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2015 BMW i8 Exterior

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Heesen Yachts invests in its future: new 85m dry dock under construction

heesenHeesen Yachts is delighted to announce the kick-off of construction works for the new 85m dry dock at the facility in Oss.

The new dry dock was announced for the first time during the press conference held at the Monaco Yacht Club last September, and then officially presented during the HISWA Holland Yachting Group press tour 2015 on June 4.

Construction work started on June 15, 2015 and is scheduled to be completed by October 2016. The official inauguration will take place on November 11, 2016.

Heesen New Shed 85m dry dock June 2015“The new 85m dry dock is our investment in the future and our response to the market request for bigger yachts,” says the Heesen Board of Directors. “The success of the 65m FDHF Galactica Star,– the largest Heesen currently at sea – and the impressive 70m Project Kometa currently under construction, are creating a lot of interest in Heesen from repeat clients, as well as from owners who are new to our brand. We are now ready to further expand the size of our yachts on offer up to 80m.”

The new shed and its dry dock will be equipped with the latest features to create the best possible working environment. Temperature and humidity controlled, the dry dock floor will be heated and automatic sun tracker lights on the roof will reduce the use of power for lighting by 25% to optimise illumination. A high quality air filtering system further provides optimal conditions for the painting process: 60,000m3 of air per hour will be filtered through special filters using 70% of the air intake from outside and 30% recycled air.

The new shed will be replacing sheds no. 2 and 3, both built in 1995, and will measure 98m x 30m x 22m. The dry dock will measure 85m x 17m wide x 22m. To make the dock watertight, 2,000 cubic metres of concrete will be employed, while 500 tons of steel will be used to build the hall. The dry dock will contain 6,502m3 of water and it will take approximately one day to fill it.

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The 5 Most Expensive Hotels In The World

by Contributor, NowItCounts.com   at HuffPost
When money’s no object, then there’s ample reasons to stay in the five most expensive hotels in the world. Of course, for most of us, this is not a reality. But we can still dream … can’t we?

5. Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Athens, Greece

grand resort lagonissiThis resort is considered one of the finest in all of Greece, and comes with an equally fine price tag. For a meager $35,000 per night, you can get a suite that features two master bedrooms, an audaciously sized bathroom, your own private butler, sun bathing room and private viewing deck. Don’t overlook the included massage table and therapist, who can waft away your worries about spending with a Swedish massage.

4. Penthouse Suite at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez in Cannes, France

Grand Hyatt Cannes Penthouse

With a private jacuzzi tub, it will be easier to shake off the $37,500 per night that you will be dropping on this suite, which overlooks the Bay of Cannes, by the way. Featured on the seventh floor, this penthouse boasts two master bedrooms, a living room, two all-marble bathrooms and a dining room. The butler will cost you extra, though.

3. Hilltop Estate Owner’s Accommodation at the Laucala Island Resort on the Laucala Island, Fiji

Hilltop Estate, Laucala Island Resort

This one is tricky to book. That’s because you actually have to apply via an application and wait, or hope, for the owner to contact you back and approve you. Hint-hint, typically only billionaires are approved for the $40,000-per-night lavishness offered here. With the resort being owned by Red Bull billionaire Dietrick Mateschitz, we can only guess what this suite offers, as they only list a price, not the amenities. But use your imagination.

2. Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel in NYC

Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel, New York City

Who other than Four Seasons to offer a $45,000-per-night hotel room? With 18th-century Japanese silk pillows, you will assuredly get a sound night’s sleep. A private library offers over 100 books, and the 360-degree floor-to-ceiling views mean that you will have the best penthouse in NYC. Of course, it will cost you the price of a luxury automobile each night. But hey, who’s counting?

1. Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President in Geneva, Switzerland

Royal Penthouse Suite, Hotel President in Geneva, Switzerland

Pennies for the ultra-wealthy, this suite will tax you $67,000 per evening, and is pegged as the most expensive hotel room in the world. You will get 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms with 1,800 square meters of space overlooking Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps. Kick back and watch the 103-inch plasma TV, enjoy the fine art collection and play some keys on the Steinway grand piano as you wonder how quickly you can drain your bank account.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed – 26th to 28th June 2015 – LIVE HD

Scheduled for Jun 26, 2015

The Festival of Speed is the fastest motoring event in the world – You can watch it LIVE & FREE on the Goodwood Dailymotion channel from this Friday

A unique weekend that brings together an impossibly heady mix of cars, stars and motor sport ‘royalty’ to create the largest car culture event anywhere.

