Luxury

Lisa FullerLisa FullerFebruary 9, 2018
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Britain’s home owners are embracing TV Mirrors as a solution to saving precious space.

The state-of-the- art technology means they can now Skype, shop and watch movies on their normal TV, which then changes into a framed reflective mirror at the touch of a button.

‘We have seen a rapid rise in TV Mirror sales in the past 18 months,’ says Lara Kesterton, Managing Director of Overmantels Ltd.

‘With wall-space at a premium, customers want their homes to be full of beautiful objects rather than a big black box and lots of ugly wires,’ she says.

Researchers from Cambridge University found that, at an average of 76 sq m, the UK’s newly built homes were the smallest by floor area in Europe, so it’s not surprising British homeowners are adapting to make the most of their living space.

Lara finds that many of her customers want to conceal TVs and cabling in their homes without compromising on style or space.

Overmantels’ handcrafted mirrors with in-built TVs have solved a huge problem that many homeowners in today’s housing market face.

‘My husband’s TV was huge and took up half of our living space,’ says client Georgina Bowman, ‘now our mirror makes our sitting room so much bigger, especially when it’s off as it brings in so much light.’

‘It’s a traditional regency mirror, and has become a source of fascination as you would never know there was a TV concealed inside it,’ she says.

‘Many of our friends have now had Overmantels TV Mirrors installed in their own homes,’ she says, ‘once you’ve seen one you don’t know how you lived without it.’


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJanuary 8, 2018
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London Fashion Week Men’s event kicked off with a party by Liberty London to host Belstaff . Attendees included; Delphine Ninous (Belstaff Creative Director), Laura Robertshaw (Liberty London Menswear Buyer), Ross and Hugo Turner, Max Rogers, Gregory Emvy, Clym Evernden, Roger Frampton, Michael Hennegan, Teo Van den Broeke, Jack Saunders, Jack Fox, Fletcher Cowan, Jack Brett Anderson, Henry Conway, Alistair Guy, Slick Rick, The Lotto Boyzz

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Liberty London menswear buyer Laura Robertshaw and Belstaff creative director Delphine Ninous attend luxury emporium, Liberty London, London Fashion Week Mens Event to celebrate the launch of the Belstaff Origins collection in store at Liberty on January 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Nicky Sims/Getty Images for Liberty London) *** Local Caption *** Laura Robertshaw;Delphine Ninous

Held in the store’s Menswear department, guests enjoyed music from DJ James Brackenbury of Steady Levels and drinks from Holy Water. Synonymous with the city its shop stands in, Liberty London is a brand driven by discovery. Born in 1875 from the adventurous and disruptive spirit of Arthur Lasenby Liberty, the brand has remained true to its heritage and is famed for its print, fabrics and design. Liberty London continues to be associated with the worlds of arts and culture, building on its founder’s legacy to seek out the new and beautiful.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Ryan Barrett attends luxury emporium, Liberty London, London Fashion Week Mens Event to celebrate the launch of the Belstaff Origins collection in store at Liberty on January 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Nicky Sims/Getty Images for Liberty London) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Barrett

Today, Liberty London is recognised for its cultural collaborations, inspiring curation and directional design. The iconic Regent Street shop encompasses six floors of fashion, beauty, Little Liberty childrenswear, accessories and homewares- bringing together the world’s leading premium and luxury brands and housing them alongside its own Liberty London range.


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongOctober 19, 2017
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Last night on Wednesday 18th of October, Bluebird hosted a private event with Taylor Morris, the star studded event saw the likes of  Hugo TaylorRob Knighton and Lucy Chappell. The launch celebrated the Taylor Morris collaboration with Morgan Motor in the autumn courtyard at Bluebird.

