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February 24, 2024

Luxury news wrap: Rahul Rana’s Michelin Star, Jay Z x Beyone’s new house

Arushi Sakhuja 
From Indian chef Rahul Rana’s restaurant winning a Michelin star to Jay Z and Beyonce’s $200m Malibu home, and new luxury stores opening in India, here is what the luxury world was up to last week. 
Avatāra in Dubai gets a Michelin Star 
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Photo Courtesy: Gault & Millau
In the luxury world for F&B nothing gets more prestigious than bagging a Michelin star. The latest restaurant to bag one in Dubai belongs to an Indian chef. Avatāra is Dubai’s first all-vegetarian fine dining experience, helmed by Chef Rahul Rana. Serving traditional vegetarian delicacies, it joins a fleet of restaurants across the world with its recent Michelin star.  
Jacquemus opens a pop-up in Italy’s Lake Como 
Jacquemus opens a pop-up in Italy's Lake Como
Photo Courtesy: Jacquemus
Jacquemus opens a pop-up in Italy's Lake Como
Photo Courtesy: Jacquemus
It’s that time of the year Jacquemus heads to Como, Italy, for their latest pop-up location. The French label took to Instagram to announce the opening of the temporary location. The store opens as Jacquemus has released the second half of its Été collection. In addition to their collection, the Como location will feature items that will only be exclusive to that location.⁠ The pop-up is open now through October 16.⁠ 
Jay Z and Beyonce’s $200 Million Malibu Home  
Jay Z and Beyonce's new $200m Malibu beach estate
Photo Courtesy: Florian Holzherr
Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z’s Malibu beach estate has created a new record as the most expensive home purchased in California’s history (that too all in cash!). Designed by Japanese master architect Tadao Ando, the futuristic mega-mansion is spread across 30,000 square feet. The luxurious home overlooks the ocean, and the Pacific Cove estate features huge grey-toned hallways, a private beach, two swimming pools including an infinity pool that seems to stretch off into the ocean, and Zen water features. It truly can’t get more luxurious, can it? 
Pharell’s debut Louis Vuitton show will open Paris Fashion Week  
Photo Courtesy: Louis Vuitton
Pharell will present his debut collection for Louis Vuitton on June 20 to open the Paris Men’s Fashion Week. Pharrell was named Maison’s menswear creative director in February, becoming the first designer to follow the late, Virgil Abloh and in a month the world will be privy to the magic of the luxury house headed under Pharrell’s leadership.⁠ 
Porsche Frozen Berry Taycan
The Frozen Berry Taycan back
Photo Courtesy: Porsche
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Photo Courtesy: Porsche
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Photo Courtesy: Porsche
The luxury world for automobiles has a new experiment every week, and this time it’s by Porsche. Symbolic of a time for renewal and the fleeting nature of life, Sakura – also known as cherry blossom – the season is a significant part of the year for many. This year luxury car giant Porsche unveiled a new car to reflect the beauty of the season namely The Frozen Berry Taycan. Painted in a pleasing shade of cherry blossom pink. 
Rafael Nadal X Henry Jacques Parfums costs $41,900 
Rafael Nadal X Henry Jacques Parfums costs $41,900 
Photo Courtesy: Henry Jacques Parfums
Last November Rafael Nadal teamed up with French perfumer Henry Jacques Parfums for two scents titled In All Intimacy. This year they have brought back the collaboration to the luxury world with a trio of fragrances that cost $41,900. Limited to 120 units, the trio of solid scents includes Rafael Nadal No. 1, Rafael Nadal No. 2, and Maria Parello as notes of orange blossom, thyme, jasmine, lavender, bergamot, and citrus take over. ⁠ To complete the scents is Henry Jacques’ signature 5-grade titanium case with a curved tennis ball-yellow strip. ⁠ 
Ralph Lauren’s first store in Mumbai 
Ralph Lauren Mumbai
Photo Courtesy: Ralph Lauren
When it comes to the luxury world in India, Mumbai has just got its first Ralph Lauren store located in the Phoenix Palladium Mall. The store design is contemporary with rustic oak flooring and planked wood wall panelling paired with antique and vintage-inspired display cases and tables, as well as an eclectic mix of artwork and decorative props. The store aesthetic reflects the same sensibility as the Polo Ralph Lauren brand itself – one that is both classic and casual with a modern, energetic spirit. This new store houses both Women’s and Men’s Collections. 
Rolex Milgauss auctioned for US $2.5 million  
luxury world Rolex Milgauss
Photo Courtesy: Philips
A rare Rolex watch, the Milgauss fetched a record US$2.5 million at the Phillips Watches Auction, and reportedly it is purchased by a bidder on behalf of Rolex. ⁠ A similar version from 1958 sold at Christie’s in 2013 for US$357k and another, sold by Phillips in 2022, fetched just over US$320k but this is the most expensive one sold yet. Produced in 1958, it features a black honeycomb dial, a rotating bezel, and a second hand that is shaped like a lightning bolt.  
Sony’s new Project Q portable gaming device 
Sony's new Project Q portable gaming device
Photo Courtesy: Sony
The luxury world has some great news for avid gamers. Sony announced that it is working on a PlayStation handheld console, dubbed Project Q. The portable device features an 8-inch screen which allows users to play games installed on their PS5 and all buttons and features of the DualSense wireless controller will also be featured on the new console. ⁠The Q handheld is set to launch later this year. 
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