Sunday, December 27, 2020

VENCHI OPENS ITS 12TH HONG KONG STORE AT APM

VENCHI OPENS ITS 12TH HONG KONG STORE AT APM - Exclusive gelato desserts launch in late December

Venchi

With an Italian heritage spanning over 140 years, Venchi has gained a global reputation in more than 70 countries. This December, Venchi will launch its 12th store in Hong Kong at one of the hottest shopping spot, apm mall in Kwun Tong. Known for traditional craftmanship, the pleasure in sharing and joy derived from a perfect Italian lifestyle, the apm store will offer guests an immersive Venchi experience. 

Take a seat at the first Venchi lounge in the city, a comfortable lounge area where shoppers can enjoy the new Gelato desserts. Guests to the store will be greeted by a variety of pick-and-mix, assortments ready for gift-giving and an eye-catching chocolate feature wall of 24 different chocolate bars. Learn about the different recipes and ingredients of Venchi’s signature Chocolate collection. 

Venchi

Try the single-origin chocolate from South America, Ecuador and Venezuela; or be amazed by the novelties such as Cremino, lingering hazelnut goodness from the gianduja chocolate alternates with classic Venchi flavours like pistachio and dark chocolate. Venchi’s rich history of tradition celebrates the genuine, artisanal and convivial nature of one of the most beloved Italian excellence in the world. 

The new apm store will offer another first for Hong Kong - gelato made fresh daily using selected and natural ingredients in Venchi's very own Gelato Lab. With 16 flavours and new flavours every month, Venchi gelato is a simple moment of pleasure in perfect Italian style. 

New exclusive gelato desserts will be available in late December. Meet the man in the gelato lab churning fresh gelato every day, Venchi Gelatiere Davide Spagnuolo. Davide is from Milan and he has been making and experimenting with for over 6 years. These new decadent Venchi desserts are made with tried and tested Italian tradition, customers can enjoy these creative and original gelato desserts which is only available at Venchi's apm store. 

Fly to the United Kingdom Quarantine-free* with Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways

Passengers that have spent the last 14 days in Hong Kong can now travel to the United Kingdom quarantine-free* when they fly with Qatar Airways. As one of the countries on the United Kingdom COVID-19 travel corridors, passengers travelling via Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar are not required to undergo the mandatory 14-days self-isolation restriction. In conjunction with the quarantine-free measures, the airline is offering exclusive fares for travellers to the United Kingdom, happening from now to 13 December 2020.

Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways

As entry restrictions around the world gradually begin to ease and with more flights getting reinstated, travellers who are planning to visit their favourite places again or reunite with their loved ones can take advantage of the all-inclusive fares starting from HKD 2,400 for a one-way trip and HKD 4,770 for a return trip to destinations such as London, Manchester and Edinburgh. This promotion is valid for travel until 31 December 2021 (Economy Class) and 30 September 2021 (Premium Class).

For full details, please visit www.qatarairways.com/FlytoUK. Mr Thomas Scruby, Vice President, Pacific, Qatar Airways said: “Qatar Airways has continuously shown to be a reliable and responsible airline during this pandemic. Our continued operation has enabled us to gain the trust of our passengers and accumulated unrivalled experience of how to safely carry passengers during this time. 

With the inclusion of Hong Kong and Qatar into the United Kingdom COVID-19 travel corridors, Qatar Airways is rolling out these special fares to unite more family and friends, as well as provide flexible travel options to passengers who wish to start travelling again.” 

Additionally, students can also enjoy the latest offers and exclusive benefits such as fare discounts and extra baggage allowance as they travel for their studies, return to school or visit friends and family during the holidays when they join Qatar Airways' newly launched Student Club. For more information, please visit qatarairways.com/StudentClub. 

To ensure that passengers can plan their travels with peace of mind, Qatar Airways has extended its booking policies to offer even more choice and allowing passengers unlimited date changes. Passengers can change their destination as often as they need if it is within 500 miles of the original destination. 

The airline will not charge any fare differences for travel completed before 31 December 2020, after which fare rules will apply. All tickets booked for travel up to 31 December 2020 will be valid for two years from the date of issuance. For full terms and conditions, visit qatarairways.com/RelyOnUs. 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and 'Best Business Class Seat', in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. 

It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’ title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times. In addition to offering excellent service for passengers, Qatar Airways is also focused on the sustainability of its operations. The airline’s variety of modern, fuel-efficient aircraft - particularly its fleet of 52 Airbus A350s and 30 Boeing 787s – reduces its carbon dioxide emissions. 

Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel demand, the airline has grounded its fleet of Airbus A380s as it is not environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market. Qatar Airways has also recently launched a new programme that enables passengers to voluntarily offset the carbon emissions associated with their journey at the point of booking. 

*Passengers arriving into the United Kingdom are encouraged to check the latest information via https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november.

JOHNNIE WALKER LAUNCHES FOUR LIMITED EDITIONS CELEBRATING ITS 200TH ANNIVERSARY

JOHNNIE WALKER

JOHNNIE WALKER
Johnnie Walker

2020 marks 200 years since John Walker first threw open the doors to a small grocery store in rural Scotland, beginning a journey that would take Johnnie Walker to the four corners of the world, making it the world’s leading Scotch Whisky today1. 200 years later we're celebrating the journey we’ve been on and opening the doors to the next 200 years. To celebrate this milestone, Johnnie Walker announces a series of four limited editions, just in time for the holiday gifting season. 