Hugo Taylor and Rob Knighton at the Taylor Morris Eyewear x Morgan Motor Company Launch in London, UK on the 18th October 2017
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Joined by international model and actor Rob Knighton and actress Lucy Chappell, Hugo’s array of glamorous friends tried on sunnies whilst sipping on Royal Salute, Nyetimber and Aspalls cider and snacked on crisp fried forest mushroom mac & cheese and pumpkin & mozzarella arancini created by chef Simon Gregory.

Lucy Chappell and Hugo Taylor at the Taylor Morris Eyewear x Morgan Motor Company Launch in London, UK on the 18th October 2017
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The VIP guests were seen enjoying the courtyard which was transformed into a tangled wilderness with autumn trees intertwined with sparkling lights, hanging apples, haystacks and baskets of seasonal shrubs. The Chelsea based sunglasses brand, Taylor Morris Eyewear, have given their shack on the Bluebird courtyard an autumnal make-over. The luxury eyewear brand launched the ‘Taylor Morris Shack’, their first standalone retail space, on the terrace at Bluebird last Summer. After a successful season, the brand has transformed the Summer shack into an Autumnal store, in-keeping with the ‘Wild Table’ theme at Bluebird.

As well as celebrating the Autumn courtyard, Taylor Morris announced the second volume of their debut collaboration with British car manufacturer Morgan Motor, and even brought in a Morgan three-wheeler parked in the courtyard to illustrate the designs.  which was launched at the Bluebird last night.


Alberto ArnaudAlberto ArnaudOctober 19, 2017
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  • Luxury residential development breaks ground one year after Aston Martin and G&G Business Developments announced partnership
  • Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way is the first condominium tower to begin construction in Downtown Miami in 2017 and is on track for completion in 2021

18 October 2017, Miami, FL: Aston Martin and global property developer G&G Business Developments have broken ground on Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way in Miami, confirming that construction of the 66-story luxury condominium tower is set for completion in 2021. The milestone marks the development of Aston Martin’s first real estate project, and the iconic brand’s expansion into luxury residential design. Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way has become the first condominium tower to break ground in Downtown Miami this year, underscoring the development team’s strength and market confidence.

The striking building of curvilinear glass and steel is set to rise on one of the last parcels of developable land on the Downtown Miami waterfront and has been designed by Revuelta Architecture and Bodas Miani Anger, renowned for creating visually impressive and exceptionally well-engineered landmark properties. General contractor Coastal Construction Group will now begin work on the tower.

The 391 condominiums will combine breathtaking design aesthetic with an ideal location, featuring spectacular panoramic vistas of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The development’s seven penthouses and one duplex penthouse – all of which will enjoy private pools and spacious terraces – will be complemented by a range of expansive one to four-bedroom apartments.

Aston Martin’s design team, led by EVP and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, will design the interior and amenity spaces throughout the development. Key Aston Martin design elements, such as the signature carbon fibre reception desks, will adorn each of the tower’s two private lobbies. Highlight features will include doors with bespoke artisan Aston Martin handles, number plinths and kestrel tan leather door tabs. Residents will be able to relax and unwind just steps from their front doors, with 42,275 square feet of outstanding Sky Amenities spanning four full levels between the building’s 52nd and 55th floors. Amenities will include a double-level fitness centre overlooking the ocean, spinning studio, boxing gym, virtual golf room, art gallery, two cinemas, as well as a full-service spa, beauty salon and barber shop.

These exquisite spaces will be encased in a bold sail-shaped building reflecting the marina setting and offering superb views of the local surroundings. Residents will also be able to enjoy direct access to the turquoise waters of Miami via an exclusive yacht marina.

Representing Aston Martin at the ground breaking ceremony, Simon Sproule, Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Aston Martin is on a growth trajectory globally and across the United States. Our partnership with G&G Business Developments to create Aston Martin Residences Miami, forms an important part of that growth story and of our desire to bring our brand to new audiences across the world.”

