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Rimowa Joins LVMH

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Rimowa, the luxury luggage and leather goods maker has announced a partnership with the LVMH Group making it the first German brand to join LVMH. Sat Bal 

Founded in Cologne in 1898, Rimowa has become one of the quintessential houses for innovative, high-quality luggage over the course of the twentieth century. The business has built its reputation designing lightweight and easy to use luggage and RIMOWA suitcases today serve as the industry benchmark for German quality.

Since its creation by Paul Morszeck, innovation has been at the heart of Rimowa’s strategy. In 1937, his son Richard launched the first aluminium suitcase available on the market. The aluminium structure comprising parallel grooves makes the luggage instantly recognisable and has played its part in building the reputation of Rimowa among a sophisticated international clientele.  His son Dieter designed the first waterproof metal case in 1976, since which time Rimowa suitcases have become the travelling companion of choice for the greatest filmmakers, photographers and journalists.

Since 2014, RIMOWA has also been developing its exclusive “Bossa Nova” range which combines lightweight polycarbonate with the elegance of leather. This suitcase is a tribute to the English artist and botanist Margaret Mee who devoted her life to painting and protecting plants from the Amazon. Rimowa donates a portion of its sales to the Association Saúde e Alegria which supports social projects in the Amazon.

More recently, in partnership with Lufthansa, the company has launched the Electronic Tag. This innovative feature simplifies baggage check-in by matching, with the use of a smartphone, the boarding card with a Bluetooth electronic tag integrated only within Rimowa suitcases.

Upon completion of the transaction with LVMH, Alexandre Arnault will be appointed co-CEO of Rimowa.

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Hidden Escapes

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Travellers who enjoy crafted luxury in unusual holiday locales should take a look at Cambodia and neighbouring areas for lavish openings in 2017

 

Where?

Krabey Island (above), Cambodia and operated by Six Senses.

 What’s on offer?

Six Senses Krabey Island is scheduled to premier in 2017

40 pool villas set around the naturally landscaped 30-acre island.

All villas comprise a living room, master bedroom, ensuite and private plunge pool

Retreat and Reserve villa categories will even offer mini wine cellars.

Indochine will be the resort’s specialty dining restaurant, which will include a communal dining table in front of the show kitchen.

Activities

Hands-on cooking classes will introduce budding chefs to Indochine-inspired cuisine.

The Six Senses Spa includes ancient Cambodian healing traditions, Six Senses Integrative Wellness, detox, yoga and workshops. Alternative treatments, a spa library and juice bar incorporating the island’s fruits and herbs.

A poolside outdoor cinema plays films and plans include an observatory stargazing sessions with expert talks on the universe.

 Alila villas 

Where?

Alila Villas Koh Russey launches early 2017 on the south coast of Sihanoukville.

 

What’s on offer?

 Sought-after white sand beaches, pristine waters, lush tropical scenery and seclusion. Featuring 48 hotels suites, a beachfront swimming pool, five-star restaurant dining, kids’ club and fitness centre.

 

Where?

Early 2017 sees Rosewood Hotels & Resorts bringing a new hotel to the tallest building in Phnom Penh, the Vattanac Capital Tower One.

What’s on offer?

The new hotel will have 148 rooms and suites and 27 luxury serviced residences for long-stay visitors. Views across the city and the fabled Mekong River. Dining options will include a sophisticated bistro, lobby lounge, two specialty restaurants and a sky bar complete with cantilevered terrace. Also to feature a Sense spa.

 

Dok Keow - Elephant

 

Where?

Laos - boating luxury with the Dok Keow.

What’s on offer?

One of Laos’ most luxurious boats, the Dok Keow is ready to cruise the Mekong in style, privacy and comfort. The 28-metre wooden river boat has been crafted to the highest specifications with a large lounge and dining area. Board this year for fine cuisine and cocktails amid the river views before returning to Luang Prabang.