The four limited-edition releases are all about celebration: the celebration of the 200-year journey, celebration of 200 years of craft, celebration of the 1 IWSR 2018 the entrepreneurial spirit of Johnnie Walker and the celebration of the restless pursuit of flavour. 

Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design Celebrate Our 200 Year Journey Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design is the perfect gift for the whisky enthusiast in your life. This exclusive release celebrates 200 years since John Walker taking the first steps on the Johnnie Walker journey, when he first threw open the doors to a small grocery store in Kilmarnock, Scotland. 

The founder, John Walker, started a journey of exploration into craft and quality which has led the label to push the boundaries of what’s possible for two centuries - taking Scotch from the four corners of Scotland to the four corners of the world. The bespoke illustration on the pack design pays homage to some of the great cities and countries that have been part of our story over the past 200 years. Just one in 10,000 casks from our unparalleled reserves of maturing Scotch whisky, carefully crafted and curated for generations, have the remarkable depth of character needed by our small team of whisky makers to craft Johnnie Walker Blue Label. 

Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a velvety smooth and vibrant Scotch, the result of every lesson that’s been learned since John Walker took the first steps on this 200-year journey. With a rolling wave of rich spices giving way to a deep surge of vanilla sweetness and honey. Caramel and hazelnuts course through dark chocolate before a luxuriously long smoky finish. This is where rare casks, rare craft and rare character come together in one whisky.  

Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design (40% abv, 750ml), suggested retail price of HK$1,465, will be available at all Hong Kong major retail stores in late December 2020. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight Celebrate 200 Years of Craft Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight is a rare jewel crafted from only eight legendary distilleries, that existed when John Walker made the first steps on our journey 200 years ago. This exceptional release is a smooth, mellow Scotch made using some of the rarest whiskies from across the untamed wilds of Scotland, including exceptionally rare whiskies from “ghost” distilleries. 

The eight selected expressions are from Oban, Blair Athol, Lagavulin, Teaninich, Brora, Cambus, Port Dundas and Carsebridge, these distilleries are an inspiration to Johnnie Walker’s whisky makers today. At the first sip, a wonderful sweetness envelops the taste buds, through which notes of stone fruits, stewing apples and cocoa emerge, followed by an embrace of sweet toffee and a soft caress of brown sugar and vanilla notes before a wave of fresh orchard fruits are enveloped by a wisp of smoke in this mellow whisky. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight (43.8% abv, 750ml), suggested retail price of HK$2,800, will be available at all Hong Kong major retail stores in late December 2020.  

John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend Celebrate the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Johnnie Walker Two hundred years ago, whiskies were frequently inconsistent in quality due to their single malt origins. Being a forward thinker with unique ideas, John Walker came up with the idea of boldly blending the whiskeys to overcome the issue caused by the uneven quality, thus creating a new chapter in the era of Scottish blended whisky. 

John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend honours a breakthrough moment for John Walker & Sons, the release of Old Highland Whisky in the 1860s, the first commercial blend to be exported from Scotland to the four corners of the world. This exclusive release marks the inspirational moment in Johnnie Walker history that sparked iconic entrepreneurial innovations such as our slanted label and square bottle. The special edition box opens up to reveal a rare photo of John Walker’s grocery store in Kilmarnock of Scotland, from 200 years ago. 

Crafted using only whiskies from distilleries that were open before or during the 1860s, this blend is bottled at 51% ABV, reflective of many Scotch whiskies prior to the early 1900s. On the nose, this whisky has notes of sweet dried raisins, subtle spice and marzipan. The palate develops into hints of roasted nuts, icing sugar sweetness and gentle peat, with a soft pepper finish. This is an exceptional edition with bold, robust flavours that captures the essence of Johnnie Walker whisky. 

A Johnnie Walker whisky for all Johnnie Walker lovers. John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend (51% abv, 700ml), suggested retail price of HK$640, will be available at all Hong Kong major retail stores in late December 2020.  John Walker & Sons Bicentenary Blend Celebrate our Restless Pursuit of Flavour John Walker & Sons Bicentenary Blend is an exclusive whisky which takes you on a sensorial journey through the fragrant aisles of John Walker’s original grocery store, in 1820. 

This whisky explores the flavours and scents of where the journey started. Master Blender Jim Beveridge and his small team of expert whisky makers have drawn inspiration from the thrilling flavours listed on an original stock inventory, 200 years ago, from John Walker’s store. Using this as a window into the world where John started, they have meticulously crafted a complex and richly layered whisky. 

This is a whisky crafted using rare and exceptional whiskies, all aged for at least 28 years, including whiskies from long-closed “ghost” distilleries including Pittyvaich, Cambus and the soon to be reopened Port Ellen. Experience walking the aisles of John Walker’s store, as layers of spice reveal themselves before mingling with sweet honey and rich molasses inspired by the rows of tempting jars. 

