Four Seasons Hotel Megève launches Helicopter Ski Safaris to give guests the ultimate luxury skiing experience

Have you ever visited a ski resort and wished you could see some of the other nearby slopes while you’re there? After all, if you go to the trouble of packing your attire and assembling your gear, it only makes sense that you make the most of your mountaintop experience.

Until recently, this idealistic concept was simply a pipe dream. Now, France’s Four Seasons Hotel Megève is changing the game.

Starting December 15, 2018, guests can take part in luxurious Helicopter Ski Safaris that allow them access not only to the gorgeous slopes that frame the new resort, but also to nearby ones at the Chamonix, Courchevel and Val d’Isère resorts among others.

The result? An all-inclusive tour of the Alps from the vantage point of a soaring eagle high above the summits.

While this is an incredible package deal, it’s far from standardized. Rather, staff at the Megève’s Ski Concierge will tailor the trip every day according to the weather and snow conditions, so guests are always guaranteed a safe, exciting and rewarding skiing experience.

As you glide above Mont Blanc and its neighboring pikes, be sure to bring your camera along. The views are nothing short of breathtaking, even if you’re more comfortable on the bunny slope than a black diamond.

Rates for the Ski Safari begin at EUR 1,310 per night, which equates to around $1,500 USD, for two guests staying in a Megève Deluxe Room. If you book a weeklong trip, you’ll get the privilege of going on three helicopter excursions. Five nights gets you two trips, and three-night visitors are treated to one.

Flying not your thing? No problem.

You can convert the value of the helicopter journey into an equally invigorating adventure on the ground. From dog-sled rides to snowshoeing, you’ll have your pick from multiple exhilarating treks, all of which allow you to see the same terrain as your thrill-seeking buddies high above you. As a sweet trade-off, you’ll even get to enjoy a picnic lunch in a top-scale mountain refuge to refuel before you hit the slopes.

So what are you waiting for? Book your package today and set forth on one of the most luxurious skiing adventures in the world.

You can choose from the Mont Blanc Ski Safari, which centers on 15-minute rides to Chamonix, Flaine or Courmayeur resorts; or the slightly longer Alpine Ski Safari flight, which takes visitors on a 30-minute trip to Val d’Isère, Courchevel, Méribel or Val Thorens.

Available until April 15, 2019, there’s not much time left to pack in this trip of a lifetime. Make your reservation today and take your love of skiing to new heights!

Montblanc introduces three new watches in the Heritage Chronométrie Collection

Montblanc has added three new watches to the Heritage Chronométrie collection that introduces a fresher, more contemporary design code. The “Chronométrie” in the name of the collection is derived from the French word for “precision,” thus the new watches include solid horological credentials despite their affordable price tags. The latest additions to the collection includes two new interpretations of the patented ExoTourbillon Slim which was launched back in 2016. The first watch in this new collection is the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Perpetual Calendar Sapphire (ref. 118513), which features the same movement as the 2014 perpetual calendar. The 2018 edition comes with a new 40mm stainless steel case with slimmer lugs, a fully polished finishing and new dial design. The perpetual calendar indications are featured on transparent counters that are in a shade of dark-blue color. The watch is priced at EUR 12,700 (roughly $15,000).

Ladies, you will love Richard Mille’s new tourbillon watch

Richard Mille has unveiled its newest creation – a timepiece for the ladies that’s been introduced in the form of a collection of ten watches. Called the RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman, it is the first collection overseen from top to bottom by Richard Mille’s Cécile Guenat, the watchmaker’s director of ladies’ collections. Each of the 10 watches in the collection features a variation on the mother-of-pearl, onyx, and diamond settings. However, the highlight of the watch, beyond its unique design, is the watchmaker’s first-ever, in-house automatic tourbillon movement, the Caliber CRMT1. The movement is largely made out of grade 5 titanium, making it ultra-light and compact, while still offering the typical robustness that Richard Mille’s calibers boast. It measures just 6.2 millimeters in thickness and 8 grams in weight.

Despite that the dial is largely skeletonized, it still features a miniature piece of artwork inspired by different art forms. “My work is the fruit of very different influences. In designing this collection, I drew not only on Art Deco, but on the Tribal arts—masks, African sculptures, etc.—whose impact on all great modern and contemporary artists has been enormous,” said Guenat. Five pieces of each of the 10 variations of the RM 71-01 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman will be available with a price tag of 400,000 CHF (roughly $405,000).

Take a look inside the worlds largest Rolex store, and, yes its in Dubai

Recently we reported that Swiss luxury company Richemont had destroyed millions worth of watches in Europe thanks to a lack of sales pushing the prices down. But it looks like Rolex is facing no problems of that nature in the Middle East given that the Swiss company has opened their largest ever boutique at the world famous Dubai Mall.

The store takes up a whopping 850 square meters of retail space across three levels and is operated by Dubai based luxury retailer Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. The design of the space- both inside and out- draws on the watches it sells.

The store offers plenty of open space for a luxurious feel. Watches are displayed not only at sales counters and tables but also on wall shelves.

