TAURUS – THE NEW STAR IN THE LUXURY SAFE UNIVERSE OF BUBEN&ZORWEG

The 58th edition of the Salone del Mobile, Milano, has just ended on a high note.  This year a record attendance of visitors was recorded many of whom were fortunate to discover a surprising new world – BUBEN&ZORWEG, a name that is fast becoming synonymous with luxury, exquisite design and top security.

Unveiled within the sophisticated ambience of its novel 140m² booth at the prestigious Salone del Mobile, BUBEN&ZORWEG debuted its new star, the outstanding designed TAURUS.  The TAURUS stands in luxurious line with its fellow stars the ORION and the GALAXY.

The newest member of the BUBEN&ZORWEG safe collection does not rely exclusively on its good looks to make a mark.  Indeed, with regard to security, it premieres an amazing BUBEN&ZORWEG patented armouring material “PROTECT-PRO” an essential technical revolution in the field of safes and safety.

PROTECT-PRO is a composite of resin and stone, combined into a special material used in the body of the safe and has two functions. Firstly, the PROTECT-PRO walls of the TAURUS can withstand sophisticated attacks.  Secondly, they can reduce the weight of the safe by 30 per cent when compared to conventional safes. Thus, giving outstanding technical performance while being attributed to a VdS security certification.

Internationally known as the Milan Furniture Fair, the Salone del Mobile, Milano is far more than a fair or a large-size exhibition. It is a reference point for professionals in the design and furniture sector to create and show their top-quality products.

This year, more than four hundred thousand people, including designers, architects, journalists, collectors and design enthusiasts, from over 160 countries, attended the Milan Design Week.

The Salone del Mobile is definitely THE creative environment for an upmarket brand like BUBEN&ZORWEG.  It excels among the most recognised names in the world and has established a presence there, and has become a real part of the exhibition itself.

Pricing: from 79.800 Euro

In a Minute: A. Lange & Sohne’s Lange Zeitwerk Date

WHAT IT IS:

It’s been 10 years since A. Lange & Sohne introduced the Zeitwerk. With the time displayed numerically, it was an unusual addition to the brand’s line-up. What’s more, a constant- force mechanism that “recharged” once per second was needed to regulate the flow of energy from the barrel, given that all three numerals jump at the start of every hour. This year, A. Lange & Sohne has added the Zeitwerk Date to the collection. The date complication, hitherto unseen in the Zeitwerk, has finally made its way to the family, naturally with a twist.

HOW IT LOOKS:

A. Lange & Sohne

A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Date

A. Lange & Sohne

A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Date back.

Visually, the new Zeitwerk Date has the same signatures as its siblings from the collection. The brand’s signature “time bridge” runs horizontally across the middle of the dial, with its two apertures displaying the time using three numeral wheels. Meanwhile, the power-reserve sector and running seconds subdial sit at 12 and six o’clock respectively. The addition is the date display: The date ring is made of glass and features numerals printed in negative, allowing the current date to be highlighted in red. It’s not a typical format, but it keeps the dial from looking overly crowded.

HOW IT WEARS:

The Zeitwerk Date wears large at 44.2mm across and 12.3mm thick, and feels appropriately hefty given its white-gold construction. Unfortunately, this precludes many potential wearers with smaller wrists, and there’s no going around it. To its credit, A. Lange & Sohne has already optimised the timepiece’s wearability with its relatively short lugs – there’s a limit to what can be done without upsetting the watch’s proportions. It is what it is.

MOVEMENT Manual-winding movement with 72-hour power reserve

CASE 44.2mm in white gold

PRICE $128,500

Pink diamonds to become rarer, with Argyle mine to close in 2020

In the world of coloured gemstones, pink diamonds are particularly rare. For that, investors have never hesitated to pay a king’s ransom to own one – notably the huge 59.6 carat Pink Star (re-named the CTF Pink Star), which set the world auction record for any jewel when Hong Kong jeweller Chow Tai Fook bought it at US$71.2 million (S$96.9 million) in April 20­­17. Now that the only mine responsible for 90 per cent of the pink rocks worldwide is closing next year, prices will only skyrocket.

