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The Luxury Network International Magazine Issue 26

Features Saxo Bank's CEO and Founder, Kim Fournais on the cover, and inside are more exciting events from our global offices and members.

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KIM FOURNAIS<br />

Founder and CEO,<br />

Saxo Bank<br />

INVEST IN WHAT MATTERS<br />

ISSUE <strong>26</strong> | SEP - OCT 2021


Described as “<strong>The</strong> next generation of marketing for luxury brands” by the British media,<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Luxury</strong> <strong>Network</strong> is the world’s leading luxury affinity marketing group. <strong>The</strong> <strong>Luxury</strong><br />

<strong>Network</strong> is a private membership club, established in luxury capitals or countries<br />

around the world, within which premium companies work closely together<br />

at senior director level for mutual business and client development.


<strong>The</strong> <strong>Luxury</strong> <strong>Network</strong>’s objective is simple: To facilitate co-operation and exciting new<br />

business development activities between top-end companies. New business partnerships<br />

are created via strategic alignment, joint collaborations, product placements,<br />

endorsements, media sharing, B2B and B2C networking, sales and luxury<br />

showcase events and numerous other affinity marketing activities.


A Message<br />

From <strong>The</strong> Editor<br />

Dear Valued Readers,<br />

We are delighted to welcome you to the <strong>26</strong>th edition of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Luxury</strong> <strong>Network</strong> <strong>International</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, your gateway<br />

to the latest news in the world of luxury.<br />

Our front cover features Kim Fournais, the Founder and CEO of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Luxury</strong> <strong>Network</strong> member Saxo Bank. An<br />

exclusive feature about the latest trends in investment may also be found inside.<br />

<strong>The</strong> spotlight story inside is a feature about <strong>The</strong> <strong>Luxury</strong> <strong>Network</strong> African Art Series – a series of exhibitions<br />

created in response to the increasing interest and appetite for contemporary African Art, both in the capital<br />

and globally. We are delighted to introduce the inaugural event in partnership with the prestigious Bvlgari Hotel<br />

London.<br />

Some of this issue’s special features include an exclusive wild game and truffle dinner hosted by <strong>The</strong> <strong>Luxury</strong><br />

<strong>Network</strong> New Zealand, the new high jewelry collection Magnifica by Bvlgari, the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar,<br />

the Bentley Home collection for 2021, and the Lamborghini and Master & Dynamic collaboration for pure sound<br />

sophistication.<br />

Watch out for the next issues, as we take you on to a deeper journey to explore more detailed topics that cover<br />

a range of top-notch brands from the luxury industry. We will be featuring the upcoming launch of our digital<br />

education platform <strong>The</strong> <strong>Luxury</strong> <strong>Network</strong> Academy and some of the exciting projects that our global members<br />

and <strong>The</strong> <strong>Luxury</strong> <strong>Network</strong> international offices are working on.<br />

On behalf of the editorial team, we wish you safe days ahead.<br />

Sincerely,<br />

Fares Ghattas<br />

Global CEO,<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Luxury</strong> <strong>Network</strong> <strong>International</strong><br />

Editor-in-chief,<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Luxury</strong> <strong>Network</strong> <strong>International</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

@faresghattas<br />

@theluxurynetwork


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AFRICAN ART SERIES<br />

AT THE BVLGARI HOTEL LONDON<br />

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highlights<br />

ISSUE <strong>26</strong> | Sep - Oct 2021<br />

CHAMPAGNE CARBON FOR BUG<br />

12<br />

30<br />

36<br />

52<br />

64<br />

70<br />

Bvlgari Unveils Magnifica<br />

Invest in what Matters to You<br />

Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar<br />

LAMBORGHINI AND MASTER & DYNAM<br />

PURE SOUND SOPHISTICATION<br />

Lamborghini and Master & Dynamic have unveiled a<br />

distinctive collection of sound tools to offer you the<br />

luxury of peerless sound everywhere you go.<br />

<strong>Luxury</strong> Airship Offers Rides to the North Pole<br />

Drawing inspiration from iconic Lamborghini designs,<br />

the New York-based premium audio brand Master &<br />

Dynamic has developed sophisticated True Wireless<br />

Earphones and Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones<br />

with the iconic Lamborghini hexagon and Y<br />

patterns and advanced Bluetooth technology that will<br />

satisfy even the most performance-focused consumer.<br />

Kenzo Homme Eau de Toilette Intense<br />

Paris Saint-Germain Get Dressed Up in Dior<br />

10mm Beryllium drivers guaranteeing brill<br />

and are housed in a stainless steel charging<br />

viding 40 hours of play time.<br />

<strong>The</strong> collection is crafted from the finest m<br />

cluding Alcantara®, sapphire glass, Italian a<br />

odized aluminum, and stainless steel, and sp<br />

different signature Lamborghini liveries of<br />

al, light grey and yellow Alcantara; black m<br />

and yellow Alcantara; and black metal, blac<br />

Alcantara.<br />

72<br />

80<br />

86<br />

94<br />

102<br />

<strong>The</strong> MW65 ANC Wireless Over Ear Headphones feature<br />

two Active Noise-Cancelling modes, 24 hours of battery<br />

life and Bluetooth 5.0 with a 30m/100ft connection.<br />

While the MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphones feature<br />

Spotlight on Fall/Winter 2021-2022 Haute Couture<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bentley Home Collection for 2021<br />

Lamborghini and Master & Dynamic<br />

Champagne Carbon for Bugatti<br />

Bugatti and Champagne Carbon<br />

toast theır partnershıp<br />

Bugatti and Champagne Carbon have more<br />

in common than just their homeland, the<br />

Grand Est region of France. As pioneers in<br />

their industries, they translate the knowledge<br />

and expertise gathered over their<br />

proud histories into an innovative present<br />

and future, always striving for perfection<br />

and to push their own boundaries in<br />

everything they do. ‘At the crossroad of tradition<br />

and modernity, excellence and technology,<br />

Bugatti never makes compromises.<br />

We feel the same about our Champagne’,<br />

explains Alexandre Mea, CEO of Champagne<br />

Carbon. That is why Carbon has created<br />

the new ‘ B.01’ to mark the 110th birthday<br />

of Bugatti.<br />

An Exclusive Wild Game and Truffle Dinner<br />

E<br />

Stylish design and advanced technology com<br />

to create the perfect sound for the perfect c


ufacturer of the world’s largest vehicle, Hybrid Air Vehicles.<br />

OceanSky’s founders have a solid background in the aer<br />

and transport industry and have, among other things, succ<br />

completed conversion and certification projects for cargo a<br />

In order for new, ultra-efficient technologies such as L<br />

Than-Air technology, electric airplanes and alternatives<br />

A1 fuel to be able to go from prototype level to market.<br />

Sky focuses on the high-end experiential THE travel BENT market, a<br />

of the travel industry that continues to exceed expectat<br />

growth. This sector can fund, drive and implement new<br />

gy-efficient, more sustainable technologies.<br />

ATTI<br />

Creating change by promoting the use of<br />

alternative aircraft.<br />

By collaborating with manufacturers of electric aviation a<br />

vehicles, OceanSky provides exposure to new energy-e<br />

B.01<br />

alternatives in the aviation industry.<br />

Champagne<br />

E<br />

B.02<br />

Champagne<br />

E<br />

E<br />

<strong>The</strong> “ B.02” came in celebration of the oneyear<br />

anniversary of the record set by the<br />

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, which in<br />

2019 was the first series production car to<br />

break the 300-mile barrier, reaching a top<br />

speed of 304.773 mph.<br />

This limited-edition cuvée Champagne<br />

comprises an excellent 2006 vintage blanc<br />

de blancs Grand Cru carrying aromas of acacia,<br />

grilled bread, almonds, and hazelnuts. A<br />

deep gold color and millions of bubbles complete<br />

the experience. <strong>The</strong> bottle packaging is<br />

the ultimate reference to the unique design<br />

and colors of the Chiron Super Sport 300+,<br />

representing an equally unique lifestyle. <strong>The</strong><br />

EB.02 is a new, extraordinary opportunity<br />

for wine enthusiasts to extend their collection<br />

with a truly one-of-a-kind selection.<br />

E<br />

Consisting of 90% C<br />

Pinot Noir, ‘ B.01’<br />

time for the celebrat<br />

anniversary. Champ<br />

ed its unparalleled e<br />

and the utmost prec<br />

of this unique, highpagne.<br />

Only grapes f<br />

guished terroirs of C<br />

<strong>The</strong> vintage of this<br />

was a very bright o<br />

Bentley Motors and Be<br />

working at full speed<br />

ent their latest colla<br />

vival and the Veyron,<br />

Four bold new furnit<br />

in the Grand Est regi<br />

each featuring a carefully<br />

weather conditions f<br />

materials and finishes tha<br />

Champagne flavour<br />

and fine craft. <strong>The</strong> Aldfor<br />

particular vintage ha<br />

Loveseat and the Styal D<br />

from the Carbon win<br />

lacquered finish and an<br />

mum maturity.<br />

from marble powder amon<br />

Defined by precious and<br />

the desire to push craftsm<br />

Bentley Home Collection<br />

the brand, aligned to the<br />

to be the most sustainab<br />

the world. Strong, distinc<br />

characterise the new fur<br />

lombo in close collaborat<br />

introduce Bentley Home’s<br />

new MARM \ MORE® ma<br />

CHAMPAGNE CARBON<br />

Degradé lacquering is ke<br />

the 2021 Bentley Home C<br />

of quintessential luxury t<br />

instantly recognisable. D<br />

bly intricate and comple


“Disruption is the<br />

only way the luxury<br />

industry can evolve.”<br />

- Sascha Lilic<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Luxury</strong> <strong>Network</strong> Academy is an educational<br />

initiative to individuals who are interested<br />

in joining the growing community of the luxury<br />

industry. In times of downsizing, global unemployment,<br />

and never-ending quality pressures,<br />

the need for protecting high standards in marketing<br />

sectors is being compromised.


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ROGER DUBUIS: ONE CLICK AWAY<br />

FROM CHANGING THE GAME<br />

Heart racing, tarmac scorching, the wheels scream<br />

into life. When visionary engineers meet incredible<br />

watchmakers, iconic timepieces are born.<br />

3, 2, 1: Introducing the new Excalibur Spider Pirelli, the<br />

first Roger Dubuis fully versatile timepiece fuelled by<br />

adrenaline and crafted with winning motorsport tyre<br />

rubber. <strong>The</strong> latest Roger Dubuis innovation to emerge<br />

from an exclusive collaboration with Pirelli, Excalibur<br />

Spider Pirelli shows what happens when the finest<br />

minds from different industries come together to share<br />

their unrivalled know-how, breakthrough research and<br />

boundless creativity. Driven by a desire to create adrenaline-charged<br />

masterpieces for a fearless tribe, serial<br />

innovator Roger Dubuis and motorsport performance<br />

pioneer Pirelli present the newest interpretation of the<br />

Excalibur Spider collection, which sees iconic calibres<br />

heightened by interchangeable straps that features<br />

rubber inlays from certified race winning Pirelli tyres.<br />

Pit Stop, each element of the new Excalibur Spider Pirelli<br />

is interchangeable, from strap to crown and bezel –<br />

all with a simple click. A Roger Dubuis world-premiere,<br />

not only is this an extremely customisable timepiece, it<br />

also features innovative lock technology. With an uncompromising<br />

focus on a clicking sensation and sound<br />

both reassuring and thrilling, the Quick Release System<br />

on the strap and crown is now taken to the next level at<br />

the bezel, with a precise position alignment that fixes<br />

the clock with one click. A click that tells you it’s time to<br />

go. When suddenly you’ve accelerated beyond the limits–<br />

ahead of the game.<br />

A SIGNATURE SKELETON<br />

A ROGER DUBUIS WORLD-PREMIERE:<br />

INTERCHANGEABILITY IN ONE CLICK<br />

On the road to victory, a few seconds is crucial. It makes<br />

all the difference. Inspired by the renowned motorsport<br />

<strong>The</strong> Excalibur Spider Pirelli is an adrenaline-charged<br />

mechanical masterpiece. With a calibre that includes<br />

Roger Dubuis’ first automatic skeleton, the transparent<br />

view of its self-winding movement is held directly<br />

on the inimitable Roger Dubuis star. It also features<br />

a micro-rotor, one reduced to its strict essence at 11<br />

o’clock, turning seamlessly with that of the wrist. <strong>The</strong><br />

perfect balance of weight to wind the RD820SQ is further<br />

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in red, white or blue – the iconic Pirelli colour codes –<br />

the Excalibur Spider Pirelli transforms from full black<br />

to a pop of bold colour in a click. Petrolheads take<br />

note! Available in a limited run of just 88 kits per colourway,<br />

these are timepieces crafted from race-winning<br />

tyres for the wrists of life’s winners. Brimming<br />

with racing design codes, the inner design of the<br />

strap displays the recognisable Pirelli CinturatoTM<br />

Intermediate pattern and the additional colour kits<br />

are thicker than the base bezel to mirror the look and<br />

feel of the distinctive Pirelli tyres, those that squeal<br />

on their way to the finish line.<br />

achieved through the use of innovative materials, such<br />

as DLC Titanium, both lighter and more luxurious than<br />

stainless steel. As notorious for avant-garde aesthetics<br />

as for traditional craftsmanship, Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur<br />

Automatic Skeleton is a signature of the Maison.<br />

Of the hundreds of hours of manufacturing time for<br />

this 45mm timepiece, as much of a third of this time<br />

is devoted specifically to the prestigious Poinçon de<br />

Genève, with each and every component carefully finished<br />

by hand at the Roger Dubuis Manufacture in Geneva.<br />

Equipped with a 60-hour power reserve, this impressive<br />

feat of mechanical engineering is just a further<br />

example of the horological boldness of the Maison.<br />

LIVE LIFE IN THE FAST LANE<br />

A WINNING PIRELLI TYRE FOR THE WRIST<br />

Just like in motorsports, it takes a team effort to make it<br />

easier, faster and simpler than ever before to switch gears<br />

and customise a timepiece. Now with three additional kits<br />

What if a click was all the impetus needed to trigger<br />

change? A provocative sound resonating with the craziest<br />

minds, pushing them to act? Effortlessly interchangeable,<br />

this is a click that changes the game entirely,<br />

one that empowers those who hear it to experience<br />

the world exactly the way they want. Epitomising its<br />

larger than life attitude, Roger Dubuis believes wearing<br />

a strap made of Pirelli winning tyres is what will get<br />

troublemakers beyond the finishing line. So heat up the<br />

engine and get ready to live life in the fast lane. Ready<br />

to feel the thrill?<br />

#NoRulesOurGame<br />

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BVLGARI UNVEILS MAGNIFICA,<br />