Highlights confirmed over June 25/26/27/28 2015 include:
– 2007 F1 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen will make a special appearance
– Williams, meanwhile, have announced that Felipe Massa will be in the cockpit of the Williams FW13B, which was driven by Riccardo Patrese and Thierry Boutsen during the 1990 F1 season, on the Saturday.
– The first appearance of the New Peugeot 308 GTi
– A 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster will go to auction, one of only six ever made
– Porsche RS61 currently owned by Sir Stirling Moss will be put to auction, estimates looking at up to £2m
– Audi will have a record 35 cars at its stand
– Damon Hill’s very own copy of the F1 Opus Champion’s Edition book is up for grabs
– Formula One’s five biggest teams will star at the Festival
– The world’s most glittering array of Supercars will feature the brand-new 986bhp track-focused McLaren P1 GTR, the amazing turbocharged Honda-engined SCG 003 and Koenigsegg’s sensational 1500bhp ‘luxury megacar’ – the Regera.

– The most successful top-class MotoGP racer of all time, Valentino Rossi, will make his Festival of Speed debut this year to mark the 60th anniversary of the Yamaha Motor Company.
– Ken Block – the tyre-smoking star of the Gymkhana series will bring his new Hoonigan all wheel drive 845hp ’65 Mustang Nothcback.
– The Fiat S76, The Beast of Turin, unofficially the fastest car in the world in 1911 will tackle the Goodwood Hillclimb as one of the stars of a special category of ‘earth-shattering Edwardian leviathans’.

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RIVE BLANCHE NYMPHÉAS: WHEN WATCHMAKING MEETS IMPRESSIONISM

Rive Blanche Nymphéas_RPThe Rive Blanche Nymphéas model pays tribute to the water lily, in an ode to this mysterious flower which symbolises perfection and purity. Champs Élysées has designed this unique piece with many features which evoke the aquatic world: a drop-shaped case, a dial set with diamonds and sapphires to create a wash of blue like the subtle caress of the waves on the surface of a pond, and three gem-set flowers adorning the watch case middle. Delicate, refined and sophisticated, the Rive Blanche Nymphéas is a masterpiece of the jeweller’s art, inspired by the great masters of impressionism.

The Rive Blanche collection draws its inspiration from the Seine, which gave rise to its name, the drop shape of its case and the waves which ripple across its dial. By honouring the water lily, Champs Élysées confirms its attachment to the City of Light, paying tribute to Claude Monet who returned to this theme again and again in his Nymphéas series. To bring the Rive Blanche Nymphéas model to life, Champs Élysées called upon the expertise of master jewellers and talented gem-setters, able to recreate the beauty, elegance and perfection of the water lily. Delicately placed around the watch case middle, like a water lily on the surface of a pond, these flowers sparkle from their golden centre to the very tips of their precious petals. The dial is set with diamonds and sapphires, coming together to create a gentle wash of blue which brings to mind an impressionist canvas. Understated and elegant, this piece showcases the finesse of the master jeweller’s art.

CHAMPS ÉLYSÉES: AN INSPIRING LOVE STORY : RIVE BLANCHE NYMPHÉAS

Rive Blanche Nymphéas_soldatMovement Quartz movement Calibre CE-Q-002 5 jewels
Battery life: 4 years
Case 18K white gold adorned with three jewelled flowers (water lilies) screwed onto the case middle. Each flower is set with:
– 132 round diamonds (0.23 ct)
– 1 round yellow sapphire (0.08 ct)
Total case-setting:
– 396 round diamonds (0.70 ct)
– 3 round yellow sapphires (0.25 ct)
Dimensions: 38.60 x 33.65 mm
Height: 7.75 mm
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Case back with push-piece for time-setting
Water resistance: 5 atm
Dial 18K gold paved with:
– 70 round diamonds (0.26 ct)
– 258 blue sapphires (0.96 ct) in 3 shades of blue. Faceted Dauphine hands in 18K gold
Functions Hours and minutes
Strap White alligator leather  18K white gold pin buckle set with 47 round diamonds (0.21 ct) Diamonds IF-VVS, D/E

Reference 02Q-WGD01-PV01-A01A CHF 60,000.-

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Jackie O’s apartment for sale for € 8.4 million – Mayfair, London

pwleitai-to-diamerisma-tis-tzaki-wnasi-anti-84-ekat-eurwThis superb apartment in Mayfair London that housed Aristotle and Jackie Onassis is available for sale with the price start at 8.4 million euros!


The luxury apartment, which has the taste of Jackie was the house for Christina Onassis until her death at age 37 in 1988.
It is one of the few houses in London with such a large garden.