 

Where?

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat brings private tours with leading academic Dr Damien Evans, unavailable to the public.

What’s on offer?

Villa Chandara Siem Reap's first experiential dining venue. Transport to the villa begins by private car and continue on a traditional wooden boat across a 1,000-year-old reservoir to reach the villa. Exotic Khmer cuisine is prepared by a leading local chef.     

 

Luxury travel operator Scott Dunn offers the above and more. Ten-night bespoke Cambodia itineraries from £2,500 per person. This is based on a couple sharing and includes all accommodation, selected experiences, return flights and private transfers.    

Scott Dunn offers a nine night ‘Highlights of Laos’ itinerary from £2,700 per person. This is based on a couple sharing and includes all accommodation, range of experiences, return flights and private transfers.  

  For more experiences see www.scottdunn.com 

 

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Happy Birthday IOM Malta!

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The 10th anniversary of Isle Of MTV in Malta saw the crowds wowed by Jess Glynne, Wiz Khalifa, Clean Bandit with a closing set from electro-house giant, Steve Aoki at Valletta’s Il-Fosos Square.  Sat Bal joined the revellers at Tuesday’s celebratory event (29 Jun'16)

Every year, at around this time, the lobby of the luxurious Grand Hotel Excelsior falls into a peculiar silence when a particular performer arrives. This time that honour fell to Wiz Khalifa and his Taylor Gang entourage. The rap star left the hotel’s receptionists fawning and guests pointing as he ambled past the spacious check-in area. That’s what a chart-topping single in 95 countries does for you.  

 

Wiz_Khalifa at Press Call

 

Later at MTV’s press conference (above) Wiz told us what he thought of Malta, particularly the Blue Grotto where he took that now infamous  smokin’ pic of himself: “It’s really tight and you should check it out!”

Bad-boy Wiz pointed out that the prospect of the audience going topless tonight was something we could check out too. "Maltese boobies?" asked Becca, helpfully. "Yeah those!" he beamed.

Moving back to music he also announced the start of his Euro tour and his tour excursions with Snoop Dogg, who was also a past performer at Isle of MTV.

In the background Josh and Mike Greenfield of Brothers Green Eats fame cooked up all manner of tasty nosh as the press call proceeded, tempting Jess Glynne  to a nibble.

On Isle of MTV show day hostess Becca Dudley (more of her later) invited the first of many to hit the stage. Local band Airport Impressions regaled the crowd - 70,000 of them according to Steve Aoki - with their rock and house set.

 

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Becca Dudley puts on a pre-stage pose for us

 

They were followed by UK’s Clean Bandit (below) who roused the audience with hits from the album New Eyes. The singalong with fans also included hits Rather Be and Real Love.  

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Sunset saw Jess Glynne emerge in a black satin two-piece with Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself ringing through the al fresco venue. Production values were MTV-high and the stage set shimmered to  tracks including Ain’t Got Far to Go and Hold My Hand. But the real show-stopper was her tribute I Feel For You to the late, great Prince.

 

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The drawls and deep bass lines of Wiz Khalifa then filled the air as he opened with global hit Black and Yellow and later the crowd-pleasing We Dem Boyz with 2011 smash Young, Wild & Free, ending his set.

 

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Of all tonight’s stellar performers we reckon it was DJ/producer Steve Aoki who truly got the crowd collectively buzzed – not least because of his carnival cake-throwing capers. Ten cakes were ‘served’ to splattered fans, signifying the event’s 10th birthday. Sweet, too, was his invitation to an enthralled  fan to join him in his DJ booth.  Snapchatting made Steve as party-inclusive as his tracks from Back 2 U to Can’t Go Home in the pyro and flame lit sky.

 

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Steve Aoki's carnival cake-throwing capers 

 

Judging by the elated crowd reaction this MTV partnership with the Malta Tourism Authority has more than shown its mettle.

