For the couple who has
THE NEW Krups European Series
inspires passion, and is the very essence of precision and kitchen
perfection. Krups’ new launch of products, inspired by experts and
demanding consumers with uncompromising standards of performance,
has created modern masterpieces such as the Krups Burr Grinder
GVX2 (1). The milling system avoids overheating, preserves
aroma and has a grind fineness selector with 17 positions from fine
to coarse (adapted to each type of coffee-maker) and a Quantity
Selector for two to twelve cups. The coffee bean container with
lid holds up to 8 oz with a removable ground-coffee container.
Krups Waffle Maker FDK2’s with distinctive
stainless steel design can make two delicious Belgian waffles in
minutes (2). Housed in brushed stainless steel panels accenting
a sturdy black frame, the automatic thermostat regulates temperature
at consistent 400°F for ease of use and optimal results and the
lid locks for a complete seal. These and other Krups appliances
are available at Federated Department Stores (Macy’s, Bloomingdales,
etc.). For information, visit www.krups.com.
New from DaimlerChrysler are the Maybach
57 and 62 (3). These cars create a new definition
of luxury, built for luxury as well as speed, this car exceeds expectations
in the class. It has an optional Business Package to make the car
a real business office on wheels with internet router and colour
printer with Bluetooth technology. For studio locations, www.maybachusa.com;
1 800 FOR-MAYBACH.
the world’s most opulent getaways through the eyes of world-renowned
luxury hotel interior designer Trisha Wilson, author of Spectacular
Hotels: the Most Remarkable Places on Earth. With more than
250 photographs, Spectacular Hotels is a journey through
over 30 magnificent hotel properties, spreading across five continents.
Readers will be swept away to exotic locations like the Okavango
Delta in Botswana, Southern Africa, to experience the beautifully
crafted open-air architecture of Jao Camp and Paradise Island, Bahamas,
where ancient fantasy meets modern luxury in the combination aquarium,
amusement park and hotel Atlantis. Proceeds from sales benefit the
Wilson Education Foundation, an organization founded by Trisha Wilson
to endow financially disadvantaged high school graduates with four-year
college scholarships as well as provide educational and medical
assistance to organizations worldwide. Spectacular Hotels
(US$49·95, hardcover) can be ordered
by visiting www.spgsite.com/hotel,
calling 1 972 661-9884 (ext. 204) or clicking
here and save US$16·98.
What do you really give the person who has everything?
Really? For some, it is the gift of time and flight. Provided by
Marquis Jet, the Marquis Jet Card (US$109,900
to US$339,900, 4) is the ultimate
gift of convenience, freedom and flexibility. The card provides
25 hours of flight time (wheel up to wheel down) on the best maintained
fleet of private jets, serviced by the most experienced and competent
pilots in the world. With the Jet Card, there are no lengthy connections,
airport delays, or long lines at baggage claim. Available throughout
North America and Europe, catering to individuals and businesses.
For additional information, visit the company’s web site at www.MarquisJet.com.
(Featured in the December 2004 print issue of Lucire.)
You can use some of those Marquis Jet Card hours
to fly your significant other to a spectacular romantic rendezvous
at the Green Valley Spa (1871 West Canyon View Drive, St
George, Utah 84770, 5). Couples can enjoy sensual treatments
like Sugar and Spice Body Sculpting in the Spa’s Sea Grotto
Room, or schedule a Couples Massage or get in the mood
with the Rapunzel’s Secret Hot Oil Treatment. Located an
hour and a half from Las Vegas in southern Utah and just minutes
away from Zion National Park, Green Valley Spa guests can enjoy
luxury accommodations and pampering spa treatments if they are not
hiking the many trails of the park and surrounding canyons. For
reservations, call 1 800 237-1068 or go online at www.greenvalleyspa.com.
you want to quietly dazzle someone, check out Mont Blanc’s
Bohème Je t’aime collection, which features the White
Gold fountain pen (left). With a solid white gold barrel
and cap, the pen features a heart-shaped ruby on the clip. There
is a sterling silver version of the pen with a pink sapphire heart
and a classic black resin pen with gold plate fittings and clip,
which has a red heart gem on the clip. At Mont Blanc boutique, Beverly
Center, 1 310 854-0049, or www.montblanc.com.
your skier with the hottest skis! Volant introduces a new
line of skis that are tailored to the luxury market with five models
tailored to the experienced skier with a stainless steel top sheet
that enhances the ski’s edge yet retains the lightweight and soft
flex providing more control and power to ensure smooth turns on
any terrain and snow condition. The top-of-the-line Platinum Hand
Finish (HF) combines World Cup quality
construction with the new Atomic NEOX EBM
binding. At www.volantusa.com.
The highly successful launch of the Senseo
Coffee System (6) has created quite a storm in America.
Changing tastes, smaller households and coffee houses on every corner
have all led US coffee-drinkers to
demand a better cup of everyday coffee that meets their individual
taste preferences. Enter the single-serve gourmet coffee system,
which brews one cup at a time and allows a different choice of blend
on a cup-by-cup basis. The single-serve coffee maker combines an
integrated brewing system from Philips with high quality pods from
Sara Lee’s Douwe Egberts to create a perfect cup.
For Valentine’s Day, Nambé, creators
of elegant, modern, award-winning home décor, giftware and
accessories, have some very unique gift ideas created in a modern
contemporary design. Neil Cohen's Amore Bowl (US$130–220,
7) subtly evokes a heart form, open arms, a kiss, not to
mention a clear love for good design. Nambé classic Sweetheart
Bowl (US$55–135) never fails to
produce a smile. These days are made much warmer with a shining
heart filled with candies and wrapped in a big ribbon and bow. At