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.)

Louis Vuitton’s Louboutin Designed $23,300 Shopping Trolley

Have you ever thought of dropping $23,300 on a shopping trolley, the same kind you see granny take to the grocery store? Designed by Christian Louboutin for Louis Vuitton’s “The Icon and Iconoclasts” project to celebrate the LV monogram, shopping trolley is full of signature designs of Louboutin and Louis Vuitton.

Louboutin design DNA on the Monogram canvas include studs on the front pocket and LV trunk-inspired golden brass corners. Its fabulous Siamoise stand come with Louboutin’s iconic red-soles. Red trimmings also appear on Toron handles and knitted leather ribbons. The back panel of the shopping trolley is made from bright red calf-hair.
“A classic bag, the most Parisian bag so that you can be super glamorous. You don’t have to feel like a loser with your leeks inside your bag.” said Christian Louboutin about his $23k shopping trolley.

Few other accessories complete the Shopping Trolley ensemble – a removable Monogram Lace clutch and a red-trimmed luggage tag with a large graphic LV logo as well as a pocket mirror with red-trim. This fashionable trolley’s interiors are lined with natural cow hide. And there is plenty of room for those leeks Louboutin talking about, you can even stick couple of baguettes in there as it measures 12.2″ X 29.1″ X 8.6″.

Hermès’ First Ever Pen Designed by Marc Newson

Australian designer Marc Newson had priviledge to design the Hermès Nautilus, the first writing instrument from a brand that has already ascended to the top in the fields of leather goods, saddlery, silk scarves, scents, clothing and wristwatches. To design this really clever writing instrument, Newson collaborated with Hermès artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas, who believes it is more important than ever to support the act of writing. ‘This is an encouragement to remember the pleasure of using one’s hands,’ he explains. ‘It is through writing that we can explore our thoughts or even go further.’

Made from aluminium and stainless steel, the pen is opened and closed by turning the body. A rotating mechanism makes the gold and iridium nib disappear with a touch of the hand.
“Designing this pen was no simpler or more complicated that conceiving the inside of an aeroplane,” said Newson. “The main constraint was having to fit a complex rotating mechanism into a very small space.”

This smooth, cap-less retractable instrument comes in colours of dark blue, burgundy, and black with nary a spot of that signature Hermès orange to be found, and is available as a fountain pen ($1,650) and as a ballpoint version ($1,350). It is the first item designed in a set of writing materials that includes a stainless steel with Box calfskin cartridge box; a Grain d’H notebook, airmail paper pad and writing pad; and vellum paper lined envelopes.
Dark blue, burgundy, and black with nary a spot of that signature Hermès orange to be found.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monster GO DJ Portable Mixer and Digital Turntable

Professional music mixing and turntable systems have come a long way since the shy early beginnings and now with Monster GO DJ Portable Mixer and Digital Turntable, the DJ-ing era is finally about to hit its peak. First announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 and recently revealed at the 23rd Seoul International Sourcing Fair held at the Seoul COEX Convention Center, Monster GO DJ by JD Sound aims to revolutionize the way club music is mixed and produced and also make it easier for you to throw on some serious DJ sessions on the fly. So, what exactly do you get at the $500 price tag? Let’s find out.

The world’s new state-of-the-art music mixer is a portable stand-alone DJ system and a production studio scaled down to just one cool pocket-sized controller unit. Measuring the slight 2.6 x 0.7 x 9.8 inches and weighing as few as 10.1 ounces, the Monster GO DJ portable mixer-come-digital turntable allows you to record, mix, produce and broadcast high-quality audio and DJ sets through the SD card port or auxiliary line-in outlet anytime, anywhere. The outcome of over two years of designing, engineering and project development efforts, the Monster GO DJ unit packs some tough professional audio processing features including a number of hardware effect knobs (for simple track cues, volume control, crossfade slide and special effect settings), first-rate fader and sequencer, as well as a keyboard, guitar and EQ recording capabilities.

If you take a closer look at the Go DJ, you will also find a convenient SD card slot and all the 1/8-inch ports necessary for pairing the tiny music controller with the rest of your beloved DJ gear (line-in and line-out, mic port and headphone jack). Plus, for your most enjoyable music-making experience and easy song handling, all this audio goodness is topped by two 320 X 240 resolution color display touch screens that let you scratch, loop or mix your tracks and add special effects at a simple touch of a finger.

Designed with pro DJs in mind, the Monster GO DJ unit packs an auto-sync tool for hassle-free beat matching, and if you dig deeper than meets the eye and swipe around the touch screen a bit, you’ll find a rather busy user interface with five menus on the bottom of the LCD display, each of them assigned to a different function (which translates as one display screen for equalization, another for sampling, one more for audio sequencing and so on).

