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Feadship, yacht di lusso ideato da Steve Jobs

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Nella biografia del genio visionario Steve Jobs, scritta da Walter Isaacson, si parla di uno yacht di lusso da lui progettato, e mai ultimato, per il cantiere navale Feadship.
Il progetto prese vita nel 2009, quanto Steve cominciò la collaborazione con il cantiere olandese; a quanto pare, anche questo suo lavoro aveva l’obbiettivo di unire bellezza, design e alta tecnologia, fornendo un lavoro allo stato dell’arte.
Lo yacht in questione doveva rivaleggiare con quello del suo amico Larry Ellison, grande amante della vela e del mare.
L’imbarcazione, secondo quanto rivelato dai vertici di Feadship, era caratterizzata da un design minimalista composto da enormi vetrate, con una lunghezza di 15 metri e, a quanto pare, era destinata a rivoluzionare gli standard anche del settore nautico, con una dotazione tecnologica fuori dagli schemi.


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Stella McCartney, scultura rivestita in Swarovski

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La prestigiosa stilista inglese Stella McCartney ha voluto rendere omaggio alla mamma Linda, scomparsa nel 2008, presentando una nuova scultura tempestata da cristalli Swarovski.
La scultura prende il nome di “Lucky Spot” e rappresenta appunto un cavallo, così da ricordare il grande amore e la grande passione che la mamma aveva verso questo tipo di animale.
La scultura in questione, troneggerà nel nuovo store monomarca della stilista inaugurato a Los Angeles; il suo valore, a quanto pare, è stato classificato intorno alle 300 mila sterline, equivalenti a circa 343 mila euro.
Lucky Spot è tempestata da oltre ottomila cristalli Swarovski incastonati a mano, per centinaia di ore di lavoro e per un risultato fuori dagli schemi.


Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Extra-Thin, exceptional timepiece