THE NEW HIGH JEWELRY COLLECTION<br />

With a message of joy and creativity, Bvlgari<br />

unveiled MAGNIFICA, its new High Jewelry<br />

and High-End Watches collection, during an<br />

event organized in Milan, the Italian capital of luxury<br />

and fashion, paying tribute to the Milanese people,<br />

and to the courage they showed during the Covid-19<br />

pandemic.<br />

With the new Magnifica collection, the Roman Maison<br />

created the most extraordinary combination ever of<br />

exceptional gems, unrivaled craftsmanship, and bold<br />

design, reaching unprecedented pinnacles of excellence<br />

and beauty.<br />

Counting more than 350 designs, 122 of wich are new,<br />

Magnifica is the most precious high jewelry collection<br />

that Bvlgari has ever created.<br />

Splendid examples of ultimate lightness and suppleness,<br />

these designs are versatile, convertible, and were<br />

conceived to be worn in different ways. It is a modern<br />

concept for High Jewelry excellence. <strong>The</strong> Magnifica<br />

collection encompasses an extraordinary selection<br />

of High Jewelry masterpieces and watches. It magnificently<br />

epitomizes the Roman Maison’s DNA and its<br />

137 years of experience and expertise in working with<br />

the rarest and most precious gems that are discovered<br />

around the world by the Roman jeweler.<br />

Amongst these extraordinary gemstones, there is the<br />

fourth largest spinel in the world and most beautiful<br />

quality-wise: a magnificent polished Colombian emerald<br />

cabochon is nested between the jaws of a sublime<br />

snake, which creates an alluring sense of movement.<br />

In addition, five marvelous oval Paraiba tourmalines<br />

echo the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean<br />

Sea, around Italy’s Sardinia Island. <strong>The</strong>se cushion-cut<br />

gemstones are the rarest in the world and exude a refreshing<br />

sense of purity.<br />

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<strong>The</strong>se unparalleled gifts of nature are glorified by Bvlgari<br />

artisans’ incredible craftsmanship. <strong>The</strong>ir skilled<br />

and inventive hands transform creative ideas into<br />

impressive three-dimensional high jewelry artworks,<br />

which in some cases require up to 2,500 hours of<br />

handwork. Indeed, artisans cut and craft, without the<br />

help of any computers, each component of what will<br />

become a perfect, everlasting, and unique piece of art.<br />

Thanks to this splendid collection, Bvlgari reaches new<br />

heights in jewel mastery and expresses its bold and<br />

timeless creativity.<br />

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TIFFANY & CO. INTRODUCES<br />

THE “ABOUT LOVE” CAMPAIGN<br />

STARRING BEYONCÉ AND JAY-Z<br />

“Love is the diamond that the jewelry and art decorate.” --<strong>The</strong> Carters<br />

Tiffany & Co. announced today that powerhouse<br />

couple Beyoncé and JAY-Z will star in its latest<br />

campaign celebrating modern love. Synonymous<br />

with the world’s greatest love stories since 1837, Tiffany’s<br />

debut of “ABOUT LOVE” marks the latest evolution<br />

of the luxury jeweler’s new creative direction. <strong>The</strong> campaign<br />

is the result of a close collaboration and a shared<br />

vision between both the Carters and Tiffany & Co.<br />

“Beyoncé and JAY-Z are the epitome of the modern<br />

love story. As a brand that has always stood for love,<br />

strength and self-expression, we could not think of a<br />

more iconic couple that better represents Tiffany’s values.<br />

We are honored to have the Carters as a part of the<br />

Tiffany family.” —Alexandre Arnault, Executive Vice<br />

President of Product & Communications<br />

As the first time the couple has appeared in a campaign<br />

together, “ABOUT LOVE” is an exploration of connection<br />

and vulnerability. <strong>The</strong> Carters’ love story is illuminated<br />

by the iconic Tiffany Diamond and set against<br />

the backdrop of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Equals Pi<br />

(1982).* As part of a private collection from its creation<br />

until now, this campaign marks the work of art’s first<br />

public appearance, propelling Tiffany’s long-standing<br />

tradition of working with New York creatives forward.<br />

Ushering in a new brand identity, this campaign embodies<br />

the beauty of love through time and all its diverse<br />

facets, forging a new vision of love today.<br />

Worn in a campaign for the first time in history, the<br />

Tiffany Diamond weighs 128.54 carats and boasts an<br />

unprecedented 82 facets. Seen on Beyoncé throughout<br />

“ABOUT LOVE,” it is considered among the most<br />

important gemstone discoveries<br />

of the 19th century. Unearthed<br />

in 1877 in the Kimberley<br />

Mines of South Africa,<br />

founder Charles Lewis Tiffany<br />

purchased the rough diamond<br />

in 1878, solidifying the<br />

brand’s reputation as a diamond<br />

authority. House icons<br />

including designs from Jean<br />

Schlumberger and the Tiffany<br />

T collection are also featured<br />

throughout. Most notably,<br />

JAY-Z wears Jean Schlumberger’s<br />

legendary Bird on a<br />

Rock brooch, reconstructed<br />

as a pair of one-of-a-kind cuff<br />

links. Jean Schlumberger was<br />

best known for dressing high<br />

society’s elite in the 1960s and<br />

‘70s, so it is appropriate that<br />

his unmistakable designs live<br />

out his legacy on one of today’s<br />

greatest creative forces.<br />

A film by acclaimed director Emmanuel Adjei has also<br />

been created and features a musical performance of<br />

the classic song “Moon River.” Made famous in the<br />

1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the iconic tune is reimagined<br />

with vocals by Beyoncé, captured by JAY-Z<br />

on a Super 8 camera. <strong>The</strong> couple selected the Orum<br />

House in Los Angeles to serve as the setting for the<br />

film, in which nostalgic flashbacks are interwoven with<br />

cinematic, dreamlike visuals. Basquiat’s Equals Pi ap-<br />

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pears once again as a common Tiffany Blue® thread<br />

throughout the narrative. <strong>The</strong> accompanying “ABOUT<br />

LOVE” print campaign was shot by Mason Poole and<br />

styled by June Ambrose and Marni Senofonte.<br />

“ABOUT LOVE” reflects Tiffany’s continued support<br />

of underrepresented communities. As a part of the<br />

house’s partnership with the Carters, Tiffany & Co. is<br />

proud to pledge a USD $2 million commitment towards<br />

scholarship and internship programs for Historically<br />

Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Additional<br />

details on this initiative are forthcoming.<br />

“ABOUT LOVE” launches globally in print on September<br />

2. <strong>The</strong> accompanying film will launch on Tiffany.<br />

com September 15 and will be amplified through global<br />

media activations. <strong>The</strong> campaign will further unfold<br />

later this year with additional films created by<br />

acclaimed director Dikayl Rimmasch and second unit<br />

director, Derek Milton.<br />

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BREITLING’S SOUTH SEA<br />

CAPSULE COLLECTION<br />

With their eye-catching<br />

colors and luminescence,<br />

these watches evoke the<br />

intoxicating vibes of summer, marine<br />

life, and lush greenery.<br />

“This colorful and exclusive new<br />

capsule collection – to be produced<br />

for a limited time only – is aimed<br />

at more fashion-forward women of<br />

action, purpose, and style,” notes<br />

Breitling CEO Georges Kern.<br />

Available in three distinctive versions,<br />

the Chronomat Automatic<br />

36 South Sea Capsule Collection<br />

is the spirited sister of Breitling’s<br />

latest Chronomat for Women. This<br />

elegantly modern, retro-inspired<br />

watch is for ladies looking to stand<br />

out from the crowd. It symbolizes<br />

competence and effortless style<br />

with a breezy twist.<br />

<strong>The</strong> timepieces in the new Chronomat<br />

Automatic 36 South Sea<br />

Capsule Collection feature special<br />

lacquered dials in beige, midnight<br />

blue, and mint green, as well as<br />

matching alligator straps with folding<br />

clasps. Especially striking are<br />

the golden indexes and hands, not<br />

to mention the diamond-set hour<br />

markers and cocktail-hued gemset<br />

bezels.<br />

On the technical side, these Swissmade<br />

beauties are powered by the<br />

Breitling Caliber 10, a COSC-certified<br />

chronometer that offers a<br />

power reserve of approximately 42<br />

hours.<br />

Get DREST<br />

<strong>The</strong> delightful Chronomat Automatic<br />

36 South Sea Capsule Collection<br />

is also a perfect fit for Breitling<br />

partner DREST, the world’s first<br />

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interactive luxury fashion mobile<br />

game. This highly immersive game<br />

puts players in the role of fashion<br />

stylists choosing clothing and accessories<br />

from over 200 leading<br />

global fashion brands.<br />

<strong>The</strong> second Breitling–DREST mood<br />

board challenge – based on the new<br />

Chronomat Automatic 36 South<br />

Sea Capsule Collection – goes live<br />

on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at<br />

12:00 noon GMT, and will run for<br />

three days (72 hours).<br />

As with all the other fashion items<br />

featured in DREST, there is the option<br />

for users to seamlessly shop<br />

the Breitling pieces they have<br />

played and competed with in the<br />

game – creating a fun and interactive<br />

modern-day shopping experience.<br />

A Nod to Tradition<br />

Since the 1940s, Breitling has created<br />

a variety of dedicated women’s<br />

models. <strong>The</strong>re was the delicate ladies’<br />

TransOcean, called the “most<br />

wonderful expression of Breitling<br />

precision” back in 1957. <strong>The</strong> Lady<br />

J made a bold statement in the<br />

1990s, before the Galactic brought<br />

a “blend of refined luxury and uncompromising<br />

technical sophistication”<br />

in 2010. More recent women’s<br />

timepieces include the iconic<br />

Navitimer 35 and 38 and the sporty<br />

Superocean 36.<br />

<strong>The</strong> original 1984 Chronomat<br />

helped signal the rebirth of the<br />

Swiss watch industry, and it has inspired<br />

many more timepieces over<br />

the past four decades – including<br />

women’s models.<br />

Today, the modern-retro watches<br />

of the Chronomat for Women collection<br />

shine the spotlight on confident<br />

and versatile women.<br />

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THE IWC PILOT’S WATCH<br />

CHRONOGRAPH EDITION AMG<br />

IWC Schaffhausen and Mercedes-AMG<br />

have launched the<br />

Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition<br />

“AMG”. This timepiece is the<br />

latest product to celebrate the partnership<br />

that has linked the Swiss<br />

luxury watchmaker and the German<br />

car manufacturer since 2004.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph<br />

in titanium is powered<br />

by the IWC-manufactured 69385<br />

calibre movement and features a<br />

carbon fibre dial. IWC unveiled the<br />

new edition during a webcast conversation<br />

with IWC CEO Christoph<br />

Grainger-Herr, Mercedes-AMG<br />

CEO Philipp Schiemer and shared<br />

brand ambassador and racing driver<br />

Maro Engel.<br />

<strong>The</strong> long-standing collaboration<br />

between the Swiss luxury watchmaker<br />

and the performance and<br />

sports car brand Mercedes-AMG, is<br />

grounded in many common values,<br />

including the pursuit of technical<br />

perfection and uncompromising<br />

quality. Both companies were created<br />

by visionaries with bold ideas.<br />

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In 1868, Florentine Ariosto Jones<br />

combined traditional craftsmanship<br />

with advanced industrial technology<br />

to redefine watchmaking in<br />

Switzerland. In 1967 in Grossaspach,<br />

Germany, Hans Werner Aufrecht<br />

and Erhard Melcher established<br />

AMG with a visionary concept of<br />

incorporating cutting-edge racing<br />

technology into road-going series<br />

vehicles.<br />

“IWC Schaffhausen and Mercedes-AMG<br />

share both a passion for<br />

performance and design, as well as<br />

a commitment to engineering excellence<br />

down to the smallest detail.<br />

Over the last 17 years of our<br />

partnership, IWC and AMG have<br />

shared exhilarating moments in<br />

motorsport and beyond and we have<br />

created many lasting memories for<br />

our clients. Today we are proud to<br />

introduce Mercedes-AMG as a permanent<br />

feature of our Pilot‘s Watch<br />

Collection, starting with the Pilot‘s<br />

Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG”,<br />

Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of<br />

IWC Schaffhausen<br />

“<strong>The</strong> partnership between Mercedes-AMG<br />

and IWC has all the<br />

components that are needed for<br />

a successful and long-lasting collaboration.<br />

It’s very rare to come<br />

across a company and people with<br />

so many common interests and<br />

values. Our commitment to craftsmanship<br />

of the highest level and<br />

our pursuit of emotional product<br />

experiences is what has united us<br />

since 2004 – and the Pilot‘s Watch<br />

Chronograph Edition “AMG” once<br />

again underlines our strong partnership,”<br />

said Philipp Schiemer,<br />

CEO of Mercedes-AMG.<br />

Crafted from automotive engineering<br />

materials, the Pilot’s Watch<br />

Chronograph Edition “AMG” (Ref.<br />

IW377903) is IWC‘s first 43mm


Pilot‘s Watch Chronograph featuring<br />

the IWC-manufactured 69385 calibre,<br />

as well as the first Pilot‘s Watch<br />

Chronograph with a case made of<br />

extremely light and scratch-resistant<br />

titanium. <strong>The</strong> Grade 5 titanium<br />

finish gives the watch its matte<br />

grey appearance, inspired by AMG‘s<br />

signature Selenite Grey Magno<br />

paint finish. <strong>The</strong> dial features precisely<br />

woven carbon fibre, a material<br />

directly derived from AMG‘s<br />

aero components. <strong>The</strong>se parts are<br />

produced in a complex process involving<br />

heat and pressure and are<br />

known for their remarkable lightness<br />

and rigidity. <strong>The</strong> raw material<br />

is continuous carbon fibres, which<br />

are processed on weaving machines<br />

into textile structures, giving the<br />

end product its characteristic woven<br />

“carbon look”. <strong>The</strong> black carbon dial<br />

provides the perfect contrast to the<br />

silver chronograph sub-dials, reminiscent<br />

of motorsport instruments.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> all-around performance watch<br />

is powered by the IWC-manufactured<br />

calibre 69385, a robust and<br />

precise chronograph movement<br />

that enables stop time measurements<br />

of up to 12 hours. <strong>The</strong> chronograph<br />

function is controlled by a<br />

column wheel, an intricate component<br />

with two functional levels. <strong>The</strong><br />

Mercedes-AMG logo is emblazoned<br />

on the tinted sapphire crystal case<br />

back. <strong>The</strong> timepiece is fitted with a<br />

black embossed calf leather strap<br />

with contrast stitching and folding<br />

clasp.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition<br />

“AMG” was unveiled at a webcast<br />

hosted by Philipp Schiemer<br />

and Christoph Grainger-Herr. Both<br />

elaborated on their passion for racing,<br />

the values both brands share,<br />

and the sustainable future of watchmaking<br />

and mobility. <strong>The</strong>y were<br />

joined by Maro Engel, who brought<br />

in the perspective of a professional<br />

racing driver. <strong>The</strong> IWC brand ambassador<br />

is also a Mercedes-AMG<br />

factory driver and has an in-depth<br />

knowledge of both companies.<br />

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ARNOLD & SON<br />

LUNA MAGNA<br />

ULTIMATE I CELESTIAL<br />

BRILLIANCE<br />

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After presenting the Luna Magna, Arnold<br />