Waves of sultanas, cocoa beans and herbal notes are carried on wisps of soft smoke leading you further into the grocery store with every sip. A sweet spice lingers as the door closes behind you. John Walker & Sons Bicentenary Blend (46% abv, 750ml), suggested retail price of HK$7,800, is now available at selective retail stores in Hong Kong.  

Additionally, Johnnie Walker collaborates with the world’s favourite whisky glass, Glencairn Glass, with a new range of coloured glasses, available in black, blue, red, green, and shimmering gold alongside the original clear glass. Each glasses are engraved with Johnnie Walker bespoke logo. Looks great in hand and at the same time, they are ideal for those whisky enthusiasts who enjoy blind tasting. 

During a limited period, at selective retail stores including Aeon, APITA, City’Super, SOGO, Wai Shing, Watson’s Wine Cellar, Yata, shoppers who purchase Johnnie Walker whiskies valued over $5,000 will receive a complimentary set of Johnnie Walker x Glencairn glass set (6 pieces), valued at $990, while stocks last.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Qatar Airways Introduces Festive Touches to Surprise and Delight Passengers This Holiday Season

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways Introduces Festive Touches
Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is delighted to welcome this festive season by creating special moments that will surprise and delight our passengers both on board and on the ground. Passengers departing to and from Qatar Airways’ destinations in the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and select destinations in Asia and Africa, will enjoy the airline’s festivities from 19 December until 26 December. 
From the moment Business Class passengers arrive on board, they will be greeted with a seasonal welcome drink and a specially designed bespoke holiday menu card, featuring a range of flavoursome holiday dishes including smoked salmon tartare with pink pepper seared scallops, beetroot and ikura roe, beef wellington with turmeric mashed potato, grilled sweet potato, pumpkin, oyster mushroom and beef jus, and a spicy raspberry chocolate dome for dessert. 

Premium customers will also be presented with quiet reminders of this holiday season, including a festive napkin band wrapped around the cutlery pack and a rich hot chocolate with marshmallows. Passengers can stay entertained with the extensive collection of festive movies on the Oryx One Inflight Entertainment system and enjoy the airline’s turndown service when it is time for rest, complete with the added comfort of the signature limited edition ‘Seasons Greetings’ message pillow. 

 The Economy cabin will be dressed with festive headrest covers and customers travelling in Economy Class will also enjoy a delightful seasonal menu that includes turkey chasseur, turmeric mashed potato with parsley as a main course, and Christmas pudding for dessert. Qatar Airways has also created festive touches throughout the Al Mourjan Business Lounge at Hamad International Airport (HIA) for the very first time. Passengers can delight in the seasonal décor reflected in the flower arrangements, and holiday gift-box displays and feast on an assortment of holiday delicacies from the buffet or select from the special digital à la carte menu. 

For those passengers wanting to embrace the spirit of the season, a large communal table with stunning decorations including holiday-inspired placemats, bread liners, napkin bands and table décor will bring people together to share a meal which amongst many choices can include Waldorf salad, stuffed turkey roulade, beef wellington, yule log, gourmet hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows, signature mocktails and more. 

 Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “This year has been incredibly challenging due to the ongoing pandemic. That is why this year we are investing more efforts than ever before into our festive activities on board and at HIA, to bring the joy back to flying. In the coming weeks, tens of thousands of passengers will travel with us for a vacation or to visit family and friends abroad and our aim is to continue to unite family and friends and make their journey even more memorable during this special time.” 

When travelling with Qatar Airways during the festive season, passengers can expect the highest levels of safety throughout their journey. The airline’s onboard safety measures include the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and a complimentary protective kit and disposable face shields for passengers. Business Class passengers on aircraft equipped with Qsuite can enjoy the enhanced privacy this award-winning business seat provides, including sliding privacy partitions and the option to use a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 30 destinations including Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, London and New York. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and at HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety. 

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’ title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.

CHRISTIE’S PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR 2020

CHRISTIE’S PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR 2020

CHRISTIE’S PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR 2020



Global sales £3.4 billion / $4.4 billion

- Down 25% compared to 2019, driven by the drop in live auction sales
- Primarily due to the overall impact of the pandemic on supply
- Demand remained strong, with a high sell-through rate of 81% across all sales

Online-only sales and digital innovations as a major driver for future growth

- While live auction sales were largely suspended during Q2 due to COVID-19 precautions, Christie’s immediate acceleration of its digital strategy at the start of the pandemic ensured business continuity across the year and expanded the global reach of its sale activities exponentially - Online-only sales were up 262% in 2020 (£243 million / $311 million), marking a record total for the channel. -

With more than 200 sales in 2020, this channel contributed more than 10% of total auction sales - Registrants from 104 different countries participated in online-only sales by year-end
- More than 1 million combined viewers watched Christie’s live-streamed marquee week sales.

Private sales close to £1bn in 2020, a record total for this channel (projected £987 million / $1.3 billion) - Up 57% compared to 2019 - Christie’s sold more works above $25 million via private sales than at auction - Innovative formats were introduced such as Dream Big, an ambitious online exhibition of monumental sculpture with works sold entirely in-situ and through Christie’s digital platform · 

Buying trends show an influx of new clients and millennial collectors
- 36% of all buyers new to Christie’s in 2020, with strong input from online-only sales
- 32% of all new online-only sale buyers are millennials (23-38 years old)
- 34% of global spend in auction sales went to buyers in Asia, well-balanced by Americas (33%) and EMEA (33%)
- Of the top prices achieved at Christie’s this year for works by living artists under 45, 9 out of 10 were sold in our Hong Kong saleroom. 

