Vertu have launched a new collection of Ascent Ti phones inspired by Ferrari’s cars. The Ferrari Ascent Ti collection consists of three phones named after their respective colors; a limited edition phone called the Nero and two special edition phones named Rosso and Giallo. The Nero phone is an all black Ascent Ti made of titanium coated with scratch proof PVD with a red sapphire crystal pillow. The Rosso and Giallo phones are red and yellow receptively and feature PVD coated battery covers and keys, they feature ceramic pillows. The phones feature Ferrari inspired themes as well as ring tones featuring Ferrari engine sounds, only 2,009 examples of the Vertu Ferrari Ascent Ti Nero will be made.
Rodial's Glamtox Peel is a clay mask that will help to reverse the signs of aging in just ten minutes.
Glamtox's shiny silver tube is loaded with revolutionary ingredients such as LaraCare, which firms, lifts and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and Argirline which works to reduce stress in the skin and to relax contracted muscles. The mask also contains Fruit Acids to help refine the complexion, even skintone and soften fine lines, to illuminate and brighten even after the first use.
Rodial Glamtox is available exclusively at all Harvey Nichols stores in the UK and Ireland price £70 for 50ml.
Louis Vuitton has launched two new patented diamond cuts - a rounded-cut flower diamond, and a pointed-cut flower diamond.
The LV diamonds have between 61 and 77 facets, and are set into various pieces of jewelry, including a necklace with 108 carats of diamonds retailing at $4 million. The collection has been named "Les Ardentes", which translate as "the blazing."
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Italian design house Pininfarina have released their first wine, the Pininfarina Vino Rosso a red wine from the Napa Valley in California. Only one thousand one hundred and twenty five cases will be made and will be available as single bottles, cases of twelve or boxes of six.
Sisley Paris offers this special treat for holiday 2008. Introducing their first ever perfumed candle. A must have for home, bath and dressing vanity, this delicate blend of soft tuberose, white lily and warm vanilla is a holiday favorite.
The candle holds a 35-hour burn time, and better yet, the essential oil composition can be applied to the pulse points to truly take in the experience. This luxurious black carbon packaging proudly displays the Sisley founding family D’Ornano royal crest.
David Mellor, the eponymous founder of this illustrious British company, was one of the most important designers of the 20th century. Now, as creative director, his son Corin promises to exalt his name still further with distinctive designs of his own like this exceptional 9-light stainless steel candelabra. Based on the famous Advent wreath candelabra he was commissioned to create for Sheffield cathedral in 2007, the piece is a constructional tour de force. Consisting of 32 slim vertical bars in stainless steel, the eight candleholders radiate out from the central stem encircling a ninth candleholder set at a higher level. The striking decorative detail is the mass of coloured rings in anodized aluminum, offset by plain white candles. In all there are 380 separate handmade components in the work. The polished metal structure of the candelabrum rises from a solid matt black granite base which bears the engraving O LUX BEATISSIMA (‘O most blessed light’) lettered in Eric Gill’s beautiful Perpetua font. Made and hand-assembled by their skilled craftsmen in David Mellor’s famous ‘Round Building’ HQ in Derbyshire’s Peak District, this piece has been created by Corin exclusively for 20ltd.com and is available in only 6 editions of each size.
9-light stainless steel candelabra by David Mellor No. of editions 6. From: £9,500.00 To: £10,500.00
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Mercedes-Benz has announced a prestigious new luxury limousine for use by government leaders, captains of industry and royalty – the S 600 Pullman Guard with integrated Highest Protection. The latest in a long and unique tradition of large, armoured, prestige limousines from the world’s oldest automaker, this model also marks a special anniversary for the Stuttgart-based firm: 80 years of manufacturing vehicles with factory-integrated special protection.
Like the famously luxurious and spacious open-plan Pullman railway coaches after which it is named, the new S 600 Pullman Guard treats its occupants to a traveling environment characterized by generous accommodation and the highest comfort. The vehicle owes its remarkably spacious interior to its 4315-millimetre wheelbase (115 centimetres longer than that of the long version of the special-protection S-Class). Indeed, with an overall length of 6356 millimetres, the S 600 Pullman Guard is a vehicle of truly majestic proportions which offers its passengers not only a maximum of comfort, but also a superbly appointed setting for discreet meetings, equipped, of course, with all the key communications and entertainment systems. This ensures they are always able to remain fully in touch with the rest of the world while enjoying the luxury and comfort of their own very special place in it.
