chippendale in the 1770s, it held within it objects with extraordinarily diverse provenances, including the explorer and botanist Sir Joseph Banks who travelled to Australia on Cook’s first expedition, Jane Austen’s beloved niece Fanny and the Marquesses of Sligo. 



tutti frutti style jewels Patricia Mountbatten



‘Tutti Frutti’ style Jewels: A gem set and diamond wreath of carved rubies, emeralds and sapphires (est. £40,000-60,000) together with other Tutti Frutti style pieces including, dress clips, earrings and a ring





Patricia inherited precious objects associated with her parents from their glamorous Art Deco penthouse on Park Lane – with treasures from Edwina’s maternal grandfather, the great Edwardian financier Sir Ernest Cassel – and their time in India.



The over 350 lots from Newhouse, Patricia and John’s charming 18th century home, will be offered for sale with estimates ranging from £80 – 100,000. Through each lot, viewers and visitors will have the opportunity to enter the world of an important family, crossing the paths of the 20th century’s leading figures along the way.



The Banks Diamond Patricia Mountbatten



The Banks Diamond: A historic jewel passed down through the Knatchbull Baronets which commemorates Sir Joseph Banks (est. £40,000-60,000)





Harry Dalmeny, Sotheby’s Chairman, UK & Ireland, said “Lady Mountbatten’s residence, Newhouse was a private place for entertaining only the closest of family and friends, capturing all the magic of a stately home on an intimate scale. Through her belongings, many passed down from members of the extended family over the years, collectors have the chance to see the story of the twentieth century unfold and acquire evocative vestiges of a glittering way of life.”



The sale highlights include a pair of jewelled gold and enamel elephants (est. £2,000-3,000). Inscribed in Lord Mountbatten’s handwriting; ‘Edwina from Dickie’ and ‘18 July 1946’, these gold enamel elephants made in Jaipur were a gift from Lord Mountbatten to his wife Edwina commemorating their 24th wedding anniversary.



rare robot Patricia Mountbatten



A rare TM (Masudaya) battery-operated Radicon Robot, 1957, in original box (est. £4,000-6,000)





A gem set and diamond wreath of carved rubies, emeralds and sapphires (est. £40,000-60,000) together with other Tutti Frutti style pieces including, dress clips, earrings and a ring are also a part of the collection. Patricia’s mother Edwina Mountbatten, who was one of the best dressed women in the world, was revered for her style, and owned a renowned collection of jewels, decorations and tiaras. Edwina had a particular penchant for Art Deco “Tutti Frutti” jewels, which took inspiration from Indian cut-coloured gems, and so held a special resonance for the Countess. In 1928, she purchased a Tutti Frutti tiara from Cartier, which until recently was on loan to the Victoria and Albert museum, immortalised in a photograph by Cecil Beaton. These exquisite pieces from Patricia’s collection, some of which were inherited from her mother, are the perfect pairing to the famous tiara.



The Banks Diamond is a historic jewel passed down through the Knatchbull Baronets, commemorating Sir Joseph Banks (est. £40,000-60,000). A scientist, explorer and botanist, Sir Joseph Banks joined Captain James Cook on his voyage to the Pacific as part of the Royal Society’s expedition, collecting thousands of plant specimens previously unknown in Europe. This late 18th century brooch incorporates a cushion-shaped yellow diamond given to Joseph Banks by his sister Sarah around the time of his marriage in 1779, the reverse of the stone featuring a glazed locket with woven hair and their initials JSB. Originally gifted to Sir Joseph Banks’ wife Dorothea, it passed to her sister Mary, Lady Knatchbull and thence by descent, until finally to Lord Brabourne and its last wearer, Patricia.



faberge timepiece Patricia Mountbatten



A silver, enamel and hardstone Fabergé timepiece, St Petersburg, 1896-1903 (est. £15,000-25,000)





A rare TM (Masudaya) battery-operated Radicon Robot, 1957, in original box (est.£4,000-6,000), which was given by Lord Mountbatten to his grandchildren, is also a part of the auction. He delighted in anything modern and mechanical, constructing a large train set in the cellar at Newhouse.



A silver, enamel and hardstone Fabergé timepiece, St Petersburg, 1896-1903 (est. £15,000-25,000) will also be under the hammer. Patricia’s father, Louis Mountbatten was closely related to the Russian Royal family through both his mother and father: the last Tsarina was his aunt, with whom he spent many summers. A number of lots in the sale hark back to the lost world of Imperial Russia, including the exquisite Fabergé timepiece which was used by Patricia in her bedroom. 



Imperial order of India Patricia Mountbatten



The Imperial Order of the Crown of India, the decoration mounted with diamonds, pearls and turquoises (est. £15,000-20,000) | Below: A rare Anglo-Indian inlaid bureau mounted on a mahogany stand supplied by Thomas Chippendale to Sir Edward Knatchbull in 1767 (est. £40,000-60,000)





Perhaps the most exquisite, in terms of construction and political importance, is the Imperial Order of the Crown of India, the decoration mounted with diamonds, pearls and turquoises (est. £15,000-20,000). This rare Anglo-Indian order, still in its original case, was an award that could only be bestowed by the Monarch to a female recipient. The diamond, pearl and turquoise-set decoration would have been worn at State occasions by Doreen, Lady Brabourne, Patricia’s mother-in-law. The only person who still wears this Order today, and the last to hold it, is Her Majesty the Queen.



A rare Anglo-Indian inlaid bureau mounted on a mahogany stand supplied by Thomas Chippendale to Sir Edward Knatchbull in 1767 (est. £40,000-60,000) is a rare celebration of the link between England and India. The incredibly rare stand was made by Chippendale for the sum of £4 to house a Knatchbull heirloom, an Indian inlaid miniature bureau.



Anglo-Indian bureau Patricia Mountbatten


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Maldives’ Soneva Jani launches chapter two of upgrades and new offerings http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6294 Soneva Jani Maldives Overwater villas



January 26, 2021: After launching eight overwater retreats last year, Soneva Jani has launched Chapter Two which expands upon the resort’s portfolio of luxurious water villas, as well as introducing exciting new dining concepts, the Soneva Wellness Centre, and a whole new way to experience the best of the resort with Soneva Unlimited.



Twenty-seven new over-water villas can be accessed via a winding jetty off the southern tip of the resort’s main island. The new villas in Chapter Two have been carefully positioned to maximise privacy and create a true sense of seclusion, with the ocean on all sides and unmatched views of the sunrise or sunset.



Soneva Jani Maldives Overwater villas



Ranging from the spacious One Bedroom Water Reserves to a Four Bedroom Water Reserve, they are among the largest and most luxurious over-water villas of their kind in the world. Each has a private pool, while some have slides straight into the private lagoon, and outdoor bathrooms for bathing under the sun and stars. The one- and two-bedroom reserves also have retractable roof over the master bed for stargazing. Ideal for families, all the rooms can be closed off, with a children’s sleeping area located just behind the master bedrooms.



The new Water Reserves have been crafted using sustainable materials, such as Forest Stewardship Council-certified woods, and state-of-the-art technology to reduce their impact on the planet. 



Soneva Jani Maldives Spa



When guests book a stay in any of the Chapter Two overwater or island villas, they get to experience Soneva Unlimited, an indulgent new offering that invites guests to enjoy every facet of Soneva Jani to their heart’s desire, all included in the price of the villa. Soneva Unlimited includes unlimited: dining at all bars, restaurants and in-villa dining; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at all bars and restaurants; visiting Michelin-starred chef dinners and experiences; wines from the Soneva Unlimited list; experiences, diving, and children’s experiences; and spa treatments. Also included under Soneva Unlimited is a dedicated Barefoot Butler, return shared seaplane transfers from Malé, daily laundry service, and daily replenishment of the in-villa minibar. 



Chapter Two welcomes the launch of the new Wellness Centre on Soneva Jani’s picturesque South Beach. Set to open its doors in Q2 of 2021, the 1,742 sqm centre will offer ancient Ayurvedic techniques with cutting-edge therapies. The breath-taking beachside setting can be viewed from two indoor therapy rooms and three open-air treatment pavilions.



Soneva Jani Maldives Overwater restaurant



The new additions also include new choice of dining destinations. Overseas by Mathias Dahlgren is the brainchild of celebrated Swedish chef and restaurateur, Mathias Dahlgren. This casual, overwater restaurant serves lunch and dinner menus of plant-based and pescatarian dishes, with produce freshly picked from Soneva Jani’s organic gardens, or sustainably caught in the waters around the resort.



So Wild by Diana Von Cranach is a fully plant-based restaurant in the midst of the Organic Garden. The menu draws inspiration from Ayurveda and highlights ingredients grown at the resort. Having forged her own culinary path in Asia, the internationally renowned raw food chef and cookbook author has created a menu that revives historical recipes from around South East Asia and Indonesia. Ingredients are prepared using techniques like steaming, flash-frying, and dehydrating when they aren’t presented raw.



Soneva Jani Maldives So Wild restaurant



The third new culinary addition to Soneva Jani is So Primitive. Set around the central fire pit, this dining experience puts the element of fire in the spotlight. Think roasting, grilling, searing, salt-crusted baking, and cooking in kettles and clay pots over coals. Choose from a menu that features fresh seafood, meats, and plant-based dishes.



Soneva Jani Maldives So Primitive restaurant


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Presenting a glittering piece, Arnold & Son launches Perpetual Moon “Year of the Ox” http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6293 January 26, 2021: In honor of the Chinese year of the Metal Buffalo, watchmaker Arnold & Son has produced a scintillating new 8-piece production of the Perpetual Moon "Year of the Ox." Their glittering hematite dials feature a majestic golden buffalo stationed beneath an oversized mother-of-pearl moon. 



Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Year of the Ox



Golden and glittering by day, the luminous, hand-painted scene comes alive at night. The large moon in the night-sky forms the dial of this exceptional timepiece. In a large aperture, a disc turns to show us the various phases of the heavenly body, the appearance of its crescent and its light.

 

The shadows of this mother-of-pearl moon have been hand-painted and coated with Super-LumiNova. By day, it appears almost pure white, but in the dark, it appears lit from within and new details appear to emerge. The constellations on the disc have also received the hand-painted, luminous treatment.

 

Following the obsidian and aventurine Perpetual Moon editions, spectacular hematite has been chosen for this dial, laminated in successive layers to produce a surface that is naturally smooth and shiny.



Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Year of the Ox

 

As with all hematites, due to their iron composition, silvery flakes bring variety to its otherwise totally black appearance. These glittering specks have also been incorporated into the double-faced alligator-skin strap. Its black outer face has been flake-speckled and embellished with genuine platinum thread stitching.



The majestic ox stands posed at 6 o’clock beneath the celestial light of the moon. In the background, Pagodas, each hand-painted with gold powder, stand in the distance, appearing in the dark as if lit from within. Here too, hand painted Super-LumiNova brings life to the windows.  



Like all the movements used by Arnold & Son, the hand-wound mechanical caliber A&S1512 was entirely developed, produced, assembled, decorated, adjusted, and fully assembled in the brand’s Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. This caliber, housed within a 42mm 18 carat red gold case, is based on a large barrel with an oscillation frequency of 3 Hz, offering a 90-hour power reserve. The moon-phase display of this movement will remain accurate for 122 years before deviating by one day from the actual appearance of the moon in the night-sky.


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Tag Heuer announces Tennis player Naomi Osaka as new brand ambassador http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6292 January 26, 2021: Swiss luxury watch brand Tag Heuer has announced the signing of Naomi Osaka as a brand ambassador. A top tennis player, and an exceptional athlete, Ms. Osaka is also recognized as a committed social activist.



Naomi Osaka tag heuer



Since joining the WTA professional circuit in 2013, Naomi Osaka has become one of the most influential tennis players in the world, even defeating Serena Williams in a U.S. Open championship. She was named “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2016 WTA Awards. Ms. Osaka was the first Asian woman to hold the number one position in singles, and the first Japanese player ever to win a Grand Slam event: the U.S. Open in 2018. That was followed by her Australian Open championship in 2019 and a second U.S. Open title in 2020.



The superstar has also become a leading voice for social justice. Ms. Osaka also expresses herself through fashion, which she describes as a passion second only to tennis. Her sense of style is as bold and eye-catching as her tennis game and her new TAG Heuer watches will complement her fashion choices and elevate the profile of the brand’s new pieces for women.



Naomi Osaka tag heuer



Ms. Osaka says, “I’m excited and honored to join TAG Heuer as brand ambassador. It’s a partnership and friendship that exemplifies our shared mindset and values. The brand’s trailblazing approach with their ‘Don’t crack under pressure’ motto speaks to the way I live my life both on and off the court.”



As per an official statement, TAG Heuer recognizes in Ms. Osaka “a bold expression of its founding values - passion for action, high performance, mental strength and avant-garde – and sees her as a natural and authentic fit for the company.” 



Naomi Osaka tag heuer



A multicultural citizen of the world, Ms. Osaka was born to a Japanese mother and a Haitian-born father. She moved to the USA when she was a toddler and still makes her home there, but when the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are finally contested in August of 2021, she will be playing for the host nation.



“We are very proud to have Naomi join the TAG Heuer family. Her athletic record and commitment to excellence are outstanding but even more impressive is her passionate spirit and drive for advocacy which is an inspiration to so many. We are excited to support Naomi as she kicks off her 2021 season and prepares for her Olympic debut,” says Frédéric Arnault, CEO of TAG Heuer.


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Chopard celebrates Chinese New Year with 3 new watches http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6291 January 26, 2021: The Year of the Ox, beginning on February 12, 2021 and ending on January 31, 2022, represents a period conducive to both nature and agriculture. An Earth sign, this benevolent animal ensures the prosperity of the soil and the crops, the success of which depend on a peaceful climate. Signifying, and celebrating, this hard-working animal, Chopard has introduced three special timepieces.



Chopard year of the ox watch



Chopard’s L.U.C collection once again picks up the aesthetic codes of the finest Asian craftsmanship to create the L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Ox timepiece. This 88-piece limited series is ultra-thin and exquisitely refined. Its Urushi lacquer dial, made by the workshops of the century-old Yamada Heiando company and its Master lacquer artist Minori Koizumi, reveals a scene evocative of ancestral toil and humble prosperity. As the Maki-e technique requires, captured between the layers of lacquer drawn from the sap of the Toxicodendron vernicifluum tree (Chinese lacquer tree), gold flakes illuminate a background that features a golden ox with straight horns and an abundant coat, harnessed to a wagon. Made of gold, mother-of-pearl and coloured lacquer, it conveys agricultural symbolism and prosperity.



Its L.U.C 96.17-L in-house movement testifies to the horological expertise of the artisans at Chopard Manufacture.



Chopard Shi Chen watch



Steeped in the aesthetic codes of Chinese culture, the L.U.C XP Urushi Spirit of Shí Chen is the first L.U.C timepiece to display the traditional Chinese timekeeping system, Shí Chen. The animals of the zodiac that symbolises them parade slowly by on an Urushi lacquer disc, accompanied by the symbol of prosperity and its god Lu Xing. It consists of twelve two-hour units, each one represented by an animal from the zodiac cycle. The day thus begins at 11pm with the hour of the Rat and ends with the hour of the Pig, while noon is in the middle of the hour of the Horse. 



This creative new complication also exists as an 88-piece limited edition. The dials are also produced by Yamada Heiando company. And as per the distinctive Maki-e technique, gold flakes are sprinkled between the layers of lacquer to illuminate the 40 mm ethical 18-carat rose gold case from within, which also houses the L.U.C 96.29-L Chopard Manufacture movement.



Chopard Happy Sport Red



The third watch in this repertoire, Chopard’s iconic Happy Sport watch appears in a festive attire for a majestic luck-themed dance. Clad in splendid crimson, crafted in accordance with the golden ratio embodied in its 33mm-diameter ethical 18-carat rose gold case, this watch embodies the sport-chic trend while carrying eight dancing diamonds: a lucky number accentuating its talisman qualities. Paired with a red leather strap, the Happy Sport beats to the rhythm of the Chopard 09.01-C in-house movement.


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Velas Resorts and Air Partner launch a $500,000 once-in-a-lifetime journey http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6287 Grand Velas Air Partner Luxury Travel Itinerary Mexico 



January 20, 2021: If the prospect of post-pandemic travel is already exciting you, then consider this well-planned excursion to re-enter your global arena with a bang. 



Mexico’s Velas Resorts and Air Partner, a global private aviation services company, have together launched the Grand Velas Journey for travelers looking to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip in 2021. The two-week adventure features 15 unique travel experiences, such as microadventures to Mexico’s natural wonders and spirited day trips to Tequila and Valle de Guadalupe; tasting of the world’s most expensive taco (costing a whopping $25,000); cooking with one of Mexico’s only Maitre Cuisiners de France; and much more. 



Grand Velas Air Partner Luxury Travel Itinerary Mexico



Accommodations will all be in Presidential Suites at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas properties in Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit, and Los Cabos. Private jet transportation for the entire trip has been coordinated by Air Partner, including to and from the U.S. as well as between each property. Pricing for the Grand Velas Journey starts at $500,000 USD for 2 people. 



The journey kicks off with a personalized private jet charter from anywhere in the U.S. to Cancun. Upon arrival, travelers will take a private transfer to Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen. During their visit, guests will stay for 4 nights in the resort’s Grand Class Presidential Suite. A microadventure to Chichen Itza, visit to an underwater museum on an opulent VanDutch 40, lunch 60ft underground in one of the destination's relatively undiscovered cenotes, and an ancestral beverage tasting are just a few unique activities. Additional exclusive experiences included in the Mexican Caribbean are a cooking class with Velas Resorts’ Culinary Director, Michel Mustiere, one of only ten Maitre Cuisiners de France in Mexico as well as a Mystic Mayan Spa evening complete with a traditional Mayan live performance with music by snail drums and copal auric cleansing by Mayan shamans.



Grand Velas Air Partner Luxury Travel Itinerary Mexico



Next on the journey is Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Enroute, travelers will be whisked away on a private jet for a daylong adventure to Tequila to visit Casa San Matías, one of Mexico’s oldest tequila houses. Here, guests will learn about traditional and modern tequila making processes, indulge in a Mexican picnic in the agave fields and a tequila tasting, create a bespoke tequila blend to take home in a Huichol-designed bottle, and more. Then, it’s on to Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit where guests will check in to the resort’s Presidential Suite, with spacious oceanfront terrace and 12-person Jacuzzi, for four nights. Special experiences here range from the Wixáritari Journey, a private microadventure to visit the ancient holy site of Altavista in the hills of Nayarit, to Sportfishing with the Chef, where guests can fish with a resort chef and enjoy a personally prepared meal by the chef with the catches. A private cinema beachfront and Huichol Massage including copal cleansing to balance low energies and encourage self-reflection are also offered. 



Grand Velas Air Partner Luxury Travel Itinerary Mexico



Before venturing to the last stop on the journey, Grand Velas Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas, guests will travel to Ensenada, Mexico via private jet to experience the resort’s Over-The-Top Wine Lovers’ Getaway. While in Valle de Guadalupe, travelers will visit three top wineries for private tastings before heading to the D’Poncelis vineyard to make their own vintage. Afterwards, guests will be pampered with an extra special dinner including a wine pairing in the middle of the vineyard from the resort’s two-star-Michelin Chef Sidney Schutte.



Before heading back to the U.S., travelers will embark to Grand Velas Los Cabos. In Baja California Sur, travelers will enjoy an adventure to the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains to hike through the canyon, see endemic species, ancient rock formations, flora and fauna, and learn about the Pericúes, the first aboriginal inhabitants of the area. Following the hike, guests will enjoy a multi-course dining experience while witnessing a one-of-a-kind rock mapping light show. At the resort, travelers can enjoy an Art to Table Dinner where dishes on the plate are inspired by pieces from Mexico’s leading artists displayed in the on-property art gallery, a Damiana Massage which employs the therapeutic effects of the native plant and the world’s most expensive taco. The culinary masterpiece includes premium ingredients like langoustine, Kobe beef, Almas Beluga caviar, and more. Among other facilities, the 5,451 sq. ft. suite in Grand Velas Los Cabos, where travelers will be staying for four days, offers a 127 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope to spot whales and other marine life in the adjacent Sea of Cortez.



Grand Velas Air Partner Luxury Travel Itinerary Mexico



For reservations, please contact Dinorah Tobon, Tour & Travel Sales Manager of Velas Resorts at 01-984-877-4418. The full itinerary for the Grand Velas Journey can be found here.


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JADE by Monica & Karishma offer a simple, luxury pret collection to signify reunions http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6286 JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021



January 20, 2021: As vaccine distribution spreads across the world, people can’t stop dreaming about overdue vacations and get-togethers. Joyful Reunions, a luxury pret collection from JADE by Monica & Karishma, aims to don you up for those new beginnings and moments. 



JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021



The fabrics are easy-going yet score high on glamour, the palettes are soothing, refreshing and captivating, the silhouettes prioritise comfort, while also making the wearer feel empowered to soak up the moments that matter and experience joy in its purest forms. 



JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021



JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021



Crafted for the modern woman, the collection features chic jumpsuits, textured organza and tie & dye skirts and gowns, romantic separates, glamorous trousers, stylish sarees in palettes that are lush and dreamy. Aegean blue, platinum silver, ivory white and garnet red vibrate the atmosphere.



JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021



JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021



To add the perfect finishing touch, the collection also has handcrafted accessories like Kasab and Macrame bibs, jackets and belts handcrafted with pure silver threads, handcrafted vegan mules and bags.



JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021



The collection transcends the wearer to an elevated sense of luxury, and adds a unique form of beauty into the moments that matter.



JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021


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Burberry mixes formal and streetwear codes for its Autumn/Winter 2021 Pre-Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6285 January 20, 2021: Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci defines Burberry’s Autumn/Winter 2021 collection as “…my uniform for the outdoors.” 



Burberry Fall Winter 2021 Pre CollectionBurberry Fall Winter 2021 Pre Collection



My love for all the contrasting elements of nature has been explored and reflected throughout this collection, combining the romance and beauty of nature with utility and practicality. I have been inspired by the rich heritage of traditional British dress codes and given them a fresh perspective: tempering camouflage prints to blend harmoniously within natural environments, combining them with structured tailoring and romantic florals, broderie anglaise details and references to the animal kingdom. This collection is about mirroring the natural environments within its dynamic prints, colours and textures,” continues Mr. Tisci.



Burberry Fall Winter 2021 Pre CollectionBurberry Fall Winter 2021 Pre Collection



The collection, indeed, is a phenomenally well-balanced take on ensuring Burberry’s signature elegant dressing is merged well with outdoor influences, and codes from streetwear. 



Burberry Fall Winter 2021 Pre CollectionBurberry Fall Winter 2021 Pre Collection



Camouflage over trench coats and mesh bodysuits, as well as floral prints applied to field jackets, cargo trousers, short-sleeve shirts and jogging pants present an eclectic image of the modern wardrobe. Khaki greens and deep browns make up the most of this pre-collection.



Burberry Fall Winter 2021 Pre Collection


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From robes to track pants, Zegna’s Fall Winter 2021 collection adapts to the new reality http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6284 Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear



January 20, 2021: Called The (Re)Set, Ermenegildo Zegna’s Fall Winter 2021 collection mirrors the new reality that the world is facing by presenting designs that are relaxed, comfortable and plush. 



Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear



As the personal space and the public space meld together, Alessandro Sartori’s creations reflect that as lounging, living and working collide in one single activity. “We all are experiencing a new reality concerned with new needs, which lead us to previously unseen lifestyles and attitudes. It is precisely at a time like this, when everything is under discussion, that we, at Zegna, have decided to (Re)set. We have looked at our roots to (Re)interpret our style codes and (Re)tailor the modern man. Outdoor and indoor come together and a new way of dressing takes hold, where comfort and style blend to create a new aesthetic,” says Mr. Sartori.



Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear



A new and varied generation of jersey fabrics take center stage at Zegna. Shapes are fluid, comfortable and adaptable. Mr. Sartori takes inspiration from shawl collars, belted robe de chambre, and track pants to create the next level of ‘formal’ collection. 



Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear



Archetypal items get new functions in a switch of forms, weights and materials. Chore coats in cashmere, wrapped as a robe, take up the role of habitual sport codes, hybrid suits are in double cashmere, unreleased groups of knitwear replace shirts, new sweaters made of felted cashmere and knit, or knitted out of leather, are meant as outerwear; trousers and jackets are cut in shearling. Even briefcases, the very epitome of business, are deconstructed.



Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear



The reimagined suit, either loose or with a blazer tailored close to the body, is crafted to take the wearer’s form, instead of the wearer conforming to it. It can be as supple as being cut entirely in knitted cashmere or jacquard, and is worn with loose turtlenecks or zip-up tops in place of a shirt.



Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear



Volumes are relaxed for the dropped shouldered jackets and the shirt jackets matched with full trousers, for the belted coats, the blousons and the double front jumpers.



Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear



The #UseTheExisting mindset continues to be imperative. The collection is painted in notes of Alpine star white, Autumn foliage beige, Felce green, smoky grey, dense black, forest mud with sudden accents of orange. The overall chromatic solidity is broken by the glitched pied de poule that swarm in optical jacquards, and by diagonal stripes.



Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear


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Indian designer label Gazal Gupta opens flagship store in Mumbai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6282 Gazal Gupta Mumbai store



January 15, 2021: Floral, voluminous and with a sophisticated sheen, Indian designer Gazal Gupta’s style is now finding a new home in Mumbai. 



After operating two stores in New Delhi, Gazal Gupta’s new Mumbai store is located in Kala Ghoda. The new store houses the designer's multi-faceted range of sarees, suits, lehengas, dresses, drapes and the newly launched Pret collection in signature prints especially designed with the Mumbai mood. 



Gazal Gupta Mumbai store



Ms. Gupta’s designs cater to all kinds of occasions - weddings, an evening soiree, resort escapes or just an everyday feel good dress. Entirely handmade by over 200 craftsmen and creative designers from across the country, her collection evokes effortless femininity and is sure to strike a chord with women of all walks and ages. 



Gazal Gupta collection



Commenting on the store launch, Ms. Gupta says, “All these years I had been generally consumed with our flagship outlets and operations in Delhi, but the year 2020 brought us closer to our customers than before. Due to the travel restrictions in force, we had so many queries from people across the major towns of our country that I felt the urge and the reason to reach out to all the love more than ever, and the first step in that direction was launching our website and online operations. And the eye opening data we gathered from our analytics, clearly paved the way for us to open an outlet in Mumbai at the soonest."


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Serapian Men’s FW 2021 collection redefines classic aesthetics http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6281 January 15, 2021: Serapian creations have always been high on class, elegance and sophistication. However, donning itself in new colors and styles, Serapian is welcoming the year in a novel avatar. 



Serapian Mens FW 2021 accessories



Serapian’s Autumn-Winter 2021/22 men’s collection has new appealing details. Inspired by the prestigious marble floors of distinctive Milanese villas, a new animation enriches the Stepan range. The same motif decorates the Evoluzione models, with a carefully hand-crafted leather “intarsio” combining different shades of grey with white and black. A new compact backpack, featuring multiple pockets for electronic devices, has been debuted in both the lines.



The iconic Mosaico handcraft bears an evocative new colour combination called Marea - tide in Italian - where different tones of blue graciously blend into the other to bring forth a marine dream. There is also an eye-catching clutch evolution with a broader shape and a perfect handle, to be easily taken everywhere.



Serapian Mens FW 2021 accessories



The Cachemire leather selection speaks to refined classic gentlemen, offering a new Khaki canvas with anthracite grey and black Cachemire leather trimmings on different shapes from the Secret, to backpacks, belt bags and weekenders. This range is charming, relaxed and tasteful yet.



Carrying forward from its first sustainable collection (which was made from grapes leftover in the Italian winemaking process), Serapian carries on its commitment to social responsibility issues, releasing the second sustainable capsule collection. Made of a leather substitute derived from the apple peel leftovers, from the Tyrol region in Northern Italy, it is printed with the Maison’s iconic “S” pattern with bold colours, on pouches (also for filtering masks) and wallets, available in red and green.


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Bathed in hues of reds and pinks, Fendi launches its capsule collection for 2021 Chinese New Year http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6280 fendi chinese new year 2021 collection



January 15, 2021: Celebrating the 2021 Chinese New Year - the Year of the Ox – Fendi’s new capsule collection exemplifies strength, determination and ambition in life, while giving it a celebratory mood as well. 



Symbolizing good fortune and joy, the common thread of this capsule is the red colour, combined for the occasion with sophisticated pink hues and flowers from the Chinese tradition. In the Chinese culture, the Chrysanthemum represents longevity, while the Peony is a symbol of prosperity, beauty and honor. Considered the most symbolic flower of all, each petal of the bright pink plum blossoms stands for one of the five blessings: happiness, good fortune, longevity, success and harmony. These flowers are combined for the occasion with Fendi’s FF logo, injecting an elegant festival look into the collection.



fendi chinese new year 2021 collection



The Peekaboo family – including a practical Peek-a-phone smartphone pouch – is crafted in red leather with surprising pink linings for a real Peekaboo effect: a bright pink colour-contrasting pocket for the ISeeU and a pink canvas with a multicolour FF logo embroidery for the Iconic Mini. 



The same embroidery peppers the Baguette in its Regular, Mini and Nano sizes, the latter also available in a multicolour floral print in satin, and an adjustable Strap You. An exquisite red micro beaded embroidery with pink and gold fringes and enameled floral details defines the tiny Pico Baguette, which is also available in a China-exclusive variant in multicolor floral printed satin with red and gold fringes and ox horn and flower details on the buckle.



fendi chinese new year 2021 collection



Hair accessories, all crafted in silk, portraying a circular moon in honor of the Chinese lunar calendar. The fashion jewelry pieces include earrings, an ear cuff, a ring and a bracelet with a red strap.



Adding a precious touch to the collection, the signature Forever Fendi watch is embellished with a genuine pink mother-of-pearl dial with diamond hour-makers that dazzle on a 29 mm stainless steel or 19 mm and 29mm rose-gold stainless steel case, further enriched by a bezel set with 62 diamonds.



fendi chinese new year 2021 collection



The ready-to-wear pieces have been crafted from printed twill, jersey and knitwear. 



The FF logo also takes center stage in the Men’s Collection, but in a red and black varian. The iconic symbol pervades a selection of ready-to-wear pieces in black chenille and knitwear, as well as a variety of leathergoods, accessories and shoes, including a Flat Baguette, a backpack, a clutch, a card case and mid-top city sneakers.



fendi chinese new year 2021 collection



The FENDI Chinese New Year Capsule Collection is available in select FENDI boutiques worldwide and on fendi.com, whilst the Forever Fendi watches will be available in in Greater China and on fendi.cn from January 2021 and in the rest of the world from April 2021.


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Continuing its designer collaborations, H&M shakes hands with Irish designer Simone Rocha http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6279 January 14, 2021: After legends like Karl Lagerfeld, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Balmain graced its hallways, H&M has now announced a new collaboration with the London-based Irish fashion designer SIMONE ROCHA. 



Simone Rocha



Ms. Simone Rocha



The SIMONE ROCHA x H&M collection will include SIMONE ROCHA’s signature womenswear, alongside menswear and childrenswear. Primarily a womenswear designer, this marks the first time that Ms. Rocha will design a wardrobe for the entire family. Each category combines a full wardrobe; special occasionwear, including tulle dresses and tailoring, alongside knits, shirting, outerwear such as trenches, casual t-shirts, accessories, including SIMONE ROCHA’s signature sparkling jewellery and Simone Rocha-embellished footwear.



“I am so thrilled to be working with H&M on this very special collection. It truly is a celebration of the signatures of my brand, and the influences that have shaped me. As a designer, and as a customer, I’ve been such a fan of the H&M collaboration concept. Margiela, Alber Elbaz, Comme des Garcons – it’s such an amazing list of alumni to be a part of,” says Ms. Rocha.



Simone Rocha X H&M



Ms. Rocha’s design aesthetic is minimal with a seamless blending of the feminine with tomboyish silhouettes. This collection will also display her signature appeal, highlighting her personal inter-ethnic heritage and the myriad inspirations which have defined the growth of her label, from the traditions and crafts of Hong Kong through to the greats of art history.



The SIMONE ROCHA x H&M collection will also give centerstage to the interplay of fabrics and embellishments for which the Irish designer is popular. Expect to see glimmers of Tudor courtiers, of wild florals, of portraits and photographs, of dolls and playthings. Tartan, beading, florals, pinks, reds, and bespoke fabrications have been developed in house, especially for this collaboration. 



“SIMONE ROCHA has been on the H&M wish-list for some time. This collaboration offers a new audience the chance to own a very special piece of design history. All of us at H&M have been so inspired to work with a female designer who spends so much time thinking about contemporary femininity, and womanhood, and who is so committed to excellence in craft and design, from the process of developing special fabrications, to pushing silhouettes, shapes and embellishments. Every garment within this collection is unique, special and the result of years of work and meticulous research,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson of H&M.



The collection, which will be launched on March 11, 2021, also celebrates a decade of the SIMONE ROCHA label. 


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Designer Krsnaa Mehta collaborates with Godrej’s U&Us to create luxe homes http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6278 January 14, 2021: Godrej & Boyce, the flagship company of the Godrej group has announced a collaboration between renowned home interior designer Krsnaa Mehta, and U&Us, its professional home interior designing and solutions brand, to co-create luxe and exquisite limited-edition homes and spaces.



Krsnaa Mehta and U&U Godrej home interiors



This new collaboration, called ‘Krsnaa Mehta Signature Homes by U&Us’, brings the best of both worlds to homeowners. Not only will they benefit from Mr. Mehta's eye towards a vibrant, happy style which has been honed over two decades, but also with high quality bespoke interior solutions and professional services using U&US’ state-of-the-art visualization and customization technology platform.



Imbued with a vision of ‘home is where a story begins’, the new homes will help homeowners translate their persona and vision with panache and a large dose of distinctiveness. Every room will be customized to high standards, completed with signature upholstery, wallpaper, and décor accents from the India Circus brand along with customized furniture curated by U&Us.



Krsnaa Mehta and U&U Godrej home interiors



After launching in Mumbai in January 2021, the Krsnaa Mehta Signature Homes by U&Us experience will launch across Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune. This collaboration will see U&US venture into the luxury home interior segment and aims at addressing the 15% (home value ≥ INR 3 crore) of the 70,000 homes sold annually in Mumbai. The average ticket size of these projects will be approximately INR 40 lakhs. 



In order to experience Krsnaa Mehta Signature Homes by U&Us customers need to visit the India Circus website to book an appointment for a virtual/physical meeting with the design experts, followed by a one-to-one consultation with Mr. Mehta himself.


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Aman introduces Driving Journeys in USA, Europe and Japan http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6274 January 13, 2021: If there is anything the pandemic has taught us, it's the renewed promise of open roads and a long driving stretch to satisfy our wanderlust needs. Taking advantage of this new scenario, resorts brand Aman has introduced Driving Journeys that will take you through the mountains and canyons of the American West, the wind-carved dunes of the Sahara or the sacred forests of Japan.



Aman Driving Journeys



With the new bespoke journeys, guests have the option to drive impeccable sportscars, SUVs or classic vehicles on supported three to five-day trips using Aman’s incredible locations as a base. Events are ideal for like-minded friends and family members with a passion for motoring and independent travel, with guests also able use their own vehicles to travel in utmost comfort, with Aman assisting with any shipping required.



With flexible itineraries and between three to five hours of driving per day, guests are free to set off in their own time, exploring and pausing en-route as the mood takes them. Personalised Aman iPhones will be pre-loaded with guides, recommending off-the-beaten-track stop-off points – from coffee shops and galleries to all the best photo opportunities. Lunch stops range from picnics and casual meals in authentic road-side eateries, to exquisite fine dining when the opportunity arises, all arranged by Aman. Aman GPS systems ensure easy route-finding, and a support vehicle is never far away. For a more relaxed approach, shamrock-style routes even allow for non-drivers to skip a day on the road and spend it relaxing at the resort instead.



Best planned for spring and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, Aman Driving Journeys can be arranged from a number of iconic Aman resorts and hotels worldwide. These include Amangani and Amangiri in the USA, Amanjena in Morocco, Aman Kyoto and Amanemu in Japan, Amanzoe in Greece, Aman Venice and Rosa Alpina in Italy and Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro. 



Aman Driving Journeys



From the untamed wilderness of Amangiri in Utah to the wildlife inhabited valleys surrounding Amangani in Wyoming, Aman Driving Experiences in the USA showcase the very best of America’s great roads. Driving through Escalante National Park, Monument Valley and around the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, the journey can be complemented by a half-day in speedboats on Lake Powell and a helicopter ride up Tower Butte for sunrise yoga, with plenty of time at the end of each day to experience the healing powers of Amangiri’s 2,322 sq m spa and otherworldly surroundings. 



Perched atop East Gros Ventre Butte with awe-inspiring views of the Grand Tetons, Amangani is the perfect base from which to experience the thrill of Wyoming’s open roads. From the wonders of Yellowstone National Park into the long, winding highways of Idaho and around the Palisades Reservoir, the surrounding regions offer a fantastic mix of scenery and wide, smooth roads suited to both sports and classic cars. Back at the resort, soak in the open-air heated pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the Snake River Valley or dine by a roaring log fire in the Grill Restaurant, the perfect antidote to a day of driving.



From the impossibly scenic Peloponnese, where coastal roads lead to bustling seaside villages and ancient ruins, to the spectacular mountain passes of Morocco, Montenegro and Italy, Aman’s one-of-a-kind driving itineraries commencing from Amanzoe, Aman Venice, Amanjena and Aman Sveti Stefan allow guests to experience the best of each region. Amanzoe’s hilltop setting in Greece is an island-lovers adventure, where driving routes showcase the rolling Peloponnese countryside. Surrounded by 360-degree views of olive groves and with the Tripoli Mountains in the distance, guests can admire the epic scenery, savour coffee breaks in traditional villages, explore quaint port towns such as Paralios Astos and uncover ancient Greek structures including Epidavros. 



Aman Driving Journeys



While the floating city might not be the most obvious location for a driving experience, Aman Venice whisks guests from the palazzo to the dock, where cars are ready and waiting for guests to explore the Padua Hills, the foothills of the Dolomites, Lake Garda and the Valpolicella vineyards. Venture along the edge of the dramatic Eugenean hills and visit Fiorano – home to Ferrari’s private racing track – where lunch can be enjoyed in the iconic Ferrari restaurant before an optional tour of the Ferrari museum. Alternately, head to the beguiling waters of Lake Garda, driving the tunnels featured in James Bond’s Casino Royale en-route. 



Elsewhere on Montenegro’s coastline, Aman Sveti Stefan driving journeys traverse the Aegean and can include Kotor’s famous hill climb, the backroads to Croatia and numerous mountain passes. Driving through the Bay of Kotor, experience winding roads surrounded by dramatic vistas or venture into the country with its cliffsides hiding secret beaches. Cross the border to visit Dubrovnik for lunch on the cobbled streets of the Old Town, stroll through the vineyards of the famous Radevic Wine Estate or stop at the Skadar Lake for a picnic surrounded by an abundance of birdlife. Return to the island solace of Aman Sveti Stefan at dusk, just in time for a pre-dinner treatment in the extensive beachfront Aman Spa.



Resting on the outskirts of Marrakech, Amanjena is perfectly situated for an Aman Drive 4x4 experience designed for dedicated drivers and thrill-seekers alike. From coastal tracks and rolling hills to cedar forests and vast tracts of desert sand and dune, Morocco is a country made for adventurous driving. The terrain is rugged, the scenery magnificent and the roads stretch for miles. Camel rides, Bedouin picnic lunches and elegant alfresco dinners in Amanjena’s tranquil gardens enhance the experience.



Aman Driving Journeys



Aman Kyoto and Amanemu in Japan are ideally placed for exploring the countryside between and around them. From the shores of Ago Bay where the sacred forests of Ise Shima embrace Amanemu and its healing hot springs, to Aman Kyoto’s secret garden in the country’s ancient capital, the roads between these two private sanctuaries are some of the most stunning on Earth.



Starting and finishing at Aman Kyoto, two distinct driving routes to and from Amanemu take in the Japanese Alps, cross the Kanto Plain, and include the famous Hakone Turnpike, Venus and Izu Skylines with their twisting turns, huge elevation changes and panoramic views. Guests also journey along Japan’s highest road, the mind-blowing Norikura, which rises to 2,700m and offers extraordinary views of the Yatigatake and Hodaka Mountain Ranges. At Amanemu, time in a private onsen and forest treks to Shinto temples instill a deep sense of peace, while at Aman Kyoto, picnics in the private gardens and visits to the area’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites provide natural and cultural distraction.


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Gucci celebrates the Lunar New Year with a collection featuring the Japanese Manga character Doraemon http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6273 Gucci Chinese New Year Doreamon collection 2021



January 13, 2021: If you see Doreamon suddenly making a presence on the streets and in intimate parties, credit Gucci for it. To celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year, which heralds the Year of the Ox, Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele has imagined a dedicated collection of special items that feature the famous Japanese manga and anime character, Doraemon – the cat-type robot sent from the XXII century to help a young boy called Nobita Nobi with secret gadgets from his four-dimensional pouch. The resulting Doraemon X Gucci collaboration is also marking the manga’s 50th anniversary.



Gucci Chinese New Year Doreamon collection 2021



The special collection features the pop icon Doraemon in his classic blue color superseding over the GG motif, across different product categories. 



The Gucci 2021 Lunar New Year Collection has its own sustainable packaging, which comprises fully recyclable green bags and matching swing tickets referencing the 50th anniversary of the cartoon, all featuring Doraemon.



Gucci Chinese New Year Doreamon collection 2021



The playful Japanese manga character will also take over selected store façades and street installations in different cities across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Doraemon will also be the star of two Gucci ArtWalls in Shanghai and Hong Kong, where he will pose over the GG motif, as in the collection.



Gucci Chinese New Year Doreamon collection 2021



Bespoke entertainment will be available on the Gucci App bringing Doraemon figure to life thanks to Augmented Reality. Scanning the Gucci ArtWalls and the dedicated packaging, users will discover a choreography by their favourite character.



Gucci Chinese New Year Doreamon collection 2021


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Indian brand Inhabit unveils a maximalist collection of furniture http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6272 Inhabit furniture brand Noveau dining set



January 13, 2021: Launched in 2004, Indian furniture brand Inhabit has an anti-minimal and passionately original approach to design, which reflects in the brand’s new bespoke series of furniture pieces – Noveau. Crafted with high-end materials and exhibiting innovative design, every piece is meticulously created.



Inhabit furniture brand Noveau dining set



The Noveau collection is a magnificent range of modern furniture for contemporary homes. ‘Noveau’ which translates to ‘new art’ features bold furniture pieces with curved lines. The timeless pieces have strong silhouettes and colorful tones, showcasing the brand’s trademark high quality carpentry and upholstery. The furniture is vibrant, quirky, yet displaying refinement.



Inhabit furniture brand Noveau dining set



The striking Noveau collection comprises statement chairs, a sofa set and a dining table. Florals to zigzags to stripes, the furniture pieces exhibit one-of-a-kind forms, flawless craftsmanship and an eye-catching sense of detail. The Noveau range is ideal for trendsetters who like to socialize and host at home, especially with the lockdown making it imperative for homes to display personality and originality.



Inhabit furniture brand Noveau seating set



The collection is available at the brand’s stores in Delhi (Mehrauli) and Hyderabad (Banjara Hills).


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LVMH completes the acquisition of Tiffany & Co. & announces new leadership http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6270 January 7, 2020: After a public saga that turned from friendly to hostile, luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE has now completed the acquisition of luxury jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. As per the official statement, the “acquisition of this iconic US jeweler will deeply transform LVMH’s Watches & Jewelry division and complement LVMH’s 75 distinguished Maisons”.



LVMH and Tiffany & Co agreement acquisition new CEO



Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, commented: “We are committed to supporting Tiffany, a brand that is synonymous with love and whose Blue Box is revered around the world, with the same dedication and passion that we have applied to each of our prestigious Maisons over the years. We are optimistic about Tiffany’s ability to accelerate its growth, innovate and remain at the forefront of our discerning customers’ most cherished life achievements and memories.”



In conjunction with the closing of the transaction, LVMH has announced several leadership appointments at Tiffany.



Anthony Ledru, previously Executive Vice President, Global Commercial Activities at Louis Vuitton and formerly Senior Vice President of North America at Tiffany, becomes the new CEO of Tiffany, effective immediately.



Alexandre Arnault, previously CEO of RIMOWA, becomes Executive Vice President, Product and Communications of Tiffany, effective immediately.



Michael Burke, the Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton, will become Chairman of Tiffany Board of Directors.



Alessandro Bogliolo, the current CEO of Tiffany, has agreed to remain with the company to facilitate the transition, after which time he will depart the company.



Reed Krakoff, Chief Artistic Director, and Daniella Vitale, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of Tiffany, will depart Tiffany after a short transition of responsibilities.



Anthony Ledru, Chief Executive Officer of Tiffany, said: “I am delighted to re-join Tiffany, the most iconic American luxury brand which I have long admired. The inclusiveness and optimism upon which Tiffany was founded resonate now more than ever. I also come back to a Maison that is at the forefront of the environmental and sourcing standards in its industry. Going forward, I have deep confidence in LVMH’s commitment to protect the brand, drive its growth strategy and apply the highest standards of retail excellence to Tiffany. The potential ahead is limitless, and I look forward to writing this next deeply promising chapter, along with the 14,000 Tiffany employees around the world.”



Alessandro Bogliolo, former Chief Executive Officer of Tiffany, commented: “I am honored to have led Tiffany as a public company and contributed with such a talented team to further strengthening Tiffany’s iconic standing. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of all our team members, Tiffany is ideally positioned to continue its growth. I would also like to take this moment to thank Reed and Daniella for having led the creative vision, digital and marketing direction for the company. We can all be proud of what we achieved together over the past three years and, I am convinced that Tiffany will thrive under LVMH leadership."


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Burberry’s new collection for the Year of the Ox gives its monogram a new personality http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6269 January 7, 2020: Burberry has revealed its new collection celebrating the Chinese New Year 2021- the Year of the Ox. The capsule collection is expressed in classic Burberry check, featuring heritage Burberry trench coats and sports-influenced pieces, as well as a new colour way of the Olympia bag.



Burberry Year of the Ox collection



A limited-edition Thomas Burberry Monogram Motif, inspired by the Chinese zodiac and animated with an original illustration in honour of the Year of the Ox, is also placed on the collection, which is available to purchase now.



The collection includes the Iconic Pocket Bag, an archive-inspired check tote woven with a bio-based nylon yarn created from castor oil. The design features topstitched leather trims and a contrasting front pocket. The Olympia bag, a runway shoulder bag sculpted from tri-tone topstitched leather, with a curved silhouette‚ is inspired by the architecture of Olympia London. The slim, structured style features gold-plated hardware and exterior slip and zip pockets for easy access. The collection also introduces a new Beach Tote in check nylon lined with a refreshed Monogram motif pattern featuring a zip pouch for smaller essentials.



Burberry Year of the Ox collection



Outerwear for women includes a raglan-sleeved trench coat in Italian-woven check nylon, cut to a relaxed Waterloo fit. A bomber jacket is cut from check nylon, patterned with striped rib-knit trims in a textured towelling. Tailoring in a boxy fit jacket is also cut from Italian-woven check technical wool.



Straight-fit tailored trousers cut from Italian-woven check technical wool, a form-fitting turtleneck top in stretch jersey, a pussy-bow blouse in Italian-woven silk crepe de chine, and a column skirt cut from lightweight check all feature the Monogram motif.



Burberry Year of the Ox collection



Technical knitwear in a Merino wool cardigan in jacquard-woven check, detailed with rib-knit trims, oversized polo shirt in check wool and a jacquard-woven check polo shirt dress are cut to a relaxed fit. The loop-back cotton sweatshirt is printed with the new logo and a montage of motifs. A T-shirt in cotton jersey and high-waisted leggings are cut from Italian-knitted stretch jersey.



For men, a clean-lined car coat crafted in Italy from yarn-dyed check nylon can be reversed to a contrast check. The merino wool polo shirt in jacquard-woven check is topped with a contrasting collar and placket. A cardigan in jacquard-woven check is cut to a relaxed fit and finished with rib-knit trims. A long-sleeved top in Italian-knitted check stretch jersey is styled with a zipped funnel neck.



Burberry Year of the Ox collection



Menswear also includes a classic-fit long sleeve shirts in Italian-woven check cotton poplin, a short-sleeved shirt in check silk with contrasting collar detail, and a straight-fit cropped trousers cut from Italian-woven check technical wool.



T-shirt’s and hoodies are printed with the Burberry logo and a montage of motifs. Polo shirts are animated with a patchwork of checks, topped with a contrasting cotton collar. Classic drawcord swim shorts in check-print nylon, with breathable mesh lining lends comfort and a Velcro-fastening pockets.



Burberry Year of the Ox collection



Shoes for women include Point-toe pumps in yarn-dyed check nylon, patterned with a refreshed Monogram motif. For men, an Arthur sneaker crafted in check nylon and capped with a polished overshoe is inspired by rain boots with cross-detailed tread.


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Blending outdoors with elegance, Gucci & The North Face reveal a special collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6268 Gucci The North Face collection 2021



January 7, 2020: Luxury brand Gucci has collaborated with The North Face to launch a collection that celebrates the spirit of exploration. Literal or metaphorical exploration, Creative Director Alessandro Michele has always catered to the curious, presenting Gucci’s clothes as tools that push the wearer into different territories.



The North Face outfits literal adventurers and travelers, thus being aligned with Gucci, which similarly empowers people in their quest to celebrate and express their own characters and personalities, amplifying Mr. Michele’s approach towards fashion as a powerful instrument of freedom.



Gucci The North Face collection 2021



The North Face Gucci collection campaign has been shot by Daniel Shea, and set in the Alps. The campaign leads viewers through a trip to the great outdoors with a group of Gucci-clad hikers, who camp by the lakes. The forests and peaks of the region form a vast and breath-taking scenic backdrop to the imagery, while group photos are reminiscent of holiday snaps, effortlessly showcasing the distinctive products. The campaign’s atmosphere evokes the aesthetic of the 1970s.



Gucci The North Face collection 2021



This special cross-category collection for men and women comprises ready-to-wear, soft accessories, luggage and shoes, as well as some more unexpected pieces linked to the outdoor world of The North Face, such as tents and sleeping bags.



Luggage in The North Face X Gucci collection contains ECONYL®— a nylon fabric sourced from regenerated materials (from fish nets, carpets and other scraps) that can be recycled and recreated, aiding in decreasing its ecological footprint. The color palette was also inspired by the 70s and curated from The North Face materials library. Archival fabrics have been partially incorporated into the collection to give them a new life.



Gucci The North Face collection 2021



Packaging for the pieces come in vibrant pink featuring The North Face X Gucci logo. The garment and carrier bags, boxes and pouches have been strategically designed to reduce the environmental impact at every step of creation. All paper and cardboard come from sustainably managed forest sources and an uncoated paper has been used to ensure it is fully recyclable. To reduce the amount of paper, boxes are equipped with handles to avoid using shopping bags. Larger items come in shopping bags and cotton covers without boxes.



Gucci The North Face collection 2021



The ready-to-wear collection features not only goose-feather down padded coats, bomber, and vest but also shirts, skirts and jumpsuits. The outerwear silhouettes and equipment are based on original designs from The North Face in the 70s. Also included in the offer are quilted jacket, nylon shirts and skirts and windbreakers; refined silk-twill bowling sets, skirts and chemise dresses; T-shirts, sweatshirts and a fleece jacket with the matching.  



Gucci The North Face collection 2021



Some pieces come in bright colors and feature several floral prints created in partnership with The North Face especially for the collaboration, some of which have a new The North Face x Gucci logo incorporated into their designs. 



Gucci The North Face collection 2021

 

The luggage features eight new graphic patterns, designed in collaboration with The North Face. All feature bright colors and a variety of either Gucci House motifs or different versions of the new The North Face logo x Gucci print. Two new backpacks and two new belt bags are dressed up in these exclusive prints. A dome-shaped medium backpack (available in five different prints) has contrast leather patches, rope zip pullers and web straps, while a larger size (available in six different prints) recalls hiking backpacks with its multiple pockets and top flap with snaps, and also features the same detailing as its smaller cousin. A small belt bag comes in seven different prints, and a maxi size one with three front flap pockets is offered in two different prints.



Gucci The North Face collection 2021



The shoe is a gender-neutral hiking boot with a chunky and sturdy Goodyear-welted sole. The boot comes in three colors of leather (brown, black and cream), features eyelets and rope-like striped laces, as well as The North Face x Gucci logo prominently displayed on the side.



To celebrate the drop of The North Face x Gucci collection, Gucci has also released a documentary video. Taking in the design and production processes that forged the collection, the film reveals the pieces through the eyes of those who made them possible, featuring conversations with Mr. Michele, as well as with The North Face Design Manager Global Collaborations, Archives, and Special Projects, David Whetstone. Additionally, insights from the design team, product developers, and skilled craftsmen are also shared. American professional rock climber Nina Williams and influential graffiti artist Post AOW have also presented their views. 



Gucci The North Face collection 2021



The North Face x Gucci collection is now available first in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Toronto, and will be available online as well as in select Gucci locations beginning in mid-January.




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Giving a grander proportion to jewelry, Raniwala 1881 launches its new Bridal collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6265 Raniwala 1881 Beawar Legacy collection Indian bridal jewelry



December 21, 2020: In homage to where it all began, Raniwala 1881 has launched their new 2020-21 Bridal Collection – Beawar Legacy. The collection acknowledges and pays tribute to the brand’s rich heritage and legacy that stems from the town of Beawar in Rajasthan and started with the late visionary forefather, Rai Bahadur Seth Champalal-ji Raniwala.



The narrative of this collection is centred around three sisters of style and substance, as they return to their ancestral home in Beawar. But going beyond just honoring history, the collection reimagines the jewelry to give them a modern a flair and a global outlook.



Raniwala 1881 Beawar Legacy collection Indian bridal jewelry



The Beawar Legacy collection from Raniwala 1881 stems from not just metaphorical, but also literal inspirations rooted in the family’s Beawar haveli. The design language comes from the palatial structure. Its history and splendour are resonated in every piece. The juxtaposition of Rajput and Mughal architecture in the sprawling estate can be seen in the collection as well. 



Additionally, fine design features like the intricate ornamentation and detailing in the mehrabs and gumads, the latticework in every corner, the iconic baradari, and the artefacts of Champalal-ji are all echoed in the collection. The motifs in the collection follow the contours of the intricate wall carvings, while the colours borrow from the multi-hued inlay work on the marble flooring and interiors. Furthermore, a deep dive into the Raniwala 1881’s family archives (and albums) brought to life the individualistic sensibilities of the formidable women from the founders’ family. 



Raniwala 1881 Beawar Legacy collection Indian bridal jewelry



The collection has been broadly divided into three main looks. The Mahadevi Look, named after Late Rai Bahadur Champalal-ji wife, is an aristocratic range. The collection has recreated her opulent taste and penchant for gold zari silk saris and magnificent jewelry with sizeable polki sets with statement embellishments including sheesh pattis, tikkas spruced with Zambian emeralds, bajubandhs, kadas, bangdis and hathphools.



The Radha Rani Look is personified by Radha Rani, late Ganeshilal-ji’s wife, whose style was characterized by wispy chiffon saris and minimal jewellery. This line retains her signature old-world-charm with back-to-basic designs, inspired by the Raniwala haveli. There is a generous use of pearls in the flat-cut tikkas, bajubandhs, kadas, bangdis and hathphools.



