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A glance at the lat­est prod­ucts from the most ex­clu­sive lux­ury brands Porsche Driver’s Se­lec­tion

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Porsche re­cently up­dated its range of Porsche Driver’s Se­lec­tion clothes and ac­ces­sories, with the new de­signs re­flect­ing the func­tional and purist de­signs that Porsche’s cars are known for.

In the UAE, the new Porsche Driver’s Se­lec­tion prod­ucts are avail­able at the Porsche Cen­tres in Dubai, Shar­jah and Fu­jairah.

The range starts with a com­puter mouse set and USB stick. The mouse pad is made out of car­bon fi­bre resin in grey, while the re­tractable USB plug is made of metal, pack­aged in a metal box. This lit­tle car-in­spired gad­get is avail­able for Dh623.

Also in the range is a tidy set of espresso cups. Th­ese pieces are porce­lain made and fea­ture im­ages of the Porsche 911 Car­rera RS 2.7. This goes for Dh285.

Porsche has also turned its at­ten­tion to phone cases, and has up­dated the Driver’s Se­lec­tion with a new iphone 6 case. The case is 100% poly­car­bon­ate, and is avail­able in grey, white, or viper green. It will cost Dh92.

Fi­nally, Porsche has also re­vealed a set of ul­tra­light lug­gage, which comes in two sizes. Both are 100% poly­car­bon­ate, and are avail­able in ei­ther white or viper green. The medium size will re­tail for Dh4,155, while the ex­tra large version will go for Dh4,849.

HTC has an­nounced a new ad­di­tion to its De­sire fam­ily, dubbed the HTC De­sire 820G+ Dual SIM, which is now avail­able through­out the GCC.

Pow­ered by an Octo Core 8 x 1.7GHZ pro­ces­sor, the de­vice al­lows users to switch be­tween two dif­fer­ent SIM cards and mul­ti­task. It fea­tures a 5.5-inch, high-def­i­ni­tion screen, and comes in a colour­ful, stylish case.

“Our new HTC De­sire model brings the best fea­tures from the HTC De­sire 820 with the added abil­ity to switch be­tween mul­ti­ple SIM cards. Whether you need a smart­phone to si­mul­ta­ne­ously sup­port your home and pro­fes­sional lives, your jet-set life­style or whether you just need a phone that can be shared be­tween mul­ti­ple users, the HTC De­sire 820G+ Dual SIM is your flex­i­ble com­pan­ion” said Neeraj Seth, head of mar­ket­ing at HTC MEA.

“As a pow­er­ful, fast, and stylish smart­phone, the HTC De­sire 820G+ Dual SIM com­bines the most ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy with the best pos­si­ble en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ence and bold, dis­tinc­tive de­sign, to de­liver a hand­set that is both de­sir­able and af­ford­able, with­out com­pro­mise.”

For high-qual­ity self­ies, the de­vice fea­tures an 8MP front-fac­ing cam­era. The phone’s rear cam­era, mean­while, comes with an f/2.2 aper­ture and a 13MP BSI sen­sor, cap­tur­ing high-qual­ity im­ages in both daylight and low light. The cam­era also of­fers a con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing op­tion – ideal for cap­tur­ing fast mov­ing ob­jects.

The HTC De­sire 820G+ Dual SIM is avail­able in Mar­ble White, Tuxedo Grey and San­torini White, and can be pur­chased from mo­bile op­er­a­tors and ma­jor re­tail­ers through­out the GCC. Carolina Her­rera has in­tro­duced CH Men Privé, the new mas­cu­line fra­grance for the CH Caro­line Her­rera fam­ily.

The new scent is warm and lux­u­ri­ous, with notes of whisky and leather, which the brand de­scribes as provoca­tive, mod­ern and rich. The fra­grance comes in a pol­ished black lac­quered bot­tle, which Carolina Her­rera says was in­spired by a hand­some and clas­sic flask. Provoca­tive hints of gold add el­e­gance, making the bot­tle a state­ment of so­phis­ti­ca­tion and mas­culin­ity.

