MODERN TALKING One of the world’s most expensive car brands is partnering with the creator of the world’s most expensive phones to create a custom smartphone for the most discerning clientele. Bentley has signed a five-year partnership with Vertu, the British luxury mobile phone brand, and announced plans to launch a “Vertu for Bentley” phone in October, with four further phones to follow.”Bentley’s new partnership with Vertu brings together two world-leading brands, defined by their commitment to performance, luxury and customer experience,” said Wolfgang Durheimer, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors. He added, “The collaboration expands Bentley’s luxury range into the cutting-edge world of mobile communications and offers customers a new way to experience the world of Bentley.” says CEO Massimiliano Pogliani of Vertu. “This partnership will allow Vertu to fully integrate with the Bentley brand; phones will be jointly designed by the Vertu and Bentley design teams, based on a relationship that goes far deeper than the utilisation of materials and cues on design.”Jewellery FIERY STYLE Ooze ephemeral elegance with Zoya’s fire necklace. Inspired by the layered look of the flame of a candle; the strands emanate luminous shades of white, graduating to yellow, deep orange and finally to sparkling red. Set in 18-carat yellow gold, this pendant exemplifies luxury for the discerning woman. Embellished with diamonds and yellow, orange and red sapphires, this stunning pendant can be your new splurge just for Rs 8 lakh.Bike RACE TO THE FINISH Specialised Bicycle Components in collaboration with McLaren has now lauched the revolutionary limited edition S-Works McLaren Tarmac. With only 250 pieces available, the bicycle is complemented by a pair of S-Works road shoes and an S-Works Prevail helmet. Get ready for the greatest cycling experience for a whopping Rs 12 lakh.Collectible DOLLED UP Fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi is the latest designer to collaborate with the Madame Alexander Doll Company for a new collection of couture dolls replete with miniature accessories. advertisementWoo the child in you with this array of beautifully-crafted collectibles and play dolls. The limited edition 21-inch Cissy with neatly parted dark brown hair and brown eyes comes dressed in a gorgeous pink and red satin dress with a self belt. She flaunts oodles of style with a pair of sunglasses, clutch, bracelet and a watch-all inspired by Mizrahi’s New York collection. With only 75 pieces available, grab this button-cute collectible for Rs 60,000.Ice-cream BITE-SIZED FASHION Kwality Wall’s Magnum celebrated its 25th anniversary with the limited edition Pistachio White Dolce and Gabbana Magnum Bar-a treat for the eyes and for the taste buds. Made of soft vanilla ice cream, sinful dark chocolate bits and crushed pistachios coated with white chocolate, this frozen treat on a stick is a dessert with a difference. Be prepared to get swept away with the chic packaging as well. ‘Irresistible’ doesn’t quite do justice to this gorgeous dessert.Furniture OLD SCHOOL COMFORT Old World is the new rage and Portside Cafe’s Retro Blanket Sofa (single seater) is no exception. The plush blanket sofa, made of dark leather adorned with a stitched square pattern, is held together with slim tan belts and buckles over a sturdy wooden frame. The quirky seater is so chic it looks right at home with any decor. This comfortable couch retails at Rs 1.4 lakh.Surfboard LUXURY ON A BOARD The Roy Stuart Rampant surfboard is the gateway to the ultimate surfing experience. The 10’6” board is the product of 20 years of water-testing development and permits surfing at up to 35 miles an hour. Made from Paulownia wood, which has a high strength to weight ratio, the board features an inlay of 23 carat gold designed in the shape of a lion. This beauty retails at Rs7.7 crore.Guitar SPEED OF SOUND When Alfa Romeo collaborates with Harrison Custom Guitar works, you get a mind-blowing combination of music and pace. The limited edition, handmade Alfa Romeo guitar has a bright red and semi-open body designed to emulate the iconic triangular grille of an Alfa Romeo. Just 11 pieces will be available, representing each decade of Alfa’s history. These stunning made-to-order pieces can be yours for a cool Rs 4.11 lakh.Footwear OF HOOVES AND BRUTE APPEAL The new Ferrari Limitate Luxury sneakers are a perfect amalgamation of the sophisticated exuberance of Italian car manufacturer, Ferrari and German sports brand Puma’s fresh, youthful approach. With only 499 pieces, these limited edition sneakers made in Italy are available in four different styles. Crafted from premium leather, the shoe features Ferrari’s prancing horse logo embossed on the back. Each uniquely numbered pair arrives in a shoe bag specially designed for the new collection.Dress like a Boss advertisementThis World Cup season, all eyes were on the German Football team not just because they played exceptionally