Raniwala 1881 Beawar Legacy collection Indian bridal jewelry



Chandrakanta, Sushil-ji’s wife, was renowned for her forward-thinking outlook. She balanced her customs with modernity; just like the Chandrakanta line of ethno-contemporary jewels that boast a young-yet-rooted sensibility. Raniwala 1881 have employed navratna gemstones and coloured stones to infuse a youthful spirit to the collection. This range features sheesh pattis, navratan kathi necklaces layered with pearl strings, kadas, bangdis and hathphools.


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Kim Jones creates a fantastical men’s Fall 2021 collection for Dior http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6264 December 17, 2020: For his Fall 2021 Men’s collection, Dior’s artistic director Kim Jones drew inspiration from the universe of contemporary artist Kenny Scharf, bursting beyond the boundaries of time and space with a dazzling virtual show. It was a “one-way trip to Planet Dior”.  



Dior Menswear Fall 2021



 “When we started the collection we were coming out of the first lockdown and I wanted to spread some joy, happiness and hope,” says Mr. Jones. Painting a wave of optimism, and drawing inspiration from the pop universe of Mr. Scharf, an American artist, the collection is a perfect meld of couture tradition and technological precision.   



Dior Menswear Fall 2021



A huge fan of science-fiction and street art replete with cheeky characters and shades, Mr. Scharf infuses his work with humor. “I love the clash of colors – yellow and purple, orange and blue, red and green. When you take the happy and sad opposites and put them together, it creates the tension and excitement that I love,” he smiles. 



Dior Menswear Fall 2021



These bright-hued mélanges appear in the dyed hair of models as well as the scenography by French director Thomas Vanz, who avows a fascination with astrophysics. His colorful ink and glitter videos created a magical galaxy as the backdrop for Kim Jones’ silhouettes. 



Dior Menswear Fall 2021



In an homage to the Bar, jackets are belted at the waist over pants cropped above the ankle. At once reminiscent of Star Wars’ costumes, the outer space look is embellished with chrysanthemum blooms as boutonnieres, created specially by Maison Lemarié.  



Dior Menswear Fall 2021



Dior Ateliers translated Mr. Scharf’s works into prints, fusing them with the famous Dior Oblique motif and appropriating them for embroidery executed using traditional Chinese techniques. 



Dior Menswear Fall 2021



China, in fact, was an inspiration as well as Chinese zodiac animal characters make an appearance printed on sweaters, complemented by stunning jade jewelry by Yoon Ahn. Tamborin-style berets – a favorite of Christian Dior – were designed by Stephen Jones and embroidered in China. 



Dior Menswear Fall 2021



Thousands of tiny pearls and stitches were embroidered using a centuries-old Chinese technique to meticulously reproduce the fantastical Kenny Scharf cartoon characters curated by Kim Jones. 



Dior Menswear Fall 2021


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Fendi expresses the holiday with a Caffe at Selfridges London http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6263 Fendi Caffe Selfridges London



December 17, 2020: Luxury brand FENDI has announced the opening of the pop-up Fendi Caffe in partnership with Oxford Street’s department store Selfridges, starring a special Holiday creative.



The Fendi Caffe is a takeover of the 14-seater Champagne Bar, The Fount, located in the heart of Selfridges’ Accessories Hall on the Ground Floor, with an exclusive FENDI curated menu and transformation of the space into a modern contemporary experience.



Fendi Caffe Selfridges London



The concept for Fendi Caffe is inspired by the new Fendi Roma Holiday collection, featuring the distinctive colour palette of powder pink and signature FENDI yellow. The FENDI Pack styles personify the décor of the Fendi Caffe, expressing the Maison’s instinct sense of humour and ingenuity.



Reimaging the iconic FF logo in pink, the space will also be adorned with this print to create a captivating graphic look, enriching the setting for the FENDI CAFFE. The pink theme will be seen throughout on glassware, coasters, napkins as well as decorative details for the menu’s food and beverage.



Fendi Caffe Selfridges London



The Fendi Caffe menu includes Champagne, personalised FENDI Cocktails (take your pick from the FENDI 1925, or the Roman Passion to the FENDI Cosmo and many more) served with FF ice cubes, as well as sweet and savoury FENDI Bites. The coffee selection’s highlight is the signature FF cappuccino served in porcelain cups decorated with FENDI’s iconic Pequin striped motif designed in 1983… bringing the spirit of the Maison from Roma to London.



Fendi Caffe Selfridges London



The Fendi Caffe is open at Selfridges London until January 2021.


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Audemars Piguet introduces 5 new Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie watches http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6262 Audemars Piguet Grand Sonnerie enamel dials



December 17, 2020: Expanding its much popular Code 11.59 line, Audemars Piguet has released five Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie timepieces, each endowed with a unique bespoke enamel dial crafted by Anita Porchet and her atelier. 



Audemars Piguet has specialised in chiming mechanisms since its establishment in 1875 and crafted complex Grande Sonnerie, Petite Sonnerie and Minute Repeater mechanisms ever since. Today, only a handful of specialised watchmakers at Audemars Piguet are trained to assemble and adjust a Grande Sonnerie, which is considered as one of the most sophisticated complications in the history of Haute Horlogerie.



Audemars Piguet Grand Sonnerie enamel dials



To celebrate the complexity and rarity of Grande Sonnerie watches, Audemars Piguet collaborated with Swiss enameller artisan Anita Porchet on hand-crafted “Grand Feu” enamel dials. Using her creativity to craft elegant and contemporary art, she created a trilogy of enamel dials decorated with antique gold spangles (“paillons”). Ms. Porchet’s artistic work adds an artistic touch to the complicated timepieces they adorn.



Audemars Piguet Grand Sonnerie enamel dials



For the remaining two pieces, clients have the possibility of requesting a personalised enamel dial crafted by Ms. Porchet’s atelier.


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Aman New York to open in Spring 2021 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6261 Aman New York outdoor terrace



December 14, 2020: Luxury resorts brand Aman is set to open Aman New York in spring 2021. At the crossroads of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, one of the finest corners in the world, the opening of Aman New York coincides with the Crown Building’s 100th anniversary. 



Aman New York will offer unparalleled service, world class dining, a comprehensive Aman Spa, and exclusive branded residences – the very first urban Aman Residences worldwide. 



Aman New York entrance



Designed by renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston, Aman New York is in its final stages of a monumental transformation, which will see the Crown Building restored and imbued with the spirit of Aman. 



Aman New York will comprise of 83 elegant guest rooms and suites, with each have a functioning fireplace! Aman New York will also house 22 private branded residences, many with spacious outdoor terraces, including a one-of-a-kind, five-storey penthouse. Guests and residents will have access to unrivalled facilities, including three principal dining venues, a jazz club, and the 2,300-square-metre Aman Spa. An Aman Club will be available for private members.



Aman New York residences bedroom



Bringing authentic omakase (chef-chosen) washoku cuisine to Manhattan, Aman’s signature fine dining Japanese restaurant, Nama, will serve exquisite sushi and sashimi at its live-cooking counter and on its outdoor terrace. The Wine Library, Aman New York’s wine cellar, will sit adjacent to Nama and will be available for private wine tastings and events. 



Arva, Aman’s signature Italian restaurant, will offer exceptional all-day dining with views of Central Park. The menu will revolve around the freshest, sustainably sourced, seasonal produce available, true to Arva’s farm-to-table ethos. The Bar will serve cocktails created by award winning mixologists, craft beers and gin from leading local breweries and distilleries, and a global selection of fine wines, while the addition of a Cigar Bar, provides an al fresco terrace.



Aman New York spa pool



Aman New York will bring to life the fullest expression of the Aman Urban Wellness concept. Extending over three-storeys, the Aman Spa will be a serene, private haven for hotel guests, residence owners and Aman Club members. Guests will benefit from comprehensive medical and wellness assessments and evaluations, integrated preventative and functional medical services, sleep and nutrition programmes, and short but effective itineraries to improve health and longevity. The space will also provide a range of results-orientated, non-invasive and evidence-based beauty treatments and holistic therapies such as TCM and Chinese herbology.



The Wellness Centre will be home to seven spa treatment suites and two unique Banya and Hammam Spa Houses. Other spa facilities will include the boutique and lounge, and a 20-metre indoor swimming pool lined with double daybeds around cosy fire pits. The 280-square-metre innovative Aman Fitness is complemented by the yoga studio, and a full experience hydrotherapy facility with saunas, steam rooms, ice fountains and sensory showers. A classic gentlemen’s barber and a ladies’ hair and nail salon will provide professional grooming and further beauty services.



Aman New York residences bathroom



Aman New York’s 22 residences, over half of which have already pre-sold during construction, range from one to six bedrooms, many with private pools and fireplaces.


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Zegna & Leica’s collaborative capsule collection is now available http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6260 December 14, 2020: In a perfect example of fashion meets photography, Ermenegildo Zegna and Leica Camera have joined hands to offer a capsule collection of high-end camera accessories.



Zegna Leica capsule collection 2020



Designed for the modern photographer, the collaboration strengthens the link between two expressions of art and creativity. Zegna Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori, a photography enthusiast and authentic Leica lover, has always been inspired by photography as a creative language that he often visually uses as a reference for his collections. 



Zegna Leica capsule collection 2020



The collaboration collection consists of PELLETESSUTA TM camera holsters for Leica Q2 and Leica M cameras; PELLETESSUTA TM protectors for Leica Q2 and Leica M cameras; functional crossbody bags called Insta-Pack, inspired by photographers’ attitude that fit almost all Compact Leica cameras (Leica V-Lux excluded) and the Leica CL with the 18mm ‘pancake’ Leica lens; carrying and wrist straps; Leica keyrings and round wallets (both for coins or the Leica Q2 lens cap) that feature luxury details and precious touch of the PELLETESSUTA TM collection, an iconic Zegna special woven nappa, result of an innovative Ermenegildo Zegna research aimed to recreate precious fabric using extremely thin strips of selected nappa leather in place of fabric yarns.



“What a wonderful addition: The creation of a Leica camera, moving images and a Zegna garment is unique and outstanding. Both brands share the same humanistic approach for values, design, sustainability, and quality,” says Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Leica Global Director Art and Leica Galleries. 



Zegna Leica capsule collection 2020



The Zegna and Leica collaboration collection is distributed globally in an exclusive selection of Zegna flagship Stores (such as New York City, Paris, London, Milan, Dubai, Shanghai, Beijing, Ginza, Isetan) as well as in 60 select Leica stores worldwide. The collection is also available online, on zegna.com and leica-camera.com.


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Good Earth presents a charming range of dinnerware inspired by florals & fragrances http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6259 December 14, 2020 : Indian luxury design house, Good Earth, is offering a new dinnerware collection ‘Jessamine’. Crafted with fine bone China, it is inspired by the fragrant wild growing creepers and shrubs from Himalayan countryside. 



Good earth Dinnerware Jessamine



As the sweet fragrance of the delicate creamy-white blooms permeates the breeze in summer, the mixed creepers of Jessamine and pink rose buds nestle in moss green foliage. The brand aimed to express this vision which delight the senses.



The collection presents a full dinnerware service with salad bowls and soup bowls, generous mugs and tea plates and stands. Crafted for the warm winter brunches under the sun as well as indulgent holiday spreads, the collection has an elegant opulence which makes it ideal for this festive season.



Good earth Dinnerware Jessamine



Each piece is handcrafted and finished with 24 carat gold highlights. 



Along with the dinnerware, Good Earth complements the collection with the Jasmine glass collection, which includes is delicately handcrafted glass vases made by hand blowing technique, featuring hand-cut patterns of growing jasmines and creepers that dot the Himalayan hillside. 



Good earth Dinnerware Jessamine



Designed in three sizes, the statement vases can be used in multiple ways – as striking centrepieces to hold gorgeous flower arrangements, as table accessories to add visual warmth with sweet-smelling candles and even as a champagne cooler for evening soirees.



Good earth Dinnerware Jessamine



The collection is available at Good Earth’s online store and across all Good Earth physical stores.


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Villeroy & Boch unveils Christmas collection with a tinge of nostalgia for festive celebrations http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6257 Villeroy & Boch Christmas collection



December 10, 2020: In this festive season, Villeroy & Boch is presenting The Toy’s Delight and Toy’s Delight Royal Classic Christmas collections, to decorate the table magnificently full of Christmas memories.



Villeroy & Boch Christmas collection



Along with a special Christmas edition, which has been developed to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Toy’s Delight series, the Collection also offers an array of new products for Christmas table designs and decorations.



Villeroy & Boch Christmas collection



The 10 years of Toy’s Delight special anniversary tableware edition includes a bowl, breakfast plate and mugs, which are decorated with fine scattered patterns and high-quality real-gold décor.



Villeroy & Boch Christmas collection



The premium porcelain items have been decorated with nostalgic motifs in the classic seasonal colours red, green and white, and enchanted with lots of loving details: a plate for soft cakes, a large round serving plate ornamented with a nostalgic central motif and a handleless cup.



Villeroy & Boch Christmas collection



The La Boule decorative orb, an eye catching piece, tailor made for Christmas decorations, enhanced by tea light holders and dinner candle holders – are a perfect souvenir for the occassion.



Villeroy & Boch Christmas collection



The Toy’s Delight Royal Classic collection offers a modern yet festive version of Toy’s Delight in seasonal white, made of cheerful  ornaments and festive scattered patterns. Toy’s Delight Royal Classic is perfect for mixing & matching with items from the Toy’s Delight collection.



Villeroy & Boch Christmas collection


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Christofle’s Graphik barware collection has a geometric design with a mirror finish http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6256 December 10, 2020: To celebrate the art of sharing, the famous French silversmith Christofle is expanding its iconic Graphik collection, already expressed in a selection of crystal glasses and wine accessories.



Christofle Graphik Barware collection



The collection includes five new silver-plated items dedicated to the bar universe. Graphik’s geometric design is positioned on the base or top of each piece and highlighted by the mirror finish, a signature of Christofle’s know-how.



This silver plated collection is inspired by the intimate universe of private bar with a distinguished style and bold modernity, offering all the essentials for making the best cocktails. 



Christofle Graphik Barware collection



The collection offers a champagne bucket and a wine cooler for one bottle, a silver plated insulated Ice Bucket with signature mirror polish finish, a shaker that encourages cooling to give a perfectly blended cocktail at just the right temperature and a jigger which allows us to precisely measure the ingredients for a  perfect  cocktail.



From preparing your cocktails to presenting your finest bottles, this collection by Christofle will accompany you through your evening parties, to celebrate an event, share and enjoy a magical moment.



Christofle Graphik Barware collection



The collection is available in India at Emery Studio. 



Coordinates: Shakuntla Farm, Ghitorni, New Delhi

Ph: 9810081810, 9953884908, 9718000961


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MB&F unveils exclusive LM FlyingT edition with precious Lapis Lazuli http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6255 December 10, 2020 : MB&F has launched the sixth edition of the Legacy Machine FlyingT dedicated to women embodying elegance and vitality. This LM FLYINGT Lapis Lazuli limited edition watch features a dial plate and subdial in the deep blue gemstone, in an 18k white gold case set with diamonds.



MB&F LM Flying T for women with lapis lazuli



This is the first of a series of gemstone editions, while Lapis Lazuli was the obvious choice because of its intense deep blue colour enhanced by the gold flecks (which are actually Pyrite). Prized since antiquity for its intense colour, Lapis Lazuli has been mined as far back as 7000 BC and is found in many artifacts from civilisations across the world. During the Renaissance, it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments.



The soaring vertical structure of the FlyingT movement is topped by a 60-second flying tourbillon. The sun-shaped winding rotor ensures the automatic movement is fully wound, offering 100 hours of power reserve. The time is displayed thanks to delicate serpentine hands on a tilted subdial placed at 7 o’clock, visible only to the wearer of the watch; an unconventional layout underlining the intimate, personal nature of the LM FlyingT.



MB&F LM Flying T for women with lapis lazuli



The design of Legacy Machine FlyingT is replete with associations drawn from the feminine and maternal influences in Maximilian Büsser’s life. Says Büsser, “I wanted LM FlyingT to possess the epitome of femininity as reflected by the women in my life, particularly my mother. It had to combine supreme elegance with tremendous vitality. The column-like structure of the flying tourbillon was very important to me as I felt very strongly that women form the pillar of humanity. At the same time, there is another layer of meaning coming in from the sun-shaped rotor, which incorporates the element of life-giving, a source of sustenance which we gravitate towards and around.”



MB&F LM Flying T for women with lapis lazuli



For Mr. Büsser, elegance was key, but so was an infectious energy that could captivate an entire roomful of people.

The LM FlyingT Lapis Lazuli costs CHF 125,000 (USD 138,000 / EUR 118,000).


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Rolls Royce launches bespoke Pursuit Seat http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6253 December 8, 2020: Rolls-Royce’s new Pursuit Seat is a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional portable seat, designed by the Bespoke Collective at the Home of Rolls-Royce. Created with contemporary craft materials such as carbon fibre and polished aluminium, the embossed leather seat is coloured to match or contrast the car’s interior. It has a concealed torch which bears the double R Badge of Honor.



Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat



Mathew Danton, Rolls – Royce Bespoke Designer said, “We have applied Sir Henry Royce’s maxim, ‘Take the best that exists and make it better’, to a quintessentially British product. Elevated to Rolls-Royce’s precise and exacting standards yet true to the original concept, the Pursuit Seat has been reimagined for a contemporary world. Our clients can now enjoy the comfort of a Rolls-Royce seat, no matter the activity or where it may lead.”



Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat



The Pursuit Seat offers instant, portable comfort, bringing ease and style to ever diversified lifestyles. A perfect perch for flying a drone, painting a landscape or simply pausing to take in the view, the Pursuit Seat is the latest accessory designed to enhance the lifestyle experience of Rolls-Royce clients.



The seat is made from the finest Rolls-Royce leather and embossed with the Spirit of Ecstasy. Customers can personalise the seat from an array of bespoke colours to match, or contrast, with their car’s interior. While the gently flared aluminium ferrule on the end of the stick provides a solid grip on hard surfaces, the retractable spike, cleverly concealed within, offers the same security on grass and other soft ground.



Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat



The Pursuit Seat effortlessly fits within the Cullinan Recreation Module. The compact dimensions and elegant leather case also allow it to be stowed unobtrusively in any Rolls-Royce motor car.



Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat



The Pursuit Seat is available to purchase individually or as a pair through the Rolls-Royce Boutique and at dealerships worldwide. Prices for an individual seat start from 6,581 GBP.


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Kross Studio & Warner Bros unveil limited edition Batmobile Studio Desk Clock http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6252 Batmobile Desk Clock Kross Studio



December 5, 2020: Inspired by creative freedom, local craftsmanship, high performance materials, experience and innovation, Kross studio collaborates with Warner Bros., to offer the 1989 Batmobile X Kross Studio Desk Clock, an exclusive art piece for the finest collectors.



Kross Studio specifically chose the unforgettable model from the 1989 Batman movie directed by Tim Burton to embody this first-of-its-kind Batmobile clock. The modern infrastructure of Kross studio allows complete integration of the internal processes from design to retail, that further allows the studio to create sophisticated timepieces for its customers.



Batmobile Desk Clock Kross Studio



The greatest challenge facing Kross Studio was to conceive, develop, and integrate a state-of-the-art, tailor-made clock movement while respecting the exact shape of the Batmobile. Months of research and development were required to create this masterpiece, which contains a total of 512 components (115 in the body alone and 397 within the movement). 



The streamlined bodywork in black aluminium composite has been painstakingly shaped to faithfully reproduce the same curves and proportions of the 1989 Batmobile, after which the surface was carefully sealed with an aeronautical grade, scratch resistant coating to protect the matte surface.



Batmobile Desk Clock Kross Studio



Kross Studio has equipped the Batmobile with its own powerful engine: a mechanical manual-winding movement crafted in-house, a feat that underlines the expertise of the Kross Studio founders.



This launch is the first collaboration between Swiss Kross Studio and Warner Bros, reinterpreting a multigenerational symbol of pop culture with new collaborations to be unveiled in the upcoming months. This partnership aims at creating incredible experiences immersed in unconventional universes.



Batmobile Desk Clock Kross Studio



This exclusive 1989 Batmobile X Kross Studio Desk Clock is produced in a limited edition of 100 numbered pieces and is available now and shipping in time for the holidays at kross-studio.ch.


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Maison Kenzo launches a Kenzo x Kansai Yamamoto Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6251 Kenzo Kansai Yamamoto Collection 2020



December 5, 2020: Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Creative Director of Kenzo, unveiled an exceptional collection for the Maison, originally founded by Kenzo Takada. A tribute to Mr. Takada and his equally well-known counterpart, Kansai Yamamoto, the revered Japanese designer duo gave their blessing to the collection before passing away this year. The collection is inspired by their archives and their shared passion for animalia.



The collection is created with “a burst of joy”, a homage to the incredible designers who revolutionised fashion in 1960s and 70s.



Kenzo Kansai Yamamoto Collection 2020



Kenzo and Yamamoto were proponents of a joyful fashion that spoke to everyone, the ultimate symbol of unrestrained, punk and liberal style. Mr. Baptista had a close affinity to the design approach of Kenzo and Yamamoto. Therefore, for this collection, he cross-referenced the designers’ archives, artworks and motifs. The collection is inspired by the fantastic bestiary of Pop felines, animal motifs, bamboo, stripes and Japanese calligraphy, giving the pieces delightful buoyancy.



The collection offers a black t-shirt with a tiger head created by Kansai Yamamoto on the front and handwritten calligraphy by the designer on the back that reads “Kenzo, Kansai, Felipe”. A trio for whom fashion is unabashedly festive. 



Kenzo Kansai Yamamoto Collection 2020



The shoot features a group of young Parisian friends – actors, photographers and models – captured in a raw and spontaneous atmosphere, true to the spirit that resonates with the three talented designers. 



The collection also offers a Kenzo x Kansai Yamamoto playlist, put together by Erick Faulkner, and available on Spotify, creating an immersive Kenzo X Kansai experience.



Kenzo Kansai Yamamoto Collection 2020



The collection is available in Kenzo stores globally and on Kenzo.com.


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Aman offers a sensory journey with Fine Fragrances http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6250 Aman Fine fragrances



December 5, 2020 : Resorts brand Aman has launched its first collection of fine fragrances, a range of sophisticated scents, each representing a unique element of Aman’s exquisite destinations. The five 50 ml eau de parfums aim to awaken Aman memories through one of the most powerful senses, created by master perfumer Jacques Chabert.



Each bottle is designed by Kengo Kuma, renowned Japanese architect, where each fragrance bottle visually reflects its associated Aman destination through the subtle use of colour. Each tone is inspired by the resort’s local environment, surrounding nature and culturally significant hues – respecting surroundings instead of overlooking them.  



Aman Fine fragrances

 

Handcrafted in Japan from Paulownia wood, the fragrances are enclosed in a box, with each scent stored behind its own uniquely patterned laser cut lid. The Paulownia tree is one of the fastest growing trees and hence a sustainable choice, with the ornately designed case also fully re-usable. The outer packaging takes further inspiration from traditional Japanese design principles of wrapping. Using an exquisitely textured Takeo paper made in Japan, each Paulownia box is carefully hand-wrapped before the label is added as a finishing touch.



Master parfumer Jacques Chabert, who has legacy of creating unique fragrances for the past 50 years, created notes under the artistic direction of Mr. Vladislav Doronin – Chairman and CEO of Aman.



Aman Fine fragrances collection



The fragrance collection transports you through sun-kissed fresh summers of Amanpuri, Thailand (VAYU), floral jungles of Amanjiwo, Indonesia (AYOM), venetian opulence of Venice, Italy (UMBER), moorish architecture of Marrakech, Morocco (ZUAC) and bold city with rich architectural history of New York, USA (ALTA).



Free from phthalates, artificial colourants, parabens and formaldehydes, Aman Fine Fragrance stays true to values upheld across Aman’s wellness brands. Available online via the Aman Shop and in the resort boutiques, the five-scents are ready to order now, with two-further scents set to launch in Spring 2021.



Aman Fine fragrances


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Oetker Collection, in collaboration with Bastion Group, is launching The Woodward http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6249 The Woodward Geneva



December 3, 2020: Oetker Collection has announced the inauguration of “The Woodward” in spring 2021, the latest hotel in the heart of Geneva next to the shores of Lake Geneva, offering a panaromic view of Mont Blanc. Owned by Bastion Holdings, the property was originally built in 1901 by French architect François Durel, in a post-Haussmann style. The hotel is located on Quai Wilson and is currently being completely transformed and carefully reimagined by world-renowned architect Pierre-Yves Rochon.



The hotel has classic meets contemporary interiors, providing a stylish city sanctuary with spectacular lake and mountain views. Each of the 26-suites have been carefully curated to possess their own distinct character and individual design details with signature flourishes including marble fireplaces and bookcases. Twenty one of the suites have a full lake view. The jewels in the crown are the Presidential Suite, designed in elegant ivory tones and offering panoramic lake views from every room with a private dining room and loggia, and the Royal Suite, reached by private lift and designed to resemble a chic Parisian apartment.



The Woodward Geneva



World-class dining experiences will be provided by L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Le Jardinier, both recipients of Michelin stars for their New York outposts which are owned and operated by Bastion Group. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon will feature the legendary chef’s open kitchen concept, creating a theatrical dining experience for 36 guests seated around the counter, as well as two dining rooms that can be privatised.



The exquisite property will offer two bars and a tea-room, as well as a private digestif lounge, which takes the buildings history as a bank into the modern-day through the transformation of a former vault.



The Woodward Geneva



It will also allow its guest to relax in the the hotel’s 1,200 square metre spa, which will also include a Wellness Institute by Maison Guerlain and a 21-metre indoor swimming pool – the longest in Geneva. The spa will offer exclusive treatments by Guerlain across six wellness suites, including one for couples and a corner dedicated to men.



Christophe Aldunate, CEO of Bastion Management commented, “We are delighted that The Woodward will be joining the iconic Oetker Collection, a brand that upholds the highest standards in hospitality and who we trust to breathe renewed passion, flair and life into this historic Geneva location.”



The Woodward Geneva



The current portfolio of Oetker Collection includes Le Bristol Paris, Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden, Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, Château Saint-Martin & Spa in Venice, The Lanesborough London, L’Apogée Courchevel, Eden Rock-St Barths, Jumby Bay Island in Antigua, Palácio Tangará in São Paulo and more than 150 private villas and estates around the globe. The Bastion Collection group owns 15 unique restaurant & food concepts globally.


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MB&F launches the unique “Kittyhawk”, celebrating 10 years of the HM4 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6248 MB&F Kittyhawk HM4



December 3, 2020: A decade ago, MB&F shocked the watchmaking world with a radical machine: the HM4 Thunderbolt. This aviation-inspired timepiece was awarded Best Concept & Design Watch at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève; and more recently, in an article published 2019, the New York Times listed the HM4 as one of the 10 timepieces that shaped modern watch design.



To celebrate this 10th anniversary, MB&F has recreated the HM4 prototype into a Pièce Unique: the HM4 ‘Kittyhawk’. The HM4 exceeded expectations, matched inside by an engine that defies conventional watch movement construction. Limited edition from the beginning, its 100 pieces were all sold years ago.



MB&F Kittyhawk HM4



This new version is a dedication to Curtiss P-40, one of the most important WW2 allied aircraft, produced between 1938 and 1944. Depending on the version, it carried nicknames like Warhawk, Tomahawk… and Kittyhawk. Criticised for its average performance on paper, its track record in combat was surprisingly good. Still today, aviation experts argue about the plane’s merits and weaknesses. Regardless, it remains one of the most iconic aircraft of that time – especially the samples rocking the typical “shark mouth” and eyes.



As a tribute to this world war aircraft, this Pièce bears a unique hand-painted shark mouth and eyes, along with aged time and power reserve dials. The titanium case of the 10-year old prototype was first prepared to welcome the recessed painting by carefully removing microns of metal from the sides of the fuselage, following the shape of the illustrations. 



MB&F Kittyhawk HM4



It was then handed over to the incredibly talented miniaturist painter Isabelle Villa, who delicately painted the menacing teeth and angry eyes. A final coat of transparent varnish was applied to protect the miniature painting, flush with the case.


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Bovet 1822 launches exclusive limited edition Sunshine Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6247 Bovet Sunshine Yellow Dial watch



December 3, 2020: House of Bovet has unveiled the Sunshine Collection, starting with a very limited edition of only 7 Brainstorm Chapter Two with a magnificent Yellow Dial, once again presenting exceptional engineering brilliance and artistry of human watchmaking.



For this collection, nature has been the true source of inspiration. Reflecting positive energy and happiness, Pascal Raffy imaged this new bright and vibrant yellow dial while watching the sun at the zenith from the Castle in Môtiers. 



Bovet Sunshine Yellow Dial watch



Yellow represents happiness, optimism, enlightenment, creativity, and sunshine. This collection is a homage to dedication, passion, respect for tradition, and care for the minor details that are the hallmarks of exquisite and unparalleled high watchmaking.



The new Récital 26 Brainstorm® Chapter Two Sunshine is available in fully hand-engraved movements, all in the crafted monoblock Sapphire "Writing Slope" case (47.8 mm). It features a yellow dome-shaped dial, hand-coated by the BOVET artisans with a green Super-LumiNova® (SLN) that gives the dial a powder finishing to the surface. The yellow dial accumulates light from the sun, transforming it into a vibrant green dial at dusk.



Bovet Sunshine Yellow Dial watch



It features a patented double-face flying tourbillon, and a patented three-dimensional V-shaped needle that allows the collector to display the time zone of their choice. 



This innovative combination imagined by Mr. Raffy, united with the dome, allows for an intuitive Universal Time function, permitting each of the 24 time-zones to be read simultaneously.


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Audemars Piguet launches Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon timepieces http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6246 Audemars Piguet Self Winding Flying Tourbillon



December 2, 2020: The Swiss Haute Horologerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet launched the timeless Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in titanium, stainless steel and 18 carat pink gold, all complemented with a refined dial design.



The full titanium reference presents an elegant sandblasted slate grey dial, with snailing in periphery, offers an alternative to the Royal Oak’s trademark “Tapisserie” pattern. The dial’s grey shades and white gold hour-markers and hands subtly echo the flying tourbillon making its rotation at 6 o’clock. 



The stainless steel version adorns a refined smoked blue “Tapisserie” dial while  state-of-the-art sunburst motif evolves from the flying tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock.



Audemars Piguet Self Winding Flying Tourbillon



The 18 -carat pink gold model provides a contemporary contrast with a smoked grey sunburst “Tapisserie” dial enriched with pink gold hour-markers and hands. The flying tourbillon cage adds a delicate glimmer of pink gold which illuminates the pink gold case and bracelet.



Michael Friedman, Head of Complications, said, “The Royal Oak Tourbillon first made its debut in 1997 for the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak. This latest evolution featuring the flying tourbillon and selfwinding mechanism reintroduces this modern classic with updated aesthetics for the new decade.”



Each timepiece has 24 carat gold Audemars Piguet signature as a first in the Royal Oak collection, achieved through a chemical process akin to 3D printing known as galvanic growth. Each letter is connected with thin links almost invisible to the eye.



Audemars Piguet Self Winding Flying Tourbillon



The collection is powered by Calibre 2950, the Manufacture’s latest generation of selfwinding movement combining a flying tourbillon with a central rotor, released in 2019. 



The hand crafted flying tourbillon cage provides a beautiful view of some of the watch’s regulating components enabling its rotation. The caseback also reveals the movement’s refined decorations such as “Côtes de Genève,” satin-brushing, snailing and hand-polished chamfers, as well as the dedicated openworked oscillating weight in pink gold or rhodium- toned pink gold.


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Hennessy launches the first ‘BLENDS by Hennessy’ concept bar in Shanghai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6245 Hennessy Blends Shanghai concept bar



December 2, 2020: Hennessy has inaugurated BLENDS by Hennessy in the iconic BUND 18 building in Shanghai, a hugely popular spot that draws fashionable local and international clientele. 



The new bar has a futuristic white ambience and lunar shell look transcending space and time.



Hennessy Blends Shanghai concept bar



The bar offers five cocktails crafted by Chris Xi , molecular mixology specialist. Each cocktail evokes signature personality trait of the celebrated cognac house, matched to its own Pantone color and associated with a memorable sensorial experience.  



BLENDS also hosts special events including master classes in mixology and offers array of services such as online reservation/e -shopping through BLENDS Mini Program.



Hennessy Blends Shanghai concept bar



Hennessy has successfully created a space to celebrate cognac culture in an intimate, avant-garde atmosphere naturally infusing with Shanghai lifestyle.


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BMW launches the first look of the Mini Vision Urbanaut http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6243 BMW Mini Urbanaut



December 2, 2020: BMW has presented the digital interpretation of the NextGen car with more interior space, versatility and minimal footprint, the Mini Vision Urbanaut. It is an innovative space concept focusing on the interior frame before developing the exterior. Augmented Reality was employed to create a digital model and systemically optimised.



Oliver Heilmer, Head of Mini Design,  said, “MINI sees its future self primarily as an enabler of and companion for unforgettable times – what we might call ‘MINI moments’. The MINI Vision Urbanaut uses three curated MINI moments – “Chill”, “Wanderlust” and “Vibe” – to present a wide range of possible usage scenarios. The Chill moment invites you to catch a breath and pause in the here and now. The car becomes a kind of retreat, a haven where you can relax – or work with full concentration – during a journey. Wanderlust is the only MINI moment where the MINI Vision Urbanaut is being driven or driving with automated driving functions. The moment Vibe puts time with other people at centre stage – in every way.”



BMW Mini Urbanaut



Featuring a retro meets futuristic design, occupants enter the innovative cabin through a large sliding door in the side of the car. The cutting-edge slide and swivel mechanism is the ideal design for urban driving conditions where space is at a premium. There are no other doors on the driver’s side or front passenger side.



When the car is stationary, the dashboard lowers and the driver’s area becomes a comfortable seating corner – the “daybed”, while windscreen transforms become “street balcony”  and the darker environs of the cabin’s rear section provide a quieter space – the “Cosy Corner”.



BMW Mini Urbanaut



The principle of making things as simple as possible to use (“natural interaction”) is highlighted by the “analogue”, tactile, haptic experience of initiating a feature, e.g. the direct touch operation option in the Loop over the rear seat bench.



The MINI Token is the centrepiece of the MINI Vision Urbanaut’s experience worlds. It is roughly the same size as a worry stone and activates the three preconfigured MINI moments – Chill, Wanderlust and Vibe – when placed in purpose-designed slots in the table at the centre of the car.



As with the headlights, mulitcolour dynamic matrix rear lights behind milled aluminium covers deliver a fresh aesthetic and present different looks in the various driving modes and MINI moments.



BMW Mini Urbanaut



The matt exterior shade Zero Gravity transitions from a metallic green with blue flip effect to a subtly toned grey. The windows show a pattern in body colour, fading in a gradient from bottom to top. This creates a harmonious transition from the vehicle body to the windows and roof.



BMW has ensured sustainable design approach by responsible sourcing with maximum space within a small footprint and the all-electric drive system. The design is also free of chrome and leather.“The MINI brand has always stood for 'Clever Use of Space'. In the MINI Vision Urbanaut, we extend private space far into the public realm, creating completely new and enriching experiences," explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design. 


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Arnold & Son 1764 unveils Perpetual Moon Obsidian http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6242 Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Obsidian



December 2, 2020: Swiss watchmaker Arnold & Son has launched the Perpetual Moon Obsidian watch, a limited edition of 28 pieces, with a dial made from the extraordinary material – golden obsidian – which was obtained from Mexico. Coupled with the large rhodium-plated moon, the 42mm red gold case and the perfectly polished hour-markers, the watch is an interplay of reflections, vibrations and warmth that echoes the light of Earth’s satellite.



The golden obsidian, a volcanic stone, was mined in Mexico and used in the religious ceremonies of pre Columbian civilisation. The golden Obsidian shimmers because of high silica content and its specific crystallisation. Even though a minute amount was used for the dial, it still produces a glistening effect, reflected in turn in the hands and hour markers.



Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Obsidian



Arnold & Sons selected cool shades to contrast with the stone. The moon and hands are rhodium plated and the hour markers are made from diamond polished white gold. Reflecting a contrasting interplay of warm and cool tones, the brand chose a blue alligator leather strap with visible silver coloured topstitching.



The watch is supposed to be accurate for 122 years before deviating from the actual lunar cycle by one day. The 90 hour power reserve testifies the ingenuity and expertise of Arnold & Sons.


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Christie’s highlights sapphires in its live digital auction of Magnificent Jewels http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6241 cartier panther jewelry christie's auction



December 2, 2020: Christie’s is offering a magnificent private collection of jewels on its online platform on December 8. The live auction will offer over 380 jewels featuring a notable selection of colored diamonds, colorless diamonds, and gemstones, alongside important signed pieces by Suzanne Belperron, René Boivin, Bulgari, Cartier, David Webb, Harry Winston, JAR, Marina B, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, and Verdura.



kashmir sapphire jewelry christie's auction



As is the current auction flavor, the highlight of the auction is a Kashmir sapphire and diamond bracelet estimated at $5,000,000-7,000,000). Other notable sapphires include a cabochon Kashmir sapphire ring of 21.72 carats by Van Cleef & Arpels from 1917 ($1,700,000-2,700,000); a Burma sapphire necklace of 80.86 carats ($800,000-1,600,000); and an Art Deco Kashmir sapphire of 12.64 carats and diamond brooch by Cartier, formerly from the collection of Jean Stralem ($1,000,000-1,500,000). 



kashmir sapphire jewelry christie's auction



Among other top lots are a pair of fancy intense purplish pink and fancy intense pink diamond earrings of 2.61 and 2.34 carats, potentially internally flawless ($1,200,000-2,200,000); a diamond of 102.61 carats, Y to Z color, VS2 clarity ($800,000-1,200,000); and the Vanderbilt Diamond Necklace ($500,000-800,000) formerly belonging to Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman.



fancy pink diamond earrings christie's auction



The online auction includes Important Jewels from the Estate of Mrs. Henry Ford II - offering a selection of 43 lots featuring significant signed pieces by Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Verdura. Property from the du Pont Family Collection includes ‘The du Pont Padparadscha’ sapphire ring weighing 24.58 carats ($500,000-700,000) and the 'Sydney Queen' black opal and diamond brooch and two unmounted black opals by Raymond Yard ($60,000-80,000). Property from the Collection of Mary M. and Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. presents over 20 elegant signed jewels including a Burmese ruby and diamond necklace by Cartier, circa 1955 ($150,000-250,000).



DuPont sapphire christie's auction



Property from the collection of Athena Blackburn sold will benefit charitable causes. Three lots offered in memory of Lana Chenko Haddad will be sold to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).



JAR ring christie's auction



Christie’s will also offer a collection of contemporary designs including jewels by JAR and Moussaieff. A dedicated section - A Collection of Objects by Daniel Brush – will feature early designs by the artist, the subject of a recent exhibition at the L'Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels in New York.



All the proceeds from sale of a custom-ring by JAR, recreated after the signature jewel made for Elizabeth Taylor on the occasion of her 70th birthday, will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).


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Bonhams auctions rare Kashmir Sapphire and other rare, vintage American jewels http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6240 November 26, 2020: Bonhams New York is offering a Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond Brooch, circa 1910, estimated at $500,000–$800,000, from a private collection that has delighted the descendants of a prominent American family, on December 7, 2020.



sapphire diamond brooch bonhams auction



The Kashmir sapphire has remained in the same family for more than 100 years. The Smith family, of Vermont, were politicians, entrepreneurs, farmers, philosophers, philanthropists and writers. The patriarch, Gov. J. Gregory Smith, led Vermont in the 1860s during the Civil War and was one of the founders of the Northern Pacific Railway. His wife, Ann Eliza Smith, was an American author whose father was a prominent figure in the Underground Railroad and used his home and other properties to hide freedom seekers. The son of Gov. J. Gregory Smith, Edward Curtis Smith, also served as the governor of Vermont and was the one to acquire this remarkable brooch for his wife, Anna Bailey James Smith. Passed down through generations, the jewel was later worn by Margaret Smith at Richard Nixon’s inauguration. She wore the brooch frequently, never realizing the rare treasure she held.



Also in the same family for a century, the auction will sell property from the collection of Grace Underwood Barton, including A Diamond Ring (5.80 carats E VS1 pear shape type IIA), $80,000-100,000 and a Carved Emerald and Diamond Pendant by Georges Le Saché, French, circa 1915 (Le Saché created jewels for Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron and other great houses), estimated at $40,000–$60,000.



emerald diamond bonhams auction



Bonhams New York Jewels also offers an impressive selection of both vintage and contemporary jewelry and gemstones that includes several important signed jewels, including an unusual Diamond and Gem-set Horse Bangle, Bulgari, circa 1960, estimated at $30,000–$50,000. Author and Bulgari specialist Amanda Triossi said of the bangle: “Bulgari's confronted overlapping horse head bangle is probably one of the first of its kind, it is most likely unique and thanks to its restrained use of gemstones it is also very wearable.”



bvlgari horse bangle bonhams auction



Also of note are a set of Carved Jade, Enamel, Coral, Diamond and Gem-set Foo Dog Boxes, David Webb, estimated at $100,000–200,000, a Diamond Bracelet, Schlumberger Studios for Tiffany & Co. estimated at $25,000–$45,000, and a fancy Colored Diamond and Diamond Ring, (2.32 carats fancy intense orangey pink SI1), estimated at $275,000-$375,000.



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Parfum Givenchy launches La Collection Particulière inspired by Haute Couture http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6239 givenchy perfumes 2020



November 26, 2020: Givenchy’s new perfume collection, La Collection Particulière, sports a minimalist rectilinear design, topped with a sleek black cap and a label inspired by haute couture. 



Each fragrance has a distinctive personality. Even then, Accord Particulier, the keystone of the collection, can be mixed and matched with other perfumes such as the woody Trouble-Fête, the natural Sans Artifice, the sensual Peur de Rien, the vivacious Oiseau Rare, the bold Indompté, the determined Sans Merci, the disquieting Garçon Manqué or the surprising Enflammé, thus giving a layering effect.



givenchy perfumes 2020



“You have your own style, personality. Accentuate them. And if you have a favorite perfume, cherish it. Because it’s a part of you,” Hubert de Givenchy, founder of the eponymous Couture house, had once said.



Layered with another fragrance, Givenchy’s new collection creates the sensorial harmony that is equally difficult to achieve in both music and scents. This layering also embodies the feel and spirit of Hubert de Givenchy’s very first collection in 1952, the Seperable.



givenchy perfumes 2020



Coordinating seemingly disparate or opposite elements has always been a source of creativity for the Couture house. When Indompté is paired with Accord Particulier, the notes of mandarin and amber oud take on an entirely new luminosity. With its major chord built from Damascena rose, Patchouli essence, Haitian vetiver and Ambrox, Accord Particulier heightens the intensity of the initial fragrance.



The perfumes can be personalised by replacing the 4G logo with engraved initials on a gold or silver plate, an animal print, or a marble pattern. With the La Collection Particulière, everyone can now express the myriad facets of their own personality.


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Serapian unveils bespoke interior for Lancia Dilambda http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6237 Lancia Dilambda vintage car interiors



November 17, 2020: Italian luxury fashion brand Serapian Milano recreated the vintage experience of Lancia Dilambda Cabriolet BS car with its bespoke Mosaico Craft on the request of Filipino Sole, the Italian vintage cars collector. Giovanni Nodari Serapian, a third-generation member of the Serapian family, personally led the master artisans to re-create the seats of this unique vehicle.



The Lancia Dilambda Cabriolet Carlton BS was specially designed and produced in 1930 for the British Colonel Lieutenant Sir Bernard Montgomery Hall, a true eccentric, who personalized every single detail. Assumingly lost in 1949, it eventually reappeared thanks to Filippo Sole, who reached out to Serapian Milano.



Lancia Dilambda vintage car interiors



This project took more than one year to be completed with a set of two bags, a weekender and a folio, matching the car perfectly. Mosaic craft is an unique weaving process created in 1947 by the founder Stefano Serapian, becoming the core value of the maison.



The vintage car was unveiled to the public from October 22nd to the 25th, during the 1000 Miglia 2020, the 38th edition of the historical re-enactment of the race held from 1927 to 1957 in Italy, when the participants had to drive from Brescia to Rome and back. The 1000 Miglia event gathers the most important collectors and connoisseurs from all over the world.


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BMW gives the first look of the visionary BMW iX http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6236 BMW iX 2022 first look front



November 18, 2020: BMW has unveiled the first look of the much awaited BMW iX, earlier named as BMW Vision iNext, which will be launched in US Market in early 2022. With a futuristic design, this will be the first representative of a generation of cars poised to redefine the driving experience, the feeling of space inside and the relationship between vehicles and those on board.



BMW iX flaunts the purely electric mobility and exhilarating driving experience combined with a sense of wellbeing for both drivers and passengers all the while enjoying the journey with safety, security. It is a new form of luxury that reimagines SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle).



BMW iX 2022 first look side view



From BMW i3, the first sustainable urban vehicle, to BMW i8 which has become leading-edge drivetrain technology in the premium sports car segment, the design and technology of BMW iX form an integrated package that lays the foundations for what is in many respects a new kind of driving experience.



The fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology – which encompasses two electric motors, the power electronics, the charging technology and the high-voltage battery – delivers improved efficiency and performance.



BMW iX 2022 first look console



The new charging technology of the BMW iX enables DC fast charging at up to 200 kW. The battery can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent capacity in under 40 minutes. In just ten minutes, enough energy can be fed into the battery to increase the car’s range by around 75 miles. It takes less than eleven hours to charge the high-voltage battery from 0 to 100 per cent at 11 kW Level 2 charging station.



BMW is partnering with EVgo, the largest US public fast charging network and the first in the U.S. to be powered by 100% renewable energy. 



“The BMW iX shows how we can give new technologies a very modern and emotional design. The car is technologically complex, but it feels very clear and uncomplicated. The BMW iX offers a mobile living space in which people will feel at ease, where the car’s intelligence is only there when you need it,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President, BMW Group Design.



BMW iX 2022 first look side view



Muscular SAV proportions and intelligent kidney grille, Groundbreaking panoramic glass roof with electrochromic shading, LED headlights and BMW Laserlight, aerodynamically optimized exterior mirrors, black body edging, optimizing its aerodynamic properties and weight, intelligent material mix: combining weight reduction and maximum rigidity, newly designed center console, new hexagonal steering wheel design, automatic climate control with new controls and integral nanofiber filter are some of the features of the new BMW iX. 



Interested U.S. customers can sign up for BMW iX updates on their website.


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Sotheby’s to offer the Black Bowmore ‘Archive Cabinet’, a collection of whiskeys http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6235 Black Bowmore Archive Cabinet auction



November 18, 2020: Sotheby’s Wine, in partnership with Bowmore, is offering Black Bowmore single malt whisky collection direct from the Bowmore Distillery for auction, to be scheduled for Spring 2021 in Hong Kong. Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay, producing handcrafted single malt whisky, hidden in a special location – Scotland’s oldest maturation warehouse, creating magic.



This auction presents five archive bottles of Black Bowmore, spanning 1993 to 2016, in a unique bespoke piece of furniture created by award-winning craftsman John Galvin. Estimated to be HK$4,000,000 (US$500,000 / £400,000), the Black Bowmore ‘Archive Cabinet’ will be the centrepiece of an auction of Finest & Rarest Wines and Spirits. 



Black Bowmore Archive Cabinet auction



The winning bidder will also be invited to the Bowmore distillery for a tasting of Bowmore’s rarest and oldest single malts, with proceeds from the sale donated to an Islay charity.



David Turner, Bowmore distillery manager, said: “This full collection of five Black Bowmore bottlings is spectacular, made even more special by the cabinet within which it is beautifully housed. Each element of the cabinet comes from our home; from the workings of the distillery preserving time gone by. This exceptional detail not only reflects the craftsmanship inherent in Bowmore, but makes this unique masterpiece rooted in our Islay home. This means whoever buys this not only owns some of our spirit’s history, but also actual elements of the distillery’s production history.”



Black Bowmore Archive Cabinet auction



An original Bowmore Spirits safe was used in the cabinet’s construction, making it a completely one-off piece never to be replicated. Placed inside on handblown glass pillars, each in varying heights corresponding to the age of the whiskies, the bottles are showcased to spectacular effect.  



An ancient Japanese technique was used to char its surface to resemble the inside of a cask. Featuring Scottish oak, custom cask solid bronze, and drawers constructed from the original pine wash back staves and brass whisky safe sourced from the distillery, the cabinet has been handcrafted at every stage of its production.



Black Bowmore Archive Cabinet auction



This auction also offers a one-off book which details the journey of Black Bowmore over its five releases and the creation of the cabinet.


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Bonhams Natural History sale auctions the world’s largest Amethysts, Chess pieces, T-Rex skeleton and a rare meteorite http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6234 November 16, 2020: Bonhams is offering one of the largest Geodes from Uruguay in Los  Angeles on December 3 for its upcoming Bonhams Natural History Sale. The amethyst exudes various hues of lilac, rose and blue depending on the light. To add to the color, there is the presence of very rare yellow hemispherical calcite crystals. It is estimated to worth $300,000-400,000.



largest amethyst auction



“For me an item of particular note is the spectacular fossil of an Eocene turtle. Superb preservation and beautiful natural coloration make this magnificent very large turtle specimen, from the famed Green River Formation in Wyoming, particularly special. It’s awe-inspiring size is matched only by its fine detail and astounding completeness,”said Tom Lindgren, Co-Director of the Natural History Department at Bonhams.



The auction house is also offering a Gem-Encrusted Malachite and Mother-Of-Pearl Chess Set by Konstatin Libman. The chess pieces are carved of malachite and white agate and are mounted with hand-fabricated silver. Estimated at $25,000-30,000, the pieces are accented with emeralds and peridots, as well as black and white cultured pearls.



eocene turtle fossil auction



Claudia Florian, Co-Director of the Natural History Department at Bonhams, said: “We are very excited to be offering so many fascinating items in our Natural History Sale. In all 5 sections, Dinosauria, Fossils, Meteorites, Minerals and Décor, there are rare and remarkable pieces from the Earth’s history before humankind. With a sale range of $500 to 300,000 this sale is suited to every bidder, from the seasoned collector to the enthusiast seeking to start a collection.’



Bonhams is also auctioning a Tyrannosaur Skeleton, 23 foot long and over 10 foot tall, meticulously produced of cast bones taken from a mould of the original specimen, and estimated to be worth $35,000-50,000.



malachite mother of pearl chess set



A museum -display-ready representation of Megalodon jaws with teeth cast from original Megalodon teeth which is  estimated to be $7,500-10,000 ,will be sold without a reserve.



And the final highlight of the sale is a rare Muonionalusta Iron Meteorite discovered in Norrbotten, Sweden in 1906. Muonionalusta was formed when two large asteroids were destroyed by collision in the asteroid belt billions of years ago. Muonionalusta is classified as a fine octahedrite and has one of the most beautiful Widmanstatten patterns when it is etched. Widmanstatten patterns form when the two alloys of nickel, kamacite and taenite, separate as the iron core cools at a rate of only a few degrees per million years. These patterns are not found in any materials on Earth. It is estimated at $25,000 to 30,000.



You can visit the Bonhams website to see the timeless pieces to be on sale on December 3, 2020 in Los Angeles.


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French luxury bakery Ladurée to debut in India via CK Lifestyle http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6233 Laduree store



November 16, 2020: With a history of over 150 years, the luxury French bakery Ladurée is one of the world's best-known sellers of macarons and other patisserie offerings. 



Now CK Lifestyle is planning Ladurée’s first outlet in New Delhi in March-April 2021, with a planned roll-out of up to 20 bakeries and restaurants over the next five years across India. CK Israni said “Customers will get the same menu, same experience here, similar to whatever they would have experienced at Ladurée globally, be it Paris, be it London or Dubai. Even our chefs are coming from Paris and would maintain the same macarons.” 



Laduree store macarons



The first stores are to be opened in Delhi and then Mumbai. 



In 1862 Louis Ernest Ladurée opened a bakery in Paris at 16 Rue Royal, which became emblematic to Parisian high society. From Paris, London’s Harrod’s, New York’s Madison Avenue, to Hong Kong, Cannes, Saint Tropez, São Paulo, Stockholm, Miami, Bangkok, Brussels, Dubai, Azerbaijan, Dubai, Philippines, and Luxembourg, Ladurée has about 40 restaurants and tea rooms and 107 stores in 21 countries (most of which are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak).


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Satya Paul unveils the Valley of Flowers collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6232 Satya Paul Valley of Flowers collection



November 16, 2020: Satya Paul presents the new Collection “Valley of Flowers” by Rajesh Pratap Singh, inspired by the meadows in the valley and the wildflowers. The collection also evokes inspiration from music album covers of Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Plant, Henry Darger collages and the wilfully lost hippie communes in the mountains.



Satya Paul Valley of Flowers collection



The collection offers Ready to Wear, Saris, Bags, and Scarfs. You can pick signature Print Saris with 3D embroidery and hand-woven interpretation, reversible Kimonos, Tailored Pant Suits, Pleated Tunics, Evening Capes, Tie Up Bow Tops and Dresses in floral patchwork with hand stitch details in “Boro“ style and much more to keep your imagination flowing. 



Satya Paul Valley of Flowers collection



For this winter, the collection includes luxurious silk, wool, and pure cashmere scarfs with an antivirus finish’s and hand-crafted leather bags in solid hues with 3D embroidery. These items accent this collection with utilitarian elegance and an inherent sense of fun, elevating everyday items into glamorous tools.  



Satya Paul Valley of Flowers collection



The collection caters to the needs of the modern-day woman who is not just free-spirited in her heart but embraces it in her everyday attitude as well and is proud to wear her fearless attitude on her sleeve. This new vision of the brand celebrates luxury with a wink.



Satya Paul Valley of Flowers collection


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Casa Paradox presents luxury décor pieces for festive season http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6231 Casa Paradox Blue Decor Plate



November 12, 2020: In this festive season, home brand Casa Paradox unveils luxury decor pieces for loved ones. The collection offers semi-precious stones such as onyx and malachite, in everything from plates to accessories and lamps. Beautiful delicate porcelain decor items, high on quality with intricate detailing, gold plated cutlery and a beautiful bar cart or rock crystal obelisk are crafted to enhance the the interior.



An inspiring canvas or sculpture give back joy, while bright and bold colours transform the  mood and temperature. 



Casa Paradox golden sculpture



For an enhanced dining experience, Casa Paradox also offers high end serveware and centrepieces which lift the mood. 



Casa Paradox emerald servingware



A seamless infusion of colour, from the muted to the striking, highlight the beauty of contrast with the elegance of rich materials. Soft furnishings, velvets and cashmere in combination of natural and jewellery tone set a joyous tone to the celebration space. From cushions in Nakkashi to exciting décor pieces, the Casa Paradox vision is to create warm and seductive nesting spaces.


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Hands presents the novel ‘Sculpted’ carpet collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6230 November 12, 2020 : Hands Carpets, founded in 1881, unveils the ‘Sculpted’ collection of carpets in fine wool and botanical silk that feature mesmerising 3D handcrafted patterns.



Hands Sculpted Carpet



The ‘Sculpted’ Collection is a unique mix of fine craftsmanship, hand crafted 3D Patterns  and each element is created using the lattice or grid-like design, to create cohesive illusion. Each carpet is an art piece transforming the space around it with beautiful 3D patterns and textures.



Ideal for family or office settings, the modern Sculpted carpets collection complements any contemporary space with minimalistic decor.



Hands Sculpted Carpet



Housed in some of the world’s most prestigious palaces, luxury hotels, and residences, Hands offers hand knotted carpets with an incredible 4900 knots per square inch. Personalisation is one the cornerstone of the company  as well.


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MB&F recreates its HM3 Frog for an anniversary edition http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6229 MB&F Frog X 2020 watch



November 12, 2020: One of the first horological machine to be made by MB&F, HM3 Frog’s great precision, design, micro mechanics and unique three dimensional construction made it an iconic watch for collectors. Its globular eyes, battle axe rotor and glistening titanium skin was revolutionary.