For the launch, Caro­line Her­rera de Baez teamed up with lead­ing fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Mario Testino to cre­ate the fra­grance cam­paign. The two worked closely on the cre­ative of the new scent, lead­ing them to cre­ate a vi­sion of “a story of se­duc­tion”.

In the cam­paign, Testino cap­tures a suc­cess­ful couple in their glam­orous world. The man is the per­fect se­ducer, im­pos­si­ble to re­sist, while the woman who has ev­ery­thing.

The spot of the cam­paign was shot in New York City. As for the fra­grance, it will be avail­able in stores across the Mid­dle East from Septem­ber 2015.

For its lat­est writ­ing in­stru­ment, the Mont­blanc M, Mont­blanc tried some­thing new – em­bark­ing on a de­sign part­ner­ship that would see a famed de­signer help it cre­ate a new pen.

With the M, Mont­blanc part­nered with famed de­signer Marc Newson. And through this col­lab­o­ra­tion, Mont­blanc be­lieves that it has de­vel­oped a new aes­thetic lan­guage, cap­tur­ing the spirit of the mo­ment in a writ­ing in­stru­ment that ex­presses the moder­nity of to­day and the time­less el­e­gance of tomorrow.

“For the first ever de­sign part­ner­ship in the Mai­son’s long history, Mont­blanc has cho­sen to work with Marc Newson, with­out a doubt the most in­flu­en­tial de­signer of his gen­er­a­tion,” said Jérôme Lam­bert, Mont­blanc CEO.

“Mont­blanc M brings to­gether Newson’s trade­mark biomor­phic style, de­fined by its fluid and pure or­ganic forms, and Mont­blanc’s iconic de­sign cues, re­sult­ing in a new and un­ex­pected ex­pres­sion for writ­ing in­stru­ments.”

In an orig­i­nal ap­proach to the crafts­man­ship for which Mont­blanc is known, Newson brings in­no­va­tive de­sign el­e­ments to the writ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, per­fectly bal­anc­ing form and func­tion with an ob­ject that has both a ra­tio­nal ex­is­tence and makes a bold aes­thetic state­ment.

Func­tion­al­ity is ex­pressed in the use of a mag­net that al­lows the mag­netic clos­ing of the cap and bar­rel, with per­fect align­ment of the clip to the in­no­va­tive “plateau” at the bar­rel end. An ad­di­tional snap mech­a­nism smoothens the clo­sure and en­sures the cap re­mains firmly in place. For the first time ever, a Mont­blanc writ­ing in­stru­ment takes on an ad­di­tional func­tion, as a Fine­liner pen for tech­ni­cal and pre­ci­sion draw­ing. While Newson has re­tained dis­tinc­tive de­sign el­e­ments of a Mont­blanc writ­ing in­stru­ment in­clud­ing the use of black pre­cious resin and the iconic white em­blem, the shape of Mont­blanc M stands out with a “plateau” at the end of the writ­ing in­stru­ment cre­ated by milling the pol­ished black resin with a di­a­mond tool. The flu­id­ity of the over­all de­sign is achieved by avoid­ing breaks in the pure lines of the shape.

Eber­hard & Co has un­veiled a new, lim­ited edi­tion time­piece that com­mem­o­rates the skill and courage of Tazio Nu­volari, who shat­tered the world speed record in his Alfa Romeo in 1935.

The Tazio Nu­volari 336 draws in­spi­ra­tion from this fa­mous episode, and has al­lowed the watch brand to write a new chap­ter into the history of one of its most pop­u­lar col­lec­tions, ex­press­ing the close bond be­tween the watchmaker and the world of clas­sic cars. Pro­duc­tion will be lim­ited to 336 pieces.

The Tazio Nu­volari col­lec­tion in­cludes a time­piece that of­fers the read­ing of two dif­fer­ent time zones – a first on an Eber­hard & Co watch.

The sec­ond time zone is dis­played at 12 o’clock, while at 6 o’clock there is the in­di­ca­tion of the power re­serve. The date win­dow is po­si­tioned at 3 o’clock.

