OONA COLLECTIONS

Exclusive vintage jewelry by Annina Vogel, Circa Ibiza and Oona

The new season see the inspiring collections of reworked vintage jewellery of three aspiring designers – Annina Vogel, Circa Ibiza and Oona have made a business out of reworking old pieces into something fresh and wonderful with careful detail and high-quality craftsmanship.

Founded by former Elle magazine journalist Grace Saunders – Circa Ibiza combines a wide array of vintage charms – ranging from the turn of the century to the 1970s and including silver oyster shells with tiny pearls (priced at £30 each), old-fashioned and highly-ornate typewriters (£35) as well as gold baby booties (£140); lockets (from £115) with beads and other antique treasures used to fashion bespoke necklaces and bracelets. The brand offers personalized pendants and bracelets built on top of a simple rustic chain (£60 for silver; £90 for 9ct gold). The Classic Collection of restored and remodelled rings, necklaces and bracelets, interspersed with blue enamelled beads and pearls, is particularly eye-catching and bears the charm of a time long passed.

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Another up-and-coming designer that is capable of turning old goodies into spectacular timeless pieces is Annina Vogel. Some of her rare vintage charms include ornate music boxes incrusted with diamonds or incorporating other beautiful antique jewellery. Some of her most beautiful creations include classic cufflinks and brooches refashioned into one-of-a-kind rings (from £1,250), delicate pendants (from £250), and Victorian-inscribed signet rings (from £350) and bracelets (from £350). Her collection of vintage scarves (from Hermès, Gucci, Dior) feature encased motifs in glass-faced Victorian lockets (£850, exclusive to Liberty).

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The Spanish brand Oona was founded by Maria Moro after she fell in love with traditional Sri Lankan jewellery techniques. The pieces are inspired by designs from Sri Lanka’s various colonial eras and generously use old cut diamonds, sapphires and different shades of spinel. Beautiful earrings come in limited-edition gold, amethyst and diamond drops (£1,590), as well as rose gold and white topaz hoops (£475). Their newest lotus collection was just launched and it was inspired by the art-deco period.

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Dubai’s luxury underwater suites

A new and unique holiday place has opened doors in Dubai and is attracting high-net individuals with its luxury and one-of-a-kind experiences. Renowned hotel The Palm now offers two luxurious underwater suits at Atlantis with spectacular floor-to-ceiling views into a massive aquarium. The illusion that the visitor is under the sea doesn’t come cheap, though, as a single-night stay starts at $8,200.

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The thousands of exotic sea creatures are not the only feature that draws visitors to the lavish hotelas there are also a number of services to make every stay as memorable as can be. A 24-hour private butler service ensures guests have their every whim catered to and can place any request at any time of the day. From camel rides to skydiving and exclusive shopping in Dubai’s lavish boutiques – private butlers are on-call to make turn every wish into a reality.

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The underwater suites – Poseidon and Neptune – come with many perks: soap with 24-carat gold flakes, Dom Perignon Champagne and a generous 1,776 square foot floor plan that includes a large living and dining room situated over three floors. This has helped The Palms quickly become a symbol for extravagant luxury in the United Arab Emirates and a favourite of celebrities and socialites. The 110-acre resort is located on the Palm Jumeirah artificial island just off the coast of Dubai.

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Although these are not the hotel’s most famous suits to date – Poseidon and Neptune are an otherworldly attraction that can make any visit unforgettable. The aquarium that surrounds them is populated with 65,000 exotic sea creatures that guests can observe from every room.

Dubai underwater suitesBoth suits are furnished to a superb finish with a modern feel and exquisite style. The unique ambiance makes them perfect for romantic occasions, such as honeymoon celebration or just an exotic getaway.

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Ceramics by Pablo Picasso at Sotheby’s

A unique collection of vases, pitchers, plates, bowls and platters with the famous artist’s signature will be up for sale at Sotheby’s London. The creative pieces are an ideal opportunity for lovers of his unmatched style and creativity to own part of his artistic brilliance.

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Around 150 pieces are available – some completely one-of-a-kind and others editioned designs, such as the Joueur de Diaule platter from 1947 priced between £5,000 and £8,000. This is the first ceramic Picasso design that has made an edition and has both Madoura and Edition Picasso back stamps.