HM3 Frog X makes its comeback with radiant raw sapphire crystal called Corundum, as the time domes. Machining and polishing each case of HM3 Frog X requires weeks of intensive and meticulous work, a number that would be multiplied greatly if not for MB&F’s 15 years of experience in boundary-pushing sapphire crystal design since 2005.



MB&F Frog X 2020 watch



The watch engine, built by award-winning master watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, is based on a Girard- Perregaux calibre, which has been literally turned upside down to allow for an uninterrupted view of the enlarged 22k gold and titanium winding rotor and the oscillations of the balance wheel.



The two 22K gold blades of the MB&F battle-axe rotor make what is called a “mystery” rotor because, in appearing to be symmetrically balanced, instead of having a visibly off-centred mass, they seem to defy the laws of physics.



MB&F Frog X 2020 watch super luminova



The sapphire crystal case may be totally transparent, but the winding crown of Frog X hides a message... When it receives just the right amount of light, at just the right angle, it reflects a secret signature: the MB&F battle-axe.



HM3 Frog X is crafted in three limited editions of 10 pieces each, with matching rotor, gasket and Super-LumiNova in Purple, Blue or Turquoise.



MB&F Frog X 2020 watch



At a retail price of CHF 138,000 + VAT (USD 152,000 / EUR 128,000 + tax), the first pieces have been shipped out to watch retailers and are available at the eShop.


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Fendi launches the ambitious “Hand in Hand” project in tribute to Italian craftsmanship http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6227 Fendi Hand in Hand Baguette Lace



November 9, 2020: Fendi launched its “Hand in Hand” project collection in the Fall/Winter 2020 – 2021 runway show, which was a collaboration between between Fendi and Italian artisans. The Italian maison invited 20 ateliers from 20 regions to reinterpret the iconic Baguette bag – which was originally designed in 1997 by Silvia Venturini Fendi.



Ms. Fendi plans to expand this project to pay homage to the best artisans of the world. As part of the “Hand in Hand” project to transform the iconic bag into a jewel of craft workmanship, each Baguette is stamped with the atelier’s name and the gold “Fendi Hand in Hand” logo, created specially for the occasion.



Fendi Hand in Hand Baguette Jacquard



A collaboration between Fendi and craftspeople at the Florentine atelier Peroni in Tuscany, the Baguette is fashioned from a single seamless piece of molded vegetal-tanned leather with no stitches from bag to buckle, using an impressive traditional technique known as cuoio artistico fiorentino. 



The Venetian artisans at Bevilacqua, creator of jacquard for five centuries, handweaves the fabric on 18th century looms, making rich floral brocade motif, producing just a few centimetres per day. Using it to make a Baguette, an interlaced satin strap and a buckle sculpted in jasper with lizard details elevates this tiny bag. The absolutely breathtaking result is an ode to patient talent, to experience, and to the historic beauty of Venice.



Fendi Hand in Hand Baguette Roman coins



The women artisans of Giuditta Brozetti, from Umbrian town of Pergia, interpret the baguette bag with a horse, a peacock, a unicorn and a dove in a bright royal blue and white color scheme. It is inspired by the bestiary of Medieval history meticulously crafted on 19th century loom.



The master jeweller Massimo Maria Melis, recreates the leather baguette with original bronze coins portraying Roman emperors. The piece uses ancestral Roman goldsmith techniques which brings ancient roman history to life with elegance.



Fendi Hand in Hand Baguette



The artisan Simona Iannini, took 100 hrs to make the shape of the baguette bag using the delicate technique of tombolo aquilano. This lacework technique imploys continuous threads of linen interlaced and never cut or sewn, passed from one generation to another since the 15th century in the Abruzzo Region.



“Each bag is unique, because the imperfections inherent to handmade craftsmanship are what express intrinsic beauty. Fashion often focuses on the designer, and I think it’s time that we celebrate the community of artisans behind these amazing creations,” says Ms. Fendi in an honest tribute to fiercely proud Italian artisans.


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Bonhams London auctions Dame Joan Collins’ collection of jewels http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6226 Ruby Diamond earring Bonhams auction



November 9, 2020: Auction house Bonhams is offering an exceptional collection of jewels of Dame Joan Collins, one of the most celebrated stage and literary star. The auction will take place on November 12 with five exquisite pieces which reflects her inimitable style, glamour and extraordinary career.



“The fabulous thing about jewellery is how extraordinary it makes you feel - these pieces of jewellery have brought me so much joy over the years and I felt it was time for others to experience this. I am also delighted to support The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice through part of the proceeds of the lots – the charity is vitally important, and it is an honour to be able to support it,” said Dame Joan Collins.



Diamond necklace Bonhams auction



A Diamond Necklace is the most impressive piece from the collection designed as a graduated series of brilliant and marquise-cut diamonds, with a scrolling ribbon of step-cut diamonds. The total diamond weight is approximately 60.50 carats, and is estimated to be £50,000 – 70,000 (US$65,000 – 91,000). It was purchased in 1985 when she was awarded multiple times for her famous role in the Dynasty as the legendary character Alexis Carrington Colby.



The sale also includes a beautiful pair of Ruby and Diamond Pendent Earrings. Each earring is a faceted ruby plaque within a surround of similarly cut diamonds, one accented by a brilliant-cut diamond-set panel, suspended from a bullet-shaped and brilliant-cut diamond surmount.



Collar necklace Bonhams auction



An exceptional Diamond Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels, dating back to 1930, estimated at £15,000 – 20,000 (US$20,000 – 26,000), is a token of time. It is designed as a corkscrew curl ribbon which enables a flower to be inserted and is set throughout with brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum and gold.



The auction also offers A Diamond Collar and A pair of Diamond Pendent Earrings to be sold at Bonhams London Jewels.



Diamond earring Bonhams auction



Dame Joan was awarded an OBE for her services to the arts and in 2015 was made a DBE for her lifetime contribution to charitable causes. Dame Joan is passionately committed to many charitable organizations with a particular focus on women, children and the family unit, including The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice.


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Arnaya X Gauri Khan: A signature compendium for loved ones http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6225 November 9, 2020: Lifestyle brand, Arnaya, with a global footprint in 12 countries across the globe, has launched an exclusive Festive Collection in collaboration with celebrated designer Gauri Khan. Inspired by Hope and Humanity, the impeccably crafted collection will make a luxurious addition to any home or office. The collection offers a signature compendium of luxurious marble objet d’arts designed by Gauri Khan. 



Candle stand Arnaya Gauri Khan



Manan Trivedi, MD of Arnaya, spoke about how this collection has been inspired by people gracefully managing this unprecedented crisis, “Arnaya’s curation of Gauri Khan designs for the festive season is a poignant reminder that even when problems seem insurmountable, change is always possible and hope will always be our guiding force. The brand applauds the relentless efforts and salutes all across borders, race, gender and professions for demonstrating compassion, courage and exemplary strength in restoring hope for all of humanity.”



This luxury festive collection  offers uniquely designed candle stands and exquisite art elements that represent faces of humanity. This opulent collection has been inspired by the natural beauty of marbles and stones, reimagined by blending it with wood, metals and semi-precious stones to create bespoke designs. This collaboration is true testament of Gauri Khan’s elegant design sensibility and Arnaya’s futuristic technological capabilities.



Marble Candle stand Arnaya Gauri Khan



Mr Trivedi added, “ The partnership brings together Gauri Khan’s immense sense of style as a designer and Arnaya’s deep experience with crafting stone. Her vision for this unique collection of gifting products is brought to life by Arnaya with peerless technology that sets the seal on quality and precision. Arnaya is not only revolutionising stone work in terms of design, textures, materials and treatments but, by collaborating with renowned designers like Gauri Khan, it also achieves harmony between form and function in all its products.”



Marble sculpture Gauri Khan



The collection is available on Arnaya.in.


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A. Lange & Söhne launches its 2nd boutique in Dubai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6224 A. Lange Sohne Dubai boutique Mall of Emirates



November 4, 2020:  A. Lange & Söhne, the legendary  German watch manufacturer, has inaugurated their second Dubai boutique in the Mall of the Emirates. With a presence in 60 countries, the 175 year old brand’s new boutique is in one of the world’s most luxurious shopping destinations. 



A. Lange & Söhne Middle East, India & Africa Brand Director, Jean Bitar explained why this is stepping stone for their retail strategy: “Our second boutique in Dubai is a significant milestone for the brand. The number of knowledgeable watch enthusiasts and collectors in the UAE and the Middle East is continuously growing and so is the demand for our watches.”



A. Lange Sohne Dubai boutique Mall of Emirates



The new location features spacious and unique interior design created through authentic materials and elaborate surface treatments that transports you to the craftsmanship of the Saxon watchmaker. It makes you travel back in time, especially in December 1845, when Dresden watchmaker Ferdinand Adolph Lange moved to Glashütte and opened a pocket watch workshop with the ambition to “craft the world’s finest watches”, thus laying the cornerstone for fine watchmaking in Saxony.



You can experience an extensive range of A. Lange & Söhne timepieces in the new boutique, including highlights from the 2020 collection. The exceptional “Homage to F.A. Lange” edition celebrates the 175th anniversary of Saxon fine watchmaking accompanied by the new LANGE 1 TIME ZONE and the ODYSSEUS collection.



Today, A. Lange & Soehne crafts only a few thousand wristwatches per year, predominantly in gold or platinum. They are endowed exclusively with proprietary movements that are lavishly decorated by hand and assembled twice. 


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Christie’s digitally auctions iconic jewels from some of the most renowned brands http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6223 November 4, 2020: Auction house Christie’s is presenting a diverse array of jewels dating back from the late 18th century through to present day, from a group of Victorian insect brooches, opulent Belle Epoque and Art Deco jewels, bold yellow gold gem-set and enamel designs from the 1960s to 1980s, to a wide selection of signed contemporary pieces by the world’s most renowned jewellery houses including Bulgari, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Graff and Tiffany & Co.



Christie's online jewelry auction



The online auction, held between November 4 to 18, includes many exquisite pieces. An elegant Edwardian garland design tiara (estimate £45,000-65,000), an impressive Art Deco diamond and ruby cabochon strap bracelet by Drayson (estimate £40,000-60,000), a rare antique foil-backed diamond collar necklace with a detachable cluster pendant (estimate £100,000- 150,000), and a limited edition diamond ‘Crash’ bracelet watch by Cartier (estimate £40,000-60,000), are only a click away from anywhere from the world.



All the proceeds from the sale of the beautiful cultured pearl, diamond and enamel bracelet, formerly the property of the late Dame Vera Lynn (estimate £8,000-12,000), will benefit The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity. This special and highly personal bracelet was made in 2007 by the Queen’s Jeweller Harry Collins to mark Dame Vera’s 90th birthday. Dame Vera was known as Britain’s Wartime Sweetheart for being the symbol of hope and fortitude through her captivating songs. She created this charity in 2001, which has helped more than 600 families who have children affected by cerebral palsy.



To participate in the auction, visit their official website.


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Couturiers Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla collaborate with Needledust for a beautiful Diwali Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6222 October 30, 2020: This Diwali, Indian designers Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla collaborated with NeedleDust for a festive collection, which merges Abu Sandeep’s iconic and classic embroideries with NeedleDust style.



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla X Needledust 2020 juttis mules Indian footwear



The illustrious collaboration introduces four intricately crafted juttis and two extraordinary new mules, finished with exquisitely handcrafted metallic embellishments and sparkling sequins, add a refreshing and glamorous touch to the upcoming season.



Aztec patterns and strong geometric motifs, that have now become synonymous with the designer duo's eponymous brand, dominate the juttis and mules. The motifs are fluid and are entwined with weaves and mix-embroidery. The meticulously crafted footwear features shimmering crystals. Beads and sequins giving a futuristic and contemporary aesthetic. 



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla X Needledust 2020 juttis mules Indian footwear



The eclectic collection has a unique mix of bright hues of red and fuschia, balanced with metallic shades of gold, silver and champagne. The collection will showcase two new, chic styles for mules - the square toe mule and the arrowhead.



When asked about the inspiration of the collection, Shirin Mann Sangha, Founder and Creative Director of Needledust, said, “Considering how hard the year has been for everyone, our sole quest in launching the collection in the midst of the pandemic, was to bring hope and cheer back in people’s lives in our own little way. It's about celebrating the little things, adding cheer to the season and creating our own little silver lining! It is exuberant and lush, it's got pop colours and glam tones, it's really embracing the hand we've been dealt and making it brighter.”



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla X Needledust 2020 juttis mules Indian footwear

Echoing similar sentiments, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla said, “It’s time to walk towards a brighter future in fabulous footwear. It’s an absolute feast, full of options, for your every mood. From the bling of silver and gold, to the brightest hues to the shine of crystals and tassels, it’s comprehensive, distinct and diverse style. We have explored our passion for embroideries be it thread, gota, sequins or beading. This collection puts the glamour into Happy Feet.”Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla X Needledust 2020 juttis mules Indian footwear



Needledust is ‘Born of India’ and is the first footwear label to ‘reinvent and redesign’ juttis which are handcrafted and hand-sewed by India’s finest artisans. Worn by celebrities, Needledust had created special Mehendi tokens for actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's wedding at Lake Como. Priyanka Chopra was styled in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla X Needledust juttis for her Mehendi function.



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla X Needledust 2020 juttis mules Indian footwear



The new collection is available in NeedleDust stores in Delhi and Chandigarh and Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla's stores nationwide. The collection is also live on Needledust.com and shipping worldwide.


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A new location has been added into the roster of Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6221 Perry's Steakhouse Schaumburg exterior



October 28, 2020: Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has been serving delicious meals since 1979. Beginning as a small butcher shop, Perry’s has grown into a renowned group of award-winning restaurants featuring USDA Prime beef, tableside carvings, signature selections, flaming desserts and handcrafted cocktails at its Bar 79. 



Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill has now launched its second Chicagoland location at 1780 E. Golf Road in Schaumburg. It promises to delight customers with its vibrant color palette and modern lighting and textures, bringing an exciting vibe to the Schaumburg community.



Perry's Steakhouse Schaumburg interior



The main dining room welcomes with a spectacular wine wall and allows customers to see Perry’s chef in action. The inventive menu, extravagant tableside presentations, and the sights and scents amplifies the ‘Rare and Well Done’ experience.



Perry’s has also launched Perry’s Steakhouse Online Market for guests who want to bring the Perry’s experience directly to their door. 



Perry's Steakhouse Schaumburg wine wall



With award-winning steakhouse locations in Birmingham, Chicago, Denver, Miami, Raleigh and across Texas, Perry’s has remained true to its roots with its butcher-fresh Prime USDA-Aged steaks and signature table-side carving presentations for its famous seven-finger-high pork chop, Chateaubriand and hanging symphony kabob as well as desserts flamed tableside. 



Other fan favorites include signature steak additions as well as innovative seafood entrees created by Perry’s Master Development Chef Rick Moonen, a celebrity chef, a member of the American Culinary Hall of Fame and the nation’s leading authority on sustainable seafood.



Perry's Steakhouse Schaumburg fine dining



To experience the delicacies and to make reservations, call 847-648-7451 or visit PerrysSteakhouse.com.


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A rare and exclusive Pink Diamond and ruby jewels to be auctioned by Bonhams http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6220 October 28, 2020: Renowned auctioneer Bonhams will auction exceptional diamonds and coloured gems on November 12, 2020, in London.



The Fancy Pink diamond ring, by Meister circa 1968, “is an exceptional combination of characteristics: a pure pink hue with no secondary modifying component colours,” as per Emily Barber, UK Director of Bonhams Jewellery. The beauty of the diamond’s colour and its high clarity grade is further offset by its elegant cut, with a minimum of facets. 



Fancy pink diamond ring for auction by Bonhams



The Fancy Pink step-cut diamond, graded as VS1 clarity, potentially flawless, weighs 3.62 carats and is nestled between tapered baguette-cut diamond shoulders and carries an estimate of £550,000 - 750,000 (US$700,000 – 950,000). A very small percentage of one in ten thousand gem quality diamond are pink. And pink diamonds of this quality and size are exceptionally rare.



A diamond necklace/bracelet combination by Harry Winston is another exceptional piece up for auction, this beguiling collar necklace is designed as a graduated series of step-cut diamonds alternating with pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds and converts to two bracelets. The total weight for the piece is 89.03 carats and is accompanied by six GIA reports with diamonds ranging from D to F, VS1 to VS2.



The third queen of the auction is the ruby and diamond ring by Italian Jeweller Repossi. This dreamy and beautiful Burmese Ruby weighs 12.78 carats, a well saturated red hue and an appearance unaltered by heat treatment. The oval-cut ruby sits within a pear-shaped diamond surround (approx. 5.20 carats), between graduated baguette-cut diamond shoulders.



Fancy ruby diamond ring for auction by Bonhams



The finest rubies on earth have been found in the Mogok Stone Tract region of Burma, now Myanmar. Burmese rubies are prized for their vibrant, fiery colour, caused by high levels of chromium saturating the ground from which they are mined. This combined with their strong fluorescence results in the glowing, fiery radiance. The ruby has been an important stone for many cultures and was ascribed various values of power, protection, wealth, status, cures for illness and peace. The Sanskrit name, ratnaraj or ‘King of Precious Stones’, given to rubies, embodies the value bestowed upon this gemstone.


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Ulysse Nardin takes a step towards sustainability - from the sea to the wrist – with a new strap http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6219 Ulysse Nardin r Strap watch



October 28, 2020: Ulysse Nardin, creator of marine chronometers and luxury watches from 1846, is using recycled fishing nets to make straps for its watches. Inspired by swimmer and adventurer Ben Lecomte’s work towards creating awareness towards ocean pollution, Ulysse Nardin has appointed him as the latest ambassador to the family of ‘Ulysses’.



In order to raise money for cancer research, Mr. Lecomte was the first person to swim across the Atlantic without a board in 1998. In 2018, when he travelled for 1500 nautical miles at sea, he was overwhelmed by the enormous amount of plastic. He said, “I was fascinated by this spectacle that was both magnificent and repulsive. It became clear that the sporting challenge would no longer be a goal for me. The mission of raising awareness about pollution had become much more important.”



Ben Lecomte excavating ocean junk



In 2019, he embarked on an extraordinary journey into the Pacific plastic Vortex, which was discovered by Charles Moore, a yachtsman, in 1997. Pacific plastic vortex is an area of swirling ocean currents where human trash accumulates. He was appalled by the view and expressed his disappointment: “Small crabs adrift on the waste sought refuge by climbing onto me, leaving behind pieces of floating plastic which had carried them far, far away from the coasts.The nets are mostly tangled in a ball, held together with ropes that have clearly been tossed overboard.”



Almost 10,000 whales, dolphins, sea lions, seals and turtles are killed by discarded plastic nets. The non-degradable plastic, with time, converts into micro plastic, which is even more dangerous for marine life.



After covering 300 nautical miles and seeing more than 300 million tonnes of plastic produced every year, Mr. Lecomte has become a strong proponent of reducing waste from the source.



Recycled fishing net thread to make watch strap



In response to Ben Lecomte’s quest to save marine life, Ulysse Nardin has selected an innovative polyamide yarn, fully recycled from fishing nets, to weave its new wrist strap, compatible with Diver 44 mm, Diver 42 mm, Diver Chronograph, Marine Torpilleur and Freak X watches. 



This strap is the watchmaker's first 100% waterproof fabric. It is interwoven on the edges to prevent fraying and withstand abrasion. The dying technique used before extrusion by the supplier JTTi for its YTT+ yarn reels (100% recycled from fishing nets) gives a uniform black color and has the non-negligible environmental advantage of not using water during production.



Mr. Lecomte responded enthusiastically, “Reusing sea nets for jewelled watches is unique and a fantastic combination. Ulysse Nardin is very close to the marine environment and I'm interested in seeing how the watches people have used for years can evolve. The entire business is changing and adapting to the new conditions and demands with a more circular model. This circular economy approach is fairly unique for a luxury product. The plastic is not being created for the watch as it has already been used. In the sea, it’s a pollutant. Around my wrist, it becomes powerful.”



Ulysse nardin R strap



Ulysse Nardin adheres with United Nations guidelines and committed to achieve their 17 sustainable development goals by 2030. The brand concentrates its attention toward sustainable management of the ocean. It prioritises reducing marine pollution and acquiring greater oceanographic knowledge.




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Soccer legend Luis Campos partners with Angelus to create new limited-edition U52 watch series http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6217 Angelus X Luis Campos watch



October 26, 2020: Known for its athletically-inspired tourbillon timepieces, Swiss watchmaker Angelus has collaborated with Luis Campos for its U52, a renowned soccer scout and one of the best technical directors in the world of football.



The new limited edition watch, with just 25 copies, is a powerful yet lightweight skeleton tourbillon executed in vivid turquoise.



Angelus X Luis Campos watch



Mr. Campos is the sporting advisor to Gérard Lopez, Owner and President of LOSC football club in Lille, France. He has an exceptional career of 30 years, managing European soccer clubs. For this collaboration, Mr. Campos chose the blues that adorn the watch and its strap and selected the football motif for the small seconds. He also determined the technical specifications for the piece, which is directly descended from the U50 diving watch and its A-300 flying tourbillon skeleton caliber.



Such technicity and precision means that the U52 can reach depths of 300 meters unscathed and features a 60-minute timing system. Instead of occupying the bezel, the system is situated inside the case on the flange divided into five-minute intervals. This unidirectional rotating ring is operated using the crown at 2 o’clock. 



Angelus X Luis Campos blue watch



One of U52’s specific features is that the markings from zero (the Angelus logo) to 45 are in a different shade of blue. Their distinct color means they can be used to time each half of a football match. Another characteristic that makes this edition so special is the small seconds which, instead of being indicated by a hand, is mounted on a disc painted with a Super-LumiNova soccer ball. 



A recently revived brand, originally born in 1891, Angelus has yet again proved its savoir faire in house-made movements and vintage timepieces which continue to be coveted by collectors all around the world.


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The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi reopens in the post-pandemic world http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6216 The Imperial Hotel New Delhi facade



October 26, 2020: The Imperial Hotel New Delhi, situated in the heart of the capital, has reopened and launched its “I Care” wellness initiative for guests. This unrivalled safety program focuses on post pandemic hygiene and well-being procedures and protocols for both the guests and associates.



Vijay Wanchoo, Sr. Executive VP and GM at The Imperial New Delhi, proudly said, “We have complete wellness procedures under ‘I Care’ and have enhanced health and safety protocols for our guests in all areas of operations. Moreover, our interiors and technical teams have brought back the hotel to its original form in just one month’s time by undertaking all the hygiene practices and social norms. We have gone one step ahead by acquiring a machine which sanitizes pillows after use, not just the covers.”



The Imperial Hotel New Delhi associate with mask



In a true revival of this Lutyens Hotel, the walls of The Imperial have now been restored with the historic artworks. Beautiful high ceiling rooms, jasmine scented corridors and buzzing chefs in the restaurants are ready to welcome guests.



Smiling associates with a mask on the face, exude the same warmth and joy The Imperial is known for. The hotel is geared up to make your stay and dining experience as refreshing and exciting as it used to be before the pandemic.


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Christie’s offers an outstanding collection of artifacts from the Qing Dynasty for auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6215 October 26, 2020: Christie’s, the world's leading art business, is offering unique Chinese Art Works from Springfield Museums, the largest cultural institution in western Massachusetts, in continuation of the tradition to offer renowned institutional collections. The live auction will be conducted in Hong Kong on November 30 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.



Chinese antique vase for auction by Christie's



Some spectacular pieces included are 12 jade and cloisonné enamel pieces from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). These pieces were acquired by George Walter Vincent Smith (1832 -1923), an American entrepreneur and art collector who founded the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1896. The Museum is best known for its extraordinary depth of rare and unusual objects from China and Japan, featuring a striking collection of Chinese porcelains, cloisonné ware and jade and Japanese bronzes, iron, lacquer and ivory.



Chinese antique sculpture for auction by Christie's



An exquisitely carved white jade figure of Shoulao, the Star God of Longevity, rare for its substantial size and superb quality from Qianlong - Jiaqing Period (1736 - 1820) is estimated to be auctioned for HK$ 5,000,000 – 7,000,000.



Chinese antique vase for auction by Christie's



While another masterpiece, a massive imperial cloisonné enamel vase decorated with dramatic mask motifs, exceeding 64 cm. in height, Taotie Hu Form Vase from Yongzheng - Qianlong Period (1723 - 1795) will be auctioned for HK$ 3,000,000 – 5,000,000.



Chinese antique vase for auction by Christie's



All proceeds from the sale of the art pieces will be used for the care of the collections, and to advance the Museum’s commitment to equity, diversity, and access through future art acquisitions of works by women artists, artists of color and under-represented artists.


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Ahmedabad-based Harit Zaveri Jewellers introduce Heirloom Jewelry collection ‘Gaatha’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6213 Harit Zaveri Indian traditional jewelry



October 22, 2020: Harit Zaveri Jewellers have launched their new collection of heirloom jewelry titled ‘Gaatha’. 

 

‘Gaatha’ means a verse of a poem used for narrating ancient legends in Sanskrit and it is perfectly in tune with the collection’s focus on age-old and timeless Indian traditions. The jewelry pieces from the collection portray a very strong narrative and are designed to take one down the memory lane and stories of grandmother’s treasured ornaments. 



Harit Zaveri Indian traditional jewelry long earrings



The ensemble comprises traditional kundan, jadau and polki jewellery sets which are entirely handmade and are an ode to excellent artisanship. The stones used are rubies, emeralds, turquoise, tourmalines and pearls with uncut diamonds, set immaculately in heritage styles that reflect the rich culture and history of India. 



Harit Zaveri Indian traditional jewelry pearl polki rings



With only the very highest quality stones used in each piece, the forms and shapes are majorly inspired by Hindustani art, folk motifs, birds and fish, and the Mughal Indian jewellery.



Harit Zaveri Indian traditional jewelry heavy gold necklace



The jewelry pieces are perfect as Indian festive season kicks off with the flamboyant 9-day Navratri festival. 



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Burberry revolutionises fashion designing with a new software http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6212 October 22, 2020: Always at the forefront of digitization, British luxury fashion house Burberry has now teamed up with a digital production agency Koffeecup for an innovative software which will simplify fashion designing. The software uses gaming technology and merges it seamlessly with design to speed up the process of placing prints on fabrics. 



Burberry uses gaming technology for fashion designing



With the help of this technology, the two-dimensional print will be placed on a 3D product template, consequently providing a real-time feedback and instantly displaying how the final product will look. An integral part of Burberry’s merchandising model and in the process of print engineering, the software enables a more sustainable, efficient and creative operation. 



Mark Morris, Senior Vice President of Digital Commerce at Burberry, believes that this new software is a great example of digital innovation and cross-functional collaboration. He commented, “Our internal 3D development team, who built the successful games B Bounce and B Surf, saw an opportunity in how their technology could streamline a part of the product design process.” 



Thomas Michelou, Managing Director at Koffeecup, said, “At Koffeecup, we saw this as an opportunity to leverage technology that is usually used in gaming development and apply it to the luxury fashion space. This pioneering shift from gaming to design allowed us to move towards generating a real-time visual experience that resonated well with our creative audiences.”



The first edition of the products designed using this software is now available in stores in the Pre-Fall 2020 collection.


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Christie’s Handbags & Accessories online auction will feature iconic designs from Hermès, Louis Vuitton & Chanel http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6211 October 22, 2020: After a successful online-only auction of handbags in London earlier this year, Christie’s will be presenting a Handbags and Accessories auction from November 3 to November 17, 2020. The online sale will have handbags, luggage, accessories and collectibles from iconic luxury brands like Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Chanel. 



Hermes matte white birkin for auction Christies



The sale’s most coveted lot is the rare Hermès 2020 Matte White Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 25 with Palladium Hardware. Priced at an estimate of £60,000-80,000, the gradient bag takes its name from its semblance to the colors of the majestic, snow-capped Himalayan massif. Other highlights from Hermès include a 2018 Étain Swift Leather Kelly Lakis 28 with Gold Hardware (estimate: £8,000-10,000) and a 2020 Rose Pourpre & Malachite Togo Leather Birkin 25 with Brushed Gold Hardware (estimate: £6,000-8,000). 



LV monogram flower trunk for auction Christies



From Louis Vuitton, iconic pieces from the late 19th and early 20th centuries include an incredibly rare Hermetic Explorer’s Zinc Cabin Trunk from the 1890s (estimate: £40,000-50,000). Designed for the most intrepid of explorers, Louis Vuitton asserted his dominance in the travel-trunk market with the use of lightweight materials. The auction also includes examples of the Louis Vuitton Malle Fleurs, the iconic 20th century flower trunks, including a beautiful monogram canvas trunk from the 1920s (estimate: £15,000-20,000). Representing  an iconic moment in the history of Louis Vuitton, they were introduced as gifts for the most exclusive clients of the house. The trunks included a zinc liner to allow flowers and water to be placed inside, without causing any damage to the trunk.



Lime Chanel handbag for auction Christies



Chanel’s offerings include a 2014 White Lucite & Crystal Lego Clutch (estimate: £2,000-3,000), a 2018 Lime Sequin Mini Single Flap with Silver Hardware (estimate: £1,000-2,000) and a 2018 Clear Plexi Glass Chain Bag with Rainbow Hardware (estimate: £3,000-4,000).



The bidding opens on November 3, 2020 and the lots will also be on view for those in London at Christie’s King Street.



Christie’s Hong Kong is also auctioning a range of iconic Louis Vuitton trunks on November 27, from the original creations of 1886, to more current ones created by Virgil Abloh. 


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Tarun Tahiliani’s new Wedding Couture collection goes back to the roots http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6210 October 21, 2020: During FDCI’s Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week SS’21, Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani launched his Wedding Couture collection - The Age of Innocence. 



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021



Mr. Tahiliani took inspiration from Indian roots to express a sense of normalcy amidst chaos, reminding everyone that celebrations have become even more sacred in the post-pandemic world. As the definition of an Indian ‘wedding’ undergoes a new meaning, weddings are no more about bright lights, big rooms and thousands of people. It is all about “Lightness”, “Joy”, and above all.. “to be herself”.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 jamevaar lehenga



Explaining his thought process, Mr. Tahiliani says, “In an ode to this new luxury and this new stillness, we’ve gone back to a time before Instagram, before magazines, before red carpets – where luxury was created for the wearer alone, for them to really immerse themselves into. There was an innocence in that, there was a purity. The clothes have been drawn, sculpted, engineered to upgrade lightness, to be glamorous and yet be Indian, very Indian. We have taken all the learnings of the studio from 25 years and put them into this new celebration of life, lightness and innocence”.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 lehenga with pocket



Hidden minakari work and celebrated colours such as aquas, shell pinks, pale jades and tea roses have been the primary inspiration for the collection. This unique savoir faire juxtaposed with that of jamevaars gave birth to this Indian Modern Bride. These exquisite pieces, with hand painted motifs, are delicately embroidered by hand, resulting in rich and weightless distinctive modern pieces of today.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 pearl lehenga belt



The studio has reimagined the same jamevaar techniques for the groom, where an age old weave, a piece of art worn by royalty has come alive in Mr. Tahiliani’s own signature way. 



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 boho Indian bride



Modern fits and silhouettes, lehengas with pockets that weigh almost nothing, are the designer’s diktat for “Freedom , Lightness and Love”.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 pastel lehenga



Mr. Tahiliani expresses: “I have always been obsessed with the quest of ‘how does one make things lighter and more contemporary?’ So, we decided to hand paint unique colours that you may not find a Jaamevar shawl in and then go back to our Kashida technique, which is hand-embroidering over the base and along the way somehow in that subtlety also came our inspiration from minakari – which is the fine art of enamelling and painting on the back of the necklaces that are often made all over India.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 pink sari



"To me that represents the highest form of luxury, because the detailing is at the back and it is so beautifully done – it sits on the wearer’s neck and it is only for the wearer, just like a beautiful garment. Whoever sees it will understand what real luxury feels like on your skin.” 



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 red lehenga



The collection truly celebrates special moments, simpler times and revisiting your roots. A collection of lightness that couples find within themselves and celebrations with people who truly matters. It is, indeed, the return of the Age of Innocence.


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Michael Kors’ Spring Summer 2021 collection focuses on easy, flowy classics http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6209 October 21, 2020: Michael Kors recently launched its Spring Summer 2021 collection on the brand’s site and social media channels, through a unique digital experience accessible coupled with digital lookbook and biographies on the talent featured in the videos.



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 black coat



When asked about his inspiration for the collection, Mr. Kors said, “I designed this season with more thought and more intent than anything I've ever done. We were all forced to slow down this year, and I think we all started to appreciate things in a new way—suddenly, a flower blooming, a beautiful sunset, a walk along the river, these were things that brought us hope. I wanted to look at nature and rebirth through an urban lens.



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 blue shirt dress



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 bronze relaxed dress



The first video features a documentary style film titled ‘Up on The Roof’ that allows it’s audience to connect with mood and inspirations of the season; directed by newcomer Haley Elizabeth Anderson. The second video features a traditional runway show which was filmed in a New York Restoration Project Community Garden, featuring a live performance by Samantha Diaz. And the third video focuses on Ms. Diaz’s moving performance of “You’ve Got a Friend”, written by Carole King.



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 green silk dress



The collection itself is modern, relaxed with a boho chic aura. Straight trenches, belted summery shirt dresses, luscious silks, cozy knitwears and shimmering eveningwear defined Michael Kors’ Spring Summer 2021 collection. 



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 mens trench coat



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 white voluminous top



Mr. Kors also made a donation to the New York Restoration Project and the Renaissance Youth Center, which will support the organization’s “Music on Wheels” initiatives.




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AstaGuru’s latest auction features a magnificent collection of heirloom jewellery, fine silver & exceptional timepieces http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6208 October 20, 2020: AstaGuru, a premium Indian online auction house, is featuring Heirloom Jewellery, Fine Silver and Exceptional Timepieces on October 20-21, 2020. 



The annual online auction has 100 lots comprising a curated collection of exquisite vintage jewelry from India as well as Europe. The sale will also have a collection of 54 timepieces including clocks and watches from the world’s most illustrious luxury brands like Patek Phillipe, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, Rolex, Richard Mille, and many more. 



Basra pearl necklace for auction by astaguru



Leading the jewelry sale is the ‘Four Row Basra Pearl Necklace’, from the 1940s, estimated at INR 1,25,00,000 – 1,30,00,000 (US$ 176,056 – 183,099). Composed of 327 graduating Basra pearls, it features Art Deco terminals set with diamonds and baguettes in white gold. Given the lengthy process of assembling such a well-matched arrangement of natural pearls similar in shape, lustre, and colour that may take up to a few years, this is an extremely significant piece. 



Another important highlight is an elegant ‘Gold Bracelet set with Rose Cut Diamonds’ from 1900s estimated at INR 40,00,000 – 42,00,000 (US$ 56,338 – 59,155). The stunning vintage bracelet is composed of a delicate floral motif at the centre and is entirely set with rose-cut diamonds. The central portrait cut diamond is approximately 6cts, and the bracelet has a foil back setting. 



gold diamond bracelet for auction by astaguru



Other highlights from the jewelry segment include a stunning ‘Pair of Diamond Ear Pendants Set in Platinum’ & ‘An Important Pair of Diamond and Emerald ear pendants’ estimated between INR 25-27 lakhs (US$ 35,211 – 38,028) and INR 79-83 lakhs (US$ 111,268 – 116,901) respectively. 



Diamond emerald earrings for auction by astaguru



Men will be interested in the ‘Set of 12 Vintage Diamond Sherwani Buttons’, circa 1940s, consisting of six large and six small buttons. The larger buttons have diamonds set in a star-shaped motif with a turquoise blue guilloche enamel background. The smaller buttons have diamonds set in the foreground in a slightly different star shaped motif with a deep green guilloche enamel as the background. All the 12 pieces are set in gold and white metal and carry an estimate between INR 3,50,000 – 4,00,000 (US$ 4,930 – 5,634). 



The Fine Silver sale is characterized by an impressive dinner service set designed by Robert & Belk from the 1980s. Estimated at a price of INR 55 – 60 lakhs (US$ 77,465 – 84,507), it has  75 pieces that include 10 Dinner Plates, 12 Cream Cups, 8 Dessert Bowls & serving apparatus. 



fine silver dinner set for auction by astaguru



The Exceptional Timepieces segment runs the gamut from Vintage table clocks to state-of-the-art contemporary timepieces. Leading the sale is a Richard Mille Extra Flat Gold Skeleton Dial Wristwatch carrying an estimate of INR 45 – 50 lakhs (US$ 63,380 – 70,423). The automatic movement watch has 42 hours power reserve, 29 jewels and a gold case with a transparent dial & back case (skeleton). 



Two elegant and exquisite Patek Phillipe watches - Annual Calendar 18ct Yellow Gold "Complete Set" and  Patek Philippe White Golden Elipsse Wristwatch are included in the sale. A Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time Silver Dial Wristwatch is estimated at INR 8 – 9 lakhs (US$ 11,268 – 12,676). Some of its many features include the automatic antimagnetic movement, power reserve of 40 hrs, steel case, and a silver dial with three subsidiary dials – power reserve, date & dual time zone display. 



vacheron constantin for auction by astaguru



The Art Deco Marble Clock Set by Japy Freres is also an interesting lot. Executed in marble and embellished by bronze figurines of women on both sides, the dial of the clock has Arabic numerals with crafted hands indicating hour & minutes. This one-of-a-kind piece is estimated INR 3 – 4 lakhs (US$ 4,225 – 5,634).



The entire auction catalogue can be viewed on Astaguru.com and the auction will take place on the website on October 20-21, 2020.


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The Lodhi launches an all-new Keto, gluten-free and vegan menu http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6207 Broccoli tart the lodhi new delhi



October 19, 2020: The Lodhi, New Delhi, has introduced a new 'Gluten Free-Keto-Vegan Menu’, specially designed for a healthier lifestyle. 



Curated carefully by expert chefs with research and guidance, the unique menu has been pumped with immune-boosting nutrients which is beneficial, especially in the wake of the pandemic. Brimming with flavors, the meal is wholesome and prepared with fresh, handpicked ingredients. 



almond soup the lodhi new delhi



The menu comprises of delicacies like Cabbage Poriyal (sauteed or fried cabbage) with Coconut, Gucchi (Morel Mushrooms) and roasted walnut; Salmon Carpaccio, Fried Caper, Salmon Roe and Micro Green; Squash and Avocado Cannelloni; Chocolate Coconut Panna Cotta with Berries and more. 



Avocado squash cannoli the lodhi new delhi



Available at Elan, the timings are 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Lunch) and 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Dinner). 


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Limited edition watch containing steel from Titanic up for auction in Birmingham http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6206 Romaine Jerome Titanic watch for auction



October 19, 2020: A limited edition watch made from the steel of the storied Titanic ship will be going under the hammer at Fellow Auctioneers. 



Designed by Swiss watchmaking brand Romain Jerome, the unique timepiece is 67 of the 100 released in 2012, the centennial of the disaster. The brand purchased a piece of the Titanic’s hull, weighing about 1.5 kg (3 pounds) that was retrieved in 1991 and used its elements to construct these watches. 



Romain Jerome Titanic watch for auction



The bi-colour gentleman's Titanic-DNA Steampunk Auto features a medallion on the back depicting the Titanic, with the words “made from parts of the Titanic, tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, 1912-2012”, included. Along with metal from the ship itself, the watch is also fused with metal from Harland & Wolff shipyards, where the gigantic ship was built. 



Built into the dial are roman numerals marking the 6 and 12 o’clock points. The watch has a PVD-coated stainless steel case with a stabilised rusted steel bezel. It contains a reference RJTAUSP002, serial 21116, and an automatic movement. There is a skeleton steampunk dial with a subsidiary seconds indicator to nine, and the watch is fitted to a signed black rubber strap with titanium double folding clasp. A box and papers are included with the lot.



Romain Jerome Titanic watch for auction



Laura Bishop, Watch Manager at Fellows Auctioneer, expressed great pride in presenting this unique watch as one of the most interesting pieces to go up for auction at Fellows’. It has an estimate of £3,600 - £5,600 in Fellows’ Luxury Watch Sale, taking place in Birmingham on October 26, 2020.


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Legendary architect Frank Gehry celebrates 150th anniversary of Hennessy X.O with striking new carafe designs http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6204 Frank Gehry carafe design for 150 years of Hennessy XO



October 15, 2020: Iconic cognac brand Hennessy X.O is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and to mark this milestone, the brand asked architect Frank Gehry to reinterpret the timeless bottle containing the exceptional elixir.



First created in 1870, the ‘X.O.’ in Hennessy X.O. stands for ‘Extra Old’, and the exceptional blend follows that with a rich and complex structure. Beyond seasons and decades, the eaux-de-vie that compose Hennessy X.O are selected to create a harmony of notes and balance, chosen by the Master Blender to work seamlessly together. 



Hennessy X.O is also known for its iconic carafe. When the cognac was first created, it was contained in the “charentaises” bottles that had appeared a few years earlier. The innovative flacon renowned today was born in 1947, when Maurice Hennessy asked his nephew and grandson of James Hennessy, Gérald de Geoffre, just 27 at the time, to design a distinctive bottle for Hennessy X.O. The shape of his new sculpted glass bottle was inspired by an upturned cluster of grapes.



Frank Gehry carafe design for 150 years of Hennessy XO



To celebrate the 150th anniversary of this exceptional cognac, Mr. Gehry – the world-renowned architect who has given birth to the legendary structures of the Guggenheim Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Musée des Beaux-Arts Ontario, the Opus Tower in Hong Kong and the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris – revisited the iconic carafe.



“I wanted to bring Hennessy X.O.” to life, and so I took inspiration from its birthplace and used this crumpling effect of the material that gives it a feeling of movement. The materials I’ve chosen catch the light and make this a really beautiful object on its own, but then you realize it is a bottle of Hennessy X.O,” explains Mr. Gehry.



Frank Gehry carafe design for 150 years of Hennessy XO



Mr. Gehry has created several striking designs, including a bottle enveloped in a crinkled sleeve of 24 carat gold-dipped bronze, encased in a sculptural glass glorifier. In another design Mr. Gehry has created a decanter with a brass and gold fusil.



The carafe is available at the Hennessy store in Cognac in 150 numbered decanters imprinted with Frank Gehry’s signature.


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Louis Vuitton reinterprets the iconic Capucines bag in 6 ways http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6203 October 15, 2020: Launching the second edition of its Artycapucines collection, Louis Vuitton invited artists Beatriz Milhhazes, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Josh Smith, Henry Taylor, Liu Wei and Zhao Zhao to create handbags that are at once vibrant and whimsical.



The Louis Vuitton Artycapucines collection is a unique meeting of contemporary art, fashion and striking artisanal craftsmanship. The brand’s iconic Capucines bag – named after rue des Capucines in Paris, where Louis Vuitton opened his first store in 1854 – the artists give a new face to this stylish handbag. 



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



Each of the artists in this second wave appropriated the trapezoid shaped bag, rethinking the design with their personal style to create one-of-a-kind models. Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhares superposed a kaleidoscope of textures and colors in lambskin onto the bag’s sleek form.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel – known for his Kiosque des Noctambules at the entrance to the Palais Royal metro station in Paris – completely reworked bag in a raffia weave topped with a boa like silk trim, completed by a twisted handle adorned with black pearls.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



New York artists Josh Smith drew inspiration from his original series of paintings titled Name, faithfully reproducing canvases spelling out his name in bright colors.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



American Henry Taylor transposed an original painting using cutting-edge laser printing and traditional marquetry techniques. He reproduced the expressive face of the founder of the Underground Museum in Los Angeles from his 2017 portrait, creating a remarkable sculptural bas-relief on the Capucines bag canvas.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



The Louis Vuitton Capucines by Beijing-based Liu Wei is futuristic and sculptural, with aluminum plates and rings covered in metal spheres to hold the handle in place.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



Giving us a sophisticated, universal piece, Zhao Zhao created a graphic pattern that covers the entire surface of the bag like a puzzle.



The six new creations in the Artycapucines collection will be available in a limited edition of 200 pieces for each bag at select Louis Vuitton stores worldwide beginning October 30.


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Indian jewelry brand Hazoorilal Legacy launches e-boutique http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6202 Hazoorilal Legacy ruby diamond jewelry



October 15, 2020: With the pandemic accelerating innovation, luxury fine jewelry brand Hazoorilal Legacy has ventured into the digital ecosystem with the launch of its e-commerce platform

 

The launch drop consists primarily of en vogue diamond jewelry collections priced under INR 7 lakh and available exclusively online. The brand will extend its offerings to gold and uncut diamond jewelry soon. The brand is currently shipping to Mumbai and Delhi NCR at no added cost to the customer. Hazoorilal Legacy intends to take this model pan India before the end of the year.



Hazoorilal Legacy diamond bracelet



The jewelry pieces in Bella, Blume, and Jardin Collections have been specially designed, curated and priced for an online audience while staying true to the brand’s aesthetics of presenting bespoke jewelry with superior craftsmanship. The range also extends to the male buyers through the Kaiser Collection.


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Kering’s new Japan headquarters are more than just an office http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6201 October 15, 2020: Global luxury group Kering has opened its new headquarters in Japan, located in Omotesando, Tokyo. 



Kering Japan headquarters



Omotesando is a key area for the Kering Group as its brands Gucci, Saint Laurent and Boucheron stores already situated on its main avenue. Alexander McQueen relocated to the area in September 2020 and Balenciaga will be opening one of its largest stores worldwide here in November 2020. In 2021, Bottega Veneta will open a new flagship designed by Creative Director Daniel Lee, on the first three floors of the Kering Building.



The building, acquired by Kering in 2019, was designed in 2004 by Pritzker winning Japanese architect Toyo Ito, its unique façade resembling the Zelkova trees that line the Omotesando avenue.



In the new Kering Japan building, four floors are devoted to office space, with the interior designed by architect Fara Taraie creating a welcoming environment. By incorporating elements of nature into the design concept, the space feels like a truly “Japanese home” for the Kering Group. Neutral colors and traditional Japanese interior features, such as Shoji (sliding wooden panels with paper) and Engawa (passageways) are all part of the design approach, along with the use of natural and recycled materials, while PVC is completely absent for sustainability reasons. Artworks by female Japanese artists have been placed around the office area, reflecting Kering’s worldwide commitment to supporting women in the arts and culture, namely through the Women In Motion program.



Along with the office areas, the building also has a dedicated space on the 6th floor, where Kering and its Houses will be able to host a range of events, such as Women In Motion talks and Sustainability events. 



The rooftop terrace on the seventh floor is a space surrounded by nature. “Inspired by Kering’s iconic owl, I designed a ‘nest’ that a bird might have created on top of the building,” says architect Taraie. This beautiful terrace, with its panoramic view of Omotesando, also embraces the nest theme in the choice of furniture, with egg-shaped chairs. The space is home to seasonal plants and flowers that are popular in both Japan and France, such as the lavenders that can also be seen in the beautiful gardens of Kering’s Paris headquarters in the former Laennec Hospital, built in the 17th century. 



 “We are very proud of our new headquarters in Japan, a historic and strategic country for the Group and its Houses. We want this place to be more than offices. Reflecting who we are as a luxury Group, this unique building is a place for creativity. Here, in this iconic building, we hope not only to welcome our visitors, but also to create a spirit of inspiration, audacity and innovation, and to showcase both our vision and our expertise,” said François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kering Group.


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Tiffany & Co. debuts the Tiffany T1 collection re-highlighting its popular ‘T’ motif http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6200 Tiffany T1 bracelets rings India



October 14, 2020: Reiterating its popular, contemporary ‘T’ motif, Tiffany & Co. has launched the next chapter of the Tiffany T legacy with the introduction of Tiffany T1. The iconic ‘T’ motif has featured in the brand’s jewelry designs since the early 1980s. Building on the pioneering motif, Tiffany T1 offers extraordinary jewelry to wear every day. 



Designed by Reed Krakoff, Tiffany’s chief artistic officer, Tiffany T1 is launching in India with a curated edit of nine 18k rose gold key styles. Five of the nine designs are intricately set with radiant Tiffany diamonds. These modern and effortless jewelry pieces create a bold yet refined statement. 



Tiffany T1 bracelets rings India



The minimalist Tiffany T1 jewelry combines clean lines and graphic forms with new elegantly angular and feminine proportions. Encircling the wrist, finger or neck, the ‘T’ motif forms an unbroken circle that represents individual strength and self-empowerment. An innovative beveled bar with a subtle clasp is integrated seamlessly on the reverse.  



Tiffany T1 choker



Also including a sleek, elegant choker, the Tiffany T1 collection launches in India only with bracelets and rings in 18k rose gold that are available in wide and narrow widths, including styles with pavé diamonds expertly set by hand in a honeycomb pattern, and priced between Rs. 73,000 – Rs. 24,00,000. 


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JADE by Monica & Karishma’s new bridal couture collection continues the legacy of EkTaar http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6199 Jade Monica Karishma golden bridal lehenga



October 14, 2020: Preparing the field for the upcoming bridal season, Indian brand JADE by Monica & Karishma have launched ‘Threads of Love’ – a hypnotic bridal collection – yet again highlighting the technique of EkTaar, a painstaking craft form used to create timeless masterpieces for brides to be.



Jade Monica Karishma pink bridal lehenga



Using the EkTaar technique as the primary craft form, this collection further reinforces the label’s commitment to presenting crafts with contemporary handwriting. EkTaar is one of the oldest, most intricate and laborious techniques in India, which has been deftly handcrafted on airy fabrics like organza, giving birth to couture pieces that are lightweight, ethereal and exquisite in every way. 



Jade Monica Karishma fuchsia bridal lehenga



These carefully envisioned pieces by Monica & Karishma invite the bride to step away from the noise, the chaos, and the clutter, to take her eyes off the big picture and feast her senses on her self, her emotions, and on the elaborate, intricate and exquisite details.



Jade Monica Karishma pink bridal lehenga



The collection has been realized in pastel shades accentuated with bright shades such as burnt orange and fuchsia. The ethnicity of the design and craft has been merged beautifully with stylish, modern silhouettes. 



Jade Monica Karishma multi pastel bridal lehenga



To unveil this couture collection, the duo take their commitment to craft support a step further by collaborating with a community of artists abd craftsmen, under the aegis of The Craft and Community Development Foundation (CCDF). 



Jade Monica Karishma orange pink bridal lehenga



The JADE x CCDF collaboration sees an integration of artworks from The Gondwana Art Project across different creative expressions. The larger than life, landmark windows of the JADE flagship store at Peddar Road will showcase artworks in an installation by Monica Shah that beautifully juxtaposes the Threads of Love couture collection with breathtaking works from CCDF’s Gondwana Art Project. A series of captivating visuals have also been shot where select pieces from the collection have been placed against the backdrop of these artworks, giving fans and followers of JADE a breathtaking view.


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Hyatt enters Cambodia with a new opening in 2021 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6198 Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh aerial view



October 14, 2020: Set to open its doors in the first quarter of 2021, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh will mark the first Hyatt hotel in the Cambodian capital and the debut of the Hyatt Regency brand in one of Asia’s most dynamic destinations. 



Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh guest room



Offering 247 guestrooms including 43 suites, the new contemporary-meets-colonial property is ideally situated in the heart of Phnom Penh’s cultural and business district of Doun Penh and is within walking distance to the Royal Palace, National Museum and the riverside. 



Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh restaurant



The interiors of the hotel will reflect Cambodia’s diverse heritage, seamlessly blending Khmer architectural accents with French colonial influences. The large outlook of the hotel is complemented by the specially-commissioned artworks by contemporary Cambodian artist, FONKi. 



Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh spa



Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh will feature five dining venues including The Attic, an old world speakeasy-style bar, and a stylish indoor/outdoor open-plan dining concept called FiveFive Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, where guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Mekong River, the Royal Palace and the city skyline alongside refreshing cocktails and lively DJ performances. In addition, the hotel will feature 1,400 square meters of meeting space as well as a slew of recreational facilities including a 24-hour fitness center, tropical infinity pool, spa and the Regency Club Lounge.


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Christie’s 20th Century Evening sale surpasses $340 million as a T-Rex fossil, a Picasso & more historic artifacts exchanged hands http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6197 October 12, 2020: Global auction house Christie’s innovative 20th Century Evening Sale live streamed on October 6 from New York’s Rockefeller Center, realised US$340,851,500 (including buyer’s premium), selling 96 per cent by value and 84 per cent by lot.



Around 280,000 people were digitally a part of this highly anticipated spectacle, through Christie’s official website and social media channels like YouTube, Facebook and WeChat, along with registered bidders on Christie's LIVE online bidding platform. 



Cy Twombly Untitled Bolsena Christies auction 2020



Comprising 59 quality works, the top lot of the Evening sale was Cy Twombly’s Untitled [Bolsena] (1969), one of a series of 14 paintings — known today as the ‘Bolsena’ series — inspired by the Apollo 11 space mission. The painting features scattered and scorched black lines over cool overlays of white paint, evoking the rocket’s movement upwards. Appearing for the first time at an auction, the painting was sold at $38,685,000. 



Mark Rothko Untitled Christies auction 2020



Among the second and third highest selling paintings were the works of Mark Rothko and Pablo Picasso. Rothko’s Untitled (1967) vibrant painting realised $31,275,000 and Picasso’s Femme dans un fauteuil (1941), depicting his then-muse and lover Dora Maar, sold for $29,557,500. 



Paul Cezanne Nature Morte Christies auction 2020



A remarkable record was created for a watercolour work. Paul Cézanne’s Nature morte avec pot au lait, melon et sucrier was offered from the collection of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, which was its home for 80 years. The painting was sold at  $28,650,000. Willem de Kooning’s Woman (Green) realised $23,260,000 while Emil Nolde’s Herbstmeer XVI created a world record for the artist by getting sold at $7,344,500. Ruth Asawa’s lyrical wire sculpture and Takashi Murakami’s fusion sculpture Oval Buddha Silver were among some of the many significant lots of the sale. 



T-Rex STAN fossil Christies auction 2020



STAN, one of the most impressive and complete T-Rexes ever found, was the closing lot of the evening sale. Described as ‘one of the best specimens ever found’ by James Hyslop, Head of Christie’s Science & Natural History department, the fossil skeleton of the male Tyrannosaurus Rex was sold at a record-breaking price of $31,847,500. 



The three-day October season concluded with an online sale of Robert Motherwell prints of Dedalus Foundation, an initiative founded in 1981 by the artist to protect his legacy. The sale of 37 works collectively raised $212,625 that went to the non-profit organisation.


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Jewels from the fabled treasury of Ranjit Singh, the Lion of Punjab, lead Bonhams’ Islamic and Indian sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6196 October 12, 2020: Bonhams’ Islamic and Indian Sale will be led by glorious jewels from the royal treasury of Ranjit Singh, the Lion of Punjab. The sale, which will be held on October 26, will comprise three precious jewelry pieces which once belonged to Maharani Jindan Kaur, last wife of Maharajah Ranjit Singh, and were inherited by her granddaughter Princess Bamba Sutherland.



Maharani Jindan Kaur jewels for Bonhams auction



Maharani Jindan Kaur (1817- 1863) is known for her resistance against the British encroachment in the Punjab region. While she was imprisoned and later escaped to Nepal in 1848, more than 600 jewelry pieces were confiscated from the storied Lahore treasury. The jewels in the sale - the gem-set gold forehead pendant (chand-tikka), gem-set gold mirrored roundel and a pearl-mounted gold pendant, were most certainly in the casket handed back to her by British authorities when she agreed to live in London with her son, Duleep Singh, with whom she was reunited in Calcutta in 1861. The jewels are estimated at £60,000-80,000.



