Monday, May 5, 2014

Vans x ‘Star Wars’ – An Inter-Galactic Fashion Collection For Summer

Here’s some major news for Star Wars fans to celebrate along with the announcement of the cast for “Star Wars: Episode VII”. Shoe brand Vans has launched a collection of sneakers, apparels and accessories featuring characters and artwork from the original Star Wars trilogy. The capsule collection, named Vans x ‘Star Wars’  is offered in two parts – Vans classics and Vault by Vans.

The Vans Classics collection is offered in six different designs that showcase everything from the Dark Side. They feature Stormtroopers and Galactic Empire on brand’s popular Sk8-Hi to Half Cab sneakers. The second part of the collection, Vault by Vans includes Yoda in all-white against Darth Vader in all-black.

Vans’ other popular silhouettes Authentic and Era are also getting the Star Wars maker overs. In addition to full blown Star Wars designs, some feature mixed patterns of palm trees, florals side by side with Star Wars characters. However, if you are looking for Princess Leia or Luke Skywalker sneakers, you are out of luck. Let’s hope Vans have plans for a separate Leia and Luke collection down the line.

The Vans by “Star Wars’ is an extremely limited collection with less than 300 of each pair have been made. A limited number of Vault by Vans styles will be released in May and global release is scheduled for June for the entire collection.

50 Cent Unveils Star Wars Themed Headphone Collection

More Star Wars news on the Star Wars Day. Curtis Jackson aka “50 Cent” wishes his fans a happy “May the forth be with you” by releasing his Star Wars-themed headphones. A collaboration between Fifty and SMS Audio, the headphones are offered in four different versions. Imprinted on the ear cups are Boba Fett, Stormtrooper, Empire and Rebel Alliance. Choose wisely as you have a slightly difficult task of picking your favorite.

Costing $200 a set, headphones feature soft leather-coated memory foam on ears. Boba Fett headset have a matte-looking finish while others got a glossy finish. Fifty made sure to put little bit of more Star Wars goodies into the box. We have no idea at this point why companies ignore Princess Leia, because 50 Cent and SMS Audio did not make a Leia version either, just like Vans ignored her with their sneaker collection.

Hublot Big Bang Aero Johnnie Walker House – Limited Edition

Whisky is a big deal in China these days, and apparently the most popular spirit brand in the world is Johnnie Walker. So, with that said, it should come as little surprise that Hublot has created a limited edition set of Big Bang Aero watches in partnership with Johnnie Walker brand whiskies. More specifically, Hublot has produced this timepiece in collaboration with the new "Johnnie Walker House" in Beijing, China. What is a Johnnie Walker House? There are three locations so far outside of Scotland; the idea behind it is to be a bar-style space that is an "ambassador of whisky culture."

Where are the current Johnnie Walker House locations? Two are in China located in Shanghai and in Beijing, and there is one located in Seoul, South Korea. I suppose it pays to be a Scotch Whisky lover in Asia these days. These lifestyle places to enjoy one's favorite spirits are high-class destinations for business people and those looking to become "cultured," because places like the Johnnie Walker House even have classes on how to appreciate Whisky.

Hublot brand lore lovers will find it interesting that Jean-Claude Biver's child actually runs Hublot China. Loic Biver, one of Mr. Biver's children, headed the Beijing event. The limited edition watch may or may not come with a high-end bottle of Johnnie Walker. In fact, if it does not, I think some people are going to be upset. The limited edition timepiece is based on the Big Bang Aero, and features the Johnnie Walker logo on the face, as well as more retro "John Walker & Sons" motif on the rear of the watch.
In black ceramic, the Big Bang Aero Johnnie Walker House Limited Edition timepiece comes in a 44mm wide case and has a skeletonized Hublot HUB4214 automatic chronograph movement. Brown "whisky" tones are matched to the black on the pushers, crown, dial, and of course, strap (which is hornback alligator on a rubber lining). This Hublot. ref. 311.CI.1110.HR.JWB14 will be limited to just 25 pieces, and be available for sale exclusively in China.

