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Chronora # 1

Mar 25, 2016

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  • THE RALPH LAUREN AUTOMOTIVE WATCH STAINLESS STEEL 45MM MODEL. ELM BURLWOOD DIAL. SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL CASE BACK. MANUAL WINDING MANUFACTURE MOVEMENT.

    156 COMPONENTS, 45-HOUR POWER RESERVE. SWISS MADE.

    RALPHLAURENWATCHES.COM

    CatalogueChronora_LIBAN GB INT_210x270 AUTOMOTIVE.indd 1 16/11/11 16:18

  • Get ready to be inspired and enthralled as you turn the pages of our new magazine. Amongst articles about art, travel and theatre, you will discover the brands that have stood for innovative watchmaking and breathtaking jewellery for several generations.

    As fine timepieces can be quite time-consuming to choose, we have created this magazine as a guide to our favourite customers. Having a sophisticated showroom with a wide selection of fine timepieces and glittering jewellery, with dedicated sales-advisors is all fine, but gathering

    a sense of each manufactures signature style, which is as unique as a persons DNA, can be daunting, hence this tool for your pleasure.

    This first issue is a celebration of the creative genius and savoir-faire of the master craftsmen behind some of the worlds greatest brands. It is with great pleasure that I invite you to look through this inspirational magazine, as if it were a toy catalogue for adults.

    I hope that you will enjoy our treasure trove on the eve of this festive season of magic, which we would be pleased to present to you in person at one of our showrooms.

    publisherrima nasser

    city news Privilege

    on behalf of chronora

    editor in chiefzeina annan

    managing editorShirine Saad

    directorziad annan

    art directorSamantha maatouk

    graphic designgenia Kodash

    printerraiDY | www.raidy.com

    contributorsDan BratmanKarah Byrns

    miriam DunnLouis Parks

    Yasmina nysten

    [email protected]

    t: +961 3 852 899 I would like to express my heart-felt thanks to Mrs. Rima Nasser and her team for their exceptional work and diligence in creating this magazine, as well as to the Chronora

    team for their fervour and dedication, which are apparent throughout this publication.

    ziad jihad annan

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    179 NEW BOND STREET, LONDON 020 7399 9860 MIKIMOTO.CO.UK

    The Mikimoto Debutante Set 2011. Akoya Cultured Pearls on 18k White Gold with Diamonds.

    179 NEW BOND STREET , LONDON 020 7399 9860 SHOP ONL INE AT M IK IMOTO.CO.UK

    THE ORIGINATOR OF CULTURED PEARLS SINCE 1893

    CLIENT: Mikimoto Tatler MIK0615_285x220_Tatler DATE: 10.8.11, 11:47 AM

    SOFTWARE: CS5 COLOUR: 4 Colour

    OPERATOR: Mark TYPE AREA: - INSERTION: -

    PROOF LEVEL: 1st TRIM SIZE: 285 x 220 mm REPEAT: -

    SPEC: ISO39L 300 BLEED SIZE: 295 x 230 mm COL SIZE: -

    Hangar Seven - London - Macclesfi eld - T: 0845 6255 747 - www.hangarseven.co.uk

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  • 15 luxury news / 16 interview with alissar caracalla 20 the glamourous life / 25 the pearl in the crown / 28 interview with jyad murr

    31 the dream wishlist / 36 a history of time / 41 love at first sight 50 modern elegance / 56 so we beat on

    62 nature, refined / 66 interview with maya zbib / 72 myths & beauty / 78 manly delights

    82 winter luxuries / 86 inspirations / 96 'not so' jet setting it in europe / 98 chronora atelier

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    Yasmina nYsten is a painter, writer and photographer. From New York to Qatar she has shown her photography, illustration and painting. Born and raised in Helsinki, she has lived in Cannes, Beirut and Brooklyn. After a Bachelors degree from ALBA University, Beirut, she is currenttly earning her Masters from the acclaimed Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. In her spare time, Yasmina has been known to trip the lights fantastic and ride her hot pink motorcycle around the hood.