& Son set out to create a series of<br />

high-end jewellery interpretations of its<br />

three-dimensional moon model. In addition to<br />

the technical feat of placing a mechanical star<br />

measuring 12mm inside a watch, this piece displays<br />

superlative jewel-setting ability, both in<br />

the stones and techniques used. With paved<br />

and invisibly-set precious stones, Arnold & Son<br />

have applied their exceptional know-how to<br />

creating eight Luna Magna Ultimate I watches.<br />

Poetic and rare, they reveal an outstanding level<br />

of detail.<br />

High altitude<br />

Only the most precious materials are used in<br />

the Luna Magna Ultimate I limited series. <strong>The</strong><br />

case, measuring 44mm in diameter, is made<br />

of white gold and set with 7.62 carats of the<br />

highest quality diamonds. <strong>The</strong>se include 20 baguette-cut<br />

diamonds on the case’s lugs, cut one<br />

by one to fit the unique shape of each mount.<br />

White orbit<br />

A fine ring resembling the ring around Saturn<br />

constitutes the bezel, orbiting the Luna Magna<br />

Ultimate I case. It contains 112 baguette-cut<br />

diamonds totalling 5.90 carats. Light can enter<br />

freely, just as it would an open prism, thanks to<br />

the dual-row invisible setting which allows for<br />

radiance beyond compare.<br />

A watch face featuring<br />

ruthenium crystals and a<br />

dial made of white opal. A<br />

bezel set with baguette-cut<br />

diamonds. A three-dimensional<br />

moon paved with<br />

blue sapphires and diamonds.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first chapter of<br />

the Luna Magna Ultimate<br />

series illustrates light,<br />

astronomical precision and<br />

the truly exceptional.<br />

Blanket of blue<br />

<strong>The</strong> material used to make the watch face itself<br />

is just as exceptional, owing to its rarity. Hundreds<br />

of pure ruthenium crystals make up that<br />

sparkling blue façade. This extremely hard metal<br />

belongs to the platinum group, which means<br />

they are found together in the same ore. Separating<br />

them is a complex process that makes<br />

ruthenium ten times rarer. Here, it has been<br />

reshaped into crystals which are placed on the<br />

face plate before being blued.<br />

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Iridescent display<br />

Within the circle of blue radiance lies a dial in<br />

the conventional sense, featuring twelve Roman<br />

numeral markings, the Arnold & Son signature<br />

and the hands. This off-centre subdial owes its<br />

delicate colour to white opal, and its finesse<br />

befits a piece of the finest jewellery such as the<br />

Luna Magna Ultimate I.<br />

Double hemisphere<br />

Beneath the timepiece, the three-dimensional<br />

moon is the standout feature of the Luna Magna<br />

watches. Gem-setting of the utmost intricacy<br />

coats the entire white gold sphere. It is divided<br />

into 161 brilliant-cut diamonds for daytime and<br />

as many blue sapphires for night-time. <strong>The</strong> line<br />

between the two colours is a ripple of blue and<br />

white along the outline of the stones.<br />

Craftsmanship<br />

<strong>The</strong> Luna Magna Ultimate I is made with the<br />

A&S1021 calibre, which is entirely developed,<br />

manufactured, assembled and adjusted inhouse<br />

at Arnold & Son. This hand-wound calibre,<br />

designed around the lunar globe, has a<br />

power reserve of 90 hours and a regulating organ<br />

at a frequency of 3 Hz. As for the case back,<br />

the movement provides a second display for<br />

the lunar phase, featuring easy-to-read graduations<br />

for utmost precision when correcting<br />

the lunar globe.<br />

Precision<br />

<strong>The</strong> sophistication of this celestial mechanism<br />

also lies in its astronomical accuracy. <strong>The</strong><br />

length of a full moon cycle is 29 days, 12 hours,<br />

44 minutes and 2.8 seconds. Arnold & Son has<br />

produced a likeness such that it would take 122<br />

years for the movement to accrue a one-day interval<br />

between the watch display and the true<br />

celestial cycle. Nevertheless, this error is easy<br />

to correct given that the lunar function on the<br />

Luna Magna Ultimate I is directly accessible<br />

from the crown. Arnold & Son’s complete mastery<br />

of the watchmaking process allows for this<br />

practical touch.<br />

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GRAFF HIGH JEWELRY<br />

COLLECTION: TRIBAL<br />

“Deep in the desert, a girl danced around a night fire...”<br />

“Taking some glowing embers, she threw<br />

them high up into the air...”<br />

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“...where they magically transformed into stars, illuminating the<br />

pitch-black night, like diamonds in the sky.”<br />

Motifs<br />

Striking, sculptural motifs define the collection<br />

— a contemporary reimagining of universally<br />

understood symbols that surround<br />

us in nature.<br />

New Dawn<br />

An explosive sunburst symbolic of life, energy<br />

and power, the New Dawn motif harnesses<br />

the power of the blazing sun.<br />

Graff Gateway<br />

Emblematic of new beginnings and new potential,<br />

the Graff Gateway is a contemporary<br />

vision of timelessness linking the past and<br />

the future, the Earth and the stars.<br />

Night Moon<br />

A perfect half-moon symbolic of clarity and<br />

reflection, this modern reimagining of an<br />

iconic motif shines bright in jewels that enchant<br />

with their talismanic beauty.<br />

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TOP 8 TOURBILLON WATCHES<br />

Tourbillon is one of the most important complications introduced to the world of watchmaking since the 18th<br />

century by Abraham Louis Breguet, which was patented in 1801, and this achievement was a great success and<br />

was the most popular among lovers and collectors of complex watches to this day, in this report we highlight<br />

the top 8 versions of the Tourbillon movements announced in 2020.<br />

1.<br />

Breguet Classique Double<br />

Tourbillon 5345 Quai de<br />

l’Horloge<br />

2.<br />

CODE 11.59 by Audemars<br />

Piguet Selfwinding Flying<br />

Tourbillon Chronograph<br />

3.<br />

A. Lange & Söhne<br />

Tourbograph Perpetual<br />

Honeygold “Homage to<br />

F.A. Lange”<br />

4.<br />

Roger Dubuis Excalibur<br />

Superbia<br />

5.<br />

Louis Moinet Pyramid of<br />

Chichén Itzá<br />

6.<br />

MB&F Legacy Machine<br />

FlyingT<br />

7.<br />

Richard Mille 71-02<br />

Automatic Winding<br />

Tourbillon Talisman<br />

8.<br />

BOVET Récital <strong>26</strong><br />

Brainstorm® Chapter<br />

One<br />

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Follow the<br />

Leader<br />

INVEST IN<br />

WHAT<br />

MATTERS<br />

TO YOU<br />

Kim Fournais<br />

Founder and CEO, Saxo Bank


Follow the<br />

Leader<br />

With the recent report by the United<br />

Nations on Climate Change described<br />

as a ‘code red for humanity’,<br />

more investors may look to tackle<br />

big issues through their portfolio<br />

choices.<br />

Kim Fournais, Founder and CEO<br />

Saxo Bank, gives some background<br />

to ESG’s upward trend.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first eight months of 2021 has<br />

seen an incredible market performance,<br />

with equity markets reaching<br />

all-time highs, and unprecedented<br />

moves (in both directions)<br />

in speculative stocks and cryptocurrencies.<br />

This activity taking place amidst<br />

a global recovery from the Covid<br />

pandemic has offered investors<br />

- including the many retail traders<br />

who chose to take control of<br />

their own investments during one<br />

of the most volatile stock markets<br />

in recent history - an opportunity<br />

to profit from the unprecedented<br />

market moves.<br />

Yet profit is not the only consideration<br />

motivating investors in our<br />

modern world. In recent times, we<br />

have seen a global trend where investors<br />

have actively made choices<br />

that reflect their environmental<br />

principles. A strong drive towards<br />

purpose.<br />

<strong>The</strong> rise of ESG (Environmental,<br />

Social and Corporate Governance)<br />

investment, where non-financial<br />

factors drive investor choice,<br />

shows how the trading and investment<br />

space is changing with the<br />

times.<br />

In modern life, individuals are becoming<br />

increasingly mindful of<br />

their actions and the footprint they<br />

are leaving behind. Our hyperconnected<br />

world is providing individuals<br />

with more information and<br />

choice than ever before. And based<br />

on this information and awareness,<br />

they are looking to make lifestyle<br />

adjustments that can influence the<br />

issues that matter to them.<br />

Some decide to skip long flights<br />

for summer holidays to cut down<br />

on carbon emissions, or to eat less<br />

meat to protect animal welfare and<br />

the climate.<br />

<strong>Issue</strong>/purpose-driven investment<br />

is an extension of this attitude,<br />

where actions back up the conscience.<br />

With the recent UN report on climate<br />

change guaranteeing that<br />

human-caused climate change will<br />

get worse, there is a growing sense<br />

that individuals need to take action.<br />

ESG investment is one way that<br />

investors can bring about change,<br />

and at Saxo Bank, we are taking<br />

a lead in this area – a natural and<br />

obvious next step in democratising<br />

investments.<br />

Investment decisions are some<br />

of the most important decisions<br />

choices we make. Sustainable<br />

and responsible investments are<br />

not only philanthropic and impact-driven<br />

– they can also be real<br />

drivers of profit.<br />

<strong>The</strong>refore, it is crucial that a larger<br />

number of people have access to<br />

the tools and information available.<br />

Saxo Bank’s offering enables investors<br />

to align their savings with the<br />

values they want to promote and<br />

take stakes in the companies that<br />

shape the world while taking more<br />

control of their financial future.<br />

<strong>The</strong> retail trading boom brought<br />

about by the Covid-19 crisis - one<br />

of most volatile and exuberant<br />

stock markets in recent history –<br />

has amplified the trend of citizens<br />

taking control of their own investments.<br />

In this climate, investments and<br />

savings are poised to become ever<br />

more personalised, as people realise<br />

that their portfolios are an opportunity<br />

to deliver a real impact<br />

on the world.<br />

Investing in accordance with personal<br />

beliefs is important, but this<br />

should also be matched with risk<br />

appetite, investment goals and time<br />

horizons.<br />

By offering the right tools, good education<br />

and low prices, we can help<br />

investors to calibrate their savings<br />

to match their own values. In other<br />

words, we can empower clients to<br />

fulfil their financial aspirations and<br />

make an impact to better shape the<br />

world they want to live and thrive in.<br />

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A luxury charter yacht for<br />

relaxed exploration or adventure<br />

fishing in New Zealand’s<br />

beautiful Bay of Islands.<br />

mvatarangi.com


Need for<br />

Speed<br />

FUTURE IS OUR LEGACY: THE NEW<br />

LAMBORGINI COUNTACH LPI 800-4<br />

Lamborghini presents the Countach LPI 800-4, the<br />

commemorative version celebrating the 50th anniversary<br />

of the iconic model that since 1971 has<br />

revolutionized forever the modern super sports car<br />

scene and inspired everything that has come afterwards,<br />

incarnating the summa of Lamborghini DNA. An<br />

even more visionary and futuristic design characterizes<br />

this new totally reinvented version produced in just 112<br />

units, destined to once again change the rules of the<br />

game and to open the road to a new extraordinary era<br />

of the automotive world.<br />

A name that smacks of amazement<br />

<strong>The</strong> Countach LPI 800-4 is immediately recognizable<br />

as the highest expression of the Countach generation:<br />

proof of the long-lasting impact of the design of the<br />

original model, an iconic model of the ‘80s and symbol<br />

of motoring and the ultra-cool lifestyle. <strong>The</strong> name<br />

Countach – which expresses surprise and amazement<br />

in the Italian Piedmontese dialect, pronounced “Coontach”<br />

– is one of the very few names of Lamborghini<br />

models not associated with bulls.<br />

An unparalleled design<br />

Perfect proportions, futuristic style: the new Countach<br />

LPI 800-4 reinterprets the distinctive silhouette of the<br />

classic model with an even cleaner and essential line,<br />

making it immediately recognizable. Its pure lines, the<br />

rear longitudinal position of the V12, the iconic scissor<br />

doors, the built-in air intakes and the distinctive<br />

“shark gills”, plus the vast assortment of colors ranging<br />

from the heritage hues like Giallo Countach and Impact<br />

White to the contemporary nuances like Viola Pasifae<br />

and Blu Uranus make this specimen the summa of Lamborghini’s<br />

visionary DNA.<br />

Feel the Engine<br />

It boasts not only a breathtaking design, but also performance<br />

of the highest level. <strong>The</strong> 6.5-liter, 780 CV V12<br />

engine of the new Countach, paired with a 48V electric<br />

motor mounted directly on the gearbox to supply<br />

another 34 CV, is the only example of Lamborghini<br />

hybrid architecture able to create a direct connection<br />

between electric motor and wheels and to retain the<br />

pure behavior of the V12, which with its 814 combined<br />

CV makes it possible to reach the extraordinary top<br />

speed of 355 km/h.<br />

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Fast as the wind, light like a feather<br />

<strong>The</strong> integral body chassis and all body panels are in carbon<br />

fiber, which provides the optimum solution of lightness<br />

in addition to an exceptional torsional rigidity. In<br />

fact, the Countach LPI 800-4 has a dry weight of 1,595 kg<br />

for a dry weight to power ratio of 1.95 kg/CV. Mobile air<br />

intakes produced by advanced 3D printing technologies<br />

and a photochromatic glass roof – which changes from<br />

matt to transparent with a single click – remind us that<br />

despite its historic inspiration, this car appears as the<br />

postcard of the 21st century automotive future.<br />

Absolute performance<br />

<strong>The</strong> new Countach LPI 800-4 features a four-wheel<br />

drive system optimized for working specifically with all<br />

the new active systems, and rear-wheel steering in<br />

particular, able to ensure high performance even in<br />

situations that entail poor grip. <strong>The</strong> front and rear<br />

shock absorbers of the Countach LPI 800-4 are able<br />

to adapt the behavior of the suspension to the road<br />

conditions and driving mode, which is selected directly<br />

from the 8.4” HDMI center touchscreen that<br />

manages the car’s controls, including Connectivity<br />

and Apple CarPlay.<br />

<strong>The</strong> words of Stephan Winkelmann,<br />

Chairman and CEO of Automobili<br />

Lamborghini<br />

<strong>The</strong> Countach LPI 800-4 made its world debut today<br />

at <strong>The</strong> Quail: A Motorsports Gathering (USA), in a<br />

splendid Bianco Siderale with touches of Blu Perlato<br />

reminiscent of the Countach LP 400 S of Ferruccio<br />

Lamborghini, complete with historic red and black<br />

leather interior.<br />

Stephan Winkelmann, Chairman and CEO of Automobili<br />

Lamborghini, commented, “<strong>The</strong> Countach LPI<br />

800-4 is the visionary model of the moment, precisely<br />

like its predecessor. One of the most important<br />

automotive icons, the Countach not only embodies<br />

Lamborghini design and technology, but fully represents<br />

our philosophy, that philosophy able to reinvent<br />

boundaries, attain the unexpected, and access the<br />

extraordinary realm of the dream.”<br />

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ASTON MARTIN<br />

VALKYRIE HYPERCAR<br />

SET TO STEAL THE<br />

SHOW AT GOOD-<br />

WOOD FESTIVAL OF<br />

SPEED 2021<br />

Following the cancellation of last year’s show, Aston<br />

Martin are looking forward to exciting the<br />

crowds this week at Goodwood Festival of Speed<br />

2021, with an array of showstopping activities. With a<br />

long-standing history at Goodwood, the ultra-luxury<br />

British manufacturer is pulling out all the stops to ensure<br />

fans and customers alike are excited and thrilled<br />

at what is set to be one of the biggest public events in<br />

the UK since early 2020.<br />

<strong>The</strong> highly anticipated Aston Martin Valkyrie is due to<br />

make its Goodwood Festival of Speed debut at the show.<br />

<strong>The</strong> crowd will be delighted to see – and hear – Valkyrie<br />

take on the famous Hillclimb past Goodwood House in<br />

the ‘Supercar’ batch. Accelerating from 0-60mph in<br />

under 2.5 seconds and powered by an almighty, naturally<br />

aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine producing 1160bhp,<br />

Valkyrie – which will be driven by Aston Martin Cognizant<br />

Formula OneTM Team driver Lance Stroll on Saturday<br />

– is surely set to be the star of the show.<br />

<strong>The</strong> all new Vantage F1® Edition will also be seen<br />

sprinting up the 1.16-mile course. Based on the Vantage,<br />

Official Safety Car of Formula 1®, with increased<br />

power and enhanced performance and dressed in the<br />

new Satin Aston Martin Racing Green, the Vantage F1®<br />

Edition will certainly command attention both on the<br />

hill and in the Supercar Paddock. <strong>The</strong> V12 Speedster,<br />

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one of only 88, will too be present in the latest DBR1<br />

Designer Specification, which pays homage to the legendary<br />

Le Mans winning car. <strong>The</strong> Supercar Paddock<br />

will also host DB11 and DBS Volante while the First<br />

Glance paddock hosts Aston Martin’s highly commended<br />

SUV; DBX which will be driven up the hill by<br />

Aston Martin’s Chief Engineer, Matt Becker.<br />

Need for<br />

Speed<br />

Drivers also include Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers,<br />