2019 Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink internally flawless diamond ring, Sotheby's Hong Kong

This exquisite 10.64 carat fancy vivid purplish pink diamond was sold for US$19.9 million (S$27 million) on Oct 7, 2019 by Sotheby’s Hong Kong, compared to an 88.22 carat flawless D-colour diamond that went for just US$13.8 million in April.

The Pink Star worn on hand

The 59.6 carat CTF Pink Star was bought by Hong Kong jeweller Chow Tai Fook for US$71.2 million. Mined by De Beers in Africa in 1999, the rough diamond was originally 132.5 carats, and was cut and polished over two years to become the stunner it is today.

CTF Pink Star

The 59.6 carat CTF Pink Star was sold for US$71.2 million (S$96.9 million), which set the world auction record for jewels. It is a Type IIa diamond, and graded as a fancy vivid pink, with internal flawless clarity.

Paige Parker's pink diamond ring designs

Gemologist Paige Parker worked with Argyle pink diamonds to create this ring and ring jacket. It will be part of Phillips Hong Kong’ Nov 25 jewellery auction sale.

Paige Parker's pink diamond ring designs

Gemologist Paige Parker’s creation features a fancy intense pink and yellow diamonds, with its estimate value between HK$260,000 (S$45,000) and HK$320,000 (S$55,600).

While pink diamonds have occasionally been mined at South Africa and Russia, the Argyle mine – located in a remote region in Western Australia – is the only known reliable producer. Yet, of its entire output of 800 million carats of diamonds over 36 years, only a meager 0.01 per cent has been fancy pinks, fancy vivid being the priciest grade. Today, it’s nearly exhausted the pinks it has yielded since 1983.

When the fabled Argyle door finally closes, the supply of pinks is likely to dry up, although this has its upside. Says Singapore-based Simone Ng of Simone Jewels: “Our brand invested in a small lot of pink Argyle diamonds more than five years ago. Most have been sold and this is the moment our customers have been waiting for.”

Even those that weigh less than the CTF Pink Star command astounding prices. On Oct 7, Sotheby’s Hong Kong sold a 10.64 carat fancy vivid purplish pink diamond for US$19.9 million. In comparison, an 88.22 carat flawless D-colour diamond was sold by Sotheby’s Asia in April for just US$13.8 million.

Gemologist Paige Parker, who recently designed an Argyle-pink ring for Phillips’ Hong Kong jewellery sale set for Nov 25, says: “Argyle pinks will become major collectibles, like Golconda colourless diamonds.” One of those storied rocks was the famous Hope Diamond, from a 16th-century India mine that has since closed. Only time will tell, but she probably isn’t too far off the mark.

In search of argan oil in Morocco

I’m perched on a low stool, legs splayed unceremoniously apart to accommodate a squat stone grinder which I’ve been turning for a good five minutes. My initial enthusiasm is rapidly fading – the treacly argan oil paste I’m pressing may as well be molasses at the excruciatingly slow rate it drips into a waiting jar. My only consolation is that I’ve proved somewhat entertaining for the row of Berber grandmothers now openly chuckling at my exertions. “Ffffhoooff,” one exclaims, sympathetically miming the wiping of sweat from her brow as she urges me to surrender and cease my labours.

I’m probably one in a long line of foreign visitors who’ve tried (and failed at) extracting argan oil the traditional way at Co-operative Feminine Tilila in Essaouira, one of over 12,000 women-run co-operatives dotted throughout southwest Morocco. In a large stone room, which remains cool and airy despite the scorching heat outside, a row of women line the walls, engaged in different stages of the oil extraction process.

