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Jean Paul Gaultier Sparkles with Swarovski

International designer. Jean Paul Gaultier is celebrating the staging of exhibition spaces for two Swarovski Kristallwelten Stores Wien and Innsbruck, in a unique convergence of art and haute couture. Hannah Charlesworth (21 Sep’15)

The new installations can now be seen on the performance stage and in the glass bay windows of Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Wien and in Innsbruck in the Chamber of Wonder.

Designers such as Philip Treacy and Marios Schwab have also recently unveiled their art in these extraordinary exhibition spaces. Carla Rumler, cultural director Swarovski says: “Swarovski has always had strong ties to art, culture, and design. This has led to numerous innovations. The same applies to the close cooperation we have had with Jean Paul Gaultier for many years. We are particularly pleased with the exhibition he designed especially for our Swarovski Kristallwelten Stores Wien and Innsbruck.”

For Stefan Isser, managing director of D. Swarovski Tourism Services GmbH, the displays by Jean Paul Gaultier in Vienna and Innsbruck are yet another mosaic piece for the Swarovski Kristallwelten Stores: “Thinking and trying out new things has been the hallmark of Swarovski for generations. The joy of playing, creating, and imparting moments of wonder has always driven us. We want to make people dream, create poetry and magic.”

L-R: Markus Langes-Swarovski, Julia Langes-Swarovski, Conchita Wurst and Jean Paul Gaultier at the Vienna event

At Wien, Jean Paul Gaultier displays highlights from his recent haute couture collections on mannequins designed especially for each location. “It’s nothing less than a love story with Swarovski. I feel like we already have children together and there are new ones to come,” says the designer. He demonstrates not only his virtuoso handling of crystal as a material, but arranges the display in his usual manner, with that typical Jean Paul Gaultier twinkle: In Vienna, for instance, he presents a mannequin in a wheelchair, and reveals it all under Marilyn Monroe's uplifted dress as she stands on a raised cube in her legendary pose from the film The Seven Year Itch. Other mannequins are displayed under the glare of neons, dressed in nothing but crystal and tattoos – one of Jean Paul Gaultier’s strongest trademarks.

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Private Dining at The Brighton Grand

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Exclusivity comes to the The Grand Brighton with the launch of two newly refurbished meeting spaces at this iconic hotel on Brighton’s seafront. Hannah Charlesworth (17 Sep’15)

 

Executive chef, Alan White has introduced four and five course tasting menus for a high-end dining experience. Some 90% of the seafood is being sourced from within an eight- mile radius of the hotel.Private dining menus will feature dishes such as duck consommé followed by Sussex scallops with a pea purée and bacon or squid with a black risotto. For mains, guests can choose from wild seabass with crab ravioli, to a fillet of beef with lobster hollandaise. The desserts include palate of chocolate and the trio of lemon along with local cheeses Brighton Blue, Sussex Tremains cheddar and Sussex camembert with a selection of petit fours including raspberry macaroons and fruit pastilles.

The two refurbished rooms, designed by Hove-based boutique interiors company, Park Grove are part of the independent hotel’s five-year renovation plan which incorporates 13 recently restored meeting spaces with capacity for up to 900 delegates.  The new rooms offer versatility from company dinners, client entertainment and special occasion dining. Décor and furnishings are distinctly British furnishings and bespoke features, such as the striking art mural of Brighton seafront.

Both rooms also benefit from state-of-the-art Crestron Air Media Technology, a sophisticated audio visual gateway, which enables customers to seamlessly, present, play, collaborate and share content wirelessly.

General Manager Andrew Mosley said: “As a business we’re always looking to exceed our guest’s expectation and, due to having the expertise and demand, the new tasting menus are an exciting addition which helps us showcase the talent we have amongst our teams. After maintaining our Meetings Industry Association (mia) AIM Gold accreditation in February, it’s great to be able to further invest in our offering and we look forward to updating our customers on further exciting developments in the near future.” 

Designed and built in 1864, the historic hotel is only a 10-minute walk away from the city’s main rail station, with regular services in to London Victoria and Gatwick Airport.

