Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tiffany Central Park Picnic Basket And Wine Carrier For Summer Picnics

The spring has sprung and the glorious summer is forcing its way in, consider it your clue to get ready for summer entertainments in the outdoors. If luxury is on your mind, what better way to go out on a picnic than carrying your necessities in a Picnic Basket and a Wine Carrier from Tiffany & Co.

The Central Park Picnic Basket, made in Italy with wicker and smooth leather will cost you a pretty penny with its price tag of $3,450, however this is also one of the most luxurious picnic baskets you are ever going to find. Cotton lined basket features leather straps in Tiffany’s trademark blue and palladium-plated solid brassware. Packed in the basket are picnic essentials two Tiffany Weave bread plates and dessert plates, Hampton cheese knife and server in silver, a bottle stopper, Century corkscrew, two Reidel wine glasses and two canvas napkins and a merino wool blanket in a leather carrier. The single handle basket measures 20″W x 7.5″D x 14.25”H.

The Central Park Wine Carrier also made from Italian wicker features Tiffany blue leather straps, palladium plated hardware and cotton-lined interiors. It comes filled with two stemless Riedel wine glasses, a Tiffany & Co sterling silver corkscrew and two striped canvas cocktail napkins. Wine Carrier measures 10.5″W x 5.25″D x 14”H. Matching luxury wine carrier to go with the picnic basket costs $1,450.

Fiat Abarth 695 Biposto Angriest Little Race Car On The Road

Of the many avatars of Fiat 500, Abarth is considered the angriest of the friendliest lot. The new Abarth 695 Biposto unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, come with the billing “fastest street legal Abarth ever”. If you are wondering what Biposto means, here’s some help to solve the puzzle, it means “two seats,” because Fiat has removed the rear seat and settled for just two front seats.

The mini racer living upto its billing is equipped to deliver 190 hp with its 1.4 liter four cylinder T-Jet engine – full 30 hp improvement from its predecessor Fiat 500 Abarth. Extra horsepower and trimmed down weight gives it a fast start that takes just 5.9 seconds to go from 0-62 mph and a top speed of 143 mph. Faster than many in the same class, it takes Ford Focus ST almost a half a second more to accelerate. Abarth, according to Fiat has the “best power to weight ratio -the highest in its class” at 11.4lb per hp.

By removing the aforementioned rear seat and using high-tech materials such as carbon fiber and polycarbonate sliding panels, Fiat was able to trim weight down all way to just 2,193 lbs. Front seats of the new Abarth are now Sabelt racing buckets with 4-point seat belts made from carbon fiber and a bit of leather thrown into it. Instead of glass, Fiat has gone with lightweight Plexiglass for side windows to reduce weight.

Staying true to the racing credence, Abarth 695 has a long list of features borrowed from the racing world such as front intercooler, Akrapovic exhaust system (to make sure Abarth lives upto its “angriest little car” moniker by making angry noises), Extreme Shox adjustable shock absorbers, MXL digital data logger, Brembo braking system, lightened 18-inch OZ rims and rear titanium roll bar by Poggipolini.

Upping the ante as a street legal car and another first in the world of cars, it comes equipped with an all-aluminium turret H-pattern gearbox with dog rings from Bacci Romano, allowing experienced drivers to make super-fast upward gear changes without using the clutch.

The Abarth 695’s new styling kit produced by Zender under the supervision of the Abarth Style Center features titanium finishes for the front bonnet trim, door handles and tailgate and rear handle. The dashboard, mirrors and post covers are made primarily from carbon fiber. The bonnet inspired by the classic 124 Abarth is designed with two bumps. Overall Fiat has chosen the grey color finish for the car.

Pricing is not confirmed yet, but expected to be around €50,000 (approx. $70,000) in Europe.

Louis Vuitton Virginia In Monogram Vernis

The Louis Vuitton Virginia in Monogram Vernis is for the gal that loves the city and loves what city nightlife offer even more. Shimmering Monogram Vernis leather adds beauty and sophistication to the versatile bag.

