In our weekly series, we bring you the latest in luxury news around the world. This week’s highlights: Thirdhome’s new Reserve programme, Sunreef Yachts’ winning catamaran and Davidoff’s box of Zodiac cigars
Bang & Olufsen x 1017 ALYX 9SM earphones
Why you should care: Is this music to the ears or what? The latest collaboration between the two brands has brought us the 1017 ALYX 9SM Beoplay E8 Motion earphones, their answer to bridging fashion and technology. Housed in a stylish leather charging case, the earphones are also made with customisable ear fins and tips, and designed to withstand water, dust and most things that would get in the way. Available from 16 January 2020 at S$600.
Davidoff celebrates the Year of the Rat with a box of cigars
Why you should care: Davidoff’s latest Chinese Zodiac limited edition cigars are a perfect fit for the Lunar New Year. This year’s blend runs from woody, earthy notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee to the spicy stuff like cinnamon and ginger, all stuffed into six-inch-by-52-ring toro cigars, made with glistening habano wrappers from Ecuador and Nicaraguan binder leaves. Limited to 10,000 boxes globally, each box is designed in Davidoff’s signature red lacquer and gold accents. Yours for S$526.
Virgil Abloh designs a Nautilus for Drake, and it’s ever so green
Why you should care: There’s a Patek Philippe Nautilus aptly featured in Life is Good, a new song collaboration between Drake and Future, and it’s no ordinary Nautilus. In fact, Drake’s version, Ref. 5726, has an even more exclusive pedigree, and it so happens to be customised by Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton menswear director Virgil Abloh. The piece, which has been a modern classic since its introduction in 1976, is covered by what we can only assume to be hundreds of faceted emeralds; this largely obscures Patek’s design and more surprisingly, its logo. The blacked-out case also suggests that watch customisers Mad Paris were involved.
Thirdhome’s new Reserve programme offers luxury homes for a vacation exchange
Why you should care: If you’ve got countless properties and love to travel, becoming a member of Thirdhome should be a no brainer. Founded by Wade Shealy, the luxury travel club offers home and yacht exchanges and rentals around the world, with the stock currently at over 11,000 available properties in 95 countries. But for those who are keen on something even more exclusive, good news. Thirdhome just launched its Reserve programme, offering ultra-luxury residences valued as high as S$67.5 million. Members can enjoy a stay in the Alfajiri Cliff Villas in Kenya, where there’s private in-villa dining and a suite with 270-degree views of the Indian Ocean, or the Villa Artemis in Mykonos, equipped with nine bedrooms, unbeatable views and high tech. And on top of that, Reserve members can also make use of a full concierge service for excursions and services, and have access to Thirdhome’s Inner Circle events and experiences.
Omega introduces the iconic Speedmaster with its 321 calibre in steel
Why you should care: The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 321, now available in steel, reintroduces the vintage calibre 321, a column-wheel-controlled, lateral-clutch chronograph that’s known for its intricate design. It was first launched in the Speedmaster that was introduced in 1957, and powered the Speedmaster ST 105.003, worn by astronaut Ed White during the first American spacewalk in 1965. In the new Moonwatch 321, the movement follows the original specifications, with the exception of some components made in modern materials. The bezel ring is a “dot over 90” like the original, but instead of anodised aluminium, it comes in polished black ceramic and white enamel tachymetric markings.
Sunreef Yachts’ award-winning catamaran
Why you should care: Sunreef Yachts’ Gaya, a one-off riff on the Sunreef 80, was just named one of the industry’s most innovative by Oceanway China. Pairing bold exterior styling and classy lines with a refined interior, the 24.4-m composite catamaran features a striking navy blue hull, silver superstructure and is topped with a jet black mast and boom. It is also powered by twin 280-hp engines, allowing it to cut through rough seas with ease. The interior, on the other hand, boasts backlit quartz, genuine oak flooring, floor-to-ceiling windows and soaring ceilings.
Frank Ocean is the new face of Prada
Why you should care: Rarely would you see Frank Ocean do an interview or photo shoot, but the collaboration seemed like a natural enough fit. For someone who has played coy with the fashion world in the past, his relationship with Prada runs deep, and besides, it’s a well-known fact that 32-year-old Frank Ocean can easily pull off a Prada number – last year, he sported a Prada jacket to the Met Gala. But more than that, Ocean’s oeuvre seems to embody the ethos of the label’s new campaign, which centers around identity. “In a time during which offering a simplified definition of oneself seems a universal ambition, Prada enjoys demonstrating the opposite,” the label claims. This aligns with Ocean’s music, which artfully navigates similarly complex topics.
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