Amritsar Golden Temple painting Bonhams auction



Other highlights include a rare and large 19th century panoramic watercolour view of the Golden Temple and the city of Amritsar, attributed to Cyril Herbert (1847-1882). Estimated at £60,000-80,000, this is believed to be the largest depiction of the Golden Temple in watercolour ever to have come into the market.



Viscount Harding painting auction Bonhams



A large and impressive portrait, dated 1853, of Rajah Shere Singh Attariwala, Sikh commander and general, once owned by the Marquess of Dalhousie, Governor-General of India by Colesworthy Grant (1813-1880) is estimated at £35,000-45,000. A portrait of Viscount Hardinge of Lahore, Governor-General of India, accompanied by his two sons and his aide-de-camp Colonel Wood, on the battlefield after the victory at Ferozeshah during the first Anglo-Sikh war by Sir Francis Grant (1803-78) is estimated at £40,000-60,000.


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Beyond Designs Home furnishes the table with a new collection of festive dinnerware http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6194 Beyond Designs Home Dinnerware Set



October 7, 2020: Beyond Designs, renowned for their bespoke furniture, home decor accessories and luxurious interior designs, has launched their new festive dinnerware collection, showcasing the brand’s unmistakable luxury and timelessness. 



Beyond Designs Home Dinnerware Set



The vast collection comprises Fuchsia charger plate (purple); Octagon Luzia dinner and salad plate; French Crown dinner plate in two sizes; Linium blue dessert plate; Lisboa tumbler; Mikasa dinner plate, salad plate, quarter plate and pasta bowl; Astain dinner plate and salad plate; and some more with charming floral designs and pretty colours. 



Beyond Designs Home Dinnerware Set



The luxury dinnerware collection is made of highest quality fine china and stoneware. The allure of the craftsmanship is evident through its subtle, elegant designs and colors coupled with the fine golden rims that render them ageless. This latest dinnerware is bound to add a touch of grandeur to the festive dining experience this season. 


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Genes Lecoanet Hemant announces a special-edition collection: Love In Black & White http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6193 October 7, 2020: Genes Lecoanet Hemant has come up with a special edition collection of reinvented classics, inspired by its inimitable designs and global brand identity, called ‘Love in Black & White’.



Genes by Lecoanet Hemant Love in Black and White



Handcrafted, the upcycled collection encapsulates styles that are inspired from the personal storyboard of Creative Director, Didier Lecoanet. The collection has been presented entirely in black and white and crafted consciously with love and purposeful design at its heart. 



Crafted skillfully in signature white staples from the GENES archive, spontaneous textile manipulations like inlays and patchwork with diverse construction techniques offer interesting designs that amp up your comfort wardrobe. A shirt has been playfully combined with a t-shirt, a piece of t-shirt sleeve cut into the shape of a heart has been inlaid on a shirt, and hand made musings that embrace the wearer's personal style. 



Genes by Lecoanet Hemant Love in Black and White



Commenting on the collection, Hemant Sagar of Genes Lecoanet Hemant, “The biggest luxury is time, and the pieces from this collection carry the essence of time with them. The essence of a lived life - of a prior purpose. Each garment from Love in Black and White addresses the true meaning of timelessness; that of appreciating the character that every cut, fold and detail holds. Our hope for the collection is that it is able to present the wearer with a language of expression that transcends fashion and embraces personal style." 



Genes by Lecoanet Hemant Love in Black and White



The special edition collection has been designed to give fashion-enthusiasts a glimpse into a sartorial world not tagged by seasons and trends. Featuring classic pieces for both women and men, the collection is now available on the Genes website and in stores across Kolkata, Chennai, Lucknow and Delhi. 


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Seema Gujral’s new bridal collection “Portraits” is a tribute to Indian royalty http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6192 October 5, 2020: Couturier Seema Gujral’s latest bridal collection is an effort to showcase the vintage glamour of Indian royalty. Innately regal and inspired by the Maharanis of yore, the collection is a blend of royal charm coupled with modern sensibility, driven by a holistic vision of when luxury meets comfort. 



Seema Gujral pastel floral lehenga



The unique collection comprises 12 ensembles for the modern bride, heavily influenced by the heritage imagery of royal couture, and the architecture of Rajasthan’s forts and palaces. The designs in this collection are Indian in sensibility yet international in quality and finesse. The old world charm merges seamlessly with nouveau Indian grandeur through fine, intricate embroidery, stylizing and attention to detail. Decoding the evolving phases of the Maharanis where craftsmanship remained timeless, the collection features two forms of design - Ghararas and Lehengas, each one unique with their subtle detailing. 



Seema Gujral pastel floral lehenga



The signature of this collection is the three-dimensional floral embroideries using varied fabrics, embroidery materials and a combination of various embroidery techniques along with traditional Rajasthani mirror work and soft multicoloured sequins. The lavishness of the garments is also brought alive with some delicate gotta patti work. 



Seema Gujral bright orange mirror work lehenga



The colour palette is an eclectic mix of softer hues for the day occasions such as ivory, beige, yellow and deep mustards, rusts, and reds for the night. For occasions that span through the day, a glamorous light gold silhouette embroidered with gota patti work is accented with crystals and pearls. 



Seema Gujral pastel pink floral lehenga



The collection also features trending elements like double dupattas and embroidered belts which bring a modern element to essentially traditional Indian festive wear. Every piece is truly artisanal and handwoven. 



Seema Gujral red rust mirror work lehenga



Speaking about her latest couture collection, Ms. Gujral said, "Through this collection I have tried to express my love for Indian royalty through elaborate embroideries and intricate craftsmanship making each piece timeless. I believe that there is a sense of hidden royalty in every woman & this collection will help them unleash the queen within.”



Seema Gujral yellow mirror work lehenga



Portraits by Seema Gujral is now available at Seema Gujral’s Studio as well as Aza, Ogaan, Pernia’s Pop Up Shop and Origins.


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International health resort Chiva-Som launches Online Intensive Wellness Series http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6191 October 5, 2020: Following the successful launch of Chiva-Som Online Wellness Services, the pioneering resort, Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, has introduced their Online Intensive Wellness Series. The new service offers interactive sessions, designed to gradually enhance participants’ knowledge, strengthen abilities, and most importantly, promote maximum benefit for health and wellbeing. The virtual health consultation with Chiva-Som’s expert wellness advisors caters perfectly to individual wellness goals and needs. 



Chiva-Som online wellness series



Chiva-Som kicks off the Online Intensive Wellness Series with a six-week Pilates programme to restore physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. 



The tailor-made Pilates Intensive Series focuses on improving the participant’s joint posture and strength along with a full-body workout to alleviate stress and tension, contributing to an overall healthier state of mind. Following the online consultation with Chiva-Som’s expert Health and Wellness advisors, participants are introduced to their personal fitness trainer to discuss physical abilities before receiving a bespoke programme. Every weekly session will focus on new topics from Core Management and Axial Elongation; Healthy Spine; Head, Neck and Shoulder Organisation; Alignment and Weight Bearing Exercise; and Movement Integration. Participants are expected to continue their own practice throughout the week before moving on to the next session. The Pilates programme is priced at THB 9,500.



Chiva-Som yoga classes



Expanding on the Chiva-Som Online Wellness Services, individuals have access to a wider collection of resort treatments to enhance and support their wellness goals, including Nutritional Consultation, Pilates on Mat, Corrective Posture Exercise and Pranayama. 



The new Online Intensive Wellness Series will connect individuals with the resort’s wellness team from the comfort of home via video link communication and give personalised feedback regarding lifestyle and nutrition to the participants. The Series can be booked via their website.


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Straw marquetry master Lison de Caunes collaborates with DS Aero Sport for an innovative automobile project http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6189 DS Automobiles Aero Sport Lounge



September 30, 2020: Historic French car manufacturer DS has got master of straw marquetry Lison de Caunes on board for their latest design concept, the DS Aero Sport Lounge. Reinventing luxury, DS’ 100% electric concept car with a futuristic design will have its dashboards and backrests made by Lison de Caunes using traditional straw marquetry techniques. 



DS Automobiles Aero Sport Lounge Interior



The modern interiors of the DS Aero Sport Lounge will be transformed using the modest rye straw material for stylish car parts. Rye straw, harvested in the same way as it was in the 17th century, is hardly modified and preserves its intrinsic qualities. The natural silica varnish makes it heat resistant and waterproof while giving it a silky finish.



DS Automobiles Aero Sport Lounge dashboard



The vehicle's interior perfectly illustrates the neologism "sustainoble", where luxury and respect for the environment blend harmoniously to bring future projects to life.



DS Automobiles Aero Sport Lounge Backrest closeup



Ms. de Caunes has revolutionised the technique of straw marquetry and a number of luxury brands have commissioned her to make pieces for their flagship stores: the Guerlain parfumerie on the Champs-Élysées, the Louis Vuitton store on Place Vendôme, the Four Seasons Hotel in New York, and many others. Awarded the title of Maitre D’art in 1996, she is also dedicated to the creation of furniture, objects and wall coverings, either in her own name (Lison de Caunes Créations) or in collaboration with renowned interior architects and designers such as Peter Marino, Hubert le Gall and Vincent Darré.



DS Automobiles Aero Sport Lounge Interior closeup


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Indian luxury brand Zoya reiterates the beauty of forests in its new collection ‘Rooted’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6188 September 30, 2020: Zoya, the exquisite diamond boutique from the House of Tatas, introduced its new collection, Rooted — an exquisite lineup of over 45 pieces for the modern sophisticate. The stellar collection was launched virtually by celebrated designer Gauri Khan along with Ajoy Chawla, CEO of Titan’s Jewellery Division, and Titan’s Chief Design Officer, Revathi Kant. 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Emeralds Diamonds



The collection draws inspiration from the inner strength of the feminine spirit along with the exotic rainforests of the world while keeping with Zoya’s fine design and intricate craftsmanship. The rainforest, with its self-sufficient mechanisms and immense strength, mirrors the Zoya woman’s inner resilience. 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Scarlet Mackaw



Revathi Kant, Titan’s Chief Design Officer said, “This is the first time Zoya is presenting a collection with carved stones, and the craftsmanship is masterful with intelligent design and construction that is visible in the strategic juxtaposition of colours, the lustrous play of light and shadows and the unexpected hints of movement that together unite to offer a poetic spin on revered classics.” 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Royal Flycatcher



The rainforest motifs in the line-up range from clusters of flowers, meticulously recreated to mirror the intricacy of the original, to exotic birds — their majestic plumage perched upon pendants and fluttering from earrings. The rainforest is further brought out by colourful gemstones including emeralds, sapphires, tanzanites, tourmalines, pink opals, rose quartz, peridots, rock crystals, iolites, turquoises and chrysoprase. 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Light of the Rainforest



The myriad cuts display the breadth of Zoya’s artistry, ranging from custom cut carved stones and cabochons to beads and faceted stones. The textural elements and colour gradation employed in specific pieces are guaranteed to inspire dreams of an endless summer. The versatile collection is perfect for an intimate wedding, a garden brunch or a quiet cocktail evening with loved ones.



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Dew Drops



Commenting on the collection, Gauri Khan says, “The beauty and strength of a rainforest is meticulously brought alive in Zoya’s Rooted, with unparalleled craftsmanship, vibrant gems with intricate carving, making pieces that really stand out. The whole rainforest imagery is a lovely reminder that moments, both big and small, should be celebrated.” 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Sapphire diamonds



The collection can be viewed online on Zoya.in or in the Zoya stores in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.


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Fendi’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection is all about family http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6187 September 26, 2020: Bringing the element of comfort and domestic life, the latest Spring/Summer 2021 collection by Fendi is a reflection of the time spent at home and with family during the quarantine. Designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi, the collection is a patchwork of memories. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



From the fabric, motifs to the color palette, the collection embodies the quietude and peace of domestic life. Flax linen, cotton, feather, fur and eiderdown quilting are reminiscent of embroidered tablecloths and beddings. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



The palette runs from flaxen hues like milky white, light browns, sky blue to more vivid and bolder shades like black and red. Windows – metaphorical and physical – are a leitmotif impressed upon garments in a game of transparency and texture throughout. Boutis satin quilting, linear encrustations of jour d’echelle ladder-work, flourishes of ajouré flowers that expose skin are used to create layers of light and shade. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Formal structures are softened – coat backs and shirt sleeves unbutton, tailored details are ‘debossed’ in trompe l’oeil knitwear, and embroidered housecoats and flared tunics elevate the comforts of home. Lightness and depth intermingle in faded flora print linens and latticework furs, or the intricate workmanship of apron dresses in silk duchesse, embroidered tulle and gazar.



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi’s Spring Summer 2021 accessories play with construction and embellishment to conceal and reveal. Embroidered silk veils floats over Baguette and Peekaboo bags while woven texture pervades the accessories assortment through market baskets in recycled PVC, stretch lattice frame totes, picnic baskets and canvas luggage. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Celebrating Italian craftsmanship, the ‘hand in hand’ Baguette project is a unique collaboration with local artisans across Italy, including the Abruzzo and Marche regions shown on the runway. Laser-cut and ajouré apron belts hold the second iteration of the FENDI X CHAOS ‘tech jewellery’ capsule collection dipped in pastel colours, and chain drop earrings feature pearls and pairs of cheeky Fendi dice. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



On foot for Women – woven boots, elastic pumps, and rattan pool slides evoke a tonal spring elegance. For Men – sling-back boat shoes and T-bar plimsolls are new twisted classics.



The collection was unveiled in an intimate fashion show where the setting evoked domestic and traditional Italian inspirations. An airy scenography composed of fresh white curtains was complemented by the white sofas from the Fall Winter 2020-21 Women’s show set. Digital ‘windows’ were projected across walls and floors showing glimpses of nature - from garden flora, passing birds and the setting sun. Continuing the personal narrative of the Fendi Family, the show casting included a selection of related models: mothers, fathers, sisters and sons featuring Edie and Olympia Campbell, Cecilia and Lucas Chancellor, and Philippe and Dries Haseldonckx. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



The full show can be viewed below. 




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Fendi and Maison Francis Kurkdjian present FENDIFRENESIA Pink Baguette Line http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6185 Fendi Pink Baguette line



September 26, 2020: Italian luxury fashion house Fendi has teamed up with Francis Kurkdijan, the master perfumer and co-founder of eponymous Roman fragrance house to create a stunning edition of the FENDIFRENESIA baguette line, this time in pink. 



Crafted in the signature scented Selleria Cuoio Romano leather, the noble and natural material which inspired the creation of FENDIFRENESIA from the very beginning, the line features a regular baguette bag, a nano baguette bag and a new card case awash in heavenly light pink hue. The color as interpreted by Francis Kurkdijan is perfectly merged with the floral and cheerful eau de parfum. The line also comes with a 5ml bottle of the fragrance. 



A new sensorial dimension is added to the FENDI synaesthesia, the evocative, inimitable and evanescent experience of feeling and visualizing a fragrance: hearing, with Sine, a synthetic interpretation of the fragrance by Roman StudioAIRA! 



Fendi Pink Baguette line



The new FENDIFRENESIA Pink Scented Collection was launched on September 24, 2020, during Milan Fashion Week at the FENDI Men’s Pop-Up Store in Via Montenapoleone, where two booths dedicated to the Yellow and Pink FENDIFRENESIA lines were displayed. For the occasion, the Maison will also launch five Yellow Men’s Regular Baguette bags. 



The FENDIFRENESIA Yellow and Pink Scented Collection are available in selected Fendi boutiques worldwide and on fendi.com in Europe, Middle East and US.




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Ralph & Russo and Audemars Piguet announce a creative partnership http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6184 September 23, 2020: Haute Horlogerie meets Haute Couture as Audemars Piguet and Ralph & Russo join for a unique creative collaboration. Audemars Piguet’s latest Royal Oak and Royal Oak Concept models will complement Ralph & Russo’s Spring/Summer 2021 Prêt-à-Porter collection this fall to mark the beginning of the partnership. 



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Both family-owned companies are known for their inventive designs combined with the technical precision of age-old skills and exceptional craftsmanship. For the Spring/Summer 2021 Prêt-à-Porter collection, models are seen in stellar creations by the British designer duo, flaunting the latest watches from Audemars Piguet. From sequined cocktail dresses, white and red tulle gowns to organza silk ballgowns in pastel hues, these stunning looks are enhanced by latest Royal Oak Selfwinding models as well as the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon. 



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Conceived for smaller wrists, the Royal Oak Selfwinding models has 34mm dial and comes in four styles - in stainless steel and/or 18-carat pink gold. The 18-carat pink gold model is adorned with a diamond-set bezel and a silver-toned guilloché “Grande Tapisserie” dial, a Royal Oak trademark. The two steel models are enhanced by a silver-toned or blue-grey “Grande Tapisserie” dial. The blue-grey watch is embellished with a diamond-set bezel. 



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



An elegant two-tone model is also available that combines a stainless steel case and bracelet with an 18-carat pink gold bezel and bracelet links. This model comes with a silver-toned “Grande Tapisserie” dial. All four iterations are powered by a new selfwinding movement, calibre 5800, and endowed with a dedicated oscillating weight specifically developed for this new 34 mm version. 



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Ralph & Russo’s new collection is further enhanced by a new take on the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon, a blend of Royal Oak Concept’s refined feminine aesthetics and complicated micro-mechanics.



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Available in 18-carat pink or white gold with a shimmering Frosted Gold finish case, these watches are powered by hand-wound Manufacture calibre 2964. The two highly contemporary models are adorned with a blue “large square-scale” alligator strap for an elegant contrast.



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Speaking about this collaboration, François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet said, “Our partnership with Ralph & Russo came together naturally. I was struck by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo’s warm welcome when we first met; they represent talent at the highest level mixed with simplicity and authenticity. The fun part was when we actually realised that our watches had already been paired with their exceptional designs many times by clients in real life who didn’t need to wait for this partnership to match our two brands!”



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



These unique pairings will highlight how the two brands’ latest collections mirror one another in savoir-faire and refinement.



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches


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MB&F collaborates with master engraver Eddy Jaquet for 8 limited edition timepieces http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6183 MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



September 23, 2020: Bringing an element of storytelling to horology, MB&F and Switzerland’s master engraver Eddy Jaquet have teamed up to create eight new timepieces. This one-of-a-kind, limited edition series of watches incorporates the iconic works of 19th century science-fiction French author Jules Verne. 



MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



The celebrated author was the inspiration for the Legacy Machine and coming to a consensus was easy since Mr. Jaquet is an expert on the subject. Given its wide expanse of surface for detailed engravings, the brand’s Legacy Machine Split Escapement (LM SE) was the obvious choice. Mr. Jaquet read and re-read upto 60 novels and short stories by Verne and narrowed down to eight written works - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, From the Earth to the Moon, Around the World in Eighty Days, Five Weeks in a Balloon, The Adventures of Captain Hatteras, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Michael Strogoff and Robur the Conqueror. Drawing inspiration solely from reading the source books and viewing any other secondary films or creative work based on the books, the illustrations are completely original and not conceived from any pre-existing art. 



MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



Each engraving is an intricate tableau of scenes and key moments from the stories, synthesised in the imagination of Mr. Jaquet and designed to be interpreted through the medium of the LM SE engine. Mr. Jaquet used several techniques to bring out the scenes perfectly. The smoke of the fire on the Michel Strogoff dial, for example, required an attenuated touch, while the underground sea depicted on the Journey To The Centre Of The Earth dial incorporated gradient-shading techniques. Mr. Jaquet frequently uses darkening treatments as a means to draw the eye to certain elements in his dials and to enhance the dramatic rendering of a scene. 



MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



Numerous changes were made to the original design of the watch to maximise the space for engraving such as creating new, openworked date and power-reserve subdials with wider plates, slimming the bezel and producing a new crystal dial. Each of the eight unique pieces comes in an 18K redgold case. The watches are equipped with LM SE movement developed for MB&F by Stephen McDonnell and have a power reserve of 72 hours. 



MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



These stunning works of art by Mr. Jaquet lend a classical touch to the usually modern or retro MB&F timepieces. Appreciators of literature and art can spend hours trying to absorb and understand each tiny detail in the scenes created by the engraver. 





Priced at $162,000, the series is already sold out in pre-launch sales, according to MB&F.


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Aman introduces its new wellness brand ‘SVA’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6182 September 23, 2020: Aman is known globally for its world-class restorative retreats and its complete focus on holistic wellness. Following the success of Aman Skincare, the luxury group has launched a new wellness brand SVA that offers holistic formulas and supplements created for reaching optimal mental and physical well-being.



Aman SVA Wellness Health brand of capsules formulations supplements



The name SVA has been derived from the Sanskrit word for health, svasthya, which signifies the universal wisdom of staying (stha) true to one's own self (sva). Made with all-natural ingredients, it has Aman’s essence of combining traditional knowledge with contemporary science and nutrition. SVA’s sustainable product range responds to those seeking Aman’s acclaimed on-property equilibrium in their routine life. 



SVA formulas come in a combination of granules, capsules and tonics and can help to support immunity, digestion, circulation and to sustain a healthy mind. A total of 19 products have been formed in three plant-based and gluten-free ranges - Chinese Herbal Formulas, Micronutrient Supplements and Botanical Tonics. SVA Chinese Herbal Formulas and Micronutrient Supplements are the first ranges to launch, with Botanical Tonics following later this year.



Aman SVA Wellness Health brand of capsules formulations supplements



The SVA range of seven Chinese Herbals is inspired by the traditional Chinese medicines and the principle of treating imbalanced elements in the body for organs to function positively. Respiratory Support is a hero formula in the range which has been designed to help maintain a healthy respiratory system especially during cold and flu. Six more formulas are available in the range. Formulas Balance, Vitality, Uplift and Calm are accompanied by Immune Support which targets optimal lung functioning while rebalancing the immune system, and Nourish, which supports the digestive system and stimulates the spleen. These vegan formulas feature Chinese ingredients like the Ziziphus Jujbe Fruit found in Chinese provinces of Shadong and Henan, to Glycyrrhiza Uralensis Root, a fundamental ancient herbs found in the northern regions. 



Created in partnership with industry leader Biogena, the six SVA Micronutrient Supplements are crafted with high-quality raw ingredients and are completely free of technological additives, providing essential nutrients ideal for smooth daily functioning. The capsule supplements make it easier to administer. Digestion helps maintain enzyme function for the gastrointestinal system; Heart & Brain Function supports physical and cognitive performance and Immune Defence uses an astaxanthin and vitamin complex to support immune defences. Liver Detox boosts the liver’s natural detoxifying function while Relax & Sleep focuses on emotional wellbeing. Resilience provides a vitamin and mineral complex with ubiquinol to help maintain healthy bodily functions as stress levels increase. While SVA Micronutrient Supplements take a contemporary scientific approach, their natural composition and sustainable production mirrors the Aman pathway to wellness.



Aman SVA Wellness Health brand of capsules formulations supplements



The range comes in sustainable glass bottles with a sleek monochrome design. The supplements are now available online on Aman’s web store and will also be selectively available in Aman’s resorts and spas.


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Golay-Spierer "Napoleon" watch to be offered in Sotheby's online sale in October http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6181 Golay Spierer Napoleon watch



September 23, 2020: Global auction house Sotheby’s October watch auctions in Geneva will be highlighted by a one-of-a-kind and unprecedented wristwatch created by Swiss independent watchmaker Golay-Spierer which incorporates the original signature of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. 



The watch is the first from the series titled “Heroïca Tempus”, a planned capsule collection of unique watches, each one including in its design the signature of an important historical figure. 



Golay Spierer Napoleon watch



The timepiece, which was painstakingly assembled in Golay-Spierer’s Geneva workshop, is encased in stunning rose gold with a 46 mm dial that accommodates the original handwritten signature of the famous statesman and military commander, dating from a letter he wrote in March 1807. The symbolism associated with the famous military commander is echoed in an imperial bee meticulously incorporated into the dial (using the traditional Swiss craft known as ‘decoupage’), as well as on the hand engraved bezel, which bears a laurel wreath and the letter ‘N’ at 12 o’clock. The back of the watch is set with a 20-franc gold Napoléon coin, minted in 1807, the same year as the original handwritten letter which was used to create the dial. This first piece in the ‘Heroïca Tempus’ collection was born from the meeting between Christophe Golay and French designer and creator Gaël Bonnel Sanchez. 



Golay Spierer Napoleon watch



A direct descendant of Swiss master watchmaker Auguste Golay, Christophe Golay reignited a centuries-old family tradition by establishing Golay-Spierer, the only Swiss watchmaking company specializing in the design and manufacture of unique tailor-made timepieces. Commenting on his latest collection, he said, “Our mission is to create bespoke timepieces working with the finest watchmaking craftsmen to bring to life the individual visions of our clients. This beautiful Napoleon watch is a perfect example of this: an exclusive piece reflecting a singular innovative vision.” He added that the next watch in the series will be bearing the original signature of Albert Einstein among many other historically significant figures.



The Napoleon Bonaparte watch will be offered in a single lot online sale, open for bidding from 8 until 15 October, with no reserve and an estimate of CHF 40,000 – 80,000. A portion of proceeds from the sale will support the work of two non-profit organizations: Footballeurs sans Frontières, which funds projects for underprivileged children, and Aua Help Noma, which works to support children suffering from the debilitating disease, Noma.


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Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2021 show ‘In Bloom’ focuses on a modern mythology http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6178 Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show Group Shot



September 19, 2020: For Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2021 show ‘In Bloom’, Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci takes the house’s most recognizable emblems and motifs and remasters them with a modern, flamboyant imagination.  



The collection is an interplay between natural elements like the sea as well as a multifaceted view of Britain – simultaneously rural and urban, spanning earth and ocean, always expressing freedom. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show Menswear



Conceptualized as a modern mythology inspired by the sea, the contemporary reimagination blends Burberry’s heritage perfectly. The palette, while immersed in a spectrum of blue tones, is accented with sandy Burberry beige and mariner orange. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show womenswear black



Womenswear reflects the juxtaposition of the mystical and the natural; strong and delicate, hard and soft, with the elegant details of tulle and chiffon, fishnets studded with crystals, allegorical prints and artworks. Menswear draws from the rugged elegance and practicality of the wardrobes of seafarers with rubberised finishes, hardy denim and Thomas Burberry’s gabardine. The signature Burberry trench coat has been redesigned with sculptural loop-back and cut-out styles as well as expanding to a full-length coat cross-bred with contrast tails of denim. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show womenswear blue



Describing his inspiration, Ricardo Tisci comments, “It began with a thought of British summertime; embracing the elements with a trench coat on the beach mixing with the sand and the water. I envisioned the people of this space, like the lighthouse keeper, and a love affair between a mermaid and a shark, set against the ocean, then brought to land. The circle is hugely symbolic – regrowth, renewal, the circle of life. The collection is called In Bloom because I was thinking about regeneration, about dynamic youth, about nature constantly recreating itself, always growing and evolving, always alive. Water is a symbol of that also – of newness, freshness and cleansing. And through water, life grows – water is what allows nature to bloom. Everything is circular. The collection is focused and refined – one vision, one story. This is the essence of both Burberry’s identity and my own creativity. Reaffirming the codes of Burberry – my codes of Burberry, our DNA.”



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show womenswear evening silver



The Burbery Spring/Summer 2021 show experience, staged for a digital audience on Twitch, is conceived as an expression of freedom. Collaborating with artist Anne Imhof, known for her endurance art, the digital experience shows a setting that combines British, fairytalesque forest with raw, urban elements. Musician Eliza Douglas’ performs a unique, real-time soundtrack blurring the boundaries between art, fashion and live events. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show womenswear graphic



Lofty and vibrant, Burberry’s new collection is a modern celebration of its British heritage and most treasured symbols.



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show womenswear orange


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Natural Diamond Council launches campaign starring Ana De Armas http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6177 September 19, 2020: World’s leading diamond producers, Natural Diamond Council, have roped in Hollywood star Ana de Armas for their new campaign to promote natural diamonds and support the integrity of the diamonds industry. The company, previously known as Diamond Producers Association, relaunched as the Natural Diamond Council (NDC) in June 2020.



Ana de Armas for Natural Diamond Council



This global level campaign marks a number of firsts for the Natural Diamond Council. Apart from being the first ever celebrity-led campaign for a diamond group, it is also the first campaign dedicated to NDC’s “Only Natural Diamonds” platform, and the first marketing initiative to showcase a diverse roster of jewellery designers that work with natural diamonds in contemporary ways. 



Ms. de Armas, a celebrated Hollywood star, is a Golden Globe nominee and will be seen in the latest James Bond movie ‘No Time To Die’. She is at the center of this multi-part campaign, which celebrates the myriad connections that lead to natural diamonds being worn or exchanged. Ms. de Armas reflects poise, modernity in her elegant and easy-going demeanor as the 30-second video shows the actress in diverse settings with friends, with a parent, and with a partner, emphasising the notion that diamonds are not solely the purview of romantic interests or formal occasions, but are meant for every type of connection. This ad will be complemented by a series of shorter video segments, spotlighting the various relationships portrayed in the clip. 



“I love thinking of diamonds this way, as special emblems of even our small personal moments,” said Ms. de Armas. “They represent joy, warmth and beauty.”





Richa Singh, Managing Director, NDC, India, commented, “The campaign fits perfectly as consumers have greater respect for everything natural and want to buy fewer but better things. They are looking for things that last and have a meaning and emotion attached to it. We wish to create desirability for diamonds in the mind of consumers when it comes to celebrating life’s every moment and our campaign featuring Ana De Armas portrays that beautifully. The TVC redefines special moments, celebrating a variety of personal connections with natural diamonds.’’



Lensed in coastal Portugal, directed by Manu Cossu and photographed by Camilla Åkrans, the global marketing campaign will run in India, the United States of America, United Kingdom and China. The campaign materials will be distributed through NDC’s website as well, which will feature behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with Ms. de Armas. It will also have comprehensive information about the brands and designers that are seen. For an enhanced connect with the local consumers and retail trade, there will be a section dedicated to similar jewellery designs that are available in India.


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Richard Ginori announces a new brand identity ‘Ginori 1735’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6176 September 19, 2020: Storied Italian porcelain manufacturer, Richard Ginori, known for its superlative dinnerware and home decor accessories, has announced a new brand identity - ‘Ginori 1735’. 



Richard Ginori’s past dates back to the 18th century when Marquis Carlos Ginori started the porcelain manufactory in the town of Doccia. The new name ‘Ginori 1735’ features the foundation year of the company. 



Richard Ginori new brand identity



The renewed visual representation comprises the ‘Ginori 1735’ signature in elegant, sinuous, hand-crafted lettering, a combination of heritage and innovation. The logo remains a recognizable hallmark that authenticates every piece of Ginori porcelain. This new brand identity supports the transition of the company to a global lifestyle design brand, specializing in artisanal porcelain tableware and homewares. 



Speaking about this new chapter in the company’s 285 years of history, Chairman and CEO Alain Prost commented, “Today, we are returning to our roots, changing our name, and investing in our legacy of bringing a deep sense of place, a graceful manner, and an effervescent spirit to all who embrace our mission. Richard Ginori is now, and once again, Ginori 1735.”



With the iconic crown at the back of the tableware symbolizing its distinguished quality, the Kering Group owned Richard Ginori is found in some of the most famous restaurants and homes around the world. Over the years, the atelier has evolved to bring to the contemporary world its ancient and extraordinary techniques. Ginori 1735 is, now, designed to celebrate the deep heritage of the company and signify a renewed attention to the evolving tastes and lifestyle of the next generation of luxury consumers.


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Indian online auction platform Prinseps opens the season with rare artist estates & launch of a luxury gallery http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6175 Humayun's Tomb by Atul Bose painting



September 19, 2020: Prinseps, the Indian online auction platform, is set to open the culture season with a strong note. There will be two auctions sales along with fixed price sales at the luxury online gallery featuring a range of luxury items across jewellery, carpets, Art Deco furniture, objet d’art and property, with prices ranging from INR 10,000 to 10 crores.



The two separate online auctions will have rare estates from renowned artist and Oscar-winning costume designer Bhanu Athaiya and famed Bengali artist Atul Bose. The auctions will be accompanied by introductory catalogue essays by India’s leading scholars and art historians - Ranjit Hoskote, writing on Bhanu Athaiya and Partha Mittar, writing on Atul Bose.



A fashion sketch by Bhanu Athaiya



The Bhanu Athaiya sale features remarkable artworks which will be coming to auction for the first time in almost 70 years, including Prayers, which was first exhibited in the 1953 group show of the Progressive Artists Group, where Athaiya was the only woman artist among the Progressives. Known as India’s premier costume designer, she is best known for her work on Richard Attenborough’s iconic film Gandhi which won her an Academy Award.



The sale of works by Atul Bose – an artist contemporary of Jamini Roy and Hemen Majumdar - will include lots that have never been offered in over 50 years to the market. A prolific landscape and portrait artist, Bose’s paintings find prized place in prestigious collections such as that of the Rashtrapti Bhavan in New Delhi. 



Kerman carpet for auction



The online luxury gallery fixed price sales has high-end collectibles like the Laver Kerman “Tree of Life” carpet from 1920 or the spotlight stealer 16ct antique cushion cut Burmese Ruby priced at a whooping INR 56 lakhs. 



Speaking about the upcoming calendar and the auction market during these difficult times, Indrajit Chaterjee, Founder of Prinseps, notes, “There is a belief that a purely online auction may not be that vibrant, however we believe the works in the two upcoming auctions will see both collector and museum interest - these are rare first time to market works from artists who are important contributors to both modernism and the art movement in India.


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Beyonce designs Adidas Superstar Platform shoes to mark the footwear’s 50th anniversary http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6174 Beyonce Adidas Superstar Platform shoes 2020



September 19, 2020:  Shoe brand Adidas got singer Beyonce on-board to redesign the iconic Superstar shoes on the occasion of the footwear’s 50th anniversary. 



The new edition of the shoes feature leather upper in white with rubber shell toe, contrasted by the heel tab and Three Stripes branding in black color. While the latest iteration of the shoes retains elements from the original design, the most distinctive addition that reflects Beyonce’s style is the chunky platform rubber outsole to add extra height to the shoe and make a bold statement. 



Beyonce Adidas Superstar Platform shoes 2020



Adidas has successfully added Beyonce to their list of collaborations which includes names like Kylie Jenner, The Beastie Boys, Kanye West, to name a few. The Beyoncé x Superstar is available in India on shop.adidas.co.in at INR 19,999. 


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Sotheby’s to offer timepieces from Sir David Lionel Salomons’ private collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6173 September 16, 2020: Sotheby’s, in a very unique auction, is offering a piece of history. Three  exquisite Breguet watches are up for bidding in the Sotheby’s London Watches sale on October 28, 2020. 



Prince Regent's Breguet pocket watch



The three Breguet pieces come originally from the private collection of Sir David Lionel Salomons (1851-1925), a British engineer and industrialist who was instrumental in the development of electricity, motor cars and many mechanical inventions at the end of the 19th century. He amassed the world's largest private collection of Breguet watches and clocks, comprising 124 pieces. Upon his death, the most important pieces passed on to his daughter, Vera Frances Bryce Salomons who, in 1969, founded the L.A. Mayer Museum in Jerusalem and bequeathed her father’s watch collection to the institution. 



Abraham-Louis Breguet, the celebrated watchmaker, created watches for the crowned heads and elites of Europe in the early 19th century. The watch auction will be spearheaded by three important watches made by Abraham-Louis Breguet - The Prince Regent’s Resonance watch, The Duc de Praslin's “Perpétuelle” and Princess Murat’s Thermometer Watch. 



Princess Murat's Breguet pocket watch



The Prince Regent’s Resonance Watch (Est. £400,000-600,000) is a very rare experimental gold precision watch purchased by the Prince Regent (later George IV) in 1818. One of the most expensive watches ever sold by Breguet for £350 (7,200 francs), it was the first ever watch featuring Breguet’s greatest discoveries applying the principle of resonance (based on the theory of two oscillating bodies placed in close proximity) to a watch movement. 



The “Perpétuelle” (Est. £250,000 - 350,000) was owned by Breguet’s long-time friend and supporter, the Duc of Praslin. Sold for 4000 francs in 1792, it is one of the most complicated self-winding watches ever made by Breguet. The watch combines chronometer escapement and dial displays, days of the week state of winding and a thermometer. 



The Duc of Praslin's Breguet pocket watch



The third Breguet timepiece is the thermometer watch (Est. £200,000 - 300,000) created for Princess Murat, better known as Caroline Bonaparte (1782-1839), the younger sister of Napoleon. The watch, sold to the Princess in 1807, boasts a complex but elegantly executed arrangement with its gold engine-turned dial displaying day, date, month and, unusually, the year and a quarter repeater. Princess Murat was a loyal patron of the Parisian watchmaker for whom he also created one of the first ever wristwatches. 



The Sotheby’s London Watches sale is a part of a series of two sales featuring select works from the Collection of the L.A. Mayer Museum including Islamic art, vertu and watches. 


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Raf Simons & Fred Perry offer a tribute to London’s famous venue ‘100 Club' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6172 September 16, 2020: Paying homage to London’s basement music venue called the 100 Club and the distinctive youth subcultures created in the venue, designer Raf Simons has teamed up with Fred Perry, a renowned British clothing brand founded in 1952 by three-time Wimbledon Champion Fred Perry. 



Fred Perry Raf Simons 100 Club 2020 collection



Inspired by the energy of the youth, Raf Simons - who is also the current Co-Creative Director of Prada - reinterprets classic Fred Perry pieces blended with the subtleties of his eponymous line. Reflecting the vibrancy and character of the famed venue and its bands, the collection is decorated with images from the book published by Fred Perry and Ditto that celebrates the club’s 75-year long history through anecdotal stories. Raf Simons draws inspiration from mentions of influential figures like Bev Elliott (Canadian actress) and Iain R Webb (renowned fashion writer and journalist) in the book. 



The Fred Perry pique polo shirt is reinterpreted once more in a way that feels new and subversive, darted and with digitally printed photographs - detachable with a special Raf Simons branded pin badge in silver. 



Fred Perry Raf Simons 100 Club 2020 collection



Oversized woven shirts come with various patches in different sizes while retaining traditional shirting details. Other clothing pieces comprise oversized chunky knit jumpers with fixed patches on the back and sleeve, and a long woollen coat with a relaxed fit like in the Raf Simons mainline collection. 



There is also an olive-green parka with detachable fleece liner. Dropped shoulders on sweatshirts unexpected print and logo applications feature on a palette of black, red, blue and white. 



Fred Perry Raf Simons 100 Club 2020 collection



Themes from the 100 Club Stories book like cross-generations of kids coming of age and using their clothes as a powerful tool for expressing their identity inspired Raf Simons to bring his distinctive design approach to Fred Perry archive styles. The autumn/winter 2020 range will be available online on FredPerry.com along with select Fred Perry shops.


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Ronald Van Der Kemp and Christie’s to auction couture face masks for charity http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6171 September 16, 2020: Dutch fashion designer Ronald Van Der Kemp (RVDK) and global auction house Christie’s will be staging an online charity auction titled ‘Couture For Change.’ The designer has donated 29 unique and exceptionally crafted couture face masks which will be sold to benefit The Refugee Company, a public benefit organization based in Amsterdam. 



Floral Couture mask by Ronald Van Der Kemp



It was on April 28, 2020 when RVDK made an astonishing statement of hope and peace to the world. At five to midnight, 29 models in stellar couture gowns and matching, imaginative couture face masks, appeared on the balconies of their rooms at Hotel L’Europe in Amsterdam. They waved white flags as a symbol of peace and sustainability, creating an extraordinary moment during these troubled times. 



Golden Couture mask by Ronald Van Der Kemp



These 29 couture face masks, crafted in the atelier of RVDK, are being offered without reserve along with an original framed sketch by the designer. The beneficiary foundation of the auction revenue, The Refugee Company, has recently opened the first local face mask factory in the Netherlands, run by refugees. 



Red Couture mask by Ronald Van Der Kemp



The online auction will be accepting bids from September 17 to September 30, 2020 on Christies.com. All 29 face masks can be viewed by appointment weekdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm at Christie’s Amsterdam between these dates. 



White sequinned Couture mask by Ronald Van Der Kemp



The auction is a part of the Amsterdam Fashion Week.


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Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani kickstarts Blenders Pride Fashion Tour http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6170 Blenders Pride Fashion Tour Tarun Tahiliani 2020



September 16, 2020: Tarun Tahiliani opened the first ever digital edition of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour by showcasing his collection ‘Infinite - My Design, My Pride’. The Blenders Pride Fashion Tour has set a benchmark for the Indian fashion industry. Evolving from conventional runway shows, fashion festivals to now a virtual show, this collaboration with Mr. Tahiliani is a unique narrative of his 25 years of inspiration and creativity. 



The evening depicted elements of Pride in his craft and heritage, being modern and having ‘Stream of Consciousness’ as an entity. Encapsulating glitz and glamour through an on-ground set up, the striking digital experience unveiled the idea of ‘INFINITE’ possibilities in one’s life by setting an example for everyone to follow. 



Blenders Pride Fashion Tour Tarun Tahiliani 2020



A theatrical representation of fashion in a grand set designed by the veteran designer himself, 25 muses donned 25 stunning looks, both in menswear and womenswear, showcasing his 25 year long journey. The show was an immersive experience with modern Indian pieces of clothing fully accessorized with modern-day versions of chotis, bindis and more, adding a touch of historical opulence to a more contemporary notion. 



Speaking on the unique digital premiere, Ishwindar Singh, GM Marketing, Pernod Ricard India, said, “Blenders Pride Fashion Tour has been bringing alive unique experiences for over 15 years in the fashion and style landscape. We’ve had a long and special journey with Tarun, and today, as he celebrates 25 years in the industry, we’re equally excited for our consumers to experience this show from the comfort of their homes. The journey of ‘Pride’ that we set off on over the last two years continues to take center stage this year as well, bringing alive a distinct expression of ‘My Identity, My Pride’.



Blenders Pride Fashion Tour Tarun Tahiliani 2020



Weaving a seamless story around ‘My Identity, My Pride’, Mr. Tahiliani said, ‘There is nothing more important than one’s identity, an expression that defines you as being distinct from the world. This collaboration is a celebration of my journey and the myriad and varied influences that have inspired its course over the years. I take immense pride in expressing who I am and where I stand today, and in my association with Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2020, because it gives me the opportunity to celebrate my identity with Pride.” 



The extraordinary digital show which was live streamed on September 10, 2020 can be viewed here.




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Ulysse Nardin unveils a new iteration of the Dual Time watch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6168 September 12, 2020: Ulysse Nardin has redesigned its celebrated Dual Time watch, a series which has garnered a lot of attention from watch enthusiasts, especially travelers, given its patented time zone adjustment, invented by the company in 1994. The latest and renewed Dual Time styles are a part of the Executive Collection.



Ulysse Nardin Dual Time new design 2020



Ergonomic and elegant, the new models share the same case as the 2019’s Skeleton X watch series, with its iconic three-horns signature, and Roman numerals at twelve, three, six and nine o’clock. 



Equipped with the UN 24 dual time movement, the watch has permanent home time display and instant time zone with patented time zone setting. The ‘+’ and ‘-’ pushers located opposite the crown ensure adjustment of the hand forward or backward and the self-winding movement is visible through the exhibition case back. 



Ulysse Nardin Dual Time new design 2020



The dial, also inspired by the Skeleton series’, is 42 mm in dimensions and features an oversized small seconds hand register at 6 o’clock and a large date in a double window at two o’clock. There are two variants available in terms of the case - 18 carat rose gold or stainless steel, depending on the model.



There are three editions in the new dual-time series. The Dual Time Black in stainless steel, Dual Time Blue in stainless steel and Dual Time Rose Gold. All three variants come in rubber as well as alligator straps. The watches come with a power reserve of 42 hours and water resistance of upto 50 meters. The new dual-time watches are priced at $8,300 (steel) and $22,800 (rose gold).


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Salvatore Ferragamo aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2029 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6167 September 12, 2020: With the goal of creating a sustainable future, Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo has set science-based targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. To prevent the most damaging effects of climate change, the brand aims to achieve two significant goals by 2029. 



Salvatore Ferragamo sustainability goals 2020-2029



The goals set by the company, in line with the latest climate science, are:



- Reduce absolute scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions 42% by 2029 from a 2019 base year;

- Reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services and downstream transportation and distribution 42% by 2029 from a 2019 base year. 



These have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, who deemed them as consistent with levels required to meet the ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement: to limit warming to 1.5°C. 



The Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) is formed by CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). This joint initiative promotes science-based, meaningful target setting to reduce GHG emissions among corporates and also independently assesses their goals. 



Ferruccio Ferragamo, Chairman of Salvatore Ferragamo, commented, “For Salvatore Ferragamo, operating responsibly translates into being aware of its impact, while looking for creative, innovative, and serious solutions to mitigate it. Setting quantitative targets to reduce our climate impact is a challenging commitment; however, it makes us factual and proud to have started this journey.”



The approval by the SBTi bolsters the company’s previous efforts towards sustainability, which includes programs like the Sustainable Thinking project, the joining of the Fashion Pact, and the SI Rating Silver Certification.


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Gucci reintroduces its iconic bag, ‘The Jackie’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6166 September 12, 2020: The Jackie Bag, one of Gucci’s most recognizable styles, was imbued with a new relevance in the House’s latest Autumn Winter 2020 men’s and women’s fashion show. 



Gucci Jackie bag 1961 - 2020



The Hobo bag, created in 1961, is named after Jackie Kennedy who was photographed often with the bag and it came to be known simply as “The Jackie”. An important member of the Gucci bag family, ‘the Jackie’ has been reinterpreted by creative director Alesandro Michele as ‘the Jackie 1961’. 



Combining the archival house codes and Mr. Michele’s contemporary vision, the bag transcends traditional categorization of accessories with its non-binary attitude. The latest iteration of the Jackie comes in three different sizes - small, medium and mini and has been rendered in a pared down silhouette. With cleaner lines, the emphasis is on the rich leather and the piston closure. 



Cate Blanchett with Gucci Jackie bag 1961 - 2020



All styles of the Jackie 1961 are available in black and red leather as well as GG Supreme canvas with Web stripe. The small and mini versions come in a diverse colour palette including neutral-colored python as well as candy pastel hues of lilac, butter, light blue and soft pink. The long, detachable shoulder straps add to the versatility and functionality of the bag.



The new edition debuted in the men’s Fall Winter 2020 fashion show. Styled in diverse looks on both men and women, the most iconic bag has been successfully reinvented. 


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Aman Nai Lert Residences Bangkok to debut in 2023 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6165 September 12, 2020: Luxury hotel and resort brand Aman has teamed up with Nai Lert Park Development, a subsidiary of Nai Lert Group, to manage Aman Nai Lert Bangkok, which will comprise branded residences as well as a luxury hotel slated for completion in 2023. 



Aman Nai Lert Bangkok Hotel Residences



Nestled in the century-old tropical gardens of the Nai Lert Park, Aman Nai Lert Bangkok will occupy 11th to the 28th floors of the 36-storey edifice. Offering a leafy retreat and unparalleled vistas of the stellar park and city skyline, the 50 residences will be split across the 18 floors. With private terraces and private entrance, there will be one, two and three bedroom units along with penthouses. 



World-renowned architect, Jean-Michel Gathy, founder of Denniston and a long-time collaborator with Aman, is entrusted with creating an urban sanctuary. Remaining true to Aman’s identity of drawing influences from the culture and history of the location, Gathy is inspired by the rich tapestry of the Nai Lert Heritage Home and the Nai Lert Park, owned exclusively by the Nai Lert family since 1915.



Bringing the splendor of Aman to a private home, residents will have access to world-class amenities like a private Dining Room & Lounge serviced by its own dedicated chefs, a Garden Lounge with a library and business centre opening directly onto Nai Lert Park, and a private infinity swimming pool on the 30th floor and a private Aman Fitness Centre and Yoga/Pilates Studio. A private Aman Kids’ Club, a children’s swimming pool and a private garden within Nai Lert Park are also some of the perks. 



Aman Nai Lert Bangkok Hotel Residences



Truly luxurious and exuding the Aman spirit, the pet-friendly residences come with Nai Lert butlers, in-residence spa and salon, sommelier, chef and dining services, and “away from home” maintenance. 



The 52 Aman Nai Lert Bangkok Hotel Suites will be housed from floors 9 to 19 along with Arva, Aman’s Italian all-day dining concept; Nama, a Japanese restaurant; the Aman Cigar Club and a 1,500- square-metre Holistic Wellness Centre with a fully integrated medical clinic, a wellness lounge, and a spa house. 



Located in close proximity to shopping malls, cultural centers, international schools and hospitals, the Aman Nai Lert Bangkok will have the superior facilities Aman is known for along with the heritage of the city as well as the Nai Lert Park.


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Burberry launches the Animal Kingdom Pop-Up series worldwide http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6164 September 12, 2020: Burberry has unveiled a unique pop-up series across its stores to celebrate its signature bags and accessories. The brand has reinvigorated its iconic house code ‘Animal Kingdom’ for this new campaign. 



Burberry animal kingdom pop up stores 2020



Featuring large-scale sculptures of monkeys, gorillas and birds of paradise, the pop-ups are inspired by the brand’s recognition of the power and symbolism of animals since the time of Thomas Burberry. 



The assortment comprises reimagined editions of Burberry’s signature leather products from its archives. The iconic Pocket Bag has been reinterpreted and comes in medium as well as mini size. With leather details and contrasting trims, the bags come in various canvases. The TB bag, that was inspired by Thomas Burberry and has a distinctive clasp with his initials, comes in medium and mini size and exclusive new colorways. They have adjustable gold straps. Softly structured bucket bags and The Robin, a small structured bag, are punctuated with the Thomas Burberry monogram. 



Burberry animal kingdom pop up stores 2020



Smaller accessories include compact card cases, crossbody leather phone cases and a leather airpods case. Silk scarves in refreshing colors come with the logo graphic and Thomas Burberry Monogram. Jewellery ensemble features necklace, ring, earrings and cuffs along with key charms. 



This accessories pop-up launch is bolstered by Burberry’s partnership with Snapchat for an in-store gamified experience. Snapcodes are embedded in the pop-ups allowing players to not only see the animals come alive on their phones but also collect rewards, create their own shareable content and use the Snapchat lens to get information on the location of the pop-ups in their area.



Burberry animal kingdom pop up stores 2020



With an aim to support environmental conservation, Burberry has teamed up with Wildlife Works, the world's leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company, to make the pop-ups carbon neutral.


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A. Lange & Söhne launches special watch collection “Homage to F. A. Lange” http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6163 A Lange & Sohne 1815 Honeygold watches 2020



September 12, 2020: Dresden-based watchmaker, A. Lange & Söhne, unveiled a limited edition collection titled ‘Homage to F.A. Lange” at the Watches & Wonders event in Shanghai 2020. The collection features three limited edition watches belonging to the 1815 watch family, dedicated to the birth year of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, the pioneer of Saxonian precision watchmaking. 



A Lange & Sohne 1815 Honeygold watches 2020



Inspired by the tradition and classic side of Ferdinand A.Lange, the three styles from the 1815 watch family are reminiscent of the pocket watches of yesteryear. The cases are made of honey gold, a very rare gold alloy that is exclusive to Lange watches. Featuring a special dial, all three watches boast special movement decorations, which include grained plates made of German silver and black-rhodiumed engravings on the balance cock. The collection’s limited edition watches are named 1815 Thin Honeygold, 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold and Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold. 



The 1815 Thin Honeygold edition is an elegant two-hand watch with a diameter of 38 mm and a height of 6.5 mm.The hand-made enamel dial with Arabic numerals and a railway-track minute scale, is redolent of classic pocketwatches. There are 175 watches in this edition. 



A Lange & Sohne 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold watches 2020



The 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold brings together two complex mechanisms- chronograph and ratrrapante. It has a power reserve of 58 hours and is equipped with a Lange manufacture calibre L101.2. The exquisite honey gold case has been combined for the first time with a black dial in solid silver. This edition is limited to 100 pieces. 



A Lange & Sohne 1815 Tourbograph Honeygold watches 2020



The Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold is the most complex timepiece in the anniversary collection. The Lange manufacture calibre L133.1 comes with the tourbillon and fusée-and chain transmission, that bolsters the watch’s accuracy. The diameter is 43 mm and the dial is 18-carat honeygold, black-rhodiumed with relief-engraved numerals and scales. This stellar edition has only 50 pieces. 


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Lighting brand Sans Souci unveils the ‘Vice Versa’ lighting design http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6161 Sans Souci chandelier design



September 9, 2020: Known for creating bespoke decorative lighting fixtures, glass objects, interior decoration and architectural features, Czech lighting brand Sans Souci has revealed a stellar new light collection in India under the name ‘Vice Versa’. 



The newest collection symbolizes Sans Souci’s exquisite craftsmanship and extravagance along with its smart integration of technology. Created by designer Jiri Krisica, the lights in the ensemble have a soft blend of nano-coating on crystal glass, highlighted with a texturized touch on slumped glass. Combining the deep gold hues with transparent, crystallized shards, the lights are no less than a piece of art that make a bold and grandiose statement. The eye-catching assortment is very versatile. From an awe-inducing spectacle to a grand curtain, the lights can be fashioned in different ways. 



Sans Souci chandelier design



The brand draws inspiration from the Czech glass-making heritage and vast experience of past generations of glass-makers. Produced in the world-renowned region of North Bohemia that is associated with glass manufacturing across European continent, Sans Souci collections are purely Czech in origin and spirit.


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Audemars Piguet introduces 10 new styles to the CODE 11.59 line http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6160 Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 chronograph and self winding watches blue



September 4, 2020: Audemars Piguet, the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer, has introduced ten refreshing new timepieces to their CODE 11.59 collection that was launched last year. The colored dials in burgundy, blue, purple and grey add an elegant and a contemporary touch. 



Including in these ten new iterations are two-tone watches in 18k white and rose gold. Designed for both men and women, these ergonomic watches come in glare-proof complex double curved sapphire crystal and are 41mm in diameter. The lacquer-finish dials are a graceful combination of handfinished matte and mirror surface, which is the signature style of Audemars Piguet. 



Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 chronograph and self winding watches grey



The cases are beautifully contrasted by the hues of the dial - burgundy watches with 18-carat white gold base while purple and blue with 18-carat pink gold. Every new wrist-watch comes with an alligator strap matching with the color of the dial. 



The two-tone watches, a rarity among the brand’s collections over the years, come in grey sunburst dials in light and dark tones. The 18-carat pink gold octagonal middle case complements the white gold case and lugs while 18-carat pink gold hour-markers and hands add a glimmer of colour. 



Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 chronograph and self winding watches purple



The Selfwinding Chronographs and Selfwinding date, hour, minute and second models both come with a power reserve of 70 hours and water resistance of 30 meters. The Selfwinding Chronograph models are equipped with calibre 4401, an integrated chronograph with column wheel and flyback function that enables to restart the chronograph without stopping and resetting it first. The micro-mechanisms are visible from the sapphire caseback. 



Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 chronograph and self winding watches red



The rose and white gold hour/minute/seconds model is priced at $26,800. The chronograph in rose and white gold is priced at $42,400. The three-hand two-tone watch comes at $26,800, and the two-tone chronograph is $42,400. 


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Soneva Fushi reveals new Water Retreats in the Maldives http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6159 Soneva Fushi Overwater Villas



September 4, 2020: Soneva Fushi, Maldives has designed and unveiled eight new luxurious water retreats. Juxtaposed against the breathtaking blue ocean, these overwater villas come in 1 and 2 bedroom.



The 1 Bedroom Water Retreats (6,286 sq ft.) and 2 Bedroom Water Retreats (9,224 sq ft.) are the largest one- and two-bedroom overwater villas in the world. These villas are located near the Dolphin Beach and can be reached by a jetty, ensuring complete privacy for guests. Suitable for all ages, the water retreats boast spacious interiors with decks and rooms that can be easily sealed off.



