This Week in Luxury: KEF and Lotus venture into homes, Anantara debuts in Ireland, caviar ice cream at Ion Orchard, and more

In our weekly series, we bring you the latest in luxury news around the world. This week’s highlights: Geneva Watch Days, three new and improved models from iAQUA, and the coolest house built in Koonya yet

KEF LS60 Wireless Lotus Edition. Photo by KEF

Groundbreaking sound

After the successful collaboration on the KEF in-car audio system for Lotus, the two British brands have once again joined forces to introduce the LS60 Wireless Lotus Edition. The floor standing speaker system features the world’s first Single Apparent Source wireless system and the 12th Generation Uni-Q driver array, along with Metamaterial Absorption Technology (MAT™) and Uni-Core bass drivers. These innovations ensure a pure, impactful sound with minimal distortion and enhanced bass performance in a single unit; all wrapped up in a sleek design that effortlessly complements various living spaces.


Dublin like never before

The rejuvenated Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel welcomes guests with Dublin Like Never Before. Sitting grandly on Silicon Docks, the 187-room hotel is hosting experiences that include a culinary journey to the Howth fishing village and baking Irish soda bread. Visitors can immerse in Ireland’s sporting, cultural, and historical heritage through a Docklands walking tour revealing untold legends with a renowned seanachaí (traditional Gaelic historian), golfing at the Royal Dublin Golf Club or wild swimming in stunning coastal landscapes. Otherwise, simply making the most of the award-winning spa, marvel at 360º views from the rooftop, then tuck into locally sourced delicacies at Forbes Street by Gareth Mullins.


Enjoy caviar ice cream, Dessert Bowl style. Photo by Sunday Folks

Caviar Sunday

Thanks to Caviar Colony and Sunday Folks, Singapore gets to be treated to Asia’s first caviar ice cream. To celebrate National Day, the two local brands will serve the handcrafted ice cream folded through with luxurious caviar in limited quantities exclusively at the Sunday Folks Ion outlet from 1 to 13 August 2023. Guests can enjoy it in a Classic Cone (S$68), with two scoops nestled on toasted breadcrumbs within a waffled cone, or a Dessert Bowl (S$168), where a scoop sits under a layer of savoury, cold piped mashed potato strands. The latter also comes with a 10g tin of Caviar Colony Russian Hybrid caviar and a mother of pearl spoon. Book ahead here.

Sunday Folks

Tasmania, for all to see

Tasmanian leading architectural practice Room 11 has recently added an impressive property to Koonya. Overlooking Norfolk Bay, The Glass House’s striking attribute is its obvious transparency, framed by gravel beds as inspired by American sculptor Donald Judd. The entrance is discreetly placed at the high end, and descending a set of stairs leads to a single-level home with a breathtaking view through a picture window at the other end. The kitchen’s deliberate minimalism keeps the focus on the bay view, while fine details like small timber shutters in the living room walls for cross ventilation, add to the architectural boldness.

Room 11

Rotonde du Mont-Blanc pavilion. Photo by Geneva Watch Days

One to watch

The fourth edition of Geneva Watch Days will take place from 29 August to 2 September 2023. Founded in 2020 by eight esteemed watch brands (Breitling, Bulgari, De Bethune, Girard-Perregaux, H. Moser & Cie., MB&F, Ulysse Nardin and Urwerk), this prestigious industry salon showcases the latest releases of nearly 40 watch brands at the Rotonde du Mont-Blanc pavilion and various venues throughout Geneva. The event is held in partnership with the Canton and City of Geneva, and offers free guided tours, educational activities, and celebrations.

Geneva Watch Days

AquaDart Nano. Photo by iAQUA

Under the sea

The AquaDart Nano series presents three new scooters that are 50 per cent lighter and 30 per cent smaller than AquaDart Pro models without compromising performance. Equipped with patented Dual-Jet technology for effortless water gliding, the scooters reach up to 20kmh in three seconds. The AquaDart Nano 450 Sport is ideal for beginners and children, while the 520 Explorer offers a good balance of speed and endurance. The Nano 620 Max excels in speed, making it perfect for adrenaline seekers and yachts under 20m. All feature single-operation control triggers, bright five-inch displays, front and rear lights for night riding, and intelligent power management for up to 100 minutes of runtime.


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