VERUSCHKA - in the series of THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. Assembled using the traditional anglaise technique and color-tipped by hand on art-quality paper, each page of this limited edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. The Assouline Ultimate Collection heralds a return to luxury, care, and mystique of a fine, hand-bound book.

by Vera von Lehndorff and David Wills
Foreword by Richard Avedon

KVA Sunglasses - Oliver Peoples Luxury Eyewear

KVA is a collaboration with European Designer Kris Van Assche, who is now the Artistic Director for Dior Homme. The frame is hand-crafted in thick polished plastic and is just as sophisticated as it is sporty. Unique technology includes a coin-edge mechanism that allows for changeable lenses (two different lens colors are included), offering the wearer greater opportunity to define his personal style. Metal inlay with the KVA logo is detailed on the top of the frame front.

Comme Des Garcons for H&M Accessories

The H&M x Comme Des Garcons collection will include a perfume and a zip wallet.

Neiman Marcus Ducati Hypermotard

The Limited Edition Neiman Marcus Ducati Hypermotard takes on urban canyons and mountain curves with total abandon.

Special features include a full Termignoni exhaust system and performance ECU, Ducati Performance race seat, specially designed "Tricolore" color and graphics package, and an array of carbon fiber accessories—all conceived and executed by Advanced Motorsports, one of the premier Ducati racing shops in North America. Production is limited and each unit carries an individually numbered plaque signifying its exclusivity.

Hackleback Caviar

In the rivers and lakes of Tennessee and Illinois, the wild Hackleback sturgeon makes its home. When mature, it provides a caviar with a small, black-to-dark brown bead and a mild, fruity taste that's smooth and sweet, start to fishc. Easy to love.

Samsonite Black Label collection in silver

Samsonite has announced a limited edition version of their Black Label by Alexander McQueen for the holiday season. The new edition comes in silver and includes the ribcage Hero piece (Al1) and the Travel piece (Al2) in crocodile skin design.

The new Samsonite Black Label collection will be available in Samsonite stores worldwide from November 2008.

Jaguar XKR-S

Jaguar has launched the Jaguar XKR-S , touted as the fastest Jaguar since the Jaguar XJ220 of the early nineties. The XKR-S is a limited edition car based on the Jaguar XK Type.A top speed of two hundred and eighty kilometers an hour, thirty kilometers. The XKR-S also features a large rear spoiler and numerous small aerodynamic changes to the exterior body, the interior features a Bower & Wilkins sound system.

The Ingmar Bergman Archives

An in-depth exploration of Bergman’s complete works

The complete works of Ingmar Bergman: an homage to one of the most esteemed film and theater artists of all time, began in cooperation with Bergman himself and made with full access to his archives

Since 1957, when he released The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries, Ingmar Bergman has been one of the leading figures in international cinema. In a career that spanned 60 years, he wrote, produced, and directed 50 films that defined how we see ourselves and how we interact with the people we love, in films like Persona, Scenes from a Marriage, and Fanny and Alexander.

Before his death in 2007, Bergman gave TASCHEN and the Swedish publishing house Max Ström complete access to his archives at The Bergman Foundation, and permission to reprint his writings and interviews, many of which have never been seen outside of Sweden. Picture researcher Bengt Wanselius, who was Bergman’s photographer for 20 years, scoured photo archives all over Sweden, discovered previously unseen images from Bergman’s films, and selected unpublished images from the personal archives of many photographers. Text editor Paul Duncan gathered a team of Bergman experts as contributing editors—Peter Cowie and Bengt Forslund (for film/TV), and Ulla Åberg & Birgitta Steene (for theater)—who have researched and written a narrative that, for the first time, will combine all of Bergman’s working life in film and theater. Such is the depth of Bergman’s writings that most of the story is told in his own words. This book also features a new introduction by Bergman’s close friend, actor and collaborator Erland Josephson, as well as a DVD full of rare and previously unseen material, and an original film strip from Fanny and Alexander.

The publishers have been given complete access to the files and archives of the Swedish Film Institute, Svensk Filmindustri, Sveriges Television, and the Royal Dramatic Theater, as well as many other institutions, publishers, and newspapers, making this not only the most complete book ever published on Ingmar Bergman, but also about an individual director.

Burberry The Beat

eau de parfum. a sparkling, floral and woody fragrance contained in a metal and glass bottle with iconic burberry check. 2.5 fl. oz.

Caballero $12,000 Bulletproof Polo

Colombian designer Miguel Caballero has launched the Caballero $12,000 Bulletproof Polo now available from Harrod’s of London. Caballero has been dubbed the “Armani of armor” by high-profile clients such as Prince Felipe of Spain, President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia and President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. His proprietary lightweight, removable ballistic panels allow for maximum flexibility and discretion while providing protection from weaponry ranging from a 9mm pistol to an Uzi. Just the thing for riding in the back of your new Maybach Landaulet.

1,000-year-old carved rock crystal ewer sells for $5.6 million

A 1,000-year-old carved rock crystal ewer, one of only seven known surviving examples, fetched 3.2 million pounds ($5.6 million) at a Christie's auction.

The ewer is the same one that came up for auction in Britain in January this year, when it was cataloged as a 19th century French claret jug and valued at 100-200 pounds reports Reuters.

In fact experts now believe it is an extremely rare ewer from the Fatimid dynasty which ruled parts of northern Africa and the Middle East in the 10th-12th centuries.

Goccia Speakers

Garvan Acoustic has announced the limited edition of the Goccia Speakers. The Limited edition of Golden Goccia is a collaboration with Tecnosolution for the “Una Goccia per un Sorriso” project. Part of the profit will be donated to charity projects to help children all over the world.▪

Nokia E71 in gold

Continental Mobiles has cast the Nokia E7 in gold. The Nokia E71 is compatible with Gmail, Yahoo, Exchange or your preferred personal email provider, and incorporates a responsive, accurate full QWERTY keyboard all encased in the slimmest of designs.

The E71 is finished in 24k Gold and costs £799.00.

DEOS earphone covers

DEOS offers interchangeable diamond- and crystal-encrusted earphone covers for the Apple iPod and iPhone.

Inspired by Apple’s iconic design aesthetic, founder Allison Lee Zeiss, marries technology, luxury and design to offer Apple users another vehicle to showcase their individuality.

DEOS earphone covers come in three collections – DEOS Diamond, CVRZ with Swarovski crystals, and the CVRZ aluminium range – each targeting a particular price segment.

The DEOS Diamond collection, made of titanium and encrusted with colored diamonds, is manufactured using the latest in casting technology. Each piece is handcrafted and hand-set – at a price. “DEOS Diamond retails from about US$60,000 for the ones fully covered with coloured diamonds (yellow, pink or black) to about US$4,500 in white and in black diamonds.”

Automobiles of London event.

Anticipation is building for RM Auctions’ second annual Automobiles of London event, to be held at the state-of-the-art Battersea Evolution event arena in London UK, October 29th, 2008.

With 100 vintage motor cars set to cross the block, the single day auction, held in association with Sotheby’s, is set to capture the attention of the collector car world as it brings together some of the world’s finest automobiles with some of the world’s most discerning collectors.

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Mirage, the new fluorescent table lamp by Tronconi

Tronconi has announced Mirage, a new fluorescent table lamp in time Christmas. The new lamp shows perfectly Tronconi’s research for new materials and technologies. An optical illusion, a hologram representing the archetype of the table lamp. The front diffuser shows the hologram, while the opal back side spreads a powerful light ideal for reading.

Design by Lorenzo Longo ( de-signum studio) , available in white, black or violet