EVP and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman and<br />

three-time Le Mans winner Darren Turner who will all<br />

make Hillclimb appearances over the weekend.<br />

As a celebration to mark the brands long-anticipated return<br />

to Formula One® with the Aston Martin Cognizant<br />

Formula OneTM team, and only a week ahead of the<br />

British Grand Prix at Silverstone, an ‘Aston Martin Moment’<br />

will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.<br />

Led by Valkyrie, the Vantage Official Safety Car of Formula<br />

1®, DBX Official Medical Car of Formula 1® and<br />

Vantage F1® Edition will make their way up the famous<br />

Hillclimb along with the brands historic racing heroes,<br />

DBR1 and LM7.<br />

LM7 was one of 3 Aston Martin factory ‘Team Cars’<br />

built for the 1931 season, making its debut at the<br />

Brooklands JCC Double Twelve, followed by Le Mans<br />

– and has raced almost continuously since it was<br />

built, including in the annual Mille Miglia. Next year<br />

will mark a century since Aston Martin made its grand<br />

prix debut (in France 1922), but the brand has enjoyed<br />

sustained success in sportscar racing throughout its<br />

108-year history, including overall victory in the 1959<br />

24 Hours of Le Mans with the famous DBR1, driven by<br />

Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori.<br />

On Saturday, the precession will be joined by the Aston<br />

Martin Cognizant Formula OneTM Team’s race car,<br />

AMR21 which will be driven by none-other than Aston<br />

Martin Cognizant Formula OneTM Team driver himself,<br />

Lance Stroll. Taking center-stage at 10:45, AMR21<br />

will be the only 2021 F1® car to appear at the Goodwood<br />

Festival of Speed this year.<br />

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MASERATI INTRODUCES THREE NEW<br />

TRIMS, GT, MODENA AND TROFEO<br />

Available for ghibli, quattroporte and levante.<br />

Maserati introduces exclusive new trims for<br />

Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante as part of<br />

the range’s renewal for Model Year 22 (MY22).<br />

<strong>The</strong> three new trims - GT, Modena and Trofeo<br />

- have been developed not only to fulfill all customers’<br />

demands and expectations, but also to<br />

fully express the different yet complementary souls<br />

of innovation, performance and design of the Maserati<br />

range.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Brand’s DNA is expressed through unique trims created<br />

by the synergy between Centro Stile Maserati and<br />

the Product Development Team, with in-depth research<br />

into dedicated materials, details and characterisations.<br />

GT Trim. GT highlights Maserati’s character, charm and<br />

elegance and embodies the Brand’s more urban, minimal,<br />

and contemporary spirit, suitable for the dynamic<br />

and curious global citizens who are fashion-conscious<br />

but with their own sophisticated, original style.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ghibli GT and Levante GT are equipped with a 330<br />

hp 4-cylinder mild hybrid powerplant.*<br />

<strong>The</strong> Quattroporte GT, on the other hand, is powered by<br />

a 350 hp V6 engine.<br />

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On the exterior, this trim enhances the models in the<br />

range with chrome inserts, while the wheel rims in 18”<br />

(for Ghibli and Levante) or 19’’ (for Quattroporte) are in<br />

alloy. <strong>The</strong> interior look is completed by leather comfort<br />

seats with a Dark Mirror Trim for Ghibli GT, a radica<br />

trim for Quattroporte GT, and Levante GT features a<br />

Black Piano Trim.<br />

Need for<br />

Speed<br />

Modena Trim. Modena is for customers who are sports<br />

enthusiasts as a means to enjoying their time and the<br />

context to the full. For people looking for a balance of<br />

innate elegance, dynamism and fun-to-drive.<br />

Ghibli Modena and Levante Modena are equipped with<br />

the 350 hp V6 gasoline engine.<br />

Modena S trims with 430 hp are also available for Ghibli<br />

and Levante.<br />

Quattroporte Modena features the 430 hp V6 powerplant.<br />

**<br />

<strong>The</strong> trim enhances the cars’ athleticism through<br />

sport bumpers with Black Piano inserts and 20” alloy<br />

wheel rims. In the interior, every detail evokes the<br />

Brand’s typical driving pleasure, with sporty wraparound<br />

leather seats and Black Piano Trim interiors<br />

for Levante and Quattroporte or Dark Mirror Trim<br />

interiors for Ghibli.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Modena S trim features the Nerissimo Pack and<br />

red brake calipers.<br />

Trofeo Trim. Trofeo represents the maximum performance<br />

of Maserati’s personality: the focus is firmly on<br />

performance, without sacrificing comfort. This trim is<br />

the top of the range in terms of package and, above all,<br />

performance. This is thanks to the powerful 580 hp V8<br />

Twin Turbo engine. A carbon fibre trim, 21” alloy wheel<br />

rims and red brake calipers complete the exterior. <strong>The</strong><br />

interior is luxurious, with sport seats in full-grain “Pieno<br />

Fiore” natural leather.<br />

Ghibli, Quattroporte and Levante Trofeo move into an<br />

extreme dimension, even higher-performing and faster,<br />

but always unquestionably elegant and safe.<br />

In terms of styling, the exterior three new trims (GT,<br />

Modena and Trofeo) have the new Maserati logo (introduced<br />

with the launch of the MC20) on the bonnet,<br />

new Trident logo on the C pillar and updated rear lettering.<br />

<strong>The</strong> badges of the specific trim (with the names<br />

GT, Modena or Trofeo) will also appear just above the<br />

three iconic side air ducts. <strong>The</strong> interior also features<br />

the new Maserati lettering on the central screen and<br />

the new “Trofeo” logo on the headrests.<br />

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THE MCLAREN<br />

765LT SPIDER<br />

EXTREME PERFORMANCE AND NEW<br />

HEIGHTS OF DRIVER ENGAGEMENT<br />

FROM MCLAREN’S MOST POWER-<br />

FUL-EVER CONVERTIBLE SUPERCAR<br />

Renowned worldwide for the exclusive, luxury,<br />

high-performance supercars on which it has<br />

built its reputation over the past decade, McLaren<br />

Automotive today reveals another landmark model:<br />

the 765LT Spider.<br />

Complementing the 765LT ‘Longtail’ coupe unveiled<br />

last year – all of which are sold – the new Spider is Mc-<br />

Laren’s most powerful-ever convertible supercar and<br />

brings highest-ever levels of driver engagement to the<br />

McLaren LT experience. Engineered in addition with<br />

the other core attributes intrinsic to any McLaren<br />

Longtail – minimised weight, track-focused dynamics<br />

and optimised aerodynamics – the 765LT Spider has<br />

all of the class-leading abilities of the coupe and also<br />

meets the LT demand for exclusivity: just 765 cars will<br />

be available globally for customer order.<br />

Carrying over the coupe’s dynamic and aerodynamic<br />

DNA with no structural compromise and only a minimal<br />

49kg weight increase – primarily from the retractable<br />

hard top and accompanying operating mechanism<br />

– the 765LT Spider weighs in at just 1,388kg (DIN<br />

weight), which is 80kg lighter than a 720S Spider and<br />

circa 100kg lighter than its closest comparable competitor.<br />

<strong>The</strong> electrically operated, one-piece carbon fibre Retractable<br />

Hard Top (RHT) enables open-top motoring<br />

in just 11 seconds and operates at speeds of up<br />

to 50km/h, bringing the dramatic soundtrack of the<br />

quad-exit titanium exhaust system into the cabin to<br />

take driver engagement into another dimension.<br />

“As we continue to build the LT sub-brand with the introduction<br />

of the new 765LT Spider, it’s clear that our<br />

customers are increasingly attracted to the Longtail<br />

supercar proposition of exhilarating, extreme performance<br />

and limited availability. With all 765 examples of<br />

the 765LT coupe sold, it’s no surprise that as we publicly<br />

announce our new LT Spider, production capacity for<br />

2021 is already filled.”<br />

Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive<br />

<strong>The</strong> immense performance and dynamic prowess of<br />

the new Spider – already proven in the 765LT coupe –<br />

are enhanced by three compelling factors: the stability<br />

of its MonoCage II-S structure, the game-changing<br />

design of its one-piece Retractable Hard Top roof, and<br />

the ongoing determination of McLaren engineers to<br />

pursue the company’s philosophy of super-lightweight<br />

engineering.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Spider version of the carbon fibre MonoCage II –<br />

designated MonoCage II-S – was developed alongside<br />

the coupe monocoque and shares most of its structural<br />

elements, including the windscreen surround. Such<br />

is the strength and stiffness of the structure that no<br />

additional bracing is required over the coupe – another<br />

weight-optimising factor. At the rear of the car, carbon<br />

fibre structural supports are fully bonded into the<br />

chassis to provide rollover protection.<br />

<strong>The</strong> convertible roof design plays an integral role in<br />

the structure, featuring a carbon fibre frame within<br />

the Retractable Hard Top panel and creating a full<br />

carbon fibre shell when closed. <strong>The</strong>re are also additional<br />

comfort benefits for occupants – because it is<br />

a single-piece panel with no central seal, headroom is<br />

improved, while the extended length of the roof panel<br />

allows the tops of the A-pillars to be further forward,<br />

enhancing the sense of space and easing ingress and<br />

egress.<br />

Like every LT, the new Spider is designed to excel on<br />

track, however the extra dimension of theatre and<br />

drama offered by the convertible roof also makes it an<br />

even more immersive and compelling car to drive on<br />

the road. With the same highly evolved aerodynamic<br />

package as the coupe – although with active rear wing<br />

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calibration revised to reflect whether the roof is up or<br />

down and a recalibration of the dampers to account<br />

for the minor increase in weight – the Spider matches<br />

the coupe’s outstanding aero performance in every respect,<br />

with class-leading downforce 25% greater than<br />

that of a 720S Spider.<br />

Performance is ferocious, the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged<br />

V8 engine producing 765PS – giving the<br />

765LT Spider a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of<br />

598PS-per-tonne at lightest dry weight – and 800Nm<br />

of torque. Transmission gear ratios have been revised<br />

for even greater engagement and performance; ingear<br />

acceleration is 15% quicker than a 720S Spider,<br />

helping the new Longtail to achieve the fastest lap<br />

times ever posted by a convertible LT model.<br />

and the Spider builds on this, adding the additional engagement<br />

factor of open-air driving to give direct access<br />

to the scintillating sound of the titanium exhaust<br />

– a pleasure that thanks to the electrically operated rear<br />

window can also be enjoyed with the retractable roof in<br />

place.”<br />

Jamie Corstorphine, Director of Product Strategy, Mc-<br />

Laren Automotive<br />

<strong>The</strong> most powerful McLaren convertible ever and the<br />

latest and most engaging addition to the brand’s Longtail<br />

lineage can be ordered now from McLaren retailers.<br />

Pricing is from £310, 500* and availability is limited<br />

to just 765 cars for customer order worldwide, with<br />

2021 production already all sold.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 0-100km/h time often seen as a benchmark figure<br />

is 2.8 seconds (0-60mph is 2.7 seconds), with<br />

0-200km/h (124mph) taking 7.2 seconds. <strong>The</strong> new LT<br />

Spider takes 10.0 seconds to cover 400m (¼ mile) from<br />

standstill and the car’s maximum speed is 330km/h<br />

(205mph).<br />

“A McLaren ‘Longtail’ is engineered to deliver not only<br />

incredible performance but also the highest levels of<br />

driver engagement. <strong>The</strong> 765LT coupe set new benchmarks<br />

in maximising a driver’s connection with the car<br />

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HIGHEST OUTDOOR INFINITY POOL SETS<br />

NEW RECORD IN DUBAI AT 964FT<br />

Dubai’s latest iconic skyscraper, the Address Beach<br />

Resort, has broken two records, one of which being<br />

an extraordinary outdoor infinity pool which<br />

is located almost 300m up in the air.<br />

Dubai is one of the leading cities in the world when it<br />

comes to extraordinary architecture.<br />

From the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa standing<br />

at 828 m (2,716 ft 6 in) tall, to the world’s largest<br />

frame building measuring 150.23 m (492 ft 10 in) tall and<br />

95.53 m (313 ft 5 in) wide.<br />

And it seems like the city is not slowing down anytime<br />

soon!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Address Beach Resort, one of the latest additions to<br />

the Dubai skyline, has broken the record for the highest<br />

outdoor infinity pool in a building in the world.<br />

<strong>The</strong> infinity pool is located on the resort’s rooftop at<br />

293.90 m (964 ft 2 in) up.<br />

<strong>The</strong> wet surface area is approximately 560 square metres,<br />

giving it the appearance of a massive lake in the sky.<br />

<strong>The</strong> pool has a volume of approximately 500 cubic metres<br />

and is 1.2 metres deep at its deepest point.<br />

But the pool isn’t the only record-breaking feature of<br />

the Address Beach Resort.<br />

In addition to the record-breaking pool, the 77th-floor<br />

rooftop provides an amazing panoramic view of the cities<br />

most iconic landmarks such as the Bluewater’s Island,<br />

Palm Jumeirah, the World Islands, Dubai’s Dubai<br />

Marina Coastline, the Burj Al Arab and across the Arabian<br />

Gulf Sea.<br />

Next to the floating lake, the rooftop is home to ZETA<br />

Seventy Seven, an Asian restaurant with a seafood-inspired<br />

menu.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Address Beach Resort is part of a 77-storey twin<br />

tower project alongside the Address Beach Residences.<br />

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Both towers are joined at their base from the 1st level<br />

to the 13th and linked again at the top by a skybridge<br />

from the 63rd level to the 77th.<br />

<strong>The</strong> skybridge has broken the record for the highest<br />

occupiable skybridge floor at 294.36 m (965.7 ft).<br />

<strong>The</strong> skybridge hosts luxurious and serviced residential<br />

apartments.<br />

<strong>The</strong> entire project was developed by Al Ain Holding and<br />

consists of 217 hotel rooms and suites, 443 serviced<br />

apartments, and 478 residential apartments.<br />

“We are very honored to have received this accolade.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Guinness World Records titles positions<br />

Address Hotels and Resorts at the epitome of luxury<br />

and within bucket list destinations for travelers.<br />

With the opening of ZETA Seventy Seven, our diners<br />

will have an unmatched view of the city alongside<br />

with some great food.” - Mark Kirby, Head of hospitality<br />

at Emaar<br />

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PARK HYATT DUBAI<br />

TO FORM PART OF<br />

ULTRA-LUXURY<br />

DUBAI CREEK RESORT<br />

After 16 successful years of operation, the Park<br />

Hyatt Dubai will undergo a complete renovation<br />

to its lobby, rooms and suites. Merging with the<br />

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club in the same complex,<br />

the new Dubai Creek Resort is gearing up to be one of<br />

the most luxurious lifestyle destinations in the emirate.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Dubai Creek Resort houses Dubai Creek Golf, Park<br />

Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek Marina, Creek Golf Residences,<br />