Contact  conference@grandbrighton.co.uk

 

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Mischief Yacht Bound for London

 

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MISCHIEF, the Super Yacht, is coming to London this autumn to celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2015. Abigail Parkin (11 Sep'15)


The yacht is the ultimate luxury party experience and London will be her first stop on a global tour of the most affluent destinations and high profile sporting events in the world.
The 52.2 meter yacht will moor at Canary Wharf and play host to lavish cocktail parties, Michelin starred pop up dining and intimate performances from world famous live acts and DJs all throughout the Rugby World Cup and beyond.


Wednesday’s will see intimate private dining aboard with famous international Rugby Legends in attendance, including John Eales, Lawrence Dallaglio, Phil Kearns, Joel Stransky, Sean Fitzpatrick and Bobby Skinstad.


In the kitchen will be super chefs; Guillaume Brahimi, Sat Bains, Neil Perry, Shannon Bennett, and Claude Bosi to curate a delectable six course menu teamed with exquisite wines.


The varying menus will feature Langoustine with Caviar, Roasted Pigeon and Wagu & Foie Gras and will be available each Wednesday at lunch and dinner time starting on Wednesday 30th September 2015 through to Wednesday 28th October 2015. (All dates and details below.)

The yacht will be accessible by road, train, water and helicopter.

Mischief will also be available for private hire on match days during the World Cup 2015 from the 30th of September until the 1st of November. The super yacht is equipped with high-tech screens and sound equipment and will be broadcasting all the games.


Seats are available from £1095 + VAT per person for Warm up Wednesdays and from £650 + VAT per person for Exclusive Charter days.

See: www.mischief.travel

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Dawn Patrol

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“Like Eleanor Thornton, thought by many to be the inspiration behind the Spirit of Ecstasy, the Rolls-Royce Dawn will itself prove to be the muse that leads its owner to believe that at the start of the day, anything is possible.” Sat Bal wonders if Roll-Royce's CEO had Clio, Muse of history,  in mind when he made that comment. 

If so, Clio’s ancient scroll might well have featured depictions of the 1952 Silver Dawn, the vintage predecessor from which the new Rolls-Royce Dawn takes its inspiration. This inspiration revisits the maxim of Sir Henry Royce: “When it does not exist, design it.”

Thus the Rolls-Royce Dawn glides into a new age for open-top, super-luxury motoring while confidently claiming the title of ‘the world’s only true modern four-seater drophead.’

The all-new Rolls-Royce Dawn stands out from its company peers by featuring 80% unique body panels. Even its tyres have been specially developed to deliver the pinnacle ‘magic carpet’ ride expected of every Rolls-Royce that leaves The Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, England.

The ‘magic carpet’ Rolls-Royce ride is ably assisted by a newly designed suspension configuration for optimal cruising comfort. The twin-turbo 6.6-litre V12 powertrain gives an output of 563bhp and a torque rating of 780Nm for thrusting performance.

The obsession with silken silence extends to the roof of the Dawn, created to operate in almost complete quiet at a cruising speed of up to 50kph which makes it the quietest open top car ever made according to Rolls-Royce.

 

Rolls-Royce Dawn Interior

 

During its research of the open-top motor car sector Rolls-Royce’s designers felt that customers were being ‘short-changed’. Specifically, the focus on one configuration – the 2+2 setup – was felt to be a compromise. “At Rolls-Royce, we pride ourselves as creators of fine motor cars that also serve as social spaces,” said Giles Taylor, director of design at Rolls-Royce. “The idea of creating a car like Dawn that can be used in comfort by only two adults on a day to day basis is anathema. In creating Dawn we have accepted no compromise to the comfort and luxury of four adults who want to travel together in the pinnacle of style.”

The commonly held 2+2 layout diminishes leg-room space for rear passengers in a way that Rolls-Royce terms “anti-social”. But these images show a rather more social car...

 

Rolls-Royce Dawn rear space

 

“Dawn is a Rolls-Royce that feels completely at home on the Route Napoleon. It is a contemporary homage to a life on the Côte d’Azur. The car is a contemporary take on the ‘Casino’ lifestyle. Perhaps seen as cavalier in character it is intended to attract people who relish both freedom and sophistication,” added Giles Taylor.

