Global music icon Taylor Swift and legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber release their new original song, “Beautiful Ghosts” for the Cats movie. Cats, in theaters December 20, is directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Tom Hooper (Les Misérables, The King’s Speech), and stars Swift, James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson and Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward. In the film, the song is performed by Hayward, who stars in the role of Victoria. The version of the song performed by Swift, who plays Bombalurina in the film, will play over the end titles. As part of the release, an official lyric video has launched to accompany the song. A behind-the-scenes video documenting the creation and recording of “Beautiful Ghosts,” including an interview with Swift, Lloyd Webber and Tom Hooper, can also be viewed here. One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the stage musical “Cats” includes some of Lloyd Webber’s most indelible songs, including “Memory.” Lloyd Webber, Swift and the filmmakers were excited at the idea of introducing a new song for the film adaptation. Lloyd Webber saw an opportunity to create a new signature song for Victoria, whose character has been expanded for the film. “When I first read the screenplay, the first thing I said was, ‘We have to have a song for Victoria.’ “Beautiful Ghosts,” he says, is now, “an incredibly important and central part of the whole film.” For director Tom Hooper, the song exceeded even his high expectations. “What I couldn’t believe was the extraordinary beauty of these lyrics that Taylor had written,” Hooper says. “It was as if someone had come into the film I was in the middle of making and … had reflected back to me a profound understanding of what we are trying to do with the movie. It was utterly thrilling.”
Michelin today announced the winners of MICHELIN Star and Bib Gourmand distinctions; together with the official launch of the third edition of The MICHELIN Guide in Thailand, entitled The MICHELIN Guide Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket & Phang-Nga 2020. Featured in this latest edition are 282 dining and 74 lodging establishments – with a total of 5 two-star, 24 one-star, and 94 Bib Gourmand eateries. Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of MICHELIN Guides, revealed: “This year, the locavore movement, or the use of locally-sourced ingredients, are becoming the true stars of Thailand’s foodscape. The trend indicates Thailand’s rich diversity and high quality of local produce. In addition, we see the glorious rise of traditional Thai cuisine, as – for the first time ever globally – two traditional Thai restaurants, both promoted from one star, are on The MICHELIN Guide’s two-star list.” The 2020 MICHELIN Guide selection welcomes two new additions to the two-star category: R-Haan, where food captures the authentic essence of both regional and royal Thai cuisine, using fresh, high-quality ingredients from all over the country; and Sorn, a restaurant with a focus on long lost recipes and the art of Southern Thai cuisine, using ingredients sustainably sourced from a trusted network of farmers and fishermen, as well as refined and sophisticated cooking techniques. Both restaurants have been promoted from their previous one-star rating. Three two-star restaurants – namely, Le Normandie, Mezzaluna, and Sühring – have retained their distinction. Of the 24 one-star establishments in this latest edition, Khao, a restaurant offering traditional Thai dishes that pay tribute to locality, is the only one promoted from a MICHELIN Plate to one-star status; while three are completely new entries. These three new entries are: Chef’s Table, a restaurant serving contemporary French menu, using premium quality ingredients, curated by chef from a 3-MICHELIN Star restaurant; 80/20, where its imaginative contemporary Thai cuisine is a result of the perfect fusion between the best local ingredients and internationally refined cooking techniques; and Table 38, a chef’s table restaurant with very limited seating, serving reinterpreted and updated Thai street food and ancient dishes. In addition, it is of note that all previous one-star holders that are still in business, retained their status - including PRU, the only one-star restaurant in Phuket. As for the Bib Gourmand list, a total of 94 establishments are featured, 61 of which are located in Bangkok, 17 in Chiang Mai, 14 in Phuket, and 2 in Phang-Nga. Chiang