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Net-à-Porter offers limited-edition luxury items for Qixi Festival

Filed by Lucire staff/August 20, 2020/6.13

In time for the Qixi Festival, often branded in the occident as the Chinese Valentine’s Day, Net-à-Porter has unveiled its social media campaign featuring five short romantic videos, of people meeting their loved ones at different ages. In addition, celebrity couple model Emma Pei (裴蓓) and Rojamtic Wang (王朱筱寅), who had appeared together promoting Princess Cruises in 2016, have appeared in the new Net-à-Porter campaign.
   The retailer will also launch an art exhibition centred around the festival, in association with Leica, featuring the works of photographers Tan Sibo (覃斯波), Vincent Keyue Zhang (章轲越), and Laurent Bu. Bloggers and illustrators will also publish their works.
   Participating brands in the promotion include: Buccellati, which is offering an exclusive, limited-edition series of necklaces and bracelets; Ahkah, with a little red heart necklace and bracelet; and Baume & Mercier, with an exclusive Net-à-Porter Classima ladies’ mechanical watch.
   The promotion began on the 19th in the lead-up to the Qixi Festival on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, or August 25 on the Gregorian calendar this year. There are limited-edition greeting cards with love poems and special packaging. More information can be found via Tmall or Taobao, using the keyword NAP, or visit the Net-à-Porter Tmall store.


 


Asus launches ROG Phone 3, first gaming phone to pass TÜV Rheinland eye care certification

Filed by Lucire staff/August 4, 2020/12.50


We have long been critical of the tech industry for not creating more gadgets that reduce blue light, instead expecting people to adapt to technology by donning blue-light glasses. In this context, it’s a welcome sight to see Asus launch its ROG Phone 3 gaming phone, the first of its type to pass the TÜV Rheinland Group’s certification on eye care.
   The phone has a 144 Hz AMOLED display, measuring 6·59 inches. It has an industry-leading 270 Hz touch-sampling rate, decreasing the touch latency to a mere 25 ms.
   The ROG Phone 3 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 856 Plus 5G mobile platform, which Asus says is the world’s fastest. The CPU is clocked at 3·1 GHz. It can handle up to 16 Gbyte LPDDRS RAM, and 512 Gbyte UFS 3·1 ROM.
   Adherence to TÜV Rheinland’s standards can reduce the harmful blue light emitted by screens. The new phone’s blue-light reduction is handled by hardware, using the latest 2020 standard that avoids a yellowish distortion of the image. Asus has improved the LCD panel, further reducing blue-light emission. There is also low screen flicker, helping to reduce eye fatigue and suppress blue-light emissions.
   TÜV Rheinland’s Taiwanese office said it looked forward to working with Asus on future eye-friendly products.

 


Hublot launches Big Bang E smartwatch, with enhanced features

Filed by Lucire staff/June 5, 2020/9.39

Hublot, an LVMH subsidiary that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has showcased its new Big Bang E (officially styled as BIG BANG e) watch, following up from the original Big Bang of 2005 and its first connected version in 2018.
   The Swiss luxury brand’s latest offering has a black ceramic or titanium case in a “sandwich” construction, comprising 42 components, 27 for the K Module case. The hour numerals are metallized under the sapphire crystal, which is covered with an AMOLED high-definition touchscreen. Pushing down on the crown activates the controls. In addition to the analogue watch function, there is a perpetual calendar with a moon phase or a second time zone. The watch is water resistant to 30 m.
   Powered by Google Wear OS, users can download additional apps on Google Play. It also connects to Google Assistant and Google Pay.
   As part of its launch, and as part of the #HublotLovesArt movement, the first edition will show eight dials created by artist Marc Ferrero. Every three hours, the dial changes colour. On each full hour, a five-second animation plays. These are shown in the video below.
   ‘Electronic watches were created in Switzerland using quartz in the 1970s. Fifty years later, we are continuing in the same innovative vein by producing a second smartwatch which boasts an extremely high level of technological sophistication, whilst embodying all the æsthetic values, technical features and excellence that have ensured the reputation of our Big Bang collection. Ever more faithful to our “Art of Fusion” motto, we wanted the Big Bang E to unite Hublot’s highly advanced technical materials with the very latest innovations from today’s digital world,’ said Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot.
   Hublot will make the Big Bang E available on its website and on China’s Wechat network, before it becomes available in boutiques and the traditional retail network.