The move­ment is housed in a large steel case (45 mm in di­am­e­ter and wa­ter­proof to a depth of 100 me­tres) which, to­gether with sev­eral red de­tails, gives the Tazio Nu­volari 336 a strik­ing look.

The great cham­pion’s pres­ence is trans­mit­ted by the sym­bolic num­ber 336, the driver’s sig­na­ture, and the ini­tials ‘TN” within the cara­pace. The watch is no­table for its raw-cut ce­ramic bezel, par­tic­u­larly thick at a side view. The re­sult is a pleas­ing three-di­men­sional ef­fect en­riched by hol­lowed hour­mark­ers.

The dual-time func­tion is reg­u­lated at the 10 o’clock po­si­tion through a but­ton char­ac­terised by an elon­gated shape and is em­bel­lished with the driver’s ini­tials.

Cadil­lac has been making moves in the men’s fash­ion world lately, and re­cently ex­panded its foot­print in the space with a spe­cially cu­rated Cap­sule Col­lec­tion, ex­pressed in 15 looks cho­sen and styled by fash­ion icon Nick Wooster.

The Cap­sule Col­lec­tion is made up of pieces from the Fall/win­ter 2015 col­lec­tions of to­day’s most im­pres­sive emerg­ing de­sign­ers. Many of them have show­cased their work at New York Men’s Day (NYMD), which Cadil­lac has sup­ported since its in­cep­tion.

The col­lec­tion is avail­able ex­clu­sively from Gift.com, and in­cludes pieces from David Hart, Cadet and Ernest Alexan­der un­avail­able at any other re­tailer.

“We look for­ward to bring­ing the ground­break­ing de­signs of the de­sign­ers of New York Men’s Day to a greater au­di­ence in part­ner­ship with Nick Wooster and Gilt,” said Melody Lee, di­rec­tor of Cadil­lac Brand Strat­egy & Plan­ning.

Wooster added: “Get­ting dressed is a form of self-ex­pres­sion, and to­day, men are more at­tuned than ever to the pos­si­bil­i­ties in front of them. My ap­proach to cu­rat­ing this col­lec­tion with Cadil­lac was to show a spec­trum of ideas that can fit into a va­ri­ety of life­styles. We’ve worked with a cross sec­tion of some of the most in­ter­est­ing emerg­ing de­sign­ers to cre­ate a col­lec­tion that is, in my opin­ion, stylish, ap­pro­pri­ate and cool.”

Sam­sung has launched the lat­est in its pop­u­lar line of ph­ablets, the Galaxy Note 5. Launched along­side the Galaxy S6 Edge+, a large-screen version of the curved-screen Galaxy S6 Edge, the launch showed that Sam­sung is as se­ri­ous as ever about the large-screen smart­phone seg­ment that it pop­u­larised with orig­i­nal Galaxy Note.

The de­vices fea­ture a 5.7-inch Quad HD Su­per AMOLED screen, 4GB of RAM and Sam­sung Pay, the ven­dor’s mo­bile pay­ment ser­vice. They also con­tain finger­print ver­i­fi­ca­tion and dig­i­tal to­keni­sa­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“At Sam­sung, we be­lieved in the prom­ise that large screen smart­phones could ac­tively ad­dress some ma­jor con­sumers pain points by pro­vid­ing users with a bet­ter view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and more pro­duc­tiv­ity on-thego,” said JK Shin, CEO and pres­i­dent of Sam­sung’s IT and Mo­bile Di­vi­sion.

“With the launch of the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5, we’re reem­pha­sis­ing our on­go­ing com­mit­ment to bold, fear­less in­no­va­tion that meets the needs of our con­sumers.”

The Note 5 in­cludes a much-im­proved sty­lus, the fifth gen­er­a­tion of the S Pen. A unique click­ing mech­a­nism of­fers a joy­ful ex­pe­ri­ence of pop­ping the S Pen out with just one quick click. Users can now quickly jot down ideas or in­for­ma­tion when the screen is off with­out even un­lock­ing the phone. An ‘Air Com­mand’ fea­ture gets more in­tu­itive and prac­ti­cal as well; now the icon hov­ers for in­stant ac­cess to all of S Pen tools from any screen at any time. Users can also an­no­tate on PDF files and cap­ture lengthy web ar­ti­cles or long im­ages at once via ‘Scroll cap­ture.’

