Renowned designer Christophe Pillet and photographer Matthew Rolston have launched these limited edition Remy Martin products.
Both were launched with support from Remy Martin Louis XIII following as part of their program to support visionary artists such as Louis Bourgeoise (art) and Dror (architecture).
Christophe Pillet used to work with Philippe Starck and has been called his protege. Christophe has worked with some of the best brands in the world including Zanotta, La Coste, Cappellini, Catherine Malandrino and Driade.
In his design collaboration with Remy Martin, Christophe Pillet designed a contemporary set to accompany Louis XIII that pays homage to the heritage and artistry of Louis XIII.
Matthew Rolston was discovered by Andy Warhol at an early age to shoot for Interview Magazine, and has shot iconic covers for numerous publications including Rolling Stone and Harper’s Bazaar.
The new book , called “beautyLIGHT” (published by teNeues), showcases some of Matthew Rolston’s best photographs from the past 20 years including those of Selma Hayek, Charlize Theron, Bjork, Bob Dylan, Christina Ricci and Julianne Moore.
Besides the standard book ($75), there’s also a Collectors’ Edition (limited to 600 copies) with a signed print for $2500. Both books can be bought online at Teneues.com.
Each artist in this program by Louis XIII has shown the same passion, vision and genius that goes into making each bottle of Louis XIII which is the top cognac from Remy Martin. Louis XIII is made from 1200 different "eaux de vie" (fermented and distilled grape juice from Grande Champagne region in Cognac) aged anywhere between 40-100 years and perfectly blended that go into making each bottle of Louis XIII. The Louis XIII you drink now was blended in 1960 with eaux de vie that had already aged for over 40 years before that. Louis XIII’s legendary and extremely rare cognac Black Pearl – only 358 decanters of Black Pearl Magnum, handcrafted by Baccarat, were made available each at $8000.
Dior Couture Accessories Collection, Night Diamond. The metallic black lacquered case features crystal color gems and rhinestones.
Dior Night Diamond Compact is priced at 90$ and is available in 2 shades, a pearly beige and a pale pink (Only available until 31 December).
Designed by renowned Belgium based jeweler Casa Gi, the listening devices are made from 18 carat gold, encrusted with 118 of the highest quality diamonds and give a crystal clear sound. Each earphone contains 59 diamonds that have been individually set in the gold, giving a sparking appearance.
Dunhill has launched an alligator belt for the holidays, featuring a high-tech gold, steel and diamond buckle.
The Mechanical Belt is designed for ultra-precise adjustments of exactly 35mm - the "two thumb" measurement a tailor will traditionally build into a custom made suit for added comfort.
Only 25 pieces will be offered for sale worldwide, with each costing $10,600.
Motorola will be releasing a gold-adorned version of its A1600 handset in collaboration with Cartier. Features include crocodile skin covering on the flip, 3-megapixel snapper, 2.4-inch display, A2DP compliant Bluetooth, microSD card slot and a GPS receiver. The golden Cartier edition Motorola A1600 is priced at $685.
The 2008 Pritzker Prize winner explores his career to date
The work of France's most unique and internationally celebrated contemporary architect in a book designed by the master himself. Limited to 1,000 signed and numbered copies packaged in a translucent plexiglass slipcase especially designed by Jean Nouvel for this edition.
Recipient of the 2008 Pritzker Prize, Jean Nouvel is without any doubt France’s most original and important contemporary architect. From 1967 to 1970, he was an assistant of the influential architects Claude Parent and Paul Virilio, then creating his own office in Paris. His first widely acclaimed project was the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (1981–87, with Architecture Studio). Since then he has completed the Lyon Opera House (1986–93), the Euralille Shopping Center, Lille (1991–94), and the Fondation Cartier, Paris (1991–94). His major completed projects since 2000 include the Culture and Convention Center in Lucerne, Switzerland (1998–2000), the spectacular Agbar Tower on Barcelona’s Diagonal Avenue (2001–03), the extension of the Reina Sofia Museum, (Madrid, 1999–2005), the Quai Branly Museum on the Seine in Paris (2001–06), and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Apart from receiving this year’s Pritzker Prize, Jean Nouvel won the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Gold Medal in 2001.
Jean Nouvel worked for five years with author Philip Jodidio on this prodigiously illustrated TASCHEN monograph, a book that will finally give the full measure of the architect’s talent. Two 400-page hardcover volumes give the most complete overview to date of Jean Nouvel’s career, including works in progress, such as the new Louvre in Abu Dhabi, the Philharmonie de Paris, and the extension of the MoMA in New York. The book’s graphic design and images were conceived and selected by the architect; in addition, the transparent printed dust jackets mimic the architect’s own tendency to play with contrasts and overlaid patterns. One can truly say that this publication is Nouvel by Nouvel, inside and out.