Compatible with iOS and Android devices, as well as PCs and Macs, GO DJ comes with 3GB of internal storage flash memory (2GB for user space and 1GB for recording output), an integrated sound card and internal Li-polymer battery which provides for 12 hours of play time and takes around 8 hours to fully recharge via the included USB power cable or AC adapter. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your Monster GO DJ mixer and digital turntable ASAP and get ready to experience some real DJ fun – because this slick portable music controller is all the DJ booth you will ever need to mix and record your sets on the go.

Get it from Amazon here: Monster GO DJ Portable Mixer Digital Turntable

Anda Inflatable Chair By Tehila Guy

When it comes to furniture design, art and design students and graduates have proven to be a fountain of good, even revolutionary ideas. Case in point, Tehila Guy, the designer of Anda Inflatable Chair which she created for her final project at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Guy is pushing the envelope with her design, challenging our believes that upholstery is required or even essential in furniture making and showing us that flat-pack furniture made from different and unusual materials can be as comfortable and interesting as ‘regular’ furniture.

Anda Inflatable Chair has a wooden base, to ensure structural strength, and an inflatable seat which connects all the parts of the chair together and prevents the chair from collapsing when used. The air in the inflatable seat presses on the wooden rods and actually makes the chair sturdy and stable. The seat is completely transparent and reveals the beautiful wood that the chair is made from. Guy says that she wanted to design “a piece of furniture that is out of the norm in a field that can seem fairly saturated. An armchair was a challenging choice due to the fact it’s barely flat-packed.”

Being highly practical, Anda Inflatable Chair is very easy to transport and assemble. Reminiscent of the furniture design from the 1960s, the era which was considered the height of creative design, this armchair will be an elegant addition to almost any interior.

Tehila Guy adds that by combining the inflatable aspects of the design with a contemporary wooden structure she “created both a visually appealing and comfortable piece of furniture design.” Indeed, Anda Inflatable Chair is original, appealing and cozy.

Alpine Headphones

Today’s piece of good news for audiophiles is that the leading U.S. manufacturer of high-end car audio equipment and mobile multimedia Alpine Electronics finally decided to jump on the headphone bandwagon and has officially announced its first set of premium cans called simply Alpine Headphones. According to general first impression, this headphone set combines first-class aesthetics and advanced audio technology to deliver the ultimate listening experience, allowing you to perceive your music in a completely new, more immersive way. So, how does it work? Let’s find out.


Featuring an integrated 24-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC), dual 40 millimeter high-performance drivers with built-in amplifiers and digital signal processors (DSP) for supreme sound quality, Alpine Headphones sport the state-of-the-art Full Frequency Immersion technology that aim to simulate the experience of listening to a live performance, which is primarily achieved by means of the unique sound field expansion system and pulsing bass transducer fitted in the headband that allow you to feel the music beat in your core and reverberate through your entire body.

On top of that, Alpine’s first headphone set packs Bluetooth LE which lets you pair your headset with the Level Play iOS companion application that lets you fine-tune your bass and EQ settings on the go for fully programmable audio processing (customized settings are sent from your iPhone to the headset via Bluetooth Low Energy). The Level Play application also automatically scans your music library and organizes the tracks into customized playlists based on energy level for hassle-free playback in any given mood. Furthermore, Alpine Headphones come with an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can provide for some 10 hours of playback and can be easily topped up via the included USB charging cable.
Design-wise, Alpine headphones live up to their well-known premium traits with iconic diamond-shaped ear cans, crisp and refined angles, smooth and precision-molded curves and emblazoned Alpine logo. Available in Apollo white or Onyx black, the Alpine headphones look pretty stylish and distinctively sharp, which means that you will both look sophisticated and feel great when toting them around. In the box with your Alpine set and the USB charging cable, you also get the iPhone- and iPad-compatible audio cable with remote and microphone and soft headphone carrying pouch.

So if you’re ready to take in some rich and deep audio you’ve never experienced before, all you need to do is pop around your local Apple retail store or order your Alpine set online, download the Level Play application from iTunes App Store℠ and enjoy the ambience of a private nightclub, live concert or dance party right there between the cans.

Holland & Holland’s The Dalmore Chess Set

“The Royal Gunmaker”, since 1835, Holland & Holland teamed up with renowned Scottish whiskey maker The Dalmore to create a bespoke chess set. Created by Holland & Holland, the limited-edition chess set was designed to display a The Dalmore’s Constellation bottle of whiskey. The Constellation collection is made up of vintages created at The Dalmore’s Highland distillery between 1964 and 1992. Each of the 21 individual releases are housed in handblown crystal decanters presented inside a bespoke lacquered presentation cabinet.

The decanter is hand engraved with The Dalmore’s emblem, a solid silver stag.
In addition to the game board and pieces, the set comes with two lead crystal tumblers engraved with The Dalmore stag.

From October 17th, this unique chess set is available at London retailer Harrods.

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