On the mar­ket Vertu Be­spoke Phones by Wis­sam Shawkat

A GLANCE AT THE LAT­EST PROD­UCTS FROM THE MOST EXCLUSIVE LUX­URY BRANDS

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Ul­tra-lux­ury phone man­u­fac­turer Vertu has an­nounced a col­lab­o­ra­tion with renowned artist Wis­sam Shawkat, who has cre­ated exclusive de­signs avail­able as a part of the brand’s Be­spoke of­fer­ing. Vertu cus­tomers will have the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase a New Sig­na­ture Touch hand­set fea­tur­ing one of Shawkat’s iconic Ara­bic cal­lig­ra­phy de­signs hon­our­ing the theme of ‘love’.

This col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Vertu and the Uae-based cal­lig­ra­phy artist re­in­forces the im­por­tance of the Mid­dle East to the lux­ury hand­made mo­bile phone brand, and of­fers cus­tomers an op­por­tu­nity to own a piece of art that re­flects their in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

Shawkat’s style of cal­lig­ra­phy is recog­nised for its high level of crafts­man­ship com­bined with a con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the art form. This ethos fits with Vertu’s be­lief in ex­tra­or­di­nary crafts­man­ship com­bined with in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices.

Com­ment­ing on the col­lab­o­ra­tion, Shawkat said, “I’m hon­ored to be work­ing with Vertu. The brand has changed the def­i­ni­tion of what a mo­bile phone can be; from some­thing very prac­ti­cal to an in­no­va­tive, ex­tremely per­sonal ob­ject. Each phone com­bines hand crafts­man­ship with lead­ing edge tech­nol­ogy, re­sult­ing in a sen­so­rial ex­pe­ri­ence in both de­sign and func­tion. Sim­i­larly, I aim to el­e­vate the art of Ara­bic cal­lig­ra­phy; whilst main­tain­ing the her­itage of the tra­di­tional Ara­bic art form, I aim to ad­vance the aes­thetic to some­thing con­tem­po­rary and modern.“

Vertu’s Head of De­sign, Hutch Hutchi­son, added, “This col­lab­o­ra­tion with Wis­sam is the ul­ti­mate ex­pres­sion of our Be­spoke of­fer­ing, whereby cus­tomers can own more than just a unique Vertu, but truly a work of art. This ex­em­pli­fies how Vertu is in­no­vat­ing with new and pre­vi­ously un­heard of lev­els of per­son­al­i­sa­tion on the mo­bile phone. “

The spe­cial de­signs by Shawkat will be avail­able to pur­chase in se­lected Vertu bou­tiques in the United Arab Emi­rates, Saudi Ara­bia, Qatar, Kuwait and Le­banon in con­junc­tion with a spe­cial trav­el­ling ex­hi­bi­tion of limited edi­tion prints by the artist. To fur­ther cater to the tastes of re­gional clien­tele who are on the con­tin­u­ous search for the ul­ti­mate lux­ury and exclusive ex­pe­ri­ence, cus­tomers will also be able to com­mis­sion the artist to cre­ate a Be­spoke hand­set in-store at se­lected bou­tiques across the re­gion.

Mr Porter has launched a limited edi­tion Sum­mer Groom­ing Kit—a cu­rated col­lec­tion of its best, and most es­sen­tial, items to take away on sum­mer trav­els this year. The kit con­tains 13 lux­ury travel and full-sized prod­ucts for any va­ca­tion needs, in­clud­ing the best in skin­care and SPF, body and hair­care from some of the best names in groom­ing.

Top picks in the kit in­clude the Erno Las­zlo An­tiox­i­dant Com­plex for Eyes, a gel-based treat­ment for­mu­lated with Vi­ta­min C and sooth­ing Aloe Vera de­signed to re­duce puffi­ness and the ap­pear­ance of dark cir­cles. Also in­cluded is an Ex­fo­li­at­ing Body Bar from Bax­ter of Cal­i­for­nia, which of­fers a mois­ture-rich for­mula made with pumice, jo­joba meal and crushed olive seeds. Mean­while, Bum­ble & Bum­ble’s light­weight sham­poo will add body with ev­ery wash—the for­ti­fy­ing for­mula is blended with mois­tur­is­ing aloe vera, silk pow­der and wheat pro­tein to build full­ness. Much of Hacket’s Spring/sum­mer col­lec­tion this year is about look­ing and feel­ing stylish while get­ting away for the sum­mer. Cer­tainly, this is most ob­vi­ous in the sports col­lec­tion this year, but other styles make the case for get­aways just as nicely.

For ex­am­ple, this tex­tured cot­ton Prince of Wales Hack­ett May­fair jacket of­fers am­ple op­por­tu­nity for a quick and stylish es­cape. Light­weight for the sum­mer, it can be teamed with a pique longsleeve polo shirt and smart cot­ton trousers for trav­el­ling in style.

