In our weekly series, we bring you the latest in luxury news from around the world. This week’s highlights: The newly released Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé, trek in style with Breitling’s Superocean Heritage ’57 Highlands, and more.
The Newly Released Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé
Distinguished by the iconic AMG exterior highlights, the new Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé is built with upgraded technical and visual innovations with a youthful, sporty exterior. The new Coupé is given a 320kW (435 hp) 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine with a Twin-Scroll turbocharger, making it an incredible sports car. It also has a software update and a larger turbocharger, to increase the maximum torque from 520Nm to 560Nm. Acceleration from zero to 100 kmph is also more dynamic now at 5.0 seconds, as compared to its predecessor at 5.3 seconds. This GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé is powered by the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) and a 48-volt electrical system. The ISG combines a starter and alternator in one powerful electric motor and is installed between the engine and the transmission.
Also, the AMG Active Ride Control rolling movements invention is kept to a minimum, so both the driver and passenger can enjoy an ultra-smooth ride. As for the exterior, the front is designed with an AMG signature design and new daytime running lights. There’s also the Multibeam LED headlamps providing excellent levels of light and visibility. This GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé also gets a new front apron with expressively shaped side air intakes in a jet-wing design. The dashboard and door beltlines of this coupé are made with ARTICO man-made leather that’s fused with AMG’s carbon-fibre trim and topstitching, all of which gives the interior a rich, classy look. As for the audio, it’s built with the Burmester 3D surround sound system, which can also be customised according to your preferences for a more pronounced surround sound. You’ll also see a widescreen cockpit with two fully digital colour displays, each with a diagonal 12.3-inch screen. With a sporty exterior, rich-looking cabin and amazing surround sound, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 4MATIC+ Coupé is made for the sporty individual who loves the fast and furious lifestyle.
Trek In Style With Breitling’s Superocean Heritage ’57 Highlands
Breitling’s new Superocean Heritage ’57 Highlands draws inspiration from a trek through the Scottish Highlands, featuring earth-toned hues and chic tweed. This latest capsule collection pays homage to the 1950s-era SuperOcean dive timepiece, along with mid-century-inspired triangular indexes for its hour markings. With a 38mm diameter, it comes in a selection of dial colours such as beige, green, mustard and blue. A distinctive Scottish touch is evident in its tweed-inspired fabric strap, crafted from a blend of silk and wool. Each piece comes with a metal mesh bracelet, and a complementary fabric strap is provided in a separated pouch, along with a springboard tool for easy strap changes. Powered by the Breitling Calibre 10, each piece offers a power reserve of approximately 42 hours and is all COSC-certified for precision and performance.
Capella Hotel Group Welcomes Lunar New Year With A Series Of Artisan-Led Celebrations
Capella Hotel Group is going all out with its Lunar New Year celebrations across its global properties this Year of the Dragon. On 11 and 16 February, join the revered traditional art restorer, Andy Yeo, in a lantern-making workshop at Capella Singapore. In Capella Ubud, Bali, Gusti Ngurah Udianata, a master of bamboo sculptures, will demonstrate the art of dragon lantern making using bamboos from 9 to 11 February. Head north to Capella Tufu Bay where Dundun, a self-taught craftsman and chef artist, guides guests on a captivating journey of embellishing dragons on traditional lanterns. Meanwhile, in Capella Shanghai, the festivities begin by penning down blessings in traditional ‘Fú’ characters guided by Capella Culturists. Additionally, guests may join the ‘Bike & Bite’ experience for a bicycle tour of Shanghai’s cultural landmarks. In Australia, Capella Sydney will be hosting a variety of Lunar New Year traditions from the vibrant eye-dotting ceremony to the serene tea master’s ceremony. To complement the diverse celebrations at Capella properties, Patina Maldives will be joining the celebrations with an array of enchanting activities from 9 to 16 February, featuring vibrant lion dances, an exclusive calligraphy workshop, and an exhilarating Dragon Boat Race. Other family-friendly activities include lantern making, dumpling crafting and dragon kayak racing.
Dior Plays With Monsters
Tanilla isn’t a monster you would call ‘terrifying’. The dinosaur-like creature, yea high with a toothy grin and adorable green spikes, is one of Japanese ceramist Otani Workshop’s most memorable creations, and it is now the star of a new playful menswear capsule collection by Dior. Tanilla takes centre stage in a series of clothing and accessories, from T-shirts and bomber jackets to sweaters and tennis shoes. Find the full range here and don’t be afraid to buy yourself something nice.
Giorgio Armani Unveils New Boutique At The Exchange TRX
The Armani Group recently announced the opening of the Giorgio Armani boutique at The Exchange TRX. Designed by Giorgio Armani and his team of architects, the store covers approximately 366 sqm. The single-floor layout boasts an impressive height of over four metres, with specially designed suspended lamps and an LED wall. The boutique is divided into five distinct areas, adorned with a unique colour palette for both men’s and women’s collections, including ready-to-wear, accessories, VIP rooms and a Made-to-Measure room for personalised tailoring. Onyx and marble flooring are coordinated with silk wall coverings that add to their elegant design.
Bakhache Jewellery Opens Flagship Store At The Exchange TRX
Bakhache Jewellery’s new store at The Exchange TRX promises an indulgent experience and exceptional offerings. From Van Cleef & Arpels to Buccellati, Bakhache Jewellery is renowned for its curation of exquisite vintage collections. On the day of its grand opening, a ribbon cutting ceremony was inaugurated by Antoine Bakhache, Group CEO of Bakhache Luxuries; Datuk Alfred Cheng, Chairman of Seibu; and Nobuhara Yutani, Managing Director of Seibu. A traditional lion dance ceremony was held to symbolise good fortune, followed by the rolling of pineapples to ring in the abundance of blessings and prosperity.
Tod’s And Lamborghini Make Their Footwear Debut
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Yet another brilliant footwear collaboration that should not be missed. Tod’s and Lamborghini, both leaders in their own right, have come together to celebrate craftsmanship and innovation with their very first co-branded loafers and sneakers. The iconic Tod’s Gommino (RM4,140) features the brand’s signature rubber pebble in seven different colours, and a smooth and striped leather combo as a nod to Lamborghini liveries, while the sneakers (RM4,350), available in four shades, boast a smooth leather upper, suede inserts and a Lamborghini logo on its sides.