In our weekly series, we bring you the latest in luxury news around the world. This week’s highlights: Raffles Maldives Meradhoo launches overwater villas, Hermès’ pair of limited edition watches showcase wood marquetry and Chaumet lets you create your own wedding ring
Apple takes the world by storm with its latest launches
Why you should care: Christmas comes early as Apple chief executive Tim Cook unveils its latest covetable products, including new iPhone 11 models, the Apple Watch Series 5, a new iPad and more. The dual camera iPhone 11 takes the immensely popular smartphone up a notch, with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max being the most powerful and advanced to date. For smartwatch lovers, the Apple Watch Series 5 debuts the innovative Always-On Retina display and a new titanium case.
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo features 16 new overwater villas
Why you should care: Set on the picturesque Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the beautiful Raffles Maldives Meradhoo resort should be at the top of your luxury getaway list. From sophisticated restaurants and sublime spas to sunset-facing pool bars and dive centres, these overwater villas offer a wide spectrum of activities to keep you entertained in paradise. Architecture and interior design by BLINK design group is the brain behind the resort’s laid-back, elegant vibe.
Amankila expands with three infinity pool suites
Why you should care: Looking for a romantic escape? Bali might not be top on your list, but you might change your mind when you see Amankila’s sexy new infinity pool suites. They offer an unobscured ocean view, while guaranteeing ultimate privacy. The suites also feature couple massages by the pool, unique dining experiences, a private 55-inch screen and surround sound cinema, cooking classes, a three-night ‘Wellness Within’ retreat and many more – making them ideally equipped for honeymoons.
Scene Shang opens its second store at Raffles Hotel
Why you should care: Local furniture and design label Scene Shang opens its second store at Raffles Hotel (the flagship is located at Beach Road). Known f or fusing Asian heritage with contemporary furnitures, the Raffles Hotel store offers exclusive furniture such as the Jia Ju Rocking Stool, Banker Desk Lamp and its first sofa design, the Yan Sofa. The store also provides a monogramming service for buyers to personalise furniture with names or even well wishes.
Hermès’ two new limited editions feature precious wood marquetry
Why you should care: Hermès launches two new watches dedicated to precious wood marquetry. The Arceau Astrologie Nouvelle renders the original motif of the Astrologie Nouvelle scarf in disarray with strips of tulipwood, while the Slim d’Hermès Pégase Paysage depicts the head of the mythical Pegasus using a blend of rare woods. Both timepieces are limited to eight pieces each.
The Upper House invites you to celebrate its decennial
Why you should care: The Upper House in Hong Kong celebrates its 10th anniversary with the ‘Our 10 Year Journey’ room package as well as a Wine Pairing Celebration Menu at Café Gray Deluxe. Experience the best The Upper House has to offer with a minimum two-night stay and three-hour Hong Kong Safari excursion, and enjoy a four-course wine pairing menu with a selection of 2009 vintages.
The Nyetimber Tillington Single Vineyard 2013 is now available in Singapore
Why you should care: The prestigious Nyetimber Tillington Single Vineyard 2013 is produced in limited quantities, which makes it a special gift for wine lovers. Made from Chardonnay grapes from the Tillington vineyards, it is best saved for a special occasion and paired with light meat and seafood. Get your hands on the exclusive vintage from Analogue Wine merchants and retails today.
TommyxZendaya redefines power dressing for today
Why you should care: Two time’s the charm, as American designer Tommy Hilfiger once again picks the creative brain of actress and global brand ambassador Zendaya for its autumn collection. A celebration of 1970s empowerment movement, the collection features narrow-waisted blazers and wide-legged pants elevated with sartorial Houndstooth, leopard and snakeskin motifs for bold playfulness, and a monochrome palette highlighted with rich burgundy and metallics.
Create your own wedding ring with Chaumet’s Crown Your Love
Why you should care: Looking for a beautiful wedding ring to ask your significant other’s hand in marriage? Chaumet’s Crown Your Love personalisation service lets you choose from 11 different ring types as well as style and cut of stone to suit the bond you have with your lover. The bespoke service largely draws from the Joséphine collection, and will introduce three new brilliant-cut solitaire as well as one new classic solitaire.
A TAG Heuer Monaco edition to celebrate The Hour Glass’ 40th anniversary
Why you should care: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the TAG Heuer Monaco as well as the 40th anniversary of luxury watch retailer The Hour Glass, which means a special edition timepiece involving the two is on the cards. The TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 The Hour Glass Edition has all the hallmarks of the iconic square watch worn by Steve McQueen, and features a unique beige opaline dial that stands in powerful contrast against red chronograph hands and black-PVD steel case.
Remède Spa launches men facial products by Hommage
Why you should care: Remède Spa at The St. Regis Singapore has launched an exclusive treatment for men in collaboration with Hommage. The 60-minute Men’s Definitive Facial utilises five formulations from the luxury grooming brand for skin cleansing and activation, with the same skincare products available for purchase to let you stay on top of your face game.