Motorola have announced the Aura, a new luxury phone. The Motorola Aura features a design that sees the cover twist one hundred and eighty degrees to reveal the keyboard, it has a round sapphire crystal high resolution LCD display. The case of the Aura is made of chemically etched PVD coated stainless steel whilst the twisting mechanism is made of Tungsten Carbide coated gears.
Designer Alexander McQueen has teamed with Whisky maker Chivas Regal to create a limited edition bottle for Chivas Regal's Gold Signature 18 Year whiskey. The limited edition bottle is features blue leather and a gold label as well as a cork made in McQueen’s signature Union Jack colors. Only three hundred of the bottles will be made.
After the success of the Bentley motors private first class Pullman rail car to transport customers and top international dealers from London to its Bentley Worldwide Conference in Crewe, England, the company may add it as a regular event. The journey, 2 1/4 hours each way, featured onboard dining by chef Anton Mosimann of London's Mosimann's eating club.
Versace in partnership with German porcelain specialists Rosenthal have announced the Versace Dedalo collection. The collection is made of porcelain with a platinum mirror finish featuring matte platinum detailing. The Versace Dedalo Porcelain collection features vases, dishes and candle holders and is available from Versace stores.
The Louis Moinet Magistralis watch features a piece of a 2000 year-old lunar meteorite making it truly something to watch. The 18K gold watch has a movement that includes a minute repeater, perpetual calendar and mono-pusher chronograph. The movement was created 100 years ago and beats at 18,000 vibrations per hour.
The Dalmore has announced the launch of one of the world's "oldest" whiskies onto the UK market report JD
The 50-year-old expression of The Dalmore, contains whisky first distilled 140 years ago, and is a limited edition launch, with only 191 Portuguese crystal decanters being released through the travel retail sector.
The whisky retails in the region of GBP700 (US$1,077) per unit.
To commemorate his affiliation with Quantum Of Solace , Tom Ford has released a pair of sunglasses designed by him for James Bond in the movie. The Tom Ford FT 108 James Bond sunglasses are inspired by the Aviator style but uses a large brow bar which give it a clean and streamlined look.
HP and designer Vivienne Tam are working together to create a special edition notebook positioned to become the ultimate tech accessory for fashionistas around the globe.
The HP Vivienne Tam Special Edition notebook represents the first time a computer company has partnered with a globally renowned designer to create a notebook PC that offers all the style and power needed for a delightful technology experience. Tam also worked with HP to design the notebook’s accessories and packaging.
“When I was approached by HP to create a special edition notebook, I could see the design in my head instantly,” said Tam. “The notebook is a true reflection of the needs of a modern woman who cares about fashion but is also passionate about her technology. I wanted to create a notebook that would appeal to women of all ages, ethnicities and income levels across the globe.”
The top of the notebook is gleaming red and bursting with peony flowers. The peony design is meticulously carried inside the notebook, under the keypad. The notebook also features a complementary embroidered storage sleeve that helps keep the exterior protected while being carried as a clutch.
The peony design features a unique blend of Asian and Western cultures, antiquity and modern style, technology and fashion. It was inspired by Tam’s “China Chic” style, which is recognized from the runways in Milan to the Olympics in Beijing and represents her personal mantra to live well and be beautiful.
A 17th century blue diamond, is expected to fetch in the region of $15 million when it goes on sale in December.
Christie's said on Monday it is putting the Wittelsbach Diamond on to the international market for the first time in almost 80 years.
"The appearance of a large blue diamond, among the rarest of colors, with a history that can be traced back to the 17th Century and 300 years of royal connections will surely be a thrilling occasion for all collectors of ... rare jewels," said Francois Curiel, international head of jewelry.
According to Christie's, King Philip IV of Spain selected the finest gemstones for the dowry of his 15-year-old daughter, the Infanta, upon her betrothal.