Technical details
- Reference: 311.CI.1110.HR.JWB14 - Limited series of just 25 numbered watches
- Case: “Big Bang” - Diameter 44 mm, made from micro-blasted black ceramic
- Bezel: Micro-blasted black ceramic, 6 black PVD titanium screws
- Crystal: Sapphire with interior anti-reflective treatment
- Bezel: lug Black composite resin
- Lateral inserts Black composite resin
- Case-back: Open, in micro-blasted black ceramic with "John Walker & Sons”" logo
- Crown: Black PVD titanium with brown rubber insert
- Water resistance: 10 ATM, or approximately 100 meters
- Dial: Openworked, black with black transfers, Ruthenium and satin-finished indexes with black SuperLuminova™
- Hands: Ruthenium, plus black SuperLuminova.™ Lacquered Brown Chronograph Second hand
- Movement: HUB4214 Automatic mechanical Aero bang chronograph
- Components: 257 (Jewels: 27)
- Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours
- Bracelet: Gold Hornback Alligator or Black Gummy Alligator. Sewn onto black rubber with black or brown stitching
- Clasp: Micro-blasted black PVD steel deployant buckle

T.T. Trunks New Luxury Travel Watch Trunk

T.T. Trunks unveiled its new Travel Watch Trunk with three built-in Swiss Kubik watch winders and three drawers for more watches and other precious necessities.

Behind the winders, there is a storage space for your wallet or coin purse, key holders, passport or any other item you may bear in your pockets. The first drawer is a storage casket where three watches can be arranged separately and laid down flat. Detachable and leather lined boundaries protect but also emphasize each watch. The second drawer has been made especially for cufflinks or any other tiny object, while the third one shelter eight removable watch rolls.

New Travel Watch Trunk is combination of elegance, modernity, style and authenticity. Based in Paris, over 200 hours of workmanship goes into crafting each trunk, including hand-cutting, nailing and hand-finishing each piece. Dimension of the trunk is the 423mm high, 434mm wide and 265mm deep, and you can select  from over 300 materials and endless list of colors.

Beefeater 24-Carat Gold Plated Barbecue

For those who love luxury in every way, who are fascinated with the gold, this Gold Plated Barbecue is the right thing. High-end Australian grill manufacturer Beefeater made Gold Plated Barbecue Grill. It is covered entirely in 24 carat gold plating, all except the actual grilling surface. Literally, every millimeter of available space is plated in gold.

Gold Plated Barbecue is unique. It is made specially for the Sydney Home Show 2008 for an estimated price of just under $60,000. Now, the price is an amazing $164,000.
Beefeater claims that the grill is the ultimate in backyard bling. Probably, it is a matter of prestige, but I don’t really see the purpose of the golden grill.

Enjoy the Holidays with Belvedere Vodka Collector’s Case

Belvedere Vodka has released a special Collector’s Case for this winter which will be built in a limited run of just 6 pieces. The Belvedere Collector’s Case houses 6 Belvedere vodkas inside a beautiful white case with mirrored interior decorated with the company’s logo and signature tree.This gorgeous case is made from a French-crafted wooden box that is covered in white leather and finished off with gold fittings.
The vodka bottles are available in 100% natural flavors that include Belvedere Citrus aromas featuring spicy notes of lemon, , followed by pink grapefruit Belvedere that pairs grapefruit with ginger, lemon and lime, the Belvedere Orange that tastes of tangerine, Spanish orange and hints of jasmine and orange blossom, the Belvedere Black Raspberry with flavors of raspberries, black currants and rose petals and finally the Belvedere Intense that comes with higher Alcohol an intense spirit with spicy flavors.
If you’re thinking of getting one, you’ll have to make a special arrangement because so far it looks like the Belvedere Collector’s Case is only available in Germany for around $3,350.

Tubecore Duo – World’s First Tube-driven Bluetooth Speaker

Mixing analog and digital technologies can hardly be good. Until now. Tubecore’s latest speaker, the Duo blends the old with new to become the world’s first tube-driven, wi-fi enabled bluetooth speaker. First, it features a vintage design handmade from hardwood and hand-stretched speaker cloth. And about specification, the Duo is designed around a powerful Class A Tube preamp and twin 4″ titanium drivers.

There are also custom tube upgrades available. The speaker is equipped with all the connectivity options an audiophile could want, as well: Bluetooth, a couple USB ports, headphones jack, as well as HDMI for use with a TV and Ethernet for taking it online. It also features its own Raspberry Pi computer that works seamlessly with the XBMC Media Center. Price is $479.

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