This begins with baskets of wrinkled, purplish-brown dried argan fruit, which fall naturally from trees in late summer. The rind and pulp are removed, revealing an extremely hard nut, which has to be manually cracked open by hand, typically by knocking it against a rock. This in turn yields one to three precious light-brown kernels, which are then pressed in specially designed machines to yield oil for cosmetic use, or roasted for culinary purposes. Nothing is wasted. The leaves and pulp are fed to livestock, husks are burned for fuel. It is – as I learned – tiring, repetitive work: It takes 30kg of fruit and 15 hours of labour to make 1 litre of oil. According to UNESCO (which in 1998 named the country’s argan forest a UNESCO biosphere reserve), argan oil retails for up to US$300 (S$410) per litre, making it the world’s most expensive edible oil.

The stratospheric price tags of the oil are a relatively recent phenomenon, thanks to a surge in popularity. “When we started (the co- operatives), it was only US$3 per litre,” says Zoubida Charrouf, a lecturer at Mohammed V University in Rabat and argan tree expert who’s widely credited for introducing the co-operative system.

Argan nut husks

Edible oil pressed from the nuts commands high prices – the world’s highest for an edible oil. Photo credit: Alamy

Like most “miracle discoveries” in modern beauty, the unique benefits of argan oil have been known to locals for centuries. A powerhouse loaded with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamin E, argan oil has been used by Moroccans to stave off and treat a wide encyclopedia of maladies, from the trifling to the serious, ranging from wrinkles and acne to joint pain and even heart disease.

“One of my earliest childhood memories involves argan oil,” says Habiba Raffa, the Singapore-based Moroccan founder of Ayelli, a hair and skincare brand based on pure argan oil. Raffa remembers going to Agadir when she was three to visit her grandmother, who showed her exasperated mother how to use pure argan oil “to maintain the tightness, define the curls and tame the frizz” of her daughter’s unruly hair. Like most other Moroccan families, Raffa also recalls using the oil on a daily basis, in food and for “overall repair”.

“We used it to heal acne and chickenpox scars, after-sun exposure and for many other problems, long before it was clinically proven to reduce hyperpigmentation and to regulate sebum production,” she adds.

Argan oil is also used in that most quintessential of Moroccan wellness rituals, the hammam. “There, argan oil is even more special – it gives you the power to slow down, connect and pamper yourself,” says Raffa.

Today, argan oil can be found in shampoos, moisturisers, serums and body scrubs. Its gourmet cousin, oil made from roasted kernels, has become highly sought after by some of the world’s top restaurants. Golden-hued, distinctively nutty and remarkably aromatic, it enjoys star turns in Pierre Gagnaire in Paris, the Ivy in London and at Restaurant Zen in Singapore (where it tops a disc of shiso-flower bedecked caviar). For simpler pleasures, however, I think it’s best enjoyed in the form of amlou, or what Moroccans call “Berber nutella” – pulverised roasted almonds spun into a fragrant, velvety paste with the addition of argan oil and honey.

All this richness and flavour, ironically, are born from spectacularly harsh terrain. boom, an estimated 600 hectares were lost each year in the 1970s and 1980s, due to overgrazing and deforestation. Post-boom, farmers are planting, rather than felling trees, and the Moroccan government has pledged to plant another 200,000 hectares of argan forest by 2020. An unlikely player in the oil’s fates is the humble goat, which you’ll see actually up in argan trees during the two-and-a-half-hour drive from Marrakesh to Essaouira. The animals routinely clamber up On the label Ingredients should list 100 percent pure argania spinosa. USDA, Ecocert, and Agriculture Biologique certifications mean the oil was grown and produced without synthetic ingredients or pesticides. The best argan oil comes from Morocco. packaging The oil should come in dark bottles made of premium quality glass. Light breaks down the natural properties of argan oil. Choose cold-pressed Premium cold-pressed argan oil lasts 18 to 24 months. Pressing by hand is an old technique that doesn’t conform to international quality control standards and is considered by many to be unhygienic. Argan trees (argania spinosa) are gnarled, spreading plants of about 8 to 10m, with tiny leaves and intimidatingly thorny branches. They can live for up to 200 years and take 50 years to bear fruit. They’re tough yet pernickety, growing mainly in a swath stretching from Essaouira to Taroudant. “It’s special here,” says Co-operative Feminine Tilila’s manager Abdullah Essakhi, citing the area’s unique terroir of calcareous soils and oceanic breezes. “Some Israelis tried to grow argan trees in Israel – the trees grew, but there was no fruit.”