 

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MTV staffers living the work and the life.  Seema, Farah and Sharlotte take a bow!

 

It was a fitting 10th birthday close and then it was off to the afterparties to celebrate some more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Art of Living

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New from Aston Martin comes the Art of Living, a meticulously selected events programme that promises “unprecedented access to some of the most exciting experiences on the planet.” Kelly Valla takes a spin (10 Jun’16)

The prestige car maker has rallied around leading specialists across a global range of expertise to ensure that the experiences feel ‘one-off’ and enlightening. Here’s a sample…

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Racing - 24 Hours of Le Mans

17th - 20th June 2016

 

Aston Le Mans

Get ready for automotive action as the driving teams prepare for the races ahead while you live the experience from trackside. experience.

 

Polo South Downs 

17th - 18th July 2016

Aston Martin Polo

Viscount Cowdray's 16,500-acre spread in the South Downs National Park of West Sussex has been a home to polo for 100 years. Here, you can mingle with the world's most accomplished polo players pre-competition at the Jaeger- LeCoultre Gold Cup. See the action from premium positions in the stand.

The Aston Martin DB11, Italy 

30th July-1st Aug 2016, 1st-3rd Aug, 3rd-5th Aug

 

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The Tuscan roads set the scene for your driving of the all-new Aston Martin DB11. Hone your driving skills, sample exquisite regional gastronomy and relax in a 15th-century villa. Italian living at its finest.

 

New Zealand on Ice

22nd - 28th August 2016 

Aston on Ice

We all remember the car battle-on-ice in Die Another Day. Here’s the chance to match thrill with skill as Aston Martin’s experts help boost your driving skills in the unique settings of the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground.

 

 

Tokyo Exploration 

Aston Tokyo

 

Tokyo’s artisans shine light on the city’s design secrets in tandem with Aston Martin’s own design approaches. Gain access to the closed-door work of renowned architects and designers and then settle down to culinary creativity at Tokyo’s most avant-garde restaurants. Elsewhere, meet the experts currently in the vanguard of technological evolution. Kyoto brings you historic Japan where you can watch the masters use age-old techniques in their workshops to craft  masterpieces.

 

Register at:  https://www.astonmartinartofliving.com/register/

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New Year - Twice?

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If seeing in 2016 once isn’t enough then here’s a chance to see it in twice in one night – in the world’s fastest private jet. Chris Page (1 Dec’15)

 

PrivateFly offers adventurers a bespoke private jet itinerary which encompasses a full night of celebrations until the stroke of midnight in Sydney. Then it’s time to do it all over again in Los Angeles!

The private jet booking service tells us that experiencing New Year’s Eve twice is only possible by moving eastwards across the International Date Line. With the time in Los Angeles 19 hours behind Sydney, you can visit both in one night - by minimising travel time and flying on a bespoke itinerary.
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“This is the ultimate in luxury ways to see in 2016, in two of the world’s most exciting party cities,” said Carol Cork, marketing director of PrivateFly. “The flight time from Sydney to LA in a Gulfstream G650ER is now just under 11 hours, so with the 19-hour time difference, you can gain eight hours of party time by flying eastwards.

“This unique flight experience is only possible by private jet, as the timings are so tight – and there are no airline schedules to fit the itinerary. With the world rotating at 1,038 miles per hour, no civilian aircraft can currently overtake time. But the Gulfstream G650ER is the world’s fastest and furthest private jet, with a range of 7,000 nm and a top speed of Mach 0.925, just under the speed of sound.”

PrivateFly’s suggested itinerary for 2016:

 20:00, 31st December 2015, Sydney: Get the (first) party started. Spend your evening in Sydney, celebrating at the city’s most exclusive party spots. You could join other VIP partygoers at NYE Party At The House – an exclusive VIP celebration at the Sydney Opera House. Or make a VIP table reservation at Sydney’s most prestigious nightclub, Marquee Sydney. Or for a more intimate celebration dinner, with a fabulous view of the fireworks, The Dining Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney has sweeping harbour views.