Soneva Fushi Overwater Villas water slide



The highlight is the water slide present in all the villas, adding an element of fun to the isolated retreat. Other interesting features are the pool suspended over the ocean in front of the pool deck, catamaran nets where guests can sit above the waves and curved steps from the pool deck that lead directly into the ocean water below. The retractable roof in the master bedroom allows guests to sleep under starlit skies. 



Soneva Fushi overwater villas maldives



Both villa types feature an expansive upper level with a dining sala, as well as Soneva’s signature outdoor bathroom with direct access to the sea. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the spacious dining and living areas with natural light. Additional amenities include fully-stocked minibar and pantry, and signature en-suite bathroom.



Soneva Fushi overwater villas maldives



These retreats are different from the iconic ones in Soneva Jani. Instead of the whitewashed interiors, the decor is designed in oceanic hues of light greens, blues and soft beige, reflecting the rustic castaway style that Soneva Fushi is known for. Continuing the resort’s idea of sustainable luxury, they have been carefully designed using sustainable wood panels, recycled Styrofoam for walls that keeps the rooms cooler and provides soundproofing. The water retreats are raised above the ocean so that ocean waves don’t break against the underside.



Soneva Fushi overwater villas maldives bedroom



“When we had to add more villas, we didn’t want to touch the beach, as we believe it should be for our guests and the turtles that visit our shores. So, we built over the ocean. We hired all the right people to come and assess the proposed location, ensuring there would not be any live coral in the area,” said Eva Malmstrom Shivdasani, Soneva’s Creative Director and Conscience. 



Soneva Fushi overwater villas maldives



Offering awe-inducing views and superlative comfort, the new water retreats are set to open for all the guests on September 25, 2020.


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Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen launches Virtual Boutique http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6158 IWC Schaffhausen Middle East virtual boutique



September 4, 2020: In a bid to advance their global customer experience, Swiss luxury watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen has announced the launch of their new virtual boutique. The exquisite virtual store draws inspiration from the lavish interiors of the IWC boutique at The Galleria Al Maryah Island shopping centre in Abu Dhabi. 



Accessible by phone, laptop or desktop, the virtual journey starts at the facade of the IWC boutique at The Galleria Al Maryah Island and takes the customer inside the boutique. With a bright interior accentuated with wooden accents, the store gives a panoramic display of the exquisite timepieces. The user can explore on their own or can opt for getting an online client advisor feature before entering the boutique. 



The boutique allows shoppers to explore six iconic watch families of the brand - Portugieser, Pilot’s Watches, Portofino, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and Da Vinci. Apart from technical specifications of the selected timepiece, there are features where shoppers can click on displays and compare products, read online catalogues and take a guided tour of the boutique. For a more personalized experience, shoppers can connect with customer advisors and book store appointments to preview or buy the watch.



IWC Schaffhausen Middle East virtual boutique



Mehdi Rajan, Regional Brand Director of IWC Schaffhausen for the Middle East, India and Africa, commented, “IWC is always looking to elevate the journey of discovery for its customers and we are very excited to be bringing a personalized online experience to our customers in the Middle East, especially at a time when the world is undergoing a digital revolution and virtual connections are of utmost importance. With the launch of our new virtual boutique, customers can expect a captivating, engaging and enjoyable online experience with IWC.”



This new virtual boutique will be used as a platform for online events, launching new collections and connecting with new as well as existing IWC customers across the Middle East. 


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Hannah Colman appointed as new CEO of Jimmy Choo http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6157 September 3, 2020: Capri Holdings Limited, the multinational fashion holding group, has appointed Hannah Colman for the role of Chief Executive Officer of the British luxury house Jimmy Choo. 



Hannah Colman Jimmy Choo CEO



Ms. Colman has inimitable knowledge and deep understanding of the Jimmy Choo brand, having been one of the earliest employees of the company. She served as a Store Manager 24 years ago, in Jimmy Choo’s first boutique on Motcomb Street in London. Since then, she has taken over several major roles like President EMEA and Global E-commerce. 



Sandra Choi, Founder and Creative Director of Jimmy Choo, commented, “Hannah and I have worked together since the start of our fashion luxury house. I couldn’t be happier that she will now lead our company as we continue to grow Jimmy Choo as one of the most important British luxury brands in the world. We share the same vision for the future of this brand that we both love.” 



Functioning as the brand's Interim CEO for the past few months, this new announcement comes among a slew of other leadership changes in the luxury industry



Ms. Colman was currently serving as the interim CEO of the company. Commenting on her new role, she said, “Having been part of the Jimmy Choo team since 1996 I am thrilled to be leading such an iconic British luxury house. Working alongside Sandra over the last few months as Interim CEO has been a great experience and it’s a privilege to lead such a talented team who have done an incredible job of steering the brand through the events of this year. I take the responsibility of writing the next chapter of this remarkable luxury house incredibly seriously and couldn’t be more excited by the opportunity.”



Ms. Colman has grown strength by strength with the Jimmy Choo brand, and showing incredible confidence in her knowledge and loyalty, John D. Idol, Jimmy Choo’s Chairman, has expressed faith that “she will continue to lead Jimmy Choo to even greater heights."


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India Couture Week goes digital for the first time http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6156 September 3, 2020: For the first time ever, India Couture Week (ICW) will be entering the digital realm this year. The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) presents a new era for showcasing Indian couture at the ICW, from September 18 to 23. 



Keeping up with digitization in the wake of the pandemic, FDCI has advanced towards a robust digital transformation. ICW will offer designers an opportunity to reach out to a more savvy audience by showcasing their collections in innovative ways. 





The six day long event will feature top couturiers like Amit Aggarwal, Anju Modi, Dolly J, Falguni Shane Peacock, Gaurav Gupta, JJ Valaya, Kunal Rawal, Manish Malhotra, Rahul Mishra, Reynu, Taandon, Shantanu & Nikhil and Suneet Varma. Exhibiting their stellar collections through videos, films and supporting content, the live digital event will follow the format of physical fashion shows and have a preset schedule. The content will be live streamed across FDCI digital platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the FDCI official website. 



Digital India Couture Week 2020



The official hashtag for the event is #DecodingCouture, and the event is graphically themed around “waves”, considering ‘digital’ is creating ripples in the fashion industry around the world. 



FDCI Chairman Sunil Sethi commented, “FDCI has been a frontrunner in establishing a fresh template, in tandem with the changing times. Couture has all the elements of fantasy, and as screens take over our lives, we hope to recreate the magic of this genre, with pure creativity.”


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Luxury porcelain brand Richard Ginori makes an entry on WeChat http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6155 Richard Ginori Porcelain collection



September 3, 2020: Taking a new step into the digital world, Richard Ginori has landed on WeChat, the most widely used Chinese multi-functional platform around the world for chatting, browsing and e-commerce. With a monthly base of 1 billion active users on WeChat, the Italian brand will be making itself accessible to a wider set of audience. 



Richard Ginori is an Italian brand known for its luxury porcelain products since 1735 and this historic company will now be offering a unique experience through the innovative functionalities of this multipurpose platform. Features like sending weekly push messages in the form of articles with clickable content, animations, internal and external links to WeChat are integrated. A series of APIs have enabled other functions like user analyses, loyalty initiatives, social CRM and e-commerce. Users can comment on the published content, interact with the company, get information on Richard Ginori products and their availability in China. 



This account will allow access to real time insights to all the connoisseurs of the brand while increasing brand awareness and engagement with Chinese consumers. With a vision of approaching a younger and more connected audience, Richard Ginori’s brand narrative will enhance with the support of Chinese resources to fit the cultural model, seasonality, consumption trends and the aesthetic principles of the Chinese consumer.



Richard Ginori Porcelain collection



Richard Ginori further reinforces its competitiveness in the Chinese luxury market that, according to estimates, will have a total value of approximately 160 billion euros in 2025, with internal demand that will account for 50% of worldwide demand, and online sales of approximately 19 billion euros. 



Alain Prost, Chairman and CEO of Richard Ginori commented, “Richard Ginori is a brand with 285 years of history, projected into the future, both international and exclusive. In this view, the new account is strategic for our digital growth and to create a direct connection with the Chinese consumer. Our goal is to further introduce the Richard Ginori soul also in China, and we are certain that the opening of the account will help improve the dialogue and make the brand experience more enveloping and exciting. WeChat is, in fact, a direct and modern channel that allows us to offer a dynamic and interactive tool that puts access to our entire collection at the click of a fingertip."


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Michael Kors’ Your Voice Matters campaign for 2020 elections makes a political statement http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6154 September 3, 2020: In an initiative to encourage voters to register and participate in the upcoming 2020 American presidential elections, Michael Kors has launched an exclusive campaign titled ‘Your Voice Matters’. For the campaign, Michael Kors will be releasing a special MICHAEL Michael Kors T-shirt and a Michael Kors Collection sweater. These will benefit the major American legal organization, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), fighting for racial justice. 



Michael Kors Your Voice Matters campaign tshirt



Exclusive to the United States, the T-shirt and sweater emphasise the campaign’s message: that no matter who you are, your voice, and your vote, can make a difference. The MICHAEL Michael Kors t-shirt comes at a retail price of $40, with the phrase “YOUR VOICE MATTERS” on the front and “VOTE” on the back. The Michael Kors Collection cashmere intarsia sweater, simply features “VOTE” and is priced at $850. All the profits from the sale of these special pieces will go to LDF. Michael Kors has partnered with Black-owned business FKSP, operated by African American fashion designer Folake Kuye Huntoon, to produce the t-shirts for the campaign. They will be manufactured in the FKSP factory in the Los Angeles fashion district. 



“Our greatest right and privilege as Americans is the right to have our voices heard,” says Michael Kors. “Voting is the ultimate way to make sure that your voice is not lost. These T-shirts and sweaters are a reminder for all Americans to vote and not let their voices be extinguished. It’s also an opportunity to raise money for legal and social justice.”



Michael Kors Your Voice Matters campaign Vote Sweater



Making a strong political statement in hopes to better the future of America, specially amidst the current tumultous time, the campaign will be showcased across online and offline platforms through the Fall season. The store windows at the Michael Kors Rockefeller Center Flagship Store will be specially designed for the initiative in the first week of September. 



The t-shirts will be available in select Michael Kors Lifestyle Stores and the sweater will be available in Michael Kors Collection Stores. Both the pieces can be bought online on MichaelKors.com. 


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An iconic Tiffany Diamond has been recreated to shine in the upcoming movie ‘Death on the Nile’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6152 September 1, 2020: First made famous by Audrey Hepburn and last worn by Lady Gaga, the 128 carat Tiffany Diamond is all set to make a stunning appearance in the upcoming 20th Century Studios thriller movie ‘Death on the Nile’, based on Agatha Christie’s 1937 novel of the same name. 



Gal Gadot in Tiffany Diamond in Death on the Nile



The celebrated Tiffany Diamond is a rare yellow diamond which was uncovered in 1877 from the Kimberley Mines of South Africa. Procured by Charles Lewis Tiffany himself, the rough diamond was cut into a 128.54 carat in Paris. The storied, cushion-shaped jewel, set in a necklace, was worn by Audrey Hepburn for her promotional shots during Breakfast at Tiffany’s and later by Lady Gaga during Oscars 2019. Now, a recreation of this fiery diamond will reappear in the much awaited Death on the Nile. Gal Gadot, playing one of the most significant characters in the movie, can be seen flaunting the dazzling jewel.



“The Tiffany Diamond is a priceless symbol of the highest standards of virtuosity and craftsmanship at Tiffany, and rarely makes an appearance beyond its vault,” said Reed Krakoff, chief artistic officer. “A central role in the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel is deserving of our priceless diamond.”



A number of other jewelry pieces by Tiffany & Co. will be seen in the film. The luxury jewelry maker will be promoting the movie online as well as offline. Select Tiffany stores will offer a special ‘Death on the Nile’ curated collection of diamond-intensive jewelry based on the looks from the movie, including the exquisite Tiffany & Co. Victoria and Schlumberger designs. The store windows at Tiffany Flagship Next Door in New York, the Beverly Hills boutique in Los Angeles, and the Old Bond Street location in London will showcase the spirit of intrigue and mystery of Christie’s renowned novel, and also feature jewelry from the movie.



Death on the Nile, a Hercule Poirot mystery, stars Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Kenneth Branagh, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, and Letitia Wright. Set amid the undulating desert and pyramids of Egypt, the Tiffany Diamond is a perfect fit in the gilded and elegant world of impeccably dressed characters, who are caught amid a shocking turn of events.


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Gauri Khan collaborates with Hèrmosa Design Studio for a new furniture line http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6151 September 1, 2020: In a creative collaboration, interior designer Gauri Khan will be designing an exclusive furniture line for Hermosa Design Studio, an Indian luxury and bespoke furniture company. 



Ms. Khan has successfully carved her niche in the realm of luxury interior design. This furniture line will see the combination of her elegant taste and unmatched sense of style and Hermosa’s prized craftsmanship. Pranjal Agarwal, CEO of Hèrmosa Design Studio, says, “It has been an honour to merge our distinct design ideologies for this exclusive collaboration. As an interior designer par excellence, Gauri Khan needs no introduction. The individuality of her design is something we’ve always looked up to, and we are excited to blend her elevated sense of aesthetics with Hèrmosa’s design philosophy for our collaborative line of furniture.” 



Hermosa Design Studio X Gauri Khan coasters



The teaser of the upcoming furniture line will be revealed in the premium coasters released on the eve of the brand’s second anniversary. The fusion of the dual logos on the coasters is a fitting metaphor for the melange of the two distinct design ideologies. 



The upcoming furniture line is attuned to the collective vision of India’s changing interior design landscape which is a blend of fashion, form and function. The furniture pieces are expected to be aspirational yet timeless in neutral tones which can fit into the cosmopolitan, contemporary lifestyles of today. 


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Rolex launches new creations in Oyster Perpetual Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6150 September 1, 2020: Rolex has unveiled stellar new iterations in the Oyster Perpetual Collection, including Oyster Perpetual Submariner, Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date, Oyster Perpetual Datejust, Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller and Oyster Perpetual 41. 



Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner 2020



The Oyster Perpetual Submariner and Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date, professional divers’ watches, have been redesigned with a new 41 mm case and equipped with calibre 3230 and calibre 3235 respectively. The new Submariner – in Oystersteel – has a black dial and matching Cerachrom bezel insert. The first version of the Submariner Date is also made of Oystersteel with a black dial and green bezel insert. A second, yellow Rolesor version of the watch (combining Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold) has a royal blue dial and blue bezel insert. The third, 18 ct white gold version features a black dial and blue bezel insert. 



Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 2020



The new Oyster Perpetual Datejust edition watches are fitted with calibre 2236 and have a power reserve of 55 hours. The sunray-finish aubergine dial flaunts 18 ct white gold Roman numerals – with the VI set with 11 diamonds. Three other versions in fluted bezel are available in mint-green sunray finish dial, white lacquer dial and dark grey sunray finish dial. 



Rolex Oyster Perpetual 2020



Oyster Perpetual 41 and Oyster Perpetual 36 are two new models to the range and both are equipped with calibre 3230. The Oyster Perpetual 41 comes in silver, sunray-finish dial and a bright black, sunray-finish dial. The first version’s hour markers and hands come in 18 ct yellow gold while the second one is in 18 ct white gold. The Oyster Perpetual 36 flaunts a vibrant look with lacquer dials in five bright hues: candy pink, turquoise blue, yellow, coral red and green. These watches are fitted with an Oyster bracelet and an Oysterclasp with the Easylink comfort extension system – a first for the Oyster Perpetual range. The Chronergy escapement, developed and patented by Rolex, enables a power reserve of 70 hours.



Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky Dweller 2020



The Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is the first watch in the Classic category to boast a Rolex patented Oysterflex bracelet. Equipped with one of the most complex movements developed and manufactured by the watchmaker, calibre 9001, the watch has a power reserve of 72 hours. The 18 ct yellow gold version comes in bright black, sunray-finish dial and high-performance elastomer bracelet with an Oysterclasp and the Rolex Glidelock extension system for wrist comfort. 



These new novelties from Rolex carry the Superlative Chronometer Certification, satisfying all performance criteria exceeding watchmaking norms and standards in terms of precision, water-proofness, self-winding and power reserve. 


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Bovet launches the second edition of the iconic Virtuoso VIII Tourbillon http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6148 Bovet Virtuoso VIII Chapter 2 Tourbillon



August 31, 2020: The House of Bovet has come up with a second chapter to the Virtuoso VIII 10 Day, Flying Tourbillon, Big Date. Redesigning the iconic watch, it is inspired from the maison’s previous collections reflecting the artisanal craftsmanship and mechanical ingenuity. 



An amalgamation of Bovet’s two exemplary cases, the watch is housed in the Fleurier case with its crown and bow at 12 o’clock with an inclined crystal aperture on the 12-6 o’clock axis, reminiscent of the Dimier collection’s writing slope case. The caliber, or the movement of the watch, is manufactured in Bovet’s workshops and showcases the technical prowess of the House of Bovet. The arms flying over the tourbillon are polished and rounded off and the bridges on both the sides are embellished with a “Côtes de Genève” circular motif. The single barrel provides a 10 day power reserve. 



Bovet Virtuoso VIII Chapter 2 Tourbillon



The dial, made of blue aventurine glass, forms the horizontal number eight symbolizing luck, perfection and infinity. Reducing space between the units’ disk and hours’ disk optimizes readability and the ease of date correction is enabled by a simple press on the crown positioned at the 12 o’clock. The ingenious spherical differential winding system ensures lesser friction between gears during the full winding of the spring required for the 10 days power reserve. 



Available in limited edition of 50 pieces, the Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two is an exquisite reflection of Bovet’s extraordinary dedication and unparalleled watchmaking.


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The Art Institute of Chicago presents its latest exhibition ‘Monet and Chicago’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6147 Apples and Grapes by Claude Monet



August 31, 2020: Titled ‘Monet and Chicago’, the Art Institute of Chicago will be presenting a special exhibition of the world renowned French painter Claude Monet. Known as the Father of Impressionism, the exhibition honors the painter’s connection with Chicago. 



This interrelation started when Chicago-based business and philanthropist couple Bertha and Potter Palmer acquired 20 paintings by Monet in 1891 and influenced several private collectors. The Art Institute of Chicago hosted the artist’s first solo collection called 20 Works by Claude Monet in the United States in the year 1895. It featured the Apple Trees in Blossom (1872) purchased by the Union League Club of Chicago. The Institute’s 1995 exhibition Claude Monet: 1840–1926 broke all the previous attendance and sales records. A detailed research for each one of the projects has been compiled in the Monet Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, a groundbreaking digital scholarly catalogue published in the year 2014. 



Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet



The latest exhibition Monet and Chicago offers meaningful insights into the painter’s extraordinary techniques and materials, which will help viewers understand Monet’s creative process. Seventy artworks from the institute’s holdings as well as Chicago-based collections, comprising a diverse range of paintings from still lifes, landscapes, early caricatures made at Le Havre to the last spectacular canvases inspired by his garden and water lily pond at Giverny, will be on display for this exhibition. The Art Institute of Chicago has redesigned a powerful and intimate experience while promoting social distancing. The exhibition will have a virtual line upon arrival in the museum. 



Irises by Claude Monet



More information on member access and general admission is available on the Institute’s website.


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MB&F and L'Epée 1839 launch the exquisite limited edition Trinity Clock http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6146 MB&F Trinity Clock Green



August 27, 2020: MB&F has teamed up with L'Epée 1839 yet again to create a limited edition clock titled ‘Trinity’. The announcement of their 13th collaboration comes during the Geneva Watch Days, a multi-brand watch event held from August 26 to 29, 2020, where top Swiss brands showcase their newest creations in their showrooms. 



The mechanical clock Trinity gets its name from its components: three insect-like legs, three insect-eye spheres and three movement levels comprising the creature’s mechanical body. Trinity clock is also the third in the trilogy of half animal-half robot creations called ‘Robocreatures’ which is a three-way collaboration between MB&F, L'Epée and designer Maximilian Maertens. Maertens first creation in the series T-Rex was inspired by dinosaurs of Jurassic Park and he has continued the same theme even for Trinity. The idea for the clock was inspired by the mosquito caught in amber which provides the DNA to genetically craft new dinosaurs. But for the main design, he decided to mimic a water strider insect with hydrophobic legs. “It feels much like a levitating insect walking over the water,” Mr. Maertens explains, “and this inspired me to create something that looks very delicate.”



MB&F Trinity Clock blue movement



The clock has an optical time display where two concentric rotating disks denote hours and minutes. The time on this unique dial can be read through the magnifying optical mineral glass spheres. The dials make one full rotation every 36 hours. With a power reserve of 8 days, the mechanical movement of the clock, designed and manufactured in-house by L'Epée 1839, is a beacon of fine Swiss clock-making. The water strider body of the clock is made of plated brass, optical mineral glass and fluorescent acrylic shields. It requires manual winding with a double-ended key to set the time and wind the movement. 



MB&F Trinity Clock Red Close Up



Trinity has three limited editions of 50 pieces each in Neon Green, Neon Red and Neon Blue. It is available at their online shop at a retail price of CHF 22,500 + VAT. 


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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2020 to commence on August 30, 2020 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6145 Rolex Maxi Yacht Race 2020



August 27, 2020: One of the biggest events of the international yachting season, the Maxi Yacht  Rolex Cup 2020 will be held from August 30, 2020 to September 4, 2020. The Swiss watchmaker has been an active partner to yachting since the 1950s while its partnership with the Maxi Rolex Cup, and its organisers Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), came into prominence in the 1980s. 



The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2020 is an exciting and an elite regatta featuring first class competitors, challenging circumstances and also showcases impressive latest monohull yacht design and technology, all set against the picturesque backdrop of Porto Cervo in Italy. The fleet is categorized by its length and style. With victory being the ultimate focus, the determined Maxi owners engage in a fierce competition against equally adept crews in their class. 



Rolex Testimonee and United States sailing legend Paul Cayard, who has competed in the event for 30 years, commented, “As sailors, we love coming to compete – the winds, the sea, the spectacular scenery around the Sardinian coast and the organizational capacity of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda make it second to none. The entirety of the package makes it a must do for the world’s top sailors. It is the best big-boat event on the circuit.” 



Rolex Maxi Yacht Race 2020



Another former Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup competitor and Rolex Testimonee, the four time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie, highlights the regatta’s natural fit with Rolex’s values. “Precision and excellence are core to the overall performance in sailing from a sporting perspective and this is no more so than at the Maxi Yacht Cup. There is a clear and common link with the ideals Rolex stands for.”



This year, given the pandemic, the fleet will be much smaller compared to its previous years. However, the consecutive five-day racing event is touted to be as enthralling and intense with powerful yachts sailing through the narrow passages and rocky outcrops. 


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Celebrated Indian designer JJ Valaya launches e-commerce site http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6144 August 27, 2020: Notable Indian fashion designer JJ Valaya has launched his e-commerce site valaya.com, thereby renewing his niche in the digital world after 10 years. 



JJ Valaya Luxury Fashion



“In the mid 90s, we were perhaps one of the first Indian fashion houses to launch a website at a time when the world had only just been introduced to the wonders of the internet. Over time, our focus shifted to brick-and-mortar stores and the expansion of the brand, and our virtual world took a back seat. Now, after nearly a decade, valaya.com comes back in an all-new avatar. The website was always a part of my post-sabbatical plans, the only change being that it now precedes the launch of our flagship experience, the WORLD OF JJ VALAYA, in early 2021,” says Mr. Valaya.



Bridging the gap between the online and offline worlds, the online store will offer a complete bespoke experience to not just patrons who are in the comfort of their homes, but also to a global audience. The online site will feature several new collections. 



JJ Valaya Indian Luxury Fashion



The Tabriz 2019-2020 is a tribute to the Persian culture ranging from the 16th to 19th century. Divided into three collections, it blends Persian intricacies with the brand’s themes of royal legacy, nomadic spirit and Art Deco glamour. The Shifting Leaves Chevron collection is inspired from Rajasthani motif of chevrons, found in Rajasthani architecture as well as the Art Deco movement. The house will present a limited-edition collection every year with the designs and patterns inspired by it. 



The accessories collection features an exquisite assortment of add-ons for both men and women. Fashion jewelry in association with Swarovski, silk scarves and the newly launched Valaya Phoenix Belt are available in the women's section. The men’s segment includes fine silk pocket squares, inlay buttons and cufflinks in gold-plated silver, handcrafted footwear, turbans, stoles, as well as the Phoenix Belt. Customers can also order bespoke pieces from the men’s capsule collection titled ‘Jhalamand House’ comprising linen and cotton shirts and kurtas. 



JJ Valaya jacket



Women can personalize their brand new IKA jacket, a younger sibling of the Valaya classic Alika jacket from 2010. Right from choosing the fabric to the patterns, the store will offer a rich customized experience. Showcasing the Valaya ethos, the magnificent online store will be elegant as well as cutting edge.


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Rolls Royce announces a new, millennial brand identity http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6143 Rolls Royce new brand colours



August 26, 2020: Coming up with a refreshing new brand identity, British automobile company Rolls Royce has decided to redefine itself which will be more attuned to its changing clientele. Partnering with Pentagram, a renowned multi-disciplinary design studio, the luxury brand is recreating the new identity that transcends beyond being the ‘Best Car in the World’. 



One of the most significant changes in this rebranding is redesigning of the Rolls Royce logo. The iconic Spirit of Ecstasy figurine which has always been on the prow will now become the primary logo of the company. A recognisable mark of British luxury and perfection, which was designed by Charles Sykes, the enigmatic emblem has undergone a stellar reinterpretation. Facing right instead of left, the icon depicts the bold vision towards the future and depicts quiet strength. 



Rolls Royce new Spirit of Ecstasy



Marina Willer, partner at Pentagram, commented, "The use of the Spirit of Ecstasy marks a shift in the resonance of the brand – from an automotive to a lifestyle context. She commands an aspirational quality in the luxury sphere and by placing her at the centre of the visual language, the Spirit of Ecstasy can now be interpreted as the muse for the marque, in addition to the motor cars themselves." The Spirit of Ecstasy expression has taken a much more versatile and a fluid form which can be used for engravings, projections, embroidered pieces in physical as well as digital form. 



In the past, the color scheme of Rolls Royce was based on brown and slate palettes. With changing times, the brand wanted striking but luxurious hues that would appeal to both men and women. The new brand identity will now have purple as the central color, called the Purple Spirit, signifying power and future of luxury. It will be complemented by metallic Rose Gold that will be used in digital form and also for items of longevity. Pentagram has also changed the typeface of the brand from Gil Sans Alt to a new font called Riviera Nights. Letters are capitalised and each of them look more crafted. 



Rolls Royce new brand font and logo



With so many new changes made, the brand however, has decided to keep its double R monogram unchanged. A symbol of excellence and a beacon of the brand’s founding fathers, the monogram has replaced the Badge of Honor on collateral. The wordmark ‘Rolls Royce Motor Cars’ has also been altered with the words ‘Motor Cars’ reduced in size, with an art-deco style showcasing a more refined and whispering power of the contemporary Rolls Royce. 



The new identity of the Rolls Royce will come into effect on September 1, 2020. 


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Gucci introduces its newest 2020 Decor Collection ‘Souvenir From Rome’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6142 August 26, 2020: The latest Gucci Decor Collection titled ‘Souvenir From Rome’ is a reflection of Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s eclectic, romantic aesthetic. Integrating a number of motifs from the House’s repertoire, including blooms and creatures, the decor collection is a melange of colors, patterns and texts. Comprising furniture pieces, furnishings and decorative items, the collection is inspired by the Musei Capitolini of Rome which was also the venue for House’s Cruise 2020 collection. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome



Made 100% in Italy with extraordinary craftsmanship, the porcelain assortment includes an ashtray in a square and star design, a porcelain circular box, a candle holder with lid in porcelain, a folding metal table, a circular metal tray, wallpaper and a folding screen. The patterns are first hand-painted to get the opulent, marble effect and then put into production. Every piece, except the porcelain ashtray which has the GG script, has “Souvenir From Rome” inscribed on it. A celebration of Italian culture, the porcelain used in this collection is produced by renowned 18th century Florentine company, Richard Ginori. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome Mickey Mouse cup



Bringing contemporary sophistication, the collection has cloches, an antique and elegant piece to add to the dining table. Engraved with phrases like  “Gucci Orgasmique” or “Maison de l’Amour”, they come in five different handles featuring animals and designs taken from the House archive: a hare, hand, snake, wolf and pomegranate. They can also be personalized with initials. An Asian tea cup with green Herbarium pattern, and a black “Maison de l’Amour” coffee pot are also a part of the table service collection. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome cushion



Celebrating the Chinese New Year 2020 - the year of the rat, the famous Mickey Mouse makes an appearance on a porcelain mug with lid and a round porcelain box. Introducing a multitude of patterns from florals to rainbows, newer reinterpretations like a red and green apple formed by two interlocked G’s add to the pop-art element. 



Blankets and cushions in Tartan prints in various colors as well as GG motif in diagonal stripes or in surrealist square shaped clouds in blue or green are also present. New wallpapers in different designs and iconic house patterns like a multicolour macro isometric GG print with a 70s look or a toile de Jouy pattern comprising an 18th-century pastoral landscape will add a bold statement to a modern space. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome yellow plate



For an accent piece, the collection features hinged folding high and low screens. The low screen made in metal, has three panels, has a fabric characterized by a design featuring Una Woodruff’s artwork ‘Hua Fish’. Another metal-made low screen flaunts the G squared cloud pattern in velvet. The high screen is made in wood and has a black velvet covering. It has multicoloured rising stars pattern, the star and eye print embroidered at the top of the central panel, while the back is plain black, with the star and eye print again embroidered at the top of the central panel. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome butterfly floral cup



The seasonal collection reflects consistency even in its unusual patterns and combinations, ensuring seamless blending for those who wish to add these pieces to their previous collections. The Souvenir From Rome collection is available in Gucci flagship stores and boutiques. It is also available online at gucci.com and in select specialty stores. 


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Christie’s to auction iconic dresses from the wardrobes of Kylie Minogue, Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham & more http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6140 August 24, 2020: Christie’s is hosting an online charity auction with Telegraph’s Stella Magazine. This fundraising sale for Smart Works, a UK based organization that helps unemployed women by providing job interview training and free clothes, will comprise 33 lots. Each one is an iconic outfit donated by very significant woman that represents a notable memory, an achievement or a moment in their individual fashion journeys.



Alexander McQueen silk organza layered chiffon dress Christies auction



The 33 high-profile donors include the likes of Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, Lara Stone and Kylie Minogue to name a few. 



The auction features remarkable items like the Jane Birkin's iconic Black Togo Leather Birkin 35 (estimate: £8,000-10,000) and Dame Helena Morrissey's Alexander McQueen gown (estimate: £10,000-15,000), worn to the Soiree d’Or dinner in 2011, and part of the legendary designer’s final 2010 collection.



Hermes leather Birkin 35 with rose gold hardware Christies auction



Other highlights of the sale are two of Victoria Beckham's black bustiers (estimate: £700-1,000); Kate Moss's vintage jumpsuit worn to Moët Impérial's 150th Anniversary at the Château de Saran, France, May 2019 (estimate: £500-800); Dame Twiggy Lawson’s Tommy Nutter suit, 1971 (estimate: £800-1,200), of the same design as she wore on the cover of her debut album; and Ralph & Russo's silver liquid velvet asymmetric dress worn by Kylie Minogue to the Royal Academy Summer Party in 2019 (estimate: £2,000-3,000). 



Tom Ford blue silk fringe dress Christies auction



Kate Stephens, the CEO of Smart Works, commented, “Passing on a treasured possession to help another woman succeed is a powerful concept and one we passionately believe in at Smart Works. All proceeds from the incredible pieces in this auction will help give women across the UK the toolkit they need to transform their lives. As we navigate this pandemic, we know more women than ever before will need our support and it’s been wonderful to see our community come together to help us during this time.”



Victoria Beckham One William Tempest Black Bustiers Christies auction



This charity auction is now live here and will close on September 15, 2020.


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Soneva introduces new Conscious Experience in all three resorts in Maldives & Thailand http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6139 Soneva Fushi Garden to Table Conscious Experience



August 24, 2020: Centered around sustainable philosophy and practices, Soneva Resorts has announced new conscious experiences in Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand. 



Soneva Fushi’s ocean adventure, titled ‘Fishing is a Family Matter’ allows guests to have a first-hand sustainable fishing experience with the Maldivian fisherman Rocket who has been a long-time fish supplier for the resort. The catch of the day by the guests is then prepared back at the resort. Another program called the Wildlife Explorer experience is a guided expedition along the island trails for those who wish to discover the flora and fauna, read animal tracks and names of every plant and animal spotted in Dhivehi. The Wildlife Explorer badge at the end of the experience is certainly rewarding. 



Soneva Fushi Slow Life Coconut Oil Conscious Experience



Other two experiences are the Namoona Island Visit and the Slow Life Journey. Here the guests get a closer look at the eco-conscious efforts of the island like recycling and how Soneva Fushi makes the best out of the island’s coconuts such as making compost or even coconut oil. The unique highlights are having refreshments at a Soneva Host’s family and weaving out of screw pine leaves along with learning permaculture and hand-picking ingredients in the organic gardens for a three-course meal. 



Soneva Jani has numerous experiences for ocean and marine life enthusiasts. The Turtle On Call experience is an up and close experience to witness sea turtle activity during the stay. Guests can see turtles laying their eggs, with the tiny hatchlings making their way into the ocean, and they can also help the turtles stuck in the middle of the island back into the sea. The Marine Conservation Expedition allows guests to volunteer for cleaning the beach or taking surveys to gain data on micro-plastic and coral bleaching. The Coral Planting experience is a very unique initiative for rehabilitation of coral reefs. Guests are taken out on a platform in the lagoon where the ready coral fragments attached to the frame are lowered into the bottom of the lagoon. Every six months guests are updated about the progress of the coral pieces which are later used as donor reef colonies. 



Soneva Fushi Wilderness exploration Conscious Experience



Soneva Kiri offers the Mangrove Paddle-Boarding Experience where guests can paddle the shoreline and explore the unique ecosystem of Koh Kood’s mangrove forests. Turtles, nesting birds and fish are spotted during this expedition. For those with an artistic side, the DIY Workshop at the Den is the place to paint a t-shirt, decorate a bag or design a photo frame as a souvenir. 



Soneva’s holistic approach by blending luxuriousness with an ecologically conscious philosophy makes the guest experience relaxing as well as meaningful.


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Bonhams to display Chinese embellishments dating back to more than 2,000 years http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6137 Chinese headband for auction



August 21, 2020: From intricate earrings to remarkable headbands, Bonhams New York is presenting a spectacular collection of Chinese ornaments on September 21, 2020. There are 63 lots in total comprising accessories like earrings, necklaces, bangles, ear cups and mat weights in gold, silver and bronze. 



The first 50 lots are from the collection of well-known Los Angeles based artist and designer Robert Kuo. Offering pieces from antiquity as well as modern interpretations of classic designs in jewelry and adornments, Kuo’s collection shows his discerning eye for objects spanning across all eras and also the aesthetic appeal in Chinese history. 



Chinese embellishments for auction Bonhams



Other lots reflect high regard for gold and silver and also acute craftsmanship among Chinese aristocracy and the imperial family. The two highlights from the sale - a rare inlaid gilt bronze belt hook (estimate: US$6000–8000), and a fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook (estimate: US$20,000–30,000) - showcase the engraving and gilding from the Warring States Period (475 BC- 221 BC). The pair of gold ‘bird’ earrings (estimate US$3,000–5,000) and a pair of gold bracelets (US$8,000–12,000) from the Song dynasty era (960-1279) reflect the aesthetic of the natural world and simple elegance of that period. 



Chinese bracelet for auction Bonhams



The Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1636-1912) era ornaments were resplendent and luxurious, reminiscent of the imperial aura which is reflected in the a pair of gold ‘figural’ earring pendants (US$8,000–12,000), which dangle in complex elegance; as well as in a gold dragon bracelet (estimate US$8,000–12,000). The concluding lot includes 12 pieces from different private collections, one of the pieces being a stellar phoenix gold headband from Mid to late Qing Dynasty (US$180,000–220,000). 



Chinese marble torso of Buddha for auction Bonhams



Bonhams will also be hosting an afternoon session on Chinese Paintings and Works of Art sale comprising artworks like a rare Marble Torso of The Buddha Tang Dynasty (estimate: US$200,000–300,000) Qi Baishi (1862-1957); Narcissus, Rock And Quail (estimate: US$80,000–120,000); a Massive Sancai Glazed Pottery Figure of a Camel Tang Dynasty (estimate: US$80,000–120,000), and; a rare Imperial Gilt-Lacquered Bronze ‘Phoenix’ Vase, Qianlong Mark And of The Period (estimate: US$70,000–100,000).


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Swarovski presents the Wonder Woman Collection with Warner Bros. & DC http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6136 Wonder Woman Swarovski jewelry



August 21, 2020: As an ode to one of the most adored and powerful superheroes, Swarovski has created a stellar new jewelry collection titled ‘Wonder Woman’. In partnership with Warner Bros. and DC, Swarovski is launching the collection globally on August 21, 2020, ahead of the release of Wonder Woman 1984, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2017 movie Wonder Woman. 



Wonder Woman Swarovski jewelry



An inspiration for women around the world, Wonder Woman symbolizes femininity, strength and determination and is known for personifying the inner hero in her own distinctive style. The latest Swarovski x Wonder Woman Collection reinterprets her iconic golden armor and eagle wings with signature Swarovski craftsmanship. 



The Fit Wonder Woman Cuff, the versatile Fit Wonder Woman Hoop earrings and the Fit Wonder Woman Necklace flaunt the iconic Swarovski pavé. The collection also features Fit Wonder Woman Double Ring, Fit Wonder Woman Bracelet and Fit Wonder Woman Tassel Earrings. The Wonder Woman logo is present on all the jewelry pieces of the ensemble. 



Wonder Woman Swarovski jewelry



This impressive collection is a celebration of strength, style and endurance of women across the globe.


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Christie’s to Auction Prince & Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan’s private collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6135 August 21, 2020: The remarkable private collection of Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan will be presented by Christie’s on October 1, 2020. The collection display in their former home, the Bellerive Castle, had been entrusted to prominent French interior designer Henri Samuel. 



Prince & Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Christie's auction



Patrons of philanthropy, the couple was always at the forefront of environmental protection as well as cultural preservation at significant sites like the European Alps and Egyptian temples. The outstanding private collection in the Bellerive Castle depicts their open-culture and universal approach towards arts. From fascinating objects dating back to centuries and each one with a rich cultural history, the collection also features commissioned paintings and other artworks from eminent artists who were friends with the couple. 



The remarkable ensemble comprises furniture pieces like a pair of royal armchairs from the era of late George III (€20,000-40,000) and an early 16th century Gothic Tapestry (€40,000-60,000). Contemporary creations include a pair of patinated and gilded bronze candelabra by Claude Lalanne (each estimated at €60,000-80,000). The highlights of the collection are artworks like Guitare et compotier sur un guéridon, gouache and graphite on paper from 1929 (€180,000-220,000) by Pablo Picasso alongside a portrait of the horse Mahmoud IV by Sir Alfred James Munnings (€200,000-300,000). 



Henri Samuel’s juxtaposition of all the objects and artworks is a symphony of associations and contrasts. Orientalist paintings like Femme orientale allongée entourée d'un lion et d'un esclave executed by Henrich Faust (€10,000-15,000), are paired with Bohemian crystal carafes, poufs covered with luxurious Iranian textiles and Japanese furniture carefully curated by the illustrious French interior designer himself. 



Prince & Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Christie's auction



François Curiel, Christie’s Chairman Europe, commented, “It is Christie’s honour to have been entrusted with such a wonderful project, to make this magnificent collection known to the public, and pay tribute to Prince Sadruddin and Princess Catherine Aga Khan as well as to the many good causes they supported dearly over decades.” 



An exhibition will be held from September 26, 2020 to September 30, 2020 with a live auction on October 1, 2020 at 2 pm. The online sale at www.christies.com is from September 23, 2020 to October 6, 2020.


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Nature Morte & Vadehra Art Gallery present a virtual art exhibit highlighting our surreal future http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6134 Nature Morte Vadehra Art Gallery Arjun Sawhney Art Show



August 21, 2020: Curated by Arjun Sawnhey, managing director of The Communication Council & Green Goose Design, a new virtual art show is a first-of-its-kind creative partnership between India’s two very distinguished art galleries: Nature Morte and Vadehra Art Gallery. The month-long exhibit is being organised from August 20 to September 20, 2020. 



Nature Morte Vadehra Art Gallery Arjun Sawhney Art Show



Titled ‘Future Is Not Fixed’, it is a series of artworks that depict the uncertainty of our future and the anxiety that comes with it. Reflecting the unfamiliar inner and outer worlds, the sense of isolation and the besmirched notions of the past and the future have ignited the artworks in this exhibit. Mr. Sawnhey comments in his curatorial note, “This show is an attempt to illustrate these feelings as we live through this point in history. This is the reality of today and this is the truth. The future is not fixed. Not at all anymore.”



Nature Morte Vadehra Art Gallery Arjun Sawhney Art Show



The presentation displays excellent pieces of art from 24 prominent artists including Bharti Kher, Subodh Gupta, Thukral & Tagra, Dhruvi Acharya, Anju Dodiya, Gigi Scaria, Jitish Kallat, Riyas Komu and many more. These works display themes of fear, loneliness and spiritual connection in times like these to mythological influences and personal experiences, to name a few. 



Nature Morte Vadehra Art Gallery Arjun Sawhney Art Show



The exhibit can be viewed online at NatureMorte.com and VadehraArt.com.


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Christie’s announces Charity Auction for Beirut’s cultural community http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6133 August 20, 2020: In an effort to aid the artists and the cultural community of Beirut who suffered devastating losses due to two massive explosions that rocked the city on August 4, 2020, Christie’s will be staging a charity auction under the name ‘We Are All Beirut’. The online auction will be held from late October to the first half of November 2020. 



Middle Eastern artwork Christies



Christie’s has been long associated with Lebanese art and feels strongly about coming together to aid the artists. Michael Jeha, Chairman of Christie’s Middle East commented, “Lebanese art has been at the heart of our Middle Eastern auctions since 2006 and Christie’s feels a deep sense of responsibility to be part of the global efforts to help rebuild Beirut, a city so rich in culture. We have been so affected by the solidarity shown and the sincere wishes to help that Christie’s has received in the past week.” 



This auction will feature 40 to 50 lots of regional and international art, watches, jewellery and designs, confirms Caroline Louca-Kirkland, Managing Director Christie’s Middle East. This initiative will help in supporting the cultural scene of Beirut including historical landmarks of the city like the Sursock Museum. 



Guillaume Cerutti, CEO of Christie’s, has urged all the international clients, collectors and friends to contribute to this cause. He commented, “Seeing the images of devastation…will always remain in all our collective memory and our thoughts are with all families, friends and artists who have lost so much. We hope to raise enough funds with this initiative to make a significant difference. My deepest thank you to all who have already committed or inquired about what Christie’s plans are to help rebuild the artistic community of Beirut.” 



Christie’s first charity sale ‘Camel Caravan Charity Auction’, which was held in the Middle East in 2004, raised $1.3 million/AED 4.7 million. In June 2019, a sale titled ‘Art of Al Balad’ was held in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Raising $1.3 million/SAR 4.7 million, the funds helped in building a new heritage museum at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jeddah’s Historical District. 


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Miller Harris & MQueens Flowers create an exquisite Candle Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6132 August 20, 2020: Luxury brand Miller Harris’ MD, Sarah Rotherham, has teamed up with florist brand McQueens  to make a limited edition scented candle collection. Inspired deeply by the unique floral scents in the McQueens Flower workshop, each candle in the collection is redolent of different floral notes. 



Miller Harris McQueens Flowers Candle collaboration



Available in three variants, these mood enhancing candles are evocative of the atmospheric elements of the flower shop but still reminiscent of the freshness of flowers and foliage. 



The Green Stem candle has herby tones from the foliage along with aromatic lavender, together creating a tranquil scent. The top notes are Bergamot, Green Stem, Dew, Humus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Angelica, Pistachier. The Heart Notes are Water Lily, Muguet, Orris and the lasting Impressions are Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber, Musk, Moss. 



Exuding a verdant fragrance from the trimmed stems, the Water Wood Candle has top notes of Bergamot, Artemisia, Olibanum, Humus, Hay. The middle notes are Lavender, Orris and the base notes are Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber. 



Miller Harris McQueens Flowers Candle collaboration



The Petal Storm candle is enriched with the scent of white florals with pink pepper on a base of amber and musk. With middle tones of Water Lily, Wisteria, Gardenia and Muguet, the candle’s moist and delicate fragrance is alluring. 



Priced at £65 each, these candles are ideal for creating a serene vibe. 


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Good Earth launches Pre-Festive 2020 Capsule collection titled ‘Savannah’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6131 Good earth home decor style



August 20, 2020: Exploring the allure of the brilliantly vivid African flora and fauna and the untamed allure of the Savannah grasslands, Good Earth has created a Pre-Festive 2020 Collection under the name ‘Savannah’. This stunning capsule collection reflects the rustic elements redolent of the magical jungles of the culturally rich continent. 



Good earth home decor lanterns



The Savannah Tea & Coffee range depicts the African wildlife through stylised hand-drawn motifs. Fashioned from fine bone china with 24K pure gold detailing, these stunning tea and coffee sets perfectly capture the essence of indigenous wildlife like giraffes and elephants trudging past Baobab trees or a reposing leopard under a tree. 



Good earth home decor tea set



The Savannah Decor Accents are made out of recycled brass and draw inspiration from the verdant foliage. Bringing earthy sophistication to modern interiors, the lanterns, votives, cushion covers patterned with flowers, lemurs and elephants are elegant as well as bucolic. 



Good earth kaftans



The collection also features apparel in bold hues, nature-inspired patterns and flowy, soft silhouettes in lightweight silk, cotton and linen. Breezy kaftans in hand-block and discharge prints and print-on-print dresses in bright colors make the perfect combination for relaxed yet stylish. 



Good earth relaxed fashion



This capsule collection is now available in all Good Earth stores and also at the online boutique


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Aman launches new wellness programmes aimed towards optimal health http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6130 August 18, 2020: Bringing together advanced scientific and medicinal knowledge with age-old wellness rituals, the latest wellness programmes announced by Aman are designed to boost the body’s immune system. Personalized for every guest and keeping in mind all the factors that affect immunity, like seasonal changes, personal hygiene and nutritional habits, these wellness programmes are unifying in their approach and aim to achieve optimal health for the guests. 



Available at Aman’s resorts worldwide, we list some interesting programmes. 



Amanera Dominican Republic spa



Harnessing the healing powers of the Ayurveda in the tranquil Amanbagh, a Mughal era hunting lodge, the Ayurveda Immune Support Retreat focuses on inner balance and longevity of good health. The resident Ayurveda physician offers a private consultation with the guest on the day of arrival. After that, the programme entails yoga sessions with a trained in-house yoga instructor, immune-boosting shots and herbal teas, morning walks, Ayurveda spa treatments like a special herbal oil massage called abhyanga. Available from March 12 to December 20, 2020, this retreat includes healthy and delicious meals prepared from the fresh local produce grown in Amanbagh’s sprawling two acres organic vegetable garden. 



The Holistic Immune Support Retreat, available year-round, can be accessed at Amanera, Dominican Republic; Amanemu, Japan; and Amanjena, Marrakech. Apart from the yoga and meditation sessions and herbal juices, this programme has special 90-minute balancing facial and feet reflexology treatment. The highlight of the Holistic Immune Support Retreat is the waning moon ritual. The waning moon is considered the time to let go of any distressing emotional imbalances and build a strong immune response system. Guests are offered an herbal tea made of guanábana and limoncillo, followed by a mint-ocean salt exfoliation treatment. Placing medicinal cataplasms or poultices on abdomen and a facial drainage massage using Lariman stone additionally help in relieving stress and bolstering immunity. 



amanbagh India spa



The Amanemu, Japan includes the traditional Toji Bathing while the Amanjena, Marrakech boasts a marble Hammam where all the special treatments take place. 



With spectacular views of the glistening Tokyo skyline, the 2,500 square meters of spa at Aman Tokyo offers the perfect escape to all its guests right in the middle of bustling urban life. The specially designed Ginger Tea journey is a unique feature of the New Immune Support Spa Treatments, where the guest is enveloped in wrap made of Japanese pepper and the warm ginger tea is smoothly poured over the body. It results in relieving stress from the tightened muscles. Followed by a relaxing full body massage with pepper oil and herbal ball compress, the treatment aids in amplifying immunity. Available year-round, guests can also opt for acupuncture and Shiatsu. 



Amanbagh India ayurveda



The Aman Wellness Programmes are not only holistic, they also incorporate the regional and local wellness and health related practices to give their guests the best retreat experience. The programmes have been tailored in a way that physical and mental well-being reach the perfect balance. Reviving and soothing at the same time, Aman has carefully blended the two elements coupled with the idyllic environs of its resorts. For more details on wellness programmes in other Aman locations, please visit their website.


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Christie’s announces Deep Impact: Lunar and Rare Meteorites Sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6129 August 18, 2020: The Christie’s Deep Impact: Lunar and Rare Meteorites Sale has put up for auction some extraordinary curios from outside our planet. The auction is being held between August 12 to 25, 2020. 



Lunar sphere Christie's auction



One of the most coveted items for sale is the largest lunar sphere on Earth. A piece of the moon was released into the space following an impact on the lunar surface. This lunar meteorite is shaped in the form of a moon and is one of the few meteorites that is very similar to the 400kg of material brought to Earth by the Apollo astronauts. It has a diameter of 98 mm (4 inches) and is priced approximately between $300,000 to $500,000. Apart from this lunar sphere, the sale also has a smaller lunar sphere at an estimated price of $15,000 to $20,000 and also a lunar jewelry piece embellished with gemstones at an estimated price of $25,000 to $35,000. 



The Lake Murray meteorite is another fascinating item up for auction. Boasting an alluring crystalline pattern, this meteorite emerged from the molten core of an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter. Found covered in Antler Sandstone of the Lower Cretaceous Period, this meteorite is touted to have landed on Earth’s surface 110 million years ago, before even the earliest human evolution. 



extraterrestrial gems from space Christie's auction



The sale also features a large partial slice of Pallasite, known as the most beautiful extraterrestrial substance, from the collection of renowned meteorite hunter Robert Haag. The slab for auction, the Esquel Pallasite, is eight inches across and contains translucent olivine crystals colored in amber and emerald. It also features the semi-precious gem-quality Peridot, the birthstone for the month of August. Constituting only 0.2% of all meteorites, this rare and exotic specimen of the Esquel meteorite is priced between $15,000 to $25,000. 



The sale has different items from the Macovich Collection, one of them being an oriented heat shield parabolic meteorite at an estimated price of $40,000 to $60,000. Other specimens are the Gibeon Iron Meteorite (estimate: $40,000 to $60,000) in the form of a tabletop structure known for its unusual shape. 



Gibeon meteorite Christie's auction



There are three other lots in the auction that comprise  the oldest matter mankind can touch, one with over 70 amino acids from outer space (estimate: between $12,000-18,000); two specimens from the largest meteorite shower since civilization (estimate: $15,000-30,000); five specimens with extraterrestrial gemstones – including one with nanodiamonds (estimate: between $4,000-25,000); a slice of a meteorite from Meteor Crater, Arizona (estimate: $2,500-3,500) and the main mass of the New York meteorite ($25,000-40,000). 



peridot moon pendant Christie's auction



With so many exceedingly striking celestial lots, this auction has something to appeal to every collector. 


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MB&F & MAD Gallery announce Frank Buchwald’s final Nixie Machine III http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6128 MB&F MAD gallery Frank Buchwald Nixie Clock III



August 17, 2020: The third and the last of the Nixie Machine series is now on display at the MAD Galleries located in Geneva, Dubai, Hong Kong and Taipei. Made out of Nixie tubes, the sculptural cyberpunk style table clock is designed by Frank Buchwald. 



The cold cathode display clock, where the numerals are displayed with a glow discharge, first came out in the 1950s. Frank Buchwald’s latest creation takes it a notch higher with the intricate manual craftsmanship that went into the design and construction of this unique clock. Manufactured by Dalibor Farny, the Nixie Machine III is made of six Nixie tubes, each filled with low-pressure, neon-based gas. The wire mesh anodes and cathodes for every number are enclosed in the tube. Once supplied with power, the numerals light up in orange. 



MB&F MAD gallery Frank Buchwald Nixie Clock III



The apparatus is placed on a stainless steel duo-support bracket with all components polished and hand-sanded. The central switch at the core, illuminated in blue, resembles an other-worldly blue eye. 



The clock is autonomous and can work online as well as offline. However, the WiFi enabled electronics at the center of the machine ensures accurate time displays without manual interference. Other aspects like time zone setting, scroll effects and day/night mode can be set up online. 



MB&F MAD gallery Frank Buchwald Nixie Clock III



Frank Buchwald has been long associated with MAD Galleries when his creation “Machine Lights” was inaugurated at MAD Gallery in Geneva. MB&F founder Maximilian Busser was inspired by his work and so Buchwald’s work became a permanent exhibit across MAD Galleries. The first two editions of his Nixie Machines were launched in 2015 and 2017 respectively. He has maintained the sci-fi element for his final version of the Nixie Machine III. These sculptural clocks are priced at CHF 32,000 (approximately $35,000 USD)


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Mia Becar launches The Krissy Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6127 August 17, 2020: Mia Becar’s latest Krissy Collection combines classic styles with a touch of freshness. The ensemble comprises pumps, sandals and tri-strap sandals in a range of hues. 



Mia Becar Krissy Collection Womens shoes



The sculpted heels are embellished in a trio of metallic links in delicate gold, rose gold and silver. These links signify unity in strength and are combined to display solidarity. The shoes, handcrafted in premium leather in Italy, are available on the Mia Becar website.



Mia Becar Krissy Collection Womens shoes



The American brand is led by Founder and Creative Director Betzabe Gonzalez. With exquisite details, exotic colors and most importantly, handmade craftsmanship by skilled artisans, each piece in the assortment reflects a chic, elegant and super-feminine style. The brand launches capsule collections digitally, allowing them to cater to client preferences. 


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Hublot adds white watches to the Big Bang Sang Bleu II Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6126 Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II watches



August 14, 2020: Collaborating with Swiss tattoo artist and founder of Sang Bleu, Maxime Plescia-Büchi, Hublot has added stellar new editions in white to its Big Bang Sang Bleu II Collection. The intricate geometric designs come alive on these watches that are made in titanium and gold. 



Bringing Plescia-Buchi’s angular mastery in hexagons and triangles, the unique symmetry of the hands forms the semblance of a tattoo in motion. Adding the chronograph function for the first time to the Sang Bleu collection, the watches are powered by UNICO manufactured HUB1240 automatic movement and have a power reserve of 72 hours. The black and white color combination works perfectly for the detailed design of the watch. 



Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II watches



200 pieces of the titanium edition and 100 of King Gold, Hublot’s trademarked red gold alloy, are available. The white rubber straps can be changed for another strap by the One Click system, the watchmaker’s patent. These stunning watches can be accentuated with diamonds, for those who wish to add an extra touch of opulence to the creations.


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The Luxury Collection marks its debut in Abu Dhabi http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6125 Al Wathba Marriott Luxury Collection hotel Abu Dhabi



August 14, 2020: The Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa is the latest addition to the repertoire of The Luxury Collection, a Marriott International brand. Nestled amid the undulating deserts of Abu Dhabi, this luxurious resort draws inspiration from the rich culture and hospitality of the Middle East. Located roughly 30 minutes away from the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa has a lot to offer to guests. 



