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The Nature of Luxury magazine launch!

Dear Readers let us wish You a Happy Valentine’s Day, especially for You who have reason to do, and hope all of You have one.

We choose this day to make the launch of our free luxury magazine as a gift especially for those who are members in our Group and our Community. I have to admit that we release it although there are some minor problems due to letter fonts but we decided it to launch today. Please consider this as a pilot of what expected to come. We want to have Your feedback, to hear Your recommendations and to welcome Your proposals. We will more happier to assist You in one of the various buys we propose in this issue.

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In this issue among others:

   Is it maybe time to buy your own Castle?

   Bugatti what? Learn first!

   Is it a Jewel or a hands-free?

   Mission in Paris : Maison et Objet. Highlights of Maison et Objet 2011

   Lost and Found: Peru and the lost city of Machu Picchu

   The World’s Best Villas : private

   11 ideas for 2K11 : our list with Luxury must-have items

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   YOU” RE THE TOP?: HIGH END DESIGN IN A LUXURY MARKETPLACE by Gail Green, Green & Company Interior Designers

   ON HOW TO PLAN AN EVENT by Sofia Bianchini Ciribifera, Owner and art director of 1000e20milleventi – Event and Wedding Designers Agency

Also available to see in a flipping book format

Enjoy 

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Net-A-Porter taps Google TV for commerce-enabled video

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British ecommerce Web site Net-A-Porter tapped the Google TV platform for a digital television station that allows consumers to shop as they browse video content unique to the site.

Net-A-Porter TV is composed of runway shows, exclusive designer interviews, photo shoots and insider trend reports. Viewers can share, like, embed and comment on all of the videos, which results in a highly interactive and engaging shopping experience. 

Top 10 luxury e-Commerce Sites of 2010

 By Rachel Lamb at Luxury Daily


 Ecommerce is one of the most important ways for a brand to get customers and revenue. Ecommerce is one of the most important ways for a brand to get customers and revenue.

 The luxury sector’s digital strategy stretches from Web sites to social media marketing and online advertising. However, the ecommerce site is the one that brings home the bacon. Ecommerce sites account for a huge portion of the brand’s revenue, while connecting users with luxury companies in a way that hasn’t been done before.

“Luxury retailers need to keep their brand promise to their loyalists,” said Danielle Savin, vice president of multichannel retail and marketing at FitForCommerce, Short Hills, NJ, a best practices ecommerce consulting firm.  

“The sites need to be more innovative, to show and somehow emulate design and create excitement about the product and the brand,” she said. “Luxury retailers will never be about price but having an ecommerce site allows them to create the ultimate show room of 100 percent of their merchandise, including exclusives.” 

Here are the top 10 ecommerce sites of 2010:

 swarovskilead185Swarovski – This ecommerce Web site opens with a bright and colorful digital display that draws the consumers in. The images are constantly changing depending on holidays or time of year. The online shop separates by categories and pieces on a side menu, but also has organized rows in the middle of the screen with images of best-selling pieces and new products.

Clicking on a product brings users to its individual page where they can zoom to intricately see the item and also click on different views.

Below, recommended items are shown that complement the item the user is looking at. The user can opt to recommend the product by sending it through email, and the user can put the item in their shopping cart whenever possible. Swarovski saw a 1,167 percent increase in Web traffic on its ecommerce site during the holiday season (see story). The ecommerce site is easy to use, aesthetically pleasing and minimizes the amount of clicks it takes to buy a product.

bonus video : Luxury brands crash the Web – France24

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Toy Cars your Rich little Kids would Love to Drive

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It’s no secret that soccer sensation David Beckham is an avid car collector. His eldest son Brooklyn seems to be following father’s footprints, as he owns the refined version of the ultra-small Porsche sports car. The toy car is handcrafted and is powered by a diesel engine. Costing £50,000 (approx. $72,610), the customized small Porsche is a single-seater. The toy car is just for him to go out on a joy ride in the backyard of his mansion

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If you want to spoil your rich little kid and want him to be popular in the neighborhood, you need to gift him or her a toy car like the one owned by David Beckham’s eldest son Brooklyn. The rich kid drives his own £50,000 Porsche toy car powered by a diesel engine. If you are looking for a luxurious toy car as a gift for your kid this holiday season, here are a few good options.

