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A glance at the latest products from the most exclusive luxury brands Montblanc Starwalker World Time
The latest addition to the Montblanc Starwalker Collection features a World Time complication integrated inside the writing instrument. One twist of the cone at the end of the lightweight titanium Starwalker World Time gives its owner the means to identify the local time in different time zones.
This time functionality is for those who move between time zones. Integrated inside the writing instrument, the mechanism is operated by simply turning the cone. On arrival at his or her next destination, the owner can set the time to the local time zone, and also be able to identify the time in 23 other time zones around the world. Once the cone is set to the correct time zone indicator, the writing instrument will, for example, reveal that when it is 4am local time in New York, it is 10am local time back home in Paris.
The Starwalker World Time is manufactured out of solid titanium. The cap and barrel are subtly laser engraved with a map of the world time zones, and coated with “Physical Vapour Deposition” adding a layer of protection against corrosion while giving the writing instrument its elegant twotone appearance. The Pvd-plated clip is embossed with the Maison’s name, and features both a matt stripe and the writing instrument’s individual serial number.
The ruthenium- plated hand- grinded Au750 gold nib bears a fine filigree
world map, laser- engraved onto the ruthenium plating to reveal the white gold underneath.
Available in Fountain Pen and Fineliner, the Montblanc Starwalker World Time is presented in a special folding box adorned with both hemispheres, and a world map with time zones on the inside.
Switzerland has a new knife. The legendary Swiss Knife has been given a redesign for the first time in decades. The new pocket knife is manufactured and assembled in the Jura by Swiza, a brand with a history spanning over 110 years and an established reputation in watchmaking circles.
The sense of playful mischief in the knife’s bold curves, materials, and colors has immediate appeal. Meanwhile the ergonomic shape of the handle offers an intuitive grip facilitated by an extremely durable non-slip texture. The curved shape enables direct access to the tools, which are perforated for easy opening. The Swiss Cross—the symbol of the brand—is built into the handle and is more than an identifying feature: it offers the user greater safety with a blade-lock system unprecedented in a knife of this size.
In addition to the robust blade manufactured of stainless steel 440 and hardened to 57 HRC, other practical and clever tools make this knife an essential everyday com- panion. There is a five-turn sommelier cork screw, a flat-head and a Phillips screwdriver, a punch and an awl with a perfect cutting edge. Some styles also include a universal bottle opener, a can opener and tweezers with beveled tips for the utmost precision. The knife is available in four versions offering four to six tools.
Apple’s new ipad Pro, which comes with a 12.9-inch screen, is now available across the Middle East. Along with the device itself, new accessories, such as the Apple Pencil and the new Smart Keyboard, are also available.
“The early response to ipad Pro from app developers and our customers has been incredible, and we’re excited to get ipad Pro into the hands of customers around the world this week,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
“ipad Pro is the most powerful ipad we’ve ever made, giving users the ability to be even more creative and more productive with the epic 12.9-inch Retina display, powerful 64-bit A9X chip and groundbreaking Apple Pencil and new Smart Keyboard. We can’t wait to see what they do with ipad Pro.”
The new, larger ipad Pro features a 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels, the most ever in an IOS device, and solid performance with the new 64-bit A9X chip, rivaling most portable PCS. It is thin, light and delivers all-day 10-hour battery life that users have come to expect from ipad.
Apple Pencil for ipad Pro makes drawing and sketching feel fluid and natural, and delivers incredible accuracy for activities like fine art illustration and detailed 3D design. A built- in Lightning connector on Apple Pencil makes for quick and easy pairing and charging. Apple’s new Smart Keyboard further extends the utility of ipad Pro, offering a full- sized keyboard in a thin, durable design so you can take it anywhere. The Smart Keyboard attaches to ipad Pro’s innovative Smart Connector port, eliminating the need for a separate battery, on/ off switch or Bluetooth pairing.
HTC has unveiled the latest addition to its One family, the HTC One A9.
True to HTC form, this is a smartphone that combines impressive design on the outside with the newest features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense on the inside to create a top-level smartphone experience.
“HTC is a smartphone pioneer, having delivered the first Android smartphone, the first Windows smartphone, the first 4G smartphone, and the first all-metal smartphone,” said Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO at HTC.