Familiar motifs, such as the peace dove, owl, horse and bull, adorn the ceramic pieces and will surely attract the attention of Picasso aficionados. A one-of-a-kind Colombe de la Paix platter from 1954 has been signed by the painter in green paint and dated “7 Juin 54” with the Madoura stamp. Its asking price is £40,000. In total the famous artist made 13 plates with variations of the same motif for the 13th Congress of the French Communist Party. Chouette – a beautiful an owl-shaped vase from 1968 is priced at £9,000 and a Picador bowl, made in 1955 and depicting a matador and bull, is sold for £2,500.

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Of course, it cannot be a Picasso collection without his signature representation of the human form and, particularly, the face. The Service Visage Noir is a complete set of 12 plates and one dish, from an edition of 100 made in 1948 and is priced at £40,000. Each of the pieces has the inscription “Pour Catherine et Jean Louis” and was probably a wedding present to Prince Aly Khan and Rita Hayworth in 1949.

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Women or, more importantly, Picasso’s women are also well-represented in the collection with buyers having a chance to own pieces inspired by his muses. The Pichet à Glace is a beautiful 1952 water pitcher with alluring feminine form.

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Marin County’s Hutchinson jewellery boutique

A new haven for jewellery aficionados has opened doors in Marin, California. Overlooking the famous Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, the new Hutchinson boutique is a place, where timeless luxury and exquisite craftsmanship meet to create the ultimate shopping experience. Clients are treated to an otherworldly display of precious and semi-precious stones that are a true epitome of stature, class and wealth.

The idea behind the venture, as owners Miranda Abrams and Kary Chendom explain, is attaining a mixture of ‘old-world charm with staying power and history’. The antique-inspired glamour is evident in everything – from the delicate and intricate merchandise to the stylish interior. The selection boasts creation from some of the best jewellery artists like Cathy Waterman, Suzanne Kalan, Pippa Small, Ashley Pittman, Kendall Conrad and Renee Sheppard who are known to fashion pieces that are wearable on a day-to-day basis, but never fail to make a statement.

Susie Fox’s glittering wrap bracelets made from 18ct gold and incrusted with glistening white diamonds and deep blue sapphires, are priced at $16,500. It goes beautifully with a dazzling Monique Péan ring, sold for $19,890, made from the unusual but highly effective combination of grey ombré fossilised walrus ivory and white diamond pave.

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Another eye-catching item are Colorado designer Todd Reed’s elegantly rough-hewn stack rings with a price tag in the region of $1,275-$8,800. His small palladium bands channel-incrusted with brown, black and brilliant-white diamonds are truly spectacular.

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The boutique offers beautifully handcrafted rose-gold Stick earrings by Florentine designer Carolina Bucci for $780 as well as a dangling amulet (chain $5,400; amulet, $5,600) by trendy New York jeweller Temple St Clair. Sidney Evan’s Woolly Mammoth Ivory Cuffs, made from intricate black and white diamond pave, are also offered for the modest price of $1,820. Several exquisite items’ price, like Me&Ro’s Dream Catcher fringe necklace, is available on request, but whatever sum is asked – it will definitely be worth it for such fine craftsmanship, delicate beauty and staggering class.

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Apple’s Watch – The mark of a new era

With Apple releasing its most daring and visionary product yet – the iWatch – it’s hardly a surprise that it’s been the centre of attention of major media outlets across the globe for quite some time. The revolutionary device marks a new chapter in the way technology has the power to influence our lives for the better.

The device features a custom-built UI for all your wrist-borne apps, as well as a pressure-sensitive touchscreen. It operates in conjunction with your iPhone, allowing it to track time within 50 milliseconds of the definitive global standard. There is even an option for customization the way it displays the time and date for a more personal touch.

With an impressive variety of 34 configurations available upon launch, prices will start at £299 for the 38mm and £339 for the 42mm versions of the Sport Model and reach £13,500 for the 32mm 18-carat Rose Gold case with Rose Grey Modern Buckle. There are a number of combinations available, such as a Stainless Steel face, a Space Black Case with Space Black Stainless Steel Link bracelet and a Rose Gold Case with White Sports Band.

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Adding a physical dimension to connectivity is the thing Apple prides itself most on with an otherworldly technology that allows users to stay on top of messages and e-mails in real time. The feature of ‘taptic’ haptic feedback provides a gentle tap with each incoming message.

A number of fun and convenient apps will be available in the Apple store and will fully transform your all-day activity. Users can send sketches, pictures, taps and even their heartbeat. This watch is an absolute must-have for sports enthusiast as with time it learns the user’s activity and fitness level and can use the data to improve the accuracy of measurements and suggest personalized all-day activity goals.