 

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8 must Haves for Bon Viveurs

How much costs a private plane and which iPhone case makes ultra rich holders to distinguish them from ordinary people who bought in installments? Is there a safe that except to provide the utmost security is a status symbol, too? How do you find a table at the best restaurant in the world, when all others must close the table six months ago? At the end, how the rich people of this world live?

We have chosen eight status symbols, from a private plane to a beautiful timepiesce, reflecting the luxurious life of the majority of bon viveurs.

Transportation mode: IconA5 Personal Aircraft
Price: around € 110.000 

Before some months, the DJ – super star David Guetta said that postponing his appearance, due to the failure of a private jet. Apparently, there was no question to travel by any other aircraft. The beautiful two-seater airplane of the photo would be worthy of the requirements of any rich or super star who respects himself. Features include possibility of landing on land and water, Rotax 912 ULS engine that delivers 100 horsepower and reaches a top speed of 193 kilometers per hour, folding wings that allow easy transport by trailer and built a huge parachute, among other security features 

Transportation mode for shorter distances: Venturi Fetish Sports Electric Vehicle 
Price: around €  520.000

Who said the rich do not have environmental concerns? With the trend of the planet sustainability  and saving energy, the first electric two-seater sports car is here to stay. With power of nearly 250 horses, top speed 160 km per hour and acceleration from 0 to 100 km in less than five seconds, Venturi Fetish is not much to envy from the traditional behemoths that aspires to compete. With a full charge, which lasts just one hour, can travel up to 250 km.

The detail that makes the difference: Spare Tire Case Damien Hirst 
Price: around € 1.100

Let’s say you turned your back on the top eco-car in the world and continues to surf with your shiny Jeep. The case of the spare wheel that makes the difference is a detail that can not be neglected. Of course, we have the best-and expensive-the world: the colorful case signed by the renowned artist Damien Hirst, is made of stainless steel and plastic, while the striking colors protected by special filters from the UV rays of the sun.

Safe: Narcissus from Döttling 
Price: € 250.000

Designed by Karl Lagerfeld, the Narcissus is the world’s most expensive safe. This handmade work of art high security weighs 800 pounds, has a height of 1.80 meters and width of one meter. Identifies the owner with a simple gesture, relieving him from remembering passwords. The impressive interior, reminiscent of futuristic room, dominated cabinets, drawers and numerous loose parts designed in order to accommodate your valuables.

iPhone case: Softbank BB Samurai
Price: around €800

The traditional Japanese art of polishing married to high technology in these such impressive cases for the iPhone, which are inspired by famous samurai-five from left to right: the conqueror Oda Nobunaga, the one-eyed chieftain Date Masamune, the Dragon of Echigo Uesagi Kenshin, the famous lover Naoe Kanetsugu and  triumphant Yukimura Sanada.

Timepiece: Breitling Montbrilliant Legende Chronograph
Price: € 7.800
Impressive at first glance, thanks to the size of the frame of nearly 47 mm. Made of stainless steel combined with detailed red gold 18 carat, it has a non-engraved sapphire crystal and operates with an automatic mechanism, certified of course, for its accuracy. On the back of the case is engraved … a very useful table of key measures of the navigation bar.
 

Corkscrew : “Most Expensive” by Frank Sveid 
Price: €  50.000
Belgian designer Frank Sveid created a unique tool for the rich who get their cellar very seriously. The corkscrew is hand-made of titanium and gold (every time there is someone to order). In fact, it is manufactured by 52 different pieces of titanium, a  material used in aerospace, including a trimmer for lead cap. Available in an impressive box-shaped cigar.

For all these «cannot be done»: Lifestyle Management Companies
Price: from €x.000 a year

Want to say, tickets for a sold out concert, special treatment in the best hotel in the world, access to prive party table at the best Restaurant for tonight. Or you want to have the shoes, Lady Gaga had in her latest video clip in order to make a gift to your niece. All done. If you’re not so rich that your name be enough to open doors, a lifestyle management company can arrange everything for you. Soon more news in theUltimateLuxuryCommunity!

 

Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace hotel displays world’s most Expensive Christmas Tree‎

 A hotel in the United Arab Emirates has unveiled what it says is the world’s most expensive Christmas tree.