The apartment has three large bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large living room and kitchen in a building that has a long history as it was built in 1720.

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FREDERIQUE CONSTANT celebrates the refined elegance of the HEALEY car with the vintage Rally Collection

 

Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph Automatic

Swiss watch manufacturer Frederique Constant known for its unique and classical watches is delighted to present you a new model within its successful Vintage Rally Collection: the Healey Chronograph Automatic. HealeyFrederique Constant has been for many years involved in various forms of motorsports, especially with vintage car rallies, as the brand is a longstanding and faithful partner of the famous Austin Healey car brand. Lately we were very honoured to welcome 4 original Austin Healey cars from the Southern Counties Club to our Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates. The four drivers came from the United-Kingdom with their beautifully conserved vintage Healey cars.

Driving for a tour of Switzerland and Italy, they were curious about the partnership of the watch manufacturer and the carmaker. They were impressed by our working facilities and capabilities. It was a perfect occasion for us to show to real Austin Healey enthusiasts our new Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph – and they loved it. Their passion for these vintage cars mirroring our passion for watches was intense.

Both carmaker and watchmaker have in common the engineering, the innovation and the artistic impression. Mechanical genius never ceases to excite and delight, especially when that marvel is a perfectly tuned engine in a fast-moving machine. Whilst beautifully crafted sports cars are an absolute fascination, so are timepieces.

Both are high-precision machines meant for ultimate use and pleasure. With this in mind, our designers created the Vintage Rally Healey chronograph, a timepiece with a motorsports heritage that combines timeless contemporary design with sporty elegance.

This timepiece is driven by the precise FC-397 automatic chronograph calibre. It has 25 jewels and a 46-hour power reserve. Its unique design is underlined with sub-dials that include a 30-minute counter at 3’oclock and small continuous seconds at 9 o’clock.

This watch features a three-part rose gold plated polished stainless steel case classically sized at 42 mm and a convex sapphire crystal that offers protection from the elements. The transparent case back allows us to see the movement, which will delight all watch enthusiasts.

In our eyes, the green dial accents give this chronograph a strong sporting character. The rose gold plated hands and the applied indexes are finished with superluminova, which stands out in the dark. With it’s distinctive styling design and the signature of the Healey’s logo, this watch is the quintessential of Frederique Constant.

Water-resistant up to 50 metres, the Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph comes with a brown leather strap with big holes, to add to the style factor; a fine balance between sport and elegance.

This new Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph is also available with a silver polished stainless steel case with a black leather strap.

Similar to every masterpiece, the Vintage Rally Healey Chronographs are limited to just 2888 numbered pieces. Finally, every timepiece comes with a beautifully designed gift box and a magnificent Healey NOJ393 car miniature model.

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On Air Dining launches new On Air Interiors to put style in the sky

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onairdining4On Air Dining, the inflight dining experience provider has launched a new product range called On Air Interiors. In conjunction with Manchester-based linen and tableware sourcing specialists, Glancy Fawcett, On Air Interiors aims to offer its clients the very best in beautiful, bespoke-designed silverware, crystal, china, table settings, linens, blankets and other cabin accessories.
onairdining2 On Air Interiors will work with clients to create tailored interior ranges to fulfil specific needs to complement existing or new interiors. Customers can choose from an established range of select, high quality items or create their own design inspired by personal taste, corporate branding or to complement the interior of a yacht or business jet. In launching the new product, On Air Interiors aims to offer a convenient and turnkey solution to its clients from one single source. On Air Dining understands the unique demands of executive aviation, whilst Glancy Fawcett understands the needs of the demanding Superyacht market.onairdining3 Together they aim to provide a seamless service for the benefit of clients.
On Air Dining has created a dedicated show room for On Air Interiors at its headquarters at the Diamond Hangar at Stansted Airport. Customers can now sample the fine dishes created exclusively by the On Air Dining chefs, discuss design with the experts and browse the range of interior accessories on offer from On Air Interiors.
Having already secured three clients for a number of large aircraft, On Air Interiors anticipates that the new line of interior products will appeal to completion centres, OEM’s, flight attendants, VIP owners and aircraft interior designers. It is intended that the new offering will be most popular with the mid to large cabin jet market.
“We are delighted to team up with the renowned brand of Glancy Fawcett to launch On Air Interiors.” said Daniel Hulme CEO, On Air Dining. “Food presentation plays a huge role in the eating experience and we strongly believe in enabling the Flight Attendants to present appealing dishes. The recipe for that includes not only the food presentation, but also how the table is set, the plates used for serving, and the overall ambience of the cabin interior. With On Air Interiors we are aiming to facilitate an even more enjoyable experience for those on board,” adds Hulme.
Glancy Fawcett is renowned for sourcing the most exquisite products and accessories for the world’s finest yachts. “On Air Dining selected Glancy Fawcett because they understand the need to provide a tailored service whilst staying committed to meeting high end specifications,” adds Hulme about his new business partners.