Mai emerges in its very first year covered by The MICHELIN Guide, with an impressive number of Bib Gourmand eateries. Among them are Ginger Farm Kitchen, a restaurant specializing in Northern Thai food that embraces a farm-to-table concept with most produce coming from its own farm; Huan Soontaree, where authentic fare made with high-quality local ingredients is what makes this place a great dining spot; and Khao Soi Mae Manee, a well-known street food vendor serving the iconic Khao Soi (egg noodles in coconut-based curry broth) for over 30 years. TWO STARS Excellent cuisine, worth a detour. Bangkok & SURROUNDING PROVINCES Le Normandie Mezzaluna R-Haan ♦ Sorn ♦ Sühring ONE STAR High quality cooking, worth a stop. Bangkok & SURROUNDING PROVINCES 80/20 ♦ Bo.lan Canvas Chef’s Table ♦ Chim by Siam Wisdom Elements Gaa Ginza Sushi ichi J'AIME by Jean-Michel Lorain Jay Fai Khao ♦ Le Du Methavalai Sorndaeng Nahm Paste Ruean Panya Saawaan Saneh Jaan Savelberg Sra Bua by Kiin
The Italian designed-brand Klasse14 is pleased to introduce the new “Volare Galaxy collection”. This new and exciting collection is inspired by the universe. A vast and deep space that surrounds the mysterious planets in our galaxy like the protagonists of this collection: Mars, Mercury and Neptune. This collection features 6 watches with 2 different sizes and a distinguishing two colour tone case that subtly fades down the dial, creating an effect that resembles the three planets and their dark shadows. The overall look of this collection is unique, bold and fits well with the contemporary urban scene. For more information, please contact Trocadero Time Tel. 02 163 0555.
This autumn, Oris is partnering with two of the world’s most powerful agents of community in its bid to bring change for the better: the pioneering men’s health charity Movember, and manager of the New York Yankees baseball team, Aaron Boone. ‘As an independent Swiss watch company, Oris has the freedom to go its own way and to choose projects we consider not just important, but urgent,’ says Rolf Studer, Oris Joint Executive Officer. ‘One of those is men’s health, which is why we’re working with Movember, a charity working to stop men dying too young. ‘Movember is doing incredible work to promote action and awareness around men’s physical and mental health,’ he continues. ‘We’re delighted to present the Oris Movember Edition, a special version of the iconic Oris Chronoris in support of the charity.’ Aaron Boone describes the pivotal role community plays in success. Fans come from all walks of life, but they unite in support of the team’s pursuit of victory. Similarly, Oris is bringing its community together to bring change for the better. As well as spearheading a worldwide fundraising campaign, Oris will donate part of the proceeds from the Movember Edition to Movember. Oris Movember Edition Oris marks its partnership and support of the pioneering men’s mental health charity Movember with a special edition Chronoris. In detail Case Multi-piece stainless steel case Size 39.00 mm (1.535 inches) Dial Black with rose gold-plated hour and minutes hands, orange seconds hand and white indices Luminous Material Hands printed with Super-LumiNova® Top Glass Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside Case Back Stainless steel, screwed, special engravings Operating Devices Stainless steel crown at 2 o’clock for setting time and winding; second crown at 4 o’clock for adjusting inner rotating bezel Bracelet Available in two different sets with either a brown leather strap with stainless steel buckle or a stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp Water Resistance 10 bar (100 m) Movement Number Oris 733 Functions Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date window at 3 o’clock, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second Winding Automatic Power Reserve 38 hours Extras Both sets supplied in a special presentation box with a leather travel pouch and a red and white NATO fabric strap with stainless steel buckle