The space includes a showstopping chandelier from a Czech glass specialist. Even this chandelier has a bit of Rolex in it, as it is inspired by the cyclops, a bubble-like magnifying element that lets the watch owner clearly see the date on certain models.

On the mezzanine floor the details include walls with a leather-trim and gold-leaf, gold watch indexes and appliqués. Every element seems to reference Rolex watches.
There’s also a screening room where Rolex enthusiasts can view short films that explore the history and heritage of the brand.

At a store launch of this importance, even the world famous brand ambassador Roger Federer and Rolex CEO Jean-Frederic Dufour were present.

Review: Samanda Caldwell

Richard Mille has launched a new $161,000 Regatta Watch

Swiss luxury watchmaker Richard Mille released a new regatta watch to mark the start of the ninth annual edition of the Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille sailing competition. Called the RM 60-01 Les Voiles de St. Barth 2018 Limited Edition Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta, it is one of the most expensive non-gemstone-studded regatta watches to date and the watchmaker will only make 50 pieces of it. Available only in bright yellow, the regatta watch is powered by the RMAC2 automatic caliber, which is crafted in grade-5 titanium. It offers flyback chronograph functions for timing multiple events, annual calendar with oversize date, running seconds and coordinated universal time (UTC) function, making it an absolute powerhouse of a movement.

To offer is wearers the ability to make navigational calculations and determine current location, the watch features bi-directional rotating outer bezel, along with the inner rings and dial, which displays everything from indication of the four cardinal points and a graduated degree- and 24-hour scale. The RM 60-01 Automatic Flyback Chronograph Regatta 2018 watch will only be sold in the Americas with a price tag of $161,000.

Review: Samenda Caldwell

Richard Mille introduces a trio of new RM 67-02 for its newest brand ambassadors

Watchmaker Richard Mille is known for having a close association with many of world’s top athletes, most famously Rafael Nadal. The brand released the incredible RM 67-02 last year, which is the lightest watch in their product line-up. Designed keeping athletes in mind and their need for ultra-light timepieces, the RM 67-02 is an automatic watch that weighs just 32g, including the strap. For this year, the Swiss watchmaker joined hands with three more pro athletes to create custom editions of the RM 67-02 for them. The three new world renowned ambassadors of Richard Mille are: Sébastien Ogier, five-time World Rally champion; Alexis Pinturault, French World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist; and Alexander Zverev, currently the world number three tennis player on the ATP rankings. Each variation of the timepiece sports the colors of the national flag of the ambassador.

Like its predecessors, the three new editions of the RM 67-02 are powered by the mechanical CRMA7 calibre, which is housed inside a 38.7mm wide case made out of ultra-light, strong carbon quartz TPT and secured by screws made of grade 5 titanium. For absolute comfort, Richard Mille equipped the new RM 67-02 with a highly elastic comfort strap. Each of these new RM 67-02 editions has a price of $1,40,000.

Review: Samenda Caldwell

Rolls Royce Cullinan the uber luxurious SUV is finally here

After months of teasers and spy shots of camouflaged mule flooding the internet, the hotly anticipated Rolls-Royce SUV is finally here. Meet the Roll-Royce Cullinan, the British luxury carmaker’s first ever SUV in its 112-year long history. With a starting price of $320,000, it is the most expensive and most lavishly appointed utility ever built. It was three years ago when CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos announced that Rolls-Royce was planning an SUV, following requests from buyers who asked for a high-bodied alternative to the Phantom with similar luxury quotient. “Our answer to history, to the visionaries, adventurers, explorers and those who believe in the supremacy of liberty is the Cullinan,” he said at the launch.

Named appropriately after the world’s largest raw diamond, which was found in South Africa over a century ago, The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is the second model in the carmaker’s line-up to be built on it’s all-aluminum “architecture of luxury,” with the recently unveiled Phantom VIII being the first one. Designed from the ground up, it uses components reconfigured into a spaceframe, which should deliver “extraordinary car body stiffness for exceptional ‘best-in-class’ functional performance.” The new Phantom’s spaceframe is already 30% stiffer that its predecessor’s, and the Cullinan is even more stiffer.

The Cullinan comes fitted with an self-leveling, adapted version of the computer-controlled self-levelling air shocks Rolls-Royce uses on its other models. The system makes millions of calculations every second to adapt itself to the road. As compared to the new Phantom, it is shorter by over 400 mm and higher by nearly 200mm; yet, it’s quite large in comparison to Bentley Bentayga. It is powered by a 6.75-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 engine, which produces 562 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. The power is sent to all four wheels through a ZF automatic gearbox. The top speed of the Rolls-Royce SUV is electronically limited at 155 miles per hour. “Today we are setting a new standard by creating a new class of motoring and motor car for customers who are well-connected, highly mobile and have a global perspective,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, chair of Rolls-Royce and member of the board of BMW Group. “They want a new type of motor car that gives them unbounded access in ultimate luxury.” The Cullinan will arrive in the US at the beginning on next year.

