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

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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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DISCOVER THE TOP 25 DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD 2015

by tripadvisor
Explore this year’s Travelers’ Choice Award-winning destinations, based on millions of reviews by travelers. Discover grand cities, exciting trip ideas, and unforgettable sights. Which one will you discover first?

1. Marrakech -Morocco

Travelers’ Choice #1 Destination: Marrakech

The new Travelers’ Choice #1 Destination in the world, Marrakech is a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques. Exploring the intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina can easily eat up a day. Find inner peace at the serene Jardin Majorelle or take in the beauty of one of the city’s historic mosques (taking note that you may only step inside if you are Muslim).
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2. Siem Reap – Cambodia

Travelers’ Choice #2 Destination: Siem Reap

When the morning light washes over the overgrown temples and ruins of Angkor Wat, a simple Siem Reap sunrise becomes a profound event. The ancient structures are contained within one of the largest religious complexes in the world. The complex and the 12th century Angkor Thom royal city are considered the main reasons to visit Siem Reap, the #2 Travelers’ Choice Destination in the world for 2015. Get a lesson in national history at the Cambodian Cultural Village, and a lesson in bargaining at the Angkor Night Market, a bonanza of shopping stalls, food vendors, and bars.
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3. Istanbul -Turkey

Travelers’ Choice #3 Destination: Istanbul

Europe and Asia meet in Istanbul, this year’s #3 Travelers’ Choice Destination in the World, where breathtaking ancient architecture coexists with modern restaurants and nightlife. The city’s mosques, bazaars, and hammams (Turkish baths) could keep you happily occupied for your entire trip. Start with the awe-inspiring Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), visible from many points of the city. Stroll the Galata Bridge and stop by the Miniaturk Park to see its tiny artifacts. The Grand Bazaar has thousands of shops to browse, while the Egyptian Bazaar is a fragrant trove of spices and fruits.
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4. Hanoi -Vietnam

 

Travelers’ Choice #4 Destination: Hanoi

Hanoi is #4 in the world in this year’s Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards. The charming Vietnamese capital has aged well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern developments alongside. Once called Thang Long, or “ascending dragon,” this centuries-old city hasn’t forgotten its past, as attested by sites such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison. Lakes, parks, shady boulevards, and more than 600 temples and pagodas add to the appeal of this city, which is easily explored by taxi.
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5. Prague -Czech Republic

Travelers’ Choice #5 Destination: Prague

The bohemian allure and fairytale features of Prague, #5 in the World in this year’s Travelers’ Choice Destination Awards, make it a perfect destination for beach-weary vacationers who want to immerse themselves in culture. Spend a full day exploring Prazsky hrad (Prague Castle), then refuel over a hearty dinner at a classic Czech tavern. Spend some time wandering the Old Town Square before heading over to gape at The Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. Prague’s best bars are found in cellars, where historic pubs set the scene for a night of traditional tippling.
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6.   London -United Kingdom

Travelers’ Choice #6 Destination: London

The crown jewels, Buckingham Palace, Camden Market…in London, a perennial Travelers’ Choice Award winner, history collides with art, fashion, food, and good British ale. A perfect day is different for everyone: culture aficionados shouldn’t miss the Tate Modern and the Royal Opera House. If you love fashion, Oxford Street has shopping galore. For foodies, cream tea at Harrod’s or crispy fish from a proper chippy offers classic London flavor. Music and book buffs will love seeing Abbey Road and the Sherlock Holmes Museum (at 221B Baker Street, of course).
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7. Rome – Italy
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Travelers’ Choice #7 Destination: Rome

The Travelers’ Choice #7 Destination in the World for 2015, Rome wasn’t built in a day–and you’ll need much more than a day to take in this timeless city. The city is a real-life collage of piazzas, open-air markets, and astonishing historic sites. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, contemplate the Colosseum and the Pantheon, and sample a perfect espresso or gelato before spending an afternoon shopping at the Campo de’Fiori or Via Veneto. Enjoy some of the most memorable meals of your life here, too, from fresh pasta to succulent fried artichokes or a tender oxtail stew.
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Lamborghini Aventador SV sold out just three months after reveal

by Worldcarfans.com

 Lamborghini Aventador SV sold out just three months after reveal

Lamborghini Aventador SV live at 2015 Geneva Motor Show

600 units planned

Revealed exactly three months ago, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce has reached sold out status.