 


Milanese architectural firm creates interiors for SKP malls in Beijing and Xi’an

Filed by Lucire staff/June 2, 2020/12.32


Above: SKP in Xi’an.






Dirk Weiblen; Univochi; Alan Grilo

Above: Designs by Vudafieri Saverino Partners for SKC’s men’s, women’s, lifestyle, home and footwear spaces.

With China and Italy steadily reopening, it’s little surprise that a great deal of news is from those countries.
   Vudafieri Saverino Partners, the Milanese architectural firm with a base in Shanghai, has announced that it was behind the interiors of two SKP (Shin Kong Place) malls in Beijing and Xi’an. SKP retails exclusive European brands, such as Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Prada, Gucci, Bulgari, and Cartier.
   Vudafieri Saverino Partners worked on a total of 6,000 m² over five floors in Beijing and four in Xi’an.
   Each floor has its own distinct theme based on which products were sold and the target audience. The furniture and partitions have also been designed by the firm. All the spaces have a functional and flexible design.
   Men’s sections have an automotive-inspired design; women’s have more classic furnishings; while the lifestyle sections reflect innovation and technology. The home section references domestic settings, with furnishings also created by Vudafieri Saverino Partners. The footwear section uses soft lines, warm colours and few materials, to emphasize the product.


Alan Grilo

 


In brief: Lamborghini, ID Emerging Designers go virtual; Net-à-Porter, Godiva commemorate 520

Filed by Lucire staff/May 12, 2020/3.57




During a global pandemic, how do you launch a new model? Lamborghini believes augmented reality is the way, and employed the technique for Iphones and Ipads for its Huracán Evo rear-wheel-drive Spyder. By visiting lamborghini.com on an Iphone or Ipad, tap ‘See in AR’ and the car can be seen in the space of your choice, even at a 1:1 scale, to get a closer look at the exterior and interior.
   The new model, a roadster with a removable soft-top roof, boasts a V10 delivering 610 PS and 560 Nm of torque, reaching 100 km/h in 3·5 s. Top speed is 324 km/h. The top can be stowed at speeds of up to 50 km/h, while the 8·4-inch touchscreen links to an Apple Carplay-compatible system. Lamborghini says the car can even be personalized to ‘limitless colour and trim options’. UK price is £151,100 plus tax.
   Lamborghini promises that its entire range will soon be available in AR.

The ID Emerging Designer Awards, in association with Otago Polytechnic, will be shown online this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are 33 designers from 14 countries, with NHNZ producing the show.
   The event, which grew out of ID Dunedin Fashion Week, was long forecast by Lucire to become the “main event”—the fact the organizers have persevered indicates the esteem in which the awards are held.
   Entrants produced video shows to showcase their entries, which were selected by a judging panel.
   The list of finalists and their entries can be found on ID’s website.

In the Chinese market, Net-à-Porter is marking May 20—520, an alternative Chinese Valentine’s Day—by teaming up with Godiva. The Belgian chocolatier has created a 520 limited-edition gift box co-branded with Net-à-Porter, comprising six gold heart-shaped chocolates. In addition, the two companies have created a ‘520 × 100 I love you one hundred times’ gift box, priced (of course) at 52,000元, but with a value of 83,999元. The gift box features IWC Portofino watches, a Piaget chain, a Chloé shoulder bag, a By Far limited-edition bag and sandals, Jimmy Choo heels and clutch bag, and a Jacquemus shoulder bag.

 


Naersiling takes its autumn–winter 2020–1 show live online

Filed by Lucire staff/May 5, 2020/7.26



China may be opening up but there are still parties being very cautious, such as the Shenzhen-based fashion label Naersiling. Part of EEKA Fashion Holdings, Naersiling held its autumn–winter 2020–1 show virtually, and live.
   The collection, loosely translated as Urban Shadowcatcher, was based around the metropolis, its architecture, and the shadows and reflections that it casts, connecting them to the lives of contemporary women.
   On Monday evening, the label used lighting and musical effects to create three very different moods from the single catwalk, showing its collection’s simplicity and modernity. The palette is founded in black and white, with bright blue. The silhouettes are geometric and wide, with deconstruction and asymmetry.
   Naersiling’s Xu Zhidong said after the show that the show was its attempt to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. He added, ‘No matter how life changes, inspiring productivity with beauty is the proud mission of everyone in the fashion industry.’

 


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