So who are the anticipated buyers? Rolls-Royce tells us that the new drophead coupé aims to attract a broader, younger and more ‘socially-aware’ global audience around the world.

One suspects that this pool of prospective purchasers will be seduced by the company’s main aim: to create a coupé that look as striking with its roof up -

 

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as it does with its roof down…

 

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Exterior

 

Rolls-Royce Dawn exterior

 

The lower front bumper has been extended 53mm over the Wraith and elsewhere the sweeping shoulder line boosts elegance as it flows over the swell of the rear wheels, new 21” polished and 21’’ and 20” painted wheels.

Rolls-Royce says that the car’s runflat tyres enable the Dawn to run on a deflated tyre for at least 100 miles at speeds up to 50mph before needing a replacement. Best of all, this runflat tyre technology means no spare wheel or jack is needed thus liberating more boot space.

 

 

and interior…

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A sumptuous slingshot of wood and leather is the first impression of the interior, with the four very defined and cosseting seats. The instrument dials evoke the precision design of hand-made, luxury watches, whilst the matt chrome centres ‘float’ in the middle of each instrument while a new clock design is emblazoned with the car’s name.

 

Seek the Silence 

The challenge for the Rolls-Royce engineering team was to make the quietest convertible car in the world today. The result, says the company, is a car as quiet as a Rolls-Royce Wraith. As for the opening and closing of the roof, the engineers were so pleased with its elegant motion that they dubbed the mechanism “The Silent Ballet.”

 

Or Pump up the Volume 

Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke Audio system has been specially calibrated ensures perfect acoustic balance and performance whether the roof is open or closed. The system comprises 16 individually-tuned speakers, with both theatre and studio settings and two bass speakers located in the boot complement seven tweeters dotted throughout the cabin. A highly sensitive microphone monitors ambient exterior noise, subtly adjusting the volume and tone settings for consistent delivery.

 

Driver Technology

 

Rolls-Royce Dawn Clock

 

Dawn comes with the Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller, an intuitive, one-touch solution that allows the user easy access to media and navigation functions.

As expected, voice command technology summons functions such as navigation, eliminating the need for superfluous buttons. The Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller presents a touch pad (rather than a touch screen could leave messy fingerprints) that can write characters by finger, as well as scroll through function menus by turning the chrome dial and selecting its functions.

The system recognises Latin and Arabic characters as well as Mandarin.

 

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Information from the significantly updated Multimedia Interface and Navigation system is displayed on a new 10.25” high-definition screen, while hardware and software changes have improved processing speeds for faster route calculations.

An Automatic Cruise Control system contributes to a more consistent pace of progress and the driver can now move along in city traffic confidently relying on the system to monitor conditions and react to traffic changes.

New software for the radar and camera provides faster system response times but for the unavoidable, Dawn will deploy a roll-over protection system from behind the rear head restraints in less than a second, covering the entire windscreen surround of the car too.

Satellite Aided Transmission helps select the most appropriate gear from the Dawn’s 8-speed ZF gearbox to get the best from 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12 for optimal driving. Satellite Aided Transmission comes as standard on Dawn.

LED lighting technology helps safe driving on dark roads while helping reduce driver fatigue.Revolutionary new glare-free technology deflects light to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers so that Dawn drivers get constant full-beam visibility. Night driving safety is also boosted by the head-up display and heat detection system that detects both human and animal heat signatures, and issues gives audible danger warnings.