The 13-meter artificial tree at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace hotel includes diamonds, pearls and sapphires — 181 precious stones in all. Most of the stones are in necklaces and earrings provided by a local jeweler.

Standing 43 feet high, the tree – itself worth $10,000 – has necklaces, bracelets and watches draped over its branches among traditional baubles and lights. The total value of the tree is $11m.

Hotel managers unveiled the pricey tree this week, saying they hope to get it recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The large tree in the hotel’s lobby also includes bows, ball-shaped ornaments, lights and other traditional Christmas tree decorations.

Dior Launches New Beauty Site, Offers E-Commerce and Interactive Features (Directed by Sofia Coppola!)

 By Cheryl Wischhover at Fashionista

Dior.com’s beauty section just got a high tech make-over. It’s slicker, more interactive, and you can now purchase Dior products there (gift set, anyone?)  Some highlights?

Coppola Direction: There’s an interactive pop-up book, and you can watch the Sofia Coppola-directed Miss Dior Cherie commercial. The “making of” clip is arguably cuter than the actual commercial–though the commercial is pretty darn cute.

Auction: Dior is holding an auction on site now through December 15 with some truly over the top prizes including a Dior-inspired trip to Paris (whatever that means it can’t be bad), a private makeover by a Dior show artist, and a trip to St. Maarten to visit the Dior institute. 100% of proceeds benefit Look Good…Feel Better, a charity that helps people who are undergoing treatment for cancer, and the American Cancer Society.

Make-up Tutorials: There are how-to videos for many of the products and tips for how to choose colors. There’s even a feature in the Dior Addict lip gloss tab under “What’s New” that allows you to upload a picture of your outfit and it will help you choose what color to wear. (I’ve been wearing Black-Tie Plum a lot lately).

bonus video : Dior Inspired makeup tutorial



For History Buffs:
If you’re into fashion history or love your juice, there’s tons of information about the House of Dior in general and the making of the various fragrances. You can also find some gorgeous runway and backstage shots.

The whole site just oozes a chic, hip, French vibe, with a fun soundtrack to boot.

Montezemolo, Chairman of Ferrari “Today a dream comes true” – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

 

Yas Marina, 27 October – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the first ever theme park dedicated to the Prancing Horse, was presented this afternoon as a preview exclusively to the international press. Today’s planned soft opening to the public was put back to a future date to be decided in sign of mourning for the passing away of Sheik Saqr bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, Emir of Ras al-Khaimah.

“First of all I would like, on behalf of both myself and everyone at Ferrari, to express our sincere condolences to the government and the population of the United Arab Emirates for their tragic loss,” – said the Chairman of Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo. “Then I would like to thank the nation and all those who made it possible to make this dream – a unique theme park dedicated to the world of Ferrari – a reality. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

“The park just 4 years ago was a project, an idea, maybe even a too ambitious idea, is now a fantastic reality. Everyone at Ferrari is grateful to the people who have worked without rest for the last two years to make it happen.
Abu Dhabi is a great city that constantly looks to the future, and we are very proud of our partners who share with Ferrari the same passion, the same vision, the same will to go beyond.
This park combines innovative technology and tradition, it is dedicated not only to Ferrari fans and car enthusiastic, but to the whole family; there are attractions for kids, men and women. It has also the real touch of Ferrari: how things really are for us, with our exclusive GT road cars and racing cars, but also our history and our cultural background. Something else that was crucial for us was for the Park to be a symbol, built actively on the heritage that Italy represents for the world. We are pleased to see that all this has become reality, and that the excitement – like the roller coaster that makes you feel like a Formula One driver – goes hand-in-hand with messages that perfectly combine having a good time with the reality represented by the passion for Ferrari.
We also like to think that this Ferrari Theme park can be a small contribution to reinforcing the bridge between our two cultures.
And finally I would like to express my personal thanks to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi; for their guidance and support. Warm thanks are also due to Khaldoon Al Mubarak, and to Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, for their invaluable support.”

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches

at Top10List

If you are amongst those who love only the best, no matter what- this list of the top 10 most expensive watches is a must-read!