Positive outlook for 2021 - H2 2020 saw 25% growth compared to H2 2019, driven by strong global demand, indicating a positive market orientation for 2021
- Exceptional collection sales ahead - 

In January in New York: The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund, an unparalleled collection of fine and decorative art, jewels and books, to be offered in live and online sales. In March in London: The Collection of Claude Hersaint, one of the most comprehensive Surrealist collections in the world, with works by Ernst, Magritte and Miró to lead the Art of the Surreal Evening Sale with a collective pre-sale estimate of £21-32 million. 

Francis Bacon's Sand Dune will also be offered in March, a distinctive painting from 1981 that featured in recent exhibitions in Paris and Houston.

Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, commented: "In 2020,the global pandemic deeply impacted the art market, as it did for almost all industries. We are now looking forward to 2021 with optimism, for two major reasons: global demand for art and objects remains strong with an impressive influx of new clients, especially millennials; and Christie’s has introduced digital innovations that significantly strengthened our business model, providing clients with greater flexibility to transact with us through our live auction, online-only, and private sales platforms."

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong - Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day 2021

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
Ritz-Carlton


The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is delighted to present Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day on 
Sunday, January 10, 2021, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. Nearby on the same day, W Hong Kong is also hosting WED YOUR WAY Wedding Consultation Day, making West Kowloon a must-visit neighborhood for brides- and grooms-to-be. 

Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day In a time of such uncertainty due to the pandemic, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong still promises to curate personalized wedding ceremonies and banquets that leave indelible memories thanks to the luxury hotel’s legendary service and versatile event spaces. 

Unlike any previous wedding consultation days, Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day showcases the Hotel’s flexibility and adaptability under social distancing restrictions. The event shines a spotlight on the newly launched “Vows for Eternity” wedding ceremony packages through a live demonstration at our naturally-lighted open event space on Level 3. 

The mock ceremony showcases picture-perfect decorations by Free Concept; bridal dress by female-founded brand TH&TH based in Royal Leamington Spa, England; wedding suit by MODE Tuxedo; elegant makeup by Aiko Tsang Make Up; and photography service by Derek Photography. 

Guests may witness the ceremony right at the open event space, or watch the ceremony live-streamed by Journal Book on the LED wall inside Diamond Ballroom, to experience how to say “I do” with the love and blessings of their wedding guests even under social distancing restrictions. 

For guests who are not able to attend the event, stay tuned for the live-streaming session at 4:00 pm on The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong’s Facebook event page at https://fb.me/e/20mrvIQTI. Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day will be conducted by appointment only. For reservations and enquiries, please contact (852) 2263 2380 or hkweddings@ritzcarlton.com. “Vows for Eternity” Wedding Ceremony Packages For those looking to tie the knot with an intimate ceremony, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong has launched two special packages for up to 20 guests. 

“Vows for Eternity” wedding ceremony package features the sophisticated venue with high ceilings and natural daylight on Level 3 of the Hotel, while “Vows for Eternity in the Sky” features the remarkably spacious Carlton Suite located at Level 113 or higher, with 180-degree panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline. Both packages are priced at HK$22,888 with 10% service charge, and include exclusive usage of the venue for two hours as well as the following benefits: · Floral decoration and bouquet · Personalized butler for the bride and groom throughout the event ·

Complimentary 4-hour parking for up to two cars in the ICC parking lot · Preferential room rates for guests staying in the Hotel and overseas Ritz-Carlton properties · Bonus Marriott Bonvoy points and worldwide privileges · 15% savings on food items at Café 103, The Lounge & Bar, Tin Lung Heen, Tosca di Angelo and Ozone prior to the wedding day (subject to availability and blackout dates) · 

The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong Wedding Club membership, which includes exclusive dining, Spa and accommodation offers 

For reservations and enquiries, please contact (852) 2263 2380 or hkweddings@ritzcarlton.com. Vows for Eternity Wedding Consultation Day Venue: Diamond Ballroom, Level 3, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Time: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm 

Price: Free admission; By appointment only. Call (852) 2263 2380 or email hkweddings@ritzcarlton.com WED YOUR WAY Wedding Consultation Day Venue: Great Room, Level 7, W Hong Kong Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021 Time: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm Price: Free admission; By appointment only. Call (852) 3717 2927 or email events.whk@whotels.com

Friday, December 25, 2020

CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART AUTUMN AUCTIONS

CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART AUTUMN AUCTIONS ACHIEVED HK$323,363,750 / US$41,922,755

On 30 November, Christie's held four themed live auctions for Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art: The Chang Wei-Hwa Collection of Archaic Jades - Xia, Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties, Inspiring the mind - Life a scholar-official, Imperial Glories from the Springfield Museums Collection, and Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. 

CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART AUTUMN AUCTIONS
Art Auction

The combined sales realized a total of HK$323,363,750 / US$41,922,755, with the top lot of each sale all surpassing their pre-sale high estimates. 