The over­sized leather and can­vas holdall can carry every­thing a gen­tle­man needs for a week­end away. Sim­ple add a few of Hack­ett’s lux­ury leather ac­ces­sories in bold or­ange, penny loafers, fine cot­ton socks, and you’re set for the per­fect sum­mer get­away.

Rolls-royce Mo­tor Cars has ex­tended its ex­per­tise to de­sign a suite of el­e­gant lug­gage to com­ple­ment the Wraith, the most pow­er­ful Rolls-royce ever cre­ated.

The col­lec­tion, con­ceived by Rolls-royce Be­spoke De­signer Michael Bry­den and de­signed in the Rolls-royce Be­spoke De­sign Stu­dio led by Director of De­sign Giles Tay­lor, com­prises two Grand Tourer valises, three Long Weekender bags and one Gar­ment Car­rier, metic­u­lously de­signed to be housed in the lug­gage com­part­ment of a Rolls-royce Wraith. Like ev­ery Rolls-royce mo­tor car, they can be com­mis­sioned to the cus­tomer’s ex­act­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

Coun­sel was sought from ex­perts ac­cus­tomed to han­dling dis­cern­ing in­di­vid­u­als’ lug­gage. The de­sign team con­versed with Head But­lers from some of the world’s most il­lus­tri­ous ho­tels, who of­fered in­sight into the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween guests and their be­long­ings. Lug­gage is not only seen as an ex­pres­sion of style, but also as a wardrobe from home, in­creas­ingly im­por­tant as en­trepreneurs and cap­tains of in­dus­try adopt a more tran­sient life­style.

Par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to de­tail has there­fore been paid to the area that most of­ten comes into con­tact with the owner, en­sur­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence is an en­tirely ef­fort­less one. The han­dles have been de­signed to en­sure an even weight distri­bu­tion, mean­ing no un­due pres­sure is placed on the hand. An in­vis­i­ble stitch, a skill honed in the world of Haute Cou­ture and used on the steer­ing wheel of Wraith, has been ap­plied to en­sure a per­fectly smooth and tac­tile fin­ish.

Rapid pro­to­typ­ing was used in the devel­op­ment of the Long Weekender to test the er­gonomics of the han­dle re­peat­edly. Sub­tle ref­er­ences to the mar­que can be found in the form of the dis­crete fas­ten­ings, which mag­net­i­cally dock. Vult, a new com­pany aim­ing to trans­form the world of di­a­monds, re­cently launched in the UAE. Vult is de­signed to pre­serve, pro­tect, se­cure and gift wealth in the form of di­a­monds. Each pre­ci­sion-made Vult acts as a por­ta­ble di­a­mond vault that fits into the palm of your hand, and in­side each Vult is a set of Gia-cer­ti­fied, in­vest­ment-grade di­a­monds.

The idea be­hind the in­no­va­tion is that di­a­monds are one of the small­est, light­est and most con­cen­trated forms of wealth in the world. Vult’s tech­nolo­gies turn di­a­monds into a new as­set class that of­fers another tool for in­di­vid­u­als seek­ing pro­tec­tion and con­trol. The value of Vult is de­ter­mined by the true global mar­ket; the ac­tual traded price and world­wide sup­ply and de­mand de­ter­mine the value of the por­ta­ble vault and its con­tents.

The por­ta­ble vault it­self is a break­through piece of tech­nol­ogy, which comes with six lay­ers of security. Vult is con­structed from a metal-free ceramic case and a sin­gle-crys­tal sap­phire cover. An in­vis­i­ble GIA cer­tifi­cate num­ber is laser-en­graved on ev­ery di­a­mond, the in­ner­most layer of security, while the vis­i­ble laser-en­graved se­rial num­ber is found on the out­er­most layer. In be­tween there are four more lay­ers of the most ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, in­clud­ing a patent-pend­ing core, en­crypted optical sig­na­tures, and wire­less multi-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion.

HTC has an­nounced that its lat­est flag­ship smart­phone, the HTC 10, is now avail­able at all lead­ing re­tail­ers around the UAE.

The smart­phone comes in three colour com­bi­na­tions—car­bon Grey, Glacier Sil­ver and Topaz Gold. The de­vice fea­tures the world’s first op­ti­cally sta­bilised, larger aper­ture f/1.8 lenses on both the front and rear cameras, a su­pe­rior au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence, and the lat­est Qual­comm Snap­dragon 820 pro­ces­sor with en­hanced 4G LTE. Also in­cluded on the smart­phone is the lat­est quick charge 3.0 Rapid Charger, which charges the bat­tery up to 50 per cent in just 30 min­utes.