Boasting 103 guest rooms and villas, the previously Jumeirah-owned resort forms the semblance of a traditional desert village. The understated elegance of the resort comes from its neutral hues coupled with native architectural elements like the Mashrabiya detailing and Bedouin accessories. With private plunge pools in the villas and desert vistas away from the bustle of the city, this resort is a haven of tranquility. 



Al Wathba Marriott Luxury Collection hotel Abu Dhabi



The resort offers multi-cuisine dining with six different restaurants and bars. Bait Al Hanine, the all-day dining, has Lebanese classics on its menu and Al Mabeet offers Emirati cuisine in an atmospheric desert ambiance. Terra Secca is an open kitchen trattoria serving authentic Italian dishes. For afternoon tea and sandwiches, Hayaakom is a Bedouin style lounge. Al Mesayan is the rooftop bar and Panache is by the poolside. 



The spa and wellness facilities are the resort’s most prized features. Comprising a crystal salt sauna, an IceLab cryo-experience, snow caves, steam rooms and a traditional Turkish Hammam, the spa has indoor as well as outdoor relaxation areas and 11 treatment rooms. 



Al Wathba Marriott Luxury Collection hotel Abu Dhabi



Apart from the extraordinary amenities, Al Wathba also arranges guided tours for guests who wish to explore the rich desert topography and Al Wathba Wetlands which is home to migratory birds like the flamingos. Visitors can discover the rolling fossil dunes on horsebacks, see the famous camel race or enjoy private falcon shows. 



This newest luxury resort by The Luxury Collection is an opulent oasis in the vast deserts of Abu Dhabi.


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Aston Martin and Bowmore create a limited edition whisky http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6124 Aston Martin Bowmore Whisky



August 13, 2020: Aston Martin and Bowmore had decided to collaborate back in 2019 but it is now that they will be coming up with the first fruit of their partnership. The limited edition whisky, called the Black Bowmore DB5 1964, is well on its way to becoming one of the most coveted ones for both car and whisky aficionados. 



Priced at $65,000, the single malt scotch whisky is one-of-a-kind with an actual Aston Martin DB5 piston incorporated in the bottle. The name of the whisky signifies iconic products of both the brands. The singular and rare Black Bowmore was first distilled in 1964, the same year when Aston Martin’s DB5 impressed audiences in Goldfinger, the legendary James Bond movie. With only 25 bottles, this is an ode to the storied past of the two world class brands. 



Aston Martin Bowmore Whisky case



The 700 ml whisky bottle is handcrafted by Glassstorm, a renowned producer of bespoke premium glass. It comes in a stunning handmade box which is held together by string-grain calfskin with a brass latch and nickel-plated hinge. The box also contains a book containing Bowmore’s rich history that goes back to the year 1779. 



The collaboration between these two brands is expected to result in more such products in the coming future. 


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Valentino bans Alpaca fleece http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6123 Alpacas in Peru



August 13, 2020: Luxury brand Valentino has issued a release regarding its ban on using Alpaca wool following an appeal from PETA UK. 



An extensive investigation launched by PETA uncovered the truth of cruelty towards the Alpacas in the Mallkini, which is the world’s largest privately owned alpaca farm in Peru. A heartbreaking video revealing the plight of the animals went viral. PETA has been appealing to brands as well as consumers to refrain from using any product made of Alpaca fleece.



Valentino’s decision comes as a huge victory for animal rights activists, being the first high-end luxury brand to ban the material. It has confirmed to “discontinue the production of garments in which [alpaca] is present by the end of 2021”. 



Valentino sweater with Alpaca wool



PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman said in a statement, “Valentino’s compassionate decision will go a long way in helping to prevent vulnerable alpacas from being abused and roughly shorn for their fleece.” 


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Khenshu launches exquisite Rose Quartz furniture collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6122 Khenshu Furniture Pink Chaise



August 12,2020: Exuding opulence, the latest furniture collection by Khenshu, an Indian luxury design house, brings together European inspiration and traditional Indian craftsmanship. The Rose Quartz Collection is a masterful blend of Rococo and Neoclassicism, two very distinct styles of art, decoration and architecture, that grew when Louis XV and Louis XVI ruled France. The Rose Quartz, a beautiful pink semi-precious stone that is said to open and heal the heart chakra, decorates every furniture piece in this ensemble. 



Khenshu Furniture Green velvet chair big mirror



Made out of old building teak, the furniture is pasted on with silver sheets that are weathered through seasons and made durable. Reminiscent of royalty, the collection comprises  mirrors, sofas, bookends, chaise loungers, table-lamps and consoles. Carefully crafted over six months, skilled Indian artisans have used age-old techniques to create this stellar assortment. 



Aishwarya Reddy, the Founder and Creative Director of Khenshu, shares, “India has an abundance of heritage and craftsmanship to offer and it is our responsibility to support this. We are rebuilding a community of forgotten Indian artisans who’ve worked in palaces; and are reviving their crafts and highlighting and bringing forward their expertise.”



Khenshu Pink Royal Chairs



Khenshu was founded in November 2019 with a vision of preserving forgotten art forms and the intricate handiwork behind them. The Bangalore-based brand brings traditional grandeur from the rich architectural past to fit into minimalist or luxurious modern settings.


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Lancome’s first virtual flagship to open in Singapore http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6121 August 12, 2020: Lancome is going digital with its first virtual immersive store which is named after the brand’s serum ‘Lancome Advanced Génifique’. The first of its kind global augmented reality store for the brand will be live from August 28 to September 20, 2020. 



Lancome Virtual store Singapore



There are five different zones to explore: Discover, Explore, Inspire, Live and Shop. In the first zone, the customers can take a ‘Lancome Strength-Finder Personality Test’ that allows them to identify their personality type from six archetypes, such as joyful optimism, poised composure, fearless independence, steadfast discipline, fiery conviction and intrinsic wisdom. The second zone is where skin diagnosis through artificial intelligence is enabled when the customer uploads a selfie. A one-on-one session with a Lancome beauty expert is also available here.



Lancome Advanced GenifiqueThe third zone is where 100 women from the Find Your Strength campaign have shared their anecdotes of strength. Here, visitors can identify the women they share similar personality archetypes with. The fourth zone of the store features regional and local celebrities doing live stream sessions. The fifth and final zone is where the customers are finally introduced to the world class range of Advanced Genifique with customization enabled for limited products. 



Visitors can access the store through a URL that they will be provided with directly by the brand. With the hashtag #LiveYourStrength trending and a major virtual launch event in store, Lancome is all set to carve its niche in the digital world. 


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Maserati launches Ghibli Trofeo & Quattroporte Trofeo http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6119 Maserati Quattroporte Torfeo



August 11, 2020: Maserati has added two super sedans to its Trofeo collection called the Ghibli Trofeo and the Quattroporte Trofeo. They are the fastest cars from Maserati production and can reach the top speed of 326kph. 



Maserati Ghibli Torfeo



The range-topper cars are both powered by the Ferrari sourced 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 engine which is linked to a ZF derived eight-speed automatic gearbox. The V8 engine in these rear-wheel drive sedans is equipped to supply 572 bhp at 6,750 rpm along with 730 Nm of maximum torque at 2,250 – 5,000 rpm. An additional feature is the Corsa driving mode that allows faster gearshifts, improved throttle and engine control, opens the exhaust valves fully and monitors the interference of electronic chassis control systems. 



Maserati Quattroporte Torfeo



Elegant and sporty, the latest Trofeo editions of Ghibli and Quattroporte flaunt some design alterations that are different from their earlier counterparts. Leather sports seats, new front grille in piano black finish, air vents with red accents are some of the changes. The most striking ones being the fresh set of tail lights and signature LED lights shaped like a boomerang. The cars boast a 10.1-inch touchscreen with the advanced Maserati Connect Infotainment system, which can be personalized according to the driver’s needs. 



Maserati Ghibli Torfeo



With such extraordinary features in place, the Ghibli Trofeo can go from 0 to 100 km/hr in 4.3 seconds while the Quattroporte Trofeo in 4.5 seconds.


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Bvlgari & Ambush unveil their limited-edition handbags & accessories http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6118 Bvlgari Ambush handbags



August 11, 2020: Bvlgari, along with Japanese brand Ambush, has created stunning new limited-edition handbags and accessories. Yoon Ahn, the creative director of Ambush, reimagines the Italian luxury house’s most adored and recognizable motif, Serpenti. The collection is a part of Bvlgari’s 2017 series ‘Serpenti through the eyes of’ and is titled ‘Serpenti through the eyes of Ambush.’



Bvlgari Ambush accessories



The design has been inspired by the eye-catching colors and swift movements of the Tree Python found usually in South East Asia. Forming the semblance of a coiled snake, the bags sport a snakehead in the center accentuated with mother of pearl or black onyx for its eyes. The collection has three distinct styles - the Serpenti shoulder bag, Serpenti belt bag and the heart-shaped Serpenti minaudiere that come in monochromatic hues like black, green and blue. The detachable shoulder straps render a lot of versatility to the bags. 



Ms. Ahn said, “For this capsule collection I wanted to express the bold and contemporary character of Serpenti. Snakes are wondrous and fascinating creatures of nature but with Bvlgari, they also became a symbol of glamour in constant evolution. Natural beauty meets human creation, all guided by a contemporary aesthetic.”



Bvlgari Ambush miniaudieres



Apart from handbags, other smaller accessories include credit card holders and coin cases. The digital campaign of the collection shot by Tyler Mitchell and styled by Carlos Nazario features supermodels Bella Hadid, Xiao Wen and Ellen Rosa.


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Dior’s ‘Tie & Dior’ jewelry collection bedazzles http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6117 Dior Tie & Dior Haute Jewelry collection



August 10, 2020: The stunning new jewelry collection by Dior adds a resplendent dash of colors to the already rich repertoire of the house’s Haute Joaillerie. Victoire de Castellane, the creative director for the brand’s fine jewelry, drew her inspiration from the tie-dye technique. Titled ‘Tie & DIOR’, the assortment of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and brooches is a polychromatic mélange of diamonds, pearls and gemstones.



Dior Tie & Dior Haute Jewelry collection



To reflect the exuberance of the multicolored tie-dye clothes, the collection uses different gemstones like tsavorite garnets, emeralds, rubies as well as sapphires in pink and blue. De Castellane’s signature mismatched earrings also make an appearance, however, it would be one of the first times in two decades with Dior that she has extensively used pearls in her designs. The dyed pearls in pinks, greens and yellows guide the flow of colors while the diamonds provide the contrast to the bright hues in the jewelry pieces.



Dior Tie & Dior Haute Jewelry collection



The collection was launched at an exclusive private dinner at the Amanyangyun Resort, outside of Shanghai city. The setting of a magical garden was absolutely befitting to the theme of the dreamy fine jewelry. Dressed in gradient silk gowns specially designed for the event by Maria Grazia Chiuri, the female models flaunted the dazzling jewelry suites. Their male counterparts were clad in all-black outfits sporting brooches and rings.



Dior Tie & Dior Haute Jewelry collection



The jewelry collection designed for both men and women, along with the extraordinary launch event, centers around the idea of escapism and experiencing moments of happiness amid these trying times.


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Louis Vuitton launches a quirky menswear collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6116 August 10, 2020: With most fashion shows going digital during the pandemic, Louis Vuitton has managed to make the traditional fashion shows come alive once again with its Spring Summer 2021 menswear show. The stellar collection was unveiled by the Port of Shanghai. 



Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021 menswear collection



Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of the brand’s menswear, had hinted at the concept of the show in an animated video titled ‘The Adventures of Zoooom with Friends’ that was released on July 9. Colorful cartoons are shown to be stowaways in LV containers that set sail from Paris. This band of animated cartoons have successfully manifested themselves in the newest collection called ‘Message in a bottle’.



Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021 menswear collection



The playful collection comprises bold, eye-catching prints in plaid, LV monogram, colorful stripes as well as monochrome outfits in bright hues of yellow, green and blue. Plushies of the characters from the animated short film dangle on the collars of blazers, coats, suitcases and soft charms. The eyewear and fancy bags, trunks embedded with speakers also added to the vibrant element of the collection. Mr. Abloh’s eccentric imagination reflected in the clothes and accessories, even though he himself remained absent. 



Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021 menswear collection



Apart from its quirky design, the collection also puts focus on the new upcycling program. The outfits in the collection were made from overstock textiles, refurbished ideas taken directly from previous collections and recycled materials. Through this collection, Mr. Abloh has tried to imbibe different values like unity, humanity and inclusivity. He described the show as “black imagination manifesting itself” in an instagram video. 



Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021 menswear collection



With Shanghai show being the second chapter of “The Adventures of Zoooom with Friends’, the third chapter is scheduled for September and will be held in Tokyo.



Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2021 menswear collection


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Gucci’s new collection features an apple-shaped GG Monogram http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6115 August 7, 2020: For its new apple print collection commemorating the Chinese Valentine’s Day, Gucci reinterprets its signature GG monogram with two intermeshed G letters in red. Using the GG supreme patterned canvas as the base for the apple print design, the collection comprises a range of accessories. 



Gucci Apple monogram bag



The playful collection has a pop-art appeal to it. The bags boast the classic beige and ebony GG supreme pattern base with an addition of red leather trim, lending it a flamboyant accent. A vast collection of bags from backpacks, shoulder bags in the style of a neo-vintage camera case, a belt bag, a north/south top-handle tote and a rounded shoulder bag boast the new GG apple motif. Additionally, the collection features bags with padlocks - a small tote, a small chain-shoulder bag and a small top-handle with bamboo handle. 



Smaller accessories like card cases, wallets, keychain holders, iPhone covers and mini bags are available in white leather canvas with the apple GG pattern. One of the quirkiest accessories from the assortment is a coin case in the shape of a single apple made from the GG apple print monogram. 



Gucci Apple monogram tote



Apart from bags in beige and ebony canvas with apple print, there is also a silk twill carre and ribbon and a larger modal silk shawl. The baseball cap and bucket hat come in GG supreme base with GG apple motif. The shoes are screen-printed and have a dense, compact weave of a cotton fabric base. The slide and Ace sneaker have the GG supreme canvas while the Gucci 1977 Tennis shoe are made of pink or white cotton fabric. 



Gucci Apple monogram padlock bag



The Chinese Valentine’s Day, called the Qixi Festival, falls on August 25, and this chic and lively Gucci apple print collection is in tandem with the overall theme of the celebrations.


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African Bush Camps offers Safari Bubble with exclusive buyouts http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6114 African Bush Camps Elephant sighting



August 7, 2020: African Bush Camps (ABC) is providing families and group tourists with exclusive buyouts across its 16 luxury bush camps in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Boasting stellar camps and lodges, the untamed African wildlife experience in exclusive isolation is unmatched. 



ABC’s tranquil Thorntree River Lodge in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park is located not far from the renowned Victoria Falls and comprises contemporary accommodation facilities artfully mixed with the flamboyance of local African customs. With the Zambezi River flowing along, the lodge has eight standard suites and two family suites. There is also the spectacular Khwai Tented Camp in Botswana, tucked away in the ecologically rich and diverse Khwai area. The camp has six Meru-style tents offering 180-degree vistas of the eclectic natural surroundings. Situated in the Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kanga Camp is known for its unhindered African armchair safari experience. 



African Bush Camps tents cabins



The latest addition, that is set to open in September 2020, is the stunning Khwai Leadwood Camp, located near the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Equipped with all modern amenities, the tents can fit upto 16 guests and the wraparound decks offer unparalleled views of the wildlife. 



These exclusive buyouts can be availed now or in the future and include all the perks right from game drives, guided walking safaris, birding outings, mokoro or dugout canoe trips. There are also cultural visits that focus on ABC’s sustainable approach and empowerment of local communities and their education. Travelers can also opt for buyout of more than one ABC destinations where they can line-up their stay in more than one or two camps which can be connected by private charter flights, ensuring minimum contact with other tourist groups. The operator strictly follows all health and safety protocols as issued by WHO. Dedicated camp guides are also available.



African Bush Camps wilderness sundowner



According to the Founder and CEO of African Bush Camps, Beks Ndlovu, this exclusive buyout offer is the best way for families and group travelers to enjoy the African safari experience without compromising on safety with superlative comforts at great rates.


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Hands Carpets launches an exquisite Persian carpet collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6113 August 6, 2020: Indian rugs brand Hands has come up with its latest collection of exquisite hand-knotted carpets made from 100% cotton wool. 



Hands Carpets Persian Collection



Carefully crafted to perfection, the exquisite collection reflects the age-old Persian artistry that is balanced with a freshness in its patterns and colors. With every carpet unique in its disposition, it narrates a story of a timeless tradition. 



Enchanting and redolent of royalty, these remarkable pieces of art are a great addition in opulent residences and hotels. The shades are vibrant, the artistry is intricate. Being completely made from cotton wool, the old-world charm and warmth of these extraordinary carpets is unmatched. 



Hands Carpets Persian Collection



The brand, established in 1881, is known for its handcrafted carpets and rugs that are found across some of the most renowned palaces and luxury hotels around the globe.


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Burberry launches luxury’s first social retail store in China http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6112 Burberry social retail store China decor



August 6, 2020: Taking retail a notch higher, Burberry’s first social retail store opened in Shenzhen on July 31, 2020. The luxury brand has partnered with Tencent Technology, a global tech-giant that owns one of the most famous Chinese messaging apps WeChat. The immersive experience to the customers is provided by a special WeChat Mini Program loaded with innovation. 



Burberry social retail store China Thomas Cafe



The program is gamified with a special animated avatar that will upgrade itself automatically every time the customer uses the app in store. Additional perks include booking your appointment, reserving fitting rooms and also a table at the exclusive in-store Thomas Cafe. All the products can be scanned by QR codes which will allow customers to explore additional information on the same. The app also has ‘social currency’- a rewards program that monitors a customer’s in-store activity and interactions with Burberry on social media. The higher the engagement of the user with the brand, the better the rewards with more personalization and privileges.



Burberry social retail store China QR code



The store sprawls up to 5,850 square feet with 10 different sections, each one unique in its design. Maintaining the brand DNA throughout, the store in its entirety reflects Burberry’s signature themes. A responsive and interactive window changes according to the brand’s seasonal collections and house codes. The three fitting rooms boast their own distinctive playlist collection and motifs - the Thomas Burberry Monogram being one of them. The trench experience room is an ode to the renowned Burberry Trench Coat while the interiors of the Thomas Cafe, named after the founder Thomas Burberry, is inspired by nature and Burberry’s Animal Kingdom. 



Burberry social retail store China trial room



The first of its kind social retail store, Burberry’s stellar new store is a fulfilment of creative director Riccardo Tisci’s vision where the digital is blended with the physical realm.


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Gucci launches its Fine Jewelry Lion Head collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6108 July 29, 2020: It was during Gucci’s Autumn Winter 2015-16 Men’s Runway Show that the Lion Head Ring made its stellar debut - an accessory that is sported often by the brand’s creative director. The king of the jungle is emblematic of strength, courage, power, wisdom and nobility - values that Gucci has resonated itself with. With its first post COVID-19 fine jewelry collection, it epitomizes the symbolism.



Gucci Lion Head earrings



The lion head being the central motif, the collection comprises of earrings, pendant necklaces, rings and bracelet sets. Cast in 18 carat white and yellow gold, the jewelry pieces have diamonds for the magnificent creature’s eyes and the colored gemstones are clasped in between its teeth. 



Gucci Lion Head multicolor gems



The collection is an extension of Gucci’s long-standing affinity for lions after it joined The Lion’s Share Fund, an initiative led by the United Nations Development Programme for dealing with environmental crisis, in February 2020.


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Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry & Gemstone Vineyards co-design a gem encrusted Ruby Barrel Selection Jeroboam http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6107 Gemstone Vineyards ruby encrusted Jeroboam bottle



July 29, 2020: The collaborative result of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry and Gemstone Vineyards, a ruby encrusted Jeroboam Wine Bottle, an exceptional piece of art for any wine connoisseur, is set to be auctioned at V Foundation Wine Celebration "Momentum 2.0" this August.



Enclosed in a custom ‘jewelry’ box, this exquisite bottle is the first and the only large 3L format of the 2019 Ruby Barrel Selection Cabernet Sauvignon crafted masterfully by winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. The buyer of this bottle will also get the opportunity to dine privately with the Silvers and the Dornbuschs of Gemstone Vineyard, enjoying Gemstone library wines and special chef-prepared cuisine. The winner can also choose to brainstorm a custom, future ruby jewelry design, to be crafted by the Silvers' team of artisans. Once the wine has been consumed, the Silvers will carefully extract the 120 rubies (totaling 5 carats) from the bottle and repurpose them into a custom designed new ruby jewelry piece for the lot winner.



Gemstone Vineyards ruby encrusted Jeroboam bottle



With just the bottle commanding a price of $50,000, the entire lot is expected to go for a much higher value.

 

The virtual and immersive auction “Momentum 2.0” will be held on August 8 on YouTube from 4:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. PT/ 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ET. The event will be hosted by the legendary NCAA Basketball coach Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, ESPN college basketball analyst, Jay Bilas, ESPN’s SportsCenter Anchor, Sage Steele along with Emmy award-winning auctioneer John Curley. With stellar musical performances and celebrity guests, the proceeds from this prestigious event will be going towards research for cancer.


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Heritage leather brand Serapian embarks on a sustainable journey with new collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6106 Serapian grape leather luxury collection



July 24, 2020: Italian luxury leather brand Serapian has adopted sustainability and created a new material to craft its new men’s capsule collection. 



A billfold, a card case, a filtering mask pouch and a wash bag have been crafted with a high-quality vegetable alternative to leather, originating from vinification (winemaking) leftovers coming from Northern Italy.



Serapian Grape eco-leather capsule collection offers a soft touch similar to leather, and complies with Serapian’s sophisticated craftsmanship.



Serapian grape leather luxury collection



Characterized by a high content of vegetable and recycled raw materials, Serapian Grape eco-leather is entirely Made in Italy. All four of the creations are available in two tones: black and

burgundy.



“This capsule collection reinforces our commitment towards sustainability, combining advanced innovation with Italian savoir-faire,” says Giacomo Cortesi, CEO of Serapian.



The new products are available on Serapian’s e-shop and physical boutiques.


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Ermenegildo Zegna’s Summer 2021 collection presented via a digital show http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6103 June 20, 2020: Titled ‘Nature | Man | Machine’, Ermenegildo Zegna’s Summer 2021 show was an ode to presenting that perfect balance between man and nature, whether it was the way the collection was presented, or the way it was created.



Zegna Summer 2021 collection



Having started as a textile mill to later encompass clothing manufacturing, Ermenegildo Zegna is seen not just as a provider of resources and raw materials but also as a unique richness of diversities to preserve - hence the Oasi Zegna as a venue for the presentation. 



Oasi Zegna is a natural area in the Province of Biella, Piedmont, Italy, created by Mr. Zegna himself, who also founded the factory of the same name in Trivero. He wanted to give his village infrastructures and parks. He also created tourist attractions, such as ski slopes and the Panoramica Zegna, a panoramic road.



Zegna Summer 2021 collection



The show begins with a walk in the refreshing green environs of Oasi, juxtaposed with the wool mill settings of Zegna’s heritage factory. The presentation soon culminates on the rooftop of the factory with majestic flags flying to mark the occasion. 



A sense of fluidity and precision pervades the collection, both in the shapes and the chromatic choices. Volumes are liquid and generous (yet more tailored than the trend of oversized silhouettes of yesteryears), in pastel shades of cowslip yellows, hydrangea pinks, sienite greys, river stone blues, carabus greens and slate blacks. Materials are lightweight yet firm with wool, hemp, raw fibers, linen, paper/silk, papery nappa, and #UseTheExisting wools.



Zegna Summer 2021 collection



Experimenting with dropped shoulders, lowered collars, layered forms and a poetic sense of functionality expressed by outsized pockets and zips that allow volumes to expand, creative director Alessandro Sartori extends the sartorial quest for new hybrid categories that defines his vision of Zegna. Inspired by the osmosis of different worlds, he cuts outerwear in shirting fabrics, and vice versa, allowing the wearer a complete freedom of combination and interpretation when it comes to items. Cotton silks are used to make easy jackets. 



Mock turtleneck underpinnings replace shirts under blazers and shirt jackets. Duster coats and the liquid trousers draw an elongated and casual silhouette. Rounded loafers with massive soles and sandals ground the looks. Tie dye prints enrich the layering of colors and textures.



Zegna Summer 2021 collection



A seamless communication between man, machine and nature, the show clearly announces the direction Zegna intends to take in the next 100 years.


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Taj Hotels offers food experiences at home with Qmin http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6102 July 20, 2020: Qmin, Indian Hotels Company Limited’s (IHCL) gourmet food delivery platform, has made its grand debut in New Delhi. 



Qmin Taj Golden Prawns



The platform will help deliver dishes from the treasured restaurants of Taj, Vivanta and SeleQtions to the comfort of your home. With the first phase of Qmin’s launch, guests can order from eight iconic and celebrated restaurants like the House of Ming and Machan from Taj Mahal, New Delhi; Spicy Duck, Masala Art and Capital Kitchen from Taj Palace, New Delhi; Yellow Brick Road from Ambassador, New Delhi – IHCL SeleQtions and Thai Pavilion and Culina 44 from Taj City Centre, Gurugram. Indian cuisine from Indus Express at Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka will soon be a part of the culinary selection on Qmin.



From the legendary Machan, the city’s first 24 hours international dining destination to award-winning and authentic Thai cuisine at Thai Pavilion, the much revered Yellow Brick Road and the Capital’s trendy multi-cuisine kitchen, Capital Kitchen, the repertoire of signature dishes that Qmin offers is sure to delight patrons. Qmin puts an enhanced focus on maintaining stringent protocols of safety and hygiene. This includes contact-less delivery and the mandatory use of protective gear for delivery executives in thoroughly sanitized vehicles. The packaging is eco-friendly utilizing bio-degradable materials, and with customized insulation boxes to preserve the food while being delivered.



Qmin Taj Gosht Biryani



The digital menu includes much-loved and exquisite dishes like Golden Fried King Prawns, Silken Tofu Chilli Black Bean from the House of Ming; Kathi Kebab Kaziranga “1978”, Gosht Ki Biryani, Dal Machan “1978” from Machan; Chicken Tai Chin, Shimeji from Spicy Duck, Comfort food with Stone oven pizzas and Home-style dishes from the Capital Kitchen to Laab Kai (Spicy minced chicken salad, mint leaf & roasted rice); Gaeng Kiew Warn from Thai Pavilion and Yellow Brick Road’s ever famous YBR Chicken, Keema Pao, Kurkuri Idli Chat and much more.



Qmin will expand its scope and bring Taj@Home to other cities in the near future. The Qmin mobile application will be launched on July 25, 2020, followed by the gourmet Qmin Shop in subsequent months presenting epicurean specialities and authentic artisanal brands. In the capital, guests can call the dedicated toll-free number 1800 266 7646 to place their orders.


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Hermès Birkin tops Bonhams’ inaugural designer handbags auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6101 July 20, 2020: Luxury auction house Bonhams’ new Designer Handbags and Fashion department, which launched this year, held its inaugural Designer Handbags & Fashion sale, which provided a fitting end to Bonhams Luxury Week. The top lot of the sale was a 2012 Matt Geranium Alligator Birkin 35 by Hermès which achieved £25,062.



hermes birkin auction at bonhams



Head of Department Meg Randell commented; “I’m very pleased with the results of our first Designer Handbags and Fashion sale. We offered a wonderful curated selection showcasing luxury labels, including Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, and Gucci, so it’s no surprise that such desirable pieces attracted such competitive bidding.”



Louis Vuitton monogram trunk



Other highlights include an early 20th century Louis Vuitton Monogram Wardrobe Trunk (including original hangars) which sold for £10,062. A 2006 Tourterelle Ostrich Leather Hermes Birkin sold for £8,812. A 2012-13 Cream Crocodile Jumbo Double Flap Bag by Chanel was auctioned for £7,562. A particularly beautiful 2017 limited edition Turner Neverfull MM by Jeff Koons for Louis Vuitton sold for £2,295.



neverfull MM Louis Vuitton Jeff Koons collection



In an intriguing direction, a recent Red PVC Keepall Bandoulière 50 by Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton was sold for £2,167. Virgil Abloh, who took over as director of menswear at Louis Vuitton in 2018, has been reinterpreting LV’s classic designs, such as the overnight Keepall bags, which have become extremely collectable. 


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An ultra-rare Rolex Daytona in 18-carat gold to be auctioned at Sotheby’s http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6099 Rolex Daytona Paul Newman black and gold dial watch auction



July 17, 2020: Watch enthusiasts swear by the legendary Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ timepiece. A much sought after piece in the auction market, the late-1960s gold Rolex Daytona is especially coveted. At the top of this exclusive group is a true gem: the ‘John Player Special’, named after the legendary 1970s Formula 1 livery, because of its black and gold “Paul Newman” dial. Exceedingly rare and produced in very small quantity, Daytona JPS models seldom appear for sale.



This month, an ultra-rare Rolex Daytona JPS in 18-carat gold will make its auction debut at Sotheby’s, in a single-lot online auction open for bidding from 24 until 31 July. This watch, dating from 1969, is estimated at US$ 400,000-800,000.



Rolex Daytona Paul Newman black and gold dial watch auction



While most of the Rolex Ref. 6264 were produced in stainless steel, a few pieces were made in 18- carat yellow gold. A fraction of these gold 6264s were fitted with the celebrated Paul Newman dial and produced in three different dial variations, simply referred to by collectors as “Lemon”, “Champagne” and “JPS”. The JPS combines a yellow gold case and bracelet with a black acrylic bezel and a black dial with gold sub-registers.



The initials JPS stand for ‘John Player Special’, the cigarette brand which is today synonymous with the legendary black and gold livery that adorned Lotus F1 cars from 1972 until 1986 and is associated with the names of great drivers, from Emerson Fittipaldi and Ronnie Peterson, to Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna.


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Tarun Tahiliani showcases A/W’20 collection with a digital show http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6098 July 17, 2020: Indian couture designer, Tarun Tahiliani, launched ‘Pieces of You’ with his first-ever digital fashion show. The collection, a compilation of the designer’s creative vision over the past 25 years, included a myriad of techniques, drapes and fabrics. 



Tarun Tahiliani 2020 digital show lehenga



Shot at Mr. Tahiliani’s atelier – with strict social distancing guidelines in place – the mood-board room was repurposed to create a ramp-like setting. From walls to the flooring, the backdrop was tailored to hero each of the pieces in the collection. The combination of a taupe jade setting with exquisite carpets from the antique collections of The Carpet Cellar enhanced the décor. 



Tarun Tahiliani 2020 digital show lehenga



With over 100 vestments, the digital presentation showcased highlights from the designer’s Bridal-Wear, Occasion-Wear and Ready-to-Wear lines. The color palette ranged from black, ivory and nudes to brighter hues of oranges, pinks and emerald green. The show was a visual feast indeed.



Tarun Tahiliani 2020 digital show lehenga


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Rolls-Royce develops the Micro Environment Purification System for Ghost http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6096 July 15, 2020: Coping with current times and working on enhancing its offerings, Rolls-Royce engineers have worked on elevating the air quality within its existing motor cars. By using the latest sensor and Nanofleece filtration technology, the marque has created the cleanest micro environment available in any motor car.



Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy and logo



For the new Ghost, which debuts in autumn 2020, RR’s existing air filtration technology has been further developed to incorporate a full suite of hardware and software improvements, collectively known as the Micro Environment Purification System.



Highly sensitive Impurity Detection Sensors have been introduced to detect ambient air quality, automatically switching fresh air intakes to Recirculation Mode if unacceptable levels of airborne contaminants are present. This channels all cabin air through a Nanofleece filter, which is capable of removing nearly all ultra-fine particles, viruses and bacteria from the Rolls-Royce’s micro environment in less than two minutes.



Following the initial implementation of this technology, clients in future will be able to remotely pre-condition the micro environment within their Rolls-Royce via the vehicle’s app in preparation for their arrival.


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Italian home brand Visionnaire introduces its Beauty 2020 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6095 Visionnaire Beauty 2020 collection sofa



July 15, 2020: Bringing together some unique design minds, the latest ‘Beauty 2020’ collection by the Italian home décor brand Visionnaire offers a stunning collection of furniture and lighting. The designers involved include Alexandro La Spada, Mario Lipparini, Marco Piva, Draga&Aurel and others. Technological research, experimentation with materials, the juxtaposition and mixing of elements combined with skilled craftsmanship went into every single product in the collection, making them unique, inimitable yet reproducible.   



The “Il Pavone” collection by Marc Ange, which made its debut in December during Miami Art Basel with a “haute couture throne” and “prêt-à-porter chair” versions, is back in 2020 with exclusive fabrics in six color variants. The luminous collection of lamps, Aracea, designed by Gupica, is a family of lamps is an innovative and romantic project that combines the lighting function, using ultra slim LEDs, with a botanical form having subtle, elegant lines. The lamps are available in the floor-to-ceiling and suspension models.



Alessandro La Spada has created a new dining table – Arkady – with a sculptural lower top in artistic stone. The slab of Crema Marfil stone is crafted by hand to add unique, precious value, thanks to bas-relief workmanship, irregular borders and the inclusion of artistic resins and Himalayan salt. The legs are in metal, molded in sand to create a three-dimensional pattern with a “hammered” effect with animalier overtones. 



Visionnaire home beauty collection bedroom decor



The new collaboration with the design duo Draga&Aurel translates into a truly original capsule collection. The Amos is a true jewel: two metal armrests, shaped by molding in sand for a lunar effect, embrace the concrete base, poured into a reinforced form and subjected to an exclusive erosion technique. The Lego low table and console by Draga&Aurel stand out for the contrasting combination of two materials, treated with different finishes: precious and “raw,” the glowing gold of the metal and the matte black of the concrete. The Sputnik lamps are made of multiple rhomboidal parts that produce an “origami” metal composition. Their lines form a fractal motif in which the metal surfaces reflect the light, casting theatrical shadows all around.



Desmond, a jewel in the center of the room by architect Mauro Lipparini, enhances the perception of roundness without edges, increasing the preciousness of the glass volumes. The central element in Eucalyptus Frisè wood as acts a pillar for the suspended glass volumes, which give the whole composition a feeling of lightness.



The upholstered pieces, Donovan by La Conca is a seating program with remarkably modular contemporary design. They are available in the “square” version with squared armrests and the “roll” version with a cylindrical armrest. 



Visionnaire home beauty collection sitting room decor



Douglas is the new sofa designed by La Spada, featuring borders of curved metal in the base that virtually borrow a part of the padding of the armrest. The Douglas sofa is covered in Nabuk leather, while its cushions and daybed are in Banksy, one of the new Visionnaire fabrics, featuring a “teddybear” effect. The Douglas collection also includes an armchair, a love seat, an ottoman and a low table.



The architect Marco Piva presents the Admeto coffee table, a combination of various contrasting but perfectly juxtaposed materials, for a composition that is almost an architectural archetype, but modern and functional at the same time: the legs in marble with “striped” workmanship contribute to convey an impression of monumental character, contradicted by the transparency and lightness of the top in smoked glass.



Price: On request

Available at: Visionnaire-home.com


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The new Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection is a Da Vinci style production http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6092 Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection



July 8, 2020: Launching a new design in tune with its hereditary style, the new Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection is the result of one designer’s passion for cryptography. 



Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer, Katrin Lehmann, commented, “The name Kryptos is derived from Ancient Greek, referring to something unseen, hidden and coded, mythical even. Ciphers can be traced through millennia, capturing the imagination of some of the world’s most brilliant minds. As a designer, I’ve always been fascinated by the notion that you can communicate messages that are understood by only an elite few, using symbols, pictograms, and ciphers. Finding the key becomes integral to appreciating the full meaning of an item that can otherwise be viewed simply as a work of art.”



Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection



The Wraith Kryptos Collection carries within it an encrypted cipher that evolves throughout the car for the clients’ pleasure and amusement, leading them on a journey of discovery and intrigue. To the uninitiated, these ciphers appear, on the surface at least, to be an alluring design. However, for those few who hold the key, they will embark on an experience that leads to an enlightening conclusion.



Indeed, the code is so secret that only two people at Rolls-Royce know the full resolution of the sequence – the designer and the Chief Executive. The answer has been placed in a sealed envelope, in the safe of the CEO. Clients will be invited to submit their efforts at cracking the code via the members only Rolls-Royce Application, Whispers.



Rolls-Royce Wraith Kryptos Collection



The cryptographic journey begins with the Spirit of Ecstasy. An engraving with green enamel detailing introduces the Rolls-Royce cipher on the base of the enigmatic figurine. Below, recrafted bumper inserts draw the eye lower, subtly modifying both the gesture and posture of Wraith, giving this Collection an identity of its own.



The alluring colours pallete of the Collection hints at the car’s inner-most secrets. Delphic Grey, a Bespoke exterior hue consisting of a solid Anthracite base colour has a hidden effect – only in sunlight do the blue and green mica flakes appear. This effect is accentuated by a hand-painted double coachline, the upper being painted in the newly developed Kryptos Green while the lower acts as a shadow in Dark Grey, both depicting clues relating to the interior code. Completing the exterior aesthetic are part polished wheels, with Orbit Grey coloured centres featuring a coloured pinstripe.





Inside, the cipher evolves deep into the fabric of the motor car. One is immediately greeted by the accented Bespoke Kryptos Green leather hue, which has been developed to incorporate a metallic effect, set against either Selby Grey or Anthracite. Elements of the cipher are embroidered into Wraith’s headrests. 



Enrapturing Wraith’s occupants with light, Wraith Kryptos Collection features an elaborate, bi-coloured headliner depicting an in-motion data-stream inspired motif. Illuminated door pockets continue this theme with Rolls-Royce woven leather and Kryptos Green threads to reveal an unexpected and subtle illumination that fades towards the base of the pocket. 



As much as Rolls-Royce is intrigued, so are we! Who will crack the code? And what answers will the code bring?


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Bovet’s new Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two is an astonishing feat of engineering & art! http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6091 Bovet Recital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two



July 8, 2020: Watchmaking excellence is ingrained into the makers of Bovet. Its new new Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two sticks to the DNA, and in fact, surpasses in offering collectors with a piece that is so magnificent that it is staggering. 



The Brainstorm Chapter Two is the second timepiece in the Bovet collection to be fitted with a sapphire crystal case in the emblematic writing case with an asymmetrical profile. The slope of its bezel allows the collector to explore new display mechanisms that guarantee intuitive and increased readability. Concentric rollers, rotating domes, and three-dimensional needles were used to express time in new ways. The protected design of the writing case opens up new horizons in terms of the very architecture of the movements, by optimizing the volume which simultaneously increases the functionalities offered, the chronometry, the reliability, and the readability.



The middle and the glass form only one single element, 47.80 in diameter, which meticulously respects the original design of the cases in the collection. The back is made up of a bezel and four horns machined from grade 5 titanium. The sapphire crystal case opens generously to display the movement which has many secrets to reveal. To optimize transparency and ergonomics, the watchmakers decided to fix the movement at the bottom rather than inside the middle, as is usually the case. 



Bovet Recital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two



The caliber for Brainstorm Chapter Two is entirely manufactured in the Bovet workshops. Absolute control of energy guarantees an autonomy greater than five days of power reserve by the use of a single barrel, which maintains the oscillations of the regulating structure at a frequency which has been increased to the frequency of 21,600 v/h for spectacular chronometry enhanced by the patented double-sided flying tourbillon.



A dome dial, available in a choice of blue or green translucent quartz or blue aventurine glass, displays the hours and minutes of local time in the upper part of the case. The seconds are read by an index fixed on the tourbillon itself, placed at 6 o'clock which makes a complete revolution, in 60 seconds. The dome, located at 3 o'clock, displays a second time zone, according to the construction, specifically developed for this timepiece and subject to a patent. The names of 24 cities representing the 24 time zones are printed on the rotating part of the dome which makes a complete revolution, by scanning the 24-hour graduation of the base ring. A three-dimensional V-shaped needle allows the collector to select the displayed time zone. 



In addition to a second time zone display, this new display also offers the world time function, which allows the time in each of the 24 time zones to be read simultaneously. 



Bovet Recital 26 Brainstorm Chapter Two



In perfect symmetry, the moon phase indicator is positioned at 9 o'clock and is also displayed by a rotating dome. The surface of the lunar ground is hand-engraved before a luminescent material is applied, also, by hand. The two circular windows which overhang the dome make it possible to read the age of the moon according to the specific orientation of its crescent, whether one is in the northern hemisphere or the southern hemisphere of the earth. The precision mechanism that drives this dome gives it an accuracy that requires a correction of one day every 127 years!



The domes of the second time zone and the moon phase rotate by the patented mechanism of the radial guidance system. Three rollers, in rubies adjustable by a micrometric screw, are arranged on the circumference of each dome. They ensure centering and the rotation minimizes friction and therefore, freeing the interior volume of the globes, which increases the chronometry and the power reserve of the timepiece.



Polished pillars, translucent gems, and delicately satin steels contrast with dazzling elegance. At the back of the timepiece, the bridges are perforated and engraved with a delicacy.



This masterpiece, available for approximately $379,000, is limited to 60 movements only. They will be distributed among the 47.8mm-diameter sapphire case, limited to 30 timepieces, with a choice of blue quartz, green quartz, or blue aventurine glass dial, by respective limited editions of 10 timepieces. As usual, collectors may bespoke their timepieces and thereby acquire unique pieces. Regardless, no more than 10 of any single style made from these 60 movements will be crafted.


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Historic watch brand Angelus relaunches after almost 60 years of flickering dormancy http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6088 Angelus watch tourbillon 2020



July 7, 2020: Founded in 1891, Swiss watch manufacture Angelus was long known as a trailblazer of its time. And though today’s generation might not have heard of this has incredible watch brand, those in the know have whispered about it in intimate circles long enough. 



The brand went dormant after the 1960s, but the Angelus name has reemerged in the 21st century. The revitalized watchmaker has embraced the best of the brand’s early legacy, from the 30s era logo to the innovation and manufacturing excellence long linked to the Angelus name. The modern Angelus brand unites athletic aesthetics and high-performance advanced engineering to create its all-tourbillon watch collections, which are now designed and produced entirely in-house. New President and industry veteran Bertrand Savary hopes to leverage the brand’s strengths and unique value proposition to usher in a new golden age of Angelus timepieces.



Angelus watch tourbillon 2020



The Angelus product catalog currently includes five distinctive all-tourbillon timepiece collections ranging in price from $35,000 to $100,000.  Angelus timepieces are fully skeletonized, and their openwork tourbillon movements are by no means delicate. From their beam-shaped bridges to their interchangeable lugs and straps, Angelus movements are built like athletes: lean, efficient, powerful, and adaptable. Alternative materials like sapphire, titanium, ceramic, and carbon fiber are regularly incorporated for aesthetic effect or for their unique properties of lightness and strength, to improve long term wear and performance.



Visually, Angelus designs underline the brand’s new athletic associations with bold forms, technological materials, and strategic use of color. Iconoclastic designs, superior Swiss engineering, and an incredible value proposition have positioned Angelus as a brand to watch, poised for robust expansion. 



Angelus watch tourbillon 2020 



Mr. Savary says, “In all my years in the industry, I have never encountered a brand that can tick every box for a collector the way that Angelus can in terms of value, style, and quality. I was proud to join this brand to help build on the storied history of Angelus while writing a new chapter as an integrated, modern manufacture for a new era. We are proud to design and produce iconic modern luxury timepieces crafted to the highest standard for today’s clientele."


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MAC’s new Powder Kiss collection is an amalgamation of bright, pop shades http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6087 July 3, 2020: Taking soft-focus matte further with new formulas for lips and lids, MAC’s new Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour and Eye Shadow serve ultra-comfortable, lightweight and uniquely sensorial shine-free colour with a blurred effect this summer.



MAC makeup collection 2020



The new Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour’s plush, mousse-like formula offers ten hours of moisture alongside weightless colour and a misty matte finish. A special blend of powders and emollient properties provides excellent cushion, flexibility, wear and moisture to leave lips looking and feeling soft and smooth all day. The hourglass-shaped applicator perfectly hugs lips, evenly applying just the right amount of colour to blur lines and smooth lips.



Seventeen shades – ranging from neutral to vivid – include colours like Devoted To Chili, Mehr, Mull It Over and A Little Tamed.



MAC makeup collection 2020



Similarly, making soft-focus eyes a focus for the summer, the Powder Kiss Eye Shadow offers matte colour so cloud-like and diffused, it looks like a second skin. Its velvety formula blends with unbelievable ease, thanks to an exclusive Cream Matrix formula, while game-changing Soft-Focus Filter Technology creates a beautifully blurred effect. Colour never creases or settles into lines. Twelve gorgeously versatile tonal shades complement Powder Kiss Lipstick.



Available at: Nykaa.com and select Nykaa Luxe Stores


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Zegna collaborates with 3 artists to produce inspirational content http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6086 July 3, 2020: In tune with the difficult times we are living in, luxyr menswear brand Zegna wanted to create something meaningful and inspirational with an underlying positive message. Engaging the creative community and celebrating artwork as a source of joy during unprecedented times, the brand collaborated with three artists. 



Zegna art projects Apart Together



Dubai-based Indian artist, Alisha Patel (@wordsmithalisha), penned down insightful words that encourage us to embrace change and create a better future. Her constant focus is to use lyrical language that has the power to transform the way in which individuals and communities engage with brands and creative experiences, alike.



New York-based animator, Anthony Blue (@antnamation), injects life into Zegna’s Modern Tailoring suit and presents it as a dancing figure across the screen.





London-based artist Kila Carr-Ince (@Kila.Kitu), hand embroiders and paints the words “adapt together, adjust together, apart together” to illuminate the importance of unity in the face of adversity. 



These pieces were created with repurposed materials and inspired by the importance of community and connectivity when we are physically at a distance.


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Set in the backdrop of Japan’s Nikko National Park, The Ritz-Carlton to open its door in July 2020 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6084 The Ritz carlton Nikko King Room



June 29, 2020: Despite a pandemic that crippled the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko is on target to be opened on July 15, 2020, as the fifth Ritz-Carlton property in Japan. Located within Nikko National Park, the 94-room luxury resort will welcome guests to open, airy spaces with magnificent views of Lake Chuzenji and the sacred slopes of Mount Nantai, a mountain worshipped since ancient times.



Located in the northern part of Japan’s Kanto region just two and a half hours north of Tokyo, Nikko is a popular destination renowned for natural and cultural jewels such as the 97-meter cascade of Kegon Falls, and the splendid Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples set in a UNESCO World Heritage site.



The Ritz carlton Nikko Japan corridor



Regarded as hallowed ground for devotees of Japanese mountain worship ever since the Buddhist monk Shodo Shonin climbed Mount Nantai in 782, scenic Nikko has over the centuries been a haven of the  Japanese court, the imperial family, and travelers both domestic and international. Its richly decorated shrines and temples were named a UNESCO World heritage site for their cultural, religious, and architectural significance. The magnificent appearance of these sanctuaries has been maintained and preserved by a long line of master craftsmen who continue to use early 17th-century lacquering and gilding techniques to this day.



The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko welcomes guests with exceptional design and services that will deepen their experience of Japan and its culture. The 94 guestrooms and suites start at a generous 57 square meters in size and include 9 Luxury Suites as well as the 277-square-meter Ritz-Carlton Suite. Each residence has a private balcony and a semi-outdoor lounge area inspired by the engawa veranda of traditional Japanese architecture, inviting guests to take in the beauty of the national park.



Executive chef Shingo Hayasaka, a native of Hokkaido, transforms the freshest local fare into stellar creations at two restaurants serving Japanese and Italian-inspired western cuisine. Local ingredients also find their way into the original cocktails offered at the hotel’s chic bar. Lakeside terrace seating allows staying guests and visitors to picnic with takeaway items.



The Ritz carlton Nikko Onsen experience



Complete with luxurious open-air and indoor hot-spring baths for men and women that draw on the sought-after sulfuric waters of nearby Yumoto Onsen, The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko is the first Ritz-Carlton to offer an authentic Japanese hot-spring experience in addition to a full-service contemporary spa. Guests may also relax within the library lounge, or rejuvenate in the 24-hour fitness studio. Nearby hiking trails lure outdoor lovers from spring to autumn, while the winter scenery can be enjoyed all the more from the steamy comfort of the resort’s hot-spring baths.


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Mia Becar launches a romantic shoe collection on its website http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6083 Mia Becar luxury shoes



June 26, 2020: Inspired by Italy's Infiorata festivals, Mia Becar has launched two romantic shoe styles, a sandal and a slingback, featuring exquisite woven embroideries. The shoes emulate the traditional floral carpets created at the Infiorata festivals. 



Mia Becar produces monthly capsule collections that debut digitally on MiaBecar.com, allowing the brand to work more organically. The designs, handcrafted in Italy from the finest of materials, are intended to be transitional, as well as functional – so that the wearer feels confident, but also comfortable. The designs epitomize sophistication, impeccable craft, and everlasting beauty.



Mia Becar luxury shoes



The new collection (priced at $695) is available on MiaBecar.com


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Michelle Poonawalla designs wallpapers for Italian house Inkiostro Bianco http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6082 Michelle Poonawalla wallpaper for Inkiostro Bianco



June 26, 2020: Amidst the ongoing lockdown, Indian artist Michelle Poonawalla collaborated with Inkiostro Bianco to design a series of wallpapers for their Goldenwall collection. It is the utmost luxury collection for the Italian design house, and for 2020 they collaborated with nine international artists and designers. Goldenwall celebrates Inkiostro Bianco’s techniques allowing them to print on Gold Leaf and Pink Gold, with the resulting wallpapers highlighting metal-effect base materials often mixed with the sparkle of precious metals.



Ms. Poonawalla’s two designs, The Flutter and Misty Flutter, take the silhouette of a butterfly, incorporating her motif which has been present in her work since the inaugural exhibition ‘What If You Fly?’. 



Talking about the project, Ms. Poonawalla says, “It is great to be able to design on such a large scale, going beyond what I could ever do with a traditional canvas. Whilst I have incorporated elements of my style I have also tried to preserve the distinctive character of the brand particularly in the choice of colour pallet.” 



The subtly represented, magnificent butterflies promise to give a rich look to your space.



Michelle Poonawalla wallpaper for Inkiostro Bianco



Talking about the collaboration, Manuel Mollicone - creative director of Inkiostro Bianco – says, “The cooperations with designers represent a cultural and creative enrichment for Inkiostro Bianco. We hope we have done justice to Michelle’s designs, the final wallpapers are the result of intense four-handed work: a very delicate process that requires at the same time great respect for the styles and proposals developed and attention not to distort their artistic origins.”



Works from the Goldenwall collection are available to order in India from select stores in New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Ludhiana, and Chennai.


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Fendi’s Prefall 2020 collection features graphics inspired by California http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6081 Fendi prefall 2020 collection



June 24, 2020: Designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi, through an exclusive collaboration with Los Angeles-based visual artist Joshua Vides, Fendi’s Prefall 2020 collection is vivid with a Californian vibe. 



Mr. Vides, a first generation Guatemalan-American, is known worldwide for his unique black and white marker style. He gives his dizzyingly cool, cartoon-like treatment to a range of Fendi’s Women’s, Men’s and Kid’s Ready-to-Wear and Accessories pieces.



Mr. Vides’ trademark marker style is peppered by sky blue and wisteria violet touches, to create charming 3D, tromp-l’oeil effects by mapping the seams and edges of a range of urban and resort styles. He also reinterpreted a vibrant, whimsical floral allover motif and reworked the Fendi Stamps and the iconic FF logo, splashed over a degrade background inspired by the shades of the Roman sky, with cartoonish, graphic exuberance.



Fendi prefall 2020 collection



The eye-catching decorative motifs give an artsy, audacious attitude to the Women’s designs, which combine urban staples and resort styles. Mainly focused on lightweight fabrications, the Collection spans from street-savvy nylon windbreakers, embossed cycling shorts, compact knits and printed denim pants to luxurious featherweight fur coats and cardigans, reversible padded blousons, perforated leather jackets, as well as a selection of elegant evening styles crafted from a textured cloqué jacquard fabric. For beach escapes, kaftans and poplin shirtdresses are shown next to beachwear and activewear for an energetic, dynamic vibe. The marker style also gives a distinctive attitude to iconic accessories, from the Peekaboo and Baguette iconic bags, shown in a super soft padded leather, and the new FENDI Roma shopper, to the signature Colibrì sling-backs and FF Fluid sock sneakers crafted from polished leather.



The same graphic extravaganza defines the Men’s selection, where tromp l’oeil effects, shaded details, flowers and revisited FF logo patterns give a twist to cotton jackets, satin blousons, embossed leather outerwear, sweatshirts, T-shirts, denim pants, cotton trousers, Bermuda pants, as well as accessories, including the iconic Baguette, a small travel case, a backpack, a fanny pack, small leather goods, sneakers, sandals and slides. Sunglasses for both men and women have undergone the transformation as well.


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Ralph Lauren unveils new Pride Campaign and Collection: We Stand Together http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6080 ralph lauren we stand together



June 24, 2020: Luxury brand Ralph Lauren has been standing for inclusivity for a long time. Building on a 30-year history of supporting and advancing LGBTQIA+ issues through volunteer activations, corporate initiatives and financial grants, Ralph Lauren will launch a digital marketing campaign and a ten-piece gender-neutral Polo Pride collection for adults and children. The company has partnered with the Stonewall Community Foundation to donate a portion of the purchase price of each item sold to benefit LGBTQIA+ organizations around the world. The Stonewall Community Foundation prioritizes and lifts up those who experience the greatest vulnerability within the community, including communities of color and transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people.



The dynamic digital marketing campaign showcases stories of inclusion, freedom, equality and self-love. Featuring a diverse group of individuals who each created their own unique content for the campaign through elegant self-portraits and videos, the cast includes actor, model, and activist Indya Moore; writer, producer and actor Dan Levy; singer and actor Jeremy Pope; illustrator Richard Haines and artist Deep Pool; models Erika Linder and Heather Kemesky; author Sarah M. Broom; producer and director Greg Berlanti alongside soccer player and producer Robbie Rogers; chef Kristen Kish; US army veteran Anthony Woods; TikTok duo Ebony and Denise from Team2Moms; as well as photographers Micaiah Carter, Soraya Zaman, and Cass Bird with her family. This campaign shares their messages to the world about identity, racism, liberty, individuality and what they stand for. 



ralph lauren pride collection



Ralph Lauren is also partnering with key LGBTQIA+ media outlets globally and cover issues that speak to the community year-round. Support will kick off with virtual Instagram Live, You Tube and Twitch Events that celebrate Pride month, amplifying queer voices and hosting conversations of community changemakers.



The Polo Pride capsule collection features the iconic Polo Pony reimagined in rainbow colors. The collection consists of a Polo shirt, graphic tee, tank top, sweatshirt, flag sweater, fanny pack, baseball cap, water bottle, socks, and a dog Polo. Additionally, Ralph Lauren Fragrances is introducing limited-edition Pride packaging on select fragrances along with a supplemental donation to the Stonewall Community Foundation.



The Pride capsule collection is currently available globally on RalphLauren.com.


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Indian design label Satya Paul names designer Rajesh Pratap Singh as Creative Director http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6079 June 24, 2020: One of the first few designer labels from India - Satya Paul – has announced the appointment of Indian designer Rajesh Pratap Singh as the Chief Creative Director for the brand. In his role, the new chief will oversee artistic direction for all Satya Paul collections for women and men and present his first in Fall/Winter 2020-21.



Satya paul phool



A critically acclaimed designer with expertise across menswear, womenswear and accessories, Mr. Singh has a unique signature style that draws from his Indian roots to craft artisanal garments that stand apart due to their careful detailing and international silhouettes. His clothes have a global appeal yet remain passionately Indian, qualities he shares with the house of Satya Paul.



