Price: Ball Point: Rs 78,995;
Roller Ball: Rs 98,995;
Fountain Pen: Rs 1,16,995
Italian pen maker Montegrappa has collaborated with the Gibran National Committee (GNC) and renowned Lebanese artist Katja Traboulsy to create this homage to Kahlil Gibran’s legacy. The Italian pen-maker is supporting the Gibran legacy through this project with a donation to the GNC for each pen sold.
The pens are made of resin in a colour reminiscent of the blue, black and grey prominent in Gibran’s paintings. This rich, dark hue is accented with palladium-plated trim, while the fountain pen nib is two-toned 18-karat solid gold and bears the famous face believed by many to be Gibran’s ultimate self-portrait.
All pens feature a pocket clip in the form of a hand with a solitary sapphire set as the eye on the open palm, named the Divine World by Gibran himself. The face adorning the nib and the palm moulded into the clip are the most recognised visual references of Gibran’s art. The base of the cap is inscribed with the writer’s signature, and the top of the cap bears the initials KG as they were found on many of Gibran’s paintings.
In honour of Gibran’s year of birth, the Kahlil Gibran limited edition consists of 1883 examples each of fountain pens, roller balls and ball point pens. Each series of pens will be numbered 1/1883 to 1883/1883.
Jaguar XJPrice: Rs 96 lakh onwards
Right after the refreshed XF was revealed, Jaguar has shown off an updated version of its top XJ sedan. Changes include new full LED headlamps with smart daytime running lamps, as well as new LED tail lamps and oval exhaust tips. More comprehensive changes occur on the inside: The XJ’s new all digital instrument cluster promises sharper graphics as well as an integrated navigation feature; the previously optional 17-speaker Meridian sound-system is now standard and in its place is a mammoth 1,300 watt 26-speaker system. Rear-wheel drive models will also feature a new electrically assisted steering system. Internationally, the XJ goes on sale in the later part of 2015; we expect it in India sometime next year.jaguar.in
VPI Nomad turntablePrice: $995 onwards
The resurgence of vinyl is a feel-good, listen-better story for the era of download sound. What’s not so good are turntables’ compatibility issues—many need to be hooked up to a phono input with special equalisation, one that fewer and fewer digital amplifiers and receivers offer. Enter the new VPI Nomad turntable, with built-in electronics that translate its phono signal for common amplifier inputs (not to mention a built-in headphone amp for listeners who want to skip the speaker experience altogether).
VPI—whose turntables are priced upwards of $30,000—calls the Nomad “an affordable taste of the high-end”. With the belt-drive turntable’s electronics precisely matched to its premounted Ortofon 2M Red phono cartridge, few listeners will feel that they’ve skimped. Or that they need an advanced electronics degree to enjoy it: Setup is two blessedly simple steps. — Ivan Bergervpiindustries.com
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2005 Rs 21,287 (Mumbai); Rs 19,990 (New Delhi)
The conviction of the Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave has been to witness exceptional vintages. It requires knowing how to accept the challenge of each year without preconception or indulgence. And no other Dom Pérignon better embodies this principle than Vintage 2005. The year 2005 was full of contrasts: The weather was mostly warm, with little rain, followed by a heat wave in August, and cool, rainy weather in September. A drastic selection in the vineyard ensured a limited volume of exceptional quality, with a never-before aromatic maturity.
The wine’s remarkably rich bouquet reveals itself in successive waves: First the intense fruit, more black than red, which then melts into silvery minerality. Notes of praline and coriander complement the whole. Its intriguingly spicy, flowery finish remains present in each sip.domperignon.com
Airflower chairRs 19,370
Designed by Fabrice Berrux, Airflower is an inflatable armchair made from PVC. It has an optional electric pump and is available in transparent, orange and crystal colours.roche-bobois.com
Waterscape Price: On request
Created by Australian designer Alexander Lotersztain in collaboration with John Hogan, CEO of the Superior Group, the Waterscape is a floating platform that combines the pontoons, marinas and associated furniture. As the first product of its kind that responds to the needs of a waterfront lifestyle, Waterscape has an efficient and flexible floating structure that is multifunctional and beautifully designed. Its modularity enables customisation through an array of ‘clip on’ options, such as LED lighting, seating, planters, storage, umbrellas, power pedestals, ice boxes, cleats and ladders. All the accessories and many of the modular structural components are created by casting weather-resistant plastics and metals in aluminium moulds. They are low maintenance and do not require antifouling. Meanwhile, according to the company, all the components can be disassembled and recycled. dezeen.com
(This story appears in the Sept-Oct 2015 issue of ForbesLife India. To visit our Archives, click here.)