With the new Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder, Lamborghini has created a driving experience like absolutely no other – fascinating design, breathtaking performance and extreme handling characteristics come together with all the sensual intensity and open-air pleasure that only a soft top super sports car can deliver.
An even more powerful engine, permanent all-wheel drive and an all-new chassis mean that the Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder offers yet another significant increase in performance against its predecessor. With its innovative design, the new LP 560-4 Spyder takes the unique Lamborghini styling ethic to the next level; the Spyder displays this powerful and elegant design language with even greater distinctiveness, making it all the more unmistakable.
The Gallardo LP 560-4 has been on the market since early 2008, as the successor to the most successful Lamborghini of all time – since 2003, more than 8,500 models bearing the Gallardo name have left the production facility in Sant’Agata Bolognese. “The LP 560-4 is the next step in a huge success story,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “With the Spyder, we are now unveiling a car that is, quite simply, a new dimension in the latest Gallardo range. It is an entirely new model, whilst building on the substantial technical and design attributes of the Gallardo LP560-4 production strategy. The new Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder is a simply breathtaking automobile – and utterly unparalleled in its commitment to extreme motoring.”
In its new generation, the Gallardo Spyder represents more than ever before automotive passion in its purest form. As in the Coupé, its enormous power is delivered by the new 5.2 litre V10 with an output of 560 hp (412 kW) at 8,000 rpm. The increase in 40 hp (29 kW) over its predecessor, as well as the 44 pound (20 kilogram) reduction in vehicle weight, improves the power-to-weight ratio to 6.10 pounds (2.77 kg) per hp, thus improving performance even further.
The LP 560-4 Spyder takes only 4.0 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h), reaching 124 mph (0 to 200 km/h) in only 13.1 seconds and going on to a top speed of 201 mph (324 km/h). The new driveline, featuring the “Iniezione Diretta Stratificata” direct fuel injection system also makes for impressive efficiency. Despite the considerable increase in performance, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by a staggering 18 percent.
Engineers at the Ufficio Tecnico Lamborghini, Sant’Agata-based Technical Department, have also improved traction, handling and stability at high speeds. The redesigned four-wheel drive transmission, the new suspension, the improved stiffness of the Spyder bodyshell and the optimised aerodynamics all contribute to the overall improvements in the vehicle, as do the reduced weight and decreased friction throughout the components.
Thus the Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder presents itself as a razor-sharp super sports car with the precision reactions of a high-performance athlete. The car is also surprisingly suited to long-distance driving and, despite its extreme performance capabilities, is easy to control whilst maintaining utmost stability. Above all, the impressive Lamborghini technology takes on a new, intense edge in the Spyder, with the glorious feel of the open air rushing by.
Vertu’s Constellation Diamonds phones feature diamonds along the edge. The phones feature one hundred and seventy brilliant cut diamonds totaling 0.75 carats encircling the phone around the edge. The Vertu Constellation Diamonds phones are available in both eighteen karat yellow gold and eighteen karat white gold version.
Etro's embroidered silk shawl takes in look from a number of different cultures. The shawl features designs local to Turkey, Egypt, Rajasthan, Indonesia, Florence and Zanzibar which have all been integrated into a mosaic of culture. The anthracite chiffon shawl features metallic embroidery, sequins, medallions and beadwork.
Hermès have released a special edition Smart ForTwo. The interior of the car has been redesigned by Hermès and is entirely covered in leather and canvas, the interior also features several pockets made in Hermès’ style as well as umbrella which clips to the back of the seats. The special edition Hermès Smart ForTwo is available in a number of exterior colors, ten interior leather colors and in both hard top and convertible variants.
It is the first product of the new Albedo generation and is the result of years of research in the field of transmission line systems. With two-way ceramic drivers, elegant and unmistakable unique design it stands as the flagship of the new generation of the Albedo team products. The design objective was to embody in a very compact floor standing loudspeaker, the best available technology for hi-fi home entertainment. The external appearance, which is dictated by the basic principles of acoustics and enriched by a luxurious and precious finishing in the best made-in-Italy tradition, hides a highly innovative project, capable of making the daily listening experience uniquely superb and enjoyable. This is not one of the usual odd shaped speakers that invade the space of your home and are tolerated only because of the function they perform, but rather a contributor to make the home space more warm, cosy and suited to your lifestyle.