Overall Sale Highlights 61% lots across all four sales sold above their high estimates The Chang Wei-Hwa Collection of Archaic Jades 100% sold, more than tripling its pre-sale low estimate, with 84% of lots sold surpassing their high estimates Imperial Glories from the Springfield Museums Collection was 100% sold, more than doubling its pre-sale low estimate, and with 75% of sold lots surpassing their high estimates. 

The selection of Chinese furniture including Zitan and Huanghuali objects achieved standout prices, totaling HK$90,112,500 / US$11,682,708, exceeding their high estimates Chi Fan Tsang, Deputy Chairman, Specialist Head of Department, commented, "We were privileged to once again offer several prominent private collections this season, most notably the Springfield Museums collection and the Chang Wei-Hwa Collection of Archaic Jades in dedicated single sales, which were enthusiastically received by collectors and were 100% sold at multiples of their low estimates. 

We witnessed healthy bidding across our top lots this season, most of which sold over their high estimates, reflecting strong demand for celebrated works of art of various categories, from throughout the course of Chinese history.

The Donum Estate Expands its Exclusive Wine Distribution

The Donum Estate Expands its Exclusive Wine Distribution

The Donum Estate Expands its Exclusive Wine Distribution
Donum Estate

The Donum Estate, a leader in single-vineyard, single-appellation Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; home to a monumental sculpture collection at its Estate in the acclaimed wine region of Sonoma County in Northern California, is pleased to announce its debut distribution in Hong Kong

A selection of wines from the coveted portfolio will now be available for purchase from Donum's distribution partner Vinopolis Hong Kong Ltd. "As proud residents of Hong Kong, we are delighted to have found a partner to introduce our wines to the City," said Mei and Allan Warburg, Owners of Donum. 

"The Donum art collection has gathered world-wide attention in the art community and through this recognition we have met many lovers of art who also have a passion for fine wines." Donum's terroir-driven wines reflect the energy and complexity of some of the most celebrated regions in Northern California including its Estate vines in Carneros, Anderson Valley, and the Russian River Valley. 

The Donum Estate Expands its Exclusive Wine Distribution
Donum Estate

A passionate team alongside winemaker Dan Fishman crafts only single-vineyard, single-appellation wines from small lots reflecting each unique, premier vineyard block. 

The Donum Estate comprises 200 picturesque acres north of San Pablo Bay in the Carneros wine region, using biodynamic and organic farming practices that create growing environments in which its vines can thrive and produce the highest-quality fruit possible. "We are immensely thrilled to introduce Donum to Hong Kong. 

The wine community here is thriving, and they are seeking unique, premier quality wines such as Donum. The demand is very high and our customers are really enthusiastic. But we only have a limited stock available in this initial introduction," said K. L. Lee, Executive Director of Vinopolis HK Limited. 

"Historically, we have largely sold directly to consumers through our growing membership base," said Angelica de Vere Mabray, Donum Chief Executive Officer. "We are excited to offer a selection of Donum wines to Hong Kong, especially as people may not be able to travel to visit us at the Estate during this time. With our terroir-driven ideology, our wines can transport people to our vineyards with each sip," added Dan Fishman, Donum Winemaker. 

Donum has been gaining visibility in Hong Kong of late through the Donum Collection and having hosted receptions to celebrate its artists alongside the annual "Art Week" in March. 

The Estate features over 40 major artworks from artists across the globe, including Ai Weiwei, Yayoi Kusama, Louise Bourgeois, Keith Haring, Zhan Wang, Elmgreen & Dragset, Yue Minjun, Jaume Plensa, Subodh Gupta, Danh Vo, Doug Aitken and Tracey Emin, among others. "Perhaps it's idealistic to say that art and wine are both examples of humankind striving to connect on a deeper level with the world around us. But as someone who has devoted such an extensive amount of time and love to both subjects I believe the bond is genuine," stated Sarah Heller, MW. 

Alongside the distribution, Donum will be added to the wine list of the Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant and art space Duddell's. "Our clients have a deep and active appreciation for the arts. People come together over food and wine, in an environment that connects art and people. With Donum's monumental art collection and artist-designed labels, it's a great addition to our wine list," said Duddell's Co-Founder Alan Lo⁠.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Press Release A Festive Season of Love at The Temple House Chengdu

A Festive Season of Love at The Temple House Chengdu

A Festive Season of Love at The Temple House Chengdu
Temple House, Chengdu

The most wonderful time of the year, Christmas, is just around the corner. To embrace the blissful season, The Temple House has prepared a series of sustainable seasonal celebrations in alignment with Swire Hotels' sustainability vision. The House is proud to present a seven-meter gold-coloured Christmas tree constructed partly from recycled bamboo. Aside from the Christmas tree, The Temple House hosted a charity Christmas bazaar to spread the spirit of giving and sharing. 

A Festive Season of Love at The Temple House Chengdu
Christmas Choir

With sustainable festive decorations all over the House, this spectacular venue will surely become the hottest spot for celebrating the holiday season for Chengdu residents. For the past four years, The Temple House has commissioned a one-of-a-kind tree that incorporates whimsical elements created from recycled materials. 

