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February 28, 2013

Round-up: new releases from Jameson Irish Whiskey, Boegli, Nespresso; Chanel exhibition heads to Milano

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With our server shift (great service from Xplosiv.ly) and all the fashion weeks happening through February, a few news items on our radar have been delayed—but we believe they are of interest to our readers, regardless.
   The first is Jameson Irish Whiskey’s new limited-edition bottle for St Patrick’s Day 2013 (right). Jameson had already sponsored the Film Independent Spirit Awards which Lucire reported on last week—it seems fitting that this proudly Irish brand celebrates a quintessentially Irish day with a bottle designed by glass artist David Smith.
   The bottle design was inspired by the glass etching and gilding that one might find in the great Dublin pubs.
   In a release, Smith said, ‘Being both a whiskey drinker, and a Jameson fan, it was an immense opportunity which I couldn’t refuse. It was a natural fit as we both preserve craft and tradition in a contemporary way. Having the opportunity to design an iconic bottle which has hardly changed in two hundred years was one that I’m not presented with often, so I am extremely proud to have stamped my signature style onto the bottle.’
   The limited-edition bottle is available in New Zealand from March 1 with a retail price of NZ$63·99.


   Boegli, meanwhile, has created a new Grand Opera watch, which is the first model with a round dial from the Swiss company. It is limited to 99 pieces, and features a musical mechanism that plays 17 notes from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 (The Magic Flute). The watch has an alligator leather strap with a butterfly buckle.
   Nespresso has introduced a stainless steel-panelled version of its Pixie machine (bottom), meaning that the machine suits even more décors. In terms of engineering, the latest model is identical to the previous one: it still makes a cup of Nespresso coffee in 25 to 30 seconds, has an alert for low water levels, and consumes 40 per cent less power than the best-in-class energy category of A-class machines.
   It comes bundled with an Aeroccino, and is released in April at the Nespresso Boutique in Newmarket, Auckland, selected retailers, through www.nespresso.com or the Nespresso Club in New Zealand on 0800 234-579. Nespresso also offers a cash-back reward for New Zealand customers of NZ$50 on the Pixie range from March 25 to May 19; retail price for the Pixie is NZ$499.
   Our friends at Chanel inform us that there will be an exhibition in Milano dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’s new book, The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited.
   The exhibition, held at the Rotonda di via Besana (at the via Enrico Besana, 12), opens April 4, with entry free to the public from April 6 to 20. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
   While the exhibition has been shown at other cities, the latest has new works featuring Keira Knightley, Diane Kruger, Carla Bruni and Carole Bouquet. At the same time, displays at Chanel’s via Sant’Andrea boutique will show jackets from the spring–summer 2013 ready-to-wear collection.
   In the main part of the website, Elyse Glickman checks out the pre-Grammy suites for this year, while Lola Saab reports from the Sundance Film Festival, our first report from there since 2004.

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