Home Stretch
Though it’s just as beautiful, Lake Garda never became the playground for the wealthy that its smaller neighbour, Lake Como, did. Yet, now that a handful of starchitects have teamed up to create a unique ensemble of stunningly beautiful and expensive homes, it looks as if the nature of Italy’s largest lake is about to change.
Paradise Found
Just when you thought the Maldives couldn’t get any better, along comes the Velaa Private Island. It may have been named after the sea turtles that have lived here for generations but there’s nothing slow about this place.
The Fast Lane
Dressed all in black, with its cutting-edge lines that slice through the water at phenomenal speeds, Crazy Too by Otam is the perfect boat in its own right but that it was designed to be a chase boat for an even larger yacht just makes it all the more astonishing.
Accounting for Taste
International luxury brands may be luring China’s new rich to spend on their status symbols but Hermès has thrown its weight behind Jiang Qiong’Er who's pioneering an original Chinese label, Shang Xia, based on restraint, style and old-fashioned craftsmanship.
Bentley Desert Train race
Commemorating the legendary ‘Blue Train’ run of 1930 set by three-time Le Mans winner Captain Woolf Barnato, a Bentley Continental GT V8S convertible took on the Middle East's only desert passenger train in a race from Riyadh to Dammam.
Shaping Tomorrow
In terms of leadership, Samir Brikho is a phenomenon. He has a style that’s not solely driven by results – though it certainly produces them – rather his influence is rooted in the passion he has for his work and his ability to inspire others to reach ever-higher goals.
Radical Stance
In order to do away with the adverse health effects of sitting, experimental studio RAAAF collaborated with visual artist, Barbara Visser, to devise an edgy work landscape that does away with the traditional desk and chair.
A Change of Pace
McLaren’s 12C made its debut only three years ago but it has already been re-engineered with more than a dash of attitude. Better in many ways – lighter, faster, more responsive and more charismatic – the new McLaren 650S is familiar yet also very different.
Wood Works
Martino Gamper went from being a carpenter’s apprentice to developing his own distinct voice in contemporary design. Today, with several awards under his belt, he is collaborating with Prada on a special project that breaks the mould in retail design.
Making History
George Gershwin may have written ‘An American in Paris’ in this hotel in 1928 but fast-forward to today and you’ll find the new Peninsula Paris sings a very different tune – one that will resonate greatly with the world’s most discerning travellers.
Shining Star
Yasmine Hamdan isn’t just another rebellious Arab pop star. More of an experimental rocker, her progressive, contemporary take on Arabic music includes creative, lyrical renditions of Arab classics laced with punk rock references and electronica.
Rare Find
Looking to buy a home in Geneva? You won't find much better than this beautifully-decorated, three storey art-filled home smack in the heart of town. It's on the market now.
Bespoke has gone digital
After spending three years in Dubai, the Big Boys Toys show is returning to Abu Dhabi.
DIMS, the largest and most established motoring event in the Middle East is back.
Emulating a historic challenge, Bentley raced the train from Riyadh to Dammam.
Officine Panerai brought several models from SIHH 2015 to Beirut for the first time.
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