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Rivoli Vision

Omega unveils limited-edition eyewear to celebrate UAE’s 50th anniversary

In a nod to two of its main cities, the skyline of Dubai and Abu Dhabi are laser-engraved on the lenses of the eyewear

Nicola Andreatta, CEO of Roger Dubuis

Interview: Nicola Andreatta, CEO of Roger Dubuis

Geneva-based Roger Dubuis is a bold watchmaker which will readily break away from the norm. And CEO Nicola Andreatta wouldn’t have it any other way

UAE-based multi-brand electric vehicle platform EV Lab, has partnered with with Croatian electric hyper manufacturer, Rimac Automobili to bring Rimac’s Nevera to Dubai. Nevera, the world’s fastest accelerating production EV, is now on display for the remainder of Expo 2020 at the Croatia Pavilion, which visitors can preview. EV Lab will act as the sole distributor for the ultra-exclusive Nevera and revealed that the first test drives for the MENA region will be taking place in Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in February 2022. The Nevara is powered by a quad-motor drivetrain, where each motor powers one wheel individually. When combined, the wheels produce 1,914 horsepower, which is enough to accelerate the car from 0-60 miles per hour in just 1.85 seconds. In addition, the Rimac Nevera has set a new world record for production car acceleration, covering the quarter-mile in just 8.582 seconds. The Nevera is the production-ready iteration of the Rimac C_Two, first announced in 2018. It has been designed, engineered, tested and manufactured in-house at Rimac’s global headquarters in Croatia. “The electric vehicle market has grown - even with the pandemic. We’ve seen 72 per cent growth over 2020,” said Kevin Chalhoub, founder and CEO at EV Lab “Just look around. Electric charging stations are readily available here in the UAE. We are at the forefront of technology and innovation which is why it is really great we are able to launch here are Expo 2020.” “Our goal is to showcase that electric vehicles are not only sustainable but also at the forefront of technology as Rimac is doing just that with the first electric hypercar company in the world. Paying homage to Expo 2020 key themes of Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity, the Rimac Nevera will be on display at Expo 2020 until March 31, 2022.” After starting Rimac Automobili in 2011 with just a handful of people, CEO Mate Rimac has grown the company from a specialist component manufacturer to a series production hypercar and technology powerhouse, which employs over 1,300 dedicated employees. Recently, Rimac and Bugatti joined forces under the new company – Bugatti Rimac – combining Bugatti’s heritage of design and engineering with Rimac’s technology.

UAE’s EV Lab brings world’s fastest accelerating production EV to Dubai

The car is on display at the Croatia pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln Middle East reports best sales figures in six years

Its lineup includes the Corsair, Nautilus, Aviator and Navigator

The SME Story: Sandeep Shetty, co-founder of NorthLadder

NorthLadder is a rapidly expanding secondhand online marketplace for pre-owned luxury goods

Mysk Moon Retreat

Shurooq opens Mysk Moon Retreat glamping destination in Sharjah

It also unveiled four new hospitality projects in the emirate

SIHH Watches and Wonders Geneva

Watches and Wonders confirms hybrid format and participating brands of 2022 event

The event will be held over seven days from March 30 to April 5 in Geneva

Dubai penthouse Atlantis The Royal Resort & Residences Palm Jumeirah

In pics: Dubai’s most expensive luxury penthouse listed for $49m

The 25,000 sqft five-bed penthouse triplex is located at at the Atlantis The Royal Resort & Residences in Palm Jumeirah

Wasl hospitality

Wasl to open four new hotels in Dubai

Wasl hospitality and leisure has a portfolio of 6,885 hotel rooms

Linda Cars

Dubai’s Linda Cars offers premium warranty of up to four years on pre-owned luxury vehicles

The family-run business is celebrating its third anniversary this year

Dubai Police Aston Martin

Dubai Police add Aston Martin Vantage to supercar fleet

The new vehicle bearing the number plate “77” will be showcased alongside the police force’s other luxury cars at the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai

