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Just when I’m bored with my iPhone 5S being slow and full of software bugs, just when I’m really angry at Apple for being such a shitty mainstream brand, I find out Huawei is releasing the latest edition of the Honor smartphone in Europe. It’s basically a high-powered, large screen, high def camera-equiped smartphone with an Android OS. It simply does what my iPhone doesn’t feel like doing these days: quick app changes, no-freeze web browsing, intelligent Google features (like how do I get home in a few finger taps, quick notification swipes, full Google integration, free cloud back-ups, real password ingration across devices through Chrome…). I wouldn’t say life changing upgrade but for half the price of an iPhone, you get everything I mentionned above plus longer life battery, customizable OS and themes, standard USB charging cables (thank god) and many more not-so-anectodic details. Check out more screegrabs after the break ang get a product tour here.

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Orlebar Brown, one of our favourite beach essential brand, has been on our radars for a long time now. And while some brands sort of fade out and never really come out of the confidential stands of the fashion week tradeshows, we’re glad to see that Orlebar Brown does what it takes to rise and shine. Their swimming shorts have been a hit on MrPorter.com for some time now and as a celebration of their successful collaboration, Orlebar and the men’s go-to online retail store have organized a nice happening in Saint-Tropez on August 9. Handsome guys (I’ve been told) will ride around town distributing a special edition of the Mr Porter Journal featuring not only a selection of summer essentials but also some of Saint-Tropez’ most beautiful beach locations for you to enjoy your summer! Besides, a bag full of cool items (an Orlebar Brown beach towel,  Mr Porter’s Paperback, a pen, a portable loudspeaker, postcards…) will be presented in a very limited edition in various luxury hotels in Saint-Tropez (hotel Sezz, hotel Saint Amour, La Tartane, hotel Muse and a few luxurious villas across the village). I wish I was still there this weekend!

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“Restaurants and bars offer architects and interior designers the opportunity to design for both style and entertainment. Aesthetics and function must come together to create ambiance and conviviality in a way that not only makes a bold first impression, but also secures a loyal following of regular customers” (quoted from Taschen website). The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards—the world’s only awards dedicated to hospitality design—recognize the importance of this particular field, singling out the world’s most exceptional settings for eating and drinking

Divided into five chapters (for each continent), this Taschen book features 100 highlights from the establishments put forward to the panel. Either you’re looking for new designs for your home, or basically want to know about the most designed restaurants of your city, this book is a must-have on your coffee table.

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With the FortressDöttling is introducing a new era of security. The Fortress is the safiest luxury safe in the world! Among its features, the Fortress includes eight watch winders. Using specially designed software, each watch winder is individually controlled. And guess what? Inside The Fortress there is also a humidor made of original Spanish cedar, with an electronic humidifying system. Last but not least, the upper section of the Fortress integrates another product from our manufactory : a Colosimo two-door safe. Price depending on the options you’re looking for (starting at 141,600€).Safe-doettling-liberty-edition-limited-the-fortress cigare

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“Hey sorry, do you have the time?” To which you’d respond: “nope, but my Panerai Radiomir 8 Days table clock does.”. And you’d sound like the total jerk… So what? At least you’d have a table clock!

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Iniala Beach House Interiors

Iniala Beach House is basically one of the most exclusive beach house hotels you can visit in Phuket (Thailand). A-cero, Joaquin Torres Arquitectos, have recently designed the interiors of one of the villas and the main restaurant of the hotel. A-cero have designed absolutely everything, even the furniture! Check out the Iniala website for more information. 

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Sunday Girls: the girls we would like to bring home Sundays and present to the family. This week, Daria Alexandrova looks exquisite in Jurij Treskow‘s Treats! Magazine contribution.

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Fabienne and Philippe Amzalak, have teamed up with Tom Dixon‘s design studio to create a “concept-restaurant” in the modern Beaugrenelle mall in Paris. Inspired by the 1970s but built as a typical Parisian brasserie, Eclectic somehow manages to be both futuristic and completely retro at the same time. The browny tables and couches and seats along with the soft orange light beaming from the massive lamps create a pretty neat atmosphere. Now I just have to go and see for myself if Fabienne and Philippe Amzalak still live up to their reputation!

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Sometimes, I’m glad I can’t afford to buy myself a ride. ‘Cause if I did, I’d end up with this furious-looking Maserati Alfieri. Yes, I know, it is still a concept car. Never mind. Like I said at the beginning, I can’t afford that 4.7 liter V8 that pushes out 460 horsepower anyway. Keep calm and save some money.

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With its aged gold and rich amber colour, the Lagavulin 16 year old is one of the classic single malts available over the counter today. You just can’t dislike the smoky finish reminiscent of a Johnnie Walker Blue Label or a Caol Ila Moch.  The peat and salty aromas are married to perfection and make a single sip a one-way trip to Islay in Scotland. The easiest way to get yourself a similar treat is to pay a visit to my favourite destination for online spirit shopping Alexander & James. I love how the bottle is packed and that the service is simply perfect. Plus the choice and variety of whiskies available on their website is something surrealist. Check for yourself!

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