Friday, March 28, 2014

Baron Safe Box by Boca do Lobo

Luxury safes can be unique art pieces, made with the most valuable materials. So, Boca do Lobo Design Studio surpassed the concept of security with its designers’ and master artisans’ new creation. Part of its Private Collection, Baron Safe is designed in a Victorian futuristic style and inspired by traditional Swiss watch making techniques. This is an exceptional piece of haute craftsmanship perfect for those with an appetite for extreme luxury.

Steampunk has been identified by IBM as a hot trend for 2014 and the team loved the idea of exploring such an exquisite concept that has been inspiring the seven arts since its literary origins with “20.000 Leagues Under the Sea”.

With watch winders and cigar humidors, this steampunk safe was created to be the ideal place to keep the most exclusive jewelry and other unique pieces safe from the outside world while embodying the true essence of the new hyper-luxury trend. The jewelry safe is in itself a refined work of art with a personality of its own that will add an extra touch of exclusivity to any room.

Baron is priced at € 59,160 ($82,000) with the option for further customization.

Google Partners with Luxottica to Make Glass More Stylish

Ray-Ban sunglasses maker Luxottica said on Monday it had sealed a strategic partnership with Google over Glass that could pave the way for a new market in smart glasses. In a statement, Italy’s Luxottica said it would design, develop and distribute a new kind of eyewear for the US group’s Internet-connected Glass eyewear.

Google Glass is a small stamp-sized screen attached to a pair of eyeglass frames. It can record video, access email, and retrieve information from the Web by connecting wirelessly to a user’s cell phone. Luxottica said the two groups would work together to create innovative wearable devices for the iconic Glass brand. No financial terms were disclosed.

Luxottica said its two major brands, Ray-Ban and Oakley, would be part of the deal with Glass but it gave no further details. ”We believe that a strategic partnership with a leading player like Google is the ideal platform for developing a new way forward in our industry and answering the evolving needs of consumers on a global scale,” Luxottica Chief Executive Officer Andrea Guerra said.

Many believe wearable computers such as Google Glass represent the next big shift in technology, just as smartphones evolved from personal computers. But some concern has been expressed over possible privacy intrusion issues the device might entail.

Design Your Own Pair of Prada Shoes

If owning a pair of Prada shoes that nobody else has is high on your wishlist, read on. (If it's just a dream, it's advisable to click away now).
On March 26 and 27 the Italian label is giving customers who pay a visit to its Sloane Street store the chance to customise a pair of shoes from its Décolleté collection, from the heel tips up.

The possibilities are endless: choose between pumps or peeptoes; platform or flat. Then there's the fabric: suede? Satin? Prada's signature Saffiano-leather? Heel heights can be determined, and then there's the issue of colour.
To confuse indecisive folk further, one can then chose a sole colour (black, lily of the valley or light blue). But easiest of all is when it comes to providing one's initials, which will adorn said soles in amber-coloured metal.
A lovely additional touch is that just one month later, the shoes will be delivered complete with co-ordinated packaging to harmonise with the contents inside.

The bespoke service starts from £500 and will be available exclusively at the Prada Solane Street store (43-45 Sloane Street London, SW1X 9LU. Tel: 0207 235 0008). Surely the biggest trouble of all will be settling on just one combination...

Aston Martin Carbon Fiber Champagne Cooler

$42,000 for Aston Martin limited edition car sounds tempting, but unfortunately it is a bowl for cooling champagne branded by the British manufacturer. Aston Martin champagne cooler is made of sterling silver and then gold-plated in 24-karat gold.

 The Silver collection is made with the same engineering, fine lines and materials as all Aston Martin cars, according to the brand. Silver by Aston Martin spans tableware, gifts and travel accessories.

“Aston Martin has been extremely strategic in its relationship with Harrods, as they are one of the most prestigious as well as famous shopping destinations,” said Dalia Strum, president of Dalia Inc., New York.
“Automative innovation combined with elegant design will create synergy in its consumers’ lifestyle,” she said.

Ms. Strum is not affiliated with neither Aston Martin nor Harrods, but agreed to comment as an industry expert.
Making a marque
The Silver by Aston Martin shop-in-shop is on Harrods’ second floor at its Knightsbridge store.

The collection is designed by Grand McDonald. The inspiration of the collection is the same craftsmanship, elegance and engineering excellence renowned to Aston Martin vehicles, per the brand.
For example, the bottle cooler is a design using carbon-fiber to insulate the silver exterior and prevent condensation.

The Aston Martin bowl for cooling champagne is the work of the renowned workshop Grant MacDonald and will be sold at an exclusive price of $42,000. If this is too much, the same company offers Aston Martin wine glasses for the price of $6,900 a piece.

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