After a difficult year, Chinese New Year brings another wonderful fresh start to 2021. This year, for the Year of the Ox, Chopard has created the ultimate gift inspired by the lunar zodiac sign: The L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Ox timepiece.
February 12th 2021 marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox. An Earth sign, emblem of the twelfth lunar month, the ox represents a period conducive to both nature and agriculture. This generous animal ensures prosperity and is a symbol of strength of the coming year.
To honor the occasion, each year since 2013, Chopard has created exceptional L.U.C Haute Horlogerie timepieces, with an artistic...
The sleek Model M Cabin Case is the perfect size for cabin luggage with a spacious interior and a fold-able laundry bag to ease with packing on the way back. The TSA approved lock is easy to use and ensures you keep your valuables safe without needing to carry extra keys, which inevitably get lost! Forget the fuss at security; the Model M has a laptop friendly compartment at the front. Simply keep your tech stored in there and it is easily accessible throughout your travel experience. To ensure your tech stays protected the compartment is made from leather and waterproof nylon, providing enough space for a 15” laptop. It even features a Horizn Smart Charger, which can charge your mobile phone up to six times. If you get tired of walking around the airport attached to a suitcase, simply click the button and you can remove the charger to have it in your pocket or handbag. Whether it is a long or short haul flight you can have your technology charged and Netflix pre-loaded and ready to watch.
As one of the most Instagrammed places in the world, Sketch has built its brand on striking interiors, mysterious visuals, and innovative design. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that sketch's new website is a rabbit hole of playfulness and imagination. The Sybarite were lucky enough to be invited along to the launch of sketch's new interactive online experience, designed by London graphic and design studio Hato, where we explored the brand new platform's features in amongst fairy tale surroundings... Tucked away in The Glade, one of sketch's five rooms, all designed for different purposes and creating different atmospheres, we sit trialling a brand new online platform; the result of creative collaboration between sketch London and Studio Hato. You will likely have already heard of sketch London, having established itself as a must-visit for Londoners and city visitors alike, due to it's unique and diverse decor, impeccable service and delicious food.
Known for having one of the more respected opinions in the travel world, Philippe Kjellgren, known as PK, has built relationships with luxury hoteliers around the world and used his unique eye for detail and invaluable travel experience to launch the elite travel club, PK's list. Members of his exclusive club, in which membership is by referral only and elite membership is by invitation only, include royal families, dignitaries, and celebrities from all over the globe. PK is now using his years of travel knowledge to create an exclusive travel app, launching in May 2018. Members of the new mobile app will have access to not only PK's private information on luxury hotels worldwide but also unique travel benefits such as spa credits, hotel upgrades, gift vouchers, and even late check-out at certain hotels.
With built-in dedicated AI processor and machine learning, the Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10 is an intelligent device. As well as functional design, it delivers performance at lightning speed, responding to real-world situations and learning from the user. This includes a camera which features the best lenses, self-adjustment, intelligent feedback and AI enabled photo applications as well as a PRO mode to deliver unparalleled photography for users of all levels. Moreover, with a combination of 6GB RAM and 256GB ROM it is the high-end device in Huawei’s current product range. The smartphone features the largest memory cortex of the whole HUAWEI Mate 10 Series, ideal for storing numerous photos, videos and documents. Co-engineered with renowned professional camera maker and optics expert Leica Camera, the Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10 guarantees professional style photography. Top quality 12-megapixel RGB and 20-megapixel monochrome with the world’s largest f/1.6 aperture dual lenses in the new Leica Dual Camera, along with Huawei’s AI features, enable state-of- the-art photographs.
In recent years, the world’s oldest and most prestigious global sailing event, America’s Cup, is as much of a technology race as it is a sailboat race. New film, “Surface to Air” looks beyond the luxurious sport and into the innovation required to build one of the fastest sailboats to ever exist. The film shows how the Altair and Artemis Racing’s technical teams have placed a great deal of emphasis on perfecting the use of the daggerboards – foils that lift the boat out of the water to break the drag barrier. Viewers are able to see how this technology has a significant impact on a boat’s performance. “Technology plays a huge part in the America’s Cup,” said Iain Percy, Team Manager and On-Water Tactician for Artemis Racing. “It’s been said the fastest boat has won the America’s Cup for the last 160 years and I’m not sure that is about to change. The daggerboard is the appendage that we fly the boat off and also transfers side force into driving force. Millimetres of difference make knots of difference so the optimal manufacturing and design of the daggerboard is absolutely critical.” The teams have focused much of their effort on optimising the strength, shapes and thicknesses, and how water and wind interact with daggerboards using a simulation-driven design approach.
The coolest wrists in the world right now are wearing luxury smartwatches. Translation? A watch that connects to the Internet - in addition to other devices like smartphones or tablets - in order to deliver real-time information to your wrist. In the increasingly digital world that we live in, it’s no longer enough for a watch to simply tell the time. That may have been acceptable circa 2006 but fast forward to 2016 and we expect more - much, much more - from our timepieces. We want a watch that can do it all - from taking pictures to tackling emails and texts, recording our heart rate, sleep and stress levels, checking our stocks and giving us real-time driving directions - something the booming sales of the Apple smartwatch help demonstrate. What’s more, owning and wearing a smartwatch reduces the need to keep checking your smartphone, tablet, laptop et al - a life saver for time poor Sybarites. A cursory glance at your wrist will reveal who is reaching out to you and whether the request demands immediate attention, or can be delayed until a later date.
