The new Jaguar XF is what sheer driving pleasure is all about. Innovative design and refined engineering deliver unmatched performance and uncompromising comfort. It is not too often that a car of such calibre is able to deliver such innovation without compromising fuel efficiency, but the model succeeds admirably.
The new executive saloon is bigger, lighter, more robust and more technologically advanced than the seven-year-old model it replaces. Expected to reach showrooms at the tail end of this year it was unveiled at the New York Motor Show and quickly drew praise from all sides. Some of its impressive features are the trademark InControl Touch Pro multimedia system, which boasts a quad-core processor and “ultra-fast” ethernet network. There is also a Meridian sound system upgrade and a responsive 10.2-inch touchscreen.
The XF’s aluminium-intensive architecture makes it 190kg lighter than its predecessor. The model is also 7mm shorter, but features a wheelbase is 51mm longer, leaving more headroom. Jaguar’s ‘Reva hoop’ design creates simple, yet elegant comfort and driving dynamics.
One of the more impressive features of the new model is the advanced aerodynamics with its straight lines and sharp edges that create a strong balance with efficiency. The car’s exterior is assertive and aggressive, bearing Jaguar’s easily recognizable form.
Engine and driving dynamics have also been improved thanks to a structure that is 28 per cent stiffer and 11 per cent lighter. Jaguar’s signature Configurable Dynamics provides the option to option to tweak the dampers, steering and eight-speed auto box. Electric power-steering is also available. Engine choices include the new Ingenium model that debuts in the XE, with 161bhp and 178bhp 2.0-litre diesels. Another choice is the revised version of the 296bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbodiesel with a whopping 700Nm of torque, and the 375bhp 3.0-litre V6 petrol from the F-Type.
Estimated starting price for the Jaguar XF starts around $50,000.
Bremont has just unveiled the ultimate aviation watch – a time piece of outstanding quality and craftsmanship that makes a strong statement. Its one-of-a-kind built incorporates 1903 wright flyer materials, including its first proprietary movement.
The limited edition Wright Flyer is the ultimate aviation-inspired watch thanks to its mechanical precision, remarkable history and unique design. Bremont’s aviation heritage goes back to 1903 – the year when the Wright Brothers built and designed the in Dayton, Ohio. This partnership with the famous aviation family has led to the creation of iconic limited edition watches, incorporating genuine historic artefacts, which makes it possible for clients to own a piece of history. Unveiled inJuly 2014 at the Science Museum in London, the Limited Edition Bremont Wright Flyer boasts original fabric from the 1903 Wright Flyer aircraft as well as the BWC/01 – Bremont’s very first proprietary movement.
The watch exhibits a 25 jewel, 33.4mm movement with a 50+ hour power reserve, Glucydur balance and a hairspring that is adjusted with a micro-metric screw. This makes the piece extremely precise and robust in addition to being one of the most elegant beautifully-finished watches ever made – a ‘a suitable choice for the Wright brothers’ legacy.’
The special aviation-inspired watch is a masterful combination of the invaluable muslin used to cover the 1903 Wright Flyer and Bremont’s new BWC/01 movement. The series features three stunning models – the Rose Gold White Gold and Stainless Steel, starting at £17,950. All pieces boast a highly efficient double reverser bi-directional winding mechanism and a sapphire crystal window. The case can be made in a variety of materials – polished stainless steel, rose gold or white gold. All of these feature Bremont’s Trip-Tick® case construction with integrated decoration ring with a 43mm case diameter. On the back all cases have engravings with the specific limited edition serial number. An alligator strap completes the elegant design of the case and makes this timepiece as remarkable as it should be for the legacy it continues.
Four private parking spaces – two inside the garden and two outside on the access road provide plenty of space for your vehicles. The sea is just a kilometre away and all the famous coastal towns -Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo and Portofino – are easily accessible. The prime location makes the villa accessible, but helps it retain a high level of privacy.
Villa a Camogli is spread over three levels, with the main residence situated on the first and second floors and an independent spacious apartment for guests on the ground floor.
The first floor features a spectacular entrance with two Doric columns and a depressed arch. The configuration of the floor is: beautifully-frescoed living room, a study with a mullioned window overlooking the sea, a lounge with an authentic mosaic floor and access to the terrace, a rustic kitchen, two bathrooms and a utility area. The staircase that leads to the second floor is made of spectacular white marble. The second floor is where the master suite is located. It consists of a spacious bedroom with spectacular sea view and a private bathroom with a whirlpool tub; three additional bedrooms with an external bathroom and a library with a study, with views of the Golfo Paradiso.
The separate apartment situated on the ground floor round floor measures over 200 square meters and feature three bedrooms, a study, a kitchen, a living room and two bathrooms, as well as utility rooms and a cellar. With direct access to the garden and to two porches at the front and on the side of the villa it is ideally-located for guests and larger parties.
The panoramic villa has been completely restructured, with complete new fittings of the plumbing, electrical and heating systems. The exteriors and interiors have been repainted, preserving the historic decor and wonderful frescoes inside.