Michel Chalhoub

Michel Chalhoub, founder of Dubai-based luxury retailer, dies

The founder and chairman of the Dubai-headquartered luxury retailer Chalhoub Group was 89

Sotheby's Josh Pullan

Interview: Josh Pullan, managing director of the Global Luxury Division at Sotheby’s

Pullan is taking a centuries-old auction house down a path that is fundamentally altering the way it does business

Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition

Horology picks: Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition

A centuries-old Swiss watchmaker and a thoroughly British luxury carmaker recently joined forces, announcing the first timepiece as a result of that partnership

Aston Martin DBX

Review: My first Aston Martin drive – the DBX

The DBX gives you the power of a sports car with the comfort of a luxury SUV

McLaren gets $760m from investors including Saudi wealth fund PIF

McLaren, controlled by Bahrain’s Mumtalakat, has been hit by the pandemic

Stephan Winkelmann Lamborghini

Interview: Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann on the carmaker’s electrification plans

Lamborghini has an ambitious roadmap for all its cars to be hybrid models by 2024, followed by an all-new full-electric Lambo before the end of the decade. And before you ask, the V12 combustion engine will continue to breathe

Maximilian Büsser MB&F

Video: Maximilian Büsser on the stunning LMX and the future of MB&F

The LMX – the tenth-anniversary edition of the Legacy Machine – was launched earlier this year

Ashfields Consultancies

A new horology-focussed luxury consultancy has opened in Dubai

Ashfields Consultancies, co-founded by Hamdan Al Hudaidi and Melika Yazdjerdi, is writing a new playbook for brands and collectors in the region

The St. Regis Dubai, The Pam - Palm Tower

New St. Regis hotel opens on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah

There are 264 guest rooms and 26 suites spread across 18 floors of The Palm Tower

Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot

Interview: Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot

Ricardo Guadalupe took a Swiss watchmaker that was only known among a select few and transformed it into a larger-than-life phenomenon. Here’s how he did it

Bremont Argonaut Azure

Bremont unveils new Argonaut Azure timepiece

The caseback of the new chronometer features the heraldic badges of all three services of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces

Sibylle Arnold-Shish, The Cobbler

Dubai-based The Cobbler specialises in repairing luxury bags and shoes

Sibylle Arnold-Shish, founder of The Cobbler, provides an overview of the business – including its bespoke shoe division

Montblanc’s international executive vice president of sales, Julien Renard

How Montblanc is countering the economic fallout of the pandemic

Can the Chinese market serve as a template for how luxury brands respond and rebound from the abyss of the pandemic? Montblanc’s international executive vice president of sales, Julien Renard, shares his insights

Porsche taycan

Watch: Karim Al-Azhari tests the Launch Control on the Porsche Taycan in Dubai

The all-electric car can accelerate from 0-100kph in 3.2 seconds

Ferrari Richard Mille

Richard Mille partners with Ferrari; Girard-Perregaux with Aston Martin

RIchard Mille’s partnership with Ferrari will extend to Formula One as well as esports

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Master Chronometer

Horology picks: Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Master Chronometer

The new Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Master Chronometer, fitted with a Co-Axial Calibre 3861, is the successor of the first watch to make it to the moon and back

Martin Schulz Mercedes-Benz Middle East

Mercedes-Benz Middle East appoints Martin Schulz as new president and CEO

Schulz replaces Thomas Klein who held that position since July 2019 and led Mercedes-Benz across 13 markets within the Middle East and Levant region

Dubai International Boat Show Dubai Marina

Dubai International Boat show postponed to March 2022

It will now be held from March 8-12, 2022

Jaguar Land Rover electric

Jaguar to become all-electric carmaker by 2025

Jaguar Land Rover, owned by India’s Tata Motors, will invest about GBP2.5bn a year into electrification and related technologies