Argan oil Argan tree goats

The curious sight of goats all over an argan tree. The animals love nibbling on the fruits and leaves of the trees. Photo credit: Alamy

According to Charrouf, argan trees play a vital role in the region’s ecosystem, serving as “a green curtain”, or “the last wall before the desert starts,” with roots that thrust deep underground, bringing precious water up to surrounding plants and protecting the soil from erosion and desertification.

Argania spinosa’s fortunes rise and fall in tandem with commercial ones – pre-argan boom, an estimated 600 hectares were lost each year in the 1970s and 1980s, due to overgrazing and deforestation. Post-boom, farmers are planting, rather than felling trees, and the Moroccan government has pledged to plant another 200,000 hectares of argan forest by 2020. An unlikely player in the oil’s fates is the humble goat, which you’ll see actually up in argan trees during the two-and-a-half-hour drive from Marrakesh to Essaouira. The animals routinely clamber up the trees to nibble on their fruits and leaves, and previously locals would harvest argan nuts from the goats’ droppings, similar to how kopi luwak involves coffee cherries retrieved from civet cat waste. Luckily, this practice has fallen out of favour, with goats now considered a threat as they damage trees, a problem exacerbated by newly-wealthy argan farmers buying even more goats.

More critically, argan oil has transformed the fortunes of Moroccan women here, a traditionally marginalised group disadvantaged by patriarchy’s hegemony. When Charrouf started work on the co-operatives, 95 percent of the women in the area were illiterate and marginalised.

“Berber women typically don’t go outside the house. But we’ve organised them as producers into co-operatives – training them to use new technology, run the co-operatives in terms of administration, management, marketing, all aspects,” Charrouf shared at a 2014 innovation conference.

Apart from increasing literacy, the co-operatives have given local women agency, fair wages and business skills, with a fortunate few travelling abroad to meet big beauty brands like L’Oreal. According to Essakhi, the women at Co-operative Feminine Tilila earn on average 2,550 Moroccan dirhams ($354) per month, with additional bonuses paid out at each year’s end. Unlike in the past, most families now send their daughters to school. Much more can be done to positively impact the next generation, says Raffa, who observes men still occupy top roles as managers and co-operative presidents.

“My wish is to see more local women working beyond the manual process, to see them in managerial positions, in charge of argan production, international export relationships and innovative sustainability practices,” says Raffa. “When women benefit, children benefit.

Highlights from the Tokyo Motor Show 2019

To parody sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, do Japanese automakers dream of electric cars?

The answer is a resounding yes. And it is not science fiction either.

At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the theme that pervaded the Big Sight and Aomi exhibition grounds was electrification, autonomous and sustainable motoring, led by the top Japanese automakers.

Despite a smaller turnout than previous years, all the major domestic brands unveiled battery and even hydrogen-powered electric vehicles (EVs), readying themselves for a future that is not quite here but is nevertheless inevitable.

Even Mazda, which traditionally tries to boost the efficiency of its internal combustion engines at the expense of developing a pure EV, unveiled its first battery-electric vehicle – the MX-30 crossover.

Electrification aside, carmakers were also all-in on the new industry buzzword: Case, or Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electrified.

That acronym paints a driver-lite future. But will it be car-lite?

At the show, one of the more interesting Case concepts was the Panasonic Space L. It is more of a living room on wheels than a car. Occupants who do not have to keep an eye on the road enjoy aromatherapy and cool transparent displays.

Nissan, meanwhile, high on the success of its best-selling Leaf electric car, unveiled the electric Ariya concept. With huge wheels and ultra-thin headlights, it looks like a car that could go into production at the drop of a hat.