Dubai Creek Academies, Amara Spa, and all F&B venues<br />

within one destination.<br />

Hotelier Middle East was the first to talk to Park Hyatt<br />

Dubai’s recently-promoted hotel manager on the news.<br />

Luis Cobo said merging with the immaculate golf course<br />

was a no-brainer.<br />

He said: “What we’re really envisioning here is the<br />

merger between Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and<br />

Park Hyatt Dubai. <strong>The</strong> Park Hyatt Dubai has been run<br />

independently for 16 years and we did not have any relation<br />

with Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, which includes<br />

its marina, restaurants, tennis areas and villas.<br />

So we thought, why don’t we just merge the entire resort<br />

under the Hyatt umbrella?<br />

“It made a lot of sense, why have two directors of engineering,<br />

two directors of securities, and so on? It’s the<br />

same complex with one entrance. That [merger] happened<br />

already in 2019 so the entire complex is already<br />

merged under Hyatt. It’s been very successful already.<br />

We have a lot of golfers in our high season so they have<br />

additional benefits from staying.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> renovation will be done in stages, with Cobo’s goal<br />

to contend with the “big boys” of Dubai hospitality.<br />

He continued: “<strong>The</strong> hotel itself is aging in a very nice<br />

way, the guests love it like that. But we are in Dubai and<br />

we need to renovate if we want to compete with the big<br />

boys. Once we get all the approvals, we will go ahead<br />

and fully renovate.<br />

“We’re going to renovate half of the hotel next year and<br />

the other half in 2023. We’re working on a lobby renovation<br />

as well. That arrival experience will roll out next year and<br />

it’s going to have things such as afternoon tea upon arrival.<br />

“All the resources have been integrated already.”<br />

A gradual evolution of the<br />

Park Hyatt experience<br />

Since the hotel itself already boasts so much space and<br />

has such a striking exterior, Cobo has no intention of<br />

completely starting anew. Instead, the change is a gradual<br />

evolution of the property, with subtle upgrades<br />

along the way to create a cohesive lifestyle destination.<br />

He explained: “For us what is really important is creating<br />

a destination – the Dubai Creek Resort. We can start<br />

changing the look and feel of the resort.”<br />

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“Villa guests are very happy as now they have easy access<br />

to all the Hyatt restaurants. Services have been elevated<br />

too. In fact, we’re planning to build more villas as<br />

92 just isn’t enough anymore.<br />

“We’re going to redesign and rebrand 27 of our villas to<br />

have a similar look and feel to the resort itself. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

27 villas are going to be top-notch and we’re working<br />

on two royal villas near the Twiggy by La Cantine area.”<br />

Turning the resort back into<br />

a gastronomic powerhouse<br />

As a hotel that has been around since 2005 with a<br />

long list of loyal patrons over that time, Cobo promised<br />

that the resort will retain its original charm,<br />

while still responding to the modern demands of the<br />

industry.<br />

He stated: “We will keep the charm of the hotel, we will<br />

keep the nature and its DNA. <strong>The</strong> hotel itself is beautiful,<br />

it’s a sanctuary in Dubai.”<br />

He went on to explain how interior design firm HBA<br />

will be renovating the interiors, a core part of any hotel<br />

transformation.<br />

He said: “<strong>The</strong> design is very contemporary but yet has<br />

an Arabic feel along with its Mediterranean roots. <strong>The</strong><br />

courtyard will be opened up with a glass top. <strong>The</strong> lobby<br />

will really have a contemporary Arabic feel.<br />

“Technology is very important, so we’re incorporatingall<br />

these new elements into the renovation. In rooms,<br />

we’re integrating walk-in minibars – I’m a true believer<br />

of a good minibar in hotels. <strong>The</strong>y have to be fun and<br />

exciting, not just KitKats! We’re using organic, locally<br />

sourced products in our bars. I want our guests to walk<br />

into a minibar space in their room and feel a vibe, feel<br />

the fun.”<br />

Park Hyatt Dubai had a turning point for its F&B this<br />

year. <strong>The</strong> monumental success of Twiggy by La Cantine<br />

opened Cobo’s eyes to the power of trendy – and collaborative<br />

– restaurants.<br />

Moving forward, he revealed that upgrading F&B is potentially<br />

the single most important change for the new<br />

Dubai Creek Resort.<br />

Opening with Twiggy by La Cantine, he said: “It’s by<br />

the same guys as La Cantine so it’s really fantastic. It’s<br />

been an incredible success in terms of numbers and the<br />

crowd we get as well is phenomenal.<br />

“We are looking at bringing in more collaborations like<br />

we did at Twiggy by La Cantine.<br />

“We want to add more F&B offerings, there are 11 outlets<br />

at the moment covering all sorts of cuisines, but<br />

we want Indian cuisine to be with us. That’s why we’re<br />

opening <strong>The</strong> Cinnamon Club, part of a very successful<br />

and historic venue in London. We’re building it here in<br />

our former cafe and that’s opening mid-October.”<br />

Setting his sights on the venues within the wider Dubai<br />

For the villas now under Park Hyatt Dubai’s remit also,<br />

there are equally lavish plans. <strong>The</strong> appeal of the villas<br />

has rocketed since the pandemic, spurred by a greater<br />

demand for privacy, as well as new perks associated<br />

with Park Hyatt operations.<br />

Cobo said: “Our 92 villas are all occupied and there<br />

are another 20 families on the waiting list for them.<br />

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Creek Golf Club, he said: “<strong>The</strong> Boardwalk, QD’s, Cielo.<br />

Casa de Tapas… <strong>The</strong>y could all have some changes.”<br />

Cobo has been told of many happy memories from<br />

guests about their times at the hotel. Many of these,<br />

he said, have been in F&B outlets. Part of the renovation<br />

then will be about bringing venues back to their<br />

glory days.<br />

He explained: “Brasserie du Park for example is being<br />

turned back into Traiteur Brunch. It was one of the best<br />

steakhouses around and one of the best brunches in<br />

Dubai – awarded many times by Time Out.<br />

“We had the best brunch in Dubai three times in a<br />

row. It had oysters, suckling pig, a cheese room, foie<br />

gras, caviar, it had everything. We understand that<br />

we need to bring back what people like, we need to<br />

be flexible.<br />

“It’s good for the destination to activate these spaces<br />

that perhaps don’t work as well as they should, and<br />

unify them to create an ultimate destination.<br />

“We want to bring Dubai back to the destination<br />

here. People used to tell me stories of having their<br />

first date in QD’s or their first getaway in the resort.<br />

We want to bring back that sense of escape from<br />

the city. Once you walk in, there are 600 palm trees,<br />

that’s our vibe.”<br />

It’s possible the success of Twiggy by La Cantine alone<br />

opened up Cobo and his team’s eyes to the possibilities<br />

of a more luxurious place in the market. He revealed:<br />

“You know, some of the clientele who were going to<br />

the city’s big boys, we’ve managed to bring them here<br />

through placessuch as Twiggy by Cantine. That’s why<br />

the renovation of the F&B is so vital. If you add enough<br />

value, people will travel to your hotel.”<br />

Rounding off his ambitious plans, Cobo reveals a former<br />

venue will be turned into a spa: “Our Seventy<br />

Seventy bar is being turned into an incredible salon<br />

in partnership with Rossano Ferretti, a big celebrity<br />

who works across Europe and is known for being the<br />

hairdresser for Kate Middleton. He’s coming with us<br />

starting September.”<br />

Making a place to connect<br />

Hotel leaders can have all sorts of different motivations.<br />

For Cobo, his motivation is clear: To create memories<br />

for his guests. Of course, the transformation is about<br />

elevating standards of the property and supercharging<br />

its place in the market. But, as Cobo said, it is also about<br />

making new connections.<br />

“A lot of our guests don’t come to the hotel just for<br />

its facilities, they come to see the staff. <strong>The</strong>re are<br />

friendships here, there are connections. During the<br />

pandemic, actually, we’ve been overwhelmed by the<br />

response from our guests. Guests have been reaching<br />

out to support staff in any way they can, including<br />

their families. Guests in villas have been baking cakes<br />

for staff,” he said.<br />

Remaining on the topic of service, he said it is one of<br />

the things already “on track” for the transformed Dubai<br />

Creek Resort. He also said that the merger has sent<br />

a wave of optimism over the staff.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>y’re [the staff] more engaged than ever. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

have more opportunities than ever so that helps<br />

them so much <strong>The</strong>re’s a lot of cross-exposure between<br />

the Dubai Creek Golf Club and hotel going on”<br />

he revealed.<br />

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He confirmed: “Things are moving along at the resort<br />

very quickly, quite simply because we know the demand<br />

is there. <strong>The</strong> UK moving onto the amber list actually,<br />

we have many requests for October, and then the golfing<br />

tournament in November. <strong>The</strong> demand for Dubai is<br />

there, and we’ve already had an extremely busy summer<br />

running close to 70 percent occupancy this summer.<br />

A massive change for the<br />

rooms<br />

Planning to bring the hotel and its rooms “up a tier”,<br />

Cobo said that the property will be eyeing new markets.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> rooms are all in line with the entire renovation.<br />

Right now our average rate is around AED1,000 to<br />

AED1,200 for the year. But once the rooms and renovation<br />

are complete, it will be an incredible five-star experience.<br />

We will definitely contend with the ‘big boys’.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> room rates are going to increase big time.<br />

Honestly, we’re making an investment that has to be<br />

recovered. Naturally, we’ll have to look towards new<br />

markets. Rates in high season from November to<br />

March could range between AED2,500 to AED,3000<br />

for a room. That’s the product we’re going to be offering<br />

now and the clientele we envision.<br />

“Even AED6,000 for a suite could be possible, but to<br />

justify rates like that, we need to have completed the<br />

renovation completely. That won’t be until 2024.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> hotel manager himself joined Park Hyatt Dubai from<br />

the famous Connaught hotel in London. Before that, he<br />

was on the pre-opening team for Four Seasons Dubai at<br />

Jumeirah Beach. He is no stranger to the top end of luxury.<br />

“We closed the hotel for six months and used that time<br />

to elevate programmes. Of course we closed because we<br />

had to, but we reopened in September 2020. We survived<br />

after reopening thanks to staycations, with a lot of locals<br />

booking for a week or more as a sort of holiday retreat.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> resort benefitted heavily for the sudden demand<br />

in privacy, confirmed the hotel manager.<br />

He continued: “In the winter [of 2020], boom, we were<br />

welcomed by the European market, the Asian markets,<br />

both wanted to actually work here. Hedge fund<br />

managers from London came here to do their work. So<br />

there was about 20 families of bankers and managers<br />

staying here for two months.<br />

“We’ve seen benefit from the UAE’s visas actually, people<br />

want to work here. Combine that with our tennis,<br />

F&B and sports, and that people could eat at the resort<br />

every day. Interestingly enough, they were our best<br />

numbers in over 10 years. We broke records for our<br />

RevPAR, our ADR and our occupancy.”<br />

“That was really refreshing for our staff, to be closed<br />

for six months and then come back and break a record<br />

standing for more than 10 years. That was just amazing.<br />

RevPAR YOY increased 20 percent against 2019. October,<br />

November, December especially. <strong>The</strong> beginning of<br />

2021 has been very good too and the rest of the year<br />

looks very promising.”<br />

by Josh Corder<br />

2020 was an eye-opener for<br />

Park Hyatt Dubai<br />

But why now for such a costly renovation to the keys<br />

and lobby? Cobo and his team are riding a successful<br />

late-2020 season which proved the demand is still there<br />

for the resort.<br />

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LUXURY AIRSHIP OFFERS<br />

RIDES TO THE NORTH POLE<br />

OceanSky has a passion for sustainable skies<br />

and innovative alternatives in aviation.<br />

Our most high-profile project is a planned trip from Longyearbyen,<br />

Svalbard to the North Pole with a hybrid aircraft with Robert Swan,<br />

Arctic Explorer and the first person to reach both the North and<br />

South Pole by foot. We have an exclusive agreement with the manufacturer<br />

of the world’s largest vehicle, Hybrid Air Vehicles.<br />

OceanSky’s founders have a solid background in the aerospace<br />

and transport industry and have, among other things, successfully<br />

completed conversion and certification projects for cargo aircraft.<br />

In order for new, ultra-efficient technologies such as Lighter-<br />

Than-Air technology, electric airplanes and alternatives to Jet<br />

A1 fuel to be able to go from prototype level to market. Ocean-<br />

Sky focuses on the high-end experiential travel market, a sector<br />

of the travel industry that continues to exceed expectations in<br />

growth. This sector can fund, drive and implement new, energy-efficient,<br />

more sustainable technologies.<br />

Creating change by promoting the use of new<br />

alternative aircraft.<br />

By collaborating with manufacturers of electric aviation and LTA<br />

vehicles, OceanSky provides exposure to new energy-efficient<br />

alternatives in the aviation industry.<br />

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Creating change by supporting and using alternatives<br />

to fossil fuels.<br />

By cooperating with non-fossil fuel manufacturers, OceanSky promotes<br />

the development of alternative non-fossil fuels in air travel.<br />

Creating change by supporting and using ultraclean<br />

fuels with lower emissions of toxic substances.<br />

By advocating for less toxic fuel, like EcoPar Ultra Clean, OceanSky<br />

can help promote the development of fuel with less emission of<br />

toxic substances. Compared with diesel oil, the emissions of many<br />

carcinogenic substances drop by more than 90%. <strong>The</strong> levels of nitrogen<br />

oxides in the environment are down by almost 50%. To take<br />

the discussion about emissions at depths and also talk about emissions<br />

other than greenhouse gases is important for OceanSky.<br />

OceanSky has a passion for sustainable skies<br />

and innovative alternatives in aviation<br />

Today, the airline and travel industry have created cheap flights<br />

that are consumed in an ever-increasing volume, despite the<br />

fact that abundant long-distance flights with aviation fuel is unsustainable.<br />

With OceanSky the journey is the destination, we<br />

aim for quality rather than quantity by creating unique, once-ina-lifetime<br />

journeys with a clear environmental focus.<br />

Creating change by climate-compensation<br />

Through our cooperation with ChooseNow, OceanSky becomes<br />

climate positive. <strong>The</strong> money paid for carbon credits goes to<br />

UN-certified clean energy projects in developing countries. Carbon<br />

offsetting is not to be considered an all-in-one solution but<br />

an important part of OceanSky’s actions to reduce<br />

carbon footprint and fight climate change.<br />

Creating change by promoting<br />

the message and stories of environmentalists<br />

and Arctic experts<br />

With the help of environmental profiles such<br />

as Robert Swan and foundations like Bertrand<br />

Picard’s Solar Impulse Foundation we can promote<br />

alternatives in the aerospace industry.<br />

Personal stories about the Arctic and climate<br />

action projects from our ambassadors are a<br />

great way to reach out with our work and inspire<br />

change in the aviation industry.<br />

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THE IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC ON<br />

THE YACHTING INDUSTRY<br />

Following a year defined by unprecedented restrictions<br />

on communal interaction and long-distance<br />

travel, we wanted to look forward to the impact<br />

this time has had on the yachting industry.<br />

Despite the negative impact of Covid-19, the yachting<br />

industry has seen some positives, more than anyone<br />

could have imagined. We spoke to Alan Knight from<br />

Princess Motor Yacht Sales, and the British Marine Federation<br />

to find out more.<br />

A surge in demand for yachts<br />

<strong>The</strong> first and most striking consequence of Covid-19 has<br />

been a rapid surge in the demand for yachts. In response<br />

to the suspension of international travel and social interaction,<br />

those with the funds for an annual holiday<br />

began to use their free time to examine other options.<br />

In place of traditional hotel-based breaks, more isolated<br />

outdoor activities, closer to home, began to soar in<br />

popularity. <strong>The</strong> Great British ‘staycation’ became the<br />

go-to solution and, thanks in part to the ‘Summer on<br />

the Water’ campaign initiated by the UK’s trade body,<br />

British Marine, watersports were a key part of that.<br />

However, at the same time as the pandemic was helping<br />

invigorate demand for yachting, it was also bringing about<br />

a short-term delay in yacht building productivity. Factories<br />

were forced to close and boatbuilders were compelled<br />

to introduce 24-hour shift work in order to bring<br />

production techniques into line with social distancing<br />

imperatives. For some builders, the issue of getting<br />

boats finished was also exacerbated by disruptions in<br />

the flow of outsourced parts and components and, of<br />

course, with soaring demand and faltering supply, the<br />

competition for boats became extremely intense.<br />

As Alan Knight, UK Sales Manager at Princess Motor<br />

Yacht Sales, points out, marine leisure became a seller’s<br />

market almost overnight: “In a traditional recession,<br />

boating gets affected. But in the pandemic, those who<br />

managed to retain their income streams found themselves<br />

unable to book a cruise or a holiday, so they<br />

looked at what they could do – and as a result, the sheer<br />

volume of new boat owners has been extraordinary.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> impact on yacht brokerage<br />

