After the pocket watch, it’s time for another stunning piece from Cartier to debut at the SIHH 2012. A sneak peek at the show reveals yet another stunning offering from the watch makers. The event will see Limited Edition Cartier Rotonde Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon in Rose Gold and Titanium versions. Nested inside a of 45mm case covered with a sapphire crystals, the watch comes with a Swiss manual-wind Cartier in-house caliber 9402MC with 47 jewels movement.
This may sound surreal, but India’s dirtiest waterway, the Yamuna River, is to be transformed into a luxury eco-resort in an ambitious multimillion-dollar clean up project. Officials in India’s capital New Delhi have revealed plans to develop visitor attractions such as bank-side promenades, ‘Zen gardens’, wildlife observation decks with biodiversity zones and a bamboo eco-skywalk, in a bid to attract more tourists to the area by 2015. The new plans also include details of a clean-up program, which aims to rid the water of pollution and stop sewerage flowing into the river within four years. In the last 20 years, the Delhi government has spent over $430 million on schemes to clean up the river, however the latest report show that the river is still as dirty as it has ever been. Over 3 billion liters of sewage water is being pumped into the river around the city of New Delhi each day, where 58 per cent of the populations do not have access to a toilet.
Trust China to redefine the very meaning of the world ‘village.’ Not to be left behind from their urban counterparts, one of China’s tallest buildings has opened for business in the nation’s ‘wealthiest village’, Huaxi, a clear indication of the country’s economic growth. The Longxi International Hotel is 328 metres (1,082-feet) high and cost $470 million to build, an official in Huaxi told AFP. China is already home to 10 other tall buildings including the Shanghai World Financial Center, the third highest in the world, though they all sit in major cities across the country. Huaxi, is still classed as a village in east China’s Jiangsu province despite having expanded significantly over the years, engulfing nearby villages and its population growing to 50,000 from 1,600 in the 1960s.
So you ask, How does a luxury island owner get to their private island on The World islands in Dubai? In an ‘Ome’. A swanky floating villa designed to drift back and forth between the mainland and The World islands, when the project is complete of course. The fancy floating island, Ome will have an upper and lower deck and 1,400 sq m of living space, including five bedrooms and a 10m swimming pool. And according to one of its developers, there is already some interest in the futuristic floating homes, but declined to reveal any further details or confirm how much a dream Ome would cost you. “It may be people who are super yacht enthusiasts looking for something different or someone with a more recreational boating approach,” Graham Henderson of Palmerstone said. The Ome has been designed by Atoll Floating Islands, a Dubai-based joint venture between Palmerstone and Donald Starkey Designs – a specialist in super-yachts.
Japan wants its tourists back and in a bid to lure visitors back and boost the tourism industry, the tourism board is offering 10,000 foreigners free airfares to visit the country next year. The Japan Tourism Agency plans to ask would-be travelers to submit online applications for the free flights, detailing which areas of the country they would like to visit, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported. The agency will then select the successful entrants and ask them to write a report about their trip which will be published on the internet. Tourism authorities hope that positive reports from travelers about their experiences in Japan will help ease international worries about visiting the country, the newspaper said. The program, which will require travelers to cover other costs such as accommodation, is expected to start from next April, subject to government budgetary approval.
It has been busy week in the world of travel.
Hotel offerings continue to get better with the New York Marriott Marquis’s $39mn makeover. The windy city will see two iconic properties as the Radisson Blu makes its US debut with a aquatic skyscraper, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago and Langham announced plans for the Langham Chicago in the iconic IBM building. At the Waldorf Astoria, the trendy, lush new Guerlain Spa has reopened to pamper its guests.
There is going to be no more of those cute aircraft-shaped salt and pepper pots on Virgin’s Upper Class, ahead of a revamp of its cutlery and dining ware. The cute shakers were introduced over 12 years ago and have become a familiar part of the carrier’s premium dining experience, with many passengers opting to take the containers with them after their flight. This led Virgin to place a rather tongue-in-cheek message on the bottom of the pots, saying “Pinched from Virgin Atlantic”, not that it made any difference.
The Ushuaia Beach Hotel, Ibiza has launched an innovative campaign using RFID technology that allows users to carry out Facebook activity in the real world while on holiday. Guests can tag photos, check in on Facebook Places and share their wonderful holiday moments without carrying a computer or phone around with them – extremely handy when you’re in Ibiza. So how do they connect? By wearing a wrist band that they are given when checking in, which then needs to be synchronized with their Facebook profile. After that its check-in, update, comment and like; all done by swiping your wrist band at various RFID points that the hotel has set up around the resort.
The Monaco Yacht Show that wrapped up in Monte Carlo last week showcased a couple of aquatic extravagances and among them on display was plans for a fuel-sipping schooner with all the comforts of a luxury hotel. The brainchild of Souter Carbon Offset Design, the Emax E-Volution solar hybrid schooner can be powered by the wind, the sun or a pair of engines running marine diesel. The combination lets the boat reach a top speed of 14 knots without a drop of diesel, or speed away from an offshore tax haven or underwater lair at 28 knots. Still in design, Sauter has plans to partner with Ned Ship Group of Switzerland to make the boat a reality. Ned Ship spokesman Egon Faiss said the boat when built; the boat could be bought starting at €30 million ($40.5 million). The interiors of the sailboat will be outfitted on the individual customer’s taste. Faiss adds, “We from our side recommend to go as lightweight as possible, because this is in the beginning the most important step to go the economical way.”
It’s the F1 fever and the latest city to be buzzing with all the excitement is Abu Dhabi. American pop princess Britney Spears, US rockers Incubus and British rockers The Cult, and former Beatle great Paul McCartney will be the celebrities that will round off the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after-race concerts, which kick off on November 11.