In our weekly series, we bring you the latest in luxury news around the world. This week’s highlights: Montblanc X Ferrari create a high-calibre writing instrument, bespoke experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, Maldives, an unseen Singapore through the eyes of 6 photographers, and more.
A Prancing Horse In Your Pocket With Montblanc
In the second coming of the Montblanc Ferrari tie-up, the two forces come together in a climactic writing instrument. The Montblanc Ferrari Stilema SP3 LE599 taps on Ferrari Design and its chief design officer Flavio Manzoni as a co-creator. In its design, clear recalls of the latest Ferrari Daytona SP3 can be seen with architecture and proportions that suggest surfaces, volumes and aerodynamics. It is this DNA which Ferrari calls stilema – an element in design that is linked to the identity of the marque of the Prancing Horse. “It was a fascinating design challenge to translate the proportions and fluidity of the DAytona SP3, ideally contoured for dynamic performance and incredible speeds, to a writing instrument without sacrificing on the quality of the writing experience,” Manzoni explains, adding, “our focus was not only on fluidity of the form but also of function, emphasizing the exceptional sensation of holding a high-calibre fountain pen.”
Starry Encounters At The Ritz-Carlton, Maldives
Across a 2023 calendar, guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Maldives, Fari Islands may expect personal encounters with the masters of crafts and craftsmanship. These bespoke guest experiences take guests on a culinary journey with chefs behind Michelin-starred restaurants, mavens of gastronomy, award-winning bartenders the world over. Among some of the star turns at this resort are Tom Sellers, Chef Patron of two Michelin-starred Restaurant story (14 to 18 February), as well as Shingo Gokan of SG Group (14 to 15 March) who was named International Bartender of the Year by Tales of the Cocktail. For more of what is to come, including the appearance of a renowned author and crystal whisperer, visit their website.
Panda-monium Hits Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas
The sporty Overseas chronograph by Vacheron Constantin gets its panda treatment. On the 42.5mm steel version cases, the dials now sport the familiar panda design with snailed black counters on a sunburst satin-finished dial. This aesthetic is a throwback to the motorsports world of the ‘60s, when such graphics enhanced visibility and added personality to timepieces. Each timepiece will be delivered with three interchangeable bracelet/straps, to let its wearer change styles without the need for tools.
The Langham, Venice Calling
In what will be one of 2026’s most anticipated new hotel openings, the ground-breaking ceremony of The Langham, Venice recently took place on 7 February, marking the start of the regeneration of the former Casino Mocenigo and Murano glass factory. When open, the 133-key property will rise as an icon on the island of Murano, set on the Venetian laguna. With award-winning architects Matteo Thun & Partners in the fray, the commitment has been to restore the 16th-century casino’s original frescoes, as well as renew the perspective of the Renaissance building for visitors arriving by water.
Discover The Lesser-Known Sights Of Singapore
Through its collaboration with the National Geographic CreativeWorks, the Singapore Tourism Board has unveiled Unseen/Singapore – a collection of photographic works which are accessible as a virtual exhibition. Six photographers from Singapore and across Southeast Asia, ventured across Singapore in the middle of last year, capturing Singapore beyond it’s iconic landmarks, and discovered charming neighbourhoods, lush wetlands and even a lighthouse at the edge of the island through their lens. John Conceicao, Executive Director, Southeast Asia, STB, says: “Unseen/Singapore set out to inspire travellers to rediscover Singapore, through the lens of talented photographers from South-east Asia, who tell their journey of discovery through photography. We hope they will inspire a new wave of visitors to discover a Singapore reimagined.”
Savour Nespresso’s Dolce Vita
Adding pep to the year, Nespresso expands its Ispirazione Italiana range with a limited edition collection co-designed by Italian blogger turned fashion icon Chiara Ferragni. In tribute to the city’s coffee culture, the collection takes flight with the new Milano Intenso coffee, accessories and even a coffee machine (RM999) that pays tribute to the urban beats of contemporary Milan – a hub of culture, art and definitely style. Coffee enthusiasts may expect a balance between jammy fruity notes and ‘a shimmer of spice’ with roasted cereal, cocoa notes, bread and dark chocolate swooping in on every sip.