German Coto, CEO of G&G Business Developments said: “In October 2016 we announced the partnership with Aston Martin and our plan to break ground in October 2017. Exactly one year later we are here to celebrate the start of construction which is confirmation of our commitment to follow our own strict timeline. This development has been extremely well received, in part due to the unique offer but also due to the outstanding job our official broker Cervera is doing. I am confident we will deliver on our promise to create the ultimate residential tower and I’m looking forward to admiring the view from the top of this special building when it is complete.”

Coto concluded: “The success of this collaboration is a testament to the team work, mutual trust and dedication of everyone involved, both at G&G and Aston Martin.”

The residences and penthouses, which range from 700 to 19,000 square feet, are priced from $600,000 to upwards of $50 million.

The sales centre for the Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, Florida is open daily from Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

– Ends –

www.astonmartin.com

 

 

Note to Editors:

About Aston Martin

Aston Martin is an independent British luxury sports car company. Famous for the creation of beautiful handcrafted sports cars, the Aston Martin range today comprises the Vantage, Rapide S, Vanquish, DB11 and special-series cars such as the Vanquish Zagato and Aston Martin Vulcan. Based in Gaydon, England, Aston Martin designs and creates sports cars, which are sold in more than 50 countries around the world.

Founded in 1913, the company recently launched its six-year Second Century plan for sustainable long-term growth. This is underpinned by the replacement of its entire sports car range, including the all-new DB11, an all-electric RapidE, the reintroduction of the Lagonda marque, as well as the development of a new manufacturing centre in St Athan, Wales which will build the company’s new sports utility vehicle.

About Aston Martin Art of Living

Aston Martin is a British luxury brand with more than a century of success behind it. Now, with its Art of Living portfolio, the brand is translating its legendary quality into a new generation of carefully crafted commercial partnerships that are the very best reflections of its high luxury values. Art of Living by Aston Martin is a growing collection of luxury lifestyle goods and services made and delivered with the care and quality that would be expected of Aston Martin.

About G&G Business Developments:

Headquartered in Miami, G&G Business Developments, founded and managed by key members of the Coto family, is the largest domestic retailer in Argentina and one of the country’s leading exporters.

The company has quickly established success in the global real estate market, attracting investors seeking well-funded, innovative projects, delivering exceptional results.

 

 


Justine PhilipponJustine PhilipponJuly 25, 2017
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1- Gianvito Rossi Elysium Heeled Sandals 105

This is our first choice for this week. Here is the Elysium high-heeled sandals from Gianvito Rossi. They will improve your fashion style for your cocktail and party dresses. Don’t miss them!

Buy here: www.harrods.com

£ 1.205 

2- Stefano Ricci Crocodile Skin and Cashmere Cap

This is for you man, the one who wants to be stylish and stay simple. Expertly crafted in Italy with super-soft cashmere, this cap features a crocodile skin visor alongside polished logo detailing. Buy it now : www.harrods.com

£ 1.265

3- Burberry Alligator Buckle Bag

What is better to go outside than a cute Burberry bag? Perfect to bring everywhere all the essential things a woman need, its design will not let you indifferent.

£5.500

Buy here : https://uk.burberry.com

4- Dolce & Gabbana Embellished Round Sunglasses

These classic sunglasses are just wonderful for your summer day. With this Dolce & Gabanna designer touch, you will look absolutely fabulous.

£1.695

Buy here : http://store.dolcegabbana.com

5- La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

Our last accessory but not least, the soft cream from La Mer. How can you get outside without putting a new kind of cream on you? With its technology ingredients, it will bring you beautiful benefits, as you have never expected before.

£ 2.060 for 16.5 oz.

Buy here: http://www.cremedelamer.com

 


Justine PhilipponJustine PhilipponJuly 12, 2017
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Don’t worry.. the key word here is ‘simulated’ so to the uunitiated amongst us. Don’t start raising your eye brow…until you reach the end. So, it was a quiet day at our London offices when we received a call to shoot simulated game at Englefield Estate.

