On the market Sennheiser PXC 55
A GLANCE AT THE LATEST PRODUCTS FROM THE MOST EXCLUSIVE LUXURY BRANDS
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.