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

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Montblanc has made another ad­di­tion to its Great Char­ac­ters col­lec­tion of limited-edi­tion writ­ing in­stru­ments. This one, launched on what would have been Miles Davis’ 90th birth­day, is ded­i­cated to the great jazz mu­si­cian.

The unique trum­pet shape of the of the pen makes the writ­ing in­stru­ment stand out, while the trum­pet valves on the clip and a cone shaped like a spe­cial Heim mouth­piece evoque the in­stru­ment that Davis was best known for.

The skele­tonised cap with in­tar­sia cre­ates a three­d­i­men­sional ef­fect, with a strik­ing trum­pet in red gold in­laid into the de­sign. Un­der the Au7 50 white gold, a translu­cent resin un­der­lay in blue re­calls the colour theme of one of Davis’ stu­dio al­bums Kind of Blue, re­garded by many crit­ics as his mas­ter­piece and one of the great­est jazz record­ings of all time. The el­e­gant tone of blue also fea­tures as colour­ful ac­cent at the end of the cone. HTC re­cently an­nounced the 10 Evo, which has the world’s first USB Type-c dual-adap­tive ear­phones as its main sell­ing point.

Ac­cord­ing to HTC, the new smart­phone takes au­dio to a new level with HTC Boom­sound Adap­tive Au­dio, which al­most in­stantly adapts the au­dio to sound lev­els around the user. HTC also prom­ises that the phone’s sound will adapt to users’ unique ear struc­tures. Nat­u­rally, the de­vice also comes with high-res au­dio that of­fers re­al­is­tic, 24-bit sound.

“I’ve been a huge fan of mu­sic all my life, and the HTC 10 Evo has the most awe­some sound I’ve ever ex­pe­ri­enced in a smart­phone,” said Guy Chriqui, mem­ber of HTC’S El­e­vate com­mu­nity of smart­phone en­thu­si­asts. “The ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the HTC Boom­sound Adap­tive Au­dio ear­phones are un­be­liev­able in how they match the sound to my ears. I’ve never heard any­thing like it be­fore!”

Aside from the au­dio, the HTC 10 Evo also comes with a large, 5.5-inch dis­play, and an all-metal uni­body that is wa­ter-, spas­hand dust-re­sis­tant. Mean­while, the de­vice’s 16-megapixel cam­era fea­tures op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, which re­duces cam­era shake to cap­ture sharp photos on the go. The cam­era can also shoot in RAW for­mat, mak­ing the de­vice a good back-up cam­era for pho­tog­ra­phers.

QNET re­cently launched the Spirit Watch United col­lec­tion, which was de­signed to cel­e­brate the 45th UAE Na­tional Day.

With bright col­ors of red, green, white and black on the strap, the watch re­flects the UAE na­tional flag. Com­bin­ing style and the prom­ise of Swiss re­li­a­bil­ity made un­der the Bern­hard H. Mayer face, the watch cel­e­brates the UAE’S iden­tity. The time­piece is fur­nished with scratch­proof sap­phire crys­tal glass, and a so­phis­ti­cated slim ny­lon strap.

“Our lat­est Spirit Watch col­lec­tion re­flects QNET’S com­mit­ment to cel­e­brate with its host coun­try, the UAE, with a cos­mopoli­tan watch that shows the com­mu­nity’s pride in what this coun­try has achieved in its 45 years of unit­ing seven Emi­rates into one coun­try, which have all con­trib­uted to na­tional pride,” said Trevor Kuna, chief mar­ket­ing officer of QNET UAE.

“Watch afi­ciona­dos can wear this watch and show their deep love for their coun­try. With the launch of this watch col­lec­tion, we would like to show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to our part­ners and cus­tomers in the UAE re­gion.” Valentino Parfums re­cently launched the Felt Edi­tion col­lec­tion of fra­grances, made up of the Valentino Uomo and the Valentino Donna.

The fra­grances come in an el­e­gant new pack­ag­ing—cool grey for Valentino Donna and slate-grey for Valentino Uomo—formed from felt, a ma­te­rial both pre­cious and strong. Be­neath the un­der­stated ex­te­rior the iconic stud­ded glass bot­tle is re­vealed, in an ir­rev­er­ent col­li­sion of con­tra­dic­tory textures. They’re fin­ished with tailor-made leather plaques that can be cus­tomised with gold ini­tials.

In­side, the fra­grances re­tain their time­less for­mu­las. The Valentino Donna fra­grance re­volves around a con­trast of no­ble, sub­tle in­gre­di­ents - rose es­sen­tial oil, berg­amot, pale iris, leather, patchouli and vanilla. The ac­cords of Valentino Uomo change on the wearer over time. Its sub­tle, unique sig­na­ture—a blend of berg­amot, myr­tle, cof­fee, gi­an­duja cream, white leather and cedar—is only re­vealed up close.

The Per­son­alised Felt Edi­tions in­tu­itively blend the savoir faire of the house of Valentino with cool-edged tech­nol­ogy and crafts­man­ship.

Ap­ple re­cently in­tro­duced the thinnest and light­est Macbook Pro ever, along with a new in­ter­face that re­places the tra­di­tional row of func­tion keys with a Retina-qual­ity Multi-touch dis­play called the Touch Bar.

The new Macbook Pro fea­tures Ap­ple’s bright­est and most col­or­ful Retina dis­play yet, the se­cu­rity and con­ve­nience of Touch Id—which cur­rent iphone own­ers will be ac­cus­tomed to—a more re­spon­sive key­board, a larger Force Touch track­pad and an au­dio sys­tem with dou­ble the dy­namic range. It’s also the most pow­er­ful Macbook Pro ever, fea­tur­ing sixth-gen­er­a­tion quad-core and dual-core pro­ces­sors, up to 2.3 times the graph­ics per­for­mance over the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion, su­per-fast SSDS and up to four Thun­der­bolt 3 ports.

The Touch Bar places con­trols right at the user’s fin­ger­tips and adapts when us­ing the sys­tem or apps like Mail, Fin­der, Cal­en­dar, Num­bers, and many more, in­clud­ing third-party apps. For ex­am­ple, the Touch Bar can show Tabs and Fa­vorites in Sa­fari, en­able easy ac­cess to emoji in Mes­sages, pro­vide a sim­ple way to edit images or scrub through videos in Photos and so much more.

“This week marks the 25th an­niver­sary of Ap­ple’s first note­book; through the years each gen­er­a­tion has in­tro­duced new in­no­va­tions and ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and it’s fit­ting that this all-new gen­er­a­tion of Macbook Pro is the big­gest leap for­ward yet,” said Philip Schiller, Ap­ple’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent of World­wide Mar­ket­ing.

“With the ground­break­ing new Touch Bar, the con­ve­nience of Touch ID, the best Mac dis­play ever, pow­er­ful per­for­mance, im­proved au­dio, blaz­ing fast stor­age and Thun­der­bolt 3 con­nec­tiv­ity in our thinnest and light­est pro note­book yet, the new Macbook Pro is the most ad­vanced note­book ever made.”

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