Even the interior, normally an eye-watering bonanza of holographic accoutrements in a concept car, looks practical and workable – with a two-spoke steering wheel and touch controls on the dash. Honda officially launched the battery-driven Honda e and hybrid versions of the new Jazz/Fit.

And Mitsubishi unveiled the quad-motor Mi-Tech electric concept buggy.

But it was Toyota which communicated the new course most dramatically. The world’s biggest vehicle maker now refers to itself as a mobility company. This new direction is spearheaded by the autonomous e-Palette shuttle and Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car.

  • Mitsubishi quad-motor Mi-Tech electric concept buggy
    Mitsubishi quad-motor Mi-Tech electric concept buggy. Photo credit: Mitsubishi
  • Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle
    Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Photo credit: Toyota
  • Nissan Electric Ariya
    Nissan unveiled the electric Ariya concept at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. Photo credit: Nissan

Then, there is the LQ concept, which comes with a digital assistant called Yui. It uses artificial intelligence to learn more about you, the driver, and deliver a “personalised mobility experience”. It taps the human instinct to form bonds, Toyota says with a straight face, creating a relationship between driver and vehicle.

Toyota’s luxury arm Lexus also took the opportunity to unveil its plans for the future.

At the unveiling of the LF-30 concept, the brand will launch its first battery-electric vehicle later this month, followed by its first plug-in hybrid and another battery-powered car built on a dedicated electric platform in the early 2020s. The latter could be the first product to emerge from a Toyota-Subaru EV joint venture.

As for the LF-30, it is an angular and futuristic car with a 500km range from a 110kWh solid-state battery driving four in-wheel motors. It is supposed to be driver-focused, yet will drive itself without hesitation when the need arises.

If you feel the future is bleak for drivers who enjoy driving, cars like the MX-30, Ariya and LF-30 are reassuring. For even if the future of motoring is robotic, it is far from boring.

Fashion Forward Dubai | The October Edition 2019

A model walks the runway during the Michael Cinco show at Fashion Forward March 2017 held at the Dubai Design District on March 23, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Since its inaugural edition in 2013, Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD) has evolved into one of the most eagerly anticipated sartorial events of the year.

A model walks the runway during the Michael Cinco show at Fashion Forward March 2017 held at the Dubai Design District on March 23, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Take a sneak peek of what’s to come on Fashion Forward Dubai’s runways Dubai.

Taking place throughout the Dubai Design District (d3) from October 30–November 2 this year, the four-day-long event will showcase a well-curated display of couture and contemporary-wear collections from both established and emerging designers.

Highlights of this year’s FFWD Dubai include shows from highly regarded international fashion houses such as Christian Cowan, whose designs have been worn by Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Cardi B; London-based fashion label, Robert Wun, who has dressed Gigi Hadid; and Nadya Dzyak, celebrated for her effortlessly chic and luxurious ready-to-wear collections.

Returning this season area number of Fashion Forward Dubai’s long-standing participants and well-known regional designers: couturiers Amato, Atelier Zuhra, Michael Cinco, Yousef Al Jasmi, and ready-to-wear labels Arwa Al Banawi, Behnoode, Hessa Falasi, Mrs. Keepa, Roni Helou, Sadeem, and  Varoin Marwah.

A number of exciting new designers will also be taking to the Fashion Forward runway with their designs, including Hass Idriss, Hazem Kais, Jessica K, Maison Farah Wali, Reemami, Thym, and Tanya Skaff.

Keep tuned for more updates!

Spark by Caramel Re-opens with a Bright and Sparky New Look

Established in 2010, Spark by Caramel restaurant and lounge has recently undergone a full makeover. We are excited to share a sneak preview with you of this new bright and sparky DIFC venue!

Spark by Caramel open its doors for a new lifestyle experience.

Following the concept revision process, the DIFC-located venue has been renamed ‘Spark by Caramel’ from Caramel Restaurant &  Lounge.

 Spark by Caramel is an upbeat restaurant and lounge serving quality food and bar experience, ideal for private and corporate events. 