“I have great respect for the brand’s heritage and creative integrity of the design house. And I’m particularly excited for the potential of this brand”, said Mr. Singh. “We will look to reference its archives and history while drawing parallels to modernity.”


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Inspired by the somber season, Good Earth launches collection titled ‘Still’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6077 Good earth Home cushions 2020



June 20, 2020: Indian brand Good Earth has launched ‘STILL’, a home and apparel summer 2020 collection inspired by the moments of stillness and their subtle charm, and the quietude that the season brings with it. The sublime range of apparel and home linen captures the unhurried languor of summer and celebrates the simple yet delightful everyday pleasures of relaxing, reflecting and connecting with the stillness inside you. 



Chaya (meaning shade from heat) is a line-up of classic Sustain silhouettes and loungewear. Kurtas, dresses, and pants, crafted in diaphanous Chanderis and the softest handloom cottons – uplifted with hints of embroidery, are presented in an all-white palette. The collection also includes a loungewear capsule of chogas and kaftans for a relaxed time. In soothing whites and indigos, these are crafted in light-as-air muslins with fine jamdani motifs deftly woven into the fabric.



Good earth white kaftan 2020



To drape homes with serene moments of calm, there is Chand Bagh (literally translating as Moon Garden) - a selection of home and table linen in tranquil ivories made with natural linens and cottons. This all-white bed collection, is highlighted with tonal embroidery in a floral jaal pattern, to create the perfect vision of summer. The selection of textured and embroidered cushions in bright prints and neutral tones, features florals, ikat patterns, and delicate embellishments. 



The STILL collection is available at all Good Earth stores and on the web boutique.


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The first Breguet tourbillon ever sold commercially is up for auction by Sotheby’s http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6076 Breguet pocket watch for King George III



June 19, 2020: Demanding a live auction in these current, unstable times, Sotheby’s London will unveil one of the most important watches created by Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) on July 14, 2020. Discreetly sold to King George III in 1808, in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, Mr. Breguet’s gold four-minute tourbillon watch will be offered as part of a single-owner auction with an estimate of £700,000 to 1 million (US$ 895,000-1.3m). 



Daryn Schnipper, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s Watch Division, said, “This watch not only captures Breguet’s genius – the ability to conceal layers of complexity behind apparent simplicity – it also encapsulates why historic timepieces are so relevant today. They transcend the function of mere timekeeping to tell us the history of the modern world. This notion was the driving force for the connoisseur who owned this watch: he painstakingly assembled one of the finest collections of horological treasures, whimsical automata, objects of vertu and unpublished letters by the great visionaries of modern history.”



Engraved with King George III’s royal cypher and the letters G & R, the watch is most probably the first tourbillon Breguet sold commercially and is groundbreaking from many points of view.



Breguet pocket watch for King George III



An avid supporter of the sciences, King George III (1738-1820) was also passionate about horology and assembled a remarkable collection of clocks and watches. This passion led the king to brave the blockade isolating Britain from the rest of Europe in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) to purchase what was then considered cutting-edge technology. For King George III to purchase a French watch during this period would have seemed unthinkable. To prevent the chance of its seizure, the watch appeared from the outside to be unsigned: Breguet only signed the tourbillon carriage inside the watch. The piece – recorded as No. 1297 in Breguet’s archives - was sent to Recordon, Breguet's London agent for the King on 29 June 1808 and sold for FF 4,800, a huge sum at the time. George III actually never fully paid for the watch. The Georgian Papers archive contains a bill ‘reminder’ from 1812 which is addressed to the Prince Regent and lists four Breguet pieces for which payments remain outstanding. The first in the list is no. 1297.



The watch created a sensation when it appeared for sale at Sotheby’s from a private collection in November 1999, selling for £551,500. Carefully stored since 1999, the watch has survived in extraordinarily original condition.


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Emma Watson, Jean Liu & Tidjane Thiam join the Board of Kering as Directors http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6075 June 17, 2020: The shareholders of Kering Group (parent company of brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Boucheron, Pomellato, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux and more) have approved the appointment of Ms. Jean Liu, Mr. Tidjane Thiam and Ms. Emma Watson as Directors. 



Emma Watson Kering Group



Ms. Watson has also been appointed Chair of the Sustainability Committee of the Board of Directors, while Mr. Thiam was appointed Chair of the Audit Committee. 



François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Jean Liu, Tidjane Thiam and Emma Watson to our Board of Directors. Their respective knowledge and competences, and the multiplicity of their backgrounds and perspectives will be invaluable additions to Kering’s Board of Directors. The collective intelligence that comes from diverse points of view and the richness of different experiences are crucial to the future of our organization. I am proud to add such impressive talents to the team.” 



Jean Liu Kering Group



Ms. Liu is the President of Didi Chuxing, a multi-modal mobile transportation platform, delivering over 10 billion orders a year to over 550 million users across Asia, Latin America and Australia. She champions a more collaborative approach for the new tech sector to work with policymakers, the public sector and the automotive industry to address the world’s urban services, environmental and employment challenges. Jean Liu is also an advocate for women’s empowerment in the tech and sharing economy sectors, in part through the DiDi Women’s Network, the first career development program for women in the Chinese internet sector.



Mr. Thiam served as CEO of Credit Suisse Group AG from July 2015 to February 2020. In April 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chairperson of the African Union, appointed Mr. Thiam as African Union Special Envoy on COVID-19. Throughout his career, Mr. Thiam has led organizations in both the private and public sectors, and has developed projects and programs that stimulate businesses and economies.



Tidjane Thiam kering Group



Ms. Watson is a British actor and activist. Her filmography includes the Harry Potter series, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, Noah and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She most recently starred in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women. Among her other achievements, French President Emmanuel Macron invited her to sit on the G7’s advisory Gender Equality Council in 2019. She is also a pioneer in advocating for sustainable fashion and is a supporter of Good On You, a mobile app which allows consumers to check the sustainability credentials of clothing brands.



In 2019, Kering had over 38,000 employees and revenue of €15.9 billion.


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Gucci launches ‘Off The Grid’, an eco-friendly collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6074 June 17, 2020: Kickstarting its sustainable initiative called ‘Gucci Circular Lines’, the brand has announced the launch of Gucci Off The Grid under it, designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele.



Gucci Off the Grid collection



Designed keeping the environment in mind, Gucci Off The Grid uses recycled, organic, bio-based and sustainably sourced materials, including ECONYL, a regenerated nylon made from nylon offcuts and pre- and post-consumer waste.



The collection comprises genderless luggage, accessories, footwear and ready-to-wear. Gucci is also releasing a global campaign conceived by Mr. Michele, shot by photographer and director Harmony Korine, and features Jane Fonda, Academy Award-winning actress, producer, author and activist; guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor Miyavi; David de Rothschild, environmentalist and explorer; GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, singer and songwriter Lil Nas X; and King Princess, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and music producer. The campaign is a juxtaposition between a rustic treehouse, constructed in the heart of a towering concrete and glass modern metropolis. 



Gucci Off the Grid collection



Mr. Michele says: “The collection is the result of teamwork; everybody brought something to it. And in the campaign, too, there is this idea of dialogue among people building something new. I imagined that we could build a treehouse in a city centre, all together, like kids playing in the park. Because all of us need to build this house or to find out that our planet exists, even where it seems it’s not there, or it’s far away."


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Michael Kors announces changes to its fashion calendar & supply http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6072 June 15, 2020: In congruence with many other designers, and as a response to the current COVID-19 crisis, designer Michael Kors announced that he will not present his fashion show during New York Fashion Week in September. The brand’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection will be presented sometime between mid-October and mid-November 2020 with a new format of presentation.



Michael Kors Fashion Calendar



Michael Kors Collection will now present and produce two collections per year: spring/summer and fall/winter. Elaborating on his decision, Mr. Kors said, “I have for a long time thought that the fashion calendar needs to change. It’s exciting for me to see the open dialogue within the fashion community about the calendar—from Giorgio Armani to Dries Van Noten to Gucci to YSL to major retailers around the globe—about ways in which we can slow down the process and improve the way we work. We’ve all had time to reflect and analyze things, and I think many agree that it’s time for a new approach for a new era.”



Deliveries of Michael Kors Collection product will be scheduled to arrive in store incrementally over the spring/summer and fall/winter seasons, more closely reflecting how customers in today’s world actually live and shop. “It is imperative that we give the consumer time to absorb the fall deliveries, which will just be arriving in September, and not confuse them with an overabundance of additional ideas, new seasons, products and images,” says Kors.



Mr. Kors takes inspiration from the time prior to the late 1990s, when the New York Spring collections were shown from late October to the beginning of November, after the Paris collections. Mr. Kors adds, “That calendar was in place for many decades and worked quite smoothly, and particularly in this age with the speed of social media, showing the collection closer to when it will be delivered makes logical sense to me.”



Additionally, the company will sell the collection to retailers prior to when they reveal it publicly and to the press, allowing for the supply chains and factories to have the appropriate time to produce and ship new clothing and accessories. In a bid to create a healthier pace, Mr. Kors explains, “I feel that these changes are long overdue and will be a huge win-win, most importantly for the consumer."


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Christie's is back With Another Online Sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6070 June 10, 2020: Christie's Online Sale -  'Arts of India: Heavenly Gods and earthy pleasures' brings together a selection of over 30 fine paintings and 20 courtly objects from a range of artistic centres throughout India. The sale illustrates the variety of classical Indian painting traditions, many with depictions of Hindu gods and heroes and scenes from well-known epics. The sale is curated with iconic examples from the Mughal, Deccani, Rajasthani, Pahari, and Company schools of painting.



Christie's Online Sale - Arts of India: Heavenly Gods and earthy pleasures, from 4-25 June 2020



 



Amongst the objects are fine examples of silver-inlaid bidri ware and a selection of magnificent gem-set and enamelled arms and armour, which display the wealth and grandeur of India’s regional courts. The sale also includes an opulent collection of 25 hand-woven and intricately embroidered Kashmir shawls dating from the 18th to the late 19th century, an early Indian dhurrie that was purchased in Egypt in 1928 and brought to England onboard the SS Empress of France and an imposing carpet from the Deccan that was formerly owned by the renowned American interior designer, Michael S. Smith. With estimates ranging from £200 to £35,000, and a rich selection of splendid patterns, colours and designs, this sale presents a fantastic opportunity for new and seasoned collectors alike. 



Christie's Online Sale - Arts of India: Heavenly Gods and earthy pleasures, from 4-25 June 2020


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Fabergé Supports The Hunger Project’s COVID-19 Appeal http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6069 June 08, 2020:  For 28 May - World Hunger Day, Fabergé  reveals a new Rose Gold Rainbow Surprise Locket, raising funds for The Hunger Project’s COVID-19 Appeal until 31 st August 2020.



Fabergé Supports The Hunger Project’s COVID-19 Appeal



 



This beautiful piece comes with a heartfelt message embedded within, with 50% of the purchase price* from the sale of each piece being donated to The Hunger Project UK, in support of their work empowering people across Africa, South Asia and Latin America. In conjunction with this launch, Fabergé will also be donating 50% of the purchase price* from sales of their Colours of Love Multicolour and Rainbow Fluted Rings to the appeal. The rainbow has become a symbol of hope, unity and solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic, a reminder that after darkness comes light. Fabergé was inspired by this emblem of hope and has created a new surprise locket with a rainbow nestled inside to show support for those in crisis, and those working hard to protect the vulnerable.



Fabergé Supports The Hunger Project’s COVID-19 Appeal



The 18k rose gold egg locket opens at the touch of a diamond button to reveal a vibrant lacquered rainbow hidden within. The bursts of red, yellow and blue are  accented with 3 round white diamonds and 1 round Gemfields emerald to symbolise light after a storm.  The Fabergé Rose Gold Rainbow Surprise Locket retails at £5,040/$5,775. The Colours of Love Multicolour and Rainbow Multicolour Fluted Rings retail for £2,520/$2,835. 50% of the purchase price* from the sale of each pendant and ring until 31 st August 2020 will be donated to The Hunger Project’s COVID-19 Appeal. To place an order visit faberge.com or email sales@faberge.com.


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PANGAIA Supports World Ocean Day http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6068 June 08, 2020: In honor of World Oceans Day (8th June), PANGAIA launches a collection of products inspired by our big blue planet. This includes Hoodies, Track Pants, T-shirt (Organic Cotton T-shirt, Crop T-shirt, Long Sleeve Crop t-shirt), Sweatshirt, Short Shorts and Long Shorts.



World Oceans Day - PANGAIA To Launch Collection in Honour Our 'Big Blue'



The colors are inspired by the natural hues found in the world’s 3 largest bodies of water: The Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. PANGAIA uses 100% GOTS Certified organic cotton which is a chemical-free and non-irritant fabric. The brand has taken precautions to ensure it is completely safe, free from toxic colors, fragrances, bleaches and other harmful products. The vibrant colors of the Ocean Collection were created using environmentally Friendly Dyes and a recycled water system.



This new collection joins the company's other philanthropical efforts, such as their existing partnership with SeaTrees in an effort to help reverse climate change — restoring, planting and protecting coastal ecosystems which store CO2 in the most efficient & effective way.   The collection will range from £69-£154 / $85-$190 / €77-€172 and will be available on www.thepangaia.com on Monday 8th June 2020.



World Oceans Day - PANGAIA To Launch Collection in Honour Our 'Big Blue'


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New Sanitizing Kits On The Block http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6067 June 08, 2020: Pinetti, an Italian brand exclusively available at Sources Unlimited, has specially designed new practical kits to keep masks, gloves, tissues and hand sanitizer in one place. A smart solution for stores, showrooms, hotels or meeting rooms, and also available with a stand, it is ideal to maintain a clean and sanitized environment.



Pinetti Launches Their New Sanitizing Kits (Available in India by Sources Unlimited)





The new sanitizing kits are available in India by Sources Unlimited in a variety of colours.



Available at: Sources Unlimited, Unit No. 356/357, MG Road, Next To Sultanpur Metro Station, New Delhi

Ph: +91 8510 098 000


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Chopard Pays Tribute To Nature http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6066 June 05, 2020: Official partner of the Cannes International Film Festival since 1998, Chopard annually unveils an Haute Joaillerie collection named Red Carpet. A great lover of Nature, Caroline Scheufele has chosen this subject as the main theme for the 2020 Red Carpet Collection. The first creations provide a foretaste of the 73 models that will compose this precious “jewellery casket” inspired by natural enchantment.



Caroline Scheufele, Co-President & Artistic Director of Chopard and initiator of its Journey to Sustainable Luxury, is celebrating the environment, along with its flora and fauna, with her new collection.


 


The creative soul of Chopard and initiator of its Journey to Sustainable Luxury, Caroline Scheufele has decided to celebrate the environment, along with its flora and fauna, by choosing 'Nature' as the main theme of this 13th collection. Chopard is thus exclusively revealing the first creations stemming from the brilliant talent deployed in its workshops: an “Owl” jewellery watch featuring two dials surrounded by multicoloured sapphires forming the eyes of the nocturnal creature; a pair of “Orchids” earrings featuring incredibly natural-looking sapphire petals and tsavorite buds; “Gingko” earrings and ring composed of pear-shaped emeralds, tsavorites and yellow sapphires in shades evoking the foliage of this majestic tree; as well as a series of “Polar bear” and “Seal” diamond rings.



Caroline Scheufele, Co-President & Artistic Director of Chopard and initiator of its Journey to Sustainable Luxury, is celebrating the environment, along with its flora and fauna, with her new collection.


 

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AMPM Launches New Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6064 June 04, 2020:  For Spring/Summer ‘20, AMPM presents THE SAFARI EDIT from Amah’le, a collection of timeless, artistic pieces that celebrate the progressive art, pottery, wildlife and culture of Africa.



AMPM unveils its second drop - The Safari Edit from its Spring Summer'20 collection - Amah'le.



AMPM creates fashion that is timeless and wearable over seasons. THE SAFARI EDIT from Amah’le, which roughly translates to ‘the finest’ in Zulu, captures enigmatic and feminine sensibilities in silhouettes like breezy kaftans, spliced tonal dresses and belted tunics.



Taking a leaf from the unparalleled African Safari experience, airy silhouettes and handcrafted leather accessories are designed in sun-drenched hues and shades curated from the savannah. The wilderness-inspired prints beautifully exemplify AMPM’s signature artistry and artistic brilliance. The collection is a refined manifestation of understated glamour and effortless elegance. These mindfully designed pieces are truly versatile and have an everlasting essence for the discerning eye.



AMPM unveils its second drop - The Safari Edit from its Spring Summer'20 collection - Amah'le.



 


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Kering Stands in Solidarity Against Racism http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6063 June 04, 2020: Kering and all its brands have stood in solidarity against racism. Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, Dodo, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux and Kering Eyewear acknowledge that words alone are not enough and contribute to organizations focused on combating systemic racism and ending police violence towards the Black community in the United States.



 



Kering makes a donation to fight and eliminate race-based discrimination



On behalf of all its brands, Kering is making a donation to the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), which fights to eliminate race-based discrimination in the United States. Campaign Zero, an organization that aims to reduce police violence in the United States. Every day, the Group and its brands will continue to develop initiatives and internal programs to foster respect, equality and fairness, recognizing that it is a journey and committed to continue doing the work.


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Gucci Enters Tennis Clash http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6060 May 29, 2020: In an innovative move, Tennis Clash fans will also be able to buy themselves outfits that mirror those on screen from the Gucci website, which brings the virtual and real worlds together. Gucci announces a partnership with the world's favourite mobile tennis game: Tennis Clash.



Gucci announces a partnership with the world's favourite tennis mobile game: Tennis Clash, where players will discover exclusive Gucci outfits and be able to participate in a special Gucci tournament.

Through this new collaboration, starting from June 18th, players will discover exclusive Gucci outfits and be able to participate in a special Gucci tournament. Wildlife will create outfits for two characters based on Gucci designs; there will be two looks for ‘Diana’, and two for ‘Jonah’, which players can adopt for these virtual competitors. The special Gucci wardrobe will include shoes, socks, headgear, and clothing. From the Tennis Clash game, players will be allowed to directly land on Gucci.com where they will be able to discover and buy the garments.

Users will be able to play in a new in-game tournament branded as the Gucci Open. Tournaments are a limited-time game mode where you compete against other players to score the most points in a series of matches. To complete the experience, during these tournaments, players will also be able to use a new Gucci branded tennis string. Tennis Clash is consistently featured in the Top 5 Sports Games on the App Store and was recently selected as one of Google Play’s ‘5 Best Competitive Games of 2019’. Tennis Clash is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.



Gucci announces a partnership with the world's favourite tennis mobile game: Tennis Clash, where players will discover exclusive Gucci outfits and be able to participate in a special Gucci tournament.



The House already pioneered the relationship between the world of fashion and that of gaming through Gucci Arcade, a section of the Gucci App launched in July 2019 which is dedicated to games – such as Gucci Bee, Gucci Ace and Gucci Grip, Gucci Lips, GG Psychedelic and Gucci Mascara Hunt - that allow users to play with the brand’s characters.


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The World of Picasso: An Online Auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6059 May 29, 2020: Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. In their latest online auction, which hosts Pablo Picasso's work is open for bidding from 8 – 18 June 2020.



Sotheby's online auction of Pablo Picasso's entire oeuvre, from palettes and paintings to prints and photographs, including works from the personal collection of the artist’s granddaughter, Marina is open for bidding



Pablo Picasso was an individual who shaped art history like no other. Turning his hand to virtually every medium, Picasso suffused every element of culture with his signature, instantly recognisable, yet constantly evolving – style. This online auction will celebrate the enduring legacy of the artist with works from across Picasso’s entire oeuvre in both date and scope, including paintings, drawings, unique ceramics, editions, photographs, and even paint palettes. Over sixty works in the sale come from the personal collection of the artist’s granddaughter, Marina Picasso, and with estimates starting from £400, going up to £400,000, this is the perfect opportunity to dive into the life and work of this exceptional artist. The works will be exhibited to the public, with appropriate safety restrictions in place, from 15 to 18 June, and viewing is available by appointment on request prior to those dates.



Sotheby's online auction of Pablo Picasso's entire oeuvre, from palettes and paintings to prints and photographs, including works from the personal collection of the artist’s granddaughter, Marina is open for bidding



“Over the past few years, we have seen incredibly strong demand for Picasso as collectors across the world seek to acquire works of all media and periods by the most globally recognised artist of our time. This sale allows the viewer to explore the full gamut of his production, and invites them to pick their favourite from decades of experimentation – with subjects ranging from the swashbuckling matador and mythological minotaur to the myriad muses that made their mark.” – Holly Braine, Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Specialist



Sotheby's online auction of Pablo Picasso's entire oeuvre, from palettes and paintings to prints and photographs, including works from the personal collection of the artist’s granddaughter, Marina is open for bidding


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Breitling's Limited-Edition Watch supports Healthcare professionals fighting COVID-19 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6057 May 22, 2020: Breitling's Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition was launched during the brand’s first-ever Summit Webcast streamed globally. The Summit audience saw its rainbow-inspired design elements as symbols of hope and optimism, and the overwhelmingly positive feedback led Breitling to launch a second edition, this time with a blue dial, limited to 1000 pieces.



The Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II supports a great cause. Part of the proceeds from the watch is being donated to charities supporting the frontline healthcare workers in some of the most affected countries. Breitling is also donating an additional CHF 1000 to these charities for each of the first 100 Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II watches sold via www.breitling.com. In total, Breitling will donate CHF 500,000.



Breitling's Limited-Edition Watch supports Healthcare professionals fighting COVID-19



The remarkable commitment of the healthcare professionals, combined with the enthusiastic feedback for its first rainbow watch, led Breitling to create the Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II, which features a blue dial and rainbow design elements. The brand wanted to make a meaningful gesture in support of the healthcare workers and is contributing part of the proceeds from the new watch to charities in the countries hit hardest by the pandemic.



Breitling has also announced that one of the Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II watches will be auctioned by Charitybuzz, an organization known for its auctions of unique gifts and experiences in support of worthy causes, in June. The winning bidder will be given the unique opportunity to have a digital live chat with Kelly Slater, who is a member of Breitling Surfers Squad and arguably the greatest surfer of all time. The proceeds from the Charitybuzz auction will benefit Direct Relief, a US-based charity.



 



Breitling's Limited-Edition Watch supports Healthcare professionals fighting COVID-19


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Gucci launches #StandWithWomen Campaign to Support Women And Girls http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6056 May 22, 2020: Women and girls are disproportionately affected during times of crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified underlying gender inequities, including violence against women. Building on its ongoing efforts to help fight COVID-19 outbreak, Gucci, through its CHIME FOR CHANGE initiative,  and the KERING FOUNDATION have joined forces for #StandWithWomen, a new campaign to expand funding for nonprofit organizations on the frontlines of supporting women and girls around the world, and addressing gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.



The #StandWithWomen campaign was announced by CHIME FOR CHANGE Co-Founder and KERING FOUNDATION Board Director Salma Hayek Pinault with a video message calling for the global community to unite with women around the world and take a symbolic ‘stand’ against gender-based violence, especially during this time when access to health services and other resources is limited. Now more than ever is the time to join together to protect the health, safety and human rights of girls and women around the world,” Hayek Pinault said. “We stand in solidarity with women everywhere to put a stop to gender-based violence. We stand in solidarity with women everywhere because we cannot risk the progress we have made in the long fight for gender equality.”



Gucci launches #StandWithWomen Campaign to Support Women And Girls


Through #StandWithWomen, Gucci and the KERING FOUNDATION aim to confront the systemic issues affecting girls and women that have been exacerbated by this public health and economic crisis. Due to the current impact of the pandemic, as well as anticipated longer-term reductions in resources globally, without action and support for women-led organizations, the hard-fought gains made towards achieving gender equality is at real risk of regressing.



Through crowdfunding partner Global Giving, CHIME FOR CHANGE and the KERING FOUNDATION invite supporters around the world to join the campaign and directly contribute to #StandWithWomen at a dedicated webpage, globalgiving.org/standwithwomen.


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A New Global 20th Century Art Sale- Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Lichtenstein and Zao Wou-Ki http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6054 May 19, 2020: On July 10, Christie’s will present ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century, a new auction event offering Impressionist and Modern, Post-War and Contemporary art and Design. Utilizing streaming technology, the first of its kind relay-style auction will take place in real-time across the time zones from four of the art world’s major hubs: Hong Kong, Paris, London and New York. The sale will offer a range of exceptional works over four consecutive sessions led by principle auctioneers in each region, starting in Hong Kong.



 A New Global 20th Century Art Sale- Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Lichtenstein and Zao Wou-Ki





Pablo Picasso’s Les femmes d'Alger (version 'F'), 17 January 1955 (estimate in the region of US$25 million) will highlight the group of works being sold in New York. The present work hails from the artist’s renowned series of fifteen canvases based on Eugène Delacroix’s masterwork Les femmes d’Alger executed between 13 December 1954 and 14 February 1955. Version F was painted around the halfway point in the cycle, and is the culminating, most fully resolved canvas from the first phase of the series. The New York section will be led by Roy Lichtenstein’s monumentally scaled, Nude with Joyous Painting(estimate in the region of US$30 million). Painted in 1994 and belonging to an important private American collection, Nude with Joyous Painting is a tour-de-force of Pop Art and Lichtenstein’s last great series of nudes that the artist began in 1993 and continued until his death in 1997. Annie, 1962 is a groundbreaking early painting by Ed Ruscha (estimate: US$20-30 million), which will also be offered from New York. Leading the Hong Kong selection is Zao Wou-Ki’s dramatic masterpiece 21.10.63 (estimate in excess of US$10 million). Two meters high, 21.10.63 is the largest red painting from the artist’s Hurricane Period and is a dazzling example of the artist’s power and virtuosity during the most energetic period of his career.  



 A New Global 20th Century Art Sale- Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Lichtenstein and Zao Wou-Ki



The new auction will replace the New York 20th Century Evening sale previously scheduled for the week of 22 June. Each city will host a pre-sale public exhibition staged in line with the appropriate regional health advice at the time, complemented by a ground-breaking virtual exhibition and digital marketing campaign to connect with global audiences and support the auction event. Bidders will be able to participate both online, via Christie’s LIVE online bidding channel, and where regional, government advice allows, clients and phone bidders will be welcomed in each saleroom location. 


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Oldest Surviving Cognacs in the World to be Offered by Sotheby's http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6050 May 14, 2020: Sotheby’s Wine, with a store located within the auction house’s worldwide headquarters on New York’s Upper East Side, offers a carefully curated selection of wines from the world’s most prestigious producers and important regions. The year 1762 is notable for a number of historic events. At the Maison Gautier in France, a family business that had only seven years previously obtained a Royal Warrant to produce Cognac, with a founding charter signed by King Louis XV. History was also in the making for what has been described in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest cognac vintage ever sold at auction.



Oldest Surviving Cognacs in the World to be Offered by Sotheby's


 


Only three bottles of the exceedingly rare Gautier Cognac 1762 remain to this day, having been held in the same family for generations with their original labels attached. The last and largest of these remaining bottles, known as “Grand Frère”, or the “Big Brother”, will headline Sotheby’s online sale, Distilled | Iconic Samaroli, Dalmore 62 and The World’s Oldest Cognac, open for bidding from 14 to 28 May 2020.

Estimated at £80,000-160,000, this bottle of one of the oldest surviving cognacs in the world has come to represent a piece of liquid history. With the little sister (“petite soeur”) housed in the Gautier Museum, and the little brother (“petit frère”) sold at auction in New York in 2014, the appearance of this bottle on the market is exceptional indeed. The winning bidding will also enjoy a bespoke experience at Maison Gautier, courtesy of the distillery.



The sale features an important Italian collection of Samaroli of a magnitude that is truly rare. Silvano Samaroli’s bottles are widely regarded as the greatest whiskies ever produced and as a result, they are now extremely scarce. The Dalmore 62 Year Old is one of the oldest whiskies to have been released from the Dalmore Distillery, with only 12 bottles made available. The sale will present Bottles #2, “The Mackenzie” and Bottle #5, “The Cromarty”, estimated at £75,000-100,000 per bottle.



Oldest Surviving Cognacs in the World to be Offered by Sotheby's


 


Jonny Fowle, Sotheby’s Spirits Specialist, said: “The Gautier 1762 is renowned and revered across the world as a Cognac that transcends the world of spirits collecting. This bottle represents not only an example of pre-phylloxera viticulture but also of early cask maturation from the dawn of Gautier’s production and even precedes the French Revolution. This bottle contains a distillation not only of superb brandy but also of Cognac’s history.”



Comprising 216 lots, Distilled is estimated to bring a combined total in the region of £1.1 million.



 


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Gucci Is Back With a New Launch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6049 May 14, 2020: Colour is the key to the spirit of freedom and playfulness in Gucci’s Towards the Sun collection. The new range interprets the House aesthetic in a manner that evokes the idea of light and warmth, with a range of pastels reflecting a mood of joy and optimism.



The Italian Luxury House launches a new capsule collection - 'Towards the Sun'



The collection has the benefit of being both formal and informal, offering highly versatile designs suited to many occasions. Refined, elegant and contemporary, the Towards the Sun pieces – which comprise of bags, shoes, ready-to-wear, accessories and small leather goods – have a characterful, informal spirit and are enriched by the presence of Gucci House motifs and hardware.



For the GG Marmont 2.0, the flap bag with shoulder strap comes in three sizes (mini, small and medium), the camera case in two (mini and small) and there are also two sizes of the top-handle bag (mini and small). For the first time, the House features the metal GG detail in shiny silver. The fresh colour palette ranges from unicolour baby pink, light blue, pastel yellow and water green, to a multicolour version which blends them all together. Exotics complete the offer, adding a refined touch: crocodile for the small shoulder bag, and python for the same style and small camera case. The exotics come in all the pastel colours, and their shiny finish gives these pieces a distinctly luxurious look. There is also a group of GG Marmont 2.0 pieces in white diagonal quilted leather with contrasting blue piping. This classic colour combination of white and blue has a nautical look, and each piece features the gold twisted torchon Double G buckle detail. As well as being offered in bags – the mini shoulder bag and mini bucket bag – the blue and white treatment is also applied to a wallet on a chain, other wallets, a pouch and card cases.



The Italian Luxury House launches a new capsule collection - 'Towards the Sun'



 


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When Jewellery Mirrors Art - Chopard Comes With A New Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6047 May 12, 2020: Chopard launches its latest jewellery collection ‘Happy Spirit’ from ‘Spring Novelties 2020’. The Happy Spirit collection symbolises the cardinal values permeating the Maison Chopard.



Chopard launches 'Happy Spirit' jewellery - a metaphor and stylish reflection of vibrant moments

The jewellery collection is imbued with multiple artistic sources, which vividly embodies through its light effects and pure lines.  A metaphor and a stylish reflection of vibrant momentum, Happy Spirit captures the spirit of a mineral heart–that of a diamond–surrounded and further enhanced by concentric circles. Happy Spirit jewellery is reinvented through a new design that is sleeker, lighter and more luminous than ever.  It comes as a collection of necklaces and pendants of different sizes, equally capable of enhancing a cashmere sweater or a full-length evening gown. Depending on their size, one to three dancing diamonds rotate, protected by several nested circles, the collection also features ear studs and a pair of sleeper earrings as well as rings and bangles. Each model is made of 18-carat ethical gold–to which the Maison has been officially committed since July 2018–available in two versions:diamond-set white gold or two-tone polished rose and white gold.



HappySpirit is available in a complete range of necklaces, pendants, rings, earrings and bangles in 18-carat gold and diamonds. All carry within them the joyful radiance of endless celebration.


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Zaabel Jewelry Brings in New Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6045 May 07, 2020: With their enviable skill in taking traditional stones and creating modern designs for contemporary women, this season fine jeweller Zaabel turns their attention to the pearl. The brand offers its take on pearls to modernize one's jewellery box.



Fine jeweller Zaabel turns its attention to precious pearls.



Zaabel works exclusively with talented craftsmen in India and each piece is handmade. This attention to detail and execution highlights the organic aspect of Zaabel’s jewellery and at the same time makes each piece unique. Zaabel offers unusual settings such as emeralds, rubies and sapphires set on pearls, and freshwater pearls exquisitely wrapped in 14kt gold and set with blue sapphire and tsavorites.



To view the full range of Zaabel jewellery and purchase online, please visit the website international e- commerce store at www.zaabel.com and from La Maison Couture www.lamaisoncouture.com.



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Gucci launches a new limited-edition eyewear collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6044 May 07, 2020: Gucci presents a new limited-edition eyewear collection exclusive to Gucci.com, which is characterised by bold detachable chains that dangle from the glasses’ temples, displaying logoed earrings.



Gucci launches a new limited-edition eyewear collection



This innovative idea stems from Gucci’s belief that people should be able to express character and personality through their clothing and accessories, and is typical of Gucci’s unconventional approach, transforming eyewear by adding an unexpected element of playfulness. The collection has its own dedicated packaging: a pink velvet and red glasses case and a red carry pouch. A label in the case specifies that these sunglasses belong to a limited edition, exclusively created for Gucci.com. Three limited-edition sunglasses styles are available, and each comes in two different colours. The availability is truly restricted, with only 100 pairs of each version being made. To promote the collection, Gucci has shot a campaign in and around a sunlit swimming pool, and on a beach.



The styles are available exclusively on Gucci.com, worldwide from April 30, 2020.



Gucci launches a new limited-edition eyewear collection


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Christie's Returns with Another Splendid Private Sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6043 May 04, 2020: Christie’s presents NWA 12691, a significant lunar rock, one of the largest known lunar rocks in existence. Moonrock is among the rarest substances on Earth, with less than 650 kg. of lunar meteorites known to exist. This example is the fifth largest piece of the Moon on Earth, larger than any returned by the Apollo programme. Valued at about £2 million, the specimen is available for immediate purchase via Christie’s Private Sales.



Christie’s to Offer one of the Largest Lunar Meteorites in Existence for Private Sale


 


James Hyslop, Christie’s Head of Science & Natural History recounts: “I’ve been lucky enough to handle a few lunar meteorites at Christie’s over the years, but every time I see this specimen in the warehouse the sheer size of it bowls me over. Weighing over 13.5kg, it is so much larger than anything else that has ever been offered before. The experience of holding a piece of another world in your hands is something you never forget.”



Christie’s will also offer for private sale a group of 13 aesthetic iron meteorites. The collection, estimated in the region of £1.4 million, is available for immediate purchase via Christie’s Private Sales.



 


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Chopard Comes with a New Launch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6041 April 30, 2020: Setting a watchmaking benchmark with its audacious designs, Chopard's latest Happy Sport watch and its legendary dancing diamonds are reinvented in two jewellery versions, showcasing diamonds by means of a prong setting. This new technical feature gives the diamonds a lighter and even more luminous effect.



Chopard Comes with a New Launch



The 36 mm case of these new jewellery versions of the Happy Sport, also entirely paved with brilliant-cut diamonds, is in 18-carat gold of ethical origin, with a first white gold version ensuring delightful harmony with the sparkle of the diamonds, and a second in rose gold creating stronger contrasts. Beneath the two sapphire crystals staging the dancing diamonds – of which there are seven on these two Happy Sport Joaillerie models – the textured mother-of- pearl dial has been meticulously engraved with a guilloché motif, a token of exquisite craftsmanship testifying to the attention Chopard devotes to detail.



At the heart of Happy Sport Joaillerie, Chopard has fit its ultra-thin 96.17-C mechanical movement with automatic winding, based on the very first calibre created by Chopard Manufacture. Happy Sport timepieces have found their place in the hall of fame of great

watchmaking classics. They are available in ethical white or rose gold.


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A Buzz of Activity at the Home of Rolls-Royce http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6040 April 30, 2020: With the car manufacturing temporarily suspended, the Home of Rolls-Royce is producing the world’s most exclusive honey.



In their third full season of production, the dedicated 250,000-strong workforce in the company’s Apiary is set to exceed their 2020 volume targets for the ‘Rolls- Royce of Honey’. Rolls-Royce’s English Honey Bees are currently emerging from their hives and foraging on the half-a-million trees, shrubs and wildflowers flourishing across the 42-acre Rolls Royce site, plus the eight acres of sedum plants growing on the manufacturing plant’s ‘living roof’ – the largest of its kind in the UK. The more adventurous bees make sorties into the surrounding

Goodwood Estate, whose 12,000 acres of West Sussex countryside are among the glories of the South Downs National Park. 



A buzz of activity at the home of Rolls-Royce



The Rolls-Royce of Honey is meticulously handprocessed by local specialists and served to guests of the marque, including customers commissioning their motor cars in the company’s Atelier suite. The Apiary project is Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ response to the real and present threat facing Britain’s Honey Bee population. The Bee Lines initiative supports farmers and landowners in creating new flower-rich ‘corridors’ to link areas of habitat and help bees and other pollinator species to thrive. 



“The Apiary further underlines our commitment to the environment, which informs everything we do at Goodwood,” says Richard Carter, Director of Global Communications at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Our sustainable buildings, thermal ponds, rainwater management systems and wildfowl refuge have already made the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood one of the UK’s most eco-friendly manufacturing facilities. Through this project, which taps into the biodiversity of our site, including our huge living roof, we’re making an important contribution to

conserving Britain’s vital bee population.”


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Earth Day 2020 - Pangaia Are Giving Back to Earth http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6038 April 28, 2020: On the occasion of Earth Day, PANGAIA has joined forces with SeaTrees to help reverse climate change — by restoring, planting and protecting coastal ecosystems which store CO2 most efficiently and effectively. Mangrove forests are 5x more effective at storing carbon compared to tropical forests.



PANGAIA has joined forces with SeaTrees to help reverse climate change — by restoring, planting and protecting coastal ecosystems



PANGAIA’s Mangrove Tree Planting System

For each product sold, PANGAIA plants 1 mangrove tree with SeaTrees on the customer’s behalf. One mangrove tree stores up to 1 ton of CO2.



Sea Trees

SeaTrees is the first blue-carbon, ocean focused platform taking action on the climate crisis by planting and protecting SeaTrees* in coastal ecosystems. This project directly enables the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), designed to transform our world for good by 2030.



PANGAIA has joined forces with SeaTrees to help reverse climate change — by restoring, planting and protecting coastal ecosystems



What is Blue Carbon?

Blue carbon is the carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems. SeaTrees focuses carbon on the coast — mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses. For example, over 95% of the carbon in seagrass meadows is stored in the soils (Blue Carbon Initiative).



PANGAIA x Sea Trees

PANGAIA is currently focusing on mangrove planting in Biak Island, Indonesia. This project restores and protects 1,000 hectares of highly degraded mangrove forest. It employs local villagers to plant a diverse mix of mangrove species, creating both jobs, healthy ecosystems and habitats. Biak Island’s mangrove estuaries are also 75% deforested, which is why this type of restoration seems extremely necessary.


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Ermenegildo Zegna's SS'21 goes digital http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6037 April 28, 2020: Leading global luxury menswear brand, Ermenegildo Zegna's latest SS'21 has decided to go digital. Continuing the aim to bring the style and innovation, the brand would be celebrating its 110 years of history.



Ermenegildo Zegna's SS'21 goes digital



“I have always wanted to use alternative formats to communicate my creative process to an even wider audience. The idea that this season I will present the collection with a digital tool gives me great energy and freedom of thought because I can finally enter directly into people’s place,” affirms Alessandro Sartori, Artistic Director of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group.



The brand always takes as an inspiration to change the parameters of fashion and at the same time as an opportunity to share - the collections in a different way. The exclusive use of digital has become more important than ever now.


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There’s a New Luxury House on the Block http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6036 April 26, 2020: Once owned by Meg Ryan, the exquisite home in San Francisco, California hit the market through Sotheby’s International Realty. She lived there with her then-husband Dennis Quaid in the early nineties.



San Francisco home formerly owned by Meg Ryan hits the market through Sotheby's International Realty



The home is the perfect blend of stylish, modern and spaciousness. Spreading over four floors, the home has five bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms, a pent room with a bar and an elevator that connects each level. Modern touches bring the home into the 21 st  Century, complementing the luxurious features. On the exterior, a wall of glass separates the inside of the home from magnificent views across the bay, overlooking Alcatraz. The home boasts extravagant features such as a temperature-controlled wine room, timeless full bath, laundry room, mudroom and a three-car garage to complete the home.



It is available at a guide price of 19,950,000 USD through Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage



San Francisco home formerly owned by Meg Ryan hits the market through Sotheby's International Realty


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Chopard joins in collaboration for a new watchmaking trade show http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6032 April 21, 2020: Chopard has decided to join a project led by Rolex, together with other prestigious Maisons including Patek Philippe, Chanel and Tudor. The objective of the project, in collaboration with the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), is to initiate a new watchmaking trade show to be held at the Palexpo centre in Geneva on the same dates as Watches & Wonders.



Chopard joins in collaboration for a new watchmaking trade show



The Scheufele family –leading the Maison for several generations looks forward to working with the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, whose support for ancestral crafts is fully aligned with Chopard’s vision. The new watchmaking trade show corresponds to a need expressed by our worldwide retail and media partners, to visit an annual unique and qualitative event.



Further, this initiative responds to a profound desire to promote watchmaking expertise in both Geneva and the surrounding region, while offering clients an exceptional experience showcasing the Maison’s watch and jewellery creations.



 



 


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Ralph Lauren Expands its Earth Polo Into Protecting the Environment http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6031 April 21, 2020:  Amid the extremely difficult circumstances the globe is experiencing with COVID-19, it is becoming apparent in real-time how dramatic human impact has been on the Earth and how quickly a change needs to be made for the better. This has reinforced Polo Ralph Lauren’s commitment towards protecting the environment by using 170 million plastic bottles in its product and packaging by 2025.



The brand is expanding its Earth Polo shirt offering a larger capsule consisting of new colours and designs. The Earth Polo has been 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 Earth Polo will now be offered in 19 colourways for men including long-sleeve silhouettes, 7 colours for women, and 9 colours for kids, along with printed design options. The shirt is produced in partnership with First Mile, an organization with a global mission focused on sustainability and positive social impact. First Mile works with entrepreneurs from 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 Expands its Earth Polo Into Protecting the Environment



In June 2019, the company published its full Global Citizenship and Sustainability Report, including its comprehensive strategy and goals. It pledged that by 2023, the brand will achieve zero waste to landfill across its distribution centres. It also stated that by 2025, it will achieve at least a 20% reduction in total water use across its operations and value chain, and 100% of its key production and packaging materials

will be sustainably sourced.



The Earth Polo will be available for men, women and kids in select retail stores globally and on RalphLauren.com



Ralph Lauren Expands its Earth Polo Into Protecting the Environment


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Luxury Skincare brand, Sulwhasoo is all set to release  in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6030 April 16, 2020: Sulwhasoo represents a luxurious, state-of-the-art skincare range based on over five decades of research expertise. Global Beauty Company, Amorepacific Group unveils the launch of this luxury skincare house, in India exclusively with Nykaa.



Luxury Skincare brand, Sulwhasoo is all set to release  in India



Inspired by time-honoured Asian traditions and philosophy, Sulwhasoo presents a comprehensive skin solution, based on the theory of the seven-year cycle, which states that one goes through major physical change every seven years.  Intrigued by the ideology of harmony and balance, it boasts of powerful rejuvenation and healthier-looking skin, offering a multisensory experience through a luxurious range of time defying, anti-ageing, and skin-revitalizing skincare. reflects the unwavering power of Ginseng by transforming the legendary ingredient into skincare application and resilience. The brand has made a scientific breakthrough by studying not just the ginseng root that has been recognized for its exceptional efficacies, but also its leaves, stems, flowers, and berries that others have overlooked. 



Luxury Skincare brand, Sulwhasoo is all set to release  in India


Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum in 1997 was the first-ever boosting essence based on Korean herbal medicine. The secret of this serum lies in its unique JAUM Balancing Complex, Sulwhasoo’s heritage ingredient, which combines five ingredients carefully selected from 3000 herbs in traditional Korean medicine. Sulwhasoo’s product range synergize and care for the skin’ regenerative power,

vitality, glow, nourishment and elasticity.


Luxury Skincare brand, Sulwhasoo is all set to release  in India


 


Falguni Nayar, founder & CEO, Nykaa tells, ‘Through the last three years Nykaa has led the Korean beauty conversation in India, focusing on educating Indian customers on the novelty of the products and ingredients. This has resulted in incremental growth of the skincare category as our customers become more demanding and discerning about their choices.  We are very excited to launch Sulwhasoo in India with its unique and innovative solutions which are sure to delight our customers.’


Luxury Skincare brand, Sulwhasoo is all set to release  in India


 


Sulwhasoo is all set to spread its holistic horizon to the Indian Market, exclusively with the omnichannel partner, Nykaa. The offerings in the Indian Market boasts of the brand’s star serum, First Care Activating Serum and other signature products including Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Range, and Essential Range, to name a few. Sulwhasoo has established itself as an authentic global brand, operating in 12

global markets around the world such as South Korea, Mainland China, Singapore, Hong Kong (China), Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, the US, Canada and France.




 



Availability: Select Nykaa Luxe Stores, India | https://www.nykaa.com/


Luxury Skincare brand, Sulwhasoo is all set to release  in India


 

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Fendi releases the Fendi Fab http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6028 April 15, 2020: Appearing for the first time in the Spring/Summer 2020 Collection, on the wave of the Karligraphy bag created in honour of late designer Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi's latest FENDI FAB bag has a vintage flair with a modern twist. The Maison’s compact flap bag has a cool crossbody attitude featuring a new squared FF logo buckle designed by Creative Director Silvia Venturini Fendi.  



Fendi releases the Fendi Fab



The FENDI FAB bag is created in printed leather paired with the traditional gold buckle or a more glamorous crystals buckle version, meeting every woman’s desire from a casual to an elegant look. Its leather adjustable strap gives the functionality and an easy to wear attitude. The colour palette goes from pop colours like acid green and yellow to natural hues like pale pink, black and brown cuoio colours.



Fendi releases the Fendi Fab



The FENDI FAB Bag is available in Fendi boutiques starting from February 2020 and on fendi.com. It has been presented in the latest Prefall 2020 Collection in a bigger functional size that will be available from May 2020 in Fendi boutiques.



Fendi releases the Fendi Fab



 


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Louis Vuitton launches latest collection: “New Formals” http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6027 April 11, 2020: Louis Vuitton has launched its latest collection of men’s leather goods, “New Formals”. After the New Classics, the brand has introduced this new collection, an unprecedented series of bags that redefine businessman style, adding to the existing range of the ever-changing world of Men’s leather goods.



Louis Vuitton launches latest collection: “New Formals”





The fashion house has introduced four bags inspired by aesthetics introduced by Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh. The New Formals collection puts a luxurious spin on traditional business accessories. The collection includes the Soft Trunk Briefcase, Sac Plat Zippé, Cabas Business, and Armand Briefcase made from premium leather. These modern-day briefcases provide a whole new look and style to the typical businessman.



Louis Vuitton launches latest collection: “New Formals”Louis Vuitton launches latest collection: “New Formals”


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Jaipur Watch Company Launches A New Bespoke Watch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6026 April 10, 2020:  Jaipur Watch Company, India's bespoke watchmaker has launched a bespoke gold watch using the last coin minted under the British Rule - a one Rupee coin from 1947. The brand is steeped in the age-old craftsmanship traditions of Jaipur and its history of regal lifestyle even as it leverages the evolution of technology that is changing the business of watchmaking. 



Jaipur Watch Company Launches A New Bespoke Watch



The watch is powered by a premium Swiss Quartz mechanical movement. Its belt is genuine high-quality hand-crafted leather. The outer dimension of the case is 39 mm. The crystal of the watch is made of sapphire. The screwed down back cover of the watch is made of gold. The coin has an Indian tiger standing and facing left. The legend below has India with the year 1947. The value of the coin is inscribed in Devanagari, English and Urdu.



Jaipur Watch Company Launches A New Bespoke Watch



 


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Fabergé Unveils the Harrods Bear Pendant http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6025 April 10, 2020:  World’s most iconic artist jeweller, Fabergé reveal their latest locket surprise - a miniature golden figurine of the iconic Harrods ‘Green Man’ Bear.



Fabergé Unveils the Harrods Bear Pendant





Fabergé has perfectly captured the spirit of the Harrods Bear in this unique design. An 18k gold egg locket, hand-lacquered in Harrods’ iconic green, opens at the touch of a shining emerald button to reveal the charming 18k gold Bear surprise. Smartly dressed in the Harrod's ‘Green Man’ uniform, which has been meticulously hand-lacquered, with ‘H’ engraved on its foot and black diamond eyes, this pendant marks a signature design.


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Shyamal & Bhumika launch their Summer Festive Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6021 March 28, 2020:   Today, Shyamal & Bhumika is one of India’s leading fashion houses.The house has launched their latest - ‘Summer Festive 2020’, a collection that juxtaposes a range of signature elements like contrasting floral embroidery with an extensive colour palette to create a resplendent line of contemporary festive wear.



Shyamal & Bhumika launch their Summer Festive Collection

Finding inspiration in exaggerated tropical and European florals, that bloom abashedly and appear as extraordinary sprays of colour, the fluttering butterflies and tittering hummingbirds that dance in the rays of the spring sun, the collection kindles a, sprightly and free aesthetic.  The festive -wear line features the designers’ signature contrasting floral embroidery with motifs inspired by flora and fauna, Baroque and Gujarat's intricate mud mirror work. Traditional techniques of Double-Ikat, Patan Patola and handcrafted Amdavadi Sarees lend a luscious and alluring feel to the collection. Each intricately handcrafted piece in the collection is a beautiful contradiction- traditional yet contemporary, delicate yet bold.



Shyamal & Bhumika launch their Summer Festive Collection

With rich and vibrant tones like deep blue, rich orange, bougainvillaea pink and emerald green are interlaced with delicate tones like muted mint, vintage ivory and sunny yellow. Panelled & bias lehengas, cowl pants, classic straight kurtas, sarees paired with exquisite shirts lend a very constructed and elegant look to the line of ensembles.



Shyamal & Bhumika launch their Summer Festive Collection


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Audemars Piguet launches newly crafted [Re]master01 chronograph wristwatch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6020 March 28, 2020: Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet’s newly crafted self-winding chronograph brings the aesthetics of the past into the present. Like a remastered recording from the 1940s, [Re]master01 Selfwinding Chronograph reinterprets one of Audemars Piguet’s rare chronograph wristwatches with the Manufacture’s latest technology and a dial design increasing legibility for the present day.



Audemars Piguet launches newly crafted  [Re]master01 chronograph wristwatch

 

Audemars Piguet’s vintage chronograph wristwatches are among the rarest in the world with only 307 units made between the 1930s through the 1950s. [Re]master01 features a round case and lugs in stainless steel, enhanced by a bezel, olive-shaped pushers and chamfered crown in 18-carat pink gold. The teardrops lugs highlight the two-tone case’s inharmonious curve, while the very thin bezel provides an unobstructed view on the dial’s detailed work.   The case’s two-tone polished aesthetics is complemented by a satin-brushed gold-toned dial enriched with black transferred hour-markers, pink gold hour, minute and seconds hands, blue chronograph hands and a blue transferred tachymetric scale.

 Audemars Piguet launches newly crafted  [Re]master01 chronograph wristwatch





[Re]master01 has subtly kept the original watch’s 4/5 indication above the 15 minutes mark inside the 30-minutes counter at 9 o’clock to allow the wearer to record up to 45 minutes. This indication was requested by Audemars Piguet’s third-generation family-founder Jacques-Louis Audemars (1910 – 2003) to satisfy his taste for soccer and indicate his favourite sport’s half time.  Similarly to the 1943 wristwatch, [Re]master01 features the signature “Audemars  Piguet & Co Genève” on the dial. 



Audemars Piguet launches newly crafted  [Re]master01 chronograph wristwatch


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MB&F introduces their all-new horological machine ‘N°10 bulldog’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6019 March 28, 2020: MB&F creations have always attracted a highly loyal audience and HM10 Bulldog returns the favour in spades. The new horological machine N°10 bulldog is a rounded, compact body of titanium or red gold, coupled with a generous amount of sapphire crystal. It is full of fight, charged up with 45 hours of mainspring energy. This massive power-reserve indication has been carefully designed and calibrated to consume the least energy possible, allowing HM10 Bulldog to direct its considerable mainspring torque solely towards its suspended balance, revolving hour and minute domes.



 MB&F introduces their all-new horological machine ‘N°10 bulldog’

 

The manual-winding engine of HM10 Bulldog was designed and developed in-house, leveraging the best of MB&F’s technical expertise built up over the years; longtime members of the MB&F Tribe will recognise elements that hew closely to the horological lab’s best-loved creations. The large suspended balance that hovers just beneath the central dome of sapphire crystal was made possible by the various iterations of this mechanism in the Legacy Machine collection. The massive jaws that indicate the level of mainspring wind are a much-expanded demonstration of the power-reserve management that was first deployed in the 2014 LM1 Xia Hang. The paper-thin aluminium domes have their roots in the HM3 Frog and were refined in 2014’s HM6. 



 MB&F introduces their all-new horological machine ‘N°10 bulldog’

 

Despite its outsize personality — measuring 45mm across, 54mm from nose to tail and with a maximum height of 24mm — HM10 Bulldog is surprisingly wearable. Its sprung strap attachment “legs” allow the body to fit closely around the wrist, with the calf-leather strap as robust as any well-made leash — fastened with either a folding buckle or Velcro system.

 

Available in both titanium and a combination of titanium and red gold, HM10 Bulldog is assembled with highly distilled expertise in micro-mechanical engineering. MB&F Horological Machine N°10 ‘Bulldog’ is available in two launch editions: grade 5 titanium body with blue “eyes”, and 18k red-gold and titanium body with black eyes.    



 MB&F introduces their all-new horological machine ‘N°10 bulldog’



 


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Fendi Launches the Pico Baguette http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6018 March 18, 2020:  Presented in the Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion Show, the Pico Baguette joins the Baguette family as the smallest pouch existing on earth. The name is inspired by one of the smallest units of measure, after Micro and Nano, the ‘picometer’.



 Fendi Launches the Pico Baguette

 

An incredibly small 4x4 cm Baguette with a long chain that has an amusing multifunctional role; it can be worn crossbody, as a necklace with one or two turns, on the regular bag as a charm or as a bracelet. It is available in pop colours for the microbeads and in softer colours in the macro beads. Iconic versions are also presented, in total Fendi yellow and a bicolour Pequin version with fringes.



 Fendi Launches the Pico Baguette

The iconic Baguette buckle in a ‘pico’ version appears in the front as the closure of the bag. It is available in Fendi boutiques worldwide and on fendi.com starting from February 2020.

Created in extremely luxurious embroideries, with micro and macro beads, some with the addition of fringes, the Pico Baguette is the newest treasure keeper.  Fendi Launches the Pico Baguette



 



 


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TAG Heuer introduces a new generation luxury http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6016 March 14, 2020: For 160 years, TAG Heuer has demonstrated pure avant-garde watchmaking spirit and a commitment to innovation with revolutionary technologies. TAG Heuer's recent Connected Modular Golf Edition was launched in 2019. With the third generation of its visionary Connected timepiece, TAG Heuer makes a technological statement that further solidifies its position as leader of the luxury ‘connected watch’ category for the long term.



TAG Heuer introduces  a new generation  luxury

 

The TAG Heuer Connected watch is a unique combination of the refinement and elegance of a chronograph-inspired timepiece crafted in the purest watchmaking tradition, with a state-of-the-art, custom-designed digital experience geared towards performance. The new TAG Heuer Sports app provides  detailed tracking for golf, running, cycling, walking, fitness and other sessions.