“Today we’re taking that heritage of innovation to the next level, unveiling a phone that stands apart in a market increasingly dominated by a company which controls every aspect of your phone. The HTC One A9 breaks from this trend by offering an incredible design, fantastic performance, cutting-edge software features and the freedom to take full control of your smartphone experience.“
New curves, refined edges, and precision-cut ridges on the power button flawlessly combine with the super-thin metal frame giving the phone a natural and lightweight feel. The elegant dual finish, available in a Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold and Deep Garnet, is painstakingly brushed with hairline detail and bead-blasted before the sides are polished. In a fusion of metal and glass, there’s a five-inch, edge-to-edge, 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Full HD AMOLED screen.
The HTC One A9’s front and rear cameras, are top-of-the-range, and are coupled with powerful editing tools. Its main 13MP rear camera features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which automatically minimises hand shake and corrects vibrations, making it particularly useful in low-light situations. Meanwhile, the front Ultrapixel camera delivers good self-portraits in any lighting condition, using HTC’S Ultrapixel sensor to capture 300% more light than conventional smartphone cameras.
A clutch of Dell Inspiron models have been upgraded to feature Intel’s hotly anticipated Skylake processor. This new processor guarantees even faster performance and improved efficiency across the Inspiron range.
Using the Skylake processor, Dell recently debuted the Inspiron 15 7000 Series notebook, a powerful sub-one-inch-thick entertainment and gaming system tailored to the needs of enthusiasts and boasting the best performance of any Inspiron model.
For the entertainment and multimedia enthusiast, the new Inspiron 15 7000 Series (7559) features the most aggressive performance design and components offered within the entire Inspiron laptop family, according to Dell. It features Intel’s Core sixth-generation quadcore processors and Nvidia’s latest Geforce GTX 960M discrete graphics with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory and up to 1TB conventional or dual-drive M.2 128 GB + 1TB HDD storage configurations. Dell said that, with these specifications, the Inspiron 15 7000 Series can easily handle industrial-grade video or photo editing and games.
The range also comes with choice of either an anti-glare IPS wide-angle viewing FHD display, or a brilliant 4K UHD touch display with Truelife. Also included is a deep-reserve 74 WHR battery, which allows users to keep going longer.
Sony has launched the MEX-XB100BT CD Receiver, which the company says packs the world’s first 100W x 4 high-power class-d amplifier, along with an array of soundenhancement technologies.
The Mega Bass on the device allows users to enhance low-frequency tones that deliver rich and solid bass, adding depth to playlists. Bass enthusiasts can also enjoy the best matching XB full range speaker series, which Sony says enhances the audio experience without the hassle of adding a subwoofer to the system.
Time Alignment and a 10-band equaliser, enabled by Sony’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, allow users to customise the sound output for the best acoustic results. And to play music saved on other devices, users can download the Sony Songpal app, and connected their smartphones to the device via Bluetooth.
“It is becoming increasingly important for customers to stay connected when they are on the go, and especially when they are driving,” said Satoru Arai, head of the Sony Middle East Marketing Company.
“The MEX-XB100BT CD Receiver provides an enhanced audio experience, while still ensuring that people have access to all their functionality, but with minimal distractions.”
There’s a voice control function on the device, which allows users to take control of basic car audio functions and smartphone apps such as receiving phone calls, listening to messages and notifications, as well as operating functions such as navigation and music apps.
Asus has announced the launch of its second smartwatch, the Zenwatch 2, a wearable device powered by Android Wear.
The Zenwatch 2, according to Asus, is set to meet growing demand in the region for wearable devices designed specifically to fit consumer lifestyles.
The Zenwatch 2 is available in two sizes and three colors—silver, gunmetal, and rose gold. The smartwatch from has 18 different strap material and colour combinations, including a Swarovski-patterned leather strap, and the new Facedesigner smartphone app, which lets wearers create 50 different watch faces with customised style and functionality.
Ethan Ling, Country Product Manager at Asus Middle East said: “The smartwatch category is still relatively new here, but there is a huge opportunity for growth in this market and the Asus Zenwatch 2 is going to be a step-change in the design of wearable devices. We build our smartwatches not only to exceed consumer expectations in terms of quality and design, but it also to reflect their own personal look as well as lifestyle.
“The Zenwatch 2 with its sleeker design, extended battery life, and a responsive user experience has already been well-received globally, so we are expecting the success and popularity to replicate in this region and capture consumer attention, particularly during the festive season.”
The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and it can be paired with either an Android or IOS device. It can provide wearers with a convenient, ata-glance view of incoming calls, messages, notifications and other important information without having to remove their phone from their pocket or bag. Zenwatch 2 comes with a range of software features, including the Asus ZENUI apps, Business Helper, Fonehelper, Remote Camera, and Zenwatch Message.