The diner can comfortably accommodate over 400 guests in its indoor and outdoor space, with exquisitely designed indoor and outdoor dining areas including a modern cocktail bar, serving special fresh fruity and exotic drinks. 

Spark by Caramel is a trendy destination, which has a millennial appeal as well an executive feel. It provides vibrant dining and entertainment spaces, suitable for all tastes.

“Spark by Caramel is the major role in enforcing DIFC’s image as one of most sought after entertainment destination in the region. SPARK will have exciting hospitality packages that give our clients value for their money. The local hospitality space is increasingly becoming competitive with customers constantly demanding a better experience. This is what drives us, going the extra mile to ensure our customers feel appreciated,” says Jubran Rahal, Founder and Managing Partner of SPARK.

The restaurant also features a revamped menu fit for various corporate events. It’s a la carte and business lunch menus are the flagship offerings that have been designed specifically for the daytime executive guests and business clients.

For those special dinner/night occasions, guests can choose from a wide selection of beverages and Shisha, served till 3 am every night.

Apart from the exemplary menu and world-class event facilities, and of course top-notch customer service, Spark by Caramel also has an outstanding weekly music and entertainment agenda.

The line-up includes Spark Nights on Thursdays, with a DJ performs with live female musician. Friday nights, SPARK’s Oriental nights, will present a live band from Beirut, Lebanon. The restaurant is in the process of introducing other exciting themed evening activities.

Spark by Caramel’s exquisite corporate hospitality stands out making it the go-to place for dining, entertainment and relaxation.

Argan Oil market overview and product tests

Argan Oil products and especially pure Argan Oil are emerging as THE “in” products in the cosmetic and beauty world. As there are countless products on the market it has become apparent that tests should be performed to verify what exactly is being sold. These we have carried out and the results have been really shocking!

Argan tree

Intensive research and tests have been carried out by us to verify the differences between Argan Oils being currently sold on the market.

In testing, it became surprisingly obvious that Argan Oil is being sold in very high percentages of mixtures (up to 80% Sunflower Oil or Corn Oil), which only very sophisticated laboratory analyses can prove.  Furthermore, even oils bought directly in Morocco have found to have varying cheap oils and this has been not only eye opening but shocking.

Argan nuts in shell

It is very difficult for consumers to filter real Argan Oil from mixtures, but the difference becomes evident when you try a Pure Argan Oil.

The Oil from Moroccangold, Josie Maran and AlQima has been taken direct from their factory’s.  We also purchased there oils presently on the UK market to double check the quality – still the same as promised!

A major problem has been that manufacturers do not sell direct on the market and they buy their oil from different small suppliers, therefore it has been impossible for us to verify who is actually mixing the oil.

The general result has been astonishing and has proved once again that profit is the main motivator for resellers.  The issue that needs to be addressed is that the consumer needs to be aware what is a pure product and fair to buy.

Products sold at cheaper prices are almost always mixed and diluted with cheap oils to improve the margins.

Finally, we can say that Oils sold at prices below GBP 20.00 (Euro 16,50) 100ml cannot be pure. A kg of organic Argan nuts are purchased at 85 MHD (7.00 GBP / Euro 5,75) and to make 1 Liter of pure Argan Oil 2.2 – 2.4 kg are needed. In Morocco pure Argan Oil is sold for 80.00 – 120.00 GBP (Euro 65,00 – 100,00) and so it is not possible to sell the oil cheaper to consumers in Europe as it is sold direct from factories (cooperatives) in Morocco. 1 Litre of Sunflower or Corn oil costs 1.00 GBP (Euro 1,20).

After months of testing and research on the actual skin and in special laboratories, we now have a much clearer picture and outcome that there is only a few products which satisfied all the results.

The Josie Maran Argan Oil is an high quality pure Argan Oil and 15ml are sold for 65.00 GBP (Euro 70,00).