Bang & Olufsen has unveiled the BEOSOUND 5. The unit is controlled by the BeoSound 5 controller, a "remote" with a 10.4-inch XGA LCD and an aluminum scroll wheel. The BeoSound 5 features a 500GB BeoControl 5 music server running Windows XP Embedded with internet connectivity and patent pending intelligent playlist creation. £3,500 tag (about $5,262 US). Hits in March 2009.
Note: BEOSOUND 5
The newest issue of the high-concept fashion quarterly Visionaire pushes the limits of paper with an issue devoted to pop-ups. Visionaire 55: Surprise presents 12 hardcover pop-up books, boxed together, with projects by Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Steven Klein, Sophie Calle, Andreas Gursky, Cai Guo-Qiang, Guido Mocafico, S0lve Sundsb0, Yayoi Kusama, Gareth Pugh and Alasdair McLellan. Together, the pop-up folios are housed in a cloth-covered case with a magnetized closure and an engraved metal plaque. Surprise is a collaboration with the internationally renowned Champagne house, Krug.
The Macallan is selling 1,000 limited-edition bottles of itsoak 30-year-old single malt whisky, each with a unique Polaroid snap taken by the photographer Rankin.
The whisky will be packaged in black leather boxes that carry the original Polaroid. and contain an individually printed label that features the same image.
Whether a reward for hard work, a reckless indulgence, or even an investment, these luxury toys are for the select few. This new volume of teNeues' successful Luxury Toys series showcases astounding examples of beauty, luxury and exclusivity. A dazzling array of pricey and exclusive rarities is sure to evoke admiration—sometimes even envy. Readers will be inspired, intrigued and even bemused by these unparalleled indulgences. Whether megayachts, record-setting artworks, or a trip to outer space, these exceptional treats showcase humanity's restless quest for the unique—and the unattainable!
Ferrari Perpetual Calendar by Paneri features a stainless steel case that measures 45mm and has an AR-coated sapphire crystal. It is water resistant to 100 meters. Movement is the automatic Panerai caliber OPXXII with 21 jewels, beating at 28,800 bph and a power reserve of 48 hours. It features a Glucydur balance and Incabloc shock protection. It is decorated in Cotes de Geneva finish.
The new Limited Edition Tom Ford James Bond 007 TF108 are the exclusive shades featured in the latest James Bond movie " Quantum of Solace ". These classic, yet sleek and modern aviators, worn by 007 Daniel Craig throughout the film, are sure to be the perfect James Bond 007 accessory.
Since its inception 170 years ago, Tiffany & Co. has become synonymous with elegant, stylish design and alluring luxury, creating the world’s most dazzling jewelry and decorative objects. Today, its signature blue box is recognized the world over and can be had (for a price, of course) at more than 150 locations around the globe.
In Tiffany Style, Tiffany’s design director John Loring gathers for the first time in one volume the most renowned and memorable pieces ever produced by the company. In this “best of Tiffany” collection, readers will find a spectacular array of objects, from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s famous lamps and vases to opulent silver tea sets to Andy Warhol’s whimsical Christmas illustrations to Elsa Peretti’s signature heart pendant. Drawing from a rich selection of design sketches and vintage and contemporary photography, all taken from Tiffany’s unparalleled archives, as well as new photography taken especially for this book by Harry Benson, Tiffany Style reveals the company’s fascinating history and evolution through its most unforgettable creations.
HAGGADAH SPECIAL EDITION is richly illustrated by Gerard Garouste, a leading name in contemporary French painting. Garouste’s illustrations are inspired by the historic stories told in the Haggadah, written by Marc-Alain Ouaknin, professor and author of several books on Judaism.
But Haggadah is more than a book, it is a practical guide that follows the order of the Seder ceremony. This edition includes all the instructions in English and Hebrew text necessary to carry out a successful celebration in the traditional atmosphere of the event, and invites celebrants to challenge their intelligence, taste and spirituality.
The Haggadah is the text for the Jewish ceremonial dinner, known as the Seder, which takes place on the first night of Passover. The festival commemorates one of the fundamental moments of Jewish history: the end of bondage in Egypt and the Exodus over 3,500 years ago.
Coganc house Camus's latest special edition, Cuvée 3.128. The Camus Cuvée 3.128 is a blend of three unique eaux de vie. The 128 refers to the total of the ages of the three eaux de vie use in the blend (41, 43 and 44 years old).
There are just 3,068 bottles available in the batch.
Note: Camus Cuvée 3.128 Cognac