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.

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