The three distinctive collections will offer a variety of choices so users can find the one that best suits their lifestyle. But the important thing to keep in mind is that the new device from Apple is so much more than a simple watch – it’s a technological bridge that aims to make communication easier, faster and more reliable than ever before.

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Bangles with a bang

The Spring season sees a new trend in women’s bangles that goes under the motto of ‘the more the better’. Leading designers claim that stacked, mixed and matched bangles are the epitome of class and good taste this year. It’s the surest way to showcase an envious collection of precious, hand-crafted jewellery that is a real head-turner.

All leading brands are coming up with spectacular pieces, mixing materials and sizes and combining vintage and new models. The Cartier Love, priced at £4,450, is a beautiful unisex piece opened and fastened with a screwdriver. just un clou Juste un Clou have a remarkable bangle of their own – a modern and daring piece for £4,850.

The Gitane bangle is a modest £930, but its bohemian allure perfectly captures the spirit of Spring with its matching beads for easy attachment and natural polished citrine stones in a variety of colours.

gitane bangleMixing and matching a variety of styles is a sign of impeccable taste as it requires good fashion sense and a penchant for exploration. It is an alluring opportunity to use the best designer creations in a combination that communicates your uniqueness.

A truly staggering piece is the new Mirador Lazy bangle stack (priced from £4,570) with its 23 layers of slender Florentine-finished bangles in coloured gold – something every woman will want to have. mirador lazy For something different and unusual you can turn your eyes to Belmacz’s collection of wooden bangles  starting from £630 that have an ethnic allure and look spectacular piled together. A suitable alternative is the Harlequin bangle made of mammoth tusk in oxidised silver or 18ct gold. harlequin banglePomellato’s original 1970s Schiava is another provocative version of the feminine has seen a daring redesign with its signature Tango collection starting from £27,800 with permutations of rose gold and brown diamonds.  Characterised by hidden clasps and voluptuous silhouettes – it is a true celebration of sensuality.

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The Senturion bracelet

The next generation in style has a new face and it is Senturion – an ultra-modern electronic device for those that value comfort, technology and utility. This cutting-edge wrist-worn key can unlock or activate a number of devices – from safes and cars to house and office locks to just name a few. It transcends the scope of a simple accessory as it is both a powerful symbol of stature as well as functional gadget.

The rare materials it is made of place this piece in the ranks of the most sought-after, finest jewellery. The palladium version retails for £12,000 and the meteorite for £60,000. Both are exquisitely rare and evocative, demonstrating the highest level of craftsmanship. Material for the meteorite version is derived from a shower that hit Namibia 100m years ago. The rarity of the material requires the finest level of craftsmanship to machine the meteorite.

The spectacular otherworldly heritage of the Senturion shines through in its design and luxurious exterior with the unique pattern being plated in Black Gold and Rhodium for protection. Strength, beauty and comfort intertwine to build the form of the powerful piece.

The easy-secure fitted clasp achieves a higherlevel of security than any other standard wristwatch while remaining totally unobtrusive to water. Its two-stage locking mechanism is revolutionary in that it reduces fastening time and provides additional security. It’s truly wearable technology at its finest.

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Encrypted Secure Keyless access antenna isolators ensure all data is safely stored. Senturion employs the latest in information storage technology like Yale® and Paxton® Security Systems to meet the highest standard of personal protection. In addition the RFID locking systems can be programmed to many high security applications for complete peace of mind.

The Polyurethane Deployment Strap is highly-resilient and the strategic, powerful micro magnets fitted to the Senturion increase ease of use. Both models of the bracelet have an adjustable deployment clasp as well.

The out-of-this-world pattern of the rare material blends seamlessly with the latest generation remote locking system, developed by YALE. The result is a timeless wearable piece that is original, functional and effortlessly reliable.

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Update: Both Senturion Palladium and Senturion Meteorite models are now sold out according to Senturion Tech. Visit http://senturionkey.com/ for more information on all available models and pricing.

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A £35,000 Valentine at the Exhibitionist Hotel in London

This Valentine can offer a truly one-of-a-kind experience for those memorable loves, that is, if you have some cash to splurge of course. The Exhibitionist Hotel in the prestigious neighbourhood of South Kensignton, London is offering a dazzling £35,000 package that will melt hearts and make this occasion the stuff that dreams are made of.

