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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.