A Festive Season of Love at The Temple House Chengdu
Christmas Decorations

The Temple House Chengdu
Merry Christmas

The Temple House Chengdu
The Temple House

The Temple House Chengdu
Christmas Tree Lights

This year, the unconventional Christmas tree features bamboo partly recycled from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding decorated with hundreds of golden ornaments. After the festive season, the bamboo will be reused to house the herb garden in our courtyard during the winter months. The Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, an annual tradition, was held at the courtyard of The Temple House in the evening of 5 December. 

Our guests, media friends and the community were invited to celebrate the tree-lighting ceremony and took part in the festivities with Christmas carols performed by the children of Soong Ching Ling Kindergarten, festive candies and a photo session with Santa Claus for guests to bring home a memorable Christmas moment. In the spirit of giving, a charity Christmas bazaar was also held in the courtyard on the same day offering a wide range of festive items, including traditional Christmas mulled wine, panda cookies and cupcakes. 

The proceeds will be donated to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in support of critical research and conservation of the giant panda. Committed to giving back to the community this holiday season, the House provided an opportunity for non-profit organisations to introduce themselves to the local community through vibrant booths of their goods and services, including Animals Asia Foundation, Zero Waste Chengdu, and Haihui Better Community. Animals Asia Foundation sends therapy dogs to the disabled and the elderly in the city through its Dr Dog programme. 

Zero Waste Chengdu, the first environmental consultancy in Southwest China, specialises in zero waste and the circular economy, assisting organisations with TRUE (total resources usage and efficiency). Haihui Better Community focuses on rural poverty alleviation and revitalisation. 

Going forward, The Temple House will continue to celebrate the festive season with sustainability and supporting local community as the focus. 

About The Temple House

The Temple House is part of The House Collective and is located in the heart of Chengdu within the Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li, a bustling open-plan shopping area. The 100-room House and its 42 serviced residences form an integral part of the city government's conservation project to preserve the surrounding heritage buildings next to the thousand-year-old Daci Temple. 

Elegant bamboo trees frame the House’s entrance, which is set in a beautifully restored hundred-year-old Chinese courtyard built in the Qing Dynasty. Mi Xun houses the award-winning spa, which includes a pool and fitness centre, as well as the teahouse serving vegan Sichuan cuisine. The Temple House also offers a dynamic collection of outlets including The Temple Café - the all-day dining restaurant, Tivano - an authentic Italian restaurant, and Jing Bar - a lively bar featuring live DJs.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Courtney Barnett 宣布全球直播的網上音樂演出

Courtney Barnett 宣布全球直播的網上音樂演出 《FROM WHERE I’M STANDING: 墨爾本皇家展覽館演出直播》

FROM WHERE I’M STANDING

澳洲獨立搖滾創作歌手 Courtney Barnett 公布2020年12月17日香港時間下午5時,將於墨爾本皇家展覽館舉行網上直播音樂會。演出將會安排全球不同時區播出,而這次也是Courtney Barnett 繼今年1月為 Corner Hotel 叢林大火籌款音樂會後的首次演出。

門票現已於 Ticketflap 公開發售:https://www.ticketflap.com/courtney-barnett Courtney Barnett 的家鄉墨爾本早前經歷超過100天的封城隔離,因此本來在巡演途上的她也必須留在家中。雖然全球巡演必須終止,但 Courtney 也利用這次機會重整自己的思緒,深入思考及休息並進行不同創作。 

 而現在, Courtney Barnett 重新出發,連同她的樂團(Bones Sloane、Dave Mudie和負責大提琴的最新成員Lucy Waldron)在澳洲最非凡的建築之一,墨爾本皇家展覽館,打造一個獨特的演出。 Courtney將與導演Derry Sheehan合作,在墨爾本最美麗的地標建築之一 – 墨爾本皇家展覽館的展覽廳中央現場表演。 屆時將大玩她的經典作品及率先演出一系列新作。 

 門票現已於 Ticketflap 公開發售,這個演出並不會開放現場門票售賣予觀眾,所以如果想看Courtney Barnett 的表演,就不要猶豫,立刻購票支持直播音樂會。 演出的名字《 From where I’m Standing》乃 Courtney Barnett 的大熱單曲《City Looks Pretty》的其中一句歌詞,無獨有偶,創作該歌曲時,Courtney正進行自我隔離尋找創作靈感。而收錄該歌曲的2018年專輯《Tell Me How You Really Feel》於這幾個月重聽,赫然發現其中的內容儼如預言般有代入感。

墨爾本皇家展覽館於1879年為墨爾本國際展覽會(第八屆世界博覽會)建造,是澳洲第一座獲得聯合國教科文組織世界遺產名錄的建築。宏偉的皇家展覽館被維多利亞博物館(Museums Victoria)環繞,已於 Courtney Barnett 的家鄉聳立140年。 該建築於1880年的建造者David Mitchell,是著名歌劇女高音Nellie Melba夫人的父親 – Courtney Melba Barnett的中間名正正是由這位女高音而來。 