It is on public display at the auction house in King Street, St James's, London, on Friday 5 December and from Sunday 7 to Tuesday 9 December.
The Platinum Heli-Skiing Season Pass, just launched by Great Canadian Heli-Skiing (GCH), offers skiing lovers unlimited vertical access to the best powder skiing in the world.
This winter season, owners of the pass will have the luxury to choose to ski every day in the heart of the world’s premiere heli-skiing belt, British Columbia’s Interior Mountains. Passholders will have a personal concierge to keep them up-to-date with conditions and forecasts, and the choice to heli-ski everyday or only on select days. For the entire heli-skiing season, December 26 to March 28, and even during the sold out peak season of February, this exclusive ski pass surpasses all heli-skiing bookings and guarantees a seat on one of GCH’s powerful A-Star B2 Helicopters every day.
Wieshofer & Co have announced a new series of Maria Theresa chandeliers, named after the Archduchess regnant of Austria (1717-1780).
The new series incorporates traditional techniques, high carat gold leaf, hand-cut and produced baroque crystal trimmings and drops, mouth-blown opal-glass-candles and mputh-blown middle-column parts. Several variants are available, in refined gold, white gold, platinum and even solid silver.
The 2008 Pritzker Prize winner explores his career to date
The work of France's most unique and internationally celebrated contemporary architect in a book designed by the master himself. Limited to 1,000 signed and numbered copies packaged in a translucent plexiglass slipcase reminiscent of the translucent facades often seen in Jean Nouvel designs.
Recipient of the 2008 Pritzker Prize, Jean Nouvel is without any doubt France’s most original and important contemporary architect. From 1967 to 1970, he was an assistant of the influential architects Claude Parent and Paul Virilio, then creating his own office in Paris. His first widely acclaimed project was the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (1981–87, with Architecture Studio). Since then he has completed the Lyon Opera House (1986–93), the Euralille Shopping Center, Lille (1991–94), and the Fondation Cartier, Paris (1991–94). His major completed projects since 2000 include the Culture and Convention Center in Lucerne, Switzerland (1998–2000), the spectacular Agbar Tower on Barcelona’s Diagonal Avenue (2001–03), the extension of the Reina Sofia Museum, (Madrid, 1999–2005), the Quai Branly Museum on the Seine in Paris (2001–06), and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Apart from receiving this year’s Pritzker Prize, Jean Nouvel won the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Gold Medal in 2001.
Jean Nouvel worked for five years with author Philip Jodidio on this prodigiously illustrated TASCHEN monograph, a book that will finally give the full measure of the architect’s talent. Two 400-page hardcover volumes give the most complete overview to date of Jean Nouvel’s career, including works in progress, such as the new Louvre in Abu Dhabi, the Philharmonie de Paris, and the extension of the MoMA in New York. The book’s graphic design and images were conceived and selected by the architect; in addition, the transparent printed dust jackets mimic the architect’s own tendency to play with contrasts and overlaid patterns. One can truly say that this publication is Nouvel by Nouvel, inside and out.
Tom Ford has launched a new collection of natural fur boots. The collection consists of three pairs of boots and a hat : silver and tan natural fur boots ($5,250) and chocolate brown kid fur boots ($4,470) both with rawhide leather laces, and ultra-luxe natural brown otter fur boots for $9,240.
“They’re perfect for a weekend in Gstaad or St Moritz - and those are the kinds of weekends our customers have.
Ralph Lauren’s Holiday Collection includes this Sterling Silver Equestrian Flask priced at $2,495. The flask features a vintage jockey enameled on the front.
Other equestrian-themed items from the collection include a silk and cashmere pillow, a leather jewelry box, cushy slippers, and a bevy of alligator belts.
The British-made 1997 McLaren F1 supercar sold for $4 million at RM Auctions'. The car on offer more than doubled its pre-sale estimate. The F1 on offer was the original Park Lane showroom model in pristine condition, and originally sold for $1 million reports affluentpageluxuryindex.
One of the first carbon fiber-bodied production cars, the F1 was the fastest street legal production car in the world for over a decade, the longest period the record has been held by any street legal or production car in the history of automobiles. A