On the market Vertu Bespoke Phones by Wissam Shawkat
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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.