Lamborghini plans on making 600 units of the Aventador SV and all of them have already been pre-sold, with 200 units heading to North & South America, 200 cars to the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region while the other 200 vehicles are heading to APAC (Asia Pacific) countries.

 Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce unveiled with extra power, less weight

Priced from €327,190 in Europe and $493,069 in United States, the hardcore Aventador is 50 PS more powerful than the standard LP 700-4 version and has also lost 50 kg (110 lbs). Moreover, Lamborghini’s engineers were able to improve the body’s aerodynamic efficiency by 150% and downforce by 170%.

Thanks to all of these changes, the latest mad bull from Sant’Agata Bolognese needs just 2.8 seconds for the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint and can do a top speed in excess of 217 mph (350 km/h).

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Hermès Birkin Bag Sells for Record $222,000 at Auction in Hong Kong

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An Hermès Birkin bag with diamonds set a record for the most expensive handbag ever sold at auction, bringing 1.72 million Hong Kong dollars ($221,846). According to the Wall Street Journal, the fuchsia bag sold at Christie’s afternoon handbag auction in Hong Kong on Monday, and was purchased by an unknown bidder on the phone.

The previous record for a handbag was set in 2011, when a red Birkin with diamonds sold for $203,150 at Heritage Auctions in New York. That same year, a diamond and gold handbag once owned by Elizabeth Taylor sold at Christie’s for $218,500, but that item was listed in the jewelry category.

hermes-handbag-auctionAstonishingly, the record-setting handbag—which could be eclipsed by another Birkin in the same auction—isn’t the most expensive Hermès bag offered for sale. The luxury site 1stDibs currently lists an Hermès Birkin, which is notoriously difficult to purchase in retail stores, for $450,000. That 30cm handbag is made from Himalayan Niloticus crocodile and features an 18k white gold lock with white diamonds, totalling 1.64 carats.

Whoever bags that special Birkin can rest assured it will arrive safely—1stDibs notes that it will be delivered by a Brink’s truck.

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GRAND HYATT BRAND TO EXPAND TO MEXICO WITH NEW LUXURY RESORT DESTINATION

Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen ResortCHICAGO (May 28, 2015) – The Grand Hyatt brand announced today that it will add a new resort, Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort, to its world-class portfolio when the hotel opens on the Riviera Maya along the Caribbean Sea on June 15, 2015.
The 314-room Sordo Madaleno-designed urban beach hotel will boast a unique fusion of sleek and contemporary design aesthetics blended with Mayan-inspired elements in the guestrooms, restaurants, bars, lounges and event spaces that pay tribute to local surroundings. Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort will have a coveted location on the iconic Mamitas Beach, in the heart of Playa del Carmen, just steps from the city’s famous 5th Avenue.
“As the brand celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, we are thrilled to grow our Grand Hyatt brand presence in the region with the opening of Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort,” said Sandra Cordova Micek, Senior Vice President, Global Brands, Hyatt. “Hyatt is committed to being the most preferred hospitality brand by opening in key locations where our guests are traveling, and we have openings planned in Mexico, the Bahamas, Brazil and Colombia.”
Over the next two years, other Grand Hyatt hotels will debut in Latin America and the Caribbean including Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar, a resort hotel in summer 2015; Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro, an urban resort hotel in winter 2015; and Grand Hyatt Bogota, an urban hotel in spring 2017. Together, these four new Grand Hyatt hotels will join Grand Hyatt Santiago and Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, which have had a significant presence in Latin America since 1992 and 2002, respectively.
Previously announced as Hyatt Playa del Carmen, the property underwent an extraordinary transformation from an upscale resort to a luxury offering while under construction. Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort will now align with the more than 40 Grand Hyatt hotels around the world, recognized by international travelers for their innovative designs and dramatic, exciting atmospheres that reflect their distinctive cultural environment.

 

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