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As we enter the first quarter of  2016, we see how the various luxury brands are still staying positive despite the challenging economic scenarios. In the field of haute horlogerie, SIHH fair 2016 had a few facelifts including a brand new area for housing a few independent watchmakers. Many of the luxury watch brands like IWC and Baume & Mercier released a few of their collections in the affordable price ranges.  We surely can expect some of the models to be showcased in the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition which is just around the corner.
In the motoring world, Qatar Motor Show 2016 opened its doors, revved its engines with all new exciting models from the leading luxury brands like Audi, BMW and Rolls Royce to name a few. We have an interesting interview with Johannes Seibert, Managing Director of BMW Group Middle East who briefed us on the market situation and new launches this year. Volvo also enters the luxury segment in style with the introduction of the all new SUV, XC90.Some of the interesting features of this vehicle include switching between pure electric mode and hybrid mode thereby letting the car decide on the optimal use of power from both engines.
We also take a look at the life of one of the stalwarts in the luxury hospitality industry, the late Captain Krishnan Nair, founder of the Leela group of hotels as a tribute film is being made for the same.
We also revisit some of the finest crafted Italian tailoring houses Attolini from Naples, Italy and have a detailed look at the level of craftsmanship and skill behind every creation. In the world of art we take a look at the evolution of oil paintings and see how it is coming back to the limelight.
In the hospitality industry, the Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi has some delectable delights and offerings in its restaurants to mark Valentine’s day. We also have a look at the sights and sounds of Austria’s beautiful capital Vienna.
Right from environmental friendly SUV’s to affordable luxury watch brands, the luxury world still looks to be positive and innovative despite the challenging climate in the world economy.

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