The elegant Virgina features golden brass metallic pieces that includes a 122 cm long chain strap and eyelets, engraved Louis Vuitton closing hook and a wide opening to easily access contents. Its interiors boasts tone-on-tone textile lining and three sections that are divided into 1 interior zipped pocket and 2 open compartments.

Louis Vuitton Virginia in Monogram Vernis comes in sizes PM (9.1″ x 7.5″ x 2.4″) and MM (11″ x 9.1″ x 4.3″) and colors Amethyste and Amarante. Available at Louis Vuitton stores and online for US$2600 & US$3300 for the PM and MM sizes respectively.

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Is “World’s Thinnest Tourbillon”

Ultra-thin watches holds a psychic stronghold in the luxury timepiece segment. Every year be it at SIHH or Baselworld, manufacturers gather to showcase their thinnest movement to the world. This year it’s Bulgari’s turn, they’ve snatched the record set by Arnold & Son last year with the Octo Finissimo Tourbillon.

The Octo Finissimo Tourbillon’s movement is just 1.95 mm thick and with the case just measly 5 mm thick. To achieve this extra-ordinary thinness Bulgari had to invent new technical solutions. One such solution is replacing jewels of the bridges with ball bearings. The movement has two bridges, one for the minute wheel and other for the gear train of the tourbillon cage.

Thickness of the movement is decided by the one-minute flying tourbillon, as it is the thickest part of the movement. By using ball bearings Bulgari eliminated the need for a traditional regulator assembly, this allowed the movement to be even thinner, and timing is now adjusted directly on the balance wheel. It also come with an improved power reserve of 55 hours. Movement also features traditional finishes such as beveled plates and bridges and satin brushed gears in addition to côtes de Genève decoration.

Finissimo in Italian means “very thin” and this is the thin sibling of Octo, a name appropriate for a movement just 1.95 mm thick. The movement comes housed in a 40 mm platinum case with a lacquered and polished black octagonal dial. The dial features white stick hour markers and 12 o’clock in Arabaic numerals and 6 o’clock is represented by the tourbillon. The Octo Finissimo Tourbillon comes with a black alligator leather strap with a platinum buckle. Pricing and release date is yet to be announced by Bulgari.

$15,000 Gold Plated Skateboard From SHUT New York

If you can manage to shell out $15,000, there is this amazing gold plated skateboard sold by SHUT, New York-based skateboard company. SHUT is one of the oldest skateboard companies around and they’ve collaborated with designer Matthew Willet to create this fully gold-plated skateboard.

The board is covered in above 99.999% electro plated gold and given a polished mirror finish. It measures at 31 1/2 inches in length, 8 inches in width and weighs 9 lbs. Made from highest quality components, it comes with 100% cotton archival gloves.

The gold plated skateboard is currently “Out of Stock” but keep an eye on if you are interested.

Louis Cartier And Jeanne Toussaint Bag Collections


For the first time since 2007, Cartier has two new bag collections, for him the “Louis Cartier Collection” and for her “Jeanne Toussaint Collection”. The are named after two of labels most iconic designers. Bags are available in colors cream, black and bordeaux.

Jeanne Toussaint, nick-named Panther is well-known as the designer behind the Cartier Panther brooch that Duchess of Windsor made famous in 1948. At the time she was a bag designer in addition to being the head of jewelry for the design house. The Jeanne Toussaint Collectionfeatures bags in luxurious crocodile skin and leather, created by skilled craftsman.

The Louis Cartier Collection is named after Louis-François Cartier, the grandson of the founder. He was also an influential designer for the brand. His famous creations include Baignoire and Tortue watches introduced in 1912. The collection honoring him includes a document holder, which comes in a choice black leather outer with a bordeaux lining, or caramel leather with an ebony lining. There’s also a caramel leather weekend bag.

Prices announced for the men’s collection range from $1,550 to $46,300 and for the women’s collection from $2,260 to $14,800.

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