Going Platinum

The two buzz words you'll hear a lot in the upcoming months are a return to the "Timeless Classics" in the world of fashion -- (especially while the stock markets search for a reset button). And expect Jewelry purchases to add some of it's own extra "Bling, Bling" value in 2009.

The right Jewelry purchases, those that increase in value over time -- will also no doubt play heavily into those new purchases.

Since the dawn of time our precious metals has long been a safe haven during lean times. Enter that here-to-say popularity of platinum in the luxury fashion sectors.

W Magazine , Wedding Channel and Preciousplatinum.com have all recently touted the benefits of Platinum.

Just the facts, ma'am: A recent survey shows Platinum engagement rings and wedding bands, are usually the first choice for brides.

Because it's a pure and naturally white metal, unlike white gold that isn't really white, platinum will enhance the sparkle and brilliance of a diamond. Platinum won't fade or tarnish over time. Platinum holds stones more securely, which is why the world's most important diamonds are always set into platinum. Just ask the HOPE Diamond who has her set.

HD 800 from Sennheiser

The new standard in premium headphones, the HD 800 from Sennheiser, offers an extraordinarily brilliant sound image and stunning spatiality. Their dynamic, completely open-back design combines innovative technology with carefully selected materials and the pinnacle of German workmanship. The result is a level of performance, quality and attention to detail that is clearly audible. The key components of the HD 800 are a completely new type of transducer and the innovative ear cup design. In total, this new sound sensation features no less than three distinguished patents.

AEG-Electrolux Maxi-sense – flexible zone cooking

The latest technology in hob cooking: extremely safe, infinitely controllable and responsive – and energy efficient

has introduced the striking 3 zone AEG-Electrolux MaxiSense Induction Hob 98001KFSN. This slimline hob has no ‘zone’ restrictions, so what ever size or number of pans you have, they can be used providing part of the pan is in contact with the zone marker.

Sleek design with luxury bevelled edges offers an unrivalled elegant finish. MaxiSense uses an electromagnetic coil beneath the cooking sections to create an induction field which heats the contents of the pan on the hob. The hob surface doesn’t heat up – only the pan.

Sells at around £725
88 cms wide

Goldstriker iphone 3G gold

Goldstriker has announced the 24ct Gold iphone 3G with all rear shell, side command buttons & front bezel skillfully struck with 24ct gold. Comes totally unlocked for all networks in the U.K and worldwide, boasting the latest firmware and a huge capacity of 16gb.


Venice Deluxe

There is no lack of books about Venice. This one is not another guide, but rather a personal and very lively inside view of a bon vivant, art historian, author, musician, and world traveler. Alexis Gregory first went to Venice nearly 50 years ago, and has been back every year since to enjoy both the high society and the great richness of art and architecture. He evokes the great palaces of Venice; legendary personalities he knew well like Peggy Guggenheim, Lily Volpi and Arrigo Cipriani; and great Venetian figures of the past such as the mad Marchesa Casati, the Sapphic muse Princess Winnaretta de Polignac, and the spoiled Charles de Besteigui.

floating hotel in Sweden

In October 2008, Sweden’s first floating hotel opened alongside the Salt & Sill restaurant. The hotel is meeting and conference venue with 46 beds, and is open all year round. At the hotel, guests can work and socialise in an inspiring environment, enjoy good food and drink, and then fall asleep to the sound of lapping waves. Despite the serene setting, there is plenty of opportunity for exciting and fun activities, with focus on the sea or food & drink. The staff members are professional and service-minded and do their outmost to look after – not the customer – but the individual person. Salt & Sill is a hotel and meeting place with a cosy, personal atmosphere, and a style characterised by modern Scandinavian simplicity.



HPI Japan GR-001 or G-Dog is a do it yourself four-legged robot. G-Dog stands 5.3-inches tall and features the same control unit and sensors of his bipedal buddy. Price $1,000.

Dior Homme Sport Fragrance

Dior for men celebrates the courage, daring, and intensity of the world's most exciting sport--the passion, excitement, and speed of cars and racing with a fresh, spicy, woody new scent for men. Dior Homme Sport bursts with vigor and vitality with citron and cedarwood accords plus, at its heart, a signature new ginger accord, energizing, masculine, and powerful. Made for the man who lives boldly, freely, intensely, without breaks, every minute of the day.


Mercedes-Benz CLS Grand Edition

Mercedes-Benz has announced a limited edition CLS Grand Edition. The special edition CLS has a platinum matte paint finish. Mercedes claims the matte finish is scratch and dirt resistant.

Other exterior features are Bi-xenon headlamps with dark headlight castings, active headlights, a headlamp cleaning system, unique 18-inch AMG wheels and Grand Edition badging.

Inside, the CLS Grand Edition offers an Alcantara headliner, aluminum sports pedals, wood trim and ‘Grand Edition’ floor mats.

The CLS Grand Edition retails from 67,294.50 euros, with deliveries slated for March 2009.

Silvestri speedboat

Silvestri speedboat is a 23-foot speedboat from the makers of the Spyker sports car. The Silvestri 23 SC has a tabular space frame and houses cutting edge technology and hi-tech gadgets. Rhe Silvestri speedboat comes standard a Volvo Penta V8 pushing 320 horsepower for a top speed of 48 knots– or 55mph.