 

 12:00, 1st January 2016, Sydney: Celebrate New Year 1

There’s plenty of time to see in the start of 2016, as you can party until past 1am and then make the short 12km drive from the harbour to Sydney Kingsford Smith airport, which offers 24-hour access for private jets. 

 

02:00, 1st January 2016, Sydney: Depart in your Gulfstream G650ER

Your Gulfstream G650ER long range jet will be waiting, ready for a 2am departure and there are no long waits at the airport – you can take off just minutes after you arrive. The G650ER is the fastest long range private jet in the world - the party aircraft of choice, offering sleek interior configurations which accommodate 8 to 18 passengers. 

During the 12-hour flight, dedicated partygoers can continue the celebrations, VIP style, with high-spec systems for music and video entertainment, fine wines, champagne and bespoke catering served by private flight attendants.  

Or if you’d rather rest and recharge the spacious G650ER cabin offers exceptional, luxury comfort, with the option of a double bed and bathroom with digital shower; floor-to-ceiling wardrobe and mirrored vanity; the latest bespoke lighting and temperature controls; and further ergonomic seating that fully reclines and swivels.

 

 19:00, 31st December 2015, Los Angeles: Start the party…all over again

While others have woken to sore heads back in Sydney, the night is still young in LA. You’ll land early evening – refreshed and ready to start all over again – at Van Nuys, LA’s exclusive private jet airport.

 Just a short drive away are the most exclusive nightspots of Beverley Hills. Cleopatra’s Ball attracts some of Hollywood’s hottest partygoers to the Egyptian Theater. Or dine at one of LA’s most exclusive restaurants, such as Spago, renowned for both its fine dining and its extensive wine cellar.

 12:00, 1st January 2016, Los Angeles: Celebrate New Year 2

So in 2016 for the second time, it’s been 24 hours since you started partying in Sydney.                                                                                                                

Flight cost: Whole aircraft charter cost £151,000 Sydney – LA (one-way). Or from £8,400 per person, based on 18 passengers travelling together. 

 See: www.privatefly.com

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Red Carpet at MTV’s EMA in Milan

 

The MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA)  blasted off in Milan last night and Red Carpet was there to watch it all unfurl. Sat Bal took to the red carpet to interview the talent before the show kicked off in Milan’s vast Mediolanum Forum. (26 Oct’15)

 There’s more content to follow (and check out our Twitter feed!) but here we bring you a round-up of the night’s winners and performances…

Something like 800 million televisions switched on last night to watch host Ed Sheeran and co-host Ruby Rose present the 2015 MTV EMAs. The night belonged to multiple winner Justin Bieber but performances such as the duet between Italian tenor  Andrea Bocelli and Tori Kelly brought a new resonance to the EMAs this year.

 

 

Our MTV party started with a visit to EMA sponsor Tezenis Underwear’s cocktail party at their flagship Milan store. This was followed by an invitation on Saturday night to watch Duran Duran (above) and Ellie Goulding, below, perform along with Italian singer-songwriter Marco Mengoni. We’re glad we accepted!

 

The performers delivered a rousing party show and special guest Mark Ronson later performed with Duran on stage at the event, part of Milan Music Week World Stage at Piazza Duomo. 

 

The cat the got the cream...Bieber and his awards haul

 

Next day at the main EMA show Justin Bieber raised fan noise levels to a crescendo with his performance of What Do You Mean?, and was the biggest winner of the night with five MTV EMAs. He took home Best Male for a sixth year in a row; won BestLookWorldwide Act: North AmericaBest Collaboration for his work with Skrillex and Diplo on Where Are You Now?; and Beliebers came out in full effect to help him win Biggest Fans in a heated social vote, with One Direction landing in second place.