In 2011, Audemars Piguet has entirely reviewed the fundamentals of the Jules Audemars collection, its moon-phase calendar and dual timezone models, as well as its simple selfwinding watches including those with a date display. The Jules Audemars extra-thin watch houses one of the world’s thinnest selfwinding movements measuring just 2.45 mm thick. Its slender case, streamlined bezel and pure dial generate genuine emotion of the kind surrounding objects that are built to last, because this timepiece is endowed with that special something that is in fact the natural elegance of authentic classics.
A region, a culture: a collection
The models in the Jules Audemars collection represent the very roots of Audemars Piguet. This collection tells the story of an exceptional place and some exceptional people. The place is the Vallée de Joux, and the people are those who have nurtured Fine Watchmaking in this remote region. Well before the timepieces from this valley were exported to the four corners of the world, everything was already in place. From the mid-18th century onwards, alongside the farming work they undertook during the summer, the local population devoted many hours to building watch movements. They spent their long harsh winters at the workbench in order to fulfil orders from Geneva-based companies. They later began making their own movements and entire watches. The boldest of them founded manufactories, or Manufactures as they became known.
The men of the Vallée had thus acquired the ability to conduct the entire process, from design through to production, using hand-craftsmanship techniques. This dexterity, this manual know-how was handed down from generation to generation. Today it is accompanied by technological progress and semi-industrial-scale production, and yet the watches nonetheless embody deeply rooted origins and culture.
Jules Audemars and Edward Piguet became officially associated in 1875 and created the Manufacture Audemars Piguet. Both were watchmakers and accomplished masters of their chosen profession that they cherished and constantly perfected. Building on their knowledge, they played a pioneering role and took up the challenge of making entire watches under one roof. The company they established has been active ever since and has remained in the hands of the founding families.
The Jules Audemars collection pays tribute to this firm by bearing the name of one of the founders. It recounts this legacy and is imbued with a profound awareness of its heritage yet without any sense of nostalgia. It reinterprets the past with a contemporary vision. Its quest is focused on simplicity and a refusal of anything superfluous or purely ornamental. This unaffected simplicity is indeed what makes it both naturally elegant and unmistakably modern.
Absolute elegance, inside and out
The round case is an archetype that tends to make one forget that the circle is the perfect shape par excellence. By opting for an extremely slender bezel, the Jules Audemars extra-thin reveals the full measure of its innate nobility. The white gold case appears light and almost ethereal. This narrow bezel ensures a maximum dial opening. Only the applied pink gold baton-shaped hour-markers and hands stand out against the decidedly understated silver-toned background. Not even a minute circle disturbs this epitome of formal purity.
The case owes its clear-cut, sleek lines to the ultra-thin selfwinding movement within: Calibre 2120. Measuring just 2.45 mm thick, including the thickness of the oscillating weight, it is indeed one of the world’s thinnest self-winding movements. Audemars Piguet’s efforts to reduce the thickness of its movements began at an early stage in its history, and were already rewarded in 1946 with the hand-wound Calibre ML measuring just 1.64 mm thick. This was followed in 1953 by the skeletonised ultra-thin Calibre 2003. All that remained was to apply this successful approach to a selfwinding movement, a feat achieved in 1967 with Calibre 1967 and stemming from cooperation between several prestigious companies. It has since been constantly perfected. Its enduring appeal lies in an atypical, modern and refined nature. In addition to its extreme slenderness, it boasts the ingenuity of its winding system and of its balance-wheel adjustment.
One of the distinctive features of this Calibre 2120 is its rotor fitted with a 21-carat gold oscillating weight. This weight serves to drive the winding system in such a way as to keep the barrel at an ideal level of performance. The mainspring is able to supply its energy in a constant manner and thereby has a positive influence on rating procession. Enhanced performance was also the concern that motivated the choice of a central rotor rather an integrated mini-rotor. The barrel stands out from certain others in that it is as if “suspended”, held only by the barrel bridge. It ensures a 40-hour power reserve, a noteworthy achievement in light of the thinness of the movement and the construction of the barrel. The movement can be wound in either direction thanks to a reverser. To keep the movement as thin as possible, the oscillating weight is not equipped with a ball bearing mechanism and the endshake is guided by a peripheral ring rolling on four jewelled runners fixed to the mainplate.
This system makes a highly distinctive noise during the rotation of the oscillating weight, a sound that will delight connoisseurs. The heart of the movement is a variable-inertia balance with six inertia-blocks that ensure more stable long-term rating. It is equipped with a flat balance-spring and beats at the rate of 19,800 vibrations per hour.
Calibre 2120 is also remarkable in terms of the extreme care lavished on crafting it. Manually assembled and decorated in the company workshops in Le Brassus, it is distinguished by the exceptional quality of its execution and finishing. The bridges are meticulously bevelled and polished so as to feature only cleanly-cut, gleaming edges. The jewel sinks are diamond-polished. The wheels have bevelled spokes and diamond-polished sinks. Even the screw rim and slots are bevelled. The mainplate is circular-grained on both sides – with two different diameters of circular graining so as to accentuate the depth effect – and the bridges are adorned with Côtes de Genève. The beauty of the oscillating weight, which is openworked to form the “AP” initials, sets the crowning touch to the decoration of this calibre.
Those who appreciate rare objects will marvel at this meticulous finishing work in admiring the movement through the sapphire crystal case-back. They will rediscover the pleasure of the infinitely small details that one keeps to oneself. And finally, in the Jules Audemars extra-thin watch, they will recognise the force of character capable of withstanding the changes of time and which represents the enduring strength of authentic great classics.

Movement – Proprietary ultra-thin, selfwinding Calibre 2120. Total diameter 28,40 mm (12 ¾ lignes). Casing diameter 28 mm. Thickness: 2.45 mm. 37 jewels. 214 parts. Power reserve – up to 40 hours. Cadence of the balance – 19,800 vibrations per hour (2.75 Hz).
Finishing – All parts finished by hand; mainplate rhodium-plated, bevelled and circular-grained; bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève.
Functions – Hours and minutes.
Case – 18-carat white gold. Diameter 41 mm. Thickness 6.7 mm. Water resistance – 20 m. Sapphire crystal.
Dial – Silvered with applied pink gold hour-markers. Pink gold hour and minute hands.
Strap – Hand-sewn black crocodile leather with large square scales, secured by an 18-carat white gold pin buckle.