 1. Joaillerie 101 Manchette

These are manufactured by Jaeger-LeCoultre and are considered to be the most expensive watches in the world. The exalted Calibre 101 is hidden below a jewellery puzzle. One can check the time through the onyx, gold and diamond cobochons. The watch adorns 576 diamonds and 18-carat white gold. Other versions have 11 onyx cabochons and 400 diamonds. The price is not known as of now.

2. Tour de I’lle

These are manufactured by Vacheron Constantin and were first designed in the year 2005. These limited edition watches are said to have the most complicated design elements. The dial is made of 18-carat gold and the band is made of alligator skin and is hand-sewn. The buckle is made of pink gold. The features include sunset time, second time zone, minute repeater, tourbillon device and a perpetual calendar.

3. Big Bang Chronograph

These watches are manufactured by Hublot, Bunter SA. These watches are made especially for the elite sections and are known as Big Bang. A particular setting allows the material to disappear and one can only see the diamonds. They cost $1 million.

4. Classical Billionaire Tourbillion

These are manufactured by Corum. The watch shimmers with 850 diamonds and the skeleton hands and dials are dazzling. This manually wound watch has a power reserve of 90 hours and the features are completely unique. These cost $998,000 and only 10 pieces are produced.

5. Tecnica Skeleton Chronograph.

These watches are manufactured by Parmigiani Fleurier. The platinum casing is beautiful to look at and features like a tourbillon, chronograph and minute repeater make these watches truly appealing. They cost $850,000.

 

6. Grande Complication

These watches are manufactured by Blancpain. Features include split-seconds chronograph, perpetual calendar, a winding mechanism which is automatic, tourbillon and moon phase. The band is made of crocodile skin. These exclusive wristwatches cost $785,000.

7. Opera One

These watches are manufactured by Girard-Perragaux. The band of each watch is made of alligator skin and includes a minute repeater, manual winding, an impressive power reserve as well as see-through backing. The best part about these watches is that it sounds each hour with tunes. They cost $495,000.

8. Double Tourbillion

These watches are manufactured by Breguet and are hand-engraved. An image of the solar system features in the design and the casing is made of 95% pure platinum. The hands are manually wound. The cost is estimated at $329,000.

9. Titanic Watches

These watches are manufactured by Romain Jerome and are created from the Titanic’s hull. The shipbuilding steel and the metal mixes together to create the casing of these watches. The coal that was burned in the furnaces of the ship was recovered and has been mixed with ceramics to make the black dials of the Titanic Watches. They cost $152,435

10. Zadora Timepieces

These watches are manufactured by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof. Their latest collection includes a bee which is made of micro pave and oxidized palladium. Yellow and black diamonds adorn the bee, its eyes are made of emerald and a baroque south sea pearl peeks out of its mouth. This watch costs $150,000.

The Shops at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore creates new Luxury and Shopping Destination in Asia

Dubbed as Asia’s premium shopping destination, The Shops at Marina Bay Sands also celebrates the launch of its first retail exhibition, Objects of Desire. Showcasing exciting products, including an exclusive 17.43 carat diamond necklace and earring set from Van Cleef and Arpels, Objects of Desire is an exhibition of the diverse range of items available to shoppers heading to Marina Bay Sands. The uniquely designed retail mall with iconic canal running through it will be transformed into a catwalk for the week, where the most sought after items available at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands will be displayed.

The Shops at Marina Bay Sands has attracted leading brands like Cartier, Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent who are offering shoppers products exclusive only to the Singapore market. Christian Dior’s La Mini D de Dior, a limited edition white gold and jade watch, with only ten pieces available worldwide, one of which can be found at its Asian flagship boutique at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Fashion enthusiasts will discover another first as they enter the Italian luxury brand FENDI’s 340 square meter flagship store – the FENDI Baby and Men’s collection. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is truly a one-of-its kind retail destination. Over 125 stores are currently open with the remaining boutiques expected to open by the fourth quarter of 2010. September will see the target of 150 stores open. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands will feature over 300 retail stores and restaurants when fully completed.

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Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land. With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,560-room hotel, a 120,000 sq.m. convention-exhibition centre, The Shoppes mall, an Art & Science museum, two Sands Theatres, six “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating pavilions, a casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.  The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening earlier in April. It was, however, not finished at the time of the April opening, which was marked by numerous service failures. The museum, theatres and floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by December 2010.

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