    Louis F. Parks

    first came to Beirut in 2007 to study Middle Eastern Politics but stayed for love. Soon after arrival, he was married and plans to stay for the long haul. Since his expatriation, he has written on topics as diverse as Mens fashion, the U.S. window and door industry and Egypts digital revolution. But his favorite assignment to date has been when he was sent to Valencia, Spain to test drive an Aston Martin. A bit of a seeker of thrills, in his time away from the writing desk Louis enjoys skydiving, flying (he holds a PPL license) and shooting. When not involved in any of these things, his favorite pastime is procrastination.

    miriam Dunn

    began her journalistic life on a news team radio in Malta in 1994 but turned to print in 1997 on the daily newspaper, The People. Soon Miriam rose to the rank of Deputy Editor of Malta Today. But Beirut called with its sirens song and she came to Lebanon in 2002 becoming managing editor of The Guide. Then, called by a different song, Miriam moved back to her native UK and raised a beautiful family. With children now grown and nappies in her past, she has returned to the power of the pen and is enjoying the experience very much, thank you.

    Dan Bratman

    is a writer/horse trainer/filmmaker living in Brooklyn, New York. After more than 30 years as a professional show jumper, Dan went into semi-retirement from the horses to write journalism, fiction and film. His work with director Mark Vicente on the documentary Incendiar el Corazon about the violence in Mexico is in post-production and soon to be released. Dan is nearing completion of his first book, Ride To Live, Live To Ride, a book about his experience with horses and is proud of the fact he has never had to wear a suit to work.

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    orientaL Dreams New luxury hotels continue to crop up around the world. Marbled lobbies, chandeliers raining crystal are a dime a dozen. But, once in a while, a new hotel stands out. One such hotel is the Kempinski Nile Hotel in Cairo. Located right on the east bank of the fabled Nile itself, the Kempinski is a beautiful five star boutique hotel. But perhaps what separates it from the pack is that, upon request, a guest can have his own 24-hour on call personal butler. Thank you Jeeves.

    the high LiFeEver thought of the elegance of penthouse living and the beauty of living close to nature? Now you can combine your penthouse and country home with the Mirrorcube. Designed by Tham & Videgrd of Sweden, this luxury tree house is made of lightweight aluminum to maximize strength to weight ratios and its exterior has a mirrored finish. The reflective exterior blends in perfectly with the environment, allowing one to see the forest through the trees.

    LuxurY on the Line For You.Rumored to come out by the end of the year, Porsche design introduces the P9981 BlackBerry. Its stainless steel casing and individually sculpted keyboard whisper in your ear of an understated style. But under the hood is a powerful machine. Specs include 1.2GHz processor, HD video recording capabilities, 8GB of onboard memory, Liquid Graphics technology. And its slim shape fits easily into the breast

    pocket of your tux.

    Pure sounDVenitian luthier Di Donato, long known for their beautifully crafted stringed instruments, introduces an aluminum-designed electric guitar. Its unique shape is built to distribute the vibrations of the wood neck and create its own distinct sound. Di Donato has built its own hand wound pick-ups and hand polishes each fret on the neck. With each strum it emits the sound of luxury.

    Dinner time?Recently touted as the best restaurant in the world, renowned chef Heston Blumenthals Dinner is the toughest table in town to reserve. Stationed in Londons Mandarin Oriental Hotel, this fare is not for the faint of food. Steeped in old English traditions from the 14th to the 19th centuries, some items on the menu include powdered duck legs and chicken oysters served with bone marrow and horseradish cream. To finish, Chef Heston offers bacon and egg ice cream. Good luck!

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    espite her eternally heCtiC schedule, Alissar Caracalla has never worn a watch. That is, until a few

    months ago when she changed a habit of a life