As the setting for the award-winning Netflix series The Crown and Pippa Middleton’s recent wedding, the spectacular Berkshire estate is one of eight venues The Really Wild Clay Company (RWCC) use for their high-octane simulated days, which run from March until end of September. Perfect! What is it all about?

“Shooting simulated game is a fantastic way to pull the trigger throughout the summer months,” explained RWCC’s Robert Cross, who masterminds the drives and runs the days as well as working as a full-time shooting instructor for The Royal Berkshire Shooting Group, the parent company of RWCC. He added: “Plus simulated game shooting is extremely cost effective. For just £285, Guns are presented with around 1,000 birds over five drives as well as breakfast upon arrival and lunch at the end of the day. An equivalent day’s shooting pheasants would cost around £2,000 per Gun.”

The day commenced with a buffet-style shoot breakfast, hosted by Zoe Benyon, wife of Richard Benyon MP, the Conservative politician whose family have owned Englefield since the 18th century. Prepared and cooked by a pop-up version of nearby The Yew Tree Inn, the 12 Guns were treated to bacon butties and pastries. Once the guns had finished breakfast, Zoe held court in the opulent drawing room relaying stories of how the family’s five sons (three are from Richard’s first marriage) all live in the house together. The boys’ ages range from 10 to 27 so it can be “pretty chaotic.” She said: “A house of this size needs to be lived in. There will be crisp packets and lost trainers under the sofas. If you let a house like this become unlived in it will feel different, smell different.” Englefield is not open to the public with the usual gift shops and museums but the state rooms are available for corporate and private events, and Richard will always try to make an appearance.

After a full safety briefing, each of the Guns were kitted out with a Really Wild baseball hat, safety glasses and foam ear plugs before being loaded up into brand new Land Rover Discovery 5 SUVs, courtesy of Stratstone of Mayfair. The first drive on the 15,000-acre estate, known as Culham Shaw, was reached by driving past the pin-neat polo lawn in front of the imposing Elizabethan house where riders were playing chukkas on immaculately turned-out ponies.

Unlike on a real day’s game shooting, the temperature today was in the mid-twenties making it warm enough to shoot in short-sleeves. To keep it authentic, the Guns and their instructors/loaders lined out on numbered pegs. “Some simulated game shooting companies have been criticized in the past for spacing Guns too closely together,” revealed Robert, adding: “We always leave at least 25 yards between each peg.”

The RWCC’s attention to detail is second to none, with the ‘head gamekeeper’ Paul Bassett and his team providing all of the elements of realism that one would enjoy from a beating line including unruly dogs being admonished to flag men out on the flank. The team operates a minimum of five manual traps to ensure the targets are presented in as realistic way as possible. “Most Guns are surprised when they find out we use manual traps,” said Paul. “Unlike automatic traps, we can vary speed, direction, distance and curve very easily which all helps to create targets that fly like real gamebirds.”

Drive one saw the Guns presented with curving, crossing birds. Gun Eleanor Doughty wielded her Purdey Game Gun with expertise and powdered almost every clay that tried to pass her. “My family and I have watched The Crown since the first series, we are huge fans of the programme. It feels quite surreal to be shooting at the estate where it was filmed.”

On the neighbouring peg, Teresa Fitzherbert was not letting any clays pass her as she continually mounted her Purdey 12-bore. Clays poured over the line, giving Guns plenty of challenging sport. “One of the great advantages of shooting simulated game is that it cannot be spoilt by the weather. Even if it is pouring with rain, the birds will still fly high and fast,” commented Gun Anna Tyzack before slipping a pair of new felt-wad cartridges into her broken Purdey Sporter.