According to most brokers, it was after the easing of<br />

the first lockdown and on the cusp of the summer that<br />

the enquiries really began to spike. In May 2020, many<br />

brokerage firms reported sales figures four times higher<br />

than in previous years, alongside a far greater proportion<br />

of queries from first-time boaters than ever before.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are stories of multiple buyers competing over asking-price<br />

purchases within 24 hours of postings being<br />

made live – and some operators also noted a steep increase<br />

in yachts being bought without a physical viewing.<br />

New, as well as used, boats began to face shortages<br />

and, as Alan Knight puts it, in the wake of that new landscape,<br />

“customers have come to realise that they’ve got<br />

to be pretty on the ball if they want to buy a boat.”<br />

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A fresh way of interacting<br />

with boaters<br />

In the forced absence of traditional outlets like marine<br />

exhibitions and high-end lifestyle events, boatbuilders<br />

have had to work hard at making their products visible.<br />

Across the board, websites have been supplemented<br />

with improved information on design and engineering,<br />

as well as filmed walk-throughs and sea trials. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

have also been upgrades in the value and interactivity<br />

of digital content and, while the easing of restrictions<br />

will no doubt bring a renewed fondness for face-toface<br />

negotiations, the increased fidelity of the industry’s<br />

digital dialogue is here to stay.<br />

Alan Knight explains: “Selling boats would normally involve<br />

a lot of travel, but we had to adapt during 2020.<br />

We had to use Zoom, Teams, FaceTime and video conferencing.<br />

We even did live FaceTime walkarounds inside<br />

boats, enabling customers to decide what to look<br />

at and where to go. It became very much an interactive<br />

viewing experience rather than a generic 3D tour, and<br />

there’s no doubt that it has helped deliver the confidence<br />

and clarity boat buyers want.”<br />

From 2020 to 2021: the trade<br />

body assessment<br />

British Marine Federation (the trade association for<br />

UK marine leisure) has no access to monthly boat<br />

registration data so it is unable to assess market performance<br />

in real time – but the picture it paints on<br />

the basis of anecdotal evidence certainly tallies closely<br />

with Alan’s impressions. While the impact on boating<br />

tourism was of course significant, Lesley Robinson,<br />

CEO at British Marine Federation, points to “record<br />

monthly orders and sales figures from prominent boat<br />

and equipment retailers during the summer”, as well as<br />

“a boom in watersports activity from marinas and marine<br />

safety organisations”.<br />

This broadly positive picture has been reflected elsewhere<br />

in Europe too. In Finland, for instance, which<br />

already owned more boats per capita than anywhere<br />

else in the world, overall figures for the year show a<br />

19% growth in boat registrations, with the strongest<br />

increase in powerboats under 23 feet. Finnboat (the<br />

trade body for the Finnish marine industry) also found<br />

that a third of boatbuilders expect to take on extra staff<br />

in 2021, while only 2% anticipate letting staff go. And<br />

while just 7% of marine firms predict a decline in turnover<br />

during 2021, almost half are expecting significant<br />

increases. Of course, in nations where marine trade is<br />

tightly bound up with yacht charter and international<br />

marine tourism, the picture is less positive but, in the<br />

main, it appears that the UK and European perspective<br />

remains one of guarded optimism.<br />

Lesley added: “British Marine expects the UK market<br />

to continue its recovery in 2021, with demand for<br />

boating products remaining strong. As restrictions on<br />

international travel are yet to ease and other countries<br />

are not in the same position as the UK with vaccination,<br />

boating and watersports should hold their<br />

attraction among British consumers.” And while premium<br />

yachts are currently flourishing, Lesley also anticipates<br />

continued growth at the all-important entry<br />

point to the market: “I expect that smaller boats and<br />

watersports craft (dinghies, RIBs, canoes, kayaks and<br />

SUPs) will see growth during this period, due to their<br />

accessibility in terms of skill level, affordability, mobility<br />

and ease of storage.”<br />

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56’ RIVALE HARD TOP: THE PERFECT OPEN<br />

AND A PARADIGM OF COMFORT<br />

<strong>The</strong> new Hard Top enhances<br />

elegance and sportiness,<br />

increasing the pleasure of<br />

cruising.<br />

Breathtakingly beautiful, sporty,<br />

exciting and now even more comfortable,<br />

for the perfect combination<br />

of fun and relaxation on the<br />

water.<br />

56’ Rivale’s magnificent and functional<br />

Hard Top aims to satisfy<br />

the needs of owners by offering<br />

a spacious main deck shaded by<br />

56<br />

awnings, the result of a functional<br />

design that is especially popular in<br />

markets where the average temperature<br />

is very high. It is no coincidence<br />

that the first unit is already<br />

on the other side of the Atlantic,<br />

sailing in American waters.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 56’ Rivale Hard Top follows on<br />

from the Dolceriva Hard Top and is<br />

part of the evolution of the Open<br />

range, consolidating a market segment<br />

that has been Riva’s main focus<br />

right from the outset, one that<br />

includes the brand’s most iconic<br />

models, such as Riva Iseo, Acquariva<br />

Super and Rivamare. Another<br />

example is Riva 68’ Diable, the project<br />

officially presented a few weeks<br />

ago as the ultimate expression of<br />

this segment.<br />

56’ Rivale Hard Top expresses all its<br />

dynamism, elegance and sportiness<br />

from the very first glance, drawing<br />

on the design elements that<br />

have given the Riva open range its<br />

unique status in the world, and is


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the result of collaboration between<br />

the Product Strategy Committee<br />

led by Mr. Piero Ferrari, the creative<br />

flair of designer Mauro Micheli,<br />

the founder of Officina Italiana<br />

Design with Sergio Beretta,<br />

and the Ferretti Group Engineering<br />

Department.<br />

This extraordinary yacht combines<br />

meticulous attention to detail with<br />

the finest materials, distinctive features<br />

of the brand right from the<br />

outset, ranging from polished mahogany<br />

for the interiors to teak for<br />

the exteriors, and from lacquered<br />

surfaces to mirror-finish stainless<br />

steel and fine leather.<br />

<strong>The</strong> hull colour is entirely Riva<br />

Shark Grey with Bright Black detailing.<br />

EXTERIORS<br />

<strong>The</strong> stern, with a garage for a Williams<br />

325 tender protected by a<br />

carbon fibre hatch, features a key<br />

mechanism: lowering the swim<br />

platform partially submerges the<br />

steps on the port side and reveals<br />

others set in the hull, providing a<br />

unique stairway to enter the water<br />

and return on board, without needing<br />

to use the steel ladder.<br />

<strong>The</strong> aft section of the cockpit is fitted<br />

with a generous sun pad. <strong>The</strong><br />

deck lounge is furnished with generous<br />

forward-facing seating, an<br />

L-shaped sofa and a teak table on<br />

the port side.<br />

This area for socialising continues<br />

forward, with a raised dormeuse to<br />

the left of the helm station, which is<br />

equipped with touchscreen-based<br />

control, monitoring and navigation<br />

systems, including the engine panel<br />

in the innovative wide version from<br />

MAN-Boening. Behind the helm<br />

station, the side cabinet contains<br />

a refrigerator, an ice maker, a grill<br />

and a wash basin, plus bar equipment<br />

and accessories for at least<br />

six people. <strong>The</strong> practical waste separation<br />

bins and storage compartments<br />

extend up to the pilot chair<br />

and into its base.<br />

<strong>The</strong> bow area has a sun pad with<br />

reclining headrest that can be sheltered<br />

by an awning. Forward of the<br />

sun pad is an anti-slip, walk-on<br />

glass panel set in a stainless steel<br />

frame, completed by the signal horn<br />

in its gorgeous vintage casing. <strong>The</strong><br />

casing is a polished stainless steel<br />

casting that pays tribute to the legendary<br />

Riva models of the past.<br />

<strong>The</strong> sofas, the forward and aft sun<br />

pads, and the external pilot chair<br />

are all upholstered in ochre and<br />

white Morbern leather from the<br />

Prodigy line.<br />

<strong>The</strong> main new feature is the black<br />

fixed Hard Top with carbon fibre<br />

detailing, which covers the entire<br />

centre section of the yacht, sheltering<br />

the relaxation areas from<br />

the heat and weather. <strong>The</strong> exclusive<br />

design features steel handles<br />

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on either side acting as handrails<br />

and optional air conditioning built<br />

into the structure. Awnings can<br />

also be added to cover the cockpit<br />

and forward lounge, creating a single<br />

covered area that runs the entire<br />

length of the boat, from bow to<br />

stern.<br />

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INTERIORS<br />

56’ Rivale Hard Top welcomes<br />

guests below deck into a stylish<br />

lounge-dinette where mirrored<br />

surfaces alternate with polished<br />

mahogany, dark lacquer finishes,<br />

and dark leather upholstery.<br />

<strong>The</strong> galley on the port hull side is<br />

in part invisible thanks to the mirrored<br />

walls - which also contain the<br />

TV screen - and the lacquer finish<br />

sliding surfaces that cover the sink<br />

and work tops.<br />

A glass skylight and the big windows<br />

in the hull flood this space<br />

with natural light.<br />

<strong>The</strong> independent day head, with direct<br />

access from the dinette, makes<br />

this open ideal for day cruises with<br />

multiple passengers, who can use it<br />

in total privacy without having to<br />

enter the cabins and bathrooms of<br />

overnight guests.<br />

<strong>The</strong> layout of the night area includes<br />

three en-suite cabins, featuring the<br />

same play on textures and colours<br />

seen in the lounge, complemented<br />

by the contrast between the white<br />

leather of the headboard and bed<br />

sides and the dark leather of the<br />

beside table tops and bed bases.<br />

<strong>The</strong> master stateroom is on the<br />

starboard side, with a VIP cabin<br />

forward, and both have their own<br />

bathroom. Completing the layout<br />

is a double cabin with two bunk<br />

beds served by a bathroom that is<br />

also used as a day head. <strong>The</strong> decor<br />

in the bathrooms blends together<br />

wood, light and dark lacquer finishes,<br />

mirrored surfaces and white<br />

Corian.<br />

On request, the third guest cabin<br />

can be replaced with a crew cabin.<br />

PROPULSION AND PERFORMANCE<br />

56’ Rivale Hard Top is fitted with<br />

a pair of MAN engines rated 1200<br />

mhp, powering the yacht to a top<br />

speed of 38 knots and a cruising<br />

speed of 34 knots.<br />

<strong>The</strong> owner can also opt for the<br />

standard pair of 1000 mhp MAN<br />

engines, providing a top speed of<br />

35 knots and a cruising speed of 31<br />

knots.<br />

<strong>The</strong> engine room can be entered<br />

through two hatches on the deck,<br />

one in the centre of the cockpit and<br />

other at the far end of the stern on<br />

the port side. On request, a Seakeeper<br />

stabilizer can be installed to<br />

minimise rolling at sea and at anchor.


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An unforgettable retreat in<br />

Aotearoa New Zealand’s<br />

beautiful Bay of Islands.<br />

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Beauty<br />

Diaries<br />

KENZO HOMME EAU DE<br />

TOILETTE INTENSE, SYMBOL OF<br />

A MORE BEAUTIFUL WORLD<br />

KENZO HOMME, the woody marine scent created by<br />

KENZO in 1991, has been reinvented thirty years later<br />

in a new Eau de Toilette Intense. <strong>The</strong> mythic bamboo<br />

inspired bottle has been redesigned for this new scent<br />

celebrating nature. Inspired by the remarkable strength<br />

and flexibility of sustainable and recyclable bamboo, the<br />

fragrance embodies KENZO PARFUMS’ values and engagement.<br />

For the new Eau de Toilette Intense, perfumer Quentin<br />

Bisch (Givaudan) chose top notes of pink pepper for<br />

spicy freshness and calypsone for an aquatic dimension.<br />

<strong>The</strong> heart note of vetiver is warmed by a woody fig tree<br />

note, while the base of sandalwood is elevated by the<br />

elegance of akigalawood. <strong>The</strong> marine-woody fragrance<br />

evokes sun-warmed salty skin. Eliciting the power of the<br />

ocean and the lush bamboo forest, the scent is embodied<br />

by Orin Hardy, an engaged entrepreneur who grew up in<br />

Indonesia.<br />

<strong>The</strong> founder of Bamboo U has a passion for the extraordinary<br />

properties of bamboo. <strong>The</strong> ecological designer<br />

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hopes to educate a new generation<br />

of creative talents about the<br />

potential of bamboo as a sustainable<br />

building material for innovative<br />

living spaces in harmony with<br />

nature. <strong>The</strong> new face of KENZO<br />

HOMME, Orin Hardy shares KEN-<br />

ZO PARFUMS’ values of generosity,<br />

respect for nature and poetry. To<br />

support his work, KENZO has created<br />

a scholarship that will enable<br />

ten students to study through the<br />

Bamboo U Project.<br />

Director Clément Beauvais and<br />

photographer Arthur de Kersauson<br />

traveled to meet Orin Hardy<br />

to learn more about his ambitious<br />

project and shoot the campaign for<br />

the new Eau de Toilette Intense.<br />

“Connecting to nature is really<br />

about re-connecting to who we<br />

really are. We all want to make the<br />

world the best place it can be. And<br />

bamboo is one medium to make<br />

that happen,” says Orin Hardy. An<br />

immersion into the beauty of Indonesian<br />

landscapes, the documentary<br />

is streaming on the KENZO PAR-<br />

FUMS website.<br />

This invitation to make the world<br />

more beautiful includes the bottle,<br />

in a vibrant blue that evokes<br />

marine freshness. Reflecting KEN-<br />

ZO’s longstanding commitment to<br />

eco-responsibility, the bottle contains<br />

10% recycled glass and a cap<br />

design that saves 34% of plastic.<br />

<strong>The</strong> packaging is made of FSC®<br />

(Forest Stewardship Council®)<br />

certified paper, printed with biosourced<br />

inks. KENZO HOMME Eau<br />

de Toilette Intense perfectly symbolizes<br />

sustainable beauty.<br />

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WATERTONE OR SUSTAINABLE BEAUTY<br />

BY MAKEUP FOREVER<br />

Committed to sustainable beauty that does not compromise<br />

on the quality or performance of its products,<br />

MAKE UP FOR EVER presents WATERTONE, its new<br />

skin-perfecting foundation. <strong>The</strong> launch is accompanied<br />

by the campaign BE FEARLESS, filmed and directed by<br />

the photographer Charlotte WALES, acclaimed for her<br />

ability to capture emotions through faces and bodies.<br />

Co-created with the Maison’s professional makeup artists,<br />

WATERTONE foundation suits all skin types, while<br />

its range of 23 shades adapts to all skin tones.<br />

Designed for fans of natural beauty, WATERTONE is<br />

formulated without animal-derived ingredients, parabens,<br />

silicones, PEG, EDTA, mineral oil and phenoxyethanol,<br />

and with less than 1% fragrance. It comprises<br />

78% water-based and 94% nature-derived ingredients.<br />

Its 100% recyclable glass bottle has a removable cap<br />

which can be used as a palette, while its paper packaging<br />

is sourced from sustainably managed forests.<br />

Two innovative accessories have also been created with an<br />

objective of sustainability. <strong>The</strong>y were developed in collaboration<br />

with MAKE UP FOR EVER’s professional makeup<br />

artists in order to optimize the performance of the foundation.<br />

<strong>The</strong> WATERTONE SPONGE, which is latex-free<br />

and sold in a recyclable plastic box, is produced with water-activated<br />

materials which enable it to transform into<br />

a supple tool that blends and smooths foundation for a<br />

flawless finish. Meanwhile, the ARTISAN BRUSH #116 consists<br />

of synthetic bristles with a beech-wood handle.<br />

<strong>The</strong> creative mission of MAKE UP FOR EVER is to inspire<br />

everyone to show who they really are and what<br />

makes them unique.<br />

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PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN<br />

