This Week in Luxury: Richard Mille and Ferrari make an ultra-thin watch, Nobis Hotel opens in Palma, and more

In our weekly series, we bring you the latest in luxury news around the world. This week’s highlights: Riedel commemorates half a decade, Arnold & Son rides the dragon, LOUIS XIII Cognac reveals latest limited release

RM UP-01 Ferrari. Photo by Richard Mille

Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari is ultra-thin

The groundbreaking watch measures only 1.75mm thick—thinner than a credit card. This technical marvel defies traditional watchmaking norms with its separately assembled 1.18mm movement in a titanium case. Designed for strength, it can withstand over 5,000 Gs of shock. The futuristic design, incorporating the case as a strap buckle, showcases tech-savvy minimalism. Priced at £1.5 million and limited to 150 pieces, the RM UP-01 challenges conventional watchmaking, embodying a future beyond 20th-century techniques.

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Nobis Hotel Palma. Photo by Design Hotels

Nobis Hotel Palma opens

Situated in Palma’s Old Town, the new accommodation seamlessly merges Scandinavian and Spanish designs within a 12th-century medieval Muslim palace. Carefully restored architectural elements, such as vaulted ceilings and grand archways, showcase the building’s rich history. The 37 rooms and suites feature a blend of Spanish limestone, beamed ceilings, and locally crafted furnishings, creating a serene atmosphere. The rooftop terrace offers panoramic views, while the subterranean spa, housed in a medieval tunnel, provides a tranquil escape.

Nobis Hotel

Superleggero collection. Photo by Riedel

Riedel introduces the Superleggero

Celebrating 50 years of its iconic ‘Sommeliers’ series, the collection comprises a machine-made homage replicating the intricacies of the original handmade glassware. A glassware pioneer since 1756, Riedel revolutionized the industry in the 1980s by using machinery to emulate handmade precision. Crafted in Weiden, maintains the caliber of its handmade counterpart with thin glass, long stems, and the signature egg-shaped bowl design.


Year of the Dragon black. Photo by Arnold & Son

Arnold & Son celebrates Year of the Dragon in 2024

The limited edition Perpetual Moon 41.5 Red Gold collection entails two versions, each with eight pieces. Featuring a rose gold dragon against an aventurine backdrop, they represent the Wooden Dragon’s calm determination. The delicate dragon sculpture and mother-of-pearl moon, overlaid with Super-LumiNova, create a nocturnal scene with hand-painted constellations. The A&S1512 calibre powers the watch, accurately tracking the lunar cycle with a 90-hour power reserve. The case back displays moon phase adjustments.

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Rare Cask 42.1. Photo by LOUIS XIII Cognac

LOUIS XIII Cognac unveils the Rare Cask 42.1

Limited to 775 units globally, the release was originally discovered by Cellar Master Baptiste Loiseau over a decade ago. The unique aromatic profile led to collaboration with Baccarat for 775 black crystal decanters, each a masterpiece requiring 50 steps by 20 craftsmen. The decanters feature gold and rhodium necks with engraved patterns, accompanied by crystal glasses and a serving pipette.


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