Friday, October 31, 2014

Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay A2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Bang & Olufsen launched its first Bluetooth speaker featuring its True 360 sound experience and a 24-hour battery life. BeoPlay A2 is a premium Bluetooth speaker that is made to move. Two channels on each side of the BeoPlay A2 speaker gives a full stereo experience although you have such a flat form factor. The placement of the drivers on each side, and the Bang & Olufsen solution called Power Response Enhancement ensure sound radiation around the edges, giving you a True360 sound experience.

The core of the speaker is made out of extruded aluminium. The technique allows for complex cross sections, and ensures an excellent surface finish.

The sleek BeoPlay A2 speaker features an aluminum base flanked by polymer speaker grilles, and a short premium full-grain leather strap for carrying, available in elegant green, pitch black or cool grey.

It measures 4.4 x 14.2 x 25.6 cm (1.7 x 5.6 x 10 inches) and weighs 1.1 kg (2.42 lb).
Spec.: two 3-inch full range drivers, two 3-inch passive bass radiators and two 3/4-inch tweeters – all of which is driven by a 180-Watt amplifier that delivers an effective frequency range of 55Hz to 24kHz.

BeoPlay A2 speaker is available now, priced at €349 ($440).

Get it from Amazon: B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen

De Grisogono Crazy Skull, A One-Of-A-Kind Halloween Watch

You don’t have to be crazy to wear the “Crazy Skull” watch from Swiss jeweler de Grisogono. The skull is a favorite design object for many designers – Alexander McQueen and Damian Hirst are just a couple of them. Often considered as a symbol of mortality, courage, non-conformity and free-thinking, however in Hamlet Shakespeare used skull as a symbol to express humor and despair.

It took de Grisogono’s creative director Fawaz Gruosi almost a year to do research and development. And 250 hours of complex jewelry work was done by master watchmakers and gem-setters, goldsmiths, diamond-cutters and polishers to get everything right. This unique creation feature a set of teeth made from white baguette-cut diamonds weighing 7.70 karats in total. An in-house built mouth mechanism that took 9 months to develop creates a bit of Halloween magic. When the lower jaw is opened, the “Crazy Skull” sticks out its tongue – set with 66 pink sapphires or rubies.

“My creative process starts with an idea running through my head. Then I make a design and start to look for the appropriate stones. In order to unleash my creativity, I never take into account commercial, financial or temporal constraints. Creativity is therefore a pure expression of passion,” said Fawaz Gruosi.

The skull itself is snow-set with 890 diamonds or rubies close to 23 karats. In all, twenty different sizes of stones are encrusted. Its nose made from a heart-cut 1.5 karat white diamond, come from a 3 karat square-cut stone. It also has a kinetic technology inspired time mechanism where spiral setting of black and white diamonds gives the impression of movement inside two magnetic eyes.

The quartz SF 10-44 caliber movement powered skull is offered in three versions – black carbonado, rubies and white diamonds. A galuchat strap with two bone-shaped, diamond or ruby studded clasps complete the watch. Limited to just 10 pieces, the Crazy Skull depending on customization could cost between $633,000 and $822,000.

Hello Kitty Headphones by Beats by Dr.Dre for 40th Anniversary

To commemorate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, Beats by Dr. Dre teamed up with Sanrio to release a special collection, which will include new Solo2 commemorative headphones and popular UrBeats earphones with an adorable custom Hello Kitty case.

Now you and your favorite feline friend can hear your music wherever you go. New Solo2 over-the-ear headphones feature an all-over Hello Kitty print in a signature red, white, and blue color scheme, while he new urBeats in-ear earphones feature the same colors along with a bow decoration and a matching bow-shaped collector’s pouch.

Both, headphones ($249.95) and earphones ($149.95) will be available worldwide in mid-November, but all Hello Kitty fans will have to wait until their official debut during Hello Kitty Con 2014 in Los Angeles, scheduled for October 30 – November, 2014.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LVCEA – The Luminous Gem of The BVLGARI Watch Collection

Created to celebrate Bulgari’s 130th anniversary, LVCEA joins the Maison’s watch collection as a special treat for the ladies. Tribute to the sundial, LVCEA winds history with modernity, clasping function to design. Rounded, as a halo of light, LVCEA’s gleaming case encompasses the passage of time. The symbol of unity, the case’s circle draws the unending connection between past and present. This classic aesthetic yields contemporary chic – timeless LVCEA celebrates today’s BVLGARI goddess.

BVLGARI, renowned for exquisite jewellery making, sets a lucent gemstone into the crown of every LVCEA creation. Adorning the crown with an exquisite diamond, it is a sparkling reminder of the spiritual beauty of women. Additionally, highlighted with a cabochon cut in noble purple, this twist on winding a watch adds the classic dash of Bulgari audacity. LVCEA’s bracelet is inspired by BVLGARI iconic Serpenti collection.

With a collection of 12 different styles, LVCEA ranges from a classic steel version to the luxury of pink gold and pavé diamonds.

Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Tribute To Felix Baumgartner Watch

Zenith has been supporting Felix Baumgartner’s endeavors for a long time and that includes his record breaking jump from the stratosphere. During his jump on October 14th 2012, Baumgartner became the first man to break the speed of sound, and Zenith joined him in record books with their El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th as the first timepiece to break the speed of sound. To celebrate the second anniversary of Fleix’s achievement, watchmaker has introduced the special edition Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Felix Baumgartner “Gravity Control” timepiece – limited to just 10 pieces.

The highlight of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb is its complicated “miniscule gyroscopic module” located at six o’clock. A first in wristwatches, it resembles the gimbal-system used on ships. Manufacture of it required making 60 new tools, and the sphere itself needed over 175 parts. The Christophe Colomb introduced in 2011 is powered by the highly accurate EL Primero 8804 caliber movement capable of clocking 1/10th of a second and immune to the effects of gravity regardless of the position of the watch thanks to the gimbal system.

Located at three o’clock is an engraved figure in 18 karat gold illustrating Baumgartner moments before his jump standing on the edge of the capsule. It took Baumgartner four minutes and 20-seconds to complete his free-fall 38,969 meters, a white line drawn from 12 o’clock to near 1 o’clock acknowledge the four-plus minute mark. The upper portion of the dial shows the Milky Way as seen from the stratosphere in aventurine, while the lower portion portrays the Earth in turquoise.

The dial also boasts a power reserve indicator at three o’clock right next to engraved Baumgartner and seconds sub-dial at nine o’clock. The hour and minute dial at 12 o’clock features lacquer hour markers and white-gold hands. Housed in a 45 mm black case made from DLC-coated platinum, it comes with a black alligator strap and black DLC-coated white gold buckle. The limited edition Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Felix Baumgartner is priced at £180,000 ($275,000.)

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