GET DRESSED UP<br />

IN DIOR<br />

Paris Saint-Germain and the house of Dior have<br />

signed a two-year partnership. Starting this season,<br />

Dior will provide the official wardrobe for<br />

the Parisian club and will outfit the Rouge & Bleu team.<br />

This is the first time that Dior has partnered with a<br />

sports club.<br />

With this partnership, Paris Saint-Germain continues<br />

its pioneering foray into the world of fashion and lifestyle.<br />

<strong>The</strong> club shares the house of Dior’s passion for<br />

Paris, whose global influence is enhanced by the two<br />

brands’ creativity.<br />

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Fashion<br />

To mark this unique collaboration, Kim Jones, Artistic<br />

Director of Dior men’s collections, has designed a series<br />

of new creations for the next two seasons. Spanning<br />

casual and formal moods, this elegant wardrobe<br />

combines black and navy-blue shades – in tones specially<br />

designed for the Paris Saint-Germain team. <strong>The</strong><br />

casual look is notably composed of a Harrington jacket,<br />

a knitted sweater and a polo shirt, all finished with<br />

an embroidered “Paris Saint-Germain” patch and the<br />

“CD Icon” initials, as well as the Dior Explorer derbies*<br />

in black leather, punctuated by the iconic Dior Oblique<br />

motif.<br />

<strong>The</strong> formal outfit pairs a cashmere coat, a jacket, a<br />

shirt and pants, and a pair of black leather Dior Timeless<br />

derbies*. <strong>The</strong> pieces are enhanced by other subtle<br />

details, reflecting Dior’s exceptional savoir-faire.<br />

Symbols of refinement, the emblematic Saddle bag in<br />

black grained calfskin, a jacquard tie adorned with a<br />

matching “Paris Saint-Germain” logo, a cashmere scarf<br />

as well as a reversible – black and navy-blue – belt also<br />

complete the looks.<br />

*<strong>The</strong> insole of the shoes is embossed, with a silver film,<br />

with the players’ jersey numbers.<br />

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SPOTLIGHT ON FALL/<br />

WINTER 2021-2022<br />

HAUTE COUTURE<br />

<strong>The</strong> most prestigious of fashion weeks, haute couture, took<br />

place from July 5-8 for the Fall/Winter 2021-2022 season.<br />

Maisons Dior and Fendi once again celebrated their exquisite<br />

savoir-faire with poetic creations marked by contemporary<br />

resonance.<br />

Dior: icon of excellence<br />

<strong>The</strong> French luxury house presented its Fall/Winter 2021-2022<br />

haute couture collection on July 5 at the Rodin Museum in Paris.<br />

Celebrating a return to “being present” for Fashion Week, Artistic<br />

Director Maria Grazia Chiuri emphasized a return to the<br />

fundamentals of couture with a show focused on plays of textures<br />

and a tactile materiality.<br />

French artist Eva Jospin created the backdrop for the show<br />

with a work entitled Chambre de Soie (Silk Room), featuring<br />

embroidery to recognize the importance of passing on artisanal<br />

savoir-faire as a keystone of creativity, a theme that<br />

runs through the collection.<br />

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Passion for<br />

Fashion<br />

Voluptuous draping of silhouettes and graphic charm heighten<br />

the romanticism and sensuality expressed in the fluidity and<br />

freedom of movement of the body.<br />

While the designer revisited iconic Dior pieces such as the<br />

Bar jacket, the highlight was a spectacular mint green wedding<br />

dress decorated with embroidery and floral details. <strong>The</strong><br />

resolutely modern gown elegantly reflects the timeless codes<br />

of Monsieur Dior.<br />

Timeless Fendi<br />

Fendi presented its haute couture collection for Fall/Winter<br />

Hiver 2021-2022 through the lens of Italian filmmaker<br />

Luca Guadagnino. Womenswear Artistic Director, Kim Jones<br />

shared his vision of Rome, inspired by legendary Italian filmmaker<br />

Pier Paolo Pasolini.<br />

Amidst the Italian Maison’s Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana headquarters,<br />

the silhouettes echoed the rich history of Rome, immersing<br />

us in a poetic universe where time seems to stand still.<br />

Shoes are decorated with mosaics and gowns reference the<br />

building’s marble columns with mineral hues and contemporary<br />

cuts, set off by embroidered silk and lace in draping that<br />

pays tribute to ancient Rome.<br />

Overlapping temporalities included Kate Moss walking the<br />

runway with her daughter, a fusing of generations for timeless<br />

fashion that celebrates Italian elegance and artisanal excellence.<br />

By Adrien Dirand<br />

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Passion for<br />

Fashion<br />

THE ART OF PREPPY DRESSING<br />

AND HOW TO PULL IT OFF<br />

Let’s start at the very beginning, shall we?<br />

What exactly is preppy dressing?<br />

Preppy is the informal noun for a pupil or graduate of an<br />

expensive prep school (or a person resembling such a<br />

person in appearance). Naturally, you don’t want to look<br />

like a messy teenager. You do want to look expensive. So<br />

when you hear the term preppy dressing being thrown<br />

around it most likely refers to plaid prints and structured<br />

silhouettes. Often, pastel hues make up the core<br />

palette of a preppy dresser’s wardrobe, but you’ll also<br />

find classic tones like navy and neutral shades thrown<br />

into the preppy mix.<br />

A classic – and suitably famous – preppy look is chinos<br />

paired with a smart shirt and sports jacket. And at Ascots<br />

& Chapels, we’re not only here for bespoke suiting;<br />

we can kit you out with your tailored separates, fitted to<br />

perfection, with class and ease.<br />

Layering is a key element of preppy ensembles, which<br />

makes it so perfect for hot or cooler months. Think a<br />

textured knit thrown over your shoulders with the arms<br />

nonchalantly tied, or a blazer flung over your shoulders<br />

with a certain je ne sais quoi air. Mixing textures is a<br />

great way to take your look from summer to winter so<br />

you can stay true to your style whatever the season.<br />

For a collegiate-inspired aesthetic, try traditional shirts<br />

layered under sweaters with a contrast tie – you can<br />

really have fun here. Or perhaps it’s a fitted waistcoat<br />

under your jacket for that extra layer of gentleman’s finery.<br />

Too hot? Come spring, you can pair this separately<br />

with a casual T-shirt throughout the warmer months.<br />

You don’t need to get too carried away with pattern.<br />

Simple colour palettes such as navy, light blue, white<br />

and beige can be woven into a preppy look that also<br />

stands the test of time. But to truly nail ‘preppyness’, a<br />

hint of pink is no less than essential. We all know a man<br />

who can pull off pink is one to be admired.<br />

Another look to have on your<br />

rotation is the hero button-down<br />

Oxford shirt with<br />

tailored shorts for summertime<br />

(or tailored trousers<br />

when it’s colder, of course).<br />

This pairing is great with boater<br />

style shoes and that luxe<br />

sweater thrown over your<br />

shoulders.<br />

<strong>The</strong> goal? You want to appear<br />

put-together but not pompous.<br />

And that can be a challenge<br />

considering the sort of<br />

person you’re channelling.<br />

But, with less of a try-hard<br />

attitude, you’ll definitely pull<br />

these looks off. And there’s<br />

always polo-shirts to nudge<br />

your look in a casual direction.<br />

Don’t forget to have some fun<br />

when it comes to your accessories<br />

as well. Can sunglasses<br />

top off the tailored look? Absolutely.<br />

How about the components<br />

of silk bowties, printed<br />

pocket squares and even lapel<br />

pins? Invest in them all. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

add-ons are sometimes playful<br />

and can bring a cool, youthful<br />

contrast to more conservative looks.<br />

Unless you’re really out there on fashion’s front row<br />

though, we’d avoid overdoing the print clash. To be<br />

honest, this can be an eye-sore and doesn’t stand the<br />

test of time. So if your bowtie is blue and white paisley,<br />

go for a block pale pink shirting choice. Or if you’ve got<br />

a boldly striped grey and white shirt, then try a more<br />

minimal navy tie to bring the look together.<br />

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Remember, style is unique and our mission at Ascots is<br />

to help you master yours and wear it with confidence.<br />

You’re not at college any more so you don’t have to commit<br />

to one look, preppy style, all the time. Sometimes<br />

you’ll want to flex a preppy-inspired ensemble, maybe<br />

another day you’ll be feeling something more casual.<br />

<strong>The</strong> best part? You can always turn to preppy looks and<br />

be safe in the knowledge they’re timeless. No-one ever<br />

looks out of place in well-tailored separates – especially<br />

if they’ve been fitted by a master tailor. We’re ready<br />

when you are.<br />

So, what are your thoughts? Do you think you’ve nailed<br />

the art of preppy dressing? And who’s your preppy<br />

dressing style icon, if you have one?<br />

Right, we better get back to class!<br />

By Gary Sweeney<br />

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Concepts<br />

LET'S EXPLORE THE NEW WORKSPACES<br />

Workspaces are evolving.<br />

From co-working and collaborative working environments<br />

to flexibility and home offices, to which<br />

can be added the recent issue of how to manage<br />

space in a context of increased home working, the entire<br />

theme couldn’t be more relevant. “Work!” is a fascinating<br />

itinerary interspersed with all sorts of innovations.<br />

For its first participation in Paris Design Week, Herman<br />

Miller is opening a showroom in Opéra. In the heart of<br />

Faubourg Saint-Antoine, PCM, Projet Concept Mobilier<br />

is presenting an array of lovely European brands that<br />

are perhaps less well-known than some market-leading<br />

brands, but whose performance they equal. Amongst<br />

other highlights, don’t miss Absolute Office, AFC and<br />

Moore Design and their attractive, atypical, high quality<br />

and human interior solutions. And finally, famous for<br />

the quality of its bold designs, Vitra lives on. Still a family<br />

company after eighty years, the brand’s capacity to<br />

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THE BENTLEY 2021 HOME COLLECTION<br />

Bentley Motors and Bentley Home are proud to present<br />

their latest collaboration: <strong>The</strong> 2021 Collection.<br />

Four bold new furniture designs are revealed today<br />

each featuring a carefully chosen combination of unique<br />

materials and finishes that blend innovation, technology<br />

and fine craft. <strong>The</strong> Aldford Table, the Ramsey Sofa and<br />

Loveseat and the Styal Desk, elegantly sport a unique<br />

lacquered finish and an exciting new fabric produced<br />

from marble powder among a choice of finishes.<br />

Defined by precious and cutting-edge materials, and<br />

the desire to push craftsmanship to new levels, the 2021<br />

Bentley Home Collection represents a new vision for<br />

the brand, aligned to the ambitions of Bentley Motors,<br />

to be the most sustainable luxury automotive brand in<br />

the world. Strong, distinctive lines and timeless shapes<br />

characterise the new furniture designs by Carlo Colombo<br />

in close collaboration with Bentley Design, and<br />

introduce Bentley Home’s new Degradé lacquering and<br />

new MARM \ MORE® marble powder fabric.<br />

Degradé lacquering is key to the overall aesthetic of<br />

the 2021 Bentley Home Collection, and brings a sense<br />

of quintessential luxury that is both customisable and<br />

instantly recognisable. Degradé involves an incredibly<br />

intricate and complex process to achieve the high<br />

standards required by Bentley Home’s customers. Before<br />

the Degradé essence can be created, a coat of<br />

varnish is hand-applied to protect the wood. A master<br />

craftsman must then use an airbrush to apply the colour<br />

by hand, with just the right dose of lacquer, gradually<br />

drawing away from the wood to accentuate the colour<br />

gradient and faithfully replicate every detail of the<br />

natural shading. After this long process, a round of polishing<br />

is required to give the product body, depth and<br />

solidity. Four coats of varnish are then applied before a<br />

final round of polishing.<br />

<strong>The</strong> elegant finish is brought to life in a variety of options:<br />

Deep Ocean, Midnight Walnut, Black Kenya, Dark<br />

Shadow, Rust Degradé, Silver Degradé and Bronze Degradé.<br />

Each of these options is characterised by subtle<br />

nuances which range from black, to distinctive metallic<br />

colours that make each hand-painted product unique<br />

and unrepeatable. Each product within the new collection<br />

features the Degradé essence, and this technique<br />

can also be applied to past Bentley Home designs too.<br />

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Casa<br />

Goals<br />

MARM \ MORE® is an innovative, ethical new fabric<br />

making its debut in the furniture world, developed and<br />

patented for Bentley Home. <strong>The</strong> new fabric utilises the<br />

genuine dust that is a bi-product of marble production.<br />

Sourced and produced in Italy from start to finish, master<br />

craftsmen are required to complete every step on the<br />

journey from powder to furniture wrap. Marble is known<br />

to be the ultimate material for sculpture and architecture,<br />

and is now stylishly and innovatively reinterpreted<br />

for fabric. Harnessing the natural power of marble, it<br />

restores value to its unique dust, transforming it into a<br />

textile that offers unmatched technical performance and<br />

aesthetic qualities. <strong>The</strong> precious marble powder fabric<br />

gracefully dresses the 2021 Bentley Home Collection, accentuating<br />

the elegant shapes of the furniture designs.<br />

colours: light grey and natural green, each with a matte<br />

finish. This innovative covering can be chosen for every<br />

upholstered product within the new collection, and also<br />

applied to previous designs from Bentley Home.<br />

Developing the new fabric was a complex and lengthy<br />

process. Production of the fabric requires the powder<br />

from high quality marble to be mixed with a special<br />

composite to obtain a liquid microfilm. <strong>The</strong> microfilm<br />

recipe is then coupled with the selected cotton base<br />

textile to produce this unique fabric finish. This innovation<br />

in textile development uses renewable resources<br />

only and results in significant waste reduction.<br />

MARM \ MORE® is available in a choice of two different<br />

Styal<br />

<strong>The</strong> new Styal Desk is the masterpiece of the new 2021<br />

Bentley Home collection. During these times where the<br />

office has forcibly entered our homes, Bentley Home<br />

elevates the concept of office space, giving shape to<br />

an iconic product, luxurious and refined throughout<br />

every detail.<br />

A succession of graceful curves run the length of the<br />

3 metre wooden frame, covered in a choice of leather<br />

or veneer, with the sideboard elegantly positioned for<br />

balanced proportion. <strong>The</strong> desktop is punctuated with a<br />

gun metal grey insert: a visual “incision” that accentuates<br />

its sculptural profile, governing its lines and leading<br />

the curves at either end. <strong>The</strong> desk is broken down<br />

into four elements, subdivided by a metal profile, which<br />

can be covered in either leather or veneer. Slim and<br />

light, extreme from all perspectives, Styal dramatically<br />

reimagines the experience of working from home.<br />

<strong>The</strong> structure and top can be customised in a choice<br />

of: Warm Grey Fiddleback Sycamore, Smoked Liquidambar<br />

or Burr Walnut root, with a glossy, brushed<br />

finishing.<br />

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Goals<br />

Ramsey<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ramsey range appears to defy gravity: its seat is<br />

