Archive for August 8, 2011

Zenith Captain Dual Time, status of commander

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Captain: the very name calls up flights of fancy! It evokes long-distance travel, untamed seas, but also the fabulous fortunes made trading in distant outposts. The status of captain was, in the past, reserved for officers who commanded a royal vessel. Nothing of the art and skill of navigation at sea could remain a mystery to the man who aspired to this position. Captain is also a collection that embodies the highest expression of Zenith’s watchmaking heritage. It encompasses an expertise that, like navigation at sea, is passed on from one generation of watchmaker to the next within the Locle Manufacture. The new collection is enriched with three models with complications: power reserve, moonphase and second time zone.
The three new models are inspired by the Captain line created in 1952, a leading collection of Zenith automatic watches. The 2011 collection holds true to the course of the original models. All the expertise of watchmaking– technique, chronometric performance, and aesthetics – is integrated into these three creations that make clear allusions to historic timepieces, with dauphine hands, facetted with rhodium-plating and long markers that are hand-set. The case is enlarged to its present-day size of 40 mm. The development of this collection has been led by technical and chronometric achievement – just as it was 50 years ago. Equipped with Elite calibers, the models of the new generation benefit from an additional half-century of watchmaking experience. The manufactured movements, decorated with Côtes de Genève and circular-graining are visible through a sapphire case back.

Captain Dual Time – Let us leave the oceans for a moment to explore navigation in the air. Watches equipped with the GMT function are the direct descendants of the conquest of the skies. In 1955, Zenith presented a multi-time-zone watch intended for air pilots; this model was inspired by Zenith’s aerial navigation instruments that had been integrated into the dashboards of cockpits since 1920. The Captain Dual Time model is equipped with a GMT hand with a different design, with a blue pointer that ensures optimal readability. This hand is set using a push-piece at 10 o’clock. This mechanism makes it possible to adjust the second time zone with a simple gesture, without risking the deregulation of the time on the watch. The Captain Dual Time is available in two versions with a silver or black “Clou de Paris” guilloché dial, in a steel case, with a metal bracelet or alligator-skin strap.

Movement – Elite 682, Automatic. Caliber: 11 ½ “` (Diameter: 25.60 mm). Height 3.935 mm. Parts 158. Jewels 26. Frequency 28,800 V/h – (4 Hz). Anti-shock system. Regulator assembly with fine adjustment. Power reserve of over 50 hours. Automatic winding in both directions. Instant date change. Rapid date reset. Stop-seconds system for setting the time to the nearest second.
Decoration – Circular-graining on plates. “Côtes de Genève” or circular-graining and chamfering on the bridges. Strokes drawn on the hammers, levers and conveyors.
Oscillating weight – Central rotor on ball bearings. Metal oscillating weight with guilloché work in a “Côtes de Genève” motif and revelation of the ZENITH star through skeleton work.
Functions – Central hours and minutes. Small seconds at 9 o’clock. Second time zone indicator on 24h. Date indicator at 6 o’clock.
Case – Diameter 40 mm. Crystal – Sapphire glass treated with antireflection on both sides. Case back – Transparent sapphire glass.
Water resistance – 5 ATM / 50 meters.
Available models – Available in steel with silver or black guilloché dial on a brown or black alligator-skin strap, or metal bracelet.

Source: Zenith

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Casa Torcida, villa di lusso in Costa Rica

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Casa Torcida è un’incantevole opera architettonica ricavata dalla ristrutturazione di una vecchia dimora con struttura in acciaio completamente abbandonata.
Il recupero della villa è stato eseguito in maniera davvero soddisfacente dagli architetti dello studio SPG Architects, che hanno messo in campo tutta la loro abilità nel definire abitazioni di un certo livello.
Il tutto si basa su uno stile profondamente contemporaneo, che sembra voler proiettare verso l’esterno la bellezza degli interni, così da affacciarsi in maniera incantevole sulla splendida penisola di Osa.
La casa, nonostante la sua prima costruzione sia di vecchia data, è caratterizzata dall’impiego di tecnologie all’avanguardia e sistemi ecologici a basso impatto ambientale, così da avere energia a sufficienza grazie alla sola luce del sole ed avere effetti benefici sull’universo circostante.
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Baume & Mercier Capeland Chronograph & Flyback Chronograph

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The memory of a “galet” watch – The inspiration behind the contemporary reinterpretation of this collection is a historic timepiece – a single-push chronograph from 1948. With its “chevé” crystal and domed case back, this watch is a direct reference to the “galet” pocket watches of the early 19th century. Its ergonomic shape, accentuated by the aesthetically symmetric geometry of the top and bottom, is the primary source of inspiration for the design of the Capeland watch.
The suggestive strength of Capeland comes not only from its name. Everything about this watch suggests seaside living: the marked curve of its case back and crystal is an irresistible reminder of the soft contours of a sea-weathered stone. The shape of the horn, both short and elegant, further accentuates the roundness of the case.
Capeland is also distinguished by its two-toned dial, a subtle reminder of a 1950s aesthetic. A highly-accomplished watch, it includes both a tachymeter and a telemeter, while the case is adorned with polished and satined finishes. One further detail, Capeland is water-resistant up to 50 meters.
Watches with a relaxed and contemporary spirit – The heart of the collection, a chronograph for all models, promotes relaxed elegance with a light sporty feel marked by straightforward numerals and a touch of red on the end of the seconds hand and the telemeter. In this spirit, the calfskin strap with light-colored stitching stands out and harmonizes with the trendy color scheme used on the dial: slate gray, anthracite, coppercolored, brown, silver-colored, black and white.
Infinitely comfortable, Capeland perfectly hugs the wrist, an eloquent demonstration of Baume & Mercier’s expertise: a harmony between design and comfort for the wearer.
Spotlight on the emblematic pieces – A point of pride within the Capeland collection, these emblematic watches come equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement with a flyback chronograph function.
This Bi-compax movement, manufactured by Lajoux-Perret, is enriched with blued steel screws and a circular-grained finish for the plate and the bridges. Its sapphire crystal case back enables a view of the oscillating weight engraved with the brand’s emblematic Phi, further adorned with “Côtes de Genève” and snailed décor.
These exceptional watches distinguish themselves by a “chevé” crystal, a domed dial in retro colors, and “Breguet” type hands. Offered in two versions: stainless steel or 18 ct. red gold which shimmers like antique copper, these models come with a dark brown or black alligator skin strap which gives them a final touch of sophistication.
A mastered combination of historical inspiration and the powerful evocation of seaside living, Capeland is already a true Baume & Mercier classic.