Scottish Brewer Innis & Gunn are unveiling the first ever virtual reality experience: Immersive & Gunn. Head to the Beer Kitchen in Edinburgh or the Brewhouse Highbury (due to open in a couple of weeks), order the brewer’s Original or Lager, and be transported to the Scottish countryside and the home of Innis & Gunn. With a VR headset and the push of a button, customers will find themselves gazing out at the cliff-tops and seascapes of Scotland as they drink, heightening their senses and in turn bringing a whole new dimension to after-work beers. The team at Innis & Gunn have worked with cognitive neuroscientist, Dr. Jacob Jolij, who explains how virtual reality impacts our taste perception: “Immersing the drinker in this virtual reality world created by Innis & Gunn, is a very powerful way of enhancing the taste experience. It will change the way your brain processes and interprets the signals coming from your taste buds, drawing on personal memories of sight and sound to create a unique experience of the beer for every drinker.”
It was a particularly patience-testing restaurant experience which saw former Goldman Sachs man, Zia Yusuf, and his childhood friend Alex Macdonald forced to wait 45 minutes for the bill - that led the Londoners to create Velocity. The smartphone app which - despite only having launched in January 2014 - has already changed the way we dine out. In a nutshell, Velocity lets you find a restaurant, reserve a table and pay the bill, all from your smartphone, granting us a little bit more of what is arguably the biggest luxury there is in 2016: time. Yusuf - a magnificent mix of boldness and guts - is clearly passionate about the project and has his eyes on America. “We’re launching in several hundred restaurants across numerous cities in America ,so it’s all systems go! I am very excited by the take up of great restaurants - we’ve only really got great restaurants. And that creates expectation. Customers know that they can have a world class experience regardless of price point. It’s about a world class meal. We actually founded the company on the principle that human interest is the bedrock of hospitality. What we have set out to do, is to use technology to make even the most mundane parts of hospitality - like paying for the bill - memorable. We’re not about discounts; we’re about allowing customers to have a very personalised experience and get treated like a local regular.”
It’s a near-space flight that takes you to the edge of the atmosphere, now bookable at a price tag of €110,000 and lifting off as early as 2016 (or 2017 at the latest). The journey takes approximately four hours, commencing with a countdown to vertical lift-off lasting about 10 minutes, as the bloon begins its ascent from the Earth’s surface to an altitude of 36km. At this point the bloon cruises at a constant altitude, providing spectacular views of the planet. Finally, there is the venting phase, which enables the bloon to descend onto its predefined landing area for sail separation. So, why use a balloon for this exciting flight experience? According to the company, there are three reasons: ‘Safety, experience and environmental impact. The oldest type of flying machine known, the balloon, is inherently safer than other forms of high-altitude flight. By using a pod with a balloon we create a softer and more pleasant journey.
It will be the “world's longest non-stop flight and the only one to offer First Class service” The Dubai based airline will commence its first non-stop flight from Dubai to Panama City come 1st February 2016 and will take approximately 17 hours and 35 minutes. Our question is, how does one keep themselves entertained on a 17-hour flight? Well, forget about popping those sleeping pills, as the airliner is one of the world’s longest-range jetliner - Boeing 777-200LR, capable of flying 10,817 miles and can even carry up to 15 tonnes of cargo. The flight will outstrip Qantas as being the longest overhaul flight, which flew from Sydney to Dallas. This will be an experience in itself. The flight is also going to prove a great connector to Central America, especially for travellers leaving from Dubai and heading onto the Caribbean to the northern parts of South America.
Or ever caught yourself trying in vain to even catch a waiter’s attention that by the end of it, you are quite literally fed up and take it upon yourself to head to the till? Ok maybe not, but still, it is one of those things that you don’t want to be kept waiting for. Well, that dread of waiting for your bill to arrive at your table might no longer be an issue – for some 300 restaurants in London at least. Probably one of the best and most useful apps in town at the moment is the Velocity app , co-founded by childhood friends and ex Goldman Sachs employees, Zia Yusuf and Alex Macdonald. Of course, they were not the first to realize that restaurant-goers usually have to wait minutes till their bill arrives, but they are currently one of the few in the fintech world to deliver an app that is truly changing the way restaurants utilize mobile payment.
The latest release is ‘Signature for Bentley’ which has been designed with Bentley’s Mulsanne Speed in mind. Why the Mulsanne Speed I hear you ask? Vertu’s Signature is a delicate slim mobile phone with a carbon fibre pillow and if you are fortunate enough to have driven or seen the Mulsanne Speed, it’ll be obvious that the model has a similar carbon weave design pattern. The stainless steel sides of the phone are also reminiscent of the control knobs on the luxury car and the Beluga Black calf leather casing gives it an extra layer of exceptional quality. The range will be on display at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed which takes place from the 25th to the 28th of June and the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance in August.
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