A new haven for jewellery aficionados has opened doors in Marin, California. Overlooking the famous Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, the new Hutchinson boutique is a place, where timeless luxury and exquisite craftsmanship meet to create the ultimate shopping experience. Clients are treated to an otherworldly display of precious and semi-precious stones that are a true epitome of stature, class and wealth.
The idea behind the venture, as owners Miranda Abrams and Kary Chendom explain, is attaining a mixture of ‘old-world charm with staying power and history’. The antique-inspired glamour is evident in everything – from the delicate and intricate merchandise to the stylish interior. The selection boasts creation from some of the best jewellery artists like Cathy Waterman, Suzanne Kalan, Pippa Small, Ashley Pittman, Kendall Conrad and Renee Sheppard who are known to fashion pieces that are wearable on a day-to-day basis, but never fail to make a statement.
Susie Fox’s glittering wrap bracelets made from 18ct gold and incrusted with glistening white diamonds and deep blue sapphires, are priced at $16,500. It goes beautifully with a dazzling Monique Péan ring, sold for $19,890, made from the unusual but highly effective combination of grey ombré fossilised walrus ivory and white diamond pave.
Another eye-catching item are Colorado designer Todd Reed’s elegantly rough-hewn stack rings with a price tag in the region of $1,275-$8,800. His small palladium bands channel-incrusted with brown, black and brilliant-white diamonds are truly spectacular.
The boutique offers beautifully handcrafted rose-gold Stick earrings by Florentine designer Carolina Bucci for $780 as well as a dangling amulet (chain $5,400; amulet, $5,600) by trendy New York jeweller Temple St Clair. Sidney Evan’s Woolly Mammoth Ivory Cuffs, made from intricate black and white diamond pave, are also offered for the modest price of $1,820. Several exquisite items’ price, like Me&Ro’s Dream Catcher fringe necklace, is available on request, but whatever sum is asked – it will definitely be worth it for such fine craftsmanship, delicate beauty and staggering class.
With Apple releasing its most daring and visionary product yet – the iWatch – it’s hardly a surprise that it’s been the centre of attention of major media outlets across the globe for quite some time. The revolutionary device marks a new chapter in the way technology has the power to influence our lives for the better.
The device features a custom-built UI for all your wrist-borne apps, as well as a pressure-sensitive touchscreen. It operates in conjunction with your iPhone, allowing it to track time within 50 milliseconds of the definitive global standard. There is even an option for customization the way it displays the time and date for a more personal touch.
With an impressive variety of 34 configurations available upon launch, prices will start at £299 for the 38mm and £339 for the 42mm versions of the Sport Model and reach £13,500 for the 32mm 18-carat Rose Gold case with Rose Grey Modern Buckle. There are a number of combinations available, such as a Stainless Steel face, a Space Black Case with Space Black Stainless Steel Link bracelet and a Rose Gold Case with White Sports Band.
Adding a physical dimension to connectivity is the thing Apple prides itself most on with an otherworldly technology that allows users to stay on top of messages and e-mails in real time. The feature of ‘taptic’ haptic feedback provides a gentle tap with each incoming message.
A number of fun and convenient apps will be available in the Apple store and will fully transform your all-day activity. Users can send sketches, pictures, taps and even their heartbeat. This watch is an absolute must-have for sports enthusiast as with time it learns the user’s activity and fitness level and can use the data to improve the accuracy of measurements and suggest personalized all-day activity goals.
The three distinctive collections will offer a variety of choices so users can find the one that best suits their lifestyle. But the important thing to keep in mind is that the new device from Apple is so much more than a simple watch – it’s a technological bridge that aims to make communication easier, faster and more reliable than ever before.
Superbly located in 13.74 private acres within the gates of The Colony at White Pine Canyon, this gorgeous 10,412 square foot home is listed for sale for $ 8,900,000.
The property is a sublime blend of modern architecture, rustic charm, state-of-the-art innovation and pristine landscape – one that will surely make you feel at home. Designed with a contemporary vision and comfort in mind, it is the perfect mountain retreat. Six bedrooms, seven full and two half baths, an extraordinary kitchen adjacent to the hearth, breakfast and dining rooms, office, family room, wine room and a private spa complete the lavish mountain home.
Completed in 2015, the house was designed by Otto-Walker Architects and built by Craig Construction, using the finest materials and state of the art technology. It boasts impressive proportions and beautiful allocation of space, allowing for a natural flow of sunlight. Its location is another benefit as it rests at the centre of Canyons Resort just above the Ninety-Nine 90 Express and Peak 5 lifts.
The property is finished to an exceptional standard and boasts substantial living space with beautifulliving arrangements. It offers a wealth of high-tech features, luxury and stunning mountain views. The spacious and bright interiors offer state-of-the-art accommodation in a pristine location. This outstanding 6-bedroom house benefits from unmatched privacy and seclusion.
The kitchen is an architectural wonder with its clean forms and minimalistic design. Marble and wood are used throughout the interior to create a simple but elegant feel. Beautiful fireplaces are featured in most of the rooms for ambiance and utility. All rooms are generously sized and offer excellent living and entertaining space over various floors.