well, but also because they were the best dressed team. Clad in Hugo Boss made-to-measure suits for official appearances, the team was manly style personified. The fashion house’s styling ensured that the team looked classy even during long trips and relaxed media sessions. While travelling, comfort is key, so you’ll find them oozing laidback luxe in jacket-pants, sweaters coupled with duffel bags. After all, trendy is a look that winners sport.Champagne Premium champagne house, Veuve Clicquot’s experimentation with 300 bottles and 50 magnums of its champagne buried 43 metres deep in the Baltic Sea memorialised the discovery of 168 shipwrecked bottles in the same area in 2010. The haul included Veuve Clicquot vintages dating back to 1839. A mix of Clicquot Yellow Label Brut, Rose Vintage 2004 and demi-sec were buried to try and reproduce the discovery by sinking a range of cuvees to the seabed to see how the wine ages in contrast to the wines in Clicquot’s own cellars. We can’t wait to sample the results!A ring for a ring Feel free to step away from your phone without actually parting from it, with the new stylish rings by Ringly. Tech brand Ringly lets your ring do the talking with Bluetooth LE technology and sends notifications via vibrations and lights. The Ringly app, available for iOS and Android, seeks to prioritise your notifications, so you don’t need to interrupt a conversation. We’re thrilled about the style quotient of this wearable technology. The cocktail-sized ring currently available in moonstone, emerald, pink sapphire and black onyx is set in 18-carat gold.Rolling in 2 million Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone topped every chart and smashed every record, and now almost 50 years after its release, the handwritten manuscript of the song has broken a different kind of record. The manuscript was sold for just over $2 million at Sotheby’s auction house in New York and became the most expensive, popular music lyrics sheet ever. The draft written in pencil on four sheets of hotel letterhead stationery with revisions, additions, notes and doodles, including a hat, a bird, and an animal with antlers is the only known surviving draft.Taste your luck The Reserve Bar in Morgans New York Hotel offers a new twist to the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, which is traditionally made with rye whisky, sugar cubes, bitters and soda. For just $16, customers get to roll three dice to order their drink. The refreshingly engaging hangout concept has patrons clustering around for their unique drinks. Three dice rolled onto a mini-table include a white one, which determines the spirit that will go in the drink, a red one for the sweetener and a blue die for the kind of bitters. The 216 different cocktail options are not just innovative, but also eminently sip-worthy.What a waste! Hermes has broken the stereotype of wanton waste associated with big fashion houses with its new Petit H collection. Featuring trendy, one-of-a-kind pieces crafted from trimmings, lace, leather and every conceivable waste material, the collection borders on the whimsical. Exclusivity is another aspect of the collection that features 2,200 unique creations that range from leather doorstops to a life size panda bear. Our favourite, however, is the geometric calfskin bookcase, a stunning rendition of sheer style and functionalityadvertisementBeer bath Beer-lovers, head to the centuries-old Austrian brewery within Starkenberger’s castle near Munich, where the first ever beer-swimming-pools have been opened. The seven 13 foot pools filled with 84,000 litres of warm beer are built in the 700 year old castle’s cellar, designed by artist Wernfried Poschusta. And you don’t have to let yourself into the water, one toe at a time! As you sit, swim, wallow or simply relax in the warm goodness of beer, order one of the brewery’s 10 specialty beers.High on fashion Louis Vuitton men’s style director, Kim Jones has taken inspiration from Rajasthan and the world of aviation for his spring 2015 collection, which was showcased at Paris men’s fashion week. Making boiler suits and satin bomber jackets chic, the collection “volez, voguez, voyagez” uses combinations of classic colours-brown and beige with contemporary neons. A silk boiler suit in neon pink embellished with hundreds of tiny mirrors, using a classic Indian technique, demonstrated kitschy style. The aviation inspired round-lensed, cross bridge sunglasses and the plush bomber jacket in orange, was another absolute standout.CALENDAR Dates that mean something17 Witness 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world compete at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance..22Treat your taste buds at the gastronomic event of the year, Copenhagen Cooking. The food festival pays homage to the amazing Nordic cuisine.27Get your movie fix at the 71st Venice International Film Festival Held in Palazzo del Cinema, it is the world’s oldest and most prestigious film festival.