Chronograph models
Movement – Automatic (Valjoux 7753).
Functions – Chronograph. Tachymeter. Telemeter. Date.
Case – Round. Diameter: 42 mm. Thickness 15.1 mm. Polished / satin-finished steel. Sapphire crystal, antiglare treatment. Decorated case back, fixed with 6 screws.
Dials – White & snailed silver-colored. Sun satin-finished black & snailed anthracite. Sun satin-finished brown & snailed black. Sun satin-finished slate-gray & snailed anthracite. Sun satin-finished copper-colored & snailed brown. Sun satin-finished & snailed silver-colored. Arabic numerals. Hands with Superluminova.
Water-resistant – 5 ATM (approx. 50 m).
Bracelets – Light brown calfskin. Black calfskin. Dark brown calfskin.
Buckle – Adjustable triple folding buckle.

Flyback Chronograph models
Movement – Manufacture, automatic, (La Joux-Perret 8147-2). Open worked oscillating weight adorned with “Côtes de Genève”, snailed décor and PHI symbol. Jewels 27. Power reserve – 48 hours. Frequency – 4 Hz.
Functions – Flyback chronograph. Tachymeter. Telemeter. Date.
Cases – Round. Diameter 44 mm. Thickness: 16.5 mm. Polished / satin-finished steel. Polished / satin-finished 18K red gold (Red Gold version). “Chevé” shape sapphire crystal, antiglare treatment. Sapphire crystal case back, fixed with 4 screws.
Dials – Off-white, domed. Ashen, domed (Red Gold version). Arabic numerals. Blued steel hands, “Breguet” shape. Gilt hands, “Breguet” shape (Red Gold version).
Water-resistant – 5 ATM (approx. 50 m).
Bracelets – Black alligator, white stitching. Dark brown alligator, ecru stitching (Red Gold version).
Buckles – Pin buckle. Pin buckle, 18 K red gold (Red Gold version).
Gold weight – 73 gr (Red Gold version).

Source: Baume & Mercier

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Berlucchi, bottiglia in limited edition per Barack Obama

Creata direttamente da Guido Berlucchi, questa bottiglia in versione limited edition viene proposta per un’occasione davvero particolare.
Gli Stati Uniti, infatti, proprio in questi giorni festeggiano il cinquantesimo compleanno di Barack Obama e dall’Italia arriva un dono davvero esclusivo: questa nuova e splendida bottiglia di Berlucchi in edizione limitata.
Ad unire Guido Berlucchi e Barack Obama, oltre alla passione vinicola, è la loro nascita; proprio quando è nato il presidente Obama, a Honolulu nel 1961, i soci Berlucchi lanciavano in Franciacorta il Pinot, che avrebbe poi reso famoso il marchio in tutto il mondo.
Della bottiglia in questione ne è stato prodotto un solo esemplare che sarà consegnato direttamente nelle mani del presidente Obama.


Vasco Rossi, rock star in depressione

In un video girato pochi giorni dopo la dimissione dalla clinica di Villalba a Bologna, in cui era stato ricoverato per la rottura di una costola, la rock star italiana Vasco Rossi si è confessato ai suoi fans dicendosi depresso e che se ancora è in vita lo deve alla quantità di farmaci antidepressivi che assume ogni giorno. Vasco Rossi nel suo messaggio ha testualmente dichiarato: “In questo periodo in cui l’argomento delle mie condizioni di salute è saltato così prepotentemente alla ribalta, ne approfitto della vostra pazienza per informarvi che assumo da tempo un cocktail di antidepressivi, psicofarmaci, ansiolitici, vitamine ed altro, studiato da un equipe di medici che mi mantiene in questo equilibrio accettabile. Se sono vivo lo devo ai miei medici e alla valanga di chimica che assumo. Non avrei superato tutte le consapevolezze, le sofferenze e la profonda depressione nella quale ero sprofondato nel 2001. Ho passato un lungo periodo di tempo in cui ogni cosa mi sembrava lì per ricordarmi come la vedevo diversa prima. Come mi risultava fastidiosa adesso mentro la trovavo normale e soddisfacente. E quella continua sensazione di groppo alla gola, di sconsolata tristezza. Un velo opaco, grigio su ogni cosa. Essere di cattivo umore, sempre dalla mattina alla sera, ogni giorno ed in ogni momento per settimane e mesi”.

Carla Liberatore

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