The 300 year old City Palace of Jaipur, home to Jaipur’s Royal Family, has played host to guests including Jackie Kennedy and Prince Charles. From November 23, for the first time ever, The Gudliya Suite at the City Palace will be accessible by being bookable on Airbnb with His Highness Maharaja Padmanabh Singh becoming the first King to host on Airbnb. Steeped in history, Jaipur’s City Palace is one of India’s most iconic buildings, located at the heart of the capital of Rajasthan State. Guests will be able to book and stay in the luxurious Gudliya Suite, located within the Chandra Mahal (royal chambers) — which until now had been reserved for royals and their esteemed guests. The Suite includes its own lounge, kitchen, luxurious bathroom and private, indoor swimming pool. Guests will truly get to experience what it’s like to live like royalty. A true, modern Royal, the host is the dapper, polo-playing 21-year old Maharajah, Padmanabh Singh, who succeeded his grandfather as King in 2011, becoming the 11th generation of the family to hold the revered position. Built in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, considered the founder of Jaipur, the City Palace is a testament to the forward-thinking global outlook of India’s Mughal emperors with its Rajput, Mughal and European architectural influences. A crimson-yellow facade and manicured lawns make way for ornate dining halls, decadent chandeliers, sandstone walls painted in gold dust, intricate carvings and a museum dedicated to the family’s private collection of hand-knitted carpets and treasured manuscripts. Notable visiting dignitaries include Bill Clinton, Prince Charles and Jackie Kennedy, among others. A stay at the City Palace will provide an inspiring journey into the rich history, cultural heritage and artistic traditions of Jaipur’s royal family. Guests will be feted by a private butler who will arrange curated city experiences including shopping tours, guided walks through local museums and other excursions. Authentic Rajasthani meals may be enjoyed at the terrace overlooking the Aravalis, and peaceful daily breakfasts can be had in the company of peacocks who are often a sight at the Palace’s lush gardens. “I am thrilled that my family and I are partnering with Airbnb to bring the splendour of Rajasthan to life for travelers from around the world. My own travels with Airbnb have made me feel very welcome in new cities and cultures, and I am happy that the experience of quintessential Indian hospitality will be shared with others,” stated His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padhmanabh Singh. The Palace has never been made available to be booked by outside guests before, and proceeds of each booking will go to the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting rural women and artisans in Rajasthan. For the remainder of 2019, the Gudliya Suite, priced at US$8,000 per night, will be available to book on select nights at a special inaugural offer of US$1,000 per night, with Airbnb paying the balance amount for each booking as a contribution to the Foundation. From January 1st onwards, the Suite will be available
K11 MUSEA, Asia’s most forward-thinking cultural-retail destination in the heart of Hong Kong’s Victoria Dockside, has opened its doors to the public. With over 100 design modules created in collaboration with over 100 creative powers and a stellar roster of gastronomy and retail concepts that include 20 first-in-Asia brands, K11 MUSEA is inspired to be “A Muse by the Sea” to enrich the everyday life of the modern consumer. K11 MUSEA is set to be a pioneering landmark in the cultural-retail landscape. It is an architectural design marvel that draws on the collective expertise of over 100 international and local architects, artists and designers, and visitors will find a thoughtful curation of top fashion brands and concepts that will serve up new in-store experiences that seamlessly meld art and design with shopping. This expands first and foremost into the retail tenants which call K11 MUSEA home, including first MoMA Design Store in Greater China and the largest in Asia, Asia’s first Fortnum & Mason store and restaurant, and Moda Operandi’s first showroom in Asia, to name a few. The creative collective includes pioneering names from the world of design, such as Kohn Pedersen Fox, James Corner Field Operations and OMA, led by famed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, that have all come together to create a place for communities to share and gain new experiences and knowledge capital. Key design features include Opera Theatre (K11 MUSEA’s atrium) which features The Gold Ball, the beating heart of this muse by the sea and a multi-dimensional creative space within the complex. This impressive statement installation is made up of giant spherical chambers acting as a versatile space for ground-breaking exhibitions and events. DISCOVER YOUR FASHION MUSE Fashion boutiques like Yohji Yamamoto, Kenzo, Roger Vivier and even eco-friendly