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Opt to spend a romantic night in one of their exclusive suits, complete with a plunging pool filled with sparkling champagne. Scrumptious aphrodisiac delicacies like strawberries dipped in chocolate will be provided to set the mood. Oysters and bouquets of upper class crimson roses will be made readily available to complete the sensual experience.

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For a price of £3,000 a night guests will be treated to exquisite h’ordeuvres, such as asparagus with truffle oil as well as a dazzling variety of desserts like raspberries served with whipped cream, fresh figs and a mouth-watering selection of hand-crafted macaroons and chocolate. A complimentary breakfast in bed made to order is also included in the package.

hotel exhibitionist londonAll of the hotel’s luxurious bedrooms will be decorated according to the most sensual of holidays of the year with rose petals and scented candles. Waterproof plasma screens are available in all bathrooms for an intimate ambiance. But the most intriguing feature is the bespoke iPad in every suit that is programmed to allow guests customise the scent of every room.

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Situated in London’s West End in a restored 18th century townhouse, The Exhibitionist Hotel offers the tranquillity and discretion necessary to make Valentine’s Day the most personal and special day of the year. The suits available for booking for the Valentine’s Luxury Package are located on the lower-ground floor with their own private entrance away from the reception.

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Guests can enjoy a superb living space decorated with art by up-and-coming London artists.

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Bentley’s Italian Furniture line

Luxury living has taken a new dimension with the introduction of Bentley’s Italian Furniture Line by Luxury Living Group at Art Basel Miami Beach last December. The superb pieces were truly a testament to the brand’s ideology that their customers should ‘live the way they drive: in solid comfort and power’.

All pieces of the Luxury Living for Bentley home collection are made in Italy and sold exclusively by Luxury Living showrooms located in London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City. The collection is a dazzling blend of supple leathers, heavy veneers, bright metals, masculine textiles, and delicate glass that is truly the epitome of the modernist lifestyle with clean, cut designs.

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One of the most striking models is The Bentley Canterbury bed, priced at £15,000 and a £22,000 sideboard. It can be finished in either leather or fabric and is truly the stuff dreams are made of. The more modestly-priced Harlow leather armchair will set you back only £5,830 combines Bentley’s heritage within a modern aesthetic for the ultimate comfort.

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The £9,810 Butterfly sofa is an exquisite creation of cognac leather and quilted fine grey wool – it embodies Bentley’s emergence as a modern high luxury brand. The combination of sophisticated materials with contemporary design and superb craftsmanship presents a stunning translation of the timeless British elegance with modernist design.

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Most of the pieces boast the brand’s recognisable diamond pattern on the leather or fabric as a nod to Bentley’s famous interior quilting on seats and door panels. The collection is a perfect example of the coming together of luxury and sophistication for the creation of unique and contemporary furniture. This is truly a signature moment for Bentley with their unrivalled attention to detail expected to make a change on the fine living scene for those who relentlessly pursue the blend of comfort, class and style.

 

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New limited-edition cognacs by Martell

The oldest of the great cognac houses celebrates its 300th anniversary with the launch of an exclusive series of limited-edition Martell Premier Voyage. Only 300 bottles will be produced and there is a waiting list for everyone who wishes to purchase one.

For its birthday the brand returns to its century-long traditions of being rigid and exacting with the quality of its ingredients as well as the final product. Once again, the company demonstrates enviable dedication to its core values with the boldest ‘first journey’ it has embarked on in 300 years in the face of Premier Voyage – the purest of standards.premier voyage martell

The eau-de-vie is exceptional and incredibly rare, ranging from 80 to 150 years in age. The exclusivity of the edition is enhanced by the intricate craftsmanship of the bottles itself – each of them being a delicate work of art. Commissioned by Martell was Bernar Venet – one of France’s most famous artists, who created sculptured artwork worthy of the acquired taste that is Premier Voyage. An interesting detail is that bottle and cognac are literally inseparable – the eau-de-vie can only be drawn from the vessel with a fusil, a special pipette used by the cellar master to extract and pour it.

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Priced at $13,000 (€11,400) per bottle – prospective clients are required to put their names on the waiting list should they wish to even have a chance at tasting the best spirit of any kind. With warmth and a flavour palette that are truly exceptional – it is worth everything from the waiting in line to the extravagant asking price. The brand’s legacy and history shines through in this distinctive blend– the final product being the result of retracing their steps 300 years ago. The sublime blend contains 18 eaux‑de‑vie from Martell’s cellars and has aged in barrels made from the oak of a 300 year-old tree, which gives it that distinctive taste and velvety texture.