Source: Audemars Piguet

Fonte: Luxury & Fine TimepiecesFacebook

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Rolex Perpetually Yours, profumo di gran lusso

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Dopo una lunga assenza, ritorna in vendita un cimelio abbastanza prezioso per tutti gli amanti del marchio Rolex.
Parliamo del Rolex Perpetually Yours, ideato dalla casa di alta orologeria agli inizi degli anni 70′. Il profumo ora è in vendita presso Vintage Rolex Market ad un prezzo di 1.000 dollari.
In realtà, si tratta di un pezzo molto raro, visto che nel mondo ne esistono pochi esemplari; il profumo in questione viene ovviamente accompagnato dalla scatola originala marchiata Rolex e dal cartellino di autenticità.


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Gucci, nuova borsa di lusso

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La prestigiosa maison Gucci presenta una nuova borsa di lusso per la sua esigente clientela; si tratta di una borsa in pelle con cuciture lavorate a mano, dettagli in bambù ed una placca che celebra in maniera davvero vistosa il novantesimo anniversario del marchio, nato a Firenze nel 1921.
L’opera fa parte appunto della collezione 1921 di Gucci e rende omaggio all’importante ricorrenza anagrafica; inutile sottolineare che la borsa non peccherà in termini di qualità, caratterizzata da pelle tamponata color ciliegia in grado di creare un elegante gioco cromatico.
I particolari, inoltre, composti da placche in oro chiaro, non turberanno l’armonia dell’opera.
All’interno sono presenti diverse tasche, tra cui una per il cellulare ed una per il tablet.
La borsa in questione, fornita con tracolla regolabile e rimovibile, è già in vendita al prezzo di 2.450 euro.


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Adieu a Loulou de la Falaise

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Di norma si dice che dietro un grande uomo si cela una grande donna. Nel caso di Loulou de la Falaise, musa di Yves Saint Laurent, si potrebbe dire che dietro un grande stilista si cela una donna anticonformista e di forte personalità. Madame de la Falaise se ne è andata, raggiungendo il suo grande amico. Mi piace ricordarla, innanzitutto perchè la parola musa oggi non è più di moda. Si parla solo di fashion blogger che essendo di tutti – nel senso che vestono di tutto, in alcuni casi solo perché pagate o perché ricevono in dono gli abiti che indossano – non possono essere muse, o se lo sono, durano l’arco di una collezione. Loulou de la Falaise è stata la musa di una vita, invece, di un maestro geniale come Yves Saint Laurent. Qualche anno fa, dopo la morte dello stilista, de la Falaise si era dedicata alla realizzazione della propria linea di gioielli e bijoux – amava indossarne molti alla volta, in maniera barocca, ma con lo charme tipico francese -. Adieu madame de la Falaise. Questa è stata davvero l’ultima sfilata.

Fonte: Vivianamusumeciblog’s

Lamborghini Murcièlago a specchio, video a Londra

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Fa sempre un certo effetto vedere come alcune persone possano trasformare una normale opera automobilistica in un tripudio di lucentezza senza eguali.
Stavolta, infatti, parliamo di una Lamborghini Murcièlago Spider con verniciatura cromata per un effetto a specchio, in grado di attirare lo sguardo e l’attenzione dei passanti nonostante non sia di buon gusto per molti. Fatto sta, che con un’auto del genere si riesce sempre ad eccellere di esclusività.
La Lamborghini in questione è stata ripresa in un parcheggio di Londra e dalla targa si può notare subito la sua provenienza; l’auto, infatti, viene da Dubai, dove delle personalizzazioni del genere non sono certo una novità.


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DIY MUG, porcelain paint pen per giochi natalizi

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Christmas is coming: I’ve compiled a list of gifts that I want to do for all the people I love and… My credit card was visibly winced inside the wallet. Panic!!!
So I started looking for ideas and suggestions on the web for homemade gifts and decided to create personalized mugs and cups for my closest friends.
What you need? Only a porcelain paint pen.
You just have to draw the porcelain and then bake them for 35 minutes at 300 degrees and you’re done!
What about it?

Si avvicina il Natale: io ho già stilato la lista dei regali che voglio assolutamente fare a tutte le persone che amo e… la mia carta di credito ha sussultato visibilmente dentro al portafogli. Panico!!!
Quindi ho iniziato a cercare idee e suggerimenti sul web per regali homemade e ho deciso di realizzare tazze e tazzine personalizzate per tutte le mie amiche più care.
L’occorrente? Solo una penna per porcellana.
Basta disegnare le porcellane e infornarle per 35 minuti circa a 300 gradi e il gioco è fatto!
Che ne dite?

Fonte: Mode in Italy

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