British accessory brand Bottletop all showcase exclusive façades and in-store designs for their K11 stores intended to spark customers’ imaginations. At Yohji Yamamoto, nature is recreated with the Japanese gardens-inspired store concept composed of a monochrome, minimalist look, allowing shoppers to experience a zen atmosphere while browsing through the collection; its breakwater-inspired installations also playfully pay tribute to the shop’s close proximity to the harbour. Exclusive to K11 MUSEA, a special multi-coloured tapestry of Kenzo’s iconic tiger displayed at the store entrance provides a strikingly bold welcome for customers; at Roger Vivier, the works of over 10 world-renowned artists are displayed throughout the store, a nod to the French luxury accessories brand’s values of rarity, creativity and exclusivity. As its first retail store in Asia, Bottletop’s entire store is fabricated from aluminium, recycled acrylics and repurposed everyday materials, reflecting the brand’s commitment to sustainability and creating a thought-provoking shopping experience. In its first overseas campus outside of Paris, L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, with the support of High Jewelry Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, will extend its educational programming to Asia to offer accessible, hands-on engagement for anyone interested in the world of jewellery. The school, designed by famed architect Sou Fujimoto, spans over two levels and features a specialised
Coach announces the launch of Coach x Michael B. Jordan, the first-of-its-kind creative collaboration with actor, producer and first global face of Coach menswear, Michael B. Jordan. Inspired by his cultural influences and community, his love of Naruto, and his passion for bringing unique voices to the forefront, this unisex ready-to-wear, footwear and bag collection is Jordan’s first foray into fashion design, guided by the expertise of Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers. Created in partnership with VIZ Media, the collection combines Coach craftsmanship with Jordan’s affinity for functional fashion and graphic codes from the world of Naruto, a popular Japanese anime and manga. Product ranges from parkas, jean jackets and pullovers to backpacks, utility packs and hybrid sneaker boots. Infused with technical details like removable sleeves, tactical straps and elastic closures, it also features imagery of characters from Naruto, as well as the series’ trademark “eye” motifs reimagined with Coach’s Retro C graphic. These references tie back to the story of Naruto Uzumaki himself, a young ninja who begins his journey as an outsider and earns the respect of his community as he works with his friends to protect it. The Naruto backstory speaks closely to Jordan’s own narrative as an outlier building bridges inside and outside of the Hollywood establishment, and echoes Coach’s commitment to community and courage. To launch the collection, Coach releases a campaign that fuses its values and craftsmanship with Jordan’s cinematic skill and Naruto’s mystic iconography. The hero film, conceived by Jordan and directed by Rachel Morrison, who collaborated with Jordan previously as the director of photography on Black Panther, takes place in a neon-drenched Tokyo street, and moves between moments of modern-day grit and magical realism, placing an emphasis on the power of connection. “Working with Mike is always a great experience,” said Vevers. “He’s a great collaborator because he always puts his heart and soul into everything he does, and because he brought something authentic and personal to the collection.” "With my name on this collection, it was important to design pieces that represent my cultural influences and my community; pieces that I could see my friends, family and fans wearing with pride,” said Jordan. “As with all aspects of my work, this collection is about bringing fresh perspectives and unique voices to the forefront. Expanding into the fashion design space was rewarding beyond my expectations. I’m grateful to Stuart and Coach for providing me with the opportunity and expertise to execute a collection I’m extremely proud of.” Coach will also celebrate the collection with global pop-ups in Japan, Malaysia and the United States, a dedicated Coach experience in the VIZ Media booth at New York Comic Con on October 3-6, and a range of limited-edition T-shirts. The Coach x Michael B. Jordan collection will be available in Thailand from October 24, 2019 onwards.