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Fine Dining Menu

 

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I had no idea that building an explorer yacht would be so thrilling – Stella del Nord

at CdM Experience

gallery_09Before asking you to tell us about your experience with Cantiere delle Marche during the building of “Stella del Nord”, we’d like you walk us through the steps in your decision-making process that led you to consider CDM and then, to decide to have your yacht built by the Ancona-based shipbuilder.
We had been doing our research on Explorer yachts for about 15 months, visiting shipyards in Italy and in Northern Europe. Then, when we were in Cannes, in September of 2013, we came across CDM for the first time and had the opportunity to see and tour the “Explorer Darwin 96” on EXPOSITION. We spent roughly 60 minutes on board and were able to have an in-depth discussion with their technical expert about all those aspects that interested us. As I, personally, have a technical background, I must say I was very enthusiastic about this first meeting. I was able to get more information in those 60 minutes than I had in all the previous 15 months’ time, including visits to renowned shipbuilders. Just a few months later, we signed the contract.

In these past 18 months, how much of what you’ve experienced has coincided with your expectations, and what has had the most positive impact on you vis-á-vis what you had imagined?
As I said, my work experience lies in the industrial sector and I realize that I am person who has an extremely technical approach to things. I have to admit that I have never had such a smooth and constructive experience on other projects, similar in terms of size and complexity. Sharing decisions, feelings, and forging interpersonal relationships over a period of 18 months is no easy task. It is perfectly normal for there to be divergences in the course of the shipbuilding process. I must say that I never had the sensation that anything was being forced on me … on the contrary.
Today, on the eve of the launch, I can say I am pleasantly surprised by all that I’ve received from CDM. I can affirm that our “Stella del Nord” carries within her all of the goodwill and professionalism of Cantiere Delle Marche and of all the collaborators who, for 18 months, have committed themselves to the success of the project.

CDM is a shipbuilder that has always distinguished itself through a direct and frank approach to communication, so once again, we’d like to stay true to course: after this experience, what would you change?
I confess that this question puts me on the spot. I have always encountered extremely open individuals, from the first people I see as I arrive in the shipyard in the morning, to the various technical experts, to the on-board outfitter. I am always made to feel “important” at Cantiere delle Marche and I have never felt that I was lacking for anything at all. For example, since I am busy all day, I always end up calling your chairman after eight in the evening. I have never once felt that I was disturbing him, quite the opposite, I have always felt at ease, like one of the family.

Now that “Stella del Nord” is finally in her natural element and the summer season is fast approaching, it’s time to make cruising plans: what do you have in mind for the summer of 2015?
We expect to leave on Saturday, July 4th and make our first stop in Montenegro to refuel. Then, we’d like to sail towards Greece, continue through the Strait of Messina, so that by August we’ll reach Sardinia where we’ll meet up with our friends. Later, in September, the “Stella Del Nord” will be on exhibition at the boat show in Cannes. Finally, we plan to return to the Adriatic in October.

With a vessel like “Stella del Nord” it is difficult to set limits as to distances to cover and waters to explore; are there any transoceanic plans in this splendid yacht’s future? Which seas make your heart beat the fastest?
Our dream is to one day cross the Atlantic and go to the Caribbean where we’d like to spend the winter. Our daughter, who lives in the USA, has already “booked a room” on board. We are also thinking about circumnavigating the U.S. and Northern Canada, and are considering other routes, too, maybe in the Pacific.

And now for the most dangerous question … if you should one day build another yacht, would you do it again with Cantiere delle Marche? If yes, why?
When we began this adventure, I had no idea that building a steel sea craft would be so complicated, or so thrilling. I reached a compromise with my wife when we decided on the length [of this one]. Already, I am imagining a 110- or 115-foot “Darwin” … but where to have it built? At Cantiere delle Marche. Definitely. Why? Because I know it will be a positive experience and, at the end of the day, I know that I will be just as satisfied as I am now.

Owner Stella del Nord

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2015 CG/Britweek Design Icon Award

Christopher Guy Britweek 2015 Design Icon Award Thomas Heatherwick
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