The Global Shortlist

In this cherry-picked selection of the most stylish and individual hotels around the world, Mr & Mrs Smith give you the inside scoop on city slick, coastal cool and countryside chic. Original, inspirational and informative, this coffee-table edition of the acclaimed Mr & Mrs Smith hotel guides includes fairytale Provençal châteaux, happening West Coast hot spots, secret Thai hideaways and even an eco-friendly jungle lodge in Belize. Each boutique bolthole has been chosen for its unique look, atmosphere and that ever-important qualification, location. A must-consult when you're planning your next escape.

1937 Bugatti Type 57S

Earl Howe's vintage 1937 Bugatti Type 57S, is set to break records when it goes on auction in Paris. The car will go on auction next month at Bonhams’ Retromobile sale and is expected to sell for €6.2 million ($8.7 million). Earl Howe, the first president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, was the original owner of the car.


Ikat print Allison clutch by Felix Rey

Set up by friends Lily Rafii Band & Sulaika Zarrouk in 2001, Felix Rey has stormed the fashion world, seducing some of the most discerning celebrity fashionistas from Paris Hilton and JLo to Sarah Jessica Parker with their unique brand of affordable accessory razzmatazz. Flamboyant colour is their trademark and this fun and flirty pink and purple number, inspired by the exotic ikat fabrics found in the markets of Istanbul, is a perfect example of their infectious style. Created exclusively for 20ltd.com, it is available in only 20 editions.



Memling, Van Eyck, Antonello da Messina, Raphael, Holbein, Titian, Leonardo . . . these are the greatest names of the Renaissance which symbolize the ultimate in artistic achievement. Now their work is reproduced in this spectacular, luxury volume printed on cotton paper and exquisitely presented in a brown and turquoise linen case.
Whether Italian, Flemish, or German, all were masters of the portrait, a style that was popular and much appreciated during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The genius of these artists allowed them to overcome the limits of the genre and inscribe the art of portraiture into the universal history of mankind. Sharply focused and featuring meticulously researched illustrations, this beautiful book is the first of its kind to shed light on some of the most familiar images in art history.

Macassar ebony poker box set

This refined, limited-edition Macassar ebony poker box, lined in orange velvet calfskin, contains chips crafted of yellow European boxwood, walnut, brown palissandre, and black and Macassar ebony.

iLuv i9200 BLK

The i9200 from iLuv is a vertical mini audio system with powerful two-way speakers will make your music really stand out... and stand up. Load four MP3 CDs or Audio CDs, dock your iPod, or listen to the radio with this high-quality system. Stand it on your desk or shelf, or mount it on the wall. It's up to you. Choose how you want your music as well by programming up to 40 audio tracks with several playback options. If you have a favorite radio station or 32 favorite stations, this system can remember as many as 16 AM and 16 FM stations. Navigate all your options easily with a clear LCD display with white backlight. Stand up for yourself and enjoy the music. Features include powerful 2-way speakers, plays and charges your iPod, clock display with sleep function, timer function with snooze capability, subwoofer output, LCD display with white backlight, sliding motorized CD door mechanism. Specs include top speaker with rated power of 10 watts, bottom speakers with rated power of 15 watts and total audio output of 20 watts RMS and 40 Watts Peak, 30-pin male connector, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, RCA audio output jack for subwoofer, land eft and right speaker terminals. Works with iPods with dock connector including iPod touch, classic, 5G, 30 to 80GB video, iPod nano 1st and 2nd generation, iPod mini, and ipod 4G. Included in the box is high-fidelity mini audio system, remote control with battery, wall-mounting kit, dock adapters, pedestal stands, AC power cord, and manual.

Château Latour For Sale

Fabled Bordeaux brand Château Latour, is being offered for sale by investment bank Lazard Freres, the London Times reports. François Pinault, is seeking $200 million - $280 million for it, the paper reports.

The Château Latour estate consists of 190 acres of Bordeaux vineyards.

Eazo Z70

Eazo has announced the Z70, a new luxury pc with a wooden touch. The customized computers use rosewood with an aluminum-magnesium alloy chassis later painted with natural Chinese lacquer with no chemical additives. The Z70’s interior contains an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processor and is water cooled.

Sense, A Rosewood Spa™

Sense, A Rosewood Spa™ at the Carlyle is designed to enhance every aspect of a guest's experience by reflecting the local environment. Each and every Sense spa is an exceptionally unique sanctuary-instantly welcoming and individual in character with treatments and services that honor local traditions in healing and incorporate indigenous natural elements.

A Sense of Balance
Sense spas deliver services that are dedicated to stimulating the fine balance between life, nature and spirit by integrating spiritual well-being and serenity into the traditional spa experience. The ultimate place to improve harmony in one's world, the Sense spa embraces, nurtures and enhances balance by offering restorative environs, thoughtful amenities and unmatched treatments.

A Sense of individuality
Sense spas take a personalized approach, customizing encounters to one's individual needs. A visit to a Sense spa is a personal journey tailored to achieve ultimate results.

The latest addition to The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, Sense, A Rosewood Spa™ is an oasis of luxury and tranquility for guests, residents and those in-the-know--an indulgence for all five senses. Partnering with Sisley, the premier brand in high-end skincare products, every treatment offered at the spa is an expression of The Carlyle's dedication to providing the ultimate in luxury experiences.

B de Boucheron

B de Boucheron is a new fragrance from Boucheron. It is an addictive woody floral that offers the same thrill and emotion as a piece of exquisite jewelry. Presented in a luxurious bottle inspired by the Boucheron "Exquises Confidences" jewelry collection



The FIREBO-X is a portable fireplace by German design firm, Schulte Design. The box is suitable for indoors and outdoors. The portable fireplace uses liquid bio-ethanol leaving no residuals behind. It comes in the shape of a small wooden case