HTC has also in­tro­duced the HTC Pro­tect 10 pro­gramme, where cus­tomers get a free screen re­place­ment for up to six months from the date of pur­chase in GCC and Egypt. The com­pany has also part­nered with Uber to pro­vide HTC cus­tomers with their first two Uber rides, up to AED 50 each, for free. Oris has an­nounced the Wil­liams Chrono­graph Car­bon Fibre Ex­treme, made us­ing an Oris-patented man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nique never be­fore seen in watch­mak­ing, ac­cord­ing to the brand. The watch’s case is made of car­bon fibre and ti­ta­nium, though this par­tic­u­lar car­bon fibre is unique. Oris has de­vel­oped and patented a car­bon fibre man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nique de­rived from pro­cesses used by Oris’s long-stand­ing For­mula 1 part­ner Wil­liams.

Oris’s tech­nique has been de­signed to ex­ploit the full po­ten­tial of car­bon fibre, and it de­liv­ers three key ben­e­fits. The first two are rigid­ity and wa­ter-tight­ness. The third is in post-pro­duc­tion, where Oris' tech­nique over­comes cost­li­ness.

Com­plet­ing the Wil­liams Chrono­graph Car­bon Fibre Ex­treme case are pol­ished, black-dlc-coated ti­ta­nium el­e­ments, in­clud­ing the bezel, crown, push but­tons and screw­down case back. The watch is fu­elled by Oris Cal­i­bre 674, a mod­i­fied ver­sion of ETA’S ul­tra-re­li­able 7750 cal­i­bre.

Ne­spresso re­cently in­tro­duced the Aguila 220, which fea­tures a smaller foot­print and the same pioneer­ing tech­nol­ogy as the Ne­spresso Aguila 420 first launched in 2011. The idea be­hind the de­vice is that it of­fers an un­matched choice of one-touch gourmet recipes for ex­tra­or­di­nary cof­fee qual­ity and ex­cep­tional cof­fee mo­ments.

The Aguila 220 does fall un­der Ne­spresso’s pro­fes­sional busi­ness, aimed at of­fices, cof­fee shops and restau­rants, but cer­tainly the new de­vice will pique the in­ter­est of those who are par­tial to drink­ing a lot of cof­fee at home.

The Aguila 220 com­bines ex­cep­tional func­tion­al­ity with sleek and durable de­sign and ease of use to­gether with a wide va­ri­ety of cof­fee recipes. Its ro­bust brewing unit makes The Mille Miglia is a rit­ual gath­er­ing that brings to­gether car afi­ciona­dos from all over the world. On scenic roads wind­ing through the most breath­tak­ing Ital­ian land­scapes, they cel­e­brate a com­mon pas­sion for these clas­sic ve­hi­cles that com­bine tech­ni­cal pre­ci­sion, me­chan­i­cal per­for­mance and time­less el­e­gance.

Pre­ci­sion, per­for­mance and el­e­gance have al­ways been car­di­nal virtues for a watch­maker like Chopard. And since 1988, the com­pany has sup­ported the Mille Miglia race, cel­e­brat­ing each meet­ing through a limited edi­tion “Mille Miglia” watch. Last year, Chopard launched the Chopard 1000 Miglia per­fume, a se­duc­tive and so­phis­ti­cated fra­grance that re­flects the spirit of the unique event, and now the brand is back with another new fra­grance in­spired by the race.

Chopard 1000 Miglia Ex­treme is a vi­brant and ad­dic­tive woody ori­en­tal. To con­vey the sud­den rush of adren­a­line ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing a car race, Bruno Jo­vanovic (IFF) cre­ated a strik­ing con­trast be­tween a fresh and viv­i­fy­ing flo­ral top note of laven­der and a pow­er­ful base note of leather. Ca­sio has an­nounced the re­lease of the OCW-G1100C, a new ad­di­tion to the OCEANUS line of metal watches de­signed to cap­ture the essence of el­e­gance and tech­nol­ogy. The new watch fea­tures so­lar and GPS Hybrid Wave Cep­tor tech­nolo­gies and is in­spired by a strato­spheric view of the colour tran­si­tions in Earth's at­mos­phere.

OCEANUS is a line of so­lar-pow­ered ti­ta­nium metal watches of­fer­ing so­phis­ti­cated de­sign and ad­vanced func­tion­al­ity. The OCW-G1000 and OCW-G1100 are both equipped with GPS and stan­dard time sig­nal re­cep­tion tech­nol­ogy. Since this fea­ture gives users the cor­rect lo­cal time wherever they go, these watches have be­come es­pe­cially pop­u­lar among global busi­ness trav­el­ers.

Based on the OCW-G1100, the new OCW-G1100C boasts a look in­spired by a strato­spheric view of Earth's blue at­mos­phere as it grad­u­ally merges into the dark­ness of space. The watch's colour pal­ette in­cludes black to evoke the vast­ness of the uni­verse, clear blue to sug­gest the sky, and white to rep­re­sent the clouds blan­ket­ing our planet.

The OCW-G1100C is packed with ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, too. It not only in­cludes so­lar and GPS Hybrid Wave Cep­tor tech­nolo­gies, but also comes with a Dual Coil Mo­tor, which en­ables the watch hands in the in­set dial at the 6 o’clock po­si­tion to move at high speed both clock­wise and coun­ter­clock­wise.

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