suspended off the floor, and its tapered shell flows into<br />

armrests that reach upwards like outstretched wings.<br />

<strong>The</strong> lines are delicate, split only by a transparent panel<br />

between the seat and backrest. A gun metal grey insert<br />

frames the profile, reaching down below the seat, emphasising<br />

the apparent defiance of gravity.<br />

With graceful proportions, the Ramsey Loveseat is the<br />

first loveseat conceived by Bentley Home. It is therefore<br />

fitting that this design proposes a new dimension<br />

of luxury through its evolving spatial requirements, that<br />

will suit the most contemporary of homes, both alongside<br />

or independently from the Ramsey Sofa.<br />

Both the sofa and loveseat are available in a choice of<br />

coverings: Warm Grey Fiddleback Sycamore, Smoked<br />

Liquidambar, Burr Walnut root, or alternatively, covered<br />

in leather or the marble powder fabric. Degradé<br />

lacquering is also applied to the wood finishes.<br />

Alternatively, leather-covered top can be chosen. Finished<br />

in wood with metallic finishing in gun metal grey.<br />

Degradé lacquering effect is also brought in to finish<br />

the wood options.<br />

Aldford<br />

Design and art come together in the clean, sleek lines of<br />

the new Aldford Table, with both rectangular and circular<br />

versions available to choose from. Legs taper up<br />

from the floor and meet under the top in a single form,<br />

accentuating the sense of lightness and suspension.<br />

<strong>The</strong> design is enhanced by the three layers that make up<br />

the tabletop: the underside is lacquered in glossy black,<br />

and a metal profile runs around the perimeter.<br />

Aldford presented a completely new constructional<br />

challenge for the designers at the <strong>Luxury</strong> Living Group<br />

and the craftspeople at Bentley Home. <strong>The</strong> double curve<br />

of the base and the sloping edge of the top are achieved<br />

using the very latest milling techniques.<br />

Customers can choose from three finishes for the legs:<br />

Burr Walnut, Smoked Liquid Ambar, or leather-covered.<br />

<strong>The</strong> top is available in Calacatta or Valentine Grey marble,<br />

or glossy Burr Walnut, Smoked Liquid Amber or<br />

Warm Grey Fiddleback Sycamore. Degradé lacquering<br />

is applied to all wood finishes.<br />

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Education<br />

in a Digital Age<br />

BHAVINI<br />

DOSHII<br />

Bhavini Doshi is CEO of the multi-award-winning<br />

company PORSE, a leading Home-Based Childcare,<br />

Education and Training provider in New Zealand.<br />

“My role as a successful businesswoman, educationist<br />

and motivational leader is to promote education in the<br />

digital age and the wellbeing of Gen-Z Kids. Our vision is<br />

a world where children and young people feel safe and<br />

realise their aspirations to succeed”.<br />

<strong>The</strong> methods of education and delivery are now a blend<br />

between face-to-face and other combinations of virtual<br />

interfaces, content is moving from traditional text-based<br />

learning to text-plus-multimedia.<br />

While the world of education is still in transition; Bhavini<br />

says the cost of creating high-end multimedia content,<br />

although coming down, is still prohibitive for all but the<br />

very edge of the marketplace. Bhavini states that her<br />

work is driven by a belief that all children should have the<br />

chance to achieve their full potential and contribute to a<br />

healthy, robust society and environment.<br />

More than 20,000+ children and families have been<br />

supported by PORSE educators, nannies, babysitters<br />

and teachers in New Zealand providing strong<br />

partnership opportunities and global expansion.<br />

Bhavini has been in the education sector for more than<br />

two decades in India, the USA, the UK and New Zealand,<br />

and looks forward to forming new partnerships with<br />

those who want to make a difference and share her<br />

philanthropist view of ‘Giving back to the community’.<br />

As a part of her Corporate Social Responsibility More For<br />

Kidz Foundation Trust, a New Zealand Registered Charity<br />

was started by Bhavini to support ECE professionals,<br />

caregivers and parents with parenting skills and<br />

knowledge. She is also a member of Global Women, Co<br />

of Women, Early Childhood Council New Zealand and<br />

Home Early Learning Organisation and Early Childhood<br />

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LAMBORGHINI AND MASTER & DYNAMIC:<br />

PURE SOUND SOPHISTICATION<br />

Lamborghini and Master & Dynamic have unveiled a<br />

distinctive collection of sound tools to offer you the<br />

luxury of peerless sound everywhere you go.<br />

Drawing inspiration from iconic Lamborghini designs,<br />

the New York-based premium audio brand Master &<br />

Dynamic has developed sophisticated True Wireless<br />

Earphones and Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones<br />

with the iconic Lamborghini hexagon and Y<br />

patterns and advanced Bluetooth technology that will<br />

satisfy even the most performance-focused consumer.<br />

<strong>The</strong> MW65 ANC Wireless Over Ear Headphones feature<br />

two Active Noise-Cancelling modes, 24 hours of battery<br />

life and Bluetooth 5.0 with a 30m/100ft connection.<br />

While the MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphones feature<br />

10mm Beryllium drivers guaranteeing brilliant sound<br />

and are housed in a stainless steel charging case providing<br />

40 hours of play time.<br />

<strong>The</strong> collection is crafted from the finest materials including<br />

Alcantara®, sapphire glass, Italian acetate, anodized<br />

aluminum, and stainless steel, and sports three<br />

different signature Lamborghini liveries of silver metal,<br />

light grey and yellow Alcantara; black metal, black<br />

and yellow Alcantara; and black metal, black and grey<br />

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CHANDON GARDEN SPRITZ, A SUNNY<br />

NEW CREATION FROM CHANDON<br />

CHANDON has been crafting<br />

superb sparkling wines with<br />

a unique personality since its<br />

founding in 1959 in Argentina. In 60<br />

years of excellence, the Maison’s<br />

pioneering spirit has taken<br />

it all over the globe, giving<br />

birth to a domain on which<br />

the sun never sets.<br />

CHANDON recently released<br />

its newest creation,<br />

Garden Spritz, the latest<br />

drop from its unexpected<br />

lands, decked out in<br />

an elegant new livery for<br />

a brand that has been pioneering<br />

for more than 60<br />

years.<br />

Sophisticated and authentic,<br />

simple and intriguing,<br />

CHANDON Garden<br />

Spritz takes an exceptional<br />

CHANDON brut sparkling<br />

wine and adds a delectable<br />

liqueur with a secret<br />

recipe, created by the Maison’s<br />

winemakers from natural extracts<br />

of orange peels, herbs and spices,<br />

with no artificial flavors or colors. A<br />

unique alcoholic beverage that redefines<br />

the spritz experience.<br />

92<br />

Founded in 1959 in the Andean foothills<br />

in Argentina, CHANDON today<br />

crafts exceptional sparkling wines<br />

at six wineries across the world: Argentina<br />

in 1959, then California and<br />

Brazil in 1973, Australia in 1986, China<br />

in 2013 and India in 2014. A deep<br />

attachment to the earth links these<br />

different cultures. <strong>The</strong> CHANDON<br />

worldwide community currently<br />

spans some 1,389 hectares of vineyards<br />

where 16 winemakers of seven<br />

different nationalities oversee<br />

the largest sparkling-wine estate<br />

in the world. Carrying on the spirit<br />

of founder Robert-Jean de Vogüé,<br />

onetime President of Moët<br />

& Chandon with a passion<br />

for travel, discovery and<br />

winemaking, the Maison<br />

carries on its tradition of<br />

innovation with CHANDON<br />

Garden Spritz. “Too many<br />

have closed their shutters.<br />

I have opened many<br />

windows.” This quote from<br />

Robert-Jean de Vogüé continues<br />

to inspire the winemakers<br />

and growers of the<br />

CHANDON community.<br />

Through their ongoing exchanges<br />

they reinvent collaboration,<br />

sharing inspiration<br />

and creativity.<br />

<strong>The</strong> primary ingredient in<br />

CHANDON Garden Spritz<br />

is CHANDON Brut sparkling<br />

wine produced by the team<br />

of winemakers and growers in<br />

Mendoza in the Andean foothills<br />

of Argentina. <strong>The</strong> wine is made<br />

with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and<br />

Semillon grapes grown at an alti-


tude of over 1,000 meters. Here,<br />

the terroir and climate naturally<br />

favor the requisite freshness,<br />

ripeness and acidity for this exceptional<br />

sparkling wine.<br />

<strong>The</strong> zesty bitterness is obtained<br />

through a natural maceration of<br />

orange rinds and of fresh aromatic<br />

herbs and spices. <strong>The</strong> secret is<br />

Valencia oranges variety selected<br />

for their unique balance of acidity<br />

and sweetness, grown and handpicked<br />

on a pesticide-free family<br />

farm in the Entre Rios province, in<br />

the NE of Argentina. <strong>The</strong> oranges<br />

have been studied with the same<br />

meticulous precision as the grapes<br />

to identify the best time to harvest,<br />

in order to obtain the most elegant<br />

aromas. <strong>The</strong> peels are slowly oven<br />

dried and macerated in grape brandy,<br />

along with fresh rinds and zests.<br />

CHANDON winemaker Ana Paula<br />

Bartolucci, a native of Mendoza<br />

in Argentina who was born near<br />

the CHANDON winery, talks about<br />

the creative process: “We spent<br />

years testing different blends and<br />

recipes. Finally, the 64th proposal<br />

proved to be the one. For CHAN-<br />

DON Garden Spritz I made it stronger<br />

to get more intense aromas, I<br />

really wanted enough bitterness.”<br />

This sun-drenched elixir reveals its<br />

unique freshness poured over a few<br />

ice cubes, a sliver of dried orange<br />

and a sprig of rosemary.<br />

Engaged with the earth and faithful<br />

to its roots, CHANDON is committed<br />

to protecting its terroirs<br />

and cultures with ever-more sustainable<br />

viticulture. This includes<br />

opting to hand pick grapes and oranges<br />

and working with partners<br />

who practice sustainable agriculture.<br />

CHANDON leaves nothing to<br />

chance: at least six months of maturation<br />

is required before the wine<br />

is blended with the macerated liqueur.<br />

<strong>The</strong> herbs and spices are slow-macerated<br />

for between six weeks and<br />

six months, depending on the type.<br />

<strong>The</strong> bitter orange notes are joined<br />

by aromatic notes from Argentinian<br />

and Brazilian herbs, as well as<br />

the warm and woody notes of spices<br />

from India, Central America and<br />

Madagascar. Certified without artificial<br />

colors or artificial flavors and<br />

made from 100% pesticide-free<br />

oranges, CHANDON Garden Spritz<br />

is naturally delicious. What’s more,<br />

five tons of waste – seeds, peels and<br />

pulp – are also used for compost in<br />

CHANDON vineyards.<br />

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Gastro<br />

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B.01<br />

Champagne<br />

E<br />

Consisting of 90% Chardonnay and 10%<br />

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<strong>The</strong> “ B.02” came in celebration of the oneyear<br />

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When I first landed in Dubai, like<br />

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years, a wife, two daughters, and<br />

many interesting businesses and<br />

job opportunities later, I call Dubai<br />

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and entrepreneurs migrate<br />

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For starters, Dubai’s status as the<br />

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rich, topping it off is Dubai’s entrepreneur-friendly<br />

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But all this is just the frosting; the<br />

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and reforms in the last few years,<br />

coupled with its handling of the


coronavirus crisis, has helped make<br />

the UAE a “model country” for people<br />

to live, work, and invest in.<br />

Dubai is surrounded by emerging<br />

markets, many of which have had a<br />

massive public health crisis during<br />

the pandemic. This golden city, on<br />

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brilliantly and outperformed many<br />

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in many European countries, one<br />

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attention was given to all the same.<br />

<strong>The</strong> global health crisis has also reshaped<br />

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markets are looking for from a<br />

second residency. <strong>The</strong>y are looking<br />

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a good quality of life, the best educational<br />

and healthcare systems,<br />

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remotely or travel anywhere very<br />

quickly, why wouldn’t they do it?<br />

Apart from the substantial economic<br />

support that the government of<br />

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support, and opportunities at par<br />

with Dubai.<br />

It is also an incredibly exciting time<br />

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support intelligent<br />

infrastructure, and have receptive<br />

markets. Dubai is a pioneer in smart<br />

city adoption and has taken on the<br />

post-pandemic world.<br />

<strong>The</strong> UAE’s removal from the European<br />

Union’s Code of Conduct Group<br />

on Business Taxation’s blacklist, as<br />

well as reforms on inheritance law<br />

which entails that if a person dies<br />

in the country without a will in<br />

place, their estate will be divided as<br />

per the applicable law according to<br />

their citizenship, regardless of their<br />

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Latin for the number 100, Centum at Leonard Joel<br />

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Only in its second year, Centum brings together<br />

predominantly the work of 100 living contemporary<br />

Australian artists in the one auction. A who’s who of<br />

the art world, the walls at Leonard Joel have showcased<br />

the work of artists such as David Noonan, Jan Senbergs,<br />

Peter Booth, Mike Parr, Howard Arkley, Patricia Piccinini,<br />

and Jenny Watson, just to name a handful. Many<br />

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but have established reputations worldwide.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se works from the secondary market – from dealers,<br />

collectors and corporates – were launched at the<br />

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Burton, operating since 1938, Leonard Joel is one of the<br />

oldest auction houses in Australia, going back generations.<br />

<strong>The</strong> idea of this exhibition is one of our many collaborations,”<br />

says Ross Savas, Managing Director of Kay<br />

& Burton. For Leonard Joel’s owner, John Albrecht, who<br />

is at the helm of the company, which was established in<br />

1919, he’s proud to be the first to celebrate living contemporary<br />

artists of this standing. “Many of these artists<br />

are now highly collected in galleries, not just in Australia,<br />

but overseas. Centum is only in its second year,<br />

but it is now an annual event,” says Albrecht.<br />

Some of the artists, such as Howard Arkley, are household<br />

names. His paint on paperwork, Untitled (Poles),<br />

from 1976 would have been completed at the height of<br />

his career. And although not a major work by Arkley,<br />

his signature alone now comes with a significant price<br />

tag. A painting by David Noonan, ‘Untitled’ and produced<br />

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his profile now considerably elevated, both in London<br />

where he now resides and in Australia where he has<br />

had numerous exhibitions including at the Ian Potter<br />

Centre.<br />

Curated by Leonard Joel’s Olivia Fuller, Head of Art,<br />

Centum represents highly respected living contemporary<br />

artists, wherever they are based in the world.<br />

“Sadly, a few of the artists have passed away,” says Fuller,<br />

pointing out a photograph taken by the late Polixeni<br />

Papapetrou, whose work, titled Indian Brave, from<br />

2002, depicts a young bare-chested boy wearing an Indian<br />

headdress and a mask. Another photographer, Pat<br />

Brassington, whose work Dress Hang is from the same<br />

year, offers an intimate reflection of the subject of the<br />

body. “Papapetrou’s work is an important part of the<br />

contemporary art scene even though she is no longer<br />

with us. Her work will continue to be discussed and is<br />

an important part of the current art scene,” says Fuller.<br />

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Nadeson, who was invited to Centum at the last moment<br />

by a friend, is based in London but is currently<br />

creating a major sculptural installation in Melbourne.<br />

“My work involves looking at fine art, particularly<br />

from the past, but obviously taking the work forward,”<br />

says Nadeson, who is drawn to glass artists<br />

such as Lalique and the mascots they produced during<br />

his time. “I’m always looking at the past, but you<br />

can see from this gathering, people love to look at<br />

great contemporary art,” he adds.<br />

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all-electric jaguar i-pace<br />

time to change.<br />

Introducing the I-PACE, Jaguar’s first all-electric performance SUV.<br />

Built from the ground up, its electric motors and aerodynamic<br />

design deliver 696Nm of instant torque with sports car agility,<br />

to cover up to 470km in a single charge.<br />

<strong>The</strong> battery, design, and state-of-the-art thermal management<br />

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performance<br />

Official EU test figures are from manufacturer tests under EU legislation. Overall EV performance data may vary according to driving and environmental<br />

variables. Terms and conditions apply. <strong>The</strong> standard Scheduled 5 Year Servicing is included. Speak to your retailer for more details or visit www.jaguar.co.nz.<br />

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