Review sponsored by Rolls Royce Motors

Luxxrs Introduces BUBEN & ZORWEG UNIQUE STYLE & DESIGN

BUBEN & ZORWEG are the unique creators of style & design of inbuilt, multifunctional luxury safes, watch winders and clocks specialised in serving the world’s most discerning and demanding lovers of luxury, from royalty to captains of industry, heads of state and stars of sport and music. It was named in 2016 by Ernst & Young as one of the top 20 German global luxury brands alongside Montblanc, Porsche, A. Lange & Söhne and BMW.

BUBEN & ZORWEG Object of Time® masterpieces are a range of multifunctional luxury safes incorporating BUBEN&ZORWEG clocks and tourbillon clocks, constructed to house collections of up to several hundred watches, while also serving as humidors, bars, weather stations and music systems. They enable their owners to savour and safeguard their most prized possessions, from gold bars to historic cameras, heirloom jewellery, Swiss watches, priceless manuscripts, rare guns and in one case a $50m antiquity!

The carefully curated BUBEN&ZORWEG 2018 collection showcased at the Salone del Mobile in Milan this year and lured visitors with a number of unmissable highlights like the new Vision and Connoisseur 200. Available as a stand-alone model or as an inbuilt variation defined to fill the space of a dedicated wall recess, the new Vision is a remarkable creation with a multitude of interior options. The roomy, high security safe with many inner drawers and the presence of state of the art Time Mover® systems, ensure the Vision caters to every need and blends perfectly with its surroundings.

Another major highlight that made everyone’s head turn during the Milan exhibition was the presence of the superlative BUBEN&ZORWEG Safe Room. A remarkable concept conceived for the discerning aesthete and collector who wish their own private and secluded space to appreciate the rarest of treasures hunted over a lifetime. An exclusive room where safety is guaranteed through, among other state of the art security systems, an inbuilt private museum.

Private Museum

BUBEN&ZORWEG has more than 20 standalone and in-shop boutiques and is present in over 100 countries worldwide. Its most recently opened store is located in Shanghai.

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New in the Sauternes Wine Region: Lalique to Open Second French Hotel

Lalique, the renowned French crystal brand, made headlines when opening a five-star hotel in Alsace a few years ago. Called Villa René Lalique, this Relais & Châteaux hotel is home to a gourmet restaurant with two Michelin stars. Now Lalique is expanding its hospitality imprint with a new project in the prized Sauternes wine region, situated south of Bordeaux and world famous for its sweet wines.

The Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, whose wines are classified as Premiers Crus Classés, was purchased in 2014 by Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique and owner of five vineyards in the Bordeaux region, including Château Faugères, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé.

With vineyards abutting the legendary Château d’Yquem, the Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey has a long history: Its building is a recognized historic monument dating to the 13th century. Now this chateau will get a new lease on life as a boutique luxury hotel and gourmet restaurant. Slated to open on June 23, 2018 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, the hotel was decorated by interior designers Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli, also behind the Lalique Maison collection and the Villa René Lalique project. The style is “country chic,” inspired by the surrounding Sauternes landscapes. Bien sur, there are Lalique crystals in the decor.

The Chateau will have 10 rooms and three suites, a wine cellar stocked with 350,000 bottles and a gastronomic restaurant overseen by Chef Jérôme Schilling, the former executive chef at Villa René Lalique. A native of Alsace, Schilling honed his skills in the kitchens of some of France’s best chefs (Joël Robuchon, Roger Verger, Thierry Marx). The hotel is managed by Christophe Noulibos.

Review: Edward Collins

Natural World Safaris Debuts NWS RAW Itineraries

Bespoke travel outfitter Natural World Safaris has launched NWS RAW, a safari concept that reveals a different side to often-visited destinations. This is the newest addition to the NWS Select services, providing travel experiences that explore the last wild frontiers.

Responding to the desire from seasoned travelers to move beyond bucket-list destinations and delve deeper into a location, NWS RAW navigates unsung wildernesses and lesser-known areas. Clients will take a step off the beaten track to discover a country’s raw side with the support of an expert team and structured itinerary to safely explore the new regions.

Some of the NWS RAW itineraries include:

Bears, Wolves and Snow Leopards of the Himalayas

This itinerary takes guests deep into the Indian Himalayas in search of wolves, brown bears and the snow leopard. The high-altitude locations visited on this itinerary are cold, harsh, mountainous, and rarely traveled. Along the way, experience seldom-visited Ladakh region. The 11-day itinerary starts at £5,545 (about $7,621), excluding international flights.

Journey into the Maliau Basin, Borneo

Venture into the heart of one of Borneo’s most untouched wildernesses, the Maliau Basin. Ringed by a huge escarpment, this conservation area measures approximately 230 square miles and contains rivers, waterfalls, vast tracts of forest and a large amount of biodiversity. Strap on hiking boots and discover this rarely-seen wilderness on an active trekking safari. A five-day safari costs from £995 (about $1,367) per person, excluding international flights.

Uganda Kidepo by Air

Kidepo National Park gives African enthusiasts the chance to experience a lesser known part of Uganda for intimate, remote wildlife encounters with an array of game and bird life. This short-fly in safari allows guests to explore via game drives and nature walks to take in the park’s landscapes and capture wildlife photography. A five-day safari costs from £2,310 (about $3,175) per person, excluding international flights.

Review:Robert Nilson

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