 

Production was typical MTV high-end and Justin Bieber opened with a cool futuristic Tron-like set

 

Macklemore (below) & Ryan Lewis opened the show with a high-octane performance of their award-winning song Downtown, which featured mopeds, travellators and Eric Nally flying high above the stage.  Later in the night, they won Best Video for Downtown

 

 

 

Host Ed Sheeran was busy throughout the night. Not only did he commandeer proceedings with co-hostRuby Rose, but he joined Rudimental atop a collection of retro radios for a funky collaboration on their hit Lay it All On Me, and took home awards for Best Live Act and Best World Stage.

 

 

Ed Sheeran accepts Best Live Act award

 

Pharrell Williams closed the night with a powerful performance of his hit track Freedom. Afterward, the broadcast cut to Piazza Duomo in central Milan, where thousands of fans held up a massive 23 x 16 metre ‘Freedom’ flag. Incorporating national flags from all over the world, the flag symbolized the birth of a utopian country that knows no borders and kicked off the MTV Freedom campaign, which seeks to raise awareness, activism and donations in support of the current refugee crisis. See freedom.mtvema.com. #EMAfreedom

 

 

 In honour of this year’s host country, legendary Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed a breathtaking rendition of his classic Time To Say Goodbye, then joined powerhouse Tori Kelly for a once-in-a-lifetime duet of Pink’s hit song, Just Give Me a Reason.

 

 

 

 

 Nicki Minaj won Best Hip Hop; Best Pop went to One Direction; Rihanna got Best Female; Taylor Swift won Best Song with Bad Blood featuring Kendrick Lamar; and Best Alternative went to Lana Del Rey

Jason Derulo took over the arena with his hit Want To Want Me, as he and his dancers, below, zoomed between all three stages on SwegWays. 

 

 

 Ellie Goulding wowed the crowd as she emerged from a cluster of giant, mirrored crystals (see headline pic) for a glittering performance of her hit Love Me Like You Do.

 

A gladiatorial Ruby Rose helps Ed Sheeran out with hosting duties

 

MTV PUSH artists Jess Glynne and James Bay hit the MTV EMA stage with debut performances. Elsewhere, twenty one pilots and superstar DJs Martin Garrix and Afrojack entertained tens of thousands of fans in central Milan’s Piazza Duomo with a spectacular outdoor MTV EMAs concert. 

Pop heroes Duran Duran were presented with the first ever MTV Video Visionary Award to celebrate their  pioneering work in the music video art form. 

This year’s EMAs was in partnership with Tezenis Underwear and Guitar Hero Live, and broadcast live on Sunday, 25 October at 9:00PM CET.

 

Where to next?

The conclusion of the show also included an exciting announcement: the 2016 MTV EMAs will be held in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. See you there!

 

 FULL LIST OF 2015 MTV EMA Winners

BEST SONG
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar     Bad Blood

 

BEST POP
One Direction                                                   

 

BEST FEMALE
Rihanna                                                                               

 

BEST MALE                                          
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

 

BEST LIVE ACT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GUITAR HERO LIVE ® 
Ed Sheeran

 

BEST NEW ACT                                                  
Shawn Mendes                                                                                                                               

 

BEST VIDEO
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis                                           Downtown

 

BEST ROCK                                                                          
Coldplay                                                                                                                                              

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE                          
Lana Del Rey                                                                    

 

BEST HIP HOP                                    
Nicki Minaj                                                                                                                                         

 

BEST ELECTRONIC                                                            
Martin Garrix                                                    

 

BEST PUSH                                          
Shawn Mendes                                                                                                                               

 

BEST COLLABORATION
Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Diplo                         Where Are You Now?