 Courtney 非常高興,可以與Driift聯手打造該公司於澳洲的首個製作。Driift 乃創新的演出宣傳及製作公司,為觀眾帶來頂級的售票網上直播活動。自成立以來,已與著名一線音樂人如Nick Cave、Kylie Minogue 、Niall Horan及Laura Marling Bay 等多個單位合作。 墨爾本的皇家展覽館坐落在東部 Kulin Nations的Boonwurrung和Woi Wurrung(Wurundjeri)人民的國家內。 Courtney Barnett、Look Out Kid及Driift承認該土地的傳統所有者。 

 亞洲直播時間: 香港時間12月17日(星期日)下午5時 購票從速 : https://www.ticketflap.com/courtney-barnett

Sunday, December 06, 2020

Chinese Paintings Autumn Auctions Realised HK$315,610,000 / US$40,907,310

Chinese Paintings Autumn Auctions Realised HK$315,610,000

Chinese Paintings Autumn Auctions

Chinese Paintings Autumn Auctions

Chinese Paintings Autumn Auctions

CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. [2020]
CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. [2020]

 

On 1 and 2 December 2020, Christie’s held two live auctions of Chinese Paintings – Fine Chinese Modern and Contemporary Ink Paintings and Fine Chinese Classical Paintings and Calligraphy. 

The combined sales realized a total of HK$315,610,000 / US$40,907,310, with the top lots of each sale selling for multiple times over their estimates. The results demonstrate Christie’s ability to offer renowned private collections and coveted works by Chinese masters. 

Sale Highlights - Both Chinese Paintings sales surpassed their pre-sale high estimates - 62% of lots sold above high estimates across the combined sales.
  
The Chen Lifu Collection was 100% sold, achieving HK$17,100,000 / US$2,217,158, nearly tripling its pre-sale high estimate Kim Yu, International Specialist Head of Chinese Paintings Department, commented, "The results from our sales this season are a testament to Christie's strength in selling private collections of Chinese paintings. 

Not only did works by master artists such as Wu Guanzhong, Fu Baoshi, Shen Zhou and Wen Zhengming perform extremely well, but a number of pieces this season achieved sale totals multiple times over their low estimates, further demonstrating Christie’s ability to offer the most coveted Chinese paintings to the most distinguished collectors."

Sensational Combined Sell-Through Rate of 97%

Sensational Combined Sell-Through Rate of 97% Over Half of Lots Offered Sold Above High Estimates Scores of International Artists Records Shattered in Hong Kong Close to 500,000 Global Viewers Tuned in Live

Sensational Combined Sell-Through Rate of 97%.

On 2 December 2020, Christie’s Hong Kong held three evening sales - Modern and Contemporary Art, Sanyu: Goldfish, and the first leg of the 20th Century: Hong Kong to New York sale. The sales realised a combined total of HK$1,419,235,000 / US$183,951,985. 

Jacky Ho, Head of Evening Sale commented, “This evening represents a landmark moment both for Christie’s Asia as well as the art world, having achieved our highest ever Evening Sale total in Asia by a significant margin, and broken numerous world auction records for Modern and Contemporary artists globally. 

With the 20th Century: Hong Kong to New York relay-style auction, we once again demonstrated our capacity for close global collaboration and our leadership in employing cutting edge technology, to bring the very best of Modern and Contemporary art to collectors around the world.” 

NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR ZHANG XIAOGANG

NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR ZHANG XIAOGANG

An extraordinary moment of the evening was the setting of a new record for Zhang Xiaogang with Bloodline: Big Family No. 2 realising HK$98,035,000 / US$12,706,657, a new price benchmark for Chinese Contemporary Art. 

NEW AUCTION RECORD FOR A PAINTING OF ANIMALS BY SANYU RECORDS SET FOR THE ARTIST ACROSS THREE CONSECUTIVE SEASONS 

NEW AUCTION RECORD FOR A PAINTING OF ANIMALS BY SANYU

Goldfish (left) realised HK$170,170,000 / US$22,056,326, establishing a record for a painting depicting an animal subject by the artist. This follows the world auction record for the artist set by Five Nudes and also the record for any still life painting set by White Chrysanthemum in a Blue and White Jardiniere in November 2019 and July 2020 respectively. Another highlight of the evening was Pink Chrysanthemums in a Basket (right), which achieved a strong price of HK$138,110,000 / US$17,900,917, continuing to demonstrate Christie’s market leadership and unparalleled expertise in offering the greatest works by Sanyu at auction. 

STRONG SHOWING FOR MODERN MASTERS 

STRONG SHOWING FOR MODERN MASTERS

Works by Modern artists formed a key component of the sales, achieving a combined total above their high estimates. In addition to the exceptional performance of Sanyu works on offer, other highlights of the evening were Nu sur un lit, avec un chien (Reclining Nude with A Small Dog) by Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (left), which achieved HK$37,450,000 / US$4,854,025, almost four times over its pre-sale low estimate, and Manners of the Hometown of Lu Xun by Wu Guanzhong (right), which realised HK$21,850,000 / US$2,832,055, and Tiangge (Market Scene) by Vicente Silva Manansala, which set a new auction record for the artist. 

