TIMELESS TALK: Zeit Magazin is going international. The prestigious German weekly launched an English-speaking edition in Paris on Thursday night.

“(French photographer) Brigitte Lacombe is really the godmother of this project,” said the paper’s editor in chief Christoph Amend, speaking on the dance floor of Paris’ mythic nightclub Les Bains, which officially reopened on the same night.

“She said: ‘I love the stories and the visuals, I just wish I could read it,’ and so with that quote in mind we transformed the ‘best-of’ the weekly into a bi-annual magazine,” he explained.

Fronting the inaugural cover is model Amber Valletta, shot by Peter Lindbergh in California.

Other stories include an interview with Lena Dunham, the creator of “Girls,” a profile of The New York Review of Books, and a new column entitled “The Merkel State of Mind,” “in which Die Zeit’s deputy editor Bernd Ulrich attempts the impossible: reading Angela Merkel’s mind,” mused Amend, adding that Klaus Stockhausen has just left Interview magazine to join the team as fashion director.

The 260-page launch issue retails for 8.90 euros, or $12, and carries advertising from Chanel, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton among others.

It will be distributed in a limited edition of 10,000 copies through selected outlets in cities including Paris, New York and Shanghai as well as via the Design Hotel network, a club of 285 venues, recently also joined by Les Bains, which was originally designed by a 26-year-old Philippe Starck and is slated to give carte blanche to a rotating cast of street artists.

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