 

Rolls-Royce Dawn Couple

 

 

TECH & SPEC

Dimensions

 

Vehicle length

5285mm / 17.34ft

Vehicle width

1947mm / 6.39ft

Vehicle height (unladen)

1502mm / 4.93ft

Wheelbase

3112mm / 10.21ft

Turning circle

12.7m / 41.7ft

Boot Volume (DIN)

244ltr - 295ltr / 8.6 ft3 - 10.4 ft3

  

Weight

 

Unladen Weight (DIN)

2560kg / 5644lb

  

Engine

 

Engine / cylinders / valves

V / 12 / 48

Fuel management

Direct injection

Power output @ engine speed

563bhp / 420kW / 570PS @ 5250rpm

Max torque @ engine speed

780Nm / 575lb ft @ 1500rpm

Fuel type

10:1 / Premium unleaded1

  

Performance

 

Top speed

250kmh / 155mph (governed)

Acceleration 0 - 100km/h

4.9sec²

  

 

 

Fuel Consumption

 

Urban

21.4ltr / 100km / 13.2mpg (Imp.)

Extra urban

9.8ltr / 100km / 28.8mpg (Imp.)

Combined consumption / range

14.2ltr / 100km / 19.9mpg (Imp.)

CO2 emissions

330g/km

  
  

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Craig David to Perform at Amber Lounge Abu Dhabi

 

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Formula 1 fans get the added entertainment boost of R&B Dance superstar Craig David at the hotly anticipated final race of the Formula 1 Calendar. The star is the headlining live act on the stage of Amber Lounge Abu Dhabi 2015. Chris Page (8 Sep’15)

Grammy-nominated Craig David has sold over 13 million albums worldwide and achieved multi-platinum status in more than 20 countries. He’ll be showing off his renowned DJ’ing skills too and incorporating his sell-out TS5 shows. The shows have played in venues from Cannes, St. Tropez, and Monaco, to Moscow, South Korea, and Bahrain, featuring his classic hits.

“All my friends rave about Amber Lounge’s stunning setting, the incredible VIP service and the intense party atmosphere and I cannot wait to experience all the fun for myself,” said Craig David. ”Nothing moves faster than Formula 1 but Amber Lounge is a close second!”

Amber Lounge Abu Dhabi has become a world-class lifestyle event for celebrities, F1 drivers, and VIP guests at F1. It will host a luxurious Celebrity Yacht where guests can wine and dine with premium racing views. Previous F1 driver appearances on the yacht include David Coulthard and Felipe Massa

while the 2014 event hosted the likes of Prince Harry, Lewis Hamilton and Dannii Minogue plus 15 Formula 1 drivers and hosted the Mercedes World championship Victory party..

On Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th of November, the Amber Lounge returns to the purpose-built waterfront venue in the breathtaking Yas Links Golf Club. The A-list partying lets guests explore luxury options ranging from Dance floor Methuselem tables featuring 6L bottles of champagne to all-inclusive entry passes.

Book tickets : http://www.amber-lounge.com/content/book-tickets 

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Bose Soundlink Sets The Tone

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Today, Bose brings us its SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II, claiming the best sound quality of any wireless headphone currently available. Abigail Parkin (2 Sep’15)

Bose promises a new kind of wireless experience with 15 hours of battery life, multi-point for connecting two devices, quick pairing with NFC technology, seamless audio/video sync, easy switching between music and calls. Controls feature voice prompts and being made for mobile, durable, light and comfortable for everyday use.  The cost of the SoundLink wireless headphones II is £239.95. 

“We believe when you give up wires, you shouldn’t have to compromise audio performance or convenience,” said Bernice Cramer, general manager of Bose Wireless Headphones.  “So, we did more than make the SoundLink II the best-sounding wireless headphones out there.  We made them the most hassle-free wireless headphones, too.  You’ll notice how great your music sounds first, and then you’ll notice that we solved all the little and big problems that no one else has.  That’s the power of great engineering -- it makes the entire streaming music experience that much better.”

The system uses doesn’t use manufactured boosts for impact. What you hear is as close as possible to what was recorded, rather than re-created or altered.  

“We’ve never adjusted how a piece of music will sound when it’s reproduced because it’s not our music - it’s the artist’s music and it’s your music, and our job is to make it sound as good as it can,” said Cramer.  

For calls, the SoundLink uses an advanced microphone system, HD voice and adaptive audio adjustment technology for wind or noise with volume changed automatically based on speech level and changing sound environments.

Weighing just 198.4 grams the headphones are available from 10th September.

See:Bose.co.uk