POST-WAR ABSTRACT SALE TOTAL FOR CATEGORY: HK$371,747,500 / US$48,183,387 

POST-WAR ABSTRACT SALE

A further backbone of the sales was the exceptionally strong offering of leading post-war abstract works by international masters. 15.01.82 – Triptyque by Zao Wou-ki achieved HK$94,600,000 / US$12,261,435 and La Forêt Blanche I (The White Forest I) by Chu Teh-Chun, realised HK$42,250,000 / US$5,476,169. Abstract highlights from the Hong Kong to New York relay sale were Chigakusei Tekkyoshi by Kazuo Shiraga, which sold for HK$23,050,000 / US$2,987,591, and Souvenir de la maison d’Autriche (Remembering the House of Austria) by Georges Mathieu, which achieved a new auction record for the artist at HK$17,290,000 / US$2,241,017. 

WESTERN ART WORKS 100% SOLD NEW RECORDS FOR NICOLAS PARTY, DANA SCHUTZ, AND GEORGES MATHIEU INCLUDING A DAZZLING ASIA AUCTION DEBUT FOR AMOAKO BOAFO 

WESTERN ART WORKS 100% SOLD NEW RECORDS

All Western artworks offered across the sales were sold, with the sale total exceeding pre-sale high estimates. Leading the group was the magnificent Elevator by Dana Schutz (middle), which realised HK$50,050,000 / US$6,487,154. The superb work Still Life by Nicolas Party (right) achieved HK$10,450,000 / US$1,354,461, and the sensational Baba Diop by Amoako Boafo (left) realised HK$8,890,000 / US$1,152,264. Other highlights by leading contemporary artists such as Eddie Martinez, Cecily Brown, Shara Hughes, and Mary Corse also performed exceptionally well. 

NEW RECORD FOR VICENTE SILVA MANANSALA SOUTHEAST ASIAN WORKS 100% SOLD 

NEW RECORD FOR VICENTE SILVA MANANSALA

The selection of artworks by Southeast Asian artists performed very strongly, with the section exceeding its pre-sale high estimate. Leading the group of works by Southeast Asian artists was Tiangge (Market Scene) by Vicente Silva Manansala, which realised HK$7,450,000 / US$965,620 and set a new auction record.

徠卡相機攜手Zegna全新推出聯名精選系列產品 即將於2020年12月在全球發售


徠卡相機與Zegna聯合推出專屬精選系列,以多款精緻非凡的高端相機配件,演繹時尚與攝影藝術的美妙邂逅。 這一系列於2020年1月在Ermenegildo Zegna XXX 2020冬季時裝秀上初次亮相並最終進入全球店鋪開始發售。 這一系列專為品位非凡的當代攝影師設計,滿足他們在捕捉動人瞬間的同時,始終追求手工藝術細節之美。徠卡與Zegna的此次合作,將凝聚著藝術與創造力的兩種表現巧妙結合,亦是兩個品牌之間一次深入的創意對話。 

 作為一名攝影愛好者和忠實的徠卡迷,Zegna集團藝術總監Alessandro Sartori先生一直從攝影中汲取充沛靈感,將攝影作為一種創作語言,並常常在他的設計系列中引入攝影風格的視覺元素。他對攝影藝術的熱情,引領Zegna開啟了與徠卡的這一合作,將彼此的非凡創造力、創新設計、精湛工藝與尖端技術巧妙交融。這一合作亦鞏固了Zegna作為全球奢華生活方式品牌的定位。 

聯名系列包括:適用於Leica Q2和Leica M機型的PELLETESSUTATM槍套式相機皮套;適用於Leica Q2和Leica M機型的PELLETESSUTATM保護套;靈感來自攝影師的Insta-Pack斜挎包,幾乎適用於所有緊湊型徠卡相機(不包括Leica V-Lux機型)以及配備18mm餅乾鏡頭的Leica CL機型;相機肩帶和腕帶;徠卡鑰匙圈和圓形零錢包(既可用於收納硬幣,也可存放Leica Q2相機的鏡頭蓋),細節精美,呈現出PELLETESSUTATM系列標誌性的奢華觸感。 PELLETESSUTATM是Zegna推出的一種編織納帕皮革面料。這一珍貴的面料由Zegna運用創新工藝織造而成,採用纖薄的納帕皮革條取代了傳統的織物紡線。 

「Zegna與徠卡有著相同的價值理念,都致力於以真誠與品質創造卓越產品;我希望,我們能展開長久合作的篇章。徠卡在品牌發展中一直秉持著真誠的態度、對品質的執著追求和精益求精的研究精神,不僅在相機和攝影領域獨樹一幟,更呈現出別具一格的工藝匠心和藝術語言。」Zegna集團藝術總監Alessandro Sartori表示。 「無論是徠卡相機、生活中的瞬間,還是Zegna服飾,都有著獨特的美,而它們的邂逅更是美妙動人。Zegna與徠卡在價值追求、設計、可持續性和品質上都秉承以人為本的理念。」

徠卡畫廊全球藝術總監Karin Rehn-Kaufmann指出。 徠卡與Zegna的聯名系列將在全球發布,在Zegna位於紐約、巴黎、倫敦、米蘭、迪拜、上海、北京、銀座、伊勢丹等地的指定旗艦店以及徠卡在全球範圍內的60家指定門店發售,並在兩個品牌的官方網站(zegna.hk和leica-camera.com)在線發售。 徠卡香港官方Facebook專頁:Leica Camera 徠卡香港官方Instagram專頁:leicacamerahk

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