For the next drive, RWCC put on a lighthearted competition to incite a bit of playful rivalry between the Guns. This drive was designed to simulate a duck flight with the Guns stood around a large lake in amongst the reeds. They were divided into four teams before clays not only skimmed across the water, but also dropped in from a great height. Robert even blew on a duck call for added authenticity. The beaming Guns each shot around 75 cartridges before switching places. The elevated view from the lake looked back towards the south side of the house, giving views of the elegant deer park and its resident fallow herd.

Gun David Godwin used to compete at clay shooting for his university and now occasionally shoots driven game with his father. “Simulated game shooting during the close season gives me the opportunity to practice and keep me shooting straight,” he commented before dusting a left-and-right. “I do not understand Guns who lock away their shotguns all summer, do not practice and then ruin their expensive day’s grouse shooting in August because they cannot hit anything! To stay on top of your game, you need to keep shooting year-round.”

Elevenses were again provided by The Yew Tree Inn team. Chef Sam May treated Guns to barbequed rabbit and chorizo kebabs, pigeon pie and wild boar sausage rolls. “We do not serve any alcohol during this pit-stop as Guns still have one further drive to shoot,” explained Sam. “We take health and safety extremely seriously and save drinking alcohol for the late lunch when all shooting has finished.”

For Gun Liam Jeffries it was his first ever time shooting. “I have tried most sports but never shooting. I have been bitten by the bug, however! Simulated game shooting is fast-paced and action-packed, which is how I like my sport,” he shouted between shots with his Purdey on the final drive, known as Battlefield.

The day was rounded off with a Champagne reception and three-course lunch provided by The Yew Tree Inn in back in the Long Gallery at Englefield House. After the main course of roast venison (fallow harvested from the estate), Robert announced the winners of the competition. Team Four, which consisted of Alberto Arnaud, Benedicte Bukasa and Justine Philippon were crowned the overall champions, taking home limited edition Really Wild baseball caps as a prize.

So, if you fancy a day’s shooting with all the trimmings of a full-blown driven pheasant day on a top drawer estate, simulated game shooting is an affordable alternative and is just great fun!

Join the adventure. Find more information below;

Really Wild Clay Company

Simulated game shooting costs £285+VAT per Gun, which includes everything other than felt-wad cartridges and gun hire.

www.rbss.co.uk/really-wild-clay-days.

Englefield House

Gardens are open to the public all year round on particular weekdays and the house by appointment only for large groups.

www.englefieldestate.co.uk

James Purdey & Sons

Fine shotguns

www.purdey.com

The Yew Tree Inn

www.theyewtree.co.uk

The Epicurean Collective

www.epicurean.club

Stratstone of Mayfair

Land Rover Discovery 5

From £43,995

www.stratstone.mayfair.landrover.co.uk


Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaApril 11, 2017
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Acclaimed British designer Tom Dixon OBE has created The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Capsule Series, which will be previewed at the elegant Teatro Manzoni theatre as part of Dixon’s exhibition at Milan Design Week this week. 

 Inspired by the rarity, craft and heritage of the luxury Scotch Whisky, the exclusive Johnnie Walker Blue Label Capsule Series by Tom Dixon encompasses a bespoke bottle design, ice bucket, coaster and bottle cap. The copper accents in the Limited Edition Design are characteri
stic of Dixon’s contemporary designs and are also a deliberate nod to the art of whisky-making, the copper theme evoking the pot stills used during whisky distillation.

 Speaking about his collaboration with Johnnie Walker at Milan Design Week, Tom Dixon said: “The parallels between Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge and a designer might seem tenuous but when you think of it in terms of taking excellent raw materials and using patience and experimentation to extract a product with real resonance, then you can start to see the similarities.

“I also believe it is important not to remain static – like the Striding Man logo – with all its historic references it still looks contemporary and represents progressing forward and looking to the future. The copper stills, the oak barrels, the supreme expertise needed to produce a classic product – this was all instrumental to my thinking.”

 This is the second year that the two pioneers of craft and luxury have partnered at Milan Design Week, following a collaboration in 2016 that saw Dixon create a one-of-a-kind Johnnie Walker Blue Label bottle art installation.

 Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge said: “What Tom and I each do in our work starts with an idea and an urge to create something meaningful. The ‘ideas’ part is easy, the real challenge is in the trying and the relentless experimentation before, eventually, things begin to come together.

 “For me, it is our experience and dedication to our craft that make Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Tom Dixon feel like a really natural fit, and Milan Design Week is a great moment to announce this latest collaboration.”

Nearly half a million people descend on Milan every year to experience the latest in interior furnishings at the largest fair of its kind in the world. Exhibitions pop-up all across the city and attendees can spend five days appreciating the work of the world’s most important contemporary designers.

As part of this year’s collaboration, Johnnie Walker is also hosting mentoring sessions at Teatro Manzoni. Global Brand Ambassador Tom Jones will walk VIPs through the diverse flavours that define the Scotch Whisky and guests will be invited to enjoy a Johnnie Walker cocktail serve at the bar.

Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director Guy Escolme said: “Tom’s expertise and artistic vision make him the perfect person to put his mark on this new design for our pinnacle blend. This collaboration expresses the creativity and passion behind two world-famous luxury brands. It will be available to whisky lovers later in the year.”

The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Capsule Series by Tom Dixon will be available to purchase from October 2017 in selected markets across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, making it the perfect, rare and luxurious gift to give to discerning whisky lovers during the festive season with an RRP from GBP £180.


Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaApril 11, 2017
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International music producer challenges audiences to Make Your Mark in new Lexus campaign

Lexus is pleased to announce a creative collaboration with the multi-award-winning music producer for its new flagship coupe, the Lexus LC. The campaign, aptly named Make Your Mark, will help introduce the new model and a new era for the luxury brand.

Through working with Ronson, Lexus will continue to realise its ambition to create amazing experiences, in music, art and technology. Make Your Mark follows on from the successful 2015 international campaign The Life RX, which featured the celebrated actor Jude Law.

 

During the next six months Make Your Mark will deliver a range of exciting content and experiences for customers and fans.

Speaking about the campaign, Mark Ronson said: “I always like to work with collaborators who are innovative and unique in and out of the studio. When I was approached by Lexus with the concept of this campaign and saw the new LC, it felt fresh and exciting; I was drawn to the idea of using music to inspire and create an experience around this car.”

The LC is the figurehead of an evolving new vehicle development culture at Lexus in which design and engineering teams have worked in an unprecedented collaboration to produce a car that surpasses all expectations. The LC’s design is remarkably faithful to the radical styling of the original LF-LC concept car, and both are recipients of international EyesOn Design awards.

Alain Uyttenhoven, Head of Lexus Europe, said: “Mark Ronson is the iconic music producer behind some of the biggest hits of the decade and we couldn’t have thought of a better collaborator for the Make Your Mark campaign.

“The Lexus LC symbolises the beginning of a new phase for Lexus which is all about creating greater synergy between engineering and design. Who better to work with on this than Mark – a man who has made a significant contribution to the world of music through his incredible performances and collaborations.”

 


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJanuary 12, 2017
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Lexus today revealed a new sport yacht concept that envisions how the brand might expand in the future into new areas of lifestyle and recreation. The yacht was introduced by Akio Toyoda, Lexus Chief Branding Officer, at Di Lido Island in Biscayne Bay, Florida.

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Project origin

The inspiration for the Lexus sport yacht concept can be traced back a few years to the Toyota Marine Department’s preparations for a new range of premium Ponam yachts that are soon to be launched in Japan.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda was invited to spend several days driving the new craft and he was impressed by the power of the turbodiesel engines and the handling and stability of the advanced hull designs. As Lexus International’s Chief Branding Officer, he also recognised how a stylish performance yacht could complement the Lexus lifestyle profile.

Consequently the marine department explored how such a yacht could extend the Lexus brand into new areas. The result is a running proof-of-concept Lexus Sport Yacht.