The MoroccanGold Ozinised Argan Oil is a pure Argan Oil and is also unique because it has added Ozone (O3) 250ppm (parts per million) to disinfect the skin. The Ozone is not very present but can be realized on the skin. Ozone has a very effective quality and has brought big advancements also in Olive Oil, in the cosmetics world and medical field.

The MoroccanGold Oil is sold in 50 and 100ml bottles with pipette dropper at 22.00 and 34.00 GPB and comes highly recommended. The AlQima with a much higher Ozone concentration 1.500ppm at 39.00 GBP 50ml.

Consumers can verify the quality based on the colour. The darker the oil, the better the quality is. This is just a rough indicator which can be used to check the quality and pureness.

More information about our testing can be requested. Please feel free and contact us.

French chocolate is the Food of Love All Year Round – Not Just at Valentine’s Day

February 14th is here – and for most lovers of all things chocolate – a gift of ‘the best chocolate in the world’ is the only gift worth giving this Valentine’s Day.

Or indeed, for any special occasion. Based in Forcalquier in the Haute Provence region of France, zChocolat once again demonstrates why the French reign supreme on matters of the heart. Featuring a divine assortment of 10 specially crafted chocolates, the 2018 Valentine’s Day Collections includes the most requested recipes from Master Chocolatier Pascal Caffet with special love-inspired extras.

This year’s special edition packaging features either an ornate key design or an embellished heart design. The collection has also incorporated a dramatic nod to love’s foremost flower. Delicate rose petals are hidden beneath the lid of each box add instant romance and drama to each delivery. Like every zChocolat product, items from the Valentine’s Collection can be additionally customised with a personalised message, the recipient’s name engraved on the package, or even a heart-shaped padlock with an individually selected combination.

Of course, it’s the chocolates that steal the show. All-natural ingredients, exotic single-origin cocoas, and an absence of preservatives ensure premium flavours, while zChocolat’s innovative recipes make each product an unforgettable melt-in-your-mouth experience.

Particularly noteworthy are standout gifts such as lavish gold-covered chocolates, an impressive half-pound heart-shaped hazelnut praline, and elegantly coloured chocolate hearts, including a recently re-imagined ginger praline heart covered in smooth white chocolate.

This Valentine’s Day, give your beloved our special limited-edition Valentine’s Day box: the “Jet’aime” zBox 12. The words Je t’aime are engraved on the lid that will arrive beautifully wrapped. Inside are four distinct flavours, including irresistible white chocolate hearts filled with dark chocolate ganache, hazelnut pralines in smooth milk chocolate, luscious caramels coated in rich dark chocolate, and a recently re-imagined ginger praline in seductively silky white chocolate. A particularly elegant way to invite romance this month – and at any time of the year. As the pre-eminent source for fine quality French chocolate, the zChocolat brand has epitomised the expression chic à la française since its inception in 1999. The 2018 Valentine’s Day Collection, along with a wide range of other distinguished chocolate gifts, are available online exclusively at their website at www.zchocolat.com. Happy Valentine’s Day to all chocolate lovers!

 

‘Be Mine for Valentine’ at Emirates Palace Spa

At the Emirates Palace Spa this Valentines, create your own signature couple’s experience for you and your loved one. Select from the options below and spoil your special someone with a bespoke indulgence. All packages are inclusive of Beach Club, Pool and Gym access as well as 20% off the bill across the Emirates Palace selected signature restaurants.

60-minute treatments (Choose one)

– Deep Pressure Massage
– Swedish Massage
– Bespoke Massage
– Forlle’d Customised Facial
– Bastien Gonzalez Pedicure
30-minute treatments (Choose one)

– Mini Facial
– Milky Bath
– Rejuvenating Feet Treat
– Body Scrub
– Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage
– Argan Oil Hair & Scalp Treatment

The Details.

AED 885* per person for 90-minute package
AED 1,145* per person for 120-minute package
AED 1,450* per person for 150-minute package

Gift Vouchers are available for purchase and are valid for 1 year. This offer is not valid with any other promotion or discount.

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