Oris’s latest watch powered by an in-house developed calibre is a landmark design. The skeletonised Calibre 115 movement opens up the 10-day power reserve and non-linear power reserve indicator to reveal how they work. It’s a contemporary take on luxury that highlights the eternal value of a beautifully crafted Swiss Made mechanical watch. Oris’s Senior Product Design Engineer, Lukas Bühlmann was telling us how everything came together. What was the design brief behind the Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115? Ultimately, the brief was to propel Oris Aviation watches into the next generation. We made pilot’s watches for American servicemen in the Second World War. But what does a contemporary, luxury Oris pilot’s watch look like? What were the biggest obstacles to delivering that brief? One of the hardest things was figuring out how to maintain the balance between the formal language of the case and the movement. In other words, how do you design a modern watch that is not a fashion watch? We wanted to create something contemporary that would retain its relevance as fashions change. Where did you look for inspiration? Aviation and architecture. The idea behind the watch started with the movement, and we gave this a strong architectural look. The skeletonised barrel draws your eye first and then the bridges, and then you start seeing the detail in the wheels.The case is more like a stealth plane. There’s an exciting interplay between the movement and the static elements. There’s a futuristic quality to the design – is that deliberate? I wouldn’t call it futuristic, but it is a future-driven design. Oris has a long pilot’s watch history and you can see that in the design, which is important. It also shows Oris’s competence, and the long-term value of a beautifully designed and manufactured mechanical object. Do you think of this as a pilot’s watch? It’s certainly not a conventional pilot’s watch. For example, this is the first Oris pilot’s watch without any numerals on the dial. But the aviation DNA is still there in the details. We used titanium for the case, for example, because it’s very light. What really makes this a pilot’s watch is its technical look. Technology is the driving force behind aviation today. What design considerations are there with a skeletonised watch? First and foremost is technical feasibility. This is a designer’s constant companion during the design process. The design and the functionality have to work together. Furthermore, you have to think on several levels at the same time, so that when all the components come together, you get the design you set out to create. Overall, because of these considerations, the job takes longer, too. Sometimes, those considerations must create problems? Yes, of course. Sometimes you want to design something one way, but you quickly realise that it’s not technically feasible. It’s about adapting. The better you understand the design philosophy, the quicker you’ll find solutions. What does this watch say about Oris’s take on luxury? The truth is that for Oris, luxury is about being able to go your own way. That’s why it’s our strapline. In
Kiroro, a pristine gem in the heart of Hokkaido, invites skiers, boarders and winter enthusiasts to book the perfect winter vacation now with several promotional offers. Known around the world for its consistently perfect powder, small crowds and gorgeous setting, Kiroro is offering exclusive ski and play packages that showcase the resort’s luxury accommodations, world-class dining and exciting outdoor activities. Kiroro regularly sees over 20 meters of snow each year, the most in Japan and more than most ski areas around the world. Best of all, Kiroro is an undiscovered treasure with far fewer crowds and shorter lift lines than nearby resorts. The resort offers something for everyone with 23 ski runs, hundreds of acres of tree skiing, a terrain park and dozens of alpine activities from snowshoe tours through the winter forest to onsen in a natural caldera spring. Kiroro offers a choice of luxury accommodations ranging from award-winning resort hotels to private, ski-to-door luxury residences. Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort offers 140 guestrooms and suites along with two restaurants right at the base of the slopes; while The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido offers 282 guestrooms with mountain vistas from every room, world-class facilities and five dining options. Winter specials at Kiroro include the following: Kiroro Ski Package – Enjoy the world’s best ski powder. At least one night for two in the room of your choice Complimentary buffet breakfast per guest 1-day pass at Kiroro Snow World per guest Complimentary daily Onsen Offer starts at JPY 18,500 (approx. THB5,360); offered from December, 2019 through May 6, 2020. Book Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort or The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido Kiroro Winter Fun Package – Explore the beautiful wintry scenery of Kiroro. At least one night for two in the room of your choice Complimentary buffet breakfast per guest Complimentary Spectacular sightseeing on Kiroro Gondola (available after Dec 7, 2019) Complimentary Snow Park activities such as sledding, tubing, snow Banana Boat and snow drive Complimentary lunch per guest Offer starts at JPY 19,350 (approx. THB5,600); offered from December, 2019 through May 6, 2020. Book Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort or The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido Kiroro Ski & Snowboard Academy – Learn to ski or board with a private lesson at Kiroro. Full-day lessons offered in English and Chinese. Book your private lesson here. Annie Kids Ski Academy – A day of ski and board lessons for children ages 3 and up. A full day at the new Annie Kids Ski Academy offers a day of fun with other kids learning to ski or board. Tailored group lessons for children of all ages. Book a day for your child here. For more information, please visit www.kiroro.co.jp