 

Design

A brief was given to two separate teams at the Lexus Design Centre in Japan to create an open sport yacht for recreational day sailing, accommodating six to eight people, powered by twin high-performance Lexus V8 engines, with advanced handling and styling. Their concepts were submitted for evaluation in summer 2015.

“This allowed us to explore how Lexus design language could be applied to a maritime idea,” said Yoshihiro Sawa, Lexus International Vice President.  “For the Lexus Design Centre this project has been very exciting. The effort is valuable to us as it stirs our creative energies and pushes our imagination to design and lifestyle possibilities outside of the automotive realm we know so well.”

The selected proposal was refined throughout 2015, with the Marine Department engineering the construction and on-board marine systems.

The concept revealed today is a bespoke, one-off project; there is no intention to put the yacht into production.

The Marine Department selected the Marquis-Carver Yacht Group, based in Wisconsin, to build the concept, based on its engineering and manufacturing capabilities and its skills in working with large, hand-laid, composite structures.

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Features

The upper deck and outer hull are seamlessly bonded around an inner structure. Each piece is a single, massive structure made from hand-laid Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). CFRP is a materials technology used in the construction of race cars and road-going supercars such as the Lexus LFA, as well as for high-performance aircraft, competition skis and bicycles and world-class racing yachts.

The Lexus Sport Yacht’s CFRP construction saves almost a tonne compared to the weight of a similar yacht made from Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP). The underwater hull has a stepped design to reduce drag and improve handling balance at high speeds.

The concept is powered by twin 5.0-litre V8 petrol engines, based on the high-performance unit featured in the Lexus RC F coupe, GS F sport saloon and the new LC 500 luxury coupe. Each engine produces more than 440bhp/328kW, driving the yacht at speeds up to 43 knots (49mph) through a pair of hydraulically controlled inboard/outboard stern drives. A bow-thruster with joystick control aids with docking.

The captain monitors and controls on-board systems from a touchscreen panel. Screens show GPS navigation, digital charts, surface radar, underwater sonar, lighting and entertainment systems. The captain’s seat is power-adjustable with armrests that fold out to become jump seats on either side.

The standing-height forward passenger cabin is finished in luxurious Lexus leather with wood and glass details. Sofa seating for six, a table and air conditioning create a comfortable environment for entertaining.

In the galley there is a two-burner stove, sink and under-counter refrigerator. The facilities in the head include a shower. Videoworks of Italy have created the fully networked, integrated audio and video entertainment system, with 4G, WiFi and WAN. Sound reproduction is by Revolution Acoustics surface-mounted drivers using the ceiling panel as a transducer, powered by a Mark Levinson Reference digital amplifier

Outline technical specifications

Overall length              12.7m

Beam (width)              3.86m

Payload                       Eight people

Total power                 885bhp/660kW

Top speed                   43 knots

 

 


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongNovember 1, 2016

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DeChavel Watches was launched in Switzerland in 1982 with a heritage of providing timepieces for Royals and exclusive clients around the world. An exclusive brand with only selected owners dotted around the world. In 1982, the waiting list for a Royal Collection, Dechavel watch was 18 months.

The Luxury watch market is growing exponentially and at the forefront is Dechavel. The brand from the Swiss family owned company House of Dechavel have been disrupting the luxury market for decades and it seems like they are set to reign in pole position as one of the Luxury timepieces worth having. The designs and collection is all about quality and customer satisfaction. There is a huge focus on after care sales  as Head of Marketing of Dechavel Watches added “We are totally about providing our clients with a luxury experience. It’s not simply a watch. It is a lifestyle brand”.

Dechavel watches have also bagged a nomination for Best Luxury brand at this year’s 2016 Chelsea Monthly Awards. 

To Vote for Dechavel Watches . Go to: 2016 Chelsea Monthly Awards. Click here to vote



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