Ac­cord­ing to Uae-based tech­nol­ogy re­tailer Ax­iom, the Galaxy Note 5 has al­ready sold well in the re­gion, and is off to an early suc­cess.

Sony re­cently launched a new range of its Bravia TVS, which for the first time will sup­port Google’s lat­est An­droid TV op­er­at­ing sys­tem. This, ac­cord­ing to Sony, will make it easy to stream video, func­tion as a gam­ing de­vice, and pro­vide ad­vanced fea­tures like Google Cast and Voice Search.

Apart from the op­er­at­ing sys­tem, Sony has also made strides with its dis­plays, which the brand is well-known for. The new range de­liv­ers an “un­matched” 4K view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Sony’s Pro­ces­sor X1 ad­vances the clar­ity, colour ac­cu­racy and con­trast, de­liv­er­ing high lev­els of pic­ture qual­ity for any con­tent.

“As the in­dus­try leader in 4K pic­ture qual­ity, Sony’s com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing tech­nolo­gies that en­hance the view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is show­cased with this line-up. Adop­tion of the An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem from Google pro­vides cus­tomers with a seam­less in­te­grated ex­pe­ri­ence with their mo­bile de­vices, en­sur­ing that con­sumers can now enjoy ev­ery­thing they are used to on their smart­phones or tablets, from their tele­vi­sion for a smarter view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. This is the fu­ture of tele­vi­sion,” said Sa­toru Arai, head of Sony Mid­dle East Mar­ket­ing.

“4K is to­day driv­ing the tele­vi­sion busi- ness glob­ally. Ac­cord­ing to GFK data 4K TV sales are ex­pected to dou­ble year on year from 7.9 mil­lion units in 2014 to 15.5 mil­lion in 2015. In the Mid­dle East, this growth is even more ev­i­dent with sales ex­pected to grow by 334% from 2014 to 2015. If we look at growth in global sales of 4K TV with An­droid, we are ex­pect­ing to see sales in­crease by 52% from 2014 to 2015. Again, this is re­flected in the Mid­dle East where we see sales units in­crease from 1,100 in 2014 to 13,500 in 2015. Given this de­mand for 4K, plus the de­sire for this to be paired with the fa­mil­iar­ity of Google’s pop­u­lar op­er­at­ing sys­tem, we have pro­duced an en­tire range to sat­isfy con­sumer needs.”

The new range in­cludes the X9400C Se­ries 4K LCD TV, which comes in ei­ther 75-inch or 65-inch sizes, and is en­hanced by the new 4K pro­ces­sor en­gine to prod­uct high lev­els of con­trast. Also in­cluded in the range is the X9000C Se­ries, which is the thinnest LCD TV yet from Sony. At ap­prox­i­mately 4.9mm, the float­ing style is vir­tu­ally frame­less and mounts flush to the wall.

To mark the launch of the new BMW 7 Se­ries, Mont­blanc has cre­ated a col­lec­tion of cus­tomised leather goods and writ­ing in­stru­ments in­spired by the spirit of in­no­va­tion and the her­itage of so­phis­ti­ca­tion that unites the lux­ury Mai­son and the dy­namic car maker.

As BMW rewrites the fu­ture of the lux­ury au­to­mo­tive ex­pe­ri­ence with its lat­est sedan, Mont­blanc brings an un­re­lent­ing pas­sion for great crafts­man­ship and its flair for fine con­tem­po­rary de­sign and to this part­ner­ship, in­tro­duc­ing so­phis­ti­cated pieces blend­ing some of its most iconic de­signs with de­tails in­spired by BMW.

