On the mar­ket Sennheiser PXC 55

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

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When it comes to pre­mium head­phones, Bose has long led the way thanks to its crisp­ness and clar­ity of sound. But now they have some se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion with the Sennheiser PXC 550. Th­ese noise can­celling head­phones pro­duce clear and dy­namic sound, fea­ture a smart min­i­mal­ist de­sign and are aimed at the ‘dis­cern­ing busi­ness trav­eller’. In terms of com­fort they fea­ture plenty of cush­ion­ing and feel ex­tremely light, de­spite the fact that there is a wealth of technology crammed into the cups. The taste­ful matte black fin­ish also makes them ex­tremely un­der­stated. Priced at $400 this is a pre­mium prod­uct and the users will ex­pect plenty of bang for their buck. For­tu­nately, the PXC 550 de­liv­ers thanks to its abil­ity to ex­cel across ev­ery range, de­liv­er­ing clar­ity and ex­pres­sion whether listening to in­stru­men­tals or the heav­i­est of bass. There is also the Cap­tune com­pan­ion app for IOS and An­droid that al­lows you to tune the sound to your lik­ing, tai­lor­ing it to the mu­sic you lis­ten to. The touch con­trols on the right ear cup make it sim­ple to con­trol your mu­sic and au­to­mat­i­cally turn on when you put the head­phone on your ears. That helps bat­tery life which is an im­pres­sive 30 hours on a sin­gle charge. With ex­cep­tional sound qual­ity, and im­pres­sive adap­tive noise can­celling, Sennheiser have de­liv­ered a stand-out prod­uct that can eclipse most of its ri­vals.

HACK­ETT AS­TON MARTIN COL­LEC­TION

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the de­but As­ton Martin by Hack­ett cap­sule col­lec­tion, the Bri­tish brands have col­lab­o­rated for a sec­ond col­lec­tion for Spring/sum­mer 2017. The twenty-two piece col­lec­tion takes in­spi­ra­tion from the new AM37 power­boat de­vel­oped by As­ton Martin and Quintessence Yachts and from the fear­less de­sign phi­los­o­phy of the iconic As­ton Martin DB11. The As­ton Martin by Hack­ett col­lec­tion in­cludes out­er­wear, knitwear, shirts, polo shirts, trousers and ac­ces­sories, all of which re­flect the quintessen­tially Bri­tish and in­no­va­tive brand val­ues of both Hack­ett and As­ton Martin. Stand out pieces in­clude the cobalt nau­ti­cal parka, Hack­ett’s up­date on the tra­di­tional sail­ing jacket; its wind and wa­ter­proof qual­i­ties make it the per­fect at­tire for driv­ing the power­boat in any weather. Key knitwear pieces in­clude a cash­mere half zipped sweater in navy and grey and an in­su­lat­ing down filled knit and merino wool sweater in navy with soft lamb­swool knit­ted sleeves and col­lar.

A col­lec­tion char­ac­terised by a unique mix of vin­tage in­spi­ra­tions and con­tem­po­rary de­tail­ing, Prada re­leased a new col­lec­tion which in­cludes the SPR 06T model. Fea­tur­ing a clas­sic panto shape, the model has ta­pered pro­files and beveled lines, con­vey­ing a clean, es­sen­tial style. The tempe’ clean­cut three di­men­sional pro­files lend a con­tem­po­rary al­lure to the model which is avail­able in black and in two shades of tor­toise. Th­ese are ac­com­pa­nied by fresh new hues of char­coal and sage, while the Prada let­ter­ing also fea­tures on the sun­glasses. In­spired by the Min­erva Pythagore time­piece that was cre­ated in 1947, Montblanc have re­leased the Her­itage Chronométrie Exotourbillon Rattrapante Lim­ited Edi­tion 8 that com­bines a mono­pusher split-sec­ond chrono­graph with the Mai­son’s renowned Exotourbillon. The solid gold dial fea­tures all the clas­sic de­sign codes as­so­ci­ated with fine watch­mak­ing, while the Exotourbillon has a patented en­ergy-sav­ing con­struc­tion. Avail­able in a 47 mm roundish case crafted in 18-karat red gold with a sap­phire crys­tal case­back, the wrist­band is a Black al­li­ga­tor-skin strap with 18K red gold pin buckle. Montblanc state that this lim­ited edi­tion time­piece “cap­tures all the magic of watch­mak­ing past, while never stop­ping to push the bound­aries of in­no­va­tion”.

Swiss watch­maker TAG Heuer have now re­leased the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of its con­nected watch. Just like the brand's fa­mous me­chan­i­cal chrono­graphs, the Con­nected Mod­u­lar 45 has been de­signed, de­vel­oped, and as­sem­bled in the TAG Heuer Man­u­fac­ture, in La Chaux-de-fonds in Switzer­land, in the same spirit and with the same high stan­dards as a lux­ury prod­uct with Swiss Made qual­ity. The same tech­niques, the same metic­u­lous fin­ish, the same at­ten­tion to de­tail. Made from satin or pol­ished grade 5 ti­ta­nium, or plated with 18K 5N rose gold, or in black ce­ramic, with or with­out di­a­monds: af­ter choos­ing a watch from the 56 dif­fer­ent ver­sions avail­able from its launch, the en­tire ex­te­rior of the watch can be cus­tomised. The watch is pow­ered by an In­tel® Atom™ pro­ces­sor Z34XX se­ries and op­er­ates on An­droid Weartm 2.0. It also fea­tures 4 GB of stor­age mem­ory and a lat­est-gen­er­a­tion lithium bat­tery pro­vid­ing more than a full day of power. The TAG Heuer Con­nected is fit­ted with a small wa­ter-re­sis­tant mi­cro­phone en­abling the wearer to com­mu­ni­cate with it us­ing Google As­sis­tant, as well as a sap­phire crys­tal touch­screen, to be used along­side the com­mand crown at 3 o'clock. The new­est re­lease from Bang & Olufsen, the Beosound 2 is a pow­er­ful wire­less speaker sys­tem that de­liv­ers a room-fill­ing 360-de­gree sound per­for­mance. Housed in a sturdy yet un­ob­tru­sive alu­minium de­sign, the speaker fea­tures in­te­grated ac­cess to Spo­tify, Deezer, Qplay and Tunein. It also fea­tures the Be­olink Multi-room Technology that con­nects your Bang & Olufsen prod­ucts in one wire­less sys­tem across your home. Sup­port­ing all the pre­ferred wire­less tech­nolo­gies: Blue­tooth, Air­play, Google Cast and DLNA, the Beosound 2 also has Acous­tic Lens Technology. This spreads the high fre­quen­cies hor­i­zon­tally around the room, while re­duc­ing re­flec­tions from the floor and ceil­ing, so the sound per­for­mance re­mains un­changed – and al­ways ideal. Adap­tive Bass Lin­eari­sa­tion also har­nesses sur­plus ca­pac­ity in the am­pli­fiers and driver units to bring you even more bass, while also mon­i­tor­ing and ad­just­ing for ex­ces­sive peaks in the sound.

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