Mint Indulge Volume 03

Mint Indulge Volume 03

Blast from the past

By Sidin Vadukut

I’d gone there, most of all, to be amazed by Harry Winston’s Opus timepieces. If you haven’t heard of them, I highly recommend you Google them up right away. Or, at least, do so after you’ve had a chance to flip through this issue. There is really no way to verbally do justice to the sheer...other-worldliness of the Harry Winston Opus collection.

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National Treasure

By Sidin Vadukut

Buoyed by prosperity, maturing retail expertise and well-travelled, well-informed consumers, the Indian luxury sector is booming. For brands across segments, from Swiss watches to French champagne, India is slowly turning from a market of great potential to one of serious business.

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Amrapali breaks new ground

By Sidin Vadukut

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Favre-Leuba rises again

By Sidin Vadukut

Favre-Leuba was internationally renowned for high-quality timepieces and watches before a steady decline in sales and brand awareness towards the end of the 1990s. At the zenith of its previous fortunes, in the 1960s, the brand produced more than half a million pieces a year.

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Gerald Roden | Telling time afresh

By Sidin Vadukut

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Four play

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Love portions

By Madhu Menon

Over the years, I have steadfastly clung to this excuse for not losing any weight.

“A man who cooks well’’ is a major selling point if you are trying to impress a lady, which is something you shouldn’t bother trying to examine rationally, but instead use to your advantage.

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Traveller’s trinkets

By Pradip Kumar Saha

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Rolls-Royce’s Indian depot

By Sidin Vadukut

In 1902, Lord and Lady Llangattock, parents of co-founder Charles Stuart Rolls, visited Delhi before the Coronation Durbar in 1903. “They must have told their son Charles," says a page from Rolls-Royce history, “of the burgeoning interest in motoring amongst the fabulously wealthy Indian potentates."

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Home brew

By Joel Harrison

Many companies will claim to have a luxury product, but the true test of this is when you, the consumer, interacts with it.

How you feel when you strap a Rolex around your wrist, when you take the cap off your Montblanc pen, when you button up your Tom Ford shirt—that is luxury. This, therefore, is the feeling that you should look for when choosing a luxury drink.

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1928 | Bhupinder Singh’s necklace

By Pradip Kumar Saha

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Regal read

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Amin Jaffer’s greatest hits

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From Mumbai To Manhattan

By Sidin Vadukut

Established in 1932 in New York and named after its eponymous founder, the Harry Winston brand is synonymous with fine jewellery and has a reputation for masterpieces involving diamonds and gemstones. Among other things, the brand is famous for starting the now commonplace practice of lending celebrities fantastic jewellery that they can wear to red carpet events. Harry Winston, the founder, is supposed to have said once: “People will stare. Make it worth their while."

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Sayajirao Gaekwad’s tea case

While nothing like the profligate spender his brother was—Malharrao is believed to have once commissioned cannons made of solid gold—Sayajirao was a man of fine tastes. In 1890, he moved into the Laxmi Vilas Palace, a gargantuan complex three times as big as Buckingham Palace and staffed by 3,000 permanent staff. The maharaja’s kitchens were run by a Frenchman. When guests stayed at Sayajirao Gaekwad’s the palace, they were expected to mark their preference for mode of transport on a gold card—they could choose from elephant, horsew or Rolls Royce.

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