Set back from the road by a driveway, the property is secluded but easily accessible and benefits from all modern technology that makes a home comfortable while enjoying the peace and quiet of the pristine mountains.
The exquisite Montigne yacht is 57m (187’) long and can accommodate up to 12 guests. It comprises of 6 spacious and luxuriously appointed staterooms. Enormous deck spaces and the capability for hosting 100+ people on the quay make it an ideal spot for parties and large gatherings.
Designed by Aegean Yachts in 2009 the modern vessel is the epitome of sailing in maximum style and comfort. The salon comprises of 2 seating areas with a formal dining table for up to 12 guests. All accommodation areas are located below deck and consist of a master and VIP suit with 4 additional guest storerooms that are spacious and furnished to a high standard.
The motor-sailor has a high-volume interior with a state-of-the-art audio-visual system throughout. It boasts an impressive watersports toy collection as well as a Teppanyaki Bar. Two of the 4 guest cabins have the option to convert to double or twin bed configurations.
The exterior is characterized by fine fittings and generous spaces with the aft deck measuring to the impressive 110 square metres – perfect for lounging and al fresco dining. It also features a state-of-the-art water-mist air-cooling system for those warm summer days. The deck dining table features a turning table and an exotic Teppanyaki Bar. The elegant sundeck offers 135 square metres of teak decking and the possibility to be partially covered by a bimini.
The master and VIP rooms have king sized bed. The rest of the cabins are divided in 2 queen bed ones and 2 twin bed ones, although changes in configuration are possible.
Additional features include an ‘at anchor stabilisers’ which works at zero speed, increasing on-board comfort on rough waters. The yacht is powered by two Caterpillar C-12s engines, allowing it to top 11.5 knots with a range of 2,000nm at 10 knots. It is listed for sale at $9,950,000.
Newgrande is a spacious rural estate located in Berkshire that boasts everything necessary for a modern out-of-town retreat without suffering from the drawbacks of being far away from urban amenities.
Its grand, comfortable interior is infused with rustic country beauty and makes natural materials and sunlight the main accents of this wonderful family home. It is furnished to a supreme finish with warmth, comfort and functionality being the key aspects of its design and space allocation. The structure of the house is fully realized over 8,600 square feet of living space that is presented in the following configuration: library, living room, sunroom, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, art studio, and several bedrooms with en-suit bathrooms. The house is surrounded by an 1100 square feet deck that stretches across the back of its magnificent façade.
The 8-acre property features manicured lawns, fields, a pond and forest. There is a grass-covered road that passes through the park-like grounds all the way to a small forest down by the lake. Additionally, the estate comes with 165 feet of cove-like shoreline on Lake Garfield, which is one of the most secluded and serene lakes in Berkshire. It boasts excellent privacy for swimming with a private dock.
Across the manor home there is a 1,700 square feet guest house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The extensive gardens surrounding the houses are well-kept and the landscaping it in keeping with the lush vegetation of the countryside
Situated less than 15 minutes from Great Barrington, the house combines the best of both worlds with the unmatched serenity and tranquillity of a country home with the comfort of modern dwelling. Its asking price is $3,250,000, which is a real bargain for a waterfront estate in the prime location of Berkshire.
This is a unique opportunity to own nearly 10,000 acres of pristine, well-kept land in a secluded spot.
The Spring season sees a new trend in women’s bangles that goes under the motto of ‘the more the better’. Leading designers claim that stacked, mixed and matched bangles are the epitome of class and good taste this year. It’s the surest way to showcase an envious collection of precious, hand-crafted jewellery that is a real head-turner.
All leading brands are coming up with spectacular pieces, mixing materials and sizes and combining vintage and new models. The Cartier Love, priced at £4,450, is a beautiful unisex piece opened and fastened with a screwdriver.
Juste un Clou have a remarkable bangle of their own – a modern and daring piece for £4,850.
The Gitane bangle is a modest £930, but its bohemian allure perfectly captures the spirit of Spring with its matching beads for easy attachment and natural polished citrine stones in a variety of colours.
Mixing and matching a variety of styles is a sign of impeccable taste as it requires good fashion sense and a penchant for exploration. It is an alluring opportunity to use the best designer creations in a combination that communicates your uniqueness.
A truly staggering piece is the new Mirador Lazy bangle stack (priced from £4,570) with its 23 layers of slender Florentine-finished bangles in coloured gold – something every woman will want to have.
For something different and unusual you can turn your eyes to Belmacz’s collection of wooden bangles starting from £630 that have an ethnic allure and look spectacular piled together. A suitable alternative is the Harlequin bangle made of mammoth tusk in oxidised silver or 18ct gold.
Pomellato’s original 1970s Schiava is another provocative version of the feminine has seen a daring redesign with its signature Tango collection starting from £27,800 with permutations of rose gold and brown diamonds. Characterised by hidden clasps and voluptuous silhouettes – it is a true celebration of sensuality.