 The 45-mm stainless-steel or titanium cases echo the distinct design, noble materials and refined finishes of TAG Heuer chronographs, including their signature facetted lugs, polished and brushed details, a graduated ceramic bezel, a central rotating crown now flanked by two functional pushers, a screwed case-back and elegant bracelet and strap choices in black rubber or steel with a folding buckle. The dial features an ultra-legible all-active and flush OLED touchscreen protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. On the screen, customers can choose between five always-on mechanical- or digital-inspired TAG Heuer watch faces, and can further customise each to match their unique style and needs.



TAG Heuer introduces  a new generation  luxury

 

Taking inspiration from the brand’s timekeeping heritage, watchmaking expertise and timeless design codes, the dials include a three-hand version of the Heuer 02 manufacture movement skeletonised dial, a digitalised Carrera Heuer 01, a liquid crystal-like display, a unique algorithm-based neural network animation named Orbital, and a tribute to the hexagonal nanotube structure of the brand’s carbon composite hairspring. The watch faces can easily be set to different dial options and colours, and even programmed to highlight individual preferences. The versatility of the TAG Heuer Connected watch is also enhanced by an intuitive interchangeable bracelet system.

Powered with Wear OS by Google, the TAG Heuer Connected watch supports wearers throughout every activity of their day with invaluable services such as Google Assistant and Google Translate. Designed with high-intensity activities in mind, the TAG Heuer Connected watch offers sapphire glass screen protection, ultra-lightweight grade 2 titanium on the matt black case, rubberised straps for optimal grip, breathability and comfort, a 5 ATM water resistance rating, suitable for low-velocity and shallow-water activities, such as swimming or running in the rain, and a 430 mAh all-day battery optimised to include a one-hour sports session using GPS, audio streaming and heart-rate monitoring. For longer activities, the battery can support up to six hours of constant sports tracking using GPS, heart-rate monitoring and music, and can be fully recharged in just 1.5 hours at temperatures between 15°C and 45°C.



TAG Heuer introduces  a new generation  luxury

 

The TAG Heuer Connected watch, the most luxurious smartwatch on the market, instils the brand’s renowned watchmaking skill and spirit into advanced twenty-first-century technology.


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A new book on Indian Luxury Market is on the lines A new book on Indian Luxury Market is on the lines http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6015 March 14, 2020: Launching a journal on the Indian luxury market, author Abhaya Gupta is set to launch the book ‘The Incredible Indian Luxury Bazaar’.. Mr. Gupta is the founder of Luxury Connect LLP, Luxury Connect Business School and Luxury Cruxx.



Abhaya Gupta pens a new book 'The Incredible Indian Luxury Bazaar' - a complete guide to the mystical Indian luxury paradox, to be released in July 2020

 

In his efforts to promote and educate the nation about luxury brands and lifestyle, the book takes the reader through a journey of the past hundred years of evolution of the Indian Luxury market. From the times of the traditional maharajas and the lives of the new ones, to the Bollywood era, the book is full of anecdotes, facts and figures, making it a nonstop read.



The book lists the finest details about the mystical yet unavoidable Indian Luxury Bazaar. It shows how the future is likely to unfold with projections, luxury hotspots, and why Indians are slowly but surely adapting to a complete luxury lifestyle across all sectors. From consumers and their complexities to the challenges and their solutions, the book covers it all.



Abhaya Gupta pens a new book 'The Incredible Indian Luxury Bazaar' - a complete guide to the mystical Indian luxury paradox, to be released in July 2020



To prebook your copy at a special price, please click here.


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Gucci launches its 2020 novelties http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6014 March 14, 2020: Gucci  has launched its new 2020 timepieces and fine jewellery novelties. Gucci Timepieces, one of the most reliable and consistent fashion watch brands, with a clear design approach and positioning, has been designing, developing and manufacturing iconic Gucci watches since the early 1970s. The new GG Running earrings mix easily with other styles for a fashionable,  asymmetric look. Adding extra radiance and energy to the Gucci Flora line, the latest additions include earrings, rings, a bracelet, and a necklace. It is also expanding its distinctive Lion Head fine jewellery collection. The new designs make a strong statement; whether worn alone or combined with other Lion Headpieces.



Gucci launches its 2020 novelties

 

The new G-Timeless slim timepieces encompass a wide range of styles, from minimalist to bold and colourful. Gucci is taking the G-Timeless slim collection in two new directions. Available in a variety of colour combinations, the new timepieces feature the Gucci bee motif as a rotating central second hand. Offered in three classic but refined colourways – yellow gold PVD with a silver sun-brushed dial, or steel with a silver or black sun-brushed dial – with a choice between two different case sizes (29mm or 36mm). Two feminine editions blend red or black cuir lizard strap with a pink or blue lacquered dial and five-diamond indexes. Showcasing a slightly simpler design, another two editions bring together a taupe or black leather strap with a silver sun-brushed dial.

Gucci is also adding a highly contemporary touch to the Grip collection with a bold new 38mm watch. Inspired by the world of skateboarding, the Grip collection celebrates self-expression. The new timepiece features a grey PVD case and bracelet, both engraved with the GG logo. The streamlined, vintage-shaped dial is typical of the Grip line, with three windows in which black disks indicate the hour, minute, and date. A dark metal coating creates an elegant titanium effect, demonstrating Gucci’s craftsmanship and attention to detail.



Gucci launches its 2020 novelties

 

The new GG Running fine jewellery collection presents fresh, modern pieces combining precious materials and high-level craftsmanship with a hint of street style. Crafted in 18k yellow or white gold, the new earrings each feature a spherical stud, which is worn on the front of the ear, and the GG logo inside a frame, which dangles behind the ear.



Gucci launches its 2020 novelties



Gucci is combining 18k yellow gold and diamonds in the Gucci Flora fine jewellery collection. Showing a high level of craftsmanship, the new pieces feature diamond-encrusted flowers and the GG logo. Another pair of earrings showcases a glamorous silhouette with a cascading floral element. An open-band ring offers a modern, fashionable look, while another ring makes a bold statement with a radiant flower motif. The bracelet and necklace with discreet flower-shaped centrepieces, are more delicate and can be combined with other styles to create a layered look. The Lion Head motif forms the focal point of the new designs. Showing a very high level of craftsmanship, the eyes are set with diamonds and the teeth hold a coloured gemstone. The new arrivals include two single earrings, which can be worn as simple studs or with the colourful jackets, and three rings and matching bracelets. The pieces appear in white gold, fully encrusted with diamonds and featuring an aquamarine gemstone, or in yellow gold, set with an amethyst or chrome diopside gemstone.



Gucci launches its 2020 novelties


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Rolls-Royce launches new Dawn Silver Bullet Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6013 March 14, 2020: Rolls-Royce embodies the spirit of the roaring twenties by introducing its first Collection Car of the new decade.

Drawing inspiration from the fabled roadsters of the 1920’s – rare, glamorous machines forever associated with bright young things and rakish Hollywood rebels, the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection captures the carefree attitude in a bold, contemporary expression designed for today’s non-conformists and pleasure-seekers. This collection is limited to just 50 cars world-wide. The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection is a powerful, artfully tailored addition to the Rolls-Royce Collection Car ensemble. It features dark exterior detailing; dark headlights and a new dark front bumper finisher, providing a dominant and determined expression in a heightened contrast to the silver hue. The part-polished wheels offer a translucent shadow finish with a single silver pinstripe.



Rolls-Royce launches new Dawn Silver Bullet Collection





Imbued with British eccentricity and class, this model melds the nostalgia of the past with the sophisticated innovation of the future, making the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection the perfect platform from which to experience the very best journeys around the world. This collection updates the classic roadster spirit and offers an exhilarating sense of uncompromised freedom.

Rolls-Royce will also curate a series of ‘Silver Bullet Drives’, epic road-trips for the owners of this contemporary collection, made available via Whispers, Rolls-Royce’s exclusive, digital home for Rolls-Royce clients around the world.

 


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Daum offers animal-inspired crystalware in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6011 March 9, 2020: Housing bespoke lighting and home decor solutions, Emery Studio has launched a dazzling selection of exquisite accessories by Daum, the legendary master glassmaker from France, in India.



Crystal peacock Daum



Known and recognized for her bird sculptures, Madeleine van der Knoop from Belgium, has a special gift for representing animals with an intense realism. Created from the original work of Madeleine van der Knoop, the Tropical Peacock in crystal was realized by the ateliers of Daum, using the lost-wax technique. The crystal sculpts the light and reveals the extreme elegance of the peacock and its plumage. The magnificent shades of blue-green and violet, sublimated by its eyes in diamonds and amethysts, accentuate the beauty of this ornamental animal.



Crystal horse Daum



The Horse Head sculpture accentuates the beauty of the Arabian thoroughbred with meticulously sculpted minute details of the majestic animal, down to its structured muscles and wild mane. In a warm shade of amber, this sculpture reflects the fiery spirit of this handsome creature.



Crystal polar bears Daum



In a unique interpretation of a photo by the artist Kyriakos Kaziras, Daum has created a magnificent crystal sculpture which reveals two polar bears emerging from the ice. The luminous beauty and bluish tones of the sea ice transcribes the work of light dear to the artist. Through this dialogue between the photography of Kyriakos Kaziras and the renowned crystal manufacturer, Daum aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our fragile nature.



Available at: Emery Studio, Shakuntla Farm, Ghitorni, New Delhi, India


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Sotheby’s Paris celebrates one of the world’s oldest jewellery houses: Mellerio http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6010 March 9, 2020: Giving an ode to the heritage house of Mellerio, a jewelry brand from Paris, Sotheby’s Paris will host two events charting the illustrious history of the 407-year-old brand, An exhibition of 17 treasures from Mellerio’s heritage collection will be showcased from March 28 to 31, and the sale of 25 pieces made by the jeweller in the last 30 years of the 20th century will be offered in the “Paris Joaillerie” auction on April 1.



Mellerio peacock feather jewelry



Founded in 1613, the 14-generation family-run jeweller can claim Marie de Medici as its first client and Marie Antoinette as its most famous. It has created heirlooms for the greatest dynasties around the world, from Queen Victoria and the Maharaja of Kapurthala to the Queens of Europe and the Tsarina of Russia.



The exhibition will showcase some of the most important commissions by the jeweller, including an 18th-century antique cameo and ruby bracelet most likely sold to Marie Antoinette by Jean-Baptiste Mellerio (1765-1850) in 1780. Set with seven cameos featuring Roman emperors, the bracelet bears witness to two features the queen particularly appreciated in jewellery: rubies and cameos.



Mellerio Marie Antoinette bracelet



Another highlight is an articulated and transformable peacock feather brooch with calibrated diamonds, sapphires and rubies surrounding a large emerald, purchased in 1868 by Empress Eugénie. This masterpiece of jewellery participated in several “Universal Exhibitions”, which showed Mellerio’s innovative creations to much of the world.



The peacock can be found in another sumptuous piece to go on view: a pearl, pink gold, diamond and enamel choker from 1900, a time when the jeweller was high in demand among European elites. Spanning 240 years of Mellerio’s history, the exhibition will also feature an 1825 citrine and yellow gold parure, a diamond and turquoise floral tiara from 1860 and a 1960s coral and diamond clip.



Mellerio emerald necklace suite



For the auction, Sotheby’s will offer a delicate Mellerio necklace with round aquamarine and old-cut diamonds, inspired by archaeological jewellery and made at the end of the 19th century (est. €8,000 – 12,000).



Star lots in the sale include two late 1970s emerald designs reminiscent of the necklaces made for Empress Eugenie and the Russian Princess Zénaïde Youssoupov in the late 19th century: a 1979 demi-parure, composed of a necklace and a pair of earrings set with oval cabochon emeralds (est. €20,000 – 40,000) and a 1977 necklace featuring a 19.76-carat cabochon emerald drop (est. €20,000 – 40,000).



Mellerio Venetian style brooch



The jewels in the sale also demonstrate Mellerio’s bravura in cutting stones and marrying different cuts in a single jewel. Nature has inspired some of Mellerio’s most elegant creations over the centuries. Italy, the ancestral home of the Mellerio family, influenced many designs over the years.


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Louis Vuitton launches two new exceptional watches http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6009 March 6, 2020: Telling time from around the world, and giving an ode to the magnificence of the space, Louis Vuitton’s two new watches have the skies covered. 



Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time Meteorite watch



The Escale Spin Time Meteorite watch is named after its rotating cubes whose motion displays the hours, a design patented and crafted entirely in-house by the master watchmakers at la Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton. A modern way of telling time, the watch has no hands, instead twelve cubes – set on spokes around the dial – which spin independently to mark the passage of time. While eleven of them display variations in grey of the Louis Vuitton motifs drawn from its famous luggage, the twelfth stands out with an indication of time on one golden face. This unique concept puts a playful spin on technical innovation. The watch’s mechanics are powered by the LV77 calibre automatic movement, which boasts a 40-hour power reserve.



Available with a 41 mm diameter, the Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time Meteorite juxtaposes a new bi-material colour combination. The shine of pink gold is beautifully set off by the depth of black PVD-coated stainless steel. This striking contrast is elegant, sophisticated and architectural.



Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time Meteorite watch



Lastly, but definitely more intriguing, is the fact that the dial of the Escale Spin Time Meteorite is carved out of the Gibeon meteorite that landed in Namibia. This other-worldly, mystical material brings a majestic splendour to the watch’s two-tone styling, highlighting the vivid sparkle of golden touches on the central minute hand and on the cubes that show the hours. Given the fragility of the friable stone, it takes a rare degree of skilled craftsmanship to make a dial in two days of work.



Louis Vuitton Tambour World Time Runway watch



The Tambour World Time Runway, on the other hand, is a very much Earthly possession. The perfecting of a new automatic movement, the LV107 calibre, makes this watch possible. It introduces two central hour and minute hands in place of rotating discs. This optimises how you can read universal time. Modern-day globetrotters can instantly tell the time in all 24 time zones with just a glance. If the time indicated by the central hands is the correct time in the city whose name is positioned at 12 o’clock, then the local time in the other capitals can reliably be deduced from their position.



The dial of the Tambour is housed in a 46 mm-diameter case allying two materials and two colours – pink gold and black PVD-coated stainless steel. Its apparent depth is made possible by a city disc formed of sapphire crystal, which projects the initials of each of the 24 cities, as if they were suspended above the hours.



Louis Vuitton Tambour World Time Runway watch



Echoing the international aviation aesthetic seen on airport runways around the world, the foregrounded colours of the watch are black, white and yellow. The dial’s imposing sporty character is augmented by a hefty winding crown. Made of pink gold covered with black rubber, it gives an optimal grip. The strap is interchangeable and easily swappable to suit one’s mood, with no hassle and no tools.


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Cocoon Fine Rugs introduces new collection called 'Convergence' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6008 Cocoon Fine Rugs X Daaa Haus carpet collection 2020



March 6, 2020: Cocoon Fine Rugs (established in Mumbai in 2009) by Ayush Choudhary is known for its sophisticated, modern interpretation of classic weaves, making rugs a contemporary style statement. As Cocoon Fine Rugs celebrates their tenth anniversary, Mr. Choudhary announced a collaboration with Malta-based designer Keith Pillow of The Daaa Haus Group to unveil a limited edition of rugs, titled ‘Convergence’. 



The designs are a convergence of the works of artist James Vella Clark’s oil on canvas series which are inspired by the landscapes of Malta.



Cocoon Fine Rugs X Daaa Haus carpet collection 2020



Involving a play of shades which are vibrant, the new collection aims to bring in the breezy environs of Malta inside homes. A modern interpretation of skies and seas, the collection is unique, stylish and contemporary. 



Cocoon Fine Rugs is known for its designer collaborations such as with fashion designer Varun Bahl, Rooshad Shroff and Ashiesh Shah. Their recent collaboration has been with the czar of Indian fashion industry: JJ Valaya. Cocoon has flagship galleries in Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata, which house exclusive contemporary rugs as well as oriental carpets with a fresh twist. Cocoon’s rugs are housed by of famous celebrities such as Shilpa Shetty, Jacqueline Fernandez and Karan Johar.


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Fear of God and Ermenegildo Zegna merge for an exclusive collaboration http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6007 March 6, 2020: Launching ‘Fear of God exclusively for Ermenegildo Zegna Collection’, a brand-new collection made possible via a spontaneous dialogue between Alessandro Sartori and Jerry Lorenzo, was presented in early March, during the Paris Women’s Fashion Week.



Fear of God Ermenegildo Zegna 2020 Collection



With the objective of identifying and following a new path of masculine elegance that is also wearable for women, the frank and authentic conversation between the two apparently distant worlds defines an immediate and contemporary wardrobe.



The excellence of Ermenegildo Zegna’s sartorial take and the sophisticated leisurewear of Fear of God blend naturally, mixing and merging, reinventing silhouettes and proportions in a continuous cross-reference between Milan/Los Angeles and back. 



Fear of God Ermenegildo Zegna 2020 Collection



The collection is a total look: suits whose jackets lose their revers and where the pockets slide along the sides, coats designed with the absolute comfort of a one size fits all concept and made from the finest natural fabrics, a super lightweight suede shirt-jacket and black leather bomber, both featuring an embossed Zegna logo. 



Jeans share the same casual attitude as accessories, which includes western ankle boots and long woven belts that tie at the front. The colour palette, with its mélange grey, vicuna and taupe, is all about neutrals.



Fear of God Ermenegildo Zegna 2020 Collection



The collection will be commercially available from September 2020 and distributed through a selection of Ermenegildo Zegna boutiques, zegna.com, as well as an exclusive network of international speciality stores aligned with the unique spirit expressed by the project. 



Ermenegildo Zegna and Fear of God write a new page for menswear, intertwining tradition and authenticity.


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Aman Resorts announces Janu: a new hotel brand http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6005 Janu Montenegro hotel



March 5, 2020: Aman resorts, famed for providing sanctuaries which delve into the heart of the location and the traveler, has launched a sister brand, called Janu.



“While Aman is synonymous with its Sanskrit translation, ‘peace’, Janu stands for ‘soul’; Aman is a sanctuary, whereas Janu is connectedness; Aman offers refined respite, whereas Janu offers an energetic vibe for those seeking greater purpose with inner contentment,” says the official statement from Aman.



Janu aims to heighten genuine human interaction, playful expression and social wellness at the core of its experience. Janu will create environments that nurture purposeful connection to bring balance to the head and heart and rekindle the soul.



Janu Montenegro hotel



Janu launches with three forthcoming hotels which are already under construction: Montenegro (2022), Al Ula in Saudi Arabia (2022) and Tokyo (2022), as well as a robust pipeline of future hotels.



Janu Montenegro will be the first hotel to incorporate the brands serviced residence concept, enabling guests to fully embrace the Janu lifestyle. The timeless yet contemporary design of each Janu hotel will be focused on space and light, giving an ambience that enhances the mood, encouraging guests to reconnect with themselves and with others. Large guest rooms will offer refined havens of characterful tranquility, all exquisitely furnished and with expansive bathrooms.



Janu Montenegro hotel



Janu’s social spaces will be ever-evolving and dynamic and will offer a mix of dining, lounge and bar areas. A culture of innovation will see limitless gastronomic horizons paired with mixologist-crafted cocktails. A plethora of culinary concepts bolster Janu’s overarching culinary vision; whether it’s low-temperature cooking or harnessing the benefits of fermentation, dramatic open kitchens and lively counter-top displays make for convivial dining experiences that energise the senses.



Social wellness is at the core of the Janu experience with a focus on mind, body and soul. Offering energetic group classes, time-conscious, high-octane group classes and more subdued, mindful practices will allow Janu to balance and realign your body. Expansive wellness facilities will offer cutting-edge experiences, treatments as well as hydro and thermal facilities.


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The M.A.D. Gallery presents handmade electric bikes by Avionics http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6004 Avionics electric bike at MAD Gallery



March 4, 2020: As is the characteristic of MAD Gallery, the hub of genius inventions is presenting AVIONICS VM, a handmade electric bike that captures the thrill of flying high while riding on solid ground. Blending minimalistic features into a retro style reminiscent of the 1930s, these two-wheelers are as beautiful as rugged. 



This conception hails from Avionics, a business started by two Polish gentlemen, Bartek and Jaromir. “The design of Avionics references vehicles and planes from yesteryear, while its interior technology showcases the twenty-first century,” explains Jaromir. 



Offering a unique and striking form built to be reliable and withstand time, Avionics VM is an environmentally friendly alternative free from noise and exhaust, the bike has been created exclusively for M.A.D. Gallery, in a limited edition of 52. 



Avionics electric bike at MAD Gallery



The sweeping lines of the sturdy frame are made with chromium-molybdenum steel, an incredibly strong and corrosion-resistant material, and chrome steel, a standout colour produced specifically for this M.A.D. Gallery collection. Integrated into the frame is an ergonomic seat using leaf spring suspension to provide a smooth ride and a notable design element.



Accents handcrafted from Jatoba wood enhance the AVIONOCS VM’s visual allure with rich, warm tones. The sleek wooden chest located at the bottom of the frame confidentially houses the battery, immobilizer, and electrical components, protecting them from weather and dust while simultaneously adding a touch of class with old-school leather straps. From the saddle and grips to the headlight and fork covers, the hardwood features are exquisite.



The AVIONICS VM has a massive 5,000-watt electric motor harnessing incredible torque (125 newton-maters or 92 feet-pound) with top speed reaching 36 miles per hour (58 kilometres/hour). Featuring a 24-ampere hour lithium-ion battery pack, the bike can travel an estimated range of 74.5 miles (about 120 km) in low-power street mode and can be topped up in two to three hours from a domestic plug socket. Additionally, there is a USB port for charging the bike.



Avionics electric bike at MAD Gallery



The AVONICS VM e-bike is programmed with various street modes limiting its power to more street-friendly speeds. However, using the force mode of the AVIONICS VM, you can ride like the wind – which is why the ‘M’ in ‘VM’ stands for makani, meaning wind in the Hawaiian language. 



Decked out with hardy disc brakes measuring 203 millimetres (8 inches) on both the front and back wheels makes stopping as effective as possible. And the power created from slowing down is recouped and helps charge the battery pack, extending the ride time until you have to plug in. In case the battery runs dry, or for the very sporty, AVIONICS VM is armed with traditional cycling pedals to get back home the old-fashioned way. The chrome-plated headlamp will help guide a night ride with its 1,000 lumens of light while the bike’s taillight offers an output of up to 15 lumens via a bank of 18 COB LEDs. 



The AVIONICS VM’s 26 by 3 inch special tires with retro ZigZag tread are able to take on a variety of terrain. The e-bike is also waterproof so you can take it out while it is raining without any worries: simply deactivate the immobilizer and a rear-wheel electric blockade anti-theft system with your key and off you go.


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Mumbai's first Six Senses Spa opens its doors at The World Towers http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6003 Mumbai Six Senses Spa Lobby



March 5, 2020: The acclaimed Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas and Lodha Group have launched Mumbai’s first Six Senses Spa, located in the heart of the city, at The World Towers in Lower Parel. The spa brings to Mumbai a one-of-a-kind wellness experience that focuses on functional fitness, recovery and personalized wellness journeys.



Designed with a contemporary look using elements of water, nature, space, stone, and wood, the 21,000 square feet Six Senses Spa adopts a layered approach to wellness that goes beyond the ordinary. From their pioneering experts, doctors and practitioners to the unique blend of high-tech science and high-touch therapies, wellness is integrated into the entire Six Senses experience. 



Mumbai Six Senses Spa Ayurveda treatment room



Spread across two floors, the spa focuses on functional fitness, recovery and wellness. With a variety of signature therapies, Ayurveda and healing treatments, Six Senses Spa Mumbai offers residents and daily guests an urban oasis to recharge and pursue their personal goals. The main spa comprises of seven treatment rooms, including two couple’s rooms (with steam showers in both and Jacuzzi in one), a spa lounge with an Alchemy and Juice Bar, relaxation rooms, male and female changing areas with lockers and a retail gallery. 



Along with a separate kid’s spa, yoga and dance studio, it also comprises of a salon available for grooming. The spa also includes heat and relaxation areas including a Jacuzzi, steam, infrared sauna, rock sauna, Experience Shower zone and Tepidarium. The fitness ecosystem of the Spa encompasses a world-class gym managed by Six Senses.



Mumbai Six Senses Spa Kids treatment room



Exclusive to west India, Six Senses Spa Mumbai provides treatments and products from the multi-award winning natural skincare line ‘Subtle Energies’. Made in Australia under European standards of natural skincare, Subtle Energies creates results-based skincare and wellness solutions founded on authentic Aromatherapy and Ayurveda principles. Designed to balance and restore, the Six Senses Spa journey mirrors the Mumbai life, full of vibrant moments of energy and is the ideal destination for those seeking greater mental, physical and emotional well-being.


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Chopard becomes the official partner to ‘No Time to Die’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6002 March 4, 2020: The Maison Chopard announced that it will be an official partner of ‘No Time To Die’, the 25th James Bond film.

In the film, actress Ana de Armas wears a necklace set with pear-shaped diamonds, totalling 43 carats. A bracelet composed of an 82-carat cascade of pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds also adorns her wrist. Finally, earrings graced with 14 carats of pear-shaped diamonds enhance her look. All these creations are part of Chopard’s Green Carpet Collection, the first made entirely from sustainably mined materials in the form of ethical Fairmined certified gold and diamonds from suppliers endorsed by the Responsible Jewellery Council.



Ana de Armas No Time to Die Chopard



Ana de Armas and Léa Seydoux, another Chopard ambassador, will shine wearing the brand’s jewellery on the occasion of the film’s premières in a number of the world’s capitals.



Ana de Armas No Time to Die Chopard



Co-President and Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele took this opportunity to share her vision of the James Bond Woman: a determined and courageous woman by reinterpreting Chopard’s iconic Happy Hearts collection for the film.



Chopard Happy Hearts Collection



Filling the hearts with ethical rose gold, the new ‘Happy Hearts – Golden Hearts Collection’ is ethical, light, supple and easy-to-wear. Created in collaboration with EON Productions, which controls worldwide merchandising of the James Bond films, the collection includes a bracelet, earrings, pendant and sautoir necklace, playfully alternating between a large golden heart with a smaller heart containing the famous dancing diamond. A second version offers the same design with the large heart delicately set with diamonds.


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Lladró becomes a member at Palladium mall, Mumbai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6001 March 4, 2020: Lladró, the renowned fine porcelain brand, has opened a new boutique at Palladium Mall in Mumbai. A 100sq ft. store on the ground floor now houses a complete cross-selection of Lladró’s varied catalogue of porcelain offerings, including lighting, sculptures, jewellery, home décor and fragrances.



The historic art porcelain brand, a flagship for luxury in Spain, has strategically relocated one of the seven boutiques that it has in India from a high street store to Palladium Mall, Mumbai. The opening of the store is part of the roll-out of a new business approach undertaken by the brand. This new phase responds to the strategic need for expansion and improvement of Lladró’s boutiques around the world’s most economically powerful cities.



Lladró  becomes a member at Palladium mall, Mumbai



Luxury and exclusiveness, coupled with contemporary art knowledge, design, cultural traditions and universal feelings, serve as inspiration for the brand’s creative universe, allowing customers to be able to enjoy and select pieces whilst discovering the intricacies in porcelain world. Renowned architect Héctor Ruíz Velázquez has again collaborated with the brand and has developed a new interior concept that captures the perfect balance between the historical origins of the brand and the avant-garde designs Lladró is now known for.



The materials used inside the store takes us back to the components of porcelain: kaolin, feldspar and quartz, alongside the white Calacatta marble floor with its grey veins, reflected in the cement texture of the walls, both contrasting with the delicate art pieces on display.



Lladró’s team of sculptors, technicians, decorators and ornamental artists have created a slew of new collections which are on offer at the store. The new ‘Guest by Ricardo Cavolo Spain’s most internationally famous illustration artist Ricardo Cavolo, has two new versions of The Guest, covering the pieces with his breathtaking imagery based on legends, fantasy nature and tattooed beings.



Lladró  becomes a member at Palladium mall, Mumbai



Lladró insects are the first three in a new collection of incredible insects: two kinds of beetles, the Rhinoceros and the Hercules, and a dragonfly. These are innovative creations in porcelain and metal, decorated with pearl lustre, exploring the fascinating world of insects.  Ice Cream candles and diffusers are original pieces with striking designs inspired by the wavy rhythms of smooth creamy ice cream, made in white matte porcelain and decorated with a metal cover. 



The brand also presents Dog & Candy Collection, including  French Bulldog  & Macarons,, a Bulldog with Lollipop in white porcelain, and a Chihuahua with Marshmallows. These unique, playful animal pieces complement the sweets that contribute a colourful and surprising contrast. A Jack Russel with licorice combines matte porcelain and shine for a perfect piece for animal and pet lovers.


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Sotheby's Wines & Spirits Sales offers impeccable concoctions Sotheby's Wines & Spirits Sales offers impeccable concoctions http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6000  



March 4, 2020: Offering the rarest spirits and wines, Sotheby’s is auctioning some fine examples of superb blends at its auction on March 18.



Sotheby’s Finest & Rarest Spirits feature the oldest Macallan and Karuizawa ever bottled alongside other landmarks in the world of whisky. The highly sought after Karuizawa 52 Year Old Cask's Zodiac Rat 1960, the most coveted bottle from this closed Japanese distillery, is fortuitously offered this year, the Year of the Rat. In 2018, a bottle of this Japanese single malt broke the record for the most expensive bottle of Japanese whisky ever sold at auction, superseded several months later by a rare bottle of Yamazaki 50-Year-Old 1st Edition.



Sotheby's Wines & Spirits Sales offers impeccable concoctions



Among the most notable bottlings in this auction is an impeccable array of old Gordon & MacPhail releases from previous decades with vintages stretching back to the 1930s, which culminate in a collection of four highly aged and very limited Crystal Decanters from the G&M Private Collection. These decanters have been consigned to Sotheby’s directly from the Urquhart family and each is number 1 out its respective outturn. A truly impeccable lineup of aged Macallan Whiskies ranges from an independently bottled 48-Year-Old through an unbroken vertical of The Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars Collection – six crystal decanters ranging from 50 to 65 years old to the inimitable 72 Year Old Genesis Decanter, the oldest whisky to be released from this exemplary distillery.



Wines from the cellar of George Ortiz (1927-2013), one of the world's foremost collectors of antiquities, are headlined by two cases of the legendary Cheval Blanc 1947, together with majestic parcels of Margaux and Latour from the same vintage, further red Bordeaux spanning five decades, and rounded off with Yquem from the 1920s. The 1947 vintage is considered the greatest Cheval Blanc of the 20th century, being both very powerful and beautifully balanced.



Sotheby's Wines & Spirits Sales offers impeccable concoctions



An Exceptional Cellar of French Classics features Bordeaux from the standout vintages of the 1950s through 2000 including myriad châteaux in the fabled 1982 vintage. The collection includes an abundance of large formats notably Latour 1955, Lafite 1959 and Haut Brion 1982, all in double magnum, whilest the Right Bank selection boasts two superlative duos: Petrus and Lafleur 1982 and La Conseillante and Vieux Château Certan 1989. Burgundy shines with an extraordinarily rare, complete 1985 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Assortment case (lot 227, est. £35,000-45,000).



Unearthed from Althorp House, from the private collection of Earl Spencer, comes a spectacular array of Bordeaux stretching from the 1990s all the way back to 1945, spotlit by a case of the stupendous Haut Brion 1989, together with first-rate Port and a superb selection of Cognac, in a wide variety of formats. The bulk of this collection was acquired by the current Earl Spencer's father and has never moved from the warren of interconnected cellars under Althorp House.



Sotheby's Wines & Spirits Sales offers impeccable concoctions


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The Eau Bar reopens at The Oberoi, Mumbai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5997 February 28, 2020: The Oberoi, Mumbai, a striking example of modern architecture overlooking the magnificent views of the ocean and 'Queen’s Necklace' lights, has announced the highly anticipated reopening of The Eau Bar. 



The Eau Bar Oberoi Mumbai



The Eau Bar has been on a comprehensive renovation that aims to create a trendsetting luxury drinks experience. It remains as an ideal place to meet for sunset cocktails, while after dark the mood remains fun, light and upbeat. What remains unchanged though is The Eau Bar’s enviable location. Perched on the prominent ‘Queen’s Necklace’ on Marine Drive, the Eau Bar has a spectacular outdoor deck with magnificent views of the ocean through floor-to-ceiling windows. The first experience of the new Eau Bar is its centrepiece, inspired by the ‘Tree of Life', the intricate foliage of which encompasses the bar against a striking red backdrop forming the focal point of the newly renovated bar. A dramatic ‘bull installation’ specially sculpted by Valay Shende celebrates the spirit of India’s financial capital.



The Oberoi, Mumbai has partnered with UK’s award-winning mixologist, Andrew Pearson, to curate the cocktail list. At The Eau Bar, Executive Chef Satbir Bakshi will showcase indigenous and seasonal produce presented in a stylish small plates menu including contemporary recipes such as Beer batter truffled brie cubes, Scottish salmon tataki, Paratacos rubbed chicken and more.



The Eau Bar Oberoi Mumbai



The dynamic music programming of the bar will feature Orion, the band. Hailing from different musical backgrounds, the band’s playlist offers a wide range of genres ranging from the early 60s to the latest chart-toppers. The bar remains open from 5:00 pm to 1.30 am with live music from Monday to Saturday.


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Latique launches its latest collection Bloom http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5996 February 28, 2020: Latique, an Indian fine jewellery company, has introduced its Bloom collection.  Inspired by geometric patterns derived from basic shapes, and colours borrowed from orchids, the collection delivers an edge. The colours pink and blue of the orchid blend beautifully inside the flower inspired collection. 



Latique Bloom floral jewelry collection



The collection includes Grazia, a necklace which is beautifully set in 18kt gold, highlighting sapphires and rubies in a geometric pattern, with drops of culture pearls and ruby lights that blend in with brilliant-cut diamonds. 



Their Bluhen earrings are structural yet exquisitely made in 18kt gold with brilliant-cut diamonds, ruby lights, sapphires and drops of tourmalines. Strong patterns that stand out with their colours set in 18kt gold, Aurrera is diamond-patterned rubies, brilliant-cut and sapphires in oval pattern and south sea pearl drops that show the brilliance of the piece. 



Latique Bloom floral jewelry collection



Their Grandi sapphire tops with the geometric pattern of baguette diamonds set in 18kt gold with multiple drops of sapphires and ruby lights is a standout charm. The 'Flor' ring is set in colours of ruby and sapphire and a neutralizing solitaire set in 18kt gold with white diamonds giving the ring a modern touch, while 'floret' is a mesmerizingly designed brooch with the depths and curves of a flower set in 18 kt white gold with diamonds and rubies that ornate the look.



Latique Bloom floral jewelry collection



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


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Christian Louboutin exhibits his love for design at Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5995 Christian Louboutin exhibition Paris 2020 Palais de la Porte Doree



February 25, 2020: Christian Louboutin celebrated the opening of L’Exhibition[niste] at the Palais de la Porte Dorée museum with a cocktail party and dinner. L’Exhibition[niste] is both the largest ever exhibit dedicated to Mr. Louboutin’s multi-referential work and the first to take place in his hometown of Paris.



The exhibition invites red sole enthusiasts to discover and experience the designer’s rich universe at an institution that has played an important role in inspiring his vocation. The designer began visiting Palais de la Porte Dorée during his adolescence. It was on one such visit that he noticed a sign forbidding visitors to wear high heeled shoes, subsequently providing inspiration for one of his most iconic designs: the Pigalle pump.



Christian Louboutin exhibition Paris 2020 Palais de la Porte Doree



After sponsoring a project to enhance and emphasize the Palais de la Porte Dorée’s Art Deco heritage, Christian Louboutin was invited to create a special project in the space, ultimately resulting in L’Exhibition[niste], a five-month-long immersive exhibition. Guests were invited to preview the exhibit which featured a performance by L’Orchestre Lamoureux. Led by conductor Nicolas Krauze, the orchestra played a selection of movie scores speaking to Christian Louboutin’s love of cinema.



Christian Louboutin exhibition Paris 2020 Palais de la Porte Doree



The event was followed by an intimate dinner. Guests enjoyed a second performance by L’Orchestre Lamoureux, joined by Belgian-Egyptian singer Tamino. The exhibition was visited by renowned names like Karlie Kloss, Janelle Monae, Edward Enninful, Fanny Ardant, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Dita von Teese, Diane & Talita von Fürstenberg, Monica Bellucci, Alber Elbaz and so on. 



The exhibition is open for viewing from February 26 to July 26, 2020.


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Good Earth to launch handicraft-based label Tilla’s SS 2020 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5993 February 21, 2020: Tilla, an Indian brand delving into apparel, wallpapers, prints and more, inspired by the heritage of the subcontinent, is going to be housed at luxury brand Good Earth’s New Delhi store. Based in Ahmedabad for over a decade, designer Aratrik Dev Varman weaves the story of Kutch through innovative design and a homegrown ethos at Tilla.



Good Earth to launch handicraft-based label Tilla’s SS 2020 collection



Titled Banni, Tilla’s SS 2020 collection celebrates the sartorial crafts and age-old textile traditions of Gujarat. Taking heirloom fragments, heritage embroideries, and reclaimed textiles - bandhani on gajji silk, mashru, bead - and mirror-work panels, and floral printed linings - Banni offers a range of free-flowing silhouettes like Kutchi abhos, ejars, kaftans, and odhanas, along with contemporary separates ideal for everyday comfort.



Good Earth to launch handicraft-based label Tilla’s SS 2020 collection



Tilla's relationship and the label’s longstanding association with local craftsmen are also captured in a film titled Notes from a Craftsman. Exploring the complex and nuanced world of handmade craft and passion, this film aims at taking you on a journey that connects the maker, designer, and the viewer.  A special print installation - Seven Indian Trees - will also showcase Mr. Varman’s creative journey at Good Earth, tethering the film, space design, and clothing for the duration of the collection launch from March 27 to 29, at Good Earth Store, Khan Market from 11 A.M. to 8 P.M.



Good Earth to launch handicraft-based label Tilla’s SS 2020 collection


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Gucci dives into a psychedelic mood in Chicago http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5991  



February 20, 2020: Gucci has announced its third wave of Gucci Pin, the series of ephemeral stores inspired by the pins seen on interactive digital maps. This follows the two previous chapters, with the pins launched respectively in November 2019 and January 2020 Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s unconventional approach to luxury fashion continues to flourish in forging new directions for the nearly 100-year-old House.



Gucci dives into a psychedelic mood in Chicago



The Chicago GG Psychedelic Gucci Pin is dedicated to the debuting eponymous collection, which is all about colour, energy, impact and a dreamlike spirit. The GG logo has been playfully reinterpreted it with a streetwear attitude through the addition of a multicolour stars motif to create a thoroughly contemporary and distinctive pattern, and applied to different pieces including men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, handbags, luggage, shoes, small leather goods, accessories and a watch, and inspires a range of fine jewellery. The Chicago GG Psychedelic Gucci Pin is also home to an exclusive printed basketball in celebration of NBA All-Star Weekend. It creates a dreamscape of nocturnal refractions and reflections.



Gucci dives into a psychedelic mood in Chicago



The approach channels the spirit of ‘70s psychedelia, which played with visual distortion, surreal imagery and wide colour spectrums. The release of the GG Psychedelic Collection is accompanied by whimsical images by photographer Jordan Hemingway. Set in a cloakroom – the magical scene of metamorphosis – and then moving to the dance floor, the images are infused with reflected light from mirror balls. As the night-loving creatures mingle and dance, the spinning ball picks up the pace and hypnotises, eventually playfully absorbing the clubbers into a surreal space with giant mirrored walls.



Coordinates: 160 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL, USA



Gucci dives into a psychedelic mood in Chicago



 



 


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Anya Hindmarch announces 'I Am A Plastic Bag' Campaign http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5990  



February 20, 2020: Anya Hindmarch’s 2007 ground-breaking ‘I’m Not A Plastic Bag’ collaboration, with advertising agency Antidote and social change movement Shift, significantly contributed to the reduction in the number of plastic bags used. The limited-edition, reusable canvas tote was created in response to the growing environmental challenge of single-use plastic bags and to inspire people to change their everyday actions. The British Retail Consortium estimated that in 2006, the UK alone used 10.6 billion plastic bags, and this figure dropped to 6.1 billion in 2010.



From 'I am not a plastic bag' to 'I am a plastic bag', designer Anya Hindmarch is making fashion sustainable



 



 



Following on, Ms. Hindmarch has now created ‘I Am A Plastic Bag’. Made from an innovative new fabric which is created from recycled plastic bottles and coated with recycled plastic windshields, the collection has taken two years of testing and researching to find the best methods and partners to create the ‘I Am A Plastic Bag’ collection.



The luxurious, cotton canvas feel fabric used to make the new collection is woven from a yarn created from plastic bottles. The plastic bottles are first sorted, shredded, washed and then turned into pellets. These pellets are melted and extruded into fibres that are then spun and woven to create the fabric. It takes 32- half-litre bottles to make each large tote. To create a weather-resistant durable finish, the fabric is then coated in recycled PVB, a product which is extracted from old car windshields. The bag is trimmed with leather. Whilst the initial plan was to use vegan or recycled leather for the trim, after much research and expert advice, it was concluded that responsibly-sourced leather was the best material as the alternatives contained unacceptably high-levels of polyurethane. They have also partnered with EcoAct - a global climate change consultancy - to measure the emissions associated with the I Am A Plastic Bag collection and to make this a carbon-neutral project.



From 'I am not a plastic bag' to 'I am a plastic bag', designer Anya Hindmarch is making fashion sustainable



The full collection of four colours will launch mid-April in Anya Hindmarch London stores, online and with Matches Fashion in mid-April. Exclusive launches then roll out with Isetan in Tokyo, Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and Mainland China, David Jones in Australia, Aizel in Moscow and Anya Hindmarch global stores. Each territory will have its own exclusive colours.



Both the project and the Company have been awarded the Butterfly Mark from Positive Luxury a symbol of trust earned by brands that have adopted sustainability as a business strategy.


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Gucci expands Beverly Hills store and opens a new restaurant http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5988 Gucci Beverly Hills LA store facade



February 19, 2020: Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura Beverly Hills, an intimate restaurant by world-renowned three-Michelin-star Chef Massimo Bottura, has opened on the roof of Gucci’s Los Angeles store. Along with that, it announces the renovation and expansion of its flagship store in Beverly Hills, California. 



Gucci Osteria, offering outdoor seating and sprawling views of Beverly Hills, is an exciting addition to the dynamic and culturally diverse Los Angeles food landscape. It is a continuation of Massimo’s collaboration with Gucci, which began in 2018 with Gucci Osteria at the Gucci Garden in Florence, which has recently been awarded one Michelin star. The partnership originates from a childhood friendship between Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri and Chef Massimo Bottura, and celebrates their shared love of two core Italian cultural themes: food and fashion. 



Gucci Osteria restaurant Beverly Hills LA



The new Gucci outpost in California allows Chef Massimo Bottura to develop and transform classic Italian recipes into cross-cultural compositions by mixing references, techniques and flavours within each dish.



The restaurant’s design includes details of Gucci Osteria in Florence through the use of Gucci Décor wallpaper, antique mirrors, red marble dining tables and wicker dining chairs. Unique elements that distinguish the Los Angles location include herringbone wood flooring and cherry red velvet banquettes, while the outdoor terrace has Italian marble mosaic floors and features an antique wooden pulpit serving as the Osteria’s outdoor bar. Set in an intimate and cosy environment, the Osteria Beverly Hills will seat nearly 50 guests for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura Beverly Hills officially opened on February 17, 2020.



Gucci Osteria Beverly Hills restaurant seating



The revamped flagship store at Beverly Hills now spans over 12,000 combined square feet and showcases a wide collection of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, luggage, small leather goods, accessories, silks, jewellery, watches, beauty, children’s, décor, and eyewear. The interior design is discreet, where understated drama is created by the surprising and unexpected combination of materials. Mechanical display units contrast with the softness of the rich fabrics that adorn the rooms; round tables offset rectangular ones; varnished, iron wall finishes complement the sage green velvet upholstery can be seen. 



Throughout the store, one finds sumptuous chairs, while vintage oriental rugs are layered on top of herringbone wood floors for a textured effect. In keeping with the elegant and contemporary eclecticism that characterizes Gucci’s collections. 



Gucci Beverly Hills LA store interiors



Gucci has opened a men’s only 3,500 square foot shop adjacent to Gucci’s existing space, featuring its own street entrance and an oversized skylight. The new Gucci store also boasts a dedicated space for the full range of Gucci Beauty that envelops each visitor in a unique, dream-like experience. Vanity-style dressers with mirrors invite clients to discover their perfect lipstick within Gucci Beauty’s five different lipstick formulas. 



The Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive expansion contributes to solidifying Gucci’s footprint on the West Coast of the United States and continues to push the boundaries of the in-store shopping experience towards a full lifestyle concept.



Gucci Beverly Hills LA store beauty area


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Chopard releases an eight-piece limited edition of its L.U.C Perpetual T http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5987 February 19, 2020:  Chopard presents a new eight-piece limited edition of its L.U.C Perpetual T model, crafted in platinum with a diamond set bezel. With the L.U.C Perpetual T, Chopard achieves one of the most prestigious pairings  – between a perpetual calendar and a tourbillon.



The nobility of its horological complication, the richness of its decorations and the discreet sophistication of this horological creation sum up the full range of high standards integral to the legacy of Louis-Ulysse Chopard. Its tourbillon rubs shoulders with an extremely readable perpetual calendar mingled with refined aesthetics. Making a perpetual calendar involves both technical and ergonomic issues. The L.U.C Perpetual T brings the date to the foreground in the shape of a large twin-aperture date display .Thanks to the four barrels of the Chopard Quattro technology,  the L.U.C Perpetual T has a nine-day power reserve.



Chopard releases an eight-piece limited edition of its L.U.C Perpetual T



The tourbillon of the L.U.C Perpetual T timepiece sits enthroned at 6 o’clock, topped by a  meticulously polished steel bridge. Its constant rotation around its axis enables the rate of the watch to elude the effects of gravity. Each L.U.C Perpetual T has been successfully subjected to the trials conducted by the Swiss Official  Chronometer Testing Institute. The entire L.U.C Calibre 02.15-L has been meticulously hand-decorated in accordance with the finest Haute  Horlogerie traditions. The plates are circular-grained, the screws are polished, the bridges are bevelled and adorned with vertical Côtes de Genève and the jewels are set into gold chatons.



The black dial of this new solid gold L.U.C Perpetual T watch is adorned with a hand-engraved guilloché motif radiating from the large date and crossing through the hour-markers set with baguette-cut diamonds. The silver-toned counters of the perpetual calendar are also guilloché-worked in order to distinguish between the functions and accentuate the contrasts. The bezel surrounding the dial is daintily set with baguette-set diamonds, A hand-sewn, alligator-lined black alligator leather strap lends the ultimate touch of elegance to this finely crafted model.



Chopard releases an eight-piece limited edition of its L.U.C Perpetual T



The L.U.C Perpetual T has earned the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark, one of the most prestigious Swiss watch industry certifications. While naturally rare due to the sheer complexity of crafting it, the L.U.C Perpetual T in platinum is issued in a limited edition that will be exclusively reserved for eight collectors.


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Soneva announces its special 25th anniversary surprises http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5984 February 14, 2020: Soneva is a pioneering family of hospitality properties and products, offering holistic encounters in luxurious and inspiring environments. It recently announced its next series of dining program as part of its 25th-anniversary calendar of events: Soneva Masters with Master Chef Akira Koba.



Soneva announces its special 25th-anniversary surprises



There are three dining events taking place across 2020 and 2021, with the first happening in Mumbai, India, from March 11-16, 2020. There will be another Soneva Masters event in Moscow in early October 2020, and the third in London in January 2021. The dinners in Mumbai will be priced at INR 9,000++ per person, with two seatings each night. On March 14 and 15 Chef Akira will also be hosting lunches (INR 9,000++ per person). The venue for the lunches and dinners is the A Club Mumbai. Guests can also pair their dinner with sake and wine,as chosen by Soneva Fushi’s Sommelier.



Chef Akira Koba is an exceptionally experienced sushi chef from Japan. He has trained under some of Japan's most renowned Master Chefs, including at a three-Michelin starred sushi restaurant in his native Fukuoka. Chef Akira is known for his sashimi or aburi (lightly grilled) pickled mackerel with Ponzu sauce, and Yellowtail with a seaweed soy sauce.


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Jeweller Suciyan expands its Odyssey collectionJeweller Suciyan expands its Odyssey collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5983 February 14, 2020: Spring 2020 sees Turkish jeweller Arman Suciyan launching a new range of stacking rings to complement his women’s Odyssey Collection.



Jeweller Suciyan expands its Odyssey collection



 



The Odyssey Collection takes inspiration from the myths and legends of antiquity and the designs tell stories of the goddesses Phrygian Kybele, Babylonian Mylitta, Ancient Egypt’s Isis, and the Greek and Roman Persephone. Suciyan’s work is characterized by sinuous forms and impossibly intricate detail. His designs are a response to his childhood memories of growing up in Istanbul as well as many years spent living and working around the world.



Jeweller Suciyan expands its Odyssey collection



Crafted from 925 sterling silver, the new Winged Drop Ring is set with a cabochon drop shape peridot and vibrant green tsavorites. The striking new Glancing Travellers ring and Traveller Goddess Scintilla Gold Tsavorite ring are set with blue sapphires, tsavorites and 18kt gold nuggets, capturing the very essence of a bird in flight. The rings, whether worn combined or alone, create a dramatic piece. These beautiful, aerodynamic looking rings are also available in a pink sapphire version without the cabochon stone.



 



 


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Silverware brand Robbe & Berking enters India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5981 February 13, 2020: Known as the hallmark for uncompromising and unsurpassed quality, Robbe & Berking silverware is a cut above the rest. The brand has won innumerable awards and been showcased in museums as outstanding examples of a new aesthetic in tableware.



Silverware brand Robbe & Berking,enter India



From customised silverware to mementoes and memorabilia, SR Artefacts has offered collectables that have successfully redefined the market standard in India for over two decades. SR Artefacts has become the first choice of collectors and connoisseurs of fine things in the sphere of silverware in India. The company has, now, tied up with Robbe & Berking to bring them to the India.



“India looks back at a striking economic growth rate and will surely continue on this pathof success. Therefore, we are delighted to say that we will be represented by a well-establishedpartner, with more than 25 years of market expertise. We look forward to being part of another Indian success story,” says Oliver Berking, CEO, Robbe & Berking.



Silverware brand Robbe & Berking,enter India



Retail associations and global tie-ups include brands such as Episode, Amrapali, Tribe by Amrapali, Castillo, Camilletti and Casa Reale. With the addition of Robbe & Berking to its portfolio, SR Artefacts is raising the bar. High-quality cutlery, such as that produced by the German luxury brand, is far removed from any automated production. The beauty of its finely crafted handle edges, for instance, or of its sculptural decoration, can only be achieved through gentle hand-grinding and hand-polishing.



Over half of the 200 biggest yachts in the world are fitted with Robbe & Berking silver, and at least 151 Michelin stars place the German manufacturer’s cutlery and products on their tables. SR Artefacts will stock Robbe & Berking’s exquisite cutlery collection, barbecue collection and bar collection at SR Artefacts’ flagship store in Worli from June 2019.



Silverware brand Robbe & Berking,enter India


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Clinique revamps its BB Cream http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5980 Clinique revamps its BB Cream



February 13, 2020: Skincare brand Clinique has introduced the new Clinique iD Dramatically Different Moisturizing BB-Gel, the first custom blend hybrid moisturizer which not only hydrates and treats skin, but also unifies, powered by the Transforming Tint Release Technology. It is a refreshing 8-hour, oil-free hydration in a lightweight gel that transforms into a sheer wash of colour before your eyes.



The Tint Release Technology delivers encapsulated colour-blooming pigments for a healthy, naturally perfected, even finish for most skin tones. A sheer wash of light-diffusing colour enhances and unifies your skin tone. It also provides immediate, refreshing hydration with a combination of humectants,including Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) and Glycerin for 8 hours. It reduces the visibility of pores, the BB Gel is preferable for all skin types.



Clinique's dramatically different Moisturizing BB-Gel will be available at Clinique stores and counters in India and online (Nykaa, Myntra, Sephora, Shopper’s Stop).



 



Clinique revamps its BB Cream


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M Missoni applauded for sustainability http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5979 Margharita Missoni sustainable awards



February 12, 2020: The M Missoni mission is to remix, re-use and respect. The familiar Missoni codes are flipped and turned into a new esthetic, creating unique products with pre-existent materials and deadstock from Missoni or other suppliers. As a result of their timely ideation and execution, Margherita Missoni accepted the Innovator Award on behalf of M Missoni, for their use of upcycling materials in their collections., The award was presented by as the premier platform for sustainable fashion, Maison de Mode, which hosted its 3rd annual Sustainable Style Awards in partnership with Aveda at 1 Hotel West Hollywood.



The Innovator Award is given to a brand in fashion, jewellery or accessories for their achievement and excellence in sustainable design and practice. Factors considered are business alignment with positive social and environmental impact in regards to corporate responsibility, material’s integrity, production, and supply chain.Ms. Missoni wore an M Missoni dress made from eco-sustainable fabric and cardigan made from upcycled Missoni yarns. The pieces worn will be auctioned online on Maison de Mode’s website with 100% of the proceeds benefiting charity: water.



M Missoni Sustainable fashion collection



A new brand with only three seasons in, M Missoni has repurposed 26,000 meters of Missoni stock fabric and 1200 kilos of stock yarn. The brand has created jobs in countries such as Ethiopia, Peru and Ghana. M Missoni is not yet a fully sustainable brand although it is constantly striving to improve and move forward toward that direction.



The honorees are selected by the international MAISON DE MODE committee of leaders, including Livia Firth (Founder EcoAge), Lisa Smilor (Executive Vice President, CFDA), Nadja Swarovski (Executive Board, Swarovski Group), Nina Garcia (Editor-in-Chief, ELLE Magazine), Julie Gilhart (Fashion Consultant) and Rickie de Sole (Head of Fashion Initiatives, Vogue).


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Visionnaire presents India-inspired exclusive capsule collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5977 February 11, 2020: Celebrating the symbiosis between art and design, the Italian luxury lifestyle brand Visionnaire, unveils Pavone, a capsule collection designed by Los Angeles- based artist and designer Marc Ange. The Pavone Capsule Collection is an evocative narrative from Visionnaire that can be noted as the third installment in a series of original initiatives in 2019-20, created to commemorate the brand’s 15th anniversary.







Visionnaire's Pavone collection features the Pavone throne and five Pavone armchairs. When tasked with designing a capsule collection for Visionnaire, Mr. Ange drew inspiration from his recent travels to India, where multiple encounters with peacocks galvanized research on the

animal’s behaviour and commitment to beauty. In consistency with the designer’s tendency for the extraordinary, his interpretation of Visionnaire’s world comes to life through an allegorical display of the romantic peacock, which to him embodies Visionnaire’s unique eye for beauty and luxury.







A personification of the peacock, the pieces depict the animal’s resplendent beauty using Visionnaire’s bespoke fabrics and materials. The Pavone throne is crafted with 1970’s vintage-inspired camel leather, vibrant blue and green custom Visionnaire fabrics, and brass coated in regal bronze plating. The Pavone Armchair series is presented as a fleet of five, an aesthetically conservative version of the solitaire throne. The armchairs share the brilliant fabrics seen in the throne, but with a more contemporary silhouette.




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Gucci joins hands in saving earth's biodiversity http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/5976 February 11, 2020: Founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands, with a renowned reputation for creativity, innovation and Italian craftsmanship. It has joined The Lion’s Share Fund, a unique initiative raising much-needed funds to tackle the crisis in nature, biodiversity and climate across the globe. The Lion’s Share was established in June 2018 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with FINCH, Mars, Incorporated, Nielsen and BBDO as founding members.





Led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a coalition of businesses and UN partners, the Fund aims to raise over $1