Cen­tral to the col­lec­tion, the be­spoke Meis­ter­stück Car Key Sleeve has been spe­cially moulded to fit the uniquely in­for­ma­tive and in­no­va­tive BMW Dis­play Key. With its in­tu­itively op­er­ated touch dis­play, this new gen­er­a­tion car key de­liv­ers im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion on the car’s sta­tus to the driver, from fuel in the tank to bat­tery charge level, and can be used to re­motely park the car for­wards and back­wards while the driver is out­side of the ve­hi­cle.

Mont­blanc’s icon, the Mont­blanc Meis­ter­stück with its dis­tinc­tive bar­rel and cap in black pre­cious resin and con­trast­ing plat­inum-plated fit­tings has been given a unique BMW treat­ment. The clip of the Plat­inum Line Le­grand Fountain Pen and Meis­ter­stück Plat­inum Line Le­grand Roller­ball are laser-en­graved with the BMW “7” pat­tern as a ref­er­ence to the lat­est in­no­va­tion by the lux­ury car man­u­fac­turer. En­hanc­ing the writ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence through cut­ting-edge de­sign, Mont­blanc brings one of its lat­est in­no­va­tions to the fountain pen, the hand­crafted Au585 gold Mont­blanc M nib with rhodium-plated in­lay for an en­hanced writ­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, as smooth as the sen­sa­tion of driv­ing a BMW around curves.

Mi­crosoft last month un­veiled new Sur­face, Lu­mia and Mi­crosoft Band de­vices, tak­ing ad­van­tage of pow­er­ful and ver­sa­tile hard­ware to un­lock new Win­dows 10 ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing fast and se­cured lo­gin with Win­dows Hello, new Cor­tana2 ex­pe­ri­ences that turn Win­dows 10 de­vices into a per­sonal as­sis­tant; im­proved touch and pen ex­pe­ri­ences on Sur­face; and Con­tin­uum for phones, which en­ables the new Lu­mia 950 and 950 XL phones to work like PCS.

“With Win­dows 10 and th­ese new Mi­crosoft de­vices, you are at the cen­ter of mag­i­cal new ex­pe­ri­ences,” said Satya Nadella, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Mi­crosoft. “We’re mov­ing peo­ple from need­ing to choos­ing to lov­ing Win­dows, and th­ese de­vices prom­ise to fuel even more en­thu­si­asm and op­por­tu­nity for the en­tire Win­dows ecosys­tem.”

Mi­crosoft said it is re­defin­ing the lap­top with the new Sur­face Book—a pow­er­ful, high-per­for­mance lap­top with crafts­man­ship and in­cred­i­bly ac­cu­rate and re­spon­sive pen and touch sup­port. Ul­tra­thin, Sur­face Book com­bines the im­pres­sive power of six­th­gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i5 and Core i7 pro­ces­sors with up to 12 hours of bat­tery life. The 13.5-inch op­ti­cally bonded Pix­elsense Dis­play de­liv­ers a high-con­trast 267 dpi dis­play with im­proved la­tency and par­al­lax, making it not just beau­ti­ful to look at but nat­u­ral and fluid to write on. The screen also de­taches, so it can be used like a clip­board to sketch, take notes and ben­e­fit from Win­dows pro­grams like Mi­crosoft Edge. An op­tional dis­crete GPU al­lows Sur­face Book to har­ness the full power of hard­ware-ac­cel­er­ated graph­ics for seam­less video edit­ing, fast ren­der­ing or im­mer­sive gam­ing. Sur­face Book starts at $1,4995.

Mi­crosoft also in­tro­duced Sur­face Pro 4, the thinnest, light­est and most pow­er­ful tablet that can re­place your lap­top. At only 8.4 mm thin, it fea­tures a 12.3-inch Pix­elsense Dis­play and sixth-gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core M, Core i5, and Core i7 pro­ces­sors, en­abling ev­ery­one from stu­dents to pro­fes­sion­als to get more done on the go. Start­ing at $8995, Sur­face Pro 4 is not only 30 per cent more pow­er­ful than Sur­face Pro 3 but also qui­eter, runs cooler, and is even more ef­fi­cient with up to nine hours of bat­tery life.

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