 

BIGGEST FANS
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

 

BEST LOOK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TEZENIS UNDERWEAR
Justin Bieber                                                                                                     

 

BEST WORLD STAGE
Ed Sheeran                                                         V Festival, Hylands Park, UK 2014

VIDEO VISIONARY AWARD

Duran Duran

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: North America

Canada – Justin Bieber

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: LATIN America

Brazil – Anitta

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Europe

Italy – Marco Mengoni

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Africa / India 

Africa – Diamond Platnumz

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Asia 

China – Jane Zhang

 

WORLDWIDE ACT: Australia / New Zealand

Australia – 5 Seconds of Summer

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New Miami Studio for Viacom

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Viacom Inc’s global entertainment brands (Nickelodeon, MTV et al) are to gain a class leading production hub with the opening of a two-stage, 88,000 square foot production facility in Miami, Florida. Sat Bal (6 Oct’15) 

 

The new studio is public-private partnership between its builder the Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and EUE/Screen Gems Studios.

“We are creating more content than ever before across all of our brands at Viacom,” said Robert Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). “The Viacom International Studio in Miami will offer a turnkey facility where we can create even more original, high quality content to meet the increasing demand for long-and-short-form content on all of our global platforms.”

“We have had terrific success with the recent live action productions we have coming from Miami, and we are very excited to be committed to doing more,” said Cyma Zarghami, president, Viacom Kids and Family Group. “We are constantly looking for new creative ideas and content formats that allow us to tell stories in a completely different way, and this facility will certainly forward that effort.” 

From central Miami, the studio location benefits from the area’s highly skilled, multilingual talent, enabling global productions in multiple languages.  The studio’s two sound stages are able to create a variety of content simultaneously, from daily scripted series, music specials and game shows to short form content for mobile, digital and on-air.  

“Viacom has demonstrated again and again that hits come from all over the world,” said Pierluigi Gazzolo, president, VIMN Americas and Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon International.  “With an established track record of multi-lingual hits including Every Witch Way and Talia in the Kitchen being produced in Miami for multiple audiences simultaneously, in global collaboration with the US and local Latin American teams, we’re excited to have the opportunity to further expand our production capabilities in the market.”

“We welcome Viacom as a long-term partner at our new Miami studios," said Chris Cooney, COO, EUE/Screen Gems Studios. “Our company has worked closely with Viacom to develop a facility worthy of a dynamic content producer. Today, we celebrate our relationship with Viacom, and we applaud our partners at the Omni CRA, whose vision and efforts have made this building possible.”

VIMN Americas’ Miami HQ drives Viacom’s businesses across Latin America and Canada and the company reports that VIMN Americas has increased its production output in Miami three-fold within the past five years.

 

 

 

 

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Dawn Patrol

Rolls-Royce Dawn High Res

“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.

 

Rolls-Royce Dawn Sill

 

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

 

Amber Lounge boat

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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Temple House Opens In Chengdu

Chengdu Hotel Pr Co

Swire Hotels has just opened The Temple House in Chengdu, in the central Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li area. Hannah Charlesworth (30 Jul’15)

Designed by Make Architects, the 100-room hotel and its 42 adjoining serviced apartments make this the third property from Swire’s The House Collective. Understated luxury permeates the venue which features The Temple Café - the all-day dining restaurant, Tivano – an authentic Italian restaurant and Jing Bar featuring live DJs..
 
In the renovated Chinese courtyard which was built nearly one hundred years ago, SPA Mi Xun offers guests an urban oasis to unwind and relax. The gift shop and tea house at Mi Xun are designed to give guests the Mi Xun experience to take home and a post treatment space to enjoy a healthy lunch, tea or fresh juice.
 
Brian Williams, managing director of Swire Hotels, comments: "Our goal is to create a highly individualised hotel which houses a series of dynamic restaurants and uniquely designed facilities.  The Temple House presents an ideal opportunity to extend our brand into one of China’s wealthiest and fastest-growing regions."
 
Mark Passmore, general manager of The Temple House, adds: "The Temple House is a modern hotel that celebrates its historic location. We aim to provide discerning travellers with residential-style accommodation, where they can enjoy an authentic Chengdu experience."