Tuesday, October 7, 2014

MB&F HM5 CarbonMacrolon Timepiece

Swiss watch manufacturer MB&F has finally unveiled its first timepiece in an exotic material. HM5 CarbonMarcolon is completely different from anything MB&F has ever done. New watch which is black straight through is made of CarbonMacrolon, the material which is based on Makrolon – a fancy polycarbonate (first produced by Bayer in 1963) but strengthened with carbon nanotubes.

This extremely dense and durable polycarbonate is as strong as steel, and can be polished like steel.
The HM5 CM is solid black to the core, but is identical actually to the earlier HM5 variants, measuring 51.5 mm by 49 mm and standing 22.5 mm high. The case construction is also identical, with an inner steel capsule containing the movement.

What is one of the most interesting things about the watch is the louvre system on the top of the case, that recall the rear window sections of cars like the Lamborghini Muira. The lever along the side of the case opens and closes those louvres, allowing light to illuminate the jumping hour and minute discs. Time is read through a sapphire prism, which reflects and enlarges the numbers as seen on the discs below.

The movement is housed in its own special container and was developed by master designer Jean-Francois Mojon and Vincent Boucard at their company, Chronode, in Switzerland.
Limited to 66 pieces, the HM5 CarbonMacrolon is priced at 58,500 Swiss francs, or about US$62,600, exactly the same as the first edition HM5 in zirconium.

The Glenlivet Winchester Collection 50 Years Of Age

The Glenlivet released the world’s first series of rare and precious 50 year old single malt Scotch whiskies from the single malt that started it all. “Vintage 1964” is the inaugural release from this precious collection, anticipated to become one of the most sought after and priceless whisky collections to be released. “The release of The Winchester Collection sets a new standard in the single malt category of Scotch whiskies. We are excited to share this unparalleled spirit with whisky lovers and collectors alike,” said Wayne Hartunian, Vice President, Scotches & Cognac at Pernod Ricard USA. “Vintage 1964, the product of 50 years of craftsmanship, allows us to tell a new chapter in The Glenlivet’s rich history.”

Vintage 1964 is an outstanding 50 year old single malt whisky, named after The Glenlivet’s current master distiller, Alan Winchester. The whisky was first put into casks for maturation in April 1964 by Captain Bill Smith-Grant, the last remaining descendent of The Glenlivet distillery’s founder, George Smith.
This cask of exceptional quality, made of American oak seasoned with Bourbon, has created a symphony of distinctive flavours, full of the signature fruity notes of The Glenlivet, intensified with age.

The Vintage 1964 is described as offering aromas of fruity pear and peach nectar, sweet raisins, dark chocolate with a honeycomb sweetness, with tastes of pears, oranges, black cherries, toffee and caramel on the palate leading to an “exceptionally smooth and luxurious” finish.
Just 100 bottles of this remarkable Speyside single malt, priced at $25,000 each, will go on sale around the world in limited distribution. An undisclosed number of further releases from The Winchester Collection will then follow, with “Vintage 1966″ confirmed to be next in line.

Brandy With Honey and 24 Karat Gold Leaf

Trend of adding gold to many things began to be applied to drinks, in this case to Serbian rakija (rakia). Dubbed Zlatija, this rakija is honey based plum brandy with the addition of 24 karat gold leaf. Worldwide it is believed that these spirits have magical properties and, according to experts and a lot of healing characteristics and treatment with gold has been known for a long time.

“This edible gold improves the circulatory system, immune system and even psychological disorders. In recent years, is used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis,”- said producer of Zlatije, Marija Jovičić.

Over the last few years Zlatija is mostly consumed as a substitute for champagne on special occasions.

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